Portrait of Ruin gives the player control of two different characters: vampire hunter Jonathan Morris and the young sorceress Charlotte Aulin. Jonathan and Charlotte were childhood friends both descended from legendary clans devoted to the protection of mankind against the forces of evil. Jonathan Morris is the son of Castlevania: Bloodlines hero, John Morris. Unlike the Belmont family, to whom they are related, the Morrises cannot use the full power of the legendary "Vampire Killer" whip by default. Charlotte Aulin is descended from the Fernandez/Belnades clan, a bloodline known for their magical prowess.
The Vampire Artist, Brauner, has revived Dracula's Castle in order to bring ruin to the world, and it is up to Jonathan and Charlotte to stop him. Upon reaching the castle, the pair are met with Vincent, a priest who was sent in order to assist in the destruction of Castlevania. While exploring the castle, they encounter a mysterious ghost by the alias of Wind, who is able to impart his knowledge and skills with the pair, while acting as a mentor towards Jonathan. Shortly afterwards, the pair discover one of Brauner's many portraits, used to control the castle powers. Understanding the composition of the Portrait, Charlotte was able to deduce that in order to sever the link, and essentially weaken Brauner, that they must enter the world inside the painting and destroy the evil within. After defeating the headless knight, Dullahan, they are met with Loretta, who informs them that they had marginally weakened Brauner's powers.
After discovering the second portrait, Jonathan and Charlotte encounter Brauner himself, who denies any plot to revive Dracula, citing that he has no allegiance with the Dark Lord due to his continued failures. While traversing one of the many hallways, the pair eventually encounter Death, who is under the belief that Dracula has already been revived. When he discovers otherwise, Death understands the situation and devises a plot to use the young vampire hunters for his own needs.
Shortly after this, Jonathan and Charlotte encounter Stella in the Tower of Death, upon her defeat, drops a pendant revealing the true nature of the vampiric sisters, and the ghost Wind. After seeking the truth, Wind reveals that he is actually the ghost of Eric Lecarde, and that Stella and Loretta are his daughters, he asks that the pair try to find a way to restore them to their former selves. Later on, the pair encounter and challenge Death, despite Death's desire to not be associated with Brauner, and reluctantly fights them. After much exploration, Charlotte was able to learn the Sanctuary spell, a powerful spell with the innate ability to dispel the curse of vampirism, and allow the dead to rest in peace, it becomes clear that this is the only way to save Stella and Loretta, resulting in Jonathan and Charlotte hunting down the sisters in an attempt to rescue them.
After the relentless battle, Stella and Loretta regain their senses, and tell Jonathan they are able to awake the dormant powers of the Vampire Killer, though it could be deadly to Jonathan as he is not a direct descendant of the Belmont clan. Whether or not Jonathan takes them up on their offer is up to the player. If he does, he goes to a test and fights against the Whip's Memory; the illusion of the legendary Richter Belmont. After the battle, Jonathan was realized as the true heir to the Vampire Killer and was able to awaken its powers. Regardless of what choice the player makes, Jonathan is told that in order to defeat Brauner, he and Charlotte must enter Brauner's studio, which was sealed with the power of four locks. After gaining access to this studio, Jonathan and Charlotte are finally able to defeat Brauner, at which time he curses them and says he was only trying to protect his family. At this time, Death appears to deal the finishing blow to Brauner, thus destroying the seal on the Throne Room of the castle, and allowing Dracula's revival. To counter the two heroes, Dracula and Death form their own duo, with the two of them fighting Charlotte and Jonathan simultaneously. During the subsequent battle, Dracula and Death are nearly defeated, when Death offers his soul to Dracula, to awaken his true form. After a fierce battle, Dracula was finally defeated, and Castlevania destroyed. With his soul no longer bound to the castle, Eric was to soon fade from the Earth, and in one last goodbye, managed to see his daughters and tell them to not blame themselves. The adventure comes to a close with Jonathan, Charlotte, Stella and Loretta all frantically searching for Vincent, who is believed to be trapped in the rubble of Castlevania, unbeknownst to them, he was trying to catch up to them.
The world is in chaos. The second world war has claimed millions of lives, leveled cities, destroyed nations. The souls of the war's dead blanket the planet, lost, hurt, and angry. Their anguish summons an accursed castle of legend. It has appeared many times throughout history, bringing with it evil and darkness. The castle of Dracula, the lord of evil. It arrives in man's darkest hour, to push us over the brink, into ruin.
The Meeting (A priest walking back and forth, waiting for someone outside Dracula's Castle)
(A young man together with a young lady shows up) ???: That whip! There's no mistaking it! You're Jonathan Morris! Jonathan: Good eye. And you are...?
