AKA HE WASN’T NO DADDY
Subject: Wilhelm Wagner von Kael
Weight: 310 lbs.
Current Condition: Deceased
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, Wilhelm was raised in a destitute and ruined post WW1 Germany. With the rise of the National Socialist German Workers Party, a ruthless and ambitious Wilhelm Kael saw his opportunity for power. Joining the dangerous movement, Wilhelm found success thanks to his amoral cunning. By the time WW2 broke out, Wilhelm had achieved UberKommandant. He oversaw secretive research program aimed at aiding the German war effort. His own personal research was focused on Mind Control technology. Before he could finish his work the failing war effort forced him to flee to Argentina.
By the end of WW2 Wilhelm had managed to move his assets, including a considerable amount of stolen riches, to South America. Using his ill gotten wealth Wilhelm was able to set a small empire for himself stretching across Argentina. He also ensured he had plenty of space, and test subjects, to continue his research.
Over the next twenty years Wilhelm sat like a malignant cancer in Argentina. His influence and power spread into the government and soon he had a massive, sprawling compound on the Paraná Delta. Unfortunately for the aging Wilhelm, his own health had slowly begun to deteriorate. The massive Prussian’s body was turning in on himself as a mysterious disease ravaged his bones making them brittle and easily broken.
Realizing the growing limitations of his own body Wilhelm launched a desperate plan for immortality. One of his servants, Helena Korvacs, was selected for artificial insemination due to her genetic viability. Using Wilhelm’s own genetic seed, Helena was impregnated. Ten months later, in October of 1976, Maximilian Wilhelm Kael was born.
With no interest in the child, Kael had Korvacs set to the Kael Family Estate in Arkham. Over the next six years Wilhelm would observe the child via remote camera but otherwise had no contact. When Max turned six years old, Wilhelm had him transferred back to Argentina to begin the next phase of the plan.
An associate, Doctor Reinhart Galt, had been working with Wilhelm since Germany and believed he had a breakthrough. Doctor Galt implanted a computer device into the young boys brain with a copy of the aging Wilhelm Kael’s mind. As the boy grew the device would slowly consume Max’s mind and replace it with a full copy of Wilhelm Kael. This would ensure Wilhelm Kael would survive into a new generation.
This device, called the Administrator, was successfully installed into the young Max’s head. Unfortunately the young boy suffered a severe seizure that damaged the device. The Administrator failed and would cause long term psychological damage to Max.
Furious at the failure of this long term investment, Wilhelm Kael ordered Max killed and a new crop of children created. Helena, having grown attached to Max, fled with the boy before he could be harmed. Wilhelm vowed revenge against Helena and to end the abomination carrying his genes.
In 1985 Wilhelm located Helena and Max in New Hampshire, dispatching a hit squad to deal with them. Max and Helena were nearly killed in a suspicious car accident. Helena fell into a coma due to her injuries while Max was seized by the Child Services. Max is placed in the custody of his uncle, Father Jack Kael, back in Arkham. Jack refuses to turn Max over to Wilhelm, knowing his brothers ill intentions with the boy.
Wilhelm had Jack killed but his team once again fails to capture Max. Over the next ten years Max manages to evade capture while Wilhelm’s condition worsens. He adopts a pair of twins, Elizabeth and Elenore, and begins the process of training them to be his spiritual successors. They are often pitted against each other and treated more like assets than children.
As he grew desperate Wilhelm underwent a procedure to slow his body down. It required him to keep his body in near sub-freezing temperatures at all times. Following this is he is rarely seen again and enacted his will through Elizabeth and Elenore. Most of his attention is invested into located Max.
After a series of bumbles, Elizabeth attempted to win her father’s favor by capturing Max Kael. She is killed by Max in the process. The truth of her death is covered up by Elenore who ascends to heir to Wilhelm’s empire.
Max’s popularity in the world of professional wrestling caught Wilhelm’s attention. After years of searching Wilhelm finally captured Max. Examining his son’s brain reveals that the Administrator, now calling itself the Minister, had not completely failed. While it failed to rewrite Max’s personality it had primed the gray matter for a completely new personality. Doctor Galt, having now perfected his technology, constructed a new mechanical eye that housed an updated version of Wilhelm’s personality inside.
Unfortunately before the eye could be implanted, Max once again managed to escape. Having grown frustrated with the situation, Wilhelm left the safety of his Argentinian compound and flew to the US to confront his son. Wilhelm confronted his son face to face for the first time in almost thirty years. During a scuffle Max accidentally shot and killed his father.
