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The Vendée, also commonly referred to simply as the Château, is a location in Castlevania: Nocturne. It is a large château in western France owned by the Marquis.

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A sumptuous and very large château located in western France owned by the Marquis, settled along hundreds of hectares in which he throws night parties where the most elite members of the French vampire aristocracy reunite to partake in activities such as ballroom dances, listen to live orchestras, and feast on extravagant banquets where human blood is plentiful. The building is comprised of a main central structure and two equally large wings. A very long water mirror lies in front of the central building, adorned with two rows of statues and trees. Beautiful and carefully tended gardens, adorned with flowered bushes and trails, as well as hedge mazes surround the water mirror.

Both wings of the building are presumably mainly comprised of guest rooms, where the Marquis's frequent distinguished guests can be comfortably accommodated, as well as perhaps offices in the lower floors. Right after entering, visitors are welcomed by two large curved staircases that give access to the second floor, which in turn gives access to a series of halls to access the rest of the building; all adorned with door frames and railings that follow a middle eastern inspired style complemented with arabesques. Both twin staircases, as well as the entire first floor of the hall, are adorned with golden statues of angels and saints. At the center of the tall ceiling hangs a huge and exquisitely labored chandelier that illuminates the whole room. The main hall of the Vendée is used for the reception of guests; its central section is distinguished by two tall and thick columns made of red marble, where on the second floor, speeches can be given to the attendants gathered below.

In 1972, during the preparations for the upcoming arrival and rise in power of Countess Erzsebet Báthory, the Vendée served as the main staying place for all the elite vampires that had been summoned from around the world for this event. Besides that, it was also used as an impromptu place to initially collect and store freshly deceased bodies that would later be carried to the abbey to be turned into night creatures.

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  • The Vendée is a real life department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France, on the Atlantic coast. Its prefecture is La Roche-sur-Yon.
  • The inclusion of this particular location to the series was probably in reference to the War in the Vendée, a counter-revolution movement that took place from 1793 to 1796 in the Vendée region of France, where the nobility allied themselves with the Catholic Church in an attempt to suppress the ongoing revolution, similarly to how the Abbot pacts an alliance with the vampires in the series for the same reason. However, this is just speculation.
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