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At long last - and it's not even January!

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First, back in August, a poster named DataLaughing shared a 'spoiler' bookplate sketch -- the request had been for Zeetha's father, the great warrior Chump. As DataLaughing says, 'Look familiar?'



Meanwhile, with a large antipodean continent sort of getting in my way, I had requested a sketch of the Baron in his most intriguing Skifandran clothing. That, in fact, came yesterday:


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And just because I like sharing, here's a sketch of the late Baronin Wulfenbach, to which everybody so far has said, 'So Klaus got his nose from his father....':


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...and there we have a large section of puzzle drop into place. The eventual journey to Skifander will be all that more intriguing, now that we have a little more to anticipate.
Current Airship Assignment:
In the archives
Current Level of Sparkiness:
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On October 8th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC), sinick commented:
Ooooh THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting these!

I think those are pretty much clinchers for Chump's real identity.
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On October 8th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
You are most welcome, and finestkind, it sure is.

As 'Heron said to me elsewhere, 'Very John Carter of Mars.'
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On October 8th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC), cerrberus commented:
Wow! And what a Chump he is!
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On October 8th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC), genie_burton commented:
Now my big bookplate pic that I want to see is 'Klaus on his wedding night'. ;)
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On October 8th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
...I wanna see how Professor Phil deals with that one.

I'll even help you pay for the book.
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On October 8th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC), mnenyver commented:
WUAH! AZUHBUHFWEHSQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! ZZNGNORFT!

*runs around in circles with her arms flailing*

*faints, collapses into a delirious puddle*


I am still beaming smugly over the fact that I first called "Chump", ages ago, and no prediction I've made about Klaus has been wrong yet. :D
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On October 8th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC), barsukthom replied:
You are like onto a very Klaussian oracle.
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On October 8th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC), mnenyver commented:
Gil bears a family resemblance to his grandmother.
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On October 8th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
[doubletakes] It's Gil with a snood. Oy gevalt.
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On October 8th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC), barsukthom commented:
She bears a certain "Vy must Hy vaste zeit mit zis foolisch portrait? Zere his SCHIENCHE to be done!"
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On October 8th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC), lignota commented:
*squeee!*
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On October 8th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC), julietvalcouer replied:
I see your squee and raise you a giddy giggle or two.

(Hi, all, been lurking, had to post for this.)
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On October 8th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC), sveethot commented:
Whew! I can finally speak up about something! I asked Phil to confirm that Klaus was Chump back in March, which he did (I can give you that.) But back in January I requested a book plate of Chump (if he was okay with that), but instead received Ognian.

Anyway, the 2nd sketch is muy steamy - in an all hot & bothersome way. Thanks for sharing your pics!
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On October 8th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
I wonder why they decided to leak it finally. Another poster on that source for 'Chump' asked for Klaus's wife and got a certain royal Spark who has been mentioned.
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On October 8th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC), cerrberus commented:
Hey! Neither of the 'Chumps' have chest scars!!1!!
Significant?
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On October 8th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Phil-ism. He's even done it in print.
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On October 8th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC), mnenyver commented:
*looks again, is still giggling and squeeing and spinning in circles over this*

WHEEEEEEE!!!!!11


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On October 8th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC), mnenyver commented:
Oh, and look how much time and thought he took on the sketch of Klaus' costume. I don't think anyone else has a sketch quite like that.

And I think he's wearing a loincloth. Er... *zones out, head tilted*

... I'll be in my bunk.
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On October 8th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
The question has been put forth among sketch viewers as to whether that's trews or a brief of some sort.
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On October 8th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC), tikatu commented:
And here I was thinking all this time that - seeing as Skifander seems to be a matriarchal society - that Chump was Zeetha's mother.
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On October 8th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Well, from this... that's understandable. I do think there's someplace else (one of the radio plays?) where Chump is specified as her father, and Zanthabraxus was specified as Queen of Skifander between The Works and the Zeetha's-story flashback way back when.

It was a lot of little things that added up correctly, but confirmation is a very comforting thing to have.
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On October 8th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC), rp_sesu commented:
I get the feeling that Klaus got his nose from a few too many punches to the face, and not just from his father. Maybe this is just me, but it's got a kind of Stephen-Fry-crooked to it
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On October 8th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Mr. 'I get no adventure these days' not having his nose broken frequently? Inconceivable!

Interesting lack of vanity (or something) that he wouldn't have had Sun fix it during some repair session or another, yes?
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On October 8th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC), leoparda commented:
So Gil is a throwback to Grandma... he definitely has her nose :)
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On October 9th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
And here I'd always been thinking he got his nose from his mum.
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On October 11th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC), bubbles_karate commented:
And the fandom rejoiced!
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On October 12th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC), klauswulfenbach commented:
I was just informed about this. I see I will have words with Professor Foglio... among others.
On October 12th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC), mnenyver replied:
=O

*hides*
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On October 14th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC), mister_inkwell commented:
O-oh my goodness. WELL THEN.

Now I want a Zeetha in Mayfield more than ever.
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On October 14th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC), schmot_gurl commented:
Ooooh, fantastic!

And those are some nice sketches.
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On January 18th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC), leanan_peredhil commented:
Wow. Just wow.

May I repost the pictures in the Gaia Online Girl Genius Guild? Pretty please? I will credit not only the Foglios but whoever commissioned the pictures.

Also, is the Baronesa Gil's mom or his grandma?

Also, what do you guys think of the latest news that Klaus is a construct?
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On January 18th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Thank you for asking! You might want to post the links, less stressful on slow connections that way - or even just direct them here. Your choice.

The Baronin is Klaus's mother, therefore Gil's grandmother.

Latest news? There's nothing 'latest' about that, he's always been a construct. See this note from the Professora. :)
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On January 21st, 2011 07:17 am (UTC), leanan_peredhil commented:
Pics were posted and the reactions were much the same as here. I had of course already revealed the Klaus=Chump connection, got slightly chewed for not posting spoiler warnings and mostly stared at in shock and disbelief. Would you guys like to know some of the theories my friends on Gaia have regarding Klaus, Gil, Zeetha and Skifander?
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On January 21st, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Please do! It sounds quite entertaining. :D
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On March 12th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC), liarashadowsong commented:
OMG I've theorized for ages that Gil and Zeetha are at least half if not full blood siblings (aka that Chump is Klaus), and now I've seen actual evidence! Yay!!! Thank you for posting this.
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On May 16th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
hmmm
baronin wulfenbach kinda resembles tarvek. look at tarveks face in the 5th panel of "Cinderella: Page 001"
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On May 16th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Re: hmmm
Actually, after someone brought it to my attention, I've been thinking Gil's a ringer for his paternal grandmother.

Given the Professors' style, though... sometimes family resemblances include the whole cast. [grin]
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On August 29th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC), brenda_ea commented:
This is completely unexpected for me because I always assumed that Chump was Zeetha's mother! With the whole amazon-warrior thing, I figured descent was matrilineal.

I figured Zeetha and Gil were half-siblings. Well, they still might be...
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On August 30th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
One of the otherwise-non-canonical sketches the Professora had been posting has Zeetha referring to Chump as her father. They've been coy everywhere else... except for sketch requests. :)

True about the relationship. Since they have, no question (except by the extremely dubious), the same father, the question remains whether they have the same mother for sure.

I think one of the reasons for their 'leak' might be to engender some long-term anticipation.
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On May 18th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I thought Skifander was a matriarchy. That would probably make Zeethra's 'great warrior' parent her mother, not her father. (Unless both her mother and her father were named Chump.)
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On July 9th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
I just went through all the Daily Sketches, and either missed it or it's not there -- but there WAS a sketch, as I mention immediately above, where Zeetha refers to her father the great warrior. True, they're non-canonical and usually tongue-in-cheek sketches, but some are also spoilery.

Your reasoning is quite sound and most of the fandom followed the same logical path - but Zeetha's mother is most likely (although not definitely) the Queen, Zantabraxus. You must admit it would take somebody pretty impressive (like, oh, a great warrior) to catch the eye of the Queen of Skifander....
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On May 30th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC), liritarofrohan commented:
I'm a bit late to the party, but I found this through the GG wiki, and I've had the page open for days, just staring at it, lol. Thanks for posting.
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