Born in the fortified city of Schwarzthal, June 1st, 1918, Alexander was son of Julius von Schwarzthal- a noble and composer, and Ilya Natt och Dag, a Swedish singer and noblewoman. He was the grandson of the renowned German evolutionary biologist, August von Schwarzthal, and great-grandson of Johan Konrad von Schwarzthal, a professor of ancient languages and theology. The von Schwarzthal family was also a minor noble family related to several German dynasties and even the Russian Imperial family, though their influence had dimmed after the fall of the German Empire in World War one, as well as the eradication of the Romanov family courtesy of the Bolsheviks. From an early age, it was clear that he had a keen intellect, and an interest in matters of a scientific and medical nature. As well as that, he had something of an interest in conflict, studying considerably in matters of history, wars and the like, in a Germany that was rapidly being dominated by Nazi propaganda. Due to his parents, he had also inevitably inherited a talent for music. His older sister, Kára von Schwarzthal
had a cynical view of the Nazis, believing that they'd inevitably end up being dragged down by their own fanaticism, and were only of use as tools to those who knew how to manipulate them, and the ability to do so. Kára scorned his belief in the Nazi cause, saying that with his intelligence, he should be able to see the flaws inherent in their ideology. Regardless, he maintained his view. Unbeknownst to his parents, his older sister also manipulated and abused him, saying that it was only a just punishment, or a taster of what was to come if he continued to trust in the National Socialist German Worker's Party. Another reason for his sister's actions, and opinion of the Nazis, may have been that their uncle, Friedrich von Schwarzthal- a mathematician, physicist, and philosopher, was half German (mother), and half Jewish Russian (father), and been tortured and beaten to death by several members of the SA.
He joined the Hitler Youth in 1929, being noticed rapidly by those on the lookout for talent. Not long later, he ended up joining the SS, serving in the Waffen SS, though also having a role in the Medical Corps and the Ahnenerbe (Scientific Corps). Using knowledge and talent similar in nature to that of his grandfather, he experimented on cells in the human body, experimenting on many test subjects in concentration camps in order to find results, and to further the cause of the Third Reich, becoming notable for his ruthlessness and tendency to disregard the value of human life. Though that was hardly an uncommon trait for the Nazis. In 1944, despite his youth, his expertise and intelligence made him one of the first scientists or doctors involved in experimenting on on people said to possess super powers, intending to use them and their abilities against the Allies, with a senior position amongst those assigned to make their kind of optimum use to Germany in the war. Like many in the SS, he developed an interest in the occult, and was known to incorporate such things into his experiments, as well as the music he composed.
Meanwhile, his military involvement, in the Waffen SS, made him rise through the ranks, second in command and advisor to the infamous SS-Oberführer (Senior Colonel) Oskar Dirlewanger, who lead the Division, though unlike many, he was there due to the Division's reputation for brutality and ruthlessness, which Alexander considered a useful tool. Along side Dirlewanger, he was involved in much of the Division's actions, though he was sometimes irritated by the missed opportunities to make the best use of test subjects due to Dirlewanger's brutality and habit of having his men crudely massacre civilians, Jews, Russians, Polish locals and others. Though Alexander was more concerned about results, and the Division's brutality, as he predicted, did give him a lot to work with, and enabled him to work with as many test subjects, living or dead, as he wished. He was also one of the individuals who resisted the numerous Heer and SS commanders that attempted to remove Dirlewanger from the SS and disband the unit, along with certain higher ranking Nazi patrons who intervened to keep Dirlewanger in power. He was often regarded as odd, seeming distant and sad at times, yet eager, ruthless and manipulative at others, especially when engrossed in doing what he does best. Hence, he was nicknamed "The Mournful Wolf" and due to his origins in nobility and connections with royalty, as the "Silver King". Yet another name he was sometimes known as, was Krieghund, or Warhound.
Another element of his reputation also stemmed from his being the direct descendent of an infamous Duke who fought in the Thirty Years War, the Duke von Schwarzthal, Thaddäus von Schwarzthal. Also known as the Blood Duke, he participated in many of the slaughters perpetrated during one of the most destructive wars of European history, in the 1600s, including the Sack of Magdeburg- in which over 20,000 inhabitants were slaughtered. Despite his infamy at the time, a fair number of records regarding him were later expunged, after he was thought by some to be a "demon clothed in human form", and a "warrior of Satan who sought to bring hell to earth, masquerading as a pious Duke and righteous champion of the true faith" having been known to dabble in alchemy and apparent black magick, despite his claims of following the Catholic faith. Thus, one could say his family had a bit of a history.
