Count Alpon Caromarc
The insane count of Leipidstadt
The only person to ever willingly give up his position among the leaders of Ustalav, the Count is viewed by his fellow counts as a warning either against letting the commoners get uppity or inbreeding, depending on the flexibility of the individual.
The Count’s family is well-known for having a streak of madness in it. But it is also well-known for producing some of the most powerful enchanters and alchemists in Ustalav history. They have always been regarded as particularly odd and dangerous in a country filled with odd and dangerous creatures.
Count Alpon had an ordinary childhood for a member of a prestigious noble family, married his cousin (a family tradition dating back to before the Whispering Tyrant) and settled down to rule his reasonably prosperous (if somewhat remote) County. Disaster struck unexpectedly about 35 years ago when his wife died suddenly while trying to give birth to their first child. A priest of Pharasma barely persuaded the grief-struck Count to not have her returned to him as a zombie and he ordered all but his most trusted staff and followers out of his castle, high over the city of Leipidstat.
He labored in the castle for nearly 5 years, ignoring his subjects and his followers until he produced a “son” of his own design, now known as the Beast of Leipidstat. The huge, horrendously scarred creature immediately sparked dissent in a County that had grown used to ruling itself. Several incidents revealed that the Beast was extremely slow of mind but very swift to respond to perceived dangers to itself. The Baron has refused to this day to answer any questions about where he got the components to make the creature but insists that people treat it as his legitimate son and their future ruler.
The tension between the Count and his people over the Beast quickly escalated to the point of civil war and was only defused when the Count presented his people with an ultimatum, either accept the Beast as his son or he would step down. Their decision was swift and almost unanimous, and shocked the Count into a seizure of some sort. He was carried off by his faithful staff and has not been seen in Lepidstat since but his staff come weekly for food and other things, assuring the people that the Count has accepted his demotion gracefully and is working on “other things.”
Oddly, the ruling Council has never rescinded the Count’s last mad order and the Beast is allowed to roam the countryside at will.