(Priest bows to Jonathan) ???: Ah, forgive me. I am Vincent Dorin. Vincent: By order of the church, I have been awaiting you. To think that the master of the legendary Vampire Killer would come here! A blessing indeed. ???: Too bad he can't actually use it. Jonathan: !! Charlotte! Can't you even pretend to play along for once? Charlotte: Well, that's the truth, isn't it? You can't lie to a priest. Vincent: Wh-What? Are you suggesting that whip is a fake then? Jonathan: It's true. I can't use the Vampire Killer. This whip wasn't actually passed down through my family. Charlotte: You've heard of the Belmont family, haven't you? Vincent: Why, of course I have! They've used that whip for generations to destroy Dracula. And that family is related to the Morris family by blood. Jonathan: Been doing your research, huh? Unfortunately, the fact is... We're not the true successors. No problem, though. I've won every battle till now without the whip. Not one loss. Charlotte: Lucky you have me to help you. Vincent: Yes, I was wandering about that. And you are...? Charlotte: Well, excuse me. If you're from the church, then remember this! I am Charlotte Aulin! Vincent: Charlotte... I've heard that name before... Charlotte... Oh! You must be the great magician everyone's been talking about! Charlotte: Heh-heh... "Great," you say? Vincent: U-Unbelievable! To think that she was a mere child-- Charlotte: !! Vincent: Oh, well, I mean, such a lovely young lady! Charlotte: You heard that? Jonathan! He called me l-o-v-e-l-y! Jonathan: ... So anyway, Vincent, you had some business with me? Charlotte: !! Vincent: Oh, yes, yes, I do! I have been ordered to assist you in your quest. I've brought potions with me, but, well... Jonathan: Well? what? Vincent: It's a matter of...economics. Charlotte: You want us to pay you, right? Vincent: Um, well, if you insist... Jonathan: Sure, no problem. I think we can take care of that. Charlotte: I couldn't care less. Jonathan: But more importantly, the castle. Is that really Dracula's Castle? Vincent: No one has seen Dracula thus far. However, the church insists that it is indeed Dracula's Castle. Charlotte: No doubt about it. This castle is pulsing with dark magical power. I can't imagine it's anything but the castle of Lord Dracula that I studied in the books. Jonathan: Sounds like fun. Come on, better get going then. Charlotte? Charlotte: Right with you. Vincent: B-Be careful. I'll search for a safe place. I'll meet you inside. Godspeed.
A Mysterious Companion (Inside Dracula's Castle, in a room near the Entrance)
Jonathan: !! Something's here?!
(A ghost shows up) Charlotte: It's not human. Jonathan: A monster?! Charlotte: No, wait! I sense no evil from him. ???: Ah... You can sense me. Jonathan: Who are you? ???: A ghost, as you can see. Ghosts have no need for names. Charlotte: Impossible! Somehow, he retained his consciousness after dying. It must be the castle's magic! Jonathan: I don't know about you, but he sure seems shady to me. ???: Think what you will. It's your choice. However, can you truly destroy me with a whip you can't even use? Jonathan: Only one way to find out!
(Jonathan rushes toward the ghost) Charlotte: Wait, Hold on!
(Charlotte calms Jonathan down) Charlotte: How do you know he can't use the Vampire Killer? Jonathan: Huh? Charlotte: I find it very odd to find a ghost not controlled by Dracula's Castle. ???: (smiles) A smart girl, compared to this foolish boy. Just before I died, I cast a magic barrier on myself, binding my soul to this place. I'm free from the castle's control, but I'm trapped here. Charlotte: But a paranormal entity like you can easily be affected by magic! Casting a barrier that repels the castle's power is impossible, even for me! Just who are you?! ???: My name is meaningless, but I suppose you need to call me something.
(A gust of wind blows inside the room) Wind: (smiles) Very well. Call me "Wind." Charlotte: ... Mr. Wind. Wind: Just Wind is fine. Charlotte: All right, Wind. What are you doing here? Jonathan: Didn't you hear him? He's trapped here, remember? Charlotte: I understand that. But if he truly has this much power, he could use other methods besides just binding his spirit here. Wind: (laughs) My, my, my... You really are a bright little girl, aren't you? Charlotte: (annoyed) Stop treating me like a child. My name is Charlotte. Wind: Ah, I understand. And who is this boy? Jonathan: (angrily) Who you calling a "boy"?! It's Jonathan. Jonathan Morris. Wind: Hm. The reason I'm here, simply put, is regret. I will not rest until the lord of this castle is vanquished. I thought I would lend assistance to those who wish to defeat him. Jonathan: But, if you can't move from here, what do you intend to do? Wind: In spirit form, I am able to grant items and techniques I once possessed in life. I think they'll be of great help to you. Charlotte: In that case, please help us. Jonathan: (smiles) No, I've been able to do fine without any of his help so far. So why don't you just-- Charlotte: Right, "so far." But this is Dracula's Castle. Even if you could use that whip, it won't help you when you die. Don't you remember your father? Jonathan: Enough about my father! Just leave this to me, okay? My father's dead. Forget him. Charlotte: ...Sorry. But still-- Jonathan: No, wait, I'm sorry... Guess I got a little overdramatic there. You might be right, Charlotte. Wind, perhaps we could use your help. Would you help us? Wind: ... If you can complete the tasks I give, only then will I help you.
(Jonathan and Charlotte accepts Wind's proposal)
Charlotte: Hmpf! So, you're selling your potions here? Vincent: There aren't many now, but my stock will increase little by little. Jonathan: For a price, right? Vincent: Yes, I'm afraid so, Master Jonathan. Charlotte: Don't try anything shifty. And don't even try to lie. Still, it is true that rural churches are short on money. Or so they say.
