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Albert Jurgenstern

Ex Nazi soldier, now owns bed-and-breakfast in Salzburg

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a character in “Seeking the Blood Flag”, originally authored by DeadManWalking, as played by FalloutRomanae

Description

Name: Albert Jurgenstern
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Backstory:
Gunter’s mother’s older brother’s son (Gunter’s Cousin)
Joined Nazi Air Force, as a paratrooper, by compulsion when he was 17. Served in Operation Barbarossa on the Eastern Front, twenty one confirmed kills. (Of course, he maintains it was two hundred and fifty.) After four years, in 1944, he left, going to Salzburg, where he used his pay to purchase a small bed-and-breakfast.
Heard about the Russian advance in early April, and sent a letter to his cousin Gunter warning him to get out of Berlin before it is besieged. It arrived on April 14th, the day before The Battle of Berlin began.
Encourages Gunter to come and live with him in Salzburg away from the violence.
Assisted the Allies in taking Salzburg, using his soldier’s gear and training. Received the Department of the US Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his work as a citizen soldier, with four confirmed Nazi kills, three of which saved the lives of over a dozen civilians.
Speaks German and French fluently, English fairly well, has a bit of an Austrian accent. Also a little bit of Russian.
Personality:
Remembers when Germany was one of the few countries not suffering as badly from the Depression. Wishes Germany could be strong again and free from the Nazis so that he can go home to Berlin, where the rest of his family lives. Had Jewish friends in school, doesn’t hate them. Hates Hitler and the Stormtroopers for what they did to the Jews.
Sticks up for people who are unjustly treated. Hates prejudice and the people who feel it. Will fight to defend his home, friends, and family.
Gregarious, crazy, tells tall tales, loves talking about his exploits. Loves children and gets along with them quite well.

Equipment

Stuff:
Light steel helmet, hobnailed jackboots, gas mask
Backpack, blanket, canteen
StG 44 rifle (30 rd mag, 7.92x33mm)
150 7.92x33mm rds
Walther P38 pistol (8 rd mag, 9mm)
64 9mm rds
Kampfmesser knife
M-24 grenades, 3
4000 Reichsmarks

So begins...

Albert Jurgenstern's Story

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Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf
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Adalwolf stood at the top of the flight of stairs which led up to the guest rooms listening to the conversation between the two young hotel employees and its owner. Adalwolf would not allow them them to intervene with his duties. What the three had not realized was that Adalwolf was not there for them, he was there under the pretense of seeking out deserters, the fact is Gottberg needed a place to hide out.

Although he had not come to prosecute anyone he felt as though he now needed to keep up appearances. He would have to deal with the hotel staff so that they would not blow his cover, and he had the perfect thing for such a task, it lay within his briefcase. Adalwolf looked down the hall at the door to his room, he thought about the item which he had hidden within the room, turning forward once more he made his way down stairs.

He needed to check on the telegram that he had sent earlier that day, walking right passed the gathering of hotel workers Gottberg walked right out the front door without uttering a single word.

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf
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"As you pointed out Abby, this is a recent event, so there are no documents from which we might gleam some useful information." Walter said. Looking around the private room in which he and Abigail sat, he continued. "The reason we are here is because I was told that there is a secret passageway in one of the private rooms within this library, this room."

Placing his hands on the edge of the desk to push himself into a standing position Walter started the search. "Its here somewhere, help me find it." Walter proceeded with the search, first checking the obvious. "Maybe, if we're lucky there will be a hidden lever disguised as a book on one of these shelves."

Walter joked as he pulled back on each and every book. "Unfortunately I have no idea what kind of clue is hidden within the secret passageway, perhaps a document. Any number of things." Walter's voice became strained as he stretched to reach the top shelf, pulling on the last book -finding nothing, clearly this was not the way.

Walter let out a sigh of frustration. "We're not going to find it, we'd have to run our fingers over every inch of this room."

Walter took a step toward the medieval style table, he had only applied the tiniest bit of pressure upon the right corner when he noticed a slight imballance. Looking down at the floor where the right leg was positioned he noticed that the tile beneath the foot of the table on the right side was set lower within the concrete.

"Found it." Walter said with great joy. Crouching down Walter pressed down on the single tile with his fingers, the tile forced even lower by the pressure of his touch -it was a release mechanism. Directly beneath the table a solid slab of tiled floor slid back, revealing the secret passageway that Walter had mentioned only minutes before.

Walter now on all fours shimmied his way beneath the medieval table to look down into the darkness below. It was pitch black inside, all Walter could see were the first few rungs of a wooden ladder which were illuminated by the ambient light within the private room.


