The Coldfall Sanction
A quiet, unassuming gentleman, whose appearance seems to be that of any business man treading his way to and fro from work each day.
Gerhard Klausman was born in Vienna. His father, a confectioner, owned the most fashionable sweet shop in Vienna. It was his sweets that found their way to all the tables of the Viennese esteemed high society. Frédéric Klausman hoped to use these connections in his aspiration of advancing his son into a life far beyond the heat of the oven. Thus, when Gerhard finished primary school, Frédéric was able to have him accepted into one of Vienna’s finest Gymnasiums with the expressed goal of graduating with a senior matriculation, where he could gain admission to the University of Vienna.
Frédéric longed for his son to take up the law and perhaps, eventually, obtaining a high position in the Hapsburg Government. But to his father’s displeasure and his mother’s delight, Gerhard only completed the first three years of Gymnasium, before transferring over to the Technical Military Academy of Vienna.
Theresa Klausman came from a family with a long and distinguished military history. The Göll’s had served the Hapsburgs for several generations. Her father was a retired Cavalry Major, her brother an artillery Captain, and her uncle a retired Rifles Master Sergeant.
With an aptitude for language and military tactics he graduated as a First Lieutenant, but rather than becoming a Cavalry officer, he found himself assigned as an Intelligence Officer with the General Staff’s Information Bureau, the Evidenzburea
As a young officer he was sent to Russia to spy for the Austrian Army. There he worked several years as a journalist, before being uncovered by the Okhrana. Gerhard’s after action report detailing the ingenuity of his escape, the tricks and stratagems necessary to make his way from Moscow back to Vienna, and the quiet barbarism of being unarmed and yet capable of killing two Russian officers elevated Gerhard into a more élite service and a promotion to Captain. As Gerhard could speak six languages, he was quickly assigned to missions in various stations throughout Central Asia. His ability to quietly blend in with the populace was key to his effectiveness in gathering information by any means necessary or the termination of a threat to the empire.
His current assignment finds him in Bucharest under the cover name of Constantin Cuza, a writer for “Ideas Magazine”, a long running anarchist publication.