Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace
Name: Gabriel Belmont/Dracula
Game(s): Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series
Class: Weapons Master
Gabriel Belmont is the protagonist/antagonist/what-have-you of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series. He, like Raoh, is a pretty complex good guy/bad guy. Granted, he’s pretty uncaring in regards to normal humans, being happy terrifying/enslaving them as Dracula. However, he’s also been manipulated, mind controlled, and made to do unpleasant things against his will, which is part of what has driven his madness. He cares very strongly for his family, and his desire to see them alive and united is what drives him to do good.
He’s faced off against powerful vampires, demons, Satan, and Death itself. He’s also battled his inner demons, in an attempt to save his own soul and die a true and worthy death. His skills in battle were legendary before he even became a vampire, and grew massively when coupled with the abilities he picked up after turning. In addition to this, pre-turning he is able to wield Light and Dark magic, and after turning he is able to wield Chaos and Void magic. That’s a lot of power for one guy to possess! With his ability to wield weapons ranging from combat crosses to chaos blades, Gabriel/Dracular is a fitting Weapons Master of the highest order, seated within the upper echelons of the Fighter archetype.
In The Gabriel Belmont workout, we’re going to build a body meant to go toe-to-toe with vampires, demons, and gods. We may not be able to gain vampiric strength, necessarily, but we will be building a body that can reach the upper levels of normal human strength, while still remaining fast, agile, and lethal. We’re going to be looking at a solid powerlifting regimen, coupled with a fair amount of cardio, and some interesting drills.
In The Skills of Gabriel Belmont, we’re going to take a look at Gabriel’s combat styles, and they are many! His primary neutral weapon is the combat cross, and later the shadow whip, both of whom have very similar movements to real life whip movements and tricks. We’ve also got his sword and chaos claws styles to consider, so we’ll take a look at some real life counterparts there as well. Gabriel’s vampire powers that he gains when he becomes Dracula are a bit more difficult to emulate, but we’ll talk about some of those as well.
Finally, in The Mind of Gabriel, we’re going to take a look at his internal conflicts, and how he handles the various betrayals, manipulation, and otherworldly politics he’s endured in his long, long life. He’s a man who has both a dark and a light side, and a good study in what can happen when people gain (nearly) unlimited power. We’ll examine how his familial ties affect his decision making, and how he triumphs over his own dark inclinations.
It’s going to be a fun couple weeks! Gabriel’s an interesting character, for sure, and his combat styles are hella fun, so I’m looking forward to it! Thanks to Ken-Oh33 over on the forums for suggesting him, and for everyone who voted in the character poll! The new poll will be up soon, so keep an eye out for it! Also, Q&A Tuesday should be live with new questions later tonight, so watch out for that on the Youtube channel as well!
Live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!
Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace
Raoh is a pretty complex individual. Though he’d appear in some ways to be your typical “bad guy,” he’s got depth in his motivations, and a sense of honor in his actions. He’s ruthless and driven, of course, and very much an asshole in some respects. He’s a “might makes right” kind of person, and his personal quest to become the strongest, most powerful person in the world guides his actions. He’s also guided by a “personal code,” if you will. Though this code is never explicitly spelled out, it’s evident in the way he deals with the sick/terminally ill, or those who cannot fight him at their best due to extenuating circumstances. He also conducts himself with respect when fighting opponents who give him their all, even if they are no match for them.
Granted, he usually still punches them to death afterwards.
There’s something to be said for living by a code. Now, I’m not here to be your moral adviser, or whatever, but developing a personal code that you live by can definitely help you become a more iconic and well-developed individual. Developing such a code requires a good amount of introspection first, to understand yourself and what your true motivations and goals are. From there, you can begin to build out the base, unshakable tenets you want to live your life by. Some base examples of good tenets to live by, in my opinion…
Live by your word.
This one is simple enough in theory, but can be difficult in practice. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. It’s that simple. However, in order to be successful at this, you first need to be careful of what you say. You need to be sparing with your words, so you can keep your own expectations attainable. Remember, people respect actions, not words, so the only way your words hold any power is if your actions consistently back them up.
Speaking of consistency, being consistent with your own code is important, too. Developing a code you live by means nothing if you don’t actually stick with it. For this reason, your own personal rules should be simple, straight-forward, and few. Don’t over-complicate things.
You knew this was coming, right? Don’t let fear rule you, don’t let uncertainty shake you, and don’t let shyness limit you. Seize the moment, and do whatever things you can. We talked about building your own legend in our last post, and this is a big part of that. Live boldly, do cool things, and gain powerful memories, experiences, and friends.
Now, like I said, I’m not trying to be your conscience, here. Those three little examples are obviously pretty neutral, with the exception of them all being pretty dependent upon honesty. Honesty, by the way, it a powerful tool. I’d rather deal with an honest asshole than a lying flatterer any day. Raoh’s not a nice guy, and he doesn’t claim to be or try to be. He is an honorable person, and one who respects power, but he’s not nice, and he’s rarely compassionate.
Living by your own code also allows you to be more honest with yourself, and driven in purpose. A lot of people just kind of drift through life, reacting to things as they come without any sort of general theme unifying their actions or directing their goals. Raoh is so powerful and driven because he knows what he’s all about. He’s honest with himself, and knows the rules he prefers to live by. In the end, that allows him to die at peace, without any regrets for his actions, because he stayed true to himself. He may be an asshole sometimes, but he’s an honest asshole.
“I have no regrets for the life I have lived!”
That’s it for our time with Raoh. We’ve got a video coming this Saturday, and a new character starting up on Monday! Don’t forget to go vote in the new character poll! Live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome.
Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace