Most Atlantean Houses consider the Draconis to be monsters; cruel and unforgiving sorcerers with little love, even for their own house. Within House Draconis, the Family Dracul had a similar reputation. While most of House Draconis valued talent in Sorcery, it was the Family Dracul whom valued skill with blade and tongue. The most feared revered of the cruel and vicious were invited to marry into the Dracul.
In the earliest days of their seclusion in Dacia, the Draconis required a public sect to keep outsiders out of their affairs and allow them to concentrate on their experiments in Sorcery. Having been one of the first to receive the Dark Gift from his good friend Lord Draco, Alexi Dracul pledged his Family’s service to the House Draconis so its endeavors into arcane could remain undisturbed.
The Family Dracul proudly stood as the vanguard of the House Draconis for many centuries. When you dealt with an emissary of the Draconis, they were most often of the Family Dracul. When the Draconis required armed defense or a deft assassin, it was the Family Dracul who was first looked to in upholding the will of the Draconis and Lord Draco. If a member of House Draconis had become a liability, the Family Dracul was usually best suited to handle the matter. Combining sword and Sorcery, the members of the Family Dracul were as feared on the battlefield as they were at the negotiation tables. Even among their own House the Family Dracul were feared and revered for their ruthless and effective methods.
It is said that Lord Draco considered Alexi Dracul an invaluable aide, as well as his only true friend. When Lord Draco was present it was almost certain that you would find Alexi Dracul somewhere nearby. It is likely Alexi aided Lord Draco in the development of many rituals, including the rituals for the Praetorian gladius and the procurement of the ritual of the Immortal Soul. It has been said that Draco has only called one person "brother" in his existence; for all others he would use their given name.
As any sorcerer can tell you, the arcane arts come with a high risk to oneself. This risk is greatest when dealing with the unknown. It was rumored that Lord Draco and Alexi were working on the secret of the Lemurian Sayahid when a terrible accident occurred. A wall of the fortified tower in which Lord Draco and Alexi worked ruptured outward with a great explosion. Alexi was seen trying to destroy everything in sight, including his friend Lord Draco. Witnesses claim that Lord Draco was forced to kill Alexi to save himself.
Lord Draco was infinitely crushed. It is said that he did not speak to anyone for over a century, preferring seclusion in the ruined tower. Lord Draco’s sudden re-emergence from seclusion came as a shock when Lord Draco introduced his son Alexi Dragosee to the rest of House Draconis. He had young Alexi with him wherever he went, pointing out the finer points of the Draconis and the Imperium. Often he would speak proudly of Alexi to others, saying that Alexi could be the first Draconis to rule the Imperium. In private, it was rumored that Lord Draco taught young Alexi to be ruthless and to be intolerant of weakness. In time Alexi gained Lord Draco’s favor and earned the right to have immortality bestowed upon him.
Alexi was left alone to deal with more and more of the affairs of House Draconis, until Lord Draco was no longer seen in the affairs of the Draconis. Alexi, now free to do with the Draconis as he saw fit, began to replace key positions in the Draconis with people loyal to him. The one power in the Draconis that most stood in his way were those of the Family Dracul. Trusted advisors and leaders of the Family Dracul were slowly replaced or killed off. Dracul defenders were sent against impossible odds. Dracul sorcerers were prevented from advancing farther in the arts than those closest to Alexi. Many believed he was exacting revenge for Lord Draco. Others believed Alexi was simply removing his greatest threat.
Radu Dracula, son of Alexi Dracul, was left to care for the Family Dracul when his father met his unfortunate accident. He watched Alexi’s oppression of the Dracul for several centuries. It was one night in the 16th century when Radu learned of a decree to begin assassinating key members of the Family Dracul. He had decided that it was time for his family to escape before they were killed off. Breaking into Draco’s tower, Radu took with him a great repository of Draconis rituals and knowledge. He then razed the tower and escaped, sending word to all of his family to go into hiding. He found a trusted person of another family to deliver a letter to Alexi in the morning, stating simply that "The Family Dracul is no longer of the Draconis."
For over a century the Draconis hunted the Dracul. Great bloody conflicts raged across Eastern Europe. Any Dracul found to be in a Draconis controlled dominion were hunted down. No House in the Imperium dared to assist the Dracul for fear of retribution from the rest of House Draconis. It was in 1836 that the Family Dracul petitioned the reigning Empress Andrea to become a House. Some say that Radu promised the Empress the secrets of Sorcery to gain entrance into the Imperium, but in the end, House Dracul was born. It is quite ironic that only fourteen years after Empress Andrea DeLyones granted Lord Radu Dracula his request, she would end up stepping down for reasons unknown.
Soon after the Dracul gained their status as a House of the Imperium, rumors of Lord Draco’s rage over the betrayal was confirmed. The Curse of Draco, as it came to be known, made all members of the House Dracul unable to stand in the light of the moon. But instead of deterring the Dracul, this curse merely strengthened their resolve. With the status of a House, the Draconis could no longer openly hunt the Dracul.
House Dracul is one of the most well connected Houses in the entire Imperium to all things that would be labeled "occult". Members of this House can be found on virtually every know continent on the Earth, and House Dracul is by far one of the wealthiest Houses there is.