|Castle of San Angelo|
The Castle of San Angelo, also known as the Castle Santangelo (Castle of the Holy Angel), is a Vatican military facility in Rome, the capital of the Vatican Papal State. Located on the western side of the River Tiber, San Angelo is an ancient cylindrical building that was originally used as a mausoleum, fortress and museum. After the events of Armageddon, the castle was repurposed as a military fortress once more. As such, it contains the Messenger Angel Hall, otherwise known as the Vatican war room, where high-ranking political and military officials meet to discuss matters concerning the national security of the Vatican.
The Castle of San Angelo was an ancient mausoleum founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian (117–138 AD). After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the structure was converted into a Papal fortress during the late Middle Ages. By then it became known as the "Castel Sant'Angelo" (Castle of the Holy Angel). Decommissioned in 1901 AD, the castle became a museum until the Armageddon of 2124 AD.
By the mid-31st century AD the Castle of San Angelo once again served as a military fortress, now under the Vatican Papal State—the sovereign state of the Catholic Church. One of the castle's chambers, the Messenger Angel Hall, was the Vatican war room where matters of national security were analyzed and discussed by several high-ranking officials of church and state, including the head priest of Papal Security, the deacon of Transportation, the secretary of Vatican Papal Doctrine, the minister of Holy Affairs, and even the pope.
In 3060 AD the Department of Inquisition sent a preliminary report to the Castle of San Angelo, warning the Vatican government of a terrorist hijacker's plot to crash the Albion airship Tristan into the Vatican headquarters in Rome. With the signing of a new treaty between the Vatican and the Kingdom of Albion imminent, Minister of Holy Affairs Cardinal Caterina Sforza considered the possibility of releasing the members of the Fleur du Mal per the demands of Alfred, Duke of Meinz and the hijacker of the Tristan.
However, Secretary of Vatican Papal Doctrine Cardinal Francesco di Medici denounced Sforza's recommendation, asserting that the Vatican did not negotiate with terrorists—much less vampire terrorists. Convinced that the appeasement of terrorists would only inspire further acts of terrorism against the Vatican, Medici persuaded Pope Alessandro XVIII to authorize the use of military force in order to prevent the destruction of the Vatican headquarters.
The terrorist hijacking of the Tristan was ultimately resolved by Abel Nightroad, a Vatican priest and AX agent employed by a special department of the Ministry of Holy Affairs. The terrorist was neutralized and the Tristan completed its journey to Rome without further incident, preventing a potential crisis in the diplomatic relationship between the Vatican and Albion.
- Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons - Volume 1: From the Empire (First appearance)
- Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons - Volume 3: Know Faith (First identified as Castle Santangelo)
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