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Nov 21 11 6:21 AM

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(Totally unsolicited, and liable to be declared apocryphal and void by the real authority in the "Matter of Vorlund"!)
HELLSING by Lace Wars times?
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Hellsing is a Japanese 'vampire hunters' epic declined in three supports: a manga, a TV animated series and an original video animation. A rich, unconventional setting and an exciting storyline: the top agent of the British 'anti-vampires' ('anti-evil', more generally) secret organization, Alucard, is none else than Dracula himself! The primary enemy, Millenium is a Nazi organization, creating artificial, practically remote-controlled vampires -its achievements in biological engineering ( would be the pride of Melnibonean Dr Jest and of the 'alchemists' of the Half-Continent; the position of the Vatican is ambiguous...

In mid-18th C. Pangaea, without phones and planes, distances have to be drastically shortened. Rather than Melchester (= Great-Britain) the country harboring the Hellsing Organization would be close to the area where Lutowski joined his family; then if necessary the Organization may become a *Catholic* group ('The Royal Order of the Knights of Jesus Resurrected'?) -its retinue of vampires and humans of diverse confessions would be enough to keep the Vatican and its secret 'supernatural' agency unfriendly; as for Millenium, the name is to be kept for a millenarian sect: revengeful undercover Hussite fanatics would be a fitting as a substitute to Nazis: their secret base could be in some close area, a wilderness (barely) under Ottomanian control (a kind of 'tribal zone'?) probably not far from Sylvania & /or Skanderberg...

Dates and a few names would have to be changed, the 'historical' background suitably redesigned -how Dracula joined the Organization; Seras Victoria rather than a policewoman (unlikely in the 18th C. outside Monte-Cristo!) could be the orphan of a bounty hunter trying her young hand at her father's trade...
Most of the characters would require a conversion of commercial minis (I'm not aware of a 18th C. gretchen with a very long rifle and an umbrella (too bad Ferryl does not a female version of their 'Witch hunter' could greenputty breasts be added?)... Then, it's amazing how the mere addition of a tricorn can 'label' a mini 'mid-18th C.: . . While adapting minis, the addition of a blunderbuss or of some gadgetry -multibarrelled rifle or pistol, grenades-throwing blunderbuss (Russian 'hand mortar'), Tennessee long rifle with scope, even a repeating crossbow (of the historical Chinese pattern, not the silly thing in the 'Van Helsing' movie) [supposed to shoot wooden bolts, I guess] would give a '18th C. Pulp' look.
But complex, refreshingly unconventional and bloody Hellsing can certainly become an exciting quasi-'Pulp' RPG / skirmish campaign as part of the 'Secret History of Pangaea': its cast of characters by itself would justify the attempt! Of couse Keinnahmen and Lola can occasionally join the dance...

Pangaea is for centuries the battlefield of the Underworld War between the Followers of the Bat and the Grand Order of the Wolf It would be rather logical to have the roots // secret base / HQ / shrine / lair of the the Grand Order of the Wolf located in Vorlund: even if generalized sexism prevented Waehlerin Erzherzogin Annabel to be properly elected Empress Maria-Theresa fashion, SHE is the true and only heiress of Karl I, the first ReichKaiser and WolfBruder.

Inspirational: another "Alucard" (from Castlevania in a quasi-18th C. costume
For the 'true' Alucard (Anculard here) black hair, blood red cloak lined black, blood red stock / tie and cuffs (coat lining), two pistols with carbine-length barrel...

An essentially unknown fact: Vorlund is also home of the very secret Order of the 'Katholische Ritter wiederbelebten Christi' -so secret that theoretically, in addition to its enemies (mainly the apocalyptic Millenium sect and its artificial vampires spreading a 'resident evil' of highly contagious blood-sucking ghouls), only the Great Wolves and Annabel are aware of its very existence. The Orden is devoted to 'uproot unseen Evil' -not unlike the Vatican-sponsored Paladini di San Michele Arcangelo in antipodial Italy and Langdouc, but acting in uttermost secrecy rather than semi-openly, and with in addition an ardently patriotic nature. This organization is under the total 'Fuerhership' of Dame (Graefin) Integra Schoenbach Windgatter von Hoellesingen, the direct descendant of the founder and first Oberhaupt of the 'Hoellesingen-Organisation'. The Wolves approve of its aims and actions, even if feeling a slight uneasiness about the nature of some of its 'trump cards', specially mighty Anculard.
As only child and heir of the Emperor, Archduchess Annabell was informed early about the Organization and introduced to its two major characters (Anculard can be the ultimate bodyguard): she and Integra immediately got on very well, both being the only child and future heir of an outstanding father burdened with overwhelming responsibilities; they remained more than fast friends -the 'Hoellesingen-Organisation' is fanatically devoted to the Vorlund bloodline- yet Annabel never took up Integra's habit of constantly smoking elegant small cigars 'with a natural, round shape, full-flavoured and double aged for a smoother delivery' (though she appreciates to light one when under stress). Did Annabel informed her husband? Possible but not certain: he is, after all, the Emperor of the Germans but not the heir of the Vorlund ruling bloodline.

