Castle Corvinus, also known as Lucian's Fortress, was 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 the Lycans under the command of Lucian and was later burned to the ground. After Castle Corvinus fell to the Lycans, Ördögház became the new seat of power for the Old World Coven until the early 21st century.
The location of Castle Corvinus is not stated in any of the films, but in both the film and novelization of Rise of the Lycans, the Lycans travelled 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).
Castle Corvinus used to be part of the Corvinus Clan's domain, after which it came under the rule of the Budapest 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 Lycans
In the early 15th century, Vampire Elder Viktor was in charge of Castle Corvinus, along with a Council of elite Vampires. Viktor discovered a forbidden romance between Lucian and his daughter, Sonja, spurring him to pass judgement against them both. Viktor had Sonja burned alive by sunlight, leading to war between the Vampire and Lycan species. Distraught over his lover's passing, Lucian led the Lycans into the castle, killing the Council and wounding Viktor, although the Elder survived 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 was then set ablaze and Lucian's forces scatter into the night.
Over the centuries, as the original parts of the castle fell into disrepair, instead of having the structure repaired, the Vampire Coven simply abandoned them and had 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 chambers; a large circular room where the Vampire Elders were kept within the castle during periods of hibernation, and which also doubled as the council chamber where the members of the Vampire Council held their sessions and meetings with the Elders. The Vampire warriors known as Death Dealers patrolled the castle's walls, keeping the feral Werewolves away.
This is where the main entrance is located, as people and supplies could access the castle. This area was several meters tall and from the lookout points the archers and balistas had the higher ground with a clear shot of incoming enemies from several hundred meters away. The lower floors of the gatehouse would often be the residence of the gatehouse keeper, who would keep watch upon those entering and leaving the castle. The gatehouse was one of the strongest parts of the entire castle.
Inside the castle walls, there was the Courtyard, where most of the Death Dealers patrolled, and also where the Lycan slaves used to work. The horse stables and the forge were the closest areas to the gate. The Vampires had the intent of expanding this location as they forced the Lycans to work constantly on its expansion through the mountain. Here is also the place where they held their punishments against their slaves so that all could see.
Here the Blacksmith used to forged and fixed the Vampires silver made weapons and armors, like swords, crossbows, spears, daggers and the Death Dealers armors. Most of the silver that arrived from the mines were left here to create more weapons. There was a secret passage near the forge that lead beneath the castle and possibly outside of its walls.
The Great Hall was the main place within the tower walls. When the human landlords arrived at the castle this was the only place they were allowed to visit. The main throne at the end of the room and several benches and chairs could be seen in this part of the castle. The Elders and the Council constantly remained in this area where they could have had social affairs with other members of the Coven. Parties and important events were also held here. In this area, there was also a small library used to keep their scrolls and books.
In this chamber, the Elders, the Council and regents discussed their political matters as well as death sentences that would affect the Vampires' future. A circular area that consisted of the main throne for the Ruling Elder and twelve seats, for the Council members.
The training yard was a relatively small area of the castle where Viktor used to train and test Lucian abilities against human slaves, he could also watch the fights from one of the castle balconies.
This area was likely used to train the Death Dealers recruits and other Vampire warriors, how to fight and kill Werewolves.
In this room, most, if not all, of the Vampire arsenal was stored in. This was also a storage room for many other objects like keys, locks, clothes, potions and, possibly, drinks.
Several important members of the Coven had their own Personal Chambers. Sonja had a quite large bed-chamber, with her own bed, wardrobes and fur carpets. The chambers were located on the highest part of the tower as Sonja had full visibility of the courtyard and the forest.
In the lower parts of the Castle are the dungeons, where the Vampires kept their slaves. There were several cages and hollows where the Lycans lived for the most part when they weren't working. This area was also used by the Vampires to turn human slaves into more Lycans workers. Once, the Werewolves were also kept here. The docks were somewhere nearby this area as was the closest of the ocean, where the Vampires also had a ship, which they used sail into open seas.
This chamber was used to executed sentenced prisoners and/or traitors of the Coven. This is where Sonja was murdered while Lucian was forced to watch. There was a pillar in the middle of the room where the sentenced prisoner is chained to it, another prisoner could be chained into the ground nearby. Once the sun rises, a round skylight in the ceiling is opened, allowing the daylight to enter and burn the Vampires to death.
Somewhere above the mountain, there was a small temple. The place was crumbling and it's unknown what it could have been. There were some paintings on its walls but they were all but fading, so it is impossible to know who or what they represented.
This place could only be accessed by climbing the mountain. This was also the place where Lucian meet Sonja and had their time together while keeping their affair in secret.
- Viktor †
- Sonja †
- Andreas Tanis (formerly) †
- Ivan †
- Kosta †
- Luka †
- Vampire Council members
- Lucian †
- Raze †
- Sabas (Status unknown)
- Trix †
- Xristo (Status unknown)
- Gyorg †
- Grushenka (Blood Enemy) ( In non-canon Novel) †
- Leyba (In non-canon Novel) †
- Main article: Castle Corvinus/Gallery
- “Lucian has sacked two estates in Brașov, my lord.” —Orsova in Rise of the Lycans
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|Soren - Sabas - Orsova - Coloman - Kosta - Luka - Xristo - Sandor - Ivan - Ilona - Casmir Janosh - Covasha family - Malvina - Ulrik - Lucian's Mother|
|Weaponry of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - Silver - Shurikens - Swords - Crossbow - Knives - Whips|
|Vampire - Lycan - Immortal - Human - Werewolf|
|Castle Corvinus - Elders' Ship|
|Corvinus Strain - Vampire Council - Death Dealer - Vampire Elder - The Chain - Blood Memories - Budapest Coven - Moon Collar - Vampire-Lycan War - Vampire-Werewolf War|
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|Selene - Lucian - Sonja - Viktor - Kraven - Nicolae - Soren - Leyba - Brother Ambrose - Grushenka - Ilona - Leonid Florescu - Marcus Corvinus - Yoshio - Diego|
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|Silver Mine - Castle Corvinus - Crypts - Strasba - Keep - Ördögház - Budapest|
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