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This page is about the witch enemy sometimes referred to as "Siren". For the winged female enemy, see Siren.

Aliorumnas, sometimes referred to as Salem Witch or Siren, is a recurring enemy in the Castlevania series. She is a witch who was banished by the Gothic king Filimer. She wears robes and can hover in the air. She can launch triple magical homing projectiles at enemies or can shoot a single projectile that curses the player.

Origins[]

Völva - 01

A völva seeress speaks her prophecy in this 19th century illustration.

A vǫlva (also known as völva, völvur or völur) is a shamanic seeress in Norse paganism and a recurring motif in Norse mythology. The Old Norse word vǫlva means "wand carrier" or "carrier of a magic staff".

Jordanes relates in his Getica (XXIV:121) of Gothic völvas called Aliorumnas. They were driven into exile by King Filimer when the Goths had settled in Oium (Ukraine). The name is probably a corruption of the Gothic Halju-runnos, meaning "hell-runners" or "runners to the realm of the dead" (which refers to their shamanistic experiences during trance). These völur were condemned to seek refuge far away and, according to this account, engendered the Huns.

Description[]

Aliorumnae are notorious for being Holy-based enemies with shining auras. If the player is using a Holy weapon, they'll usually have to attack them once or twice more than the rest of the enemies to kill them. However, if there are multiple Aliorumnae in the room, it is advisable to switch to a Slashing/Piercing-based weapon to dispatch of them quicker, as they are weak to these attributes.

They usually appear in church-like areas (chapels, cathedrals, etc.), along with many other Holy-based enemies, either in the same or in contiguous rooms (especially Amalaric Snipers).

They levitate and wait until the player is within range to start attacking. They have two spells: a triple homing Holy energy mass spell and a single cursing one that they shoot straightforward. However, both spells take a long time to cast (especially the latter one, as she'll first have to stop in midair to draw a magic symbol). Any attack will cancel their castings and knock them back, so they aren't really a threat unless the room is heavily crowded or if an attack sends them out of reach to finish them off.

In her first appearance in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, if she had started casting her triple homing attack and was defeated, the spell will keep on casting in place by itself and launch at the player. However, in later games that also use the same sprite, if she had started to cast this spell and was defeated before she could finish, the spell will be canceled.

Appearances[]

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance[]

Called Siren in Harmony of Dissonance, although evidently being an incarnation of the same Aliorumnas from previous games and not the mythological Siren that has a female torso and avian features.

Sirens appear as levitating witches that inhabit the Luminous Cavern in Castle B. Their in-game model serves as base for another enemy that appears later in the game, the Sylph (Aliorumnas in Japan), which is more commonly associated with this human form.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair[]

The Aliorumnae in Harmony of Despair are one of the only enemies in the game that use glyphs prior to casting their spells. Shanoa is able to absorb three of their four spell glyphs (the other enemy being the Nova Skeleton). If their spells are absorbed, they'll resort to use their single projectile attack from Symphony of the Night.

Enemy Data[]

Enemy Data: Aliorumnas
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location Notes
Salemwitch-1- 82. Salem Witch (Aliorumnas) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Ghost witches from Salem. Level: 20
HP: 180
Exp: 80
Drop: Gold Circlet, Shortcake
Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb, Necromancy Laboratory
(Strategy)
Hod siren 39. Siren (jpn) - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
' Level: 16
HP: 80
Exp: 71
Rare Drop: Mana Prism
Castle B: Luminous Cavern
Sylph 90. Sylph (jpn) - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
' Level: 36
HP: 320
Exp: 375
Common Drop: Big Mana Prism
Rare Drop: Silver Tiara
Castle A: Luminous Cavern
Aliorumnas 98. Aliorumnas (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [ edit ]
Witches banished by the Gothic king Filmer. Strong: Fire, Ice, Electric
Weak: Whip, Slash, Poison, Curse, Stone
HP: 196
Exp: 212
Skill Pt: 6
Drop: Dalmatica
Dark Academy, 13th Street
(Strategy)
Salem Witch  - Encore of the Night [ edit ]
' HP: 180
Exp: ~450
Drop: Frankfurter, Hamburger; ???
Steal: ~60C
Underground Caverns
Abil: Magic Missile
Aliorumnas 22. Aliorumnas (jpn) - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Witches banished by the Gothic king Filimer. Strong: Fire, Ice, Lightning, Holy, Darkness
Weak: Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Curse, Poison
Drop: Kiwi (5.30%)
Steal: Ignis, Grando, Fulgur
Soul: Yellow (2.30%)
Chapter 2, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 8
GoS Aliorumnas Aliorumnas  - Grimoire of Souls [ edit ]
Witches banished by the Gothic king Filimer. Wielding holy magic for dark purposes. Weak: Burn, Frozen, Shock
Soul: Enchant Weapon to level 5
Abil: Slow

