This is a narrative of a Savage Worlds campaign we started. It takes place in Ruritania in 1832, 20 years after the action in Dr. Sandorius and the White Death.
In the early 1800s, from his refuge in Ruritania, he learned that Bathory, who was a vampire by that time, had gained influence over the Tsar of Russia. Sandorius encouraged the Ruritanian regent, Prince Leopold, to join Napoleon’s attack in 1812, in the hope of destroying Bathory. Sandorius barely escaped with his life from Russia but did rescue an infant girl who he raised as a daughter.
Seeking to escape from Bathory, he went into hiding with his new daughter. He had left behind in Ruritania his extensive hidden library of magical texts and feared that Bathory would someday find it. In 1826, believing that Bathory had given up the search, he returned to Ruritania under the assumed identity of alchemist Joao Mercurio. He was given a position at the University of Strelzov’s College of Alchemy and Thaumaturgy, ultimately becoming Dean of that College. He has lived quietly there since then.
However, after nearly twenty years of occupation, unrest is growing in Ruritania, made worse by Russian arrogance after their recent victory over the Ottoman Turks.
Effie often accompanied her father hunting and learned to ride and shoot from an early age; she even knows how to control elephants. On one hunting expedition, the pair discovered an ancient ruined temple wherein they found a huge treasure in jewels. She wears the greatest treasure, a large ruby called the Blood of Chandra, in a necklace - it is here only remembrance of her father.
With that treasure, the Reverend sent Effie back to Britain to attend a very exclusive girls’ finishing school in 1824. Her father was killed a year later in India, it is not clear whether it was by bandits or an angry mob. At age 17, her betrothal to Lord Dalhousie was arranged by her Uncle Anstruther who was her guardian. The young Lord, a gambler and ne’er-do-well, hoped to trade on his title to marry a rich heiress. He charmed Effie and they were wed when she turned 18.
For the next 5 years, he rapidly went through Effie’s fortune until all that remains is the estate at Cranliarch and a single large ruby called the Blood of Chandra that she wears in a necklace. They have been estranged for almost a year. Six months ago, he left from London claiming that he had a business opportunity on the continent that would retrieve all their fortune and likely make them one of the foremost families in the United Kingdom. The last word she had of him was that he disappeared from his lodgings in the University of Strelzov in the capital of the Kingdom of Ruritania. His debtors are seeking to have him declared dead so that they may lay claim to the estate. Effie has decided to travel to Ruritania to find out what happened to him.