1852 AD

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

After the events of Legacy of Darkness, Dracula's castle still remained, a blight on the land that eventually needed to be eliminated. Eight years after Dracula's defeat at the hands of Cornell, another hero ventured into Dracula's lands

This man, Henry Oldrey, was the child Cornell had saved in in 1844 AD. Having grown up, he'd trained as a Holy Knight of the Church, working to gain the power to go back into the castle and help rid the land of the Dark Prince.

But his quest wasn't to directly confront Dracula. No, Henry was there to free kidnapped children from Dracula's dungeons, to stop them from being used in Dracula's Black Mass Ritual (which would be used to give Dracula a new host and a new, more powerful form).

Henry was able to free six of the children, saving their lives and making Dracula's resurrection, hopefully, that much more difficult.

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While Henry ventured into Dracula's Castle to save the six children, two other heroes went forth to track down and kill the newly resurrected Dark Lord:

Reinhardt Schneider, a distant descendent of the Belmont clan (that clan having disappeared, passing their whip to relatives or other warriors powerful enough to wield the whip in their stead). Reinhardt went to the castle, as was his birthright and destiny. In the castle, he encountered a girl, Rosa -- a beautiful, unwilling vampire. Reinhardt fell for the girl, and even though he had to eventually fight Rosa at one point during his venture through the castle, he fought to free her from Dracula's hold, potentially giving her mortality and her freedom.

The other hero, Carrie Fernandez, was a descendent of the Belnades clan of sorcerers (potentially just a class of Sorceresses, even, as aside from Just Belmont, no other male hero is ever shown with the Belnades powers). As with Reinhardt, it was Carrie's familial destiny to go to Dracula's castle to try and stop the Dark Lord. There she faced off against another Belnades descendent, one who had been turned into a vampire by the evil witch Actrise. Carrie had to destroy the unlucky vampire, and then take on Actrise herself, removing the sorceress and her power from Dracula's grasp.

Both heroes also encountered Malus, a creepy little child that had been kidnapped by Dracula's minions and taken to the castle. Unlike the other kids Henry freed, Malus was not rescued by the Knight. Instead, he was actually the child chosen to be Dracula's new host. When the two heroes reached the top of the castle, they each had to fight Malus in his form of the reborn Dracula. Dracula's magic was strong, but could not withstand the power of the two heroes. They stood victorious and escaped the castle while Dracula lay defeated while his castle crumbled.

Important Information

Both Reinhardt and Carrie's games feature multiple endings. In the worst endings, Malus survives although the heroes don't realize he's the host of the reborn Dark Lord. In the best endings, Reinhardt and Rosa (now a human) go off together, hopeful for the future, while Carrie goes home to find life and honor in the memories of her people.

Two other characters crop up in the games. One is an old Vampire Hunter, Charlie Vincent. Vincent is found wandering in the Villa, and while an arrogant sot, does give aid to our heroes as they venture further into the castle. Meanwhile, another recurring character is Renon, a demonic salesman from Hell. Renon will sell the characters items, but if they buy too much from Renon they will activate the "bad" endings.