Part of what makes Ecclesia so compelling is that it exists almost wholly apart from the rest of the series. Without making any specific reference to canonical characters (aside from Vlad), Ecclesia really does cover new ground, taking place in a difficult-to-pin-down era in the mythos. The Belmonts are gone, the Morris family hasn't yet appeared, and Alucard is nowhere to be found. The Order of Ecclesia is one of many independent groups that have sprung up in the wake of the Vampire Killer's disappearance, all with the goal of preventing Dracula's resurrection. You play as Shanoa, a mysterious woman with the ability to absorb "glyphs," magical spells that allow her to wield a wide assortment of melee and elemental weapons.