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"That place is full of nothing but blood and death!"
Elena about Castle Dimitrescu

Castle Dimitrescu (ドミトレスク (しろ) Domitoresuku shiro?) is a large Mediæval castle owned by the Dimitrescu family and located in Eastern Europe.

Overview

The castle was built during the 15th century and was used by the Dimitrescu family. It is uncertain what became of the family in the centuries after, whether they left the region or their main branch became extinct. In the mid-20th century, ownership of the castle fell to Countess Alcina Dimitrescu, who's family were considered outsiders to the region.[1] Dimitrescu maintained a feudal and tyrannical rule over the people of the region. Under her control the castle became associated with Sanguis Virginis, a brand of enriched red wine. From the 1950s to 2020s, the castle was the epicenter of a number of violent murders and mutilations instigated by the nobles against the local peasantry.

The castle was used by Mother Miranda and Lady Alcina Dimitrescu during their experiments on the nearby villagers with Mold and the Cadou parasite; one such experiment birthed Dimitrescu's daughters: Bela, Cassandra, and Daniela. The castle was also used for the Dimitrescu family's sadistic methods of torturing and draining the locals for blood, which they used both for their own sustenance as well as to manufacture an exported wine. The castle was largely damaged and eventually abandoned in 2021 after Ethan Winters killed the Dimitrescu family in his search for his daughter, Rosemary. The following morning the village was destroyed when Winters detonated an N2 explosive, and though much of the forest was consumed by fire, the castle itself survived.[2]

Architecture

The overall structure of the estate dates back to the European Middle Ages and largely conforms to architectural concepts derived during its High Renaissance period, crafted from stratified limestone comprising the turrets and battlements which adorn the castle's fog-enshrouded towers and snowy balustrades; the interior ornamentals of the castle adopt a more heavily Baroque style, which came into prominence during the 17th century and suggest the castle may have been updated during that time.

The castle's lower recesses, which are host to a storage basement, wine cellar and vaulted dungeon fortified with iron cages, are decaying from disrepair and addled with gore left behind from its owners' violent activities on the prisoners contained therein. The upper echelons of the castle, by contrast, are exquisitely decorated with twisting hallways lacquered in ornate golden gildings of vines, expensive furniture and velvet carpeting lining the checkered marble floors, particularly within its foyers. Tall columns and pillars support the high domed ceilings of many chambers and are filled with statues, paintings and crests baring the history of the Dimitrescu bloodline; fireplaces in these rooms dually serve as prominent centerpieces and a means for the castle's denizens to burn the remains of those victimized by them.

Light is intentionally left minimalized to sconces and candelabras, with many windows having been draped in thick curtains, leaving the vast majority of the castle steeped in shadow and secrecy. This is eventually revealed to be due to Bela, Cassandra and Daniela's weakness to cold temperatures.

The castle's exterior features several scarecrows among the fields, although compared to the traditional scarecrows seen in the village, these scarecrows are the hollowed-out bodies of Dimitrescu's male victims.

The castle also houses a room for The Duke to station his Emporium, where he would do business with Dimitrescu, as well as supply weapons and information to Ethan Winters.

Gallery

Further notes

  • In fitting with Resident Evil Village's literary allusions to Bram Stoker's Dracula, the castle is an analogue to Castle Dracula. Both are located in an isolated part of the mountains - the Carpathians in Dracula - and are 15th century constructs.
  • The bathtub of blood located in the Room of Ablution is most likely inspired by legends of Elizabeth Bathory, who was rumored to have bathed in the blood of young women in an attempt to maintain her youth and beauty, although this is largely agreed to be sensationalism by modern scholars.
  • The music on the piano within Castle Dimitrescu is Sogno by Francesco Paolo Tosti.

Sources

  1. Maiden Demo (2021), file: "Winemaking History" (tentative).
  2. Resident Evil Village (2021), scene: "Rose".
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