Katholische the Organization may be, but given the centuries-old bond between the ruling line and the Great Wolves, Catholicism in Vorlund is resented as 'deviant', not to say heretical, by the most intolerant parts of the Church such as the Holy Inquisition (who would expect otherwise?). With its burning patriotism and the 'dubious' nature of its 'top guns', the Organization Hoellesingen is under the deep hostility of the Section XIII, the Vatican's secret 'troubleshooters': rising to pure, unmitigated hatred in the case of the Gruppo Iscariota, the 'Assassination Branch'.

To tell the truth, the Elector Spiritual knowns of the 'Hoellesingen-Organisation'; he learned about it almost accidentally in Monte-Cristo, during a casual conversation (in the neat, genial common room of the Auberge du Chien qui Pete {'The Farting Dog'}) with one of the leading characters of the Presipapal 'Service' The women of the Service, as all Monte-Cristans, abhor fanaticism (their own excepted), but acknowledge that the mutual trust and admiration between Integra and Anculard reveals in her a laudable tolerance: thus they grant her their unreserved admiration for her dedication, determination, courage and intelligence. Yet, Monte-Cristans being neutral and unprejudiced, they also think highly of some among her female sworn enemies

[Btw during that same informal conversation the Elector Spiritual also learned that the anthem of Great-Britain (and Melchester?) is no more than an unlicenced plagiarism of the hymn 'Dieu Sauve le Roy' specially composed for the Te Deum celebrating the successful surgery of Louis XIV's anal fistula: source:]

Le Chien qui Pète

From Monte-Cristo the Elector Spiritual also brought back this short tale of Galatan origin, which soon became popular in Vorlund.].

If indeed there is a 'Romeo and Juliet' romance ( within the struggle between the Damned Followers of the Bat and the Grand Order of the Wolf, then Integra Hoellesingen will feel a deep sympathy for the unlikely young couple, she who feels more closer and trusting to Anculard than to any 'normal' human...

The Head of the House of Vorlund can call up the 'Convention of Twelve' ['Die Versammlung der Zwoelf', colloquially known as "Die Tafelrunde"], a board of 'secret councillors' representative of the 12 'Oldest Families of Note' of the country ('of note' does NOT imply 'noble', at least at the origin of these families). Actually, the most direct descendants of the 12 'other' Vorlunders (one of them, Guillaume de Baskerville, not Vorlunder by birth) who were 'wolf-bound' during the lifetime of Karl I -note that the tradition here refers to 'persons', not specifically to 'men', and indeed women can be members of the Convention. Nowadays, an unknown proportion of them may well be werewolves.

The Convention of Twelve gives the ruler the true 'pulse and temperature' of the population of Vorlund -mayors and official agents of the administration can be tempted to embellish / understate the real state of things in their jurisdiction. As a Council the Convention is purely consultative, and discusses only matters of exclusively Vorlunder nature. Of course the Head of Vorlund can ask for 'suggestions' about his / her possible other roles (e.g. Emperor of the Germans) but the Convention will answer from a strictly Vorlunder point of view. Besides, its members can receive secret missions, within Vorlund as undercover 'Missi Dominici' / Sendgrafe / investigators and even on occasion Oprichniki {"They do whatever need doing so the Head of Vorlund knows all he / she need to know to guard Vorlund and its people"}, or abroad e.g. for covert diplomatic contacts.

Membership is not for life, a member has to retire when no longer fit (because of age or any other reason): his / her peers (and the wolves) see to it. How is the 'Heir' (or 'Heiress') chosen? Most generally among the tenured's children -illegitimate as well as legitimate- though it is said that in some cases it was a nephew (or niece). Gregor Mendel did not experimented yet about heritability of features, even in Pangaea, but wolves (and perhaps 'wolf-bounded' humans) can 'smell' the best combination of genes among the members of a bloodline at any given generation: indeed the general opinion is that the members of the Convention are 'wolves -chosen'. Nevertheless this means that the Twelve are, on average, of a rather 'mature' age.
Indeed there is definitively the possibility (actually, a high probability) that the new Emperor Siegfried himself -or, far less likely, a very closely related member of his family- is one of the Twelve: his recent accession to the Imperial throne, his titles of Count of Flanders and Duke of Kremminster tend to have people forgetting his oldest title and the most important one in the eyes of Vorlunders: Graf der Grauwulf. The Grauwulf family is indeed one of the oldest and best known families of Vorlund, with members famous (or sometimes infamous) in each generation since the times of Karl I.

