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Lenneth in the Dragoncastle Caverns

Natural caves that lie beneath the land of Yamato. It is said to be a sanctuary of evil and a dwelling place for demons. Truly a place where even angels fear to tread, it is not to be visited by the faint of heart.

The Dragoncastle Caverns are a dungeon in Valkyrie Profile, situated to the north of Hai-Lan. This series of underground tunnels houses a Shinto shrine which contains the Dragonbane sword, but its lower levels are currently inhabited by an undead dragon. It is only available on Easy and Normal mode, from Chapter 2 onwards.

StorylineEdit

Nanami may be seen visiting the Dragoncastle Caverns during her recruitment sequence, as part of her ritual of ascension, which is required for her to become the next protector of her family's shrine and apparently involves sending her to retrieve the Dragonbane. She has attempted this at least once before, but failed to obtain the sword, likely because of the many monsters which inhabit the Caverns. However, due to the fact that she is an adopted daughter, she cannot successfully complete the ritual, as Shinto tradition states that only a direct descendant is suited to this task. Her family's real daughter, Minayo, who died in unspecified circumstances, appears to her as a ghost before she has a chance to obtain the Dragonbane and attacks her. Lenneth intervenes to defend her, but Nanami, realizing that she cannot defy tradition, agrees to let Minayo live on inside her body. Minayo returns to her parents with the Dragonbane, and Lenneth recruits Nanami as an Einherjar for her altruism.

TreasureEdit

  • Eye of Heaven
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Fire Storm (explosion trap)
  • Short Spear
  • Frigid Damsel
  • Foxglove
  • Element Scepter (explosion trap)
  • Nightshade
  • Lapis Lazuli (explosion trap)
  • Quartz Gem
  • Vegetable Seed
  • Long Sword
  • Savory
  • Foxglove
  • Aconite (explosion trap)
  • Slanting Rain (explosion trap)
  • Spear "Dark Angel" (artifact)
  • Scarlet Lotus Sword (artifact)

EnemiesEdit

  • Current Fish
  • Monstrous Viper
  • Venomous Spider
  • Banshee
  • Lesser Dragon - BOSS

MiscellaneousEdit

  • The Dragonbane shrine is situated on the upper levels of the Caverns, thus Nanami would not necessarily have needed to get past the dragon to access it.
  • The expression "where angels fear to tread" from the dungeon's description is based on a famous line from the poem An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope [1], even though the game uses the phrase literally, rather than metaphorically, as the poem does.

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