Danovich was the village priest. He devoted years to fighting the influence of Strahd over Barovia. He spent most nights meditating and chanting prayers to ward away evil. One night, through, his prayers proved inadequate: His son, Doru, was killed by brigands on Old Svalich Road.
This tragedy, on top of the stress of decades of vigilance without respite, finally broke Danovich. Seduced by the very evil he had fought so long, the priest read a fragment from the Liber Blaspheme, a terrible manuscript he discovered years ago in the catacombs below Castle Ravenloft. Using the vile techniques it described, he attempted to revive his son. The result was a blaspheme, an undead horror whose perverted existence propagates the necromantic infection.