The Baron Drachenheim and His *DELETED* Ladies.
Genealogical documents on the Stapp Family
- Historical documents on the Stapp family: These documents state that Lord Stapp and his two sons were ambushed on the road to Siesgburg and killed by bandits in the year 1557. Their bodies were returned to the Stein and buried next to Liselotte Stapp in the Stapp mausoleum near the Heart of the Drachen Catherdral.
- Historical documents of Father Herrbruck: These documents indicate that Father Herrbruck died in 1567 and was buried in the catacombs beneath the Heart of the Drachen Cathedral. He was often seen wearing a small silver key in the last years of his life, after his close friend Lord Stapp and his two sons were killed.
- Genealogical charts on the Stapp Family: These charts indicate that the Stapp family came from illustrious stock. While there is no record of a “Leopold Stapp” in the 16th century, the Stapps intermarried with several other noble lines and had numerous cousins in those branches.
- OPPORTUNITY (Search the Laucks family records): The Laucks family had roots among the Vestenmannavnjar raiders of the late 9th century. They settled in northern Eisen, where they made a living as blacksmiths and mercenaries, eventually achieving a noble title of their own. They also had extensive connections to the Cramer family and the two clans often intermarried. That tendency continued with the Stapps after the Cramers were absorbed.
- OPPORTUNITY (Search the Ruekers family records): The Ruekers first appeared during the time of Gottschalk I, but made their mark as political allies of Friedrich II during the Heirophant War in the 11th century. Like the Laucks, they were close to the Stapp family, and marriages between the two were common. A name stands out: Ernst Ruekers, who married into the Stapps and whose mother belonged to the Habermann family. Many Habermanns served as knights to the Imperators and the name still carries a lot of historical weight.
- OPPORTUNITY (Search the Cramer family records): The Cramers integrated into the Stapp family very early on and by 1300 had all but vanished beneath their more prosperous cousins. It seems the Cramers were quite the social climbers; they attained their noble status by marrying into the Habermanns, a noble family with a long line of service to the Imperators. The Habermann connection first brought them to the attention of the Stapp family, leading to a series of political alliances.
- OPPORTUNITY (Search the Habermann family documents – must have been discovered in Cramer or Ruekers): The Habermann line is now extinct, its last member – Leopold Habermann – having passed away almost one hundred years ago. Before then, they were knights and noble warriors, honorably serving both the Imperators and the Heilgrund barons. Their founder, Adelheid Habermann, served the great Stefan I and is mentioned prominently in their family history. Beginning in the late 1200’s, however, the family fortunes fell slowly into decline.Some were wiped out by monsters, while others died in wars or border skirmishes.Their lineage survived primarily on reputation and by political connections (including marriage with members of the Stapp family).By the mid-16th century, they had been reduced to one final family whose youngest son, Leopold, never married or fathered children.He lived out the last of his days in the crumbling remains of the family estate, visited only by a few distant cousins from Frieburg. Leopold disappeared one day near the turn of the century.Local peasants claimed that he had fallen to some infernal power, and after three years he was declared legally dead.While there is no specific mention of the keys, Leopold’s executors were instructed to bury several “family heirlooms” beneath his humble cottage and mark the site with a pair of carpenter’s shears.
OPPORTUNITY (Search for documents on Stefan’s Knights): The legendary Stefan I founded Eisen in the late 7th century. The noble knights who served beneath him were considered some of the greatest Heroes of the era and are described in almost every Eisen history book ever published. There was only one woman among their number: a brave and devout lady named Adelheid Habermann. She retired from service soon after Stefan died, and founded a small province in what is now Heilgrund konigreich. The Habermann’s former estate now lies just a few days South of the city. Their ancient castle has long since collapsed, and the last few generations lived in a series of simple cottages among the ruins. Locals believe that the estate is haunted, but that’s true about almost every Eisen ruin these days. Stefan Heilgrund, the current landlord, doesn’t seem too concerned about ghosts.