Marked from birth with a scar on his forehead, Vlad was a promising cadet of the Griffin Duchy. After the events that involved Duke Pavel's death, his family moved to the Wolf Duchy where he reached knighthood. His zeal and determination made him an exceptional skilled and proud knight, some would say even arrogant. While hunting down the remnants of a necromantic cult, his party was ambushed. Waking up in the midst of a carnage, he made his way home only to realize that the necromancers tainted him. Foolishly, he sought a cure in the church of Elrath, but the priests there branded him as an outcast, an Akhkharus. Hunted by his former brothers-in-arms, Vlad found shelter in the ranks of the necromancers were he learned humility and patience. Mastery over the dark arts combined with his former dedication to Elrath, gave him a certain protection from the holy light.