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It is known that when Lucrezia sent Klaus away to exile, he ended up in Skifander roughly 22 years ago. This would explain why Klaus can speak Skiff (as well as why he knows a special mental exercise for postponing sleep, essentially the as a secret, ancient, Skifandrian warrior discipline Zeetha uses).
Wherever Klaus was for those 4-5 years (which includes time spent reaching Skifander) would include Gil's birthplace (or at least include his meeting the woman who would give birth to Gil). Further, Klaus thinks that a green-haired woman who speaks Skiff, that is, some one from Skifander, would have reason to kill Gil.
Baron Wulfenbach's statement that he "kept [Gil] alive" hints at the old story that Amazons (to whom the tribeswomen of Skifander bear more than a passing resemblance) kill all of their male children. Whether this is accurate, of course, would be known only to Zeetha, to whom the question has not yet been put.
It also recalls Phil's statement on Reddit that the Skifandrians "don't like twins," although since that comment was supposed to be "non-spoilery" its relevance to the main plot is tenuously speculative at best.
Now that Zeetha has had a few conversations with Gil, she seems to know something significant about their relationship.
Hence, Gil was evidently born in Skifander to a woman of Skifandrian warrior heritage.
See also: Forum:Gil's mother
|People who support this theory:||Quadibloc Mnenyver HeterodyneGirl (talk) 23:58, September 25, 2012 (UTC)|
It is assumed that Gil's mother is the Zantabraxus, Warrior Queen of Skifander. See below.to whom Klaus refers only once in the first eight volumes. One popular theory is that Gil's mother is
|People who support this theory:||Quadibloc Mnenyver Socks Axi Zarchne Corgi, Bosda|
Another theory, entered by an anonymous user: It could also be that Lucrezia is his mother. We know they were involved, before she married Bill. (Editing fixed by Argadi 10:19, January 27, 2010 (UTC))
- Word of God is that Gil and Agatha are not related. They are not Luke and Leia. This theory says they are half-siblings and therefore is not correct. 188.8.131.52 15:14, April 24, 2012 (UTC)
|People who support this theory:||Petersohn|
Relationship to ZeethaEdit
It is speculated that the Chump of whom Zeetha is a daughter could be Klaus Wulfenbach, which would make Gil her brother. This may be foreshadowing of that possibility or merely the Foglios teasing us.
|People who support this theory:||Quadibloc Mnenyver HeterodyneGirl (talk) 00:00, September 26, 2012 (UTC)|
The Professors have "leaked" a confirmation, mostly via book preorder bookplate sketches, that Klaus was also known as "Chump" while he was in Skifander, and therefore is .
It may be interesting to note that there is a set of twins in Mesopotamian mythology named Gilgamesh and Enkidu, of which Gilgamesh is the "civilized" one and Enkidu is the "wild" one. Taking into account the idea that Skifandrians don't like twins, and that Klaus seems to have felt he needed to remove Gil from Skifander for his safety, it's possible that Gil has a twin (and that it might be Zeetha).
Battle-Draught (which heals Jägers) is, one hopes, distinct from the Jägerbräu (which creates them). There has been some suggestion outside the main narrative that taking Jägerbräu is dangerous (i.e., a fairly high percentage of subjects die immediately), which is further reason to believe that they are distinct.
Izpruf dat Gil has Jäger characteriztiks? Dot vas very Jäger-like battle-rage. Is Gil on his way to growing into ? And even more importantly, is "Gilamonster" a better pun?
The Foglios stated that Jägermonsters were not a case of "assembled and zapped to life" so much as, "Here, drink this." What was the first thing that Zeetha said to Gil when he woke up? And what exactly did Mamma Gkika rip off his leg, anyway?
We find that Gil has been raised on "immunizing" doses of poisons and diseases, which may explain some of his superior resistance to harm.
Couldn't the strength and rages simply be the side effects of the battle-draught Mamma Gkika warned him about, that will eventually pass as it gets out of his system?
The ability of the Baron to hide Gil's sonship and his Spark, that Bang (and especially Vole?) underestimate him, and that members of the Storm King conspiracy remain unaware of him until too late seem consistent with the Somebody Else's Problem effect. It may be that Klaus managed to to create a SEP field generator.
|People who support this theory:||Zarchne|
Von Pinn and Gil's SparkEdit
Some have speculated that Klaus, given his association with the Heterodyne Boys, might have been able to produce a device similar to the locket which Barry Heterodyne devised for Agatha. So far, however, we have seen no direct evidence to suggest this.
At one point, though, Nickodeamus Yurkofsky notes that Von Pinn was about Gil's behavior. This could mean that she supervised Gil closely to prevent him from exhibiting his Spark in such ways as interrupting him the moment he began to show signs of losing his temper.
|People who support this theory:||Quadibloc|
According to Othar's Twitter (which is now considered too insane to be Canon), Gil inside Castle Heterodyne. Of course, it could be an alternate timeline, a dream sequence, a reference to some future visit to Castle Heterodyne years from Volume 9, a deception fostered by Gil, or an error by witnesses. If Othar's observations are not explained away like that, then Dupree's visions of Agatha time traveling suggest that Agatha the time travel device before they leave Castle Heterodyne—that is, before Gil dies.
|People who support this theory:||DryBrook|
Alternately, we might expect that the horrible future Othar witnessed will not come to pass in this timeline precisely because Othar will prevent Gil from dying in Castle Heterodyne.
Battle Draught & Gil's Poison Immunization Edit
Gil has been dosed with small ammounts of poison, to build up his immunity. Battle Draught is for Jaegers only. Could small ammounts of Draught have been among the poisons Gil was dosed with, thus enabling him to survive & bebefit from Battle Draught? Or is Dyne Water included in Gil's diet o doom?--Bosda Di'Chi 14:56, March 23, 2012 (UTC)
- Strictly speaking, I don't think we can say that Battle-Draught is for Jägerkin only. Gkika says, , implying that it usually kills non-Jägerkin...but not always. We know that Jägerbräu similarly kills most, but not all, humans that drink it. Could it be that whatever it is that allows people to respond non-fatally to Jägerbräu allows people to respond the same way to Battle-Draft...and that Klaus has caused Gil to be imbued with this?
- Alternatively: Strong Sparks at least seem to have physical strength and endurance far beyond human norms. Possibly the potential to become a Jäger is linked or related to Sparkiness, and although Klaus hasn't figured out what makes a person a Spark, he has learned something unobvious about what Sparks can do. Akitsumikami (talk) 18:31, April 13, 2013 (UTC)
- Forum:Snake and Weasel
- Forum:Foreshadowing of Agatha and Gil?
- Forum:Gil could be connected to the Storm King?
- Forum:Gil makes dingbots?!
- Forum:Gil's mother
- Forum:What Mamma Gkika said wild speculation
- Forum:Why is Gil worried about being infected by a wasp?
- Forum:Wild Speculation: Gil in Geistergear
- Forum:Reckless Theory Gil in Geistergear
- ↑ immediately before:
- ↑ TGT Webcomics Podcast, Interview: Phil Foglio @ 12:00
- ↑ Lucrezia learns of his escape:
- ↑ Klaus:
- ↑ Klaus thinks Zeetha is there to kill Gil.
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- ↑ Haus of Klaus, "At long last - and it's not even January!", 7 October 2010