Totally secret the Convention could not stay long: along the centuries, the Palace servants could not ignore the odd 'private library' among the Ruler's private rooms, with its round table surrounded with 13 antique armchairs, identical except for the glyph crowning their back; neither that from time to time the Head of Vorlund receives 12 guest there for a 'private banquet': a very odd banquet indeed, requiring very little crockery and meal, only a huge samovar and 13 teacups, glasses and various refreshing drinks -mostly non-alcoholic, plates of cold gougeres and of profiteroles and baskets of fruits, all set in advance on a sideboard. So almost all Vorlunders know a little about it, though some believe it to be legend, most of them to be a very old tradition became obsolete, a few to be a very old and still active, but totally innocuous, kind of 'Brotherhood'. But since they know this tradition, actual or mythical, to be linked with this very peculiarity of Vorlund: the bonding with wolves of some of them, and firstly their Ruler (anathema, as sorcery, paganism or devilry everywhere else), they tacitly avoid to speak of it, and specially are very careful not to allude to it, even in the most obscure terms, between hearing distance of a foreigner.

When they meet the Twelve are dressed according to individual taste, in elegant but non ostentatious clothes -the fortunes of the families had ups and downs along the centuries, but they remain of equal status; yet as a rule the Twelve -or members of their family under their total influence and control- hold key posts in the Army, the Administration or the Secret Police (a speciality of the von Baskerville family, to the point that the members of the Secret Police are nicknamed 'Die Hunde der Baskervilles'). A single piece of clothing (for the men it can be the coat, the cuffs, the waistcoat, the breeches, the stockings or the necktie) is by tradition Wolfsgau (the term used to describe the color of the early uniform of Austrian artillery before it evolved to a true brown), also referred to as 'rusted grey'. Being of 'noble' status they openly bear a sword -not a decorative toy, a true, functional weapon, a family forte-epee or palasz, a lighter colichemarde for women; by tradition they come with a (concealed) two-barrels pistol with spring-loaded blade and carrying an impressive walking stick with a heavy (leaded inside) pommel in the likeness of a wolf's head -actually an authentic 16th C. combination of swordstick (reinforced with steel rods) and Henry VIII's 'walking staff' (incorporating 3 pistols); they hold it in such a way as to keep the ears and muzzle free and thus sharp and harmful despite centuries of use. Also they then wear openly this other family heirloom, their family 'wolf ring', a slightly simpler version of Karl I's own Wolf Ring, the most precious part of the heirloom of the House of Vorlund, now worn -at least in some occasion- by Erzherzogin-Kurfuerstin Annabel.

For two generations now, to face the increasing activity of the Followers of the Bat in the Stronghold of the Brotherhood of the Wolf, the Convention of Twelve meets in case of emergency 'The Sovereign absent' in the Schloss Hoellesingen. There the seat 6 on each side of the long rectangular table, with the current Head of Hoellesignen chairing from the lower extremity of the table and an empty armchair -that of the Sovereign- at the head of the table (with, given the subject of the meeting, the von Baskerville representative, currently Dame Phyllis Dorothea Jordelia Freiin Wilhelm von Baskerville at the right of Dame Integra Schoenbach Windgatter Graefin von Hoellesingen). Yet recently Annabel (and her Alpha She-Wolf) went to attend the joint Twelve / Hoellesingen Council -far sure at least once, after the 'Lutowski affair' then she met again Anculard and greeted him with an almost affectionate 'Vampire, my old friend' that none present (not even the She-Wolf) -knowing what they knew- felt incongruous. In such cases Annabel comes from Festung Wegenerburg to Schloss Hoellesingen incognito, in an anonymous coach with closed curtains, discreetly but safely escorted by 'Hunde' and 'Wildgaense' in civilian clothes and, no doubt, several werewolves in human form.