Item Data[]

Item Data: Aliorumnas
Image Name - Game
  Type - Users
Description
Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gold Circlet Icon Gold Circlet (Silver Circlet) - Symphony of the Night
  Head (Crown/Circlet) - Alucard
[edit]
Restores HP by holy damage Attrib: Holy
INT +6
Drop: Salem Witch
Effect: Holy-based attacks of enemies heal Alucard instead of damaging
Shortcake Icon Shortcake (jpn) - Symphony of the Night
  Food (Sweet) - Alucard
[edit]
Strawberry shortcake [use] HP +11
Drop: Salem Witch
Mana Prism Icon Mana Prism - Harmony of Dissonance
  Medicine - Juste Belmont
[edit]
Restores some MP. MP +20
Buy: 250G
Find: Throughout castle (all)
Rare Drop: Siren
Big Mana Prism Icon Big Mana Prism - Harmony of Dissonance
  Medicine - Juste Belmont
[edit]
Restores a large amount of MP. MP +100
Buy: 1,000G
Find: Throughout castle (all)
Common Drop: Pixie, Sylph
Silver Tiara Icon Silver Tiara - Harmony of Dissonance
  Head - Juste Belmont
[edit]
A tiara crafted from silver. DEF +25
Rare Drop: Sylph
Dalmatica PoR Icon Dalmatica (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin
  Body Gear (Dress) - Charlotte
[edit]
A garment with wide sleeves, worn by religious orders. DEF +25, INT +10
Sell: $6,000
Buy: $24,000
Find: Entrance (Vincent's shop)
Drop: Aliorumnas
Kiwi Icon Kiwi (Kiwi Fruit) - Harmony of Despair
  Item (Food - Fruit) - any
[edit]
Full of vitamins that are great for the skin. MP +40, MND +3
Sell: $100
Rarity: *
Find: Chapter 4, 6
Drop: Aliorumnas (5.30%)
Glyphspell HD Icon Ignis (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Hunter Skill Glyph (Fire) - Shanoa
[edit]
Call forth raging flames. Attrib: Fire
Consume: 15 MP
ATK +6
Rarity: *
Steal: Aliorumnas
First Obtained: (Starts with)
Effect: Flames
Glyphspell HD Icon Grando (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Hunter Skill Glyph (Ice) - Shanoa
[edit]
Call forth freezing ice. Attrib: Pierce, Ice
Consume: 15 MP
ATK +12
Rarity: *
Steal: Aliorumnas
First Obtained: Chapter 4
Effect: Ice Bolt
Glyphspell HD Icon Fulgur (Tonitrus) - Harmony of Despair
  Hunter Skill Glyph - Shanoa
[edit]
Call forth shocking electricity. Attrib: Lightning
Consume: 15 MP
ATK +5
Rarity: **
Steal: Aliorumnas
First Obtained: Chapter 4
Effect: Tonitrus
Evolve: Level 5 and 9
Enchanted Soul HD Icon Aliorumnas - Harmony of Despair
  Enchanted Soul - Soma
[edit]
Increase MND MND +1
Rarity: **
Steal: Aliorumnas (2.3%)
Effect: MND Boost

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