Advantage: Dracula

Dracula was correct in the notion that he would eternally haunt the night, returning again and again when called upon; it was fact that he (or at least his spirit) was truly immortal. While he could be killed, the death would only serve to be temporary. Within that death, his (or Walter's, in essence) vampiric powers would be submerged to wherever it was they were gained (perhaps to Hell or some other vile realm), leaving only a corpse. The corpse would remain dormant until the powers themselves regenerated to their fullest, wherein they'd return to him as means for his full resurrection, which, unfortunately for Dracula, would take an estimated century. This event would usually coincide with evil, as spread throughout the world, growing to its absolute peak. At this point, deviants of all kind would begin to crave an unholy ruler, and with rituals, sacrifices and other destructive incantations, they would complete the circle and allow for Dracula's supernatural and highly concentrated evil powers to return to his body. (It's worth noting that Dracula has been risen many times--sometimes too early, in which case he was more vulnerable than usual to hasty defeat.) He would have to eliminate the negatives where possible.

Due to his immortality and the possession of Walter Bernhard's soul, as mentioned, Dracula came to have with the castle a symbiotic relationship. With the temporary banishment of its ruler, the Dark Lord, the castle itself would also submerge. It would only rise out from the rubble when the forces of evil again began to grow strong, in turn beckoning the return of Dracula. In time, the rising of Castlevania would be a stern warning that the ruler of evil was about to return to this world. Though Dracula was powerful, he was well aware of the Belmonts' preparation in perenially staying sharp; it was therefore necessary that Castlevania retain itself as a creature of chaos, always changing form, with it the unexplainable appearance of all types of twisted, vile creatures as created by the Forgemasters--this way, it could not be mapped out so that any would-be hero could find his or her way through. The always-changing selection of demons were discovered (by Genya Arikado [Alucard], members of the Belnades family, and other Church associates) to be an extension of Dracula himself, for he had come to have over them, too, a similar symbiotic ownership that became the beacon for their continued existence. In addition, by unlocking the power of chaos, he was able to manipulate certain forces and fix it so that the castle could manage to emerge from the depths in any number of locations so that no army could prepare an ambush. However, one thing would always remain the same: Dracula would wait patiently in his castle keep, hoping to dine on the warm blood of a worn-down hero.

It's thus said that the true embodiment of the fanged terror known as Count Dracula is that of three separate essences combined as one: As a collector of "souls," one "Dark Lord" equates to (a) the vampiric powers as stolen from Walter Bernhard plus (b) the spiritual ownership of both Castlevania and (c) all of the demons entailed. As a symbol of this right, he would always wear proud his Crimson Stone, a now-well-crafted necklace that would come to define his rule.

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