Girl Genius
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Girl Genius
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Zumzum is a small town somewhere in the boonies of Europa; headed up by an unnamed Mayor, it is part of the Wulfenbach empire, but doesn't see the Baron's forces very often. Like most such places, it's walled, with a town militia who use a bit of possibly sparky tech to watch the incoming roads. It's only really important for plot development, as this unpreprossessng hamlet is the place where Agatha, who's traveling with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, first meets the Jägermonsters Dimo, Ognian (Oggie) and Maxim, who have been strung up (non lethally) on the town gallows for the crime of, well, being wild Jägers; Agatha is told the militia member Sergeant Zuli that people in Zumzum have not forgotten the Bad Old Days of Heterodyne plundering and raiding.

In turn, it's also the place where the Jägers literally sniff out the fact that Agatha's a Heterodyne, with all that that implies. They don't immediately act on this information, and the Circus does its thing, with Agatha playing the role of fortune-teller Madame Olga for the first time. The evening culminates with a presentation the illustrious (notorious? ludicrous? frabjous?) Heterodyne-brothers play Race to the West Pole (with Agatha as Lucrezia) for an appreciative audience that includes none other than Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer -- who is a big fan of the troop, as it turns out.

Unfortunately, the peace and tranquility of this evening of high culture is disrupted by Jenka and Füst, who crash the party (and the town gate) and create a great deal of trouble (and smoke and flames) in an attempt to rescue Da Boyz. Agatha cuts the latter fellows loose before any more carnage ensues, and they rather theatrically confront the intruders. Since the Jägers are all actually traveling companions, this leaves Jenka somewhat bemused, but she rolls with it and "flees" the town with the others in pursuit. Back outside the walls, Jenka learns about Agatha and gives the other Jägers the order to keep their new Heterodyne alive while she gets orders. Events move on from there, and are very unlikely to return anytime soon.

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