The King family had a small farm just outside Lawrence, Kansas. His father died when he was barely twelve, leaving Hannibal with his mother to run the farm. It wasn’t a life he wanted, but he wouldn’t leave his mom.
When the war broke out, he stayed put despite the fact he wanted to fight for the Union. He had never liked slavery, seeing some of the horror of it first hand, and even worse he despised traitors and as far as he was concerned the Confederates were traitors.
His mother begged him not to go, that she needed him there at the farm. And also pointed out the fighting between the sections was bad enough at home. So he stayed and worked to protect not only his mother’s farm, but those around him.
He watched in horror as Quantrill destroyed the town and killing all men of every age. The only reason he had survived, was because a young black man had tossed him into a hay pile and ended up taking the shot meant for him. The Raider shot at him, wounding him in the shoulder and leg, he played dead until they Raiders left the area.
Hannibal crawled out of the hay pile to find a young man with long hair, help the black man up, telling him they would get help from Lucinda. He was happy to see that he was okay, later learning that the long haired man was James Hickok, Lucinda’s brother. He had always like the Hickok’s, the woman had been good to his mother.
He recovered from his wounds, and fought more battles to protect the area. When the war ended, he felt a sense of relief, only to tragically lose his mother a few years later.
Hannibal headed West, drifting from town to town, his skills with a gun improving over time. He found himself facing off with some cattle rustlers, protecting the small ranches that were trying to survived. He confronted them, and they attacked, and the only difference was they got back up after Hannibal shot them. Hannibal wasn’t sure if he was going to get out of the situation alive, and as he moved towards the back door he ran into another man. Surprised to see a well armed black man, he paused and watched as he took on the rustles, who turned to dust after their head was taken clean off.
That was new.
Afterwards Hannibal demanded to know what the hell was going on. Eric Brooks explained to him about Vampires and that he Hunted them. Hannibal just took it at face value and ended up travelling with the Hunter to hunt down the rest of the Rogues. During a Hunt, when Hannibal was mortally wounded, there was no question. Eric Turned him.