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DARKSIDE CAMELOT UND ASSORTED THIRD REICHERS


PATHWAY OF THE MARTIAL ARTIST AS SCARFACED ADEPT:
Storyline: The wounded warrior exists for the sheer thrill of battle, evincing a flair for leadership, a fearlessness in the face of death, and a complete disregard for disfigurement as an embodiment of physical male will.

Darkside Sir Balan - Brother of Balin in Arthurian legend. The two were devoted to one another. Met a mysterious foe in mortal combat without knowing it was his brother, and both slew one another, realizing at the last moment whom he was fighting. Both asked to be buried in same grave. Archetype of twin souls pursuing different pathways. Ernst Roehm (1887-1934) - German Nazi organizer and soldier. Outer: From
an old Bavarian family of civil servants. Became a professional soldier, and was commissioned just prior to WW I. A war-lover and an old-fashioned swash-buckler, he saw everyone as either soldiers or civilians or friends and enemies. Wounded 3 times during WW I, rising to the rank of major. Short, stocky, obese and scar-faced, with part of his nose blown away and a bullethole in his cheek. A homophile, with a burning hatred for republican institutions, and a confirmed socialist. After the war, he became a freebooting adventurer, and was involved in the plot to overthrew the left-wing government of Munich. Became one of the original members of the Nazi Party, and was one of Adolf Hitler’s closest friends. At Hitler’s side in the beer hall putsch of 1923, he was briefly imprisoned then released. Worked as a traveling salesman for a publisher of patriotic works, then left the party after a disagreement with Hitler over tactics, and went to Bolivia as a military instructor. After the Nazi political victories in 1930, he was called back to Germany to take charge of organizing and training Nazi stormtroopers, the SA, Sturmabtellung or Storm Detachment. Loved his new assignment, and quickly became the brutal boss of a huge cadre of mayhem/makers and toughs, who battled Communists in the streets and easily overwhelmed them. Wanted a people’s army under his command, with his SA integrated into the regular army. After Hitler’s rise, he was made a cabinet member, but was carefully controlled as a threat to supplant the Führer. Despite genuinely liking him, Hitler feared him as well, and he was purged after an unknown assailant had tried to assassinate the Nazi leader. Became the victim of false rumors that he and his men were intending on seizing control of the Reich, and fomenting a new revolution. Confronted by Hitler, who ordered his arrest, then gave him the option of suicide, which he refused. Shot to death 2 days later, as the top echelon of his SA was also unceremoniously dispatched. Inner: Ugly on the inside and out, totally into the expression of his maleness. Fearless and fearsome, with a high energy drive. Excellent soldier and organizer, militarist to the core. Jackbooted lifetime of being too good at what he did best, soldiering and deathdealing, and paying for it with his life. Ernst Augustus (1771-1851) - English King of Hanover, and duke of Cumberland. Outer: 5th son and 8th child of George III (Jeffrey Archer) of England. Tutored at home, and then studied in Germany at Gottingen Univ., before entering the Hanoverian army, where he served in the cavalry, quickly showing himself to be a military adept. Returned to England, and because of his bravery, was raised to the rank of major general in both the English and Hanoverian armies. Had a fearsome appearance after losing an eye, among other injuries, on the battlefield in France in 1794. Returned home to recuperate, before going back into battle the following annum. Made duke of Cumberland in 1799, as well as being elevated to lieutenant-general. Held several well-paying posts, and took his seat in the House of Lords, showing himself to be an intractable Tory, opposed to any sort of reform, and adamantly anti-Catholic, which made him very unpopular in England. Proved influential with his brother, George (Warren Beatty), the prince regent and the future George IV. Narrowly escaped assassination in his bed in 1810 by his valet, who was found dead afterwards. Later two men would be imprisoned for asserting he had murdered the latter, and that the assassination attempt was a foil to cover up the crime. Became a British field marshal in 1813. Involved in several scandals, including an incestuous relationship with his sister, which produced a child. Fell in love with his widowed cousin Frederica, at age 44, a woman of ill repute, and had a happy marriage with her, despite royal opposition to the union, particularly from his mother. Produced his heir, the unfortunate George V of Hanover (Rudolph Hess) after 2 stillborn daughters. His conservative leanings made him more and more unpopular in England, and he retreated to Berlin, not to return until his brother George became king in 1820, which once again enhanced his own political position. Continued to oppose any and all reform, and in 1837, when the crowns of the German state of Hanover and England were separated on the death of his second older brother, William IV (Prince Harry). Ascended to the Hanover throne at age 66, and proved to be an autocratic ruler in a stormy stay. Immediately revoked the constitution of 1833, that his brother had instituted and dissolved Parliament in a desire to restore absolutism to his kingdom. In 1840, he presented his own conservative constitution to the state, while showing himself to be interested in the material, if not the libertarian, needs of his polity. Modernized the country, turning Hanover into a major mid-European rail junction. His wife died in 1841, and he subsequently made only one visit to England, where his relations with Queen Victoria were extremely strained, thanks to various disagreements twixt the two. Despite his hardline stances, and the angry enmity of the liberal factions of Hanover, he proved a popular figure with most ordinary folk, thanks to his active and vigorous leadership. Died after an illness of several months. Inner: Physically ugly, martial adept. Hardcore conservative, opposing anything that had a whiff of liberalism to it. Hard-hearted lifetime of expressing more interconnective emotion than other incarnations, but still relying on martiality as his own self-definer. Ernst von Mansfeld (Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld) (1580-1626) - German mercenary. Outer: An illegitimate son of a prince and imperial military governor, he entered the Hapsburg army, and pursued an active military career. Denied his father’s estates although he was later legitimatized by the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolph II (Rudolph Hess) but the stigma of his beginnings adversely affected his career and he became a nominal Protestant, partly out of spite. First fought under his half-brother in Hungary, then after feeling he was slighted by a Catholic prince, joined the enemies of the imperial forces. Fought against the Habsburgs at the outset of the Thirty Years’ War in 1618, in support of the revolting Bohemians. After suffering an early defeat in 1619, he offered his services to the Hapsburg emperor again, then switched sides, showing himself loyal only to whoever paid him the most. His conquering army subsequently plundered the Rhenish Palatinate, which not only ravaged the land of his enemies, but also of those he had been defending, forcing his summary dismissal. Continually raised armies under different crowns, while leaving a wake of destruction behind him, in a life spent almost entirely on the battlefield, alternately winning and losing battles, while letting his own needs dictate with whom and against whom he would fight. Spent some of his time raising moneys to pay his mercenary forces, while showing considerable skill in auctioning off his services to the highest bidder. Paid several visits to London in 1624, and was viewed in heroic terms by the populace, who saw him as a champion of Protestantism, while the king, who was eager to recover the lost Palatinate of his son-in-law, viewed him as just the man to do it. Defeated by the imperial general Albrecht von Wallenstein (Arnold Schwarzenegger), but quickly raised another army, only to be forced to disband it. Taken ill, he died mysteriously on his way to his last employment. Inner: Competent commander, although his entire career was shaped by his pursuit of a noble title in order to cleanse the taint of his birth. By acting out of his father-directed anger, he wound up going up against some of the strongest generals of his day and the paternalistic empire that had fostered him. Bastard lifetime of continuing to build on his martial expertise while giving vent to the anger surrounding his illegitimate origin. Albrecht I (c1255-1308) - German king. Known as ‘the One-Eyed.’ Outer: Eldest son of HRE Rudolph I (Alfried Krupp), mother was a German heiress. Dark and stocky, he had a huge, empty eye socket as the result of a battle injury, giving him a fearsome look, with his mouth curled into a permanent snarl. In 1274, he married Elizabeth, a 12 year old German noblewoman, and proved to be a loyal and devoted husband, 12 children from the union. Invested with the duchies of Austria and Styria in 1282, which he ruled with a tight, suffocating grip over the high and low alike. On his father’s death in 1291, the German electors did not want to make the throne a Hapsburg affair, and thus gave it to a rival, Adolph of Nassau (Adolph Hitler). Outmaneuvered him, and after personally killing him in battle, as if he were dispatching a steer, he was unenthusiastically crowned in 1298, as a figure far more feared than admired by his fellow German nobles. Formed an alliance with Philippe IV (Jerry Brown/Joe Biden) of France against the pope, who refused to recognize him as king. Had an insatiable desire to augment his territories as well as strengthen his family’s hold on the crown. Crushed a coalition of electors who tried to depose him. Finally obtained confirmation of his election from the pope in 1303, and agreed to having papal say in the election of his progeny and his being a paladin of Rome in exchange for papal support for his larger territorial ambitions. Briefly placed his own son on the Bohemian throne, but eventually was assassinated by a nephew, John of Swabia, from whom he had unfairly withheld his territorial inheritance. The bloody act, accomplished with four dagger-wielding and swordswinging accomplices, effectively ended the prospects of an imperial dynasty for his family for another 130 years. Inner: Energetic, vigorous, highly ambitious and firm, also gloomy, reserved, arrogant, despotic and rapacious. Patient and cunning, having learned his positive traits from his father and grafting them onto his own far more martial character. Empty eye socket lifetime of readjusting his martial sensibilities to a less secure crown, while proving himself equal to the task of gaining, if not holding it. Robert of Belleme, third earl of Shrewsbury (c1052-c1130) - Norman soldier and military architect. Outer: Eldest son of the first earl of Shrewsbury, a companion and kinsman of William I (Mohandas Gandhi), and one of the wealthiest men in Normandy and England. Mother was heir to vast estates as well Knighted in 1073, then became involved 4 years later in the intracrown struggles for control of Normandy between the Norman English kings and the French crown. After the rebellion was put down, he was pardoned by William, although he had a ducal garrison stationed in his castle, as did his cohorts, to prevent further insurgencies. When his mother was killed in 1082, he inherited her property. Married Agnes of Pothieu, a countess and heiress, one son from the union. A gifted military architect, he became noted for his fortified castles. In 1088, he joined another rebellion against the English crown along with William’s oldest son, Robert Curthose (Rudolph Hess), and came to England, only to fail again, and on his return, he was deemed dangerous, and arrested. On being released, he returned to preying on his neighbors, for his own personal gain and became captain of the king’s forces in an abortive invasion of France, before capturing and delivering one of the king’s enemies. On the death of his father in 1094, his younger brother received the former’s English estates and title, while he gained his Norman properties. 4 years later, on the death of his brother, he inherited the English properties as well, to become an extremely powerful vassal of both William II (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.) and Henry I of England (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), despite battling against both, and switching sides, after being captured and released. In 1101, he invaded England to help depose Henry, only to be deprived of his English titles and estates the following year, and banished back to Normandy. When sent as an ambassador from the French king to the court of Henry in 1112, he was arrested and imprisoned for the rest of his life. Inner: Cruel and extremely sadistic, with a genius for designing but a total lack of humanity to complement it. Anti-authoritarian lifetime of giving expression to his militaristic and dehumanized interior, with a long period, over 2 decades, to passively reflect on his imbalanced nature. Tiberius III (Apsimaros) (?-706) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: Of Germanic origins. Pursued a naval career, rising to the comparable level of vice-admiral. After failing to regain Carthage from Arab forces, his rebellious fleet mutinied and murdered its commander, in fear of the emperor Leontius’s (Kurt von Schleicher) wrath, before proclaiming him emperor. Changed his name from its Germanic origin, and the fleet sailed for the capital, intending to besiege it. Gained the necessary support he needed, when the Green faction, as well as the imperial guard and field units, opened the gates of the city to the rebels, who promptly looted and pillaged Constantinople, before deposing the emperor Leontius, whose nose was cut off, as prelude to his becoming a monk, since he had done the same with his predecessor, Justinian II (Adolf Hitler). With the aid of his brother, Heraclius, he immediately set about improving the land and sea forces of the empire, briefly regaining lost territory in Sicily, and staving off Arab invasions in Cilicia, inflicting heavy losses on them. Repopulated Cyprus with prisoners held in Damascus, and made the island stronger, while also fortifying the seawalls of Constantinople. Banished the general Phillipicus Bardanes (Hermann Goering) after the latter claimed via a prophetic dream that he was destined to be emperor. During this time, the deposed and denosed emperor Justinian II had escaped from his exile to the court of the khagan of the Khazars, whose daughter he had married. With a large army comprised of Slavs and Bulgars, he marched on Constantinople in 705, and, although no one would open the gates for them, Justinian and a small coterie snuck into the city through an abandoned water conduit and took hold of one of the imperial palaces, thereby reasserting his presence in Constantinople. Forced to flee to Bithynia as a suddenly deposed emperor, he was captured several months later, and brought back to the city in chains by the vengeful Justinian, who paraded him, his brother and Leontius through the streets, before bringing them to the Hippodrome, where the reinstalled emperor placed his foot on his neck, and then had him beheaded, while his brother and his officials were hanged. Inner: Skilled martial artist and solid administrator with a surety of rule. Silver medal lifetime of coming up against a longtime ally/foe, and, in their long struggle with one another, winding up second best this time. Maximian (Maximianus Hercules) (c250-310) - Roman emperor. Outer: Son of poor shopkeepers. Received little education, but proved himself a fearless soldier, rising through the ranks and hitching his career to his friend Diocletian (Alfried Krupp), who was native of the same area he was. Married a Syrian, Eutropa, had a son who would become a future emperor, Maxentius (Hermann Goering), and a daughter, Fausta (Indira Gandhi), whom the future emperor Constantine (Mohandas Gandhi) would marry, as well as a stepdaughter, whom the future emperor Constantius I (Jawaharlal Nehru) would wed. Made Caesar in 286 and then Augustus the following year after crushing marauding bands of peasants driven from their homes in Gaul. Never forgot that Diocletian was his senior emperor, respecting his wisdom and judgment, although became haughty and arrogant with power, displaying an ungovernable temper. Named Herculius by Diocletian, signifying he held the heroic energy of the gods. Given the western empire to rule under the Tetrachy, including Italy, and spent most of his reign dealing with military matters. A builder, as well as destroyer, he moved his capital north of Rome. Agreed with the rest of the Tetrachy that Diocletian had set up, to persecute Christians, since they threatened his own status as a manifestation of the will of the gods. Reluctantly retired in 305 when Diocletian did so, but returned to power the following year through the manipulations of his son, whom he soon challenged for added authority. Failing, he retreated, spending 2 years at Constantine’s court as a trusted adviser, then he announced he was Augustus a 3rd time, and that his host was dead. Fled south to defend himself at Marseilles, but the citizens there refused to take his side, and opened their gates to Constantine, who had him put to death, reputedly by hanging himself. Inner: Excellent strategist, limited human being, willing to betray everyone for power, including his son and son-in-law. Cruel, coarse, crude, brutal and difficult to get along with, thanks to a savage temper. Tunnel vision lifetime of exercising his harsh military skills, but his greater ambitions were curtailed by his total lack of finesse or political expertise. Titus Flavius Domitian (51-96) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of the future emperor Vespasian (Alfried Krupp), younger brother of Titus (Rudolph Hess). Mother was a treasury clerk’s daughter. His father was unimportant while he was a boy, and he came to harbor a great desire for power from initially having none. Made caesar on his sire’s ascension to the throne in 69, and consul numerous times. Pardoned for his excessively repressive military measures by his progenitor, but was denied the same accord of respect as his brother, and given only the ornaments, rather than the actualities of power during his reign. In 70, he married Domitia Longina, the youngest daughter of a general, who divorced her first spouse in order to wed him. The pair had one son who died young, and he later divorced his wife for adultery and sent her into exile. Harbored ill feelings towards his brother because he had gotten a court education, and was intensely competitive with him. Despised by the aristocracy on becoming emperor in 81 for his cruelty and ostentation. Exercised strict control over his dominions, micromanaged the economy and was popular with his army, while preferring to be addressed as “master and god.” Erected, restored or rebuilt some 50 structures, including a magnificent palace on the Palatine Hill. Totally paranoid, he lined his residence with mirror-like mica in order to be always aware who was in the room with him, while sleeping in an underground bedroom to further insure his safety. Maintained a court with wrestlers, jesters and dwarves, as emblems of his exalted authority, while trusting in only close associates, family members and generals. An imaginative commander, with mixed results, although he spent a lot of time with his soldiers. Pursued his father’s policies of tracking down and killing Jews claiming descent from the House of David after the fall of Jerusalem, as well as the persecution of Roman Jews. From 93 until his death, he conducted a reign of terror upon senators, knights and imperial officials alike, thanks to a complete inability to handle criticism. Seduced his niece, which ultimately caused his wife to make a successful plot against him. Despite his precautions, he was struck down by an ex-slave and an accomplice after a violent hand-to-hand struggle, and was finished off with daggers by a band of fellow conspirators. Succeeded by Nerva (Ernest Zundel), a senator and one of his close associates. Inner: Rapacious, cruel control freak. Cold, sexually excessive, with a penchant for gladiatorial combat twixt women and dwarves. Suspicious, insecure, paranoid and irascible. Wished to be known as a triumphant conqueror, although he had limited abilities as a commander. Alienated himself totally from the ruling class, far more of a soldier’s emperor. Perverse lifetime of giving play to his hardhearted martial sensibilities from the feeling of being unloved by one and all, save his soldiers. Artaxeres III (Ochus) (?-338BZ) - Achaemenid king. Outer: Son and successor of Artaxerses II (David Sarnoff). Originally named Ochus, but took on his father’s patronym, when he ascended the throne in 359BZ. Put most of his relatives to death in order to secure his position, and proved himself to be both cruel and effective in holding it. In 356BZ, he ordered all his satraps, or governors, to dismiss their mercenaries, so that no internal army could contest him, before forcing Athens to conclude peace with him. His favorite eunuch, Baogas (Joseph Goebbels) rose in power under him, becoming the key player in his kingdom. Turned his conquering eye towards Egypt, which had been independent for over 50 years, but failed in his first attempt to conquer it, which inspired the Phoenician towns and the princes of Cyprus to revolt against him. Eventually gathered a huge naval and military force, and in 343BZ, he defeated the Egyptian pharaoh, and set up a Persian satrap over the country, while the walls of its cities were destroyed, and its temples were looted of their wealth. Legend would have it that he killed the famed Apis bull with his own hand. Baogos ruled the court and the upper satrapies, but thirsted for even more power, and conspired to kill the king and his elder sons, so as to put his youngest son, Arses (Heinrich Himmler), on the throne. Inner: Energetic and highly martial. Sceptred lifetime of acquitting himself well in the martial arena, only to be ultimately outmaneuvered by a far more devious character. Horemheb (?-c1307B.Z.) - Egyptian general and pharaoh. Outer: Of nonroyal blood. Little known about his origins. Probably began serving under Amenhotep III (FDR) and rose through the ranks. Along with Ay (Joseph Goebbels), was one of the most powerful figures during the reign of Akhnaton (Adolf Hitler). Served as army commander and regent under the pharaoh, Tutankhamen (Heinrich Himmler) and after his and his successor Ay’s death, acceded to the Sun-God role of pharaoh himself, serving as a bridge figure between the 18th and 19th dynasties. His wife, Mutnodjmet, had some connection to the royal family. His 20 plus year reign was not well-recorded. Spent most of it dismantling the icons of his predecessors, while replacing his own image on the cartouches of his predecessor, and restoring the Old Gods to their places in the Egyptian pantheon, following Akhnaton’s reviled experiment in the One God, Aton. Like his predecessor, he made Memphis his capital, and rewrote his/story, destroying all references to Aton and expunging the names of the heretic kings from the list of pharaohs. Appointed new officials and priests, not from established families as was the earlier practice, but from the army, which he trusted. Reformed the judicial system, dealt harshly with corruption, empowered the courts, opened up trade routes, and gave order and rules to his court, while overseeing an era of renewed prosperity. Considered the founder of the 19th Dynasty, although he had no heir, since none of his children outlived him, and selected his general and vizier, Ramses I (Rudolph Hess) to succeed him, who, in turn, was viewed as the dynastic founder by ancient his/storians. Inner: Good administrator, competent general, in control ruler. Law’n’order lifetime of returning Egypt to its semblance of economic, spiritual and military order by erasing his/story and supplanting the denied immediate past with a present that worked.


