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Recap / Castlevania 2017 S 1 E 2 Necropolis

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Trevor Belmont, hearing other tavern patrons rant about the Belmonts being at blame for the world going to hell, asks the bartender for one last tankard of ale before taking his leave. The patrons notice the Belmont coat-of-arms on his tunic and picks a fight with him. Belmont fights against the angry patrons, but in his inebriated state, is soundly beaten.

Trevor takes his leave and heads towards the city of Gresit, the nearest town. The walled city is a veritable hell on earth, with people slaughtered every night by Dracula's legions and terrorized by the corrupt church by day. He asks around for information in the marketplace and learns about the "Speakers", a group of people attempting to aid the people against the legion; and a legend of a "sleeping soldier" who dwells in Gresit's catacombs who could save the people. The bishop, however, does not like the tales of the sleeping soldier, and blames the Speakers for the age of darkness upon them.

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While making his way through the town, Trevor sees two priests threatening one of the Speakers. He reluctantly aids the Speaker, severing one priest's finger and blinding another in one eye, and drives them away.The Speaker introduces himself as the group's Elder and brings Trevor back to his dwelling, where he and the others reveal that, nomadic though they were, they stayed in Gresit for two reasons; they are dedicated to aiding the people trapped in the city, and one among them had gone missing in search of the sleeping soldier. That Speaker was the Elder's grandschild.

Trevor is disillusioned: the church had excommunicated his family and wiped them out for the dealings with magic. The Belmonts were the ones best able to fight Dracula, but as far as Trevor was concerned, he doesn't have any obligation to try and fight Dracula any further. Nonetheless, sympathizing with the Speakers for being persecuted for the circumstance of their birth, he makes a deal with the Speakers: in exchange for rescuing the Elder's grandchild, he wants the Speakers to flee from the city.

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Tropes for this episode include:

  • Chest Insignia: The Belmont crest on Trevor's shirt is how the patrons recognize him as a Belmont.
  • Eats Babies: Just as he walks up to Gresit's walls, he notices a group of demons leaving, one with a dead baby between its teeth. Shortly after, we see a woman screaming at her husband (his throat having been ripped out while they slept) and the bloodied crib sans baby.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The whole beginning of the episode establishes Trevor's character. He is clearly put off by the accusations the patrons make towards his family, but would rather get a drink and ignore it than defend them unprovoked. It is not until the patrons goad him into a fight does he actually do something about it, beating all three of them despite the heavy hits he takes and the fact that he is hard-drunk.
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  • Groin Attack: Trevor gets hit below the belt multiple times.
  • Jaded Washout: Trevor's boasts about how he used to fight "fucking vampires" as he is being assaulted three-to-one by pub thugs.
  • The Scapegoat:
    • The peasants in the village Trevor is in blame Wallachia's various noble families for Dracula's rampage, especially the Belmonts due to their shady past.
    • The bishop and his clergy place the blame for Gresit's state on the Speakers.
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