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Schild & Vriend

'Schild en Vriend' is an old Flemish battlecry, used in the rebellion of the city of Brugge against the French, May 18, 1302. Legend tells that it was used to differentiate between the French-speaking (who could not pronounce 'schild') and Flemish-speaking citizens. Nowadays, historians tell us that it was probably 'Des Gilden Vriend'.


Curious members of the von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen family

Heinz von Trapsfliegel (1841)

Heinz von Trapsfliegel is sergeant in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Apparently Heinz had two sons, Fritz and Albert. After some business involving Fritz, Albert's wife, wet celery and a piece of fresh fruit, Fritz had the choice of leaving the country or undergoing a rather unpleasant operation involving two bricks and a lot of yodling. He wisely chose the first option and returned to dzee fatherland Germany. To be more exact, he went to Steindorpf and changed his name to Trappstein to minimalise the risk of encountering a relative who preferred the second option. Two years later, he married the lovely (and rich) Walfriede Hohenschlieffen, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Fritz von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen (1867)

Fritz von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen, the eldest son of Heinz, is the colonial administrator of the Lake Walfriede area in the Belgian Congo, and became involved in the skirmish involving the legendary elephant graveyard.

Manfred von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen (1891)

Manfred von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen, the son of Fritz, became a dogfighting ace during WW1.

Karl-Heinz von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen (1914)

Karl-Heinz von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen, son of Manfred, pursued an officer's career in the Wehrmacht during WW2. During the North-Africa campaign, he was for a short period attached to the staff of Erwin Rommel as map-bearer of the Field-Marshall himself, as this picture shows.

Sigisbiduwald von Trappstein-Hohenschlieffen (2218)

Far in the future we encounter another member of this proud Prussian family. An officer in the Fleet of the Gorn Federation, Sigisbiduwald has commanded various ships. In the Delta-Omicron incident with the Galactic Empire, he drifted off-course with his cruiser (this case is still pending before the supreme court. In fact, Sigisbiduwald did not 'drift of course', but deliberately sent his cruiser to an asteroid to land an exploration party that started the first Pleasure Astroid, thereby doing the spacefaring community a great service - BV), and was 'promoted' to become sector commander of the Segonis IV penal colony. Soon afterwards, 3 ships escaped from the colony, which further reduced his prestige. Later, in the Human-Xirin wars, Sigisbiduwald, through judicious use of bribes and skullduggery, managed to secure a position as Space Lord in the Human space forces.

Any resemblance to existing characters, dead or alive, real or fictional, is of course completely coincidental.

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