History Characters / Ravenloft

9th Mar '18 2:12:53 AM WanderingBrowser
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Once a humble doctor in Darkon, who lived happily with his wife and son. That all came to a crashing the night that a Vistani caravan burst into his home and demanded he treat a badly wounded member of theirs. Van Richten worked on him with all his skills, but it wasn't enough and the boy died on the operating table. Terrified of the (justifiably) infamous temper, mercurial nature and dark magic of the Vistani, he begged them to take whatever they wanted from his home but leave him unharmed. To his horror, they did so by kidnapping his son. Desperately he raced out into the night, where he encountered Azalin; for his own amusement, the Lich not only shielded him from the monsters, but allowed him to command an army of zombies. With their help, he caught the Vistani and demanded his son back... only to find he had been sold to Baron Metis, a vampire nobleman. Commanding the zombies to feast upon the Vistani, he went to the vampire and tried to get his son back, but was rebuked. His son escaped before morning, but it was too late; he had already become a "bride", a vampire created by another of its kind as a lover and soulmate. He staked his son, after spending the last hours of his human self together, and then returned home -- only to find that the vengeful Metis had slain his wife in kind. This set him upon the road to become the greatest monster hunter, and authority on slaying monsters, in the Demiplane of Dread.

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Once a humble doctor in Darkon, who lived happily with his wife and son. That all came to a crashing the night that a Vistani caravan tribe, the Radanavichs, burst into his home and demanded he treat a badly wounded member of theirs. Van Richten worked on him with all his skills, but it wasn't enough and the boy died on the operating table. Terrified of the (justifiably) infamous temper, mercurial nature and dark magic of the Vistani, he begged them to take whatever they wanted from his home but leave him unharmed. To his horror, they did so by kidnapping his son. Desperately he raced out into the night, where he encountered Azalin; for his own amusement, the Lich not only shielded him from the monsters, but allowed him to command an army of zombies. With their help, he caught the Vistani and demanded his son back... only to find he had been sold to Baron Metis, a vampire nobleman. Commanding the zombies to feast upon the Vistani, he went to the vampire and tried to get his son back, but was rebuked. His son escaped before morning, but it was too late; he had already become a "bride", a vampire created by another of its kind as a lover and soulmate. He staked his son, after spending the last hours of his human self together, and then returned home -- only to find that the vengeful Metis had slain his wife in kind. This set him upon the road to become the greatest monster hunter, and authority on slaying monsters, in the Demiplane of Dread.



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%%* DoomMagnet* DoomedByCanon: [[spoiler:Van Richten's demise is the centerpiece of the adventure module "Bleak House", in which there are three endings where he dies and one ending where he is de-aged to childhood and forced to stay in Richten Haus, where the house's incarnate spirit promises to raise him to become a great hero once again.]]
* DoomMagnet: Van Richten lost ''many'' of his adventuring friends throughout his career. In his Guide to the Vistani, he recounts learning that he had been cursed by the Raunie he had slain to always bring doom, death and suffering



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Inverted.
* HunterOfMonsters: The most famous InUniverse example of this, having ''literally'' written the book on hunting monsters. Several books, in fact; the Ravenloft monster {{sourcebook}}s, The Van Richten's Guides, are based off of (and written as, in the player's sections) InUniverse texts that Van Richten wrote to help others take up hunting creatures. Vampires, werebeasts, liches, ancient dead, ghosts, hags and Vistani are all covered by Van Richten himself. His successors, the Weathermay Twins, would later add to the library with texts on the walking dead, fae and the general spawn of the Mists.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Inverted.
Averted. He always took great pains to avoid becoming as bad as the creatures he fought against, wrote often in his guidebooks of the dangers of relying on just blindly attacking the most likely subject, and is known to have a great deal of contempt for Wyan of Viktal, whose own attempt to publish a Fey Hunting Guide resulted in a work that is more likely to result in the users killing innocent people than dark fae.
* HunterOfMonsters: The most famous InUniverse example of this, having ''literally'' written the book on hunting monsters. Several books, in fact; the Ravenloft monster {{sourcebook}}s, The Van Richten's Guides, are based off of (and written as, in the player's sections) InUniverse texts that Van Richten wrote to help others take up hunting creatures. Vampires, werebeasts, liches, ancient dead, ghosts, hags and Vistani are all covered by Van Richten himself. His successors, the Weathermay Weathermay-Foxgrove Twins, would later add to the library with texts on the walking dead, fae and the general spawn of the Mists.



