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This article is about the heir to House Wulfenbach. For other uses, see Wulfenbach (disambiguation).


"What do I have to do! I just took down an entire army of war clanks! And I still get treated like a halfwit child!"[1]

Gilgamesh Wulfenbach is heir to an empire that spans most of Europa and is a powerful Spark. Neither factor has made anything easy for him.

Story Edit

Before the StoryEdit

When Klaus Wulfenbach returned to Europa from parts unknown nearly two decades ago, he carried a young Gil on his back. Gil has never mentioned his mother in-comic and according to an exchange in the print novel Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle he does not even not know who she is.

Gil was raised not as befits a Spark and the heir to an empire, but in secret at the bottom of the social and technological pecking order of school aboard Castle Wulfenbach. Known as Gilgamesh Holzfäller, he made friends with Tarvek and they had a fun time together before a falling out . When he broke through at age 8, Klaus found a way to hide Gil’s spark, as none of his dormitory mates knew of his Sparkiness. Despite this he was still good friends with both Theopholous DuMedd and Sleipnir O'Hara, but his eventual departure to Paris put a strain on their friendship as did the interception of attempted communication between the former classmates, as seen in Agatha H and the Airship City.

Gil blossomed while attending university in Paris, where he kept the assumed name of Holzfäller . There he wrote music, made friends, and enemies. He did a little shopping. He even acquired a reputation as a ladies-man, though he never found a girl he could really talk to. During this time he met Tarvek again , who was still ignorant of his former friend's true identity, and he first met Zola.

With his education 'over', Gil was announced to the world as the Baron's son and heir. For Gil this began a new series of tests that his father contrived to test his sparkiness and leadership capabilities.

The Beetleburg IncidentEdit

At Transylvania Polygnostic University in Beetleburg, Gil passes Klaus's test du jour by seeing through his father's ruse regarding the Dihoxulator. Unfortunately, Professor Tarsus Beetle attacks when his possession of a hive engine is revealed and Gil kills him with one of Beetle's own bombs. A less auspicious introduction to the girl of his dreams is hard to imagine than killing her mentor.

Though Klaus believes Moloch von Zinzer to be the author of the Search Engine clank, Gil suspects that it is Agatha Clay. All are taken to Castle Wulfenbach, where Gil investigates his theory by falling for Agatha , dancing with her, showing her his mood lighting, and, most winningly, by playing 'house'—or rather 'laboratory' —with her.

With help from Agatha's Electric Foils and Dingbots, Gil and Agatha destroy the re-activated Beetleburg hive engine together. The thrill of victory inspires a kiss and one of the worst marriage proposals of all time. Agatha has fled the Castle by the time Gil recovers from getting his bell rung . Gil and Bangladesh DuPree try to bring her back, but are tricked into believing that she had already been killed by a rogue clank in the Wastelands.

Death Cannot Stop True LoveEdit

Having known the dead girl less than two weeks, Gil does what any reasonable young man would do: he throws himself night and day into killing every rogue clank he can find and resurrecting his late love's adoptive parents, the constructs Punch and Judy. It is this later project that prevents Gil from going to Agatha the moment he learns that she's alive[2].

In Great Hospital at Mechanicsburg, Klaus's warning that Agatha is really Lucrezia Mongfish and the Other does little to temper Gil's passion. Gil sends Captain Vole to retrieve Agatha from the Coffee shop, but this backfires, sort of,[3] when Vole tries to kill her. He is foiled by Agatha throwing "very goot coffee" in his face and clocking him with a monkey wrench.

Outside the city, Gil manages to get within sight of Agatha, but he is wounded while calling down lightning from the heavens to defend his father's empire from the war clanks of the Knights of Jove.[4] He makes Daddy very proud , though. Taken to Mamma Gkika's place to patched up, Gil responds surprisingly well to Jäger medicine.

While recovering from his wounds, Gil confesses his love for Agatha to Zeetha and acquires a Magnificent Hat. Contrary to Klaus's suspicion that the green-haired girl has come to Europa to kill Gil, Gil and Zeetha become fast friends almost immediately. Gil and Zeetha's budding friendship thrives on a diet of situations that could easily have fostered mistrust. Neither mistrust nor romance blooms between them, however. Perhaps this is merely because they both care for Agatha or perhaps not. Either way, they are soon on their way into Castle Heterodyne to help Agatha.[5]

Inside Castle HeterodyneEdit

As of the start of Volume IX, Gil's party inside the Castle consists of himself, Zeetha, Krosp, Theopholous DuMedd, Sleipnir O'Hara, and The Unstoppable Higgs.

Shortly after entering, he is greeted by name by Zola "Heterodyne", who knows him from his time in Paris, though not as the Wulfenbach heir. Judging from her greeting, Gil may have been something of a rebellious youth; Zola felt he was heading for a bad end and while upset, is not surprised find him in Castle Heterodyne.