When the Head of Vorlund convenes the Twelve, they sit at the round table according to an etiquette dating from Karl I. Karl, wisely, avoided to sit with his back to a door or window, so the Head sits at the point of the table closest to a blank wall and away from any window and from the two doors of the meeting room -one opening deeper onto his private quarter, the other for the coming and leaving of his guests. At his right sat the first Vorlunder to be wolf-bound after him, then the second, and so on anti-clockwise by decreasing 'seniority in bounding' until the most recently wolf-bound of the Twelve sitting at Karl's left. But after a few years Guillaume de Baskerville (who was of 'average' seniority), as Champion and self-appointed bodyguard of the Sovereign, asked to sit close to him, at his left. Since it was the most 'junior' seat, those wolf-bounded after Guillaume made no difficulty to move up a notch in 'seniority'.
Thus the Head of Vorlund has the representative of the 'oldest' wolf-bound family on his right and that of the Baskerville at his left.
[When, as it happens in recent times, the Twelve meet at Schloss Hoellesingen, given the cause of the meeting is a matter of *security*, the Baskerville representative sits at the right of the Head of the Hoellesingen House and the order of 'seniority' increases anti-clockwise 'around' a longrectangular table, 6 on each long side, with at the small edge opposite to the seat of 'the' Hoellesingen (i.e. according to formalities at the 'head' of the table, at the 'chairperson' seat) the (normally empty) armchair of the Head of Vorlund. Thus, the representative of the 'oldest' family among the Twelve sits at the immediate left of 'the' Hoellesingen.]

Now Annabelle and Dame Phyllis Dorothea Jordelia Freiin Wilhelm von Baskerville are close friends since childhood, and one wonders if in such meetings they manage to keep the formal Siezen or let go the familiar Duzen. The Freiin von Baskerville deeply dislike her first two Christian names -she signs 'P.D. Jordelia': when they were 12 - 13 old, Annabelle as a friendly tease called her sometimes 'P.D.' or even 'P.D. Jackie'; to what the young Baskerville riposted by 'Anna-pas-belle' (as every well educated Pangaean in our time, both are perfectly fluent in the French of Nouvelle-Champagne): it remains their favorite private joke. Certainly they would not use them publicly, specially in such a serious meeting, but it is perfectly likely that, in the fever of the debate, they forget the formal Sie and the 'Ihre Majestaet / Dame Freiin' for the familiar Du and first names. Not that it would be against the spirit of the Convention: Karl I chose a *round* table to mark that, in this peculiar instants, he was not the Ruler of Vorlund but the figurehead / spokesman of the Brotherhood of the Wolf-bound seeking advice from his peers.

Thus, Annabel has at her right the representative of the 'oldest' wolf-bound family of Vorlund.
Now, while contemporary texts and Lieder name several of Karl I's companions, they refer to his '12 Ritter' (in a form indicating that 'Knight' is here a peculiar title, not a generic appellation) or -following the model of the 'Matter of Nouvelle-Champagne'- to his 12 Paladins without naming them, Guillaume de Baskerville excepted. This led foreign commentators and historians to dismiss the whole idea of a 'Druzhina / Circle of 13' as a contamination by folk tales from other countries, mainly Melchester and Nouvelle-Champagne. But the Vorlunders know better: from its very beginning, the Convention of Twelve -because of its 'religiously incorrect' roots- was to remain shrouded in mystery.
Nevertheless some serious hypotheses can be put forward concerning several of the original Twelve, and the most interesting is the one based on the very peculiar name of the Grauwulf House: Otto der Grauwulf is among the attested companions of Karl I, but the chronicles suggest he received this intriguing (nick- initially)name referring to wolves during a campaign soon after Karl contracted the Alliance with the Great Wolves of Vorlund. Thus most modern scholars and heraldrists consider as more than likely that Otto der Grauwulf was the first Vorlunder to be wolf-bound after Karl himself. Which means that it is probably Siegfried who sits at the right of Annabel -not as Emperor, not as her consort, but as the current representative of the Grauwulf House!
(As a famous Cardinal would say:'This explains a lot!'.)

P.S.: this does NOT necessarily imply that Siegfried is a werewolf -nothing definitive ever suggested that the late Emperor, or Annabel, of the bloodline of the very first wolf-bound Vorlander, was / is other than perfectly, simply human. As for the Baskerville family, on the other hand, at least since Nero 'The Wolf'... But P.D. Jordelia, whatever she may be, is deliciously feminine

In Hellsing all characters bear English names; the 'transposition' to 18th C. Vorlund provides an opportunity to give them names corresponding (or at least 'sounding': never learned any of the 3 tongues involved!) to their likely nationalities / cultural origin: German for Hoellesingen (Vorlund = Pangaean Austria), Italian for the Papal Gruppo Iscariota, Czech for 'Bohemian' Milenium.

