On the Eyes of Midnight
Strahd von Zarovich
Lord of Barovia, Legendary vampire and keeper of Castle Ravenloft.
The people of Barovia are unaware that Strahd is a vampire, there is belief and rumors but not many will admit to this belief due to the fear of the reprecussion it may bring upon them. There have been many times in the history of Barovia where the city was ravaged by creatures of the night…
A man of noble 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 came to conquer the region known as Barovia, and assumed lordship there, taking as his residence the pre-existing castle known as Ravenloft. From this position of power and security, he called for members of his family “long unseated from their ancestral thrones” to join him, including a younger brother named Sergei.
Some time after this reunion, the Count himself fell in love with a young Barovian woman, Tatyana, though she rejected his affections in favor of the younger Sergei. Filled with despair and jealousy, and brooding a growing hatred for Sergei, Strahd sought magical means to restore his youth. In a moment of desperate frustration, he “made a pact with death – a pact of blood.”
On the day of Sergei and Tatyana’s wedding, Strahd murdered his brother and pursued the grieving Tatyana until she flung herself from the walls of Ravenloft. Strahd himself was shot down by the arrows of the castle guard. Even so, he did not die, but went on to rule the land of Barovia as a vampire.
The Sunsword is rumored to be a weapon crafted by the hands of Pelor himself, solely for the purpose of destroying Strahd. Though the weapon may only be a legend, Igor’s Traveling Troubadours believe to posses it’s hilt.