Pieter Van Eckhardt

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Pieter Van Eckhardt
Disappeated 1445
Castle Kreigler, Germany
Died In 2003
Prague, Czech Republic
Occupation Alchemist, leader of The Cabal
Game(s) Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
Voice Joss Ackland

Pieter Van Eckhardt (also known as the The Black Alchemist and The Monstrum) is a character and the main antagonist in Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. He was a 15th Century evil alchemist who created a powerful weapon called the Sanglyph. To keep the Sanglyph safe, Eckhardt split it into five pieces and hid a piece behind a painting he created, depicting demonic imagery.


Eckhardt grew ever more evil and powerful through alchemy. He eventually created an order known as The Cabal which consisted of an alliance between five powerful alchemists including Eckhardt. He eventually prepared to resurrect an extinct cross-angelic race known as the Nephilim which is the reason why he created the Sanglyph. He believed that using the Nephilim he would gain power over the world. Because of his intentions, an order of monks called the Lux Veritatis was born to stop Eckhardt and the Cabal. The other members of the cabal eventually were all murdered by Eckhardt to retain the secrets they held. The Lux Veritatis acquired the Periapt Shards, ancient weapons of light that were used to make the Nephilim race extinct in biblical times. The three shards were used against Eckhardt who became trapped in a state of paralysis. The Lux Veritatis led by a monk named Brother Obscura imprisoned Eckhardt in a containment pit near the Lux Veritatis headquarters, Castle Kreigler, in a place of Germany and he was left there for 500 years. The seal on Eckhardt would only last if the three Periapt shards remained combined. Brother Obscura then confiscated the five paintings that contained the pieces of the Sanglyph. He painted religious imagery over the demonic ones and hid each painting separately at hidden locations throughout the land. The paintings were christened the Obscura Paintings. A copy was made of each painting. These copies were known as the Obscura Engravings. Each copy contained an encoded map to the location of the original painting.

During 1945 before the end of the second World War, Castle Kreigler was bombed and something bad happened. One of the shards separated from the other two. It is a possibility this happened because of the bombing. Eckhardt was free and he escaped the pit which he had spent the last 500 years in pain. He vowed revenge against the Lux Veritatis and revived the Cabal and based it in his hometown of Prague. The new Cabal became devoted to hunting down any members of the Lux Veritatis. Eckhardt also managed to obtain the Periapt shard that had been separated from the other two which still remained in the possession of the Lux Veritatis. He hid the shard in his old laboratory, deep underground beneath the Strahov, the HQ of the Cabal.

After he hid his shard, Eckhardt and the Cabal set out to reclaim the five Obscura paintings, in order to acquire the Sanglyph. By the time Lara had become involved in the plot, the Cabal had already attained three of the five paintings. Eckhardt then hired Werner Von Croy to find the last two. Von Croy did learn of the location of the fourth painting beneath the Louvre from the Obscura engravings, but he never informed Eckhardt, because by that time, Von Croy had learnt of the true, evil side of Eckhardt. Although Von Croy was murdered, it is presumed that Eckhardt was responsible or not.

Lara found the two remaining paintings which Eckhardt then reclaimed off her before retreating to his old laboratory under the Strahov. He then started to finish what he started 500 years ago....reviving the Nephilim race. The Cabal had retrieved the last Nephilim specimen from Turkey: a Nephilim body which had been nicknamed the Sleeper. To revive the sleeper Eckhardt needed body parts, which he harvested from the victims he killed using his glove. During a final confrontation in his laboratory with Lara, Eckhardt starts the process of reviving the Sleeper. He battles Lara using the Sanglyph, but he is eventually killed by Karel, his right-hand man in the Cabal, who stabs Eckhardt with the third Periapt Shard right in the forehead. His vision of reviving the Nephilim never came to pass.

As Opponent

Main article: Eckhardt

Lara fights against Eckhardt in the level Eckhardt's Lab,


He obviously has slowed down the process of ageing using alchemy. He has also become invincible to all weapons except the Periapt Shards. His glove allows him to easily kill upon contact, and to tear through flesh.

When he possesses the Sanglyph, he can concentrate energy in the form of beams and flames with a high velocity, and make a rain of beams and fire. He can also produce energy barriers that block physical passage through them. He may also use the Sanglyph to make identical copies of himself that can harm Lara upon contact.


In revenge for 500 years of pain, I swore an oath of malice against my Lux Veritatis jailors. Over the decades I hunted them down. None escaped. And all tasted the agony I had endured in the pit. But the cursed Shards they had used to bind me vanished beyond my reach. I must own them and render them safe. Wherever they lie, I will have the Shards, as well as the Obscura Paintings. Never again will mortals be armed against me and my sacred quest. Nothing will stop me closing on the last Obscura Painting. Lara Croft is a minor distraction. Nothing more. And as for the Lux Veritatis whelp dogging my steps, what can he achieve acting alone, like a single maggot on a corpse.
- Pieter Van Eckhardt [citation needed]

The Black Alchemist, Eckhardt, made a pact with the Nephilim in ancient Turkey. In return for using his alchemic skills to help the Nephilim he would live forever.