Father Gerät is the abbot of the Corbettite Depot Fortress of St. Szpac. He generally comes across as a sensible and pragmatic leader, dealing with Brother Ulm's rather hamfisted attempts at assassinating passenger Agatha, and then very grudgingly knuckling under when Tweedle appears on the scene with word that the relevant Pope has formally acknowledged Tweedle as the new Storm King. Tweedle in turn is impressed enough with the Father's intellect to say that he would make a good royal advisor; the fact that the Corbettite is not a member of Tweedle's family only increases his appeal.

Following the defeat of The Beast and the completion of the Corbettites' new super-train, Gerät is among the amazed witnesses when Tweedle suddenly falls over , almost as if an invisible hand reached out and clonked him on the head with a blackjack.

Prosthetic Limbs Edit

Father Gerät is missing at least part of both of his arms. In their place he has mechanical prostheses. The left is fitted with a water nozzle[1], a more conventional grabbing implement[1], some sort of pincers or cutting pliers[2][3] and a hand[3], while the right can present a hand (possibly four-fingered)[3][4][5], a tentacle (with an illuminated tip)[2][4], a double prong[6], and something that resembles a gavel or mallet[3].

While the rest of his body is concealed by his robes of office, his stance when ambulating strongly hints that more than just his arms have been replaced with mechanical apparatus.

Possible connection to the Heterodynes Edit


Father Gerät's mallet showing the pattern on its face.

The face of Father Gerät's mallet shows a pattern that has some similarities with the trilobite sigil of House Heterodyne.[3][7]

Possibly relevant outside information Edit

The abbot's name is from the German word "Gerät", which can be translated into English as "appliance", "device", "tool", "apparatus", or perhaps even "gadget".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Monday, October 6, 2014 - p. 084 left arm: nozzle (panel 3), grabber (panel 5)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Friday, October 10, 2014 - p. 085 right arm: tentacle (panels 1, 2); left arm: pincers (panel 8)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Friday, November 14, 2014 - p. 101 right arm: mallet (panel 3), hand (panel 8); left arm: pincers (panel 1), hand (panel 8)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - p. 085 right arm: hand (panels 4, 7), tentacle (panel 9)
  5. Monday, October 20, 2014 - p. 090 right arm: hand (panel 2)
  6. Friday, October 24, 2014 - p. 092 right arm: double prong (panel 1)
  7. Comment from anisosynchronic