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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually revealed that [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Xerxsephnia_von_Blitzengaard Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard]] has been intercepting mail both to and ''from'' him for years -- effectively isolating him from his peers while giving the little {{Yandere}} a sneak-peek into his life. Wow.)

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually revealed that [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Xerxsephnia_von_Blitzengaard Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard]] has been intercepting mail both to and ''from'' him for years -- effectively isolating him from his peers while giving the little {{Yandere}} a sneak-peek into his life. Wow.)


* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually revealed that a somewhat psychotic admirer of Gil's has been intercepting his mail for years, heavily implying she was responsible.)

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually revealed that a somewhat psychotic admirer of Gil's [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Xerxsephnia_von_Blitzengaard Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard]] has been intercepting his mail both to and ''from'' him for years, heavily implying she was responsible.years -- effectively isolating him from his peers while giving the little {{Yandere}} a sneak-peek into his life. Wow.)

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* DrunkenSong: Chapter 4 opens with a hilarious drinking song about Castle Wulfenbach, which is laden with innuendo about how large and powerful the Baron's "great big thing" is.
-->Hide the women! Hide the beer!\\
The Baronís great big thing is here!\\
Itís huge and fat and long and round\\
And you can see it from the ground.\\
It flies way high up in the air\\
He rides it here, he rides it there.\\
And every mad boy lives in fear\\
That Klaus will stick it in his ear.


A novelization of the first major StoryArc of the award-winning webcomic series ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', released in Jan 2011. It follows the webcomic ''very'' closely, often having a distinct 1:1 mapping between panel and paragraph, but it does have a few interesting departures.

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A novelization of the first major StoryArc (volumes 1-3) of the award-winning webcomic series ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', released in Jan 2011. It follows the webcomic ''very'' closely, often having a distinct 1:1 mapping between panel and paragraph, but it does have a few interesting departures.


* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually revealed that a suitor of Gil's has been intercepting his mail for years, heavily implying she was responsible.)

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually revealed that a suitor somewhat psychotic admirer of Gil's has been intercepting his mail for years, heavily implying she was responsible.)



* UncertainDoom: The last time Bill and Barry were seen together by anyone (who is talking, anyway) was over a decade before the story starts, helping the survivors after another attack by The Other. The last Adam and Lilith heard from Barry, it was from a vague and garbled note shoved under their door while they were out.

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* UncertainDoom: The last time Bill and Barry were seen together by anyone (who is talking, anyway) was over a decade before the story starts, helping the survivors after another attack by The Other. The last Adam and Lilith heard from Barry, it Barry was from a vague and vague, garbled and much-traveled note shoved under their door while they were out.


* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually reveals a suitor of Gil's has been intercepting his mail for years, heavily implying she was responsible.)

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained in the novel. (The comic eventually reveals revealed that a suitor of Gil's has been intercepting his mail for years, heavily implying she was responsible.)


* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained.

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor one. In the original comic, Gil complains on seeing Theo that he never replied to his letters, but quickly moved on. Here, the students of Castle Wulfenbach make mention of having sent letters to Gil he never replied to, and they're greatly hurt by the apparent snub. Why exactly the Baron (or possibly Von Pinn) felt the need to drive a wrench between his son and his friends is not explained.explained in the novel. (The comic eventually reveals a suitor of Gil's has been intercepting his mail for years, heavily implying she was responsible.)

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* HoistByHerOwnPetard: The reason Zulenna's attempt to distract a guard and get over to Castle Wulfenbach during the mess with the Hive Engine doesn't work. Some weeks prior, Zulenna had upbraided a guard for being improperly dressed while off-duty, and said guard points out that if such a person was suddenly trying to be nice to him, in a world where Slaver Wasps are a thing, he'd have to be pretty damn stupid to fall for it, wouldn't he? If Theo and Sleipnir hadn't been present with a good wrench, he'd have had her arrested then and there.


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* LoveEpiphany: Gil gets one just after he and Agatha take down the Slaver Wasps.

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* RetCon: The book changes a number of events from the webcomic in subtle ways, especially regarding Gil and Agatha.
** In the webcomic, when Agatha mentioned Dr. Vapnoople to Gil, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040412 Gil got threatening,]] implying that she was in serious danger just for knowing about what happened. In the book, Gil is simply confused as to why she's worried.
** In the webcomic, when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040716 Agatha refused Gil's advances, he got violent.]] In the book, it's emphasized that [[{{Adorkable}} he has no idea what to say to get her to accept the engagement]], and he only grabbed Agatha because they were in a dangerous situation and needed to escape.


* UncertainDoom: The last time Bill and Barry were seen together by anyone was over a decade before the story starts, fighting some madboy. The last Adam and Lilith heard from Barry, it was from a vague and garbled note shoved under their door while they were out.

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* UncertainDoom: The last time Bill and Barry were seen together by anyone (who is talking, anyway) was over a decade before the story starts, fighting some madboy.helping the survivors after another attack by The Other. The last Adam and Lilith heard from Barry, it was from a vague and garbled note shoved under their door while they were out.


* OutsideContextVillain: The Other, when it first arrived. This is how it got its name, because it killed all of the other people that it could have possibly been.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: The Other, when it first arrived. This is how it got its name, because it killed all of the other people that it could have possibly been.


** [[FridgeBrilliance Which explains her clumsiness in the main comic - as seen in flashback by Merlot.]]


* HellIsThatSound: In-Universe, the Slaver Wasps start singing when the Hive Engines start going. According to Barry Heterodyne, it's incredibly unpleasant to hear.


* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Zulenna, on account of being arrogant and haughty, and being the only one on-board Castle Wulfenbach who gives a damn about the pecking order. She and Agatha don't get along, not helping when one of her comments when they first meet touches a nerve with Agatha.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Zulenna, on account of being arrogant and haughty, and being the only one on-board Castle Wulfenbach who gives a damn about the pecking order. She and Agatha don't get along, not helping when one of her comments when they first meet touches a nerve with Agatha.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Hinted at, while Agatha's walking home from the university, several shopkeepers and residents of Beetleburg are already packing up shop in a big hurry.

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* UncertainDoom: The last time Bill and Barry were seen together by anyone was over a decade before the story starts, fighting some madboy. The last Adam and Lilith heard from Barry, it was from a vague and garbled note shoved under their door while they were out.

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