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Josef Kampf

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Ottoman

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Deceased

So begins...

Josef Kampf's Story

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Kilja moved through the trees, her ears flicking too and fro as her nose led her along. The scents were all wrong, she discovered--and she began to wonder if, perhaps, they had not done something that might have damaged her sense of smell. Her eyes roved over fallen leaves, and even their shape did not lend much in the way of familiarity. All was not right. She was not entirely sure she had actually woken up...

As she found a thin stream babbling over smooth, dark grey stones, Kilja bowed her head to greedily lap at the water. Her eyes squeezed shut in absolute pleasure as the cool water was captured by her dry tongue and slid down her parched throat. She stepped forward, placing her forepaws into the stream for a moment before she crouched, splashing herself all over with the water. It was then that she paused, reaching back over her shoulder as she realized...

Cold horror and fiery rage struck her like lightning. Her whole body went stiff as her claws ran through her hackles, and she found that her grand klaive was not there. A low, thunderous rumble rose in her chest, and reality came crashing in on her. Her lips pulled back and she snarled a curse in her native tongue, suddenly casting about all around her as she recognized--to some degree--what had happened.

Blood pounding, she took a better look around her. Her ears were pricked and straining so hard they almost hurt. Her teeth ground as she tried to harness the fury inspired at having found her klaive stolen.

...yet she would not see her hunters for a while. An albino's eyes weren't made for seeing in significant detail, nor at a distance.

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Excellent! Wing took off running, catching the scent shortly and following it as well as her darling's directions Oh yes, she could smell their prey, and it smelled fierce...and fun to hunt. Certainly more of a challenge than their usual game of a Scatterran convict. She purred loudly, pleased as she raced careful to pace herself least it be a long hunt.

Her darling's sharp eyes had spotted their prey. Now it was up to her to catch them up to it, so they might hunt the beast to its death together. There! She spotted their prey with her eyes, near the stream they often used for their own fresh water. The fool hadn't realized that it was the prey! Well, it no doubt soon would, and she'd get to test the beasts mettle to be certain.

Wing launched herself in a powerful leap close to the white beast and screamed forth a challenge, loud, no doubt, especially to her Josef's ears. It was meant to be heard for miles, after all.

No doubt her love would soon tease her about it. She did get into their playtime so.

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The Garou's sharp ears twitched toward Wing, even before the cry rent the air. Her eyes may be dim, but her ears seemed all the sharper for it, and she heard the pounding of Wing's feet as she charged toward her. The war wolf's head jerked to look toward her hunters, and her suspicions were confirmed. There were still shady details to figure out, but now was not the most important of times to do so. Her hunger, thirst, and aches forgotten, Kilja allowed herself to slip into a mindset she was most comfortable with...

Her rage at losing her grand klaive surged through her--and so potent was it that it had a state-altering affect upon her. She perceived the situation with a kind of slow-motion clarity that made more sense to her than the rest of life did. War was what she was born and raised on. There was not a doubt in her mind that she would find victory here.

As Wing leaped toward her, Kilja dug her back paws in and sprang across the stream, catching herself on her forepaws and twisting around to face her hunters, sizing them up and trying to discern the best course of action in less than a heartbeat.

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Josef returned the glasses quickly to his satchel, knowing how eager his wife could be, and leaning close down against her he held on by her fur. With a nod of his head he threw down the visor of his helmet, looking through the slit as they closed on their prey, the Emperor making sure to keep his lance up until they were close enough to actually kill this thing. After all, the last thing he wanted to do was have his lance buried in the earth and break his arm where it was couched so.

But soon enough she leaped and they both landed, Josef absorbing the shock from it all as best he could, though the Scatterran would soon wish he wasn't wearing a helmet, the roar that his Wing gave leaving his ears ringing for some time thereafter, the sound rolling about in his sallet.

"Does it please you, darling?" He asked from atop her, wondering if he'd get a response or if she'd slip right into the chase.

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She nodded her head in response and turned to nudge his leg fondly, quickly before facing her prey once more. It had placed the stream between them. Wing delicately paced closer, each step making her killing intent clear. Oh yes, this beast would be quite fun to hunt. Wing purred loudly, eyes narrowed on Kilja and she issued another, quieter challenge.

Face her! Face her and fight and die. And she would enjoy these creatures death and feast on its flesh this night, if she had her way. Wing growled low in her throat, as able to make the sound as she was to purr.

Oh yes, a fight between the two was inevitable. She was looking forward to it all.

