[SCN: near the entrance of the castle, belmont can use the power of their tome of water to break through the river rapids beneath a bridge, normally too quick at washing them ashore to enter otherwise. should they do so, they’ll suddenly break into a dark, poorly-lit area, only known as…]

Straussen’s Castle

Lost City

[an area with what looks to be an underground train system, and tents where people ought to be; instead, there are only zombies, appearing from the ground and occasionally getting hit by oncoming ghost trains, as the duo get to the bottom of the city and find, in a massive area…]

Duke of Hell

Eligor

[a ginormous centaur beast, the fight begins on top of its back as it attempts knocking the two down. if they fall, it becomes a struggle to get back up, having to dodge projectiles up precarious platforms; however, if they can remain on its back, the fight can end quickly. once defeated, ciliary soaks up its blood to get:]

FORME OF: ELIGOR
While Ciliary may be far smaller than a real Eligor,
its massive sword can still sweep through enemies,
and its homing crossbows are good at picking off the rest.

[and then, in a room right after the boss area, there’s a closed off area with wires and switches all abound]

Viola:
What is all this?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it.

Belmont:
I would presume these are all related to some kind of electrical set-up.
Though, I’m not certain those are known to be this complex.

Viola:
Yeah, no kidding.
Wonder what this is all for, anyways.

Belmont:

Viola:
This seems way up your alley, though.
Lots of interesting stuff to look at, right?

Belmont:
I, er, don’t know what you could be referring to.

Viola:
Ah, c’mon, your eyes kept sparkling up that whole fight!
It’s kind of adorable seeing you get so distracted.

Belmont:
Y-you have an incredibly strange definition of adorable, you know that?
But I suppose this is enjoyable, yes.
It reminds me of my youngest days, scouring places to look for inspiration.
It was a simpler time, to be certain.

Viola:
Pffft! No wonder you’re so calm about breaking into this castle.

Belmont:
I suppose that would be—
…What on earth is that?

[viola goes to the corner of the room, and finds…]

Viola:
Huh, this is weird.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt an object with this kind of texture.
And what are these little windows for?

Belmont:
Hm.
Could I have that for a moment?

[belmont takes the small object and, with the tome of lightning, lights up the windows for a split second]

Viola:
Woaaaah.

[though it quickly turns back off]

Belmont:
Requires far more power than a tome provides, then.
How annoying.

Viola:
How did you know it could do that!?
That was amazing!

Belmont:

We’re surrounded by electricity from all sides,
far more than anything here would need.
I suppose I just made a lucky guess.

Viola:
Still, that’s really impressive!
You’ve got a hell of an eye, Belmont!

Belmont:
N-no need to exaggerate. It was nothing.

SECRET ITEM: STRANGE TOME
A two-windowed tome that glows with sufficient power.
What on earth is this made of, anyways?
Some kind of phonograph record material?