This is a comparison of the stories in the intros of 悪魔城伝説 (Akumajō Densetsu) and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
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15世紀、ヨーロッパ。
この暗黒の世に、恐るべき人物がいた。
トランシルバニアのヴラド・ツェペシュ、またの名を、ドラキュラといった。
Europe, 15th century.
In this dark age there lived a terrifying man.
Vlad Ţepeş of Transylvania, also known as Dracula.
During 15th Century Europe, there lived a person named Dracula.
殺戮を喜びとし、破壊の限りを尽くすことに飽き足らなくなった彼は、
遥かなる太古に失われし魔法を復活させ、暗黒邪神をこの世に呼び覚ました。
Carnage was his pleasure. However, after having caused all kinds of destruction he still felt unsated,
and thus brought back a black art that had been lost since time immemorial by summoning an evil god of darkness into this world.
He practiced sorcery in order to create a bad world filled with evil.
狂王は邪神の力を借りて、忌まわしき魔物を次々と世へ送りだし、ワラキア全土を
暗黒と、殺戮の地へと変えていった。
The mad king borrowed the evil god's power and sent out abominable demons into the world one after another.
He changed the whole of Walachia into a land of darkness and slaughter.
そして自らの野望に狂った王は、ついには
その魔の手をヨーロッパ全土に広げようと謀ったのであった。
この地をけがし、血で染めようと・・・
And finally, the king—possessed by his own ambition—
planned to extend his evil power to the whole of Europe.
He was about to defile this land and dye it with blood...
He began taking over the Continent of Europe, changing countries from good to bad.
この事を重く見た正教会は、ただちに手を打って、軍隊を送り込んだ。
また、かの地でも、ドラキュラに対して、戦いを挑もうとする者たちがあった。
だが、しかし、誰一人として生きて戻ってきた者はいなかった・・・
The Orthodox Church, who did not look lightly on this, immediately took action by sending in troops.
Also, here and there, there were people who were brave enough to challenge Dracula.
However, none of them came back alive...
The good people of Europe tried to fight off Dracula, but no one was able to survive.
なすすべのなくなった正教会は、ついに、真正ヴァンパイア・ハンターと呼ばれる
ベルモンド家に、ドラキュラ討伐をゆだねることを決意した。
The Orthodox Church at their wits' end finally decided to leave the subjugation of Dracula
to the Belmondo family, who were called true vampire hunters.
Finally, the Belmont family was summoned to battle Dracula's vile forces.
ベルモンド家とは、太古にまでさかのぼる古い血筋を持ち、忌まわしき者たちとの戦いの中で
生き延びてきたという一族であった。
The Belmondo family is a lineage that goes back to times immemorial.
They are a clan who has lived all their lives fighting abominations.
The Belmont family has a long history of fighting evil.
しかし、そのあまりにも人間離れした能力のために、人々からは 恐れられ、うとんじられてきた。
そのため、いつしか人々の前から姿を消し、久しい間、彼らを見た者はいなかった・・・
However, due to their clearly superhuman abilities, they were feared and shunned by people.
Because of this, without notice, they disappeared from the public eye and no-one saw them in a long time...
The townspeople became afraid of the Belmonts super-human power and asked them to leave the country.
教皇はあらゆる手を尽くし、ついに、ベルモンドの血を受け継いだ人間にめぐり合う事が出来た。
その若者の名は、ラルフ・ベルモンドであった。
The Pope used all possible means and finally, he managed to come across someone who inherited the Belmondo bloodline.
The name of the young man was Ralf Belmondo.
Fortunately the people found a mighty Belmont, called Trevor.
シモン・ベルモンドの時代をさかのぼること 100余年、
ドラキュラと人間の戦いが、今ここに始まろうとしている・・・
Some hundred years before the time of Simon Belmondo,
here and now, the battle between Dracula and humans is about to begin...
The curse of Dracula has begun. The fate of Europe lies with Trevor.

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