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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS GUILT-RIDDEN JUDGE:
Storyline: The self-incarcerating prisoner forces himself to pay much mad penance over and over again, for his role in the long ago of martyring a magical savior.

Sir Balin - Brother of Balan in Arthurian legend. The two were devoted to one another. Met a mysterious foe in mortal combat without knowing it was his brother, and both slew one another, realizing at the last moment whom he was fighting. Both asked to be buried in same grave. Archetype of twin souls pursuing different destinies. Rudolph Hess (Walter Richard Rudolf Hess) (1894-1987) - German Nazi leader. Outer: Son of a prosperous German wholesale merchant in Egypt, he spent his first 14 years there, before finally coming to Germany and finishing his schooling. His domineering progenitor refused to allow him to go university, and instead demanded he enter the family business. Volunteered for service in order to escape him at the outset of WW I, and served in both the army and air force, initially on the western front as a shock troop leader in the same regiment as Adolf Hitler. Wounded twice, before becoming a pilot. After the war, he joined the Freikorps, a rightwing anti-Communist military group, and studied at the Univ. of Munich, where he came under the influence of the Thule Society, a secret anti-Semitic crew who championed Nordic supremacy. Joined the burgeoning Nazi party afterwards as its 16th member and became a close friend and confidant of Hitler, after hearing him speak in a beer hall in 1920. Known as Black Bertha in the Weimar homophile underground, while showing himself to be an eager brawler with any and all who attempted to disrupt the future Führer’s speeches. Participated in the beer hall putsch of 1923 and volunteered for prison, where he shared a cell with Hitler and took down and edited the future Führer’s turgid testament, Mein Kampf. Married Ilse Prohl in 1927, one son from the union. His wife eventually died in 1995. Became Hitler’s private secretary and later, when the Nazis came to power in 1933, his deputy Führer and 5 years later, a member of his secret cabinet council, based on his unquestioned loyalty more than anything else. At mass meetings, his role was to introduce Hitler in blaring, bellowing tones. Never given much else to do, thanks to his inability to act on his own, or show any understanding of the larger conceits of Nazism. Given numerous titles, as well as the designation as Hitler’s replacement after Hermann Goering. When his influence waned, thanks to the manipulations of others who were far more attuned to the flexing of their own personal power, he decided in 1940 on his own initiative to fly to England to conduct a secret treaty between the 2 nations, giving Germany hegemony over Europe and England, as a fellow Nordic nation, the integrity of its empire. Parachuted into Scotland, and was held as a prisoner of war for the rest of the conflict, since his captors correctly assessed he was not in full control of his mental faculties. Hitler promptly pronounced him insane, which proved to be his singular correct assessment of the entire war. Tried as a war criminal at Nuremberg afterwards, he answered all questions with a blank, “I can’t remember,” showing himself to be vacant and broken, despite one final speech extolling his Führer. Spent the rest of his life in Spandau Prison, gradually slipping off into madness and eventually becoming the sole inmate there. Because of his long life, he was the last of the major Nazis to die. Committed suicide on the day of the New Age Harmonic Convergence, by hanging himself with an electric cord, creating a perfect circular conclusion to 2 thousand years of lives lived on the edge of the madness of power and war. His burial site became a shrine for Neo-Nazis, so that his remains were dug up in 2011, and then cremated and scattered at sea. Inner: Solemn, studious, introverted and fanatic. Had absolute blind faith in and loyalty to Hitler. Self-imprisoning lifetime of giving voice and action to his own madness as well his country’s, before being permanently confined to the prison of his own mind. George V ( George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernst Augustus) (1819-1878) - King of Hanover. Outer: Only surviving child of Ernst Augustus (Ernst Roehm), mother was the daughter of a German grand duke. Spent his childhood in Berlin and Britain and lost the sight in both his eyes serially through illness and then accidentally swinging a pair of keys into the remaining one, when he was 14. As a member of the British royal family, he was second in line to the British throne, until Queen Victoria gave birth to her first daughter. Forced to retreat into his own mind, he created a fantastical world of his own self-importance while viewing his state as playing a pivotal world role. Married Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, a duke’s daughter, in 1843 and had 3 children. On his father’s death, he ascended to the throne at the age of 32, and was at constant odds with his legislative body, thanks to the conservative policies of his progenitor, and his own view that a ruler needed to be totally autocratic. Through his unseeing blindness, he caused Prussia to invade his state and annex it, which immediately resulted in his being deposed in 1866. Went into exile to Austria, without renouncing his rights of rule, and spent the rest of his sad life trying to get other European states to recognize him as the rightful ruler of Hanover. Died while on a visit to Paris. Inner: Impractical, unrealistic, totally isolated. Sightless lifetime of living out a strong symbol by being blinded by the keys of a kingdom he could not realistically see, and suffering the rest of his life for his lack of political vision. Rudolph II (1552-1612) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of HRE Maximilian II (Darryl F. Zanuck), and grandson, through his mother, of HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte). Older brother of Matthias (Hermann Goering) and Archduke Albert VII (Alfred Rosenberg). Sent to the Spanish court of his uncle Felipe II (Adolph Hitler) for his education, and at 20 was crowned king of Hungary, then three years added the crown of Bohemia to his royal possession. Watched his father’s interests in the natural sciences carefully, and was determined to the point of obsession to make his court an intellectual and artistic center of Europe. At his father’s death, he ascended the throne of the Romans at the age of 24, but he soon showed signs of mental instability, depression and madness, with little real interest in rule. Had a strong fascination, instead, with metaphysics and science, making his court a hotbed of alchemists, astrologers and occultists, as he helped serve as one of the last official sanctioners of magic on the European his/storical landscape before the orthodoxy of rationalism set in. Maintained a huge menagerie on his grounds as well, while allowing tigers to roam his basic home of Prague Castle, much to the dismay, and sometimes dismemberment of his servants. The religious disputes between Catholics and Protestants effectively crippled his realm, spurred by his arbitrary policies. Supported the counter-reformation, and oversaw a realm in disarray, thanks to his growing inability to rule. Never married, and eventually evinced such severe depression as to be viewed as quite insane by those closest to him. In poor health by century’s turn, he made no effort to name a successor, and his struggles with his brother Matthias, who coveted his throne, completely curtailed his later rule. Wound up being held prisoner in his own court, as his empire reflected his instability. His nobles gave his equally incompetent brother their support in 1606, and he was forced to cede rule in several of his realms to him 2 years later, after he tried renewing the empire’s ongoing war with the Turks. Refused last rites on his deathbed, seeing himself as a magical Christian, rather than a Catholic or Protestant. Inner: Cultured and scholarly, with an over-the-edge mind that eventually beckoned him to retreat permanently within. Madness was his refuge from a decidedly unmagical political world that he was unable to grasp. Great lover of art, filling his museums with the looted storehouses of the continent. Unbalanced lifetime of exploring the boundaries of the rational and irrational under the inconvenient aegis of rule. Robert Curthose (c1051-1134) - Norman prince. Outer: Eldest of 9 children of the future William I (Mohandas Gandhi) and Matilda (Margaret Sanger). Older brother of future kings, William II Rufus (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.) and Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Disliked by his father, who nicknamed him Curthose, or short clothes, as a derisive reference to his lack of stature. His mother, however, seemed to hold him in affection, and secretly helped him. Betrothed as a child, although his bride died before they could wed. Despite evincing both courage and martial skills, he was also lazy with a weak character. After having foul water dumped on him by his siblings, he instituted a short-lived revenge rebellion against his father, which was quickly put down, but it set up a rhythm of familial tensions that would last the rest of his life. Went on a plundering rampage, and then unhorsed his sire in battle, wounding him before recognizing him, much to the latter’s humiliation. The pair made amends through the effort of the queen in 1080, but after her death, he left court, and wandered in France, then Italy, spreading his seed, while unsuccessfully looking for a mate. Saved from being disinherited, when his father died in 1087 before being able to do so, and he wound up with the duchy of Normandy, while his younger brother William Rufus received England. Preferred by the nobles on both sides, since he seemed far more easy to manipulate by them, despite his being a poor governor over his possessions. Pawned most of western Normandy to his brother Henry in order to foment a rebellion in 1088 against his sibling, although it failed. Brought churchman Ranulf Flambard (Alfried Krupp) into his inner circle of advisers, and also hooked up with martial artist Robert de Belleme (Ernst Roehm). Decided to join the First Crusade in 1096 in order to improve on his impoverished state, and mortgaged his duchy to his brother William in order to pay for his adventure. Although he was a decent field commander, he was a poor tactician, constantly undoing himself. When William died in 1100, he was on his return journey from the Holy Land, after finally having married the daughter of an Italian count, in order to have the wherewithal to buy back his duchy. One surviving son from the union, while his wife died in 1103, after another unsuccessful childbirth. His brother Henry quickly enthroned himself in his absence, and upon his return he invaded England in 1101 with an army. Although a number of magnates, including Robert de Belleme, joined the rebellion, he found little popular support among the English. Repelled by Henry, he was forced to renounce his claim to the throne via treaty. However, he continued to plot against his sibling, which occasioned Henry to invade Normandy in 1105, and decisively defeat his army the following year at the Battle of Tinchebray. Captured afterwards, he spent the rest of his life, nearly three decades, in castle confinement, although per the king’s orders, he was kept in luxury and had six knights serving him. Dreamt of his son’s death in 1128 before finally finding out about it, and may have starved himself to death at the very end. Inner: Licentious and weak-willed with his dark traits far outweighing his gifts. Firstborn lifetime of completely misplaying a right-of-birth opportunity for the English throne, and instead, winding up, as he often has, as a prisoner of his own failings and thwarted ambitions. Adelbart I (Italy) (c932-c975) Italian ruler. Outer: Father was Berengar II (Adolf Hitler), who was an Italian margrave. Mother was Willa da Toscana (Unity Mitford). One younger sister, and two younger brothers. Crowned simultaneously with his sire in 950, after the death of the previous king, Lothair II, when he usurped the throne. In order to cement their position, his father forced the monarch’s widow Adelheid (Margaret Sanger) to marry his son the following year, but his plans were thwarted when she begged Otto I (Mohandas Gandhi) the emperor of the German states, to rescue her kingdom. He invaded Italy in 951, and took her for his own bride, while laying claim to the kingdom himself. Defeated, he continually waged aggressive warfare to reassert his power, although fared poorly over the next decade. Married, with at least one son from the union. Nevertheless, he and his sire attacked the pope, John XII in 960, which brought Otto and his armies back to Italy, and he defeated the two of them, and in the process of crowned emperor by the pope, while his wife was made empress, beginning the Germanic polity that became known as the Holy Roman Empire. Forced to flee, he returned and tried to take the Italian capital of Pavia, only to be defeated once again. One of his brothers died in the fighting, while this latest defeat caused him to finally sheathe his sword, and he retired to Burgundy, where he died. His son would go on to inherit Burgundy through his stepfather, after his mother remarried, and wound up fathering the line that resulted in the medieval Hohenstaufen emperors of the HRE. Inner: Second best lifetime of faring poorly in the martial arena, with his longtime family, although living to tell about it, and ultimately giving seed to further rulers down the road. Constantine IV (c652-685) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: Father was Constans II (Ernst Zundel), mother was Fausta, of Armenian extract. Proclaimed co-emperor in 654, before succeeding to the purple in 668, along with his two younger brothers, Heraclius and Tiberius, when their highly unpopular sire was murdered. Married Anastasia, of whom nothing is known, and had two sons, including his successor, Justinian II (Adolf Hitler). Had extensive administrative experience during his sire’s last absence, allowing him to set sail for Sicily and reassert his authority over his mutinous troops and bring them back to Constantinople immediately after ascended the throne. Had to repel Muslim advances, as well as Slav incursions, while withstanding a lengthy blockade of Constantinople over several summers by an Arab fleet, before defeating them with a barrage of Greek fire, which burned their ships, and caused them to ultimately withdraw. Simultaneously defeated them in a major land battle in Anatolia, which occasioned a treaty with their caliph, eliciting an annual tribute of gold for his coffers that signaled a halt to their previous unimpeded advances. Had mixed success in the west against various tribal incursions on Byzantine territory, while resorting to raiding parties to weaken Arab gains in the Middle East. In 680, he convened the 6th Ecumenical Council, which he personally led, as it reconciled the two body/one body dichotomy that had divided the eastern and western churches. Opted for the former, which helped heal the huge philosophic rift between the two, at least for a while. In order to insure the succession of his son, Justinian, he had his two brothers removed from power, which proved extremely unpopular, since the duo, along with his son, were viewed as a reflection of the holy trinity. A revolt ensued, which he put down, before he reinstated his siblings, only to have them subsequently removed from office, and their noses slit to make them unfit for rule, in what would prove to be the only overt act of cruelty of his reign. His son would later suffer the same fate, but such was the latter’s iron will, that he ultimately overcame his mutilation and banishment to rule again. Died from dysentery, which helped him escape a tendency towards madness in the two generations that preceded him, as well as the one that followed, although perhaps his death, at a youthful Christ age of 33, precluded his descending into his own mind, as he got older. Inner: Strong-willed without the cruelty that went with it, unlike his other empurpled confreres. Steady as she goes lifetime of living long enough to realize many of his religious, political and martial goals, without descending into the extreme unbalance that marked many of his go-rounds in this series, as a guilt-ridden condemner of an earthly avatar at the dawning of the Common Era Age. Gaius Galerius (c260-311) - Roman emperor. Outer: Son of a simple peasant, while his mother was from beyond the Danube. Began life as a herdsman, but became a soldier, rising to the rank of senior officer on his skills. Named Caesar under the Tetrachy of Diocletian (Ernst Roehm) in 293. Also took the god-name of Jovus, while being forced to divorce his wife in order to marry Diocletian’s daughter, Valeria, who was a Christian, before being sent off to frontier duty. One daughter from his 1st union, none from his 2nd, and a son from a concubine. After suffering severe defeat against the Persians because of insufficient troops, he returned to rout them in 298. Sent to command the frontier in the northern Balkans, he transformed Thessalonica into an imperial city, although his victory disturbed the balance of power within the Tetrachy. Began a persecution of the Christians through stern edicts. His mother had been a fanatic pagan, and he was the most aggressive of the anti-Christian emperors, destroying books and buildings and instituting a death penalty against the sect. On the abdication of Diocletian in 305, he became Emperor along with Constantius I Chlorus (Jawaharlal Nehru), while his 2 nominees, his nephew, Maximin II Daia (Adolf Hitler) and Severus II (Franz von Papen), became Caesars. Infighting and death altered the make-up of his Tetrachy, with, at one point, 7 claimants demanding the throne, each with an army behind him, although he managed to hold power until his demise from a frightful cancer of the groin at Eastertide. On his deathbed he canceled the persecution of the Christians because it had only served to strengthen the will of that sect. Died horribly, with worms eating away at him, while the doctors in attendance, who could not stand the stench and sight, were executed on the spot. Inner: Uncultivated man of action, strictly principled and an excellent general. Comeuppance lifetime of allowing the lion within to roar unabated, while gaining, in the very end, the ability to see the power of the lamb as well. Titus (39-81) - Roman emperor. Outer: Oldest son of the emperor Vespasian (Alfred Krupp). Given a court education, a rare honor at the time, because the Emperor Claudius (Joseph Goebbels) was impressed with his father’s military abilities. Earned the enmity of his younger brother Domitian (Ernst Roehm), for the differences in their upbringing. Learned to write poetry in Latin and Greek and also composed Greek tragedies. Almost accidentally poisoned to death by Nero (Adolf Hitler). Became a military tribune and quaestor, or magistrate, distinguishing himself in Britain and Germany. In 62, he married Arecina Tertulla, the daughter of a former commander of the Praetorian Guard, one daughter from the union. After his wife died in the 2nd or 3rd year of their marriage, he was remarried to Marcia Furnilla, a higherborn mate, and had one more daughter. Again the match was relatively brief since his wife’s family was connected with an anti-imperial conspiracy and he quickly divorced her. Short, paunchy, and a good soldier. When his father ascended the throne in 69, he was put in charge of the Judaean war, killing one million Jews and destroying Jerusalem and its Temple, bringing to a conclusion ancient Israel. Afterwards, he commanded the Praetorian Guard, held 7 consulships and succeeded his father in 79 for a brief 2 year reign. His ruthless action against plotters right beforehand made the populace suspicious of him, but public generosity with his fortune won him popularity. Witnessed the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, a major fire in Rome and the outbreak of a deadly plague in an otherwise unremarkable, but benign reign. “I have only done one thing wrong,” were his last words, perhaps referring to his earlier incarnation as Pilate. Either died from malaria or from poisoned fish fed him by his successor and brother, Domitian. Inner: Dual character: musical, poetical, handsome, charming, also greedy, harshly anti-Semitic, and licentious. Had a curious talent for forging handwriting. The anti-Christian symbol of poisoned fish at the end of his life indicated an internalized wrestling with acts of his earlier incarnation as well. Probably was personally best served by a short run of rule, where the goodness, rather than the severity of his nature was made manifest. The grim extent of external calamities during his brief reign and the additional symbol of powerful forces continually at work around him, were emblematic of his own internal struggles. Dualistic lifetime of enjoying power and giving vent to his complex, unintegrated character. Pontius Pilate (?-38AZ) - Roman governor. Outer: Most of his life is largely unknown, including his birth and death dates. Became a Roman equestrian, and was appointed procurator, or governor, of Judaea by the emperor Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte), through the intercession of his aide, Sejanus (Richard Nixon), becoming the fifth to hold that office, and the longest, for a pivotal decade between 26 and 36AZ. Given not only administrative, but judicial power as well, unlike his fellow procurators, but his harsh, insulting and intractable rule against the Jews exceeded his instruction, and made him an extremely unpopular figure. Passed the death sentence on the Christian prophet, Jesus, setting in motion his crucifixion, and the rise of the Christian religion in the rise of his controversial death. After attacking the Samaritans and being reported by them, he was ordered back to Rome to face charges of cruelty and executing men without proper trial. Committed suicide on the orders of the emperor Caligula (Napoleon Bonaparte). Inner: Alternately depicted in different texts as authoritarian, pragmatic and strong-willed, insensitive, cruel and incompetent, and a respecter of Jewish resolve against him, as well as weak and vacillating, and ultimately a convert to Christianity. Legendary lifetime forever etched into Judeo-Christian consciousness as the archetype of the personification of deep guilt. His succeeding lives seem to indicate an internal need to purge himself through trial and madness of the memory of playing the role of Western civilization’s major religious martyr-maker. Darius III Codomannus (Artas’ata) (?-330BZ) - Persian emperor. Outer: From a collateral branch of the royal family. Became satrap of Armenia, and established himself as a powerful and formidable governor. When the emperor’s chief eunuch, Bagoas (Joseph Goebbels) had the reigning monarch, Artaxerses III (Ernst Roehm) and his elder sons removed to place his younger son on the throne in 338BZ, the empire was in a tither with revolt, and incursion. Received the backing of other nobles, and marched on Persepolis. Bagoas had already sent the replacement emperor, Artaxerses IV (Heinrich Himmler), so that when he seized the throne in 336BZ, one of his first acts was to rid the empire of the troublesome eunuch, forcing him to drink the poison he had prepared for the suddenly independent king, which immediately brought several months of respite to the restless countryside, as he was initially viewed as a strong king who could reunite the kingdom. The invading Macedonian, Philip II was also murdered, perhaps at his instigation, but, as fate would have it, he was replaced by none other than Alexander the Great, who crossed the Hellespont into Achaemenid territory, although the king had done little to prepare against him. After Alexander had proved himself an adept conqueror, he finally advanced against him, only to be defeated in 333. Fled the battlefield, abandoning his mother, wife and children, and then tried diplomacy against his adversary, to little avail. Met him again in battle in the fall of 331, and was decisively defeated, fleeing in his chariot, although his subordinates continued fighting after he abandoned the battlefield. During that winter, the emperor tried to build a new army, but reinforcements never arrived, and he was forced to turn to his eastern satrapies. They, in turn, felt that if they delivered their king to Alexander, there would be no war, and so they arrested him when he was in Parthia, under the leadership of the Bactrian satrap, Bessus (Alfred Krupp). Alexander rejected the offer, knowing if he executed him he would lose the loyalty of Persia, and so, attacked instead. Bessus deposed and executed him, declaring himself Artaxerses V over a largely nonexistent empire, and fled, bringing an end to over two centures of Achaemenid rule. Inner: Dualistic character, both brave and cowardly. Bested lifetime of going up against the best of the age, and being undone by his own unintegrated failings via the hand of a longtime family member and father-figure. Ramses I (Parmessu) (?-1290BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: From a nonroyal family. One of 9 children of a judge and troop commander. Began his career as a midlevel officer in the military and quickly rose to eventually become a top general and vizier under Horemheb (Ernst Roehm), the military officer who would serve as a bridge figure between the 18th and 19th dynasties on the Egyptian throne. Married Sitre, and took on the name Ramses when he claimed the throne in 1307BZ, when Horemheb died, having already had considerable governmental experience in a variety of roles under him. Since he was middle-aged, he made his son, Seti I (Alfried Krupp) co-regent, and ruled for two years, concentrating on building, while his son focused on warfare and defense. Because of his short reign, his tomb was only hastily prepared, but he did serve as dynastic head, transforming a nonroyal family into one of the blood, and introducing a name that would be repeated 11 times in future dynasties, largely as reflection of the second man to bear it, Ramses II (Wm. Randolph Hearst). Inner: Largely unknown character. Reverse lifetime of enjoying a brief run as godking in the role of founder, rather than ender of a dynasty, allowing him to see another side of himself in the great circle of rule.