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Kilja compensated for every inch taken by moving back a pace or two more--but, still, it was inevitable that this mounted beast would overtake the distance she had created. Her eyes were locked on Wing, perceiving every small twitch of movement. More of the beast in Kilja took over here, being as Wing presented the primary threat--but it was not lost on her that Kampf held a weapon. It would be a dire mistake to allow herself to dismiss that.

There had to be a weakness. She was certain she could perceive at least one, but she took issue with her even considering it. There was a great amount of pride amongst her kin--and to treat this fight in the way that she must...she knew she would be wiser, but the victory would not be as sweet...

...as she weighed her chances in all of a fraction of a breath, she figured she could live with what she would have to do, as it would be possibly the only way she would be able to live at all. Besides--none of her kin were around to see that she was hesitating to go into all-out frenzy.

She turned herself to lope aside, heading away from Wing, and going in the direction of the side where Kampf tilted his lance. For all the world, she looked like an idiot beast, turning to flee, but wanting to keep a sharp eye on her hunters...and putting herself at their advantage.

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Kampf watched with careful eyes, lance soon lowered, ready for his darling to charge, were it that she wished for such a thing just yet. But he knew that it was not a quick kill that Wing desired, at least not right now. Perhaps a few furious minutes of chasing and she would have her prize, but not yet. That wasn't her way.

His left hand remained, gripping his Wing as a mount, wanting to wait until he drew his pistol. Even if it had a lanyard, the last thing he wanted was to be off-balance on this darling steed of his.

Oh, what a challenge this one would prove.

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Wing charged, not wanting to lose the beast and mildly disappointed it hadn't fought. Still, a good chase would be all too much fun for all involved. Well. For the survivors it would be. With a roar, she issued her challenge once more, powerful legs propelling her ever closer to the beast they hunted.

Wing wanted to taste blood, and soon, and how. And if she would not, than her love could, and would. Always sensitive to him, she felt him grip her so, knowing that given how she moved that was, for him, the best way. Wing would have a fight out of this beast one way or another.

She planned on it. Planned the entire hunt on it.

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The Crown-Princess had certainly been aware of what occupied Josef's mind of late, having thought of it as quite the blessing in her own mind. She hadn't really thought it possible, actually, that her consort might have been rendered sterile, whether because of his own nature or the simple fact that he was her consort. Still, the past few months had been amazing, with him here, and with the blessing in her own belly.

Of course, the Emperor saw things rather differently.

Josef had decided, one day, to take a trip with Wing to visit their daughter, and speak to her on such matters, having noted that she appeared in public less and less, and that rumors had begun to fly as to her condition. Perhaps they were just that - rumors, but Josef had yet to see for himself. Such was why he waited in one of his old rooms for his daughter to arrive, not terribly pleased with the matter on the whole but knowing that there was no alternative.

Viktoria had inherited his spirit.

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Wing accompanied him in concern, has suspected rather strongly that the rumors were, in fact truth. This was not exactly what she could call an ideal confrontation of course. No doubt Viktoria was terribly pleased, but with her beginning to show, well, something had to be done. The child, if the consort was announced shortly, would have to be raised elsewhere, and Wing simply couldn't begin to think of an appropriate place.

Nor could she find a solution that would satisfy all involved. Augustus, sweet boy that he was, simply wasn't ready for the social expectations that being Viktoria public consort would entail. This would be terribly tricky. "We must be gentle, darling. She...she is your daughter, but she's also a woman deeply in love."

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Josef nodded where he sat, the two sharing a classical Scatterran loveseat in one of the many sitting rooms of the palace, the Belkan moving a hand into her lap. She was still his daughter, in his mind, still that little girl, and he knew that he had to overcome that thought. He would be a grandfather soon, something he could join Wing in celebrating. "How would you wish for it to be handled, Wing?" He asked, looking to the table, the flower arrangement, before them. "If you were the one with child?"

Though Erutin society was so very different from his own. It was hard to imagine how such things were.

Viktoria waited outside of the chamber, just so, in one of the many passages in the building, quietly listening in one the two's conversation. The imperial daughter wanted to know what she was walking in on before she arrived.

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Wing considered it a moment. "If I were the one with child? I would want to keep the babe and raise it as my own, proudly." she confessed. "I'm not sure her consort is up to the public strain of being announced, but there must be a way to handle it. His mother in his form, perhaps." Wing wasn't sure.

"It isn't easy, I know. She's still our little girl." Wing confessed and placed her hand over his, squeezing it. "It feels so soon that she grew up." Too soon. Wing still fondly recalled give the little girl rides around the ballrooms on her back and Viki's squeals of delight as Josef walked next to them, to ensure his little girl didn't fall.

