Princes of the Apocalypse
(PC) Ulrich von Litchenstein
BAM!!! I am Ulrich Von Litchenstin! You are all under arrest!
he lands of house Litchenstine are located in the valley leading up to the Small Teeth Mountains south of the city of the Athkatla. The lands north of the Small Teeth Mountains has historically been plagued by raiding ogres and orcs and goblins. The founder of house Litchenstine was Erik Litchenstine. Erik was born in Waterdeep. The house of Litchenstine at the time of Erik’s birth had been fighting a prolonged war against the Shadow thieves’ guild. Not long after Erik reached maturity the long Shadow War between the Shadow Thieves and house Litchenstine was coming to a head; or so the Guild believed. The Guild had managed to implicate the House of Litchenstine in the murder of one their own allies. Disgraced and in accordance with the law, much of house Litchenstine not were stripped of their noble rank were executed. After the members of house of Litchenstine had lost their titles, they were easy pray for the Guild, and those who were not impression or executed were slaughtered in the streets of Waterdeep. Erik managed to survive the ensuing bloodbath, and fled south with a few loyal retainers. The Guild believed that all scions of the line of Litchenstine had been wiped out or had been pruned enough that they could never endanger the guild again.
After remaining in hiding for years using the only skill he had, fighting, to feed himself Erik began to amass a fair bit of coin, and he plotted. Erik decided that he would avenge his family and restore their honor. In order to achieve this he would need men, in order to get men, he needed money, and the only way Erik knew how to make money, was by fighting. Erik created a small adventuring group that specialized in monster hunting. Heading south into the villages and towns of the Small Teeth Mountains to ply his trade. In the region of the small teeth mountains Erik found an abundance of work, ogres are plentiful because the nation to the south being run by a pair ogre mages. Fighting Ogres is tough and often deadly work, but over the course of a few years Erik expanded his small adventuring company into a large mercenary outfit, known as the Iron Guard of Amn. Erik earned the love and admiration of all of the local villages in the region, by often saving the villages from attack without being asked or paid. Erik earn a reputation as the guardian of the south, but The critical moment for Erik and his Iron Guard came when, Muranndin the nation to the South invaded Amn.
Coming to love his new home Erik believed he only has one choice. Erik marshaled the full power of the Iron Guard, 1032 men and women and marched them quickly into Small teeth pass to fight a delaying action against the oncome invasion of monsters. Erik was going to spend his men’s blood and his own to buy the lives of the people that had come to love him. Erik held the pass for 42 days without relief, but many of the town’s folk inspired by Erik’s actions formed impromptu militias and joined the fight. Without this influx of bodies Erik likely would not have been able to hold the pass until the Amish army arrived to push the forces of Muranndin back. At one point during the battle Erik alone held the narrowest point of the pass. It was at this point the Amnish army arrived and therefore this has become the popular legend, that Erik alone held the pass for 42 days, despite Erik’s best efforts to disabuse people of that notion.
Erik was rewarded for saving the nation of Amn. Erik was given the title of Guardian of the south and the land in and around Small Teeth Pass. With this, Erik revived the house of Lichtenstein. The revival of house Lichtenstein caught the attention of the Shadow thieves. The Shadow thieves struck first, attempting to remove the future threat house Lichtenstein might pose. Rather than use guile that had been so successful the first time the Shadow thieves attempted a show of force to remove this threat. This second attempt on Erik’s life initiated what has become known as the Shadow War for those in the know. Before the Shadow Thieves realized their mistake at attempting to remove Erik by force, the ST assassination team and been butchered by Erik and his Iron guard. Having been tipped off by the common folk that had come to love Erik. Erik’s efforts where the only thing keeping the Shadow thieves from dominating Anmish politics. The Shadow thieves find themselves on the defensive due to the popular support for the house of Lichtenstein. This has led to Shadow thieves inability to get at Erik or his vassals. The war is in constant flux, but it is always kept in secret if possible.
Ulrich was born twenty years after this. Ulrich was raised in a state of constant danger, and was taught to never fully trust anyone. Ulrich never knew his mother as she disappeared after Ulrich was born. Ulrich was raised by the men of the Iron guard. Taught how to fight by his father Ulrich always favored a sword and shield, as well as fighting from horseback. As soon as Ulrich was not so brought into the Shadow War as he was raised to fight it, and win it. After coming of age Ulrich was given a soldiers pay for a soldiers work, in the Iron Guard. Ulrich rose through the ranks for the Iron Guard based on his ability to fight and inspire his men to fight. Ulrich brought about change in the Iron Guard, enforcing meritocracy in the ranks and only allowing people of proven character to join the Iron Guard. Recruitment numbers fell dramatically but the quality of the soldier increased enough to compensate. Ulrich soon became second in command of the Iron guard at the age of 20 having more experience on the battlefield then men twice is age. A favored tactic of his being a headlong charge punching through the think of the enemy, in order to locate the leader to cut the head off the snake. However this does mean he does not possess guile. On several occasions Ulrich has knowing led his men into ST ambushes so that the ambushers became the ambushed.
Ulrich was also more experienced than anyone he as ever met in the bedroom. Constantly missing a mother in his life, Ulrich is constantly going from woman to woman looking for the love that he was denied as a child. Attempting to heal a wound in his heart that will never heal. Until he finds the love he seeks, and the mother he never knew.
Ulrich believing that merit should determine rank, stepped down from his position in the Iron Guard; Promoting Deridra Starfire, a half-elven archer with an unparalleled ability to lead. There are many rumors and speculation that Deridra and Ulrich were lovers, but it had never been proven. It was a cover to allow for Ulrich to carry out one last campaign in the Shadow War. Ulrich always a great field commander had been order by his father to go north and expand Iron Guard operations, and take the fight to the Shadow Thieves stronghold in Waterdeep, and end the Shadow War forever. Upon Arriving in Neverwinter Ulrich heard of the Redbrands and their operations, and figured that it was as good a place of any to expand the Iron Guard and let the people hear the name of House Lichtenstein once more.