Faustinus is among the plethora of Gods in Godville. Born a mortal as Caius Escalus Magnus in the period of Classical Antiquity, he would fall into insanity after copiously obsessing with a solution to gain immortality.
He has been the god of the Faust family for seven generations, with his latest hero being Edward Faust.
- 1 Life as a Mortal
- 2 Heroes: The Seven Generations of the Faust Family
Life as a Mortal
Faustinus (then called Caius) was born into nobility with an esteemed senator for a father in Thebes. The youngest out of three children, Caius was trained to take up politics after his father, Magnus, while his older brother, Cato, was steadily climbing the military ranks. His mother, Auriga, was known as a respectable woman who was known for her remarkable political opinions. Caius' sister, Priscilla, was one of the crowned jewels of the kingdom due to her esteemed musical ability.
It had been blatantly obvious, at an early age, that Caius did not fare well in the political arena, and he settled instead in the idyllic life of a young scholar, much to his father's great disappointment.
It was in his days spent rifling through scrolls and tomes did the young Caius became unhealthily obsessed with the notion of immortality, particularly godhood. Enamoured by the stories of the Olympians and their legendary intellectual and physical prowess, Caius' life was hurled into a downward spiral.
Descent into Insanity
Well into his early 20's, Caius had been ridiculed by the whole of Greece for his apparent megalomania. So much so that his father was forced to disown him and exile him from the family in great shame.
After the bitter parting, Caius disappeared for years, in which it was unknown what had happened to him, and he was presumed dead. However, he returned, roughly a decade later, looking like a savage beast. With the air of a madman, he began an incomprehensible and unspeakable horror of committing a massacre. But the heinous deed, it seemed, was only limited to his family. No one else in his homestead was harmed. His father, mother, brother, and his sister along with her spouse and her children, were all found dead.
When apprehended and brought to trial, a confused and distraught Caius claimed that he was possessed, literally. Though no evidence supported this, he was eventually acquitted after pleading insanity. But as a result, he was officially given the verdict of persona non grata , never allowed to grace upon the soil of Greece ever again.
He took up the name of his father, Magnus , as a memoriam and his way of repenting.
It was upon his first weeks of exile that Magnus realized that he had acquired his godly powers.
Bit by bit, he finally remembered that he had struck a deal with an unknown entity during his years of isolation, years before he committed the massacre. Magnus remembered that the deal required him to sever his last ties to humanity by eliminating his own family. The deal, he despairingly recalled, was in exchange of the thing he sought the most: powers of godhood.
Remorseful, desperate, depressed, and hopeless, Magnus remained inconsolable for years, wandering as a vagrant; aimless and eternally distraught upon the realization that he can never die to make amends to his family in the next life.
However, salvation came in the form of a conflagration.
After chancing upon a village on fire, he finally made use of his acquired powers to quell the chaos. Despite his bedraggled appearance, he was welcomed and revered as something akin to a diety. This turning point gave him the impetus to make use of his ill-gotten godhood, and repent on his sins for good.
The Final Turning Point
After seemingly settling down and having a family of his own, tragedy struck
Magnus struggled to live a normal life despite his powers, and he eventually married Boudicca, a local woman. Their union produced a son, whom they named Escalus Maximus Caius, after his father.
Like all young folks, Maximus wished to embark on a Hero's Journey. And though disapproving the idea of herodom, Magnus opted to journey with his son in order to protect him. For a time, Maximus was faring well, but after Magnus neglected to oversee a very important battle between his son and a Solar Bear, his son's journey came to a screeching halt. At that time, being a novice god, Magnus did not yet know how to resurrect a fallen hero. Ultimately, Maximus died as he held him.
Desolate, Magnus opted to return to his wife to deliver the news, only to find that the village had been ransacked by invading Greeks. Burned compiled corpses and houses turned to ashes was all there was left for him to return to. His wife was nowhere to be found. They never saw each other again.
Driven to the brink of lunacy, Magnus travelled all over Godville for centuries, reclaiming his sanity as he reaped lives of monsters and heroes abandoned by their gods. Countless interminable wars and battles even manifested in his face-- literally -- as the constant erratic burst of power began tearing his muscles apart. He became a familiar sight, as the defining cracks in his face always glowed with the essence of godhood. Somewhere along these wasted years, he adapted the name Faustinus , another homage to his father.
Sometime along the the final years of the High Middle Ages, when chivalry was at its peak, a relatively old and matured Faustinus finally came to his senses. With all these brave and noble young heroes and heroines populating the world, he remembered the spirit of his deceased son. He finally took the advice of his fellow gods, and he sought to watch after his own champion.
And that was when he met Artaxias, the very first hero who took up his name, and plunge into the world of Godville in his honor.
Heroes: The Seven Generations of the Faust Family
A young knight who was chosen by Faustinus to be the the first of his heroes.
Originally brash, violent, and boastful, Faustinus eventually managed to guide his young hero into a virtuous lifestyle-- though his excessive tavern visits did not recede. When Artaxias had had his fair share of glory, he opted to retire as nobleman bearing the name of Faust as tribute to his god and guardian.
As the first of his line, he was often referred to as Faust the Elder .
He had seven children, among them Faust's next hero, Bellatrix.
Faust the Elder's '' Little Bella '' , the third out of seven children. With an arrogant bearing due to her aristocratic upbringing, Bellatrix eventually matured to be the wisest of all of Faust's children.
When she longed for a life of adventure to save herself from an arranged marriage, she called for a retired Faustinus to guide as he had done to her father years before.
