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Karl Franz
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  • His most Imperial Highness, Emperor Himself and the Son of Emperors
  • Elector Count of Reikland and Prince of Altdorf
Alias Karl
Race Tueton
Status Alive
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Father Luitpold Franz
Mother Yulia Franz
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Spouse Petra Franz
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Karl Franz is the son of Luitpold, and Yulia Franz and through his father becane the current Emperor of The Empire, and the Lord of House Franz. Karl Franz has two siblings in the form of Gregory, and Lisza Franz of which Gregory is the current commander of the Army of Bavaria of which is as much as the central army as their gets in The Empire, his sister Lisza was married off to the young prince of Bretonia in the hopes of ending their conflict but she was killed along with her husband during the Fall of Viche. Karl Franz is married to Petra Franz formally of the Dole and the two have a love that is talked about throughout the Empire, and she came to be married to him during his early life, and against the wishes of much of the royal council. With Petra he has three children in the form of Adalia, Ormand, and Theodore Franz of which Adalia is training alongside Petra in the art of the court and is becoming rather good at this, and their son Ormand is a member of the Kingsgaurd which is the personal champions of the Emperor, and their final son Theodore is a growing young boy but only around seven at the time of Burning Dreams.

Karl Franz is the son of the late emperor Luitpold. As a young prince he spent his time in the fields training on horseback to become a member of the royal horseman, which was a position that while military is more ceremonial in its role then actualy military. It was when they arrived in Galheim that Karl would come to meet his future wife Petra Nintress. After a long period of close time together the two would fall in love, and would marry in an intimate wedding in Aldorf. Being the son of the late Emperor he was therefore a logical candidate to become Emperor after his father's death, but seen as lesser then the Middenheim canidate, but the Middenheim canidate lost due to the menipulations of the Teuton Nationals that turned the vote in Karl's favor. Karl as Emperor would be at first very popular, but the involvment of his wife Petra at court came to be seen by the Austrian Elector Count as a weakeness and led to Priam Troy coming to hate Karl which created a block of states in the south that turned against Karl and resisted much of his movements. Unable to corall the south he would turn his attention westward where he would spark a coup against the Kingdom of Lorraine which led to the leadership of that kingdom being held by a Tueton that was little more then a puppet of the Empire. Following this he was forced to deal with the disasterous conflict against Hogwarts where a massive army of Austria was destroyed by the relatively small Hogwarts nation of which forced him to agree to a ceasefire which was a truly embaressing moment for the emperor and only rose the stock of Priam Troy in Austria.

Personality

He is widely regarded as the greatest statesman and diplomat of Europe. This reputation has declned substantancially following the disasterous War with Hogwarts which caused the utter destruction of an Emperian city, and the loss of a huge number of soilders in the attacking armies. Following this he engaged in a verbal conflict with Andrew Lovie of Lucerne, and this has caused a serious ramping up of hostilities and led Karl to give the command to begin provocations against Arnor in the hope that they would fall for a trap, and engage in war.

History

Early History

Karl Franz is the son of the late emperor Luitpold. As a young prince he spent his time in the fields training on horseback to become a member of the royal horseman, which was a position that while military is more ceremonial in its role then actualy military.

Petra Franz

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I went to Galheim expecting to find nothing but a fortress surrounded by savages. Oh how wrong I was on the savages.
Karl Franz

When Karl was seventeen he and his family travelled to the city of Galheim in Austria where his father planned to meet with the commander of the city, and ask him about the forces of Arnor that surrounded him. It was when they arrived in Galheim that Karl would come to meet his future wife Petra Nintress. Knowing nothing of the world outside of Dole she left her homeland and travelled north where she arrived in the city of Galheim which she believed was a part of Arnor, and with no ability to speak the language of the Teutons that dominated the city she came to dispair. For weeks she attempted to be able to meet with the royalty of the city, but she found that the city was not Arnor and that the Teutons that dominated the city were not very open to foreigners, and in this she came to nearly die of starvation, and was only saved when an old man came to find her sleeping in the street, and for a short time fed her and gave her enough strength that she believed she could return home. When she attempted to leave the city though she discovered that the city was closing the gates due to the fact that a force from Arnor was nearbye and threatening the city. When she thought life was completely over for her she watched as a massive parade entered the city, and with the parade brought what she came to understand was the Emperor of the entire Empire, and the entire House Franz children as well. During this sad time she met a young prince that bid her call him Karl Franz. The two would fall in love, and would marry in an intimate wedding in Aldorf.