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That was part of the problem, her consort's gentle nature. As much as Josef appreciated that Viktoria had someone who treated her well for who she was, there was some small issue with how he could handle publicly proving her consort. Viktoria would not doubt try to hide and shelter him. "I miss my little girl, Wing." He whispered quietly, sadly. It felt like it was but a moment and she was already an adult, a woman all of her own. Josef almost felt cheated.

"I miss our little Viky." Not that they had lost her at all.

The Emperor looked over to his wife and lay his head on her shoulder, not sure if he wished to wait to betray how he felt until after the talk with Viktoria was done, or if he would simply push for as quickly as he could. "I pray that she doesn't hold this against us." It was something that honestly frightened him, losing the love of his daughter.

The princess frowned from where she stood, hidden, before quietly opening the door, making sure not to make a sound behind them as she closed with the two. Viktoria wore a dress the showed off her consort's gift, but still retained her Imperial aura. She was, however, unsure whether she wished to hug the both of her parents from behind, or move in front of them.

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Wing kissed his head. "We can have another, some time." She assured him. "Though a child younger than our grandchildren will be odd." She smiled as Viky came in and turned to greet her. "Viky! You are looking to be in good health." Wing said with a smile and held open her arms.

She treated Viky like the girl was her own daughter by flesh. A good daughter, though this pregnancy business was quite the hiccup. "How is Augustus doing?" Wing never saw the consort, so shy was he. He never seemed to want ot leave his puzzles in Viky's rooms.

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"We can." He echoed, knowing that it would not be Viky though. He would still love them, perhaps all the more for being Wing's child as well. Such a delightful thing that would be, to start a true family with her. It would be odd to have children younger than grandchildren, but they were practically immortal after all. Josef was soon shocked out of his thought, however, by the arrival of his daughter, which he did not expect.

The princess moved into Wing's arms, happy to be there, nuzzling the other's shoulder and making sure to give ample room for her belly. "Thank you mother, he's doing very well." And he was, as always, being pampered and spoiled rotten at her hand. Of course, such treatment would soon pale in comparison to how she treated her own children.

Josef stood, moving to offer his arms as well, which his daughter eagerly settled into. "Daddy." She spoke, her face buried in his chest. The Emperor looked up to his wife at that, silently asking how he could dare oppose such a thing.

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They didn't, couldn't, really. They were her parents, and surely such laxness would be excusable? Wing sighed and looked to the daughter of her heart. "Viky? We think it may be time to...announce your pregnancy. And with it, your consort." Augustus would have to hold up somehow. Perhaps he was stronger than he seemed.

"I don't think we can get away with not confirming the rumors for much longer. And...we thought you might want to raise the child as your own." Though so, at least. Wing almost hoped not, but hoped so at the same time. It was an odd dichotomy.

She ran her hand over Viky's hair. "But of course, it is your decision." And they could not force this strong willed woman into anything.

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She sighed, the woman finding herself between the two that had raised her, meant the world to her for so much of her life. The thought of announcing her pregnancy was an easy one, and pointing to the father would be even simpler. She was so very proud of her Augustus, but it was what would come with it that would be hard, and would hurt him, in some way. "Twins." She added, softly. "I'm having twins." And she couldn't wait. They would be such lovely, beautiful children.

Even though she knew that they couldn't, if they were girls, how Viky wanted them to look like Wing.

The princess pulled her mother and father back to their seats, wanting to sit between them. "... my August is... well. Shy doesn't fit it. He's terrified of crowds, of noise." Josef sighed at that, simply taking on of Viktoria's hands and squeezing it. She would always be his girl.

"... if it's what you want, Viky, we'll have him here. Somehow." He'd hopefully shape up, and not force Viktoria to keep him hidden all the time.

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Wing smiled and took the other hand, squeezing it as well. "We may use a body double Viky, if that's okay." She said quietly "You'd have to pretend he was Augustus, for the public. Could you, and Augustus handle that?" If not then Augustus would definitely need to shape up. They couldn't have him being so hidden!

It wouldn't do. "We can try and adjust parts of the palace for him, of course, but Viky...." Wing didn't know how to put it. Augustus was a very special boy....but he as trouble on so my levels. "He'll need to get used to daily life outside of your rooms." Not doubt he would hate that, but it could be done.

It had to be done. "Can we at least announce him?"

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She supposed it was a necessity that he become more open. He needed to be, if he wanted to be her consort. Thus, after a few, intense moments of deliberation, the princess spoke, squeezing both hands as she did. "I... yes, let's announce him. I'd rather the story be by him than by any other." She would proudly claim his children, even if he couldn't come out in public all of the time. "I am fine with a double, if it's needed."

