Vlad Dracula
Lord Of The Dragons
Lord Of The Dragons
Vlad Dracula
Personal Data
Real Name: Vladamere Dracul Tepes III
Known Aliases: Prince of Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler, Son of the Dragon, Kazıklı Voyvoda
Age: 580
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195b
Hair Color: Black and Blonde
Eye Color: Red
Biographical Data
Nationality: Hungarian
Place of Birth: Transylvania
Base of Operations: Sighișoara
Known Relatives: "Father": Abaddon
Known Powers
Cursed Vampirism, Access to vast resources, Demon Magic

Info

Perhaps one of the most famous and notorious of all the vampires, he is also one of the least understood due to being burried in hundreds of myths, stories, books and movies, the real Dracula has been lost in it all.

History

Early Life
Vlad was born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, in the winter of 1431 to Vlad II Dracul, future voivode of Wallachia and son of the celebrated Voivode Mircea the Elder. His mother is believed to be the second wife of Vlad Dracul, Princess Cneajna of Moldavia, eldest daughter of Alexandru cel Bun. He had two older half-brothers, Mircea II and Vlad Călugărul, and a younger brother, Radu cel Frumos.

In the year of his birth Vlad's father, known under the nickname the Dragon had traveled to Nuremberg where he had been vested into the Order of the Dragon. At the age of five, young Vlad was also initiated into the Order. It was the order that trained him in combat skills, geography, mathematics, science, languages (Old Bulgarian, German, Latin), and the classical arts and philosophy.

Life in Ottoman
In 1436, Vlad II Dracul ascended the throne of Wallachia. He was ousted in 1442 by rival factions in league with Hungary, but secured Ottoman support for his return agreeing to pay tribute to the Sultan and also send his two legitimate sons, Vlad III and Radu, to the Ottoman court, to serve as hostages of his loyalty.

These years had a great influence on Vlad's character and led to Vlad's well-known hatred for the Ottoman Turks, the Janissary, his brother Radu for converting to Islam and the young Ottoman prince Mehmed II (even after he became sultan). He was jealous of his father's preference for his elder brother, Mircea II and half brother, Vlad Călugărul. He also distrusted the Hungarians and his own father for trading him to the Turks and betraying the Order of the Dragon's oath to fight the Ottoman Empire.

Vlad was later released under probation and taken to be educated in logic, the Quran and the Turkish and Persian languages and works of literature.

First Reign and Fall
In December 1447, boyars in league with the Hungarian regent John Hunyadi, rebelled against Vlad's father, and killed him in the marshes near Bălteni. Mircea, his eldest son and heir, was blinded and buried alive at Târgoviște.

To prevent Wallachia from falling into the Hungarian fold, the Ottomans invaded Wallachia and put young Vlad Tepes III on the throne. However, this rule was short-lived as Hunyadi himself now invaded Wallachia and restored his ally Vladislav II, of the Dănești clan, to the throne.

Vlad fled to Moldavia, where he lived under the protection of his uncle, Bogdan II. In October 1451, Bogdan was assassinated and Vlad fled to Hungary. Impressed by Vlad's vast knowledge of the mindset and inner workings of the Ottoman Empire as well as his hatred of the new sultan Mehmed II, Hunyadi reconciled with his former rival and made him his advisor.

In 1453, the Ottomans, under Sultan Mehmed II took Constantinople after a prolonged siege, putting an end to the final major Christian presence in the eastern Mediterranean, after which Ottoman influence began to spread from this base through the Carpathians, threatening mainland Europe.

In 1456, three years after the Ottomans had conquered Constantinople, they threatened Hungary by besieging Belgrade. Hunyadi began a concerted counter-attack in Serbia: while he himself moved into Serbia and relieved the siege (before dying of the plague), Vlad led his own contingent into Wallachia, reconquered his native land and killed Vladislav II in hand-to-hand combat.

