- "No, Klaus, this isn't a game. I am determined to change. I do love him. It should be enough."
- "Besides, they always win. There must be something to their philosophy."
- Lucrezia during That Naughty Flashback Scene
Lucrezia Mongfish is the daughter of Lucifer Mongfish (one of the longtime adversaries of the Heterodyne boys) and is a full-fledged Spark in her own right. No mention has been made so far of who her mother might have been. After a period of creatively opposing the Heterodyne boys (and a romantic relationship with Klaus), she officially renounced her father's ways and married Bill Heterodyne.
Whether she truly intended to join the forces of Good is an open question, however, as she is also (in some form) the terrible Other who caused a great deal of destruction amongst Europa's sparks. She has attempted to justify her slavery and killing to Klaus as the only likely way to possibly attain their shared goal of true peace.
Further discussion of Lucrezia's motivations and goals is quickly complicated by lack of information. In fact, there is a lot we still don't know about this very important woman. Expect further revelations as the story unfolds, and expect them to have a major impact. The mysteries surrounding Lucrezia are some of the most central of Girl Genius.
Backstory[edit | edit source]
Lucrezia'a backstory is complicated by being partly legendary, and partly revealed by (possibly) unreliable narrators, namely Klaus and Lady Vrin. Like everything else regarding Lucrezia, bear in mind the unresolved questions.
After Bill proposed to her and she accepted, Lucrezia drugged Klaus (whom she was still seeing) and shipped him off to parts unknown. She then went on to marry Bill and live with him in Castle Heterodyne. She and Bill had a son, Klaus Barry Heterodyne, and Lucrezia was apparently pregnant with Agatha when the Castle was attacked. The attack was presumed to have been carried out by the Other, who kidnapped Lucrezia.
However, according to the Geisterdamen, who worship her as a goddess, she came to them at around the time the Castle was attacked in "high distress," and very pregnant. As far as we know, she gave birth to Agatha while with the Geisterdamen, as she entrusted the infant to them before once more disappearing from them as well. She reappeared to them sometime later, apparently in the form of a clank, and sent them into the "shadow world" (Europa) to search for Agatha (who had been taken from the Geisters by person or persons unknown.)
Lucrezia Today[edit | edit source]
The next time Lucrezia is heard from, and the moment she first appears in the story proper, is when she (or a copy of her mind) is downloaded into Agatha's brain in Sturmhalten, where she plots to take over the Baron's empire by infecting him with a special slaver wasp. With help from Tarvek, she is duplicated into a clank brain as part of this plan. When the plan starts to fall apart (due to the unexpected arrival of Klaus and a great many troops, instead of a single Questor), she still manages to wasp the Baron before she is firmly repressed by Agatha's returned Locket.
This version briefly regains control of Agatha's body while in her secret lab beneath Castle Heterodyne. Scared that her daughter's mind is too strong for her to reliably control, and that Agatha seems to be learning some of her secrets through osmosis, she decides to kill Agatha once she can assure her memories can be successfully related to her other selves. To that end she attempts to transfer another copy of herself to "ride along" in the mind of her niece Zola Malfeazium. Too late, she learns the rebel Geister Milvistle anticipated this happening and constructed a neural trap in Zola's mind that (theoretically) completely controls the Lucrezia-personality and allows full access to its secrets. Zola escapes and Lucrezia is driven back into "hiding" by Von Pinn. Much later, while in the Corbettite Depot Fortress of St. Szpac, she briefly regains control of Agatha's body, where she offers cryptic comments to the effect that some process she initiated went very wrong, leaving her trapped or stranded somewhere for an extended period, awaiting rescue that evidently never came.
At other times this copy is able to influence Agatha's behavior without explicitly taking over, even with the locket in place, such as in Van Rijn's Hermitorium in the Immortal Library under Paris, where Agatha is prompted into freeing The Muse of Time from the sphere where the now long-dead Van Rijn imprisoned her.