Die Hoellesingen Organisation:
Dame (sometime called 'Herr') Integra Schoenbach Windgatter von Hoellesingen
Anculard, the 'tame vampire' and wild card of the Organization - perhaps with deeper sentiments for her Mistress
Wauter F. Schlafen, retired 'Todesengel ' and now butler
Viktoria Siega Wirstsein, the blond orphan of a bounty / monster hunter who tried her young hand at her father's trade, now a 'Draculina'
The Hoellesingenes Waetche under Sturmbannfuehrer Auswahl Maennlichkeitsohn: the 'Hellsing Castle inner Security' in the OVA, a (surprisingly) overt para-military strike force in the TV anime, -but in both cases practically annihilated during a massive attack of ghouls and replaced by the mercenaries 'Wild Geese'. Better to have both at the same time, the uniformed, regular body as Castle Guard and the quasi-irregular, barely identifiable Wildgaense under Oberst Kern Bernhapunkt for overt operations {as support of Hoellesingen's agents: Hellsing follows only Alucard -the 'best of the best', Integra's ultimate 'trump card'- and his pupil, but the Organization *has* to have other 'field operatives' for routine flushing out and elimination of vampires and ghouls: the 'Knights' of the Order, seemingly scattered all over the country. Thus the Hoellesingenes Waetche and the Wildgaense correspond grosso modo respectively to the 'sergents' and 'turcopoles' in the service of Military Orders in the Holy Land}.

The Vatican's Officio XIII
While the other sections of the Vatican's Secret Service (such as Officio III 'Matteo' ) seem to bear the number and name of an Apostle, it appears that for the Officio XIII, the 'troubleshooters' under (Arci)Vescovo Enrico Massimibene, the 'cursed' name Iscariota is reserved to the Paladini / suicidal berserkers of the 'Squadra Assassinio', the Gruppo Iscariota:
Padre Alessandro Andreoti
Sorella Macchia Lupa, a gunslinger dressed in (male) priestly costume
Sorella Irichina Ragbione, a two-hands broadsword (rather than a katana)-wielding mad nun.

To Milenium Rad:
The sect was first named Vlkodlak (werewolf) when it appeared as a fundamentalist - extremist Hussite 'resistance / guerilla' fanatical organization; it changed to Milenium when, in despair, it turned apocalyptic / millenarian.
Most of military-able male members, and a few women, constitute the 'armed might' of the sect, "To Polsednie Prapor" ('the Last Battalion').
(the 3 major characters did not visibly aged for more than 50 years, and still look 30-35 at most)
Maximalni Hora, to Zamestnanci ('The Major'): short, tubby; a cyborg in Hellsing, thus here probably with at least an elaborated monocle and a Goetz von Berlichingen hand, using a stick to walk.
Prokop Krutasvalecny Veliky, to Kapitan ('The Captain'), his bodyguard: despite his very young looks, a centuries-old werewolf who may well have known Anculard on another Continent, in a time when even the war between vampires and werewolves was chivalrous; always wears at his waistbelt a leather bag containing a first-aid bag, not for himself but for the 'heroically wounded' of *both* sides
To Doktor, the human (though seemingly never ageing) genius behind Milenium's tremendous achievements in bioengineering
Zraly dne Spac, ta Pruni Poruchekyne / ta Lovkynei (the 'First Lieutenant' / 'the Huntress'), an outstanding sniper using a very long, ancient musket; a ('daywalker', even if she prefers to be under an umbrella) 'natural' vampire, perhaps 'vampirized' by Anculard some 50 years ago
Zofie Bourhom, ta Druhy Poruchekyne (the 'Second Lieutenant') a tall, massively muscled female (willingly) artificial vampire wielding a kind of giant war-scythe.
[Note that, while in 'Hellsing' artificial vampires are created by implantation of an electronic 'chip', in a 18th C. setting they would rather receive a 'germseed' from the tissues of a sacrificed vampire condemned to regenerate, 'Planet Shayol' fashion: see Ona below]
Kot Kvantove, to Kadet-Uchazec (aka 'Maca' aka -for Hoellesingen- 'Katzejunge' [the 'Catboy'] ) a modified young boy (?) with some Elvish features and very peculiar abilities. An interesting opening is that he and Viktoria Siega Wirstsein are not indifferent to each other...

'Independent / Unaligned' characters (Female Vampires)
Ona / Erzsebet Nadasdy (Blutregen): "Ona" ('She'), the original (natural) vampire upon whom all of Milennium's artificial vampires were based -keeping her wrapped in bandages and chained to a wall between 'experiments' . If freed (the Doktor attempts to in 'Hellsing'; here the Kapitan is more likely), as a little sanity comes back, she'll remain fiercely independent, a 'wild card' with nonetheless the vampires of Hoellesingen as the less alien and detestable potential interlocutors. Seemingly Anculard (and perhaps also the Kapitan) knew her long, long ago as Erzsebet Nadasdy.

