Written by David Page
of the THRILLPOWER OVERDOSE blog
Эписоде 2: The Romanov Dynasty 1042-1049
In the year of the Tsar 2666 AD, Young men of good breeding should while pursuing their own goals with ambition and determination…
Always ensure that their manners are decorus and praise worthy.
Story: Dante has escaped his current predicament and makes his way to the Romanov winter palace in order to stake his claim as a member of the family. After Jena bursts in and tells them of the twins deaths the head of the family Dmitri tells Dante to execute her to prove his royalty.
The imperial palace appears and in order to avoid a serious incident the Tsar and Dmitri talk. Meanwhile Pyres consort Maralis tries to kill Dante and is killed instead. The two emperors believe this to balance the books and Dante is left with the Romanovs.
It is much safer to be feared than loved.
I’ve struck a little fear into the heart of the empire and I’ve done plenty of loving, I know which one I prefer.
Dante is sent to the poorest part of the Romanovs land Rudinshtein. His first mission is save the youngest son Arkady who has been taken as a hostage by a drug dealing family called the Karazin. Once there Dante promises a young woman Tamara that he would free Rudinshtein from the clutches of the Karazin.
He rescues Arkady who attacks Dante and reveals that the crest Dante wears should have been his. Now he is the only member of the family who does not wear a crest. He tells Arkady to go and send a signal after twenty minutes to allow Dante to help the rest of the slaves. Arkady quickly breaks the promise and signels the rest of the family.
Dante attacks the Karazin and is clearly outnumbered when the rest of the family kills almost all of them. Lazarev gives up and pledges loyalty to the Romanovs but Dante horrified at the deaths including Tamara challenges Lazarev to a duel. It is a fierce battle but Dante wins killing Lazarev. Dante is badly hurt and Arkady suggests killing him….
Konstantine responds thus…
When was the last time anyone cheered for us without a gun to our head? Sometimes it pays to have a hero in the family what do you say little brother?
Heroes be damned…
The story ends with Dante earning Rudinstein as his own and finding out that Dmitri raped Katarina Dante….
The Romanov family make their first appearance.
Dmitri: Head patriarch of the family. He may very well be a bigger monster than the Tsar.
Konstantine: Dmitris loyal son. A Born leader, a born killer…Just as much a piece of shit as Dmitri
Lu Lu: A seductive beautiful woman who drives most who bed her to suicide and insanity. My personal favourite member of the family…
Viktor: A lone wolf who spends most of his time alone from the rest of the family.
Andreas: Nikolai Dante 1.0
Nastasia: A complete bitch. Kills people she feels are prettier than her…
Crest: While appearing first in the previous story this is the first time it is properly established. Due to his half breed status the crests powers are weaker than the other members of the family. It manifests itself as Bio blades, heightened senses and a weak healing factor. Crest also can talk to Dante and offer him hints and tips but…well see running gags…
Romanovs winter palace: The romanovs equivilent of the imperial palace. It stands almost isolated on a mountain range. Their symbol of a two headed bird staring down.
Rudhinstein: The poorest district underneath the Romanovs rule. Almost an afterthought to the family. Dante is installed as its governer at the end of this story.
Unnamed Arbatov: see below
Maralis: Pyres consort, A shape shifter herself. The Tsar sent her to kill Dante however after a battle she herself is killed
Tamara: One of the poor people under the heel of the Karazin. She helps Dante and ends up one of the many victims of Lazarev.
Lazarev: The leader of the Karazin. Loves pain and gets high on a drug called Chert. After the family stops his little rebellion he is installed as governor of Rudhinstein. Dante does not take this well and challenges him to a duel. He is decapitated still smiling from the pain of decapitating.
Foreshadowing: Pyres words to Dante “Maralis was my consort thief! A part of her lives on within me. One day that part will claim your life!
Konstantines words to Dante and Dantes retaliation to them will return to bite both of them later on in the saga.
First mention of the Grozny gang. Apparently several members had a horrible fate according to Arkady.
The Embarrassment of the Arbatovs continue…
A darker one is Dante calling Dmitri a bastard and Dmitri replying that Dante is the only one that word applies to.
Crest and Dantes bickering at each other begins this story as the crest tries to change Dante into a gentleman. He does not like this…
Arbatov Kill count:
1, kicked in the nads by Dante after challenging Dante to a duel. He is then pushed to his death by the Tsar.
Total count: 2
Dantes kill count:
10, Maralis, Lazarev, eight unnamed Kazarin members
Total Count 12
Dantes lay count
2: Maralis in a more pleasing form and a random nurse at the end of the story
Total count: 3
Davids final notes:
Wow! What a fantastic story. We get to meet the rest of the family for the first time and what a bunch of assholes! While we don’t see much of Viktor or Andreas the rest are around and appear to be brawling for the title of most evil shit in the family.
Next: My boy Chris Weston does a fill in story…but my god what a fill in story!