Bellatrix would eventually succeed over her father's own triumphs, and she eventually retired a rich but relatively anonymous heroine do to the growing population of other heroes in Godville. She died a natural death due to her old age without an heir to all her earthly achievements and wealth.
Literally meaning '' The King who destroys '' . He is the son of Cepheus Faust, Artaxias' eldest son and Bellatrix's older brother.
Born under the name of Cadmus, he succeeded his father in being the head of the Faust family. Absolutely immoral and always lusting for power, he abandoned his family and sought the life of a hero, dooming the now disorganized family to squalor and its subsequent fall from nobility. He even summoned Faustinus to aid him in his quest for supremacy.
With Bellatrix retired at this time, Faustinus had no choice but to continue his obligation to Faust's grandchild.
Despite Faustinus' noble attempts to steer Cadmus to righteousness, the young man continued to lean on his bloodthirst and his ruthlessness. He adapted the name Perseus Rex at the height of his ludicrous career. When he had all the power he desired, nearly insane with his senility at an old age, Perseus Rex sealed himself inside a cavern with all his loot and gold. Nothing was heard from him ever again.
Perseus Rex's younger daughter. At birth, her name was Auriga Faust.
Determined to erase her father's wicked history, she changed her name to Jane Foster. In an attempt to restore the Faust family honor despite being discredited as a noble family, she called forth Faustinus to help her in her quests.
Though she was unsuccessful in returning the family's former status, Jane Foster died as an old woman with a remarkable list of achievements to discredit her father's immoral legacy.
As a final request, Faustinus agreed to bury her body and to protect it until the end of days.
Faustinus' most significant and most controversial heroine.
She is Perseus Rex's granddaughter through his son, Remus Faust, making her Jane Foster's niece. Born as Elena Clarisse Faust, she was a devout follower of her grandfather, awestruck by his bold ideas of defying society's conventions. A problem child, she strived to emulate Perseus Rex in terms of achievement and ability, regardless of her parents' abject disapproval. When her father, Remus, opted to have her forced in an arranged marriage to prevent her from becoming "another Perseus Rex" , she ran away and never returned to her family, taking up the name "Andromeda" to sever her ties with them permanently.
For years, she roamed Godville with a notorious reputation without any influence from a god. It wasn't until she was in her late 20's when Faustinus appeared to her, with Jane Foster being recently deceased at that time. At first, she rebuffed his insistence to watch over her, but she eventually began to see the benefits of having a god by her side.
She began to change for the better, swinging from wickedness to righteousness in a couple of years under Faustinus' guidance. It was along this period that Faustinus and Andromeda pursued a romantic relationship, despite their relationship being frowned upon by other gods and heroes. Their unblessed union gave them a son, Hector, whom Andromeda brought everywhere with her against Faustinus' wishes. Their son died at some point due to consumption while Faustinus was away, in which Andromeda blamed him for.
After reconciling at some point later, it wasn't long until their second son was born, whom them named Henry James Faust. The trio continued to live together long enough until Andromeda had to retire due to her failing health. When Henry went forth to continue his mother's legacy, Andromeda pleaded for Faustinus to watch over him. The god did as she asked, sporadically paying her visits and company until her final days.
She would Faustinus' last lover, and the last heroine he will watch over to prevent such an affair from happening again, no matter how wonderful it had been for him.
Henricus the Inquisitor
Faustinus' son with Andromeda.
A morose but highly intelligent boy, at an early age, Henry had been exposed to monsters, heroes, and gods, giving him invaluable experiences he could use later in life. His legacy as a hero has never been explored much, as it had been a very brief career.
Henry's occupational preference was to be an Inquisitor, or as the trend of his days used to coin it, a "Witch Hunter" . his zeal and countless contributions to the job earned him a latizined name as Henricus the Inquisitor. And with his father's god genes, he had acquired a long life, albeit he aged in a painfully slow manner.
At some point, he had a family of his own, in which he had two children, Elena (after his mother) and Augustus. Until this day, he continues his illustrious career, outliving his wife and children.
Augustus the Honorable
Born as Robert Augustus Frederik Faust, he is the son of the famous Inquisitor, Henricus.
While his father took on a different path, his son was obsessed with dreams of becoming a hero. As Henry was no longer in need of his father's guidance, Faustinus was more than willing to aid his own grandson.
Due to his renowned heroic ventures, he was known as Augustus the Honorable. At some point, he fell in love with a noblewoman, the Duchess Helena Hildegaard. And their secret union will eventually result with the birth of his son, Edward. Augustus was informed by Helena that she was with his child, but on his way back from a quest, he was killed, and was unable to be resurrected as Faustinus had been away for an interminable time.
An excerpt from the Hero's Chronicles .
Born on December 26 2015 in Godville, Edward James Faust is the illegitimate son of the unsung hero, Robert Augustus Frederik Faust (a.k.a Augustus the Honourable) and the Duchess Helena Cristina Hildegaard.
Augustus the Honorourable died on a quest before he managed to marry Helena Hildegaard, making his only child and heir, Edward, born posthumously out of wedlock roughly six months after his death. Ergo, Edward was born a bastard, and had no claim to his father’s earthly possessions save for his family name.
Shortly after he was born, Lady Helena Hildegaard died due to complications in childbirth. Edward was immediately evicted from the household at the order of his grandfather, Duke Magnus Hildegaard.
The God Faustinus, the namesake and revered diety of the Faust family for seven generations, eventually took it upon himself to watch over the the last living Faust.
Thus began a long-term patronage of the God Faustinus to the Hero Edward Faust.