Heroes and Villains

To Index

__________________________________________

A

Adam Bell, Adam "The Leper", Alan-a-Dale, Allan Quartermain, Alexander Selkirk, Amelia Dyer, Andre-Louis Moreau, Angelica, Anne Bonny, René d'Aramis de Vannes "Aramis", Jack Dawkins "The Artful Dodger", Arthur a Bland, Astolfo, Athos , Atlantes , Louis Jeremiah Abershawe "The Laughing Highwayman", Peter Alston

B

Balian of Ibelin, Bartholomew Roberts, Elizabeth Báthory, Beauty and the Beast, Ben Gunn, Jeremy Bentham, Bevis of Hampton, Billy Bones, The Bishop of Hereford, Edward Teach "Blackbeard", Blind Pew, Conomor Domnonée "Bluebeard", Bradamante, Brunello, Burke and Hare, Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI), Cesare Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia (Lady of Pesaro and Gradara Duchess of Bisceglie and Princess of Salerno), Bjorn Petursson

C

Calico Jack Rackham, Captain Blood, Captain Charles Vane, Captain Flint, Captain Edward "Ned" Low, Captain George Lowther, Captain Nemo, Captain Alexander Smollett, Cardinal Richelieu, Charlemagne, Louis Dominique Bourguignon "Cartouche", Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, Cinderella, Claude Duval, Comte de Rochefort, Ichabod Crane, Cosette ("the Lark"), Catalina De Los Rios Y Lisperguer “La Quintrala”

D

Damaris Page , David of Doncaster, Detective Frederick Abberline, Dorian Gray, Doctor John Dolittle, Doctor Johann Georg Faust, Doctor Victor Frankenstein, Doctor Fu Manchu, Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Doctor Livesey,

E

Eadric the Wild, Ebenezer Scrooge, Esmeralda, Eustace Folville, Elizabeth "Old Mother" Cresswell, Claude Frollo, Enjolras“The Chief”, Éponine Thénardier(the Jondrette girl), Emperor Jingtai of Ming, Edward IV of England

F

Joannes Frollo "jolly", Mary Frith "Moll Cutpurse", Francis Drake, François l'Ollonais, Francesca da Rimini, Friar Tuck, Fantine (Ghost), Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (The Peaceful)

G

Judge George Jeffreys "The Hanging Judge", Gilbert Whitehand, Lady Godiva, Guy of Gisbourne, Laurens de Graaf, François Grimaldi ("the Cunning"), Doctor Hawley Griffin "The Invisible Man", Pierre Gringoire, Gavroche Thénardier, Gilles Garnier (The Hermit of Bonnot, The Werewolf of Dôle), Christman Genipperteinga, Count of St. Germain (Android), Girolama Spera Daughter of Giulia Tofana

Giulia Tofana

Tofana is a notorious poisoner operating in the cities of Rome and Naples. Catering to wives who desperately wanted to kill their husbands, Tofana, her daughter Girolama Spera, and a few assistants cultivated their particular potion. The daughter of a murderess hanged for the crime of matricide she and her helpers run a school for poisoners out of their home base in the Sicilian city of Palermo.

H

Hansel and Gretel (Hag Hunters), Henry Every, Henry Strangways , Hereward the Wake, King Herla, Hernan Cortes, Hiawatha, Benjamin Hornigold, Huckleberry Finn, Harpe brothers

I

Igor the "Heretic", Ikey "The Fagin" Solomon , Ileana Cosânzeana, Israel Hands, Ivan IV Vasilyevich "Ivan the Terrible", Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy , ,

J

Jacob Marley, Jenny Diver, John Carter , Jonathan Wild "The Thief Taker General", Jack the Ripper, Jean Laffite, John, King of England, Long John Silver, Lady Katherine Ferrers "The Wicked Lady", Daniel Johnson (pirate) "Johnson the Terror" Jean Valjean, Philip Javert, Jasper Hanebuth

L

Lawrence Talbot "The Wolf Man", Leonora Dori, Little John, Lorenzo de' Medici "the Magnificent", Lancelot Blackburne (Archbishop of York), Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria (The Rich), Martin Luther

M

Maid Marian, Marfisa, Marie de Médicis, Mary Frances Jeffries, Mary Poppins, Mary Read, Matthew Hopkins, Milady de Winter, Daniel Montbars "Montbars the Exterminator", Charles François d'Angennes, Marquis de Maintenon, Henry Morgan, Much the Miller's Son, Muma Padurii,

Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe is a noted poet and playwright. The epitome of the maxim: "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking body of work." His father was a shoemaker in the city of Canterbury. He attended the King's School in Canterbury and graduated from Cambridge. The University hesitated in awarding him his Master's Degree due to suspicions of Catholic leanings and his frequent absences from class; but the Privy Council, close advisers to the throne, intervened, citing his "faithful dealings" and "good service" to the Queen. Marlowe served the Queen as a spy, infiltrating seditious Catholic groups and embarking on espionage missions to Holland. In addition to his work on Her Majesty's Secret Service, Marlowe is a brawler, a heretic and a homosexual, and on various occasions had been accused of counterfeiting, dueling, atheism and dabbling in the occult. What is known is that in the next seven years he wrote a string of some of the greatest plays in the theater; possibly in English literature. Among his plays were Tamburlaine, The Jew of Malta, and perhaps most famously, The Tragic History of Doctor Faustus. After the Privy Council issued an order for Marlowe's arrest on a charge of heresy on the strength of a document found in his house and purportedly written by him. As the Queen was the official head of the Church of England, heresy was for practical purposes also considered an act of treason. He appeared before the Council and was instructed to "give daily attendance to their Lordships." On May 30, he was visiting with friends in the town of Deptford, when a brawl broke out over the bill and he was stabbed to death. It has been speculated that he was assassinated by political enemies. Or was he? A popular theory about Marlowe claims that he faked his death and continued writing for several more years under the name of William Shakespeare. Ingram Frizier, the friend who stabbed Marlowe to death over a bar tab, was given a Pardon by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Frizier, as well as the two witnesses to Marlowe's death, Robert Poley and Nicholas Skeres, all have connections to Sir Francis Walsingham. Walsingham was Queen Elizabeth's spymaster. Poley and Skeres were both involved in foiling The Babington Plot to assassinate the Queen.

N

Ned Kelly, Niklaus Stuller In 1577, a Bavarian hangman named Hans Schmidt tallied the crimes of one Niklaus Stuller, a man whom Schmidt had put to death himself. According to Schmidt, Stuller had been responsible for shooting a member of the cavalry, as well as the deaths of three pregnant women along with their unborn children. Stuller, known as the “Black Banger,” was yet another 16th-century German serial killer whose favorite targets were pregnant women. Just as post–World War I Germany was plagued by a rash of serial killers, the German states of the 15th century were constantly embroiled in economic fluctuations and civil strife, especially over sectarian issues involving Catholics and Protestants. Against later crimes like the Thirty Years’ War, Stuller’s murders do not seem as earth-shattering. But when placed side by side with other maniacs like Stumpp and Niers, Stuller, who was only convicted of four murders, becomes an almost larger-than-life representative of a truly infernal time period. It’s no wonder that the crowd cheered his execution.,

Peter Niers

Country The Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire Bandit, serial killer and black magician, described as "rather old, with two crooked fingers were and a long scar on his chin." Known to have committed hundreds of murders and mulilations, including cutting fetuses out of pregnant women and using the remains being in magical rituals to boost his many supernatural abilities, and for acts of cannibalism. The leading figure in a loosely knit network of robber-killers. Operating in the spaces outside cities in woods and mountains and along unfrequented roads. A network constantly changing with its composition sometimes joining together for major raids, at other times splitting up into smaller groups to pursue robberies and killings on smaller scale over different areas. Niers had a mentor in crime called Martin Stier, who until his arrest and execution led a gang of bandits who murdered and robbed their way from the Netherlands to Württemberg. Some of the gang members were caught, including Niers himself who was arrested and tortured in Gersbach. There he confessed to 75 acts of murder, but somehow managed to escape. Over the next few years a number of pamphlets, ballads, and stories were written and circulated detailing his cannibalism and mastery of the black arts. When Niers gang gathered at Pfalzburg, they had a meeting with a Devil, who gave its blessing to the gang's ambitions, even providing Niers and Sumer with monthly pay along with granting supernatural powers to Niers. Even earlier than this Niers learned how to become invisible from his mentor Martin Stier, and that the only reason he was finally caught was because he was deprived of his bag containing the magical materials to make himself invisible. A critical component of such magical material was thought to be the remains of fetuses; during the casting of the spell the fetus hearts were eaten. Another use of fetal black magic: To concoct the flesh and fats of infants into magic candles that, when lit, would allow them to rob houses without awaking the inhabitants. Niers has other supernatural powers as well, in particular the ability of physical transformation having the ability to change his shape into an inamite object or goat, dog, or cat. A master of disguise, he frequently changes his appearance and costume, sometimes masquerading as a common soldier, at other times as a leper, and a number of other disguises. However some things stay constant: He always had a lot of money on him, he carried two loaded pistols in his trousers, and a huge two-handed sword. Gertrude Of Nivelles An abbess notable for founding the Monastary of Nivelles with her mother, Itta, and for being the Patron Saint of cats She was born to an aristocratic family. Her father was associated with the French king and was appointed the Mayor of the Palace. Gertrude grew up among the palace intrigues. When she was about ten years old, the King suggested marrying her to the son of a powerful duke. She indignantly refused and declared that she would marry no earthly man. When her father died she took the veil and became a nun. Her mother took control of her carreer and had a double monastary — one for monks and one for nuns — built in the city of Nivelles in present-day Belgium. The seventeen-year-old Gertrude was established as abbess, although her mother stayed with her in an advisory position. Despite her youth, Gertrude seems to have been very well-educated for her time and under her and her mother's joint administration she brought learned monks from Rome and from Ireland to enrich the monastary with books and sacred relics. After her mother's death, Gertrude assumed control of the monastary by herself. Whether she had a male abbot administering the spear half of the monastary is not certain. She used the property left by her mother to establish churches, monastaries and hospices. Gertrude seems to have been something of a workaholic, and drove herself to exhaustion through fasting and abstaining from sleep. She had to resign from her position at the age of 32. She once sent some of her subjects to a distant land, promising that they would suffer no harm on their journey. On the voyage, the travelers's ship was attacked by a sea monster which threatened to sink it; but when the travelers called upon Gertrude for protection, the monster vanished. Shortly before her death, she sent one of her monks to St. Ultan at Fosse, one of the Irish monks who had settled nearby, to ask if God had made known to him the day of her death. Ultan responded that she would die the following day at mass; and indeed she did, dying on March 17, 659. Gertrude is regarded as the patron saint of travelers, gardeners and cats, and is invoked for protection against rodents. She is often depicted with a cat, and sometimes with mice scurrying about her.

