If there’s one franchise I love, it’s Castlevania. It’s captivating world filled with terrifying creatures and exciting characters has always captured my attention. Symphony of the Night consistently battles Legend of Mana for my favorite game of all time and I think it’s about time somebody wrote a proper sequel.
Below are the early works and rough ideas for my sequel to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Before you begin reading, I’d just like to point out that this story isn’t canon, but neither was Symphony of the Night and that’s one of the main reasons it was so successful. If you have any notes or thoughts for me, feel free to share. This is a work in progress and I’d love some feedback from Castlevania fans. Let the hardcore nerdy fan-fic begin.
Castlevania: Sonnet of Sin
Castlevania: Sonnet of Sin takes place 10 years after the events of Symphony of the Night. Dracula was defeated by his son and remains unheard from for 15 years. During this time, Alucard has been wandering the earth swearing to fend off any evils that still plague mankind. Despite his “curse” he still feels compassion towards man and knows the good within their hearts.
The destruction of Dracula did not go unnoticed by the forces of evil. The seven “Sin Lords” take this as a prime opportunity to resurrect Dracula and force him to serve them for eternity. With the combined powers of the seven Sin Lords, he will be more powerful than ever and the devious beings can unleash terrible evil on all mankind.
Meet the Sin Lords:
The “Sin Lords” are evil entities that embody of each of the cardinal sins. Each Lord simply bears the name of the Sin they represent. Here is a listing of each of the Sin Lords and how they shall be represented in the story. The Sin Lords will be the main bosses of the game. Defeating each boss will unlock a new power for Alucard and once he’s defeated all seven, he will use his newly acquired abilities to tackle his greatest challenge yet. (If any talented artists are looking to work on some concept art for the Sin Lords, I would greatly appreciate it. I will literally make you tacos.)
A bull-headed beast with the body of a great dragon warrior. He weilds a powerful axe which is said to destroy not only the body, but the victims soul as well. Wrath is generally considered to be one of the most powerful Sin Lords.
Greed is the smallest of the Sin Lords. His standard form is easily mistaken for a man, but when confronted he reveals his true appearance. A small troll-like creature weilding a large sack of gold. He is said to remove anything of value from the victim, including gold fillings.
Sloth is an enormous sluggish brute. He uses his powerful limbs to crush his victims. His appearance resembles that of a decaying gorilla, but it retains many human qualities. Large clumps of hair and patches of skin have piled around his stationery body and the stench of inactivity is enough to incapacitate even the strongest of men.
This powerful warrior is adorned with the finest armors and locks of beautiful hair can be seen flowing from the back of his armor. He rides a majestic horse and uses his spear to impale his victims. He lures his victims into his room of mirrors so he can admire himself and use this as a distraction. This gives the illusion that he is coming at you from all sides.
Lust is the only female Sin Lord. She entices her victims into her lair with an inescapable aroma. Her beauty is unmatched and no man can resist her tempatations. Right before she devours her victims souls, she reveals her true form; a horrendous, rotting, pile of flesh with powerful tentacles which she uses to tear her victims to shreds.
Envy takes on the form of whatever the victim envies most. In the case of Alucard, this would be man. Alucard sees himself as a human, enjoying the simple things in life and sees himself with a woman he loves. This doppelganger fights the way you wish you could and uses daylight as a tool to try and destroy you.
Gluttony is the most vile and disgusting of all the Sin Lords. He is a hulking, fat monster who sits in a throne that he has grown into. His mass covers the walls and floors of the room and there are piles of bones and dead bodies everywhere. He eats his victims whole and swallows their souls in the process.
Richter vs Dracula Revisited:
After the resurrection of Dracula, a great earthquake shakes the land and the same castle that was destroyed in Symphony of the Night returns. The castle is barely recognizable. The walls are crumbling, the foundation is weakened, and many of the walls are filled in with flesh and corpses.
Richter is awoken by a nightmare portraying visions of the return of Dracula. He steps outside and sees the castle again stands. For all the Belmonts that have fallen before him, he swears to vanquish Dracula once and for all. He tells Maria that he plans on storming the castle. She is worried for him and knows deep down he is not strong enough to tackle this alone, but he cannot be persuaded otherwise. He must leave tonight. Richter quickly makes his way towards the castle and begins his hunt.
