Girl Genius
Girl Genius

This article is about a member of the Sun family. For others in the family or other uses, see Sun (disambiguation).

Doctor Sun Jen-djieh is a Sparky medical doctor and administrator of Mechanicsburg's Great Hospital; he is originally from somewhere in China.

In earlier times, he was a good friend and traveling companion of Baron Klaus Wulfenbach's, and presumably of the Heterodyne Boys as well. Now since both are older and saddled with responsibilities, he is "merely" a good friend of the Baron's with little room for travel. This familiarity allows him to retort to Klaus's demands from his hospital bed with no fear or intimidation whatsoever, and in fact he will bully Klaus back for his own good .

From Gil's form of address to the doctor, Sun seems to have had some hand in training Gil in medical sciences, as "sifu" means "master", "teacher", comparable to the slightly more familiar Japanese term "sensei". Dr. Sun also mentions that it's been a while since he gave Gil a good thrashing ; this may imply that Dr. Sun's title of Sifu is for martial reasons rather than academic, and that he may have instructed Gil in a far more physical set of classes.

The doctor runs the Great Hospital with strictness, great efficiency and excellent hygienic practices; his unorthodox experimentation usually produces beneficial results for his patients.

In addition to his considerable medical skills, the good doctor appears to be a capable physical warrior, able to make Klaus worry about the continued existence of his Medical Transport Clank, apparently for good reason . This is in addition to being confident enough to plan to give Gil the aforementioned thrashing and threatening to feed DuPree her own arms, a comment which she also appears to take quite seriously.

After Klaus is injured during his fight with Agatha at Sturmhalten, he is brought to the Great Hospital where he is treated by Sun. Sun confers with Gil while Klaus is unconscious. Conflict erupts between doctor and patient after Klaus enters his Medical Transport Clank to manage the situation personally after Gil doesn't return in a timely manner, and Sun eventually becomes so fed up with Klaus' refusal to follow doctor's orders that he attacks outright, disables the Clank and forcibly sedates Klaus, then places him in a high-pressure healing engine to get him back on his feet quickly (though this carries significant risks). Sun also revives the severed head of Lord Selnikov after it is brought to him by Vole. (Tricky, but he's seen worse) After the hospital is attacked, we are told that Sun sees to the survivors, and he is later seen reporting to Agatha in Mechanicsburg during the siege, but his facial expression suggests that he mistrusts her, unsurprisingly as he knows that Klaus believes her to be the Other. Before entering Mechanicsburg alone, Klaus briefly entertains the idea of taking Sun with him; this suggests that Sun left Mechanicsburg before that point, making it possible that he is not trapped in the time-bubble. His activities and whereabouts after this are currently unknown.

Print Version[]

The print novel Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle notes that Sun did indeed adventure with the Heterodyne brothers and Klaus, and left his homeland China after somehow incurring the wrath of that country's Emperor.

Possibly relevant outside information[]

Dr. Sun shares the name "Jen-djieh" with Judge Dee, historically a famous Chinese magistrate and minister, legendarily a hero of operas and ancient mystery novels, and eventually the protagonist of a mystery series by Robert H. Van Gulik, a Dutch diplomat and Sinologist. The transliteration (now archaic) is the same used by Van Gulik. The characters used for the name are "benevolence" and "prominence".