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Beowulf and Barbarossa

Barbarossa [d. 203 BG) was one of the original Titans, and the accidental creator of Omnius.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Born as Vilhelm Jayther, Barbarossa had been one of the earliest Titan recruits, having known Agamemnon and Juno before their ambitious quest to usurp the Old Empire came to fruition.

A gifted programmer, Barbarossa was technical architect of the Titans' rise to power. Having hacked into the Empire's lax computer network, he implanted a complex artificial intelligence subsystem that made the network nodes want to participate in the imminent revolution.

Life as a Titan[edit | edit source]

After the revolution, Barbarossa became a highly regarded member of the Titans. Like the other surviving members of the group he transferred his brain into a preservation canister and abandoned his human body, becoming a cymek.

It was ultimately Barbarossa's genius that helped undo the Time of Titans. Eventually the modified computer network evolved into Omnius, and rose up against all humans. However, a safeguard in Barbarossa's original programming prevented Omnius from killing any of the Titans. Thus Barbarossa spent several thousand years in service of the Thinking Machines.

Death[edit | edit source]

Shortly before the start of the Butlerian Jihad, during a League invasion of Giedi Prime, Barbarossa captured Serena Butler and delivered her to Earth. Soon after however, he was killed by Heoma, a Sorceress of Rossak.

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