Vincent: Th-Thank you. You're lifesavers. Anyway, please have a look.
First Quest Completed Wind: Now you should be able to advance deeper into the castle. If you complete the tasks I give to you, I shall teach you even more, including magic skills. I may be able to entrust you with other items in the future as well.
Jonathan: Sounds good to me. Wind: Oh, one more thing... Regarding this castle’s lord. Charlotte: You mean Dracula, right? I've read books about him. Wind: Dracula isn't this castle's lord. Jonathan: What do you mean? That's why they call this "Dracula's Castle." Wind: It is indeed Dracula's Castle. However, the castle's lord is a vampire by the name of Brauner. Charlotte: I've heard nothing about that! Wind: As one would expect. His identity has been kept secret for years, after all. He infuses magic into paintings to increase his power. You will undoubtedly come across these paintings in this castle. Search for these paintings. Charlotte: He's using the paintings to make the castle's power his, isn't he? Still, he isn't Dracula, after all, so we're safe for now. Wind: Be careful. His power grows stronger by the minute. Jonathan: No problem. We won't let you be tied down here for long. That's a promise. Charlotte: Trust us. Jonathan might seem unreliable, but he'd never break a promise. Wind: (smiles) Heh, that's reassuring. Very well. Best of luck to you.
Jonathan: All right then. Let's go find those paintings!
First Portrait Charlotte: This painting... Its power is incredible!
Jonathan: Must be one of those paintings... Charlotte: Without a doubt. Hm... I've got it! Jonathan: Care to share? Charlotte: This painting's function. Brauner is using it to control the power of this castle! Jonathan: Well then, let's hurry up and rip it to shreds! Charlotte: Impossible. Anything we do will be pointless. From what I can tell, based on the theory of curse amplification, this picture is a multilayer quantum-space barrier. A kind of paranormal phenomenon. Jonathan: Uh, okay... And what's that mean in human language? Charlotte: ... In short, think of it as a series of walls that surround the magic controlling Dracula's Castle. The painting itself is just the outermost wall. As soon as you break it, it'll regenerate. It's unbreakable. Jonathan: How convenient. So now what? Charlotte: I'll align my magic with the painting's so we can enter it. That'll be the best way to circumvent the castle's magic. The risk is quite high, though. Jonathan: (smiles) No problem. C'mon, what do we have to lose? Charlotte: Okay, then. Here we go.
Lady Loretta Charlotte: Whew! That monster just now seemed to be the core of the magic energy.
Jonathan: Meaning Brauner can't use the castle's power now? Charlotte: No, not quite. His control of the castle's power has decreased a bit, but... Jonathan: "Decreased a bit"? Charlotte: I think there's something else... ???: My, oh, my...
(A mysterious lady shows up in front of them) ???: I knew I smelled something. Seems like some maggots got inside. Jonathan: !! A vampire! ???: My, my, such attitude... You dare disrespect somebody of my caliber? I am a LADY. Lady Loretta. Loretta: As you said, your battle just now may have weakened us a bit... However, I do have some tragic news for you. This wasn't the only one of my father's paintings. Charlotte: I know that. I can obviously tell by sensing the movement of the magical energy. Loretta: Heh-heh-heh... What an amusing sight. A child who fancies herself an adult! Charlotte: (annoyed) !! Jonathan: Let's take her, Charlotte. Charlotte: Right with you.
(Jonathan tries to strike Loretta with the Vampire Killer) Jonathan: (surprised) !! The whip! Charlotte: Jonathan, what are you doing?! Loretta: Unfortunately, I have strict orders from Father not to fight you. Now if you'll excuse me...
(Loretta vanishes in front of Jonathan and Charlotte) Charlotte: Why did you stop attacking? Jonathan: It was like some strange power was... Oh, never mind. (smiles) I'm sure it was nothing. I probably just imagined it. Sorry. Charlotte: Oh, well. Like that vampire said, I sense other paintings. I can't pinpoint their exact location, though. Jonathan: We'll just have to find them.
Death: I thought you would appear. The one who imposes upon my master. Charlotte: He's swirling with black magic. I've read about him. Dracula's eternal servant... Death. Jonathan: Dracula isn't this castle's master anymore! Why are you here? Death: My, what an odd thing to say. This castle belongs to Lord Dracula. To him and no one else. Charlotte: I get it. You've joined forces with Brauner because you're thinking of resurrecting Dracula, aren't you? Death: Brauner... Who are you talking about? Jonathan: There's no point in playing dumb! We already know the current master of this castle is a vampire by the name of Brauner! Death: Vampire Brauner... Even with my power, I didn't sense that. It seems I have been dormant for far too long. Jonathan: Don't tell me you didn't know. Well, it doesn't matter. You're connected to Dracula. That makes you my enemy! Death: Ha! You're no match for me! Your father was much stronger than you. And now he's dead! Jonathan: (angrily) Don't compare me to my father!! Charlotte: Calm down, Jonathan! You can't beat him without a strategy! Death: Oh, and to think he needs a little child to admonish him!