Second Reign
Vlad found Wallachia in a wretched state: constant war had resulted in rampant crime, falling agricultural production, and the virtual disappearance of trade. Regarding a stable economy essential to resisting external enemies, he used severe methods to restore order and prosperity.

Vlad had three aims for Wallachia: to strengthen the country's economy, its defense and his own political power. He took measures to help the peasants' well-being by building new villages and raising agricultural output. He understood the importance of trade for the development of Wallachia. He helped the Wallachian merchants by limiting foreign merchant trade to three market towns: Târgșor, Câmpulung and Târgoviște.

Vlad considered the boyars the chief cause of the constant strife as well as of the death of his father and brother. His brother killed himself. To secure his rule, he had many leading nobles killed and gave positions in his council, traditionally belonging to the greatest boyars, to persons of obscure origins, who would be loyal to him alone, and some to foreigners. For lower offices, Vlad preferred knights and free peasants to boyars. In his aim of cleaning up Wallachia Vlad gave new laws punishing thieves and robbers. Vlad treated the boyars with the same harshness, because they were guilty of weakening Wallachia through their internal struggles for power.

War with Ottoman
In order to provoke and instigate war with the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, Vlad had the Turkish envoys killed on the pretext that they had refused to raise their "hats" to him, by nailing their turbans to their heads. Subsequently, the Ottomans attempted to remove him, and the Turks crossed the Danube and started to do their own recruiting of adolescent Romanians into the Janissary.

Meanwhile, the Sultan received intelligence reports that revealed Vlad's domination of the Danube he sent the Bey of Nicopolis and Hamza Pasha, to make peace and/or eliminate Vlad III.

Vlad planned to set an ambush. Hamza Pasha, the Bey of Nicopolis brought with him 1,000 cavalry and when passing through a narrow pass north of Giurgiu, Vlad launched a surprise-attack. The Wallachians had the Turks surrounded and defeated. The Turks' plans were thwarted and almost all of them caught and impaled, but Hamza Pasha escaped.

In response to this, Sultan Mehmed II raised an army of around 60,000 troops and 30,000 irregulars and in 1462 headed towards Wallachia. Mehmed was greeted by a forest of stakes on which Vlad had impaled 20,000 people. Commanding only 40,000 men, Vlad was unable to stop the Ottomans from entering Wallachia and occupying the capital Târgoviște. He was constantly organizing small attacks and ambushes on the Turks, such as the The Night Attack when 15,000 Turks were killed.

Since the Wallachian nobility was linked to the Transylvanian Saxons, Vlad also acted against them by eliminating their trade privileges and raiding their cities. In 1459, he had several Saxon settlers of Brașov (Kronstadt) impaled.

Defeat
Vlad III's younger brother, the highly capable Radu Bey and his Janissary battalions were given the task of leading the Ottoman Empire to victory at all expense by Sultan Mehmet II. After the Sipahis incursions failed to subdue Vlad, the few remaining Sipahis were killed in a night raid by Vlad III in 1462, killing possibly 4,000 of Radu's troops. However the war raged on, Radu and his formidable Janissary battalion was well supplied with a steady flow of gunpowder and dinars, this advantage allowed them to push deeper into the realm of Vlad III. Radu and his well equipped forces finally besieged and captured Poenari Castle the famed lair of Vlad III. After his difficult victory Radu was then given the title Bey of Wallachia by Sultan Mehmet II.

Vlad III was defeated because the Boyars had been alienated by Vlad's policy and disliked him because he was undermining their authority, and weakening their control over Wallachia. They joined Radu and believed that Ottoman protection was better than Hungarian occupation. Others had their families contained by the Ottomans in Millets (districts) and thus also sided with Radu in order to reunite with their loved ones.

But continuous war had left him without any money and he could no longer pay his mercenaries. Vlad travelled to Hungary to ask for help from his former ally, Matthias Corvinus. But instead of receiving help he found himself arrested and thrown into the dungeon for high treason. Matthias Corvinus feared that Vlad III and his forces might devastate the rural country side of Hungary and instigate an Ottoman invasion.

