The Horseman of War Augustus Ludwig
"Have I ever told you why i fight? Why I sacrificed everything, even my humanity ? Its all for the safety of mankind and the ones i love. To provide them with a world free from the corruption of the breaker, from his madness and rage. That is the one and only reason i shook off even my humanity and sacrificed everything . I care for everyone, regardless of their race, color, creed or religion. My only enemy is Kerr and i swear to the Almighty, I shall not stop till every last trace of him is eradicated from all the realms. I vow this, as one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and the leader of mankind" Ludwig to Lorann sanguinus meros, on why he sacrificed his humanity.Augustus Ludwig is the current ruler of the The Imperial Terran Federation and most, if not all of mankind. An immortal Vampires who has lived for more than a thousand years, he has seen some of the biggest era changing events and has played a key part into shaping mankind into the species it is today. He has become a legendary and mythical figure amongst all of mankind. A legendary hero who saved mankind from its darkest hour and leads the fight from the very frontlines against Kerr and sacrifices everything just for a world without the breaker. Being the vessel of the high titan Sanguinius, he is also one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. A relentless and Undying warrior who will fight till his last dying breath to achieve his goal. A world without the corruption of Kerr. He soon became a mythical and legendary figure amongst man and Xenos alike. The promised Saviour of mankind and the Horseman of war.
General Physical Condition
" A gigantic hulk of a man, but still quite slender. His red eyes were like rubies that glinted in the soft morning light of the sun. His golden-white hair reached down almost to his strong and muscular shoulders. With that sharp jawline, that amazing and angelic smile that he flashed from time to time and his angelic eyes, I can see why women would want him to be their lovers" Aiden Tallorann remarking on the physical shape and face of Ludwig.
"I saw him as he obliterated the demons on that day. With each flick of his wrist, holy fire erupted from his hands. With each shout he had terrorized the demons and with each holy seal he drew, we were inspired and fought back harder against our mortal enemies soldiers. It was a clear sign that the man was a divine being. One to bring salvation to all of mankind and even us Aenarri." An Aenarri soldier remarking on Ludwig unleashing his Divine abilities against demonkindAs a divine psychic, Ludwig has access to special abilities that are particularly effective against demonkind. Fuelled by heaven energy and dark matter, his divine abilities include protection from demonic terror for both himself and other people, blasts of holy fire that decimate the ranks of demons and even cleanse a place of Void and demonic energy. He can also purify a place from demonic taint by using sacred seals, turning that place into a sanctuary for angels and all non demonic entities. Other than that, he can drastically reduce or even take away the power of demons, exorcise them out of their hosts and many more other things to deter them. The most powerful ability in this state however, is the holy terror effect, in which he can strike terror in the hearts of even the bravest of demons if they so much as lay their eyes upon him or any other person under this blessing.
The ProphetLudwig, being a prophet, has the ability to forsee the future to a certain extent. This allows him to always be a few steps ahead of his adversaries on both the tactical and strategic level. He can increase his prophetic powers and gain new abilities by collecting the lost memories of past prophets, either alive or slain. When he is not available at a place, he uses his special prophetic ability, the eye of the prophet, to distribute the power amongst a number of people equally so that they can work together and defeat their adversaries without attaining much losses themselves.
Lord of the Vampires
"You think you have seen the last of me huh? That i would give up so easily and surrender to you only to see my loved ones get tortured to death? Oh no you have not seen the last of me. I have given up my humanity for this and while i consider it a curse, at times its a valuable gift as well. And this is one of those times. Say your last prayers and maybe repent now, else you lose all the blood in your body and have an eternal sentence to damnation"! Ludwig right before transforming into his feral state, the lord of the vampires and slaughtering a company of demonic soldiersAs the vessel of Sanguinus, Ludwig is also the lord of all vampirekind, having supreme control over all the remaining uncorrupted vampires left in the universe. His primary powers in this form are the consumption of souls and blood to further fuel his vampiric powers. He can also manipulate the minds of almost all living beings of weaker power and strike terror in even the bravest of entities. His usage of blood magic in this state allows him to turn others to vampires as well. For active combat abilities, he is able to use offensive blood magic that has a chance of turning others into mindless undead minion, drain their life force and souls, grab them over long distances by shooting a long, stretchable parasitic entity from his hand that burrows into the part that has been hit and also has a chance of spreading the disease, driving his enemies mad and a myriad number of other abilities. Perhaps his most powerful ability in this stage is the ability to transform into the Sanguinor, a feral being who is the pinnacle and peak of vampirekind. The drawbacks to using these powers are that the more frequently he uses them, the closer he is pushed towards corruption by the breaker. For this reason, he uses this power only as a last resort in conjunction with his other forms.
