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18th Apr '17 8:28:30 PM WaxingName
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has its fair share of worlds razed by war, but most of them either make due during the war or recover fine when the war is over. The exceptions are the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Jugdral]] continent
** In Jugdral, most of the ruling countries and houses are run by the descendants of twelve heroes. When the game starts, at least three of them are turning on the others, and by the second half of the game, all of the ruling houses are fighting amongst one another (which itself is [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] in the introduction to Chapter 8). TheHero [[spoiler:is ultimately duped by a man he thought was his ally, his father is blamed for the death of another lord (who turns out to be the father of his love interest), and he, along with most of his allies, are [[TheHeroDies burned alive for treason]]. This all began because Sigurd merely wanted to a.) find some answers about why the Kingdom of Issach was invading Grannvale, and b.) he wanted to save Adean, a childhood friend, out of the goodness of his heart.]] By the second half of the game, while [[TheDragon Arvis]] was able to keep a ten year peaceful rule, it all comes undone when both a number of nobles begin to fight again and when the [[EvilCult Loptyr Cult]] starts acting out on its plans to revive the dark dragon god Loptyr, which is now possible because Arvis' son Julius has the blood needed to become his vessel. Needless to say, Arvis becomes regretful when Child Hunts and sacrifices become commonplace, and he even finds out that [[spoiler:having Julius was a part of the cult's plan the entire time - they even brainwashed [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]] so that she could marry him and have his children, as they both possess Loptyr's blood.]] Jugdral is also far more of a NoWomansLand compared to any other entry; in the second half of the game, it's implied that Leen/Laylea was [[RapeAsDrama raped]] by the nobleman she was serving because she refused to become his personal dancer. However, per the tradition of ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', this is where the son of TheHero, Seliph, enter the fray and fight his way out to get rid of these problem and rebuild Jugdral to a better place, he usually succeeds to make it AWorldHalfFull. But it doesn't take away the fact that Jugdral is hands down the darkest setting the franchise has ever offered.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has its fair share of worlds razed by war, but most of them either make due during the war or recover fine when the war is over. The exceptions are the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Jugdral]] continent
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But Jugdral, most as seen in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'', is by far the worst of them all. Most of the ruling countries and houses in Jugdral are run by the descendants of twelve heroes. When the game starts, at least three of them are turning on the others, and by the second half of the game, all of the ruling houses are fighting amongst one another (which itself is [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] in the introduction to Chapter 8). TheHero [[spoiler:is ultimately duped by a man he thought was his ally, his father is blamed for the death of another lord (who turns out to be the father of his love interest), and he, along with most of his allies, are [[TheHeroDies burned alive for treason]]. This all began because Sigurd merely wanted to a.) find some answers about why the Kingdom of Issach was invading Grannvale, and b.) he wanted to save Adean, a childhood friend, out of the goodness of his heart.]] By the second half of the game, while [[TheDragon Arvis]] was able to keep a ten year peaceful rule, it all comes undone when both a number of nobles begin to fight again and when the [[EvilCult Loptyr Cult]] starts acting out on its plans to revive the dark dragon god Loptyr, which is now possible because Arvis' son Julius has the blood needed to become his vessel. Needless to say, Arvis becomes regretful when Child Hunts and sacrifices become commonplace, and he even finds out that [[spoiler:having Julius was a part of the cult's plan the entire time - they even brainwashed [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]] so that she could marry him and have his children, as they both possess Loptyr's blood.]] Jugdral is also far more of a NoWomansLand compared to any other entry; in the second half of the game, it's implied that Leen/Laylea was [[RapeAsDrama raped]] by the nobleman she was serving because she refused to become his personal dancer. However, per the tradition of ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', this is where the son of TheHero, Seliph, enter the fray and fight his way out to get rid of these problem and rebuild Jugdral to a better place, he usually succeeds to make it AWorldHalfFull. But it doesn't take away the fact that Jugdral is hands down the darkest setting the franchise has ever offered.
24th Mar '17 4:56:34 PM R3GARnator
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*** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is truly DarkerAndEdgier. The immediate threat is that Tears in the Veil separating the physical world from [[EldritchLocation The Fade]] are allowing [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] to invade. But what really gives this game a way gloomier atmosphere is how you expierence the continental [[WarIsHell total war]] between mages and templars firsthand. The very first area you can go to reveals just how high the death toll must be among the general population. Templars no longer just attack mages, they now attack ''anyone'' that doesn't grant their wishes. And mages are waging a guerilla war that isn't much better. Families are torn apart by this and there is no indication that anything the protagonist does puts a definitive stop to this.
