| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||1632, Ring of Fire, 1633|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Confederated Principalities of Europe (at death, born in the United States)|
|Date of Birth:||1983 (OTL)|
|Date of Death:||1633 (NTL)|
|Cause of Death:||Bi-sected by a cannonball|
|Created by:||Eric Flint|
Lawrence "Larry" Wild (b. 1983 (OTL) d. 1633 (NTL)) was one of the Grantville youths known informally as "the Four Musketeers". Wild played an important role in Grantville's early survival after the Ring of Fire.
The Wild family had been gone for the day when the Ring of Fire took place. The four boys had been together to play "Dungeons & Dragons". After Grantville was shunted into the past, the four found themselved effectively orphaned.
Mike Stearns recruited the four dirtbike enthusiasts as couriers prior to the event that came to be called "the Battle of the Crapper". Like his friends, Wild was a little taken aback when Higgins announced he wanted to marry Gretchen Richter. Nonetheless, Wild was Higgins's best man.
In 1633, Wild piloted a speedboat at the Battle of Wismar, as part of a group of Grantvillers who supported Gustavus Adolphus' Confederated Principalities of Europe against the onslaught of naval forces belonging to the League of Ostend. Wild was killed when a cannonball ripped him in half. Wild's death, along with that of aviator Hans Richter, inspired a wave of nationalism that swept through central Germany, which in turn resulted in the replacement of the CPE with the United States of Europe with Mike Stearns as first prime minister and Gustavus as emperor.
A memorial to Wild and the other casualties of the Battle of Wismar was placed near the shore at Wismar. Additionally, the Wild class of courier schooners and its lead ship SSIM Lawrence Wild, were named for him.