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"That letter is a fraud! Othar Tryggvassen may do things that lesser men find objectionable or slightly illegal, but I never apologize!" [2]

Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer) is a self-described hero determined to 'save' the world from Sparks by killing every single one of them, including, eventually, himself.[3] For whatever reason, he seems to consider Heterodynes exempt from the All Sparks Must Die rule, at least temporarily, possibly due to the exploits of the Heterodyne Boys. He is very hot on the idea of Agatha Heterodyne becoming his new spunky girl sidekick. She herself is rather less enthusiastic.

Reputation and Attributes Edit

Although he is quite insane, neither this nor his views and goals are widely-known; most people know of him only as a hero. This reputation seems to actually be earned, both because shooting random Sparks generally will rid the world of some (other) dangerous madmen and because he has at least some genuine heroics under his belt.[4] Additionally, despite his obsession with killing Sparks, he makes it clear in his Twitter that he won't allow any innocent people (that is, innocent non-Sparks) to die in the process, even partially including Jaegers in this calculation.

He is, nonetheless, extremely unpopular among most of the Sparks who have met him, probably because he immediately attempts to murder them on discovering that they are Sparks. This is especially true for the Wulfenbachs, whom he regards as tyrants. The Baron wanted to drill into his brain[5] (but later had a job for him[6]); Gil, who has some as-yet-unelaborated history with him[7], regards Othar as dangerous, but merely wants him safely imprisoned for the sake those around him, though there does appear to be some genuine hatred between them. He is also, like many heroes, annoyingly hard to kill; when he falls out a window[8], off an airship[9], or from some other great distance[10], it can be automatically assumed he survives.

When Othar enters a room he often announces "Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer, has arrived!".[11]

It has been mentioned by the authors (outside of the comic itself, so far) that he was set on his current path by the destruction of Oslo.[12].

Othar is, in addition to being a gentleman, a Deist[13], similar to many of the real-world archetypes for his Renaissance-man persona.

Othar and Agatha Edit

While Agatha has previously heard tales of Othar's heroics, their paths first cross when they are both prisoners on board Castle Wulfenbach. At first she shows a marked reluctance towards helping him escape, not really believing that he is who he claims, but once convinced of his identity sleep-builds an Othar-rescuing clank which carries him away from the airship-city. Othar unsurprisingly quickly reappears on board, only to get thrown off once again by Gil. He re-reappears as Agatha and Krosp are escaping the ship, and invokes general sabotage and chaos to cover said escape. He and Agatha immediately fall into disagreement about his previously-mentioned Spark-eradication policy, leading to another abrupt involuntary departure on his part.

They next encounter each other in the town of Zumzum, while Agatha is performing with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure. Othar, having now learned Agatha's true identity from Theo, tries to recruit her as his spunky girl sidekick, but gives her a chance to live a normal life, as she claims she wants, and departs peacefully.

He re-enters the story in Mechanicsburg, where he is dragged before the Baron by monster-hunter Grantz and assigned the job of forcibly extracting Gil from Castle Heterodyne. While inside the Castle, he unexpectedly meets up with his sister Sanaa, who is a prisoner-repairgal there; in keeping with a previously-made promise, he allows her to assist in his current assignment, but thanks to a case of mistaken identity, they bag Tarvek and bring him to Castle Wulfenbach instead . When Gil eventually makes it back on board under his own power, he once again ejects Othar from the ship, this time in the company of Tarvek and Captain Vole, on board Gil's experimental flying machine. They thus quickly return to Mechanicsburg, where Othar latches onto both Tarvek and Violetta as sidekick-candidates, much to their displeasure. Othar then assists Agatha in her on-the-fly improvement of Gil's zappy-stick; and witnesses her triumphant re-charging of Castle Heterodyne's power with said stick. At this point he notably drops out of sight, at least as as far as the reader is concerned; he later seems to claim that following the breaking of the Siege of Mechanicsburg, he joins Agatha's official procession to the Red Cathedral, and witnesses her subsequent kidnapping by Tweedle (whom he mistakes for a confederate of Gil's), but he does not appear "on screen" at any point during these events.