23rd Mar '17 3:17:53 AM DarthRevanFTW
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* The [[LostWorld Lost]] [[PhysicalHell Land]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' franchise is a [[AnotherDimension universe between universes]] where "Time Has No Meaning". Tears in the fabric of reality pull objects and life-forms from other worlds out of their own universes and deposit them there. Tribal warriors, evil sorcerors, demons, dinosaurs, androids, aliens, giant bugs, man-eating plants, and countless other horrors are commonplace. EverythingIsTryingToKillYou. There are a number of [[LostSuperweapon Lost Superweapons]] / [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] capable of unimaginable destruction. [[WorldOfChaos The world is highly unstable (both geologically and dimensionally).]] The land is ruled by a manipulative OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness with its own nefarious agenda. The place's history is defined by [[ForeverWar constant warfare]] [[WorldWarWhatever on a massive scale]]. And there's ALWAYS some jackass trying to conquer/destroy TheMultiverse. If it wasn't for the BadassNative protecting this place, the omniverse would have ended a long time ago.

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* The [[LostWorld Lost]] [[PhysicalHell Land]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' franchise is a [[AnotherDimension universe between universes]] where "Time "[[PlaceBeyondTime Time Has No Meaning". Meaning]]". [[{{Hellgate}} Tears in the fabric of reality pull objects and life-forms from other worlds out of their own universes and deposit them there. there.]] [[FantasyKitchenSink Tribal warriors, evil sorcerors, demons, demons,]] [[SciFiKitchenSink dinosaurs, androids, aliens, giant bugs, man-eating plants, plants,]] and countless other horrors are commonplace. EverythingIsTryingToKillYou. There are a number of [[LostSuperweapon Lost Superweapons]] / [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] capable of unimaginable destruction. [[WorldOfChaos The world is highly unstable (both geologically and dimensionally).]] The land is ruled by a manipulative OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness with its own nefarious agenda. The place's history is defined by [[ForeverWar constant warfare]] [[WorldWarWhatever on a massive scale]]. And there's ALWAYS some jackass trying to conquer/destroy TheMultiverse. If it wasn't for the BadassNative protecting this place, the omniverse would have ended a long time ago.
23rd Mar '17 3:08:12 AM DarthRevanFTW
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* The [[LostWorld Lost]] [[PhysicalHell Land]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' franchise is a [[AnotherDimension universe between universes]] where "Time Has No Meaning". Tears in the fabric of reality pull objects and life-forms from other worlds out of their own universes and deposit them there. Tribal warriors, evil sorcerors, demons, dinosaurs, androids, aliens, giant bugs, man-eating plants, and countless other horrors are commonplace. EverythingIsTryingToKillYou. There are a number of [[LostSuperweapon Lost Superweapons]] / [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] capable of unimaginable destruction. The world is highly unstable (both geologically and dimensionally). The land is ruled by a manipulative OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness with its own nefarious agenda. And there's ALWAYS some jackass trying to conquer/destroy TheMultiverse. If it wasn't for the BadassNative protecting this place, the omniverse would have ended a long time ago.

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* The [[LostWorld Lost]] [[PhysicalHell Land]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' franchise is a [[AnotherDimension universe between universes]] where "Time Has No Meaning". Tears in the fabric of reality pull objects and life-forms from other worlds out of their own universes and deposit them there. Tribal warriors, evil sorcerors, demons, dinosaurs, androids, aliens, giant bugs, man-eating plants, and countless other horrors are commonplace. EverythingIsTryingToKillYou. There are a number of [[LostSuperweapon Lost Superweapons]] / [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] capable of unimaginable destruction. [[WorldOfChaos The world is highly unstable (both geologically and dimensionally). dimensionally).]] The land is ruled by a manipulative OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness with its own nefarious agenda.agenda. The place's history is defined by [[ForeverWar constant warfare]] [[WorldWarWhatever on a massive scale]]. And there's ALWAYS some jackass trying to conquer/destroy TheMultiverse. If it wasn't for the BadassNative protecting this place, the omniverse would have ended a long time ago.
