Wolfgang Mittermeyer

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Fleet Admiral Mittermeyer (800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE))
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Galactic Empire
Rank: Fleet admiral
Flagship(s): Beowulf
Grendel (former)
Occupation: Space Fleet Chief Commander
Status: Alive (801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE))
Spouse(s): Evangelin Mittermeyer
Children: Felix Mittermeyer (adopted)
Played by: Mori Katsuji

Wolfgang Mittermeyer (Japanese: ウォルフガング・ミッターマイヤー) was an Imperial Fleet Admiral who served as the Supreme Space Fleet Commander under Reinhard von Lohengramm and was a skilled tactician, becoming one of the two "Twin Pillars" of Reinhard's Goldenlöwe Dynasty. For his lightning-fast tactics in combat, Mittermeyer was known by the nickname of "Gale Wolf." He was a close friend of Fleet Admiral Oskar von Reuenthal, another brilliant commander and the second member of the Twin Pillars, with whom he served as one of the two best commanders in Reinhard's New Galactic Empire. With the deaths of Siegfried Kircheis, Reuenthal, and Paul von Oberstein, Mittermeyer was the last of Reinhard von Lohengramm's early supporters against the Goldenbaum Dynasty and high nobles left alive.

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Early life and service

Rear Admiral Mittermeyer, Imperial Fleet (795 UC (486 IC / 3595 CE))

Wolfgang Mittermeyer was born to a family of middle class professionals, and he decided to join military school in order to move up in the Galactic Empire's rigid social structure. In 785 UC (476 IC / 3585 CE) while still in military school, Mittermeyer became acquainted with Evangelin, an orphaned distant relative from his mother's side who had moved in with his family. Over the years, he ended up falling in love with her and would propose to her in 792 UC (483 IC / 3592 CE), which she accepted.

As a young sub-lieutenant in 789 UC (480 IC / 3589 CE), he first met fellow officer Oskar von Reuenthal at a bar, when the two of them got into a fight with some Imperial Military Policemen who had been picking on an enlisted rating. After that bar fight Mittermeyer had become a close friend of Reuenthal, and the two of them kept in touch throughout their military career. Reuenthal would later attend his best friend's wedding in 792 UC (483 IC / 3592 CE). (LOGH: 'Portraits')

Around May 794 UC (485 IC / 3594 CE) Mittermeyer was a captain and was working a desk job at the Ministry of War on Odin. He and Reuenthal were working there together and shortly after the Battle of Van-Fleet the two of them saw Reinhard von Lohengramm and Siegfried Kircheis for the first time. The former had just been promoted to the rank of rear admiral and had turned eighteen years old recently. The two of them speculated about Reinhard's abilities, with Reuenthal telling him that the blond admiral was a "baby tiger mistaken for a house cat" and that the enemy was under no obligation to lose just because his sister was a favorite of the Kaiser. By December 794 UC (485 IC / 3594 CE) Mittermeyer and Reuenthal had both been promoted to commodore and had fought as squadron commanders in the Sixth Battle of Iserlohn, where during an Alliance offensive their calm and coordinated leadership was credited for preventing a total rout of the disorganised Imperial fleet. (LOGH: 'Lost Things'; HBSHBL: 'Chronicle of the Aftermath of the Chaotic War', 'A Hundred Billion Stars, One Ambition')

Mittermeyer became one of the youngest admirals in Imperial history, attaining the rank in his twenties—all the more impressive for a man of common birth. A man with a strong sense of morality, Mittermeyer became a target for assassination when he had the temerity to follow military regulations and execute a soldier who had murdered a civilian woman in order to rob her. The executed soldier had been of noble birth, which enraged Mittermeyer's superiors and very clearly made him a marked man. In order to save his friend's life from the high nobles, Oskar von Reuenthal then approached Reinhard von Lohengramm, hoping the nineteen year old admiral would be able to help Mittermeyer. Reinhard, Kircheis, and Reuenthal confronted the high nobles and freed Mittermeyer from prison. Thus both of the young admirals pledged to follow Reinhard thereafter. (LOGH: 'Premonition of a Storm')

Late Goldenbaum Dynasty

By 795 UC (486 IC / 3595 CE), around the time of the Battle of Astarte, Mittermeyer and Reuenthal were both serving under the command of Reinhard von Lohengramm (then still von Müsel). When Reinhard was assigned to lead an incursion into Alliance territory with a fleet of 20,000 ships, both Mittermeyer and his other staff officers were replaced with others that he had not worked with before (as part of a scheme by the nobles to get Reinhard killed), so his subordinates spent the Battle of Astarte back at Iserlohn. Mittermeyer, Reuenthal, and Reinhard's chief of staff Ernest Mecklinger spent some of their time speculating about Reinhard's temporary fleet commanders and were glad to learn that despite the odds against him, their young blond admiral succeeded. Following the victory at Astarte, Mittermeyer joined the newly promoted Fleet Admiral von Lohengramm's admiralty, becoming a vice admiral. Although Mittermeyer and the other vice admirals had to sit out during the Castrop Rebellion, they did spend those early days in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE) assisting their young commander in other ways, so Mittermeyer ended up helping Reuenthal and Kircheis protect the blond admiral's sister Annerose from a vengeful rival. (My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars; LOGH: 'The Castrop Rebellion', 'The Actress Exits')

