The ‘Castlevania’ fam is hopefully well versed with all the original games from which the Netflix series is inspired. But do you know who is the main character in ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’? No, it’s not Trevor Belmont!
If you have been a hardcore gamer, or have been converted into one after Netflix brought out ‘Castlevania’, chances are that you have joined the Belmont family cause against Dracula. But what if we were to say that Dracula is not just the evil nemesis of Trevor Belmont? The ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ 2010 reboot game has one of the most unexpected person as the main character. Who is it? Find out below!
- Who is Gabriel Belmont?
- ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ – The story of Gabriel Belmont
- Gabriel Belmont of ‘Lords of Shadow’ is the missing puzzle piece
Who is Gabriel Belmont?
After receiving massive positive feedback on the ‘Castlevania’ video-game series, Konami decided to spoil the gamers a little more with the reboot version, ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’. The setting is Southern Europe of the medieval ages and, of course, like in any ‘Castlevania’ game, there’s an exciting quest. ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ follows around Gabriel Belmont who is the main character of the reboot. Belmont sets out on a dangerous journey hoping to take down a malevolent cult known as the Lords of Shadow with the purpose of raising his wife from the dead.
But who is Gabriel Belmont, after all? Originally one of the members of the “Brotherhood of Light”, Gabriel Belmont is an 11th-century knight who later becomes Dracula or Dracul. It’s funny because being a member of the Brotherhood, Gabriel was bound by his duty to protect humanity from supernatural evils. However, on his journey to defeat the Lords of Shadow, Belmont loses everything and everyone he loved. Belmont receives strong and intense powers from a demon turning himself into a vampire, in fact, the most powerful one at that. Following his initiation into the vampire world, Belmont, now Dracula, wages war against God and the entire world that he had once strived to serve.
‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ – The story of Gabriel Belmont
Although a reboot, ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ did not attract much attention as one would have hoped. Even then, one must give credit where it’s due. Making Gabriel Belmont the main character of ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ offered us an insight into the story of Dracula’s origination. It offers more layers and more mystery into the story of Dracula that almost makes the vampire seem like a human. He is more than just revenge and rage, Dracula is just another man driven by loss and grief.
As the story goes, Gabriel Belmont has just lost his wife and, like anyone in mourning, he doesn’t make the best of decisions. After being encouraged to fight the Lords of Shadow by Zobek, a fellow member of the Brotherhood, Belmont throws himself into the quest. Of course, the poor grieving man is being used and manipulated and by the time he realises, it’s already done.
There are dark forces at work, and when Gabriel finds out that Zobek was under the influence of Satan, he is heartbroken and alone at the game’s end. Although he has accomplished what he had set out to do, the quest changed him. He is immortal, with scars for memories and no meaning for life. Gabriel fills his heart with anger and despair and spews hatred on the entire world after isolating himself from humanity. Nevertheless, with Satan trying to come back to the living world once again, Zobek knows and we know, that Gabriel – nope, Dracula – is the only hope.
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Gabriel Belmont of ‘Lords of Shadow’ is the missing puzzle piece
‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’, then, puts up a very different picture of its main character, Dracula. Dracula is both the bane and the liberator for humanity. The Prince of Darkness, the commander of the shadows of the night, Dracula is the one who wreaks havoc on human life. However, it is also because of him that the human world exists. Without him, the world would have and, perhaps, might still be battling an even bigger danger. Dracula is evil, but the lesser one.
‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ offers Dracula more personality and us a better perspective. Dracula is made of more than just pure evil trying to end the world and as someone who must be run down at any expense. Moreover, the story offers a solid motivation and ground for the Belmont family pursuing the evil vampire for centuries and keeping the world away from his harmful clutches despite being aware of the sacrifices he has had to endure. After all, Dracula is Belmont’s blood. Gabriel Belmont, therefore, is the missing piece in the ‘Castlevania’ puzzle. He is the dot-connecting the Belmont family and their thirst to pursue and end him. He is the one who started this quest, he is the one who will bring it to a full circle.