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BlackSquad

The Squad apprehending the alleged Lady Heterodyne

The Black Squad are a special unit of Wulfenbach troops which have an as-yet-unexplained ability to apparently appear and disappear from thin air (a sort of European ninja, if you would). For as-yet unspecified reasons, Ardsley Wooster quails at seeing them appear in this fashion to accost Zeetha and himself when they attempt to approach Castle Heterodyne.[1] This could refer to anything from the level of their skills to their being shades of the dead. (The fact that we see Sergeant Scorp of the Wuflenbach "Bug Squad" working rather casually with them as their "expert Agatha identifier" would seem to eliminate the latter possibility, but you never know.) When Zeetha comments they "came out of nowhere", Wooster replies this is more true than she knows, but no further information is forthcoming.

The Black Squad is co-ed, unusually for the Empire's ground forces; all other Wulfenbach ground forces shown so far are all men, with one (possible) exception. One of the members of the Squad, possibly an officer, is a woman. At least Scorp calls her "Ma'am", suggesting a superior officer, though it is one of the male members who gives the verbal order to "disperse", meaning to go back to wherever they hide.

A bit later, Zola "Heterodyne" (or, more precisely, her minion Herr Vikel) deploys a device which seems to warp and distort the squad-members painfully out of existence, leaving their rifles behind to clatter on the ground. Because the Black Squad has previously been shown appearing from, and disappearing into, nowhere as part of their normal operations, it is unknown if this is a permanent de-materialization, or simply a temporary banishment to their usual hiding place.

Their variation of the Wulfenbach badge is the tower and wings in matte black on a gold oval, and is worn on their shakos.

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References

  1. "The Black Squad. Argh. I need a drink." - Vol. VII, page 23
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