(Death takes his leave with laughter) Charlotte: !! Jonathan: Sorry, Charlotte. Whenever someone mentions my father, I just lose it. Charlotte: That's all right. It's not like you started hating your father just now. But What's the point in getting angry at someone who isn't even here? Jonathan: It's because he's not here. Listen, My father only taught me the basics of fighting. Then he went and got himself killed, leaving me the heir to the whip! This whip I can't even use. He was always so selfish. Charlotte: There must have been a reason. You have to understand the truth of why you've had to fight until now without the whip's power. Jonathan: Maybe so... But now Dracula may be reviving, and I can't even use the power that I'm meant to use! Even though my father could. Charlotte: That's true, but... Jonathan: Enough with all this talk about my father. Talking won't change a thing. C'mon, let's go. When Death makes an appearance, Dracula can't be far away.
Brauner and the Twins Brauner: Oh ho. I'm a bit surprised to find you inside of my painting.
Jonathan: You must be Brauner...
(Loretta's sister is about to attack the duo) ???: How dare you! Show my father some respect! Brauner: Calm yourself, Stella. What could they possibly know about respect? They're just humans, after all. Indeed, I am Brauner. Master of this castle. Jonathan: Are you trying to revive Dracula? What the hell are you up to? Loretta: Hmpf! Dracula, you say? Sister? Stella: Watching these fools get worked up can be so entertaining. Charlotte: It seems you have no intention of reviving Dracula. Brauner: Why is it necessary to revive Lord Dracula? In the last few centuries, he's failed at controlling humanity. I will wait no longer. For the sake of my beloved daughters, I will take this world from mankind. Humans bring death and ruin to everything of beauty. Jonathan: If you're not after Dracula, why has the castle resurrected? Brauner: Lord Dracula's power is great. I recognize that. And through this castle, that power will allow the world to be reborn. Charlotte: You only want to use Dracula's power? Brauner: ... Charlotte: But it shouldn't be possible to separate Dracula from his magic. Brauner: Oh, but it is! What a clever young lady. So long as I possess the power of the painting, I'll have no trouble at all. Stella: Father. You need not waste your time on such insolent pests. Jonathan: (angrily) What did you say?! Loretta: Yes... Allow me to demonstrate how utterly pathetic they are. Brauner: Well, no need to be hasty, dear. At the moment, Dracula's faithful servant is sniffling around MY castle. Disposing of him is our first priority. Stella: (surprised) But, father! Brauner: You two have nothing to worry about. Please, retire to a safe place and get some rest. Stella: ...
(Stella and Loretta leave via floating paintings) Brauner: You heard me. We can dispose of this trash at any time.
(Brauner leaves via another painting) Jonathan: ... Brauner, huh? Charlotte: He has incredible power. Just the sight of him could drive an ordinary person mad. Jonathan: Yep, it would've been messy. If only I could use the whip! Charlotte: Look, at least we're alive.
Jonathan: Yeah... But I'll make him regret ever crossing paths with us!
Stella: I've grown tired of waiting. Jonathan: Show yourself, vampire! Stella: Watch your tongue, mortal! I held back with my father present, but here, you're as good as dead. Charlotte: I find it strange you'd come here alone. Well, it simplifies things.
Stella: I alone will take care of you. I'll tear you apart, limb by limb, then wring all the blood from your bodies!
Stella: What happened to me?!
(Stella grasps her consciousness as a human) Jonathan: You're finished!
(Jonathan attempted to attack but icicles from above hindered him to go closer) Jonathan: !!
(Loretta shows up from above) Stella: My, my head...! Loretta: Are you all right, sister? Stella: I... I'm fine. Loretta... Loretta: You were warned not to leave the painting. Stella: You may scold me later. These two are a threat to Father. We must take care of them now! Loretta: No. For now, we return. Hear me, both of you. If you continue to oppose Father, we will show you no mercy. Oppose us, and we will kill you!
(Stella and Loretta vanish in front of them. A shiny object is left behind by Stella) Jonathan: What's this? Charlotte: It's like a locket. There's a photo inside.
(A photo of Wind, Stella, and Loretta is shown) Jonathan: ?! This is Wind! Charlotte: And those two vampire girls! Jonathan: What does it mean? Charlotte: I have no idea. We should go ask him about it.
Unveiling the Mystery of Wind Jonathan: Wind! What's the meaning of this?!
Charlotte: Look at this photo.
