Ecclesia (pronounced ecc-le-se-a) is one of many organizations founded in the 19th Century to oppose Dracula. It was founded and led by Barlowe, who had come into possession of the remains of Dracula's soul. He is the creator of Dominus, the glyph said to be able to defeat Dracula once and for all. Albus was the Chief Researcher of the organization, prior to his defection.
Ecclesia is the first stage and Shanoa's home base in the game. She can go there to consult with her master, Barlowe, at any time during the game. It is here where Dracula's remains are kept and where the ritual to use Shanoa to host Dominus was held. This ritual was interrupted by Albus. As a result, Shanoa lost her memories and had to be trained again by Barlowe in order to make her remember how to use her glyph absorbing abilities, before she was sent on her mission to retrieve Dominus from Albus.
The place is mostly devoid of enemies, other than a few used for training. Barlowe eventually must be fought, however, when Shanoa learns the truth about Ecclesia. In Albus Mode, Ecclesia is unlocked after defeating Albus in the Mystery Manor, and Barlowe will attack immediately when he enters his room.
Shanoa A female warrior of the Order. She possess the unique ability to absorb glyphs. She was saved by the Order at a young age; raised to be a trump card in Dracula's destruction. She loses both, her memory and emotions, as a result of a failed ritual to absorb Dominus (which was caused by Albus' defection).
Albus One of the Order's Chief Researchers. Like Shanoa, Albus was raised by the Order from an early age. He thinks of Shanoa as his little sister, despite the fact they are not blood related.
Barlowe Founder of the Order. He raised both, Shanoa and Albus, teaching and preparing them to fight against Dracula.
The Chosen (Shanoa enters the main room and turns)
Shanoa: Who's there? Albus: ...Figures. Serves me right for trying to scare you.
(Albus appears out of thin air) Shanoa: Albus! Albus: Apparently I didn't hide my presence very well at all. Good to see you, Shanoa. Shanoa: What are you doing here? Albus: Well, this is our home, after all. Where else would I be? Shanoa: No, it's not that. Aren't you on a mission? Albus: Yes, but I wanted to make sure things were okay here. Any news worth sharing?
(Shanoa bows and raises her head) Shanoa: Well... Barlowe chose me as the bearer, actually. We're about to start the ritual, so my body can be a vessel for Dominus. Albus: What did you say!? Dominus... you? Shanoa: That's right. Albus: This is an outrage! Barlowe lied to me! Shanoa: Lied? Albus: I'm supposed to be the bearer. He promised me that much! Shanoa: But, the master said you-- Albus: What? What did he tell you? Shanoa: ...that you're unfit... to be the bearer. Albus: ...!? He would never say such a thing! Shanoa: But Albus--
(Bell ringing sound) Shanoa: I'm sorry; it's time. I have to go.
(Shanoa jumps) Albus: Wait, Shanoa! You don't understand!
(Shanoa bows her head again) Shanoa: You're wrong. I'm as much a member of Ecclesia as you are.
(Shanoa turns round) Shanoa: Our sole purpose is to destroy Dracula, so people can look to dawn without fearing the darkness. Am I wrong, Albus? Albus: That isn't-- Shanoa: For that reason, I will become Dominus, the blade to banish all evil. Albus: Shanoa...!
(Shanoa leaves. Albus tears his hair in shock) Albus: How could he!?
Albus: Orders may be orders, Barlowe... But I'm holding you to your promise.
Barlowe: Shanoa, as you know, only you can become the bearer of Dominus. Shanoa: Yes, Sir. Barlowe: Even so, it will be nearly impossible for you to control with its power. The purpose of this ritual is to make sure your body will adjust to Dominus. Shanoa: Yes, Sir. But when it's over, I-- Barlowe: That's right, Shanoa. You will be able to wield our most powerful Glyph... Dominus, which Ecclesia created as the ultimate weapon against Dracula.
(Shanoa runs to a glowing object at the back) Barlowe: I'm proud of you, Shanoa. You will become our world's new savior.
(Barlowe unleashes his three books which contained Dominus. Shanoa begins to absorb the glyphs but a sudden interruption changes what was highly anticipated) Barlowe: What's going on!? Shanoa: Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!
(Albus shows up holding the books used on the ritual) Shanoa: You... Who...are...? Albus: ......