Shortly thereafter, Gil sends the rest of his group all away to find Agatha while continuing to string along Zola and pump her for information, unaware that Agatha was already roaming the castle looking for Gil himself. Agatha finds Gil before the rest of the group found Agatha. Agatha's method of greeting Gil is to pin him (and Zola) under the paw of a mechanical tiger-dog, unable to move or speak. When she eventually let him get up, a potential tender moment is interrupted by an enraged Silas Merlot in a battle clank. Gil attempts to take out Merlot and gets shot in the left shoulder for his trouble. After Merlot spends some time monologuing and terrorizing Agatha and others in the room, Gil rebounds, pickes up Merlot, battle clank and all, and tosses him across the room in a startling display of enraged strength.

Baron Gilgamesh WulfenbachEdit

Following numerous delays and complications, including quarreling constantly with Tarvek and getting himself infected with (and cured of) Hogfarb's Resplendent Immolation, Gil helps Agatha get the Castle mostly repaired. Word then comes that Klaus has been killed during an attack on the Great Hospital, forcing Gil to return to Castle Wulfenbach, only to be met with skepticism from the airship's staff of his identity...were it not for the Magnificent Hat to give it to them straight.

When he finally affirms that it is indeed him to Boris, he immediately orders an officer to hide the hat away for good before DuPree comes by to see it for herself. Gil dismisses her claims as being a mere delusion on her part. Then he accuses Bang of dereliction of duty, forcing her into a tearful explanation of why she was not there to save his father when the Great Hospital collapsed. She was under orders from Klaus to leave, and went straight back to find him, but was unable to see Klaus before the hospital fell in upon itself. Gil proceeds to comfort her, even taking Bang's death threat in good stride. Due to the disappearance of Klaus, Boris along with the rest of the staff present, recognize Gil as the new Baron, and state that they await his command .

Gil is at first uncomfortable with his immediate succession and questions Boris' loyalty to Klaus before asking if they were at least able to find the body. The secretary explains that they were not able to, but adds that he is acting under the missing Baron's direct orders that if there was ever any cause to believe that the latter is dead, Boris is to publicly recognize Gil as Klaus' replacement without delay .

When, to no one's real surprise, the Baron reappears alive on board the airship, Gil dispatches Tarvek, Othar and Captain Vole back to the surface, and forcibly doses Bangladesh DuPree with some of Tarvek's anti-revenant formula. She knocks him out, and he awakens to find himself being accused by Klaus of 1. poisoning Bang and 2. being a revenant, though considering that Klaus is a revenant under at least partial control of a copy of Lucrezia, the validity of these charges must be questioned. Klaus eventually shows an imprisoned Gil the amount of forces he is prepared to throw against Agatha, Mechanicsburg and the now fully-repaired Castle Heterodyne, forcing Gil to allow himself to be subjected to an unknown procedure. It is eventually revealed this involves inserting a copy of the Baron's mind to (temporarily?) "possess" Gil in a similar way to Lucrezia does with Agatha.

Gil reappears when Agatha is atop the Castle, preparing to give it the final charge it needs to truly resume full operations. His atypical and intransigent attempt to drag her back to Castle Wulfenbach causes her to have him tossed out of Mechanicsburg by Franz the dragon. Gil makes his way back to Castle Wulfenbach, where Klaus tells his subordinates that he has placed Gil under "control", leaving him safe to take Klaus's place. Klaus then personally takes the Take five bomb down into Mechanicsburg and activates it.

Two and a Half Years After Bomb/Door pageEdit

After the time-skip caused by the bomb, Agatha (and the reader) learns that Gilgamesh has been engaged in open war with at least one copy of The Other, and found a way to liberate her revenants (or at least the ones on Castle Wulfenbach). To make matters worse, Gil is also having to fight the various Spark houses and surrounding empires his father kept in check. As a result of all this, he has lost control of a significant portion of the Empire (though it is expanding again, with various bits and pieces even requesting to re-join), and is concentrating much of his remaining resources on control of the Mechanicsburg Valley, piling enormous amounts of time and effort into an attempt to break through the thorn-hedge around the city, and the time-bubble his father set off. He greatly mourned Agatha after the bomb went off, going so far as to build enormous statues of her, station squadrons of message sentinels for her around the city, and going without sleep for extended periods of time. He has been engaging in diplomatic talks with Martellus von Blitzengaard's family, and is using the man's sister Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard to deliver messages, while rebuffing her overtures towards a (theoretically) cold-blooded but politically advantageous marriage.

He is being hampered by the fact that he is suffering ongoing lack of sleep and mental damage; under duress, he finally explains the Klaus-copy procedure he underwent to (a noticeably not-poisoned) Bang, to her great displeasure.

