Valentine Family History
The Valentine Family is a long line of nobles who ruled over Bistritz from their family home in Blue Castle.
It is not clear how long the family ruled over Bistritz, but it can be estimated that it is at least 200 years and for at least 5 generations. The Valentine Family were always good and well liked by the people of Bistritz.
200-300 years before the beginning of Shadow Hearts, the last of the line died. However, they did not truely die but instead became vampires and either left the castle or fell into a sleep. It is not clear how the family became vampires or if they had always been vampires.
For generations, the Family passed down a magical demon sword – Demon Sword Tyrving – in case the world should come to ruin. If this was to occur, a member of the Valentine family would be nominated as a hero and allowed to wield the sword in battle.
During the events of Shadow Hearts, both Keith and Joachim Valentine awaken from a long sleep. Keith joins Yuri as a member of his party in Shadow Hearts. When the world is threatened with ending, Joachim is given the Demon Sword Tyrving which he then passes to Keith to wield.
At some stage before the events of Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Hilda awakens and joins Johnny‘s party in Shadow Hearts: From the New World. At some stage before Shadow Hearts: From the New World, Grandfather Valentine awakens.
Members of the Valentine Family
Origin and Trivia
The Valentine Family are most likely a reference to vampire legends in Eastern Europe – specifically that of Dracula. Dracula was partially set in Bistrița – the inspiration for Bistritz, which the Valentine Family rule over. Grandfather Valentine may be a reference to Dracula himself.