The Disgraced Doctor
Doctor Hansin Mätzger was born Heinrich Trägue von Freiburg. He met his father once, on his 19th birthday, when he graduated from one of Eisen’s most prestigious academies. The first and last time he met his father he received a Dracheneisen rapier, a pat on the back and a strained conversation. For his entire childhood he had been brought up by a contingent of nannies, tutors and trainers. His mother died during childbirth, a fact Heinrich’s father held against him. Nicklaus Trägue was a cold man to most people, he never even offered that courtesy to his son.
Once Heinrich graduated he was quickly drafted into a protracted war between Castille and Montaign, on the side of Montaign. The fighting was vicious, bloody, and utterly pointless. After 8 years of open warfare both sides signed a treaty, somebody won, somebody lost. By this point Heinrich didn’t care any more. He had killed his fair share, fought enough battles.
Now 27, Heinrich signed on as a military advisor to a Vodacce nobleman, Gio. This appointment lasted for 4 years officially, ending when Heinrich took a musket ball in his left shoulder, protecting Gio’s wife from a jealous courtesan. Out of gratitude, Gio offered to pay for Heinrich to go to university, something Heinrich had often expressed a desire to do once his term was up.
It was during this time Heinrich changed his name. This was the culmination of many things. Partly he felt he had no reason to keep the name given to him by a man he had met once. Partly because he wanted to forget his past. And partly because the name “Heinrich” sounded pretentious, and “Trägue” was as infamous as Freiburg itself. He adopted the name given to him by several of his younger classmates, although he didn’t have the heart to tell them “Mätzger” didn’t mean “Doctor”, but “Butcher”. After his time at war, he found it strangely apt.
After 7 years, Hansin graduated, but decided to stay in Vodacce. 3 years later he had published several papers discussing the applications of bovine intestines for the storage, concentration and purification of medicine, as well as a theoretical essay detailing why the pirate as portrayed within romantic fiction was a dying breed. In the summer of his 42nd birthday he was inducted into the Invisible College. Less than 8 months later he was on the run, betrayed by several traitors within the College, Gio had been slain and Hansin found himself a wanted man. The Inquisition hounded him to the point where he was forced to return to Freiburg. Arriving at the gates to his old house he was turned away. Short on easily retrievable funds, he began to offer his services as a travelling doctor, keeping a low profile to avoid the flaming pyres being built for him and his fellow scholars.
This might have been how the 47 year old Hansin would have spent the rest of his days, had the Inquisition not been drawn to Freiburg following a spate of blood-drainings, which seemed connected to Hansin’s final project with the College. Preparing to flee once more, Hansin was stopped and his services requested when a small group of people entered the brothel he had been hiding in. Using the Castillian to retrieve his final set of supplies from the apothecary, Hansin offered to help to the small group track down and stop the blood-drainer of Freiburg.