Name: Strahd von Zarovich Gender: Male Age: Unknown Height/Weight: 6'1"/193lbs Features: Lithe, black hair, eastern European facial features, red eyes, pale skin Profession: Lord Origin: Barovia Special Characteristics: Vampire, haunted by the memory of his lost love, Tatyana Additional Info: 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. After centuries of searching for his lost love, Tatyana, Strahed eventually came to the realization he would not find her and set his sights toward other goals to serve as distraction from his eternal pain. He colluded with other members of the Dark Powers of Ravenloft until finally he found a way to pierce the veil between his world and that of Sosaria. It is here we begin our story of Ravenloft's invasion into the realms of men.