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Hi everyone, I have always had a fair sized amount of fluff and background which drives my army lists, even how I play the game. I know very few are mad enough to pursue such a weird style of collecting, but I am curious. How many other Vampire COunts players have interesting background for their own personal army? If you guys do, i would love to read it, and it would be nice to have a post that wasn't all about learning how to play VC, all though that is very useful. But I digress, anyone who has kool fluff
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I don't know if this might be better off in the fluff section but since the mods should be able to move the thread if they wish to, I'll go ahead and post the fluff of my army general, Helena, here.
This is a shortened version to make it faster for you to get through. It should still give you the gist of her personality and motives I hope, heheh.
Helena started her mortal life as the daughter of a rich and important man in the imperial city of Carroburg. However, she was abducted shortly after her tenth birthday by a vampire who first slew her entire family and their staff. Shortly thereafter, she became afflicted by vampirism but was freed from her master before long, when a band of witch hunters came upon the vampire's lair and destroyed him and themselves in the process. Helena survived and travelled across the Empire in search of new masters and teachers that could help her to better understand what she had become. After several centuries afoot she had become put off by the constant greed and lust for power that her fellow vampires displayed and decided to "call it quits" and settle down somewhere nice and quiet.
She made her way back to Carroburg and found her old home still standing, untouched by the local population since the night when her family had been murdered. Rumours had it that it was (extremely, heheh) haunted, which suited Helena just fine as it meant that people wouldn't simply wander in there out of simple curiosity. There she spent several more centuries, keeping to herself and staying out of the businesses of others. Every now and then she was sought out by aspiring necromancers and other hopeful magicians, asking her to share with them her knowledge and dark powers. Helena was not amused by this, as the viewed the nature of her own existence to be something negative, a plague to an already troubled world. When the humans would not desist in their requests to become her students and gets, she killed them.
Then on one fateful night, a vicious monster of a vampire came upon her home and sought to devour her body and soul to steal her magical essence. After a brief but defiant struggle, Helena was destroyed and her body consumed. She was, however, too old and powerful for her assailant to have his way with so easily and she managed to free herself from her murderer and drove him away as she used what power she had left to set her house ablaze. Within minutes the house had burned to the ground and whatever remained of her body had disappeared in the flames.
Some time later, for reasons unknown, the house simply reappeared where it had always stood. Stirring inside of it once more, though this time in a ghostly, ethereal state, was Helena, and she wasn't feeling very happy about the current situation at all. For all her wishes of remaining passive and keeping to herself, she had still become the target of the darkness that crept around the world and it displeased her. Vowing to never have her peace and quiet disrupted so brutally again, she decided to play a more active part in the world. Calling on the service of hordes of ghosts and spirits, who flock to her side as if they could feel a sort of resemblence of themselves in her, Helena commands her Spirit Host to combat whoever or whatever that seeks to disturb the harmony that she desires, silently marching across the Empire before falling upon the enemy like a tidal wave of ethereal steel and anger.
And that's it, basically.
Also, there's an Internet Cookie in it for the one who can pinpoint from where I've gotten the inspiration for all of this, heheh.
Last edited by MasterSpark; January 16th, 2009 at 16:43.
Well, this seems like a reasonable idea. I hope you don't mind me dumping a load of text in here?
It's basically the summary of how my characters got together. In game terms, Thalespa is the Lord Vampire (geared for casting), Blache is a hero Vampire (also geared for casting) and Vichette is a hero Vampire (geared for combat). Daanhale is a Wight.
I also feel I should point out I'm not entirely happy with the fluff. I'm beginning to dislike Emo vampires, and Thalespa (at least to me) borders on the emo. She was meant to be this character struggling to retain her humanity even as she falls to become an obsessive, reclusive Vampire. But I'm not good enough to pull that kind of stuff off.
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Lady Thalespa Brandreth was once a young noble living in Erengrad, a Western city within the nation of Kislev. She was completely content with her life; she had caught the heart of Daanhale Ursidae, and he had snared hers. Her parents did not consider him the ideal suitor, but were nonetheless pleased to see their daughter so happy.