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Several hours later as the three Inn keepers stood within the reception area Gottberg Von Adalwolf returned, but this time he had brought along some support in the form of five heavily armed American soldiers. Using the telegram he had sent as an excuse to travel to the regional headquarters of the occupying forces -in the case of Austria at this point in time, it was the Americans.

The soldiers were fully aware that Gottberg was a war criminal -a Nazi, but they were under orders, and they were obligated to do whatever Adalwolf might demand of them. The fat sweaty man was still wearing his thick leather coat when he entered the Inn.

"Achtung!"

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf
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Gottberg was infuriated by the suggestion of sarcasm in Albert's words, stepping forward in a most forceful manner Adalwolf responded to the young man's accusations.

"I need not explain my actions to you Herr Jurgenstern . You will do as I say."

Suddenly, as if on cue the soldiers raised their weapons and pointed them at the three Inn keepers. Taking a single step back Gottberg continued his admonishment. "These soldiers have been given specific orders to follow my every whim. They will have no compulsions about shooting you down on this very spot."

Gottberg lifted his right arm-extended two fingers and flicked them together in a signaling motion-the American soldiers responded obediently. The soldiers then forced Albert and the girl up the stairs to the second floor, as the other soldier went after Gunter.


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"Its him, the fuhrer." Walter let loose with his astonishing revelation.-the surprise in the whites of Abigail's widened eyes could have illuminated the dark cellar with their glare-slowly the realization of what she had just heard sank into her conscious mind.

Walter was now on his knees staring down at the two corpses. "Perhaps not!" He suddenly exclaimed.

"Abigail, did you know that the famous shot of Hitler's dead body taken by the allies in the rubble of Berlin was in fact a doctored photograph? It was faked courteously of the Russians. There are even more of these fakes in circulation in various countries for varying political reasons. Still others proclaim that they are the pictures of look alikes."

Not waiting for his stunned colleague to utter a response Walter continued with his revelations.

"I think that this may be one of the fake bodies."

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The three Inn keepers had been locked in the room for several hours, totally cut off from the outside world, with no way of telling what was going on downstairs-Albert was particularly concerned. As they sat within the room they could hear the disturbing sounds of the Inn being torn part from within. More soldiers had arrived in the interim, as witnessed by Gunter who had taken a seat near the window.

The young chambermaid was standing by the door-serving as their lookout-after several hours of silence she suddenly heard the sounds of footsteps approaching the room. She signaled to Gunter to close the window and move his chair nearer to the bed, as to avoid suspension. It turned out to be a false alarm as the footsteps had stopped in front of the door-no one attempted to enter.

The young girl could barely make out what was being said, but she was able to capture a few words. After the soldiers had left she turned to her friends and repeated what she had overheard, telling them that the conversation was about a communique that had just arrived.

Apparently the three of them would be receiving the company of two additional prisoners-Although no names were mentioned it was obvious that the two individuals were of some renown-As words akin to Doctor and professor were being thrown about during the 'near whisper' of a conversation between Adalwolf and the guard.

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf Character Portrait: Niclas W. Elberich
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As the night approached the invading force of American soldiers dwindled down to only two officers-Thinking that Gunter and the others were too frightened to do anything brave or drastic. By the next morning the two new prisoners had arrived at the Inn and were immediately taken up stairs to the small room where the others were being retained.

Immediately upon opening the door the soldiers were rushed by Albert and Gunter-pushing Abigail and Walter aside as they broke through the two soldiers. Their actions allowed Abigail and Walter to make their own move to escape from the torture that they would eventually suffer at the hands of Adalwolf.

This was precisely the reason why Gunter and the others felt it necessary to take action at that point, their apprehensions were soon confirmed in a most terrifying manner. Making their way down the back stairs Gunter and Albert discovered the badly brutalized body of their friend Uwe-Dead.

Gottberg and Niclas were standing out in front of the building and did not hear the commotion, but then several gunshots were fired, the mortar, glass and wood framing of the dwelling had muffled much of the sound.

Luckily Niclas was standing closest to the house and was able to hear the faint sonic traces of gunfire. Adalwolf stood in his place as Niclas ran behind the building-Instinctively knowing that this would be the prisoners choice of egress.

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Niclas W. Elberich
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It was a long night. No one had any idea where Uwe was, and Gunter was pretty sure that they were all just waiting around to die. That was not on his plan for his life. As much as he hated running all the time, he felt they had to. They had to get out of here, or they would be killed for certain.

