Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Script

1. Soma, Mina, and Arikado at the entrance
Soma: Oh...mmm...

(Mina is kneeling by Soma who is lying on the ground)

Mina: Hey, looks like he's coming to.

Soma: Where am I? Whoa! What happened?

Arikado: So you've decided to join us. Did you have a pleasant nap?

(Soma rises to see Genya Arikado standing before the inner entrance to the castle)

Soma: Huh? Who the heck are you?

Mina: It's okay, Soma. His name is Genya Arikado...

Arikado: Skip the introductions. I have a few questions and I need answers now.

Soma: Go...go ahead.

Arikado: Why have you come here?

Soma: Why? Well, Mina and I...hang on, where are we?

Arikado: We're in Dracula's castle.

Soma: Huh? Dracula's Castle? Are you telling me we are in Europe?

Arikado: No, we are inside the solar eclipse.

Soma: Inside the eclipse?! Are you insane?! Do you think I'm a fool?!

Mina: Soma! Listen to him, he's telling you the truth!

Soma: What the heck are you talking about? Give me an explanation!

Arikado: Well, it's like this...huh?! An enemy!

(the three are surrounded by enemy skeletons) (Mina screams as she faints or is injured) (Arikado uses Soul Steal that kills all but one foe)

Arikado: Damn! Protect the girl!

Soma: Yaaaah! Go back to where you came from!!!

(Soma slashes the Winged Skeleton) (its soul flies out from its body and touches Soma) (Soma doubles over)

Soma: What...what was that thing?

Arikado: So it has awakened.

Soma: What? What has?

Arikado: The spirit of the creature you killed has just entered your body. You have the ability to absorb the powers of the monsters you kill.

Soma: Wh...why...why would I have that power?

Arikado: You have gained the power. Now you must go to the Master's chamber.

Soma: For what reason?

Arikado: Do you not wish to return with your friend to your own world?

Soma: Of course I want to go back.

Arikado: Go to the Master's chamber. Then you will understand everything.

Soma: But I can't just leave Mina here like this.

Arikado: No need to worry about her. I'll put up a protective barrier. But death will most certainly find those who stay here too long.

Soma: The...then I...

Arikado: Yes. Only you can save her from a painful death.

Soma: And you? What will you do?

Arikado: I too have things I must do within these castle walls. Go. Set forth! Both your own life and hers are at stake.

2. Soma and Mina
Throughout the game, you can return to the entrance and talk to Mina. Depending on your progress, the first thing Mina will say to you will be about some background piece of the plot. Those 'background pieces' are recorded here.

(Very first, can be read if you return right away)

Soma: Mina! Are you doing okay?

Mina: Yes, I'm fine. It seems like the monsters can't get in here anymore.

Soma: Arikado said he'd put up a protective barrier... and while we're on the subject, just who is Arikado?

Mina: I'm not sure. I heard he does something related to national intelligence.

Soma: National intelligence? Sounds like he's a spy.

Mina: He's been coming to the shrine. He's an unusual man.

Soma: What makes him so unusual?

Mina: The face of a normal person changes as the years pass, right?

Soma: Yes, people change as they grow older.

Mina: In the ten years I've known him, he hasn't changed at all.

Soma: Are you sure it's not just your imagination?

Mina: It could be but...his face is just too beautiful. He's almost perfect. Don't you agree?

Soma: So you're saying that he's your type right?

Mina: What are you talking about?! I like guys who are...that's none of your business okay?!

Soma: It was just a joke. Why are you taking things so seriously?

Mina: F...forget it. Don't you think it would be better if you stayed here too?

Soma: No. In order to get out of here, there's something I've been told I must do. Aside from that, I've discovered that I too have magical powers. (Maybe it's best I don't mention the danger of staying here too long...)

Mina: I understand. But please be careful.

Soma: I will. Mina?

Mina: Yes?

Soma: Do you trust me?

Mina: Of course I do! I know that you would never lie to me.

Soma: If that's true, then please wait here. I promise I'll get you back home.

Mina: Okay, don't worry about me. I can wait for as long as you need me to.

Soma: Alright, I'll be back.

Mina: Don't get yourself hurt, okay?

Soma: Okay.

(After Hammer sets up shop)

Mina: Welcome back, Soma. Hey, that man over there...