(The photo in the locket is shown) Wind: !! Charlotte: You owe us an explanation. Wind: ... Ah, indeed, I do. Let me tell you my real name. It's Eric. Eric Lecarde. Jonathan: You don't mean... The man who fought by my father? Eric: Yes. John was my best friend. Charlotte: Then what's your relationship with the two girls in the photo? Eric: They're my daughters. Jonathan: H-Hold on a sec! Aren't they Brauner’s daughters?! Eric: Brauner lost his real daughters in World War One. His anger and grief awakened his hidden power, which he used to become a vampire. Charlotte: So his daughters... Eric: He believes the daughters he lost in the war were reborn as my daughters. Jonathan: So he kind of just stole them from you? Eric: His daughters were his life. Now that he has them back, he wants to punish the humans whose war has ruined his life. Jonathan: I see. That's why the whip started acting up in front of those two. It's because they carry the blood of the Lecarde family! Charlotte: Of course! The Vampire Killer! Eric, if you fought by Jonathan's father, then you must know how to unlock the Vampire Killer's power! Eric: Yes, I do know. But... Jonathan: If you know, then tell me! What should I do?! Eric: ... In order for the Morris family to use the Vampire Killer, you need the power of the Lecarde Family. But I can't help you, and of course, now that my daughters have been turned to vampires... Jonathan: (disappointed) So, in the end... This whip is useless. I guess my being its heir is just the emptiest, most meaningless title of all. Eric: ... I was forbidden to tell you this, but I think the time has come. The reason your father died... Jonathan: I know why he died. They say he was mortally wounded when he stopped Dracula's resurrection. Charlotte: Even I know that was the cause. Eric: You're wrong. Jonathan: ?! Eric: For one who is not of the Belmont family, to use the true power of the Vampire Killer, they must give up a part of their own life. That's why my family acts as the power's key. So that it can only be used when truly necessary. John used the whip too much... Jonathan: So what are you saying? You mean my father died because of this whip? Eric: Exactly. Which is why he didn't want to teach you how to use it. He wanted you to develop the strength to survive without using the whip. No matter how much you hate him for doing that, in the end, he was only looking out for you. Jonathan: ... Eric: You may not yet wield your whip like a Belmont, but that power can be yours. I know that John had his reasons. Jonathan: Father... Charlotte: (gladly) I know there was a reason. Aren't you glad, Jonathan? Jonathan: I just don't get it... Why did the Belmonts give this thing to the Morris family?! If not for this, we would have been spared so much pain! Eric: Because the Belmonts cannot touch the whip now. It is predicted that Dracula will be revived in year 1999. I've heard that the Belmonts must not touch the Vampire Killer until then. Jonathan: But...! Eric: Others have appeared to revive Dracula in the meantime. Somebody has to stand up and stop them. And only the Morris family is able to do that! Jonathan: ... Oh, well then. At least I finally know the truth about my father and the whip. Still, are you okay with this? This job that we have to do is gonna end up hurting your own daughters. Charlotte: I wonder if there's a chance we can save those two if I use some kind of purification spell... Eric: The chances are very slim. You should know that. Even I never knew how to do it. I appreciate your sentiments, but I am resigned to their fate. Charlotte: I see... Eric: Forgive us, Jonathan. For placing this burden upon you. Jonathan: (smiles) No problem. I'll just do what I can. And if you've accepted it, so do I. Let's go, Charlotte.
Showdown with Death Death: That look you have... I'm assuring you've run into Brauner.
Jonathan: That's none of your business! You won't escape this time! Death: You do realize there's no connection between myself and Brauner, don't you? And yet you still challenge me? Charlotte: If my research is correct, you have a strong desire to see Dracula revived, correct? Jonathan: Even if you're not working with Brauner, you still have to be defeated!
Death: Challenging me even though you can't use the whip... How utterly absurd. But I'll play with you anyway.
Defeating Death Death: Ugh! How can someone like YOU possess such amazing powers?!
Jonathan: I may not have the whip's power, but I can still kick your ass! Death: Hmph, I underestimated you... Still, I have my reasons for holding back... Charlotte: Is that your excuse? How typical. Now resign yourself to your fate! Death: Know the limits of your power. You still have a task to perform, so for now I shall take my leave.
(Death leaves and says, "We'll meet again!") Jonathan: Damn it! He ran away. Charlotte: Say, what do you suppose Death meant when he said we still have a task to perform? Jonathan: (smiles) Forget it. We can take on anyone. No problem! Charlotte: How can you always be so confident? Jonathan: I like to think positive, that's all. Look, stop worrying so much and focus on what we have to do: Defeat Death and Brauner, got it? Charlotte: Okay, okay. Worrying only makes things worse than they really are, right?
A Magical Barrier Jonathan: What the? I can see the way ahead but I can't move forward!
Charlotte: Hold on a minute. ... This is the way to the throne, but it's spatially segregated. Jonathan: And that means...? Charlotte: Simply put, there's something like an invisible wall here. Brauner said he had separated Dracula from the castle. This is what he was talking about. Jonathan: So, long story short, we can't move from here.
Stella: We tire of waiting for you. Are you ready to die yet? Jonathan: Hold it! You two are being tricked by Brauner! Loretta: What a pathetic joke. I have no time to waste listening to the words of a despicable human. Charlotte: Nothing we say will matter. They're completely under Brauner's control. Still, I may be able to do something now. Jonathan! Help me out here! Jonathan: Leave it to me! Stella: Well, for what you've done, we'll play as hard as you like! Let's go! Loretta!
(Brauner shows up from a floating painting) Brauner: P-Please! Don't hurt my daughters! I beg you! Jonathan: Why are you trying to stop me? Charlotte: We know the truth. You aren't really related to each other. Brauner: Family isn't just about blood relations! We are joined together by our very souls! Enough! We shall flee the castle! Jonathan: What?! Brauner: I can't endanger my daughters any further! Destroying this castle... That's what both of you want, right? Farewell...
(Brauner and the twins leave via paintings) Jonathan: Hey, wait! Charlotte: The castle's crumbling! We have to run!
Bad Ending Jonathan: Damn it! In the end, that monster Brauner escaped.
