Reich: Key Players
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- Rupert Delatz and His Family
- Conrad Berthelmes and His Family
- Reichskanzler, Georg Emmerich
- NSRAP Chair, Eva Berthelmes
- Imperial Chief Justice, Frederic Kramer
- Imperial Chief Registrar, Doktor Klemens von Brandt
- Archmage, Tobias de Vries
- Arndt Friedemann, Guildmaster, Reich Pilot’s Guild
- Klaus von Schell, Imperial Chief of Staff
- Imperial Champion, Hans Rasch
Rupert Delatz, Herzog von Bremen, Reichsführer-SS
Rupert Delatz prefers to spend time dealing with his security responsibilities, although he is normally seen at the side of the Kaiser at important state occasions, and is acknowledged as the second most important individual in the Reich. He is also probably the most feared man in the Fatherland, which in itself is no mean achievement. It is even said that he has murdered his own children in the past, begging the question if he does not respect his own blood, where will he stop? Thus the appearance on the scene of twin sons, Stefan and Berthold, to his then-mistress, Annifrid Ragnarsian, and their chances of survival, were watched with interest in certain quarters when they were made public. The tragic death of Stefan, the elder boy, was noted in similar circles, but speculation has generally been kept to a minimum, at least in public.
In appearance, he bears a resemblance to King Robert of Sable, although Rupert’s features are somewhat harsher and since early April RY153, his left cheek has been marked by a distinct scar. However, unsurprisingly, they have a somewhat colourful relationship, given that their philosophies are diametrically opposed, as is their practice of magic. Rupert stands about 5’10”, is of light to medium build, and despite his title, he speaks English with a perfect public school accent. When he chooses, he can be very charming, which bolsters his hitherto successful reputation as a ladies man. It was therefore somewhat surprising when he married Annifrid in an SS ceremony, at the spring equinox RY153. The jury is out on whether there is any intention of fidelity on the part of the groom.
He is a licensed pilot, both civilian and military; enjoys hunting; and has been accused of being something of a daredevil and adventurer. However, he also has a love of classical music, especially Wagner, Beethoven and Schubert, and is an accomplished pianist and violinist, regularly attending concerts in Berlin and occasionally performing. He is also a talented artist. He has his primary residence at Panenske Brezany, a fortified manor house about five miles outside Berlin, and he also holds title to the ducal seat at Schloss Bremen, where he spends some of his time; and the Wewelsburg, a gothic castle on his ducal lands which is the focus of the SS training complex.
He shares his residences with Herzogin Annifrid; their daughter, Isabelle; their granddaughter, Kristina; another son named Josef; and a foster son named Wolfram Bergen, who is in his early teens. As far as Josef, the newest member of the household, is concerned, while he is recorded as being the RFSS’s son, his mother’s name isn’t in the records, so it is unlikely he is the Herzogin’s. It would appear that Rupert and his family recently spent some time away, as the younger children are now all in their early-20s.
Annifrid Ragnarsian Delatz, Herzogin von Bremen
With her marriage to Rupert Delatz in March RY 153, Annifrid now officially holds the title of Herzogin von Bremen, although she had been referred to by that title unofficially while she was still his favourite mistress. Before her marriage she was able to wield considerable influence with those who wished communication with the Reichsführer-SS, and this certainly hasn’t lessened since she became his wife. This, in turn, means that she is treated with considerable deference among the higher-ups of Reich society.
She is a tall, beautiful woman, standing around 5’9″, and when she and her husband are seen together – usually informally in the evenings, at concerts or having dinner, although she does occasionally accompany him to formal Reich events – they make a very handsome couple. Her origins aren’t commonly known within the Reich, although the rumour is that she is a Viking Princess who her lover brought home to the Fatherland after one of his trips abroad. Whatever the truth of her origins, however, she is the mother of his sons, Berthold and the ill-starred Stefan, and his daughter, Isabelle, which has given her still more influence with him.
Like the Kaiserin, she has been known to be involved in morale-boosting visits to Reich organisations and forces throughout the Fatherland’s sphere of influence, often visiting the ordinary Reich Citizens and soldiers when Rupert has business with their leaders. On such occasions, she comes across as warm, and supportive to the Reich’s aims and beliefs, and is a popular figure with the common people.
Details of the the Delatz children can be found here.
General Conrad Berthelmes, Former NSRAP Chairman, KSS (Winter Circle)
Conrad Berthelmes is one of the few people in the Reich who maintains a good relationship with both the Kaiser and the Reichsführer-SS, often acting as a liaison between them. Despite being one of the Higher Nobility titleholders, his background is as both lawyer and soldier, although he is also Talented and holds a Doctorate in Magic. In the early days of the Reich he served in the Armed Forces, specifically the Auslands-Heer, where his skill as a strategist, as well as his abilities as a soldier and a battle mage, raised him to the rank of Generalleutnant.