When he learns that Agatha has reappeared, Gil shows up near The Refuge of Storms, chasing Refuge-escapee Violetta on the back of a Great Sky Wurm, accompanied by Bang, Higgs the sailor and his clank minder Bohrlaikha. He is knocked unconscious by Tweedle's Hand redirecting the lightning from Gil's new zappy stick; the brawl between the two allows Violetta time to escape. When Gil returns to the land of the living after a couple of days Agatha sends a message to him in the form of a monster clank. Toward the end of the message Klaus-in-Gil takes control and smashes the device.

Following another unsuccessful attempt to intercept/talk to/capture Agatha, and an unwelcome reminder of Tweedle's expanding power, Gil is joined again by Higgs in a hazardous trip into the Mechanicsburg time-bubble via a set of jury-rigged "tunnels". The duo are successful in their attempt to extract Vole from the bubble, albeit aging him hundreds of years in the process. During this, they converse remotely with Castle Heterodyne, which is able to resist the effects of the time-bubble to an unknown degree. All three of them are unpleasantly surprised to learn that the bubble has attracted the attention of an enormous and quite Hideous Extradimensional Being: Type 1, which is reaching towards the frozen Klaus and his "bomb". The Castle estimates that Gil (or precisely Agatha) has two years to find a way to undo the bubble before Something Bad Happens.

Chasing Agatha Edit

Gil then travels to the Corbettite Depot Fortress of St. Szpac where Agatha has been forced to take refuge, and where Tweedle has already arrived with his own forces. Despite having arrived with a much bigger army (at least after Tweedle's losses to The Beast), Gil is unwilling to incur the kind of trouble that breaking the Corbettite Rule of Sanctuary would bring. Instead, he orders his forces to surround the depot and grab Martellus and/or Agatha if either emerges, and then proceeds inside himself to talk to Agatha under the aegis of the Corbettite Sanctuary. Unfortunately, this again triggers the Klaus-copy inside Gil to take control, but before he/it can do anything to Agatha, he is Sparkily distracted by the procedure which transfers the consciousness of the mortally-wounded Brother Ulm into the Corbettites' new super-train. The process has the unexpected side-effect of temporarily disabling Agatha's locket, allowing the Lucrezia-copy to take control of her body. The two hijackers have a tense conversation before passing out thanks to some drugged cake served by the Corbettites. Gil awakens back in control of his body, and learns that Agatha and Co. have successfully slipped through his cordon and departed. He learns their destination (Paris) from an unexpected source: a Dreen who has been lurking in the Depot's catacombs.

The Dreen goes on to say that Gil will be going to Paris himself, but this does not happen immediately: Gil is next seen back on Castle Wulfenbach sparring with Bang and then hearing reports from his agents about a mysterious new "Queen of the Dawn" who is rapidly bringing chunks of Northern Europa under her sway, and a covert Slaver-Wasp infestation of a remote town. He is also presented with a captured copy of a new miniaturized version of a Hive Engine, expanding his ongoing worries about Lucrezia-copies and Agatha.

He continues his infiltration project in Mechanicsburg, finally managing to reach Tarvek inside the Red Cathedral by precariously tunneling in from deep underneath the frozen city. In the process, his team is able to successfully extract Othar Tryggvassen from the time-field, and Gil manages to convince him to at least temporarily hold off on the Gentlemanly Heroics. They are able to extract Tarvek as well, and cure him of his Tweedle-inflicted poison, but almost immediately thereafter Tarvek is kidnapped/"rescued" by a raiding party from the Paris-based Immortal Library. An enraged Gil sets off in pursuit.

What Kind of Madboy Edit

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PersonalityEdit

For a tyrant-to-be, Gil is notably easygoing most of the time. His breakthrough device is unusually non-destructive. At the time he first meets Agatha, he has invented no weapons , but he has found time to build an entire Mechanical Orchestra. His personal library reflects a certain je ne sais quoi . In the heat of battle, he saves a fish (twice ), which he later adopts . The amount of effort he puts into resurrecting the adoptive parents of a dead girl who only kissed him once proves that he is more than a little bit of a romantic. He would apparently make a pretty benevolent evil overlord.

That said, young Master Gilgamesh is unquestionably ruthless. He is emotionally unaffected by killing Tarsus Beetle. He does not hesitate to fry a few dozen people outside Mechanicsburg. He motivates a friend to help him by promising to boil his homeland if he does not. He's exactly the sort of fellow who could "burn down people — women and children" if it became necessary. All in all, Gil may be a pretty accurate portrait of a young Klaus. He is also amazingly merciful; even when confronted with a former associate who has plans of killing him, returning the favor is the last thing on his mind . However, as this was due to his entirely mistaken belief that she is a actually a foolish yet harmless pawn[6] , it may be the last time he does such a thing.

