So, on the page alongside ‘henchmen’, was the word ‘toadie’.
As there aren’t a lot of non-toad related words in English that sound like ‘toad’, that one quickly got me curious.
I was well rewarded.
It is an abbreviation of ‘toad-eater’. A straighforward term for an old version of the magician’s assistant; except this guy ate the supposedly poisonous toad (eww!) so his master could prove the cure was effective.
Yep ‘servile parasite’ is a pretty good way to sum that up.