Vlad the Impaler by warlordfgj
Prince Vlad or as he was called even in his own time… Dracula, which means “Son of the Dragon” tops the list of Romania’s many, many Christian crusaders who in the transition years between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance fought to keep the Muslim faithed Ottoman Turks out of their country. Odd that a name known for stirring nightmares actually belonged to a crusader of a religious cause.
Still, Dracula was not a saint. He ruled his military kingdom of Wallachia in southern Romania with a heavy and blood-soaked fist. To not only the Turks but also to many of his own countrymen he was Vlad The Impaler. Determined not to be overtaken by the intrigue of an intriguing political underhandedness in a world in which princes fell daily to smiling hypocritical “allies”…. paranoia among the aristocracy was and probably needed to be utmost in a sovereign’s disposition. Dracula built a defense around him that dared not open kindness nor trust to anyone. During his tenure he killed by the droves impaling on a forest of spikes around his castle thousands of subjects who he saw as either traitors, would-be traitors, or enemies to the security of Romania and the Roman Catholic Church. Sometimes he slew merely to show other possible insurgents and criminals just what their fate would be if they became troublesome.