One by one they fall to his minions and his Death Traps , until only the brave prince remains to fight the sorcerer and vanquish him at last. Oswald, the aforementioned brave prince, has a simple proposition for Detlef: he wants to produce a play about his defeat of the Great Enchanter Drachenfels, and he wants Detlef to write and star in it. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Drachenfels is a Warhammer novel by Kim Newman under his Jack Yeovil pen name, first published back in It occupies a bizarre place in the Warhammer canon, suffering from a huge, setting-wide case of Characterization Marches On.
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One by one they fall to his minions and his Death Traps , until only the brave prince remains to fight the sorcerer and vanquish him at last. Oswald, the aforementioned brave prince, has a simple proposition for Detlef: he wants to produce a play about his defeat of the Great Enchanter Drachenfels, and he wants Detlef to write and star in it. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Drachenfels is a Warhammer novel by Kim Newman under his Jack Yeovil pen name, first published back in It occupies a bizarre place in the Warhammer canon, suffering from a huge, setting-wide case of Characterization Marches On.
Details like goblins being willing to work for humans and vampires mingling relatively openly in Imperial society will look like massive errors to anyone who got into the fandom any time after the early nineties.
Thing is, people really like it, so Games Workshop keep it in print and other authors give it Shout Outs on a regular basis. Advertisement: The protagonist of Drachenfels, the vampire Genevieve, went on to have a small role in the novel Beasts In Velvet and then to star in a collection of three novellas called Genevieve Undead and a short story collection called Silver Nails.
This book contains examples of: Affably Evil : Drachenfels, mostly just to mess with people. Alternate Universe : Alternate versions of Genevieve are a main character in the Anno Dracula series, and a secondary character in the Diogenes Club series. The Diogenes universe also has a version of Drachenfels himself, although Constant Drache is drastically less powerful than his counterpart, simply being a crazed architect with a fondness for Alien Geometries.
Freezing people in place to starve to death with a feast laid out before them, trapping people in tiny pocket dimensions to be chewed on by rats for all eternity When he died, there was a mass exodus of trapped souls finally leaving. Advertisement: Aristocrats Are Evil : Played straight with Oswald von Konigswald, averted suprisingly given the nature of the Warhammer world with most of the others. He was first to attack him, and was swatted aside, losing his right arm in the process. Badass Bookworm : Astonishingly enough, Detlef does have his moments.
Killing the Great Enchanter , for a start. Body Backup Drive : Drachenfels, having survived since a time before almost every sentient species on the planet by piecing himself together replacement bodies every time his is worn out or destroyed.
Brainless Beauty : Lily Nissen, the actress brought in to play Genevieve. Not just brainless, but a bitch. Canon Discontinuity : Pretty much, but people love it anyway. Though the 7th edition sourcebook for the Empire does mention Castle Drachenfels a few times; it shows up in the timeline as notable for the year , and is depicted on the map of the Empire as being in the Grey Mountains, near Axebite Pass. An unidentified vampire heavily hinted to be Genevieve also pops up a few times to give the heroes significant intelligence.
Creepy Souvenir : Drahenfels kept the victims of the poisoned feast in his dining room, among many, many other things.
At the end of the book, Detlef, of all people, does it for real. Dwindling Party : Twice, for different reasons. Exposition of Immortality : Drachenfels has this a couple of times between Genevieve and the eponymous villain. Eye Remember : As Lowenstein eats the eyes of those who once ventured into the castle, he sees their last moments from their point of view, all of which had Constant Drachenfels present.
Eye Scream : All the people who die on the way to Castle Drachenfels have their eyes removed Flaying Alive : Menesh, the dwarf who took part in the adventure in the past, has his skin flayed off in a dark ritual within the castle. And they brought their kids along. Humanoid Abomination : Drachenfels, a monstrously powerful sorcerer who is older than humanity itself.
Inexplicably Awesome : Even Drachenfels has no idea how his powers work, they just do. This is a guy so powerful the RPG supplement says the Chaos gods lend him daemons to keep him from beating them up and taking their lunch money. Very definitely happens between her and Detlef, though.
The Legend[ edit ] A long time ago 15, years to be exact before the arrival of the Old Ones to the world, there lived a tribe of neanderthal humans by a river during the ice age of the world. Drachenfels was counted among their number, and after becoming sick while in old age he was left out in the wilderness to die. Casa De Drachenfels. He used his newfound power to continue living. His body still rotted however, and he took to forming a new body out of the remains of his victims to continue looking human. The faces he likes the most are preserved with magic, and he wears them to go amongst the mortal races of the world in disguise. At some point, he established a fortress named after himself in the Old World.