Meanwhile, the clank version of Lucrezia turns up in Great Hospital at Mechanicsburg where she meets a post-Castle, badly-injured Zola, who at least claims to be solely Lucrezia, and reveals that Klaus has been wasped. Clank-Lucrezia then takes (partial) control of Klaus. Following the Hospital's destruction and Klaus's solo return to Castle Wulfenbach, the clank-copy drops out of sight for a very long time. A post-Timeskip Dimo says that some copy of Lucrezia/The Other is loose on the land and being actively opposed by Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. It is possible this is The Queen of the Dawn, whom Tarvek, upon seeing Her Majesty in person in Paris, correctly identifies as being Zola; it is still not made clear who is running her body.
The action shifts to England, where It is discovered/remembered by England's immortal Queen Albia that at some point (a physical copy of) Lucrezia acquires the ability to travel in time. This Lucrezia, , has been on a rampage wiping out the society of the Ancient God-Queens 5,000 years in the past.
The copy of Lucrezia inside Agatha is finally able to completely overpower the locket and take full control of Agatha's body. Albia is temporarily channeled (the undersea dome of her Society of Sparks) and that she has further dug through her centuries of memories and determined that Lucrezia is indeed The Muse of Time, among many, many others. The Lu-copy claims in response to be further along her personal timeline than the Queen killing spree, saying that she tortured some of the Queens into revealing their secrets.
The clank-copy ("Lunevka") finally as well, leading a large contingent of wasped British soldiers as she seeks the Agatha-copy. She doesn't look much like she did before, with a very different face and lots of added weaponry and armor, but Tarvek again is the one who finally confirms it's her by he installed in the body. (And before having to withdraw, the Albia-projection is able to temporarily free the wasped troops from Lucrezia's control.)
Having previously various people with Zeetha's purloined swords, gleefully monologuing, and so forth. Things go from bad to worse when the she a la Albia, and , characteristically gloating over this achievement and announcing her general superiority.intended to extract her from Agatha's body enough to , the Agatha copy proceeds to generally run amok,
When Ardsley Wooster , with fatal results. Nevertheless, the remaining protagonists have cobbled together a new copy of the extraction machine, and thanks to the presence of Martellus von Blitzengaard, whose chemical alterations of Agatha's body still have a debilitating effect when the two of them get in direct physical contact, even with Lucrezia mentally in charge. She is forcibly attached to the machine, the switch is flipped, and Agatha drives out the intruder, who is transferred into a .
Meanwhile, the incapacitated clank-copy is hauled away by another set of troops who were sent there by.. somebody.. to do precisely that. (They probably wanted the Agatha-copy as well, but evidently decide to get while the getting was good..) They activate the dome's self-destruct mechanism, and release numerous experiments as they flee, forcing Agatha and Co. to hastily depart as well, taking along the extracted Lucrezia.
Character Traits[edit | edit source]
A few things seem consistent between what Klaus remembers of her and what we saw in Sturmhalten. Lucrezia in all her appearances so far (minus "The Dragon from Mars" or other Heterodyne stories) has many of the qualities of a femme fatale. She's comfortable with her sexuality and uses it to her advantage. She's proud, smart, and capable of being devious, even with those closest to her. While she technically is a "Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter," she is by no means naïve or sheltered. Instead, both the Heterodyne shows and Klaus's recollections give us a picture of Lucrezia as a dangerous and crafty Spark in her own right, as at odds with the heroes as is her father, and often working independently of him. Klaus told Gil that she was "Ruthless, manipulative, and a consummate actress," which seem to be a reasonable assessment of the characteristics of both the Lucrezia that possessed Agatha and the Lucrezia he was romantically involved with twenty years ago. (There have been moments when Lucrezia's ability to act seems to have deserted her, however.)
that at some point in time, one of Lucrezia's experiments "went wrong" disastrously, leaving her waiting for a very long time in hope of being rescued. It is possible that this is related to the dramatic shift in personality between the devious, but ultimately well-intentioned (or at least trying to be) woman that the Heterodyne boys knew, and the Other that devastated Europa.
Lucrezia's Secret Heterodyne Laboratory[edit | edit source]
Deep below the deep Great Movement Chamber, Lucrezia conducted her secret experiments. These experiments were extensive and included mind transfer and mind control. Her lab is equipped with a rather thorough brain washer and dryer, a captured muse, a BMFGun, a self destruct mechanism, and a tea cart.
Mind manipulations are Lucrezia's specialties. There is also a Beacon Engine in the lab, similar in appearance to the one once in Sturmhalten.