However, their chance to shine came during attempted Alliance invasion of the Imperial Territory. After the authorities of Fezzan leaked information to the Empire about an impending massive invasion, Reinhard was appointed by Kaiser Friedrich IV to repel them. As part of the plan they removed food supplies from the border regions and waited for the Alliance offensive to overstretch its supply lines while burdening them with a starving civilian population. When the Alliance Fleet's supply corps was not capable of keeping up with the demand and their front line units reached the point of exhaustion, Mittermeyer was one of the commanders who led the counterattack. Mittermeyer led his forces in attacking the 9th Fleet of Vice Admiral Al-Salem in the Alviss Starzone. Taken by surprise because of Mittermeyer's lightning-fast speed, Al-Salem was unable to mount an effective defense and was wounded early on in the battle when his flagship was damaged. His fleet sustained at least 50% losses at the hands of Mittermeyer's forces. Subsequently, he took part in mopping up the Alliance remnants at the subsequent Battle of Amritsar along with the rest of the Imperial admirals. (LOGH: 'Liberation of the Frontier Zone', 'The Battle of Amritsar Starzone')

By the time of the victory over the Alliance, Mittermeyer and Reuenthal had essentially established themselves as the leading members of the Lohengramm admiralty and were both promoted to full admiral. However, the Kaiser suddenly died not long after the victory, plunging the Empire into a succession crisis as he had left no designated heir. Reinhard took advantage of the opportunity and Mittermeyer, along with Reuenthal, began formulating a plan for when the Imperial Civil War against Reinhard's rivals, the nobility, would inevitably begin. Reinhard conspired with acting prime minister Klaus von Lichtenlade to crown the child Erwin Josef II as the next emperor; because he was easy to control. The high nobles correctly saw this as an attack on their influence over the Imperial state and began preparing for war, creating the Lippstadt League. When the nobles tried to make a move, Reinhard was prepared and used it as an excuse to carry out a coup against them on Odin. Mittermeyer awaited them at the main spaceport, where he and his troops managed to arrest some of the nobles trying to flee the Imperial capital. (LOGH: 'The Battle of Amritsar Starzone', 'Before the Storm', 'The Lippstadt Conspiracy')

With the outbreak of the civil war in early 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE), Reinhard's admirals would again distinguish themselves in combat. Mittermeyer managed to defeat his former instructor at the officer school, Admiral Staaden, during the Battle of Altena. Using a minefield, Mittermeyer tricked Staaden into dividing his forces and later defeated them one at a time. After that, he cooperated with his friend Reuenthal to take Rentenburg Fortress, which was defended by the commander of the armored grenadier corps, Ovlesser. Eventually the "Gale Wolf" and "Odd Eyes" confronted Ovlesser in person, tricking him and managing to capture the brute by outsmarting him. Thus Rentenburg Fortress fell thanks to their efforts. The also took part in the final engagement outside of the nobles's stronghold of Geiersburg Fortress, routing Duke Otto von Braunschweig's fleet and defeating his Lippstadt League. (LOGH: 'Bloodshed in Space', 'Courage and Loyalty', 'The Fall of Goldenbaum')

Ragnarök

With the fall of the high nobles in late 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE), the Goldenbaum Dynasty was essentially reduced to a puppet of Reinhard von Lohengramm, who was appointed Imperial Prime Minister as well as Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet. Internal reforms began that swept away the foundation of the ancien régime, introducing freedoms and laws that were unheard of in the domain of the Goldenbaums, so although the dynasty was technically still reigning its political influence had disappeared. While Reinhard had been lamenting the death of Kircheis on Geiersburg, shortly after the defeat of the nobles, Mittermeyer and Reuenthal rushed back to Odin on recommendation of Paul von Oberstein, where they carried out a coup against acting premier Klaus von Lichtenlade—ostensibly for planning to murder Reinhard. Mittermeyer seized the Imperial Seal, taking control of the government, while Reuenthal arrested Lichtenlade. Thus Reinhard had become the dictator of the Empire, while Mittermeyer and Reuenthal, as his top admirals gained more influence, along with promotions to the rank of high admiral. This was briefly interrupted in the spring of 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE) with the deployment of a mobilized Geiersburg Fortress, equipped with warp engines, to the Iserlohn Corridor—a move that both Mittermeyer and his close friend opposed—but ultimately that operation failed to destroy or capture Alliance-held Iserlohn. Mittermeyer and Reuenthal took part in a skirmish with an Alliance fleet that had been pursuing retreating Imperial survivors, annihilating it. (LOGH: 'Farewell, Distant Memories', 'First Battle', 'Portraits', 'The Inquiry Committee', 'Determination and Ambition')

