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The Dreen are powerful entities of extra-dimensional origin existing, according to Baron Wulfenbach, as humans experience it.
Dreen are of about average human height or a little taller and seem to be built along roughly humanoid lines, though their obscuring clothing makes this very uncertain. Over their bodies is worn a golden or brass-colored conical hat, from which descends a translucent veil, about half the length of the robes. Only their very slender arms are exposed outside of the black drapery, and whether that's black-and-green-striped skin terminating in cyan hands or suit sleeves with gloves, they still have unnaturally long, spidery, claw-like fingers (arachnodactyls) which seem sharp and strong enough to easily penetrate a slaver warrior's carapace. (see below under Novels.) They possess a single eye or visor built into their structure.
The Dreen were accidentally Agatha's ancestor Robur Heterodyne, thanks to his experiments with the nature of time. In a typically sketchy with Gil and Higgs, Castle Heterodyne at least implies that it was a witness to this event, without ever mentioning the Dreen by name, and says there were "dozens" of the entities. Believing the creatures to be angels sent to punish him, the terrified Robur smashed his machinery in an attempt to banish them, but evidently this didn't work, or at least not completely.Europan humanity's plane of existence by
At Robur's desperate request, the Dreen and the device which summoned them were taken from their arrival spot by the Corbettite Monks. The device itself made its way to the Corbetite fortress which eventually became the Incorruptible Library under Paris, while most of the Dreen went to another . The story of their arrival is evidently not common knowledge; even Gil appears to be unaware of it.
In the Comic
In the comic proper, the Dreen are first mentioned when the elder Wulfenbach Adam and Lilith. (Though said guarding never takes place.) Before we were properly "introduced" to them, Word of God told us that in the background of (the image above) are them.them to be strong and/or powerful enough to serve as guards for
Along with fighting the slaver-wasp infestation on Castle Wulfenbach, at least one of the Dreen in Klaus's attack on Mechanicsburg, where their reputation is so fearsome that even the normally stalwart Jagermonsters opt to . This attitude is promptly shown to be well-founded when Knight of Jove pilot Martellus von Blitzengaard attempts to squash it; the targeted Dreen shrugs off the attack and obliterates the Knight with an energy blast, with Tweedle just barely leaping to safety. The humans all flee, and despite just announcing that Agatha was to come with it, the Dreen immediately disappears from the narrative.
Two and a half years later, Gil and Higgs retrieve Vole from the time-frozen Mechanicsburg, but not without the aforementioned conversation with the Castle, which insists on their looking at of the center of the time stop. They a enormous being that doesn't look like the Dreen, or at least isn't dressed like one, but evidently shares a similar origin point. The Castle estimates that it will arrive in Mechanicsburg in two years, with likely Something Unpleasant then happening to the inhabitants of this three-dimensional world. So that's the deadline for rescuing Mechanicsburg from Klaus's time freeze.
Shortly thereafter, a different lone Dreen Corbettite Depot Fortress following the Beast's escape-rampage through the fortress's treasure-vaults. (Although as noted above, there are evidently many more of them present.) Agatha's Wasp eater seems to notice and react adversely to the Dreen which, as seen in the included picture, lurks in some shadows as Agatha and Co. go running past. It is unknown at the current time if this is a legitimate triggering of the Wasp-eater's intended function (i.e., identifying wasp-infected Revenants), or if a Dreen is just that scary. (The whole "tangential to normal time" thing would seem to suggest the latter.) Either way, the Dreen is then shown either watching, trailing or pursuing Agatha's group, but Agatha and friends eventually defeat the Beast, finish construction on the Corbettites' new Sparky super-train, deal with the arrival of Gil and his forces, and depart the fortress for Paris, all without further interaction with the Dreen.in the bowels of the
It is Gil himself and Bangladesh DuPree who are finally by presumably the same creature, which enigmatically announces Agatha's intended destination to Gil, adding that Gil will be journeying there himself. This prompts Gil to recall Castle Heterodyne's comments, specifically that the newcomers . Agatha later learns about the summoning from a notebook in the Immortal Library, but not that Robur's "angels" were the Dreen.
Much further along, during their return from England to fend off the incursion of the Polar Lords, Gil and Kjarl discuss possible consequences of the Mechanicsburg time blockage, and Kjarl that if the situation were very bad, it would have attracted the Dreen. He is not happy when brought up to speed on current events. Gil comments that the Paris prediction at least never came true.. whereupon he is immediately informed that he is about to meet with that city's new Master.
In the print novel Agatha H and the Airship City, the Dreen are described as 'killing with a touch' and as being the only thing that the slaver wasps seem to honestly fear: "Deep within the midst of the enemies moved the Dreen, two unearthly terrifying creatures garbed in dark wide brimmed conical hats and long, obscuring veils. They killed with a touch, and they alone seemed to scare the Slaver Wasps. Everywhere they drifted a circle of emptiness opened around them as wasps desperately tried to escape."
In Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg, after the Dreen briefly menaces Agatha and Co. on the walls of the eponymous city as described above, the reader is given a glimpse into its thought processes; the creature performed this act because it felt the need to drive historical events in a certain direction, namely, getting Agatha and Tweedle (AKA The Heterodyne Girl and The Storm King) together. Having done this, it makes no effort to pursue them further.
Possibly relevant outside information
- The Dreen are the bad guys in a series of novels by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor.
- Also, another race called the Dreen feature in Star Rider by Doris Piserchia.
- And a race by that name appears in "Man of Two Worlds" by Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert.
- Dreen is also a dialect variant of the word drain.
- The Dreen appear in the 1993 trilogy written by J. Calvin Pierce about a place called Ambermere. The female Dreen is first mentioned in The Sorceress of Ambermere.
In the Myth Adventures by Robert Aspirin, the first which was adapted into a graphic novel by the Professor, the word “demon” turns out to be a shortening of “dimension traveler”. Robur Heterodyne’s term “angel” (unfallen demon), which the characters find puzzling, may be a reference to this.