(Shanoa collapses) Barlowe: What is the meaning of this!? Albus! You know how crucial the ritual is! Albus: You lied to me. Barlowe: Albus-- Albus: I was to be the bearer. You promised me! Barlowe: We each have a role! If you had followed orders, you might understand that. Above all else, Shanoa is the only one with the capacity for Dominus. You know that as well as I do. Albus: I intended to overcome my weakness. What happened to working together? Barlowe: Perhaps we still can. Together, we will overcome this setback as well... Albus: It's too late.
(Albus vanishes the books) Barlowe: Tell me, Albus. What do you intend to do with Dominus? Albus: ...You said it yourself: each of us has a role. And, like a fine master, you've finally shown me what mine must be. Barlowe: Don't be stupid, Albus! What are you planning? Albus: I will be taking Dominus. Barlowe: Be rational! Without that Glyph, our mission is a failure! Dracula's vessel-- Albus: I have my own mission.
(Albus points Agartha at Barlowe) Barlowe: Tch!
(Barlowe steps back and unleash a spell. Albus shoots an energy orb. The two spells collided and repel each other's attacks) Albus: You are my master no longer... Farewell, Barlowe.
Barlowe: Your training regimen shall soon conclude. Shanoa: As you say, Sir. Barlowe: We tap the power in all things, great and small, to forge Glyphs through Ecclesia's secret art. And so we gain the strength to save mankind. Absorb the Glyph before you, if you would.
(Shanoa absorbs the Glyph) Shanoa: A Rapier Glyph? Barlowe: Just so. And now you see: absorb a Glyph, and you shall know its kind. That is your gift; it's yours and yours alone. Shanoa: As you say, Sir. Barlowe: ...... That I must teach you from the start again... A pity that this had to happen now. But still, our time is waning. Moving on... Shanoa: As you say, Sir. Barlowe: That Glyph--direct its power toward your arms.
(Shanoa equips the Rapier Glyph) Barlowe: So armed, you can wield Glyphs against your foes. Imagine I am one of them, and strike!
(Shanoa attacks Barlowe thrice and later executes a combo) Barlowe: Your memories may have fled, but you must not. Hear me--your warrior's instincts must endure. Now meld the Glyphs in both your arms. Prepare; Glyph Unions may yet catch foes by surprise.
(Shanoa executes the Glyph Union) Barlowe: So skillful! Now, you face the final test: the danger of true combat. Steel yourself. Then, once prepared, step into the next room. Shanoa: As you say, Sir.
(Shanoa enters the next room. Barlowe conjures skeletons out) Barlowe: From netherworlds, I call your enemy! Use everything you've learned to stand your ground. And be our greatest warrior once again!
(Shanoa destroyed all skeletons summoned) Barlowe: So ends your basic training. Now advance!
(Shanoa enters the next room, where Barlowe waits) Barlowe: Shanoa, I expected nothing less. Shanoa: Thank you, Sir. Barlowe: And now, your mission must begin at once. Recover the supreme Glyph, Dominus. My pupil has it--Albus is his name. Shanoa: Albus... Barlowe: Does that name stir your memory, by chance? Shanoa: No, Sir. Barlowe: Your feelings, then? You knew of him, before. Shanoa: I know nothing of him now, Sir. Barlowe: Know this: it's he who robbed your memories blind. He cost you that, and cost mankind its wish. Its only hope, and you must take it back. Shanoa: The ritual... That man I saw... Barlowe: That man was Albus. Shanoa: ...This is all his doing. But why? Barlowe: He coveted your power, and your fate. But Dominus was yours alone to bear. Had I explained, perhaps you'd still be whole. Shanoa: ...... Barlowe: ...But no time now for wishes or regrets. With Dominus, we two can save the world--from nothing less than Dracula himself! Retrieve it, and we burn him back to dust. There's nothing else that's ever mattered more. Shanoa: It shall be done, Sir. Barlowe: You truly are a blessing on us all. And we have one advantage: Dominus cannot be used by ordinary men. Not even Albus; it requires you. No flesh but yours can ever host a Glyph. You see now why I chose you for this task. Shanoa: I do, Sir. Barlowe: But Albus has a keen and cunning mind. With time, he may yet find another way. So find him first--before his trail grows cold! Shanoa: I shall, Sir. Barlowe: Shanoa, bring him back unharmed, unless... Unless he proves too stubborn. Understood? Shanoa: Yes. Barlowe: Our hopes go with you... All the world's, and mine.