10th Mar '17 9:01:10 AM ChronoLegion
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* Very much inescapable in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Earth has become a polluted mess in the backstory, and Planet will quickly become a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou to deal with the human infestation. Plus [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your personal ideological leaning]], most of the colonies would be this: pretty much everybody would agree the Human Hive are bad news, for [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill all]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood sorts]] [[HumanResources of]] [[MoralSociopathy reasons]]. It's telling that the trilogy of game-based novels end with [[spoiler:the Lord's Believers allying with the Human Hive and destroying Morgan Industries and the Spartan Federation with their [[UpToEleven singularity]] [[NukeEm planet busters]], resulting in the remaining leaders and a few hundred of their followers entombing themselves in a mountain to live out their lives in VR. Meanwhile, Planet has had enough and [[GaiasVengeance sends massive mind warp boils that overrun every human settlement on the planet. Basically, humanity is about to go extinct thanks to our own intolerance, extremism, and inability to learn lessons of the past]]]].

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* Very much inescapable in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Earth has become a polluted mess in the backstory, and Planet will quickly become a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou to deal with the human infestation. Plus [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your personal ideological leaning]], most of the colonies would be this: pretty much everybody would agree the Human Hive are bad news, for [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill all]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood sorts]] [[HumanResources of]] [[MoralSociopathy reasons]]. It's telling that the trilogy of game-based novels end with [[spoiler:the Lord's Believers allying with the Human Hive and destroying Morgan Industries and the Spartan Federation with their [[UpToEleven singularity]] [[NukeEm planet busters]], resulting in the remaining leaders and a few hundred of their followers entombing themselves in a mountain to live out their lives in VR. Meanwhile, Planet has had enough and [[GaiasVengeance sends massive mind warp worm boils that overrun every human settlement on the planet. Basically, humanity is about to go extinct thanks to our own intolerance, extremism, and inability to learn lessons of the past]]]].
10th Mar '17 9:00:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* Very much inescapable in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Earth has become a polluted mess in the backstory, and Planet will quickly become a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou to deal with the human infestation. Plus [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your personal ideological leaning]], most of the colonies would be this: pretty much everybody would agree the Human Hive are bad news, for [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill all]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood sorts]] [[HumanResources of]] [[MoralSociopathy reasons]]. It's telling that the trilogy of game-based novels end with [[spoiler:the Lord's Believers allying with the Human Hive and destroying Morgan Industries and the Spartan Federation with their [[UpToEleven singularity]] [[NukeEm planet busters]], resulting in the remaining leaders and a few hundred of their followers entombing themselves in a mountain to live out their lives in VR. Meanwhile, Planet has had enough and [[GaiasVengeance sends massive mind warp boils that overrun every human settlement on the planet. Basically, humanity is about to go extinct thanks to our own intolerance, extremism, and inability to learn lessons of the past]].

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* Very much inescapable in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Earth has become a polluted mess in the backstory, and Planet will quickly become a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou to deal with the human infestation. Plus [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your personal ideological leaning]], most of the colonies would be this: pretty much everybody would agree the Human Hive are bad news, for [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill all]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood sorts]] [[HumanResources of]] [[MoralSociopathy reasons]]. It's telling that the trilogy of game-based novels end with [[spoiler:the Lord's Believers allying with the Human Hive and destroying Morgan Industries and the Spartan Federation with their [[UpToEleven singularity]] [[NukeEm planet busters]], resulting in the remaining leaders and a few hundred of their followers entombing themselves in a mountain to live out their lives in VR. Meanwhile, Planet has had enough and [[GaiasVengeance sends massive mind warp boils that overrun every human settlement on the planet. Basically, humanity is about to go extinct thanks to our own intolerance, extremism, and inability to learn lessons of the past]].past]]]].
10th Mar '17 9:00:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* Very much inescapable in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Earth has become a polluted mess in the backstory, and Planet will quickly become a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou to deal with the human infestation. Plus [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your personal ideological leaning]], most of the colonies would be this: pretty much everybody would agree the Human Hive are bad news, for [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill all]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood sorts]] [[HumanResources of]] [[MoralSociopathy reasons]].

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* Very much inescapable in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Earth has become a polluted mess in the backstory, and Planet will quickly become a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou to deal with the human infestation. Plus [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your personal ideological leaning]], most of the colonies would be this: pretty much everybody would agree the Human Hive are bad news, for [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill all]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood sorts]] [[HumanResources of]] [[MoralSociopathy reasons]]. It's telling that the trilogy of game-based novels end with [[spoiler:the Lord's Believers allying with the Human Hive and destroying Morgan Industries and the Spartan Federation with their [[UpToEleven singularity]] [[NukeEm planet busters]], resulting in the remaining leaders and a few hundred of their followers entombing themselves in a mountain to live out their lives in VR. Meanwhile, Planet has had enough and [[GaiasVengeance sends massive mind warp boils that overrun every human settlement on the planet. Basically, humanity is about to go extinct thanks to our own intolerance, extremism, and inability to learn lessons of the past]].