Albert sat on the bed and watched Gunter pace around, fretting. It was no use, really. What they really needed to do was come up with a plan. After a while of thought, he called Gunter over. "Gunter, I need you to listen to me, alright? This getting through to you? Alright. I think I may have a plan." ...

When the first light came through the windows, Gunter, Ella, and Albert waited tensely for the prisoners to come. Gunter had his Hiter Youth knife, which he had managed to conceal from the Neo-Nazis. As soon as the door so much as moved, they rushed it, pushing aside the soldiers and the two startled prisoners. "Come on!" Albert shouted to them, and they followed. After a few turns, they sprinted down the back stairs. Albert saw the bloody mess of Uwe and closed his eyes briefly, exhaling in horror. Gunter stumbled and averted his eyes. It was horrible. But they had to keep moving. Albert ran for a nearby alleyway with Gunter and Ella in tow. Once they got there, they sprinted through it until they reached a small building with one wall almost completely made up of a wooden gate. - it was Albert's shed that he kept in mild repair. It housed a Nazi Volkswagen that he had stolen from the army. He had wheeled it in at night time under a cover, even though the natives of Austria wouldn't have made a fuss that he had stolen from the Nazis. They all hated the Nazis. He had kept it there in case something happened. Precisely like what was happening right now. He ran up to the gate and unlocked the pad lock and chain, throwing the doors open. "Everyone, jump in!" he cried as he opened the door to the car and got in. They had to move fast. The shock factor of what they had done would have worn off by now, and the Nazis were probably pursuing them in an organized fashion.

Gunter had been pulled along by Albert until they reached a strange shack which Albert unlocked. To Gunter's surprise, it housed a Nazi Volkswagen. Then he jumped in on Albert's command, and so did Ella. "Come on!" Gunter shouted to the two Americans. "We have to hurry!"

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf Character Portrait: Niclas W. Elberich
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Abegail was being jostled around. That was the only thing she was sure of. Where she was, how she was moving and everything else about the situation made no sense. Her body hurt. A frown creased her brow. "What the hell happened?" Her mind struggled to find memories of the past few hours.

"Hours?" Had it really been hours? Abegail tried to brush her hair out of her face but found her hands tied. Opening her eyes she looked down into the lap. She was leaning against the side of a vehicle, there was a body next to her and the whole thing was moving. Abegail shook her head just slightly and a face appeared. NIclas. She remembered now, the last thing she saw was Niclas walking through the hole they had blasted in the wall. The library, the bodies....Walter.

Using her shoulder, Abegail pushed herself until she was a bit more upright. Looking out the window she had no idea where they were or where they were headed. Her lips clamped shut as she attempted to process what had happened and plan for an escape. A glance to her side, subtle as she did not want to alert the guards and Niclas to the fact that she was awake, revealed the other body to be Walter. He still seemed unconcious.

Abegail closed her eyes just a bit and tried to piece things together. They had been in the underground room in the library. It had been hidden in the floor and there were bodies in it. Walter had speculated that the corpses were test subjects for the Blood Flag. There had been an explosion and then Niclas appeared. It was the last thing she could accurately remember.

He was taking them somewhere. Why? He could have just killed them, why bring them along? Abegail sat with this question, watching through the slits of her eyelids as the outside world passed them by.

Eventually the vehicle stopped and she was pullled out. A groan escaped as she was roughly brought to her feet. "Ye canna be a little gentle? Na need ta be an arse." She glared at the man who pulled them out. Abegail blew a piece of her auburn hair out of her mouth. Bringing her composure back, Abegail turned to look at Niclas.

"Tell me, what is the point of bringing us here? We do not have anything that belongs to you." She barely controlled the sneer in her voice.

Another man, a large bulky figure joined them outside and with a flick of his hand Niclas dismissed his men to take the professors inside.

Abegail huffed as one of the guards grabbed her arm and pulled her inside. "Cannot even answer me you coward." This, the tone angry, Abegail tossed over her shoulder at Niclas before she was moved inside.

Abegail looked at Walter, wondering how hard of a bump the man had taken for him to say or do nothing in all of this. They were escorted upstairs. A door was opened for them but no sooner had it opened when a group of people came rushing out at her and the others. A yelp of surprise rose up from her throat as she was shoved out of the way of the fleeing people.

Yells and gunshots rang out. Abegail found herself on the ground, her hands still bound but the guard who had been holding her was now preoccupied with the others. Abegail looked around frantically for Walter. Despite the noise around her Abegail managed an audible hiss of his name.

"Walter!"

She crawled towards the now vacant room, not bothering to worry if her guard was going to follow her or not. She needed her hand free but the guards were on or blocking the stairs. This left her with the room as her only option. Crawling inside as fast as she could, Abegail pressed her back up against a wall, pausing to take a breath.

