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- "I, Martellus von Blitzengaard, by the grace of God and the voice of Europa, am the newly-ascended Storm King."
Martellus von Blitzengaard, or Tweedle, as Tarvek refers to him, is Tarvek's cousin and, according to the Knights of Jove (not to mention Tweedle himself), the current leading candidate for the title of Storm King.
Working as part of The Storm King conspiracy and summoned by The Abbess of the Red Cathedral, Tweedle makes his during the Siege of Mechanicsburg as the controller inside the lead clank of The Real Knights of Jove before it is destroyed by one of the Dreen. He is likely mentioned before this moment by both and Capitaine Dalistache, the latter of whom who may be allied with the Knights of Jove. Shortly after the Siege is broken, he Agatha from the Red Cathedral and drags her, along with the unwelcome additions of Krosp and Violetta, through the Monolith portal to his The Refuge of Storms. Due to the fact that this transfer happens at the exact same moment that Mechanicsburg is sealed inside Klaus's time-bubble, the normally instantaneous trip takes two and a half years. In the process of kidnapping Agatha, Martellus throws a Nullabist knife at Tarvek, penetrating Tarvek's chest. According to Martellus, the knife would normally liquify its target in thirty minutes or so, but due to Tarvek being inside the time-bubble he survives and is eventually extracted and cured by Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.
Upon reappearing in the Refuge, Tweedle cuts a Smoke Knights to reclaim control of the fortress. His life is saved by Agatha when she sleep-makes a replacement prosthetic for his left hand after the appendage is poisoned by The Blonde Question. This device has already been destroyed and rebuilt at least once, and gives him the ability to energy attacks aimed at him, though it also almost gets him killed when he later The Beast and its powers of extreme magnetism. In return, he tinkers with Agatha's body chemistry so that she requires regular physical contact with him to avoid dying; she is able to transfer this need to the Wasp eater that also came with them through the portal.through the resident members of his family and their
During Agatha's subsequent escape from the Refuge, he hunts her (and traitorous members of his family) using teams of sparkhounds he personally bred, Gil and his forces in the process before being unwillingly carried away from the battle by his own minions in one of the (barely) surviving Knights. Following this encounter, he continues to attempt to Agatha and claim her as his bride, while ruthlessly striving to solidify his claim as the Storm King and found a new empire. This latter task is being complicated by ongoing negotiations with Gil, his having to deal with foisted on him by The Council, and the theft of the notebook of Van Rijn by Margarella Selnikov.
He tracks Agatha and Co. to the Corbettite Depot Fortress of St. Szpac and thanks to recognition from the relevant Pope and the presence of his uncle, a Bishop, forces the resident monks to officially (if very unwillingly) recognize his claim to the Storm King title. He then assists them and Agatha in halting The Beast's rampage, and when trapped inside the fortress with the arrival of Gil and his forces, he makes himself an unwelcome tag-along on Agatha's stealthy underground train journey to Paris. Arriving in the city, he is promptly dragged away by his sister Xerxsephnia to meet with their formidable Grandmother. He is delighted to learn that a masquerade ball has been "suggested" by Paris's ruling family the Voltaires, and begins work on his elaborate costume.
What Kind of MadboyEdit
Tweedle's default method for dealing with problems is a brutal and direct application of force, and he disdainfully treats underlings as disposable pawns. Nevertheless, while he is not as smart as Tarvek, he is intelligent (and capable of recognizing useful intelligence in others, especially when they display cunning and guile), has no lack of physical courage, and is likely a spark of prominence though we have not yet seen him in his Madness Place. He sometimes dreams of giving everything up and
With (evidently) the sole exception of his sister Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard, he displays a healthy and foresighted dislike and distrust towards members of his family.
An affinity for animal constructs, inherited from his former mentor Dimitri Vapnoople.
Physical Abilities Edit
Physically imposing, he is much larger than Tarvek or even Gil, and is able to soak up an enormous amount of physical punishment; he takes several blows to the head from Agatha without flinching, and shrugs off the stabby attentions of Bangladesh DuPree. (Though if enough force is applied, he can be rendered unconscious.) Additionally, he has undergone family training which renders him immune to at least some knock-out drugs.