But then, seemingly without reason or cause, a Vampire visited the Brandreth manor. When the night was done Thalespa had been turned, her parents having little memory of what had transpired. Thalespa’s first instincts were to conceal her powers, hiding away in her room and pushing everyone, even Daanhale, as far away as she could. Her fear was that she would kill those around her, those who loved and cared for her, and she realised she needed to know more about her kind, about what she was capable of. She sought out and began to read as much as possible about Vampires, about their lore and their history, and her studies soon led her to a fortunate encounter.
It did not take Thalespa long to befriend a reclusive spinster known as Madame Blaché and her trusted associate, Vichette. Thalespa was truly surprised by the older woman’s knowledge of Vampiric Lore and Necromantic arts, and it did not take long for them to become staunch and loyal allies. Vichette was a more physical fighter, but was equally willing to instruct Thalespa in the art of swordplay. The three began to study together wherever possible, pooling their knowledge so that they could all reap the rewards of their endeavours.
Lady Thalespa was meticulously cautious in keeping her secret from those around her. It became increasingly harder as she delved deeper in to her studies; the Vampiric side of her greedily drank whatever knowledge she could feed it, and yet still desired more. She began to change, becoming obsessive and callous, and her pursuit of knowledge become her only passion.
Concerned that Thalespa was losing touch with her humanity, Blaché attempted to reunite her with Daanhale, seeing him as a stabilising influence on her. But Thalespa refused to see him, delving ever deeper in to her studies.
Eventually, Daanhale’s attention became a nuisance to her, and Thalespa resolved to drive him away once more. She submitted to the courting another man, Sanchev, who was only too eager to publicly parade their supposed relationship. Then she arranged for Daanhale and herself to be alone one night so that she could reveal her true nature to him. She hoped that he would either flee in terror or attack her, thus giving her reason to could kill him. Thalespa thought she was prepared for any eventuality; if Daanhale fled and attempted to tell others she was a vampire, she could claim he was simply jealous and spreading rumours out of spite. If he attacked her, she could claim he had either tried to force himself upon her, or flown into a jealous rage and tried to kill her.
But there was one eventuality Thalespa had not counted on. When she revealed her nature to Daanhale, he was initially shocked, but to her surprise he only reaffirmed his love for her. Angrily she told him he was a fool and ordered him to leave, but he would not be discouraged. He swore he would never betray her and Thalespa, finally swayed by his loyalty, made her decision.
She ended her relationship with Sanchev, allowing Daanhale to take his place in her life. Sanchev, not used to having a woman oppose his will, was clearly disgusted by this turn of events. He left Erengrad soon after Thalespa turned him down, and for a while Thalespa was content with her life. She had a close confidant in Madame Blaché, and a loyal friend in Daanhale.
However, Sanchev refused to be forgotten. A few months later he returned to Erengrad with an extremely zealous and unbalanced Witch Hunter and retinue in tow.
Sanchev led an attack against her manor, and although she had prior warning from Blaché, Thalespa was somewhat unprepared and chose to flee rather than fight. Though she was unwilling to drag Daanhale into the life of a fugitive, he would not leave Thalespa’s side. It was he who defended her when their flight was discovered, and it was he who gave his life to save her, gunned down by a dozen men only a few paces away from the Vampire he had loved.
Despite being a creature of few emotions, Daanhale’s death deeply affected her. In a tearful rage Lady Thalespa destroyed Sanchev, the hunter and each and every one of his minions, letting the Vampire inside her take control. When there was nothing left to kill, Blaché took the grieving Vampire and Daanhale’s body away with her, fleeing towards the Middle Mountains. Vichette did not travel with them, as Blaché had given her another task.
While they were still travelling, Lady Thalespa begged Madame Blaché to resurrect Daanhale so that they might be together for eternity, despite the necromancer’s explanations that Daanhale as a Wight would not be the same, and would never again remember or love her.
Thalespa accepted this but soon found herself regretting her decision. As Madame Blaché had assured her, the resurrected Daanhale did not remember her, and having him seemingly alive only served to remind her of what she had lost. Still reacting to Daanhale’s death, it took several months for Thalespa to recover; for a time she alternated between swinging into an uncontrollable rage whenever she saw the Wight, or collapsing into distraught sobs.
