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Real Name: Gothenvald (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human mutate, magic user (very early 20th Century, briefly the modern era; citizen of Imperial Germany)

Occupation: Baron

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Incarsicus, his small private army, Dirae, other supernatural beings

Enemies: Thunderbolts (Luke Cage, Ghost (name unrevealed), Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Man-Thing (Ted Sallis), Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Satana)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Gothenvald Castle, near Stuttgart, Germany

First Appearance: Thunderbolts II#156 (June, 2011)

Powers/Abilities: Baron Gothenvald had deep knowledge of the occult, utilizing this to escape his enemies. Using dark magic, he was able to transport his entire castle between magical dimensions, with the castle itself mystically linked it to him.


(Thunderbolts II#156 (fb) - BTS) - Gothenvald, a German baron, had delved deeply into the occult. In 1911, just as an alliance of duchies began storming his castle, Gothenvald magically displaced it and the mountain it was built on, as well as all the Baron's soldiers inside, and they vanished from the real world as they traversed magical dimensions. It took many decades before the Baron found his way back to his homeland and they reappeared in the modern era near Stuttgart, Germany, but all inside had been corrupted and enhanced by magic during their journeys, taking on zombie-like appearances. Gothenvald had also gathered various supernatural beings as guards. Outside, any law enforcement sent to investigate the newly returned castle was repelled in critical condition. Months passed as international agencies declined helping until the Cage's Thunderbolts were assigned. Meanwhile, the imposing Castle Gothenvald developed a reputations as being haunted.

(Thunderbolts II#156) - Satana joined Cage's Thunderbolts team as occultist and magic adviser, and they immediately teleported outside the castle. Escaping supernatural banshee-like Dirae, the Thunderbolts rushed into the castle, only to be attacked and overwhelmed by the Baron's soldiers and other supernatural beings, empowered by advanced magic.

(Thunderbolts II#157) - Satana used the energy-depleting spell, the magic-consuming Flame of Animus Infernus, to eliminate the supernatural assault. She identified Baron Gothenvald was steering the attack from the tallest turret and that he had to be separated from the castle to stop further attacks. The Thunderbolts reached the Baron in his "wheelhouse," where Gothenvald set loose the Incarsicus, which shrouded the Thunderbolts in personal nightmares; Satana's timely intervention saved them. Gothenvald fled into magical dimensions, taking his castle with him and expelling the Thunderbolts. Gothenvald vowed to return now that he had identified his way home.


Comments: Created by Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (pencils & inks), Jason Gorders (inks).

Still waiting on his return...

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Baron Gothenvald has no known connections to:



The Incarsicus was an enormous, white, spider-like creature guarding the Baron in his "wheelhouse" in a turret of Castle Gothenvald. It telepathically induced personal and realistic nightmares in all those it attacked.









--Thunderbolts II#157

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Thunderbolts II#157, p8, pan2 (main image)
    p13, pan4 (side profile)
    p8, pan4 (Incarsicus)

Thunderbolts II#156 (June, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (pencils), Jason Gorder & Kev Walker (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts II#157 (July, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker & Declan Shalvey (pencils), Jason Gorder & Declan Shalvey (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)

Last updated: 10/31/15

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