Brandon Von Gruger was a high ranking member of the Order of Ravenholdt and in this order he became infamous for his skill and perfection. Following the departure of his friend Ezio he would join the Order of the Violet Dragon, and he would become one of the top level commanders in the form of being a Cloak in the Order of the Violet Dragon.
Brandon would be born in the Valley of Lucerne city of Forks where he would become a member of a local gang. He got quite skillful at this and eventually his skill began to reach levels that Ravenholdt begin hearing about it. Ravenholdt sent an assasin to Forks in order to see this man's skill. When the assasin arrived he was clothed in the riches clothes possible, and when Brandon saw him he knew he had to have everything the man owned. To the skilled assasins suprise Brandon was able to steal his goods from him, and get away. Thinking he had got away with it Brandon went to sleep that night surrounded by his spoils, but when he woke up he saw the assasin standing there with a sword pointed at his heart. After some talk Brandon agreed to accompany him to Ravenholdt. While he accompanied him there Brandon was not happy to be leaving the only family he had truly loved in the gang.He was an assasin for almost 15 years when he was given a contract along with his brother assasins to assasinate members of the Jackson House . This mission would end with him saving Joshua Jackson , and renouncing his assasin brotherhood for the next 10 years. He has returned after seeing that him saving Joshua Jackson has had a great effect on the world with how great a man he had become.
- "The Crime in Forks wasn't something you could escape during that period. I don't think it would have been possible no matter what I had wanted to do otherwise."
- -Brandon Von Gruger
Brandon Von Gruger was born in the Lucernian city of Forks , and after an uneventful youth in the city, he became involved in a local kids gang, that spent their time pickpocketing people for money. He got quite skillful at this and eventually his skill began to reach levels that Ravenholdt begin hearing about it.
- "It was such a quiet thing to become succesful that you never know its possible that someone other then yourself is watching your rise."
- -Brandon Von Gruger
Ravenholdt sent an assasin to Forks in order to see this man's skill. When the assasin arrived he was clothed in the riches clothes possible, and when Brandon saw him he knew he had to have everything the man owned. To the skilled assasins suprise Brandon was able to steal his goods from him, and get away. Thinking he had got away with it Brandon went to sleep that night surrounded by his spoils, but when he woke up he saw the assasin standing there with a sword pointed at his heart. After some talk Brandon agreed to accompany him to Ravenholdt. While he accompanied him there Brandon was not happy to be leaving the only family he had truly loved in the gang.
See Also : Ravenholdt
Fall of Hispania
Main Article : Fall of Hispania
| Fall of Hispania|
We just sat there and let them destroy half the continent. It all could have been stopped so easily.
The Orcs inability to swim, or craft any sort of boat meant that the Romans had left this region dangerously undermanned believing that this water barrier would provide all the protection they needed. In fact there were more solders garrisoning the small Italian town of briensia, of which shared no border with any hostile nation, then there were in the castle of Gibraltar. As well as this undermanned garrison the original site of the castle was far enough back from the beach and the crossing that the soldiers couldn't see the crossing, and for this they relied on a small village with a large lighthouse along the coast. For years the Orcs of Emblam prepared for this crossing by massing a huge amount of troops in the lands of the former Roman provinces of Mauritania while the Kingdom of Senegal one of the human client states of Emblam begin preparations for the moving of the Orc armies across the Straits of Gibraltar. This bridge would be used by the Orcs to open up a new front in Europe, as they were being stalled in Africanas by the Nubian Empire, and the Kingdom of Lahmia.
The Order of the Raven would be contacted during this time by Tanitha Ogriddit the Fourth Mistress of the Order of Ekrodomis and during this visit it was Gregor Davenholdt the High Mentor of the Ravens that soundly rejected helping them with such a morally bankrupt mission and threatened violence against Tanitha and her party if they did not leave. Following the departure of Tanitha it was Sayden Ah-Salemi that would follow her with several of his loyalists and realizing this was his moment to destroy the moral ravens he would agree to work with Tanitha and bring whatever support he was able to once he had gained control of the ravens. This action and agreement would lead to the Coup of Ravenholdt which once it was complete would lead to Sayden as the new High Minister and with this new power he would meet with the Empire of Emblam at the city of Banjul inside the Republic of Gambia where meeting with the Gambians and Senegese they would arrange to assist in controlling southern Hispania. Returning to Ravenholdt following this agreement it was Sayden that would send two of his loyalists in the form of the Raven Masters Vincent Vandame, and Hartwin Eberl to southern Hispania where they were to stop the castle of Gibraltar from communicating what was happening across the Straights of Gibraltar.