Reporting to Barlowe (Shanoa returns to Ecclesia to deliver a report)
Barlowe: He spintered Dominus and formed a Glyph... Shanoa: Yes, but he gave it to me instead of using it. Barlowe: I see. I underestimated him. To come so far, so quickly... How could he? But giving it to you... Deliberately? Shanoa: Yes, Sir. Barlowe: What plan could that be part of? Shanoa: He said... he had a role to fulfill. Barlowe: ...If nothing else, a piece of Dominus now rests with us, instead of in his hands. Our task remains just as it was before. One piece is found; the rest must be retrieved. Shanoa: Leave it to me. ...There may still be clues at the Prison Island.
Origin of Dominus (In Ecclesia’s ceremonial room, Shana reaports to Barlowe)
Barlowe: So now you've heard the truth of Dominus... Shanoa: Then it's true... Barlowe: You've earned the right to know. Here's all the rest: In ages past, there was a hunter's clan. Their holy whip held Dracula at bay-- until, as time marched on, they disappeared. The whip lost, men created other tools... such as the Glyphs Ecclesia controls. Through constant hidden struggle round the world, we proved Ecclesia's mettle to mankind. And so, in secret, certain men of power then placed a certain object in our care. Shanoa: ...That being? Barlowe: The vessel for the soul of Dracula. Securely sealed in this very room. If we destroy it, mankind's wish comes true. That is our purpose, as ordained by God. But there remains one technicality... Shanoa: ...... Barlowe: Against that vessel, our Glyphs came to naught. Our powers failed to scratch it, even once. If those in power knew, they would take it back. Ecclesia would vanish overnight! So I sought out a Glyph of greater power-- one strong enough to topple Dracula. And so, the answer came: Fight fire with fire... Shanoa: You can't mean... Barlowe: Indeed. The power of Dracula himself. Converting it was difficult, of course. But finally, we made his power ours! Shanoa: The power of ultimate destruction-- Dominus... Barlowe: Yes, ultimate destruction. But no less could ever rid the world of Dracula. If only we'd been wise enough to see who else among us might make use of it. I fear we have unleashed a deadly threat. Shanoa: Albus still has the final piece... Barlowe: He must believe it's for some "greater good..." But I'll take the Lord's plan over his. And if you're forced to choose, you know what's right.
Preparing to Fight Albus (In Ecclesia’s ceremonial room)
Barlowe: You say he hosts the final piece himself!? To learn such devilry in such short time... I fear his genius may outstrip my own. We foolishly assumed that only you could serve as host for Dominus... and so we left him such an opening. He watched the way you took in those first two... But wait, those pieces still remain with us. Shanoa: That is correct. Barlowe: He wants them back, no doubt. If we pursue... Shanoa: What choice do we have? He has to be stopped; you said so yourself. Barlowe: Indeed, you have the right of it, I fear. The force of Dominus devours the mind. Poor Albus, even he could not resist Dracula's will. He can't come back to us; not anymore. Shanoa, free him from his misery... Shanoa: Yes, Sir.
Barlowe: His trail must lead beyond the graveyard. Go. For all the world's sake, come back alive.
Barlowe is later revealed that he had been deceiving both, Albus and Shanoa, in to actually helping him revive Dracula. However, Shanoa (guided by Albus' spirit) managed to defeat Dracula using Dominus (Albus' spirit restored Shanoa's memories and emotions, and then sacrificed himself, allowing Shanoa to live) and Barlowe's plans were foiled.
Bad Ending (Shanoa returns to Ecclesia's ceremonial room and reports to Barlowe)
Shanoa: It's done, Sir. I've retrieved Dominus. Barlowe: And Albus? Did he yield, or did he... Shanoa: It... was too late. I'm sorry. Barlowe: Unfortunate... but it cannot be helped. He wanted just the same as both of us. Perhaps he simply wanted it too much. But still, there is a way to honor him. Use Dominus, and see the mission through. Good Albus would have wanted it that way. The time has come--to the forbidden room!
(Shanoa stand before Dracula’s vessel) Barlowe: Take all three pieces; bind them to yourself. Upon the vessel, cast the Union Glyph. And so, the world's greatest hope will rise! Ecclesia's wish... The wish of all mankind. Now go, Shanoa! You will be the one. Our world's savior... Shanoa: ...Why? I'm fading... It's so dark...
(Shanoa falls down to the floor lifeless) Barlowe: Rejoice, Shanoa. With your sacrifice, the wishes of mankind will all come true...