Soma: Who? You mean Hammer?

Mina: His name's Hammer, huh? Don't you think he's a little scary?

Soma: No, I think he's a decent guy.

Mina: But look at all those weapons he has over there...

Soma: He told me he was opening up his own shop.

Mina: Here?! He's opening a shop in this castle?! He's weird.

Soma: Yeah, it's pretty strange.

Mina: But if you say that he's a good guy, I believe you.

(Not long after that)

Mina: Welcome back.

Soma: Hey Mina...

Mina: What's up?

Soma: It's kind of late to ask. But what kind of shrine is the Hakuba Shrine?

Mina: Soma, do you know the story of the Amanoiwado Shrine?

Soma: I think I've heard it before.

Mina: In the story, Tensho Daijin hides herself in the shrine to calm Susano-wo down.

Soma: Yeah, I remember now.

Mina: Tensho Daijin is the sun. The act of hiding symbolizes an eclipse. By hiding herself away, she was able to contain Susano-wo's anger.

Soma: For that reason, eclipses are thought to confine anger and evil intentions.

Mina: Yes, people have prayed to eclipses for centuries. And the Hakuba Shrine is a shrine for this very purpose.

Soma: I understand now...

Mina: And usually we only conduct ceremonies for Japan's eclipses, but...

Soma: In 1999, a ritual was conducted in Europe.

Mina: Yes, that's what I was told.

Soma: And that's when Dracula's castle was sealed inside it.

Mina: That's why I knew the things Mr. Arikado said were...

Soma: Yes, I know now that he spoke the truth.

Mina: I'm sorry. I haven't been much help to you.

Soma: That's not true. I feel a bit relieved now. Thanks Mina.

(After Yoko joins)

Mina: Oh! Soma, I wonder if Yoko will be alright.

Soma: Do you know Yoko?

Mina: Yes, she's been coming to my house since I was very young. Because I'm an only child, she's been like a big sister to me.

Soma: I see. Did Arikado bring her here?

Mina: Yes he did.

Soma: Then I'm sure she's okay. He said not to worry about her. He was confident he could save her. That's why he brought her here.

Mina: If you say that she'll be fine, I believe you.

Soma: I know this is tough for you, but hang in there.

Mina: Okay, leave it to me.

(After this dialogue but before becoming 'Dracula', Soma will sometimes ask Mina how Yoko is doing)

Mina: Welcome back.

Soma: How's Yoko doing?

Mina: a. She looks like she's in a lot of pain.

b. She's still unconscious.

Soma: I see.

(After you become 'Dracula')

Mina: Wel...welcome back. You're Soma aren't you?

Soma: Yeah...

Mina: What happened to you? You look so...scary.

Soma: N-Nothing happened. (I don't want her to know the truth)

Mina: Okay then.

Soma: Hey Mina...

Mina: What is it?

Soma: If I weren't Soma anymore, how would you feel?

Mina: Wha...what's wrong with you?

Soma: Listen. If I...if I looked like me but...if, on the inside, I was someone else, how would that make you feel? What the hell am I saying? Forget what I just said, Mina. Okay?

Mina: Hmm. I might not like you anymore. And that look in your eyes scares me. I'd rather see your exterior changed, but not the inside.

Soma: Please forgive me if I ever change...

Mina: What do you mean "forgive you"?

Soma: I-it's nothing. I must leave now.

Mina: NO! Soma wait!

3. Soma and Mina Hints
Mina's 'plot dialogues' are given only once. If you've exhausted them, she'll relay to you hints from Arikado instead.

Mina: Welcome back. I have a message for you from Arikado.

Soma: From Arikado?

Mina: Yes it's ah...

a. I hear there is an enemy that moves at extremely high speeds. He's so fast, he's invisible. If you could stop time, perhaps you could see him.

b. If you stand on the water and jump from that spot, you'll be able to go up there. Stand on the water. What does that mean? Maybe you have to act like a ninja?

c. There is an area accessible by travelling through water. Without scuba gear, it may be too tough for a human to handle.

d. When you are able to swap your HP and MP, there is an enemy you'll be able to defeat instantly. I don't really understand it but...this helps you right?

e. when the speed at which you fall slows, you'll be able to jump farther. Try imagining that you're gliding through the air.

f. I hear that some space is tweaked here in the castle. And some connected to different spots. In short, in some places, you cannot return to the spot where you came from.

g. There should be hidden books that talk about Dracula's power hidden somewhere in this castle. I wonder what they are about.

h. When you look up and see a demon at the altar, there's something else there as well. Demon at the altar, what do you think that is?

i. If you run at full speed on the surface of the water, with your strong body, you could break through the water wall. What does that mean? Maybe impossible for human to do?

j. Somewhere in the castle, there is a monster that can stop time. I've also heard there are monsters immune to being frozen in time.