27th Feb '17 4:44:13 AM JPO398
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** VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild features the most vibrant incarnation of Hyrule yet. However, that's only because the Calamity Ganon, the latest form of the Demon King, destroyed the kingdom a century earlier. The people of Hyrule now live in isolated towns and villages, all while Ganon's power grows in the ruins of Hyrule Castle.
22nd Feb '17 2:26:58 AM IamTheCaligula
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'''s Cocoon. Oh, God, Cocoon. It looks all sparkly and pretty, but look past that, and it would make 1984 look like a Sugarbowl. People living in fear? Check. Run by a currupt Beaurocrat? Check. Willing to murder an entire city to kill two L'Cie? Check. [[spoiler:The entire population set up as a mass HumanSacrifice?]] Check.
** ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'''s Nova Chrysalia. Chaos has swept over the entire world after the death of [[spoiler: Etro]] in the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 prequel]] 500 years ago. The world has been slowly swallowed up by chaos in that time span, so only four locations are still safe. Nobody ages and no new life is born, but people are still capable of ''dying'' if they contract a disease that can't be cured, are fatally inured or get killed by human or monster hand. Said monsters are also frequently walking around the locations and they grow stronger the stronger the Chaos becomes. Oh, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the world will be destroyed in 13 Days]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' the Planet itself could have a very long list of reasons why it would qualify for this trope. But really it could be summed up simply by the fact that when people are exposed a large level of the life-giving force on the planet it either kills you or makes you mentally retarded. On top of this, after Meteor is summoned to destroy the planet, what does the planet do in response? Release several ancient monsters upon the world and wipe out ''all of humanity'' since it deems that humans are too dangerous for the planet's survival, even though only one person summoned Meteor and several others want the planet to survive. The monsters that are summoned have enough power to destroy cities and level mountains. Then there's also Jenova, an EldritchAbomination who can create illusions to mind rape all sentient life, mutate them into carriers of her cells, and ultimately to suck the very lifeforce of the planet. AND there's her "son" who is a HumanoidAbomination instead and is basically doing the same thing except with even MORE Mind Rape. Fun times!
** The world of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' is no better. Far from the more fantasyesque locales of past iterations in the franchise, it takes place in a grim and realistic metropolis, seemingly modeled after Tokyo, where it is always night, and barren wastelands. The plot on a supernatural level is about a goddess of death and on the human level it's about power politics with much backstabbing and paranoia. Even Noctis' love life appears to be headed towards tragedy. The names of many of the locations aren't helping things either, with examples being "Tenebrae" (Shadows), "Vallis Acerba" (Harsh Valley) and "Nihilsomno" (Dreamless). Perhaps the only bright spot in all this is the camraderie between Noctis and his male friends.

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' the Planet itself could have a very long list of reasons why it would qualify for this trope. But really it could be summed up simply by the fact that when people are exposed a large level of [[TheLifestream the life-giving force]] on the planet it either kills you or makes you mentally retarded. "Luckily" an international company that enforces its will and ways with a private army has industrialized sucking said life-force out of the planet, slowly turning the world into a barren wasteland in the process. On top of this, after Meteor is summoned to destroy the planet, what does the planet do in response? Release several ancient monsters upon the world in order to wipe out ''all of humanity'' since it deems that humans are too dangerous for the planet's survival, even though only one person summoned Meteor and several others want the planet to survive. [[{{Kaiju}} The monsters]] that are summoned have enough power to destroy cities and level mountains. Then there's also Jenova, an EldritchAbomination who can create illusions to mind rape all sentient life, mutate them into carriers of her cells, and ultimately suck the very lifeforce of the planet. AND there's her "son" who is a HumanoidAbomination instead and is basically doing the same thing except with even MORE Mind Rape. Fun times!
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'''s Cocoon. Oh, God, Cocoon. It looks all sparkly and pretty, but look past that, and it would make 1984 look like a Sugarbowl. People living in fear? Check. Run by a currupt Beaurocrat? Check. Willing to murder an entire city to kill two L'Cie? [[TouchedByVorlons l'Cie]]? Check. [[spoiler:The entire population set up as a mass HumanSacrifice?]] Check.
** ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'''s Nova Chrysalia. Chaos has swept over the entire world after the death of [[spoiler: Etro]] in the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 prequel]] midquel]] 500 years ago. The world has been slowly swallowed up by chaos in that time span, so only four locations are still safe. Nobody ages and no new life is born, but people are still capable of ''dying'' if they contract a disease that can't be cured, are fatally inured or get killed by human or monster hand. Said monsters are also frequently walking around the locations and they grow stronger the stronger the Chaos becomes. Oh, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking [[ApocalypseHow and the Chaos is going to swallow the remains of the world will be destroyed in 13 Days]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' the Planet itself could have a very long list of reasons why it would qualify for this trope. But really it could be summed up simply by the fact that when people are exposed a large level of the life-giving force on the planet it either kills you or makes you mentally retarded. On top of this, after Meteor is summoned to destroy the planet, what does the planet do in response? Release several ancient monsters upon the world and wipe out ''all of humanity'' since it deems that humans are too dangerous for the planet's survival, even though only one person summoned Meteor and several others want the planet to survive. The monsters that are summoned have enough power to destroy cities and level mountains. Then there's also Jenova, an EldritchAbomination who can create illusions to mind rape all sentient life, mutate them into carriers of her cells, and ultimately to suck the very lifeforce of the planet. AND there's her "son" who is a HumanoidAbomination instead and is basically doing the same thing except with even MORE Mind Rape. Fun times!
** The world of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' is no better. Far from the more fantasyesque locales of past iterations in the franchise, it takes place in a grim and realistic metropolis, seemingly modeled after Tokyo, where it is always night, and barren wastelands. The plot on a supernatural level is about a goddess of death and on the human level it's about power politics with much backstabbing and paranoia. Even Noctis' love life appears to be headed towards tragedy. The names of many of the locations aren't helping things either, with examples being "Tenebrae" (Shadows), "Vallis Acerba" (Harsh Valley) and "Nihilsomno" (Dreamless). Perhaps the only bright spot in all this is the camraderie between Noctis and his male friends.
Days.]]



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' may not have things seem so bleak at first until you start looking deeper. After the Calamity occurred, many locations and cities were destroyed and people are still rebuilding their homes and their lives. An ancient group of people known as the Ascians had taught the beastmen tribes how to summon deities called Primals; every time a primal is summoned, they absorb a large amount of aether, which is the planet's lifeblood. Some primals, like Garuda, exist to kill everything and gorge on as much aether as possible while other primals are more content with [[BrainwashedAndCrazy tempering people to their side]] so that the victims will mindlessly support and pray for that primal, giving them even more power. The worst part? Primals can never be truly killed, only temporarily stopped until the beastmen summon them again. When the primals aren't threatening the balance of the world, TheEmpire looms over the distance, trying to conquer the rest of Eoreza.
** The city states themselves, on a smaller scale, aren't exactly pleasant places to live. Gridania, located in the middle of a forest, has its people extremely weary of outsiders. The people of Gridania are also compelled to please the elementals of the woods to keep the peace, even if it means doing ''very'' questionable things like letting a sick child sccumb to their illness. Ul'dah is supposed to be run by a democracy, but a handful of people within the group are content to keeping things as they are and not giving the other side any leeway; the merchants harass and bully people in the streets, criminal groups and corruption run rampant, and anyone who can't make a living deserves to fend for themselves because the city supposedly has no funds to spare to aid the needy. Limsa Lominsa is a city run by pirates, many who are very immoral for the sake of having freedom, that are at constant war with the Shagain beastmen tribe who are aggressively expanding into the Lominsa territory. When the ''Heavensward'' expansion came, the nation of Isghard finally opened their doors and their city is no better; there's class warfare between high born (the rich and elite members of society) and the low born (commoners and the poor), the city itself is ''very'' traditionalist to the point that during the Machinist and Leatherworker quests, it's noted that Ishgardians would rather stick to traditional means (using heavy armor for protection and using swords, shields, and lances for weapons against the dragon horde) and refuse to try something that would be more practical (using guns for long distance fighting and using leather based armor for more flexibility and warmth against the cold). The whole city doesn't take kindly to outsiders either and you'll be branded a heretic if you don't worship the bishop or if you even show any form of sympathy to the dragons. Heck, most of the 3.X series is about changing the nation from the inside out and while it is noted that such a change will take generations to accomplish, the city overall is at least much better now than it was back then.

