Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monvesian Culture: Vasyl's Legacy

After uniting the petty kingdoms of Voztok under a single banner, Tsar Vasyl Vladovich Korolov (r. 890 ye - 105 ye) lived an unnaturally long life--long outliving his own children. Unlike Jostin or Ignatius, Vasyl did not ascend to sainthood.  Instead, he transformed his body into something new, like the transcendence of elvenkind.  Some say that Vasyl was a warlock sworn to the Undying patron; others claim that he was a blood mage (or even a bloodline sorcerer).

During his life, he passed on his secrets to his grandchildren and other members of his inner circle.  These acolytes further spread what they learned, establishing a cult in Voztok--and, by extension, the Barrier Mountains region of Cuorria.  Several institutions have thus survived Vasyl to this day:  1) The Dominion of Voztok and the Tsardom of Volka, remnants of Vasyl's empire; 2) the Strigoi, a race born from Vasyl's blood experiments; and 3) the Sanguinati, a faction that shares Vasyl's obsessions.