Soma: I see...

Mina: Come back again later. Maybe I'll have another message from Arikado.

Soma: I'll check back with you whenever I can.

(The above exchange right after the hint is given will be completely replaced by the following after you become 'Dracula')

Soma: ...

Mina: What's wrong Soma? You've been acting strange recently.

Soma: Th-that's not true.

Mina: It's not like you to hide something from me!

Soma: Sorry, but I just can't tell you this. I've got to go.

Mina: Soma!

4. Mina's Status
If you talk to Mina again immediately after getting either plot dialogues or hints, she will tell you how she's feeling. She gets worse as the game goes on.

Mina: Welcome back

Soma: How are you holding up?

I'm a bit tired... but it's nothing for you to worry about.

I'm alright. I know you're worried about me. That makes me feel special.

I'm perfectly fine. Thanks for asking.

(Replaced with the following after meeting Hammer)

Lately, I've had some really bad headaches.

My body feels really heavy at times.

Sometimes I just feel so uneasy waiting here.

Soma: Will you be all right?

Mina: Yes. No need to worry, I'm fine.

(Those in turn are replaced by the following after Yoko joins)

Sometimes, I lose control of my arms and legs... what's wrong with me?

Well I...I've been passing out occasionally. I get so dizzy, then...

Lately, I've been feeling strange...I'm soooo exhausted...

Soma: Are you sure you will be okay?

Mina: I'm sorry I worried you. I'm sure I'll be fine. Waiting here is easy.

Soma: If you say so, but...(I must find an escape route...and quickly!)

(After you become 'Dracula', it's now Mina who will ask Soma if anything's wrong. Word for word, it's the same as Mina's question after giving Soma an Arikado hint, and after becoming 'Dracula')

5. Soma and the unconscious Yoko
You'll get these if you talk to Yoko after she joins

Yoko: ...

Soma: a. She appears to be asleep...

b. Yoko, please don't die...

c. I wonder if she'll ever regain consciousness.

(After becoming 'Dracula')

Yoko: Dracula is...!

Soma: !!!

Yoko: ...

Soma: Whoa...she is just hallucinating...I thought she knew...

6. Soma and Graham at the Castle Corridor
Graham: Oh? Hello there.

Soma: Uh, hello. Y...you're human aren't you?

Graham: Relax. My name is Graham. Let's just say...I'm a missionary.

Soma: Oh. I'm Soma. Soma Cruz.

Graham: You weren't here in this shrine before, were you? How did you get here?

Soma: I'm not sure. I went through the Shrine gate, and BOOM I was here.

Graham: I see...

Soma: Um, can I ask you a question?

Graham: Go ahead, I don't mind.

Soma: Is it true that this is Dracula's castle?

Graham: It most certainly is.

Soma: But isn't Dracula's castle in Europe somewhere?

Graham: In theory, yes. But his TRUE castle exists somewhere else.

Soma: His true castle?

Graham: Yes. It's a well known fact in the underworld. Do you believe in vampires?

Soma: Well uh no. I thought the story of Dracula was made up, actually.

Graham: No it's all true. It was leaked to the outside world. Usually the Church handles these things with utmost secrecy. Over the course of time, Dracula has resurrected many times. When people lost faith and craved chaos and destruction.

Soma: So, are you trying to tell me now that Dracula has been resurrected?

Graham: No. Dracula perished in 1999. You know of the prophecy of 1999 don't you?

Soma: Nostradamus' great prophecy?

Graham: That's right. Dracula was resurrected exactly as he predicted. But vampire hunters destroyed him completely. They ended his regeneration cycle by sealing his castle, the symbol of his demonic power, inside the darkness of an eclipse.

Soma: And that eclipse is where we are now?

