Sussanna von Beenemünde

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Marquise Beenemünde (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
Gender: Female
Affiliation: Galactic Empire
Status: Deceased (executed)
Died: 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE)
Played by: Fujita Toshiko

Sussana von Beenemünde (Japanese: シュザンナ・フォン・ベーネミュンデ) was Imperial Consort to Kaiser Friedrich IV for several years, before he dismissed her in favour of Annerose von Grünewald. Unable to accept losing the emperor's favour, Beenemünde hatched several plots to win back Friedrich's favour. Mostly, these involved assassination attempts on Annerose's younger brother, Reinhard von Lohengramm. These ill-conceived attempts all failed, yet there was never sufficient proof to indict the Baroness.

As her last, desperate act, Lady Beenemünde decided to murder Annerose von Grünewald herself. Beenemünde's grief at having been stricken from Friedrich's sight was so great that she believed he would return to her, if only Annerose were dead. The plan failed, and at the order of the Kaiser, Beenemünde was forced to drink poison, thus committing suicide. It was announced to the public that she died of natural causes, and Kaiser Friedrich IV personally attended her funeral.


Fall from Favour

Lady Beenemünde was rumored to have fallen from Friedrich's favour due to her inability to conceive a male heir. She is known to have been pregnant at least three times by the Kaiser. The first, which was a male, was a stillborn while the other two ended in miscarriages. Marquis Littenheim and Count Herxheimer speculated whether or not foul play, likely by the hand of Littenheim's rival, Duke Braunschweig, was to blame for the male child's fate. If he had survived, he would have had the strongest claim as successor to Friedrich IV, ahead of Duke Branschweig and Marquis Littenheim's daughters. This would suggest that a plot to keep Beenemünde from giving birth was indeed possible for a powerful noble to accomplish and would provide reason for the continued troubles experienced by Beenemünde, until she was eventually largely replaced by the younger Countess Grünewald.



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