Castlevania: New Blood

ACT I Chapter 5

"Homecoming"

Vivian faded into and out of consciousness as she overheard the two men who captured her discussing what they will do with the bounty money when they turn her in (Vivian has become wanted herself as she fits the description of the “Nightstalking Vampire Lady” that has been feeding on people in the slum areas of London [which actually has been Vivian feeding on people]). However, a commotion occurs and Vivian then finds herself waking up an a ruined abby with her mysterious rescuer gazing out of one of the widow-less views from the abby.

He introduces himself as Kaius Kelvorne and states he rescued her only because he thought Vivian was his maker at the time. He cautions Vivian to never travel alone since the MacLellon brothers (Argyle and Shamish, a dangerous duo) will be stalking her with the bounty she has on her head. Kaius also reveals to Vivian that she strongly resembles his maker, especially with the eyes. Oddly having not questioned her rescuer on any further details, Vivian departs for home with parting words from Kaius that if she wishes to find him again, to wait at the abby for him.

Vivian headed to Karl’s home and stayed there for the night and returned to her home the following morning while being escorted by Karl. Vivian also discovered a letter from her father indicating she needed to return home as the village is being attacked.

Vivian manages to get recruit Christopher and Fiancha’s help as she looks to return home. Christopher manages to convince Dr. Richtenstein to arrange the HMSS Harpy and her crew to take them to Romania (under the condition that Christopher treats the Harpy crew for dinner).

In the meanwhile Martin was assisting the administration to help overlook the rebuilding process of the insane asylum.

Upon returning to Vivian’s home village, they investigate her father’s home only to discover that it was empty. They book a room at the inn and have dinner but at that time, the village was attacked by undead minions! They managed to save the villagers and earn a free meal from the inn keeper for their heroic efforts but they were very tired and banged up and needed to rest. The next morning, Belmont and company ate their free meal and headed off to find the source of evil. Upon recalling memory, Karl remembered there was an ancient vampire lord’s tomb nearby but could not recall where it was. Expert tracker Fianchna soon picked up the trail from the undead minions that raided the village last night and backtracked their trail. The trail grew cold for a bit but Vivian helped find the track again and found the tomb of the Vampire Lord Magnus.

The fight into the tomb was long and dangerous, fighting unique categories zombies and skeletons and avoiding traps. Until they faced off Tal Lorvas which was a lich entity that possessed a shepherd from Vivian’s village. The fight was very close but the party managed to defeat Tal Lorvas only to discover that he was anticipating Vivian’s mother to attack, not them. It was also revealed that he recovered the Serpentis Idol and was going to use it against Vivian’s mother but at that time a loud crash sounded in one of the chambers of the tomb only to have the investigating party encounter Vivian’s mother (which did indeed resemble Vivian) holding the Serpentis idol. She smiled and stated to Vivian that she was did a good job and vanished into mist and escaped. Vivian and the party then returned to the large chamber where Tal’s emerald-ruby skull was at. Vivian attempted to smash the lich’s phylactery with little success however Karl performed a ritual that destoryed the lich’s spirit inside the skull. Karl also had a flood of memories return to him from one of his past lives working with Roman Belmont in defeating the Vampire Lord Magnus just prior to burning Vivian’s village down. Karl also decides to remain in the village a while longer to recover Magnus’ signet ring. Vivian decides to catch up on old times with her father while Fiachna and Christopher relax at the inn.

The missing villagers returned to the village as they were only in a magic daze but was released from it once Tal was destroyed.

This mid-series finale closes with Vivian talking with her father about her mother and other fond memories and fades out to a sketching of her father’s house on a yellowed book page. The book closes…ready to be picked up and read some more.

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