Graham: Yes, and there's still more to the story.

Soma: There's more?

Graham: "In the year 2035, a new master will come to the castle and he will inherit ALL of Dracula's powers."

Soma: But that's...!

Graham: Yes. That time is now. I better get going. Is that all then?

Soma: Oh yes. Thank you.

Graham: Farewell and be careful.

Soma: Yes, you too.

7. Soma and Yoko at the Study
Yoko: Hey, you're Soma aren't you? You must be him...

Soma: Y...yes. But who are you?

Yoko: Oh, forgive me. I'm Yoko Belnades. I'm a member of the Church.

Soma: How would a member of the Church recognize me?

Yoko: You've met Aluca...um, I mean Genya...Arikado right?

Soma: I did meet him but...

Yoko: He told me about you, and asked me to help you if you were in trouble.

Soma: Arikado said that? That's hard to believe.

Yoko: Well, he may seem cold at first, but he's actually a decent guy. He may be looking out for you because you share the same dark powers.

Soma: Wait, wait! Did you say my powers are "dark"?

Yoko: Oh, you mean you didn't know that?

Soma: Uh...

Yoko: Oh no...did I say something...I...well, what's said is said. Essentially you have the power to rule over and command monsters.

Soma: Rule over monsters? I have no desire to do that.

Yoko: It comes as naturally as breathing for you, so you may not realize it yet. And though I called it a "dark" power, it doesn't mean it's evil. It's like a weapon. The user decides whether to use it for good or evil.

Soma: Well. When you put it that way, I feel a bit better. Since I got this power, I've begun to lose my sense of self.

Yoko: You are yourself. There's no one else you could be. Don't second guess yourself. Be confident. That's what's important.

Soma: I think I understand now. Thanks Yoko.

Yoko: (giggle) I'm not used to being thanked by people. Oh I forgot to ask you. Have you seen a man named Graham?

Soma: Graham? Yes, I met that man earlier.

Yoko: Be wary of that man. I believe that he will inherit Dracula's powers.

Soma: No way. He did not look like a bad guy.

Yoko: Right! And I've got a bridge to sell you. Don't be fooled by his appearance. He's not who you think he is.

Soma: Al...alright.

Yoko: Well I must be going. I've got to find Graham. See you around!

8. Soma and Hammer at the Study
Hammer: Oh? What's a child like yerself doing in a place like this?

Soma: A child? You're rude, grandpa.

Hammer: Oh, my apologies. My name's Hammer. The Army ordered me to come here.

Soma: Hi. I'm Soma.

Hammer: I thought I was inspecting a shrine. But suddenly I was in a castle. Don't ya think that's a mean thing to do to a guy? So I just bailed on my mission.

Soma: What do you mean?

Hammer: There were a bunch of strange people gathered at the shrine. I thought they'd be good customers so I opened up a shop.

Soma: Ah. Good for you.

Hammer: There's weapons all over this castle and no monsters at the front gate. Good place for a shop! Come on by! I'll give ya a good deal! I'll see you around. Wahahahahaha... (Hammer exits)

Soma: A shop huh? I don't get it.

9. Soma and Hammer at the shop
(First time)

Hammer: Howdy there. Ya came.

Soma: Is this where you've opened your shop?

Hammer: Yes it is. By the way, that cute young lady over there. She's staring at you. Is she yer friend?

Soma: Yeah...

Hammer: Whoa! I had no idea you were so popular with the ladies.

Soma: H-hey! It's not like that!

Hammer: Don't be shy now, ya hear? It's good to be young! It's a good thing! Alrighty...back to business. Take a look around, friend!

(Roughly after getting the Skula soul)

Hammer: Hey welcome back! By the way, do ya know Arikado?

Soma: Yeah, sort of?

Hammer: Is that weird fella a friend of yours too? Yer more popular than I thought. Don't much like people like that! So, what can I sell ya?

(After Yoko joins)

Hammer: Hey, that woman back there...she okay?

Soma: I don't know. She's been wounded pretty badly.

Hammer: The medicine I have won't help much...hope she'll be alright.

Soma: Yeah, me too.

Hammer: Know why I say that? Cause she's my type.

Soma: ...

Hammer: Well I gotta business to run. What would ya like?