"What a fine you are in now Abby girl....."

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf Character Portrait: Niclas W. Elberich
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Felix Alfarth -exhumed
Andreas Bauriedl -exhumed
Theodor Casella *
William Ehrlich -exhumed
Martin Faust *
Anton Hechenberger -exhumed
Oskar Körner *
Karl Kuhn -exhumed
Karl Laforce *
Kurt Neubauer *
Klaus von Pape -exhumed
Theodor von der Pfordten *
Johann Rickmers -exhumed
Max Erwin von Scheubner -exhumed
Lorenz Ritter von Stransky -exhumed
Wilhelm Wolf *



May 19, 1945. Munich, Germany.


The city of Munich was heavily damaged by allied bombing, suffering 71 air raids over a period of six years. The entire city had crumbled to the ground with the dubious exception of several hundred feet around Königsplatz square, where among other things the national headquarters of the Nazi Party was located. This ungodly building had been partially destroyed by the bombing, it would later be demolished by the allies, much of the surrounding area had also been destroyed.

The only structures to have survived the allied invasion were the "Honor Temples" on the east side of the square where the remains of the sixteen Nazis martyrs (the 16 Immortals) who died in the 1923 were interd. It was no surprise that these pillar monuments would remain untouched by the war, for these were the orders given to the invading forces, the command to preserve the structures came from a joint American, German and British secret alliance.

This secret cabal worked within various divisions of the allied forces-To further their own agenda-Completely without the knowledge of their respective countries. The plan was to clear the city and secure the two sites to serve as the base for 'Operation Fourth Reich'-Being the very same location used by the Nazi for their barbaric and unholy rallies during the war.

Nine of the thirteen immortals have already been exhumed by the Russians, more are scheduled for exhumation in the next month-The October 28th deadline approaching fast.

All that is required now is to gain possession of the Blood Flag and resurrect the 16 Immortals and their leader Adolf Hitler.

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Walter and Abigail were still in a daze as they were taken out of the large German made Ford truck and shoved into the building and up the stairs to the furnished prison. The guards were behind them pushing Walter and Abigail forward, but as they approached the door the soldiers pushed the prisoners aside-Their hands still bound.

The two soldiers now standing before them opened the door; only to be rushed by the inmates within. Plowing through the soldiers and knocking the two scholars to the floor they made their escape, in the confusing of the struggle Walter and Abigail wound up inside the room. Walter was not as fortunate as Abigail, he had hit the floor in an awkward position and in much pain-Which however assisted in the breaking of his bonds.

The soldiers had gotten to their feet and after firing several warning shots they promptly chased after the Innkeepers. Walter managed to get free and after finding his way to Abigail untied her bonds and aided her in getting to her feet.

They didn't feel that they had much of a chance escaping since they would be following behind the two soldiers, they counted themselves fortunate when the soldiers, being confused by the scuffle decided to search each room for the escaped prisoners.

This allowed Walter and Abigail to sneak by them and make their way down the backstairs, they were eventually able to catch up with the Innkeepers at the small shack.

Niclas had just missed Walter and Abigail, having taken the wrong alleyway.

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Albert got in the driver's seat and opened the door of the passenger seat for the male American. Gunter and Ella got in two of the three back seats and opened the door for the female American. Once they were all inside the car, Albert took the car full speed (only about 60 mph) out of the shack and down the street. People just starting to go about their day screamed and dived out of the way. Cars swerved to avoid the Nazi car. The road was heading east, and Albert intended to take it all the way outside the city. Gunter was gripping the handle of the car white-knuckled, but Albert remained calm during the entire commotion. "Your names?" Were the only words he said to the Americans.

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Abegail let Walter lead her towards where he was sure the others had run. Behind them the soldiers still seemed convinced that the prisoners, for that is what Abegail had imagined they were, were hiding somewhere inside the building. Now, as she was fleeing from it did Abegail get a good look at the structure. It appeared to be an inn of some kind and likely they were to be held there until Niclas decided what to do with them.

Happy to have escaped, she slightly lamented the loss of her beloved briefcase and she hoped that it was a sign of the events to come. That briefcase had been with her through everything she had done in her life, including three previous trips with Walter. Now it was gone, along with her notebooks. Shaking away the thought, Abegail ran quietly with Walter.

He climbed into the passenger seat of the waiting vehicle and another door was opened for her. She slid inside, finding herself sharing the seat with a young boy and another woman. She nodded to them, unsure if they spoke English at all.

