Fandom

Girl Genius

Red Cathedral

961pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Redcathedral0

What, more blood?

The Red Cathedral is a building in Mechanicsburg which is used to perform a ritual when a new Heterodyne takes control - similar to a coronation, although there is also a more practical aspect to the whole event, as discussed below. The ritual may also be used to formally and publicly announce or sanctify a newborn heir (see also: Doom Bell).

Construction Edit

This building was erected by the so-called Goot Heterodyne on a bet with Prince Vadim Sturmvoraus.
RedCathedral

The view from Mechanicsburg's main gate causeway

Prince Vadim lost the bet once the cathedral was completed and was obliged to eat his hat in public (though he may have considered this a small price to pay, as discussed further..) Ordinarily, cathedrals would take several generations to construct, but this one appears to have been started and completed well inside a single generation. In a case of not keeping all your eggs in one basket, the Cathedral secretly includes some systems and defenses separate from Castle Heterodyne, allowing the Heterodynes a useful backup source of power and protection.

Whether this is the same structure as the cathedral from which one accesses the Heterodyne family crypt is unclear, but likely. Except for very large cities where multiple faiths coexist, there are rarely multiple cathedrals in any given municipality.

A view of the cathedral from a distance shows it is structured in much the same way as our world's Gothic-style Roman and Orthodox cathedrals (appropriately for the general area, one tower is capped by an Oriental-style onion dome) but exactly what faith is officially practiced within its ruddy walls has not yet been established, though there have been some disturbing hints .

Agatha and the Cathedral Edit

Steps

Succession Ceremony being held at the Red Cathedral.

At the time of the Siege of Mechanicsburg and Agatha's officially being proclaimed the Heterodyne, the cathedral is being run by an as-yet-unnamed Abbess. According to the resident curate, Doctor Yglyn, there should be a bishop of some sort on hand to welcome Agatha, but there hasn't been one around for years.[1] Since this is the case, and the Abbess is also unavailable at the time, Yglyn is the one who preforms the needed rituals that confirm Agatha as the Heterodyne for the Cathedral's systems; this in part involves collecting a bit of Agatha presumably allowing for biological identification; Yglyn tries to take some blood (as did Castle Heterodyne when testing Agatha), but cheerfully settles for a bit of hair instead. He claims that these rituals also hold back extra-dimensional horrors who would otherwise ravage the world; no proof for or against this statement has yet been produced.

The Back Door Edit

Almost immediately after Agatha and Yglyn finish the ceremony, she is kidnapped by Martellus von Blitzengaard and dragged into the depths of the Cathedral, where they meet up with the Abbess, (re)confirming that she is in fact a member of The Storm King Conspiracy plotting to install Tweedle as the Storm King and put a (fake) Heterodyne in Castle Heterodyne for him to marry. It is further revealed that there is a Monolith gate inside the Cathedral, allowing for instantaneous transport to similar gates in remote locations.

Thanks to Baron Wulfenbach activating his Take-Five Bomb at the exact instant that Agatha, Tweedle and Co. go through the Monolith, it is possible that the gate has been damaged or destroyed; the Monolith at the other end, in the Refuge of Storms, definitely has been (although its slightly different to the one in the Cathedral and at the Transylvania Polygnostic University and powered by laboratory instruments).

During the brief sojourn with the tale of the Homecoming King (Illustrated by Cheyenne) we discover that the ancestor of the Heterodynes, Ghengis Ht'rok-din, made full use of the Monolith network and in particular when he won the so-called Two-Hour War by attacking with the advantage of surprise . A student also mentions a map of Ley-Lines, which may be a map of the entire Monolith network or relate to something else as yet not mentioned in the adventures.The gate in this story shares the same carvings on the wall as the one in the Red Cathedral, but appears to have an entirely different gate mechanism powered by an orb and uses time, rather than distance travel. If the Cathedral was built on that spot because of the Monolith or despite of it remains presently unknown.

Possibly Relevant Outside Information Edit

From Wikipedia: Cathedral:

A cathedral (Lat. cathedra, "seat") is a Christian church that contains the seat of a bishop. It is a religious building for worship, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox and some Lutheran churches, which serves as a bishop's seat, and thus as the central church of a diocese.
In the Greek Orthodox Church, the terms "kathedrikos naos" (literally: "cathedral shrine") is sometimes used for the church at which an archbishop or "metropolitan" presides. The term "metropolis" (literally "mother city") is used more commonly than "diocese" to signify an area of governance within the church.
There are certain variations on the use of the term "cathedral"; for example, some pre-Reformation cathedrals in Scotland now within the Church of Scotland still retain the term cathedral, despite the Church's Presbyterian polity which does not have bishops. The same occurs in Germany, where Protestant churches (mostly non-episocopal)... [are] using the term as a merely honorary title and function, void of any hierarchical supremacy. As cathedrals are often particularly impressive edifices, the term is often used incorrectly as a designation for any large, important church.

References

  1. The print novel Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle includes a footnote which offers a possible reason for this: it seems when the Cathedral was originally constructed, the Cardinal who was dispatched from Rome to operate it was instead immediately sacrificed by the locals as part of the dedication ceremony.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki