Konrad von Carstein

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Konrad von Carstein, Vampire Count of Sylvania.
"Konrad" redirects here. For the novel, see Konrad (novel).

Konrad von Carstein succeeded Vlad von Carstein as the second Vampire Count of Sylvania. He is infamous as the most ferocious and bloodthirsty of the von Carstein dynasty. [1a]

Although he considered the living within his domain as nothing more than something to hunt for sport, he was also extremely territorial - makring his borders with the heads of his enemies. No other vampire was allowed to enroach on his chosen domain. [4b]

History

Under Vlad

Konrad was one of the last vampires to be sired by Vlad. Vampirism did little to strengthen Konrad's already tenuous grip on reality. His exploits included burning down entire towns because their smells displeased him, and trying and convicting his own mother for the crime of having given birth to him without his prior permission. He also made a habit of killing many necromancers, as they often made the mistake of mocking Konrad's (admittedly pitiful) magical powers.[1a][4b]

Rise to power

Vlad's death in 2051 at the Siege of Altdorf left the rulership of Sylvania vacant and was immediately disputed between Vlad's surviving brood. In 2058 IC, Konrad had invaded the Moot but was forced to return to Sylvania when Hans claimed Drakenhof Castle. [2b] The chief contenders - his 'brothers' Fritz, Pieter, and Hans - all came to unholy ends. Fritz was killed while attacking Middenheim. Konrad killed Hans in a duel over who was the toughest. Pieter was slain in his coffin by Helmut van Hal, a descendant of the infamous Necromancer Vanhel. [1a]

He took control of the town of Essen and had to defend it against the Necrarch Lord, Sethep the Merciless, beheading him at the Battle of Essen Ford. [4a]

After the killings of his rivals, he assumed power in 2094 IC [2b] and immediately marched to war against The Empire, wishing to emulate the victories of Vlad. Because he had no talent at sorcery, Konrad changed his tack on necromancers and cajoled, bribed and bullied a large number of necromancers into serving him. The undead horde they raised was so immense it was able to triumph against any force sent against it, despite Konrad's insanity and his ineptitude as a general. [1a]

Agianst the advice of his few remaining councellors, Konrad declared war on the Dwarfs, attacking outlying settlements of Zhufbar whose King marched on Sylvania. The two forces met in battle at Nachthafen and at first the dwarfs had the upper hand as their Runesmiths prevented the necromancers from using their powers. Konrad himself led an all-out attack and slew them, dispatching Walach Harkon to duel and slay the Dwarf king. [2a]

War with the Empire

After several attempted invasions of The Empire, Konrad's advance was finally halted at the Battle of Four Armies in 2100 IC by a combined force from Altdorf, Talabheim and Marienburg (the battle is remembered mainly for the fates of the Imperial leadership, all of whom were contenders for the Imperial throne: Lutwik the Count of Altdorf and Ottilia IV of Talabheim ordered each other's assassination in the heat of battle, while Helmut, Count of Marienburg, was slain by Konrad).[1a][2a]

However, the undeniable disadvantage of being dead did not stop Helmut contending for the imperial throne and after the battle he journeyed to Altdorf to ascend to the imperial throne. It was only when his extreme lethargy, pallid skin and digusting odour developed into full decomposition that he was actually a zombie under the control of Konrad! The necromancers controlling Helmut fled as soon as they were found out. Konrad's ploy to become emperor may have succeeded if the magic binding Helmut to Konrad's will had been more complex and thus able to sustain Helmut's decomposing body better. It is interesting to note that Mannfred von Carstein did not try to replicate this (fairly cunning; at least for Konrad) ploy. This would have been an easy way to misdirect and inhibit the Empire, allowing him to conquer it with ease.[1a]

Defeat

Konrad was finally defeated in 2121 IC at the Battle of Grim Moor by an alliance of Dwarfs and The Empire under Elector Count Helmar of Marienburg - the son of Helmut. In the heat of battle, Konrad's necromancers deserted him and his undead horde collapsed without them. Konrad was the battle's last casualty: the Dwarf Thane Grufbad held Konrad down while Helmar of Marienburg beheaded his father's killer with his Runefang and hacked the body to pieces, burning the remains. [1a][2a]

Magic

Weapons and Equipment

  • Sword of Waldenhof: A spirit possessed sword expertly wielded by Konrad. [2c]

Gallery

Miniatures

Quotes

Ah, but the truth is like an expensive whore, Jerek. She comes in many dresses and will bend over for any with the money to pamper her.

