|Other languages:|| German: Ziegendämon|
|Notables:|| Billy Capra|
Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798)
Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
|TV Show:|| "Lonelyhearts"|
"One Angry Fuchsbau"
|Webisodes:||"Love is in the Air"|
|Comics:|| Issue 8|
Grimm: The Warlock Issue 4
A Ziegevolk (pronunciation: TSEE-guh-folk; Germ. Ziege "goat" + Volk "people") is a goat-like Wesen that are also known as "Bluebeards". They like to be in the public eye. In spite of the Bluebeard connection, the Ziegevolk bear much closer resemblance to the Greek satyrs, goat-men who was associated with orgiastic debauchery.
Nick Burkhardt encountered a Ziegevolk named Billy Capra after finding a young woman murdered on a bridge in Portland. It was revealed that before coming to Portland where he purchased Bramble Haus Bed and Breakfast, the Ziegevolk attacked and impregnated 17 women in three cities across three states; Des Moines, Iowa, Detroit, Michigan and Tucson, Arizona.
In Portland, he targeted Lisa at the Blue Moon Bar and kept them prisoner in the basement on the property, where he locked them in cages and used a gas to ensure they remained sedated so they couldn't escape. Nick unknowingly encountered the Ziegevolk, Billy, at Bramble House after discovering that the murdered woman stayed at the bed and breakfast. While Nick, Hank and the beast were talking, Hank accidentally stepped on a toad and when the beast went to pick up the creature, Nick noticed the man's reflection in the water of a fountain and saw his true identity of as a beast. The Ziegevolk said that it was the first sign of our extinction when toads die and then he devoured the toad as Nick and Hank left. But with the help of Monroe, Nick was able to keep an eye on Billy, while he was attempting to lure another woman to Bramble House. Hank broke into the bed and breakfast and located the women trapped within the basement and with Nick's help freed the women.
The Ziegevolk initially escaped but he was later found with the woman from Blue Moon Bar and after a confrontation with the beast at Bramble House, Nick and Hank chased the Ziegevolk through a park and although they debilitated him, while being tended to by a paramedic, he released his pheromone that attracted the medic .
Barry Kellogg, a very successful lawyer, was using his "Wesen wiles" to manipulate the courtroom to his liking, ensuring his success. He ate very specific toads, making his scent as potent as it can be. Monroe saw this and informed Nick and Hank of the jury tampering. In order to cancel out his ability, the gang needed his sweat, which they obtained by having Monroe chase him, and then Bud had him wipe his brow while driving him to safety. The sweat, containing his pheromones, was mixed into a serum by Rosalee.
Nick and Hank later "questioned" the lawyer at his hotel room about the attack, whilst Monroe injected the serum into one of the toads. However, much to Monroe's dismay, Kellogg had two toads and only enough of the serum for one injection. He is thus forced to pick one toad and hope for the best.
Back at the courtroom, Kellogg tries to use his pheromones to manipulate the jury's decision. His client, a Löwen, is found guilty and convicted of murder. When Kellogg goes to the spice shop for help with his loss of Wesen abilities, he recognizes Rosalee and attacks her, only to be attacked by Monroe and arrested for attempted assault by Nick.
When Juliette looks at a picture from a Christmas party of her and Nick kissing from just before they officially started dating, she has a flashback to when she was talking to Roni about how she and Nick are perfect for each other, but neither of them have said how they feel yet.
Roni was among the group of friends that Juliette had invited for a Valentine's Day spa party. When Madison, the Valentine's Day product salesman, is demonstrating his products, Roni takes this opportunity to begin flirting with Madison. When Juliette and Rosalee find a toad known to be eaten by Ziegevolk, they assume the Ziegevolk to be Madison and brew a Geruck Gland Neutralizing Potion for Madison to drink. After the spa party, Roni attempts to leave with Madison but is stopped by Juliette. Roni firmly says that she's going with Madison anyway and woges, revealing herself to be the actual Ziegevolk.
When Ziegevolk woge they grow hair over most of their bodies, their faces become flatter, and their ears become pointed. Like actual goats, they have small horns just above their foreheads, and beards on their chins. The skin on the backs of their hands turn black, giving them a very passing resemblance to hooves. Oddly, despite being goat-like, male Ziegevolk have fangs, and female Ziegevolk have horns.
