||[Aug. 6th, 2006|06:24 pm]
Following Henry's announcement concerning the condition of Lobster Johnson, Roger had become curious about the BPRD's history, its creation and ongoing fight against Nazi-occult activities. Since before the move to Colorado, several BPRD secretaries had been charged with transcribing the records of the BPRD onto a computer database, something which made it much easier for newcomers like Roger to study past cases without having to worry about digging through (and possibly damaging) an archival collection that covered over 60 years of paranormal investigation and espionage.|
The name that Henry had given him was "Leopold Kurtz". When Roger entered that name into the database, he came across two files under the heading RAGNA ROK. The first was an overview of the Ragna Rok project that had resulted in Hellboy's "birth". The second concerned three SS specialists who had been involved in the project, under the direction of General von Krupt.
Member of SS-Helpher from 1936, Sicherheitsdienst from 1940, transferred to Geheimnis Untersuchunggruppe (occult investigations squad) in 1942.
Though women were excluded from official membership in the SS, Haupstein's connections and skills as a spy/diplomat gave her power in the organization. Her reputed experience with the uncanny made her popular in Himmler's personal circle as well, and that combined with her negotiations skills likely resulted in her addition to the group. She was the head of Himmler's 1944 "Vampir Sturm", a project that involved the proposed cooperation of Nazis and a clan of Romanian vampires. Communication records and the testimony of Dachau guards who disposed of the vampires' bodies support the existance of this project.
Karl Ruprecht Kroenen (pseudonym)
Member of Sanitätsstaffel from 1931, transferred to Totenkopf in 1935, transferred to GU in 1942.
Kroenen's education in a prestigious university (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 19??) and experience as a medical scientist in concentration camps at (unknown) allowed him to perfect certain panscientific techniques in what can only be described as a primitive form of cybernetics. He provided skill as an anatomist, physician and medical facilitator. Little is known about his life, though many rumors abound.
SS-Ehnrefuhrer (Sonderführer), member of Einsatzgruppen "Spezielle Technologiegruppe" from 1936, transferred to GU in 1942.
Trained as a machinist, (graduate of Universität Hannover, 1936) Kurtz' brilliance in early robotics and his advanced understanding of special technology would have made him an asset to the group. It is likely that he assisted Kroenen on more ambitious projects, which may have included an early artifical heart and the development of revenant soldiers(???).
In the aftermath of the Girescu affair, agent Hellboy has testified that Ilsa Haupstein was present at Site One of the investigation, but was unable to verify whether or not she survived the explosion at the site of Castle Girescu. No human female remains were uncovered in subsequent investigations of the site, but questions about her appearance and the fate of the un-accounted for members of Project Ragna Rok remain.
According to Hellboy, Haupstein appeared to be in her mid-late 20s, a fact which suggests that she may have been frozen in stasis since the end of the war. If that is the case, the reason behind the time of her reemergence has yet to be determined, nor if she and the other Ragna Rok members are involved in other Nazi-occult projects. Kurtz and Kroenen remain undiscovered, but no remains at Castle Girescu were identifiable as belonging to either of them.