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December 9, 2013
So... this is unusually reminiscent of the last time I replayed a certain segment of the game under the promise of illuminating things further, but when I did THAT, I ended up blowing the game wide open and creating a dizzying array of new questions rather than answers...
Stage 3', Caves: Release from the Thirst for Blood
So what's going on here?! I thought we were DONE with this place already! Are you saying we have to go through these bizarre combination cemetery catacombs for MORE secrets?!
Well, sorta, yeah... although in this case, you've probably already noticed it was there, just not so much how one goes about GETTING there. Personally, I thought it would be the other way around from the way things actually shaped up... my presumed point of ingress apparently turning out to be the exit after the fact.
Then again, a neatly-stacked wall of cube blocks isn't all that out of the question as far as hiding secrets in a Castlevania game goes, it's just that most of those kinds of secrets are of the variety where they don't so much lead somewhere as they do hide meaty treats in the masonry...
No, in this case, those lonely wooden stairs lingering beneath the perfectly-preserved dinosaur bones are reached by enacting some violence upon poor inanimate stones... although it's oddly particular that you whip them in descending order, or else you'll find no progress to be made whatsoever.
At the bottom of these stairs, we have... a nun at prayer?! (A nun with green hair, at that!) What the heck? How very bizarre! I mean, really... what on earth is she doing down here, all the way off in the beast-infested wilderness? ...at least Maria was hidden away within the castle...
Well, whatever the case, about all that we can definitively state with what I'll assume to be Japanese-indifferent ears, is that Richter is here to save her, and her name is Tera. (...although you wouldn't have necessarily picked that out either, since it sounds a lot like all the other words thrown at us, huh?)
My only consolation to you, poor viewer is that you'll get MORE to clear things up further... more than you could have ever bargained for... *insert maniacal laughter here*!
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood -- Stage 3': Saving Tera