Normal Psychic powersIn this stage, Ludwig can use the normal powers that most high level psychics like him can use. Reality bending, Force fields, mind reading, terrorizing, Physical and mental enhancement, heightened and new senses are some of the abilities he can use in this form.
Apparel & Accessories
Before the Ascension
Birth and early life
Born to a Norwegian mother and a German father on a cold Octobers night in the town of Nordhausen in Germany Circa 1895, Ludwig was from birth, a healthy and strong child. He was the only child of his parents and therefore, they had fully devoted all of their parental love for their only child. From his childhood, he was a prodigious child , excelling in all fields of study both physically and mentally. He had a God gifted memory and could recount almost all the memories of his life from his birth. An odd power he had was seeing the future. Due to him being an example of a Prophet, he could see and foretell events to a certain degree. This would go on to help him a lot in his later life during his wars against the breaker.
The great warWhen he was only 19 years old, the great war started and all of Europe was called to arms. He alongside almost everyone in Germany in those times, answered the call to arms and enlisted in the German army. Due to his abilities to predict the future, he had constantly managed to save the lives of numerous of his comrades and enabled him to be always one step ahead of his French and British adversaries in a lot of engagements. All of this would change however, in the battle of Somme.
Battle of SommeA high ranking member of the British parliament and secretly a corrupted Strigoi of Kerr, Lord Clementine Percival, had noticed the young German soldier whilst going to the battlefield disguised as a British officer. He had seen in his visions that his young man would one day save all of mankind and go on to lead a holy crusade against Kerr not just on Terra, but in the stars as well. The man had planned to kill him and his chance came during the battle of Somme. During a chance encounter with Ludwigs platoon, Clementine recognized the man by his distinct short white- blond hair and glacier blue eyes. Realizing that this was the chance for him, he revealed his true form and promptly slaughtered his entire platoon before his own eyes. Shattered and broken by the death of his entire platoon with whom he had fraternized and become friends with, he flew into a rage and wildly charged at Clementine whilst shooting at him. The Strigoi easily dodged the rounds and slashed him across the waist with his claws. He stopped as he felt his life being drained from his body and collapsed to the ground. Praying to the Almighty for salvation, he heard a sinister laugh as the Strigoi lord mocked and taunted him for his faith. Right as he was about to be killed, he heard a divine voice in his head. It was the voice of Sanguinus one of the high titans. He told Ludwig about his destiny as the leader of all of mankind in the future and granted him the special power of being his vessel. He had become the first human vessel of Sanguinus after Adam himself. Being the vessel of Sanguinus meant that he was also the lord of all uncorrupted vampires and their leader as well. With his newfound powers, he recovered from his wounds instantaneously and proceeded to brutally maim the Strigoi. Before killing him, he uttered these words
"You have terrorized mankind for quite a long time. Butchering and preying on the innocent. But know this. You and your kind alongside your master shall end up in the worst places of hell. Screaming and burning with no hope of escape. And i promise to the lord that i shall not stop till you and your master are eradicated from the realms of man:And with that, Ludwig promptly stomped and crushed the head of lord Percival Clementine. The strigoi lord was no more.
End of the great war and interwar periodAfter the end of the great war, Ludwig had returned to his home only to find his parents and most of his family brutally murdered by unknown assailants. He had nothing to do in the interwar periods and barely managed to carve out a living for himself as a College professor. It was not until the rise of the NSDAP that he truly got a chance to shine again.