(After becoming 'Dracula')

Hammer: Hey you. Ya seem different. Did something happen?

Soma: N-no. Nothing happened.

Hammer: Really? If you say so. What can I get ya?

(Every other time in between and after)

Hammer: Welcome back.

10. Soma and J at the Dance Hall
J: Strange...I sense a dark power within you...who are you?

Soma: It is rude to ask questions before introducing yourself.

J: Yes, you're right. I can't give you my name, but people call me J.

Soma: People call you "J"? Why hide your real name? Are you a criminal?

J: No I have amnesia. I'm told that I was in an accident in 1999. When I woke up in the hospital, I had forgotten my name and my past.

Soma: Oh I see. Well, my name's Soma.

J: Your dark power...were you born with it?

Soma: I don't really know. I first noticed it when I entered this castle.

J: I see. I guess I was mistaken.

Soma: Mr. J, why have you come to this castle?

J: Call me J. I am filled with fear when I hear the name Dracula. I came here because of the prophecy. I also thought my memory might return. In fact, since my arrival, I have felt like my memory is returning.

Soma: And your accident occurred in 1999...maybe Dracula was involved...?

J: I fear you are correct. Especially since I have magical powers.

Soma: J, are you an exorcist?

J: Well, you might say that. But I work for no one but myself. I must be going now. I'm sure we'll meet again.

Soma: Yes, see ya.

11. Soma and Graham at the Clock Tower
Graham: So we meet again! I'm glad to see you're unscathed.

Soma: Good to see you too. I've got something I want to ask you.

Graham: Sure, go ahead.

Soma: Someone told me that YOU are to inherit Dracula's powers...

Graham: I take it that lady from the Church told you that, didn't she?

Soma: It's not true is it?

Graham: The term 'inherit' is incorrect.

Soma: It's true then!

Graham: I was born on the very day that Dracula was destroyed. So in short, that means that I AM DRACULA!

Soma: That can't be right. You've been so kind and friendly to me!

Graham: That is because I don't consider you a threat to my mission. But that being said, you have made it this far... I sense a power within you. Do tell me. What kind of power has awoken in you?

Soma: ...the power to rule...

(Graham's face twists into a furious insane visage)

Graham: You foolish boy! That's impossible!

Soma: Huh?

Graham: I can't remain here any longer. I must get to the throne! Your name is Soma, right? You are wrong, Soma! I will not allow you to rule!

Soma: Geez, what was that all about?

12. Soma and Yoko at the Clock Tower
Yoko: Hey, Soma.

Soma: Hey, Yoko. I just ran into Graham.

Yoko: REALLY?! Which way did he go?

Soma: He was in a rush to get to the throne.

Yoko: Just as I thought. There is something important in the Throne Room.

Soma: I'm sorry, Yoko.

Yoko: Wha... what's wrong with you all of a sudden?

Soma: He's not who I thought he was. He was kind to me only because he thought I was powerless.

Yoko: I see...

Soma: But his attitude changed suddenly when I told him about my power.

Yoko: Well, in his mind, he thinks everything in this castle is his.

Soma: So that's the reason?

Yoko: But it's better this way.

Soma: What is?

Yoko: The fact that he sees you as an enemy now means you're my comrade.

Soma: Does it?

Yoko: What? You don't want to be on my side?

Soma: No, that's not what I meant.

Yoko: Ha ha ha...it's so much fun to tease you. But this is not the time to be fooling around. Your presence here has thrown Graham into a panic. This is our chance.

Soma: What chance?

Yoko: Using his cunning mind, he's been able to evade us up until now. I don't think anyone has ever seen him panic before.

Soma: I get it. Circumstances right now are making him act this way.

Yoko: That's exactly right. This is an excellent opportunity to trap him. Well I must be on my way. See you.

13. Soma, Yoko, Graham, and Arikado at the Underground Reservoir
(Soma sees Graham stab Yoko with a knife)

Soma: ?!

Graham: Damn! I hate to be interrupted!

Soma: YOKO!!!

(Graham vanishes)

Soma: Are you all right?! If you're okay, say something! Anything!

Yoko: I'm...al...alright. Thank you for rescuing me.

Soma: Graham! That bastard, what has he done?

Yoko: He has absorbed this castle's power...and he's gotten much stronger. Oow...ahh...my plan has failed.

