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Richard Ardelean

Ratislav of Wallachia

638 years old, deceased at 48

Romanian

Vampire

 

Charming - Bold - Insatiable appetite

 Curious - Silver tongued - Affectionate

Tenatious - Possessive - Impatient

 

 

 

 

 

Mortal life

1383, Wallachia, a place rife with war. The country now known as Romania was under the rule of the house of Basarab with many appointed nobles to control their territories. A mountainous region just south of Transylvania and north of what would later become the capital of Romania, Bucharest, is where this story begins. Just a few snaking roads made their way through the dense forests of the wild region infested with bears, wolves, lynx and many much less natural threats. The people were heavily religious and superstitious, knowing that creatures not of this world lurked in the night. 

Ratislav did not begin his life as the monster he is in modern day, the only heir to a warlord with his mother dying in childbirth; he was treated with the utmost respect and lived in the lap of luxury from day one as the peasants struggled to merely survive. His father hammered home the importance of glory in battle and taking things by force. To be strong and to be feared. Ratislav learned from the best sword fighters of the region, he learned strategy and how to command an army. While not initially sadistic in his ways, Ratislav had little care for peasants and upon taking the seat of power from his father their struggles would not improve.

Richard never did marry, though it’s certain he sired illegitimate children during his life, but none were known to him. It didn’t matter, for he never planned to give up his seat of power willingly.

 

Death, and undeath

1431, a mere five years until the legendary Vlad the Impaler's predecessor, Vlad Dracul, would take control of the region. The country’s rule would change hands no less than eighteen times within the fifteenth century. Had Ratislav not met his fate, he may well have taken the throne himself. War was on the horizon and Ratislav prepared for it, unknowing it would be his final battle as a mortal man.

With such strife and unrest for many years, supplies waned and the smiths of the region could only work so fast creating and repairing armour and weaponry. There were words on the wind of an enchanted sword that would promise a victory in the upcoming battle. Stories of such a blade were mixed, though most told of a powerful sorceress trapped inside. Upon witnessing the blade, Ratislav was entranced, paying the merchant that brought it to him a great sum of gold without realizing the state the man was in. The sword had sent the merchant mad. From the moment of touching the hilt of the legendary weapon, a voice echoed throughout Ratislav’s mind demanding freedom from her steely prison, but Ratislav had plans and was not about to bargain with an inanimate object. 

The day of battle came, leading his army Ratislav appeared to be on the verge of victory once more until a sharp pain shot through him, or rather, a sword had placed the perfect blow in a gap of the warlord’s armour and forced its way between the man’s fifth and sixth rib piercing his lung. Upon seeing their great warrior leader fall, Ratislav’s army retreated, leaving the Wallachian lord dying slowly on the cold blood soaked ground. Hours passed, the battlefield emptied, leaving only corpses, scavengers and those on the brink of death. As his lungs slowly filled with blood, Ratislav looked at his sword, with the sorceress in the sword looking right back. Those yellow eyes filled with sadistic amusement at the fallen warrior that had initially declined her demands. Fearing what waited for him upon death, Ratislav made a deal with the eyes staring back at him; Her freedom on the grounds she saved him from death. Deal. 

With his very last strength Ratislav raised the sword above his head, coughing up a few specks of blood whilst doing so, and struck the sword over a rock shattering the blade into pieces and freeing the dark soul trapped inside. Ratislav didn’t see the afterlife that night as agreed upon, however, his heart no longer beat. Ratislav was not dead, but undead. Stuck between the two worlds, a cursed creature that burned in the sunlight and would be a scourge upon the living; a vampire.

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From monster to civilised

Ratislav would eventually return to his castle, the very place he sat already being fought over by his lessers. Furious his army would abandon him in battle, even though he had fallen, Ratislav flew into a rage. His entire court, torn limb from limb by the ravenous vampire. With each person’s blood drained, the vampire learned their memories and saw their treachery was always on the horizon, it was only a matter of time. 