He finally resurfaces two and a half years later as a successful test-subject in now-Baron Gil's on-going experiments aimed at extracting people from the Mechanicsburg time-bubble. After the usual initial hostilities, he is willing to listen to Gil and get an update on current events. He then gives a Rousing Speech to some captured attackers, convincing them all to change sides and work with Gil and his rather beleaguered empire ; he even almost convinces Oglavia Spüdna to stop spying on people.

Othar's Twitter Edit

He also has a Twitter account[14]. It should be noted that just because he's insane doesn't mean he's stupid- though he can seem that way when his monomania leads him to edit reality[15], he is capable of surprising and even worrying insight[16] when reality runs reasonably parallel to what he thinks it should be. If the events depicted in the Twitter actually happened, much of them now appear to be relegated to an alternate/erased historical timeline.

RomanceEdit

Othar's sister Sanaa suspects[17], when the two reunite in the Castle Heterodyne, that Gil is Othar's boyfriend, citing as evidence for his sexual orientation his association with the "rich, smart and beautiful" Helga Gootergund--an association which ended badly, with threats of fishy cranial violence before Othar left Grimstad to keep away from her. Othar denies involvement with either individual; he is quite antagonistic toward Gil, and Helga has doubts about his sanity. According to the Radio Play "Deathwish DuPree," Othar's family wished him to marry Helga, who is the daughter of a wealthy codfishmonger. For whatever reason, she thinks that he is quite insane, and that's where the threatening violence with a marlin spike comes in.

According to his Twitter account, Othar spent several years being happily married (in all practical terms if not formally) to a Geister named Oslaka.

The WorksEdit

According to The Works, Othar Tryggvassen is Mad, a Legend, and a Spark.

He is worth the maximum number of points allotted to a card, but if there is a Spark in play, he escapes back into the deck rather than being added to the player's Score Pile.

See alsoEdit

Secret Blueprints: Othar Tryggvassen

Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess Edit

According to the novelization, Othar was used as an asset to kill sparks that the Empire could not legally touch even if evidence pointed towards them being responsible for various atrocities, and how he gained his reputation of a heroic figure. However he became more trouble then he was worth when he started killing dastardly murdering innocent sparks that were actually benefiting the people of the Empire. Agents were dispatched to deal with him and successfully captured him.

Possibly relevant outside information Edit

Othar Tryggvassen is probably named after Olaf Tryggvason, a real life king of Norway famous for his role in the conversion of the Vikings to Christianity, which, according to some accounts, he accomplished, in part, by having shamans executed. Olaf's reign ended with the Battle of Svolder, where he leapt overboard and presumably drowned. However, there were rumors that he survived; several reported seeing or being contacted by the king decades after the battle.

Othar bears some resemblance to Richard Branson , CEO of the Virgin group of corporations, including long pale hair, goatee and wide grin. Branson has been described as a gentleman and an adventurer . The authors were queried about this in November of 2011, and have denied any conscious connection in the design of the character.

Questions and Theories Edit

  • Where did he get his conviction that all Sparks must die?
  • The world map has a conspicuous hole in southeastern Norway. What happened to Oslo, and what did Othar have to do with it?
  • What's his history with Gilgamesh Wulfenbach?
  • Is that white hair due Nordic genetics - or to age or some event?
  • What does a man with such lovely blue eyes need that visor for, anyway?
  • Will Othar meet Oslaka again?

References

  1. 2010-03-17 (Wednesday)
  2. Othar's Twitter 2 June 08
  3. "They're like mad dogs."
  4. Seen in Agatha's knowledge of him here -- his unwillingness to claim the one Agatha made up implies the other two actually happened.
  5. "I will destroy parts of your brain, until you no longer are a Spark."
  6. "Why do I think I'd prefer to be killed?"
  7. Enough for Gil to be annoyed that he still talks like that , and enough for him to know Gil's actual taste in women , in any case; also see here.
  8. Beamed by Gil: Oof! Foul!
  9. Disembarked by Agatha: Hey! Foul!
  10. Pitted by Castle Heterodyne: Foul!
  11. That's my thing!
  12. Mentioned here
  13. The Ultimate Spark
  14. Othar's Twitter
  15. A bad habit of his most evident on this page , but also to be seen when he expects Bangladesh DuPree to be at all helpful, or buys Agatha's line .
  16. insight ; also see the end of this
  17. Sanaa speculates on her brother's love life

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