Here I am outside Castlevania!
|Hey, fellow travellers! I'm Laguna Loire,
and I'm really happy to welcome you back
to The Travelling Companion. Since my last
column, I've travelled to spectacular Castlevania!
I had a heck of a time just getting to Castlevania. I wandered around for the longest time, and it wasn't around at all. Then, one dark and stormy night, I noticed this big castle had appeared out of the middle of nowhere! I wasn't sure, but I figured it might be the place, and sure enough it was!
Castlevania can be a little creepy at first, 'cause there's a lot of skeletons and zombies hanging around near the entrance, and those weird suits of armor who, when you open 'em up, there's nothing inside. But I just showed 'em my passport and they left me alone, so they're OK. Actually, I accidentally gave 'em my Diner's Club card, but they didn't mind.
The architecture of Castlevania is really cool, but there's a lot of stairs to climb, so get in shape if you want to come here. Anyway, I saw tons of neat archways and grand staircases and cathedral windows and all that cool stuff. There are some pit traps here and there, but I just used the antique tables that were sitting around as bridges, and that worked fine.
I finally got in to see Count Dracula, and he seems like a really nice guy, not at all what you'd expect from the demonic lord of Vampires, really. He offered me some wine, but it was a little to salty, so I didn't drink it. We talked for a while, then he said he had to go get rid of some Belmonts who'd wandered inside, but I was welcome to stay the night.
The bedroom I stayed in was really cool - there was a big four poster bed with grinning skulls on top, and it was really comfy, too. Definitely one of the nicest places I've ever slept. A couple of really friendly maids came in and asked if they could do anything for me, so I asked for something to drink since the salty wine had kinda gotten me thirsty. They were real polite, but I think maybe the Count should buy them some new clothes, 'cause the ones they had looked like they'd got awful cold.
There are tons of monsters in Castlevania, and I got the chance to fight some the next morning. It took all my skills as a pro Monster Hunter to defeat them, and I had to run away from one big guy named Galamoth, but it was a lot of fun and I got plenty of experience points. These monsters are pretty tough, though, so you might want to hire a guide who's at least level 20 if you want to really explore the place.
All in all, I give this place a 10!