World war 2Seeing this as a chance to serve his country once again as well as having something honourable to fight for, Augustus decided to join the Wehrmacht in the year 1939. Taking part in the invasion of Poland, he was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann after showing his gallantry in taking a fortified Polish town guarded by 1000 soldiers with only 200 men and a few AFVs. He took part in the subsequent invasions of France, Denmark and Norway, earning the rank of major. After the campaign in Europe had been completed, he had moved to Africa under the Afrika Korps to battle against the british.
War in AfricaIn Africa, Ludwig used his prophetic abilities for the first time in years. With his insight, the Afrika Korps were able to easily win and defeat their British and later, American adversaries. However, after their losses in Russia, the Wehrmacht was unable to support the Afrika Korps. Due to his prophetic abilities still being limited, the Afrika Korps kept suffering defeats till it was forced to surrender in 1943.
Return to Europe and Normandy CampaignAfter the defeat of the Afrika Korps, Ludwig, by now the rank of Field marshall, was called back to Europe. There he was put in charge of defending the Atlantic wall against possible invasion by the allies. Facing an increasingly harder war and the mass bombing of Germany by Allied bombers, Ludwig had to work with what he had with very small amounts of reinforcements. During the invasion of Normandy, Ludwig and his forces inflicted massive amounts of casualties on the American, British, Canadian and Australian infantry that landed on the beaches.
But soon, due to superior allied power and him reaching the limitations of his prophetic powers, the Wehrmacht began a steady retreat across the entire western front. He would not see any more major actions till the Ardennes counteroffensive at the end of the year. There, despite managing to inflict massive losses on the allied army yet again, he was defeated and captured by the Allied forces, but not before killing Field marshal Montgomery in front of a group of Allied soldiers by biting his throat out.
End of the war, Life and visions in captivity and true beginning of his legacyCaptured and made prisoner, Ludwig would have yet another life changing impact while being kept prisoner. Sanguinus had shown him visions of the oncoming Cataclysm that would go down in human history as the event known as the Calamity. He was told that mankinds true salvation lay in the stars. He had pondered on the meaning of his vision and at last, knew that mankind had to spread into the stars. As soon as he was released, he began his own Private space industry as well as Collaborating with his former enemies for the establishment of mankind in the stars.
Race to the stars
"Honestly, paying heed to what i had heard while inside that dark cell was what saved all of us on that dark and unforgettable day. I knew that our salvation lay in the stars. I tried my best to do so and just because of that, today we have a chance of defeating the breaker. No matter how small of a chance we have, we have it. And we should not squander it"Working in collaboration with the governments of the western world, Ludwig and his company soon became the largest one in their realm. They had many ambitious projects and the start of the space race between the US and USSR served as the spark and fuel for their ideas. He became the fourth man on the moon during the second mission there and was also responsible for the construction of the first Lunar colony. After the fall of the USSR, his funding wound down but he was determined to achieve his ambitions by any means. By 2018, he was selected for the first mars mission and on July 2024, he set out with a hundred other people from different countries on the first manned mission to the red planet, codenamed Hellas. After nine months of travel, the Hellas mission finally landed on Mars and Ludwig became the first human being on the red planet. After his longtime friend landed alongside him, he took of his helmet and sat down on the sandy ground. His friends were obviously surprised as to how a human could breathe on the surface of mars, but Ludwig told them that it was a gift from god. After a few weeks, he had set up the first Martian colony on the Elysium Planitia region of the red planet. He stayed there for 20 more years, setting up numerous more colonies and overseeing the development of the new ones before heading over to the Jovian system, his next goal. During that time, he would witness an event that would change him and all of mankind forever. That would spark the next chapter in human history.
