Girl Genius
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Girl Genius

Major Hippocrates Brunel, Lord Moonbark, late of Her Majesty's Bonestream Guard (as he introduces himself to Agatha upon his first appearance) is a British spy who specializes in collecting and deciphering the notes and artifacts of dead Sparks. He meets Agatha for the first time as they are both disembarking in Londinium after traveling from Paris aboard HMA Tom Wilksenson. He is a member of the Queen's Society (and is perhaps therefore a spark?), along with being the chief curator of the Royal Collection of Inconvenient Oddities, where he later meets Gil and Trelawney Thorpe. At some point in the past, he was able to transport an intact Queen's Mirror to the Collection from an abandoned temple in the Alps. (And while there is indeed a Mirror in the Collection, it should be noted that anything he says to any of Our Heroes should be taken with a least a grain of salt.)

He states that he has been featured in some of the novels covering Ms. Thorpe's exploits, but immediately goes on to claim that these depictions are highly fictionalized and sensationalist.

His fellow British agent Ardsley Wooster reacts rather testily to Brunel's presence and comments; what history they share has not been revealed.

He is involved in the Skifander-related scheming of Lady Ariadne Steelgarter: he plots to help "distract" Agatha and Co. during their visit to England, and is a cheerfully impressed witness when Steelgarter, Francisia Monahan and "Clank-Lu" are able to connect to the aforementioned Collection Mirror from the similar portal located on Big Rat Island. Before Steelgarter can stop him, he touches the active connection and learns first hand why actually using the passage is for the moment a bad idea; he survives this bout of Science! with cheer unabated.

Possible Relevant Outside Information[]

It seems likely that Hippocrates Brunel is named after the real-life British engineer called "one of the 19th century engineering giants", Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The name of Brunel's old outfit, the Bonestream Guard, is probably modeled on the real-life Coldstream Guards, although, if this is the case, it should be referred to as the Bonestream Guards (since the Coldstream Guards is always referred to in the plural).

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