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"And so, almost inevitably, our path led us to Drakenhof Castle, a place steeped in legends of horror. Unfortunately I am in a position to confirm that the old tales were in no way exaggerated. If anything, they do not go far enough. It is not my intention to disturb the dreams of my readers, or to engender nightmares, but honesty, and the need to set down a true chronicle of the events of the Slayer’s career, forces me to set such things to paper. Readers of a sensitive disposition may wish to stop at this point. Those who continue cannot say they have not been warned."
—From My Travels With Gotrek, Vol IV, by Herr Felix Jaeger (Altdorf Press, 2505)[2a]
Drakenhof Castle
Drakenhof
Vital statistics
Inhabitants Vampires, Undead
Type Province capital fortress
Location Old World, Sylvania
Population Unknown
Allegiance Mannfred von Carstein
Industry None

Drakenhof Castle was the former capital of the province of Sylvania during the rule of its last Imperial Count, Otto von Drak. Though the town of Drakenhof is considered the original "official" capital of the province, nearly all the rulers of Sylvania, both living and undead, has made the Castle as their seat of power. This accursed citadel was where Vlad von Carstein began his reign of terror, and from which battlements he summoned his Undead army. It was home to generations of von Draks before Vlad came, and some say it is the home of Mannfred von Carstein to this day. Adventurers still seeking the towering castle out because of the treasure trove of occult lore rumored to be contained in its library. It is said that copies of all the great sorcerers' works can be found there, shackled tight to shelves made from wood that bleeds scarlet in the candlelight, but no one who has sought them has ever returned.[1a]

The castle itself is huge, built on top of a massive cliff from where it dominates the surrounding forest. It has four mighty towers and a gigantic central keep, beneath which are a huge number of crypts, dungeons and abandoned torture chambers. Secret passages run all the way through the cliff and are said to come out in the woods. The notorious poet-adventurer Felix Jaeger, who was reputed to be the last living visitor to Drakenhof, reports that the castle seems abandoned, though thin screams emanate from its spires every night. The curtains and tapestries have rotted away, and the furniture is cracked and dusty. In the dining hall, the obsidian goblets, from which Mannfred and his lackeys used to drink blood, still stand undisturbed on the banqueting table still covered in a crimson tint.[1a]

The walls of the great hall are hung all along with portraits of the Vampire Counts: tall, gaunt, red-eyed men who have each carved a bloody furrow into history. In recent years, it seems that some Undead evil has returned to the castle. Peasants in nearby villages claim their younger residents are mysteriously vanishing. Huge red-eyed wolves prowl the forest and keep trespassers at bay. By night, sinister coaches make their way into the castle on clandestine business, and the dead once more stir uneasily in their tombs.[1a]

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 19
  • 2: Gotrek and Felix: Vampireslayer (Novel) by William King
    • 2a: Chapter: Nine

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