Jürgen von Verden
-Jürgen of Magdeburg
-Jürgen the Sword-Bearer
Prince of Magdeburg
During the Dark Medieval era, Jürgen acted as his sire's right hand throughout the Holy Roman Empire and eastern Europe. Jürgen maintained a shadow order of knights within the mortal Swordbrethren: the Knights of the Black Cross, a knightly order of Cainites and ghouls led by Jürgen's loyal retainer, Lucretia von Hardtz. His circle of advisers, the Primogeniture Assembly, inspired what would become the primogen in modern Kindred cities.
As the War of Princes broke out, Jürgen represented his sire's interests in Hungary and Livonia, where he came into conflict with the Tzimisce voivode Vladimir Rustovich and the Gangrel warlord Qarakh, respectively. After he negotiated a tentative peace accord with Qarakh against Rustovitch, Jürgen was allowed to marry his beloved, the Toreador Scion Rosamund of Islington.
In the end, Jürgen's secrets were carried to his sire by the Caitiff spy named Albin, and Jürgen was destroyed for his failures by Hardestadt in 1271, though it is unclear whether this was for his political failures, for his lapses from the Road of Kings, or for some other reason.
Nevertheless, one popular theory among fans is that the elder known as "Hardestadt the Younger" is in fact Jürgen, having faked his own Final Death and created a new identity for himself out of necessity.
Sire: Hardestadt the Elder
Embrace: 989 AD
Apparent Age: Mid 30′s
Morality: Road of Kings (Via Regalis)
Blood Requirement: Jürgen only feeds from prisoners of war (alive or dead), that he or his knights have bested in battle.
- VTDA: Under the Black Cross, p. 7, etc.
- VTDA: Transylvania Chronicles
- Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook, p. 54-55
- Dark Ages Europe, p. 58, 63, 183
- Players Guide to High Clans, p. 225
- Players Guide to Low Clans, p. 73, 209
- Counsel of Primogen, p. 15
- Dark Ages Clan Novel: Brujah, p. 43-44, etc.
- Dark Ages Clan Novel: Toreador, p. 5, etc.
- Dark Ages Clan Novel: Gangrel, p. 5, etc.
- Dark Ages Clan Novel: Tremere, p. 12, etc.
- Dark Ages Clan Novel: Ventrue, p. 13, etc.
- Dark Ages Clan Novel: Tzimisce, p. 13, etc.