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Dracula's Castle in 1792.

For other uses, see Dracula's Castle (disambiguation) and Castlevania (disambiguation).

Dracula's Castle (ドラキュラ城 Dorakyura Jō?), also known as Demon Castle (悪魔城 Akumajō?) or Castlevania, is Dracula's lair and symbol of his magic.[1] It houses an army of his supernatural minions, and tends to collapse when Dracula is defeated. Yet, it is able to restore itself and reappears intact in later games, even the ones where Dracula has not yet revived himself.

Overview

The exact location of the castle is impossible to determine. Being an entity of chaos, it has the ability to reemerge in different places whenever it revives. Still, the vast majority of times it has reappeared was in Europe, in Transylvania.

If one takes into account the events from the original 1897 novel that inspired the series, as well as real historical landmarks where Vlad III Drăculea was known to inhabit, that may be indication that the castle from the series was at some point located somewhere in Transylvania or in northern Wallachia, where one of the voivode's real castles, Cetatea Poenari, is located.

Nevertheless, due to its supernatural nature as symbol of Dracula's magic and its ability to revive in different regions, the castle in the series cannot be considered the same as the historical landmarks. It does not exist in the earthly plane but is, in fact, a spiritual world atop another dimension.[2][3][4]

The appearance of the castle also varies; in artwork for the original Castlevania it appears to be on top of a mountain, while in Symphony of the Night it is located off the shore of a lake, and in Curse of Darkness it resides by the ocean (maybe the Black Sea).[citation needed] In Symphony of the Night, Maria Renard remarks the castle is different from how she remembers it (she had fought in it five years earlier during the events of Rondo of Blood). Alucard, who had probably once lived there, notes the castle is "a creature of chaos", hinting at the castle's origins and explaining its constantly changing nature.

It is possible the castle originally belonged to Walter Bernhard. His castle had the familiar strange keep structure present in Dracula's Castle. If this was the case, the castle dates back to at least the 11th century. In 1094, the castle appeared more like a traditional medieval castle than the more elaborate Gothic architecture seen elsewhere. One factor in favor for Walter's castle being Castlevania is that, in Curse of Darkness, the abandoned castle is the place where only a Belmont's blood can gain access to the infinite corridor. Seeing as Leon Belmont was the first Belmont proclaimed at Walter's castle, the abandoned castle could be Walter's original castle.

A factor against the theory of Walter's castle becoming Castlevania is that at the end of Lament of Innocence, Mathias Cronqvist (Dracula) leaves the castle in the form of a bat and it is not known where he went, or if he ever returned. The Japanese instruction booklet for Castlevania: The Adventure outright states Dracula to have built his castle himself at the outskirts of Transylvania.[5] Koji Igarashi has also expressed that one of the reasons for the change of the franchise's Japanese title from "Akumajō Dracula" to "Castlevania" was due to there being no Dracula, nor his castle, on a given game, indicating that the castle seen in Lament of Innocence might indeed not be the same castle that Dracula uses later down the chronology.[6]

Following Dracula's defeat in 1999, the castle was sealed into an eclipse, and was visited by Soma Cruz in 2035. In 2036, Celia Fortner and her cult built a castle immensely similar to Dracula's to foster the growth of a new Dark Lord. As her plan ruins, the castle completely collapses.

Rooms and features

See also: Environments

Castlevania's interior constantly shifts between games, below are a few of the rooms that have appeared.

Recreation

Research

Underground

Game appearances

While the castle, or a replacement, has appeared in every game that conform the Castlevania series to date, this section focuses in those instances when the castle has appeared its own named stage or area.

