The History Behind the History:
The following chronology elaborates upon the previous life of the Governor of Inisfree; the time and chapter in which he laid the impressive field and groundwork for the man he was to become (and be reborn as):
1900s-20s: Born into a well-to-do house in the alpine highlands of Baden-Württemberg near Swabia, Auzdein grows up with an expensive and well-rounded education. A demanding home and school environment quickly mold him into a disciplined and focused, if not also sometimes bitter and privately melancholy prospect for distant future politicking and command. He becomes sharp, agile, and seasoned at smooth-talking and networking in order to survive through many of the elaborate trials which he is pressured through. By the time Auzdein is a young adult, many regard him as being well beyond his physical years. Already, he demonstrates both innate and well-honed speed (Celerity), surprise (Presence), force (Potence), and fiery vision (Presence).
1930s-40s: Recruited to help form the Ahnenerbe, his world travels began for free and afford him privileged and sometimes exclusive access to the most treasured and wondrous of ancient sites and artifacts. Essentially what he learns from each is how the simplest solutions in nature are often, by far, the most powerful ones requiring no maintenance or high-tech gadgetry of any kind –even over the spans of many millennia.
1950s: Stationed in New Swabia, he helps oversee the completion of Base 211 which, in turn, leads to the site surveying and foundation laying for what will, over decades, grow into what some will nickname ‘Rainbow City’.
1960s: Pushing farther inland than anyone in known history, he and his team venture to Agharta and meet with the many intelligent peoples there. Trusting cultural submersion to be the most effective technique for rapid and longer lasting retention of all their wisdom, he remains in Agharta for several years, living and speaking only as the Aghartans do.
1970s: Auzdein returns from Agharta to New Swabia, debriefing at Base 211. From there, he takes a cavitating submersible to the United States, scouting it out to do one last major project before picking an ideal location to ‘start fresh’ within. Working on what led to the Human Genome Project 20 years later, Auzdein helps other researchers learn which exercises are best suited for each blood type, which blood types make the best survival drinks (how they carry nutrients differently), how to reverse-engineer blood cells to perform in better ways, and how to breed humans to produce the blood types desired for various purposes. These findings, little did he know at the time, were paid extremely close attention to by the vampire community. What’s more, this collaborative scientific effort, along with that of the Human Genome Project years later, were both almost completely funded by the vampire businessmen; the Ventrue.
1980s: After years of passionate service to his quiet and keen group, the Ahnenerbe, Auzdein chooses to utilize some of their retrofitted ancient technology to have his memory temporarily repressed for one of their commonly clever experiments; this is akin to putting memories –instead of money- in a trust fund for access and use many years later, in order to seem human again and to blend in with the experiment called America. It is this method which allowed him to truly believe he was much younger and brand new; to think and act as a child. In this way, he became one of the Ahnenerbe’s perfect sleeper-cells (one which does not have any conscious knowledge that they are such, and, thereby, cannot be detected by any of the means at the time) and he was then placed right in the heart of the greatest opponent his leaders had faced during the faked death of their entire nation; the empire which would survive as the only remaining superpower.
‘Reborn’ in America’s capital, he was placed in a foster family’s care, and was honored with the prestigious name of another nation-founder; Stephen Fuller Austin, being passed on to him. Auzdein’s cover-story includes a family with an anglicized Deutsch surname; one of only a handful of carefully selected hints to track them. Their substantial ‘allowance’ through his maternal grandfather’s petroleum business front-company afforded his second elitist education.
1990s: Growing up a warrior-scholar once again, Auzdein stuffs his intellectual portfolio with Honors and A.P. courses, P.A.C.E., the National Honors Society, Latin competitions, a Congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Officer Candidate School, piloting lessons, and constantly studying all subjects, fields, and manuals he comes across, culminating in his voluntary enlistment into the toughest military branch (he holds this to be the clearest demonstration of educated confidence), through which he goes on to complete hundreds of combat missions with zero health incidents before being ‘turned’ –also voluntarily- one night overseas.
2000s: Always feeling out of place, even as a Marine after a childhood full of military studies, training, field trips, and summer camps, Auzdein can’t stop recalling how he was curiously taught some actual magic during a few of the periods of that childhood; wiccan ceremonies, recipes, and techniques by one practitioner, and portals and sigils earlier by another. He never got to use what he had been shown, but always had visions for how to develop it, such as in what he came to call the Magics Chambers in his city design. This later leads him to investigate the new term he encounters as a recently-turned vampire; thaumaturgy. Somehow… he just knows in his cells he is inclined to practice its many facets.
