STARK, SASCHA Feb 25, 2010 18:31:38 GMT -5
Post by Sascha Stark on Feb 25, 2010 18:31:38 GMT -5
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Sascha is by no means the evil villain that most would make him out to be, what with the giant wings, fangs and the tendency to drink blood. Sascha is actually rather fragile, having a fairly non-existent sense of self-worth and an even lower self-esteem, stemming from the very beginnings of his childhood, crafted by years of physical and emotional neglect. As such he craves acceptance and affection, and will strive to prove himself as worth something, even to strangers who might not have his best interests at heart. Despite his past traumas, Sascha is an innately trusting being and will always give people the benefit of the doubt. He believes that there is always "good" in a person's heart, always a light that can be found in the darkness; it is this belief that has kept him going through the years of abuse.
This man doesn't hold grudges and it isn't easy to get on his bad side. While he is easily betrayed he doesn't immediately blame the person who has hurt him, rather he blames himself and thinks he deserves it.
Born into an extremely wealthy Transylvanian family, Sascha is of noble birthright, though his personality today would not often display such usual traits of nobility. The line was pure Shifter - not a trace of anything but, and thus his family was proud of their lineage and took pride in their great heritage and secret strengths. They used their Shifts to cause terror on the peasants when their rule was doubted or payments were not met. The whole of Sascha's family were wolves - you know the tale of the werewolf? Utter nonsense, of course, but the tales were woven based upon sightings of Sascha's family members who had slipped up and were seen shifting. Over time the peasant's simple minds spawned ideas of their own - a warring family with the Stark's was a bat shifter family, and thus the age-old war between Vampires and Werewolves began.
Sascha was of course, a haphazard mistake and misbegotten child of a torrid affair - his mother Bogdana found herself in the arms of a certain swarthy gentleman who her family most detested, you know the infamous Vampires - this was before she and Sascha's adopted father were married, before all brothers were born, but none-the-less he was conceived. To hide the shame Sascha's mother rushed her engagement to Teodor and they were married within a month of her pregnancy. When Sascha was born the discovery that his Shift was a bat and not a wolf - well...it shocked Teodor, and he suspected his wife of cheating - but she claimed that she was brutally raped and her life threatened if she had revealed the secret. Thus Teodor declared war upon the rival family and Sascha grew up in shame and bloodshed.
Years passed and his mother bore three more sons - all three strong, true-blooded wolf shifter's with the infamous Stark bloodline thrumming through their veins. They quickly surpassed Sascha in strength and superiority, all three but a year or less apart. Sascha was shunned and continually disgraced by his father and siblings, and even his mother refused to truly look upon him the way she looked upon her other sons. Thus Sascha grew up rich and wealthy and had all that he ever wanted, save for a parents love. (Dramatic, much?) But he never could bring himself to hate his family members, though they shunned him for his unclean blood and disgusting, blood-sucking shift.
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When he was 20, a Keeper by the name of Adston was taking a vacation in Transylvania, trying to weed out the secrets of Dracula and the infamous werewolves, etc, etc, more of a fanatic whim than any inkling as to the truth, but non-the-less he discovered the origin of the tales, the mystery that surrounded the Stark family and their rivals. He rode up to the castle in the tour bus that drove by, and decided to come back after dark. A rather seedy individual, true, and his conniving ways were paid off handsomely - he caught the beginnings of the annual hunt the Stark family had. He caught them shifting, true, but no sooner had he made the report into the Menagerie base via radio connection than he was caught and subsequently...killed.
Within a week Keepers were upon the Stark family, but they all had managed to escape the snare by dashing into the woods earlier that morning, leaving Sascha bound and gagged as a welcome treat for the Menagerie.
He spent two years in testing, the last year spent growing and testing the wings that had sprouted from his back, along with learning how to best nurture the diet that was now forced upon him due to the mutation in the DNA, he could now only survive on human or animal blood, and could not digest meats or vegetables due to the Vampire Bat DNA within him and it's startling effects.