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The Council of Sisters was a major antagonistic faction introduced in Season 3 of the the Castlevania animated series. It was a sisterhood of four powerful vampiresses which ruled over Styria. The alliance was commanded by the calculative vampire queen, Carmilla, with its headquarters established precisely at her castle in Austria.

Even though Carmilla was generally perceived as their leader, all four members bear the title of "Queen of Styria"[1] and they alll equally ruled as a quadrumvirate. Each sister had a particular role in the Council. Carmilla provided new ideas for the group, Morana was the organizer, Striga was the military commander and Lenore was the diplomat.

History

One month after the battle of Braila, Carmilla and her vampire army finally return to their homeland, Styria, where she is greeted by Striga and Lenore, two members of Styria's ruling Council. They quickly notice that their queen has brought a new spoil of war: Hector, Dracula's former forgemaster, whom Carmilla orders to be immediately sent to the dungeons. Carmilla then enters her castle, declaring that she has a plan, and orders that a cartographer is sent to her chambers after her bath.

The three other members of the Council, Morana, Striga and Lenore, meet later that night with Carmilla to hear her new plan. Carmilla pulls out a map and begins to explain how Dracula's attack on mankind has rendered many of the nations surrounding Wallachia in complete disarray, giving a unique opportunity for Styria to expand to the east, in an area that she calls "the corridor", where the humans would be trapped and serve as cattle to the Styrian vampire army. While the other members of the Council initially express disbelief due to the lack of manpower to even sustain such borders, Carmilla quickly points out that Hector, as a Forgemaster, could be someone very useful to this regard. Morana, however, is still skeptical; given Carmilla's inhuman treatment to Hector, she doesn't see how they would be able to convince him to cooperate with such an operation. Recognizing this issue, Lenore offers herself to be the one who convinces Hector to work for them.

Soon after, Lenore arrives at Hector's cell. The Forgemaster is initially very distrusting of her, but eventually she manages to get through by giving him some measured human treatment and granting him access to some of the vampiric culture of Styria. After repeatedly visiting him and gaining his trust, Lenore seduces Hector and tricks him into swearing loyalty to her. She then puts a magical ring in his finger which bounds him to her.

When the members of the Council meet again, Lenore brings the enslaved Hector to the room, revealing that he is now her slave, and as such, his night creatures are now loyal to her. To ensure that Hector (and by extension, his night creatures) remain their loyal servants, Lenore hands over magic rings to all of her other sisters. With the night creatures now under their command, the Council is finally ready to put in motion their plan to build their own empire.

While Morana and Striga are away, fighting to expand Styria's domain, their resolve is shaken when they realized that managing such a large swath of land would demand constant surveillance, which would make them spend the rest of their lives maintaining it. However, they heed Carmilla's words to come back to Styria since they now have access to night creatures. Lenore also starts harboring doubts, as she felt sidelined, since Carmilla's plans were changing without consulting her and her skills are not needed in the completion of Carmilla's ambitions.

When Isaac's night creatures assaulted the castle, Lenore's first thought was to try and take Hector to a safe location. However, she was taken prisoner and Carmilla later committed suicide, trying to take as many of her enemies with her as she could. Morana and Striga were reaching the castle but felt her death. Instead of trying to take the castle back, they decided to leave with their remaining forces to join other nations as a mercenary company, accepting the fact that Carmilla's ambition was probably delusional, reflecting on why vampires usually overreach in their greed. They also take for granted that Lenore might even have died first, as she's was no fighter, further convincing them of letting things be.

After their desertion and Lenore's suicide by exposing herself to the light of dawn, the Council of Sisters is unofficially but completely disbanded.

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Quotes

Carmilla: Oh bless your dead little hearts. You do still love me.
Morana: Mm. Welcome home, Carmilla. We're all so glad to have you back with us.
Lenore: The plan didn't matter a whit compared to your safety. Welcome back to your castle and your realm.
Striga: It's us against the world, Carmilla. Same as it always was.
— ("Bless Your Dead Little Hearts")
Carmilla: I have it!
Morana: What do you have?
Carmilla: The future.
Striga: Oh, I can't wait for this. She's been home for five minutes and she's already carrying the future rolled up under her arm.
Lenore: The future does seem very portable.
Morana: Well it's the future, isn't it? You can't see it yet, so I suppose it can't weigh very much.
Carmilla: Your comedy act hasn't improved while I've been away.
— ("The Reparation of My Heart")
Hector: Vampires. You like to play with your food.
Lenore: Oh, Carmilla does certainly. Striga just kills her food. Morana tortures hers for information on where the rest of the food is.
Hector: Who are they?
Lenore: The ruling council. Carmilla is queen of Styria but we rule as a quartet. Morana is the organizer. Striga is the warrior.
Hector: Hmm. And, you?
Lenore: The diplomat.
— ("Investigators")
Lenore: "I'm a diplomat, Hector. I make peace. Carmilla thinks you're a useful idiot at best, Striga wants to kill you when she thinks about you at all, and Morana wants to torture you. Not to get information out of you... just because she finds it calming."
— ("Investigators")
Lenore: He's going to live as well as we do, and he's going to have freedom of the castle.
Carmilla: Oh, I don't think so.
Lenore: I do. He get something back from this. He gets something back from this. He gets a comfortable life. He gets to feel safe. Morana will make the arrangements. Striga will organize the forging. Carmilla will agree to all this and live with it.
— ("Abandon All Hope")
Striga: I think that whatever we achieve, we achieve it together. You and me. Carmilla throws a crazy plan at us, and it's us who make it work.
Morana: Or, put another way, we make it work despite Carmilla. And Lenore's never any bloody help. She's off with the fairies most of the time. It's us. And the crazy plan make sense back because, I don't know, Carmilla had this magic reality distortion spell, and we pride ourselves on making things work.
— ("Walk Away")
Lenore: As a quartet, my sisters and I had strength. The strength to enforce a stable environment.
— ("It's Been a Strange Ride")

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References

  1. @kloysius on Twitter - February 3, 2021.