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PATHWAY OF RULER AS PATRIARCHAL PLUTOCRAT:
Storyline: The industrious industrialist returns to the same family in order to fully realize the responsibility of his avarice and efficiency, after many a go-round of anchoring powerful houses in the realms of both rule and uninhibited acquisition.

Sir Ector - Foster-father of Arthur and father of Sir Kay. Archetype of the secondary patriarch. Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1907-1967) - German industrialist. Outer: Great-grandson of himself, son of his former granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, who was the scion of a banking family, and had opposed Hitler’s rise during the 1920s, although later supported him when he came to power. One of 8 children. Lean, tall, and perpetually preoccupied. Became associated with the firm in 1925, before studying metallurgy at several technical universities and then getting an engineering degree from Technische Hochschule in Aachen. In the 1936 Olympics he won a bronze medal in an eight meter sailing race. Joined the family firm the same year and was elected a full board member in 1938. Married Annaliese Lampert the previous annum and divorced in 1941, one son from the union. In 1943, German Führer Adolf Hitler issued the Lex Krupp, which made him sole owner of the family’s vast holdings, where heretofore it had been a public company. Superseded his senile father and added von Bohlen und Holbach to his name, while dutifully complying with the country’s martial material demands for the rest of WW II. The firm used slave labor supplied by concentration camps, and gobbled up property everywhere, the singular capitalist enterprise taking advantage of a fascist state, while supplying the Nazi war machine with much of its armaments and munitions. Tried before a military tribunal after the end of the war and sentenced to 12 years in prison, although he only served a small portion of it. Released by an American amnesty in 1951, under the proviso that he divest himself of his major interests, which he did not, and instead quickly built the firm back up to its previous standing, becoming a billionaire in the process. Married Vera Knauer, a German-born American naturalized citizen in 1952, divorced 5 years later in an expensive settlement. Spent his latter years doing landscape photography, and comparative music research, building up an extensive record collection. His son renounced his succession rights and the family name, making the company a public concern after his death from cancer. Inner: Greedy out-and-out exploiter, enjoying the singular economic advantages given him, with little thought to the consequences of his actions. Automobile, sailing and flying enthusiast, with a taste for classical music, and an all-abiding interest in accumulation. Repeat lifetime of reincarnating into a dynasty he had created to reap the wealth and the power he had wrought in his unleashing of high quality armaments upon the world, creating a circle of completion by ending the powerful dynasty he had begun. Alfred Krupp (1812-1887) - German industrialist. Known as “the Cannon King.” Outer: Son of the founder of the Krupp dynasty, Friedrich Carl Krupp, who built a small steel plant and taught him the secret of making high-quality cast steel. At his father’s death, he took over the firm at the age of 14, and through innovative designing and administrative skills, he put it in a position to take advantage of the coming of the railroad to Germany. The famiily was initially forced to live frugally, and he often labored beside his employees all day, while carrying on his father’s experimentations at night. For his first fiteen years, the company barely could pay its workers, much less its executives. In 1841, he finally began to expand, after his invention of a spoon roller, and he ultimately, introduced new steel-making processes to Europe, before turning to the manufacture of weaponry, the heart of his industrial empire. Saw Jews as good cannon fodder. Founder of industrialized warfare, and by the time of his death, the firm had supplied arms for some 46 nations. Instituted comprehensive housing, hospitals, churches and pensions for his workers. Wished to immortalize himself by building a monumental 300 room house to himself, Villa Hugel, which he spent 5 years designing. Continued the dynasty with his son and son-in-law. Died of a heart attack. At the end, he employed some 45,000 men, with another 30,00 also under his economic reach. Inner: Paternalistic and innovative authoritarian who produced one of the most powerful families of modern Germany and changed the face of modern warfare as well as industrial welfare. Politically reactionary, wishing for a dictator to rid Germany of its Jews, socialists and liberals, a yearning he would see come to pass his next go-round in this series. Deep pockets lifetime of deeply affecting both his times and his dynastic ambitions through metal and mettle, a far-seeing visionary with his eyes firmly planted on the practical and pragmatic. Michel Le Tellier (1603-1685) - French minister of war. Outer: Son of a Parisian magistrate. Became an attorney for Louis XIII (Cecil B. DeMile) in 1631, and secretary of state for war for Louis XIV (Charles de Gaulle) in 1643 on the latter’s succession to the throne as a child, thanks to a friendship with Cardinal Jules Mazarin (Francois Mitterand). Married, with at least two sons, Francois Le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois (Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Holbach), and Charles Maurice, who ultimately became archbishop of Reims. Remained loyal to the crown and an adviser to the queen regent, Anne of Austria (Gloria Swanson), during the subsequent Fronde rebellion of nobles, while Mazarin was in exile, then reorganized the army afterwards so that it would be responsible to the king rather than the nobles. On Louis’s assumption of governmental control in 1661, he was made a member of his tri-member inner council. Trained his son Francois to be his co-minister and successor, and the 2 created one of the most effective militaries on the continent through his innovations, such as a centralized military transport system that allowed the king to deprive disobedient officers of their supplies. His model would remain in place over the next century until the beginning of the French Revolution. Excellent organizer and administrator. Made chancellor of France in 1677, while continuing to aid his son. Reformed the judiciary, and because of an ongoing hatred for Protestant Huguenots, he revoked the Edict of Nantes, taking away their liberties. Died a few days after the revocation was signed, and was succeeded by his scion. Inner: His father/teacher role fulfilled his limited dynastic ambitions, while his strong prejudices against religious minorities and equal attachment to the ruling crown were consistent with his ongoing incarnations. Transition lifetime of empire-building through the auspices of the state, rather than his own personal fortune. Jacob Fugger (1459-1525) - German merchant prince. Known as “Jacob the Rich.” Outer: Youngest son of the 2nd generation of a merchant family, that imported a variety of goods, and eventually controlled much of Europe’s pepper market. Originally destined for an ecclesiastic career, he showed a flair for business, and studied book/keeping, instead, like his brothers, learning double-entry accounting in Venice. Unhappily married in 1498, with no heir, he put all his energy into the accumulation of capital. Built his fortune on the mining of precious metals, and expanded into real estate, the spice trade, merchant fleets and banking concerns, raising his multi-generational family to their zenith of wealth, power and influence. Became the financier of popes and emperors, and the archly conservative foe of the Reformation, inspiring much criticism for his monopolies and his interest in high-interest yields. Financed the election of Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) as HRE. Provided for servants and workers, with a sense of social welfare, but was highly resistant to any threats to his autonomy. Left his estate and power to his nephew. Inner: Taciturn and severe, with far less interest in the display of wealth than the accumulation of it. Innovative and highly capable, but with a heart as cold as ice. Scrooge lifetime of building on his family dynasty and giving full expression to his need for control and accumulation. Rudolph I (1218-1291) - German emperor. Outer: Son of the count of Hapsburg. Even as a child, he evinced an enterprising spirit. His father died on crusade when he was in his late teens, and he inherited a very modest amount of lands. Tall, handsome, charming and lanky, with a small head, large shoulders and a grand, patrician nose, making him a stand-out figure. A skilled athlete and soldier, and highly capable of making his own fortune. As a partisan of the HRE Friedrich II (Yukio Mishima), he was able to increase his territorities at the expense of relatives, who supported the pope. Through his daring seizures and night raids, as well as his territorial demands, he increased his holdings considerably, although occasionally exceeded himself, once burning a nunnery while attacking Basel, which got him excommunicated for several years. Married Anne, a German heiress in his mid-20s, which also augmented his lands, 9 children from union, including his ultimate successor, Albrecht I (Ernst Roehm). Elected German king in order to counter a powerful non-German Bohemian, Otakar II, and crowned in 1273. Recognized by the pope on the condition he renounce all imperial rights in Rome and surrounding areas and also if he would lead a new crusade. Placed Otakar under a ban, when he proved excessively aggressive, and defeated him in 1276, then, 2 years later, his armies killed him in battle when he tried invading his territories again. Received permission to grant his sons territories he had won from Otakar, which would make for the territorial nucleus for the future Hapsburg family. After his first wife died in 1281, he married a Burgundian princess, no issue from the union, but it effectively protected his western frontier, although French influence at the papal court prevented him from being crowned emperor. Unable to secure the election of his oldest son as German king or king of the Romans, since the German electors were adamant that the crown should not become hereditary with the House of Habsburg, which it ultimately did anyway, for the next 6 centuries. Inner: Great energy and determination. Seemingly warm, open and friendly, yet shrewd, cold, calculating and terrifying when crossed. Able to show humility, and wound up leaving a treasure-trove of positive memories of himself, although much of it is probably idealization and wishful thinking. Dynastic lifetime of establishing a patriarchal base for a long-time ruling house, in preparation for switching over to the civilian sector and his true vocation, the accumulation of vast wealth through his abilities at assessing value and organizing the industry to exploit it to the maximum. Ranulf Flambard (c1060-1128) - Norman/English bishop. Outer: Mother was seen as a sorceress, who, legend had it, had continual intimate congress with the devil. Father was a Norman parish priest, who became a monk. Had two brothers, with one also becoming a cleric. Came to England at a young age, and entered the chancery of William I (Mohandas Gandhi). 5’9”. Comely, intelligent and eloquent, he used flattery and a pliant wit to rise in court circles, where he was roundly disliked and subsequently dubbed ‘Flambard,’ for his manipulative nature. Worked his way into William’s confidence by revealing the failings of his peers to the king, while also showing himself to be a financial adept, and, as such, was made keeper of the seal in 1083. Subsequently took a leading part in the king’s Domesday survey, as an expert in trafficking in information. Able to accrue both land and treasure, he became chaplain to the bishop of London. Returned to royal service at the ascension of William II (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), as treasurer and fiscal adviser to him, under the nominal title of chaplain. Profited enmormously under the financial predations of William, growing both portly and wealthy, by raising vast sums of money through tax increases and extortions from both the barony and the church, while supplying the new king with the moneys he needed to run his court. Managed a host of bishoprics, and was made bishop of Durham at century’s nearend. In 1099, he was also appointed the king’s justiciar, a position comparable to later prime ministers, while holding several other offices. When the monarch died in 1100, he failed to find favor with his younger brother Henry (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), and wound up in the Tower of London. Became both the initial prisoner in that infamous citadel, as well as the first to escape it. Made a daring breakout by climbing down a rope that had been smuggled into his room in a wine cask. Skinned his hands badly on the way down, but made it to the coast and sailed to Normandy, along with his mother and his treasure, where he joined Robert of Normandy’s (Rudolph Hess) court. Pushed Robert, who was the eldest son of William I, to contest his much younger brother’s claim to the throne, and was given his own see in Normandy. After Robert’s failure, and eventual life imprisonment, he made his own peace with Henry, and was given back his see at Durham, at which point his political machinations ended. Despite being a member of the clergy, he was very much a man of the material world. Fathered at least two sons, for whom he bought benefices while still quite young, and also maintained an earthy see, which shocked his lessers. Spent the latter part of his career as an active builder, finishing the cathedral his predecessor started, fortifying the town of Durham, building a castle, founding a priory and endowing a local college. Grew corpulent in later years, as he saw his health fail towards the end of his life. In great fear of eternal damnation, he began distribuing his money to the poor, and just before he went, he had himself carried into church to repudiate his evil ways, in a last minute expiation of his guilty soul. Inner: Ruthless, courageous and resourceful. Very much of the material world, despite his sacred, in name only, calling. Sticky fingers lifetime of building on his financial expertise in preparation for the millennium to come, where he would continue to be an adept at the service of his monarchical and tyrannical crypto-family. Anastasius II (Artemios) (?-719) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: Served in the bureaucracy of the Byzantine government, working as a secretary for previous emperors. Married to a woman named Irene. Following the blinding and overthrowing of Philippicus Bardanes (Hermann Goering) he was extremely reluctant to accept the purple, particularly in lieu of the fates of his two predecessors. Finally decided to do so, and took on the name of an earlier financial adept on the throne, Anastasius I (Ivan Boesky). Punished the Opsikian officers who had overthrown Philippicus, in order to assert his control over the army and avoid any kind of repeat rebellion. Reversed his predecessor’s reversal of the 6th Ecumenical Council so as to reestablish solid relations with Rome and the western church. Tried to use diplomatic, rather than martial means to effect some kind of accord with the Arabs, and when that failed, he fortified the walls of the city, while constructing a new fleet, which was dispatched to Rhodes on the death of the caliph in 715 to destroy their naval supplies. Sent an army to invade Syria afterwards. The Opsikian troops, however, mutinied, and proclaimed one of their own, Theodosius, a tax-collector, as emperor. They then besieged Constantinople, and after six months, the mutineers took the city. Fled during this period to Nicaea, and acknowledged his replacement, before retiring to a monastery in Thessalonica. After Theodosios resigned his throne in favor of Leo III (Michael Eisner), the exiled former Basileus decided the time was propitious for a revolt, since he had considerable support for retaking his throne from the Bulgarian khan. Marched on Constantinople, only to ultimately be captured and beheaded. Buried, at the insistence of his wife, in the mausoleum of Justinian I (Joseph Stalin). Inner: Competent bureaucrat and administrator, but no match for the martial artists of his time. Lost head lifetime of tasting power, and enjoying it, only to be forced to relinquish it, but not totally, leading to his ultimate downfall at the expense of his expired ambition. Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian (245-311) - Roman Emperor. Outer: From a poor family. His father was an emancipated slave, but he rose to prominence through his military skills, ultimately becoming commander of the imperial guard. Personally avenged the death of the Emperor Numerian (T.H. White) and was hailed by his soldiers in his stead in 284, although he may have placed the blame on the praetorian commander when he, himself was guilty. 10 months later, he defeated Carinus (Allen Ginsburg), and had control over the entire empire. Became the first emperor in over a century to enjoy a 2 decade reign. Appointed his longtime comrade Maximian (Ernst Roehm) his full imperial colleague with the rank of Augustus. Spent his next years fighting on the frontier and then in 293, he created a Tetrachy, with two Augusti and 2 Caesars as rulers, giving the order of rule to the empire. Named Constantius I Chlorus (Jawaharlal Nehru) and Galerius (Rudolph Hess) as his 2 Caesars. Designated himself as Jovus to indicate he was the choice of the gods, and the empire became a Jupiterian theocracy, with himself as ruler of the east. Gave orders that he should be received with prostration, where before all emperors were simply greeted. Reconstructed the military system and instituted many innovative reforms. Spent much of his time fighting against rebels and foreign enemies, organizing the Rhine, Danube and the Persian frontier as lines of defense, while making strategic cities into imperial residences. Married Prisca, a Christian, but relentlessly went after that sect, via his Edict Against the Christians in 303, in the last great persecution before Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the empire One daughter from union. Built great massive structures in a desire to bring a Golden Age of plenty to Rome. Under him, Latin was revived as a literary language, while structure and order were given to all levels of administration. Retired in 305 due to ill health, inducing a reluctant Maximian to do the same, but returned to help Galerius, his successor, to restore order, then permanently retired to his palace near Salonae, contenting himself with gardening. His last months were filled with disappointments, as he watched his prestige evaporate and his achievements called into question. May have starved himself to death. Inner: Excellent organizer and administrator with a sure sense of administrative order. Absolutist autocrat, believed himself to be a manifestation of divine will. In-control lifetime of acting on his own sense of divinity, while giving short-lived order and structure to the chaotic world he inherited. Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespianus) (9-79) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of a tax collector of knightly rank. The family was shrewd and respectable, and middleclass rather than patrician. One of 2 brothers, both of whom rose through the patronage of a wealthy, powerful freedman. Built a reputation for decency and fairness, along with his brother Sabinus (Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Holbach). Married Domitilla, a non-Roman citizen in 39, and founded the brief Flavian dynasty, with sons Titus (Rudolph Hess) and Domitian (Ernst Roehm), also had a daughter. Became a successful legionary commander, and then held various offices, including proconsul of Africa. Well-built, physically strong, mentally able. Experienced brief bankruptcy, but was saved by his brother. Fell asleep during one of the emperor Nero’s (Adolf Hitler) songfests, winning his disfavor. Made governor of Judaea and suppressed the first Jewish Revolt in 67. Elevated to the throne by his soldiers in 69 after the brief tenure of his 2 predecessors. His brother died the same year. Restored the state’s finances, and gave the Roman Empire a sense of order, prosperity and stability, after disastrous civil wars and the depraved personalities who preceded him, and had also destroyed the older nobility. Set up the systems whereby a new ruling class could rise to replace them. Worked in close concert with his son, Titus, to fulfill his dynastic ambitions. Died of a fever and diarrhea, and his last words were, “An emperor ought to die standing,” before collapsing into the arms of an attendant. Inner: Largely self-made through soldierly and administrative skills. Frugal and extremely hard-working, with a deep sense of responsibility to state, unlike his immediate predecessors. Sound, fair and just, also uncompromising and hard. Had a deep concern for both boundaries and revenues, as well as a sense of continuance in contrast to the self-destructive dementos previously at the helm. Good sense of humor, able to take criticism. Solid citizen lifetime of giving play to his dynastic ambitions by bringing order to the royal house he inherited through his martial and organizational skills. Antipater (?-43BZ) - Idumaean chief minister of Judaea. Outer: From a notable family of influence and wealth who had been forcibly converted to Judaism, when the Idumeans were conquered by the Hasmoneans. Although a nominal Jew, he was Hellenistic in his overview, and an extreme opportunist, continually currying favor to strengthen his influence and wealth. Became adviser and then chief administer of the Roman client-state of Judaea during the high priesthood of the last of the Hasmonean dynasty, after helping Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle) defeat his former ally Pompey (Henry Luce). Loyal to Rome and particularly any Roman who could further his own ambitions, he was made procurator of Judaea in 47BZ. Married Cypros, a noblewoman, and had a daughter and four sons, including Herod I (Adolph Hitler), who later succeeded him as king of Judaea. Poisoned at a feast with his concubines by rival family members, because of his pro-Roman policies. Inner: Sycophantic, unsavory and opportunistic, using his ongoing sense of treachery and manipulation to further himself and his family. Me-first lifetime of putting self-ambition ahead of all other concerns, while putting his imprint on his/story as the ongoing archetype of personal perfidy for profit and gain. Artaxerxes V (Bessus) (329BZ) - Persian nobleman and would-be king. Outer: Related to a collateral branch of the royal Achaemenid family. Became satrap or governor of Bactria, in modernday Afghanistan, under Darius III (Rudolph Hess) to whom he may have been related, since the position indicated he would be first in the succession. After Alexander the Great had thoroughly defeated Darius in 331BZ, the latter fled to the eastern provinces in hopes of raising another army. Felt that the king only meant further incursions by the conquering Macedonians, and so, led a contingent who captured him. When Alexander refused to accept him as a prisoner, and attacked instead, he deposed and executed Darius in 330BZ. If he had surrendered at that point, he would have been given an important post under Alexander, but instead, he declared himself emperor as Artaxerxes V, several weeks later, making him a rival for a throne that the latter had claimed for his own through his defeat of the Persian king. Tried to resist the relentless Alexander, only to have him attack unexpectedly through the Hindu Kush mountains. He was subsequently captured and cruelly mutilitated, with his ears and nose cut off the following year, for being a regicide. Alexander then handed him over to the brother of Darius, where he had committed his crime against the state, and demanded he be crucified, and that the vultures not be allowed to devour him. This harsh final judgment ran totally counter to the Persian Zoroastrian religion, who saw carrion birds as the official buriers of the dead, so that he was dishonored in death, as much as he had been a dishonorer of royal prerogative in life. Inner: Harshly judged lifetime of playing at the end of a longtime house, rather than at its beginning, to complete a circle of rule within himself. Seti I (?-1290B.Z.) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Of the XIXth dynasty. Family was not of royal parentage, but had risen to power during the reign of Akhnaton (Adolf Hitler). Son of Ramses I (Rudolph Hess), the vizier to the general Horemheb (Ernst Roehm), who was the bridge figure between the 18th and 19th Dynasty, and later a pharaoh, himself. Mother was Sitre I. Succeded his father in 1306BZ, after a short 2 year reign, during which time he acted as co-regent. Proved himself an adept warrior, reorganizing the army, and did battle with a small coalition of states in Palestine, defeating them in a decisive battle in Galilee to become master of Palestine. Continued his expansion northward into southern Syria, where he won the submission of the southern Phoenician cities. Found a more formidable foe in the Asia Minor peoples, the Hittites, and made some sort of peace with them, before turning to the administration of his own realm and its economic development. Oversaw a time of considerable prosperity, while looking to the mid-18th Dynasty as his model for an orderly Egypt. Restored numerous monuments, temples and shrines and commissioned much artistic commemoration of his own feats, while the artistic level of his reign proved to be one of the highpoints of all of Egyptian culture. Deliberately did not mention the Amarna kings of the Akhnaton (Adolf Hitler) period, in his commemorative lists. Also fortified the frontier, dug wells and opened mines and quarries, giving a renewed economic basis to Egypt. May have been the pharaoh who took the infant Moses into his house, setting the stage for that great leader’s Biblical exploits. Married Tuya, the daughter of a lieutenant of charioteers, before he ascended to the throne. His first son died young, but his second, Ramses II (J.P. Morgan), who he carefully trained to succeed him, would prove the greatest of his dynasty. A daughter would be a minor wife of his son. Built a monumental memorial temple at Abydos to celebrate his life and death, and was buried in the finest tomb in the Valley of Kings in western Thebes. Inner: Highly competent, extremely focused and adept at all his undertakings, both militaristic and economic. Dynastic lifetime of giving play to both his martial expertise, organizational skills and ability at resurrecting a mighty nation into its splendors of old.

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PATHWAY OF THE MARTIAL ARTIST AS ONGOING MONSTER:
Storyline: The willful warrior shows a savage disregard for life and limb in the carrying out of his orders, viewing all as cannon fodder in the face of his relentless pursuit of his self-perceived heartless duty.

