- Castlevania Lament of Innocence
Dawn of the Hunter
- Release date：Oct 21, 2003
In an era long past, as monarchies weakened, local feudal lords grew in power.
The first knights simply protected their lords' domains.
However, with the reforms of the late 11th century, knights became the protectors of the peace.
They valued courage and honor, fighting heretics and heathens in God's name.
In this age, one company of knights was said to be invincible due to two men:
Leon Belmont, a courageous man who feared nothing and whose combat abilities were second to none, and Mathias Cronqvist, a genius tactician, whose learning made him an exception in a largely illiterate society. They trusted each other completely, and they were bound by an old friendship.
However, sorrow awaited Mathias upon his return from a victorious campaign.
It was news of the sudden death of his beloved wife, Elisabetha.
Mathias' grief was profound and he became bedridden.
A year has passed since then.
Thanks to Leon's efforts, their company remains proudly undefeated.
However, a mysterious army of monsters suddenly appears in Leon's domain.
The Crusades are raging in the East, and since the Church is focusing on fighting heathens rather than monsters, it has forbidden unauthorized battles. Leon wants permission to sortie, but the Church has no intention of granting it.
One night, Mathias struggles from his sickbed and tells Leon that the appearance of the monsters is tied to a vampire, who has a castle in the Forest, called Eternal Night, and that Leon's betrothed, Sara, has been kidnapped and brought to that castle.
Leon realizes that he must renounce his title to rescue his beloved.
The forest is swollen with darkness, as if it would rob away everything, and only moonlight provides a ray of hope. A great legend is about to begin.
Leon Belmont, and eleventh-century nobleman and knight of the clergy, is about to be wed when his fiancée, Sara Trantoul, suddenly disappears. Leon embarks on an epic journey to bring her back, unaware that a growing evil looms like a shadow over his quest. The majestic tale of Castlevania and the true origins of the Belmont clan of vampire-hunters is about to unfold.
• Castlevania makes its PlayStation 2 debut in full 3D
• Unparalleled graphics and gameplay deliver the most enriching Castlevania experience ever created
• Developed by the creators of the critically acclaimed Castlevania Symphony of the Night
• Dynamic attack system offers damaging combo attacks, magnificent spell effects and intense offensive/defensive moves
• Beautiful orchestral soundtrack in Dolby surround sound