In Arabia, a man of small stature and incredible aura practically homes in on him like a heat-seeking missile one warm, clear night the moment Auzdein asks for help with his electronics studies. The whole thing feels blatantly arranged, but a bond and mutually beneficial arrangement are formed quickly and Auzdein is soon turned. Brujah is the clan that fits him best, he is advised; having already been a ‘super-scholar’ and a warrior many times over, becoming a Brujah is only the next natural step. Now a vampire, his studies only increase further in their frequency, depth, and range, and he begins to learn things that are exceedingly difficult even for historians and conspiracy theorists to dig up. Thaumaturgy rapidly approaches his enlightenment schedule in the years that follow his completion of military service.
2010s: The vampire who turned him, Sir Haydn, pops on and off the grid less and less, just as was foretold to him; Auzdein is being set lose on his own, having spent many years now as an adept and apt pupil.
Still craving more knowledge, he pours himself into his studies; both those academic as well as extracurricular. Earning multiple collegiate degrees, he delves into advanced computer science, learning about neural network mapping, by-mind interfacing, ‘techno-pathy’, optical character recognition, photonics, acoustics, harmonics, layered encryption, E.L.F. and ansible communications, superconductor levitation, autonomous management applications, artificial recognition of signatures (fingerprints, retinal nerves, vocal patterns, pupil dilation, perspiration queues, blood pressure fluctuations, brainwaves, et cetera), quantum entanglement supercomputing, biomechanical machine growing (such as carbon-fibers and nano-tubes), subatomic transmutation, harvesting all energy sources (such as wind, hydroelectric, bioelectric, thermal, geothermal, seismic, piezo-electric, solar, magnetic, kinetic, aura, aurora, and even the void of Space), and other ‘bleeding edge’ fields and industries. Whenever he encounters a species with a rare ability, or reads an epic story with a ‘tall tale’, he soon knows how to reproduce the abilities, imagined or otherwise, technologically.
Combining his encyclopedic knowledge of computer science and information technology with his equally voluminous understanding of genetics, he also learns how to rapidly forge and mass-produce DNA and similar molecular structures with alternative components, such as buckyballs, and via frequency sequences (sounds forming ‘songs’, if you will) into microscopic instruction structures to make custom people, including their acuities and personalities; ‘couture clones’. With modern supercomputers and server farms handling the virtually countless gene sequencing permutations, Auzdein takes 3D-printing (capable in 2012 of printing working weapons and vehicles) and raises it to the next level; ‘flash-cloning’ and ‘flash-engineering’; 3D-printing humans and entire buildings (living buildings). The result he enjoys is gaining awareness of how to grow people and entire cities –both of them out of newly engineered materials as flexible as plastic yet far stronger than diamonds. These are the ‘ubermensch’ (demigods; people with great powers and abilities) his Ahnenerbe fellows were working so diligently in his previous life to make a reality; real life Superman variants. Instead of just ‘smart’-bombs and ‘smart’-phones, he now bolsters the technical expertise to establish ‘smart’-factories and ‘smart’-cities.
2013: With all of his advanced scientific revelations and breakthroughs being forbidden and illegal in the nation he still lives in, Auzdein makes ready to permanently exfiltrate back to New Swabia where he can build and test them all, free of religious, political, legal, and competitive constraints. Bearing no ill will toward those who always held him back, he chooses to remove himself from their equation; to go where both he and they can be free to live on as they have deemed fit and prudent for themselves. The most effective way to have a revolution, after all, is to not have to have one in the first place.
His carefully crafted re-development as an American eventually reaches a mental trigger which restores many of his memories and remotely activates what has lain dormant under the New Swabia ice for decades; Rainbow City, which he (once again going by his first-life’s given name, Auzdein, which came to him as part of his restored memory cache) knows by another name; Forward Operating Base 1, a.k.a. ‘Inisfree’. (In this case, Base 211 is the ‘firm base’, while its first outpost deeper into the newly pioneered Antarctic ice-desert is its ‘forward operating base’. Thus, its designator: FOB 1.)
Having been immortalized as a vampire by Sir Haydn, Auzdein struggles to fight his way back out of the America he chose to be clandestinely planted deep within, with the unflinching hope of being reunited with his Rainbow City… To reach it, and his destiny, he will need all the vampire alliances he can get.