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Main article: Dracula's Castle (Simon's Quest)

Castlevania: Bloodlines

Main article: Bloodlines Stage 1

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Main article: Dracula's Castle (Curse of Darkness)

Gallery

Similar castles

Other appearances

Animated series

History
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Castlevania

Castlevania was constructed sometime before 1455. Lisa of Lupu visited the castle in 1455 and became the student and wife of Dracula shortly after their first meeting. After Lisa was killed by the Church within Targoviste in 1475, Dracula returned to Castlevania to summon an army. He dueled with his son Alucard within the castle and then gathered an army of demons. In 1476, Dracula teleported Castlevania directly into the center of Targoviste. He unleashed his army of demons and destroyed the city in short order. Dracula's army was then deployed across the whole of Wallachia with the goal of exterminating all humanity.

Overview

Castlevania is the home of Vlad Dracula Tepes. It is strongly implied that the castle was built by Dracula himself. The castle is both a technological and supernatural marvel. From its exterior, the castle can be seen to incorporate electricity and advanced mechanics in its workings. The Belmont family has noted that it also uses steam power and electric powered lights. Not including technology that is centuries beyond what the outside world possesses, Castlevania is also operated with supernatural elements. Dracula's study is shown to have glass that reacts to his magical abilities. Also, the whole castle is capable of teleportation; a "traveling machine" as Dracula puts it. Dracula can make Castlevania teleport to any location. This teleportation can be done softly or in an explosion of fire, as was the case when he teleported the castle into Targoviste.

During peacetime, Castlevania is Dracula's home and laboratory. In wartime, it is a weapon of such danger and potency as to be legend. When Dracula attacked Targoviste, his castle's teleportation was like dropping a bomb on the city, destroying the city church instantly. Immediately afterward, Dracula released his army —which was housed inside the castle— directly into the city; completely ignoring any defenses Targoviste had.

Rooms
  • Castlevania-entrance-hall
    Entrance Hall: An opulent hallway connected to one of Dracula's laboratories.
  • Lisa-is-awed-by-draculas-lab
    Laboratory: The lab that Dracula showed Lisa contains a library, astronomy equipment, a chemical lab, and electrical experiments.
  • Study
    Study: The room in which Dracula dueled with Alucard contained another library as well as a magical machine composed of moving glass and electricity.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dracula's Castle will be featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable stage. Renowned enemy characters from the Castlevania franchise such as Medusa, the Mummy, The Creature and Flea Man (Igor), Carmilla, the Werewolf, Death and even Dracula himself will appear in the stage from time to time, either as bosses or environmental hazards. The castle also acted as the main setting for the announcement trailer for Simon Belmont's inclusion to the game as a playable character, where Simon Belmont arrived at the castle to deal with Dracula, while Luigi, who had arrived at the castle before Simon for unknown reasons, was overwhelmed by the castle's unearthly inhabitants before being killed by Death. The full castle was seen after Luigi screamed at the sight of Carmilla's mask as he attempted to revive himself.

Trivia

  • Several real life castles have served as inspiration in Dracula's design over the games:[7]
  • Aside from the Demon Castle that frequently acted as the setting of the series, Soma in Aria of Sorrow twice alluded to a castle that Count Dracula owned in Europe,[10][11] which was presumably referring to either Bran Castle, Poenari Castle, Hunyad Castle, or Mount Izvorul Câlimanului from the novel.

See also

References

  1. Dawn of Sorrow's Library
  2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow: Dialogue with Graham Jones
  3. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow: Dialogue with Genya Arikado
  4. Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisoukyoku
  5. Castlevania: The Adventure instruction booklet story translation
  6. Gamers.com Koji Igarashi interview backup
  7. Real life castles article at the Castlevania Dungeon
  8. Akumajō Dracula (X68000) instruction booklet
  9. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night instruction booklet
  10. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
    Genya Arikado: We're in Dracula's Castle. // Soma Cruz: Huh? Dracula's Castle? Are you telling me we are in Europe?
  11. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
    Soma Cruz: Is it true that this is Dracula's castle? // Graham Jones: It most certainly is. // Soma Cruz: But, isn't Dracula's castle in Europe somewhere?