Frederick William I of Prussia's Fealty Sword
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“The Soldier King sounds more like Soulja Boy but successful” – Claudia Donovan


Frederick William I


Prussian Sword


Disciplines subordinates into strict obedience


Violent contempt for non-compliance


Holding while asserting verbal dominance over another

Collected by

Warehouse 11







Date of Collection

July 5, 1793


Origin[edit | edit source]

Frederick William I (14 August 1688 – 31 May 1740) - King ‘’in’’ Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg. Quickly realized after coronation that the royal treasury was virtually empty from his father’s extravagant spending. He sold nearly every family asset to recoup the losses. The horses, the jewels, the estates! Not a single pfenning was used for personal pleasure. Only improving Prussian security and military dominated William’s efforts.

A strict rule-layer, FWI ensured his kingdom functioned properly in every aspect. Military service became mandatory taxes, grain was stored for famines and education became widespread with the construction of schools. The plague ravaged eastern provinces were re-settled with Protestant emigrants, while both the central government and military command reported directly to him. A manual of Regulations for State Officials detailed every punishment for clerks slacking off on the job. Regiments became an efficient force – the use of iron ramrods for faster muzzle loading, drummer boys to keep formation in pace and placing the nobility among rather than in charge of the armies. One in nine citizens served at some point, although FWI engaged them in few combat duties. (Especially his special battalion of 6-foot behemoths plucked from neighboring empires).

Be courageous, be thick-skinned, be obedient and disciplined! Some of that military chutzpah made its way into his child rearing, especially with Frederick II. Morning routines were normally awaking to cannon fire and leading his own child-sized cadets. Prayer was often forced upon him. Beatings for wearing gloves in the cold and falling off horse were common; even his tutor was executed in front of him. FWI still hated FII’s interests in music, the arts and French – which he equated to weak behavior. Still, future Frederick the Great recognized his father as a resolved leader.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Makes any listener follow the commands of wielder to a tee. Just speak about one’s own leadership abilities and voila, lieutenants and soldiers ahoy. All who fall in line express little complaints and abide by their given instructions without question. Not every person cooperates however. Usually those with too different a worldview from the operator. Instead of being persuaded by fellow members, the user becomes physically violent and will continually assault until one joins. It appears willingly joining out of changed mindset versus fear deactivates the effects entirely, removing any control the user has over another.

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