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Because We're Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~

TitleBecause We're Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~
DeveloperStudio Elfriede
PublishersStudio Elfriede


1915, Wesslinger National Calendar. The Great War rages on.

As neurotic Postal Corps volunteer Elfriede Rauss, you walk the trenches with the men of a lost generation. And amidst the chaos and brutality of the front lines, you encounter an obstacle that you are absolutely and categorically not prepared for: love.

However. Love can be a difficult thing to hold on to at the best of times. And these are not the best of times…

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Elfriede Rauss
HairBlunt Bangs, Brown, Short, Wavy
ClothesNecktie, Skirt Suit
PersonalityCautious, Hardworker
Engages inSarcasm


Peaceable Field Postwoman

A neurotic postal worker... and our ignoble heroine. When most of the men n her life suddenly leave for the front lines, Elfriede can't fight her own deep uneasiness and premonition. She enlists in the Postal Corps in order to travel between the home front and the trenches, and hopefully dispel some of her demons.

Unbenknownst to her, Elfriede would find the love of her life in the war.

It was a ridiculously ill-advised place to have done so.

Main characters

August Weil
HairRed, Sidehair
ClothesMilitary Uniform, Necktie, Suit
PersonalityDeredere, Energetic, Optimist, Sensitive
RoleChildhood Friend, Soldier


Carefree Childhood Friend

An optimistic and eager-to-please young man, August was never the smartest nor the strongest of his contemporaries. He is overjoyed to hear of the war's outbreak - seeing it as a necessary cocoon for a submissive loser like himself to transform into a "real man".

After years of working at the post office so he never has to leave Elfriede's side, August's relocation to the trenches is quite a shock to his system. But the true reasons behind his fervour to enlist are clear to all... and his heart is set on doing what he went there to do.

Eugen von Reinholdt
ClothesMilitary Uniform
PersonalityConfident, Refined, Relaxed
RoleNoble, Popular, Soldier, Wealthy
Engages inFlirting


Dashing Duteous Dandy

The flamboyant heir to a minor and outmoded aristocratic family. Never shy about exhibiting his verbose Romanticism and dramatic spirit, Eugen openly nurtures a single-minded obsession with finding glory on the battlefield and fulfilling the aspirations that years of devouring the classics have instilled in him.

Styling himself as the last True Heroic Gentleman, Eugen never misses a chance to flaunt his chivalrous nature in front of Elfriede. He sees the war as, amongst other things, a find opportunity for a spot of good old-fashioned peacocking.

Gerhardt Leer
HairBlond, Curtained, Shaggy
PersonalityCoward, Low Self-esteem, Pacifist, Secretive, Sensitive
RoleHikikomori, Unpopular
Engages inGardening
Subject ofBullying


Ostracised Draft-Dodger

An awkward and skittish gardener who shuns the chance to enlist. Garhardt is quickly villified as a coward by the locals, and verbally and physically assaulted on a daily basis. Forced to embrace the consequences of his decisions, and refusing to discuss his motivations, he shuts himself off from society.

When Elfriede is the only woman on the home front with a single non-venomous thing to say to him, the seeds of a shaky trust are sown. Amidst all the troubles plaguing Gerhardt's life as a pariah, her kindness comes to be his only ray of sunlight.

Gottfried Rahn
HairBlack, Long, Ponytail, Wavy
BodyAdult, Dark
ClothesCoat, Cravat, Earrings
PersonalityCoward, Hardworker, Honest, Relaxed
RoleCivil Servant, Painter
Engages inFlirting


Lackadaisical Battlefield Artist

A laid-back and irresponsible war artist who regularly disavows any semblance of military regulation or authority. His best-kept secfret is that he is a driven and professional man, intensely proud both of his Meindi gypsy heritage and his lucrative employment with the government.

Elfriede and Gottfried develop an antagonistic rapport almost immediately, and he is quick to shoehorn caddish professions of admiration and undying love into their back-and-forth. Of course, it's clearly just good humour. Clearly. Right?

