Neclord's Castle (ネコロードの城; Nekuroodo no Shiro) is a location in Suikoden.
It is a castle located in the southern part of the Lorimar region. During the last days of the Scarlet Moon Empire, the Imperial Magistrate of the Lorimar region, Neclord, ordered a large castle built. The gothic fortress is so gigantic it takes from dawn to dusk to travel from the steps of Neclord's Castle to its highest peak. The castle would come to be infamous in the Lorimar region, as Neclord would go from village to village, using his zombie slave army to force the villages into allowing him to abduct women from the villages as his brides. It is said that the fleeting screams of these brides could be heard even outside of the castle.
During the Toran Liberation War, Neclord came to Warrior's Village, taking Tengaar, the daughter of the Chief of Warrior Village, Zorak, captive as his bride. Several members of the Liberation Army, including Tir McDohl happened to be there; along with the warriors of the village, they ran to the castle, eager to fight for her return. A small group including Tir, Viktor, who had a grudge to settle with Neclord, and Hix, a youth of Warrior’s Village with romantic feelings for Tengaar, infiltrated the castle, and thanks to the use of the Star Dragon Sword, were able to successfully rescue Tengaar and stop Neclord. Its owner gone, the castle became abandoned.
The Castle's Keeper
A strange non-aggressive zombie with an annoying laugh ("yuk yuk yuk!") lurks around in one of the basement rooms of the castle and offers Tir a few "tips" in exchange for bits. He offers clues about the painting puzzle on the 3rd floor of the castle that may have gamers without internet access frustrated for a little while.
- 100 Bits: "Master Neclord always tells us: "Even in the forest, not just at night, during your work, praise the King."
- 300 bits: he mentions that Neclord is the "King of the Night", referring to the last painting the player must check.
- 10,000 bits, he starts getting more precise: "There are some paintings in the 3rd floor hall, and Master Neclord... don't look! ... the second painting from the right... I said don't look! ... and then, the third on from the right... stop looking!"
- 25,000 bits: absolutely nothing, he says "You see, Master Neclord... gooogly goo!" but at least you get your bits back because Viktor will yell at him.
He will disappear after Neclord is defeated, as Neclord's power was keeping him a zombie. In a weird twist, someone in Warriors' Village mentions a man who said the zombie's "first tip" having "disappeared recently". This means that the keeper was either a Warriors' Village resident, or someone who had just previously passed through before Tir's entourage arrived.
- Full Helmet
- Antitoxin (x2)
- Sound Setting #1
- Earth Boots
- Green Paint
- Earth Rune Piece
- Cape of Darkness
- Magic Rune Piece
- Rage Crystal
Stars of Destiny
- The Castle is most likely a reference to the Dracula Castle from the Castlevania series.
- Before fighting Neclord, you have a room with four coffins, you can rest in one of them, and heal your HP and MP. It is particularly handy to restore your party before the tough fight.
- The music that plays in Neclord's Castle, "Passacaria," bears a strong resemblance to Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.
- Both songs are performed on an organ.
- Both songs are associated with haunted and horror-themed areas.
- There are actually three people who are aware and talk about the Painting Riddle; the Zombie Keeper, an old man in the Warrior's Village and Onil.
- Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia (Japanese) (page 205)
- Genso Suikoden Kiwami Daijiten (Japanese) (page 82)