The driver sped away from the inn as fast as he could. Abegail turned to watch out the windows hoping no one had started to follow them yet. "Please just give us a little time to get away..." She jumped as the driver asked for their names.

"I am Abegail McHugh." She was careful to keep her accent as faded as possible. Abegail could be hard to understand when it slipped in and now was not a time for confusion. "I thank you for waiting for us before driving off."

Abegail clutched her hands in her lap, giving up on watching for a pursuing vehicle. She waited to let Walter introduce himself before she asked questions. She imagined he would have some for the three escapees just as she had. It would do no good to bombard them all at once.

She glanced at her fellow seat mates, attempting to offer a warm smile which came across as strained with the look of exhaustion and streaks of dirt that adorned her pale face.

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Character Portrait: Abegail McHugh Character Portrait: Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences Character Portrait: Gunter Hertz Character Portrait: Albert Jurgenstern Character Portrait: Gottberg Von Adalwolf Character Portrait: Niclas W. Elberich
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While Abigail and Walter were introducing themselves to Albert and his companions Niclas was cursing himself for letting the prisoners escape. Meanwhile Gottberg had left his position in front of the Inn and had walked around the corner-Gottberg was just in time. The small vehicle driven by Albert was rounding the corner when Adalwolf drew his weapon and fired several shots at the passing car.

The first bullet flew passed the vehicle without hitting its mark, the second shot penetrated the steel chassis; nearly hitting Gunter in the thigh. The last projectile succeeded with its objective-The young servant girl Ella would be the first of the group to die-Shot in the side of the head with the bullet fired from Gottberg's Luger.

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Gunter was surprised as the woman began to speak English. She didn't sound German. Slightly strange, like she was using an American accent that she didn't quite have. "Pleased to meet you, Ms. McHugh." Gunter said shakily. Albert just nodded. "You, sir?" he said to Walter. But as the man was making his introduction, they rounded a corner and Albert saw the Nazi Gottberg drawing a pistol to fire on them. "Alle runter!" he shouted, the surprise making him forget his English. Then he swerved the car back and forth as the first shot rang out, missing. Gunter ducked and yelped in surprise as the seat next to him was shredded by another bullet. Ella, however, was still sitting up in shock when one last bullet shattered her skull, a splatter of her blood hitting the back windshield. Gritting his teeth, Albert stayed upright through force of will and carefully controlled the car. "Stay down!" he yelled, steering the car to where it had it's back to Gottberg. Then he drove it down a side street. Soon they would be behind a row of buildings and hopefully home free.

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Abegail heard the bullets and a yell. On instinct Abegail ducked down on the seat. She slid down so she was on the floor. She was breathing heavily.

Abegail looked up to see if the other two, the boy and the woman, had managed to get low as the second and third shot sounded off. The second shot was followed by a yelp from the driver. The third brought no reaction from anyone. Abegail suppressed a scream as the bullet hit the woman in the head, killing her instantly.

Abegail's hand went to her mouth, tears stinging her eyes as blood bathed the back window of the vehicle. The driver yelled for them to stay down. She had no intention of moving. At least he was alive and still able to drive. Abegail hadn't heard a noise from Walter and she hoped he was unscathed.

They kept moving and Abegail remained crouched on the floor. When they turned a corner the woman's lifeless body slumped to the side and Abegail swallowed the bile in her throat.

Her hands were shaking. Turning on the floor to peer just over the front seat, Abegail looked to the passenger seat. “Walter? Are you...are the two of you alright? She is...”

Abegail couldn't finish the sentence. She was sure they had to know that the third bullet had killed the woman, the blood could not be ignored. A slight turn of her head and Abegail glanced to make sure the boy was alright.

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The vehicle rounded another corner freeing its riders from any further gunfire, though Adalwolf had taken the life of one of its occupants. The driver and passengers breathed a collective sigh of relief, they were quickly approaching the edge of of the small town, though they had little hope of escaping.

Walter was at a loss for a possible safe-house, he knew little of the town having never been there before. It was therefore up to Albert and perhaps Gunter to suggest somewhere for them to hold up.

"We must find someplace to hide, at least until we can figure out what to do next."

Turning to Abigail. "I must confess that I'm not quite sure what is going on in this town. I mean Niclas knows where the flag is, its in Linz. So why has he shipped us here to Salzburg?"

Thinking for a moment he continued. "Maybe he just wanted to get us out of the way first."

Gunter and Albert looked at Walter with a strangness in their expression which told the two scholars that they had no idea what was being referenced by this rather odd comment from Doctor Miller. They had a long drive ahead of them so Walter took the oppertunity to fill the others in as to what he and Abigial had come to Austria to find.

