Norbert von Xanten

Gotzon was a former Abyss Mystic who had taken a vow never to use his power over shadows and living darkness to become a Faithful of the Road of Heaven, during the Dark Ages.

He was an eerie figure favored by the Lasombra Antediluvian, and whose abilities were more than enough to send shivers down the spine of many luminars of his time - such as his longtime rival and friend, Hardestadt the Elder.


God created the Heavens and the Earth, but more, He created the order that governs both. Sun rises, sun sets, living things grow and die. Mortals don’t understand it until they are no longer mortal, and even we, separated from life and death, can grasp little of it.
  — Gotzon

For sometime, Hardestadt and Gotzon were companions in the European nights of the Dark Ages when they met a young knight named Jürgen von Verden. Both Cainites wanted to embrace the promissing young man, but they couldn't reach an understanding about which one of them was better suited to bestow the curse of Caine upon him.

Eventually, the pair decided it would be up to Jürgen himself to choose weather he would do God's work through Gotzon's teachings on the Road of Heaven, or throw himself in the path of glory through the Road of Kings, favored by the Ventrue Hardestadt. Jürgen would have to decide between the crown or the cross, and although Gotzon was confident he would choose the latter, that did not come to pass.

The man wanted to be a conqueror, even if he rationalized that by doing so he was actually serving God's will. Gotzon was deeply disappointed by the outcome of events, but acquiesced nonetheless. He haven't given up on his protégé, however, and followed Jürgen in his adventures acting as his confessor, patiently trying to convert the Scion into his own morality.

Gotzon was a priest and deemed a crusader of the Lord by his peers (some would even call him an 'inquisitor'), but the truth is that his crusades were many. If you asked him, he would probably say only that he does the Lord’s work, but the manner of work that God demands of him is bloody indeed. Pagans, heretics, even demons and infernalists—all those have fallen before him. Gotzon never answered direct questions about his plans and trusted in God to direct him in all things.

Gotzon’s eyes were lifeless. Not dead or even empty, but lifeless. Like seawater at night. The darkness he’s beheld isn’t empty, and that’s what terrifies other people. Some would even dare say that his faith is so strong because he knows what’s waiting in the dark. He was obviously a powerful Abyss Mystic, and although he never used his abilities of Obtenebration, his shadows showed terrifying signs of it when the man wasn't fully alert.

To Jürgen, Gotzon was something more than a Cainite; the shadows that he had dedicated untold centuries to commanding had made a hornet’s nest of his undead body. The man actually bled blackness, as Jürgen had once been unfortunate enough to see. Gotzon was always reticent, saying only what he needed to say, and to Jürgen it had always seemed that Gotzon was careful because the blackness inside him was merely waiting for the right word, the right gesture, to facilitate its escape.


Gotzon once said that a word from him could blot out the sun, and his close friend Jürgen suspected he had something to do with an eclipse that happened after his Embrace. Furthermore, Jürgen tapped into his memories and saw an assembly of Lasombra electing him to learn the Cry That Slays Light, (a level 8 power of Abyss Mysticism presented by the Players Guide to High Clans). If that assumption is correct, Gotzon would be at least a 5th-generation vampire.

According to the book Darkening Sky, Gotzon indeed was the key figure of a such a ritual. The eclipse was a worldwide event that created changes everywhere. One such changes was that the power of the ritual used to create it is enough to wake torpored elders from their sleep (such as The Visigoth). Also, by the nature of the ritual, Gotzon has completely forgotten his involvement in the eclipse, meaning that the true reason for the event is steeped in rumor and uncertainty.


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