The Jaeger family has been around for centuries. They are a family of hunters, of trained killers who once they are given a target, never relent. They were knights errant, hitmen, and assassins. The fathers and mothers trained their children in the art of death and it came naturally to the children, killing being in their blood. During WWI, a Jaeger stalked the trenches, killing enemies of whomever paid him the most, in that case Kaiser Wilhelm. During WWII, that Jaeger’s children killed men.
The difference was that this time the Jaeger’s fought on opposing sides. Erik saw what the Nazis were doing to his home and he was disgusted. He joined the resistance and became their top operative. He operated efficiently and quickly, his deadly precision earning him the code name Blitz, the lightning. He did not operate for money, he felt that it was right to hunt and kill these monsters.
Karl did not share his brother’s moral qualms and he worked for the Nazis, for they paid well. He was a merciless killer, his aim never erring and his ability to find his targets made him rise in the ranks. He was Hitler’s best assassin, being sent after the most effective resistance members, including his brother.
Erik and Karl fought many times, both of their skills matching and ending in a stalemate. Their encounters always resulted in death, but it never seemed to strike the two brothers. Their struggle ended when Erik found a mystical sword that could control electricity.
The final showdown was here. Karl fired everything he had at his brother, but the sword blocked every bullet. Erik launched lightning to stop Karl, but he would not stop. “A Jaeger is death itself. As long as Death exists, we Jaegers will exist. We will never stop, we will never relent until our target is dead. Don’t think just because you are my brother, it will save you. I am a Jaeger and you are my target. You will die because a Jaeger always gets its mark.” Karl shouted this as he advanced step by step. Blitzen threw bolt after bolt at his brother, but he kept on walking. Eventually, Karl was only feet away. He was burned and limping, but he still raised his arm, gun in hand.
Erik did the only thing he could do to stop his brother. He was right, a Jaeger’s touch brought death. Only Erik wasn’t going to be the one to die. When Karl was within three feet, he felt the cold blade pierce his chest. The blade then heated up as energy leaped onto it and into Karl. Karl shook and then slumped to the ground, the luger clanging against the ground. Erik had changed. He was once a Jaeger, but his work fighting the Nazis, fighting evil, had changed him. He realized that fighting evil was his destiny, not killing for money. The last death he would ever cause would be his brother’s and with his death, the Jaeger line would end. He would become someone different, a force for saving lives and not ending them.
He made himself a suit and became Blitz, the powered hero and not Blitz, the resistance hitman. He joined up with Allied heroes like Eternity, Lionheart, and Falconer and fought powered Ubermensch. When the war ended, Erik left Germany. Germany reminded him of his crimes, of all the death he had caused and he needed a new start. America offered him that chance, along with a place where he could do good. Erik Jaeger, a killer was dead and Erik Reinhardt, a hero was born.