Artemis Black (a.k.a. Arty13) was born the 13th in line to the throne of an ancient kingdom long forgotten. Unlike most of his politically oriented siblings, Artemis had no interest in continuing his family's legacy. Although (or maybe because) the field was little more than superstitious remedy and butchering at the time, the young prince fell in love with medicine. He began to "practice" his craft in secret, developing techniques that allowed him to alter the effects that the passage of time had on his body.
Some years would pass in this way, with the prince ostracized from not only his family but the very kingdom he would one day come to rule. The day came that the king took ill, and when he passed away, his rule fell to Elleryn, who was the eldest of his line. The new king aged harshly over the years as war and poverty ravaged the land, and yet, he noticed, Artemis did not age a day. Having perfected the formula for what he called "Virtonal" Artemis had, in a sense, learned to cheat death.
This would not save him from the abyss. However, receiving an invitation to dinner from his now crowned brother, Artemis accepted. His intent was to assassinate his brother and usurp the throne. What he did not know was that Elleryn was also plotting his death. The king had decided that his brother was touched by darkness and would bring destruction and ruin to the land. Over a feast fit for their stations, both Artemis and his brother drank the wine at their plates. Both of which had been laced with deadly toxins by hired hands in the kitchen.
King Elleryn and Prince Artemis died without so much as a look of discomfort on their faces. Both found coldly gazing at each other even in death. The story would be told as stories are passed down over the ages until it was scantily even a fable anymore. That is, until one day, a young man would stumble onto a symbol carved into a stone. A stone that was long ago used in a dark ritual by an ancient prince.