Castle Ravenloft built and his brother Sergei came to live with him. Strahd's beloved Tatyana was in love with Sergei, so Strahd went and made a dark bargain with one of the powers in the Amber Temple. Strahd killed Sergei and tatyana was thew herself off of Ravenloft's overlook. Strahd was then cursed by his parents in the form that he would always be trapped in Barovia and not even death would relieve him of his curse. His guards turned on him and shot him with their arrows but he did not die, he became a vampire, the first vampire.