Times became hard and Bistritz became poor – the current Mayor, Kevin had spent all his money and began to research ways of finding gold with the local item shop owner, Terry. Eventually, they discover that there may still be gold in Blue Castle, but it may be guarded by a vampire.
Kevin’s research takes a turn towards the supernatural. Kevin and Terry soon learns how to summon monsters. Around the same time, Terry makes plans to move to America with his family and ceases to help Kevin in his research The monsters begin to attack the townsfolk. The townsfolk cannot kill the monsters and many of them die. Worried about his reputation, Kevin looks for a way to leave Bistritz as soon as possible. A month after the monsters first started appearing, Terry goes to Prague to find some exorcists to help destroy the monsters.
Alice and Zhuzhen travel to Blue Castle to find more information, and during this time, Kevin kidnaps Michelle, in order to try and get a hold of a leather bag in Nina’s possession as he is convinced it is full of gold dust. When Alice and Zhuzhen (now joined by Keith Valentine – the true master of Bistritz) return, they find Kevin holding Michelle hostage in his house. Kevin turns into a monster and the party are forced to kill him.
Killing Kevin leaves the monsters without a master and they soon leave Bistritz and things return to normal. It is revealed that Nina’s leather bag is filled with wheat seeds which will even grow in Bistritz (which is known to have poor soil). Nina plants the seeds and they are seen to be flowering.
A few months after the town goes back to normal, Nina starts to see a Golden Light in the sky. Upon investigating, Keith discovers that it was his brother Joachim Valentine in bat form, flying around the town at night.
Shadow Hearts Walkthrough: Bistritz
After Blue Castle
There are two shops in Bistritz – the Item shop and the Armoury.
The item shop in Bistritz used to be run by Terry and many of the townspeople including the mayor used it to buy items. After he dies, it is run by Michelle and Nina.
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The armoury opens once the fog turns red and the monsters begin to appear – it is beside the Mayor’s house.
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Lottery Member #7 is found in Bistritz. They are in the house closest the the East Gate.
Origin & Trivia
Bistritz is most likely based on Bistrița – the capital city of Bistriţa-Năsăud County, in northern Transylvania, Romania – one of the locations visited in Dracula. Although during Shadow Hearts this was still a part of Austria-Hungary (similar to Prague).
Terry says that Bistritz is a 2 day walk from Prague – in reality would take 1-2 weeks to walk to from Prague.