Darkside Sir Tor - The first made of the knights of the Round Table, and one of its bravest and boldest. Archetype of the darkside martial master. Reinhard Heydrich (Reinhard Eugen Tristan Heydrich) (1904-1942) - German Nazi SS officer. Known as “the Hangman,” as well as “the Blond Beast,” to his cohorts. Outer: Mother was the daughter of the founder and director of the Royal Conservatory in Dresden. Her prestigious family gave her a sense of importance, which she passed onto her son. Father was a gifted musician and teacher who founded The Halle Conservatory of Music, a musical theater, and was far more lighthearted, as well as a Wagnerian opera signer. The latter used to do imitations of Jews, which gave rise to rumors about Jewish roots, that would plague his otherwise, tall, Aryan son his entire life, so that the future SS officer would continually bring legal suit for racial slander against anyone who intimated he was less than a pure Aryan. Initially wanted to be musician, and was an accomplished violinist, as well as a horseman and award-winning fencer. Lived in an elegant home, but was bullied by older boys for his high-pitched voice, as well as his Catholicism in a largely Protestant town. His mother also disciplined him with frequent lashings, making for a very sullen, withdrawn son, who felt compelled to prove himself over and over in everything he tried. Since he was too young for WW I, as a teenager, he joined the Freikorps, a post-war band of ex-soldiers, street-fighters and anti-Communist terrorists, before pursuing a military career. In 1922, he became a cadet in the German Navy, although his high, almost falsetto voice continued to plague him, as did taunts of possible Jewish ancestry. 6’3” and gangly with blond hair, he finally overcame the teasing with his uberarrogant character, as well as his unceasing drive to excel. Became an intelligence officer, and was compulsively seductive, using the same obsessive sense of pursuit that he employed in all his endeavors in chasing after women. Eventually he was cashiered in 1931 for refusing to marry the daughter of a shipowner that his commanding officer had compromised. The same year, he married Lina von Osten, the daughter of a village schoolmaster, who became an ardent Nazi, 3 children from union. With his prospective career in ruins, he enlisted in the Nazi Party at the same time, and joined the black-coated SS (Schutzstaffel), an elite corps chosen on the basis of their racial characteristics. Under the auspices of its head, Heinrich Himmler, he created its intelligence gathering service, known as the SD, which quickly blossomed into a huge organization, which kept tabs on not only anti-Nazi movements, but the sexual peccadilloes of the top Nazis as well. By 1932, he was an SS Brigadier General, and later played a leading role in the 1934 Blood Purge of the rival SA. Continued, however, to be plagued by charges of Jewish ancestry, a rumor kept alive by his enemies within the Party. In 1936, he was made chief of the Security Police, then was appointed SS chief for Berlin, and Himmler’s deputy chief. Became one of the most feared men in Germany, while he avoided any and all publicity, preferring to work behind the scenes. Virtually friendless, save for a few top SS subordinates, he spent his spare time in seduction, while those women who resisted his advances could expect an imminent visit by the Gestapo. Helped set up the circumstances that would lead to Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, initiating WW II. Deeply involved in the planning of the extermination of the Jews, he was one of those put in charge of the Final Solution. During WW II, he ordered mass executions in several countries as a means of controlling anti-Nazi activity, and became one of the most hated figures in the Reich. His arrogance led him to travel in an open green Mercedes without any armed escort, as a show of his absolute mastery of his environment. Bombed while riding in his car in Prague by two Czech patriots, he managed to stagger out with pistol blazing, only to die several days later in a hospital of blood poisoning, after various materials lodged in his spleen. A massive revenge campaign was undertaken immediately afterwards, including the complete liquidation of the town of Lidice, buildings and citizens alike. Buried with full military honors in the Invaliden Cemetery in Berlin, but his grave was destroyed by the Soviets after the war. Inner: Archetypal Aryan looks, but sadistic to the point of depravity. Nervous energy, cold, cruel death merchant. Also held a strong sense of self-loathing at the possibility of carrying tainted blood, and once fired off 2 shots at an image of himself in a passing mirror, shouting out, “Filthy Jew!” Harbored an insatiable greed for power. His singular sense of humanity was a passionate love for chamber music, his sole relaxation. Self-abnegating lifetime of giving his basic bestial nature full play through the auspices of an organization which encouraged it to the hilt, while acting out his own denial of self through his exterminating angel ethos. Julius Haynau (Julius Jacob Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Haynau) (1786-1853) - Austrian general. Outer: Illegitimate son of Landgrave Wilhelm IX of Hesse Kassel, who later became Elector Wilhelm I. Quite like his martial adept father. Studied at Marburg, and entered the Austrian army as a lieutenant in 1801. Served throughout the Napoleonic Wars, during which time he married the daughter of a field marshal, daughter from union. Steadily rose in rank, becoming a major in 1813 after distinguishing himself himself in northern Italy. Ultimately made a general and brigade commander in Italy in the mid-1830s. Received a divisional command and the rank of field marshall in 1844, but came into conflict with his superiors at Graz and was transferred. His excesses in putting down revolts in Italy during the uprisings of 1848 and 1849 sullied his career, earning him the sobriquet of the “Hyena of Brescia,” after his bloody campaign there, and his fierce reprisals against the revolutionaries. Transferred to Venice, received another promotion and was made a privy councilor in 1849. Given supreme command over the army of Hungary, and again proved victorious, but conducted an extremely bloody campaign. Made a commander of the 3rd army, but retired the following year. Toured Europe afterwards, but such was his reputation, that he inspired riots in the wake of his visits to London and Brussels. Died of a heart attack. Inner: Adept military figure, but excessively brutal and harsh in his dealings with disorder. Courageous, stubborn, extremely self-confident, a born soldier. Feedback lifetime of dealing with his penchant for order, and being made to feel the intense hatred his savage need for control inspired, which, in turn, probably gave him the impetus to return as such a deeply divided character in the employ of an ultimate arbiter of law’n’order. Gottfried Pappenheim (1594-1632) - German general. Outer: Son of the cadet branch of a family entrusted with the hereditary office of archmarshal of the Empire. Born a Lutheran, he studied law at 2 German universities and was originally intended for a diplomatic career. Converted to Catholicism, however, and became a soldier, fighting for the Catholic League, where he evinced both bravery and audacity. Severely wounded in an early engagement, he came back to command his own regiment of cuirassiers in his late 20s. Savagely put down a peasant rebellion in Austria, ultimately killing some 40,000 of them. After further victories, he was made an imperial count in 1628, besieged Magdeburg 3 years later with the pious Johannes Tilly (Yitzhak Rabin), then cruelly sacked the city. Fought courageously, although unsuccessfully, against Gustavus Adolfus (Yukio Mishima), then covered Tilly’s retreat. Sent to the lower Rhine after undertaking independent operations in northern Germany, then was hurriedly called back when Gustavus turned north, only to be mortally wounded moments after arriving on the battlefield. Inner: Reckless, cruel and bloodthirsty, but brave and valiant. Insubordinate, and brutal even in excessively brutish times, although seemingly forgiven for his excesses for his successes. Blood-spattered lifetime of displaying his rainbow of martial characteristics, from the brave to the brutal, only to be undone ultimately by the one foe he has never been able to defeat, death. Fernando, duc de Alba (Fernando Alvarez de Toledo y Pimentel, 3rd duque de Alba) (1507-1582) - Spanish general and regent. Outer: From a noble family. Educated in the martial arts and sciences by his grandfather, following the death of his sire when he was young. Pursued a military career, and at 17, he joined the Spanish forces against the French at Fuenterrabia. His fierce fighting ability made him governor of the captured town, despite his tender age. A complete soldier, and an expert on logistics, he demanded rigorous, disciplined reactions from his troops, leading by example. Fought for Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), and proved a highly successful general for him, taking the latter to the height of his success, with his victory over the German Protestant princes in 1547. Fought in France, then was made commander-in-chief of Italian forces, and given virtually unrestricted power, although was initially unsuccessful in his next forays. Married, with his second son and successor, the 4th duc, a fierce soldier as well. At the succession of Felipe II (Adolf Hitler) to the throne of Spain, he was made viceroy of Naples in 1556, while continuing his military successes, all the way up to gates of Rome, where the former made him sue for peace. Became one of Felipe’s 2 leading ministers on the advice of Charles V, who also warned him about his dark side, so that the former never fully trusted him. Operated at the highest diplomatic levels, while calling for the heads of rebellious leaders in the Spanish Netherlands. Sent to the Netherlands in 1566, and proved to be a brutal and tyrannical steward, condemning many to death, upsetting the economy and doing much hard-hearted violent mischief, with his troops committing terrible atrocities against a Dutch guerrilla invasion in 1572. The following year, he was recalled, because of ill health, but was treated with respect by the king. In 1579, he was placed under house arrest on his estates, after his son had convened the king’s wishes and married against the wishes of the crown. The following year, he was released to brilliantly command an invasion of Portugal, but never regained the king’s favor. His soldiers sacked Lisbon, while he made off with a significant treasure, and then retired as a much hated figure in the European theater, and died soon after. Inner: Extremely self-confident, a martial adept but untrustworthy, far too independent, enormously ambitious and completely bloodthirsty, showing absolutely no mercy to his perceived enemies. Gore-drenched lifetime of displaying his martial skills and total disregard for his enemies, a brutal medieval knight in an age already moved past him. Ezzelino III Da Romano (1194-1259) - Italian soldier and despot. Outer: One of two sons of an Italian nobleman who ruled Bassano, he expanded his territories through intrigue and military capabilities. Spent some time as a hostage as a child, although nothing else is known of his early years. Along with his brother Alberico, he involved himself in Veronese power struggles, and did endless battle with various factions, including switching sides, since the control of Verona was pivotal to the larger martial map of Northern Italy. Joined forces with HRE Friedrich II (Yukio Mishima), marrying his illegitimate daughter, Selvaggia in 1236. Continued his conquest of northern cities, gaining a reputation for great cruelty, as he did battle with the powerful Este family. Following his wife’s passing, he wed Beatrice di Buontraverso. After the emperor’s death in 1250, he became the great enemy of the pope, who excommunicated him as a heretic and mounted a crusade against him. An absolute ruler, he created a reign of terror unsurpassed in the annals of medieval Europe, with prisons, torturers, and spies. Wounded and taken prisoner in his final battle, he lay for 11 days in his tent, finally tearing the dressing from his wounds and bleeding to death. Inner: Military adept with an excessive streak of cruelty, and a thirst for power and control. Blood-soaked lifetime of giving play to both his political and martial excess, a military antiChrist hardening his heart against humanity. Valerius Licinianus Licinius (c250-325) - Roman emperor. Outer: From a humble peasant background, later was rancorous towards people of education and intelligence. Pursued a military career, became friends with and served under Galerius (Rudolph Hess) against the Persians, where he distinguished himself and was rewarded with a senior command. Adopted by Diocletian (Alfried Krupp), and was appointed Augustus by Galerius in 308 with responsibility for the Danube area, as well as the Balkans. At the bedside of Galerius when he died in 311, but Maximinus II Daia (Adolph Hitler) seized Asia Minor before he could act. Defeated him in 313, then tortured his anti-Christian advisers, and killed a host of other imperial figures, including the widows of Galerius and Diocletian, and the son of Galerius before he and Constantine (Mohandas Gandhi) divided the empire, with himself taking the European half. Made a marriage alliance with Constantine in 313 by uniting with his half-sister, Flavia, one son from union. Claimed descent from the emperor Philip (Louis B. Mayer), who had been pro-Christian. Never adopted the religion himself, and, although he issued a proclamation