After a distinguished career, the still-youthful Berthelmes left the Army and returned to university to study law. After graduation, he went into practice, where he excelled in the same way as he had the military, and quickly made a name for himself – largely because of his involvement with drafting the current Shape Shifter Laws. Within rather fewer years than might have been expected, he was invited by the Kaiser to become Chairman of the NSRAP, replacing Erwin von Geert in RY127. During his tenure he has become the architect of Reich policy, as well as being a trusted adviser to both Kaiser Wilhelm and Rupert Delatz. In the latter context, despite having never served with the SS, he holds the honorary rank of SS-Obergruppenführer, and was made a Knight of the SS in RY 142.
His recent appointment as Reichsprotektor of the new Aussenhandel Group of Westphalia, along with his return to active duty with the Auslands-Heer at the increased rank of General, has raised a lot of eyebrows in Berlin. The announcement of his new appointment, issued by the Imperial Palace, also publicly acknowledged that General Berthelmes is the Kaiser’s paternal half-brother for the first time. He stepped down as Chairman of the NSRAP on 31 December RY 156.
Conrad has been married three times. The first marriage, to Ashley Warren, ended in divorce before the founding of the Reich. His second, in the early days of the Reich, ended with him being widowed. He is now happily remarried and splits his time between Berlin and Westphalia. When he can, he visits his family’s ancestral lands near Nürnberg and his wife Gabriele, and his son Xavier, are often to be found there, especially in the summer. He is thought to have few hobbies outside of work, except for riding and hunting, although he is known to play a mean game of chess.
Details of the Berthelmes children can be found here.
Reichskanzler Georg Emmerich
Georg Emmerich is a former Naval officer who later became a career politician. He did his State Service within the Heimat-Kriegsmarine, re-enlisting for a further twenty years, during which he gained the rank of Kapitän zur See. After leaving the Navy, he turned his significant talents to politics. He spent nearly twenty years as a Lower House representative for the Province of Wilhelmsburg, before becoming an active member of the Berlin City Council. He was first appointed to the Upper House of the Reichstag, representing Berlin, about sixteen years ago, and by dint of dedicated networking and friends in high places, he moved quickly up the NSRAP hierarchy in the Senate.
When he was reappointed to the Senate, he quickly gained enough support to become the leader of the NSRAP in the Upper House. Since then he has served as Reichskanzler, making him the most senior elected politician within the Reichstag, and giving him a seat on the Imperial Council. He is the political face of the Reich, acting as host for state visits to Berlin from the Aussenhandel and other nations with diplomatic relations with the Fatherland. He also travels abroad as the Reich’s senior politician, often accompanying the Kaiser or the Kaiserin on state visits, as well as embarking on many of his own.
He is a dedicated family man, having been married to Franziska for about thirty-five years, and they have two sons in the Navy and a daughter who has recently been elected as Lower House member for her father’s old constituency
Oberstleutnant Eva Berthelmes, Chair of the NSRAP
Eva Berthelmes is Conrad’s daughter by his second st wife, Mathilde. Despite being identified as Talented at an early age, she decided to do her State Service with the Wehrmacht, before going to mage school in Berlin. After graduating top of her class, she rejoined the Wehrmacht, and had a successful career with the Auslands-Heer as a communications specialist, during which time she was sponsored by the army to do first her Masters and then her Doctorate in magic. She finally left the service at the rank of Oberstleutnant, and followed her father’s footsteps to Law School.
She had a successful second career as a specialist in criminal and international law, working in the Department of Legal Affairs, and was expected to be appointed to the Judiciary (specifically the Berlin HöherGericht). It therefore came as a surprise when she replaced Adalheid Ansgar as Imperial Chief of Staff in RY 152. A further move from that position was undertaken in April RY 155, when she joined the office of the Chairmain of the NSRAP. She was appointed Chair of the Party, replacing her father, with effect from on 1 January RY 157.
She has been married once, to a fellow officer in the Auslands-Heer, but he was killed in action about two years later. Since then, her love life has occasionally made the Court and Social pages, but for the most part, she avoids the limelight in that regard. She is known to be a skilled pianist, and is also a decent watercolour artist. She lives in Berlin.
Frederic Kramer, Imperial Chief Justice
Frederic Kramer, head of the Reich Judiciary, has been Imperial Chief Justice since RY149, having previously served as one of the ReichsRichteren. He studied at Berlin Mage College, and then did his State Service as a clerk with the Berlin UntereGericht, where he first became interested in the study of law. He went back to university and read law, taking the necessary exams to become qualified to practice criminal law. He also continued his magical studies on release, once he was working in court, and gained a doctorate specialising in healing magic, with particular reference to mental magic, on the theory that the combination of the law, trusting his instincts, and being able to fall back on truth reading when all else failed, would make him more efficient as a prosecutor.
