“My dear friend: it will be okay. You have done well. All that is left is to stand the pain, and I shall be here for you until the end.” t that, and try to find out how. I’m not saying I have the answers. I’m saying the answers are out there.”Corvin Elrick Ratzinger
Home Country: Budapest, Circa. 1801
Age: Four Hundred and Forty Seven (b. 1772-Present)
Weight: 188 lbs
Role: Harbinger of El
Father: Heinrich Ratzinger
Relationship Status: None
Corvin Elrick Ratzinger is an antihero and deuteragonist in L. Farnsworth Colson’s In the Shadow of Prometheus. Born in the late 18th century, Corvin was drawn to the power of El through a life-long obsession with magic, danger, and the forces of darkness. He sought power and purpose from a young age, and so when the voice of the Shadow came to him, he was ready and eager to listen.
Corvin is tall and lanky in appearance, with mouse brown hair and a narrow face. Due to the presence of the Shadow, he often has some sort of dark cloud surrounding him.
Corvin is single-minded, intense, and dangerous. He plays his cards close to his chest, and operates with the unwavering conviction that he is (at least ultimately) in the right with all that he does. He regularly displays a deep, contemplative tendency which grounds his otherwise wholly irascible nature.
Corvin grew up as the
bastard son of a well-known protestant theologian named Heinrich Ratzinger in late 18th century Prussia. Although this meant that Corvin had a
highly restrictive and austere childhood, nonetheless he was the recipient of a
world-class education under the tutorship of a young Friedrich Schleiermacher.
The pairing seemed optimal at first: Schleiermacher had developed a strong reputation for bold and independent thinking, and Corvin seemed absolutely uninterested in tradition and orthodoxy. Yet even one as open-minded as Friedrich couldn’t help but be disturbed by the fascination young Ratzinger developed in dark magic and the occult.
It is said that one
day, Schleiermacher saw candle light through the crevice of the door to his
study. He heard Corvin speaking to an unfamiliar voice. No one knows what was
happening in that room, but whatever Schleiermacher saw when he opened the door
seemed to shake him to his core.
Corvin was banished and sojourned East. Schleiermacher retreated from his more audacious academic phase and spent his remaining days in the clergy.
Stories of a hooded wanderer cloaked in shadow speckled the Caucuses, but it is there that all word of Corvin disappeared.