2037 AD

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls

A year after a cult led by Celia Fortner attempted to resurrect Dracula (and, of course, failed), Alucard (continuing to operate under the guise of Genya Arikado) continued his work to prevent the rise of his father, and the evil power associated with the Dark Lord. Receiving a letter addressed to him (under his real name) from one Lucy Westenra of the Elgos Order, Alucard went to meet the woman to discuss grimoires, books of dark and evil power that could, potentially, be used to spread evil and even, just maybe, resurrect Dracula's power.

During the meeting, Lucy reveals the full extent of the power of the grimoires: they can actually suck people into them, transporting them to a very real looking, but still supposedly artificial, version of history. In essence, the books allowed the user to travel backwards in time, but it's like being in a pocket dimension: the actions have consequences, but their actions only affect the book and not actual history... or so the Order thinks. But as Alucard travels through the books, seeking to seal away their power and stop Death (who has also discovered the power of the tomes) and other minions of Dracula from claiming the power for their dark ruler, the books slowly started to bleed their effects out into the real timeline.

The first of the tomes dropped Alucard on the edge of Dracula's Castle in the time of Simon Belmont (circa 1691 AD). There Alucard came face-to-face with Death but, because the book had stolen away Alucard's power, reverting him to a form closer in power to this time and place, Death was handily able to defeat him. After taunting the hero, Death flew off to secure the power of the book.

Lucy pulled Alucard out and reasoned that the only way he could defeat Death (and any other creatures lurking in the books) was if he had help. So she manifested heroes from the tomes, with Simon Belmont being the first, followed by Charlotte Aulin and Maria Renard as well, to help flesh out a party and give everyone a fighting chance. They then went into the book, confronting the Giant Bat lurking at the end of the tome, securing the dark soul the Bat was protecting and preventing Death from gaining this power.

Next, Lucy sent the heroes into the era of the evil Brauner (circa 1944 AD). To aid the heroes Lucy summoned Shanoa and, at the behest of Charlotte, tried to summon Johnathan Morris. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong with the book, almost like was actively rewriting itself. It seemed that the dark power of the tome was controlling history and actually actively trying to delete heroes, and their adventures, from the timeline (since if the heroes don't complete their quest, Dracula doesn't die in that era).

Banding together, the heroes fought through Brauner's version of Dracula's Castle (and the dangers within), eventually coming face to face with the wicked Dullahan. A pitched battle ensued that, in the end, lead the heroes to collect their second grimoire soul. Johnathan was saved but, due to the changes to history within the tome, he was unable to use his full power, left only to assist the other heroes on their quest to prevent the rise of the dark magics.

Following this, the heroes ventured into the book of the era of Richter Belmont (circa 1792 AD). Here the powers of the book were once again attempting to rewrite history, this time to remove Richter from existence. This deeply affected Maria, causing her to begin fading away as well. The united heroes had to venture through this time period to take on the Wyvern at the end of the tome and steal away it's dark soul as well. This saved the heroes but, as with Johnathan. Richter was weakened by the corruption in the book and was only able to assist the rest of the team for short periods of time.

The next era the heroes ventured into was actually that of Alucard's own attack on Castle Dracula (circa 1797 AD). Here the heroes ventured deep under the castle, through the caverns and cemetery, to take on the dangers within. While in the castle underground they ran across a second version of Maria, this time the adult form that Alucard once had a "romantic" connection (of a sort). The book, though, sought to delete her, too, and the heroes had to prevent this. Battling through to the undead demon Legion, the heroes took on this new foe for the sake of their friend and companion. The beast defeated, the heroes gained the dark soul within...

But then Soma Cruz -- a hero Alucard recognized even if he was a new face to everyone else -- arrived and seemingly attempted to steal the soul from the heroes. A pitched battle ensued before Soma eventually retreated, whisked away by a new woman, Hermina. Apparently Hermina was once a member of the Order of Elgos and she was the one that figured out how to enter the tomes and use their powers. She left the Order and stole several of the grimoires for reasons, at the time, were unclear. Worse, she just might have been the source of the corruption in the grimoires.

Already reeling from this new development, the heroes were then sent into a tome to deal with the events of the Order of Ecclesia (circa 1810 AD). Here the heroes had to confront a couple of problems. First, Shanoa began to fade under the rewriting onslaught of the book. Battling their way through the barracks of the Castle, the heroes ran up against the demon horse Eligor. They had to defeat this beast to secure its soul, but even then that wasn't not the end of their troubles as soon after they save this time period, Richter and Maria began to fade once again. The heroes realized that had to venture back to 1792 AD to once again see what's going on in that era.

Thankfully, to aid them in their increasing complex quest, Lucy summoned Albus, Shanoa's brother-in-arms, to aid in the fight. It was hoped that with his aid, and with the revisit of the previous time period, the heroes could finally get a handle on what was going on and secure a solution to the increasingly troubles along the timeline.

...and then the story ends because the game was canceled. However, three more chapters were planned, adventures set in 1792 AD, a return to 1797 AD, and then finally one last quest in 2036 AD to deal with, presumably, Hermina and Soma Cruz (who, we have to assume, was either under Hermina's control or knew that Hermina wasn't actually the bad guy and was aiding her to secure the timeline against some other threat). Then, probably, a fight with Dracula would have occurred as well since none of these games can go without a Dracula fight at some point.

Important Information

Unlike other stories in the series, Grimoire of Souls doesn't have a single, linear tale to it. Instead it functioned (as it was never completed before being canceled) as kind of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair with a thin layer of story attached. The game was designed for players to go into stages (based on various eras from Castlevania history) and play these areas over and over again, grinding for gear and tokens to get more gear (or, if you wanted to be a scrub, you could have just paid for the tokens to get the good gear). There was a story to the game, as recounted above, but it was thin and served more as a veneer to introduce the various stages and get the players motivated.

Also, of course, the story was not finished as the game was canceled before the last three chapters were released (it was an episodic game, released in stages for the players to test out and "enjoy", month after month). Wherever the story was going, and how it was going to wrap up, is a mystery at this point as no one associated with the game (at least, not yet) has commented on the final plans for Grimoire of Souls.

We use the date of 2037 AD for this game as it's ostensibly supposed to happen after the events of events of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (circa 2036 AD), but until an official timeline is released incorporating this game into the series (which, since it was canceled, is doubtful) we'll just have to go with our best guess for placement.