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Isaac Laforèze (whose family name is never used) is a major antagonist in the Castlevania video-game Curse of Darkness. He is a Devil Forgemaster who pledged loyalty to Count Dracula and becomes hell-bent to avenge his demise, for which he blames his former comrade Hector, the main hero. However, it is eventually revealed that he was influenced by Dracula's Curse, being all in all but a pawn in Death's schemes.
Isaac is a very disturbed and disturbing character, sporting extravagant clothing and having an equally extravagant demeanour, mixing flamboyance and bloodlust. He acts in a falsely dignified, theatrical and over-the-top way, which hardly veils his strong sadism.
He is particularly violent, ruthless and revengeful, deeply resenting Hector's superior skills and being obsessed with making him pay for his treachery. He clearly takes great pride in serving under Dracula and slaughtering humans, a lust for violence which he shares with his Familiars.
It is hinted that Isaac revels in slaughters due to the rejection he and his sister faced due to their powers. It is also made clear that although he willingly sold his soul to Dracula, hinting that he has never been benevolent, it was Dracula's influence that gradually made him so twisted, making him in some ways as much as a victim as Hector.
His sister states that he used to be much more level-headed and to genuinely look up to Hector as a role model. Alas jealousy got the better of him and his sanity deteriorated, resulting in the unhinged psycho seen in the game.
Powers and Abilities
Isaac is a highly powerful Devil Forgemaster: an alchemist able to create magical weapons and to grant life to familiars of various kinds called "Innocent Devils", able to stay by his side to shield him from harm and assist him in battle.
He uses the same Innocent Devils as Hector, but his own reflect his personality. His favourite is a variation of "The End" (the mightiest Devil Type) called Abel, who is always by his side. He is also seen performing Dark Magic, when teleporting through glowing energy runes for instance, among other feats.
Moreover, Isaac is a highly skilled fighter who wields some of the best weapons in the game: the "Chauve-Souris" halberd (French for "bat") and the "Laser Blade", a whip-like energy sword. He also uses a black dagger for stealthy assassinations, and the Pachislot spin-off games depict him with a huge, spiked flail.
Isaac and Hector are the only two humans able to master the Dark Art of Devil Forgery. They entered Dracula's service around 1470, likely having nowhere else to go and being shunned by everyone everywhere for their powers. Over time, they were appointed as his high-ranking generals.
However, contrary to Isaac, Hector did not enjoy following Dracula's orders. As for Isaac, he grew to envy Hector whom he felt inferior to and perceived as Dracula's favourite. The prequel manga Prelude to Revenge shows it in full, depicting him in flashbacks clad in full Devil Forgemaster uniform just like Hector, contrary to his twisted garment in the game that somehow symbolize his madness.
At this time, Dracula was waging war against Europe; wiping out entire armies and the battalions of holy soldiers sent by the Church, taking over many countries and slaughtering countless people, reducing the population of Transylvania at a dramatic rate. Hector and Isaac were frequently sent to lead the Count's armies of monsters. Upon learning that Trevor Belmont was leading an offence against him, the Count sent Hector to deal with him, but he had enough with the pointless slaughters and defected, relinquishing his powers to live in peace among humans. No longer sensing Hector's power, Dracula sent Isaac to look for him, or kill him if he deserted.
However, Trevor Belmont stormed the palace Castlevania while Isaac was away and allied with Dracula's son Alucard, the witch Sypha Belnades and the pirate Grant DaNasty. Together, they were able to slay the King of the Night.
This enraged Isaac, even more so seeing that Hector had settled down and married a young woman named Rosaly. He fought Hector, lost and was left for dead, but survived and blamed Hector for his lord's fall, reasoning that if he had not defected, they would have intercepted and killed Trevor Belmont before he could act.
However, with his dying breath, the Count cast a curse upon Transylvania: withering the country, swarming it with monsters and corrupting its people's hearts' with hatred and violence. Dracula planned for the curse to would wipe out his enemies and spread to the entire world, so that he could rule it unopposed after his eventual resurrection. As such, the Count's demise brought no peace to the country and even worsened then situation.
Isaac fell victim of the Curse and sought spread it as much as possible. He took profit of this gloomy context to frame Rosaly as a witch, and manipulated her trial from behind the scenes to have her executed, before Hector could do anything. The manga shows him spreading rumours that the apples she sold were poisoned. Furious and grieving, Hector sets out to track down Isaac to get his revenge, leading to the events of the game.
Role in the Story
Hector pursues Isaac and catches up with him, but Isaac merely laughs off his threats, stating that he is no match for him in his current state. He then leads Hector towards a grave where he can create Innocent Devils, tricking him into regaining his powers and exposing himself to the curse.
During his travels, Hector meets with Trevor Belmont (who first tries to kill him, believing that he works for Dracula), a young witch called Julia Laforeze, a mysterious time-traveller named Saint Germain and a wise itinerant priest named Zead (who gives him useful advice and seems to have a feud with Saint Germain).
The two Devil Forgemasters do battle in Cordova Town, with Isaac testing his nemesis but teleporting away when Julia (who is then revealed to be his younger sister) interrupts the battle. Julia reveals that she wishes Hector could stop her brother but states that he is not ready to face him yet.
- Isaac attacks with the spear "Chauve-Souris" and his familiar Abel. He is very fast and spry and attacks with combos; a fire-infused jump, and a tornado created by spinning his spear. Hector must target him dodging Abel, who shields his master and attacks by charging towards Hector engulfed in flames, or by disappearing underground to track him down and erupt under his feet in a fiery explosion.
Later, Isaac confronts Trevor Belmont without being able to defeat him, and flees when Hector arrives. He later tricks Hector into resurrecting the Castlevania, and takes profit of this distraction to stab Trevor from behind, severely wounding him and removing him as a threat. With Trevor under Julia's care, Hector then enters Dracula's Demon Castle and confronts Isaac for a last battle.
- Isaac is much faster, swifter and more powerful than ever. He delivers vicious combos with the “Laser Blade”, and summons three Innocent Devils one after another: a Black Dragon diving towards Hector and breathing fire-balls or a long stream of fire, a Golem whose jumps cause shockwaves, and a Samurai-like Warrior who strikes with a sabre and attacks with a rain of knives or energy beams. Hector must strike the Innocent Devil until it disappears, for as long as it exists Isaac cannot be harmed. As for Isaac, he is very vulnerable to Ice attacks.
Hector defeats Isaac, grabs his Blade and rushes for the kill, but holds back at the last second. Horrified, he realizes that his lust for revenge was influenced by Dracula's curse and fights it back. Right after, Zead appears and explains that he was the true mastermind behind Isaac's actions. He needed a Devil Forgemaster fully corrupted by the curse as a vessel to resurrect Dracula; and although he had set his choice upon Hector, Isaac would do nicely.
Zead reveals himself as none other than Death, and attacks the now useless Hector. However, Hector proves able to destroy Death before the resurrected Dracula, and to harness the essence of the curse to dispel it for good.
Isaac is a villain in the Castlevania Pachislot spinoff games, displaying slot-machines arcade sequences. One of the cutscenes shows him locking the chain of his spiked ball with Trevor's whip over both sides of a chasm, each trying to pull the other into the chasm, but he ends up defeated.
Castlevania Animated Series
- Main article: Isaac (Netflix's Castlevania)