During the summer of 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE), unbeknownst to Mittermeyer, Reinhard had gotten involved in a Fezzani scheme to kidnap the child emperor Erwin Josef and take him to the Alliance, where some high nobles would form a government-in-exile, thus giving him the casus belli to invade the Alliance. With the kidnapping successful and establishment of an exiled government, Mittermeyer and Reuenthal placed their fleets on high alert and later took part in the discussions for the invasion plan, Operation Ragnarök, which would entail invading through the Fezzan Corridor. As part of the plan, Mittermeyer would command the southern force that would enter the Fezzan Corridor and occupy the planet itself, using it as a bridgehead to attack the Alliance, while Reuenthal would command the northern force which would besiege Iserlohn to trick the Alliance government. In December of that year, Mittermeyer made history when his forces landed on Fezzan and took control of the planet, catching the administration of Adrian Rubinsky off guard. (LOGH: 'Thunder', 'The Abduction of the Young Emperor', 'The Arrow Is Released', 'Operation: Ragnarök', 'Invitation to a Requiem', 'Fezzan Occupied')

With the fall of Fezzan, the Alliance government panicked as now the Imperial Fleet could enter Alliance space virtually unopposed, as they did not have enough units left after the Alliance Civil War to challenge the Empire's forces. Mittermeyer led the offensive into Alliance territory in January 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE) and the following month their combined forces managed to defeat a smaller fleet scrambled together by the Alliance government under Alexandre Bewcock. But after several months the Imperials were unable to completely secure the border regions because of a guerilla campaign waged by Admiral Yang Wen-li. Thus Reinhard decided on a plan to spread out the Imperial forces while leaving himself vulnerable, forcing Yang to come out and engage him in an open battle. At that point the other Imperial fleets would turn around and return to Reinhard, surrounding and destroying the Yang Fleet. (LOGH: 'The Cold Spell Arrives', 'The Two-Headed Snake: The Battle of Rantemario', 'The Darkness Before Dawn', 'Battle After Battle')

However, Yang was too skilled of a tactician and so the Imperial fleets were unable to return in time. However, Reinhard's aide Hildegarde von Mariendorf had met with Mittermeyer and told the young admiral of the situation. She believed that Reinhard would not be able to win, but urged Mittermeyer to go to Heinessen and force the Alliance government to surrender and get Yang to stop his attack. Although the blond high admiral had his reservations about the plan, he decided to go along as there was no other option. Together with Reuenthal, Mittermeyer and Mariendorf arrived at defenseless Heinessen and persuaded the administration of Job Trunicht to capitulate. Trunicht did so, ordering Yang to stop attacking and ask for a ceasefire. Yang followed orders, and thus Mittermeyer, along with Reuenthal and Mariendorf, were able to prevent their young lord from being killed in battle. (LOGH: 'The Battle of Vermilion (Part One)', 'The Battle of Vermilion (Part Two)', 'Sudden Change')

Neue Reich

After Reinhard's coronation as Kaiser, Mittermeyer was promoted to the rank of Fleet Admiral and appointed as the Chief Commander of the Fleet.

Upon von Reuenthal's rebellion Mittermeyer made a desperate appeal to Reinhard to give his friend the chance to explain himself, offering to relinquish all ranks and offices if Reinhard would remove Paul von Oberstein and Heydrich Lang at least temporarily from office as a sign of good faith. When this proved unsuccessful, he resolved to remove them personally but was prevented at the last minute from murdering Lang by the invervention of Ulrich Kesler.

After leading a rapid blitz into the former Free Planets Alliance against his close friend Oskar von Reuenthal and ending Reuenthal's Revolt, Mittermeyer continued to faithfully serve the Kaiser. He was in command of the Imperial forces for the vast majority of the Battle of Shiva, the final battle of the series, after the Kaiser collapsed during the opening stages. Upon the Kaiser's death, he was the only survivor from the initial pact between himself, Reinhard von Lohengramm, Siegfried Kircheis, and Oskar von Reuenthal that resulted from the other three saving him from prison. Being the last remaining original Fleet Admiral, he was likely the second most powerful person in existence, after the Kaiserin, and would have played a pivotal role in the Empire's future. His adopted son Felix Mittermeyer was hinted to be the next great ambitious figure for the Empire.

Personal life

Known to be a kind, family man, Wolfgang Mittermeyer and his wife, Evangelin Mittermeyer, were unable to conceive any children so far. Eventually they would adopt the son of Oskar von Reuenthal, following his death.

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Memorable quotes

"Do not think that Wolfgang Mittermeyer is double-tongued!"

Background information

Wolfgang is a common German given name and roughly means striding with a wolf. Mittermeyer is a common Bavarian surname.

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