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"And I am Zeetha, Daughter of Chump."'
"A great warrior. And yes, I know what it means in your language."
Zeetha and Gil [1]

Zeetha, daughter of Chump, lost royal princess guardian of the lost city of Skifander[2] is Agatha's traveling companion and has the unique relationship to her of "Kolee-dok-Zumil." She's easy to pick out in a crowd, with her waist-length green hair, two unusual swords, and an occasional glimpse of what some readers call "the navel of death," not without reason.


As explained by Madame Olga, an unnamed "expedition" discovered the Warrior Queen's Hidden Jewel a few years ago. The Skifandrian Powers That Be decided to send Zeetha, a daughter of the ruling house, out of the hidden city to see what the rest of the world was getting up to. It didn't go well. Zeetha developed a raging fever on the trip and remembered nothing but the hallucinations - so she had no idea even how much time had passed. By the time she recovered, the airship had been taken by pirates. (It's speculated, but not proven, that these pirates were those commanded by the infamous pirate queen Bangladesh DuPree.) The pirates had killed the crew and were planning to sell the exotic Zeetha. BIG MISTAKE . HUGE. When they came for her, Zeetha killed her captors, shot down the remainder of the pirate fleet, and wiped out their home fortress. Only then did it occur to her that she'd killed everyone who might possibly know how to get her home. Ah well, when a girl's having that much fun, it's hard to know when to stop.

After that, she wandered Europa looking for someone she hadn't killed who could point her in the direction of Skifander. At the time our heroine meets her, she has traveled for two years with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, where she performs martial-arts tricks.



When Agatha Clay confirms that Skifander isn't just a fever dream (Uncle Barry had told her stories about 'The Warrior Queen's Hidden Jewel'), Zeetha shows her gratitude by making Agatha her zumil. The Kolee-dok-Zumil relationship is hard to describe concisely, so go read the article. What starts out as useful survival skills for a girl on the run develops into an invaluable practical education for the next claimant to the Heterodyne legacy .Zeetha is the first person (other than Punch and Judy) who really exerts herself to keep Agatha alive and well. Zeetha takes learning the true scope of Agatha's quest in stride and becomes more big sister than grindstone, going so far as to babysit Agatha's boyfriend for her.

To House WulfenbachEdit

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the Battle of Sturmhalten is Klaus's apparent recognition of Zeetha, who doesn't know him. Zeetha never gets a chance to explore how much Klaus knows about Skifander[3] besides its language, because he tries to kill her Zumil and then they must fight . Klaus later warns Gil about the green-haired girl, resulting in a classic piece of Girl Genius dialogue.

Despite Klaus's warning, Gil and Zeetha become fast friends in record time during a series of situations that could easily have fostered mistrust. Neither mistrust nor romance blooms between them, however. Whether this is merely because they both care for Agatha or for other reasons has been the subject of much Mad speculation.

Word of God has effectively stated that the father Zeetha claims is indeed Klaus, but she knows of him only under Klaus's Skifandran name. This makes Zeetha and Gil at the very least half-siblings. Nothing documentable is known of Gil's mother. It is unclear whether or not Gil has made the connection (knowing his father, its quite likely he has no idea that he might have a sister), but it looks like Zeetha has figured it out .

Later Word of God admissions[citation needed] have revealed that Zeetha and Gil are in fact twins by Zantabraxus, the Warrior Queen of Skifander. Furthermore, Skifandrian culture frowns on twins, and will generally kill one of them when they appear. For whatever reason[4] Gil was the twin select to die, but Klaus chose to exile himself with Gil instead.


Zeetha is something of an expert at being on the prowl . The Girl Genius Complete List of Absolutely Everybody! describes the large Yeti as her "boyfriend for a while," until she left the circus to take care of her Zumil. Later, during the bar fight at Mamma Gkika's, The Unstoppable Higgs says those words every girl longs to hear -- " Miss, you look so... " -- sparking her interest . They hook up during the Siege of Mechanicsburg, and following the Timeskip are still a romantic item, though they apparently don't get to spend much time together.



I love you.

As is only right for a warrior princess, Zeetha normally wields two pata known as the "Twin Blades of Destruction". The two blades are held by horizontal hafts, and are "punched" towards the opponent. The right-hand blade is a traditional double-edged sword blade, while the left-hand blade is a forked blade that is used as a sword-breaker, with the idea being to catch the opponent's sword between the two tines and twist the sword out of their hands. During the Siege of Mechanicsburg, Higgs stored the blades somewhere in the city[citation needed] so that she couldn't use them while she recuperated from the injuries Zola had inflicted.[citation needed]

Consequently, she has switched to a matched pair of shorter blades.

Another oft-remarked piece of Zeetha's equipment is her headband, which features a circular face ornament complementing the two on her sword harness. The face on the headband changes expression to match Zeetha's own, even when she's not wearing it ; since this is now part of the canon, it can be assumed to be some sort of sparky technology (and not just an artist's running joke, as was originally suspected).

Zeetha has carried some additional equipment outside of canon. In the Girl Genius Radio Theatre play "Minor Heroes," Zeetha uses a pair of Skifanderian duelling hammers (one ball-peen, one claw) to go woman-a-mano with Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer, much to his pummelment. In the interlude "Revenge of the Weasel Queen," she gets good Lapinemoth-kicking use out of a shovel , but that's not part of her usual arsenal. Probably.

The Novels Edit

The novel Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle offers a few additional details about Chump, including that he was a visitor to Skifander who offered little information about his background beyond claiming he came from someplace called "Europa". Zeetha says an additional reason she came back with the expedition is that she wanted to find him, as he "ran away" from Skifander when she was only a month old.

The WorksEdit

The Works includes a card for Zeetha who is described as Hero and Princess. Zeetha's crossed swords are depicted as identical pistol-handled rapiers.


  1. 2008-05-19 (Monday) At Mamma Gkika's
  2. 2010-02-26 (Friday)
  3. TGT Webcomics Podcast, Interview: Phil Foglio @ 12:00
  4. Because he was born second? Because he's male?

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