- "A female vampire who loves to bathe in blood."
- —Official description from the trailer of Castlevania Judgment
Carmilla (カーミラ Kāmira), sometimes also known as Camilla (カミーラ Kamīra) in both English and Japanese versions, is a recurring boss character and antagonist in Castlevania. Several incarnations of her have appeared throughout the series. She is sometimes accompanied by her servant, Laura, and is often referred to as possessing great beauty and allure.
Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, first published in 1871 as a serial narrative in The Dark Blue. It tells the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. Carmilla predates Bram Stoker's Dracula by 26 years and has been adapted many times for cinema.
Carmilla, the title character, is portrayed as possessing lesbian traits and her victims are exclusively female. However, she becomes emotionally involved with the main protagonist, Laura. Carmilla has nocturnal habits but is not confined to the darkness. She has unearthly beauty, can change her form at will and is able to pass through solid walls. Her animal alter ego is a monstrous black cat and she sleeps in a coffin.
In the story, Carmilla takes advantage of the anonymity of a masquerade ball to look for victims. In the games, her mask represents the ballroom masks that Carmilla wore to the many parties she went to in the novella, and was also used to hide the fact that she was a vampire.
Even though Carmilla is a lesser known and far shorter Gothic vampire story than Dracula, the latter has been cited as being heavily influenced by Le Fanu's novella.
Carmilla often appears as a loyal servant to her master Count Dracula, either by plotting to revive him, or by awakening from her own long slumber in order to come to his aid. Her role is notably averted and expanded upon in the Lords of Shadow series.
Carmilla is based on the titular character of the novella Carmilla, written by Sheridan Le Fanu in 1872. Appearing to be a member of Austrian nobility, while in reality she is the long-dead Countess Mircalla von Karnstein, returned to life as a vampiress.
Camilla (a misspelling of Carmilla) made her first appearance in Simon's Quest, where she appears as one of the three bosses in the game. She goes by the moniker Onna Kyūketsuki (女吸血鬼), name with which she is referred to in the instruction booklet and which translates to "female vampire" or "Vampira". A clue book found in Debious Woods refers to her properly as "Camilla". She can be encountered in Laruba Mansion.
Carmilla appears as the boss of the fourth stage in Rondo of Blood, along with her consort Laura. Once Richter or Maria enter the boss room, they are first greeted by Carmilla's mask, in a homage to her first portrayal from Simon's Quest. From behind the mask, Carmilla appears as a giant nude maiden atop a skull. The mask then breaks into several pieces and a giant skull emerges from behind. Carmilla then begins to attack while hovering in the air behind the skull, while this sheds fiery tears of blood which scatter throughout the room when they make contact with the ground. All of this, while Laura paces back and forth, trying to get a hold on the heroes. If this happens, Laura will kiss them, which translates into the player losing several Hearts while being unable to move.
In Dracula X, if the player fails to save Annet, Carmilla will possess her, appearing as the boss of Stage 6 (the Clock Tower) instead of Death. While her appearance resembles that from Rondo of Blood, her attacks are identical to those of Shaft from the same game.
A model of Carmilla atop her skull can be seen in early footage of the Nintendo 64 game Castlevania. However, she was removed from the final version of the game.
- Main article: Camilla
Contrary to her relative minor roles in previous games, Camilla appears as a much more prominent character in Circle of the Moon. Possessing her own castle located in Austria, she plots to revive her master, Count Dracula, in order to unite the forces of darkness.
In Dracula X Chronicles, Carmilla fights much like she did in the original version of Rondo of Blood; however, due to updated gameplay mechanics and somewhat lower difficulty, the fight is easier this time around.
- Main article: Carmilla (Lords of Shadow)
Carmilla's next prominent appearance is in the first game of the Lords of Shadow saga. In the story of the game, she is one of the founders of the Brotherhood of Light, along with Cornell and Zobek. Several hundred years in the past, the three founding members performed a mystical ritual to ascend to a higher state of existence. Their good sides were transported to Heaven as angelic beings, while their dark sides were left behind and became the Lords of Shadow. Carmilla's original gentle nature was turned into that of a vicious vampire. She takes up residence in Bernhard Castle and possesses a piece of the God Mask, a device which the protagonist, Gabriel Belmont, must retrieve in order to resurrect his dead wife Marie.
- Main article: Carmilla (Lords of Shadow)
Many centuries afterward, Carmilla reappears in her castle in her former human form, where Gabriel, now known as the vampire lord Dracula, takes residence. She seduces him into drinking her blood, which has a poisonous effect on him. In order to resist her influence, Dracula drinks blood from his resurrected wife Marie. After evading Carmilla in the castle's library, he chases her onto one of the rooftops, where she attempts to trick him by taking the form of Marie and forces him to choose which of the two is his real wife. Dracula makes the right choice and faces Carmilla in combat. As he gains the upper hand, despite the witch's best efforts, including regaining his Mist Form from her, Carmilla makes one final attempt to break Dracula by threatening to kill Marie, only to be impaled through the mouth by him with a piece of broken gate and destroyed for good.
- Main article: Carmilla/Judgment
Galamoth plots to send the Time Reaper from 10,000 years in the future, into the past to destroy his rival Dracula and change history. A man named Aeon discovers this and pulls together champions from different eras of history into a dimensional rift, in order to find a chosen one capable of destroying Galamoth's servant. Carmilla is one of these warriors.
Carmilla is a female vampire. She worships Dracula like a god and her greatest joy is shredding humans and let their blood splatter on her. Carmilla views humans as nothing more than prey and always looks down upon them. She is aggressive and provocative.
- Carmilla is referenced by Edmund McMillen in his game The Binding of Isaac via a boss known as The Mask of Infamy.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Castlevania Judgment. Konami. 2009. Story Mode. Character: Carmilla. Opening.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Castlevania: Circle of the Moon instruction booklet. Konami. 2001. p.20,21. AGB-AAME-USA.
- ↑ Dracula II: Noroi no Fuiin instruction booklet. Konami. 1987. p.26.KDS-DRK.
- ↑ Castlevania II: Simon's Quest instruction booklet, page 12.
- ↑ シニガミガ カクシモツ ナイフニ カミーラノ ヒトミハ クモル. Translation: With the knife which Death hides in his hand, Camilla's eye becomes cloudy.
- ↑ Akumajo Dracula XX Holy Bible Guide. Kodansha. 1995.
- ↑ Though "浴び" literally means "Bath", it's much like "splatter" in the description on the Japanese official website.
- ↑ Castlevania Judgment official Japanese website.
- Carmilla at the Castlevania Fan Wiki.
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