of toleration when it was politically feasible to do so, he began persecuting the sect again, and was attacked by Constantine in 316 for doing so. Defeated, retreated, reconciled, and then decided to suppress the Church, and in 322, irked Constantine and he ultimately lost nearly all of his European possessions, including having his capital, Nicomedia, captured. Abdicated, and although Constantine granted him his life, within a year he had him killed, after he plotted a comeback with the help of the Goths. Despite all, he had ruled fairly well, keeping finances under reign in order to encourage prosperity. Inner: Ungenerous, indifferent to suffering, self-seeking and cruel. Great physical courage and military skill, otherwise no other redeeming qualities, other than his patronization of pagan philosophers. Learning lifetime of meeting his match in a far greater general than himself, inspiring him in future lives in this series to extend his martial abilities in order to be able to slash it out with the very best. Servius Sculpius Galba (3BZ-69AZ) - Roman emperor. Outer: From a leading family during the republican period of Rome. Father was a consul, both parents were wealthy patricians, and from a young age he showed military and administrative skills, impressing all of the early emperors of Rome. Adopted by Livia (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), the mother of Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte), as a youth, which helped his early career immensely. Married Lepida and had 2 sons, but his whole family died and he never married again, much preferring the sexual company of young hardbodied males. Held several high ranking positions, including 2 imperial governorships, and accumulated great wealth in his later years. Won the enmity of Agrippina the Younger (Unity Mitford), the wife of Claudius (Joseph Goebbels) and mother of Nero (Adolf Hitler) and was forced to recede from the spotlight for a decade until her death. Felt Nero was planning his assassination and began to organize a rebellion. Built up a huge following, and on the suicide of Nero in 68, he reluctantly accepted designation as emperor, before disposing of his chief rival. Became the first emperor to be raised to power by his legionnaires. On coming to Rome, he executed several high-placed officials, but refused to comply with bribes for the praetorian guard for deserting Nero. Appointed numerous greedy and unscrupulous people who had supported him, into his new administration. Named a successor other than the one who thought would be designated, and the disappointed disappointee, Otho (Alfred Rosenberg), conspired with the praetorian guard and had him murdered while he was born aloft on a sedan chair. Cut down and had his head lopped off. Inner: Tactless and tightfisted, despite enormous wealth, with an instinct for alienating people of power. Stern old school disciplinarian, without the foresight to pay and treat his troops well. Grew more severe, avaricious and miserly the older he got. Tight-assed lifetime of having all the organizational attributes of a successful ruler, save for the ability to work in common concert with others.

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PATHWAY OF THE SAILOR SEARCHING FOR GRACE WITH THE SEA:
Storyline: The captious captain plunges into one eddy of difficulty after another in order to clear his name from the murky waters of the past.

Darkside Sir Wigamur - Trained in an underwater realm by a sea monster, he is a modest, chaste hero. Archetype of the innocent sea warrior. Thomas Dundonald (Thomas Cochrane, 10th earl of Dundonald) (1775-1860) - English admiral. Outer: Eldest son of the 9th earl, whose scientific experiments bankrupted the family. Began his career as a commissioned officer in the army, then switched to the naval service, starting at the relatively late age of 17, when most began around 12. Served under his uncle’s command aboard his ship, as well as other military vessels, rising to command the brig Speedy, with which he captured numerous vessels during 1800 and 1801, winning himself a reputation for valor, after outmaneuvering a Spanish frigate with twice the number of guns and seven times the weight of his vessel. Made captain in the latter year, he was captured by a French squadron and exchanged. By decade’s end, he was the most feared sea captain in the British navy. Always took great care of his men, and rarely lost any in battle. In 1812, he secretly married Katherine Barnes to avoid his uncle pawning him off an heiress and it proved to be a happy union, which produced 4 sons.. Studied at Edinburgh Univ., and enjoyed 2 successful cruises, which gave him a large fortune in prize money. Became a Member of Parliament in 1806, then criticized his commander in a naval fray, which restricted his further commands. Ordered to the Mediterranean, he tried to check the venality of the administrations there, and cruised with conspicuous success on the French and Spanish coast, but ran into jealousy from senior officers surrounding his larger naval plans. Placed on half-pay for attacking naval abuses, then was appointed flag-captain by his uncle. Subsequently falsely accused, imprisoned and expelled from Parliament, as well as the navy, for a stock-kiting scheme in 1814. Released and was commissioned by Chile in its war of independence against Spain, and then by Brazil in its similar conflict with Portugal, and finally by Greece for the same reasons. Brilliantly successful in his first 2 ventures, failed in the third and returned to England to fight for reinstatement in the Navy, which was granted in 1832, the same year he succeeded to his father’s title. Ended his checkered and occasionally brilliant career with command posts in the New World. Made admiral in 1851, and at the end of his life, he published a narrative of his South American services and his autobiography, which was written largely in defense of his own conduct. Inner: Restless, provocative, with considerable naval skills. Also avaricious, temperamental and occasionally paranoid. Brilliant seaman, resourceful, and technically extremely innovative, pioneering in screw propellers, tube boilers and gas warfare. More of a captain than an admiral, able to achieve great results with small means. Resuscitating lifetime of continually trying to turn misfortune into advantage and upgrade his often sullied name, in recompense for his previous existence where he passively allowed circumstances to dictate the judgments against him. Karl Doenitz (1891-1980) - German Nazi admiral. Outer: Descendant of a long line of farmers. Younger of two sons of an engineer with an optics firm. Mother died when he was 3, and his sire never remarried, preferring a close family life with his sons. Attended a semiclassical school in Weimar, then joined the Imperial Navy in 1910 and served on German submarines or U-boats, during the latter half of WW I. His submarine was sunk just before the war ended, and he was held as a prisoner of war until the following summer. Afterwards, he became an inspector of torpedo boats, before being assigned to Naval Headquarters in Berlin. In 1916, he married Ingeborg Weber, a forward-thinking nurse and daughter of a general, 2 sons and a daughter from the union, with both sons dying in battle in WW II. One of the few convinced National Socialists among the high officers in the Navy, praising Hitler in his subsequent speeches to his sailors. Secretly supervised the construction of a u-boat fleet in between the wars, over which he was made commander in 1939. Developed the pack system of attack, as well as other tactics. Promoted to Admiral in 1942, and the following year he was made commander-in-chief of the German Navy, although he was outmaneuvered in the Atlantic from that point onward. At war’s end in 1945, he was appointed, much to his shock and displeasure, to succeed Hitler in the Führer’s last official act, as head of the Reich and supreme commander of the armed forces. Served only 23 days, in which he urged as many Germans as possible to surrender to the English and Americans so as not to be caught by the Russians. Captured by the British in 1945, he was astonished when he was indicted, although was found guilty on only 2 counts at Nuremberg and spent 10 years in prison, during which time he received sympathetic correspondence from Allied commanders. Eventually retired on a government pension and died of a heart attack. Inner: Unimpressive looking figure, but his loyalty and not inconsiderable skills won him high position. Able and perceptive strategist, resourceful and innovative as well. Underwater lifetime of literally being immersed in his own liquid vision, drenching his character into a submissive loyalty that demanded recompense in his next go-round. Chateaurenault (Francois Louis de Rousselet) (1677-1712) - French admiral. Outer: Of noble birth, he entered the army and saw his first action in his early 20s. Transferred to the navy in 1661, and served against the Barbary pirates. Rose steadily in rank, through his successes at sea, rising to squadron commander by his mid-30s, doing battle against the Dutch in the Mediterranean. Promoted to lieutenant general in 1688, and successfully fought the English, proving competent in both offensive and defensive positions. Sank 4 Spanish ships on a raid near Spain, and was made commander of the port of Brest from 1697 to 1700. Earned his vice-admiral stripes, and was appointed captain general by Felipe V of Spain (Desi Arnaz) to escort the Spanish treasure fleet from the Americas. Surprised and defeated by the English at Vigo Bay, he was forced to burn many of his warships as well as the treasure galleons to prevent their capture. Made Marshal of France in 1702 by the Louis XIV (Charles de Gaulle), despite this one blot on his otherwise impressive record, and ended his career as governor of Brittany. Inner: Capable and aggressive, with far more impressive victories than defeats. Comprehensive lifetime of extending his naval career into French-defended waters in his ongoing pan-European self-education as master of the seas. Alonso Medina Sidonia (Alonso Perez de Guzman, duque de Medina-Sidonia) (1550-1619) - Spanish naval commander. Outer: Son of the 6th duke. Became the 7th duke of his illustrious house on the death of his father in 1555 and inherited a huge fortune from his grandfather 4 years later. Enjoyed a life of wealth and privilege through his inheritance, and was appointed captain general by Felipe II of Spain (Adolf Hitler) in 1588, and then given charge of the ill-fated Spanish Armada that same year in its disastrous defeat by England, despite his vigorous protests that he was ill-equipped for such a venture. His inexperience, coupled with the fleet’s severe deficiencies of men, supplies and arms, as well as its battle instructions and the weather, were deciding factors in that debacle, but his important position helped him retain his previous post and he remained in command of the Spanish navy, shepherding it through several more disasters, despite the extreme displeasure of his contemporaries over his style of leadership. Later military his/storians blame Felipe’s bad direction far more than him for his failures. After convalescing, he continued to serve the crown for nearly two more decades. Succeeded by his son, who became the 8th duke. Inner: Courageous, loyal, but the victim of his/story. Out of his depth lifetime of often being in the deep water of the judgments of others, but managing somehow to continually stay afloat in power, thanks to his high birth, as well as his ability to learn from his tactical errors. Carausius (Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius) (c250-293) - Roman emperor. Outer: From a humble family of seafarers from the coastal region of northern Gaul. Pursued a career in the Roman military, serving various emperors, and played an important role in the campaigns of Maximian (Ernst Roehm) in Gaul. Appointed to command the Channel fleet against Frankish and Saxon pirates. Able to do so in a series of successful naval actions, but withheld much of the plunder he collected, using it to pay off captured pirates to join his fleet. Maximian sent out orders for his death, fearing he was preparing for an uprising, but he learned of the order and proclaimed himself Augustus in late 286 or early 287. Took his fleet to Britain, which welcomed him as a deliverer, and also enjoyed some Frankish support. Although Maximian tried to dislodge him, both the weather and the latter’s inexperienced captains could not, and he was forced to acknowledge him, since he was capable enough to deal with defending the shores and coasts of Britain against hostile forces. Repaired gaps and weaknesses in Hadrian’s Wall, and also developed good relations with the Picts. Constantius I Chlorus (Jawaharlal Nehru) was sent up against him, attacking first his allies and his peripheral strongholds, reducing his dominion. Probably unpopular by the time he was murdered by his chief minister, who declared himself emperor of the island kingdom of the Brits. Later ages of British and Scottish writers turned him into a creature of romance, projected their national characteristics on him. Inner: Talented admiral, with the ability to rally others to his cause. Shaky waters lifetime of proving his abilities as a seagoing warrior, although unable to convert them into lasting rule.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS OVER-CONFIDENT UNDERLING:
Storyline: The well-born weasel manages to successfully swim with the sharks, and escape unharmed from their midsts despite his buffoonish paddling, in a cunning show of survival that more than compensates for his lack of superior skill in the powerful waters in which he continually immerses himself.

