Saturday, 9 July 2016

Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels - Weird War 1 cult leader and necromancer

He was born on 19 July 1874 in the Penzing district of Vienna in what was then Austria-Hungary, as the son of schoolmaster Johann Lanz and his wife Katharina, née Hoffenreich. His parents were middle class, and his father's ancestors had been burghers in Vienna since the early 18th century.

Lanz became a monk in the Cistercian order in 1893, assuming the name Georg and living in the Heiligenkreuz monastery. In 1894, he claimed to have been "enlightened" after finding the tombstone of a Knight Templar, and began developing his theories of "blue-blond Aryanism" and "lower races". He left the monastery in 1899. 

In 1905 Lanz and some 50 other supporters of List signed a declaration endorsing the proposed Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft (Guido von List Society), which was officially founded in 1908. He also founded his own esoteric organisation, the Ordo Novi Templi (Order of the New Templars) in 1907. These movements were supposed to "further the racial self-confidence by doing pedigree and racial research, beauty contests and the founding of racist "future sites" in underdeveloped parts of the Earth" (das Rassebewusstsein durch Stammbaum- und Rassekundeforschung, Schönheitswettbewerbe und die Gründung rassistischer Zukunftsstätten in unterentwickelten Teilen der Erde zu fördern). To further this agenda, he purchased the Werfenstein castle ruins in Austria.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d8, Spirit d10, Strength d6, Vigor d8

Skills: Fighting d8, Notice d8, Spellcasting d10, Shooting d6

Cha: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 6

Hindrances: Arrogant, bad eyes

Edges: Arcane Background (Magic), New Powers, Power Points x 2

Powers: Bolt (crimson energy), fear (horrifying visage), obscure (cloud of dust), puppet

(hypnotic eyes), teleport (flash of energy) Power Points: 20

Gear: Occult books, Luger P08 12/24/48 2d6–1 1 — 8 2

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