Final Reign and Death
On 26 November 1476, Vlad III declared his third reign. Vlad began preparations for the reconquest of Wallachia and in 1476, with Hungarian support, invaded the country and crossed the river Danube. Vlad’s third reign lasted little more than two months when he was killed on the battlefield, during a fierce confrontation with the against Ottoman Sipahis near Bucharest in 1476.

Turn to Vampirism
After his failed war to reclaim Wallachia Vlad was believed to have died in battle but his body was never claimed. In truth one of the original cursed vampires, Abaddon the Destroyer, had seen Vlad's mortal exploits and saw his potential. His rutheless nature, his refusal to ever give up and his ingenuity and genius made him the perfect choice to be converted.

Life After Death
Having now been converted to Vampire status as Abaddon's first child. He embraced his new status and went on a bloodthirty rampage across Eastern Europe, carrying on his brutual and iconic impalings, this time using his newly acquired strength to slam his opponents directly onto the spikes. This bloody and near mythic reign lasted close to 100 years, ending with the deaths of thousands of Ottomans and hundreds of Saxons and Hungrians.

It was after this reign of fear, slaughter and bloodshed that Vlad took time look back and relfect on his motral and immortal lives. While his new 'father' wanted only desctruction, devestation and bloodlust, Vlad realized there was something more to his condition. Looking back on the destruction he saw that he'd been destroying everything he'd fought for back when he was alive. His wars in life had always served to try and help his home land, and now this unholy rampage only served to un-do his past actions.

After that moment of self-reflection and realization, Vlad turned his back on his Father Abaddon, and started on a deep, personal quest back to his home of Sighișoara where his family's old Fort was still standing and that last few remnants of The Order Of The Dragon still remained. It was here that Vlad set up his new base of operations.

Setting himself up as the reborn King of the Dragons, Vlad started work at rebuilding the once great Order of The Dragon. He took on what few loyalists had remained over the last 100 years and set to work at rebuilding his image as the great, rutheless, warrior king of his people.

Myths spread across Europe but few believed them and others simply feared them; Vlad's reputation had spread too far and was too tainted but the word of his former rivals. But every so slowly, a few loyalists would find their way to him and he would bring them into the Order. It took close to another hundred years before he had rebuilt his family Fort, restored the surrounding lands and built up a small army or Dragons.

Now, word was truely Spreading, tales of the Immortal Lord of The Dragons, Vlad Dracul. With his newfound power, fame and influence, he set to work on his plans. He swept arcoss the neighboring regions and began mass recruiting, taking in whole families and laying clame to their lands in return for protection. The people were at first reluctant but soon, Vlad had taken hundreds of miles of land surrounding his fort, and any who would dare harm his lands met a swift and brutal end at the hands of the Dragon.

Slowly, Dracul and the Dragons watched their influence and power grow. The lands were prosperous and fertile, the people loyal and safe, and Dracul was once again a King to his people.

Sadly his reign was interupted.

Bram Stoker
Tales of the feirce vampire king covered all of Eastern Europe and people all across the land feared him. His actions had been turned into myths and legends, turning him into some grim, fairy tale monster used to scare peasants. It was only a matter of time before an upstarting author heard of these tales to use as inspiration for his book.

Bram Stoker took the incorrect legends and twisted them even further to better suit his novel. To the surprise of the world, the book was an instant and incredible success across the world, "Bram Stoker's, Dracula", the most iconic vampire novel known to man.

Unfortunately this sparked legions upon legions of hunters and vampire fans to seak out this mythical 'Count Dracula' from Transylvania. Vlad and his Dragons were berrated by hundreds of people coming in from all across the world, either trying to gawk at him, try to kill him, or (in the case of the incredibly stupid) trying to get him to convert them. He was forced to kill most of them, something that did not engratiate him with the people of the world.

