Soon after coming to power Vlad began his reign of terror. He invited many of the noblemen and their families to a huge feast.
Confronting them as traitors and conspirators in the death of his father and brother, he captured and impaled most of
The younger and healthier ones were marched north from Tirgoviste to the ruins of his castle in the mountains above the arges river, where they were forced to labor for months rebuilding the old castle.
According to the reports, they labored until the clothes fell off their bodies, with few surviving the ordeal.