Futures and Pasts.

A lesson in history

Albtraum

Group: CCCP

Server: Pinnacle

Rank: Tovarich

Security Level: 34

Online Name: Albtraum

Country of Origin: Germany

Origin of Powers: Magic

Archetype: Blaster

Powers: Ice Blast / Electricity Manipulation

Battle Cry: Justice for the People!

Movement: Hover/Super Jump

Favored Attack: Whatever gets the job done

Favored Defense: A powerful offense

Hated Nemesis: Circle of Thorns, Council

Marlene ‘Mara’ Dieter was born in Berlin on April 30, 1935. The only daughter of Major Johannes Dieter and teacher Francis Stober. Francis Stober took the young Mara from Berlin to Bautzen in 1939 to live with her parents as Major Dieter’s unit was ordered into action in Poland. Johannes Dieter was later killed in action on the Eastern Front during the Battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket in 1944.

Life resumed a semblance of normality and stability after the War. The German Democratic Republic was joyfully declared in 1949, and in 1955 the government of East Germany joined the Warsaw Pact with the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries.

Mara excelled academically and graduated from secondary school in 1953. In 1956 Mara was honoured with selection to attend the prestigious Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, in Moscow.

Mara was sent to Hungary in 1965 as a ‘scientific advisor’ as part of a special KGB OSNAZ operation to investigate a mysterious sarcophagus that had been sealed in the catacombs beneath Castle Buda by NKVD troops in 1945 after an incident involving the unusual deaths of over two dozen dead SS soldiers, officers, and scientists of the Ahnenerbe - The Ancestral Heritage Research and Teaching Society.

Each man showed signs of having suffered from frostbite, hypothermia and extreme electric shock. Most disturbing of all was the twisted look of horror frozen on each man’s face, and splayed in blood on large letters behind the sarcophagus was the word - Albtraum - the German word for Nightmare.

The special team entered the catacombs in July 1965, and broke through the sealed chamber into the sarcophagus room. Mara examined the ancient sarcophagus, bewildered by engraved symbols and pictograms that seemed to have been drawn from at least four languages of antiquity. When Mara traced her fingers around the outline of a darkened circle of glass at the head of the sarcophagus, she vanished.

In March 2005, security guards discovered a previously unknown section of the catacombs beneath Buda Castle, a sealed section that had apparently been broken into and the unknown contents stolen. What puzzled the security guards and Police was the shattered concrete blocks appeared to have been gouged by claws, and there were signs of giant dog-like paw prints in the dirt next to large tracks marks indicating something heavy had been dragged.

In July 2005, the container ship Carolinian ran aground near Independence Port. The Coast Guard and several heroes investigated the Carolinian, to find a bloody scene. The bodies of not only the crew of the Carolinian, but Council Soldiers and Warwolves and Circle of Thorns Mystics and Behemoths. A battle had taken place between the Council and Circle of Thorns, but over what?

In the depths of the Carolinian the remains of a shattered sarcophagus was found, inside was nothing more than ash, dust and a broken pair of spectacles.

Watching impassively from the shore was a pale-skinned, raven haired woman with darkened eyes and a row of spikes protruding from tattooed forearms.

Comments: When Marlene Dieter examined the sarcophagus hidden beneath the catacombs of Buda Castle she accidentally awakened an Intelligence that had been sleeping undisturbed for many millennia. Something ancient, alien and inscrutable that it had forgotten its own name, its reason for existing, and why it had been entombed in the sarcophagus in the first place.

The earlier intruders had annoyed the Intelligence, with their chanting and irritating orders. So the Intelligence had swept them aside like an annoying mote of dust and returned to its slumber.

Then along came the woman who ran her fingers along the sarcophagus and spoke the ancient words showed respect, reverence and awe. And the Intelligence remembered all to well what that felt like.

If the mortals were so eager to awaken it, then the Intelligence would oblige. For curiosity’s sake if nothing else.

Mara vanished and in what appeared to be brief moments for the Intelligence, shattered the confines of the sarcophagus and leapt over the side of the Carolinian as the Circle of Thorns and Council fought.

The Intelligence has permanently merged itself with Mara Dieter, altering the human body to accommodate its essence. But Mara is not dead. She maintains her own memories, knowledge and experiences - even if a lot of it is forty years out of date.

But Mara also has the memories, knowledge, experiences and personality traits of an Intelligence that had walked the Earth when Man was little more than a naked ape.

What they both seem to agree on is the name Albtraum - a nightmare to those who would prey upon humankind. Both feel a desire to walk amongst the humankind and protect them from the taint of criminals and supervillains, and to help shape a fairer, more just society for these people.