Richard was born and raised in Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area. Richard’s father, Richard Senior, owned his own quality firearm shop, was a successful competitive clay target shooter and live bird shooter and was a certified Master Gunsmith. Richard didn’t get his father’s shooting skill with firearms but he did glean his love for weapons from his father. Richard received his Basic Gunsmith Certificate before he could drive and his Journeyman Gunsmith Certificate before he graduated High School.
His other great passion was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) which he had dreamed about joining ever since his father had read him stories of the famous Sam Steele during the Klondike Gold Rush. He followed that passion and entered the 24-week Cadet Training Program at the RCMP Academy after he graduated.
Richards plan was to graduated the Academy, work for the RCMP in the Toronto area and then after three years of general duty policing transfer to the National and International Department and specialize as an Armourer. His career didn’t quite go that way, he forgot about the part where he was asked “Are you prepared to leave your friends and family for a career that requires you to be transferred anywhere in Canada?“. After graduating the Academy Richard was transferred to the Resolute Bay Detachment.
Resolute Bay (Inuktitut – Qausuittuq – literally meaning “place with no dawn”) is a small (pop. 229) Inuit hamlet on Cornwallis Island in Nunavut, Canada. It is situated at the northern end of Resolute Bay and the Northwest Passage. It is one of the coldest inhabited places in the world, with an average yearly temperature of −16.4°C (2.5°F).
Richard’s first year at the Detachment was fairly uneventful. It was during his second year, at the peak of polar bear season, that he was called out to investigate a scene that he had been told was a hunting accident. As soon as he arrived at the scene he knew there was something disturbingly wrong with it. All four of the polar bear hunters and their guide had been killed in an appalling fashion. The most disturbing aspect was that not one shell had been fired and each victim had died from grotesque bite wounds but not from any kind of animal that Richard was familiar with.
He followed all the correct procedures and reported his findings to his superiors and knowing that something really strange was going on decided to inform the local military liaison of his findings too. After two days and thirteen more bizarre deaths a M.H.I. team arrived in Resolute Bay.
M.H.I. went right to work and began destroying the bodies of the victims in an attempt to dispose of them before they had a chance to turn into the fiend that had created them – a vampire.
Unfortunately for Richard, the M.H.I. team and all of Resolute Bay this was no run-of-the-mill vampire. This was Erzsebeth Bloodrayne a fervent master vampire with a lust for slaughter and an ache for bloodshed after her long sleep in the ice pack of the arctic.
Erzsebeth began her decimation of Resolute Bay with a deafening battle-cry, “Let the nightmare begin!” and what followed was a butchering and carnage that defies description.
The few survivors that managed to escape included Richard, five other Resolute Bay residents and three members of the M.H.I. team. Richard has been with M.H.I. ever since and was one of Maximillion’s first Newbie trainees to graduate from the Myra Falls Compound.
Erzsebeth Bloodrayne is still unaccounted for…