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Gunter squeezed his eyes shut at the sight of Ella's blood on the windshield. He wiped some of it off of his face in horror. But it triggered something in him, something that he hadn't felt since the Battle of Berlin. A strange calm. It flooded his senses, both sharpening them and dulling them. He recognized it as his fingers started to shake. Adrenaline. His training was finally kicking in again. Sitting up, he replied to the Doctor in a disturbingly serene voice, "Cousin Albert has a cabin. It is safe and out of the city."

Albert nodded, glancing back at Gunter. "I will drive us to there."

Gunter looked at the woman to check on her, finding that she was doing the exact same thing. He nodded to her. But then the Doctor said something about a flag. Gunter and Albert both exchanged glances, then looked at Walter in confusion. Half-way through his explanation, Gunter interrupted. "Ah, yes, we know of this flag. Der Blutfahne. Hitler's artifact. But you say it has magical powers or so? That it can truly resurrect the sixteen immortals? Impossible. I still do not believe it."

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Abegail listened to Walter explain to the others about the flag. She met the boy's look and then turned her attention back to the front seat.

She bit her lip slightly when Walter explained that the flag was in Linz, that it was odd that Niclas had brought them here. She shivered wondering just what they had been destined for in that inn.

Abegail focused again as Walter looked at her. She blinked, realizing he was looking for her to confirm his statement. She nodded back, "Yes, some very odd and interesting things." Her voice was slightly hushed. Her mind was still trying to figure out what sort of game Niclas was playing at by bringing them here and why hold these others as prisoners as well.

Talk of a hidden cabin only bolstered her a little. The last time she and Walter had thought themselves safe in a cabin Niclas had shown up and chased them into the mountains. It was like he knew exactly where they were no matter where they went, as if they were always being watched. "Not possible Abby, he can't see everywhere and he only has so many people who can spy for him." Abegail tried to bolster herself with this thought. Logic said that it was a reasonable thought but she knew that not all things in this world made logical sense.

Her eyes flashed as Walter told her that she could join them in the cabin but he was going to Linz. "Walter, yer a right idiot if ye think I will let ye go anywhere without me." She gritted her teeth, her temper bubbling beneath the surface and threatening to burst. It seeped out in her accent and was in danger of gong overboard quickly as she was still trying to calm from their fleeing and the shooting. Her nerves were still to raw and frazzled for her to keep her composure.

"Ye listen here...I look for ye for a year...a year of na knowin' if yer dead or alive. There is no way we are seperatin' now. We should all go, help bury the poor girl and then can head to find this flag."

Abegail huffed and glared at Walter, daring him to argue with her.

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Gunter and Albert shook their heads simultaneously. They had both heard from their leaders that the flag had magical properties, but they had never believed it. But if it were true, they wanted to stop it. Walter asked Abigail if she wanted to leave him, and then the woman flamed into a rage. Gunter couldn't understand a word she said through her accent, and Albert only caught little bits. "Was hat sie gesagt?" Gunter asked Albert in a small voice.

"'Nein.'" Albert replied, almost smiling, but not really. "Where do you come from, Ms. McHugh?" he inquired, at the same time wondering about the air of... world-weariness, was it? that these two exhibited. They had to have been through a lot together.

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Walter sensed that he had hit a nerve with his statement-His only concern in making such a statement was the well being of the others. Feeling the need to explain himself further, he continued.

"You must all understand, just what exactly is at stake here, the fate of the entire world will be determined by our success, or our failure in this latest mission. With all the loses each member of the allied forces suffered in man power, weapon and resources....I mean, can you imagine if every single Nazi that died in the great conflict would suddenly be risen from the dead."

Looking at each of his fellow travelers in their turn he continued. "Its not just the 13 immortals. That flag was used, if you pardon the expression, to Christian each Nazi flag. Those individual flags flew under every Nazi battalion, throughout the entire regime."

Turning his head in a final dramatic motion and looking out at the landscaping which rushed by the speeding vehicle Walter whispered one last cryptic comment.

"I fear that this will be our last great journey."

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"Don't you get hot always wearing that trench coat Herr Adalwolf?" Came the derogatory comments of Niclas Elberich as he approached Gottberg at the front of the ramshackle Inn. "Do you ever get tired of being such a pompous ass Herr Elberich." The large Nazi retorted.

Niclas took a position by Adalwolf's side. "Another grand adventure together." Niclas said to his fellow officer. "Oh what bloody fun we shall have my old friend." Gottberg said to Niclas before excusing himself.

