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"I'm truly glad I could see you both at the moment of my death. Live for all you're worth. And you, Jonathan. Charlotte... I truly am grateful."
— Eric's last words to his twin daughters and Jonathan and Charlotte

Eric Lecarde (エリック・リカード Erikku Rikādo?, Eric Ricardo) is a character in the Castlevania series. His first and primary appearance takes place in Castlevania: Bloodlines, where he is one of the two playable characters in the game, the other being John Morris. He later appeared as a support character in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, as well as one of the combatants in the 3D versus game Castlevania Judgment.

Character's historyEdit

Before Castlevania JudgmentEdit

Eric Lecarde was born on May 3rd, 1892 in Segovia (Spain) into a wealthy family who were related to the Belmonts by blood, and were entrusted in the 19th century by Alucard with a magical spear he had created to complement and assist the Vampire Killer[1] in an era of no Belmonts, the Alucard Spear. Their destiny would be entwined with that of the Morris Clan who were the temporary heirs to the Vampire Killer. The Lecarde family were the key to enabling a Morris to use the full power of the whip.

In 1897, while he was only five years old, he was in England[2] with his childhood friend John Morris, the son of Quincy Morris, a fellow descendant of the Belmont clan. One of the things that Eric remembered about Quincy is that he was a very kind man.[3] It is possible that Eric's father wielded the Alucard Spear and played a role in the ritual that would have enabled Quincy to be able to use the full power of the Vampire Killer during their long struggle against Count Dracula.[4] Eric and John both witnessed Quincy's defeat of Dracula,[5] who then died shortly afterward. As they grew older, they both decided to rid the world of evil just as Quincy had.

Events of Castlevania JudgmentEdit

While still a youth, Eric was entrusted with the Alucard Spear. Alucard had taken notice of Eric's potential and may have had a role in determining that he should be the spear's successor, but Eric may have been unaware of any of his involvement.[6] Eric would diligently train with the spear and would also master many spells. Eric would grow to resent that the Vampire Killer was held in higher regard than the spear. He believed that the awesome power of the spear could be used on its own without the need of the whip, at least in his hands. He grew arrogant and started to consider himself as an adult, and would come and go from his home as he pleased. On one such trip, when Eric was fifteen years old, he entered a time rift and met Aeon, who told him that place was where he would find what he desired, provided he could pass certain tests. Eric was glad to have a chance to prove the worthiness of himself and his spear, and agreed. On his journey, he met with the spear's creator, Alucard, who reiterated that the spear was not meant to be used beyond supporting the whip. Eric defeated him to prove him wrong. He also faced Trevor Belmont, and after defeating him believed he proved his lance superior to the whip. He faced Maria Renard, who was famous in her time for having a power that rivaled or surpassed that of a Belmont, and upon defeating her believed he was more than ready to defeat Dracula on his own. However, this story is not considered canon. He then returned to his normal place in time.

Events of Castlevania: BloodlinesEdit

Sometime before 1917, Eric's love interest, Gwendolyn, was transformed into a vampire by a mysterious Countess named Elizabeth Bartley. Despite his great skill in magic, Eric was unable to master the Sanctuary spell, and was thus unable to cure Gwendolyn of her vampirism. The Countess who turned her was the niece of Count Dracula, and had set into motion the events causing World War I in an effort to resurrect her uncle. His friend, John Morris, set out to stop Bartley's ambitions, but Eric offered to go in his place. He did not, however, tell his friend that he did so out of a desire for revenge. In the end, they set out together,[7] and Eric performed the ritual necessary to allow John to be able fully utilize the Vampire Killer whip. Armed with the mighty Vampire Killer and the Alucard Spear, they were first drawn to the ruins of Castle Dracula. The castle was only a ruse, however, and they subsequently followed the Countess through most of Europe, chasing behind as she enlisted help from "all the powers of darkness". In the end, they managed to catch up to her in England, at Castle Proserpina , summoned off of the coast at Whitby. While Dracula was successfully resurrected, both he and his niece were defeated.

