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Quoting the Secret Blueprints, Vol. I

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They may be outdated, but they're all we have until they get the book out... eventually.

I'm starting to tire of having to pull up the HTML copy I made while Kaja still had them up, so here for everybody's easier reference is the text of the entry on:
Wulfenbach was originally a minor house in Eastern Europe. Klaus’ parents were both Gifted scientists who ran their small holdings well, used their talents for the good of their people and for the most part kept out of the politics so common amongst the Gifted. This couple is said to have had three sons, all Sparks of varying degrees who worked in the lab alongside their parents. Klaus is the only one that anyone has seen in years. Rumors abound as to the fate of the other two, but there is no one who knows for sure.

Klaus is one of the most powerful of the Gifted in known history. The Sparks tend to be specialists. They produce giant insects, or flying warships, or surgically enhanced super-soldiers. Klaus’ genius lies in his ability to absorb and integrate the work of others, and usually improve upon it. His primary interest, however, has always been the nature of the Spark itself.

Klaus spent much of his early adulthood adventuring with the Heterodyne Boys. He believed that their unique idealism could solve the problems that fueled the Long War. The friendship changed with the addition of Lucrezia Mongfish, the daughter of a truly evil mad scientist that the group went up against on several of their expeditions. Although she had initially been helping her father in his plans, Lucrezia was eventually convinced of the error of her ways and joined the group of heroes. A tense love triangle developed that ended with Lucrezia’s marriage to Bill Heterodyne and Klaus’ disappearance. It was generally assumed that he, as the defeated rival, withdrew for a time to forget the girl who rejected him.

Klaus was not heard from at all during the years when the Other was active. Many people whisper that Klaus himself was the Other and the devastating attacks were a hideous revenge directed at the Heterodynes. Klaus returned only after the Other’s attacks had ceased, and he returned in a very bad mood. His early idealism had vanished and his new strategy was simple. He drew a circle on the map and declared everything within it his territory. Every year the circle grew. Aside from a few basic rules, things were to stay the same. The ruling Sparks would stay in power, but no hostilities whatsoever were allowed. Any breach of this Peace was met with ruthless conquest and the swift removal of the aggressors. At first no one took this very seriously, and many of the Gifted rose to challenge Klaus. He wound up in control of much of Europe in just a few years.

Even though he stopped the fighting, Klaus is not popular. The surviving Great Houses want their power back, and the common people believe him to be responsible for the ruin of the Heterodynes. In stories, folksongs and plays, Klaus is usually portrayed as a traitor, always as a villain. Few people bother to point out that it speaks well for his rule that no retaliation is ever made for such amusements.

Even though they dislike and fear him, the people know that the Baron’s Peace will most likely only last as long as Klaus himself. On account of this, there are many wishes for his continued good health—at least until the Heterodynes return.

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It's got some fairly cut-and-dried answers to 'why is he hated' and 'where does he come from' that have been, IM cranky O, rather pointlessly debated in Some Places, of recent memory.

In lighter tone, a photograph of the Baron doing what he can to ensure that Truth Will Out:

Current Airship Assignment:
B.L.S. 'Vinterzhaus'
Current Level of Sparkiness:
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On August 12th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC), cerrberus commented:
See what I'm on about in your following post?
AFA REinventalist N00bs, it's something we founding [or nearly founding] members must bear. ;>)
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On August 12th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC), cerrberus replied:
And if you keep frustratedly disparaging your efforts with this, I will begin to refer to it as 'Klaus on a Crutch.'
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On August 13th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Huh, which 'this'?

Klaus will be on a crutch, his leg's a mess. Once his ribs can deal with him standing up, that is.
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On August 13th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC), cerrberus replied:
This Klaus ist goot. This dirigible ist goot. You were whinging somewhere about how poor&narsty your effort with the sim was. Lighten up. Just get in a hobbyist frame of mind about ongoing improvements and...go on. 8>)
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On August 14th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
Oh - the stitches are fighting back, that's all. I don't know enough - don't know how to build anything yet, really, but I can apply textures pretty well [points at follow-blimp].
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On August 14th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC), cerrberus replied:
I think the reasons you are doing this are to learn enuf to do spiff things there, and because it's {frustratingly] fun. Nie?
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On August 14th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC), cerrberus replied:
Oh- and of course the cheap shot answer about the scars is "Don't keep taking Klaus' clothes off! For shame."
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On August 14th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:
That's just 'cause Annechen won't leave me alone about it.

[ducks and runs]
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On August 12th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC), eoforyth commented:
Thanks for that.

Not being a member of the GG Yahoo!group I miss a lot of the debate, and haven't seen the Secret Blueprints, so don't hear about most things (although hubby did tell me about the Minor house and Circle thing). Glad to see most of my assumptions were close to the mark :)

Love the picture.
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On August 13th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC), sff_corgi replied:

Thank goodness the camera cooperated. Now if the dratted thing would actually perform to spec - some of the areas it would be towed about in will kill it off automatically for technical reasons. Errr... little hard to sum up. The Baron's lost 2 or 3 so far.
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