Reinvigorated, the vampire became the terror of his land feeding on whoever dared approach his castle, and often those that didn’t even try. Many locals fled the region in fear and those who stayed grew superstitious and carried symbols of their god with them at all times which seemed to deter the creature. When word reached the Order of the Dragon, an order of knights sworn to defend the cross and fight enemies of Christianity, the castle was sieged. Greatly outnumbered and weak to their holy weapons, Ratislav fled his castle and Wallachia. He would never hold as much power again, though he would never simply lay down in defeat. 

With his name carrying such weight, a new one had to be developed. Taking the name Richard Ardelean the vampire would travel the world remaining undetected by most, and those that did discover his true identity or what he was, were soon silenced. As the years progressed, as did mankind and the technology they created. With each victim, Richard learned something new, reading their blood like an autobiography. The vampire found he could learn an entire language through someone’s blood, how to sail a boat and in more modern times how to drive a car. The victims he prayed upon went from lesser beings to intriguing creatures. His need to blend resulted in him being quite fond of good conversation and company, though the warlord he once was still burned in the back of his mind. He still found pleasure in striking fear into mortals and watching them grovel at his feet.

 

 

(Present day coming soon)

 

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There are rules, you know

  • The vampire cannot enter sunlight, for they will be burned alive.
  • The vampire detests the symbol of God and cannot gaze upon it, for it is a reminder they have turned their back on death and their own salvation in the afterlife.
  • The vampire craves the blood of the living and must consume it, for it is an addiction.
  • The blood of the dead is detested by the vampire.
  • The blood of the sick is poison to the vampire and will induce vomiting.
  • No mortal may pierce the vampire’s skin without divine intervention.
  • Blessed items are corrosive to the vampire.
  • Fire cleanses sin and burns the vampire, though it will not kill them.
  • The vampire cannot enter a holy building or risk bursting into flames.
  • The vampire cannot generate their own body heat, a constant reminder they are dead.

 

 

 

Well, aren't you special?

  • Richard can know a man’s memories, inherit skills and knowledge through blood alone. This however does not extend to supernatural powers.
  • Richard can scale walls like a spider, even if there is nothing for him to grip onto.
  • Possessing inhuman speed, it can almost give the vampire the appearance of being in two places at once.
  • Victims may hallucinate and dream when being fed on, this can be addictive to mortals and offer them a strange high. It comes at a price, too often, and the mortal will die from blood loss.
  • A master of disguise, Richard can hide within the bodies of his deceased victims, even mimicking their voices. The only part he cannot mimic is their eyes, for their eyes are the window to the soul.
  • Richard can transform someone into a vampire without the use of his own blood, however it’s rare and most end up deceased or mindless ghouls.
  • Richard's body may burst into a swarm of bats to make a quick escape from a situation, though it's rare he uses such a power. 
  • The vampire can locate anyone he's fed on that is actively bleeding, it's a convenient way of summoning him.
  • Richard can heal a wound by pinching it shut, convenient for feedings. This only extends to soft tissues, he cannot heal bones or extensive internal damage.  

 

Nice to eat you

Richard’s sexuality isn’t bound to a single gender, in fact, gender rarely is even a factor on whom he's interested in. The vampire can charm just about anyone into bed, and often has as an easy way to feed. The real challenge is claiming his unbeating heart. Richard appreciates unique individuals, power and anyone that can make him feel alive, though what that entails exactly changes between each individual. Those that don't fit the bill are quickly discarded without much care. The vampire can't stand to spend much time with people that fear him, while it's amusing to Richard it gets tiresome quickly. The only exception to this is if the individual has untapped knowledge, only then Richard may consider sticking around as a means to get what he wants. 

