Born into an extremely wealthy family of mages, associated with several companies, in Eltz Castle, the castle itself being acquired by the family around two hundred years ago, when the lord of the castle lacked sons, and his daughter married a member of the von Hohenheim House- with the most historically famous member of the minor noble family being Paracelsus (whose full name was Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), the Renaissance physician, occultist, alchemist, botanist and astrologist, among other things. Thus, the place came into their possession. From an early age, he was seen to be highly intelligent, even possessing eidetic memory, despite being regarded with scorn and hatred by his older sister, Anna
, for shunting her to the sidelines in terms of inheritance, due to the continuation of the agnatic-cognatic primogeniture form of succession, preferring the oldest male heir (blame Crusader Kings 2 for me knowing this stuff).
Being fully German, his mother was also said to be a descendent of the family of Germelshausen, a German noble family that had flourished in the 13th century, with a castle that stood in the Thuringian Forest on the Border of Hesse until Konrad von Marburg put most of them to death for their Cathar beliefs, and was said to have died out with the mythical figure known as Christian Rosenkreutz. Said individual being the man who had been raised by Cathars in a monastery, and who had founded the secretive Rosicrucian Order, also being rumoured to have reappeared in the 1700s as the mysterious Count of St. Germain, rumoured by Theosophy to be an immortal, and perhaps a supernatural being known as an Ascended Master, also known as a Secret Chief by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The name Germelshausen, may also be related to a tale published in the 1860s concerning a cursed village that sank into the earth long ago and is permitted to appear for only one day every century, a tale of lost love, with young artist who falls in love with a young woman, and him leaving the vicinity just in time to avoid being entombed with the village and its denizens, but thereby being sundered from his love forever, with elements taken from earlier folktales and old German motifs.
Accordingly, with a family history such as his, Alexander found a voracious appetite for history, as well as matters of the occult and supernatural, often finding himself perusing the library of the castle, reading books both old and new, as well as purchasing all manner of obscure books on magic, alchemy, the occult, and supernatural creatures, places and mysterious events, as well as books about the past and cultures of other countries, from Scotland, to the Mayans, to Japan, the arts and sciences, and wars and strategies. With his interest in books, his literary levels tended to be far higher than others his age. He also had quite a passion for history and mythology, in different parts of the world, including gnostic sects such as Manichaeism and Catharism, among other things, as well as Norse/Germanic and ancient Sumerian myths, Egyptian and Romano-Greek stuff, and various other things. He also had quite the varied taste in music, often listening to classical, as well as rock and metal, among various other things. One such band being Therion, a Swedish symphonic metal band with its members also being part of a Draconian Initiatory Left Hand Path Order known as the Dragon Rouge, lead by the band's unofficial lyricist, and named after a French Alchemical order from medieval times.
Isolated, and having no need to attend school, as he possessed a college level education from his childhood, Alexander accordingly developed a differing view of the world from the average individual, also lacking somewhat in experience with that area, instead being taught by a large and knowledgeable staff of personal tutors who schooled him in whatever he needed to know. His social life at best extended to official functions, and meetings with other noble families and the upper echelons of society. The experience that he did get wasn't always too pleasant, either. Anna von Hohenheim, likewise made opportunity to humiliate and hurt him, torturing and abusing him in secret. This, of course, would make him more distrusting of others, and lead his mind down a darker path. Being treated like he was worthless would have some psychological repercussions, also making him increasingly desire to be recognised, and to have his achievements be recognised, be it by his older sister, or by other people. And on the other end of the spectrum, yet another part of his mind believed that he was indeed worthless, that part becoming apathetic and uncaring.
He often played chess, whilst delving further into texts such as the Key of Solomon, and the Lesser Key of Solomon, as well as the Grimoire of Armadel, and numerous other texts on the occult, demonology, magick, alchemy, rituals and so on. At one point, during a sojourn to southern France, in a forest near village called Belesta, in Ariege, he went as far as to experiment with combining Death and Darkness, and succeeded on his first attempt, creating a demonic familiar from some of the residual energy of those who had died at the ill-rumoured Ravens' chasm- a place where bodies had been dumped since time immemorial, though this killed several people who accompanied him in the process. Alexander cared little for that, though, seeing them as incompetent. He also held the view that death was far from the end of things, and that what one could experience in life was far worse. The experiment he carried out had essentially combined those types of magic to deceive the dead into believing they were still alive, and drew upon their assorted nightmares, combined with deathly energy to create the aforementioned entity, which refers to itself as Vetis.
In recent times, he has become involved in numerous occult orders and societies, including one named "Der Orden der Ewigen Schwarzen Sonne von Sorath" or The Order of the Eternal Black Sun of Sorath" named in honour of the demon of revelation, the sun, "the unexplained, unexpected, and unknown" as well as miracles, and whom is said to rule the current of energy that deals with the "id", of the human psyche, altered states of consciousness, thought-forms, elementals, and hallucinogens. Often being associated with an ever-burning Black Sun said to exist in another dimension, also being a symbol found within Wewelsburg castle, which was an important site for the SS, being the main site for their occult activities and rituals, with many rumors and myths abounding the place. Whilst one legend claims that Sorath advised Hitler, and served to guard him for a time.
This particular order he has joined has involvement in numerous areas, including a search for hidden knowledge, seeking to reveal unto themselves, the truth regarding many of the supernatural and occult mysteries of the world, whilst also growing themselves in power over magic and alchemy, with elements of the Left Hand Path obvious in some of their ideology, including a belief regarding how rather than serving under gods, they can walk alongside gods themselves, in a manner of apotheosis, holding in themselves a divine potential that can be reached through initiation into the mysteries of the worldwide occult, and with greater knowledge and awakened wisdom, the power of a god, through the investigation of a darker side of spirituality and mysticism. Likewise, there is also a military aspect of the order, with a number of the founders being ex-SS, or heavily associated with them. Accordingly, Alexander also expanded upon his knowledge of strategy, as well as becoming proficient with guns, whilst his noble status granted him some skill with a sword, despite how old fashioned and traditional that may be. He also delves a fair degree into science, combining this with the alchemy of old- or at least the elements of it that can be covered by his magical specialization, with an interest in experimentation in the very borders of what some would call pseudo-science, merged with the occult.
Over a year ago, he came to join the Circle.