Thousands of years ago, the mighty Bartbarod kingdom thrived near what is known today as Macedonia. The royal family held a strict bond with each other, maintaining a pure bloodline for centuries, until a genetic mutation nearly wiped them out in 1000 BC. The few who survived the mutation lived in hiding and continued to pass on their blood, breeding a race that would come to be known as vampires.
Around 200 BC, this tribe of mutants was discovered by other humans deep within in the Crelle Forest. They possessed inexplicable powers and were initially feared by "normal" humans. Their existence was tolerated, but only reluctantly so. Fear and mistrust grew between the two peoples.
As time passed, members of both tribes forgot their fears and a new race of half-breeds were born. Their population grew quickly, causing the pure-blooded vampires to grow wary. The ruler of the Vampires at this time, Lord Vlad, decided he had had enough. He would once and for all eliminate the impurities that threatened the existence of his people and declared war against humans and half-breeds alike.
After the Black Plague had swept through Europe in 14th century, the great witch Philistia assembled the Hermetic Association of the Golden Seal, a unification of small rebel groups to fight against Lord Vlad's vampire army. All records tell that her rebels were successful and stories of Vlad faded into legend...
Korean and Japanese sources add further details to this history. In the winter of 1350, [King Valdemar IV] (발데마르, バルデマル, possibly based on the real-world Danish king) sought to temporarily reconcile the strained relationship between the "Association of the Mage" (않았던 마도사연합, 魔道士連合) and the Eastern Orthodox Church; the Hermetic Order of the Golden Seal (also known as the Golden Seal Team) was formed between these powers as well as the hunters of Saint Goras Fortress (セイントゴラス建設). Despite all this, the battle ended without the clear defeat of Vlad, and the Order instead turned towards rebuilding the country. As the centuries passed, little was seen of Vlad though signs of him were often found, and the groups that came to form the Order drifted back apart.
According to the strategy briefing in the quest "Meet Vincent", the Iron Lock Knights are the main force of the Golden Seal Team, and they are supported by the Reconnaissance Team via gathering of intel.
Members of the Golden Seal Team
- Major Nadia
- Lieutenant Elma
- 2nd Lieutenant Ryan
- Commander Kate
- Sergeant Vincent
- Nurse Officer Rose
- Spymaster Ian Jablonsky