Before the Rent, magic was a thing of legend, stories of those Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal people. One of these was the noble Vlad Dracul. Gifted with the ability to take the life force of others, he found that he could also grant his ability to others. Traveling Europe he amassed an army. With the opening of the Rent, his army of Strigoi have expanded, incorporating not only noble and serf, but even the creatures from the Rent itself.