|“||Finally it is time for the truth. Let us remove...our masks.||„|
|~ Zobek revealing his true form to Gabriel|
Zobek is the hidden secondary antagonist and narrator of the Castlevania reboot game Lords of Shadow.
He is an apparent protagonist right up until the cutscene before the final boss, in which he is revealed to be the final Lord of Shadow. Like all the Lords of Shadow, he is the dark side left behind by the Brotherhood of Light founder of the same name. Although Satan is largely considered the arch-enemy of Gabriel Belmont, Zobek is easily his most personal enemy, being the one responsible for making Gabriel murder his wife using the Devil Mask. This revelation was ultimately the beginning of Gabriel's descent into darkness, turning him into Dracula in the process. He is also the tritagonist-turned-secondary antagonist of Lords of Shadow 2. He is the Lords of Shadow games' version of Death and Shaft.
He was voiced by the legendary actor, Patrick Stewart, who also played Locutus in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Rafe Bentley in Masterminds, Dr. Jonas in Conspiracy Theory, and Pharaoh Seti I in The Prince of Egypt.
Lords of Shadow
Zobek was one of the founders of the Brotherhood of Light along with Cornell and Carmilla. After the founders ascended to Heaven as pure spirits, they left their dark sides behind on Earth. Cornell became the Dark Lord of the Lycans, Carmilla became the Dark Lord of the Vampires, and Zobek became the Dark Lord of the Necromancers. Together, they formed an uneasy truce for centuries, but Zobek resented that truce and was prepared to find power over the others.
His quest for that power led him to the depths of Hell, where he fought demons and became strong. Zobek put the Devil Mask on Gabriel Belmont while he was asleep so he would kill his wife, Marie, as well as Claudia. Satan's influence expanded his knowledge of the Dark Arts greatly, and he then cast a spell that separated Earth from Heaven, knowing that his good counterpart in Heaven would be forced to contact the Brotherhood.
Zobek convinced Gabriel to go on a quest to unite the three pieces of the God Mask with the promise that Gabriel could use the mask to bring his wife back to life. After Gabriel defeated Cornell and Carmilla and reunited the pieces of the God Mask, Zobek put on the Devil Mask, showing his true form. After telling Gabriel that the prophecy was all a part of his plan to obtain power and that he made him kill Marie and Claudia, Gabriel tried to attack Zobek in a rage, but Zobek stopped him with the gauntlet that Gabriel took from Claudia's Black Knight and lifted him up the air, then killed Gabriel with lightning.
Standing over Gabriel's corpse, Zobek picked up the God Mask and laughed triumphantly until he heard Satan's voice telling him that he and Gabriel were pawns in his plan to obtain the God Mask for his own ends. Zobek was then engulfed in flames by Satan, who decided that he no longer needed his assistance and took form over Zobek's body.
Thousands of years later, Zobek, alive and well, encountered Gabriel, now Dracula, inside a cathedral. He told Dracula that Satan's Acolytes are preparing for their father's return and asked him to help him stop him lest Satan torture them both for eternity in Hell. When Dracula tried to bite Zobek's neck, Zobek teleported and blasted him through the cathedral window down to the streets of the city built upon the foundations of Castlevania. Zobek then offered to end Dracula's immortality if he helped him stop Satan.
Lords of Shadow 2
|“||May you and your spawn be damned forever!||„|
|~ Zobek to Dracula after he and his son, Alucard, set him up|
Zobek returns as both an ally and antagonist in the sequel. When Dracula awakened weakened from centuries of starvation and his mind fragmented, Zobek sent his lieutenant to capture a family so Dracula could drain their blood and regain his strength. Zobek once again offered Dracula eternal rest if he helped him prevent Satan's Acolytes from bringing him back to Earth. He reassembled the Combat Cross that Dracula destroyed in the underworld after he defeated the Forgotten One and swore to him that if he succeeded in helping him, he would deliver the fatal blow to his heart. Zobek's true purpose, however, was to get rid of both Dracula and Satan so he could rule all.
After defeating two of Satan's Acolytes and before confronting the final acolyte, Guido Szandor, Dracula was stopped by Zobek's lieutenant, who was actually his son Alucard, who restored his memories. It turned out that Alucard and Dracula devised a plan to destroy both Zobek and Satan. Alucard would stab Dracula's heart with his sword, the Crissagrim, not killing him but putting him in a deep slumber, and he would lose his powers and memories. Centuries would pass and Satan would think that Dracula was dead, driving Zobek out of hiding, and out of panic would look to Dracula for help to prevent Satan's return. As soon as Guido would summon Satan, Dracula would have both Zobek and Satan at the palm of his hand.
When Dracula and Alucard allowed Guido to proceed with summoning Satan, Zobek was greatly angered by their betrayal, and he branded both vampires traitors and transformed into Death to destroy them. After a brutal battle, Dracula beat Zobek back into his human form. In a last-ditch effort, Zobek tried to kill Dracula with the Combat Cross, only for Dracula to impale him with the Void Sword. After letting out an evil laugh, Zobek's body turned into ice and shattered. With Zobek dead, Dracula finally got vengeance over the man who ruined his life.
Original series: Secondary