Helmut Saenger
HairBlond, Parted in Middle
ItemsWalking Stick
PersonalityHardworker, Jealous, Low Self-esteem, Refined, Reserved
Subject ofIllness


Infirm Home Guardsman

A gentle domestic servant, stricken with polio all his life and of no use to the army. As captain of the home guard, Helmut attempts to content himself with patrolling the town with his old walking stick and tattered antique uniform - but his deep shame and guilt in his own physical frailty is a powerful enemy.

Elfriede and Helmut quickly bond over their shared feelings of alienation on the home front. It is unclear if his respect for her eventual field service will ever be stronger than his jealousy... but he tries with all his heart to assist her.

Horst von Sankt
HairBrown, Slicked Back
BodyMuscular, Young-adult
PersonalityBlunt, Pessimist, Refined, Reserved, Serious, Taciturn
RoleCorporal, Soldier, University Student, Wealthy


Taciturn Noble Corporal

As the eldest child of a cabinet minister, the eyes of the nation compelled Corporal Sankt to enlist - eschewing officer training and entering as a private for propaganda purposes. When his platoon of university chums was routed and he was left in a minor leadership position, he found he had to grow very competent very quickly. His young age now stands only as a contrast to the weariness rooted deep in his bones.

Horst tolerates Elfriede's vists after realising their effect on the trench's morale, but makes little attempt to socialise with her himself. Managing to suppress his interest in her true purpose, he views her presence as no more than a tragedy waiting to happen.

Marius Sauer
HairBlack, Slicked Back
EyesGreen, Shadowed
BodyAdult, Muscular
PersonalityKind, Pacifist, Proactive, Protective, Relaxed
RoleMedical Doctor, Popular
Engages inBoxing


Serene Stretcher-Bearer

A calm and level-headed conscientious objector, whose pacifistic ideals restrict his active service to medical roles. Knowing of his boxing past, many of the men find sport in attempting to engage him - but he has yet to cave to any pugilistic provocations.

As Marius grows closer to Elfriede, the need to protect her from the horrors of the trenches begns to eclipse even his duties... and if it were ever to be thrown into conflict with his beliefs, he has no idea how he would act. This uncertainty stalks his dreams nightly.

Otto Junkers
HairBrown, Long, Ponytail, Shaggy
ClothesGlasses, Military Uniform
PersonalityCarefree, Friendly, Honest, Smart
RoleSniper, Soldier


Laissez-Faire Lance-Corporal

A sardonic and free-spirited former woodsman, Otto blithely boasts of having already outlived hundreds of comrades - gliding by on his skill as a sniper, supposedly since the war's very first day. As an amateur naturalist, Otto sees the war as neither 'right' nor 'wrong'; the natural selection of the battlefield is instead simply 'necessary'.

As if overnight, one day Otto bizarrely starts casually addressing Elfriede as his wife. She has everything he requires: strong thighs, strong teeth and good child-bearing hips; a perfect specimen. She really hopes at least some of that is a joke.

Walter Bergengruen
HairBlond, Shaggy
ClothesMilitary Uniform
PersonalityCold-hearted, Nature Lover, Pessimist, Reserved, Rude
RolePainter, Soldier, Unpopular


Hateful Infantryman

A distant rifleman with grand artistic aspirations. Walter displays a constant quiet hostility towards his comrades, valuing the affections of animals above those of humans (and with a particular distaste for the Meindi people). He seems unbothered by the thought of running through gunfire, and has been seen doing so with demented verve.

Walter could not be less interested in friendship or romance, and the unpleasant outsider soon makes an enemy of Elfriede. But for everyone's sakes, she and her acquaintances must try to find out whether he has any last glimmers of humanity remaining... or if all hope really is already lost.

Wolfgang Haussmann
BodyTanned, Young-adult
ClothesMilitary Uniform
PersonalityDistrustful, Rude, Stoic, Violent
RoleSoldier, Thief


Brazen Jingoistic Lout

Bitter and volatile, Wolf is well-known around town for his proclivity towards reckless brawling and petty theft (the former losing him his job, but the latter gaining him some tasteful brogues). When war calls, his destructive urges are outweighed by his powerful xenophobia, and he enlists - with high hopes of putting a bullet in some Leylandian skulls.

Wolf openly shuns and insults Elfriede in peacetime, but the considerable blows to his mental state in the course of the fighting lead him to cherish her visits... as reminders of the home he so rashly abandoned.