Avenging Albus (Shanoa returns to Ecclesia's ceremonial room and reports to Barlowe)
Shanoa: It's done, Sir. I've retrieved Dominus. Barlowe: And Albus? Did he yield, or did he... Shanoa: ...... Barlowe: Unfortunate... but it cannot be helped. He wanted just the same as both of us. Perhaps he simply wanted it too much. But still, there is a way to honor him. Use Dominus, and see the mission through. Good Albus would have wanted it that way. The time has come--to the forbidden room!
(Shanoa stands next to Dracula’s vessel in the ceremonial site) Barlowe: Take all three pieces; bind them to yourself. Upon the vessel, cast the Union Glyph. And so, the world's greatest hope will rise! Ecclesia's wish... The wish of all mankind. Now go, Shanoa! You will be the one. Our world's savior...
(Shanoa turns to Barlowe in defiance) Shanoa: I will not. Barlowe: ...What, second thoughts? You've fought so hard for this... Shanoa: I promised Albus. I'm never using Dominus. Barlowe: You promised him? He must have lied to you... Shanoa: You would know quite a bit about lies. Barlowe: Shanoa, what is this? What do you mean? Shanoa: Albus didn't seal my emotions at all. It was you. You used them as a sacrifice to Dominus! Barlowe: R-Ridiculous! I've never heard such-- Shanoa: You also lied to Albus. You sent him on a fool's errand, and tried to hold the ritual in his absence. Barlowe: ...... Shanoa: And you neglected to mention that using Dominus would kill me. Would you care to explain that, "Master"? Barlowe: Shanoa, if you ever trusted me, then hear me: mankind needs you. Needs your life!
(Barlowe starts to become aggressive and spreads his arms. Shanoa steps back) Shanoa: ......! Barlowe: You carry such a burden, my young girl... To give your life that Man might live his dreams... Do you not see how wonderful that is? Shanoa: You're mad... Barlowe: Now, Albus, that boy had the right idea. He found a way to take in Dominus... and I shall put his research to good use. You see, girl, we don't need you anymore... My flesh can host the Glyph as well as yours! And since you're so unwilling to comply... I'll rip the Glyph straight off your bloody corpse!
(Barlowe starts to conjure a spell) Shanoa: I'm not ready to die, Barlowe. You still owe me answers. Barlowe: Poor fool; if I could only make you see. Now die, and YIELD DOMINUS TO ME!!
Defeating Barlowe (Barlowe is defeated by Shanoa and falls on his knees)
Barlowe: Dammit! I was so close! I could... taste the power... Shanoa: I don't understand... The user of Dominus is destined to die! ...Why would you want that kind of power? Barlowe: Because without Dominus, I'll never destroy that infernal seal. Shanoa: ...Seal? You told me that was the vessel of Dracula's soul! Barlowe: Of course! Ecclesia's mission is to realize the singular wish of all mankind: the resurrection of our lord, Count Dracula! Shanoa: Mankind wishes for no such thing. Barlowe: Dracula's power comes from the darkness in people's hearts--our hearts. Ask yourself then, why does he continue to return, regardless of defeat? Because our hearts yearn for Dracula's presence! Haaaa ha ha ha ha ha! Shanoa: ...Just another victim of Dominus... It's driven you mad!
(Dracula's vessel starts to release black smoke) Barlowe: No, Shanoa... How can you be blind to this? ...If you refuse to see, then you are the fool!
(The smoke covers Barlowe and he laughs diabolically) Barlowe: Oh ho ho... What's this? This power... My strength is returning! Yes my lord, I see... I will destroy the infernal seal with your blessing! ...Truly providence, that Dracula would honor me with his guidance!
(Barlowe approaches Dracula's vessel and lean on it, screaming "Lord Dracula!") Shanoa: No... I feel a new power. Barlowe: ...I will give my life to undo the seal, Master. Return to us, Lord Dracula!
(The vessel explodes and Barlowe disappeared with it) Shanoa: It can't be!
(Shanoa heads outside, Dracula’s Castle starts to rise from the ground upon a cliff)
Shanoa: ...Now I've lost everything... my past, my emotions, my brother, and my purpose... I'm empty. ...there's nothing left for me.
In Hard Mode, the skeletons used for training are replaced with skeleton heroes. Starting a fresh game on this difficulty is best considered as insanely bold or insanely suicidal if the player is not prepared, considering that the skeleton heroes will kill Shanoa in only two hits, regardless of the level cap selected. In return, legitimately conquering the trial will set Shanoa at level 3, if she is allowed to level up.
Ecclesia can refer to a church, or more distinctly, an orthodox Christian church, as εκκλησία (pronounced ecc-le-se-a) in Greek means "church".