 

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Trivia

  • It amuses Richard greatly when mortals and younger immortals fear him, though is intrigued by those that don’t. 
  • Since becoming a vampire, the man is actually less sadistic than in his mortal life. He doesn't tend to kill people on purpose, it's more an accidental result of overfeeding. There are, of course, the occasional exceptions.
  • Richard fears death, or more accurately, what waits for him after death. Perhaps his only true fear.
  • Richard has been known to be cannibalistic, drinking the blood of other immortals. If anything, it’s to learn from them and enjoy their unique flavour. He considers it a bonding experience. 
  • Richard is hesitant to share his blood, for he has the memories of thousands of people that are now a permanent part of him. It’s been known to send people mad. 
  • The man is a shameless user of dating apps, he can often be found scrolling through people like a dinner menu. Fast food, delivered right to your door.
  • Because he gained the knowledge of language through blood and not traditional learning, Richard speaks languages perfectly and without an accent. 
  • Unlike many of his kind, he does indeed have a reflection.
  • Richard has a housekeeper named Magda, she also originates from Romania. Despite what most think, the woman isn't enthralled by the vampire, she's just paid well enough.
  • 'Ratislav' means 'Glory in battle'.
  • Spilling blood in his presence will cause his fangs to show and Richard will become restless, though he's old enough to keep his composure and not simply pounce on someone. 
  • Richard is something of a masochist, pain makes him feel alive. 
  • Richard doesn't dream, and hasn't since he became a vampire.

Character relationships: [Link]

 

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Inbox: Axel, Casey, Maya

Comments: Hades 

 

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  • (thank you, I apologize.. I'm still trying to feel my character out, I just came back from break due severe health and someone personal things.. I added the hybrid myself after a little bit of research now I'm just trying to figure everything out.. it's a mess I apologize)

  • (Hello thank you for accepting, I hope it your not full if we might be able to plot?)

  • Because Maz would probably brag about it.

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  • Sapphire hues flashed as they narrowed, hearing him the Sorceress merely smirked. "Oh you have no idea..." Morganna answered though he had meant it mostly for himself, but it was true though. He had no idea just how feisty she was, or what lengths she would go for vengeance against Merlin and Arthur. Once and Future King? If they said so.

     

    As he reached out to grasp her chin and tilt her head up and to the side, not quite sure what he was doing but she didn't have much choice. Though she realized the wound from Excalibur was nothing more than a scar, and her eyes widened in surprise, even as his grasp on her chin was released. Curious and wondering what next she watched him as he continued to look her over. Hearing his words the Sorceress took them for what they were; a warning. 

     

    Nodding simply as he moved to his feet, and accepted his hand so she could ride to hers, to now stand slightly beside him. Inclining her head she nods. "Yes.. I gathered.. it's an uh pleasure, I'm Morganna. I suppose I am.."

     

    A brow arched slightly at his last sentence, how  positively thrilling as she learned that most simply died or became mindless ghouls, as she didn't take much reassurance from that. Shaking her head was her only response. "Then I suppose I'm glad to be one of the few... I don't want that to happen..

     

    Frowning as she looked around swallowing as her throat almost burns, hungry she was so hungry. "What... What do I need to do? What's next?"

  • Faust would have a look of pure amazement as he was whisked away from the grand hall and straight to the bed room. He would look at Richard for a moment only to smile slightly.  He could practically see the hunger coming from Richard. His own eyes showed lust and love as he looked into Richard's. He would then bite his lip seeing that he locked the door, and when he returned to him he could feel sparks flying.

     

    Faust would feel that clawed hand against him as they kissed. The thought of it being so close to his skin made his blood run hot. He would then slowly run his hand against Richard's chest and slowly tugs on each button from his shirt off.  He felt every caress and how close he was to-- this vampire was a tease and Faust knew it.

     

    He knew that their clothes needed to come off, but out of sheer will, or lust Faust would grip Richard by his shirt collar to roll themselves around until he was atop the vampire, his body pressing against his and his clothed butt pressing against-- let's just say Richard wasn't the only tease as Faust would slowly undoes his shirt and pulling it off and casting it aside.

  • Faust would smile slightly as he stared into Richards eyes while chuckling softly. He would then nod his head glad that he does have Richards attention. He would then slowly let the music take him in the dance while leaning in face to face. "Thats all I ever want, and I am happy."  

