Willard's father died before his birth, and he was raised by his mother. During his young life he fell under the sway of Doreen Austerlitz, who shaped the boy. She turned him into a sociopath whose one goal to was to carry on her work to open the way to Lusst'ghaa. As a teenager he killed his mother and then joined the Cult of Ecstasy. He soon became its leader, pressing on and leading the way to completing Doreen's plan.
In an old Yelverton house, he found letters written by his grandmother, Harriet Yelverton, that revealed that she had a child out of wedlock. Tracing the family of this bastard led him to Amanda Moon. Like Harriet, Amanda was one of the Seeing.
He is voiced by Gianni Matragrano.
Lust for Darkness (Spoilers)
Willard gathers the Cult of Ecstasy at Yelverton Manor for a ritual to open the gates to Lusst'ghaa. The key to this ceremony is his child by Amanda Moon, and it is a success. However, after several cultists die in the Land of Eternal Ecstasy, some (such as Sabinian) question Willard's leadership, and he is forced to kill several of his own followers.
Willard also attempts to kill Jonathan Moon, but the other man proves adept at escaping Yelverton. Finally, Willard confronts Jonathan and slits his own throat in front of him, saying that his ideas are already out in the world. This proves correct, as Amanda Moon comes to embrace Yelverton's beliefs, eventually telling her husband that "Willard was right."
Lust from Beyond: Prologue (Spoilers)
Lust from Beyond (Spoilers)
When in the Chamber of Trinity, Amanda talked to Victor about Willard. She said that Yelverton also visited the Chamber of Trinity, and became the avatar of lauv'abrarc himself. This explains Yelverton's power in Lust for Darkness.
Given that Willard was mentored by Doreen, who died in 1960, Willard was in his sixties when he died. Given his strength and resilience (at odds with his age), plus the supernatural powers he exhibits in Lusst'ghaa, fans wondered as to whether he was fully human. His extraordinary gifts were finally explained in Lust from Beyond.
|Leader of the Cult of Ecstasy
c.1970s to 2018
- Gianni Matragrano also voices Jonathan Moon, the first game's protagonist.