Ziegevolk have superhuman agility, speed, and are able to jump decent heights and distances when woged. For example, when Nick and Hank tried to arrest Billy Capra, he demonstrated great agility by quickly escaping and running along a catwalk and jumping off of a roof, without showing any signs of discomfort despite the height. Some of these abilities appear to extend into their human forms as Barry Kellogg was able to outrun Monroe by quite a distance, even though he wasn't woged. ("One Angry Fuchsbau")
Geruck GlandEditThe Geruck gland is a gland found just below the hypothalamus in a Ziegevolk's brain. The sole purpose of the gland is to regulate the release of pheromones from a Ziegevolk's sweat glands. By eating live amphibians, more specifically toads, Ziegevolk can stimulate the gland to produce more pheromones than usual. Certain types of toads stimulate the gland more than others. After eating certain toads a Ziegevolk can produce enough pheromones that all a Ziegevolk has to do is be near their intended victim to enthrall them. Even males, including Blutbaden with their keen sense of smell, have difficulties avoiding its influence, even if they are fully aware of what's happening. ("Lonelyhearts") Ziegevolk can use the pheromones for more than just inducing romantic feelings, for example, due to consuming a rare breed of toad, Barry Kellogg was able to use his pheromones to make people open to suggestion, enough to actually fabricate false memories from the recipient's perspective. These pheromones were so potent that he didn't require touch to spread them, they would simply spread through the air in close proximity to him. ("One Angry Fuchsbau") In response to this, a neutralizing procedure was developed in the late 1820's.
The Ziegevolk are rather meek creatures, and will always run rather than fight. They generally do not intend to kill their victims and are considered lovers, not fighters. They are commonly celebrities in Hollywood and many are gameshow hosts. Ziegevolk are often found in bars, where they use their pheromones to lure and seduce victims. They are normally manipulative and arrogant creatures, but are often mostly harmless. Ziegevolk that eat toads are not breeders, but herders, a rarity amongst the species. ("Lonelyhearts") The toads stimulate a gland in the brain that controls the secretion of sweat. The larger volume of pheromone-filled sweat can force anyone to do whatever they say. ("One Angry Fuchsbau")
Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit
Nick discovered an entry in his aunt Marie's book that contained a passage about the creatures written in German text along with an English explanation. The German text read:
"Die Ziegevolk, die manchmal
auch als Bluebeards,
sind eine Ziege wie geschopf,
das sah ich mit meinen
eigenen Augen in München
im winter 1805. Scheinen
sie nicht gewalttatig.
Die Gefahr kommt aus
ihre instinktive Notwendigkeit
der Rasse und scheinen sich
nicht zu kummern. Menge uber
"Sie haben kurze Hörner
wie eine Ziege."
The goat folk, sometimes [called] Bluebeards, are as a goat; this I saw with my own eyes in Munich in the winter of 1805. They do not seem violent. The danger comes from the instinctive necessity of their race and [they] do not seem to care. Quantity before quality.
They have short horns like a goat.
The English text read:
June 1895 - Kitzbuhel Alps South of Rattenberg
"I have followed and observed a goat-like creature for several days now. I have finally been able to identify him as a Ziegevolk, sometimes known as a Bluebeard. I now know he is responsible for defiling several young women who seem to have fallen under some sort of spell.
Once touched by a Bluebeard, women do not think clearly. I have brushed past one and felt the warm sensation of lust, but I think that long periods of interaction with the creature may cause a woman to hallucinate."
- The amphibians shown eaten by Capra were actually tree frogs, not toads.
- Because Rattenberg is located in Austria, it can be assumed the Grimm in Germany who documented the Ziegevolk was traveling when he made the encounter.
- The coat of arms of Kitzbühel, a nearby city after which the mountain range is named where the Ziegevolk was found, bears a goat.
- To build the equivalent of "goat people", German would actually use the plural of Ziege, which adds an n. The proper term would therefore be Ziegenvolk. (A similarly built term is Bienenvolk - bee colony or bee hive.)
- A female Ziegevolk is shown for the first time in the webisode story "Love is in the Air."