Skellan's Enemy Within
The Emperors Champion
Ludwig Schwarzhelm is the champion of Karl Franz and the bearer of the Emperor’s personal standard. Ludwig is a towering figure of a man, renowned throughout the Empire for his impressive physique, stern expression, and deadly martial skill. The Emperor’s champion is said to have never smiled in his life. His role is to uphold the Emperor’s justice during trials of combat, which is are the judicial right of high-ranking nobles accused of breaking one of the Emperor’s laws. He is also Karl Franz’s principal bodyguard, a role that he is fulfilling now that the Emperor lies wounded by ensuring that only those he personally approves may see the Emperor. To date, that list includes only himself, Baerfaust, Mauer, and Philip Ulrich.