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Duke Strauss

Duke Strauss

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Raised in the fringes of Baldur during the Second Era, Henrik Strauss found his trade as a logger and laborer in order to support his sickly sister Mina. Life in the fringe colonies was hard, for even the forest would often hide in it deadlier perils than the poverty and disease that would strike the towns that eroded them. Often Strauss would hear of entire logging camps going missing, chalked up to a haunting spirit the local elves knew as Gwynevel, though it wasn’t until Henrik’s fifth summer as a logger that he learnt the truth.

A night lit well by Glanbeli saw the loggers working later than usual, and it was under this moonlight that Henrik and his colleagues were set upon by ravenous beasts: vampires having fled from Draksborne during the midst of the Belfrie Rebellion. As his colleagues were slaughtered like cattle around him, Henrik took up his axe and a torch, managing to slay one of the lesser thralls that tried for his throat. This was an act that left the leader of the group most impressed, and as he sunk his teeth into a helpless Henrik he imparted his gift with the dying man, bringing him back as a spawn of his own.

Henrik rejected his master, breaking free through the power of his own will and returning to his village after several nights to find his sister in the dying days of her illness. He imparted to her the same curse he had received, bringing her to life from the brink of death and ensuring he would no longer be alone in his trial. The two formed a small coven far from their village on the opposite ends of the fringes of the kingdom. There they slowly grew their group until it eventually caught the eye of the local parishes. Erdrydion’s Hunters stormed their coven, slaughtering all within. Strauss escaped, wounded and near permanent death. He traveled as far north as possible to escape Baldur and its clergy, finding comfort in a small logging town in Greypeak called Strassen. Though the stormy and bleak weather was a far cry from what he was accustomed to at home, it reminded him much of his life before the curse, driving him to settle there.

Here he hatched an idea, using his vampiric charms to have the childless, elderly Duke of Strassen sign over Strauss as the heir to his fiefdom. It wasn’t long before he passed that Strauss’ plan came into action, taking the seat of the Duke. He ruled over his duchy justly and with great compassion and mercy, none suspected his true nature until after many years people begun questioning how he had not aged. Thus he called an assembly of the town, informing them of the truth. Shock and outrage came to most, though a vocal minority stood for Duke Strauss and the prosperity he had brought them, for them maintaining his secret and providing him nourishment was a small price to pay for the protection and stability he offered.

This product was designed by Dungeon Master Stash and is part of their February 2022 pack, Blood From Stone. They are a group of very talented artists who create high-quality tabletop miniatures and campaign materials. We are proud to be a DM Stash licensed merchant.

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Size category (Medium, Large, Huge, etc.) is a scale using standard D&D rules. This means that minis will have a size commensurate with the diameter of their base, and that their base will typically conform to the following rules:

  • Small/Tiny - 1"/25mm diameter base or smaller (depends on the mini)
  • Medium - 1"/25mm diameter base
  • Large - 2"/50mm diameter base
  • Huge - 3"/75mm diameter base
  • Gargantuan - typically uses a 4"/100mm diameter base. If the base size is different, it will be noted above in the listing.

32mm (heroic scale) miniatures may have bases that are slightly larger but still close to the sizes listed above.

Product images may include renders, special effects, and/or painting that may not be indicative of the received product.Unless otherwise specified, all products are 3d-printed in gray with either a custom resin mix or PLA. This ensures the products are durable but still hold their detail. With that being said, we still recommend handling the products with care as many have very fine, delicate features that can still be easily broken.In addition, because of the production process, there may be slight variations, indentations, or rough edges that need to be cleaned up before use/painting. We perform a thorough inspection of every product before it's shipped to ensure that it is something that we would be proud to display on our own tables.