Soon after Richter leaves, Maria heads out in attempt to track down Alucard. Somewhere far away, Alucard has a similar nightmare, but in his vision he saw a fatherly version of Dracula leading a child Alucard towards the darkness. He briskly awakens from his slumber and heads out into the night, towards the call of his father.
Richter makes his way to the castle gates and cries out to Dracula. “My family has defeated you once before and this time I will finish it once and for all! You are nothing but an abomination and this world has no use for you!” The castle gate slowly falls and the ominous voice of Dracula can be heard bellowing from inside. “Come my friend, let us have one last waltz. It’s a rather beautiful night for us to meet and your blood shall sparkle in the moonlight.” Richter rushes inside the castle and heads towards Dracula’s chamber.
The layout of the castle is nothing like it use to be. From the outside it looks similar, but on the inside nothing is what it seems. Richter tries to follow the path he once traveled to defeat Dracula, but he cannot seem to properly find his way. After walking around for several minutes he comes upon a beautiful ballroom. The ceiling is open and the moon’s rays shine brightly through. A beautiful melody begins to play and soon the entire ballroom is filled with music. A powerful song that shall be the recurring theme of the game. Dracula appears at the other end of the ballroom. He is nothing more than a dark figure with glowing red eyes. “Come Belmont, let us share this dance.”
Richter and Dracula engage in a moonlit battle in the ballroom. They exchange blows for quite some time and for a while it seems like they are evenly matched. Richter gets the upper hand for a breif moment and seizes the opportunity to drive the end of his whip through Dracula’s heart. Dracula stops and falls to his knees. He is looking at his wound and holding the end of the whip. Richter tightens the slack on his whip and looks into Dracula’s eyes. “For my family, I end this.” He pulls the whip with all his might and the wound on his chest his ripped open. Black blood pours from the wound and Dracula falls to the floor. He lies face down in the moonlight, his blood sparkling.
Richter basks in the victory for a few seconds before making his way out of the ballroom. As he is leaving he hears a disgusting,fleshy sound behind him. He turns around to see Dracula rising to his feet, the hole in his chest regenerating with fresh flesh. After a few seconds he begins to transform into a more rabid version of himself. His complexion no longer smooth, his hair no longer neat and well-kept. His skin boils and darkens and his bones elongate and contort. Dracula’s voice is now deep and distorted. “You wanted a real challenge, didn’t you Belmont? Well, here it is. Let’s pick up the tempo shall we?
The newly transformed Dracula rushes towards Richter and begins thrashing him about the room. Richter manages to land a few solid hits on the beast with his whip, but the speed and power of this new form is too much for the vampire hunter to handle. Dracula lands a heavy hit that sends Richter flying to the center of the room where Dracula originally fell. Richter picks himself up, but can only get on all fours. His face is bleeding and the blood drips down and falls into the black pool Dracula had spilled moments before. The red and black blood sparkle together in the moonlight. Dracula slowly walks up and looks down upon Richter. “Is this how you imagined it would end? Sitting in a pool of your own blood, realizing you made a fatal mistake.” Dracula stoops down. Richter and Dracula are now face to face. “I will wipe your bloodline from this earth. You are weak and this world has no room for weak men.”
Dracula reaches down and picks up Richter by the neck. He is holding him in the moonlight. “I’m sorry our little charade couldn’t play out any further. You were right though, we shall end this.” Richter has a defeated and broken look in his eyes. “Forgive me Maria…” Dracula pulls Richter in and tears into his neck. He drops his limp body on the ground. He falls next to the pool of blood and the red and black blood swirl together.
Maria and Alucard Intervene
After several days of travel, Alucard finally draws close the castle. Seeing this horrific structure standing in the distance reminds him of his previous encounter with his father and the painful darkness that surrounds his curse. To reach the castle, Alucard must make his way through the thick forest surrounding it. He finds a small camp on the outskirts of the forest and decides to investigate. As he approaches the camp Maria bursts from a small structure and begins running towards him. “Alucard!” she screams. “I’m so glad to see you. I knew you’d come. Richter has gone to the castle… I tried to stop him, but there was nothing I could have said would have dowsed the fire in his heart. It’s been almost three days since he left and I’m beginning to think something terrible has happened. I know you’re on your way to the castle… I just… Need you to let me know if he’s alright. You two have defeated Dracula before, I know you can do it again. You must!”
Alucard slowly turns to Maria and grabs her hand. “I will do everything in my power to defeat this evil and ensure that we both leave the castle alive. Richter is a strong man. Don’t fear for him.” These words comfort her, but Alucard is less than certain his words are true. Richter is a strong man, but the presence of evil is radiating from the castle with more intensity than it ever has before.