Fall of Gibraltar
Main Article : Massacre at Gibraltar
Poncet Mariette would lead his Unkindness to the small castle of Gibraltar where arriving with his forces he links up with Vincent Vandame, and Hartwin Eberl and their forces all of whom are to combine their strength. Vincent and Hartwin had managed to keep any word from Gibraltar from leaving the area as well as sabotaged the boat at the port which was meant to be the first warning against movement to the south, and thus the Roman Empire remained unaware of the growing construction of the Bridge of Gibraltar. Entering the castle Ezio accompanies Poncet, Hartwin, and Vincent as they are introduced to a Roman Lieutenant named Postumius Iavolenus of whom they discuss the current regional situation with and Postumius reveals he has only gained a few dozen of the garrison to his side while the remainder remain loyal to Caelus Trebonius the Legate Tribune of the castle. With this in mind Poncet while clearly confused as to what there end goal is goes along with the plan that Vincent and Hartwin form in order to kill the garrison and then gain control of the port.
The attack would be stalled by Vincent, and Hartwin who refused to tell Poncet why but instead commanded he and his Unkindess travel north and destroy the village of San Toque. Poncet would once again wilt under the pressure and accepted this command taking Ezio with him as they traveled to San Toque on this mission of destruction.
Following returning from the destruction of San Toque it was Poncet who met with the newly arrived Burama Jarju of whom was a member of the Morag Tong and was there to assist in the capture of Gibraltar. Together with the few traitors in the castle the forces of the Raven and the Morag Tong would attack the castle during the night and without any warning the defenders were mainly dead before any fight could be had, and the legate tribune would be assassinated by Poncet who alongside Ezio spoke briefly with the tribune before the kill discovering more details on what was actually happening.
Ezio and Benjamin Bradfoot discussing the situation and Ezio feels the first pangs of doubt over his loyalties as Benjamin reveals he cannot accept what has happened and prepares to leave for Malta to warn the Order of the Purple Cloth about the happenings in southern Hispania. Ezio at first is prepared to kill Benjamin but their frienship and his confusion over the evil they had just taken part in leads Ezio to let Benjamin leave, and with this Ezio returns to the camp where he plans to tell them Benjamin was struck down and fell in the water.
Capture of Malaga
Main Article : Capture of Malaga
The town of Malaga was a major town located in the middle of the Malaga mountain chain, and with the Orcs massing in Gibraltar it was Malaga that was chosen as the place where they would situate their main organizational center. Wanting to take control of Malaga with as much of the infrastructure intact as possible the plan would be for a division of the Kingdom of Senegal, a division from Gambia, and a division from Songhei, to join the Order of the Raven and Morag Tong in capturing the town with as little violence as possible. Entering Malaga its Ezio who runs into a young man and seeing the boy snaps something inside him and leads Ezio to knock the young man out and leave him hidden in a celler telling no one of this outside of Erard Montaigu before they return to their mission of killing the seventh centurion. Entering the command headquarters for the seventh cohort of the 13th legion they would kill several legionarries who blocked their path to the main room, and upon reaching it found Caelius Paetinus inside with three legionarries but only one had his armor and weapon with him.
Fall of Almeria
Main Article : Fall of Almeria
The Invasion of Hispania would begin with an event known as the Fall of Almeria where they forces of Emblam alongside their allies having already taken much of south-eastern Hispania would surround the port of Almeria where the bulk of the Roman Fleet in Hispania had made its port. By this time there were rumblings around the Roman Empire that things were happening in Hispania but for the part of Appius Procyon the Legate Prefict in charge of the scouting for the 13th Legion he had no signs of attack and his scouts were not relaying anything of importance to him due to the work of the Morag Tong targeting them. At the onset of the Fall of Hispania Appius was in a small fortress just north of Almeria where he was dealing with negotiations with a small tribe of Spaniards and it was in this position that he was forced to fight for his life when Orcs attacked his fort during the larger Fall of Almeria. Having survived and rallied his forces during the events of the Fall of Almeria it was Appius who joined the Legate of the 13th linking up with the larger surviving forces of the 13th as they begin retreating northward towards Alicante.