Charlotte: Still, we stopped Dracula's revival, so that's good enough, don't you think? Jonathan: You're concerned how I feel? Well, I guess you are right. Charlotte: After all, I do feel a little responsible for you, so... Oh! By the way! Where's Vincent? You think he escaped the castle? Jonathan: Oops. I knew we forgot something!
(Eric shows up) Eric: Have no fear. He's just fine. Charlotte: Eric! Is that true? Thank goodness! Jonathan: I'm sorry I wasn't able to keep my promise to you... Eric: It's all right. Now that Dracula's Castle is gone, I'll soon vanish. I have one last request, though. My daughters...
(Eric slowly vanishes) Jonathan: Eric!
(Eric disappears) Jonathan: ... He disappeared. Charlotte: I wonder what he was trying to ask us at the end. Jonathan: Beats me. But look, we have to track down Brauner now. Charlotte: You're right. Along with those other two. Jonathan: All right, let's go, Charlotte.
Location: Outside the remains of Dracula's Castle When: The Twins are Dead
Delving the Past Jonathan: Say, Eric, there's something I wanna ask you.
Eric: Sure. What is it? Jonathan: Did my father know the Vampire Killer would consume his life when he used it? Eric: No. We only learned the truth after Dracula was defeated. We found out using magic after noticing John took so long to recover. Jonathan: I see... Charlotte: Jonathan? Why did you ask that? Jonathan: Grandfather was already dead by the time I was born. I was wandering if grandfather gave him the whip knowing the truth about it. Charlotte: Hm. I wonder... Eric: Have no worries. Your grandfather was exceptionally strong, but kind. Charlotte: That's good to hear, right, Jonathan?
Vampirized Priest Jonathan: Huh? Vincent's not here?
(Vincent enters the room) Vincent: Um... Um... Um... Charlotte: What's wrong? Something bothering you? Vincent: There was an attack... A biting. Jonathan: Huh? Vincent: A vampire bit someone! Charlotte: What? Who? Vincent: M-M-ME! Charlotte: What?! Jonathan: Seriously?! Vincent: Wh-Wh-What'll I do?! Do something! Do something, PLEASE! Charlotte: J-Just calm down! You've still got time before you turn into a vampire. Vincent: !! Y-Y-Yeah... That's what they say. Purification spells are effective in the early stages. I beg of you! Do something for me! Get that purification spell! Jonathan: Charlotte. Can you do something?
Charlotte: I don't know. I'll just have to try the magic I already possess.
A Chance for Purification Eric: ?! You learned a purification spell?
Charlotte: Yes. Now I can break the vampire's curse. Eric: Indeed, you can. But if they become full vampires, it will be too late. Jonathan: We won't know if it's too late until we try. Eric: Yes, that's true. Still... Even if you break the curse, please do not tell them about me. Charlotte: Why not? I'm sure that they'd both want to see you. Eric: My daughters think that I'm dead. The truth is, my body is gone. Besides, Brauner comes first! Jonathan: But, still! Eric: It's all right. It's the fate of my family. My daughters have a task they must perform. If I can see them one last time before I pass away, that's good enough for me. Jonathan: Okay. I gotcha. Charlotte: Let's get going. But let's hurry. We have three people to meet.
Purifying the Priest (Charlotte casts the Sanctuary spell to purify Vincent)
Vincent: (ROARS) Fantastic! You two really are incredible! Charlotte: Except it was just me who did it. Vincent: Now I can get back to business! You have my eternal gratitude! Jonathan: (smiles) So how about a freebie as a token of gratitude? Vincent: Absolutely not! That has nothing to do with this! A man has to earn a living! Jonathan: ...
Charlotte: The spell was perfect. Now let's see if it was effective. Stella: ... Loretta: ... Stella: I... !! Loretta, are you all right? Loretta: ... S-Stella... Jonathan: (smiles) The vampire's control seems to be fading. It's a success! Charlotte: Well, of course. "No problem," as you would say. Loretta: We... What have we been doing? Stella: ... The heir to the Vampire Killer. Jonathan Morris, correct? I apologize for all that we put you through. Jonathan: Huh? Oh, sure. N-No problem. Stella: And Miss Charlotte. Thank you so much for setting us free. Charlotte: Sure thing. The curse may be lifted, but you should still take it easy. Stella: No, I don't think so. Loretta, I think we should stand up. Loretta: Stella, are you all right? After what we've been through? Stella: I know. But there's a job that we must do now. Loretta: But... Stella: Remember your dignity! We'll have time to mourn what happened when it's all over. Loretta: ... Stella: I'm sorry you had to see that. Once more, our family shares the fate of the Morris family. We are Lecardes, after all. I am Stella. And this is my younger sister... Loretta: Loretta. Jonathan: And we are... Stella: We already know. Anyway, we must hurry. We must defeat Brauner. The piece he's making now is meant to destroy the world! Jonathan: What? Loretta: He said it was almost complete. It's in the studio painting. Charlotte: Where's the studio painting? Stella: It's in this inner room. Loretta: But even for us, entering the picture is impossible. Stella: There is one option, however. Jonathan: What is it? Stella: The studio painting is sealed by four paintings surrounding it. Charlotte: Meaning, we need to break the seal to enter the painting. Jonathan: I see. You'll help us, right? Loretta: W-Well... Charlotte: It's no use. I'm amazed they can even talk like this after being under such a powerful curse. They can't move. Stella: That's true, but that's not all. Loretta: The door to the inner room can only be opened by the magic of either Brauner or ourselves. Jonathan: So, you'll stay here and open the door for us. Sure. No problem. Stella: One more thing. It's about the Vampire Killer. Loretta: We can perform a ritual to unlock the power of the whip. Unfortunately... Jonathan: I know, I know. Using it will consume my soul, right? Stella: Please don't forget that. You must use it wisely. If you're prepared, then just tell us. Charlotte: Listen, about your father... Stella: None of that! Once this is all over, then you can tell us about him. Loretta: Father... Before our own eyes...! Stella: Loretta! Loretta: I... I understand. Stella: Let's all do what destiny had intended for us... Jonathan: Right. No problem.