Little did Niclas know, he and Gottberg were destined to meet only one other time from this point on. Niclas was determined to seek out the fugitives, he knew where they were going and what exactly they were after. Gottberg on the other hand was out of the loop as far as the particulars were concerned...or so Niclas had thought.

"Soldier my car, fuel it up. We are bound for Linz." Niclas called out to the American Neo-Nazi soldier that had been assigned as his personal chauffeur."

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Abegail tooked at the man and the boy. She realized her accent must have been very heavy, they seemed genuinely confused as to what she had said to Walter.

Breathing deeply, trying to clam her anger and regain her composure, Abegail spoke to them. It was slow and measured, her accent drifting away as it did when she was teaching.

“I am sorry gentlemen. My temper tends to bring out my accent. I come from Ireland originally.” She tried to offer them a smile.

She rolled her eyes at Walter. “Every time we go on the search for something the fate of the world ends up in our hands. Last time or not, this is no different. We tackle it one problem at a time and we get to things before Niclas. I fought giants and the fair-folk, what is so scary about a flag?”

Abegail tried to chuckle, it came out as more of a nervous laugh than true amusement.

“I think we need to stay together. The fate of the world is heavy for one person alone.”

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Albert nodded. Ireland. That explained her fiery personality. It was a stereotype, he knew, but it fit. Gunter and Albert were both disturbed by Walter's speech. He was right, to a certain extent. If the Nazis came back into power, who could tell what would happen? Abigail seemed unimpressed, however. Since she had been with Walter for a while, they would take her unimpressed air as truth. Walter was probably over-exaggerating. A little.

"I am called Gunter." The boy said. "And this is my cousin Albert. I want to come with you. I will do anything so that the Nazis are kept down."

"Gunter," Albert interrupted, "Es gefärl-."

"I do not care." Gunter shot back. "We must stop this." Then to Walter and Abigail, "I will help you."

Albert sighed. "In that case, I will come too. I must care for you, Gunter."

Both turned to the two professors for their responses.

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Walter listened to their prompt responses, though he sensed some resistance from Albert and wondered if he might prove to be a hindrance at some crucial point. Walter also sensed that perhaps the others were taking this too lightly.

Their expectation to receive a glowing statement of approval from Walter was met instead with silence coupled with a slight smile of acceptance. The back of Walter's mind was cluttered with worries and concerns which were the complete opposite of his outward expressions, the professor still had the nagging feeling that this adventure would take its greatest toll relationship wise. Finally Walter spoke.

"Okay, if we are going to do this, we are going to do it right. I have no intention of going up against that psycho Niclas unaided. By the way, that large German man is Gottberg Von Adalwolf. He was Hitler's master executioner. Forget about Josef Mengele, Adalwolf is far worse. Mengele experimented from an aloof scientific perspective, Adalwolf worked directly with the flesh and all the ways it could by mangled and mutilated. In Occult circles his cruelty and fanaticism is legendary."

Walter looked down his elbow to the leather bag hanging from the car door, feeling its contents he knew immediately what lay within, pulling the pistol from the bag he turned back to the starring and concerned eyes of his compatriots.

"We need to defend ourselves at all costs, leave your civilized attitudes behind. If we are going after the flag we must be prepared to do what is necessary."

Abigail looked into Walter's eyes and remembered what he had told her several days before about him having to do certain things which went against his nature-She still did not know the specifics of these actions-Though she was now getting a sense of them.

"Where can we secure more weapons?"

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Abegail shook her head. The tension was thick and there was no point trying to keep things light. The oppressivness of it all was gong to be stifling. Walter began to talk about Gotterberg, the man who had shot at them and killed the poor girl. The idea that the man was so brutal and sadistic made Abegail's stomach turn. It also made ehr happier that they had escaped from the inn and the men. There was no telling then what the man might have done to them.

Walter mentioned defending themselves and he pulled a pistol from somewhere that Abegail could not see. He looked at her and Abegail met his gaze. There was a hardness there that had not been there when they first met. He had mentioned that he had done things in the year he was away, in the year she had been trying to find him. Now, in the depths of his eyes Abegail got a glimmer of what those things might be. She could never fully comprehend what had gone on in the time since they had departed from Ireland but whatever he had done had changed him.

"Walter, I understand that we need to defend ourselves. I understand that there is some urgency with this. It will be a last gasp attempt by Niclas, by the nazi's to rule the world but we cannot forget that we are practical people. We cannot let our emotions sweep us up. He has done many terrible things to us and while I hate him I will not lose myself in my anger."