Battle of Central Hispania
The Romans would send in six Legions as reinforcements in an attempt to stall the Orcs advance while they built up the defences of Valencia, Tourone, and Castile. The Legions arrived in Valencia and begin moving towards their respective spots but in an unfortuante turn of events the 13th Legion under Lucius Vorenus, and the 4th Legion under Titus Pulo would be stuck in Ravenna at port and didn't arrive until it was too late for them to reach Castile, and thus two Legions meant to defend Valencia moved towards Castile. These four Legions fighting at Castile attempted delaying tactics for nearly a month, but each battle left them more and more drained and they were less and less effective. The 2nd Legion managed to escape west towards Portugal, and it sucked off a portion of the Orcs that followed them as they retreated at full speed towards Tourone. The 9th Legion would be massacred by the Orcs outside of the city as they attempted to make their way inside, while the 10th Legion would escape that Battle and make it inside the city. The final legion in the 5th Legion would flee eastward effectively and would meet up with the newly arrived 13th, and 4th Legions in Valencia.
Battle for Tourone
Main Article : Battle for Tourone
Alexander Rousset would lead the forces of the Dutchy of Aquitaine into the area of Tourone where they planned on assisting the pushing out of the Orc forces from Hispania, but upon arriving in Tourone they discovered that the 5th Legion was no longer attempting to fight an offensive conflict and instead was in a fighting retreat back to Tourone in preparation for holding the area to allow people to escape, and with this in mind Alexander would send his son and the fleet south while he joined the effort to hold Tourone.
The Tourone Gap
Main Article : Battle of Tourone Gap
As a large force of refugees flowed into the Tourone area the usually Bretonian nationalist Alexander Rousset made the decision to hold the gap open at the risk of his own forces and this led to the Battle of the Tourone Gap where Alexander kept the gap open then led an ordered retreat out of the gap back to Tourone but was mortally wounded during the battle dying shortly before they arrived at Tourone.
Battle for Lisbon
Main Article : Great Battle for Lisbon
Lisbon Counter assault
It would be Alain Rousset that would following the command of his father take the Aquitaine Fleet and move southward to link up with the Roman Fleet at Lisbon for what he planned to be an eventual assault on the Straights of Gibraltar. Arriving at Lisbon Alain discovered that the Roman Fleet at Lisbon had been defeated by a naval force from the Emblam allied nation of the Kingdom of Songhei and learning the Roman Fleet had fled westward trying to escape it was Alain who led the Aquitaine Fleet westward in support and would come upon the Roman Fleet and the Songhei engaged in a fleet battle and with his arrival they shattered the Songhei Fleet and captured or killed the entire Songhei Fleet.
Fall of Castile
With the Fall of the resistence the Orcs made a straight line for Castile, and the massive millions strong Orcs Army surrounded the city and put it under siege. For days they hammered at the city but the stalwart defenders in the 10th Legion would succesfully hold them off under the mistaken belief that the other three legions were on their way to releave them. While the other three wanted to assist the 5th Legion was damaged and unable to move, and the 13th and 4th were facing massive opposition in the form of the Orcs advancing on Valencia. With no resistence coming Lucius Vorenus sent a raven to Bretonia where he said in the letter that Castile was going to fall if the Bretonians did not advance and assist them. Upon reading the letter the Bretonian King is said to have wept tears at the precarious situation that Europe had found itself in, and with all the news shifting in to his throne room he was sure that the letter was authentic. With all of this in mind the Bretonians were scared so much that they flooded into Hispania and made full speed towards Castile. The Bretonians were slowed down by the constant battles and because of this they arrived days to late, and watched as Castile fell and with it the hope of a human Hispania.
Battle of Valencia
With Castile gone the Orcs rampaged towards Valencia, and Andorra where they would come to fight massive battles which for the first time went against them as they discovered the Bretonians were able fighters with competent commanders unlike the Romans. The three sides fought constant battles and with Lucius Vorenus now having complete control the Romans were fighting more effectively and thus Valencia was a no go for the Orcs.