Though Alexander was primarily stationed within Dirlewanger's division, he had often taken part in other parts of the war, including being behind events such as the Wormhoudt massacre, the Gardelegen massacre, the Holocaust of Kalavryta and what took place at Oradour-sur-Glane, as well as the the Holocaust in Belarus. Though Dirlewanger was in charge in his division, Alexander rose past him in rank, due to his talent, background and "friends in high places", to the extent that he became an SS-Brigadeführer (SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS), helping wipe out various ethnicities that the Third Reich considered "untermensch" via massacres of towns and villages, as well as at concentration camps. His rank ensured he also had involvement with the Gestapo, as a senior officer of the SS. Already having become a senior member of the Ahnenerbe, he also organised, ordered, and took part in expeditions and searches for sites, artefacts and features of an archaeological nature that were intended to reveal the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan race, as well as for things of an occult and mythological nature, often tied up together in such matters, and as far as Tibet, also conducting experiments in the aforementioned areas, with the organisation's combination of science, archaeology, ideology, occultism and various other things. And of course, there were the SS Medical Corps, and the experiments they had participated in, including mass-gassing and testing various toxins, poisons, experimental weapons and biological warfare, as well as "research" of a more medical nature, with various serums, concoctions, techniques, devices and such.
Elsewhere, unbeknownst to him, Kára
had decided to use the Nazis to gain power for herself. Growing to possess a degree of influence by manipulating a general in the SS, she once more made an appearance
. Using his past against him, she had him undertake another project in secret, with a few other scientists and occultists in the SS. Named Projekt Ätherisch Königin, it would involve a combination of Alexander's scientific abilities, as well as his supernatural metal manipulation, and a mysterious artefact taken from an old barrow in an expedition to southern Norway. Said artefact being a weapon that could take the form of either a sword, bow, or spear. Taking several weeks, and under Kára's specific guidance, it resulted in her possessing the combined powers of a mythical Norse Valkyrie
, and a Greek Celedon
. Though with the latter, she became powerful enough that her Celedon form was immune to control by Alexander, even if he could control gold, among other metals. Not long after, she vanished, though not before killing everyone involved in the project, other than him- perhaps to test her powers, as well as to keep veil of secrecy upon things. With the former, it turned out she was simply awakening a mostly latent nature as a female descendant of the Natt och Dag family, with their mother being as such. Leaving Alexander dangerously wounded but not dead, she said he would only be of worth if he became more powerful. With this desire to appease an older sister to whom he felt inferior, he delved deep into the alchemy of his ancestors, experimenting on himself and others. Despite this, he was still too weak for Kára's plans, so she forcefully applied all the methods that the test data revealed as potentially viable, resulting in Alexander's transformation into an artificial human-- a homunculus, combining experimental technology with ancient alchemy, during in the process of which, very little remained that was exactly human any more. As one could imagine, it was a rather complex, and altogether not too pleasant a procedure. Kára had also worked to be of considerable influence amongst some senior officers in the German military, manipulating and using them as she saw fit, whilst in secret torturing and killing them off one by one, as well as administering the same fate a little less subtly to more or less unnoticed Nazi sympathisers.
Elsewhere, Alexander's strategic advice was responsible for some of the Division's successes, including the defeat of the Slovak National Uprising. Later on, however, Dirlewanger's tendencies to ignore some of his advice resulted in heavy casualties and losses to the Russians, with sizeable portions of the Division being separated and wiped out. With a mixture of anticipation and desperation, he was involved in the attempted deployment of brainwashed super beings against the enemies of the Reich. During another battle with the Russians, the 36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division was cornered in the Halbe Pocket, and the leashed test subjects were deployed against the Russians, though things quickly spread out of control, due to subordinates disobeying Alexander's orders after Dirlewanger was injured in the field, and sent to the rear. A majority of the 36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division was wiped out by superpowered experiments gone insane, with a remnant lead by the disgraced commander Fritz Schmedes reaching U.S. Army lines on the Elbe river and surrendering.
In a panic, the men of the 73rd Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS, lynched their commanding officer Ewald Ehler, who was a former commandant of the Dachau concentration camp, who had been convicted of corruption. With chaos and disobedience running riot as panic grew, Alexander recognised the danger, and the fact that there was little more he could do. Taking a small unit of loyal men, he escaped, travelling all the way to Prague, though he estimated that the rampage, combined with the advances of the Allies and the Comnitern would surpass all efforts to contain it, and it would gain momentum by the week, though he desired the chaos the more powerful of these experiments would deliver, in the hope that Germany would "go out with a bang" so to speak, with many of those experimented upon in Alexander's hopes of being able to use them as living weapons against enemies of the Third Reich, attacking and destroying others indiscriminately in their madness, be they of either side. Knowing that enemy advances, as well as bombing runs would come to target Prague in the time to come- as well as a few superpowered individuals as well as psychics in the employ of the Soviets and the Allies coming to target him, he vanished, going into hiding in the Ore Mountains of eastern Germany. With a base he'd established a couple of years earlier there, he hid, whilst also continuing to carry out his experiments on captured villagers from the nearby area, as well as turning his own men into fanatically loyal cyborgs.
