Wilhelm von Klopstock
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Marquis Klopstock (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
|Died:||796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE)|
|Played by:||Azusa Kinpei (Deceased)|
Marquis Wilhelm von Klopstock (Japanese: ウィルヘルム・フォン・クロプシュトック) was a disgraced former member of the Imperial high nobility, who died by suicide after a failed assassination attempt on Kaiser Friedrich IV in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE).
The Klopstock Incident
In 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE), Duke Braunschweig held a birthday party for his daughter, Elizabeth von Goldenbaum. Elizabeth's grandfather, Kaiser Friedrich IV, was expected to attend the party. The disgraced Imperial Marquis Klopstock presented Duke Braunschweig with a magnificent portrait of Rudolf von Goldenbaum, and in return Braunschweig allowed Klopstock to attend the party, ostensibly so that the Marquis could entreat Kaiser Friedrich IV to allow his grandchildren back into the Imperial Court, but his real motive was to gain revenge.
Thirty years prior, Klopstock had supported Clementz von Goldenbaum as Kaiser, rather than Friedrich IV. In retaliation, once he was Kaiser Friedrich IV banished Marquis Klopstock and his entire family from the Imperial Court. Ostracised by noble society for decades, the Klopstock family declined and Klopstock's son and heir died an early death. Klopstock rationalised his own desire for revenge as for the good of the Empire and the Goldenbaum Dynasty, and condemned Friedrich IV as a libertine being led astray in matters of state by Duke Braunschweig.
The night of the party, Marquis Klopstock prepared an explosive device disguised as a cane, and timed it to explode at 7:00 pm, shortly after Kaiser Friedrich IV's expected arrival. When Klopstock left the estate, Siegfried Kircheis (who had not been allowed inside due to his lack of invitation) noticed that he had left the cane inside. En route to the party, Friedrich IV developed a stomachache en route to the party (Reinhard opined that he drank too much instead) and returned to Neue Sanssouci.
Suspicious of the missing cane, Siegfried Kircheis attempted to enter the estate but was not initially allowed inside. Braunschweig's aide, Commodore Ansbach, offered to summon Reinhard von Lohengramm to the door, but the cane exploded before he could do so. Fortunately, moments before the explosion, the cane had been removed from the main ballroom, preventing the deaths of Reinhard von Lohengramm, Magdalena von Westfalen, Baron Flegel and Duke Braunschweig.
Marquis Klopstock learned of his failure to kill either Braunschweig or Friedrich IV and set his home on fire, killing himself, to avoid being arrested. The Imperial security forces there to arrest Klopstock, led by captain Anton Fellner, refused to douse the flames because there was a statue of Rudolf von Goldenbaum in front of the gate; breaking through (and damaging the statue) would have been seen as disrespecting the first Kaiser. (LOGH: 'The Klopstock Incident')
The incident had very nearly killed Reinhard if not for the lucky removal of the cane. The incident was also an example of the power struggles that accompanied each new Kaiser's succession to the throne, and the subsequent monopoly on power held by the new Kaiser's noble supporters. Friedrich IV's attendance at Duke Braunschweig's social function was also part of a balancing act between Friedrich IV's two son-in-laws, Duke Braunschweig and Marquis Littenheim. The two nobles were rivals and Friedrich IV played one off the other by showing both of them favour through visits to their estates, though Lichtenlade had commented that Friedrich IV had been showing more favour to Duke Braunschweig of late. (LOGH: 'The Klopstock Incident')
- Marquis Klopstock's failed assassination plot is actually based on the events of the third chapter of the Gaiden (side story) novel Star Crusher and not from the main novel series; chronologically, the Klopstock Incident thus took place in March 795 UC (486 IC / 3595 CE) and not the latter half of 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE) as depicted in the animated adaptation.