This Comic's Cast:

Sure, if you really look into Castlevania continuity, Dracula has managed to stay alive for weeks or months at a time. We normally never see it, of course, before we're just concerned with the moment the hero gets to the front gates and fights their way through the castle to take on Dracula. But there are whole swaths of story (in expanded universe manga and books published by Konami, and various instruction booklets and so forth) that show Dracula in power, sending out his minions and ruling parts of the countryside, for months or years even.

But that doesn't play well into what we see on the screen when we're playing, so I largely ignore it. Konami has never put out a proper CV RPG (TM), one that explores the build up of Dracula's power and shows the heroes spending a long time getting ready to fight him, so why should we care? Expanded universe stories are optional, so as far as we simple fans should be concerned, they don't count.

Right?

 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.