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The Dreen are entities of extra-dimensional origin about whom very little is currently known. According to Klaus Wulfenbach (via Gil) these creatures exist "tangential" to time as humans experience it.
Physical Description Edit
Dreen are of about average human height or a little taller and seem to be built along roughly humanoid lines, though their obscuring clothing makes this very uncertain. Over their bodies is worn a golden or brass-colored conical hat, from which descends a translucent veil, about half the length of the robes. Only their very slender arms are exposed outside of the black drapery, and whether that's black-and-green-striped skin terminating in cyan hands or suit sleeves with gloves, they still have unnaturally long, spidery, claw-like fingers (arachnodactyls) which seem sharp and strong enough to easily penetrate a slaver warrior's carapace. (see below under Novels.)
The Dreen were accidentally Agatha's ancestor Robur Heterodyne, thanks to his experiments with the nature of time. In response, Robur smashed his machinery, but this did not banish the Dreen back to wherever they came from. (Although Castle Heterodyne seems to believe it did.)Europan humanity's plane of existence by
At Robur's desperate request, the Dreen and the device which summoned them were taken from their arrival spot by the Corbettite Monks. At some point long after this, at least two of the Dreen somehow came to be working for (or at least with) the Wulfenbach empire, while the device made its way to the Incorruptible Library under Paris. The story of their arrival is evidently not common knowledge; even Gil appears to be unaware of it.
Based on the depiction of their summoning, it is possible that only three of these creatures are currently present in Europa.
In the Comic Edit
In the comic proper, the Dreen are first mentioned when the elder Wulfenbach Adam and Lilith. (Though said guarding never takes place.) Before we were properly "introduced" to them, Word of God told us that in the background of (the image above) are them.them to be strong and/or powerful enough to serve as guards for
Along with fighting the slaver-wasp infestation on Castle Wulfenbach, The Dreen in Klaus's attack on Mechanicsburg, where their reputation is so fearsome that even the normally stalwart Jagermonsters opt to . This attitude is promptly shown to be well-founded when Knight of Jove pilot Martellus von Blitzengaard attempts to squash one of them; the targeted Dreen shrugs off the attack and obliterates the Knight with an energy blast, with Tweedle just barely leaping to safety.
Two and a half years later, Gil and Higgs retrieve Vole from the time-frozen Mechanicsburg, but not without a conversation with the Castle, which insists on a view of the center of the time stop. They see that don't look exactly like the Dreen, but (as we know from other sources) must be related, if not quite the same. The Castle estimates that they will arrive in Mechanicsburg in two years, with the intention to do harm to the inhabitants of this three-dimensional world. So that's the deadline for rescuing Mechanicsburg from Klaus's time freeze.
Shortly thereafter, a lone Dreen Corbettite Depot Fortress following the Beast's escape-rampage through the fortress's treasure-vaults. Agatha's Wasp eater seems to notice and react adversely to the Dreen which, as seen in the included picture, lurks in some shadows as Agatha and Co. go running past. It is unknown at the current time if this is a legitimate triggering of the Wasp-eater's intended function (i.e., identifying wasp-infected Revenants), or if a Dreen is just that scary. (The whole "tangential to normal time" thing would seem to suggest the latter.) Either way, the Dreen is then shown either watching, trailing or pursuing Agatha's group, but Agatha and friends eventually defeat the Beast, finish construction on the Corbettites' new Sparky super-train, deal with the arrival of Gil and his forces, and depart the fortress for Paris, all without further interaction with the Dreen.in the bowels of the
It is Gil himself and Bangladesh DuPree who are finally by the creature, which is identified as not being one of the two(?) working for the Wulfenbach empire, and which enigmatically announces Agatha's intended destination to Gil, adding that Gil will be journeying there himself. This prompts Gil to recall Castle Heterodyne's rather sketchy of the previous type of Hideous Extradimensional Being to appear in Mechanicsburg following Robur's experiment with time, specifically that these entities "had hats." Agatha later learns about this incident from a notebook in the Immortal Library, but not that that Robur's "angels" were the Dreen.
The Novels Edit
In the print novel Agatha H and the Airship City, the Dreen are described as 'killing with a touch' and as being the only thing that the slaver wasps seem to honestly fear: "Deep within the midst of the enemies moved the Dreen, two unearthly terrifying creatures garbed in dark wide brimmed conical hats and long, obscuring veils. They killed with a touch, and they alone seemed to scare the Slaver Wasps. Everywhere they drifted a circle of emptiness opened around them as wasps desperately tried to escape."
Possibly relevant outside information Edit
- The Dreen are the bad guys in a series of novels by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor.
- Also, another race called the Dreen feature in Star Rider by Doris Piserchia.
- And a race by that name appears in "Man of Two Worlds" by Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert.
- Dreen is also a dialect variant of the word drain.
- The Dreen appear in the 1993 trilogy written by J. Calvin Pierce about a place called Ambermere. The female Dreen is first mentioned in The Sorceress of Ambermere.
- ↑ It seems the Castle either doesn't know that the Dreen weren't actually banished when Robur smashed his device or isn't telling: , volume 1 of act 2, page 043 (web), panel 7.