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Ludwig II of Bavaria's Drafting Compass
Ludwig II Drafting Compass

Origin

Ludwig II of Bavaria; Neuschwanstein Castle

Type

Drafting compass

Effects

Imagination-fueled space manipulation.

Downsides

Loss of conscious control.

Activation

Drawing on a space's surface.

Collected by

TBA (Out and About List)

Section

TBA (Archived for Imhotep-218G)

Aisle

21876-92843

Shelf

92843-45270

Date of Collection

TBA

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OriginEdit

Ludwig II (1845 - 1886), King of Bavaria, was also known as the Swan King or der Märchenkönig ("the Fairy Tale King") for his lavish and fantastical architectural projects and fixation on a romanticised past and fairy tales, particularly those portrayed in the operas of Richard Wagner. He had little interest in politics and commonly avoided others in that sphere.

Ludwig was an avid fan of the theater, Wagner's works most of all, and was in fact the reason many of Wagner's works exist - at the time, he had fallen out of popularity with his country for his radical political views, but Ludwig eagerly patroned him so he could continue his work. Ludwig frequently went to see his shows, both dress rehearsels and proper performances, many times over (and often alone, as the king wished to fully immerse himself in the show, which he could not do while the rest of the audience was staring at him). 

One of Wagner's operas that struck a chord the most with the king was his opera Lohengrin, based on the character of the same name from German Arthurian literature, the "swan knight": a knight pulled on a boat drawn by swans who rescues a damsel, his only condition being she never asks his name.

In the later 19th-century, Ludwig II commissioned a Romanesque fortress, dubbed Neuschwanstein ("New Swanstone"), located on the mountains above his childhood home, Hohenschwangau ("Upper Swan County Palace"). The space had been occupied by the ruins of another castle, and he had wished to build a new castle in its place since childhood. For this project, Ludwig recruited a stage designer to draft the castle's design. During the course of its construction, the king insisted on a detailed plan and personal approval of each and every draft. His requests and addendums to the plans were to the extent that some considered the castle more his own project than that of the actual architects. The castle features several frescos depicting scenes from Wagner's works, and Ludwig wished to invite Wagner himself to see the castle, but the composer sadly died before he set foot in the building.

Newschwanstein was among many such "fairy tale" castles, which were all designed meticulously to be historically accurate whilst also embodying the romantc ideals of the past and the concept of knights in shining armor Ludwig so adored. However, while Ludwig paid for his castles out of pocket rather than depleting the royal treasury, they still took their toll on his country's economy; he frequently asked for greater and greater loans from other royals and insisted on spending the money immediately to fund his projects, rather than recirculating it into the economy. This, coupled with his habit of frequently giving lavish gifts to common folk, put a strain on both the economy and his relatioonship with his cabinet.

Eventually, his cabinet had him declared insane, and he was removed from the throne; he died mysteriously shortly after.

EffectsEdit

When the compass is used to draw on the surface of a surrounding or enclosed space, that space will change based on the user's imagination, becoming and including whatever they think of, and is capable of exceeding its exterior dimensions. The inside of a home can become a lush forest; a car can encompass a vast lake, etc.

Prolonged use of this artifact, however, brings the risk of user losing conscious control of their space and how it changes; every passing thought and impulse will affect their surroundings even if they do not wish it, and risks putting themselves and others in the space in danger.

CollectionEdit

This artifact has yet to be collected in canon.

This artifact was collected from the home of Reimund Wirt-Hayter and Sawyer Hayter.

TriviaEdit

  • Reimund is the German form of Raymond, consisting of roots that mean "advice" and "protector". Wirt is a surname based on the German word for "host".
  • Sawyer is an occupational name that means "sawer of wood". Hayter is a topographical surname referring to someone who lived somewhere high up, using a Middle English root word meaning "height".
  • This artifact's story is inspired by Swan Lake; Ludwig II, due to his associated with swans, is thought to be the inspiration behind Prince Siegfied, the male lead of the ballet.
  • This artifact can be considered a counterpart to Walt Disney's Pen.

See Also Edit

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