Soma: Save your strength! There's no need to speak!

Yoko: Be...cautious of him...but d-don't...overexert...yourself...

Soma: WHAT?! YOKO!!! Oh she's just unconscious. She's still breathing.

(Arikado enters)

Arikado: I underestimated the amount of power he acquired.

Soma: Don't just stand there mumbling! Yoko needs help!

Arikado: Go! I will see to her wounds.

Soma: I can't just leave her like this! She's my friend!

Arikado: Do not worry about her. I believe there are other things you need to do.

Soma: Graham went to the throne. What's there?! What are you hiding from me?!

Arikado: I cannot say. You must go there yourself. And if you don't...you will lose Mina...and Yoko as well! Their fate is in your hands!

Soma: Damn you! I...don't like your attitude, but I don't think you're lying. I feel as if I'm being manipulated. I don't like it. But I'll do as you say. But if ever we escape from this castle alive, I want to know everything.

Arikado: Fair enough. Now be on your way.

14. Soma and J at the Arena
J: Oohh...

Soma: J, what's wrong? You look pale.

J: D-don't worry. Just now...all of my memories came flooding back.

Soma: What?!

J: It seems your dark power triggered the return of my memories. Just like I guessed...I have quite an extensive history with Dracula.

Soma : I thought so...

J: My real name is Julius Belmont. I am a descendant of a clan that has fought Dracula for ages.

Soma: And the person who destroyed Dracula in 1999 was...

Julius: Yes. It was me, but there were others who assisted me.

Soma: So if Dracula is revived again, just as it is written in the prophecy...

Julius: Then I must destroy him! It is my destiny.

Soma: You haven't met a man named Graham yet, have you?

Julius: Graham? Oh you mean that missionary right? I met him a little while ago. But when he saw my face, he turned and ran.

Soma: He told me that he was Dracula.

Julius: I did sense Dracula's powers at work within him...but it's difficult to believe he's Dracula. Rather, I think...no, forget it. It is nothing more than a hunch.

Soma: Huh?

Julius: Assuming he is Dracula, I won't be able to kill him yet.

Soma: Why not?

Julius: I need my weapon.

Soma: Your weapon?

Julius: Yes. It's a whip that was handed down to me. It's called "Vampire Killer." In 1999, I sealed it in this castle to weaken his spirit and magical powers.

Soma: You mean it's in this castle somewhere?

Julius: Yes. And I know exactly where it is. I'll go and get it now.

Soma: Alright. Please be careful.

Julius: Pray that my hunch proves to be wrong. Farewell for now.

15. Soma and Graham at the Top Floor
Graham: You're too late, Soma! Dracula's power is already in my grasp!

Soma: Dracula's power doesn't concern me. I came here to find a way out of this castle.

Graham: With my new abilities I can get you out of here quite easily. You however have some property of mine in your possession. The souls of MY demons are under your control. Can I forgive such a crime? NO! NEVER!

Soma: If I knew how, I'd return them all to you right here and now.

Graham: Even if you return them, you have still committed the crime of stealing. Don't you know that? It's only right that thieves receive the punishment they deserve.

Soma: You are one selfish bastard.

Graham: You are guilty of grand theft. Therefore I sentence you to death!

Soma: You're insane!

Graham: And as a special treat, I myself will deliver the punishment!

(If you defeat Graham's first form but didn't equip the correct souls)

Graham: I can't believe it. I haven't lost yet. You still don't have Dracula's power. I'll show you!

(If you did)

Graham: I can't believe it. How did YOU come to possess those powers?!

Soma: What do you mean by "those powers"?

Graham: I'm Dracula, and you're not the one!

16. Soma's Revelation
Graham : Nooooo! This cannot be!!! Does this mean that I'm not Dracula?!!!

(dies) (room is suddenly filled with black vortexes of energy)

Soma: Wh...what's this? Whoa, something is flowing into me! NO WAIT! PLEASE STOP! NOOOOO!!!

(white out) (screen fades in) (Soma now has red eyes and a dark look on his face)

Soma: Finally, I clearly understand everything. I am...Dracula! This is like a bad joke. Come on out, Arikado. I know you're here.

(Arikado enters and is surrounded by a red aura)

Soma: Why did you force me to awaken?! I was fine just as I was!

