At The Edge Of The World
Strahd Von Zarovich - King of Transylvania
The King of Transylvania, perhaps undead, perhaps just mad.
A man of noble Transylvanian birth, Strahd spent much of his life serving causes of goodness and law, most notably as a warrior and leader of armies. Years of such service took their toll upon him however, and by the time he reached middle age, Strahd came to believe he had squandered his life and his youth. With this dark mood upon him, he entered the Everwar as the commanding general of Romanian forces. Strahd and his troops dealt a series of devastating blows to the Goblin advance in the later months of the war, effectively killing their advance along the southern line. Then, a powerful force of Goblinoids led by an Ogre Magi crossed the Black Sea and infiltrated Romania. They made their way to Transylvania, to Strahd’s home at Castle Ravenloft, and there they massacred his family. When word reach Strahd he left the front, and took his remaining forces with him. The enemy forces were running wild in Romania, murdering the innocent and evading the Romania troops that were tasked with stopping them. When word reached the Romanian King that Strahd had deserted the front he was furious and issued an order to have Strahd and his men executed on site. The army was divided, they sympathized with Strahd and felt he was the best hope they had of finding and stopping the force of Goblinoids that was terrorizing Romania. There were rumors of riots and internal political struggles in Romania, then nothing was heard.
It’s wasn’t known exactly what happened. Many thought perhaps it was Romanian War wizards, or the Ogre Magi that led the Goblinoid forces, or something else, but suddenly Romania was shrouded in mists and few who enter ever return. Those few who had made it out have said the land is like nightmares come to life, and that everyone they meet calls all of the Land of Mists Transylvania, and Strahd is it’s King.
The Lanterns ventured to the Land of Mists and found the source of the foul magic that enshrouded all of the former Romania. An ancient artifact. With support from Strahd and a force of Romanian Malitia they were able to deactivate the artifact and free Romania from it’s living hell.