Art by Jason Felix
Jürgen von Verden
Lord Jürgen von Verden was a sixth-generation Ventrue Scion and signature character of his clan during the Dark Ages. His sire, the Ventrue Lord Hardestadt, appointed Jürgen as his vassal prince in Magdeburg.
During the Dark Medieval era, Jürgen acted as his sire's right hand throughout the Holy Roman Empire and eastern Europe. Jürgen maintained a shadow order of knights within the mortal swordbrethren the Knights of the Black Cross, a knightly order of Cainites and ghouls led by Jürgen's loyal retainer, Lucretia von Hardtz. His circle of advisers, the Primogeniture Assembly, inspired what would become the primogen in modern Kindred cities.
As the War of Princes broke out, Jürgen represented his sire's interests in Hungary and Livonia, where he came into conflict with the Tzimisce voivode Vladimir Rustovich and the Gangrel warlord Qarakh, respectively. After he negotiated a tentative peace accord with Qarakh against Rustovitch, Jürgen was allowed to marry his beloved, the Toreador Scion Rosamund of Islington.
In the end, Jürgen's secrets were carried to his sire by the Caitiff spy named Albin, and Jürgen was destroyed for his failures by Hardestadt in 1271. It is unclear, though, whether this was for his political failures, for his lapses from the Road of Kings, or for some other reason.
|Sire: Hardestadt the Elder|
|Embrace: 989 CE|
|Apparent Age: Mid-30s|
|Morality: Via Regalis|
|Clan Weakness: Jürgen only feeds from prisoners of war (alive or dead) that he or his knights have bested in battle|