Election to Emperor

Being the son of the late Emperor he was therefore a logical candidate to become Emperor after his father's death. However in the Empire the Imperial throne is not inherited, but decided in an election by the Electors of the Empire. {C}Although the exact circumstances and precise details are unknown, it's likely that Karl Franz was considered far too young and inexperienced. He himself did not believe that he would be elected and Boris Todbringer, the count of Middenland, was the other candidate. The first voting was 8 against and only 4 in Karl Franz's favour, the remaining 3 Electors presumably abstaining. Maximillian von Konigswald, who was an old friend and count of Ostland, managed to persuade all but one of the other electors to cast their vote for Karl Franz. The Church of Sigmar also supported him with 3 votes. In the end Karl Franz won the election.

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Hogwarts destroys

War with Hogwarts

Main Article : War with Hogwarts


Aftermath of Hogwarts

The failure in the War with Hogwarts has left a black mark on the reputation of Karl Franz, and it is for this reason that he is now ratcheting up the retoroic in the case of Arnor. He knows he needs a victory in whatever the next conflict is and he's willing to do anything to get it.

The lull in the fighting disapeared when he was contacted by diplomats from the Kingdom of lucerne about hopes for the two leaders to meet eachother.

The Dragon and the Griphon

Main Article : Meeting of the Dragon and the Griphon

Intervention in Austria

It falls upon us now to make a choice. Do we let Priam Troy do whatever the hell he wants to do. Or do we stop him now. We have little time left to choose.
Karl Franz

Following the attack on Arnor by the forces of Valeria it became clear that the next step would be the invasion of Arnor by Austria, and that when that came to pass there would be nothing stopping them from winning. Knowing this the emperor Karl Franz called several of the Cult of Sigmar alongside other high ranking officials to him, and they met to discuss how they should deal with Priam Troy and his visions for Austria. The group would come to a shared knowledge that if Austria took control of Arnor, and with the growth of Toppenheim they would be moving closer and closer to a point where they could not be defeated by Bavaria alone, and the Emperor would have to call upon the provinces of which would lead to civil war.

Dead Invasion of Germania

Main Article : Dead Invasion of Germania

Arthas Invades Germania
This monster has crushed all resistance before him. He defeated the Austrians at Nuln. Crushed the wolves of Middenland at their own capital. Broke our army at Castle Nunenstein. Tell me my Emperor. How can we stop him? What do we do?

Following the Battle of Fornost the army of Arthas Menathil would move northward gathering significant reinforcements from the casualties of the Fornost region and then increasingly more as they moved through the war torn regions of Arnor. The rapidly expanding army of Arthas Menathil carves its way through Arnor, and Priam secretly commands the forces of Austria to do there best to avoid conflict with his army and instead begs for assistance from Karl Franz of whom begins rallying forces with the nearby forces of Slovakia, and Ostmark of whom were already rallying troops.

Galindus Vapnisson would despite his own strong desire to not remain be left behind as the regent of Kosice when his father Edgin Vapnisson and elder brother Volham Vapnisson rallied much of there forces to join the army of Slovakia in resisting the invasion of Arthas, and thus would be within the walls of Kosice when a small splinter force of Arthas Menathil put Kosice under siege.

Battle of Nuln

Pushed back at great cost from the inner gatehouse leading to the main city, the forces of Arthas would retreat out of Nuln but he left a splinter force behind with commands to kill and burn as much of the taken portion of the city as possible while the majority of the army retreated northward.

Massacre at Fratenjortz

Main Article : Siege of Fratenjortz

It was Janus Frandsen who was still living at his estate when the forces of Arthas Menathil came to Austria and while the main forces marched towards the major cities small splinter forces moved against some of the smaller villages including the villages looked over by Janus Frandsen, and it was here where he would make his power known. While his families home of Fratenjortz was under siege nearby it was Janus that was attacked at his estate by Magnus Fargriever a Liche in the Scourge army, and Magnus attacked directly towards the estate seeing it as the only defensible position in the area and arriving at the walls it was Janus who came to meet him with his guard. At first attempting to force a surrender out of Janus it was Magnus who became overcome with pain and begin to lose control of his skeletal forces as Janus came near him and realizing it was his powers doing this Janus entered his dream world and was able to pull Magnus from the Fade obliterating his soul and leaving him a soulless husk back in reality. With the death of Magnus the force with Magnus collapsed around him and with victory at hand he traveled to the local villages and had them retreat into the forests while he gathered what men he could and traveled towards Fratenjortz. After defeating the Scourge force attacking his land he would travel with his personal forces to Fratenjortz where he would attack the Scourge siege forces while they were attacking the walls and with an attack so unexpected he was able to get into the command structure of the sieging Scourge army and using his pariah gene he would obliterate the entire command structure of the attacking army leaving the skeletons and the entire army to collapse around him and breaking the siege.

Relief of Nuln

Following his breaking of the siege of Fratenjortz it was Janus that was taken by his sister Aristea Frandsen of whom was now all but ruler of House Frandsen with their father Conrad a sickly old man and she took him alongside much of the army of Fratenjortz towards Nuln where she planned to break the siege there. Arriving at Nuln the main force of Arthas had already left for the north but the remaining Nuln forces were struggling to break the remaining attackers and the forces of Fratenjortz would smash into them and using Janus they targeted the Liches all across the field of battle and were able to shatter the remaining Scourge forces who begin surrendering as they realized the weapon that Janus was.

