About Richard Farthington
Richard Farthington was born into luxury, the third son of a British lord. As the third son, he was given mostly free reign to do what he pleased, as most public scrutiny was placed on his older brothers. He found several passions, but his greatest were archeology and carousing with other young nobles. He cultivated quite the reputation for lavish parties held at his family’s villas and hunting cabins around the British Isles, ostensibly to show off his latest ancient curiosity that he would loudly claim, often falsely, he had excavated himself. As he matured, his partying streak faded a bit, but his love for archeology increased and he found a great fascination with ancient Sumeria and their language. His life, though a bit predictable, was safe and secure. That was until he joined an expedition to a lost Sumerian temple, as his knowledge of ancient Sumerian was rather sought after. The temple was devoted to gods he had never before studied, beings from the darkness between the stars and the depths of the sea. Rituals were once conducted there that shocked him, allegedly bringing the dead back to life through unspeakable rites. It was in his exploration of the temple that he uncovered the item that would change his life. A fist-sized piece of stone formed of ichthyic intertwined strands coiled around...something.
It drove him further into madness, his family distancing themselves from him. He did not care. He simply wished to study the dark mysteries he came to understand, to remember the ultimate truth that he briefly knew. He set his sights on the Necronomicon, the blasphemous tome that was said to be they key to understanding and possibly remembering the secrets of the stone. He realized that in his period of isolation, Germany had been seized by the National Socialists and invaded Poland. Consequently, he heard rumors in the various occult circles he had ingratiate himself with that the Nazi occultists had found possible directions to a page of the Necronomicon. It was his only lead, and he felt he had to follow it. He picked up a passable amount of skill in German and made his way to Germany, using his substantial charm and a bit of dark magic to get his way in. Managing to find himself an isolated place to stay in the countryside, he began his search. As he spent his time there, ingratiating himself with occultists, he developed a strong distaste for the German Reich. Their policies were overly oppressive, taking the agency and ability to find the deeper truths of the people. He also found their occult research to be far from his ideals. They saw it as a science, a clinical approach to understanding the secrets of the cosmos, far from his nearly religious devotion to the dark mysteries. It was then he was contacted by the powers orchestrating operation Reverse Charlemagne and he saw his opportunity. The Nazi leadership would have access to powerful occult artifacts, and Richard desired them. He would find the answers he deeply sought and strike a grievous blow to the Reich in the process.
Appearance and Personality:
Richard Farthington, despite his countless eccentricities, is an incredibly charismatic man. He talks with a quiet gravitas, rising to heights of passion when he speaks of the mysteries beyond human understanding. He is, as well, deeply strange. He has many strange tics, performing rituals to powers he can scarcely understand at odd times. While able to control his impulses with some success, it places a great strain on him. He frequently caresses the stone he carries, sometimes even whispering to it in snippets of languages he hears from beyond. While he may be strange and deeply devoted to dark powers, he is not a cruel man. He simply follows his mad whims wherever they may take him with little regard for what might come from them.