Ioannes von Kildenbusch is an alchemist of small repute, hailing from the long and renowned line of Kildenbusches. Having early in life demonstrated an interest in distillation and the summoning of spirits, he was at a young age somewhat forcefully inducted into the family trade of alchemy. Rumour persists that in pursuing his trade he has over the years acquired (and lost) several of the worlds most sought-after alchemical objects, such as The Elixir of Fife, The Stone of the Unwise and The Spear of Dastardry. Von Kildenbusch currently resides in the Lower Runoff district of the Overcity, where he dedicates his life to research, the sale of discount wart-removing potions and learned philosophical discourses at the local public house.
After earning his alchemical credentials, von Kildenbusch spent his younger years as an assistant teacher at Wittenberg University. For his efforts during this period, he was awarded the Order of the Swine by one of the most influential student organizations. Although much of von Kildenbusch's early history is unknown, he is believed to have spent several years of adventure hunting magical objects in Asia, Africa and the Isle of Man. Near the end of his traveling years, the then middle-aged alchemist is rumoured to have had a sizzling affair and partnership with lady (later countess) Alcydia von Dönnerwetter, then an infamous necromancer-adventuress. Together, they trawled the eldritch burial grounds of the world and the faery realms for treasure and necromantic relics. (Von Kildenbush trawled for the gold, Lady von Dönnerwetter for the mummies). After the traumatic breakup, von Kildenbusch went into isolation. He has since served on several missions for the Queen, whose faith in his abilities is as strong as it is misplaced.
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