The Thing That Monsters Fear
Apparent Age: Late 40’s
Mental Attributes: Intelligence ••••, Wits •••, Resolve •••
Physical Attributes: Strength •••, Dexterity •••, Stamina •••
Social Attributes: Presence •••, Manipulation ••••, Composure •••
Mental Skills: Academics (Law) •••, Investigation •, Occult (Folklore) •••, Politics ••••
Physical Skills: Athletics ••, Brawl ••, Firearms ••, Ride •••, Stealth •, Survival ••, Weaponry •••
Social Skills: Expression (Acting) •••, Persuasion (Leadership) ••••, Socialize •••••, Streetwise •••, Subterfuge •••••
Merits: Allies •••, Contacts (Turks, Vampires, Military, Inquisition, the Masses), Fame ••• Mentor (Durga Syn) •, Resources •••, Status (Romania) •••
Vitae/ per turn: 3/1
Disciplines: Auspex (Investigation) •, Resilience (Intimidation) •, Vigor (Weaponry) •
Curiously Enough, one of the most prominent figures in Transylvania’s Long Night isn’t a Vampire at all. Though praised for his defense of the kingdom of Wallachia, he was also condemned for atrocities that far exceeded those of Transylvanian Cainites. After learning of the existence of vampires, he led a brutal Inquisition in southern Transylvania that would never be forgotten.
Vlad Dracula first suspected the existence of the undead during his youth. He had heard legends of how his father, Vlad Dracul, had been advised by a mysterious creature of the night. that was the mysterious [[:Durga Syn]], a Ravnos who betrayed information about the Wallachian Anarchs to the mort ruler of the kingdom. Though the Dragon’s sons were too young to accompany him on his skirmishes against these vampires, they were captivated by his stories of fierce battles by moonlight.
At the age of 12, Vlad and you younger brother, Radu, accompanied their father to a parley with the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Deep within Turkish-held territory, the Dragon was betrayed and captured by Sultan Murad. After the two sons were taken prisoner, the Dragon was forced under duress to swear oaths of loyalty to the Ottoman Empire. His two sons remained as hostages in the city of Egrigoz. Years of imprisonment in the sultan’s court gave young Vlad an opportunity to learn from his captors. He later began his studies in the occult. Before long, he saw evidence of a sinister conspiracy: A secret society of Arabic Monsters called the Ashirra that covertly influenced many of the grandest schemes of the Ottoman Empire.
Vlad eventually found favor with the sultan, who decided to support him in a crusade against Wallachia. After forcing the Danesti Prince Vlad II from Tirgoviste, Vlad realized that the sultan could soon turn against him. He fled to Moldavia, where he continued his studies. With the aid of Prince Steven of Moldavia, he later returned to conquer Wallachia and southern Transylvania. From there, he ruled as a tyrant, using shocking, bestial methods to prove his authority and rule trough fear.
Within a few months, The Son of the Dragon found out that local boyars had conspired against and murdered his eldest brother, Mircia. Shortly thereafter, he held a great Easter feast of the Poenari Hills. When the Citizens of the city arrived they were surrounded by his guards and placed in chains. For weeks, they were forced to build his fortress stone by stone, even as their Easter clothes were torn to shreds.
Thus was the ancient Poenari Castle rebuilt.
Vlad later learned that his brother had been buried face down. He summoned the local boyars to test their loyalty. When their answers were found wanting he had them impaled outside his strong hold and began the macabre habit of dining among his ever growing forest of corpses, dipping his bread in their blood to grow stronger.
After securing his power in the Transylvanian districts of Amlas and Făgăraş, he became increasingly paranoid, searching everywhere for signs of the Legendary, immortal creatures who were said to wield even more power than he. He even sent out messengers to find his father’s mysterious advisor, Durga Syn, but to no avail. When, in 1459, he finally found evidence that two of his enemies from the Danesti Line of nobles had been accepted into the Kingdom of the Undead, he spared no effort in hunting them down.
After Capturing one of these Danesti rivals, Dan III, Vlad and his men bound their captive above a massive stake. Hours of torture not only proved Dan’s inhuman nature, but also gathered information on the Transylvanian undead. Vlad immediately staked his prisoner and slowly drained him of his blood. When the tyrant feasted upon the blood of his enemy this time he was suffused with unholy strength and stamina.
Despite the true reasons behind is vendetta against Dan III, Vlad justified his campaigns of terror as a way to ensure the security of his northern border. Within the year, Vlad Dracula and John Hunyadi, his military Mentor, led a crusade against the Turkish forces subjugating southern Wallachia, because of this valiant campaign Romania will Vlad as a hero well into the next millennium.
After the Hungarian king’s withdrawal of support, Vlad retreated once again to the Poenari Fortress and watched in horror as the Turks attacked Tirgoviste. His first wife, Cnaejna, leapt from the parapets, plunging from the Cliffside castle upon receiving a word of her husband’s death.
Dracula fled, to Transylvania, where he was captured by the king’s envoys and imprisoned for 12 years on falsified charges of treason.
The Damned and the Son of the Devil
The Vampires of Transylvania had long been aware of the Son of the Dragon and his personal Inquisition against the Tzimisce, slaying and impaling thousands to uncover a small handful of the damned. Entire cities would be razed to destroy his unseen and unliving enemies.
In 1472 the fiends had finally had enough and demanded the calling of a convocation to deal with what they called the “Dracula Problem”.