Castlevania: How the War Between Dracula and the Belmonts Began HomeGamerCastlevania: How the War between Dracula and the Belmonts Began
Although the Castlevania franchise has been around for over 30 years and has enjoyed great success, few people know how the war between Dracula and the Belmonts began. There are more than 35 games and now with the 3rd season of the Netflix animated series set in the same universe to see the trailer click here we decided to tell here how this story started and like the Belmont family was forever associated with the “dark lord”.
Where does the story begin?
As mentioned, there are dozens of games, for different platforms, and they don’t follow a linear chronology. Therefore, each game is set in a different era. The game that tells how it all began was released in 2003 and is called Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (Castlevania: Lament of Innocence) and was the place where the war between Dracula and the Belmonts began in 1904.
To watch the trailer for the game at E3 2003, click here.
Note: We don’t include The Lord of Shadows series as it’s a reboot of the saga so it doesn’t fit into the past games or even the Netflix series.
The two friends of faith
The story begins in the 11th century when “The Crusades” took place, in which the armies of the Church marched against heretics and pagans, promoting deliverance from evil “in the name of God.” Two men stood out in these Crusades, Mathias Cronqvist and Leon Belmont.
Mathias was an incredible strategist who enjoyed great fame and respect among the church and the people. Leon, on the other hand, was a brave warrior who accomplished great things in the wars that followed. The two were bearers of tremendous faith.
The Separation of People from Faith
When the two friends return from one of their crusades, they find that Mathias’ wife Elisabeth has died without him being able to do anything. Angry at God for letting her die despite having fought so many battles on her behalf, Mathias falls ill and leaves his post and walks away from the Order.
Years pass and one day Leon’s wife is kidnapped. Mathias, who has recovered, comes to his friend’s aid with information about the whereabouts of his fiancée. He warns him that the vampire Walter has kidnapped her and is keeping her in a castle in the Forest of Eternal Night.
Leon Belmont’s Crusade and the Vampire Lord
Leon makes his way to the destination specified by Mathias, where he is helped to obtain a magic weapon to defeat the vampire. This weapon is an enchanted whip – which would become the most classic weapon in the series. Leon braves the castle and faces evil creatures until he finds Walter himself.
There he discovers that the whip cannot kill the vampire, but manages to return with his bride, delivered by the vampire himself. However, Leon discovers that she is in the process of turning into a vampire and that the only way to prevent this is to kill the vampire that turned her.
The Creation of the Vampire Killer
Desperate and not knowing what to do, Rinaldo Gandolfi, the alchemist who had helped him there, says that the weapon he had given him was not yet complete, since he lacked the sacrifice of a pure soul. When Leon’s fiancé Sara finds out about this, she offers herself for the sacrifice, claiming it’s her only chance. She even makes him promise to fight so that no one else has to suffer what she did.
Defeated by his beloved’s persistence and the lack of alternatives, Leon performs the ritual and kills her with the whip, creating the Vampire Killer, the definitive version of the entire saga’s iconic weapon.
vengeance against God
Leo Belmont confronts the vampire. The fight is difficult, but in the end the warrior defeats the monster, and just as Walter is defeated, Death appears. She captures the vampire’s soul and offers it to Mathias, Leon’s friend, who had left the order years earlier.
Leon then discovers that Mathias has sworn vengeance on God and hatched a plan for Leon to kill the master of vampires, allowing him to gain the power of darkness. Satisfied, Mathias offers his friend a place in his revenge plan against God, but he refuses and leaves. Angered by the refusal, the former member of the Order orders Death to kill the warrior.
The beginning of the eternal struggle
Once again, Leon faces an uphill battle and emerges victorious. Before dying, however, Death says it will not cease to exist as long as Mathias – now Dracula: Lord of the Vampires – exists. In response, Leon urges Death to warn “Dracula” that as long as evil like him exists, the Belmont family will never rest.
This was the story that started the war between Dracula and the Belmonts and spawned centuries of clashes and twists and turns between the Belmonts and Dracula. It is worth remembering that all games are interconnected, including the Netflix series.
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