History TearJerker / DragonQuest

25th Jun '16 5:11:38 PM nombretomado
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As a long-running RPG series, ''DragonQuest'' has a rich legacy of {{Tear Jerker}}s:

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As a long-running RPG series, ''DragonQuest'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' has a rich legacy of {{Tear Jerker}}s:
30th Nov '15 5:45:54 PM Lizardon
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* Remember Maria's brother? The nice guy who deeply cared about his sister and helped you [[spoiler: escape a life of slavery?]] Well, when you further advance through the game and head back to the temple where you were first started off in the second generation... [[spoiler: You come across his skeleton inside the temple. If you examine his skeleton, you'll find a letter he wrote to his "dear little sister Maria" telling her that his days are ending and his final wish is for her to be happy forever. If you use Party Chat after reading the letter, it makes the scene much more emotional.]] Poor guy.

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* Remember Maria's brother? The nice guy who deeply cared about his sister and helped you [[spoiler: escape a life of slavery?]] Well, when you further advance through the game and head back to the temple where you were first started off in the second generation... [[spoiler: You come across his skeleton inside the temple. If you examine his skeleton, you'll find a letter that he wrote to his "dear little sister Maria" Maria", telling her that his days are ending and his final wish is for her to be happy forever. If you use Party Chat after reading the letter, it makes the scene much more emotional.forever.]] Poor guy.guy.
->[[spoiler:'''Joshua''': To my little sister Maria, I'm afraid my days are numbered. All I can hope now...my only hope...is that you alone will be happy.]]
18th Nov '14 5:34:42 AM lalalei2001
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* There's a very good reason why Bianca is considered the [[OfficialCouple 'true' choice]]... Originally, DeusAngstMachina hits her like a ''brick'' if you picked Flora over her. Consider this: in the time you spent apart, she [[spoiler: loses her mother, has to care for her ailing father by herself,]] and is finally reunited with her childhood friend after ten years only to immediately learn that he's in the middle of an EngagementChallenge so he can marry a beautiful ''princess''. She ''helps him complete it'', and against her better judgement accompanies him back to meet his bride-to-be, who ''immediately realizes'' she's in love with him, makes her admit it, then offers to step back and let her marry him instead [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy so they can be happy together]]. After an emotional night spent waiting and wondering if he returns her feelings, the big moment comes... [[VideogameCrueltyPotential and he chooses Flora]]. And if ''that'' wasn't [[BreakTheCutie harsh enough]], [[spoiler: her father ''immediately dies afterward'', and she ends up an abused barmaid.]] ''No wonder'' they toned it down in {{The Remake}}s.
** Doubly so when you consider that there are two possible motives for him to choose Flora/Nera: One is [[LoveAtFirstSight a sudden attraction]]. Let us discount that and focus on the other reason. Our hero is out carry out his father's quest to gather the legendary equipment to give to TheChosenOne. It's not so much that he chooses Flora/Nera... it's that ''he chooses a '''shield''', a '''sheet of metal''''' (and the world) ''over his ForgottenChildhoodFriend''. [[LovedINotHonorMore Except that she may not be as forgotten as she thinks]]. It's just that the hero is between a rock and a hard place, and saying "ScrewDestiny, I'm [[MarryForLove marrying my]] ChildhoodSweetheart!" could have extremely grave consequences. For all the hero knew at the time, TheNeedsOfTheMany outweighed the "needs" of those four teens. Even if he knew about Bianca's BadFuture, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo it is a small price to pay]] to prevent '''everyone''' from having a Bad Future. In fact, it could be that part of the reason for introducing Debora is for the hero to TakeAThirdOption leaving Nera and Crispin happy while he still gets the shield and bloodline.

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* There's a very good reason why Bianca is considered the [[OfficialCouple 'true' choice]]... Originally, DeusAngstMachina hits her like a ''brick'' if you picked Flora over her. Consider this: in the time you spent apart, she [[spoiler: loses her mother, has to care for her ailing father by herself,]] and is finally reunited with her childhood friend after ten years only to immediately learn that he's in the middle of an EngagementChallenge so he can marry a beautiful ''princess''. She ''helps him complete it'', and against her better judgement accompanies him back to meet his bride-to-be, who ''immediately realizes'' she's in love with him, makes her admit it, then offers to step back and let her marry him instead [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy so they can be happy together]]. After an emotional night spent waiting and wondering if he returns her feelings, the big moment comes... [[VideogameCrueltyPotential and he chooses Flora]]. And if ''that'' wasn't [[BreakTheCutie harsh enough]], [[spoiler: her father ''immediately dies afterward'', and she ends up an abused barmaid.]] ''No wonder'' they toned it down in {{The Remake}}s.
** Doubly so when you consider that there are two possible motives for him to choose Flora/Nera: One is [[LoveAtFirstSight a sudden attraction]]. Let us discount that and focus on the other reason. Our hero is out carry out his father's quest to gather the legendary equipment to give to TheChosenOne. It's not so much that he chooses Flora/Nera... it's that ''he chooses a '''shield''', a '''sheet of metal''''' (and the world) ''over his ForgottenChildhoodFriend''. [[LovedINotHonorMore Except that she may not be as forgotten as she thinks]]. It's just that the hero is between a rock and a hard place, and saying "ScrewDestiny, I'm [[MarryForLove marrying my]] ChildhoodSweetheart!" could have extremely grave consequences. For all the hero knew at the time, TheNeedsOfTheMany outweighed the "needs" of those four teens. Even if he knew about Bianca's BadFuture, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo it is a small price to pay]] to prevent '''everyone''' from having a Bad Future. In fact, it could be that part of the reason for introducing Debora is for the hero to TakeAThirdOption leaving Nera and Crispin happy while he still gets the shield and bloodline.



