|“||Alexander Corvinus, the father of us all.||”|
Alexander Corvinus, alias Lorenz Macaro, was a Hungarian nobleman and warlord who came to power during the early 5th century AD. He was the patriarch of the Corvinus Clan, thus the eldest of the Immortals.
Alexander was a Hungarian nobleman and warlord who had ascended to power in the early seasons of the 5th century, just in time to watch his home village be ravaged by a plague. Alexander was the only survivor: the bearer of a rare genetic mutation, his body was able to adapt the virus in an immune response, causing him to become the first of the Immortals.
Years later, Alexander married a woman named Helena and together, they had three sons, two of whom inherited their father's immortality in its active state, and were thus born immortal. Their third son inherited his father's immortality in its recessive state, and was thus born mortal. At some point, Helena passed away.
At some later point, one of Alexander's Immortal sons, William, was bitten by a rabid mountain wolf as the twin brothers were out riding one night. After a long, slow, excruciating metamorphosis, William became the very first Werewolf: a raging, uncontrollable bipedal monster wolf, whose bite passed on his highly aggressive and infectious Lycanthropy virus, making Werewolves of all of his victims. Following this, Alexander attempted to restrain William to contain the outbreak of Werewolves, but was unsuccessful.
Alexander's second Immortal son, Marcus, was later bitten by a bat, becoming the first Vampire. Seeking to eliminate the threat posed by his twin brother's offspring and bring William back to his side, Marcus sought out a dying warlord named Viktor and made a bargain with him; immortality in exchange for Viktor's military genius.
During this time, Alexander established a military force of his own, in his own attempt to quell William's plague. While the Vampire Elders waged their campaign to capture and contain William, Alexander chose instead to focus on keeping the war contained from spilling into the mortal realm. Disdaining direct involvement in the conflict himself, his organization of human warriors were dispatched to clean up any Vampire or Werewolf/Lycan bodies left behind after the battles, in order to conceal their existence from the normal human population.
When William was captured by the Vampires in 1202 AD and locked away by Viktor, Marcus partially blamed Alexander, reasoning that his father had done nothing to help save William.
By the early 21st century, Alexander is operating under the alias of Lorenz Macaro, and runs his operation from his ship, the Sancta Helena. He meets with Selene and Michael Corvin, a Vampire and Hybrid who are being hunted by Marcus, who beg his help to destroy his sons. He reveals that no matter what his children have become, he cannot help to destroy them.
Alexander has come into possession of Viktor's body, as well as Viktor's half of the prison key that holds William. He is visited by Marcus who confronts him about his rejection of his Immortal sons, and demands to know where Viktor's key is hidden. Enraged by his father's refusal to aid him, Marcus impales Alexander with his wing talon and then a sword, then takes Viktor's half of the key and leaves him for dead.
As Alexander lies wounded on the floor, he calls Selene to him to drink some of his pure Immortal blood. The blood, he tells her, will make her "the future" and is her only hope of being strong enough to destroy the Corvinus brothers. After Selene and Michael leave, Alexander detonates a case of explosives, obliterating the ship and himself along with it in the harbor. Alexander's blood turns Selene into a Vampire-Corvinus Strain Hybrid and among other things, increases her existing abilities to greater heights and gives her an immunity to sunlight. With her new abilities, Selene is able to kill Marcus while Michael kills William.
Because of Alexander's death and the slaughter of the Cleaners, humans soon discover the existence of the Immortals, leading to the near extinction of both the Vampire and Lycan races.
During Underworld: Awakening, Detective Sebastian questions Selene on the immunity to sunlight she possesses as a result of drinking Alexander's blood. Selene tells him that it was a gift from Alexander Corvinus who Detective Sebastian recognizes as "the Founding Father."
Alexander was a tired, and world weary old man. He was shown to be kind towards Michael and his Cleaners, but he seems outwardly cold to his Immortal sons and Selene, who he holds in low esteem due to her centuries as a Vampire warrior taking part in racial genocide against the Lycans.
He exhibits an admirable dedication to hiding the existence of Immortals from humans, believing that the world belongs to mankind, not the Immortals. Alexander shows some paternal feelings towards William and Marcus, due to his reluctance to kill his own sons, despite the fact that they had become monsters. Despite this, he allowed William to remain imprisoned, acknowledging the devastation his bestial son would wreak if freed.
He seemed to hold mixed feelings towards Viktor; while acknowleding the vampire as a racist, Alexander still held some respect for him for containing William and keeping him imprisoned. In the novelization, he silently begs Viktor's forgivness after Marcus takes the second key from him, noting Viktor had protected it better than he had.
Alexander also had a strong moral compass. When his cleaners are sent to clean up any vampire or lycan corpses, he instructed his men to silent any innocent witnesses, but also leave them otherwise unharmed by knocking them out long enough for his cleaners to clear out the bodies and any evidence.
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- "[Corvinus] turned to look at the elegant face of the massive carving behind him. The Muse's divine countenance was modeled on that of Helena, his long-dead wife and the mother of his children. He was grateful that she did not live to see the monsters their sons had become." ~ Evolution novelization, chapter 19