Grunewald Lodge was originally built as a hunting lodge by the ancestors of the von Bruner family, more than 800 years ago. In the year 2012, the von Bruners rebuilt the manor as a defensive structure. During this period of history, the Empire was politically weak, with many claimants vying for the Imperial throne.
It was not until 2304, when Magnus the Pious united the Empire following the Great War Against Chaos, that factional infighting betweeen the provinces diminished and the forests were purged of raiders. Grunewald Lodge was now an ugly fortification where once there had been a comfortable hunting lodge. As a consequence, the von Bruners neglected the building. During the last few centuries, it has become the inherited property of a lesser branch of the von Bruner bloodline and today is considered an inconsequential backwater.
As such, it was surprising when Andreas von Bruner was handed the keys to the manor in 2515. Andreas was the second son of a cousin of Graf Sigismund, patriarch of the very powerful von Jungfreud family. Due to the young man’s relatively high birth, charm, undeniably keen intellect, he should have been granted a much more prestigious seat to control. Such an apparent snub caused minor stir amongst those who maintained an interest in the affairs of the aristocracy, though the event itself went unnoticed by the general population of Reikland.
However, what became more widely known was the mysterious disappearance of Andreas five years later. No one could account for the vanished noble – he was simply at Grunewald Lodge one evening, then gone in the morning.
Recently, Rickard Aschaffenberg, a member of a minor noble family from Ubersreik, has been granted Grunewald Lodge until the next von Bruner heir comes of age. However, after spending a few weeks at the lodge, Rickard has become very concerned about the state of the manor and its staff.