Dmitri Ivanov is the ruling Burgomeister (Mordavian equivalent of "sheriff" or "mayor") over the town of Mordavia at the time of Shadows of Darkness. Although not very interested in nor trusting of foreigners who come to his town, Dmitri is a very lawful man who is dedicated to keeping life just and fair for everyone in the valley.
Ivanov is the son (or grandson) of Geoff. He is grandson (or great-grandson) of the renowned Mordavian Paladin Piotyr and Magda. After barely surviving the disastrous attack on the Dark One's Cave, Piotyr set out to find and destroy the Dark One Rituals so that no future efforts could be made to summon Avoozl. He was never heard from again - at the time, leaving his fiancee pregnant with Dmitri's father (grandfather).
Piotyr's son grew up resenting his father for what he assumed to be cowardice - for abandoning his people in their time of need and not remaining at his side to raise the boy as a strong father - and Hero. This dour and cynical view of heroes lived on through Dmitri, who never had much faith in adventurers and felt that actions spoke louder than words.
It is not known when, but Dmitri Ivanov became the Burgomeister of Town Mordavia following the end of his father's term (whether he abdicated his position or merely passed away is unknown). When the Hero arrived in Mordavia, the Burgomeister wasn't particularly trusting of him, especially due to the fact that Mordavia had been relatively isolated from the world by the impassable swamp to the southwest. In the game, it is seen that as Burgomeister, Dmitri ruled sternly, albeit fairly - never seeking to blame an innocent man nor jump to conclusions.
An example of this could be seen when he was unwilling to burn the Gypsy Davy at the stake - whereas the townspeople loathed the Gypsies and sought to execute them under any accusations possible. Through the Hero's actions, the true circumstances behind Igor's disappearance were revealed and Davy's life was saved. The Burgomeister thanked the Hero, stating that he would not have wanted to see an innocent man's blood spilled on the behalf of superstition and paranoia. Slowly as word of the Hero's various accomplishments spread, the Burgomeister begins to trust and befriend the Hero, believing that, perhaps, there are still places for heroes in his day and age.
By the end of Shadows of Darkness, Dmitri receives word from the King that he and his family will become the new Boyar line of Mordavia, inhabiting the Borgov Castle which had been abandoned for generations and slowly restoring the land to the glory it once knew at the time of their "forefathers".
Behind the scenesEdit
Dmitri's relation to Piotyr is not exactly clear. While he and others generally refer to Piotyr as Dmitri's 'grandfather', Dmitri calls Piotyr his 'great-grandfather' at least once.
This may change the context of other uses of 'father' and 'grandfather' or even 'grandmother' in QFG4 in relation to his family heritage and story. When Dmitri refers to his 'grandmother' he maybe referring to his 'great-grandmother' or Magda.
It's not clear if Piotyr is an ancestor through Dmitri's mother's line or his father's line. Thus, Dimitri's mother's father maybe the son of Piotyr (Geofff). On the other hand Dimitri's father maybe the grandson of Piotyr, the son of Geoff.
Geoff is at least clearly Piotyr's son.