Shanoa is one of
the main protagonists in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. She is
a young lady chosen by the order's leader, Barlowe, as the human vessel
for Dominus, but just before the ritual is performed, the glyphs are stolen
by Shanoa's best friend Albus, and she embarks on a journey to retrieve
them, unaware of his true intentions.
In her pursue, Shanoa
arrives in the deserted Wygol Village and finds out that Albus kidnapped
its inhabitants and keeps each one of them imprisoned in a different location.
As Shanoa rescues them throughout the game, she learns that Albus captured
them to perform some kind of experiment in them which involved draining
samples of their blood. Each villager rescued provides Shanoa with tasks
that once completed, provide new rewards. Although completing the tasks
is not required to complete the game, its final areas are only unlocked
when all villagers are rescued.
In two occasions,
Shanoa manages to track down Albus, who willingly lets her retrieve one
of the Dominus glyphs in each one of them. But when she finds him possessed
by the power of the third glyph, she is forced to battle him. If there
are villagers left to rescue at that part of the game, Shanoa retrieves
the final piece of Dominus after killing Albus and immediately returns
to Ecclesia to perform the ritual. The game ends with her death and Barlowe's
However, if all villagers
are rescued before Shanoa's final confrontation with Albus, his conscience
fuses with hers when she absorbs the final glyph and she learns that Albus
true intentions were to find a way to defeat Dracula without Shanoa using
Dominus, as he knew that it would cost her life if she used it. He also
reveals that the reason he experimented on the villagers was because they
were the last descendants of the Belmont Clan, and he (erroneously) believed
their blood would have the power to help him control Dominus without it
consuming him. As for her lost emotions and memories, he revealed that
Barlowe used them to create the glyphs, a fact he hid from her.
Confronting her master
after learning the truth, Shanoa hears from him that his true objective
all this time was to bring Dracula back to life
using her as a sacrifice. After Barlowe is defeated, he ends up offering
his own life to fulfill his ambition. With no memories left, no emotions
left, and with the death of those who were most precious to hers, Shanoa
sets for Dracula's castle to put him back into his eternal slumber, and
complete the task she has spent her whole life preparing herself for. Shanoa
goes through Dracula's castle and confronts him. She successfully defeats
him using Dominus, but seemingly at the cost of her own life. However,
Albus appears and reveals that only a soul has to be offered. He gives
up his own in Shanoa's place, but not before he asks her to smile for him.
Castlevania crumbles into dust and Shanoa escapes. And nothing else happens.