|“||I was scared to face my son. I thought I might make up for it somehow by looking after young punks like the Geissendörfer boy...but I was wrong. Helping people doesn't absolve you of your sins. But I don't regret...looking after you punks.||”|
Lorenz ( ローレンツ Rōrentsu) was a former member of the Nazi Resistance who took up homeless refuge on the island of Growerth. There, he mentored Traugott Giessendörfer and later Watt Stalf before he was murdered by his own unwitting son.
Lorenz was once an officer in a ringverein (gang) back in the Weimar Republic (Germany). When the Nazis came to power and began to crack down on gangs, Lorenz and his gang members resisted Nazi influence until the end of World War II -- though his gang was in such pathetic shape that they all parted ways in the aftermath.
The first time Lorenz visits Growerth is during the war, when he is "sick of the Nazi bastards." During his visit he sneaks into Waldstein Castle and runs into Viscount Gerhardt von Waldstein, the lord of Growerth.
Later in life, Lorenz impregnates a woman when he is sixty-five on Growerth. He has also gotten into trouble with a smuggling ring that works on the mainland (he had prevented them from setting up shop on the island). Fearing for the safety of his lover and their unborn child, he decides to separate from them and become homeless.
More than ten years pass. Lorenz passes on his skills to a boy named Traugott Giessendörfer, an experience he later recounts as some of the least fun he's ever had.
One day Lorenz is lounging about his second favorite haunt (a ruined church) when a young dhampyr named Watt Stalf sneaks inside the building. Lorenz soundly thrashes Watt, and then encourages him to stick around since he is itching for conversation. Lorenz relates his past with the Nazi resistance to the boy, and Watt demands that Lorenz teach him how to become "that strong." When Lorenz asks why, and Watt defiantly replies, "Why do you think, genius? To mess you up real good" as he lies spread-eagle on the ground.
Lorenz slaps his thigh, laughing through his false teeth that Watt is the most honest brat he's ever met. However, he informs Watt that he's already passed on his skills to another boy around Watt's age: the Geissendörfer boy. He proceeds to complain about how difficult it is to teach other fighting skills, and then snickers that Watt is quite sturdy for his build. He guesses that Watt is part-vampire - and he is correct. Watt wonders who the hell this man is, and Lorenz advises him to go greet the Lord of Growerth, since it's obvious that Watt hasn't met him yet. Lorenz contacts Gerhardt within the next several days and tells him about Watt.
Over ten years pass. One day, Lorenz and Watt are hanging about in an abandoned factory when Lorenz sends Watt out for some cigarettes. While Watt is absent, a young man enters the factory and approaches Lorenz with the intent to kill. Lorenz recognizes him as his own son, and lets his son stab him. As the boy pushes the blade down, he says, "Sorry, old guy. Now I'm set to join the gang."
Lorenz thinks in alarm that this boy doesn't even know that I'm his father, and tells him to take care of his mother -- and warns him not to join the smugglers, since they'd kill her without a second's thought. His son starts to tremble, and accuses him of lying.
Watt returns at that very moment, and is shocked to find the young man in the process of stabbing his eighty-something mentor. Watt advances towards the man with the intention of beating him over, but Lorenz grabs Watt's leg to stop him. The young man takes off.
Watt shouts at Lorenz, confused at why the old man would stop him from pulverizing his attacker. Lorenz chuckles that that is exactly why he stopped Watt. Watt crouches down in front of him with the intention of calling a doctor, but Lorenz says that it's too late for him. Watt stutters that this is all insane: why did Lorenz get stabbed? His attacker looked even younger than Watt, and he was shaking like a leaf.
Lorenz guffaws and says that this is family business, and Watt should just leave this to the police. He reveals that his attacker is in fact his son - the child he had with a woman when he was sixty-five. He reasons that things might have been simpler at the time if he were just another casanova, but... Lorenz explains his past with the smuggling ring, and conjectures that since his son had no idea as to his father's situation, he must have resented Lorenz for abandoning the family. His son turned to delinquency, and ended up getting involved with a gang.
The gang had told the boy that if he were to kill the old man who'd prevented them from setting up base on Growerth -- then they would accept him into the gang and give him the job of go-fer between Growerth and the mainland. Maybe he'd even become a leader over the smuggling jobs on Growerth if he did well.
Lorenz explains that he'd assumed his son had wanted revenge over Lorenz abandoning him and his mother. So he let himself be stabbed. Watt swears, and Lorenz nods and clarifies that he once vowed that if "the son I abandoned came to kill me one day, I would let him take my life." Watt argues that that makes no sense, and Lorenz counters: ''...If I were a little more clever, or a little stronger... If I had been a little more cunning with the smuggling ring, I never would have had to abandon them in the first place. Even when the gang went quiet for a while, I didn't know how I'd face my son. So I never did. That's why I deserved to be stabbed.''
With blood spilling from his mouth, Lorenz recounts the short exchange he and his son had as he was being stabbed. He asks Watt to leave the boy alone - whether he joins the smuggling ring, turns himself in or commits suicide is all up to him. But Lorenz couldn't let him be beaten to death. He had to stop Walt. He wouldn't have been able to rest easy if Watt became a murderer on account of his own family.
He then gives Watt advice: since Watt is neither human nor vampire, he doesn't have to abandon either side - he can deal with them both. He comments that Gerhardt never stops talking about Watt when he's around Lorenz, so he must be as entertained by Watt as Lorenz is. Lorenz snorts and says that all this blood remins him of the viscount, and asks Watt to open up the cigarette pack.
Watt hands over the pack, grumbling about all the talk about Gerhardt. Lorenz lights a cigarette and says that they should try to be friends, much to Watt's displeasure. As Lorenz puffs on the cigarette, he admits that he was scared to face his son, and thought that he'd make up for it by looking after kids like the Giessendörfer boy - though he now knows that he was wrong. Still, he doesn't regret it one bit.
Lorenz dies with a triumphant smile on his face, his cigarette falling into a pool of his own blood.