Father's Relief Jonathan: (smiles) Eric! We lifted the curse from your daughters!
Charlotte: Thanks to my magical genius. Eric: You were in time?! I don't believe it. It's a miracle! Jonathan: They said they won't ask about you until this is all over. Eric: That's good. If they knew what I've become, it would only upset them. Now you can unlock the true power of the Vampire Killer. Charlotte: That's what they said. Jonathan: (smiles) I'll give it a try if I feel like it.
Eric: (smiles) Well, then. Now that you know how John felt, perhaps that will be enough.
Truth of the Vampire Killer Eric: I know. I will tell you what you know.
Jonathan: Yes, please. Eric: That whip is bound to the Belmont bloodline. As such, the Morris family cannot use its power directly. Charlotte: And that's why the Lecarde family exists, right? Eric: Exactly. The Lecardes have the power to incarnate the memory of the Belmonts engraved in the whip. Charlotte: Ah... I see. Overcoming that makes the whip recognize the user. Eric: Yes, precisely. Jonathan: Hey, wait... I don't quite follow this. Charlotte: To put it simply, you have to battle the whip's memory of past Belmonts in order to use it. Jonathan: Whoah, no way! They're a legendary family that only exists in myths. Or, rather, I WISH they were. Still, Father could do it. I can, too. Eric: That's the spirit. It's not an actual Belmont. It's just a image of them. Never forget that.
The Last Belmont to Use the Vampire Killer Stella: Are you prepared to unlock the power of the Vampire Killer?
Jonathan: Yes, I am. Stella: You will have to face this challenge alone. Are you sure about this? Jonathan: No problem! Stella: I understand. Loretta, begin preparations. Loretta: Right away, Stella. Stella: Miss Charlotte, please stand back. Charlotte: Right.
(Charlotte leaves the dining hall. The test is intended for Jonathan alone) Loretta: All right, then. I shall now incarnate the last memory of the Belmonts inhabiting the whip. Stella: Fight the memory and defeat it to make the whip recognize you as its rightful owner. Once you do that, You'll be able to trigger the whip's true power. Jonathan: I see. No problem. Let me have it. Stella: Ready, Loretta?
No Match Against a Belmont Stella: Sorry, it was a little tougher than expected, wasn't it?
Jonathan: Yeah... I guess so. Loretta: Don't worry. There will be other opportunities. Charlotte: Indeed. The whip is important, but for us, there are other things that have even greater importance. Loretta: Plus, there may be some items that can give you upper hand. Stella: We're sure the time will come when you'll be able to wield the true power of the whip. Just be patient and remain focused. Jonathan: You're right.
A Worthy Heir of the Vampire Killer Charlotte: Ah, you've returned.
Stella: You seem to be in one piece. Charlotte: Well, how did it go? How's the Vampire Killer? Jonathan: (smiles) Hey, no problem. (scared) It's power is pretty scary though. Looks like the legends about it weren't lying. Loretta: But, um... Jonathan: (smiles) I know. Don't overuse it, right? Well, I'll try my best.
Charlotte: (gladly) I'll be with you, so relax. You'll be fine.
Battle with Brauner Brauner: Stella, Loretta. I told you not to come here.
Jonathan: Hey! Hey! Who are you talking to? They're busy following orders! Brauner: You! You two! What have you done to my daughters! Charlotte: (gladly) Sadly for you, they've regained their senses. Thanks to my magic. Brauner: (shocked) How can this be?! (angrily) How could you two understand? Those two are the reincarnations of my dead daughters! Jonathan: I don't care! Being a family means being connected by heart. Ties of blood and soul are insignificant. When I learned why my father did what he did, I understood. (shouting) You used a curse to manipulate your "dear daughters"! Now THAT'S sad!
(Brauner breaks his cane in fury) Brauner: And now I must suffer the loss of my daughters to humanity again. I'll show you how that feels. (extremely furious) And then I'll make those girls my daughters once more! Jonathan: Now THAT'S a problem. Sorry, can't let you do that.
Death of Brauner Brauner: Damn you, humans... You selfishly start wars and despoil the earth... Perhaps justice wasn't on my side but I will never admit that it was on yours.