Sir Kay - Foster brother and seneschal to King Arthur. Scapegoat, troublemaker, and treacherously shrewd, as well as clownish. Archetype of the scheming politician. Franz von Papen (Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen zu Köningen) (1879-1969) - German Nazi politician. Outer: From a well-off but no aristocratic Catholic noble family of Westphalia, who owned a salt mine and had close ties to the Holy Roman Empire. His older brother received the family estate, leaving him to pursue a military career, which he began at the age of 11, becoming a cadet. Showed skills as a horseman, although was no martial adept. 5’9”. In 1905, he married Martha von Boch-Galhou, whose family had good connections, one son and four daughters from the union. After serving as a military attaché in Mexico, he was given a similar post in Washington during WW I, although his clumsy attempts at instigating terrorist activities were so blatant, he was expelled from the country. In 1918, as a lieutenant general, he was chief of staff with the Turkish Fourth Army in Palestine. Following the war, he resigned his commission and entered politics, joining the extreme right wing of the Catholic Center party, where he was elected to the Prussian legislature, representing agrarian interests for the next decade, while eagerly working towards the downfall of the Weimar Republic, so that an authoritarian, anti-democratic regime could replace it. Failing to win a seat in the German Reichstag, he joined an industrialist in gaining control of the leading Catholic newspaper, rising to chairman of its management committee. Also married the daughter of a Saar industrialist, giving him access to a large fortune. Never taken seriously, because of his frivolous ambience, he was, nevertheless, blessed with good manners, which inculcated him into powerful groups, allowing him his rise, despite no discernible political gifts. A confirmed reactionary and pseudo-Christian, he was a monarchist at heart, forever looking backward. In 1932, he supported an opposing candidate, Gen. Paul von Hindenburg (Dan Shomron), and was appointed to the chancellorship, despite having no administrative experience. Formed a conservative aristocratic cabinet, for which he was ridiculed, but once in power, he brought an end to WW I reparations, which his predecessor had initiated, then deposed the Prussian administration, and took it over himself. Dismissed through the intervention of a rival, he linked up with Adolf Hitler, and prevailed on von Hindenberg to make the latter chancellor. Became vice-chancellor under him, thinking he could control Hitler and his Nazis, while inadvertently providing the final steppingstone for the latter’s rise. Horrified by the blood purges of 1934, in which some of his closest associates were killed, after earlier and publicly calling for an end to Nazi excesses. Not above accepting the position as Minister to Vienna a month later, however, preparing the way for the Nazi annexation of that country. Recalled in 1938, he became Ambassador to Turkey for most of the length of WW II, and managed to help secure the neutrality of that country until 1944. Arrested the following year, he stood trial in Nuremberg, while professing astonishment that he should be accused of anything other than love of country. Eventually acquitted, although he was convicted of being a major Nazi war criminal in 1947 by a German denazification court, but won an appeal in 1949 and was released. Spent his last 2 decades in obscure but comfortable retirement, publishing a number of books during this time, including his self-serving memoirs. Inner: Shifty, conniving, with an instinct for ingratiation, despite fooling no one, save for the fellow buffoons that he served. Self-inventing lifetime of giving the final career push to the premier monster of the 20th century, and then adroitly riding out the wave of his excesses, to be one of the few of the Nazi top echelon to live out his days in peace. Paul Barras (1755-1829) - French politician. Outer: From an aristocratic family of Provence. Volunteered as a gentleman cadet at 16, and from 1776 to 1783, served in India. Unemployed afterwards, as well as dissatisfied with the royal regime, he embraced the French Revolution when it broke out in 1789. Became a Jacobin and returned to Var in 1791 to run for the legislative assembly. Failed in his elective elector bid, but won an appointment, instead. Returned to Paris, and was elected a deputy to the National Convention. Served as a commissar in the French army of Italy, and fought to release Var and Nice from royalist forces. Voted for the king’s death, then was sent to the Alps, to fight against anti-Jacobin forces at Toulon. His successes gained him prominence at the Convention, and he also met Napoleon Bonaparte (Gregor Strasser) for the first time. Kept himself unaligned during the Reign of Terror, then made his power move at the fall of the Jacobin leaders in 1794, and wound up as commander of the Army of the Interior, as well as the police. Helped crush a Parisian revolt and began an affair with Josephine Beauharnais (Estee Lauder), Napoleon’s future wife, as his fame and prestige grew. Named general of the Army of the Interior in 1795, after he and Napoleon stopped a royalist insurrection and helped form the Directory, making himself one of the 5 directeurs of France. As an antiroyalist liberal, he supported the less republican and more authoritarian structure of the Directory. Reached the height of his power in 1797 with a purge of royalists in the Assembly, but he finally fell from power with Napoleon’s coup of 1799. Placed under surveillance, he went into exile in 1801 to Brussels, and spent the next 4 years out of the country, until he was given re-entry to southern France. Continued his covert manipulations, and when the Bourbon monarchy was restored in 1815, he was allowed to live out his days in peace at his estate. Inner: Shifty, ambitious and opportunistic. Exploitative lifetime of privileged birth, before using his skills at creating situations for himself to maximum effect during a highly tumultuous time, only to suffer a subsequent fall from power and a scrambling for support to allow himself, once again, to end his days peacefully when so many others of his opportunistic ilk could not. Heinrich Thurn (1567-1640) - German general. Outer: From a Bohemian landed family. Served in the imperial army under Rudolph II (Rudolph Hess), and had considerable battle experience before switching allegiances to become a Bohemian Protestant leader, opposing the Catholic Ferdinand of Austria for the imperial throne. One of the perpetrators of the Defenestration of Prague, when 2 Imperial emissaries were heaved out a window onto a manure pile 2 stories below, and was also involved in the coup d’etat against imperial and Hapsburg authority in Bohemia in 1618. Refused the crown of an independent Bohemia, passing it to Frederick V (Oscar LaFontaine), who quickly lost it, after the Battle of White Mountain in 1620, as they both fled the imperial forces after a disastrous defeat. Lived in exile in Silesia for many years, returning to the battlefield in 1631, when he commanded a small Swedish force, although he was surprised and captured with his garrison by imperial general Albrecht von Wallenstein (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in 1633. Agreed to surrender all the towns in Silesia held by his fellow exiles in return for his freedom. Settled in Estonia afterwards, and spent the rest of his life out of public view. Inner: Cunning and brave, but also rash and overbearing. Had a completely unrealistic view of his martial and political skills, and was roundly disliked. Overinflated lifetime, as usual, of his own abilities, albeit evincing the martial courage to act out his delusions, which were ultimately punctured by a far greater general than he. Severus II (?-307) - Roman emperor. Outer: From the Danubian region. His early life was mostly undistinguished, with the singular note about him, his friendship with the future emperor Galerius (Rudolph Hess). Married, one son. When Diocletian (Alfried Krupp) and Maximian (Ernst Roehm) abdicated in 305, Maximian nominated him to be the western Caesar. Assuming the names Flavius and Valerius, as an adoptive member of the ruling houses, he received Italy and Africa as his spheres, although he was under the control of Galerius. In 306, when Galerius became senior emperor, the former elevated him to be Augustus of the west, while making Constantine I (Mohandas Gandhi) Caesar. After Maxentius (Adolph Hitler), the son of Maximian, revolted because of being passed over, Galerius ordered his subordinate Augustus to march against him, although when he arrived at the gates of Rome, his troops mutinied, out of loyalty to Maximian’s memory. Fell back to Ravenna with the soldiers who were left to him, and agreed to abdicate if his life were spared. Taken to Rome as a prisoner, he was paraded through the streets, and was held as a hostage in case Galerius invaded Italy. When he did, the hapless ex-Augustus was put to death by having his veins opened. Inner: Other than a good capacity for imbibing alcohol, little of note is recorded about him, save that he was a decent commander, and was relatively tolerant to the Christians. Accidental emperor lifetime of rising to power through connections rather than ability, before being summarily removed from his/story’s stage.

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PATHWAY Of The MARTIAL ARTIST AS PRACTICING THEORIST SUPREME:
Storyline: The well-armored adept preaches what he practices, while evincing far more interest in the intricacies of war than the political masters he serves.

Darkside Sir Ywain - Knight of the Round Table. Highly capable in all he undertakes. One of the last to fall in the final epic battle of Camelot. Archetype of the stalwart soldier. Heinz Guderian (1888-1954) - German general and tank warfare theorist. Outer: Father was an aristocrat and army officer. Received a military education in 2 cadet academies, showing himself to be a highly intelligent, and extremely serious student. Eventually assigned to a battalion under his sire’s command in 1908, where he was commissioned a lieutenant. Fell in love with Margarete Goerne in 1911, although his father felt he was too young to marry, and sent him off to radio school. Married her two years later. Two sons from the union, and both fought in WW II. In 1912, he was selected to join a newly formed radio company, where he learned about effective radio communications and the flexibility they provided. The following year, he was chosen to attend the War Academy in Berlin. Served in the German Army during WW I as a signals officer and held staff positions throughout the rest of the war. Never commanded a fighting unit, although won two Iron Crosses, second and first class. In the interim period between the 2 world wars, he made himself an expert on armored tanks, and began writing articles on the use of tanks and troop transports on the battlefield. Fluent in both French and English, he also translated key military works, as well. Later given free reign to experiment and develop his theories of mobile warfare. Came to Hitler’s attention, through his book “Achtung! Panzer,” and the Führer supported his career and rise to general while putting his strategic tactics into play. Made chief of Germany’s mobile troops, scoring impressive victories at the outset of WW II in Poland and France, taking the latter effectively out of the succeeding war. Dismissed in 1942 for countermanding Hitler’s orders not to retreat in Russia, but later was reinstated as inspector general of armored troops. Accelerated tank production, and showed complete loyalty to Hitler, despite the latter’s obvious military shortcomings. Became acting chief of staff after an abortive attempt on Hitler’s life by others in 1944, but resigned shortly before war’s end on the latter’s taking over military control of his armies. Retired to Tyrol to await the end of the war, and was taken prisoner by American forces. Held in captivity as a war criminal until 1947 when all charges were dropped, despite Russia’s desire to charge him. Wrote his memoirs in 1951 in which he lambasted the incompetence of the German High Command for their defeats on the eastern front and died soon afterwards of a heart attack. Inner: Brilliant tactician, organizer and commander. Alternately cold and hot-tempered, winning few friends while growing up. Loved by his soldiers and officers, because of his deep knowledge of warfare, and his thorough grasp of every mobile instrument under his command. Loyal and extremely competent, and also one of the few German generals willing to stand up to Hitler, quarreling with him often. Never blamed him for Germany’s defeat, and was curiously unconscious of his country’s treatment of its Jews. Loyalty-testing lifetime of a tunnel vision focus on the mechanics of twentieth century warfare to add to his ongoing experience and knowledge, without true regard to the maniacal force he was serving. Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) - Prussian general and military theorist. Outer: From a modest middle-class background, father had been a military officer, but left the service to become a tax collector. The youngest of 4 brothers, all of whom had successful military careers, he grew up in an environment that venerated the Prussian Army. Entered it at 12, and took part in his first campaign, before serving on garrison duty, which gave him 6 years to think and study and read military theory. In 1801, he was admitted to the Berlin War College, and met his wife, a countess, at a princely Prussian court. A star graduate, he was deeply steeped in changing military theory and became a protege of Gerhard Scharnhorst (Yukio Mishima), the leader of the military reform movement. Began writing his essays on military strategy in 1804, predicting Napoleon’s defeat if he ever invaded Russia, which eventually happened. Captured in the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, he spent 2 more years thinking and revising his strategic concepts, before returning to work on military reform. Married Marie von Bruhl, a member of the Prussian nobility, in 1810, and she both gave him intellectual stimulus and published several of his books after his death, while lifting his social position considerably. Served in the Russian army during Napoleon’s invasion and distinguished himself as a staff officer, helping form the strategy of Russian retreat that devastated Napoleon’s army. Made chief of staff of the army corps during the Waterloo campaign, and was elevated to the rank of major general and administrative head of his alma mater in 1818. Wrote his strategic classic, "On War," during this time, a work that had an enormous effect the rest of the century, centering on defense, rather than offense, as well as the political ramifications of war. Died of cholera after observing the Polish uprising. Inner: Shy and sensitive, better suited to paper than interpersonal relationships for getting his ideas across. Learning lifetime of forsaking his usual soldier’s mode in order to develop his interior through action, observation and analysis of the martial arts as a mass phenomenon, based on his many other lives as a living exemplar of soldierly skill. Raimond Montecuccoli (1609-1680) - Italian field marshal and military expert on fortifications. Outer: Of an aristocratic family, born in a castle. Entered the imperial service of the Austrian army at 16, and was aided by his uncle, a general of artillery. Fought in the Netherlands and Germany, and distinguished himself in the early going of the Thirty Years’ War, rising in rank to colonel. Wounded and captured by the Swedes, he used his 3 year imprisonment to complete his education on the craft of war, as well as mathematics, architecture, law and philosophy and began his writing on the art of warfare. Returned to the field, and after several more campaigns in which he distinguished himself, he was promoted to general of cavalry. Following the Peace of Westphalia in 1649, he returned to writing and went on several diplomatic missions for the Holy Roman Emperor. Promoted to field marshal in 1648, he returned to the field against the Turks where he scored several spectacular victories. Hailed as a hero of Christendom, he was promoted to generalissimo of all imperial armies in 1664, and made president of the imperial war council. Earlier, in 1657, he married Countess Margarethe de Dietrichstein. Spent his last campaign against the greatest soldier of the century, Henri Turenne (Bernard Kouchner), and though outmaneuvered by him, outlasted him and ended his career with a defeat. Instituted reforms and innovations, finally retiring from the field as an old man because of ill health. Posthumously created a prince of the empire. Author of the martial classic, The Military Art. Inner: Keen observer, subtle strategist and sharp tactician, with a particular skill at maneuvers. Master of 17th century warfare, particularly the art of fortifications and sieges. Merit badge lifetime of focusing on specific aspects of mass martial arts, gaining expertise in them and communicating them to his/story, through actions, analysis and writing, as part of a new cycle for himself as teacher and theorist. Gonzalo de Cordoba (1453-1515) - Spanish general. Known as ‘El Gran Capitan.’ Outer: 2nd son of the count of Aguilar and intendant of Andalusia. Virtually carried into battle as an infant, along with his brother. Lost his sire early on and served as a page to the Castilian king, and later to Isabella (Coco Chanel), distinguishing himself in the civil war to help the latter’s succession to the throne. Lost his first battle to the French in protecting Naples in 1595, then concentrated on training and organizing his men, and proved successful against the French the next time, employing the guerrilla tactics he had earlier used. One of the prime transition figures in reconfiguring medieval warfare to its modern counterpart, employing infantry, cavalry and artillery, while utilizing lighter armor and weaponry. Despite being ultimately victorious against the French in 1503, his army mutinied because of low pay, and after placating them, he later hanged the leaders. Continued his successes against much larger French forces, and was made viceroy of Naples, and duke of Terranova, although the Spanish king, Ferdinand (Lucien Bonaparte) distrusted his brilliance and surrounded him with spies. When Juana the Mad (Estee Lauder) and Felipe I (Baldur von Schirach) inherited the throne of Castile, rumors spread that he intended to make himself ruler of Naples, while both the Venetians and the pope offered him command of their armies. Despite the distrust, his loyalty to the crown never wavered. Finally relieved of his command in 1507, he returned to Spain, but was denied the mastership of Santiago, and withdrew to his Castilian estates. The king later reneged on his leading a further mission to Italy in 1512, and despite his continual disappointments, he remained loyal to the crown. Died of malaria, which he had contracted in Italy. Inner: Brilliant strategist and tactician, one of the first commanders to recognize the power of technology. Loyal, steadfast soldier, with a nationalistic sense, despite continual distrust from the throne for his superior abilities. Exemplary lifetime of figuratively rewriting the book on medieval warfare, and finding his own higher command far more treacherous than any enemy he ever faced.

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PATHWAY OF THE POLITICIAN AS DEPRAVED BEAST:
Storyline: The fiendish firebrand hitches his warped wagon to violent political movements, and uses them to act out his degenerate excesses, without the slightest sense of remorse or guilt for his deviant actions.