Abegail's words were careful and measured. The tone was calm and she was trying to keep him from drowning in a sea of fear and hatred. "This is no more the end of the world than the quest for the sword was. We will do what needs to be done to the best of our ability, that is all we can do."

She knew that her temper was going to be an issue. Abegail would just have to do a better job of controlling it. Niclas raised her blood pressure by his meer presence. She had never hated anyone in her life the way she hated him.

Breathing deeply, attempting to curb the rising tide of anger that came on whenever she thought of the nazi she looked at Albert and Gunter. "I would not know where we could find weapons." As much as it was no in her nature to defer to anyone, Abegail was smart enough to know when she could not help.

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Albert nodded when Walter mentioned having to do uncivilized things. "I understand. For instance, we do not have time to bury Ella. We will have to drop her off at the cabin." he said this coldly, and Gunter's eyes glazed over with the same look that they had in the war. "The only place I know to secure weapons would be back in town. We would have to steal them, and it would slow us down." Albert continued. "I'm not certain the pros outweigh the cons. Do we really need weapons immediately?"

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It didn't take long for Walter to mount up a response to Albert's slightly snide challenge. "No Sir, weapons first." Walter had no desire to abuse anyone, but he knew that if they managed to get away from Niclas again, as they surely had, they would be shot on sight the next time they met.

He understood the danger of turning the vehicle around and heading back into town for weapons, but these items would be crucial to their success. The answer to the dilemma soon presented itself to the four renegades. "What is that!!" Walter exclaimed loudly.

The vehicle was quickly approaching the last guard post which stood just outside Salzburg.

The post consisted of two small white buildings on either side of the road, and a long white wooden pole which had been lowered to connect the two structures. The stations were manned by two Austrian guards-One to each booth.

"Pull the car over!!" Walter commanded. Albert reluctantly pulled the vehicle over to the side of the dirt road.

"Why are we stopping here professor?" Albert said with a hint of sarcasm and accusation in his tone. The two of them exchanged harsh glances before Walter climbed into the drivers seat of the VW truck.

"Those guard stations are usually stocked with weapons in case someone tries to break through the blockade. Take the girl's body out of the back."

Walter turned to the others. "I don't intend to drive through the post.....Well, not exactly." Turning to face the road ahead Walter stepped on the accelerator. Like a shot from a gun Walter drove the vehicle at top speed toward the booth on the left side of the road.

The two soldiers attending the post ran out of their buildings with their riffles in hand. The two men ran to the center of the long white pole-Obviously thinking that the driver intended to run their post. To their surprise the man driving the vehicle turned to the right and went up on the small embankment.

Then Walter turned the steering wheel to the left with the intention of crashing into the small structure. The vehicle was just about to jump down from the small incline when Walter ejected himself from the driving seat, the truck crashed into the rickety structure; destroying it completely.

Walter had jumped from the vehicle and rolled down the small hill with weapon in hand. The soldiers lost sight of the driver in the confusion, allowing Walter to gain the upper hand.

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Abegail frowned as she listened to Walter talk of uncivilized actions and weapons. A lot had changed in him over the last year and she wondered just what he had gone through while they were apart. Her stomach turned as Albert discussed not burying the woman's body, simply leaving it at the cabin. The tone of the conversation in the car changed and Abegail remained silent.

Her legs ached from where she remained crouched on the floor. She could not bring herself to sit back in the backseat. Her eyes shifted to the lifeless body that lay there. Corpses she could handle but Abegail could not bear the thought of the body slumping over onto her as the vehicle turned. The woman's name was Ella. One of many dead women she and Walter had seen perish at the hands of the Nazi's.

As her mind drifted to thoughts of those people the men talked of the weapons. It wasn't until Walter shouted asking about a building that Abegail once again came out of her thoughts. She looked out the windshield and frowned at the structures.

He then yelled for the car to be pulled over and the passengers exited to stand on the side of the dirt road. Abegail wiped her brow and raised her hand to shield her eyes as she stared towards the guard booth.

“Walter, what is it you are thinking of doing?” She listened and bit the inside of her cheek. For once she managed to keep her temper and outspokeness in control. There were enough harsh looks and tenseness between the others, she wouldn't add to it.

Abegail didn't argue with Walter as he told them that he wanted to sort of drive through the outpost. She shook her head. There was no point in arguing. He was going to do it, regardless of what she said.

Abegail remained on the side of the road and she watched Walter drive off towards the buildings. Her heart jumped into her throat and she held her breath as she watched the car plow into the structure and she could barely make out the figure rolling down the hill.

“Saints alive Walter....” She took off in a run towards where he rolled in hopes of helping him.