Katerose von Kreutzer

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Katerose von Kreutzer (800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE))
Gender: Female
Affiliation: Free Planets Alliance
Rank: Corporal
Occupation: Spartanian pilot
Status: Alive (801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE))
Born: 784 UC (475 IC / 3584 CE)
Father: Walter von Schönkopf
Mother: Rosalein von Kreutzer
Played by: Mitsuishi Kotono

Katerose von Kreutzer (Japanese: カーテローゼ・フォン・クロイツェル), commonly known as Karin (Japanese: カリン), was an Alliance Spartanian pilot who served under Yang Wen-li and Julian Mintz.


Early life

Katerose von Kreutzer was born in 784 UC (475 IC / 3584 CE) in Heinessenpolis, Heinessen. Her parents, who were together for only 3 days before they parted ways, were defectors to the Alliance from the Galactic Empire. She was raised by her mother, Rosalein von Kreutzer; her father, Walter von Schönkopf, was unaware of his child until later, when he received a letter informing him of her existence and name. (LOGH: 'The Plan to Retake Iserlohn', 'New Government in August', 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood', 'Against All Flags')

Military career

Katerose, by then often called Karin, rose to the rank of corporal in the air corps 1st Spartanian Squadron — piloting Spartanian 202 — by the middle of 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE). Around that time, she accompanied Fleet Admiral Yang Wen-li's Ark Fleet, under the command of High Admiral Merkatz, to the Dayan Khan supply base, which became their temporary headquarters. It was there that her Spartanian squadron commander, Wing Commander Olivier Poplin, introduced her to Sub-lieutenant Julian Mintz. (LOGH: 'After the Ceremony, the Curtain Rises Again...')

Karin piloting Spartanian 202 at the Battle of the Corridor (800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE))

Later that year, Dusty Attemborough — having recalled Karin's name from past discussions with Schönkopf, who was also stationed on Dayan Khan — discovered Karin's name on a personnel list. Shortly thereafter, he informed Schönkopf of her presence in the fleet; Schönkopf responded by removing her name from the list of applicants to the upcoming operation to retake Iserlohn Fortress. The fortress was successfully recaptured by Yang's forces, without her involvement, by the beginning of 800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE). (LOGH: 'Against All Flags', 'The Plan to Retake Iserlohn', 'The Prodigal Sons Come Home')

Karin's first engagement following the retaking of Iserlohn was the Battle of the Corridor in late April of 800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE), when her Spartanian squadron was deployed to fight the Black Lancers and Fahrenheit Fleet. She returned safely from this battle, having shot down one enemy fighter. (LOGH: 'The Battle of the Corridor: The Invincible and the Undefeated', 'The Battle of the Corridor: Kaleidoscope')

Her next and final battle as part of the Yang/Iserlohn forces came in February 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE), with the Eleventh Battle of Iserlohn. During this battle her squadron, led by Wing Commander Poplin, made significant achievements in dog-fighting, destroying 104 Imperial Walküre fighters whilst losing only 16 Spartanians. Karin accounted for at least 2 enemy fighters herself. (LOGH: 'A Challenge to Arms')

Karin did not actively participate in the final battle between the Iserlohn Republic and the Empire, the Battle of Shiva. However, she was present on the flagship Ulysses, when Julian Mintz and the Rosen Ritter — including her father — boarded the supreme flagship of Kaiser Reinhard, the Brünhild. (LOGH: 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood')


Julian, with the help of the Rosen Ritter, was able to meet with Kaiser Reinhard and request talks. Reinhard agreed to hear his proposals, and he allowed the remaining forces from Iserlohn, including Karin, to accompany the Imperial fleet to Heinessen. (LOGH: 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood', 'The Golden Lion Flag Loses Its Lustre')

After a brief meeting with Julian, Reinhard invited him and his party — Attemborough, Poplin, and Karin — to the Imperial capital, Fezzan. During their stay there (at the hotel Berncastel), Reinhard entered the terminal stages of the illness he had long been suffering from. Realising his death was near, he requested the presence of the Iserlohn group at the provisional Imperial residence, Welserd.

Whilst there, a handful of the remaining Terraists — which the Empire had all but eradicated two years prior — attacked the Welserd compound; Karin was present for this but did not participate in the ensuing gun fight. Soon thereafter, Reinhard succumbed to his illness. Julian's proposal to grant autonomy to the Ba‘alat Starzone, including the planet Heinessen, had been accepted by Reinhard before he died, and, following a short stay on Fezzan, Karin and Julian intended to return to Heinessen. (LOGH: 'Dream: To See It to the End')


Karin had been troubled by her father's absence in her childhood; as a result, her interactions with colleagues early in her career with Yang's fleet were somewhat explosive. However, she did ultimately improve in this area. (LOGH: 'Against All Flags')

Olivier Poplin

Karin's squadron commander, Olivier Poplin, was one of the first Yang Fleet personnel she came to respect. The two had developed a working relationship by June 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE), and by the end of that year Karin began to turn to him to discuss her family troubles. Poplin had advised her to meet with her father, and, following her bitter first encounter with Schönkopf, encouraged her to make up with him, warning that 'it's meaningless to make up with a grave stone'. (LOGH: 'After the Ceremony, the Curtain Rises Again...', 'The Plan to Retake Iserlohn', 'The Prodigal Sons Come Home', 'The Long Road Ahead')

Poplin also provided valuable combat support. He often gave lessons and advice to her regarding Spartanian piloting. He had also saved her during dog-fights on at least one occasion. (LOGH: 'Invitation to Rebellion', 'The Battle of the Corridor: The Invincible and the Undefeated', 'A Challenge to Arms')

Julian Mintz

Julian Mintz was introduced by Poplin to Karin in June 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE). At the time, she was not impressed by him — something which Julian realised. Their early meetings were characterised by indifference on her part. However, following an argument with Julian regarding Schönkopf and her mother, and the later death of Yang Wen-li, her feelings began to soften. (LOGH: 'After the Ceremony, the Curtain Rises Again...', 'The Plan to Retake Iserlohn', 'Spring Storm', 'New Government in August')

Their first full conversation occurred in July 800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE), when she provided Julian with a family fatigue remedy. After this, the two began meeting more frequently. They often discussed their motivations for fighting, and occasionally the decisions Julian had to make as military leader of the Iserlohn Republic. Karin generally agreed with Julian on these matters and felt that he did not deserve criticism; however, at the same time, she was frustrated by his lack of confidence. (LOGH: 'New Government in August', 'In the Distant Frontier', 'The Two Great Ones Strike at Each Other!')

The two were on a first-name basis by New Year's of 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE). During the Battle of Shiva Starzone, she saw Julian off before he and the Rosen Ritter left to infiltrate the Brünhild, and during his absence expressed worry for him. (LOGH: 'Running Start Towards the Future', 'The Crimson Star Road', 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood')

Julian comforted Karin following Schönkopf's death during this operation, and the two finally expressed their love for one another. This day — 1 June — became important to the two of them, as it was the day both of their fathers had died, and the day their history together began. (LOGH: 'The Golden Lion Flag Loses Its Lustre')

Frederica Greenhill Yang

Karin admired Frederica Greenhill Yang, and the two talked on several occasions. Part of her reason for staying on Iserlohn following Fleet Admiral Yang's death was her devotion to Frederica. She also saw similarities in the Yangs' relationship and her mother and father's. (LOGH: 'New Government in August', 'Cosmic Mosaic')

Yang Wen-li

Yang Wen-li did not strike Karin as particularly impressive during his life-time, and the two only talked a handful of times, never about anything important. However, following his death, she came to realise that he was a significant historical figure whose actions during life would have repercussions throughout history. (LOGH: 'In the Distant Frontier')

Rosalein von Kreutzer

Karin's mother, Rosalein von Kreutzer, was a major influence on her life. Rosa had raised her child on her own, and this left Karin with a high level of respect for strong or independent women. (LOGH: 'Spring Storm', 'New Government in August')

Walter von Schönkopf

Walter von Schönkopf, who was Karin's father, was not present throughout her first 15 years of life. As a result, she held a great deal of resentment for him. At their first meeting, in late 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE), she reproached him for his absence as a father, and declared that she could find nothing admirable about him. (LOGH: 'Against All Flags', 'The Plan to Retake Iserlohn')

However, with the encouragement of Olivier Poplin and Julian Mintz, she had begun to at least speak to him by late 800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE), and, in 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE), she advised Julian to stay near Schönkopf, as her mother used to say there wasn't a man more dependable than he was as long as he had his feet on the ground. (LOGH: 'Rumbling', 'The Crimson Star Road')

Schönkopf recognised Karin and Julian's budding relationship, and on the same occasion he jokingly requested that they not have children until their 20s, as he didn't want to be a grandfather whilst he was still in his 30s. This was the last time he and Karin spoke; he was killed the following day during the mission to infiltrate the Brünhild. (LOGH: 'The Crimson Star Road', 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood')

Following his death, Karin admitted to Julian that she had wanted to get revenge by showing him his grandchild, and she called him 'Dad' as she wept. (LOGH: 'The Golden Lion Flag Loses Its Lustre')



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