Olgorr Van Sherburne
According to a number of historians, Olgorr was the power hungry, decadent, and unreasonable patriarch of the Van Sherburne family, leading them from 262 AC to 272 AC. During this time he brought copious shame to his family’s name and caused the Drachenwald Crisis. From the time he became head of his family until his death, the man was regarded as a cruel and tactful tyrant, especially after news of the murders he committed became public.
Origins and Early Life
Olgorr was born from Manfried and Cecilia Van Sherburne on January 14th 228 AC in Drachenwald. He was the youngest of two other brothers, Baldur and Arnfried. His parents’ wealth allowed the young Van Sherburne an excellent education, though whilst he had come to adore the studying, his heart had come to love political intrigue in the realm. This led him to become immersed in tales of plots gone wrong and right as he continued his studies. Not long after he reached the age of fourteen, his father hired a swordplay mentor for Olgorr. To the aging lord’s dismay, Olgorr could never truly wrap his mind around the concept of combat. After many futile attempts to train his son in the art of weaponry, he turned to a new mentor: himself. Taking the young Olgorr under his wing, he began to teach the child the politics of the realm, and the intricacies of the world. Olgorr took an innate interest in this and the lessons clung to him.
Olgorr, now at the age of 33, had been married off years prior at the age of 20 to the daughter of a prospective baron, in the vie to claim the Baron’s wealth through his heirs. Whilst the wedding went to plan, his father’s health started to decline, leaving the wizened patriarch vulnerable. With this news, Olgorr’s brothers began to plot amongst themselves until his father was killed by the hands of an unknown assailant. Instead of plotting against his kin, Olgorr took to an investigative path, looking into the strewn evidence that had been left and even interrogating his oldest brother, Arnfried, about his father’s death. During this time, Arnfried refused to speak, drawing Olgorr to take to torture to gain the information. He enjoyed this bout of torture, until finally Arnfried admitted to the murder and was promptly locked away in one of the many dungeons scattering their castle. The Van Sherburne turned to his mother, spreading false statements about Arnfried and Baldur and even slipping news of their murder. She refused to hear it, whereupon Olgorr stormed off in a rage.
On February 4th of the following year, Olgorr finally gained the upper hand on Baldur, forcing him to pass patriarchy of the family to him. At this point, his wife fell ill and died, leaving him alone. After that, the servants reported him growing cold, and even assaulting the other servants who failed even the most miniscule task. After a week of debate with what remained of his kin he, ramped up the taxes even more for the peasantry and commonfolk. This was initially met with a few riots in the city, which were quelled with ease, much to the dismay of those rioting. From this point on, Olgorr felt comfort at last and, dealt with whatever upstart tried to challenge his rule. The barons under him challenged that comfort with multiple accusations of scandal from anything as simple to stealing an apple, to as complex as affairs with assorted women and men. By March 13th, he had married again to a woman named Liese, the daughter of yet another baron. Controversally, during the wedding, armed peasants had burst in, threatening and even demanding changes from the ruler. Unfortunately, this elicited nothing more but an armed response from his guards, who quickly escorted the group out. Olgorr became reclusive at that, focusing on his wife and his immediate family more than his duties, like the sons that had come to be born from his honeymoon.
By the 24th of June, 271 AC, Olgorr grew increasingly more agitated by his subjects, only furthered when he learnt of the brewing union of barons against him. The Van Sherburne quickly deployed his armies when the barons’ forces began to loot his holdings. Before the brewing rebels could be crushed, he put forth an amnesty agreement and sent for the assorted barons responsible to join him at his estate. After all had gathered on the 11th of December, they began a decadent and otherwise lavish series of feasts until the 14th of December, 271 AC where he issued a proclamation to all gathered guests about their end of the bargain to provide amnesty, and the barons’ crimes being forgiven from the Van Sherburne side had been completed. Yet the state had decided to end the lives of those responsible, and at that he called for his guards to detain them all. In a violent display, guest after guest was violently executed by the Van Sherburne soldiers. After that, he sent his army across the countryside to cleanse any remaining rebels. At this point, the proper baron’s army had been formed and began rebelling against the Van Sherburne’s rule. With an army larger than his own facing him, he turned to the state and requested help. He received it in the form of a coalition army led by both Chancellor Norn Kade, and himself. Whilst at first the battles against the rebellion went well for the combined forces, their luck soon turned on them.
On the 2nd of January, 272 AC, things went awry for the lord. Learning his wealth was depleted, he went into the Battle of Lausitze confident he could end it there only with the help of the Chancellor’s forces. However, disaster struck during the beginning of the battle, when the sellswords that consisted of half his army turned on him, joining the rebel side. To make the situation worse, the rebel forces advanced, seizing the Chancellor himself and some of his kin, along with an assortment of nobility. When the state refused to bow to the demands of the rebellion, Olgorr met his end at the hands of Aldrich von Leberecht’s men, along with the other prisoners present.
Olgorr was always known as an inherent schemer, infamous for his greed, cruelty, and his lust for power, but even more so for his lavish way of life. He notoriously spent hundreds, if not thousands of regals of his family's wealth on feasts and celebrations, which he held in a near monthly manner like his parents before him. Unfortunately the lord was not as skilled with matters of military as he was with spending his money, and ultimately played into his defeat at the end of it. He hadn’t insured a way to gain the respect of his sellsword army, but had with the gold he so foolishly wasted. Regardless, thanks to his father's teachings, he proved himself a capable politician at times, though his many nights in the dungeon with his prisoners hadn’t helped his ill reputation at all.
Olgorr, though barely remembered, is always addressed by the handle of a tyrant and a man of horrid military skill--known as a cruel, selfish, and even an ignoramus due to his actions leading up to the Drachenwald Crisis. His own two sons failed to fix what he had done, dying off years later only for Baldur’s line to take ahold of what little power the family had after their failure in the rebellion. What was left of his family cursed his name until the bitter end, discontent with the situation his actions had ultimately brought them to.
Olgorr was born to Manfried and Cecilia Van Sherburne and had two brothers, both older than him, by the names of Baldur and Arnfried. At the age of 20, he married his first wife, Carina Van Sherburne, though the marriage didn’t bring him any children and she passed away shortly into his rule. At the age of 34 he remarried to Liese Van Sherburne, with whom he had two sons with by the names of Vinzenz and Kurt.
- Olgorr was rumored to have taken part in all sorts of misdeeds and scandalous actions. Though no proof could ever be presented he was eventually pressured into admitting his affairs.
- He was rumored to have sired many bastards, though none have been found or identified to date. These rumors continue to circulate today.