The Transylvania Saga
6th Generation Ventrue, Childe of Lucretia von Hardtz
Erasmus von Kronstadt
Sword of God
Apparent Age: Early 20’s
Mental Attributes: Intelligence ••, Wits •••, Resolve •••
Physical Attributes: Strength •••, Dexterity ••••, Stamina ••
Social Attributes: Presence •••••, Manipulation ••, Composure ••••
Mental Skills: Academics •••, Crafts ••, Investigation •, Medicine •, Occult •, Politics ••, Religion ••••
Physical Skills: Archery (Quick Shot) ••••, Athletics ••, Ride •, Stealth •••, Survival •, Weaponry ••
Social Skills: Animal Ken •, Empathy •••••, Expression (Oration) •••••, Intimidation ••, Persuasion (Leadership) ••
Merits: Allies (Church) •••, Allies (Teutonic Knights) •, Allies (Tremere) ••, Fighting Style: Archery ••, Herd •••••, Linguistics (Greek, Latin), Mentor ••, Resources •••, Status •••••
Morality: Heaven 8
Vitae/ per turn: 30/5
Disciplines: Animalism ••, Auspex •••••, Celerity ••••, Chimerstry ••, Dominate ••, Majesty •••••, Resilience ••••
Born in the Winter of 1169 only two days before Christmas. The boy who would one day be called Erasmus seemed destined for a charmed life. Those hopes were dashed before his seventh birthday. Whatever happened to his parents, Erasmus does not remember them. His first memory is that of being a page in the house of a powerful Knight, a friend of his father’s he was told. The Knight, who’s name Erasmus never divulges, began training the boy from the time he could hold a bow, one crafted for his own tiny hands.
the knight trained the boy in the arts of war and read the bible to him each night. He told the boy that he was to be an instrument of god, a sword against which all of heaven’s enemies would fall. For the boy’s part he was a quiet and well behaved student, eager to learn all he could from his master. The happiest he was, was in the forest hunting with his bow.
The boy grew into a charismatic and devoted young man. Well liked by his peers, the young man’s commitment was infectious, making him a natural leader of the men who served with him. His natural charisma hid his dark heart and allowed him to keep his distance from his brother-soldiers who would all one day, he knew, fall in battle or abandons him as his family had done so long ago. This detachment was caused by his childhood training, and his true heartfelt belief that he was indeed a weapon of the divine. When he was called to join the Crusades he did so gladly, eventually going so far as to joining the Orden der Brüder vom Deutschen Haus St. Mariens in Jerusalem, the Teutonic Knights, while it was still in its infancy and for whom he quickly proved himself a skilled scout and spy.
It was in the Order that he learned of the Lady-Knight Lucretia von Hardtz, a woman so devout that she swore never to see the sun again until Jerusalem was once again in christian hands. With her as his Commanding Officer he was unstoppable, taking small bands of knights into the dark of night and fighting within the enemies own camps.
In his second year of the order, Lady Lucretia offered him initiation into a secret brotherhood within the Order, this brotherhood took a secret communion and followed orders that those who were not worthy were incapable. The Knight agreed at once and was initiated, drinking from a chalice of wine that truely was transfigured into the blood of Christ.
Once he achieved the second initiation a meer handful of months later the communion granted him great power, allowing him to shrug off the swords and arrows of the enemy as the blood of god ran though him. With time he found that his words carried more wait and his very presence inspired his men and disheartened his enemies. He was a true sword of god.
Until the battle of Arsuf, as Saladin’s forces slaughtered his men, even his divinely empowered constitution was no match for the multitude of swords and arrows that he and his men went up against. Even as the sun set the Knight passed onto his final reward.
He awoke to the taste of blood and fire, it was then that he learned his Lady’s true nature, and his own. .
That was five years ago. Since that time, the man, who has take the name Erasmus, has spent a great deal of time within the Bavarian Monastary called Reichenbach Abbey, where he meditates upon his new nature as one of the damned and awaits his chance to prove himself to his Lord and Lady once more.
Early in his new existence Erasmus was seen as a failure by his elders and was sent to while away eternity in the catacombs beneath Reichenbach Abbey until they found use for him in the barbarous lands of the east.
What was to be his last chance was instead a rebirth. Having surrounded himself with a coterie of desperate but talented young Cainites, Erasmus embraced his nature and became an effective tactician and field commander. Whether he was building a fortification, acting as an ambassador to or bringing even elder Fiends to their knees, it seemed nothing would stand in his way.
As Constantinople burned Erasmus and his allies defended the Toreador Methuselah Michael from an ancient evil.
Once the Patriarch came fully to his senses he asked the devout Ventrue to do the unthinkable.
Since that time Erasmus has spent more time in Torpor then out, though when he does rise he makes cryptic but insightful commands of his worshipful childer, who see him as a prophet.