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Dracula's Castle in 1792

For the song, see Dracula's Castle (music).

Dracula's Castle (ドラキュラ城 Dorakyura Jō), also known as Demon Castle (悪魔城 Akumajō) or Castlevania, is the lair of Dracula 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.

The exact location of the castle is uncertain. It is most likely located in northeast Transylvania (going by Dracula) or northern Valachia (the location of Vlad III Drăculea's Cetatea Poenari). The appearance of the castle also varies; in artwork for 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. 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 in 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 it is constantly changing nature.

It is possible that the castle originally belonged to Walter Bernhard. His castle had the familiar strange keep structure present in Castlevania. If this were 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 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. It is not known where he went, or if he ever returned. The other factor in favor for Walter's castle being Castlevania (or just being an entirely different castle) is 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 in Walter's castle, the abandoned castle could be Walter's original castle. The Japanese manual for Castlevania: The Adventure outright states Dracula to have built the castle himself.[2]

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 featuresEdit

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

RecreationEdit

ResearchEdit

UndergroundEdit

Other castlesEdit

Game appearancesEdit

Castlevania II: Simon's QuestEdit

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

Castlevania: Curse of DarknessEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dawn of Sorrow's Library
  2. Castlevania: The Adventure manual story translation.

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