Arikado: Yes. You weren't supposed to come to this castle in the first place.

Soma: Then why did you make me come here?!

Arikado: Your soul and Dracula's magic powers are one and the same. No matter what we did, this day was destined to come. That being so, I decided to awaken you somewhere I could use MY powers.

Soma: Huh? What do you mean? I don't understand!

Arikado: Because you are now one with him, an evil spirit must be flowing into you.

Soma: Yes. It started not too long ago and it's slowly filling me up. I'm doing all that I can to keep from being consumed by it.

Arikado: Once you have finished absorbing all of it, his powers will be yours. You will then become the evil Count. I do not want to let that happen!

Soma: Neither do I!

Arikado: I know. That is why I chose the dangerous route.

Soma: The dangerous route?

Arikado: The evil in this spirit comes from those who seek chaos and destruction. So we need to cut off the source of the chaos influencing the spirit.

Soma: Is that possible?

Arikado: This castle is a product of Dracula's magic. It's a spiritual world. My point is this...a stream of chaos exists in this castle as well. There is a place where only you, Dracula, can go. That's where the chaos is!

Soma: I'll go, I'm not afraid. But what do I do once I get there?

Arikado: You'll have to stop it using your own strength. You already succeeded in reaching the throne. I'm sure you can do it.

Soma: If it will make me myself again, I'll do whatever it takes.

Arikado: As long as my powers continue to affect this place, the flow of the evil spirit into you will be slowed down. Go quickly!

Soma: I'm going. I appreciate your help.

17. Soma and Julius at the Floating Garden
Julius: Stop!

Soma: Julius?

(Julius catches up to Soma)

Julius: So you were the one. I didn't want to believe it was true.

Soma: It's true. I am Dracula. But I'm not what you think I am!

Julius: I must destroy Dracula at any cost. That is my destiny.

Soma: NO WAIT! I don't want to fight against you!

Julius: Nothing you can say will stop me! Prepare to die!

(player beats Julius)

Soma: STOP! I'VE HAD ENOUGH!

Julius: Wh...why? Why won't you finish me off?

Soma: You took it easy on me. I could tell. The strength of a Belmont...no, the strength of a vampire hunter is greater than this.

Julius: ...when I fought, I felt the evil spirit within you. But there's more. I also sensed Soma's spirit. And that's more than enough to stop me.

Soma: I've got a favor to ask of you.

Julius: What is it?

Soma: From here, I will set off to fight against my own fate. If I lose the battle and become the reincarnation of evil...I want you to kill me.

Julius: ...I will...I promise.

Soma: Thanks. Now I can go into this battle without reservations.

Julius: Farewell my friend. Don't let me use that whip again.

18. Soma vs. Chaos
Soma: I'm finally here. I wonder if I can do this alone.

Mina: You're not alone.

Soma: Wh...what?!

Mina: Everyone remaining in the castle combined their powers to contact you.

Soma: Does that mean they all know...that I'm Dracula?

Mina: Yes. Arikado told us everything.

Soma: I bet they're all afraid of me.

Mina: No, not at all! At first, we were shocked. But everyone believes you'll get through this. I'm going to send you a message from them now. Listen...

Hammer : You'll visit my shop again, won't ya? I'll be waitin for ya.

Yoko: Good morning, Soma. I heard about what just happened to you. I told you this before: you are who you are and you mustn't let him win.

Julius: To the man who beat me...don't disappoint me now.

Arikado: This is your last chance. And ours as well...I'm counting on you.

Soma: They're all...rooting for me.

Mina: You can do it. Because I believe in you.

Soma: Mina! Alright...here I go!

19: Bad Ending
Graham: Tha...that's not... NOOO!!!

(Graham is engulfed in flame)

Soma: The magical powers he absorbed have abandoned him.

Arikado: The castle is weak now! The portal to your world should be opening!

Soma: So what should I do?

Arikado: Order the castle to open the portal! It has felt your power and may obey!

Soma: Alright. I'll give it a try. I command you... to open! Return all of us living beings to where we came from!

Arikado: ......

Soma: ...... Nothing happened...?

Arikado: You're wrong. The fabric of space is beginning to tear...

(the trio is transported back out to the top of the Hakuba Shrine)

Soma: Have we returned?