P

Niccolò Paganini (The Devil’s Violinist), Paracelsus, Captain Phoebus de Chateaupers, Pied Piper of Hamelin, Pocahontas, Porthos, Prester John, Professor James Moriarty, Marius Pontmercy, Bartolomeu Portugues, Philip the Good, Peter Stumpp "Werewolf"

A cannibal serial killer known as the “Werewolf of Bedburg,” Peter Stumpp is a one-armed farmer who has been murdering peasants from surrounding villages for over 25 years.

Stumpp lives in the village of Epprath near the country-town of Bedburg in the Electorate of Cologne.

Q

Quasimodo

R

Raymond III of Tripoli, Red Legs Greaves Little Red Riding Hood (Werewolf Hunter), Richard at the Lee, Squire Richard Cabell ("Dirty Dick") , Robert the Devil, Gerrit Gerritszoon "Roche Braziliano", Robin Hood, Roland/Orlando, Rosa Coote, Rostam, Ruggiero, Gilles de Rais

s

Michael "burning water" Scott "wizard of the North" Michael Scott, The Wizard of Balwearie is a Scottish scholar, priest, mathematician, alchemist and occultist. Born in the family seat of Balwearie Castle, Michael seemed set for a sucessful academic and religious career. Educated first at Durham Cathedral and then the universities of Oxford and Paris he distinguished himself in philosophy, mathematics, astrology, medicine and theology. After his studies he took holy orders and was ordained as a Priest. He excelled at this too and in 1223 was nominated as archbishop of Cashel in Ireland at the recommendation of the Pope himself. He was even offered the Archepiscopate of Canterbury. =Scott turned these positions down and instead took to wandering, sometimes working as a priest and at other times in universities such as Palermo and Bologna. Thereafter he moved to the University of Toledo in Spain, which was then a centre of applied astrology and other occult studies. During his life he wrote or translated a variety of scholarly tracts on his various fields of study and his nickname of "burning water" because he was the first human to sucessfully distil Dwarven Fire Ale in Scotland. The legendary Michael Scot used to feast his friends with dishes brought by spirits from the royal kitchens of France and Spain and other lands. He is said to have turned to stone a coven of witches, which have become the stone circle of Long Meg and Her Daughters. Scot's reputation as a magician had already become fixed in the age immediately following his own. He appears in the Eighth Circle of Hell, reserved for sorcerers, astrologers, and false prophets who claimed they could see the future when they, in fact, could not. He is thin and weak, who does little labor. In John Leyden's ballad Lord Soulis, Michael Scot is credited with teaching magic to the protagonist, the evil sorcerer William II de Soules, who ends up being boiled alive. He credits him with conquering an indefatigable demon, after it had succeeded in splitting Eildon Hill into its three distinctive cones, by challenging it to weave ropes from sea-salt. He records that in the Scottish Borders any work of great labour or antiquity is ascribed either to Auld Michael, or Sir William Wallace, or the Devil. At some stage Scott is said to have experimented with a ill-thought of cave near his home in Balwearie which was said to release blasts of vapour from heaven or hell which could grant a man great power or strike him dead. He was also said to consort extensively with the powers of Hell, including forcing a demon to build a road for him (and then binding it to spin him a rope out of sand when he couldn't get rid of it afterwards), sending his demonic servants to steal cooked food from the royal kitchens of Europe and intimidating the King of France with a demonic horse whose stamping hooves brought down the towers of his palace. Not all such adventures went well however - one legend tells of an angry demon pursuing Michael across the countryside so that he only escaped by creating a deep wooded valley behind himself with magic. According to legend, Scott's occult powers allowed him to forsee the manner of his death down to the mass of the stone that would strike his head and kill him. Thereafter he wore a protective hat at all times - except in church, where no man would wear a hat. It is said that during a church service a small stone fell from the church roof and struck his bare head, killing him … and when the stone was taken up and weighed, the mass was exactly that which he had forseen. He was buried amidst a dreadful storm at nearby Melrose Abbey with his "Book of Might" at his side but his legend lived on after him, such that he warrented a name-check in Dante's Inferno amongst the wizards and fortune tellers.

