The Enemy Within
Bright Order Wizard-in-training
|Apprentice Wizard||In Progress|
|Total Experience||Advances Spent|
|Conservative St.||Reckless St.|
|Basic Skills||Char.||Training Level|
|Advanced Skills||Char.||Training Level|
|Spellcraft (Rank 1)||Int|
|Aqshy, Lore of Fire Bright Order||Tactic|
|Assess the Situation||Support|
|Perform a Stunt||Support|
|Wealth||Fame Rk||Noble Rk|
|Clothes (Exceptional Quality)||1|
|Candles (for reading)||0|
|Academic & Writing Tools||0|
Lukas Herrscher, the third son of a ‘well-to-do’ merchant family in Marienburg, was recognized for his gifts early on by his mother Eva Herrscher-Kraupt when stories of strange occurrences began to circulate about Lukas as he came into his 11th birthyear. During this time, Lukas would speak to his mother and father of horrible nightmares containing faint glimpses of foul places and presences, which would drive him to wake screaming almost nightly.
Following a plead from Eva, her bother Oskar Kraupt, a Wizard of the Bright Order, came to visit and inspect Lukas to see if he was indeed blessed to wield the power of Chaos and more importantly if Lukas had been scarred too much by his visions to be allowed to live.
During a game with other children, as Eva, and her brother looked on, Lukas, who had been deprived of sleep because of his nightmares, became enraged when one of the children tried to cheat. Lukas emotions flared and Eva’s brother Oskar saw the Red Wind gather about Lukas’ hands. Afraid for the safety of the other children, Oskar was ready to subdue the young boy should Lukas make a motion to release the power building up in him. Suddenly Lukas cried out to his mother and ran to her. Oskar saw the power fade from Lukas.
Between the boy’s sobs, Oskar questioned him on what he saw and felt. Lukas explained that he saw one of the other children cheat and at that moment he became angry. A voice in his head spoke and told him that he should punish the other child. As his anger built up, Lukas began to see visions of people burning including his father and mother. At that moment, the sight pushed all anger from Lukas’ mind and was replaced by fear and he began crying. As he continued to cry, he kept asking for help to make the bad voices and nightmares leave him alone.
Oskar quickly made arrangements to have the boy leave with him. With Sigmar’s blessing, he would see the boy made into a wizard who could control the power within him, or he would make sure that that power wasn’t left unchecked.
After a long journey to Oskar’s home city in Averheim, Lukas was presented to the Bright Order College and was subjected to much questioning and testing to assure that his exposure to the influences of Chaos did not leave any permanent scars on Lukas. When the College Masters were convinced of Lukas’ gift and of his mind was not tinted beyond redemption, Lukas was formally accepted and placed under his Uncle’s charge.
Despite the lack of forethought and only thinking to protect her child from the clutches of Witch Hunters, Eva couldn’t had planned a better education for her son. The Bright Order College and its history of providing battle wizards to support the almost constant wars of The Empire, ended up being a perfect fit for Lukas. Lukas had always been an active, but intelligent child and before being discovered to be able to wield magic, his father had hoped that he would bring much honor to the Herrescher family by raising though the military ranks.
While at the Bright Order, it was noted that the coddled childhood that Lukas had while with his parents might make him weak, so to counter that he was subjected to a strictly enforced regimen to the studies of magic followed by some training in the more mundane martial arts as was befit to the tradition of his Order’s chapter. Lukas was not allowed any servants to attend him and was made to care not only for himself but to aid as part of his Uncle’s household staff.
As Lukas grew, his regimen was loosed and he was even allowed to hold himself not as a indenture servant but as a honorable member of the Order. A station, he had earned for himself with his efforts. He was told and often reminded then that his harsh treatment was to help purge his weakness which had been foster by his parents and had it been allowed to continue would had no doubt lead to the destruction of not only himself perhaps many others who he loved and cherished.
Lukas still lives in the Avernheim with his Uncle, who he respects more as a honorable parent then his real parents. Even to this day, he rarely speaks of his childhood except in embarrassment that it took so long before he was able to be find his true path in life.
The treatment he got in his youth quickly taught him that anything worth attaining has to be earned by one’s own efforts. While he was taught that his magical skills were a double-edged sword which, if used thoughtlessly, could easily become his doom, he would not stooped to using any method he could to attain his goal.
Recently tensions between Lukas’ Parents and his Uncle have nearly reached a breaking point having been denied to have their son returned home to visit. As all correspondence for Oskar Kraupt is normally sent to the Bright Order, one of the conditions agreed to the Orders’ Masters by the Herreschers upon Lukas’ enrollment, it is possible that Oskar isn’t even aware of these letters or of the situation between himself and his sister.
One of the regulars at the Sun Society is a Light Wizard named Konrad Mauer. He read the most recent paper you are considering submitting to the Society. What was the paper about? What was Mauer’s opinion of it?
The paper was a contemplation to relate perceived motions in the Winds of Magic with observed social patterns in major cities. After Konrad Mauer had finished reading the paper, he thought there was some sparks of insight, but before anyone could accept it as more then mere conjecture, his paper needed more citations to certified records to show a relation. Problem is there wasn’t currently any that Mauer was aware of. Perhaps, Lukas could bring the idea to the next meeting and seek funding for a study to gather evidence.
Graf Friedrich von Kaufman is a patron of the Sun Society and the natural sciences. The expedition he funded to the Southlands, led by Johann Templemann, is due back soon. What are you most looking forward to when the expedition returns? Is it an artefact, a creature or a person?
Lukas doesn’t have any strong attraction to the objective of this particular expedition. However, he has gone out out of his way to avail himself to Johann Templemann to help organize the expedition in hopes of establishing some contacts within the society. Aside from those efforts, he has been keen to watch the steps that lead to the organizing and launching of the expedition and awaits to see the presentation to be held when the findings are brought back.
The Sun Society Notes recently published a paper by Robertus von Oppenheim, a scholar from Middenheim. The paper was titled “The Power of the Gods: How the Gods Affect the Winds of Magic.” What did you think of it?
“This will never be more then an amusing tale to talk about during drinking games or while in Church on Konistag. It seems more like an intrusion of the Sigmarites to again press their views onto everything. While I always give all due respect to the Church of Sigmar even when it’s not Sigmarzeit, quite frankly when it comes to this, I rather spend more time deciding which maiden is more fairier. ‘Ginger or Mary Ann’.”
You are eager to speak with the Foreign Messenger player. Why? Is his or her Master an expert in your field?
One day down by the docks, you realized you were missing your bag, that contained several pages of your research notes and a sizeable amount of money. You can’t prove it, but you think the Criminal character might be involved in its disappearance. Why?
In exchange for a promised favour, I decided to accompanying my friend Ricter who was nervous about going to that part of the town alone because he had an altercation with a couple of docksmen the last time he was there. While at the shipping office, I waited patiently outside as my friend spoke to a clerk inside. It was during this time, I became distracted by the bustling activity happening all around me. The street was busy and crowd with several groups of workers carrying various bags of materials. In my distraction, I was barely conscious of my immediate surroundings when I heard a voice yell “Look Out”. Before I could collect my wits, I had been knocked over by a member of a moving group of workers who were traveling tightly in formation. When I recovered, I noticed the dock worker who appeared to have been the clumsy oaf who ran into me started running ahead of the crowd and headed down another side alley. It was then I noticed my purse with my research notes I was planning to work on was gone.
Unfortunately, I only got a very brief glimpse of his face when he turned his head as he made his way down a side alley.