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For this region in the original series, see Wallachia.

Wallachia is the main setting in the Castlevania animated series. It is a European region in Moldavia during the late Middle Ages. It plays a prominent role in the first two seasons of the show and remains a constant presence throughout the rest of the episodes.

History

Wallachia is a geographical region located in Moldavia in Europe during the late Middle Ages. A region in plain development, like those typical of the era, most riches in the land have long been seized by the old great families to consolidate their power, which is mainly concentrated in its fortified cities, such as Targoviste, Gresit, Banat, Bukharest, Grosswardein and Jessyo, leaving those who live in their outskirts and mountains settling in small towns –many in an impoverished state– where the people generally live an uneducated life and mainly sustain themselves through common activities of such areas, such as farming, agriculture, owning small establishments and selling their own goods at markets.

In general, people all within Wallachia are very superstitious and still believe in old tales that talk about the supernatural, where topics such as the existence of demons and legends of sorcerers who delved in the black arts are commonly present. As such, the people look up to the Church with blind faith to protect them from such evils, which due to this has gained great influential and political power within the land.

In 1475, the clergy of Targoviste burned a woman at the stake under false accusations of witchcraft. Lisa Tepes, which was her name, was the human wife of a powerful Transylvanian vampire named Vlad Dracula. Convinced by his wife that he had to travel the world in order to experience all the good things it had to offer, Dracula was absent when Lisa was arrested and executed. Being quickly informed on his return what had transpired during his absence, he used his powers to confront the culprits, who were still congregated at the pyre where his wife's ashes were still burning. He warned them to make their peace and to leave the city, as he would return after one year to exact his revenge. The Church leaders, supposedly believing him to be the Devil himself, disregarded this warning and, calmed by such assumption, the people continued living their normal lives.

However, Dracula fulfilled his promise and one year later he came back with an army of demons which attacked the city. This attack became a pivotal turn of life as it was known in Wallachia, as Dracula's objective was not only to get his revenge, but to eradicate all human life in the world; and thus he started advancing toward all of its major cities. For this purpose, he gathered the aid of other powerful vampires, kings and queens of their respective lands along with their armies, as well as a few sorcerers, to increase his military power, using his displacing castle as the main symbol of his hostile campaign to sow terror wherever he went.

Nevertheless, even if belonging to the same persecuted race, not all of the vampire generals that Dracula summoned were completely loyal to him. Carmilla, one of the four queens of Styria, noticing that Dracula's war was nothing but a suicide letter in grievance for his dead wife, devised her own agenda to betray the Vampire Lord and any others that were by his side if necessary, while convincing whomever she could to join her. All done in the proper time, it would not only stop the suicidal war, but would collect all of its spoils and bring glory and power to her land, which was currently going through tense relations with its neighboring countries.

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