In addition to his already formidable intellect and ingenuity, Gil seems to have a knack for feigning ignorance, but he does his best at this whenever he is around Agatha . This strategy not only causes his enemies to underestimate him; an often fatal mistake on their part, but also diverting suspicion away from himself. This behavior also goads his opponents into revealing information inadvertently, much to his advantage.

Gil's SparkEdit

Gil is quite a strong spark. He "broke through" when he was eight , the second earliest known. When introduced, his creations are ambitious in concept, but almost all have been deployed while still in the prototype stage. Only his music box functioned without fault. Once inspired[7], however, his talent proved truly outstanding; he single-handedly destroyed an entire army of giant war clanks . Like his father, his Spark is seemingly all-encompassing; though his breakthrough creation was a construct, he is a talented electrical and mechanical engineer, and when we first meet him he is fondly working on the only heavier-than-air flying machine seen in the series.[8] Repeating elements in his sparky style include lightning[9][10] and insects[11][12] [13]. Even Klaus himself notes how powerful his son really is, stating that if Gil would ever ally himself with his enemies (notably The Other), the world itself would potentially be in great peril.[14]

Physical AbilitiesEdit

Gil's physical prowess is nothing short of amazing as he has demonstrated several times incredible displays of strength. One notable feat was when he threw Silas Merlot's battle clank with his bare hands across an entire room moments after the latter shot him in the shoulder, only then did he succumb to the pain . (See below under Questions and Theories for further discussion of this.)

He is also a formidable combatant skilled in fencing and swordplay , as well as being able to hold his own against Zeetha in a mock fight (although she wasn't exactly holding back) and an enraged Bang bent on surrendering/killing him for pushing her crush off the Wulfenbach airship.

CreationsEdit

The WorksEdit

The Gilgamesh Wulfenbach card in The Works lists the epithets Hero, Villain, and Spark. It depicts a large insect (perhaps a relative of Zoing?) on the back of his hand apparently speaking to him.

Questions and TheoriesEdit

  • Will Gil become a benevolent ally or a despotic tyrant?
  • Who is Gil's mother ?
  • Why would someone with green hair who speaks Skiff want to kill Gil?
  • What is Gil's relationship with Zeetha?  Socially, that's one question. Genetically, they share a paternal parent.
  • What emotional crisis was Zoing, Gil's breakthrough creation, intended to solve?
    • Perhaps childhood loneliness?
    • The investigation into Gil's true parantage with Tarvek seemed to happen when they were both about 8. The trauma of being forced to betray his only friendmay have been the trigger.
      • On the matter of Gil's true parentage, what the heck is up with that? Tarvek investigated further and found that Gil's true father was Petrus Teufel, a murderous spark whose personal death toll is only rivaled by The Other. Yet nowhere is the revelation mentioned on this page and everyone in the comic is acting like this revalation never took place. I can't see anywhere in the comic where it goes on to say "Nope, Tarvek was wrong, he actually is the Baron's son". Is there something I'm missing? Is Gil the Baron's son or Petrus Teufel's? This was never made clear to me.
        • One, the story opens with Baron Wulfenbach treating Gil as his son. Two, I assumed that the records showing Gil to be the son of the infamous Petrel Teufel were a deep cover so that Gil could spy on the Barons charges with true impunity.
        • And in the very next page, he says "He's the Baron's son! It's so obvious! Of course!"
  • Why does Gil respond so well to Jäger medicine ? What does Klaus know about Jäger medicine and what has he done with that knowledge? What was ripped off Gil's leg by Mamma Gkika, and why was it there? (A medical device, and Mamma Gkika put it there to diagnose/fix Gil.)
  • Since Gil's amazing display of unnatural strength , almost everybody's asking: Is Gil a construct, or was it just an after-effect of the Jägerdraught? (The novel Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle gives a semi-canonical answer: Gkika reveals that, mostly unknown to Gil, Klaus spent a great deal of time during Gil's childhood physically improving his son via unspecified laboratory procedures.)
  • In both physical and mental terms, is that really Gil in Bangladesh's phenomena log ?

References

  1. Gil is a tad upset with Vole
  2. "...duped by a pack of carnies"
  3. Madly, sending an emissary to kill one's intended is a time-honored Heterodyne courting ritual.
  4. "Shoot him! Quickly!"
  5. "Zeetha's hand gestures"
  6. I am Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium.
  7. I am Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, little manand there is nothing I couldn't do, had I cause! And now... Now I have one! Do. You. Understand?
  8. A fixed-wing flyer seen early on in Agatha's room lacks a propeller and appears to be a lighter-than-air design.
  9. prototype lightning generator
  10. lightning stick
  11. Zoing
  12. The Works depicts him with an insect
  13. accessorizing "for extra pathos"
  14. heh. You underestimate him DuPree. How unwise.

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