For every person he killed, 5 more would show up as a result of his actions. In the end, he begrudgingly realized that he was forced to forsake his homeland yet again or be forced to kill every human on Earth. Despite the appeal of the second option, he chose the first.

Over the next few days, he arranged transport and lodging for all his Dragons to spread across the world, where they would live until called upon by him. He then packed 10 crates full of soil from around his Fort and left with his 20 most trusted Dragons. He travelled the world, never staying in one place for too long while his Dragons across the world rose families and inducted them into order.

Modern Days
Vladamere Dracul Tepes III has long vanished from the public eye, hidding from the world's false perceptions of him. The Dragons of his homeland have all died long ago, but their families have replaced them, serving as sleeper cells and guardians for Dracul when he 'comes for a visit'.

For now, he simply bides his time, waiting until the world starts to forget him before he will unite the Dragons and take back Transylvania.

Legacy

Vladamere as a human ruler was most well known around the regions of Hungary, Saxony and the Ottoman Empire. While all regions viewed him as ruthless, he was only perceived as violent, psychotic and bloodthirsty in the rival regions of Saxony and the Ottoman Empire where he was a rival to their territories while in his home region of Hungary where he ruled, he was perceived as harsh but fair ruler who was uncomprimising and treated all people equally. By modern terms he was revolutionary, political extremist who sought the benefit of his own country and it's people above all others.

One May 1897 however, everything changed. An author by the name of Bram Stoker had heard rumors of Vlademere Tepes in the regions of Romania and used this as the insipiration for his iconic villian, Count Dracula. Many facts were incorrect and based on rumors and old stories that had been cobbled together for the purpose of the story.

From there it snowballed as this fabricated image of 'Dracula' spread across the world with thousands of people creating their own interpretations and representations that flooded the world. Factual accounts of Dracula have been severly limited and often discounted in modern society.

Powers

Vampiric Immunities - Like all cursed, Vlad is immune to disease, aging, poision and most mundane forms of physical harm.

Shapeshifting - Vlad's signature power is being able to draw on several monsterous and inhuman forms. His most common forms are the Pricolici (a large wolf-man), the Varcolac (a squat, hulking creature), the swarm (a massive swarm of huge rats) and the Strig (a huge, shreiking, flying creature).

Lord Of The Dragons - As part of his human bloodline and heritage, Vlad has inherited the title of Lord of the Dragons. This title confers vastly increased power while in the regions that are now Transylvania, making him easily 4 times as powerful. He can also draw on a legion of cult-like, loyalist followers of his family's power who serve as his elite troops around the world.

Demon Magic - Like all cursed vampires, Vlad is capable of using demon magic with no negative affects.

Guise of Humanity - As long as certain conditions are met, Vlad appears like a completely normal and living human to the eyes of most mortal creatures, hiding his true form which is malformed, wolf-like corpse.

Weaknesses

Vampiric Vulnerability - Like all cursed, Vlad is vulnerable to harm from anything made of silver as well as a wooden stake through the heart which will paralyze him and remove his guise of humanity, often making people assume it has actually killed him.

Sunlight - Vlad is less directly susceptable to sunlight than other cursed, rather than suffering direct harm, it will strip away his guise of mortality, making him resemble a walking, deformed corpse with animalistic features. Sunlight also prevents him from using most of his powers.

Territorial - Unlike normal curse vampires, Vlad is not bound to his coffin per-say, instead he is bound to the soil of his homeland. rather than sleeping in a coffin he is forced to sleep in soil taken from his home in Sighișoara, burying himself in it each night; this often causes him to travel with several crates of soil whenever he leaves his home. If he doesn't sleep in the soil he becomes progressively weaker as his power is sapped from him, a full week without sleeping in the soil will render him completely mortal until he spends a full 24 hours in the soil.

Romanian Curse - Due to his prevelence in Romania and often being associated with myths of strigoi, moroi and werewolves, he has been cursed with several local weaknesses. He is highly allergic to garlic which will repel him along with being strongly drawn to the scent of alcohol which will usually overpower most of his urges.

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