Darkside Sir Agrivain - Brother of Gareth, Gaheris and Gawain and son of Morgawse. Treacherously betrayed Lancelot and Guinevere to Arthur, winning the enmity of his brothers. Archetype of the treacherous lecher. Julius Streicher (1885-1946) - German Nazi politician. Outer: 9th child of a Roman Catholic primary school teacher. His early life is obscured, although he eventually became a teacher himself. Married Kunigunde Roth, a baker’s daughter in 1913, 2 sons from the union. Spent a year with the German army in WW I, but his behavior was so abhorrent, it was written in his paybook that he was never to be given a commission. Because of his bravery in battle, which earned him 2 Iron Crosses, he was made a 2nd lieutenant anyway. Returned to teaching elementary school afterwards, while forming a rightwing political party based solely on anti-Semitism, then enlisting in another with the same program. Joined the Nazi party in 1922, handing over his entire roster, and was a close associate of Adolf Hitler until the advent of WW II. A participant in the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, he also founded the lurid weekly, Der Sturmer, which was a repository for pornographic anti-semitic bile of such obscene proportion, it even offended some of his fellow party members, although Hitler read each issue from beginning to end. Became gauletier of Franconia in 1925, and was known as the uncrowned king of that district, ruling it with torture and bestial excess. Acquired a fortune through confiscated property formally owned by Jews. Sexually obsessed with pornography and sado-masochistic practices, he brandished a whip, which he used liberally on men and women alike. Elected to the Bavarian legislature as a raving Nazi rabble-rouser in 1929 and 4 years later, he entered the Reichstag. Eventually proved too much for the Nazi Party and was stripped of his power in 1940 for his personal behavior and financial irregularities. Continued printing his paper, however, under the protection of Hitler, while calling for the extermination of the Jews. In 1943, his wife died, and two years later, he married his secretary. Tried to escape at war’s end disguised as a painter, but was captured and brought to trial at Nuremberg for war crimes, found guilty and hanged, while viewing everyone involved with the trial as Jews. Shouted “Heil Hitler,” at his death, as well as, “This is my Purim celebration 1946. I go to God. The Bolsheviks will one day rule you,” dangling for 12 minutes, before he was mercifully yanked to his death, after one final imprecation, when the hood was put over his head, “Adele, my dear wife.” His remains cremated at the oven at Dachau, then his ashes were scattered over an unknown river. Inner: Brutal, sociopathic, hyperviolent and sadistic, seeing force as the answer to all problems. Aroused both extreme devotion and extreme loathing. Probably the most depraved of a truly depraved lot. Demented lifetime of giving complete uninhibited expression to his sadistic social deviance from a position of protected power. Claude Javogues (1759-1796) - French revolutionary. Outer: Father was a lawyer, notary and a counselor to the king. Grew up in a grand house, in one of the richest quarters of his town, although saw an opportunity in the turmoil of the time for far greater power as a revolutionary than a member of his natural class. Became an army procurement clerk, but was ridiculed for his pretensions. Joined the Jacobins at the start of the French Revolution, and was made a representant-en-mission in the Loire district. Became infamous for his violence, punching people in the face whom he disliked, and lording it over the local peasants and bourgeoisie. Often drunk, always angry, he was largely unchallenged and used his office to humiliate anyone he chose, while subjecting anyone within his reach to torrents of verbal, as well as physical, abuse. Mishandled women, groping them at will, until his extreme behavior brought censure from the prim, puritanical Jacobins, and he was reduced to a revolutionary afterthought. Imprisoned, he was released in a general amnesty, and then was rearrested and put to death. Inner: Depraved and highly exploitative, employing his office as release for his lechery and rage. Pitchforked lifetime of using revolutionary violence as an expression of his ferocious interior, in his ongoing uninhibited acting-out of his viciousness incarnate. Christian (1599-1626) - Duke of Brunswick-Luneberg-Wolfenbuttel. Known as “the mad Christian.” Outer: Son of the duke of Brunswick. Assumed administration of the Protestant German bishopric in 1616, but his dislike of bureaucratic life and his thirst for adventure made him turn towards a more martial means of expression. Resigned his bishopric to live off of his demonic disregard for life and property, and he became a soldier of fortune. Fought under Maurice of Orange (Napoleon Bonaparte) against the Spaniards in the Netherlands in his early 20s, then raised his own army, which were poorly armed, and subsisted for 5 years looting and burning across the face of central and western Europe. Commanded along with Ernst von Mansfeld (Ernst Roehm), and was a supporter of the Protestant Palatinate state, although was twice defeated in its service. Joined the Danish service in 1625, and died the following year. Inner: Demonic, perverse and bloodthirsty, although claimed to act out of religious conviction. UnChristian lifetime of acting out excessive brutality, with no personal restriction whatsoever placed on his excessive wanton behavior. Lope de Aguirre (c1511-1561) - Spanish conquistador. Outer: May have been from a family of court clerks. Father was a nobleman, and he probably received a decent education. While in Seville, Hernando Pizarro (Abimael Guzman) returned from Peru with fabulous Inkan treasure, which inspired him to try to do the same. Enlisted in an expedition to Peru in his 20s, filled with dreams of gold, God and glory, after being chosen with 250 others around the year 1536. Trained stallions in the former Inka capital of Cuzco, and then became involved in the civil wars there, presumably on the royalist side. Took part in the invasion of Chunchos, then in 1544, he sided with the newly appointed viceroy, Blasco Nunez Vela, whose orders were pro-indigene and anti-knight. The latter was imprisoned, and when he failed to free him, he fled, and wound up on the wrong side of Gonzalo Pizarro (Alvaro Obregon), one of the quartet of conquistador brothers in Peru, with little interest in humane treatment of the Inkas and much fascination with accruing to his own wealth and power. The viceroy managed to escape, only to be killed in 1546, after doing battle with Gonzalo. Went to Nicaragua, then reappeared in Peru in 1551, where he was publicly whipped for indigene abuse. Pursued the judge who had ordered him punished, traveling some 3000 miles in his extreme desire for vengeance, before extracting it in Cuzco, and then going into hiding. Received a pardon in 1554, to help put down a rebellion and wound up wounded with two bullets to the leg, resulting in a noticeable limp that set him apart from his fellow soldiers of fortune. Had a mestizo daughter he doted upon with an indigene concubine, then joined Pedro de Urreau in 1560 on his expedition in search of El Dorado, the mythical city of gold, taking his daughter with him. Gained the support of rebels through persuasion and airing grievances, while spreading discontent, to the point where Urrea, as well as his successor, were killed in a mutiny he spearheaded. In 1561, he had himself proclaimed as prince of Peru, as well as the provinces of Chile. Proved to be a vicious despot, killing any and all he deemed extraneous to his tunnel vision of himself as the Wrath of God, including court officials in Peru. Eventually lost control over his men, and they all deserted to escape his tyrannical leadership. Killed his daughter to spare her being raped, before eventually being captured. Wrote an extraordinary letter to Felipe II (Adolf Hitler), king of Spain, which he probably never read, showing himself to be both obsequious and traitorous simultaneously. Gunned down and his body was quartered, before being displayed in various towns around Venezuela as warning to anyone thinking of challenging rule there. Inner: Cruel, fiery, rapacious and persuasive to the point of legend, with a continuous need to celebrate his own sense of glory. Wrath of God lifetime of continually pitting his will against superior forces, only to undo himself with his endless appetite for violence, before causing him to kill the only person he ever loved, beside himself. Gaius Ophonius Tigellinus (?-68) - Roman official. Outer: From obscure parentage, who may have originated in Sicily. Despite gaining a decent education, he had a profligate childhood, followed by a life of nonstop mischief. Handsome, albeit corrosively corrupt, he had access to powerful families, and took intimate advantage of his position, while working as a merchant. Committed adultery with Agrippina the Younger (Unity Mitford), the mother of Nero (Adolf Hitler), and was banished in 39, although restored by her 2 years later. Came into several suspicious inheritances, and ultimately became a horse-breeder, which brought him to the attention of the emperor Nero. The pair had a similar tastes in perversions, which led him to a prefecture of the Watch, and then of the praetorians. His cruelty and lechery allowed him to rise higher and higher in imperial esteem, while his adverse affect on the emperor probably aided the latter’s descent into his own beyond-the-pale behavior, during his decade-long run as his procurer and vice-ridden adviser. Protected from the hatred of the populace after his mentor fell in 68, during which time he totally abandoned him, only to ultimately be forced to cut his own throat by the emperor Otho (Alfred Rosenberg). Inner: Demonic, perverse and lecherous. Venal, shameless, rapacious. Corrosive lifetime of giving vent to his ongoing darkness, as he continues to find twisted eras in which to give full throat to his excesses.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS COMPLEAT NONENTITY:
Storyline: The barnacle monarch attaches himself to far stronger darkside personalities in order to have his fifteen minutes of rule, while leaving barely a trace of his talents on the shadowy pages of his/story, thanks to his negligible, negative presence.

Darkside Governal - Poet and laureate of the Arthurian court. Archetype of the expositor, be it for the dark or the light. kAlfred Rosenberg (1893-1946) - Estonian/German Nazi ideologue. Outer: Son of a Lithuanian shoemaker, mother was Estonian. Earned an architectural degree in Moscow and participated in the Russian revolution. Married an Estonian, Hilda Leesmann, in 1915, divorced in 1923. Lived for a time in Paris during WW I, returned to Estonia, then emigrated permanently to Germany and became a German citizen. Joined the early Nazi party in 1920 in Munich, and was recognized as a useful mediocrity by Adolf Hitler, who was intrigued by his vast fund of knowledge. Made editor of the party newspaper, and reissued the spurious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a forged 19th century pamphlet, calling for the Zionist overthrow of Christianity. He was subsequently looked at as the spiritual leader of the party, while unconsciously tapping into his previous go-round in this series. At Hitler’s side during the Beer Hall Putsch, then was made non-threatening head of the party when Hitler was incarcerated in 1923. Married Hedwig Kramer in 1925, two children, including a son who died in infancy. Saw himself as an intellectual, and espoused a blend of Nordic superiority and semitic inferiority in his writings. His magnum opus was Mythus des XX. Jahrhunderts (The Myth of the Twentieth Century), an attempt at pro-Nordic Nazi mysticism, excoriating both Judaism and mongrelized Christianity for a new heroic Christianity founded on the Teutonic ideal of heroism. The turgid 700 page tome, which no one could read, nevertheless, became a bestseller. Created the German People’s Publishing House in 1926, and continued as a voice of Nazi romanticism, while remaining a member of Hitler’s inner circle throughout the Third Reich. Sent on a diplomatic mission to Britain to allay their fears of Nazi expansion in 1933, and did the exact opposite. In 1934, he was given the responsibility for training all Nazi party members in National Socialist ideology. Made Reichminister in 1941 for the Eastern Occupied Territories, without any real power, and put in charge of the germanization of eastern peoples, and transporting captured European artworks to Germany, while also supervising slave labor and arranging the extermination of the Jews. Ultimately tried with the other war criminals at Nuremberg, following WW II, and proved the shakiest and most nervous of the lot, before being pronounced guilty. Said nothing at his death by hanging, and was the fastest to die, in only 90 seconds. His remains were cremated at the oven at Dachau, and then his raked out ashes were scattered over an unknown river. Inner: Self-proclaimed philosopher, viewed Roman Catholicism as the West’s most perfidious institution. Ruthlessly ambitious, moody, morose. Total mediocrity with a thirst for power through powerful associates. Mad scribe’s lifetime of taking his limited talents to their limit, while acting out his desire to be a scribe of the end of the millennium. kHerman Goedsche (1815-1878) - German writer. Outer: Worked as a postal employee, as well as a journalist, while clandestinely serving the Prussian secret police as an agent provocateur, forging letters to frame democratic leaders. In 1849, he was caught, and forced to resign his position from the postal service. Openly anti-Semitic, he plagiarized a French satire in 1868, renamed it “Biarritz,” and in one chapter, invented a secret Jewish conspiracy, that wished to dominate the world. Wrote occasionally under the name of Sir Joseph Retcliffe, while penning a series of his/storical romance novels, although his one ultimate claim to notorious immortality would be the cabal he invented. After his death, his fantasy would be plagiarized in 1890 by another author, Matvei Golovinski, to become, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an invective rant which would inflame anti-Jewish sentiment well into the next century. Inner: Mad scribe’s lifetime of adding to the world’s litany of hate literature, in preparation for acting out its continental-wide consequence. Adam Heinrich Dietrich, Freiherr von Bulow (1757-1808) - Prussian soldier and military theorist. Outer: Older brother Friedrich became a noted general. Pursued a military career in the Prussian army, serving for 17 years, beginning in 1763. Avidly read military theory during his long stint, and then failed to gain a commission in the Austrian army. Managed a theatrical company in Prussia, although proved inept, suffering large losses. Traveled afterwards to America, becoming a Swedenborgian, a reformist Christian sect, and preaching its gospel, before returning to Europe and failing in an glass exporting business. Led a threadbare existence afterwards by his pen. Expressed sympathy for the French Revolution and wrote on French infantry tactics. Viewed the war in mathematical terms, as an exact science of movements and men, while heavily criticizing the Prussian martial system, in reaction to its continual rejection of his attempts at rejoining it. Finally abandoned by his brother for his treasonous sentiments and little regarded, he was arrested by the Prussian government as a man insane, although was later adjudged to be compos mentos. Ultimately died in a Russian penal institution after harsh treatment by his captors. Inner: Vain and irresponsible, with little real sense of the larger world. Claimed to be all-knowing, in his delusionally inflated sense of self. Self-sentencing lifetime of giving voice and action to his madness, before being permanently confined, to the prison of his own shallow mind. Albert VII, Archduke of Austria (1559-1621) - Austrian regent of the Hapsburg Netherlands. Outer: Of the House of Hapsburg. Fifth son of HRE Maximillan II (Darryl F. Zanuck), mother was an Austrian princess, the daughter of the HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte). Younger brother of future HREs Rudolph II (Rudolph Hess), and Matthias (Hermann Goering). At 11, he was sent to the Spanish court of his uncle Felipe II (Adolf Hitler), where he was educated for an ecclesiastical career. Made a cardinal in his late teens, as prelude to being appointed archbishop of Toledo, although the aged incumbent in that office refused to accommodate that wish, by inconveniently living on. Never rose above his lower orders, although he remained a deeply committed Catholic his entire life. After Spain annexed Portugal, he became the kingdom’s first viceroy in 1583, as well as the country’s Papal Legate and Grand Inquisitor. Helped organize the failed Spanish Armada of 1588, although was able to defend Lisbon from the English the following year. Brought back to Madrid by Felipe in 1593, and two years later, following the death of an older brother, he became Governor-General of the Hapsburg Netherlands, and was given the task of subduing the Protestants in the seven united provinces of the country’s north, which he failed to do, suffering a number of military disasters against a genuine martial adept, the stadtholder Maurice of Orange (Napoleon Bonaparte). Forced into a totally compromised position, where he had to give up Spain’s earlier conquests in the country. As a result it would remain permanently divided during his lifetime between the Protestant north and the Catholic south. Reluctantly got a papal release from his holy orders in order to marry Felipe’s daughter, Isabella (Magda Goebbels). In return, he received joint sovereignty of the Low Countries as dowry for his marriage to her in 1599, the year after her father died, although it was stipulated, should they have no issue, their realm would revert to the Spanish Crown on the death of both of them. Two sons and a daughter from the union, although all three died in infancy. Only able to control the Catholic southern provinces, and after several years of more military bumbling on his part against the far more militarily adroit Maurice, he eventually had to settle for a compromise armistice in 1607. His wife proved to be a talented administrator who strengthened the diplomatic standing of their court at Brussels, making it a central link in his family’s continent-wide chain of control, while both proved effective patrons of the arts, and he was able to imbue his holdings with a strong sense of his own Catholicism. Clearly the weaker of the two, his joint rule was ultimately a success, thanks to his wife’s shrewd dealings. After 1613, his health was always precarious, and when he died in 1621, his realm remained at odds with the Protestant north, despite his efforts around peace with the Dutch Republic. Inner: Deeply Catholic, with no military skills whatsoever, but the ability to work in harmony with a far superior marriage partner. Well-supported lifetime of acquitting himself adequately, for once, under the beneficence of his longtime crypto-family, whose ruling skills more than compensated for his own lack of saidsame. Paul IV (Giovanni Pietro Carafa) (1476-1559) - Italian pope. Outer: From a distinguished Neapolitan family, whose members had long held illustrious positions in both the Church and the state. Extremely ascetic from childhood on, with a natural proclivity towards monkhood. Well-educated with a good knowledge of both Greek and Hebrew, while remaining a medieval throwback, rather than a forward-looking thinker. A relative, Cardinal Oliviero Carafa, introduced him to the papal Court in 1494, then resigned the See of Chieti so that he could become bishop over it. Served as an ambassador to England, and then papal nuncio to Spain, where he developed a hatred for Spanish rule in Italy that would affect his decision-making later on. In 1524, he resigned his position to join the newly formed Theatines, an ascetic order he helped found, which moved to Venice after the 1527 sack of Rome. Later recalled, along with its few remaining members, to the Eternal City to be on a committee of reform for the papal court, where he helped feed into a revival of earlier medieval scholasticism, which signaled an end of the humanistic papacy, and the beginning of a reactive counter-Reformation in Rome. Made cardinal-priest in 1536 and then Archbishop of Naples, using his position to reorganize the inquisition in Italy, showing a rigid, unbending mien and a particular bigotry against Jews, whom he zealously persecuted. In 1555, he proved to be a surprise choice for the papacy, since he was expected to decline the honor, but instead accepted it, because he knew the HRE, Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) opposed his accession. Extremely nationalistic, he allied with France, to further spite the HRE, even though it was not in the best interest of the papacy. Suppressed any signs of heresy, and cut off the painter and sculptor Michelangelo’s (Henri Matisse) pension, while ordering him to paint over the nudes of his “Last Judgment,” which the latter ignored. Affirmed the papacy’s dogmatic stance that there is no salvation outside of Roman Catholicism, while using the inquisition to root out anyone within the church he deemed questionable, going so far as to imprison some cardinals, including the liberal Giovanni Morone, whom he made sure would never succeed him, via a bull excluding heretics, as well as non-Catholics from the Chair of St. Peter. Through a canon, he created the Roman ghetto, forcing Jews to live in a restricted area, where they were locked in at night, while making the men wear distinctive yellow hats, and the women cover themselves with veils or shawls, so that they would be recognizable at a glance. The Jewish ghetto would be a hallmark of western Europe for the next three centuries, while his actions were a distinct prelude to similar Nazi policies during century number 20. Introduced the index of Prohibited Books to Venice in order to counter the rising tide of Protestantism, so that all tomes penned by Protestants were banned, along with Italian and German translations of the Latin Bible. Always looked to enhance his own family’s fortunes, raising one member, who served as his chief adviser, Carlo Carafa, to cardinal-nephew, despite his having nothing to recommend him for the position. The latter’s older brother was made commander of the papal forces, while another nephew was given command of the Papal guard. Enriched his relatives with estates taken from those who were pro-Spanish. The nephews took full licentious advantage of their position, and ultimately were banished from Rome, following a failed war against Felipe II (Adolf Hitler). Such was the negative feelings elicited by his actions, that after his death, the Roman mob decapitated a statue of him. Inner: Prudish, unbending, ill-liked, strongly nationalistic and traditionalistic, with a hatred for anyone and everything that ran counter to the supremacy of the Roman Catholic religion and culture. Looking backwards lifetime of being given the power to bring the full bore of his negative being to the fore, as a champion of a medieval mindset deadset on resisting the oncoming modern world. Marcus kOtho (32-69) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Of Etruscan descent. Born into a patrician family, although it was not from the old aristocracy. His grandfather had been a senator, while his largely absentee father had been a consul and a trusted administrator under several emperors. His mother was highborn as well. Had a dissolute, fashionable, extravagant youth, interspersed by floggings from his progenitor when he was around. Thanks to a similarity of character, he hung out with the future emperor Nero (Adolf Hitler), perhaps, even, as his lover, until they fell out in 58, over the former’s beautiful wife, Poppaea Sabina (Magda Goebbels), although the exact interrelationship of the three has never been made clear. PS was subsequently stolen by Nero, while he was sent away to be governor of a far-off province for a decade, beginning in 59. Highly ambitious, he linked his fortunes to Galba (Reinhard Heydrich), accompanying him back to Rome when he succeeded Nero, following the latter’s suicide in 68. Expected to be his successor, and courted the praetorian guard, lavishly spending money on them, that he could ill afford. Plotted and had Galba murdered by the guard, when he chose another as successor in his stead. Raised to the throne of Rome in 69, but had a rival in Germany, Vitellius (Hermann Goering) also claim the title. Comported himself well during his brief reign, eschewing his pleasures to give some sense of his own dignity to the office. Had little military experience, but marched unshaven in front of his troops to dispel his reputation for softness. In an ensuing battle between his forces and those of Vitellius, he committed suicide, probably prematurely, under uncertain circumstances. Inner: First emperor to murder his predecessor, setting an uncomfortable precedent. Obsessed with personal appearance, as well as feelings of inadequacy, although proved to be a decent administrator. Insecure lifetime of great desire for acknowledged self-importance, without the requisite skills to demand it.