Lua Mondschein {not from 'Hellsing', but from 'Underworld'}: if, despite the centuries-old war between Damned Followers of the Bat (vampires) and the Grand Order of the Wolf (werewolves), a female vampire falls in love with a seducing young werewolf, Integra Hoellesingen could not but feel sympathetic to the young couple, she who trusts and likes (and perhaps more) 'her' vampires Anculard and Viktoria Siega Wirstsein. Thus the 'rogue vampire girl' would -at the very least and at the start- not know hostility from the 'Organisation'.

Reaper Whitney
converted with a hunting dagger, a one-hand held de Saxe's Amusette and garters, and suitably painted /, could become a good Viktoria Siega

This sexy Reverend Moira (Infinity), mainly by conversion of her gun, could become another of the sorellas, the fanatical fighting nuns of the Officio XIII

While for the Vatican's gunslinger Heinkel Wolfe / (Sorella Macchia Lupa here) -probably a nun, yet in #male priestly costume
Enigma Catherine

with minimal conversions (priestly collar, crucifix hanging from a rosary worn as a necklace) would be more than adequate.

A Freebooter Arquebusiere, perhaps specially the sergeant could be used for Zraly dne Spac

Cipher Valis: with 'normalized' ears could make a good basis for Zofie Bourhom with her warscythe -in more feminine ([6. 25)

{In this 'alternate 18th C. the vampire 'baddies' are not Nazis but millenarian Hussite fundamentalists: their badge is not the swastika but a chalice}
{About pointed ears, cute warrior Elfettes: are these: the same that received tricornes from 'creative' players}

For Schrodinger Kot Kvantove the 'Cat Boy', of androgynous apperance, I wonder if one could not take the plunge and use the cute Reaper 'Cassie the Gnome Wizard':

(painted by '51cents'

The identities of the 12 (extended) families / bloodlines making up the 'Convention' are secret (of course, there *are* rumours...) with the single exception of the Baskerville. Guillaume Cadfael de Baskerville entered in the legend and Vorlunder folk lore in his own lifetime, as *the* non-Vorlunder bounded by the Great Wolves of the Country, as the 'King's Champion' in tournaments and also as a defrocked monk (or abbot, in some traditions?) who left numerous children. Among his famous descendants, along the generations C. August, Sherlock, Hercules and Nero 'Der Wolf' each in turn were the confident, Court 'observer' (spy), trump card, occasionally private executioner ('Eben auf meiner Auftrag und Befehl und fuer das Staatsgut hat der Traeger von des Schreibens das gemacht, was er gemacht hat'), secret agent and organizer / leader of what was then the Secret Police / Opritschnina - Okhrana of the current Head of Vorlund.
Nowadays the bloodline is represented among the Twelve -and in the 'usual' family role- by a woman, Dame Phyllis Dorothea Jordelia Freiin Wilhelm von Baskerville.
After meeting the Elector Spiritual at his return from Monte-Cristo she opened "La Rapiere de Maupin", a fencing school for maidens and ladies 'of honorable status', where she and her first pupils, now masters, teach the old-fashioned swordplay with left-hand dagger (the 'main-gauche' or 'Parierdolch', but also used offensively), in order to compensate for the lack of physical strength of many Daughters of Venus. Her initiative created a little scandal outside Vorlund (but neither in Witzboldfeld, where a similar school had been opened a little earlier).

Emperor Karl and the Twelve Who Were Chosen
(popular imagery)

The one with a broad brimmed hat on the right (also the ancestor of the current Elector Spiritual of the Reich, but this Holy Man is from a lateral line) Eloois (Eligius: 'Der Auserwaehlte') von Herdwangen-Schoenach (aka Kobold 'Goblin' because of his short size), was Karl's spiritual Counselor after having been a kind of Prime Minister for Karl's father Dagobert der Gute When Karl was crowned Kaiser he raised him to the rank of Geistiger Kurfuerst of the new Reich. Now and then plays his shamanic bodhran without apparent reason, and worse, sometimes sings in addition; but the worst comes when de Baskerville joins for a ''call and response" (in the manner of the Britton kan ha diskan duo.
Known nowadays in popular tradition as 'Heiliger Heloois', Patron of goldsmiths (feasted on december 1st), blacksmiths / farriers and horses (feasted on june 25): a title firmly denied by the Church, since he had many children including some legitimate ones: a member of the von Herdwangen-Schoenach family sits among the the Zwoelf (but, thanks any Power above, refrains from singing during the meetings).

