The birth took place centuries ago in a land far from this. Lady Annalise, their mother, reigned as queen of their lands. Her knights, known as Vilebloods, would seek out those harbouring the Great Blood, kill them and return to our Queen so that she may use this most powerful of liquids to birth a Great Old One of her own. The twins were born before this became her obsession, when to be a knight in Cainhurst meant defending the nobility, their traditions and upholding their way of life. Perhaps it was their birth, simple humans, that made mother discover her lust for the ancient blood.
In Cainhurst society, there is no discrimination between the sexes, and as such both Alex and Amelia were trained in the arts of decorum, chivalry, duelling and most important of all, the hunt. The twins were inseparable for most of their childhood, taking classes together, training with one another and were even knighted together when they reached the age of sixteen. However, Alexander and Amelia saw much less of each other after this point. Afterall, there can be only one successor, and only one firstborn. So it was that Amelia would continue her life knowing she would never take the throne and Alexander would be ready to step in at a moment’s notice should their mother step down.
Being free of the shackles of succession, Amelia took more time training in the art of the hunts, which involved locating various beasts and killing them. A nearby city, Yharnam, had recently flourished around this 'healing church' and suddenly 'beast' no longer meant any murderous creature, it referred to people tainted with ancient blood. It was at this point that the Knights of Cainhurst became the Vilebloods, when their odious task to hunt down those infected with the beast blood and return it to their queen truly began. Amelia did not approve of this practice, she thought it dangerous as the plague that would come to destroy Yharnam, would spread to their shores. Instead, she abandoned her post as Vileblood and became the hunter of hunters. She would watch the Vilebloods, track them and if they grew so hungry for their queens’ blood that they'd kill someone they couldn't prove was a beast, she would kill them as penance for their greed. Annalise did not approve of her secondborn.
Alexander had a comparatively easier life. He attended courts and the royal hunts and was a successful Vileblood himself, though he spent his life awaiting a throne he knew he'd most likely never receive. When the discovery of the Beast Plague was brought to the castle, Alexander was firmly against the Vilebloods being sent into Yharnam at all, saying that the only beasts that should be hunted, were those that had strayed from the city and into the forests surrounding Cainhurst. The Queen and court overruled him, and the hunts continued. As time passed, Alex noticed how quickly their society had changed. The once proud knights of Cainhurst became blood-thirsty assassins, the queen was less occupied with her kingdom and more with the prospect of birthing a God. Alexander had to step in and try to convince his mother that they were on a fool’s errand, destined for destruction. Annalise did not approve of her firstborn.
Several years later, on their 25th birthday, the twins met for the first time since the day they were knighted. They had communed via letter for the years they'd been apart, though it's not the same as being together. They quickly discovered how they'd both been holding the same doubts, the same worries and concerns. They agreed something had to be done but could not decide what it was. They decided that because nothing could be done to change the course of their home, then they couldn't be part of it anymore. They left, with relative ease, taking only their armour, weapons and enough supplies to get some distance between themselves and Cainhurst.
Beginning in the early 1900's, the twins opened Cainhurst Pharmaceuticals. This company did not work for the betterment of mankind or any other positive moral pretence. In secret, they had managed to ship vast quantities of Elder Blood from their realm, to this one. For a very high price, they would give treatment to the sick. Their mystery miracle cure could heal almost any ailment and so became immensely famous amongst the mega-rich. The company produced medications for all ailments, though none of these compared to the power and potency of The Cure. Maintaining a corporation, while sustaining the secret of the twin’s apparent immortality, as well as studying the Elder Blood without information being leaked, is an almost impossible task. If it were not for the fact that their royal blood was highly addictive, would be entirely impossible. As a result, the same system that kept the Vilebloods loyal to Queen Annalise, kept the company loyal to Alex and Amelia.
They have not worked out all the secrets of the Elder blood however, and as such, on occasion, the use of such a potent elixir results in one becoming a beast. Such is the task for one of the Company's many hunters, or for Alexander himself. Being that this treatment is reserved for only the best paying clientele, they only need to track a finite number of those infected at any given time. In the same vain, Amelia acts as Hunter of Hunters, as well as leads a small group of individuals whose job is purely to seek out any of their personnel who become blood-thirsty and begin acting purely out of desperation for the blood.
So Similiar Yet So Different
Of the Twins, Alex would be the one you would describe as the youngest. His mind has yet to be corrupted by the evil of the world, he sees a positive future for humanity and hopes for a return to his long lost home. Unlike his sister, he'd never hunt another human for he sees beasts as the only true evil. He's soft and kind, in touch with his emotions. Perhaps it was his training for court that taught him when to channel his feelings and when to hide them, but he feels the weight of each of his decisions.
Don't misunderstand his kindness as weakness. He was a Vileblood Hunter, for victory no price is to high.
Amelia was not catered to as a child, when she was knighted she was left to fend for herself. She butchered those who strayed from the sacred path, as a result she knows that all mortal hearts are corruptible. It was her idea to use the practice of blood-letting and the ensuing addictions to control her staff. She can be stern and hard, but only because she puts the survival of the last two Cainhursts before anything else. Those who she allows within her inner-circle know that she would die for her friends and family. Though she feels the weight of her blade, she will not hesitate for the slightest moment about using it.
Don't assume she expects the worst for humanity, she's just waiting to be surprised.
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