Wilhelm’s reign of terror ended after 102 years.
In his prime Wilhelm Wagner von Kael was a towering man who carried himself with an air of noble dignity that hid his cruel nature. In his later years he was wheelchair bound and reliant on various pieces of machinery to keep his vital systems operating. Though he was clean shaven for much of his youth, following WW2 he would sport a well groomed beard.
The most notable feature of Wilhelm, outside of his size, were his sharp, piercing blue eyes. Regardless of the state of his body, his eyes always remained clear and intelligent. He was often described as a shadow moving around his domain with an unnerving quietness. Wilhelm wore hand tailored suits of fine cloth though he was rarely garish, preferring simple styles to overly ornate embroidery.
Later in life, while relegated to a wheelchair, Wilhelm took to wearing darker colors. He also relied on heavy perfumes to cover up the smell of his rotting body. His various residences were often kept at freezing temperatures. It was rumored that he had undergone a procedure to slow down his aging which resulted in his requirement for a near sub-zero environment.
Elizabeth’s corpse had been laid out on the black marble dining room table atop a bed of soft, silk pillows of deep reds and vibrant greens. Her cold, alabaster skin stood in stark contrast to her dark, raven hair. Two 1905 Deutsche marks covered her eyes while her body hidden tastefully by a long, crimson towel.
Standing at the foot of the dining room table was the recently deceased twin sister, Elenore Kael. She was engulfed in a heavy, fur lined cloak beneath which she wore a black dress. A black veil stretched over her head and it worked well to obscure her face. If she was crying or mourning in any way, it was impossible to see for certain.
“So you did come, Elenore.”
The deep, powerful voice of her father announced his arrival. It was followed by the high pitched whine of his wheelchair as he piloted it into the dinning hall.
“Of course, Father. I wanted to be here for you.” Elenore replied, her tone even, calm. There was a moment of hesitation in her voice before she continued. “And for her.”
Wilhelm moved around her as he directed his chair toward the head of the table. The callous old man leaned out over the table and retrieved the two coins from her eyes.
“Hmm. You know I just asked them to put the body on the table? The staff did this because they thought I would appreciate the care they took with my..daughter.” the decaying old man snorted with disgust. He pocketed the two marks and leaned back in his chair, his fingers steepled. “But would a daughter of mine get herself killed like this? What a disappointment.”
There is no reaction for Elenore as her eyes shift back toward the body of her sister.
“When you’re done saying goodbye I’ll have the pillows removed. Then I’m going to peel her open and see what we can salvage. The kidneys, liver, heart, intestines. Everything has value, assuming your sister hasn’t ruined those as well.” the cruel old man began his eulogy. “And once I have that sorted I’m going to split her skull open, starting here and then cutting around to there..”
As he went into detail explaining where he would cut, Wilhelm retrieved a retractable pointer. Extending it out, he began poking out the specific regions, as though pointing to a diagram on a chalkboard.
“Once I have removed the skull cap I will retrieve the brain, sever it from the spinal column and preserve it for future study. As for the meat.” Kael collapsed the conducting baton as he spoke. “I’ve reconnected with an old associate of mine who was working on Project Unsterblich before the end of the war. Turns out he’s had some success, if a crude first step.”
A crept onto the old man’s face as he thought about the process.
“Elizabeth will be of some use to us regardless of whatever shortcomings she might have served us, her family, in life.” he finishes, sarcasm drenched into the inference of family. “Now, daughter, let my assistant know when you are done so we can get everything started, yes? I suppose it must be a relief, knowing you’re the favorite daughter for certain now. It was always going to come down to one of you. I’m pleased you were the one who reached the finish line.”
Wilhelm’s expression softens for a moment as he looks over to Elenore with a genuine smile. It’s hard to tell if this is genuine or just another manipulation by the old man. Of course as soon as it’s registered his face tightens back into a stern continence.
“I’ll have some documents sent over to you, a new assignment. Gentleman by the name of Sinclair, an Industrialist in Rhode Island. I think you’ll enjoy this one, less personal than this last one.”
Lord Wilhelm Wagner von Kael cast one last disgusted look at the body of Elizabeth before he rolled his way back out of the room and into the hall. As soon as he had arrived, Kael was gone leaving his daughter and her sister alone once again.