Thief of Souls[edit | edit source]
Lucrezia is a monster. She is on a mission to "Show them all." What she wishes to show remains to be revealed. However, her personality from seventeen years ago is available for download to suitable hosts via "calling" through the summoning engine. Such a downloaded copy is referred to as a "calling". This allows any one calling to allow its host to die, knowing there is always the potential for another calling. The loss of the current memories and experiences in the current host seems not to faze her unless something important will be lost.
The Geisterdamen care for her slaver engines. Most of the Geisterdamen seem to be under Lucrezia's control. During the Other War the wasps turned their victims into revenants, shambling zombie-like servants of the Other. Over the last nineteen years improvements have been made, and the infected can seem to be fully functioning normals until given a order in a voice similar to Lucrezia's. The Baron has discovered many so infected. In Sturmhalten, the Baron himself was infected by a unique wasp that works on Sparks. It is the hope to transmit this knowledge to her other selves, plus the knowledge of the trick Zola pulled, that keeps Lucrezia from ending her existence in Agatha.
The lives of those infected are never theirs again. Once infected there is no known way to remove the effects,  though it has been reported second-hand that Gil has found an unspecified way to make at least the revenants on Castle Wulfenbach "stop doink vot [Lucrezia] sez". Additionally, Klaus states he has effectively supplanted her wasp-based control of Gil using decision-and-behavior-modification-based mind control, though there remain severe doubts as to whether Gil's supposed wasping ever actually happened.
The Works[edit | edit source]
Lucrezia Mongfish is a sepia-toned card in The Works. She is depicted in a long-sleeved, high-collared garb with a Heterodyne trilobite at her neck, and holding a hypodermic syringe. The additional details are Villain, Legend, and Spark.
Novelization[edit | edit source]
In the prologue to Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg, Lucrezia is in her secret lab under the Castle, accompanied by minion Mozek (a defrocked priestess) and a Geisterdame named Glimtockka. Evidently pregnant with Agatha, the creation of Von Pinn (body and spirit) has been completed, and she is about to transfer the Castle's consciousness into the Otilia chassis. The switch is thrown...
Possibly relevant outside information[edit | edit source]
"Lucretia McEvil" is a 1970 song by Blood, Sweat & Tears.
In early Roman history of the tale of Lucrezia and Tarquin, Lucrezia was attacked while her husband was away. The end result changed the course of Roman history with empire-wide repercussions.
There just might be a little nod to a certain Ms. Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519) who is remembered by posterity as the quintessential femme fatale who'd do literally everything to advance her power and that of her Mafia-like family (like lots of illegitimate affairs, poisoning drinks with poison hidden in a ring, impersonating her father who happened to be the pope, you name it). Quite probably most of this is based on little more than rumours and fiction, but for some reason it stuck and immortalised her name. And she did have a tendency to choose influential husbands/lovers, who, in turn, had a suspicious tendency to die or vanish or be disposed of with surprising swiftness. And she had long blonde hair, and she was known to be highly intelligent, and she almost certainly enjoyed teasing everyone around her.
Open Questions[edit | edit source]
Of which there are a lot... feel free to speculate in the Fan Theories Forum!
- Was the electrical apparition in Beetleburg (shown ) an image of Lucrezia?
- In what way, and with what motives, is Lucrezia the Other?
- Did she plan it all along?
- "My father... worked with Lucrezia before she became the Other." So there's one vote for there being a time before Otherhood.
- Did she become the victim of one of her own experiments?
- Did she just get bored, like Klaus told her she would?
- Given the Other's body-snatching proclivities, is Lucrezia really the first Other?
- Or something weirder?
- Did she plan it all along?
- Where is she right now, and what's she up to?
- Possibly should be stated: "Where are shes?"
- How many of her are there, anyway?
- Who was her mother?
- Why did she start to murder God-Queens? Where did she get a weapon capable of doing so?
- When and how did she gain the ability to time-travel? What happened to her, body and mind, to make her so twisted?
- Does it have anything to do with the time she was for "so long"?
- What is "this", that isn't ?
- Enigma was for 200 years. If that was the 'prime' Lucrezia, that would explain all the above nicely. In the previous panel, Lucrezia influenced Agatha's actions in freeing Enigma, Agatha later reported feeling Lucrezia's at Enigma's release.