Invasion of Slovakia

Main Article : Arthas Invasion of Slovakia

It was Wolfram Hertwig III., and his son Wolfram Hertwig IV. that would lead the forces of Slovakia into the defense of the border of Slovakia when it was assailed by a dead army of Arthas moving into their province and the Slovakian forces would split their forces into two with one force led by Wolfram defending Castle Orava while a force led by Edgin Vapnisson would defend Orava Bridge. While these preperations were being made it was Galindus Vapnisson that would despite his own strong desire to not remain be left behind as the regent of Kosice when his father and elder brother rallied much of there forces to join the army of Slovakia in resisting the invasion of Arthas, and thus would be within the walls of Kosice when a small splinter force of Arthas Menathil put Kosice under siege. Gaining victory at the Battle of Castle Orava it was Wolfram who rallied his forces and moved towards Talabheim where the dead army fresh from victory at the Battle of Orava Bridge had put the city under siege, and joined by the forces of Galindus Vapnisson they prepared the army for the Battle of Talabheim. Following the defeat of the force besieging Talabheim it would be Galindus that rallied the broken forces of House Vapnisson following the defeat of his father and brother and led them north where they would fight at the Battle of Middenheim where he would be horrified to discover his brother and father had been reanimated and now fought for Arthas and although he was able to end his brother his father would escape the battle with Arthas.

Invading the Lands of Ulric

Following the Battle of Nuln and with the city nearly defenseless the movement of Arthas north would finally cause the forces of Middenland and the Ulric worshipers to make a move to truly enter the conflict. The army of Arthas would move directly through the center of Wissenland forcing the Elector Count there in the form of Alberich Anderssen to raise his armies, but not having enough forces ready that quickly he could not engage the skeletal army of Arthas and instead followed it as it moved through central Wissenland and north into Middenland.

Chaos Allies
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You should have died with your brothers and sisters back during the fall of your pantheon. To see you like this now is a travesty to their memory.
Helgi
As Arthas and the Scourge made there way into central Middenland it was the fallen titan Elric that met with the scourge leadership and attempted to make an arrangement with them which he hoped would lead to them helping him in releasing Daena from imprisonment. Helgi would travel into Germania at the command of her father following the movement of Arthas into the lands and having with her a group of Valkyrie and several dozen she would arrive in Middenland as Arthas entered the land, and once she had she sensed the summoning of a spell in the area and brought her forces to the location. Coming out of hiding in order to summon demons to the side of Arthas he would be set upon by several Titans who were in the area trying to work against Arthas and fighting a battle against them he realized they were going to beat him and thus he turned on his scourge allies using them as a shield and then escaped back into Drakwald Forest.
Battle of Middenheim

Main Article : Battle of Middenheim

The combined forces of Middenland, Wissenland, and a small force from the Kingdom of Galia would mass outside of the city of Middenheim for the defence of the Ulric capital of which the Arthas army finally seemed intent on a fight as it moved towards the army. Following the defeat of the force besieging Kosice it would be Galindus that rallied the broken forces of House Vapnisson following the defeat of his father and brother and led them north where they would fight at the Battle of Middenheim where he would be horrified to discover his brother and father had been reanimated and now fought for Arthas and although he was able to end his brother his father would escape the battle with Arthas.

Battle of Nunenstein Castle

Main Article : Battle of Nunenstein Castle

Battle of Aldorf

Main Article : Battle of Aldorf

Following the forces of Arthas breaking through the fortress of Nunenstein Castle the army of Bavaria would be marshaled in its entirety and moved itself to Aldorf. While the Bavarians were mobilizing the long awaited reinforcements of Hannover moved into the province arriving west of Aldorf bolstering the defenders, but still paling in comparison to the forces they knew would be arrayed by Arthas Menathil.

The Aftermath

Volham Vapnisson having been found dying on the field by his brother he would die in his brothers arms and then taken back to Kosice where unlike their father he was put to rest in the ground and not raised in undeath like their father Edgin had been by Arthas.

Breaking out of Denmark

Defeated for the first time at the Battle of Aldorf the dead army of Arthas would make a move northward towards Denmark with their diminished forces, with this movement unable to be chased by the Hannover, and Bavarian Army due to the casualties they had suffered themselves. Isabella Rasmussen would during the movement of Arthas through Denmark become responsible for his escape when she met with Arthas in the Fade and mistakenly came to believe that his intentions were honorable, but after telling her father this and having him listen to her it was Arthas who came to her once again in the Fade and revealed that he would return in time and kill everyone in Denmark.


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