~ Konrad von Carstein. [3]

Sources

The Vampire Counts
Units Abyssal Terror - Banshee - Bat Swarm - Black Coach - Black Knight - Blood Knight - Cairn Wraith - Charnel Guard - Corpse Cart - Coven Throne - Crypt Horror - Dire Wolves - Fell Bat - Ghost - Ghoul - Gloom‎ - Grave Guard - Hexwraith - Mortis Engine - Necromancer - Master Necromancer - Necromancer Lord - Shadow Druid - Simulacra - Skeleton - Spirit Host - Strigoi Ghoul King - Storm Riders - Strigany - Swain - Sylvanian Levy - Terrorgheist - Tomb Stalker - Vargheist - Varghulf - Vampire Thrall - Vampire Count - Vampire Lord - Wight King - Winged Nightmare - Zombie - Zombie Dragon - Zombie Pirate
Characters Abhorash - Anark von Carstein - - Antoine von Carstein - Ariette von Carstein - Aucassin - Adolphus Krieger - Alicia von Untervald - Andraste - Ankhat - Anmar bin Muntasir - Asteron - Brachnar - Caleb - Chandagnac - Chown - Constant Drachenfels - Crovan - Davargos - Dieter Helsnicht - Druthor - Emmanuelle von Carstein - Emmanuelle von Templehof - Estaban Valadische - Evegena Boradin - Faethor - Famke Leibrandt‎ - Frederick van Hal - Frich Von Haas - Gabriella von Nachthafen - Galiana - Gashnag - Genevieve Dieudonné - Gorgivich Krakvald - Gothard - Gugula Skell - Gunther Spengler - Harakhte - Hathurk - Heinrich Kemmler - Helena von Culper - Helman Ghorst - Heloise Kalfon - Hermione von Auerbach - Imentet - Isabella von Carstein - Isodora - Jacques de Noirot - Johann Haifisch - Kadon - Kalledria - Katherina von Dernsbach - Kattarin - Khaled al Muntasir - Khemalla - Konrad von Carstein - Krell - Laskar Noircouer - Layla - Leanora Navrre - Louis Cypher - Lothar von Diehl - Lupa Stregga - Luthor Harkon - Lydia von Carstein - Mallobaude - Malvous - Mangari - Mara - Malachias von Carstein‎‎ - Mannfred von Carstein - Margritte von Wittgenstein - Mariato - Mathilda‎‎ - Melidere Valadische - Melissa d'Acques - Merovech - Morath‎‎ - Mordac - Morgul - Moriva Darkstalker - Mundvard - Naaima - Nathmar - Neferata - Nicodemus - Nitocris - Nourgul - Nyklaus von Carstein - Obadiah Glothman - Palatine Drego - Petra Hirkeit - Pieter von Carstein - Pitre Fonce - Rabe von Stahl - Raiza - Rametep - Rasha bin Wasim - Red Duke - Renar - Rodrik von Waldendorf‎‎ - Rolinda - Rudek - Rudolph Brecht - Sanzak - Sethep - Sofia - Sorn Ghoulskin - Sycamo - Talia - Theodora Margrave - Thrashlaar - Tiberius Kael - Ulrika Magdova - Ushoran - Urzen - Verek - Vlad von Carstein - Vorag Bloodytooth - Ulffik - Ullo - Valnimir Valadische - Vangheist - Varis - Vorag Bloodytooth - Walach Harkon - W'soran - Yamina - Zacharias - Zoar
Organisations Dreadfleet - Lahmian Sisterhood - Necrarch Brotherhood - Order of the Blood Dragon - Vampire Coast - Von Carstein Dynasty
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