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* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' may not have things seem so bleak at first until you start looking deeper. After the Calamity occurred, many locations and cities were destroyed and people are still rebuilding their homes and their lives. An ancient group of people known as the Ascians had taught the beastmen tribes how to summon deities called Primals; every time a primal is summoned, they absorb a large amount of aether, which is the planet's lifeblood. Some primals, like Garuda, exist to kill everything and gorge on as much aether as possible while other primals are more content with [[BrainwashedAndCrazy tempering people to their side]] so that the victims will mindlessly support and pray for that primal, giving them even more power. The worst part? Primals can never be truly killed, only temporarily stopped until the beastmen summon them again. When the primals aren't threatening the balance of the world, TheEmpire looms over the distance, trying to conquer the rest of Eoreza.
** *** The city states themselves, on a smaller scale, aren't exactly pleasant places to live. Gridania, located in the middle of a forest, has its people extremely weary of outsiders. The people of Gridania are also compelled to please the elementals of the woods to keep the peace, even if it means doing ''very'' questionable things like letting a sick child sccumb to their illness. Ul'dah is supposed to be run by a democracy, but a handful of people within the group are content to keeping things as they are and not giving the other side any leeway; the merchants harass and bully people in the streets, criminal groups and corruption run rampant, and anyone who can't make a living deserves to fend for themselves because the city supposedly has no funds to spare to aid the needy. Limsa Lominsa is a city run by pirates, many who are very immoral for the sake of having freedom, that are at constant war with the Shagain beastmen tribe who are aggressively expanding into the Lominsa territory. When the ''Heavensward'' expansion came, the nation of Isghard finally opened their doors and their city is no better; there's class warfare between high born (the rich and elite members of society) and the low born (commoners and the poor), the city itself is ''very'' traditionalist to the point that during the Machinist and Leatherworker quests, it's noted that Ishgardians would rather stick to traditional means (using heavy armor for protection and using swords, shields, and lances for weapons against the dragon horde) and refuse to try something that would be more practical (using guns for long distance fighting and using leather based armor for more flexibility and warmth against the cold). The whole city doesn't take kindly to outsiders either and you'll be branded a heretic if you don't worship the bishop or if you even show any form of sympathy to the dragons. Heck, most of the 3.X series is about changing the nation from the inside out and while it is noted that such a change will take generations to accomplish, the city overall is at least much better now than it was back then.then.
** The world of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' is posited as seeing a fair bit of conflict over resources, and being a ''Final Fantasy'' setting, the rural areas still have problems with monsters, which runs the gamut from the humorous (such as people complaining about thieving goblins) to the deadly serious (Adamantoise causing earthquakes). Night time is when things get near unbearable, as daemons are spawning everywhere and can only be held off by strong enough light or camping runes. Nights are getting longer and longer as the Big Bad is achieving his goal and only a few towns can maintain the lights on 24/7.
3rd Feb '17 10:14:52 PM Yozzy
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* The planet Pandora in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''. Although it was originally colonized in the hopes of turning it into a lucrative, prosperous mining settlement, it was found to be an almost completely barren and borderline uninhabitable wasteland - and that was before the spring cycle began seven Earth years later and the local wildlife woke up from hibernation. Then, of course, there are the several thousand murderous bandits who prey on the few remaining locals, the extreme scarcity of food, water, electricity and medical supplies, and the near-complete lack of anything resembling functioning infrastructure or an effective government. Death is so common that never once do you see an NPC express grief, even when close friends or relatives are killed.

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* The planet Pandora in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''. ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' is a comedic example. Although it was originally colonized by the Atlas corporation in the hopes of turning it into a lucrative, prosperous mining settlement, it was found to be an almost completely barren and borderline uninhabitable wasteland - and wasteland. And that was before the spring cycle began seven Earth years later and the pathologically aggressive and incredibly dangerous local wildlife woke up from hibernation. hibernation, and Atlas pulled out almost immediately, leaving their equipment and personnel behind. Then, of course, there are the huge number of prisoners and handful of colonists settled into a state of lawlessness, respectively becoming the several thousand murderous bandits who prey on and a few scattered pockets of civilization trying to scrape by. The entire planet is practically one big frontier with settlements [[ScavengerWorld scattered among the few remaining locals, the extreme ruins]] of Atlas's old colonization efforts, plagued by a scarcity of food, water, electricity and medical supplies, and the near-complete lack of anything resembling functioning infrastructure or an effective government. Death is so common that never once do you rarely see an NPC express grief, even when close friends or relatives are killed.killed. Of course, it's set as a [[AdventureFriendlyWorld world rife with adventure]] for those brave and strong enough to survive in the wilds, and most of it's denizens are actually pretty entertaining, even if they're desperately trying to kill you. Oh, and one of the staples of the game is that there's [[GunPorn lots, and lots of guns]].
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