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PATHWAY OF THE BUILDER AS MYOPIC CITY-PLANNER:
Storyline: The overarching architect shows remarkable lack of vision in the masters he serves, despite a genuine talent for organization and large-scale design.

Darkside Titurel - Original guardian of the grail, also upholder of a world that is destined to fall apart. Archetype of mutual creative and destructive energy. jAlbert Speer (1905-1981) - German Nazi architect. Outer: 2nd of 3 sons of a wealthy liberal, albeit stern, architect. Enjoyed a privileged upbringing, although he was sensitive to his father ignoring his needs and the bullying of his brothers. Had upperclass manners, and a handsome facade. Despite wanting to be a mathematician, he bowed to family pressure and studied to be an architect at various technical schools in several cities, and became an assistant at the Berlin Technical College. In 1928, over his mother’s objections, he married Margarete Weber, the daughter of a carpenter, 6 children from the union. Enthusiastically joined the Nazi party in 1931 on the strength of hearing Adolf Hitler speak, which left him spell-bound. Totally enthralled by Hitler, finding an erotic fascination with him and completely vulnerable to his magnetism. Treated in turn as an Aryan ideal by his leader, who regarded him as a son. Became the Führer’s personal architect, creating the operatic stage design of his massive stadium rallies, replete with dramatic lighting, as well as drawing up grandiose plans to alter Berlin, which were never realized. During WW II, he was put in charge of armament production and transportation. As minister of armaments, he conscripted slave labor from the Nazi death camps to keep the Reich in weaponry and ammunition. Failed in a plot to assassinate Hitler with poisoned gas near war’s end, when he realized Germany had lost. Tried as a war criminal in Nuremberg after the war, even though he haughtily tried to separate himself from the others. Confessed his guilty responsibility to save himself from the hangman’s embrace, and was given a 20 year sentence, during which time, he grappled with his remorse over what he had done. After serving his time, he became a writer and memoirist, claiming to accept general responsibility for Nazi crimes, although disavowing knowledge of the death camps, despite strong evidence to the contrary. Fell in love with a young woman, and suffered a lethal stroke in a hotel room with her. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Inner: Apolitical, unemotional, interested in designs and systems and seemingly disassociated from the dehumanizing realities of the Nazi regime. Reserved, aloof, extremely withdrawn, inhibited, but seen by his peers as thoughtful and gentlemanly. Courted both fame and power, enjoying it a 2nd time after the publication of his memoirs. Suffered from anxiety and claustrophobia around his projects, whenever he worked in close conjunct with Hitler.Repressed lifetime of being the singular stable individual among a bevy of madmen, before spending the rest of his existence rationalizing his stance among irrational cohorts. jGeorges-Eugene Haussmann (1809-1891) - French public official. Outer: From a prominent Protestant merchant family, mother’s father had been a Napoleonic general, father’s father had been a member of the Revolutionary Convention. Studied law in Paris, and entered the civil service in 1831 as the secretary-general of a prefecture, eventually rising to prefect of the Seine departement in 1853, and holding that position for 17 years, during which time he remade the streets of Paris, cutting large swaths through the city’s many miniscule by-ways, in order to create an efficient transportation system, as well as circumventing the putting up of revolutionary barricades, although in the process he destroyed the ancient feel of the city. Tearing down the old buildings on the Ile de la Cite, he made it the administrative center, and also rebuilt the Opera, and created the Halles, the central marketplace, which would last for the century. He also designed new systems of drainage and water supply, considerably improving the nasal aesthetic of Paris. In addition, he opened up the city’s parks, using the English model in Paris, as well as Vincennes and Boulogne. Able to implement the ideas of the emperor Napoleon III (Darryl F. Zanuck), and also took advantage of his autocratic regime to get things done, particularly in the realm of raising monies, without having to bother with congressional approval. Married, several daughters, and kept a dancer, whom he dressed to resemble his progeny. Eventually dismissed with the fall of the emperor, when his handling of public monies came under severe criticism. Served as a Bonapartist member in the National Assembly from 1877 to 1881, although was relatively inactive. Wrote a 3 volume Memoir, at the end of his life, which proved extremely valuable. Inner: Workaholic and conscientious. Bureaucratic lifetime of implementing his sense of order within an autocratic framework, and creating a basis for a repeat performance under a far more dangerous and unbalanced character. jJuan de Herrara (c1530-1597) - Spanish architect. Outer: Studied at the Univ. of Valladolid, before becoming a courtier of Felipe II (Adolf Hitler), whom he accompanied on foreign excursions in his late teens and early 20s, ingratiating himself into the latter’s inner circle, through a similar highly controlled emotionality. Continued to travel with the king, while absorbing the architectural styles of Italy and Spain, before being appointed the assistant to the head architect of the king’s somber church’n’state retreat, El Escorial in 1563. Nearly a decade later, he became head architect, finishing the work of his predecessor, while establishing a severe, static style that would be utilized not only in Spain but in its American colonies as well. His cold, cerebral designs were well in keeping with Felipe’s austere tastes, but were unpopular with the Spanish people, who far preferred the rising baroque movement as emblematic of their collective esthetic, and his influence barely lasted beyond his lifetime. Also worked on the king’s summer palace, as well as the cathedral of Valladolid, while ultimately garnering a reputation as a competent functionary whose works reflected his head far more than his heart. Inner: Cold, competent and unimaginative. At-a-remove lifetime of executing the vision of his longtime mentor and political patron without ever moving beyond their combined severity of vision.

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PATHWAY OF THE POLITICIAN AS LONG-TIME HATER:
Storyline: The fulminating far right-winger carries his darkness and prejudices down through the centuries, with an inability to let them go, no matter the age or circumstance.

Darkside King Mark - Father of Iseult, who goes on a murderous rampage after discovering he has been cuckolded by the hero Tristan. Archetype of the vengeful leader. Jörg Haider (1960-2008) - Austrian right-wing politician. Outer: Father was a shoemake, mother was a teacher. Both were ardent supporters of Nazi fuehrer Adolf Hitler. After Germany’s loss in WW II, his sire was sentenced to help exhume corpses in a concentration camp, while his mother was barred from teaching for several years. One older sister, who also became a rightwing politician, joining the party he started. Raised in a highly negative environment of denial and anger. A good student in high school, he thought about becoming an actor. Completed his mandatory military service, and then enrolled at the Univ. of Vienna to study law and politics. While there, he met Claudia Hoffman, a fellow student, who was extremely supportive of everything he did. Married her in 1976, and insisted she stay home and raise the two daughters they produced. Joined a pan-Germanic right-wing, mock-dueling fraternity while at college, and in 1971, became the leader of the youth movement of the FPÖ or Freedom Party, which was nationalistic, anti-clerical and anti-socialist, although it was able to include nationalistic liberals as well. Received his Ph.D. in 1973, then taught at his alma mater’s Dept. of Constitutional Law. Good-looking, and perpetually tanned, with a taste for sporty cars, while surrounding himself with a youthful male entourage. in 1980, he was elected to the Austrian Parliament, and immediately began opposing its liberals. Because of that, he was unable to gain a cabinet post when his party formed a coalition government with the Social Democrats in 1983. Became a millionaire after coming into an inheritance in 1986 from a wealthy supporter, and soon after ousted the left-leaning head of the party, and replaced him as its president. At his victory celebration shouts of “Seig Heil” could be heard in the arena. The Social Democrats immediately ended its coalition with the FPÖ, although the party more than doubled its vote in the succeeding election. In 1989, he became governor of the southern province of Carinthia, as well as the leader of the far-right Alliance for the Future of Austria. Lost the post two years later when he maintained in a speech that the Third Reich had an orderly employment policy and that their concentration camps were punishment vehicles and noting more. In 1993, the left-leaning members of the FPÖ founded their own relatively progressive party. Received 27% of the vote in 1999, and was re-elected although his Freedom party’s subsequent inclusion in the government led to months of sanctions by the European Union, while he was viewed internationally as a pariah. Resigned as president of the FPÖ in 2000, as Austria’s denial of its fascist past made many politicians see the party as neo-Nazi. Continued to exert a powerful influence on his minions, even while toning down his rhetoric. Nevertheless, in 2002, his party suffered its worst defeat, gaining only 10% of the vote. Rebuffed when he tried to regain leadership, and in 2005 formed a new political entiry, the BZÖ, or Alliance for the Future of Austria, which was more moderate on the surface, although held to the same ideals. In 2008, the BZÖ and FPÖ took almost 30% of the vote just prior to his death, thanks to discontent about immigration and intergovernmental squabbling. Killed in a car crash two weeks after his comeback, in a Volkswagen Phaeton, in a symbolic demise since the mythological Phaeton had lost control of his sun chariot and set the world on fire through his recklessness. While driving alone, he tried to overtake another vehicle and overturned in the process. Died in a hospital of severe head and chest injuries. Had been planning to celebrate his mother’s 90th birthday. Elevated to the status of martyr afterwards in some circles, while his reputed homophile lover, 27 year old Stefan Petzner took over the leadership of BZÖ, confirming long-held suspicions that he was a closet bi-sexual. Inner: Absolutist, dividing the world into winners and losers. Had a whole host of hates, including Western support of Israel, feminists and European Integration, while admiring the Nazi Waffen SS, and Nazi work ethic. Occasionally apologized for his excesses, making weak excuses for his inflammatory rhetoric, which allowed him double coverage for everything he said. Phaeton lifetime of grabbing attention wherever he could, as a hard core rightist, before finally literally overturning and flaming out, the victim of his own brightly burning hubristic sun. Amon Goeth (Amon Leopold Goeth) (1908-1946) - Austrian SS commandant. Outer: Family was in the book publishing industry. Joined a Nazi youth group at 17 and two years later a nationalist paramilitary crew. Initially worked as a clerk, with a passion for literature, and his dark side quite hidden. In 1930, he joined the outlawed Austrian Nazi Party, and the Austrian SS the same year. Forced to flee to Germany when he was pursued by the Austrian authorities for unauthorized use of explosives, while winning the admiration of his German superiors. In 1934, he wed Olga Janauschek on the recommendation of his parents, but divorced her two years later. His second marriage was to Anny Geiger in 1938, which ended in divorce in 1944. Three children from the union, a son who died as an infant and a second son and daughter. Proved to be a model officer and in 1942, he was given an SS posting to liquidate more than two million Polish Jews. Had an affair with Ruth Kalder, a beautician and aspiring actress at the same time, one daughter from the union, who eventually publicly repudiated him, while her mother committed suicide in 1983. Subsequently was made commandant of the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp in Poland, after quickly building it with forced labor. As such, he proved to be a heartless fiend of legendary proportion. Liked to spend his mornings shooting at children or anyone within range with his high-powered scope rifle from well above them. Hung, beat and killed prisoners at random, as well as setting his dogs on some, and watching as they were torn apart. Occasionally outwitted by Oscar Schindler, a non-Jewish industrialist and former exploiter of the Jews, who managed to save those who worked for him through subterfuge and ruses. In the fall of 1944, he was arrested on charges of corruption, embezzlement and black market activities, but the war ended before he could be brought to trial and the charges were dropped. While recuperating in an SS sanitarium, where he had been diagnosed with mental illness, he was arrested by the Americans in May of 1945, and they, in turn, turned him over to the Poles. Made no efforts to flee. At his subsequent trial in 1946, he was found guilty of the murders of tens of thousands. Showed complete indifference at the trial, claiming he was only following orders. Made a formal plea for mercy, which was denied, and he was hanged soon afterwards, not from from his camp. Gave one final Nazi salute before he died, with his last words, “Heil Hitler.” Subsequently cremated with his ashes tossed into the Vistula River. Ralph Fiennes played him in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List to chilling effect. Inner: Liked gold and money, but was completely devoid of feelings for his fellow humans. Killed without compunction, and at the slightest provocation, often just randomly selecting his victims. Complete sociopathic lifetime of allowing his absolute darkness to rule all his actions, as a merciless killer without the slightest sense of remorse for his actions. Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904 ) - German journalist and politician. Outer: Grandfather was Jewish, and had a strong influence on his grandson. Father was a popular actor throughout Germany, forcing him to often change schools. After a high school education, he went to Vienna and worked for two Jewish firms, feeling he was unjustly fired from them. Went to Zurich in 1841, where he hung out with leftists, only to be expelled from the city under suspicion of engaging in communist activities. Returned to Lausanne in Switzerland, where he became head of a secret society, the Young German Movement, while playing with anarchy as his preferred political mode. Continued with underground organizations, before being given the boot in 1845. Returned to Germany, settling in Hamburg, which would be his base the rest of his life. Became a journalist, and published a satirical magazine, while continuing his association with radical leftists, until the failure of the 1848 revolution, which made him a proponent of German unification under Prussian leadership. Began blaming the Jews for his his own and Germany’s problems during this time. Tried to make a living in Costa Rica as a businessman but failed, and returned to Hamburg, where he marred Johanna Bertha Callenbach in 1854, the daughter of a Jewish businessman who had renounced his faith. The duo divorced 19 years later. In 1874, he wed another Jewess, 38 year old, Helene Behrend, whose mother’s name had been Israel and who died the same year. The relationship was extremely strained and fed into his antipathy to both women and Jews. The following annum he wed popular Hamburg journalist Jenny Kornick, whose parents were in a mixed marriage, one son from the union, which ended in bitter divorce two years later, that proved quite costly since he had to support the child and his ex-wife. His fourth and final union was to Clara Kelch, the daughter of a Jewish laborer, which also ended in a quick divorce, cementing his feelings about both Jews and women. Had difficulty earning a living in Hamburg as a journalist and blamed it on the Jewish Press. Coined the term anti-semitism and eventually used the press to spread his negative beliefs. Felt the Jews were a state within a state, and needed to be annihilated. Won a seat in the German Parliament, and published DerJudeenspiegel or “The Jewish Mirror” a scathing attack on the Jewish people. Used his subsequent works to reach as many non-Jews as possible. His negativity, however, saw his political status diminish, because of the enemies he created in Hamburg, which had a significant Jewish population. By 1889, he was an outcast, with even his fellow Hebrew-haters downgrading him, while the term he coined, anti-semitism, was changed to “adversary of the Jews,” since there were other Semitic peoples who were not Jewish. Ultimately died in poverty, after recanting some of his views. The Nazis labeled him a half-Jew and also repudiated the word anti-semitism, as misleading and imprecise. Inner: Filed with bitterness while constantly using Jews as a scapegoat for his own failings. Able to fuel his negativity through an instinct for wrong choices, and a constant sense of victimhood via them. Self-defeating lifetime of blaming everyone but himself for his inability to realize any of his wishes. Haman (fl. 5th cent. BZ) - Persian grand vizier. Outer: Descended from the king of the Amalekites, a desert people who were traditionally the enemy of Israel. Father was the chief minister of the Persian king Ahasueras. Married Zeresh and together the two had ten sons. Elevated to the role of grand vizier and had the king decree that all nobles prostrate themselves before him. One, however, refused, Mordecai (Mordechai Lavi), a Jewess and cousin to Queen Esther (Rebecca West). Both he and his wife immediately began plotting to eliminate all the Jews from the kingdom via a massacre in recompense for the slight. After drawing lots to decide the fateful day, he offered the king a handsome sum to do with the Jews as he wished, and was granted his desire. Esther, however, interceded, risking her life by appearing before the king unbidden. He granted her request to have a celebratory banquet, including inviting the grand vizier, who was thrilled at his inclusion. The night before, the king was reminded that Mordecai had interceded and reported a plot by two chamberlains to assassinate him and was never rewarded for the act. The next day the king learned Esther was a Jewess, and that Haman was the villain who had manipulated him into decreeing the annihilation of the Jewish people, which enraged the king. The grand vizier and his ten sons wound up on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai, where he was either hanged or impaled according to different sources. The heroism of Esther as a savior of her exiled peoples would be celebrated from then on with the feast of Purim or Passover, and she would become one of the very few positive female figures in the Old Testament, where most of the women were presented in devious and manipulative terms. Inner: Scheming and power-hungry, with an antipathy for the Jews that would stretch out over the millennia. Thwarted lifetime of being hoisted on his petard, leaving him with such deep internal wounds, they would literally cling to him throughout the subsequent recorded his/story of the Jews, as he would continue to blame them for all his own considerable personal failings.


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