Stella Lecarde (ステラ・リカード Sutera Rikādo?, lit. "Stella Ricardo") is a character and major antagonist in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. She is Loretta's twin sister and daughter of Eric Lecarde, one of the protagonists from Castlevania: Bloodlines. Both young women were captured by an old vampire named Brauner, who infected them with vampirism, and who since then took them in as their adoptive father.
Stella is fought twice as a boss over the course of the game, first by herself and the second alongside her sister in a battle that determines how the rest of the game would play out.
Although one alternate ending depicts Jonathan and Charlotte simply defeating Stella and Loretta, the canon ending involves them being saved. During the battle with the Lecarde twins, Stella and Loretta are cured of their vampirism by Charlotte's Sanctuary spell. This returns them to their human form and gives them their minds back, and they show their gratitude by offering to perform a ritual that allows Jonathan to utilize the Vampire Killer's full power. Whether Jonathan takes them up on this offer is up to the player.
After Dracula's defeat, they finally meet up with their father's ghost, and Stella is especially distraught when he finally passes, falling to her knees and sobbing. She also admits that, considering herself the older of the two, she takes a greater share of the responsibility than the "younger" Loretta.
In Sisters Mode, Stella is able to damage enemies and objects that the player rubs the stylus over. She and Loretta enter the castle against their father's wishes, believing that he is inside. Upon reaching Brauner's portrait, they find their father badly wounded, and Brauner ambushes them and turns them into vampires, setting up the events of the main game.
Appearance and personality
Stella is the older twin and the more emotional of the two. She typically specializes in physical attacks, primarily those that involve sword strikes and energy waves. As a vampiress, she looks down upon humans as inferior to her. This characteristic was shown when she attacks Jonathan and Charlotte despite Brauner's orders not to do so. She possesses heterochromia, with her right eye turning red. As a human before her turning and after she was cursed, both of her eyes are green. A similar effect was observed with her younger sister Loretta.
- In Sisters Mode, when both Stella and Loretta are still humans, they are already shown to possess strong magic abilities. In fact, their main manner of displacement is by levitating.