[[folder:Jander Sunstar]]
An elven vampire who originally lived in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms, he fell in love with a woman in an insane asylum who was actually a plane-lost reincarnation of Tatyana. When the Mists stole her back to Ravenloft, he followed her, and found himself in the role of teaching Strahd what it meant to be a vampire before turning on him for his evil ways. He tried to commit suicide under the sun after failing to kill Strahd, but the Mists stole him away, so he failed.

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[[folder:Jander Sunstar]]
An elven vampire who originally lived
[[folder:The Weathermay-Foxgrove Twins]]
Nieces of George Weathermay of Mordent through his sister, the twins Laurie and Gennifer were enamored of their monster-hunting uncle and his dear friend Van Richten from a young age. Even when they were caught up
in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms, he fell in love with machinations of one of Van Richten's old enemies, a woman in an insane asylum female werewolf named Natalie who was actually a plane-lost reincarnation of Tatyana. When the Mists stole her back to Ravenloft, he followed her, seduced their uncle and found himself in the role of teaching Strahd what took Gennifer hostage, it meant failed to be a vampire before turning on him for his evil ways. He tried to commit suicide under the sun dampen their enthusiasm. Ultimately, after failing to kill Strahd, but the Mists stole him away, so he failed.Van Richten disappeared, they took up his legacy and appointed themselves his heirs.


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* BrainsAndBrawn: Both girls are smart, but Laurie's a warrior specialized in the rapier, whilst Gennifer is a budding wizard.
* TheHunter: They don't just study monsters and keep Van Richten's Guides in print, they actively go out and slay monsters as well.
* ZombieInfectee: InUniverse, George Weathermay believes that Gennifer is an afflicted werewolf, as a result of a bite she took from Natalie during that childhood attack. Where she is or isn't is left to the choice of the individual Dungeon Master.
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[[folder:Jander Sunstar]]
An elven vampire who originally lived in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms, he fell in love with a woman in an insane asylum who was actually a plane-lost reincarnation of Tatyana. When the Mists stole her back to Ravenloft, he followed her, and found himself in the role of teaching Strahd what it meant to be a vampire before turning on him for his evil ways. He tried to commit suicide under the sun after failing to kill Strahd, but the Mists stole him away, so he failed.
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27th Dec '17 5:01:12 PM TheNerevarine
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* HunterOfHisOwnKid: After his survival, he has vowed to wipe out vampirism in whatever form it may come.

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* HunterOfHisOwnKid: HunterOfHisOwnKind: After his survival, he has vowed to wipe out vampirism in whatever form it may come.
27th Dec '17 4:59:57 PM TheNerevarine
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* FighterMageThief: Alongside his companions, the cleric Sasha and the thief Leisl. Jander is the fighter, due to his superhuman strength and abnormal powers as a vampire.


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* HunterOfHisOwnKid: After his survival, he has vowed to wipe out vampirism in whatever form it may come.


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* OurElvesAreBetter: He is a sun/gold elf to be exact.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: When he realized that he was tool of the Dark Powers against Strahd, he tried to commit SuicideBySunlight as an act of defiance, but they put a stop to this. After his survival, he swore to fight against evil in this plane and view this as a crusade against the ''the Dark Powers themselves''.
* TheScourgeOfGod: His entire purpose to be in Ravenloft is to constantly torment Strahd for the Dark Powers.
* SuicideBySunlight: Attempted to kill himself this manner, but the Mist aborted it.
29th Nov '17 5:25:31 AM Theriocephalus
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29th Nov '17 5:24:10 AM Theriocephalus
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A MadScientist, and Adam's "father." Damned with his creation, he toils constantly to try to "fix" his wife, but has thus far only succeeded in prolonging her agony.

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A MadScientist, and Adam's "father." "father". Damned with his creation, he toils constantly to try to "fix" his wife, but has thus far only succeeded in prolonging her agony.agony.
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* ProperlyParanoid: Her profile notes that if someone should turn up in possession of her original head, she'll immediately regard them as a dangerous enemy--after all, they're literally holding her life in their hands.

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* ProperlyParanoid: Her profile notes that if someone should turn up in possession of her original head, she'll immediately regard them as a dangerous enemy--after enemy -- after all, they're literally holding her life in their hands.



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* BlessedWithSuck: Has all the benefits (minus the immunity to mind spells) of a mechanical golem and is virtually immortal--at the expense of everything he held dear.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Has all the benefits (minus the immunity to mind spells) of a mechanical golem and is virtually immortal--at immortal -- at the expense of everything he held dear.



* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: He thought he'd gotten out of Castle Avernus alive and intact...right up until he realized his heart wasn't beating anymore. Within a week, his skin was dried and stretched upon his bones, and people were running away from him.

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: He thought he'd gotten out of Castle Avernus alive and intact... right up until he realized his heart wasn't beating anymore. Within a week, his skin was dried and stretched upon his bones, and people were running away from him.



* ImprovisedArmor: When Azalin shot a lightning bolt at him, he grabbed one of the lich's most potent spellbooks to shield himself and escaped unscathed. [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie ...Or not.]]

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* ImprovisedArmor: When Azalin shot a lightning bolt at him, he grabbed one of the lich's most potent spellbooks to shield himself and escaped unscathed. [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie ...[[AndThenJohnWasAZombie Or not.]]



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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Because some of the items in his collection are more dangerous than he realizes, he can serve as this. His tie-in adventure, ''Missing Bones'', is based on the fact that he learns his skeleton of Duke Gundar is real only ''after'' someone pulls out the stake and revives the dread vampire.
** In his named items, he also has a crawling claw (which would start attacking any living thing around it if released) that he presents as "the hand of Vecna", and his "soul blade" is actually the cursed weapon/pocket domain of Aggarath from ''The Forgotten Terror''.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Because some of the items in his collection are more dangerous than he realizes, he can serve as this. His tie-in adventure, ''Missing Bones'', is based on the fact that he learns his skeleton of Duke Gundar is real only ''after'' someone pulls out the stake and revives the dread vampire.
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vampire. In his named items, he also has a crawling claw (which would start attacking any living thing around it if released) that he presents as "the hand of Vecna", and his "soul blade" is actually the cursed weapon/pocket domain of Aggarath from ''The Forgotten Terror''.



11th Nov '17 3:57:54 PM Drope
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* DrFakenstein: A transparent Literature/{{Frankenstein}} pastiche, though much darker and less-sympathetic than the original.



* {{Expy}}: A transparent Literature/{{Frankenstein}} pastiche, though much darker and less-sympathetic than the original.
22nd Oct '17 11:32:37 PM Clendy82
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* PayEvilUntoEvil: When he caught the Vistani who had kidnapped his son and sold him to the vampire Metis, he set a horde of zombies on them, killing every last one of them. Considering they took van Richten's son and sold him to be a gay vampire's undead sex slave, and the fact they only took van Richten's son because their first target was defended well enough to repulse them with violence, it is ''very'' hard to see them as not [[KarmicDeath getting what was coming to them]].

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** Dr. Van Richten has been given stats across several game editions. His original stats in 2nd edition had to bend the rules because the character generation system at the time could not account for an elderly scholar with some interesting skills and he was a mid-level thief with an emphasis on reading language skills. His stats fluctuated from sourcebook to sourcebook, often with the explanation that his constant fights with undead had exposed him to permanent level drain (a very real danger fighting vampires under the rules at the time). In 3rd edition, with the advent of NPC non-combat classes that could account for much of his adult life as a doctor and not an adventurer, he was rewritten with a much more believable stat block for his status.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: When he caught the Vistani who had kidnapped his son and sold him to the vampire Metis, he set a horde of zombies on them, killing every last one of them. Considering they took van Richten's son and sold him to be a gay vampire's undead sex slave, child paramour, and the fact they only took van Richten's son because their first target was defended well enough to repulse them with violence, it is ''very'' hard to see them as not [[KarmicDeath getting what was coming to them]].
7th Oct '17 9:54:00 AM Megacles
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* BarrierWarrior: In the 5e remake of ''Ravenloft'', Van Richten can cast spells as a cleric, and he seems to prefer magic which wards off the undead as opposed to direct damage.


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* MasterOfDisguise: In ''Curse of Strahd'', Van Richten has a hat that lets him cast Disguise Self at will. It is possible to go throughout the campaign without ever realizing he's in it.


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* SwordCane: In ''Curse of Strahd'', he has one. The sword is silvered.
2nd Aug '17 9:45:23 AM Leliel
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* TheVirus: Like many lycanthropes, he's contagious. ''[[DownplayedTrope Unlike]]'' many lycanthropes, his infection turns people into a [[NonMaliciousMonster peaceable]] Carnivorous Ape, which is simply a very big, very smart omnivorous gorilla which is not contagious.
4th Mar '17 10:11:25 PM WanderingBrowser
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