"I still remember that dark day clearly. It was not a dark day for us only but for all other races of the universe and the cause of good in general. But it did have good effects too. Without the Calamity, we would have kept squabbling amongst ourselves till the breaker had either destroyed or corrupted us from withing or we would have destroyed ourselves. That day led to us uniting to defeat the breaker and achieve our greatest victory over him to this day. We must remember it in our minds and keep on struggling for that faint hope of victory and the peace and happiness that lies beyond that."After the colonization of mars had begun in earnest, space colonization itself had seen a massive boom. Numerous other companies also arose and contributed tremendously to the industry. By 2044, there were numerous colonies in the outer solar system and all of them were in some way, influenced by Ludwig and his corporation. In the year 2047, A group of human colonists had set out to travel to the minor dwarf planet Sedna to establish research stations there. However, little did they know that the forces of Kerr were amassing in the solar system, having found mankind's new homeworld at last. The human colonists, as soon as they landed on the dwarf planet, began to receive nightmarish visions and noticed that the planet itself was far far different than what they had seen in the pictures before. Strange and gigantic spires had dotted the landscape of the dwarf planet. Before they could respond and explore the structures, contact was suddenly lost with the expedition. The UN had sent another expedition to see what had happened to the first one but the same grim fate awaited them, with violent glimpses of them being slaughtered by nightmarish creatures. Finally, a large and armed retinue was sent to the dwarf planet to locate the members of the past expeditions and exterminate the mysterious threat. The expedition, codenamed Damocles , landed on Sedna with their ships close by in low orbit. As they explored the airless void of the landscape , they began hearing voices in their head and had the same nightmarish dreams as those of the previous expeditions. Once they entered the strange complexes after pushing their way through, they saw mutilated and desecrated corpses being sacrificed to demonic beings. Before they could pull out any further, they were set upon by those nightmarish beings. It is now known in Imperial history that this was the first recorded combat encounter between modern mankind and the forces of Kerr. The humans were decimated, their weapons being too poor to deal with the demons who only took light to moderate casualties. As the Damoclesians retreated to their ships, the whole planet turned against them and their ships themselves were corrupted by demons. All of the members of the expedition had met a grim fate and just to complete the carnage, a sinister message was sent to the UN headquarters.
"At long last, we have found you rats hiding in your filthy nests. You have betrayed the glorious lord Kerr and shall dearly pay for it. Soon you shall be under his rule and all that you hold dear will be taken away from you. And we will not even grant you the joy of death, for you have served the great traitor himself and deserve this kind of treatment from us. We will be here soon Human:The UN had at once begun mobilization of all its forces and increased its military power across the oter solar system. Every method they had was used. All for the storm that would befall them in a decade.
Mankinds darkest days
I saw him on that day. A shining beacon of light and hope for all of mankind in an endless sea of darkness. Fighting all alone against the oncoming darkness. It was he who inspired us to fight on that day against all odds. On that day, history was carved anew and mankinds hope was rekindled. Brighter and more resilient. It is now upto us to continue that legacy. To wage a war against our mortal enemy."Gradually over the next decade, the UN lost control of all of its outer solar system colonies. One by one, they fell cold and silent. In 2057, a strange, gigantic object the size of Uranus had appeared around Jupiter. Anticipating it to be some form of a demonic device, the UN deployed its entire strategic nuclear arsenal and EMP ordnances into the moon of Europa in a vain attempt to destroy or at least disable the object. Ludwig, being a prodigy in the field of space launches, was given command to oversee the launch of the Nuclear weapons into the object. As the day of the launch neared, Ludwig offered one final prayer to god for the salvation of mankind and went to oversee the launch. As the nukes launched , they hit the target but did nothing more than scratch its paint off. Feeling defeated, he knelt down and prayed to god for salvation. Just then the voice of Sanguinus whispered into his head, telling him that his was the moment that he was being prepared for all along. With one last roar, he had transformed into the avatar of Sanguinus. The sheer psychic shockwave of his transformation could be felt by every sentient being living in the universe at that time and pierced the psychic veil that the demons had put upon around the solar system to prevent any of the non corrupted alien races to reach them. It soon became clear to them that mankind was not going down without a fight.