Mina: Yes, there's no mistake. We've made it home.

Arikado: Excellent... You've done well.

Soma: Hey, what happened to the others?

Arikado: No need to worry about them. They'll be here soon enough.

Soma: And the castle... is the castle still in the eclipse?

Arikado: Yes. It awaits the coming of its new master. Someday, someone will assume the form of Dracula again. When that time will be, I do not know...

Mina: What's wrong, Soma? We made it back home. Why the sad face?

Soma: I feel like the castle is still calling out to me... Maybe the castle is where I truly belong...?

Arikado: ...

Mina: You're imagining things. We just escaped from there. You are home...

Soma: Yeah, I hope it's just my imagination...

Arikado: If you are ever summoned by the castle again, you can deal with it then. For now, you should rest.

Soma: Yeah, you're right...

Mina: Yes.

(roll credits)

20: Acceptable Ending
(Julius enters the throne room to find a throne-bound Soma waiting)

Julius: Sorry I kept you waiting. Time to keep that promise I made you.

(Soma throws his wine glass to the floor, foreshadowing a battle) (we fade out and the credits roll)

21: Best Ending Lead-In
(Soma lay motionless, unconsciously floating through empty space) (voices are heard)

Yoko: Hello, Soma. Congratulations. I've got another job that I must attend to, so I have to go now. When I heard that YOU were Dracula, I was shocked... I was also just waking up, you know. If you think about it, though, everything turned out OK. Ha ha ha... ... I'll never forget your strength and courage. And I haven't thanked you yet for rescuing me. So...thanks. You're like a younger brother to me. It was fun, and I hope we meet again. Goodbye.

Hammer: Hey there! Much obliged for your business at my shop. Back at the castle, I realized my true calling. Fighting's not for me. I think I'll quit the army and open up a shop sometime soon. Promise me you'll come. I'll give ya a good deal.

Julius: You fought well. When we fled the castle, I felt the power from Vampire Killer fading away. I don't know what that means. But I won't have to do anything for the time being. Farewell. May we meet again.

Arikado: The path you took was the most challenging one. You did well. For God to be good, evil is an absolute necessity in this world. In the future, someone may follow again in Dracula's dark footsteps. At that time, perhaps we'll meet again. Farewell... In my mother's name, I send thanks to you.

Mina: ...Wake up... Wake up...Wake...

(Soma's location is revealed to be in Mina's arms atop the Hakuba Shrine, away from the castle)

21a: Less Than 100% of Souls Collected
Mina: Wake up... Wake up, Soma.

Soma: Uh, ungh...

Mina: Soma! Thank god, you woke up.

Soma: Heard you folks speak. I was saved by you all again.

Mina: Again?

Soma: Yes... I couldn't have won the last battle by myself. Everyone's kind words and encouragement led me to victory...

Mina: Yes...

Soma: Remember, inside of me, Dracula's power lies sleeping. It's not evil, but... it's definitely changed me.

Mina: It's OK. If anything ever happens again, everyone will rush to your aid.

Soma: That's right. I guess they will. Look, the eclipse has ended. Your kind words gave me the strength to win... Thanks...

(they then watch on as the eclipse ends) (we fade out as the credits begin to roll)

21b: 100% of Souls Collected
Mina: Wake up... Wake up, Soma.

Soma: Uh, ungh...

Mina: Soma! Oh, thank God! I was so worried about you... Arikado told me that you would be okay, but I was worried. I thought you would never wake up.

Soma: I heard everybody's voices... You saved me life...again!

Mina: AGAIN?

Soma: Yes... I couldn't have won the last battle by myself. Everyone's kind words and encouragement led me to victory...

Mina: I'm so glad that your experience didn't change you.

Soma: But it DID change me...

Mina: In what way?

Soma: I'm a lot cooler now!

Mina: Yeah... you HAVE changed. The old Soma would never have said that.

Soma: Remember, inside of me, Dracula's power lies sleeping. It may not be evil anymore, but, it's definitely changed me.

Mina: It's OK. If anything ever happens again, everyone will rush to your aid.

Soma: That's right. I guess they will. Look, the eclipse has ended. Your kind words gave me the strength to win... Thanks...

(they then watch on as the eclipse ends) (we fade out as the credits begin to roll)