… John Harthworth have been born to this world in year 1625 in London, United Kingdom. His father was a knight in Order of Chalice whose name is lost in history of years and mother, Amara Conti, who turned out to be a mercenary of Tree of Life.
She have secretly delivered in one year, without telling anyone, hidden in poor slums of East London. To hide the child from emissaries of Grand Houses and give him a chance to live, she have resorted to help of the expelled Coven Witch who put a spell on the boy, to hide his blood talents and inherent mutation.
Everything was going relatively fine, until it became obvious in next couple of decades, that John’s blood perversion played an evil trick on the boy, affecting the spell in a way he would never be able to develop over his 14 years.
As trouble never comes alone, by closely watching him over the years, Amara began to notice weird changes happening to her son. From shy and kind boy growing in the slums of poverty, but appreciating every small joy of life and occasionally using his power to cure people around his, John began to change drastically while realizing he is locked in child body forever. He began to spend more and more time in sewers, fight with other kids, communicate with small animals, like rats until one day he killed first.
It was the case of self-defense, when group of bullies cornered John in one of the dark alleys and tried to beat him up for being a freak. It was the moment when John lied on the ground, being kicked in his guts and stomped at the head, when he realized that his healing powers can be used differently. Next day, every boy who participated in this assault died from terrible disease that ate them from their insides over just one night. And John began to age normally, as falling from grace have been always planned as a part of his natural progression…
When Amara realized what happened, she understood as well the danger withhold in her son, but driven with her motherly instinct she wanted to escape the city together with him. Unfortunately, her son misinterpreted her intentions when ear dropped her talking to angry parents of dead kids as a plan to capture and give him away to justice. He escaped to the sewers.
Amara have been looking for John desperately for years, but was not able to find him and in after some time, she eventually gave up. John… John didn’t. He never forgave and forgot what happened to him. In years, he have risen the empire of decease in London undergrounds and stroke back with all the hatred and anger he had in him in 1656, commanding his rat soldiers to spread the Black Plague over the city and harvest death.
By tremendous efforts of all Houses united, Decay Child have been stopped and city was saved, but by what price?
As well, John Harthworth have escaped the hunt being helped by his mother, who have sacrificed her life to give him a chance to run. It’s not really the most popular opinion, but it looks like John stopped his slaughter only realizing that his mother have never betrayed him.
Hiding in the shadows and occasionally striking Houses for centuries now, Decay Child only reappears to hit House affiliated locations associated with extreme right Blood Purists.
If encountered with Decay Child, please mind, it cannot be killed by conventional means and marked as AAA+ threat level. Retreat or make it retreat and inform your House authority immediately.