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The Knights of the Teutonic Order of Ancient Prussia are the main antagonists of the Copernicus Legacy series. They seek to find 12 relics crafted by the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and distributed around the world. Once the relics are assembled, they will make a time machine that will give its user immense power. The Order is failure-intolerant and has members spread out across the globe.
The Order's enemies are the Guardians, who seek to protect the relics from evil.
The Teutonic Order originated as the religious/military order based in Jerusalem during the 12th centuries. After the Crusades, the Order grew in power and reached its peak under Grand Master Albert of Hohenzollern during the 1500s.
The Order got wind of Copernicus' time machine and his plan to disassemble it. Albert repeatedly sent Knights after Copernicus, but the astronomer used his sword skills to defeat them. Albert was eventually killed by the machine's cursed Serpens relic, which he tried to steal, and his wife died in childbirth. His baby, a girl named Joan, was sent off to relatives where she later became a Guardian The Order started to crumble until it was outlawed by Napoleon in the 1800s.
Four Years Prior
Four years before the start of the series, the Order was barely hanging on through bloodline and ancient wealth. However, one day, the Order's leaders held a meeting at Albert's castle in Poland. A young girl named Galina Krause was found dying on the doorstep, and was taken inside. She possessed the head of the Serpens relic, which was found right in the castle grounds. After a silent vote, one leader, Ebner von Braun, was called to take her to a clinic.
Although Galina barely survived her surgery (she was dying of cancer), she rambled in her sleep about Serpens and plans for a time machine. A Guardian doctor at the clinic, Alek Rubashov, attempted to steal Serpens. It was implied that a fight broke out between Alek and the Order, and a destructive fire burned down the clinic and presumably killed Alek. The clinic was rebuilt later as the Order's Station One, a sinister castle renamed Greywolf.
Galina rose through the ranks of the Order to become its Grand Mistress. She respected Ebner for saving her life and made him No 2. leader.
Bases of Operation
The Copernicus Room could be seen as the Teutonic Order's HQ, located in Madrid, Spain. It was the brainchild of Ebner, who sees the Room as the crowning glory of the modern Order. It is a massive underground base that can only be accessed through secret elevators. Half of it consists of bookshelves and archive storages dedicated to collecting every piece of data about Nicolaus Copernicus and the Guardians. The other half has computers and their programmers, and large servers that are said to rival those of NASA.
Station One: Greywolf
Greywolf was originally built in the 1500s by an Order-allied Russian duke. Later on, it was converted into a secret clinic where serums and medicines were developed. It was destroyed by a fire that happened during the time Galina Krause was a patient there. Over the next four years, it was rebuilt as a testing lab for the Order's Kronos time machine project.
Greywolf appears in The Serpent's Curse, and is where Galina and Ebner go to test Kronos 3. It becomes the site of a major battle between the Guardian Kaplan family, Guardian- allied Russian soldiers, and Teutonic Order forces. During the fight, Kronos 3 is destroyed and its test subject, Sara Kaplan, rescued. Greywolf is never seen again after this, so it is implied that the Guardians destroyed it.
Station Two: Berlin
The Order's Berlin station is shown in The Golden Vendetta, when Galina orders that the newly-discovered parts of the time machine be brought to the Berlin base. Ebner runs this base, as he mentions it a lot throughout the series. Helmut Bern worked here for a period of time before being transferred to the Iceland base.
This is the castle where Albert of Hohenzollern worked and lived, located in Poland. It fell into decay after his death and was rebuilt in a Soviet style during the Cold War. The castle was the site where Galina found the Serpens relic and met Ebner four years prior to the series. It has long, winding passages.
Galina mentions that one of the Kaplan boys will lose the Crux relic in the remains of the castle. This implies that the castle will be the site of a confrontation near the end of the series, which will involve Galina.
- Galina Krause
- Ebner von Braun
- Bartolo Cassa
- Markus Wolff
- Oskar Gerrenhausen
- Colonel Radip Surawaluk
- Marius Linzmaier
- Emil "Fish"
- Hendriks "Bigboy"
- a 6000-man mercenary unit in South Asia
- Countless members around the globe
- Archie Doyle
- Sir Felix Ross
- Helmut Bern (transported back in time, fate unknown)
- Feng Yi
- Uliana Biszku
- The Teutonic Order gets nuclear weapons by the end of The Golden Vendetta (book 5)
- The real-life Teutonic Order is a religious chivalry order run by the Roman Catholic Church, with Bruno Platter as its leader