The Denizens of Gray 12
Baron von Strahd
Strahd was a famous noble and commander of his day. In the Great War lead many forces to victory. Even in defeat he somehow managed to escape and hamper his foe.
Strahd was the heir to the Ravenloft house. This small barony was secluded from the rest of the human empire and was always scarcely populated. Many of its surrounding forests and hillside have been rumored to be havens for ghosts, ghouls, and other terrors.
After his father and mother died from illness Strahd fell out of the public eye, supposedly heart broken with grief. After ten years with no word the first emperor sent a small detachment of his personal guard to check on Strahd. What his guards found was an frightening. Villages were deserted. Undead roamed the lands unchecked. The Ravenloft castle was in ruins. Since then no one has heard from Strahd and he assumed to be dead, a victim of the curse that has befallen his land.