Tomb Raider The Angel of Darkness

Pieter Van Eckhardt

Leader of Cabal

BASED: in Prague.
BIRTH: 15th Century
DEATH: 2003

He was a 15th Century evil alchemist who created a powerful weapon called Sanglyph. To keep the Sanglyph safe, Eckhardt split it into five pieces and hid a piece behind five paintings he created, depicting evil images, called Obscura Paintings.

Eckhardt grew ever more evil and powerful through alchemy. He eventually created an order known as The Cabal which consisted of an alliance between five powerful alchemists including Eckhardt. He eventually prepared to resurrect an extinct cross-angelic race known as the Nephilim which is the reason why he created the Sanglyph. He believed that using the Nephilim would help him and the Cabal have dominating power over the world.

Because of his intentions, an order of Christian monks called the Lux Veritatis was born to stop Eckhardt and the Cabal. The other members of the Cabal eventually were all murdered by Eckhardt to retain the secrets they held.

The Lux Veritatis acquired the Periapt Shards, ancient weapons of light that were used to make the Nephilim race extinct in biblical times. The three shards were used against Eckhardt who became trapped in a state of paralysis. The Lux Veritatis led by Brother Obscura sealed Eckhardt in a deep containment pit near their headquarters, Castle Kreigler, located in present-day Germany, and he was left there for 500 years. The seal on Eckhardt would only last if the three Periapt shards remained combined. Brother Obscura then confiscated the five paintings that contained the pieces of the Sanglyph. He painted religious images over the evil ones and then made secret copies of each paintings before hiding them separately at hidden locations throughout the land. The copies were named as the Obscura Engravings, with each copy containing an encoded map to the location of the original painting.
Escape and reformation of the Cabal

During 1945, Castle Kreigler was bombed, causing the shards to split. The now-freed Eckhardt escaped the pit which he had spent the last 500 years in pain, vowing revenge against the Lux Veritatis and revived the Cabal, basing it in his hometown of modern-day Prague. While remaining faithful to Eckhardt’s original mission, the new Cabal became devoted to hunting down any members of the Lux Veritatis. Eckhardt also managed to obtain the Periapt Shard that had been separated from the other two which still remained in the possession of the Lux Veritatis. He hid the shard in his old laboratory, deep underground beneath the Strahov.

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