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The Lost Levels – Castle Kriegler

By Fallen Angel

I began by writing a flashback scene, a cinematic opening in a crumbling German castle being bombed by WW II Allied planes in a remote border region of the failing Third Reich. […] As the first game was originally plotted out, there was to be action in a massive, bombed out fortress in a mountainous region on the German Austrian border and a finale in the subterranean cities of Cappadocia, central Turkey. As both Paris and Prague grew in scope the other locations had to be jettisoned and the Nephilim last act moved to Prague.

— Murti Schofield

Until the release of this information, the only information regarding the lost levels of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness were contained within an article by Adrian Smith. Castle Kriegler itself is only given a small mention:

Eckhardt actually met a Nephilim back [in the 1300s]. He actually double-crossed them in 1442; he tried to stitch them up, and they hadn’t fully gone, they were still here, so they threw him into a pit that was hell like. That’s where he stayed until 1945 which was a castle in Germany called Castle Kriegler, the castle was bombed and he escaped.

Concept art of Castle Kriegler also exists within the official Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness game companion. Although at first glance these pictures do not seem to reveal much information, a closer study sheds much light on this deleted location.

One piece of artwork (above) depicts Lara climbing a piece of wooden scaffolding, which winds haphazardly about the Castle’s interior. From this structure, we can plainly see that Castle Kriegler was intended to have at least one very high tower, and had obviously undergone some measure of repairs or preservation in its recent history—it is highly unlikely that any wooden structures from the Middle Ages would have survived throughout the centuries.

Even armed with this knowledge of a circular tower and a precise location, (among the mountains on the German-Austrian border) a search for the real life location of Castle Kriegler is an almost impossible task—there are hundreds of castles and castle ruins in Germany alone. It is probably safe to say that Castle Kriegler was based on several real life locations, and not a recreation of any. Indeed, there are no castles left in the area which fit the necessary criteria; namely, a ‘bombed out’ fortress with a centuries-long history of abandonment.

It is much easier to hazard a guess as to the location of the Castle—the ‘mountainous region’ along the German-Austrian border is almost certainly the Eastern Alps, which include parts of Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. A likely candidate could be a castle belonging to the Habsburg monarchy, who built an impressive empire among the Eastern Alps from 1200 until the demise of Austria-Hungary following the First World War. The ruins of their ancestral castle in the lower valley of the Aar seems a perfect match, until it is revealed that the district was lost to the Swiss in 1415.

Although the Castle was ‘massive’, it must have been well hidden or defended, since it held Eckhardt prisoner and thwarted the Cabal’s attempts to free him for over five hundred years. Perhaps even some supernatural forces were in play at Castle Kriegler; Eckhardt was thrown into ‘a pit that was hell like’, and by the time the Castle was bombed in 1945, aerial warfare, even in a rudimentary form, had been around since the 18th century. The Lux Veritatis who guarded the Castle must have had some magical means of hiding or defending it from the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It seems likely that Adolf Hitler, ‘a manufactured person’ allied with the evil Cabal, would have ordered a raid on the Castle once its location was finally known, but in a cruel twist of fate the Castle was ultimately destroyed in an air raid by Allied planes.

The name ‘Kriegler’ itself is derived from the Middle High German word ‘kriege’, meaning ‘obstinate’ or ‘cantankerous’. This is perhaps a reference to the almost stubborn nature of the Castle, which stood firm against the Cabal for more than five centuries until its destruction in 1945.
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