Boris Vasily Konstantin Andrei Myshkin Dolokhov is Baron Wulfenbach's secretary and administrative second-in-command, who dutifully takes temporary command of the empire whenever Klaus is incapacitated, which means that he is running things during much of the Siege of Mechanicsburg. Along having four arms, he is brilliant, loyal and completely humorless.

Background[edit | edit source]

Not much has been said about Boris in-comic, but according to various supplementary material, Dolokhov and his eidetic memory had been happily serving as a palace librarian until his Duke, a twisted Spark, decided to give him a pair of extra arms, enhanced speed, strength and balance... to become the "ultimate juggler". His unhappy tenure as a jester ended when the Duke and a neighboring Prince violated the newly-established Baron's Peace and were promptly quashed. Boris himself was picked out of the victims survivors of the households by Baron Wulfenbach, and with Klaus's usual eye for "the right monster for the job", was set up in Administration, where he has succeeded brilliantly.

However, being part of the Baronial household is not without hazards. Boris's enhanced talents extend to swordwork as well, and at Baron Wulfenbach's side, he has faced far more unnatural Things than he cares to remember (not that he can forget anything anyway). Unnatural Things disturb Boris's sense of tidiness and order, but it's far better than being an enslaved clown.

Speaking of Unnatural Things, he and the Jägers have a love/hate relationship, as in: They love to pick on him, he hates their attitude (and being presumably one of a kind, is envious of their cheerful comradery.) At one point a General calls Boris Gospodin Dolokhov . What this could mean is up for fan speculation, but it most likely is just the general greeting Boris, as Gospodin in Russian is a very old formal way of saying "Mister".

Following the events at Sturmhalten, the Baron's resulting stay at the Great Hospital at Mechanicsburg and the aforementioned Siege, Boris has been seen asking furtive and urgent questions of head-in-a-jar Rudolf Selnikov regarding the capabilities of Slaver wasps.

Act 2[edit | edit source]

After the Klaus-induced Timeskip and Gil's assumption of control of the (remains of) the empire, Boris is very noticeable in his complete and unremarked absence from the Wulfenbach corridors of power, until finally (and literally) resurfacing in Paris during Agatha's visit to that city. Or more precisely, her visit to the kingdom of the Argurons underneath Paris: he assists Larana Chroma's kidnapping of her own father, and the transport of his unconscious body to the Immortal Library. Boris then disappears again without any explanation of why he is there, or in how official of a capacity he is acting.

When Agatha travels to England, she crosses paths with Lady Ariadne Steelgarter, who also has four arms. Whether she and Boris share any background remains to be seen.

The Novels[edit | edit source]

The version of Boris that appears in the Girl Genius print novels is pretty much the same as in the comic, with as noted some more background details filled in. Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg makes it explicit that he immediately sees holes in Klaus's very dramatic and public claim that Gil has been a revenant for years, and that his questioning of Selnikov is part of his covert investigation of the situation.

The Works[edit | edit source]

Boris is a card in The Works. His attributes are Sidekick, Construct, and Juggler. His instructions have him placed in the Score Pile which already has the most points.

Possibly relevant outside information[edit | edit source]

A portrait of Boris

According to The Secret Blueprints, Vol. I, Boris, whose middle names include "Vasily" and "Andrei", plays the balalaika. The Wikipedia entry highlights as epochal Vassily Andreyev's contribution to the development of the instrument.

"Mishkyn" is the name of the protagonist of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot.

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