von Mariendorf Hildegard
Hildegard was the lone daughter of Franz von Mariendorf, the head of an old aristocratic family and was instrumental in garnering support for Reinhard von Lohengramm's imperial ambitions from the more liberal members of the lower high nobility — mostly lower nobles.
Eventually, she became very close to Reinhard, and the two were married. Upon Reinhard's death, Hildegard as the Kaiserin became the regent for the New Galactic Empire.
Hildegard, usually referred to by the nickname Hilda, was born in Galactic year 777 into an distinguished noble family of the Goldenbaum dynasty, the sole daughter of the benevolent and just Count Franz von Mariendorf. From an early age, she was distinguished from the other girls of the aristocrat society by her independent ideas. Completely unconcerned, Hilda pursued her own interests in reading, politics and history. Her mother having died when Hilda was young, her open-minded father respected Hilda's unique ideas and choices in life.
Imperial Civil War
Imperial Civil War
Upon the death of Kaiser Friedrich IV, Hildegard counselled her father, Count Franz von Mariendorf who at that point intended on supporting Duke Otho von Braunschweig, to instead support the ambitious Reinhard von Lohengramm. Her father consented and Hildegard then arranged a meeting with Reinhard. In exchange for promises that her family's financial holdings would remain intact, Hildegard gave her support to Reinhard. Hildegard than began meeting with reformers — typically members of the lower nobility — to raise support for Reinhard. When the Imperial Civil War broke out, Reinhard, who had taken a liking to Hildegard at their first meeting, hired her as his personal secretary and advisor. Throughout the civil war, Hildegard spent most of her time consolidating Reinhard's political power on Odin and laying the groundwork for the reforms that would begin when Reinhard seized power. (LOGH: 'The Lippstadt Conspiracy')
After the end of the civil war, Reinhard von Lohengramm had the Imperial regent, Klaus von Lichtenlade, arrested, and assumed the title of Prime Minister himself. He refused to declare himself Kaiser yet, retaining the five-year-old Kaiser Erwin Josef II as a puppet. With most of the high-nobles killed in the civil war, Reinhard and Hildegard immediately began reforming the social and political structure of the Empire. Corruption was rooted out, and the populace was given unprecedented liberty.
When Reinhard began making preparations for an invasion of the Free Planets Alliance, Hildegard advised him not to. It was, she believed, more important for him to focus on cementing his rule. Reinhard countered by saying that people needed an enemy to unite. Hildegard agreed, but where Reinhard saw this enemy primarily as the Free Planets Alliance, Hildegard thought the old aristocracy filled that role. Reinhard insisted nonetheless on military action, and Geiersburg Fortress was made mobile and used to attack Iserlohn Fortress. The result was a major Imperial defeat. Afterwards, Reinhard refrained from further military operations until Erwin Josef II was kidnapped and an Imperial government in exile was set up by nobles attempting to restore the Goldenbaum dynasty. This act drew widespread support for renewed attacks on the Alliance from the public in the Empire as they had been turned thoroughly against the old high nobility by the Westerland Massacre.
Battle of Vermilion
Battle of Vermilion
During the critical battle of Vermillion, she perceived that the situation was in Reinhard's disfavour, and persuaded Generals Mittermeyer and Reuentahl to mobilize forces against the Alliance capital, turning the war to Reinhard's tactical victory and saving his life. General Mittermeyer later praised Hilda that "her intelligence is worth more than a fleet." Her role gradually became more public after Reinhard's coronation as the first Emperor of the new Lohengramm Dynasty.
New Galactic Empire
New Galactic Empire
From U.C. 798 to U.C. 800, Hilda played an active role on the galactic stage, advising Reinhard wisely on imperial policies and tactics, and became one of his most valued and trusted staff. During Operation Ragnarök, where the empire battled the Alliance, Hilda served as a staff officer and became the first female to board the Flagship Brünhild.
In the year U.C. 800, in the Ninth Battle of Iserlohn, Hilda succeeded General Steinmetz to become the Fleet's Chief Advisor, formally capable of representing the Emperor and command on his behalf on the battlefield. Conscious of her military position, Hilda withheld her political role and refused to advise Reinhard on political matters, despite his repeated requests for her counsel.
In August of U.C. 800, Reinhard was attacked by an assassin who sought vengeance for Reinhard's inaction in the Westland tragedy. Overcame with regret and emotional agony, Reinhard withdrew into his own quarters and Hilda entered to console him. Subconsciously realizing that his reliance on her has deepened past their professional relationship, he asked her to stay, and she agreed, determined to help him to the best of her abilities. The morning after, Reinhard came to Hilda's home and proposed marriage, and Hilda did not immediately reply for the uncertainty whether she can truly give him happiness. She also did not reveal her pregnancy to him until after the Urvashi affair and Reuentahl's subsequent rebellion, which deepened the insight of both Hilda and Reinhard toward their own feelings. When peace was restored, Hilda accepted Reinhard's second proposal, and they were married on January 19, U.C. 801. The officials of the empire greeted their new Empress with enthusiasm and joy. On May the 14th, while Reinhard was away at war, Hilda give birth to a son, whom Reinhard named Alexander Siegfried von Lohengramm. Reinhard's illness seriously exacerbated a mere sixteen days later and was diagnosed with a rare form mutative connective tissue disease, with no know cure. Despite the illness, Reinhard decided to return to the imperial capital for the sake of the people awaiting him there. On July the 18th, Reinhard and Hilda were re-united. On July the 26th, the dying Reinhard said his final words to Hilda: "My Empress, you shall rule the universe more wisely than I. If you think setting up a constitution is the better way then so be it. The universe would be fine as long as the strongest and wisest among all the living governs it. If Alexander Seigfried lacks that ability, there is no need for Lohengramm dynasty to continue. Do everything as you wish; that is my greatest wish..." He died at the age of twenty-five, with their son succeeding him and Hilda ruling as the Empress dowager. She was remembered by later historians as the person who nurtured the Lohengramm Empire to maturity.
Voice actor: Masako Katsuki
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