     

    Hearing that they were causing a scene he would merely shrug as he would then chuckle for a moment. "It doesnt matter to me, if they do not approve than that is on them. If it were up to me I would-- stand bare in front of you and I still wouldnt care."  He would say with a slight blush for a moment. He would then chuckle slightly trying to get rid of the embarrassment from what he just said that he would do. 

     

    He would then blink for a moment at the mention of Valentim, he would glance to where he once was only to have a look of confusion under his mask.  He would lift up his mask for a moment only to part his lips as he was about to say something until he looked up at Richard only to gasp softly from the kiss. He could hear the awes and shock in the main hall, he didn't care. He would hold the kiss only to deepen it. He would then slowly pull back only to take a deep breath as he would then lick his lips.

     

    "...Maybe we should call it a night, I think we should also consider Valentin's offer in taking a room. So that we could-- have some privacy, wouldn't you agree? After all, my virginity isn't going to lose itself now is it?"

  • A willing stranger?

    Hades tilt his own head as he looked on with a hint of weary. While he was in no condition to deny any form of help where there had been none, Hades nods his head to Richard's odd offer. Fiery eyes, the name was taken into account wondering just what it meant. He hadn't noticed that he was showing some hints of abnormality but this was a subject best left for later. Right now it seems that the stranger wished to aid him however he can.

    Just by watching the stranger's reaction Hades is left to wonder. He wasn't normal, as normal as the man who stood in front of him. He hadn't measured just how normal Richard is. Small steps he thought.

    "Fire or Underworld?" he recited those words to himself as he looks at his hand, holding it up close enough to his face to inspect with his own eyes. Looking past his hand to Richard he then asks something, "Is that a good thing?" he asks giving a motion with his hand trying to understand. Hades was referring to the sensation he'd left on Richard's hand and how that equals to him being from the underworld.

    Hades looks pensive...

    He had dropped his gaze along with his arm. But looks up when there's mention of Richard offering to give memories to pick through? "How will you manage that?" he almost looked at Richard with a doubtful look. Again, Hades couldn't let this chance pass up if this could possibly work and part of him was urging him to go along with the stranger, regardless if this would turn out a mistake.

    Following Richard almost blindly, he is left to stare at the car. What was this contraption really? Spending his entire existence in the underworld and remaining unfamiliar with the passing years and their changes, even now this car eluded Hades. Even without his memory, he wouldn't know what to make of it. Embarrassingly enough he stretches a handout and points ever so, "I'm to sit in this?" A questionable look crosses him, even when he had previously noticed that red glint. He'd put off what he'd seen just moments because the car was a bigger problem.

    "Is this what will give me those memories you spoke of?"

  • Faust would smile slightly as he would hum for a moment as he heard Valentin speak about a room for the night. He would then watch as his friend left to go to the main hall and conversate with his guests.  For a moment he would take Richards hand and guides him there where he could watch the fellow gentlemen and ladies speak to one and other.  He would then turn his head to look at Richard noticing that something was off.  He would then frown slightly before slowly removing his his mask only to lean forward to Richard.

     

    He would then press his lips against  Richards on the lips, to stay face he made sure that the mask covered their kiss so that no one could see. He would then pull away while winking at the Vampire. "Hey, eyes on me and only me." He would say before slowly putting his mask back on only  to pull him to the dance floor. He would then slowly place one hand on Richard's shoulder while his other hand moved toward his waist.  "Shall we dance?"

     

    As they were on the dance floor eyes were on them, almost everyone was staring at them. In this age dancing with another man was rather bold. But Faust, did not care what people say, for  it was his choice, and if he wanted to dance he'll dance. Soon enough he would sway his hips as he would then tilt his head.  "It seems we are the center of attention, and I wouldn't have it any other way."

     

    Little did they know Valentin would be watching rather intently as he held a glass of wine. He seemed rather unhinged by such a sight. He almost broke his wine glass due to anger as he would continue to watch. He would then look away while stepping toward the next room moving the curtains along the way. As he left Faust would soon press his body against Richard while having the time of his life.

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