[SCN: down from stadium square, accessible only through Ciliary’s new Bat Company forme, there’s a hole in the floor. dropping into it suddenly places the duo not merely into another area of the castle, but what almost feels like another home entirely:]

Straussen’s Castle

Nuclear Quarters

[an old nuclear family mansion, with a large staircase that should have been to connect between floors, but where there would be doors on all but one floor, there is instead heavy debris. with quiet ambient music filling the halls, they enter through the only entrance, climbing over a pile of rubble—]

(RUMBLING)

Viola:
Uh.
Hey, Belmont, are you hearing something below us?

Belmont:
This noise… it sounds so familiar.

Viola:
Familiar?
What, can you tell different types of rumbling apart or something?

Belmont:
Only when caused by monsters that easily stick out in my mind.
Perhaps the ones large enough to make unique noises, like—

(CRAAAAAAAAAAASH)

[an armored claw hand pierces out from the rubble, nearly swiping at belmont, before crawling into a standing position]

Belmont:
L-like Talos!

Viola:
Another giant!?
How many guys with huge spike-hands are in this place, anyways!?

Belmont:
Viola, we must run, now.
Without any damage in its armor,
this beast is completely invincible!

Bronze Behemoth

Talos

[don’t be confused by the boss icon only being in the bottom room; in reality, the entire level is a chase, as talos crashes through the walls, indiscriminately slaying whatever is nearby. rushing through demonic maids, killer dolls and valkyries, the duo gets to the rightmost side, where it crashes all the way down, opening up every room beneath it in the process, and crawls into the boss room, where it can finally be fought properly]

Viola:
Look, the armor’s all cracked!
Now’s our chance!

[after breaking through the armor at the legs, the beast finally falls, and dissipates into smoke, oddly leaving no blood. however, there’s a single tome in its place:]

TOME OF: LIFE
A tome used by succubi-in-training to drain life force,
it allows its user to quickly fly around with wings,
and turns any attack into one that can regain health.

Belmont:
A novice succubus’ tome?
What on earth would that be doing here?

???:
Ohhhhh the miss is gonna kill meeeee!

[the camera pans slightly left, to the final room in the area]

Viola:
We’re going to find out soon, I bet.
Let’s follow that voice!

[the duo enters the room, where a succubus with long streaks of light-red hair is nervously sitting in the corner, hiding under a book]

???:
Lilliana, Lilliana, why do you put this stuff off!
Gosh, I was supposed to be done with all this studying weeks ago!
Whyyyyy am I having to do this nowwwwww—

[she glances up, realizing that there is, in fact, other people in the room]

Lilliana:
Kyahhh! No no no, you two aren’t supposed to be here!
W-where’s that armor friend I made?
He was supposed to scare you!

Viola:
That wouldn’t happen to be the hunk of metal we beat, would it?

Lilliana:
Hunk of metal!? That’s supposed to be real scary!
I figured out one of you two’s deep fears and everything!

Belmont:
As frightening as it was the last time,
I unfortunately already knew how to defeat it.

Lilliana:
Y-you did?
Ahhh, dang it, Lilliana, you messed up again!
Okay, no, it’s fine, deep breaths.
Just remember what the miss told you to say,
she’s good at looking all scary I think.
I don’t need help. I’m a strong lady now, I can do it.

[lilliana coughs a loud “ahem”, and stands up]

Lilliana:
Y-you fool! Cretin!
You simpleton s-saps!
You have fallen into my trap!!!
I am not defeated yet! I have but one more trick!
I can use…

[she immediately falters with her stern pose, because of course she does, as she glances around the small room she’s within]

Lilliana:
Um. I can, uh.
Maybe.

[and she finally grabs… a strange glass pot with cork material at its thin neck:]

Lilliana:
THIS CURSED ARTIFACT!
Yes! Witness the raw power!

Belmont:
…That’s just a coffee maker.

Lilliana:
I-it is? But there’s actual magical energy coming from it!
Why would a coffee thing have magic energy?

Viola:
How the hell does that thing make coffee?

Belmont:
There’s, erm, a cone-shaped filter you place at the top.
You put ground up beans into the cone, pour boiling water over it,
and the coffee all drips into the container.

Viola:
Huh. Weird.

Lilliana:
Hey! I’m being threatening here!
I’m real scary! H-honest!

Viola:
Hey, Belmont.
Do you ever have to go hunting,
and you find a lone deer that’s technically a grown one,
but it still clearly doesn’t know what to do against danger?

Belmont:
I wouldn’t say it was an uncommon sight.
It could be old and frail,
yet still too ignorant of its status as prey.

Lilliana:
I’m frightening! Honest-to-goodness spooky!
Be afraid of meeeeeeeee!

Viola:
Yeah this is absolutely that deer.
Can we just leave?

Belmont:
I don’t see why not.
Though, before we go.

[belmont casually walks up to lilliana, and yoinks the coffee maker from her]

Lilliana:
W-wait! That’s my scary artifact!

Belmont:
The merchant would have coffee beans in stock, surely.
And I’m sure I could fashion a filter out of a few things.

Viola:
Well, that’s a project you’ll have to do yourself.
Coffee just makes me nauseous.

[the duo walk back out of the room, as lilliana, having failed at the task of scaring anyone whatsoever, slumps over.]

Lilliana:
Aw, dang it.

SECRET ITEM: COFFEE MAKER
A small jar used to make coffee with,
filling Belmont’s magic upon ingestion.
(Strangely, this device doesn’t exist outside this castle.)