When he was younger, he used to live in the Ost district of the capital with his son and niece (who he treated as his daughter). At some point Carl introduced his niece to a subordinate of his who was also the heir to a count, and the two started a relationship, which the young man's family did not approve of. As a result, his niece faced harassment and death threats from the noble family, and the relationship fell apart. Overwhelmed by grief, she committed suicide. This event enraged both father and son, and they came to despise the institution of nobility ever since.