Events of Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

Eric would later find a new love[8] and she bore him twin daughters in 1923.[9] Stella, the firstborn, would inherit Eric's physical prowess, while Loretta would inherit his magical gifts. Though neither took up the Alucard Spear, they were trained in the ways of the Lecarde family and learned the ritual that was needed to unlock the full power of the Vampire Killer. Even knowing that they would be well-trained as warriors, Eric could be somewhat overprotective of them.

After his friend John Morris showed signs of a wound that was particularly slow in healing despite of the spells that were cast, it was realized that the Vampire Killer used up some of the life force of its user in exchange for using its full power if the wielder was not a direct male-line descendant of the Belmont Clan. Before John died, he made Eric promise never to tell his son Jonathan the secret of how to unlock the power of the whip.

In 1942, after the vampire Brauner had assumed control of Dracula's Castle (resurrected by the fury and anguish of those killed during World War II), Eric went to investigate the castle's reappearance. Brauner captured him, believing that Eric's daughters were the reincarnation of his own, and knowing that they would come seeking him. They were able to sense he had come to the castle, and went after him despite his strict instructions not to follow him there. When they reached Brauner, they found their father badly injured, and were then turned into vampires and put under a spell to love Brauner as their father. Brauner then killed Eric before their eyes. However, Eric was able to bind his spirit to the castle as he died; his will being strong enough to avoid being controlled or warped by its power, he then waited for someone new to come to the castle, someone who could carry out vengeance against Brauner with his aid.

Two years later, Jonathan and his childhood friend Charlotte Aulin (a spellcaster descended from the Belnades Clan) came to the castle to investigate its reappearance and to put a stop to any potential revival of Dracula. Initially demurring when asked for a name, he settled on the alias "Wind". He lent them his aid by teaching Jonathan new fighting techniques and Charlotte new spells, occasionally providing new equipment, and by providing information about Brauner. After the young hunters discovered a locket containing a picture of StellaLoretta and Eric himself, he admitted that they were in fact his daughters, and that he was, in fact, the same man who had fought alongside Jonathan's father in 1917. He explained to Jonathan the reason why his father never taught him how to use the full power of the whip. He also eventually gave him the spear that Alucard had given to him. His daughters were eventually restored to human form by Charlotte, who was able to perform the Sanctuary spell that even Eric was unable to learn in life. His daughters then enabled Jonathan to unlock the power of the whip via a battle with the memory of the last Belmont who wielded it: Richter Belmont. After Brauner and Dracula were defeated, he bid his daughters farewell and departed to the afterlife.

AppearancesEdit

Castlevania: BloodlinesEdit

Eric appears as an alternate selectable player at the beginning of the game, in contrast to the more traditional whip-wielding John Morris. He uses the Alucard Spear (called the Alcarde Spear in the English instruction booklet), which can power up like the whip and allows him to pole vault to great heights.

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

Main article: Eric Lecarde/Portrait of Ruin

Eric is a non-playable character in this game. He appears under the pseudonym of "Wind" and his primary role is to assign Jonathan and Charlotte various quests and give them new items and abilities upon completing them.

Castlevania JudgmentEdit

Main article: Eric Lecarde/Judgment

Eric appears as a young effeminate boy with blond hair in a ponytail, dressed in a formal outfit in this 3D Wii fighter game. He is armed with his traditional Alucard Spear. Oddly enough, he is the only character to not have any metal on his outfit whatsoever. His theme is "Iron Blue Intention".

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Judgment dialog between Alucard and Eric.
  2. Speculation based on Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula.
  3. Portrait of Ruin dialogue.
  4. Speculation based on the revelation of the role of the Morris family revealed in Portrait of Ruin.
  5. Bloodlines' instruction booklet.
  6. Judgment's instruction booklet says he was "found" by Alucard and entrusted with the spear. However, when he meets Alucard, Eric did not appear to recognize him at first and did not acknowledge him directly giving him the spear.
  7. Portrait of Ruin dialog mentions Eric fought alongside John.
  8. Speculation since Eric did not know the Sanctuary spell. This was probably not Gwendolyn.
  9. Events of Portrait of Ruin.
  10. Visible only in Sisters Mode