Jonathan: Fine either way. After all, "justice" is just a matter of perspective. The fact is, you're just a coward who couldn't face the truth. You couldn't accept your fate, so you just abandoned humanity to get what you wanted. Brauner: I just... I just wanted to protect my family.
(Death suddenly shows up above the room and finishes off Brauner with a single slash of his scythe) Death: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Brauner: (SCREAMS) Jonathan: !! Death: Well done! Now the interloper is no more! Jonathan: What? Death: The studio painting was cutting off the throne needed to revive Lord Dracula. A clever plan. Alas, now my lord can be revived! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Throne Room Charlotte: I sense terribly powerful magic up ahead.
Jonathan: Meaning Dracula's that way, restoring the castle's power? Charlotte: Without a doubt. This is what Death was after. Jonathan: Come on, we can't just sit around and let this happen. Let's go, Charlotte! Charlotte: Hold it! Our enemy is a legendary monster! This won't be easy.
Jonathan: You're right. Maybe we should check our supplies first.
Eric's Final Advice Eric: This power! Has Dracula been revived?!
Jonathan: Afraid so. Charlotte: Brauner was sealing Dracula away, so when we destroyed him... Eric: Strange. Even Brauner's seals would be easily broken by Dracula's power, and yet-- Charlotte: !! Perhaps Dracula still hasn't revived completely! Eric: Perhaps. Jonathan: Either way, our only choice is to defeat him. And I'd prefer the easiest way to do that. Charlotte: All right, let's go. Eric: This is your final battle. Don't do anything foolish and get killed, you hear?
Final Battle with Dracula and Death Jonathan: Dracula...
Charlotte: I can't believe this power. No wonder he's called the Lord of Darkness! Dracula: ... Jonathan: Oh, so you're ignoring me? Turn and face me!
(Jonathan rushes toward Dracula, but Death suddenly appears fending his attack) Death: You will not touch Lord Dracula! This time, let's fight for real!
(Dracula throws his wine glass to the floor) Dracula: Enough with this sideshow. Why don't we show him our combined power? Charlotte: ?! A Death and Dracula joint attack? That was never mentioned in any book I've read!
Jonathan: Well, there's two of us. So I guess that makes it even. No problem, bring it on!
Defeating Dracula Jonathan: Too bad, pal. As long as we're here, you won't be revived.
Charlotte: Still, that was an impressive display of impromptu teamwork. Dracula: Say what you will. But I can see it... One day, my power will be fully revived! Jonathan: Fully or not, you're never, ever gonna win. Dracula: I look forward to seeing who will have the last laugh.
Charlotte: Yeah... Stella: We sure caused a lot of trouble. Loretta: How can we make up for it? Stella: As the older sister, I accept full responsibility. With that, I must ask a favor of you two. Loretta: No, you can't take all the blame! Stella: Loretta, be silent, please. Jonathan: Look, it's all settled now. If we keep quiet, there's no problem, right? Charlotte: I... I suppose... Stella: I can't allow that.
(Eric appears in front of the Twins) Eric: Well done, both of you. Jonathan: Eric... Well, I did make a promise. Loretta: Father?! Is it truly you?
(Eric looks forward the Twins) Eric: Yes, my dear. Stella: ... Eric: Forgive me, Stella. You seem to have worried the most in all this. Stella: No, Father. It's an older sister's duty to. Eric: Yes, but still... Don't overdo your role, okay? Stella: ... Loretta: ... Eric: 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 slowly vanishes) Loretta: Father! Stella: Don't go!
(Eric vanishes while Stella falls to her knees) Stella: Father! FATHER!!! Jonathan: He passed on... Charlotte: Thank you, Eric... For everything. Loretta: Stella, forgive me. You tried so hard for my sake. Stella: (SOBS) Loretta: I'm going to become stronger. I'll try hard so that you'll never have to worry again. You need not always work so hard. Jonathan: That's right. Eric said that himself, didn't he? Whatever you do, don't overdo it. Charlotte: Jonathan, for you, trying harder might be a good thing. Jonathan: Ha-ha-ha! Sure, no problem! Why can't you learn to just let things be? I mean, a kid like you... Charlotte: (annoyed) !! Loretta: Excuse me... You two... Stella: Forgive me. All of you. I can see I've caused you all a lot of worry. But I'm all right now. Jonathan: ... Charlotte: Oh no, I forgot! Jonathan: What? Charlotte: About Vincent. Jonathan: Uh-oh. Quick, we gotta find him! Charlotte! Charlotte: Right!
(Jonathan and Charlotte leave the sisters to look for Vincent) Stella: Loretta, let's help them. Loretta: Yes, Stella.
(Meanwhile, Vincent is looking for Jonathan and Charlotte)
Jonathan and Charlotte will explore environments such as Egyptian deserts and misty towns via paintings which Brauner has dispersed throughout the castle. During the adventure, the heroes will fight over 150 enemies. As they progress, the duo will learn new skills and acquire equipment, relics and items. Much of the equipment found is unique to each character (i.e. the Holy Veil is only for Charlotte, and the Samurai Helmet is only for Jonathan).
A new combat mechanic, the Dual Crush is also introduced in this title. This ability takes advantage of the partner system by combining the abilities of the two playable characters.
Portrait of Ruin supports the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with a co-op mode and Shop Mode.