The one with a broad hat on the left is Guillaume Cadfael de Baskerville (aka Einaeugiger 'One-Eye' within the 'Company'), known in popular tradition as Vegtam 'Der Grau Pilger' (The Grey Pilgrim), a mysterious one-eyed foreign traveler with a dark blueish-grey hat and cloak. Not impressive, but a skilled assassin, a dread investigator and one able to mesmerize lords and crowds with a torrent of 'irrefutable' arguments.
In popular tradition speaks to ravens and wolves and is associated with Die Wilde Jagd

The woman with long black hair is known in folklore simply as 'Die Dame' (The Lady) [or in some areas as Der (or Die, given her sex) Schatten] and by scholars as Dorotea Senjak von Hoehle-Land Herrschaft; reputedly an Allmaechtig sorceress (and indeed to be dreaded as a Trollkvinnan vitiated her social life more than once). One of her daughters married Karl's heir, thus her witch blood runs in Annabel's veins, and is represented twice when the Empress presides over the Tafelrunde.

"A stunningly beautiful woman, about 5'5" and 110 "perfectly distributed" pounds, with very pale skin, dark black hair, and blue eyes; looks 19 old.".

aka Cardinal Johan-Ludwig von Hausseinem in Christofberg, Elector Spiritual of the Reich of the Germans
aka Louys de Monte-Cristo

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Re: Hoellsingen in Vorlund?

In Witzboldfeld Annabel is commonly referred to as 'Die Dame' or even, as a mark of affectionate and proud allegiance, 'Unsere Dame Annabel, Die WoelfesKoenigin'
There, a few people (some say 'superstitious', other say 'well learned in Ancient Lore') suggest that Annabel -being of the blood of Karl is the reincarnation of Seelenfaengerin, Die mysterious wolf pack leading Woelfin Dame / Schwarze Reiterin / Nacht Reiterin / Schwarze Jaegerin / Schwertes-Koenigin / Koenigin Der Schattenwelt / Rabenherrin (maybe by a later contamination?) . redresser of wrongs

The old pagan version of the Wylde Hunt 'from the Last Valley' . is still remembered in Vorlund and Witzboldfeld -also in some backwards parts of Ikeonia .; elsewhere the tale is only known in its Christianized version, with the main character demonized: Nouvelle Champagne, Melchester, North-Eastern Alba, part of Lupinia

Btw, what kind of weapon training did Annabel receive? Indeed such is not part of the traditional education given to girls of Noble birth. At that time, cultural exchanges between Pangaea and Monte-Cristo (where Ladies clubs such as 'Gardening & Fencing' and 'Knitting & Knife-Throwing' are both old and popular) were just beginning It's only recently that fencing schools for maidens and ladies 'of honorable status' opened in Vorlund and Witzboldfeld, and that characters such as Archduchess Stephanie (?), the mysterious 'Major K.', Hauptfrauen Anias Nin and Major Lolita von Sapho did their 'coming out'. Then, Annabel, like the Eowym of legends, is of warrior blood -that of Karl himself. And, some competitors in the Game of Thrones not playing always fair, being the Heir Apparent she is likely to have received some training in self-defense.

Then, if Archduchess Annabel was a 'natural' with weapons and showed a taste for the blade, what additional, 'advanced' weapon training did she receive? Pangaea did not have (yet) a tradition of 'Amazons' / female swashbucklers by then, nor of girl of noble blood moonlighting as a masked righter of wrongs; and, while the Heir Apparent, she was certainly not expected to lead her Regiment in battle. Thus, our guess is that she was trained as an Assassin . because the best protection against an assassin . is an other assassin
Of course such training had to be kept secret. Some say no one else that Siegfried was her weapon master: at least, such is the (romantic?) idea popular in Witzboldfeld...


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A charming were-shewolf (WotC D&D:

And this 'werefoxette' can well pass as a specially cute were she-wolf:

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you are the keeper of the faith..

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"Whew. Man, look, I gotta get out of here, man. Now we - we got things we want to do, man, like - I just - uh - I gotta get out of here, man."
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If all become untrue, true we remain
That ever on earth a banner for you might be.
Comrades of our Youth, you, picture of a better time,

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In Hellsing Alucard can turn into a kind of giant dog (with more than 2 eyes) -a precious explanation to the rumor (so *embarrassing* for the Brotherhood of the Wolf that Master Vampyrs -Fallen Followers of the Bat-can turn into giant wolves (!).
Taban Miniatures has a fitting figurine:

(I'll insert this in the OP if and when I can edit previous posts

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Nowadays the bloodline is represented among the Twelve -and in the 'usual' family role- by a woman, Dame Phyllis Dorothea Jordelia Freiin Wilhelm von Baskerville.
After meeting the Elector Spiritual at his return from Monte-Cristo she opened "La Rapiere de Maupin", a fencing school for maidens and ladies 'of honorable status', where she and her first pupils, now masters, teach the old-fashioned swordplay with left-hand dagger (the 'main-gauche' or 'Parierdolch', but also used offensively), in order to compensate for the lack of physical strength of many Daughters of Venus. Her initiative created a little scandal outside Vorlund (but neither in Witzboldfeld, where a similar school had been opened a little earlier).

