Edgar and Sorin
Edgar Markov is the founder of the Markov bloodline and the very first vampire of Innistrad. Thousands of years ago he was an aging human alchemist, experimenting with ways to achieve agelessness for himself and his only grandson, Sorin. When famine was sweeping the land, the demon Shilgengar convinced Edgar to start experiments with blood. Markov and his sons trapped the angel Marycz in his laboratory and exsanguinated her, preparing a decoction from her blood and created a ritual that caused his subjects to feed on the blood of other beings. It provided sustenance to those few, but the demand for blood also culled the overall population, reducing the number of hungry mouths to feed. However, when he finally turned his grandson the trauma of the transformation caused Sorin's planeswalker spark to ignite. Sorin soon left the plane and his grandfather.
Markov Manor was a hilltop estate above one of the inland valleys of Stensia, close to Gavony. This most prominent holding of the Markov's overlooked Kruin Pass and the human communities of Silbern and Wollebank. Thraben was visible in the far distance from its balconies.
The Manor was destroyed by Nahiri's lithomancy, its vampiric residents etched into the walls in a state of perpetual agony. Edgar may have died in this attack, as well. The surviving Markov vampires remained mostly free of Emrakul's corruption and were mustered by Sorin to retake Edgar's manor.
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- Magic Creative Team (November 02, 2011). "A Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad: Stensia and Vampires". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (January 11, 2012). "Sorin's Homecoming". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.