Castle Corvinus, also known as Lucian's Fortress, is a castle which served as the Vampire Coven's seat of power for centuries, until the main events of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in the early 15th Century. It was eventually overtaken by Lycans under the command of Lucian, and was later burned to the ground. After Castle Corvinus had fallen to the Lycans, Ördögház became the new seat of power for the Budapest Coven until the early 21st century.
The location of Castle Corvinus is not stated in the films, but in both the film and novelization of Rise of the Lycans, the Lycans traveled to Brașov soon after escaping the castle. Castle Corvinus is seen to be in the mountains and is presumably in the vicinity of Brașov, in the Romanian Carpathian mountains (see the map).
Over the centuries, as the original parts of the castle fell into disrepair, instead of having the structure repaired, the Vampire Coven would simply abandon them and have new parts of the castle built and inhabit the newer structures. Parts of the castle include a great hall, various rooms housing the local Vampires, a courtyard and a jail for the Lycan slaves.
The Vampire Council held their meetings in the Elder's Crypt; a large circular room where the Vampire Elders were kept within the castle during periods of hibernation, and which also doubles as the council chamber where the members of the Vampire Council hold their sessions and meetings with Elders. Vampire warriors known as Death Dealers patrolled the castle's walls, keeping the feral Werewolves away.
Castle Corvinus used to be part of the Corvinus Clan's domain, after which it came under the rule of the Old World Coven through Marcus Corvinus. It was originally the site of jailed Werewolves, who were experimented on by the Vampires in an attempt to find better ways to exterminate the species. It was there that Lucian, the first of the Lycans, was born to a female Werewolf. Lucian was used to create more Lycans, who acted as slaves to the Vampires. While the aristocratic Vampires wandered the castle, engaging in hedonistic pursuits, the Lycans toiled in the slave quarters. Lucian discovered the older parts of the castle were not as closely guarded, and they became the places where he and Vampire princess Sonja engaged in a secret affair.
Underworld: Rise of the LycansEdit
In the early 15th century, Vampire Elder Viktor is in charge of Castle Corvinus, along with a Council of elite Vampires. Viktor discovers a forbidden romance between Lucian and his daughter, Sonja, spurring him to pass judgement against them both. Viktor has Sonja burned alive by sunlight, leading to war between the Vampire and Lycan species. Distraught over his lover's passing, Lucian leads the Lycans into the castle, killing the Council and wounding Viktor, although the Elder survives the attack.
Lucian and the Lycans take command of the castle and fight the Vampires from there until they are attacked by a large group of Death Dealers. At some point during the fight, a Vampire named Kraven makes a deal with Lucian, aiding Lucian in faking his own death in return for power and glory amongst the Vampires. The castle is then set ablaze and Lucian's forces scatter into the night.
- ↑ “Lucian has sacked two estates in Brașov, my lord.” —Orsova in Rise of the Lycans
- ↑ "Instead [Lucian] looked to the west where an abandoned watchtower clung to a sheer cliff more than a hundred feet above the castle. The ruins dated back centuries, to when the castle's own walls and spires had not yet risen to their present heights. A fire several generations later had gutted much of the towers interior, and the Elders, by then securely ensconed in their newly fortified stronghold, had not seen fit to repair it." ~ Rise of the Lycans novelization, chapter 4
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