The Enemy Within
Late Elector Count of Averland
The late Marius Leitdorf was the latest Elector Count of Averland. Marked by eccentric behaviour, the count was dismissed as a madman by his peers and enemies alike.
Suffering from extreme mood swings, Leitdorf could become irrationally furious only to fall into deep depressions which could last for several weeks. During his normal phases he was an extraordinary artist, engineer and inventor. He was also a very skilled warrior, fighting with his Runefang and a long-bladed dagger.
During a visit to Bretonnia, he insulted the ugly wife of the Duke of Parravon. This led to a Bretonnian invasion in 2512, which thankfully floundered before the defences of Helmgart.
The last straw was Leitdorf’s brutal suppression of the Halfling rebellion. Karl Franz decided to send Ludwig Schwarzhelm, his personal champion, to find a way to deal with Leitdorf’s excesses. Surprisingly, the plan worked and Leitdorf appointed new advisors with instructions to curb the worst of his excesses.
Leitdorf died at the Third Battle of Black Fire Pass, killed by powerful orc warlord Vorgaz Ironjaw.
The lack of a clear successor has led Averland into a time of political unrest. The position of Elector Count of Averland is currently disputed.