Josef patted her hand, knowing that it probably wasn't easy for his daughter to deal with this sort of situation. "We were thinking of Augustus' mother, someone you know and trust." Someone that Viktoria could be comfortable around, and someone who knew Augustus' little mannerisms and traits, to make it convincing.

"I can start teaching him, I promise mom."

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Wing nodded. "I know you can. He can learn fast, when her chooses, and the...damage from his birth is almost completely healed." Wing said quietly. "His checkups reveal that much, at least." Definitely that much, at the least. Wing sighed and kissed her daughters head. "Hope will make a decent double, until he is ready for it."

She smiled to her daughter. "Shall we send for him now?" They had much to do and very very little time to do it in, after all, and Augustus would need to be made presentable. A sweet boy, if slow, they would likely try and keep the announcement brief, for his sake, and after the first dance, Hope could take her son's place, or another double if needed.

there would be times both she and Augustus were expected to be in attendance, after all.

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"... I think I should send for him." She confessed quietly, knowing he preferred hearing her voice in almost any matter. Viktoria thought him, at the very least, certainly handsome enough for court life. The boy had genetics that anyone could be proud of, her mother especially, considering his Erutin blood. "C-can you wait here, while I see to it?" She asked her parents, hoping they wouldn't scare Augustus.

Josef nodded, providing a brief hug to his daughter before letting her go to see to whatever she needed done. In the princess' absence the Emperor scooted closer to Wing, taking her hand again and squeezing it tight, taking strength from the woman here, glad to have her in such a time as this.

"She'll need to be married." He spoke, figuring it to be the best course of action.

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Wing nodded and held him close, giving him the strength he needed. "Then we'll plan a wedding. The boy's a noble. We can quietly bump House Khon up a little bit. They have a planet, though Hope will be...displeased letting that get out. She'll have to find a new hideyhole." Wing found that somewhat amusing.

She kissed him gently. "Viki will be happy, and if Augustus is man enough to have a child, despite what all believed, then he is man enough to wed your daughter. Our daughter." she said and smiled to him. "A wedding is going to be interesting." She admitted quietly.

She cuddled close to him. It wasn't overly long before Augustus came in, Viki with him, rather nervous. He was rarely in either of these two's presence. They kind of scared him. Still, he kept hi head up and held onto Viki's head.

"You wanted to see me, Emperor, Empress?"

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Kampf sat there quiet with his wife as he pondered the matter, only reluctantly letting go at the sound of footfalls outside of the door, regaining a roughly imperial posture as he awaited the father of his grandchildren. Shortly enough they entered and Josef maintained a hand in Wing's, not wanting it to seem like this was some formal meeting. "We did, Augustus. Please, take a seat." Josef did his best to seem amiable.

Viktoria lead him by the hand to the accompanying loveseat, sitting beside him and stroking his hand all the while, wanting him to know that she was there for him, as always. The princess tried to maintain some degree of propriety, though it was already showing that she worried over the state of her consort.

"We were wanting to discuss your... marital state."

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His marital state? He didn't quite understand but he nodded. "Of course." He said and looked to Viki in confusion, then back to the rulers of the empire. "Viki is pregnant. In the Hegemony and Empire, I know she isn't supposed to be, without being married, and...and I'm not a public consort because of..."

He trailed off, thinking of how best to put it. "Because of the side effects of complications at my birth." Bigger words and thoughts than he usually said, but he knew them, and knew how to use them. He squeezed her hand. "I...I suppose I can't hide longer?" Though he desperately wanted to stay with Viki and the puzzles.

He hesitated a moment. "I don't think I could handle the large crowds, but I can try."

Wing watched a moment. "We have a solution for that. A body double, likely your mother, for situations like that. But you seem to have figured it mostly out." She squeezed her husband's hand, watching the pair.

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Josef nodded at that, squeezing Wing's hand in reply to her own pressure. "We want you to wed our daughter, Augustus." There, a simple and straightforward matter, or at least he felt so. "For the most part you would be with her, in her quarters, and rarely make public appearances. Dances, at the very most." Because it was simply not proper for a lady to dance with one who was not her husband.

At least not in his eyes.

Viktoria leaned against her Augustus at that, smiling, eyes shut tight from pleasure. Oh, it sounded so wonderful! Augustus, Prince-Consort. He'd have to take her name, of course, but that meant everything was even better. Augustus Kampf. It sounded very proper in her eyes. "... thank you, father." She managed, holding back the squees of happiness she knew would come if she let down her guard.