Maria holds Alucard for several seconds before letting go. “Here, take this.” she hands Alucard a beautiful silver locket. He opens it to discover a picture of Maria inside. “Can you make sure Richter gets this? I can’t believe I let him leave without it.” Richter closes the clasp and looks into her eyes. “I’ll make sure he gets it.” Alucard departs from the camp and heads towards the entrance of the forest.
Dark Shadows of an Old Ally
After quickly pushing his way through the dark woods, Alucard stands before the castle gate. The towering structure rests upright high above him. A few seconds of painful silence pass and the gate begins its descent to the ground below. The impact rumbles the surrounding area and Alucard carefully eyes the entrance of Dracula’s castle. A dark figure can faintly be seen standing underneath the massive archway leading into the main hall. This figure slowly begins making its way towards Alucard, but its movements are quite unnatural, almost like those of a marionette. In response to this advancement, Alucard continues on to confront whoever or whatever this may be.
When the figure fully emerges into the light, Alucard is struck by a shocking realization. This shambling, inhuman, figure is actually a twisted puppet of the fallen Richter Belmont. His limbs are seemingly being controlled by phantom strings and his jaw resembles that of a ventriloquist dummy. Alucard is frozen in place as the shell of the once brave Belmont warrior approaches. Soon Richter is standing only a few feet away. His gaping jaw drops open and words begin pouring from the crevice. Richter’s voice is warped and distorted. “Welcome old friend! You’re just in time! They were just about to start tearing my soul to pieces.” Richter desperately outstretches a hand towards Alucard. “Please Alucard… Help me… I must return to Maria.” His final words seem to spray from his mouth as this monstrosity of a man begins to crumble before Alucard’s eyes. Individual pieces of Richter begin falling from his body and seconds later he explodes into a thick cloud of black dust. This black cloud that once was the great Richter Belmont begins swirling around Alucard before quickly being vacuumed into the castle walls. From within a horrifying voice beckons the vampire to entire. “He suffers eternally. His soul screams in agony. Alucard, my son, once again I call upon you to enter these walls and remove me from this earth. The fate of the miserable mortals you love so much lies solely in your hands. Failure ensures your neverending servitude to the Prince of Darkness and the destruction of all mankind.”
Our Journey Begins…
This is the point where I imagine the primary gameplay for Alucard to begin. In an ideal world this word be an open-world 2D platformer like the original Symphony of the Night, but I’d definitely like it to take some modern cues. Alucard runs through a few small packs of enemies in the forest before he makes his way to the castle gate. Alucard will make his way into the castle, defeat the seven Sin Lords, learn the fate of Richter, and the truth behind his father’s resurrection.
I have a solid idea of how I’d like the story to flow, but there is still a ton of information that needs to be fleshed out. I have the beginning, middle, and end plot-wise figured, but I need to sit down and figure out some of the more cinematic battle sequences and details of the the castle and its inhabitants.
A Work in Progress
Like I said before, this is still a work in progress. Most of the story is yet to be written and a good chunk of my story might even change as I continue writing. I would love some feedback on the general theme and the small bit of story I have laid out so far. I’m a huge fan of the series and my story comes from a pure love for the characters and this universe. I’d really love to craft something other fans would love to read and possibly maybe even one day, play.
I will be posting updates as I write them, so be on the lookout for more in the coming weeks and months.
Here’s Where You Come In
If you’re interested in helping me craft this story into something larger, please let me know. I’m always looking for talented artists to help turn my words into something much greater. If you’d like to lend your pen, paint brush, or wacom tablet to this project, I’d greatly appreciate it.
I’m also looking for any honest feedback from Castlevania fans. Symphony of the Night always seems to be the fan favorite when the series in mentioned and writing a sequel that satisfies everyone’s expectations is no minor task. If you have notes or if you love or hate, please let me know. I’m always open to new ideas and I’d love to hear what you guys think about this.
A huge thanks to anyone taking the time to read this and provide feedback. I hope to share a story fans of the series will love and honestly, I’m just to talk anything Castlevania really. Wish me luck and I hope to provide my next update very soon. Take it easy, everyone!
Miles Dompier is the mad commander of TEAM XBRO. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an avocado farmer. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow him on the official What’s Your Tag? Twitter page – @whatsyourtag