Eventually though, Lady Thalespa settled. She covered Daanhale’s form in armour and sank back in to her studies. Vichette rejoined them at their fortress, bringing with her all the lore and long-forgotten texts they had studied in Blaché’s manor. But still Thalespa desired more, and she began to venture forth from her fortress home, seeking new knowledge that they could share. She was challenged as a Vampire wherever she went and called into many skirmishes and small-scale engagements, and though she had other ways and means of obtaining what she sought, she showed herself to be a proficient combatant when required.
It did not take long for the group to begin assembling a vast collection of arcane items, forbidden tomes and long forgotten knowledge. Lady Thalespa, Madame Blaché and Vichette were able to greatly improve their respective skills, and soon their names became well known and rightly feared across a great many regions. The raids of Thalespa’s army, dubbed ‘The Legion of the Cursed Serpent’ thanks to the stylised cobra borne on their banners, are seemingly random. But each has a purpose, each a distinct goal in mind, though there may be many years between each foray. Thalespa and her companions continue to grow in power, and though she seeks only knowledge, it is clear Thalespa will stop at nothing to gain what she seeks.
While I'm certainly no expert on the subject Deadstar, I wouldn't accuse your vampire of being very "emo" at all. I can fully imagine vampires retaining their capacity for emotions as long as they make sure to nourish and remember them.
Anyway, "emo" or not I still like your thought out background story.
I posted my Vampire Counts fluff 2 years ago in the fluff section. I just recently updated it to include the two characters who feature prominently in my army- Castille my BSB, and Lady Christobel my frequent general.
It's the story of a questing Brettonian knight from Carcasonne, who participates in the errantry war against Jaffar Hasad. The whole tale is one of erpic heroism, horrifying cruelty, madness, romance, and intrigue.
I would like to expand it into a short series of books, as it is the quintessential Gothic-Horror that I feel is needed to rediscover the Vampire genre as something more than a failing attempt of lonely women to spice of their love lives (yes, that's you Anne Rice, and Stephenie Meyer)
And while I like both of the presented stories- MasterSpark i would be interested to read yours in full- I am also pleased to state that my story is the first to speak of a genuinely evil vampire.
Read it here: The Blood Prince of Arabya
Ahhh, I did think that your fluff looked familiar when I first started to read it Sarathai, and that was because I had read it a few months back while lurking on this site, heheh. The fluff is quite nice and was/is a good read.
As for my own fluff, the full version isn't really any different, it's merely longer and more detailed. I've only had the army up and running since a month and a half back while the inspiration for it struck roughly two months ago, and as you should know, coming up with some good and concrete fluff takes time.
This is actually the first time that my general-in-command isn't some deranged, power-hungry lunatic bent on world domination. The whole army is in fact a tribute to a fictional vampire (cookie still up for grabs!) who died in the original setting, which is why I'm having her as a ghost of a vampire in the world of Warhammer. Since the inspirational source really doesn't give me much to work with as to her backstory and true character, I'm having a bit of trouble with establishing the fluff while keeping in character as I perceive her. Trial and error is necessary, heheh.
My Vampires are Pirates, they like lootin' an' pillagin'...........what more fluff do you need?
There is no such thing as a superior martial art, only superior martial artists.
Masterspark- I'm not as well versed in the Vampires of the more modern era, as I prefer the classical vampires. however, when you talk of the abduction at age 10, and the fact that your vampire is a female, I'd have to go with the story of Carmilla? It's a longshot though, perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm out for cookie blood!
Thank you though for your approval of my fluff. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
Sarathai - I'm afraid that the original source is not the story of Carmilla (I would be interested in reading that myself though, if you could provide the means for it?) but instead I've practically ripped her off from the Hellsing Animated Series. She's only a minor character, being on scene for no more than 20 minutes.
She's an ancient original vampire with the appearance of a child, living peacefully as a recluse in London until an evil fellow comes along and literally eats her. When one of the series protagonists later arrive on the scene, she manages to free herself from her murderer and delivers a final speech before setting her house ablaze, a melancholic jazzy track playing in the background. The scene made enough of an impact on me to want to make a tribute to her and thus my VC army was born again!
Oh and about that cookie... you see, there's a two-week expiry date on those things and since it's been almost a month since I offered it up here I kinda ate it myself. T'was Tasty.
My army is the royal host of gashnag the black prince
a load of black knights, corpse carts and zombie butlers, and a large ghoul rank and file