Victor LazarusActual Age:
Supernatural Speed, Strength and Endurance appropriate to his age. Vampiric Regeneration. Glamour (Exceptional Ability). Superhuman senses. Control Over Shadows and Darkness. Ability to fly, but rarely uses it.Skills:
Victor is a frighteningly efficient businessman and exceptionally charismatic. He is also quite a proficient swordsman, though he rarely has the want to get his own hands dirty. He is the owner of Babel Enterprises, an umbrella corporation that owns many companies under it. Suffice to say he has ridiculous amounts of money as well as many people of various types working for him, including vampire and werewolf bodyguards. The influence he can exert on various aspects of the mortal world is impressive indeed.Weaknesses:
Sunlight (Exceptionally Vulnerable), Wooden Stakes, Silver, Fire (Exceptionally Vulnerable), Entry to Homes (Unable to enter the home of a human unless he is invited), MegalomaniaPersonality:
Victor is cold and calculating, though those who have met him would claim the opposite is true. Some have even said he is the devil himself. He is very sure of himself and his capabilities... it is said that Victor Lazarus can get you whatever your heart desires, for a price.Brief History:
Victor Lazarus was born to a wealthy German Crusader and a converted pagan Latvian woman in German occupied Riga in the year 1226. Tensions at the time were strong due to pagans who were not yet converted by the crusaders who were sent by the Pope in Rome to occupy the Baltic lands. Victor grew up privileged and handsome, with what was described by his peers as a silver tongue. He marveled at how easily the other children could be manipulated like pawns on a chessboard. He succeeded far more often than he failed and when he did fail, he learned to get better. When he came of age he wed an older woman he cared nothing for, but she was a widowed duchess and this allowed him to claim the title of Duke by age 20. His wife was decadent and cared more for having a handsome young husband than anything. She had many lovers, which allowed him the time to not so subtly take full control of her assets and begin to run things properly. Her estate had been in shambles. It was pathetic. he used his natural business savvy to gain influence with the merchants, who he suspected were ultimately the key to power. His fellow nobles thought him a fool... that true power was and always would be via the church. Nonsense.
Victor was 27 when he finally grew tired of his wife and the influence she technically had over him politically. It truly was tragic when his wife was found poisoned one evening while Victor was on a trip to one of the outlaying cities. It was quickly discovered that a group of pagan rebels, blaming the German aristocracy were responsible for the foul murder. Victor ensured that their executions were brutal and very public. Shortly thereafter, Victor was approached by a mysterious man who claimed to have been watching him. Victor was skeptical, but heard the man who would only appear to him at night out. His adviser warned him that the man was likely an unholy demon, but Victor feared no one... whether they were man or demon. The man went on to explain that he admired the darkness in Victor's soul... and that he would return in seven years time to see what he had accomplished. What indeed.
Victor had the entire region in the palm of his hand. Three years from then he had enough nobles that owed him favors from favors he had done for them, from having blackmailed them or just plain having bought them off. So in 1258 when the Pope decided that the nation of Latvia should have it's first king, Victor had levied enough support amongst the nobles that the decision to make him the king of Latvia came as no surprise to anyone. He sat upon the throne and the nation prospered for the next two years. There was one incident during that time that his spies uncovered a plot to assassinate him, but those responsible were quickly found and put to death. When the dark man from before showed up one night, Victor was 34. In his private chambers, the man smiled darkly and told him that he was worthy of the gift. Victor raised a brow and asked him what he was going on about. The man proceeded to tell him exactly what he could offer... to be a king forever, to seize the power of the ages and harness the darkness within. Victor pondered this and finally agreed, with the stipulation that he was not beholden to the man who would be his vampiric sire. The man chuckled and agreed, and Victor Lazarus was brought into the night.
The king of Latvia ruled the night until his untimely "death" in 1274... Victor was no fool. He arranged for the nation to believe him to be dead, a puppet "successor" taking over, one who could rule during the day with Victor pulling the strings at night. Victor lived as a king should, gorged on the sweet blood of virgins for the next 284 years until 1558 with the start of the Livonian War, which garnered enough attention in the region that aspects of the Spanish Inquisition had a good chance of noticing a being like him. In those days it paid to be cautious. Many foolish vampires lost their unlives to the fires of the Inquisition, and so Victor took what wealth he could transport and left the area. He lived in relative anonymity as a member of the vampire court in Paris for almost 200 years, again making connections with various merchant families.
Then in 1750, he made the decision to go to the new world. Over the next 10 years, he had his people establish a lavish estate for him in the New England area, what would be known as Maine. In 1760, he used his wealth to establish Lazarus Textiles, one of the first companies of it's kind in the budding Industrial Revolution. Weathering out the Revolutionary War, Victor's company became extraordinarily prosperous and by 1815 he was able to buy out 5 more companies in the region as well as 3 in Europe under the advent of Babel Enterprises. The corporation has since grown exponentially and is one of the larger but less known umbrella corporations in the world. Victor had adapted well to the modern world, staying on top of everything but automobiles. Why learn to drive when one has a driver, after all? At some point in the 20th century he made contacts with the KGB and though the organization is now officially defunct, to this day he has access to Russian weaponry and other supplies. Victor has his fingers in a great deal of things today, maintaining a network of spies, influence and pull in everything from transportation, politics, police and law to the criminal underworld. So Victor remains, the king of his own "empire"... only recently have that humans come to give vampires human rights, which he finds very amusing. He had, after all been ruling over these mortals for centuries.Ons:
Power, Money, Class and NobilityOffs: