‘He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one’
The marquis Godefroy de Lubac was the head of state of the Rubaron Principality, cousin to the current marquis Imrik of Rubaron, and a sworn brother of the Band of the Hawk whom he co-founded alongside his best friends Conrad von Fulgam and Dantena van Torquaz. Following the disastrous Wars of Conquest, the marquis of Lubac began to dwell with the black arts, in order to use deadmen to ignite a rebellion against Emperor Arius, whom he blamed for the Great Drought of 1459.
For over a decade he built an army, composed of various sellswords company and formed an alliance with several figures of the underworld, and witches. He even gained the support of the werewolves from the Kovan slum in the Ironlands. His original intention was to name King Conrad commander of the army and crown him Holy Emperor of Temeros, in order to ‘build a kingdom where all could live free of corruption’. However, Conrad dismissed his plans and warned him, threatening to take military action against him.
Journeying to the infamous Hanging Tree of the Ironlands, he gathered his allies, collectively known as the ‘Death Knights’, and was proclaimed Emperor of the Temerians by his troops. He established his headquarters in the Kovan slums, thus entering an open rebellion within days, storming in the Ironlands and the Tyria duchy, winning key strongholds and cities. Soon, his Kovanni Rebellion had escalated into a revolution that divided all of the Imperial Order.
Even though most predicted his soon-to-be downfall, he took full advantage of the Imperial dissentions, and gained support of Great Houses from the Eastern bloc of Temeros, even securing an alliance with the Nords by marrying their shaman, Lasparda, and rose a largest army than any of the individual kingdoms. Locked in an administration hell, the Imperial Legion wasn’t deployed on the battlefield, and Emperor Arius begged his estranged student Conrad to come to the Empire’s aid. High Admiral Deregen Stormfyldd himself agreed to arrange the wedding of his daughter Sylvia with Conrad to end the war, this unlikely alliance being the only way to stop Godfrey.
The decisive battle occurred at the free city of Hestavian, at the border between the Crownlands and the Westernlands, that Godfrey had besieged for weeks in order to gain access to their wildfire and geographical advantage. Unlike what he had excepted, the alliance kept secret deployed its forces and took Godfrey’s rebel troops from the read, defeating them within an hour.
Godfrey fled the battle and retreated to his Rubaron province, where the gates of his seat were closed to him by his uncle Imrik, unwilling to support his nephew. Desperate, Godfrey relied on modern necromancy to escape, but the use of this dark magic and the genocide committed on their people led the werewolves to mutinate and they devoured him alive before he could turn them into his pawns forever.
The marquis is remembered in history as the most infamous and vile dark wizard in the Third Age history, and probably the most powerful necromancer since the Dark Ages. Godfrey’s betrayal of Conrad was often romanced as motivated by genuine friendship, some say hidden love, but got twisted by his own lust for power that conjuration styles are known to galvanize. Even if widely reviled, the marquis is still considered a tragic figure in Imperial history, a man who had dreamt of the impossible and had tried to change the eternal.