T

Tarzan, Timothy "Tiny Tim"Cratchit,

Monsieur Thénardier and Madame Thénardier (the Jondrettes)

Tomás de Torquemada, Clopin Trouillefou, King of the Court of Miracles, Richard "Dick" Turpin, Captain Daniel Tucker (Governor of Bermuda) , Tweedledum and Tweedledee,

Tamerlane

The Werewolves of Poligny, (Pierre Burgot, Michel Verdun, And Philibert Montot) These werewolves were in reality feral serial killers who preyed upon rural peasants and city dwellers alike. In the 16th century, a French peasant named Pierre Burgot came under the Satanic thrall of several black-clad figures, including a man named Michel Verdun. According to Burgot’s testimony, Verdun gave him an ointment that transformed him from a man into a wolf. Along with a third man named Philibert Montot, Burgot and Verdun became known as the Werewolves of Poligny, and they were collectively responsible for the murders of several children. After a bloody Verdun was caught and tortured, he confessed to the crimes and implicated Burgot and Montot. In turn, Burgot claimed under torture that Montot and Verdun had forced him to renounce God in order to become a vile werewolf killer.

U

Ulugh Beg Sultaniyeh, Timurid Empire, Persia, Religion Islam Occupation astronomer, mathematician and sultan Ulugh Beg is a young astronomer, mathematician and Timurid prince. His commonly known name is not truly a personal name, but rather a moniker, which can be loosely translated as "Great Ruler" or "Patriarch Ruler". His real name was Mirza Mohammad Taraghay bin Shahrukh. Ulugh Beg was also notable for his work in astronomy-related mathematics, such as trigonometry and spherical geometry. He built the great Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand. It was considered by scholars to have been one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world at the time and the largest in Central Asia.[2] He built the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420) in Samarkand and Bukhara, transforming the cities into cultural centers of learning in Central Asia.[3] He was also a mathematician — albeit his mental aptitude is perseverance rather than any unusual endowment of intellect.

w

Wilfred of Ivanhoe, William Jackson, William Kidd, William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, William Tell, Will Scarlet, William Plunkett, Dr. John H. Watson, Woodes Rogers

V

Abraham Van Helsing,

Z

Zu Shenatir The crimes of Zu Shenatir occur in Aden, Yemen, Shenatir’s city, has long been linked with the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Unlike Cain, the world’s first murderer, Shenatir killed purely for pleasure. Exactly how many people he killed has never been recorded, but records state that he was a wealthy pedophile who sodomized his victims and then killed them by throwing them out the window. Shenatir is often incorrectly labeled as the first serial killer ever recorded. While that’s not true, he’s certainly one of history’s first lust killers. A voracious appetite for sex seems to have been Shenatir’s driving motive, which makes his ultimate demise all the more fitting. According to certain sources, one of his intended victims, a young man named Zerash, stabbed Shenatir through his anus, thus giving the monster a taste of his own sick medicine.

__________________________________________

To Index

The Worlds of Mankind is owned and created by Mark John Goodwin

The text on this page is Open Game Content, and is licensed for public use under the terms of the Open Game License v1.0a.

‘d20 System’ and the ‘d20 System’ logo are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
and are used according to the terms of the d20 System License version 6.0.
A copy of this License can be found at www.wizards.com/d20.