Main Article : The Plague
- "The sudden speed at which everything in my life was destroyed left me without the time necessary to understand the scope of everything. My wife lay butchered in the other room as all I could do was resist the man holding a bag over my head and pulling me out of the house. I could only pray to god that somehow one of my children had survived the destruction of my life."
- -Walter Jackson
Brandon Von Gruger would accompany the dark and twisted Terrorblade of whom had been commanded to destroy House Jackson completely outside of the Patriarch of whom was to be captured alive. Brandon had killed innocent's before but something about the way in which this was going didn't sit well in his stomach.When they captured Walter, one of the assasins went back into the house in the pretents of making sure everyone was dead. When the assasin Brandon Von Gruger entered the room where Josh's mother had been killed he found Joshua rubbing his mother's back trying to get her to wake up. The assasin in this moment moved to the child, and whispered for him to be very quiet if he wanted to live. The assasin then proceeded to put the child behind him attatched to a rope, and hidden behind his cloak. This was how Joshua travelled to Lucerne, and when they arrived the assasin brought him to the steps of the Lucerne orphanage and left him there.
- "I had to watch him to make sure everything went alright. There would have been no point to everything that I did if they discovered him alive later. He had to live. He just had to live."
- -Brandon Von Gruger
Brandon stayed with Joshua for two weeks in order to make sure that he wasn't going to be attacked or found out about. He knew though eventually Joshua would be discovered and when this happened he knew the assasins would be forced to attack him again in order to not fail their mission.
Brandon returned to Ravenholdt, and upon his arrival there he immediatly told the leadership that he was leaving the Order. There was quite the commotion as the leaders basically rejected his quitting, but he wouldn't hear it and he begin walking out. A few of the top leaders attempted to forcefully stop him but he refused to wield his weapon so they couldn't do anything. After many tense moments he finally was ushered out by Harlaquin, and made his way back to Lucerne.
Order of the Violet Dragon
Main Article : Order of the Violet Dragon
Invasion of Westbridge
Main Article : Invasion of Westbridge
| Infiltration of Westbridge |
This was a completely different way to fight a war. We had practiced it in Fairmarket, and to a certain extent again in the Riverlands, but it wasn't until Westbridge that I fully understood the scope of what we had learned.
Infiltration of Westbridge
Before the actual invasion could be started, and two weeks before the forces of Lucerne begin marching northwards towards the land of House Malfoy, William Lovie got together with the Order of the Violet Dragon in order to change the way they were going to fight wars. William understood that the high walls, and formidable defenders meant that an attack would be met with heavy casualties and in order to continue expanding there was no way he could afford taking the casualites that would occur in a straight up siege. In order to bybass this he and the Order of the Violet dragon planned to use an incredibly high amount (the entire order) in order to assasinate key defenders that were not wanted after the siege, as well as to sabotage several sections of the defences as well. The plan called for also the infiltration of elements of the Order of the Green Dragon into the city for the purpose of cultivating relationships with those they might want in leadership positions after the battle.
As the armies of Lucerne massed in the valley the Order of the Violet Dragon moved northward in their entire strength and silently over the course of a few days infiltrated the city of Westbridge. The Order already had sympathizers in the city as House Malfoy was extremely unpopular in Westbridge and as such it wasn't hard to find people that were loyal. With roughly a month before the army of Lucerne was to arrive the forces of the Order of the Violet Dragon went about changing schedules for the defenders so as to weaken sections of the wall. Those who it was planned to survive the conflict were basically given vacations on the day of the conflict so that they would not be caught up in the conflict. As well as this they begin setting up a rather sophisticated, and well equipped rebel army north of the city that was to be used by the Order of the Blue Dragon in order to facilitate their distraction north of the city. This force was headed by the realm of Heathfall which was led by the exile of Lucerne in the form of Dran Arryn. This force numbered in its thousands and would basically form the entirety of the northern assault alongside the Order of the Blue Dragon. Working alongside this army though was the army of Dowenshire of whom also was assisting thus bringing their numbers actually quite high. With the plan in place for the invasion of Westbridge, Edward and his wife Emmy were ordered to assail the northern watch and weaken its defences in preparation for what would be the nearly solo assault by the Order of the Blue Dragon. In order to do this they went about finding who was in command there and what the weakeness es of these commanders were. They discovered that Luke Labeouf was one of them and he was on the list of people that needed to be protected from harm. The other two commanders were painful failures which despite the best efforts of Luke he couldn't get rid of. The first man was lured in by Emmy Shephard and she killed him in the street making it look like a robbery. The second man was more difficult as he was constantly accompanied by a group of three hentchmen and they couldn't have anyone alerted to what was happening. With this in mind they began setting Luke up for protection.
