In Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Grigori Rasputin is a monk from Siberia. He joined Sapientes Gladio as a youth as disciple to Jovis Abraham and Albert Simon. He learned dark magic and strength of willpower from them which allowed him to fuse his soul with Asmodeus. Asmodeus is a strong demon whose desire is to make the world suffer. Eventually Rasptuin became the leader of Sapientes Gladio. He changed their desire for equality in the world to become an elitist society. Rasputin came to the Winter Palace in Petrograd as a healer for the Tsar Nicholas II‘s son Prince Alexei. This way he was able to get close to the Russian Royal Family, and found them easy to manipulate. Rasputin and Sapientes Gladio plan to execute the Tsar at his war victory celebrations, but the plan becomes known to the Tsar’s daughter Princess Anastasia. Rasputin tries to have her killed but she is rescued by Yuri and Karin and he turns his attention to this party.
That night, he kidnaps Alexei and drugs the palace with a sleeping spell devised by Veronica. He brings a sleeping Alexei to the Lion Shrine, and once there, he controls Empress Alexandra’s body remotely, to deliver this news to Yuri, who he challenges to a battle. When Yuri arrives, he explains that his ultimate plan is to conquer Russia, Europe and then the world. His plan is to kill the Russian Royal family (at least Alexei and Anastasia) to incite anger into the general public, and start a revolution. The party get angry with his threats against Anastasia, and attempt to attack him, but he has a strong force field. He is also able to control the Holy Mistletoe that is within Yuri, to bring back painful memories and leave him unable to move.
Once Yuri is unconscious and the other party members unable to attack Rasputin, he puts a spell upon Anastasia that causes her to wield Veronica’s knife against Alexei. At this moment, Empress Alexandra arrives in the room to see Anastasia standing over Alexei while holding a knife. Rasputin appears to undo the spell and tells the Empress that it was the strangers’ magic that took control over Anastasia. Empress Alexandra orders them to be killed and they flee Russia.
In an effort to learn about the people who took Anastasia, Rasputin takes Edgar and tortures him until he tells them any information about the party. Finally Edgar tells him that one of them was German nobility.
When Tsar Nicholas II returns from his tour abroad, Rasputin greets him and Alexandra with news of Anastasia. He tells them that she was taken by German nobility and the Tsar thinks it may be a ploy by Kaiser Wilhelm. He encourages the pair to go to tonight’s ball in spite of their worrying about Anastasia.
At the ball, Rasputin gives instruction to Victor to attack the Tsar, but Victor is stopped by Yuri who has returned with Anastasia. Anastasia goes on to show her father the photography she took of Rasputin conferring with Victor. As the Tsar gives the order to attack Rasputin, Rasputin takes a hold of Alexandra, while Veronica creates a distraction for him to get away.
Mad monk originally from Siberia, he has used his magic to gain influence inside the Russian royal family. His ultimate goal is to conquer all of Europe.
- Rasputin is based on the real Grigori Rasputin, who was close to the Russian Royal family but was assassinated due to his powerful influence over the Tsarina
- Rasputin is shown to be in a relationship with Veronica