Once he had spent some years with the Berlin local court, he returned to his home province of Weimar, working first in the provincial court in Odessa, and then in the ProvinzHauptstadtGerichten in his home city. He returned to Berlin about twenty years ago, when he was appointed as an Imperial Judge, and was promoted to his current position fifteen years later.
As well as being Imperial Chief Justice, Kramer is the uncle of the Herzog von Weimar, making him a member of the hoher Adel. His most important piece of unfinished business is to discover who had his elder brother, Eugen, assassinated ten years ago.
Klemens von Brandt, DMg, Imperial Chief Registrar
The Imperial Chief Registrar is in charge of the department which employs the twelve Imperial Registrars, who are responsible for acknowledging births and deaths within the nobility, and ruling on the suitability or otherwise of noble marriages, especially within the High Nobility. In addition to the twelve regular registrars are three Investigating Registrars – forensic mages who have responsibility for investigating crimes which may involve members of the nobility, or unexpected deaths thereof. The Registrars are also the equivalent of the Sable College of Arms.
The current Chief Registrar, Herr Doktor Klemens von Brandt, was formerly one of the Investigating Registrars. He is Talented, and attended Berlin Mage College, where his specialities were Investigative Magic and Healing with a Genetics specialisation.
Archmagus Tobias de Vries
Archmagus Tobais de Vries is the most important mage in the country, running, as he does, the Reich Bureau of Talented Affairs. He is a member of the Reichskabinett and is considered the foremost civilian sorcerer in the Reich.
Born in RY069 to a Talented family, his potential as a mage was identified when he was only eleven years old. He chose to go to Mage College immediately after leaving school, instead choosing to delay his State Service until after he gained his Bachelor’s degree. He undertook State Service with the Heimat-Heer, but decided not to remain in the armed forces once he had completed his civic duty.
Instead he returned to Mage College to take a Master’s in Investigative Magic and then joined the Kripo as an criminal investigator. They sponsored his Doctorate, during which he extended his specialities to include Communications magic, and he passed with flying colours. About five years later, after being heavily involved in an investigation involving a rogue mage turned serial killer, de Vries was approached by the RBTA to become a full-time investigator for the Bureau, and he decided to take the opportunity.
Arndt Friedemann, Guildmaster, Reich Pilot’s Guild
Grand Pilot Arndt Friedemann is the first Guildmaster of the Reich Guild of Pilots, which organises and regulates the ATS system and it’s operative in the lands controlled by the Fatherland. He is Lebensborn and Talented, and joined the SS shortly after leaving school, through which he attended the SS-Schule Haus to learn magic. However, towards the end of the course, it was discovered that he was better suited for a career in the Forstapo than as a battle mage.
Considering it wise to take that advice, once his Bachelor’s degree was completed, he joined that section of the RSHA organisation. He had a successful career in that capacity, reaching the rank of Brigadeführer, although he was allowed to return to the Schule Haus to take his Master’s, specialising in Transport and Communication. With the arrival of the ATS system in the Reich, he was approached by the RFSS to consider becoming the Reich Guildmaster, and welcomed the change of career.
On the Kaiser’s Staff
Klaus von Schell, Imperial Chief of Staff
Klaus von Schell is the middle son of Reichsmarschall Gottfried von Schell. After school, he went straight into the Auslands-Heer at the behest of his father. Being Talented, he studied at the Armed Forces Mage College, before having a good career as a battlefield soldier, reaching the rank of Oberstleutnant. However, once he was promoted off the front lines, he quickly decided that if he was going to have to drive a desk, he’d rather not do it with the Armed Forces, and resigned his commission for a career in government service.
He went to work with the Ministry of War, rising rapidly through the ranks of the Civil Service. He first caught the eye of Kaiser Wilhelm, when he presented a report on the reorganisation of logistics to improve the supply lines for military equipment in the Aussenhandel territories. After that, he became the Kaiser’s advisor of choice within the War Ministry, much to the chagrain of his Permanent Secretary. He was approached to become the Kaiser’s Chief of Staff on the resignation of the previous incumbent, Eva Berthelmes, and is currently settling into his new position.
Hans Rasch, Ritter von Berlin, Imperial Champion
The current Imperial Champion is Hans Rasch, who was brought up within the Lebensborn system, although it is now known that he is the son of Jürgen Kessler, former Head of the Reichs-SD and now Warleader of Valhalla. Hans went to Berlin Mage School, where he specialised in offensive and defensive magic, and then served for some years in the Auslands-Heer. He attained the rank of Major, proving his competence both as a military commander and in physical combat. However, it was the latter which brought him to the attention of the Kaiser, when he saved Wilhelm’s life in the only assassination attempt in living memory which has got passed the Imperial Knights, killing two of them in the process. On the strength of his actions that day, the Kaiser offered him the position of Imperial Champion, at the same time raising him to Ritter von Berlin. He has held his position for twenty years, although he does also spend time on active duty, and has never been seriously threatened on the exceedingly rare occasions that his services have been required.