A legend rebornLudwig, with his newfound powers and getting even more so from the other high titans , began to engage the demonic forces in the solar system with a bloodthirsty and merciless assault. Many of the demons could do little but watch as their comrades were slaughtered. Soon , the greater and higher angels as well as archangels of Sanguinus were on the fray as well. In the midst of all of this, the four Higher Void titans , decided to mount a joint assault on the homeworld of mankind. In the next few hours, the battle dragged on to become one that would be remembered by all of the participants till the day they were no more. The armies of man desperately fighting, inspired and suddenly feeling much more powerful against the traitorous forces of demons and corrupted xenos through divine intervention and their gestalt effect, beat back the demons and in the end, achieved victory. Mankind had lived to fight for another day and achieved its greatest victory against the forces of Kerr,
Formation of The Imperial Terran Federation
"We might have been broken and shattered by the nightmare that befell us mere years ago. While mankind may never be the same again, we shall rise from the ashes of our past selves. Stronger and more resilient than ever' Ludwig addressing all of mankind at the formation of the federation and upon being elected as its leader.Mankind was ruined after the calamity. The cities of the world lay in ruins, most of their inhabitants either dead or dying. Ludwig had personally seen how bad mankind had been hit. Therefore 3 years later, he had delivered a speech which is widely known as the birthing moment of the federation. In the speech, he said that mankind was just beginning its fight against the breaker and they must spread to the stars themselves. To root out the corruption of Kerr. And so, with the remnants of the human race, the The Imperial Terran Federation was born and mankind slowly began its conquest of the stars yet again.
Accomplishments & Achievements
Failures & Embarrassments
Morality & Philosophy
Savvies & Ineptitudes
Likes & Dislikes
Virtues & Personality perks
Vices & Personality flaws
" The rage, it resonates in my mind. I hear voices every night, whispering and clawing in my mind. Whenever i don't feed for a long while, they become more and more frequent and increase in their efforts to drive me insane till i have no choice but to feed. I just hope that in some way, i can be free from this unwanted curse . And i would be willing to even commit suicide if it means saving mankind from myselfLudwig's most prominent flaw would be the struggle with his inner self to keep his power in check. Being such a powerful and inspirational figure for all of mankind, Kerr does his best to try to corrupt him, knowing that if he is corrupted, most of mankind will fall apart like a house of cards. This is made even worse by the fact that he is the lord of the vampires, bearing most of the strigoi curse within himself and having to consume his fellow humans to alleviate his curse for a limited amount of time.
Contacts & Relations
Towards Lorann sanguinus meros
Towards Augustus Ludwig
" Meros, what if i told you to murder an innocent child and told you that it was for the greater good of mankind"? "With all due respect sir, i cannot carry out that order. It is impossible on my behalf to murder someone who has done nothing wrong and murdering in general. I just want this war to end and be with my love and family in peace." You truly are a angel my man. Congratulations."As an extremely high ranking officer of the bloodmarine legions, Meros is seen as one of Ludwigs most valuable commanders and one of his most fervent supporters. The two have formed a close relationship with each other over the years, with Ludwig becoming an extremely close father figure for the mentally scarred warrior. Besides his brother Alexander, Ludwig is the only one that knows about his secret relationship with Narissa and offers him as much comfort as he can. For these reasons, Meros holds Ludwig above most people in his life and would go as far to sacrifice his own life for him.
Nicknames & Petnames
When they first met, Ludwig would go on to call Meros "Rook" for him being a rookie. Later on, as Meros matured and grew up, he would earn the nickname of Frosty from Ludwig .
Both being high ranking people in the federation, Ludwig and Meros share the same goal. To defeat Kerr and his armies and play a gigantic strategic as well as tactical role in defending mankind.
"You venomous rats take everything from the almighty and then betray him. You turn upon your families just for the false promises of lust and the depravity of your own mind. You turn upon the friends that have cared for you from your birth and sacrificed everything for you. For what you have done, me torturing you is perfectly fine since you deserve far worse than that' Ludwig to a group of surrendered traitor soldiers before brutally executing all of them
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