Konrad III, König von Schönbrunn. Nicknamed “Der Vergoldete Adler” or “Der Prätor von Schönbrunn” by his contemporaries, Konrad III is the current and reigning king of Schönbrunn and a prince-elector of The Empire of Mankind. While it is generally considered both customary, if not traditional for both royal and aristocratic households to make their head, or otherwise eldest son and on rare occasions, firstborn daughter the heir to their realm or estate. The rightful head of House Mertz of Schönbrunn, Jon Mertz, had elected to disinherit his inheritance to The Kingdom of Schönbrunn in favour of his younger brother in order to pursue a doctorate in theology at The Imperial Academy at Nymphenberg in the Reichstadt, or the personal realm of The Emperors of Mankind within The Empire Proper. Amongst the ranks of both the great vassals to The Emperor of Mankind and The Prince-Electors of The Empire, The Mertz Kings of Schönbrunn have historically been both the wealthiest and most powerful princes in The Empire of Mankind after The Emperors themselves. The historical wealth and power of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn was largely due to being the site of the richest deposits of gold, silver, and gems within the boundaries of the civilized world as defined by the clergymen of the new gods. Though in recent decades, through the stewardship of both Konrad III and his predecessor, King Leopold IV of Schönbrunn, has the wealth and prosperity of “Der Königriech von Schönbrunn” been augmented by both the successful cultivation of wine and silk farming as well as the subsidization of the more urban, municipal industries rooted around the manufacturing of both consumer goods and military equiptment such as weapons, armour, and uniforms for the growing professional army of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn. Jon Mertz, as the official head of House Mertz and the older brother of Konrad III, has devoted his life’s work to lecturing on matters of theology at The University of Wörtzburch in The Kingdom of Solingen, or the realm of House Beggs in The Empire of Mankind, ancient enemies of House Mertz through a blood feud lasting several centuries. Due to the radical reforms being taught by Jon Mertz at The University of Wörtzburch, as well as Carter III of Solingen’s willingness to provide political asylum for both Jon Mertz and followers of his “reformation.” Konrad III has decided to remain faithful to both The Emperor of Mankind and The “Conservative” Church of The New Gods due to his family’s ancestral oaths of fealty to The Imperial Household for their royal title and station, despite, or rather because of his blood ties to the greatest religious reformer in The Civilized World. The gilding featured on this suit of armour is known “Orange Gold” or Gold smelted copper and nickel to create an imperishable “bronze” effect. This illustration was designed as a gift for Jon Mertz, a friend from Germany.