(I'll insert this at the right place in the OP if & whan I can edit previous posts on this #§¿Û¡µ!!! forum)

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The 'knights' of the Orden der Katholische Ritter wiederbelebten Christi are scattered all over Vorlund and Hinterland -generally members of the low nobility or landed gentry with a military past, now quietly running their estate. Alone or with a single 'squire' in training, they watch for, and try to deal with, any emergence of black witchery, evil cults, undeads... in their area of responsibility -kind of 'sheriffs of the occult'.
They also send regular reports to Schloss Hoellesingen about the general situation in their area, and given the devotion of the Orden to the Vorlunder crown, constitute an officious, if not 'secret police' (though...) at least 'early warning service' of any epidemic, famine, discontentment and unrest, disruptive behavior of those locally in power or dysfunction of the administration.

The Hoellesingen Organisation maintains two armed outfits.
The Hoellesingenes Waetche, the private retinue of the Hoellesingen Houshold. Composed of proven veterans of the regular army under Sturmbannfuehrer Auswahl Maennlichkeitsohn (for formal reasons the ranks are not those of the army) the Waetche garrisons and protects Schloss Hoellsingen. It also has the acknowledged status of 'Honour Guard' of the Vorlund ruling family, allowing it to post security pickets along the itinerary of any trip of Annabel through the Capital.

The other unit, the Wildgaense, is a rough bunch of mercenary daredevils of diverse nationalities train in uniform with most of 'normal' military protocol and pageantry, but act in civilian clothes everywhere in the Two Crowns of Vorlund & Hinterland (and occasionally abroad, without official existence they are not constrained by borders) whenever the local 'knight' cannot suppress fast and discreetly enough an 'esoteric' disturbance. While they aim at secrecy some of their actions cannot pass unnoticed: such as, quite recently, the storming and burning down of a Count's castle in the Hinterland mountains, and of the mansion of a doctor of doubtful repute (suspected by the populace to carry 'unhealthy' experiment with robbed corpses) in a suburb of the very Vorlund Capital -in both cases by 'a small army of brigands' came from nowhere and disappeared the same.

The unit is commanded by the very charismatic one-eyed roguish Kern Bernhapunkt; while contracted by Integra Schoenbach Windgatter von Hoellesingen as a brigadier he is 'Der Captain' (in English) for the men (and women) of the Wildgaense. He gained this nickname (and for them a title more prestigious than any official commission or rank) when the Free Company was in Melchastrian service, fighting one of the constant risings of Dal Radian clansmen. After a disastrous Prestonpans-like battle young (but with his two eyes yet) Junior Sub-lieutenant 3rd rate Kern Bernhapunkt was the only surviving officer of the Wildgaense now totally isolated deep in rebel territory. He managed to exfiltrate his outfit in a (considerably scaled down, yet excruciating) modern version of the Anabasis, leaving not a single straggler or wounded behind. The 'march or die' fighting retreat of the 'Germans' across their land won the grudging admiration of the warlike Dal Radians and in the popular tales Bernhapunkt 's men (and women 'better warriors than most men') are counted among the 'heroes' of the rebellion. They were 'the enemy', but for the Dal Radians so accustomed to constant inter-clannic warfare on what side one fought matters less than how bravely one fought (provided one is not Melcastrian, that is).

When Bernhapunkt took command he appointed as lieutenants the oldest sergeant and the very young Fahne-Junker.

When this last turned out to be a *girl* the Wildgaense had far more pressing concerns, and she fully proved her worth during the 'evacuation'. The old ex-sergeant retired later as a major, but Guida Draak is still the 2nd-in-Command of the unit; Integra von Hoellesingen commissioned her as a colonel but for the Wildgaense she is still 'Die Lieutenant' (in English). During the survivors' wild binge when safety was reached she took up the challenge to wear a *purple* wig, and she still wears one most of the time -always when in uniform: for the Wildgaense this wig is 'their second flag'.

aka Cardinal Johan-Ludwig von Hausseinem in Christofberg, Elector Spiritual of the Reich of the Germans
aka Louys de Monte-Cristo

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