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This article is about the historical personage. For other uses, see Storm King (disambiguation).

Andronicus Valois was the first—and perhaps only—Storm King. His reign occurred approximately 200 years before the main action of the comic.

Opera Version Edit

According to the Storm King Opera, he beat back the forces of Bludtharst Heterodyne as head of the "Coalition of the West," for which he was hailed as the "Storm King" and received the blessing of the "Five Good Emperors." He fell in love with Euphrosynia Heterodyne when he saw her menaced by her fiancé, Ogglespoon (who was her fiancé by arrangement with her father, not by her choice, supposedly). He tried to rescue her, only to be thwarted by a bonsai hedge maze. He then vowed to search for her forever, leading to the downfall of the Knights of Jove.

Historical Version Edit

Non-opera references to Andronicus suggest that he may have had the whole of Europa under his control, something that hasn't happened before or since (though Baron Wulfenbach was doing pretty well until Agatha showed up).

He was the original owner of the Muses, created for him by Van Rijn, as a gift from "the greatest spark of the time", to the "greatest king of all time".[1]

He did at least arrange to marry Euphrosynia, but at some point in the process she betrayed him and destroyed the "Shining Coalition". To date, there has been no historical mention of "Ogglespoon".

Tarvek Sturmvoraus is his direct descendant through the distaff line, so whatever exactly happened between him and Euphrosynia, he certainly managed to have heirs. Potentially lots of them.

It is eventually revealed that has he has been contained or preserved alive in some fashion by the Muse Prende and her time-altering Lantern inside an abandoned Corbettite vault in the catacombs under Paris. His physical appearance when finally released is striking to say the least: he is heavily armored, and of Hulk-like dimensions, with glowing yellow-green skin, and the ability to wither or age human appendages that he comes in physical contact with. From his point of view the enraged Valois went directly from the midst of a major battle (which he believed he was about to win) to the present-day Paris catacombs with no sense of the passage of time, and he believes van Rijn personally "witched [him] away." Upon being freed, he proceeds to blast his way to the surface (see below) with Prende in tow after her begging to be taken along

According to eyewitness The Master of Paris, the Master and Valois's other former allies were forced to battle him after he somehow turned into the rampaging revenant we see today. (Revenant in the more traditional sense of "remorseless undead avenger", rather than a victim of Slaver-wasps.) The Master believed that Valois had been killed, but it appears that Van Rijn lied to him about the Storm King's mortal status and spirited him away to the vault. When Valois and Prende emerge onto the surface of Paris, he and Master confront each other for presumably the last time. Valois sneers at the Master's evident aping of Castle Heterodyne technology, shrugs off attacks using said technology, and demands to know the location of his kidnapped "betrothed". Whether he is referring to Euphrosynia remains to be seen.

Weaponry Edit

Valois has a lightning-infused sword, "Archimedes' Lever," which is "bound to his soul", allowing him to sense and activate the weapon's power from a great distance away; when he emerges from his stasis, the sword is in the possession of his descendant and would-be replacement Tweedle. Andronicus uses his equally impressive mace, "The Platonic Solid", to blast molten holes in stone walls/ceilings as he storms off to reclaim the former weapon.

Print Novel Version Edit

The novel Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess opens with a brief prologue showing Andronicus, ruler of at least Western Europa, on the battlements at Sturmhalten overlooking the opposing Heterodyne forces as he prepares to marry Euphrosynia and thus cement a peace treaty with Clemethious and his son (Euphrosynia's brother) Bludtharst Heterodyne, in theory ending years of bloody warfare. Euphrosynia was evidently originally intended to marry an unnamed Heterodyne ally before catching Andronicus's eye and agreeing to marry him via an exchange of diplomatic missives. The Muses appear and inform him that his bride-to-be is a cats-paw for Clemethious, and will (at least attempt to) betray and destroy him. It is too late for him to change his plans, and he proceeds with the wedding. It should be noted that in this scene he bears little or no resemblance to the figure who emerges from the vault under Paris 200 years later.

Possibly relevant outside information Edit

Andronicus seems to be an analogue to the real-world Louis XIV of France (1638–1715), who was known as the Sun King. Among other things, Louis XIV was known for working toward a centralized state and propagating the belief of a monarch's divine right to rule, an ideology which seems to resonate with the Storm King's followers as well. However, Louis XIV was a Bourbon; the House of Valois ruled France from 1328 to 1589. Additionally, the five good emperors is likely a reference to the Roman era of the same, during the Nerva-Antonine dynasty.


  1. Master Payne's exposition

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