Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
This young man was trained as a vampire hunter by the Archdeacon of Kronstadt. He successfully staked Ulrich von Wettin, but lacked the knowledge to finish him off.
A young Saxon of Kronstadt, quite unremarkable except for his boyish features. The young man’s mousy hair is cut in the style common to the city, and his brown eyes display neither brilliance nor lack of imagination. His features are pleasant enough, although his nose is a touch too long and sharp and his chin is a bit weak. He is a tailor by trade, judging from the good fit, fine needlework and quality of his clothing, and a simple craftsman’s knife is worn at his belt. Altogether, he is no different than hundreds, or even thousands, of young men of the Siebenburgen.
In the Summer of AD 1214, this young man managed to accomplish the nigh unthinkable. In the camp of Theoderich von Lippe, Bailiwick Commander of the Burzenland and leader of its expeditionary army to Cumania, he hunted and staked the Ventrue known as Ulrich von Wettin. This he managed by virtue of simply placing himself in harms way as an attractive target for a vampire’s feeding habits. Before he chose to hunt Valentinus, Ulrich knew enough of him to understand that he was a tailor by trade, and a talented one at that, but that he had signed on to the expedition to do his bit against the Cumans, in whatever manner he might. His assigned task was to repair tents, cloaks, saddle blankets and surcoats, just like half-a-dozen other camp followers. A good looking enough young man, he was not particularly pleasing, just like dozens of other camp followers. The things that made him stand out were that he resided in his own tent, and that he appeared to be easy prey. Single, unmissed, and expendable in a camp full of the likewise, he stood out by appearing drunk and vulnerable night after night. The Ventrue followed the seemingly inebriated young tailor to his tent, then waited in the shadows for his moment. In short order the lad began to snore softly, and Ulrich closed in. As he leaned over Valentinus’ neck, the mortal whipped around and drove a wooden stake home, straight through the vampire’s heart.
At the time, it was unclear which of the two of them was more surprised…
Luckily for the Cainite, Valentinus lacked the knowledge to properly dispose of him, and instead thought that simply staking the vampire would be enough to do away with him. When the young man ran off to find Archdeacon Simon von Nijmegen, a number of allies and retainers managed to spirit the body of Sir Ulrich away and revive him. When the heretofore unknown vampire hunters discovered the body missing, they were alarmed enough to send Valentinus into hiding immediately, and he has not been seen since.
In the months after the incident, investigations yielded the knowledge that the young man was one of the first waifs to be given over to St. Emerich’s orphanage. Unravelling that thread revealed that these orphans, in addition to being given an education in the seven liberal arts and instruction in a trade, were also trained in vampire hunting methedology by Archdeacon Simon, Father Samuel, and Brandt von Bremen. Their purpose? To destroy the “vampire of Kronstadt” that they had long suspected of preying upon the good burgers of the city. Unfortunately for the careful followers of the archdeacon, Valentinus’ qualified success did little more than reveal their secret to the many vampires of the city.