Quadilla the Vampire meets Charlemagne

Quadilla was raised on a small farm in Northern Italy.  When Quadilla was 16 a corrupt local priest confiscated the family property forcing the family to settle in a gypsy camp.  As fate would have it a small army of vampires over took the camp shortly after.  Quadilla’s family was murdered, he himself was bitten and recruited into the vampire army.

Quadilla quickly established himself as a skilled horseman and a mighty warrior; he soon began to envision himself as the leader of a vampire nation that would stretch from Gibralter to the Danube.  Quadilla overcame every city and empire in his path winning battle upon battle.  He and his armies would soon be marching down the Italian peninsula towards his ultimate goal; Papal leadership of Rome.

In December of 772 Quadilla’s army took Sienna, leaving them a mere 150 miles from their main objective.  Rome in the meanwhile was overflowing with refugees, survivors of the cities and villages ravaged by Quadilla’s armies.  Their horrific tales of the atrocities committed by Quadilla circulated the city, and the ears of Pope Hadrian II.  The Pope was unnerved by the tales that the survivors told, and so was his army.  The number of the Pope’s men began to dwindle, in fear of a full out desertion the Pope sent word for the newly crowned King Charlemagne to help them lest Rome be overtaken by Quadilla’s armies.

Charlemagne would lead his men through the thawing Alps and into Italy in the Spring of 773.  He and his men set up camp along the Tiber River, not far from Quadillas’ most recent attack.  Charlemagne had intentions of using the camp as a base, but that was not within Quadilla’s plans.  The camp was attacked that very night, Charlemagne suffered great losses before the Vampire army disappeared back into the caves in the surrounding mountains before the sun rose.  Charlemagne stood within the ruins of his camp and realized that he could not fight the vampires through conventional means.  He separated the remainder of his army into three smaller groups which he would position strategically within the mountains to defend the base.  His best warriors were sent into the mountains to track the vampires.

The vampires had been tracked to a series of caves within the surrounding mountainous terrain,  The next morning, Charlemagne lead his army to the caves.  Rather than send his men in blindly, he ordered the horse carts to be modified and heaped with dry timber.  The carts were then sat on fire and rolled into the caves, forcing the vampires out into the bright morning sun.  As their skin began to smolder, their heads were claimed by the swords Charlemagne’s soldiers.  Working from cave to cave, Charlemagne’s men worked for four days to kill all of the vampires, Quadilla being one of the last to perish.  Charlemagne spoke highly of his opponent, Quadilla fought bravely, though blinded by the sun he slaughtered twenty soldiers before Charlemagne freed him with the tip of his sword.

Charlemagne would go on to be crowned as the Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas day 773.

In 1974 a group of Italian archeologists discovered a huge cache of relics in caves near the Tiber River.  Among the finds were armor that bearing the broken cross symbol, known to be associated with Quadilla’s army.  A museum was build nearby to house the artifacts to honor the brave army of Charlemagne that had saved Rome from being overtaken by Vampires.

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