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Comic #5038

1 Jamie: Why is it called Bran Castle, anyway?
2 Taxi Driver: Many years Wlad Dracula defended Vallachia from Ottoman inwaders. Recruited many irregular troops to fight.
3 Taxi Driver: After var, vanted to revard soldiers. Held big ceremony in castle; declare them full-time military force. Titled castle “Bran” as part of it.
4 Adam: So he used Bran to make them regular?
4 Taxi Driver: Da.

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In reality, Bran Castle is named after the village of Bran where it is located, in the commune of Bran in the county of Brașov in Romania.

I couldn't find out why the village is called that, so I think the taxi driver's story is as good as any other.

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