Hiding Luke Labeouf
During the lead up to the invasion of Westbridge Luke remained in charge of the northern gate of Westbridge, and it was during this time that he came to meet a man named Edward Shephard who met him over the course of every night at the local tavern. Each time they met this Edward man told Luke about the beauty of his home in Lucerne and the two grew closer as Edward's wife Emmy Shephard grew close to Luke's wife Stacey. This foursome friendship had happened quickly and on the day of the invasion Luke was suprised to find he had the time off for that day and since he was free Emma and Stacey made plans for the four of them. The plan was to take a boat onto the river and fish which all four enjoyed doing.
As the four reached far enough away from Westbridge Emmy, and Edward used potions to stun Stacey, and Luke and this caused Luke and Stacey to be uncontious floating in the boat during the course of the Invasion of Westbridge.
The Third Man
Movements of Morrigan
With only a few months to go before William Lovie III. would lead the army of Lucerne into its massive suprise attaack on the city of Westbridge it would be Flemeth that called upon Morrigan and commanded that she go to Orleans and get orders from Bill Lovie. Flemeth heavily hinted that her belief was that Bill Lovie could be convinced to command Morrigan to travel to Westbridge and warn the defenders and while the Lucernian army was being destroyed at Westbridge Bill Lovie could lead an army of Orcs through the western pass and destroy the Valley of Lucerne. Morrigan instead would arrive at Orleans to find Bill Lovie commanding her to go to Westbridge and kill a group of Magi called the Vipers of whom he explained were a secret group within the Deatheaters of whom remained in Westbridge and would allow for Lord Voldermorte to return to the city. Not believing her ears she would quickly take these commands and after speaking to Bill Lovie about how William was she would make her way to Westbridge using her griffon, of which allowed her to reach Westbridge a few weeks before the Lucernian invasion of the city was to begin.
Morrigan would arrive in Westbridge and immediately go to find the first Deatheater she could in the form of a low level Deatheater of whom had been left behind by the Order of the Violet Dragon due to his drinking problem and lack of any real abilities in Magi. Seducing him at the tavern she took to what she said was her place, but in fact was nothing more then an abandoned house she had placed charms on to make it so no sound got out. Questioning him revealed the location of the first Viper, and despite telling him that she would let him go if he revealed who the Viper was she would kill him leaving his body in the house without a second thought. The Viper was revealed to be taking on the role of a servant in the House Malfoy estate and thus Morrigan would manipulate the head of the servants of House Malfoy into giving her a job with the servants as well and in this role she would discover he slept in the basement. Not waiting for night she would go into the basement finding him praying out loud to Lord Voldermorte and without even a word to him she knocked him on the back of the head putting him unconscious. Waking up twice more and having Morrigan knocking him out each time finally night would come and she dragged him to the shore of the House Malfoy estate where she put him into a small boat and rowed them out into the water. Summoning mist to her side and once again placing noise suppression charms about the boat she would torture him for two days on board the boat until finally he gave up the location of the other Viper still in the city of whom she discovered was playing the part of a guardsmen at the main gatehouse.
See Also : Joshua Jackson
Brandon Von Gruger and Joshua Jackson have spent the entire part of Joshua's life after the death of his family together. Although Joshua is completely unaware Brandon has spent almost 17 years defending Joshua from over 5 attacks on his life by would be assasins wanting to finish the job he failed to do. In this time Joshua has never known of Brandon's involvement, but Brandon has become very protective of the young man he sees as his only family in the world.
"Some would say its entirely selfless life I've lived. Spending my life protecting a boy who doesn't even know I'm alive. But I allowed his family to die. That means I must protect what little hope remains in his world."
-Brandon Von Gruger