However, things were not to go as planned. In 1945, the Soviets were drawn to the hidden base after a psychic named Nadya Alexeyevna Polubarinova-Kochina
, with the abilities of clairvoyance, telekinesis and remote viewing, in their Secret Soviet Occult Warfare unit, had spotted the site. They launched an offensive, to which Alexander and his men retaliated in a fierce battle in the mountains. The Soviet forces buckled and ran in to trouble with the strong counter-attacks of the SS-Brigadeführer's cyborg soldiers, as well as his own abilities, strategies and inventions.
The Russians took heavily losses, and when it seemed that amongst them, the psychic wielding an "enchanted" (more likely made by an alchemist centuries ago) katana, Nadya, would die at the hands of Alexander, Kára would yet again appear. With the main Sovet commander dead, along with many of his troops, it would seem that hope had been perilously close to the abyss of utter defeat. Seeing an opportunity to both bring about a blow to the dying Nazi cause, as well as to humiliate her younger brother, the hybrid of a Valkyrie and a Celedon proceeded to rapidly turn the tide of battle, easily destroying many of Alexander's men, and coming to engage him in single combat, doing enough damage to allow Nadya to impale him with the enchanted blade, partially slicing him in two, and leaving the general seemingly dead. Soviet reinforcements later arrived, along with a secret British taskforce sent in from the south. The surviving German forces fled and vanished elsewhere, and the base was scoured clean before being left to nature.
However, Alexander survived, even if his body had been considerably damaged. Repairing himself, he would later contact his surviving followers, and begin to rebuild his powerbase and influence in secret, establishing himself as a mysterious figure known only to organisations and agencies of a certain variety. Even then, most thought him dead, and as such, he was rarely pursued for his allegiance and crimes in the second world war. Nonetheless, with the castle of Schwarzthal once more his home, Soviet and NATO spies were often told by higher-ups to tread carefully in that region of West Germany. Though of course, they were never told why. Those that did investigate were informed that missions in the area were highly dangerous, and indeed, many Soviet spies mysteriously disappeared in the area during the Cold War.
Inevitably, of course, he was involved with numerous neo-Nazi organisations, though he found most to consist of pathetic amateurs who attempted to poorly imitate the ideology, practices, and activities of the NSDAP. During the Cold War, he refused to be a pawn to either NATO or the Warsaw Pact, instead following his own path as a remnant of the Third Reich, and of earlier German nobility. Wanted for a long time by certain national and international organisations, Alexander was also amongst the list of Nazis wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity, though he was never captured and sentenced, eventually being presumed dead after enough time had passed. At various points, he was also involved in assorted criminal groups such as Mafia and the like, though only to manipulate them for his own purposes, and always with various other pseudonyms, rarely being involved in person. With the current situation, he finds much opportunity to indulge in activities some would consider abhorrent, and to gain further power.
One of the main organisations under him is the Schwärze Reich Vernichtung Ordens, or Black Empire Annihilation Order. Publicly known as Schwarzthal Industries, it became involved in numerous different businesses, including vehicles, electricity, and planes, with a hidden involvement in weapons and missiles. Although it is presented as a humanitarian opponent of nuclear weapons, the corporation secretly hordes supposedly decommissioned nuclear weapons for their own future use. Likewise, an experimental branch deals with new weaponry, technology and the like, including missiles, guns, robotics, chemical and biological warfare, and other things.
Alexander used the organization to procure secret nuclear information, astronautic technologies, and military-grade weaponry, while under the guise of being an environmentalist agency supposedly dedicated to decommissioning and disassembling nuclear reactors and arsenals. Likewise, to further chaos, terrorist organisations, criminal groups and countries in constant conflict are sold weapons of mass destruction and supplies as long as they obey orders. A further involvement in banking and finances adds an extra layer of international influence, power and control. Whilst part of Schwarzthal serves as a private military company, with much involvement in Africa, eastern Europe and the middle east, with said company being known as the Jagdhund Gesellschaft, often serving various governments, and guarding government officials, security for companies, and protecting natural resources in developing countries, including oil and semiprecious minerals. One can see the influence and reach such things give the organisation under him.
In some ways he could seem carefree and perhaps reckless, though usually his actions are often calculated and well-thought out, even if he can be quite arrogant. In spite of this, a certain bloodthirsty, unpredictable, and mostly ruthless facet of his personalty is usually present. And yet further still, lies a mental instability that could be considered the source of that aforementioned unpredictability. He possesses both a superiority complex and an inferiority complex. He sometimes considers most other people weaker, and beneath him. He treats them as you might expect, yet when he believes others to be stronger, or they have proven themselves to be stronger- very few will at that, though he sometimes overestimates himself. Alexander obsesses over them, wanting to become as strong as them, yet also seeming fanatical towards them, and perhaps as scared of them. He tends to rely upon his intelligence and skill with strategy and manipulation, rather than physical strength, in which he was once lacking, though it may not be the case these days. On another note, due to the way he was treated when he was young, he is also quite masochistic.