* ''Surely'' Pankraz's [[spoiler: death. He's killed by Ladja after being forced to fight his mooks to avoid your character being killed.]] On the other hand, when [[spoiler: Mada sacrifices herself to try and stop Nimzo, and she and Pankraz go off...to wherever together]], it is both this and a crowning moment of heartwarming. And awesome, due to Mada putting up with being Nimzo's pawn for over twenty years. Even if it was off-screen. This troper is relishing beating the heck out of Nimzo.

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* ''Surely'' Pankraz's [[spoiler: death. He's killed by Ladja after being forced to fight his mooks to avoid your character being killed.]] On the other hand, when [[spoiler: Mada sacrifices herself to try and stop Nimzo, and she and Pankraz go off...to wherever together]], it is both this and a crowning moment of heartwarming. And awesome, due to Mada putting up with being Nimzo's pawn for over twenty years. Even if it was off-screen. This troper is relishing beating the heck out of Nimzo.
1st Apr '13 11:25:50 PM DonaldthePotholer
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** Doubly so when you consider that there are two possible motives for him to choose Flora/Nera: One is [[LoveAtFirstSight a sudden attraction]]. Let us discount that and focus on the other reason. Our hero is out carry out his father's quest to gather the legendary equipment to give to TheChosenOne. It's not so much that he chooses Flora/Nera... it's that ''he chooses a '''shield''', a '''sheet of metal''''' (and the world) ''over his ForgottenChildhoodFriend''. Except that she may not be as forgotten as she thinks. It's just that the hero is between a rock and a hard place, and saying "ScrewDestiny, I'm [[MarryForLove marrying my]] ChildhoodSweetheart!" could have extremely grave consequences. For all the hero knew at the time, TheNeedsOfTheMany outweighed the "needs" of those four teens. Even if he knew about Bianca's BadFuture, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo it is a small price to pay]] to prevent '''everyone''' from having a Bad Future. In fact, it could be that part of the reason for introducing Debora is for the hero to TakeAThirdOption leaving Nera and Crispin happy while he still gets the shield and bloodline.

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** Doubly so when you consider that there are two possible motives for him to choose Flora/Nera: One is [[LoveAtFirstSight a sudden attraction]]. Let us discount that and focus on the other reason. Our hero is out carry out his father's quest to gather the legendary equipment to give to TheChosenOne. It's not so much that he chooses Flora/Nera... it's that ''he chooses a '''shield''', a '''sheet of metal''''' (and the world) ''over his ForgottenChildhoodFriend''. [[LovedINotHonorMore Except that she may not be as forgotten as she thinks.thinks]]. It's just that the hero is between a rock and a hard place, and saying "ScrewDestiny, I'm [[MarryForLove marrying my]] ChildhoodSweetheart!" could have extremely grave consequences. For all the hero knew at the time, TheNeedsOfTheMany outweighed the "needs" of those four teens. Even if he knew about Bianca's BadFuture, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo it is a small price to pay]] to prevent '''everyone''' from having a Bad Future. In fact, it could be that part of the reason for introducing Debora is for the hero to TakeAThirdOption leaving Nera and Crispin happy while he still gets the shield and bloodline.
1st Apr '13 11:10:17 PM DonaldthePotholer
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** Doubly so when you consider that there are two possible motives for him to choose Flora/Nera: One is [[LoveAtFirstSight a sudden attraction]]. Let us discount that and focus on the other reason. Our hero is out carry out his father's quest to gather the legendary equipment to give to TheChosenOne. It's not so much that he chooses Flora/Nera... it's that ''he chooses a '''shield''', a '''sheet of metal''''' (and the world) ''over his ForgottenChildhoodFriend''. Except that she may not be as forgotten as she thinks. It's just that the hero is between a rock and a hard place, and saying "ScrewDestiny, I'm [[MarryForLove marrying my]] ChildhoodSweetheart!" could have extremely grave consequences. For all the hero knew at the time, TheNeedsOfTheMany outweighed the "needs" of those four teens. Even if he knew about Bianca's BadFuture, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo it is a small price to pay]] to prevent '''everyone''' from having a Bad Future. In fact, it could be that part of the reason for introducing Debora is for the hero to TakeAThirdOption leaving Nera and Crispin happy while he still gets the shield and bloodline.



* Choosing to marry Nera.

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* Choosing to marry Nera.
10th Mar '13 8:41:44 PM lalalei2001
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* Choosing to marry Nera.
2nd Dec '12 2:47:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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* All Zaji wants to do is protect his IllGirl sister Neris... and all Neris wants is to not be a burden to others. The fact that they got trapped in a penal colony where the only way out seems to be making a DealWithTheDevil doesn't help. [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]] when Zaji [[TakingTheBullet takes a blade in the back]] for her. And the TraumaCongaLine doesn't stop there for ''either'' of them.

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* All Zaji wants to do is protect his IllGirl sister Neris... and all Neris wants is to not be a burden to others. The fact that they got trapped in a penal colony where the only way out seems to be making a DealWithTheDevil doesn't help. [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]] worse when Zaji [[TakingTheBullet takes a blade in the back]] for her. And the TraumaCongaLine doesn't stop there for ''either'' of them.
2nd Dec '12 2:40:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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** [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]]: Clayman, the strongman of the village, travels away to get water for the desert village while they pray for rain. The cursed rain turns them all to stone and he mourns not being petrified too so he stays around the village alone with the statues of his friends for 50 years.

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** [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]]: Clayman, the strongman of the village, travels away to get water for the desert village while they pray for rain. The cursed rain turns them all to stone and he mourns not being petrified too so he stays around the village alone with the statues of his friends for 50 years.
8th Oct '12 10:59:40 PM FoominBlue
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* Dominico's HeelRealization after [[spoiler:David's death]], and the truth coming out: [[spoiler:Dominico wasn't an heir to the sages; ''David'' was. Dominico's family used to ''protect'' David's line, and switched places with them in order to draw any evil attention away from the true lineage. Unfortunately, by Dominico's time that truth was forgotten, and he'd spent his days flaunting his wealth and picking on poor David, never realizing he was failing his greatest duty...]]
* Then there's what happens with the Empyrea: [[spoiler: the monsters stole the legendary bird's egg, and you try to recover it... only for the kidnapper to pull a TakingYouWithMe ''on the egg''. As she and your party mourn, the unborn chick's spirit rises from the ashes and not only forgives you, but begs to be allowed to ''assist'' you, giving you access to flight... one of the most bittersweet powerups ever acquired. This one act cements Rhapthorn as the most vile monster in the entire series. Also qualifies as a PlayerPunch as said tears are tears of rage.]]



* The post-ending bonus dungeon leads to you eventually learning about a pair of StarCrossedLovers who echo the angel and woodcutter from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': [[spoiler: While exploring the human world, a daughter of the Dragon Tribe met and fell in love with Prince Eltrio of Argonia. The leaders of her tribe disapproved of their match, and so forced her to return to their hidden village. Desperate to be reunited with her, the Prince left his kingdom and searched the whole world for any sign of her... eventually expiring just as he had finally located the village and was climbing up that last incline. As for his lover, she passed away shortly after giving birth to their son. The tribe allowed him to grow there for a short time, but eventually voted to kick him out, over the protests of his grandfather. They forced him to leave the village, erasing the boy's memory so that he wouldn't remember and return.]]

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* Poor King Clavius. His brother was supposed to take the Argonian throne, but disappeared, leaving him to [[UnexpectedSuccessor rule instead]]. He [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure does his best]] at it; sadly, however, his ''own'' heir is, well... [[PrinceCharmless Prince Charmles]]. The way his RiteOfPassage resolves is quietly heartbreaking; you can tell he was sincerely hoping the hunt would do his son some good... Unfortunately, unlike [[VideoGame/DragonQuestV past]] [[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI princes]], Charmles learns ''nothing'' from his ordeal. Clavius starts to [[WhatTheHellHero call you on it]], but profusely apologizes after learning the truth.
** When he gives Charmles a chance to confess shortly afterward, and he doesn't take it. More proof of his son's true character...
* Dominico's HeelRealization after [[spoiler:David's death]], and the truth coming out: [[spoiler:Dominico wasn't an heir to the sages; ''David'' was. Dominico's family used to ''protect'' David's line, and switched places with them in order to draw any evil attention away from the true lineage. Unfortunately, by Dominico's time that truth was forgotten, and he'd spent his days flaunting his wealth and picking on poor David, never realizing he was failing his greatest duty...]]
* Then there's what happens with the Empyrea: [[spoiler: the monsters stole the legendary bird's egg, and you try to recover it... only for the kidnapper to pull a TakingYouWithMe ''on the egg''. As she and your party mourn, the unborn chick's spirit rises from the ashes and not only forgives you, but begs to be allowed to ''assist'' you, giving you access to flight... one of the most bittersweet powerups ever acquired. This one act cements Rhapthorn as the most vile monster in the entire series. Also qualifies as a PlayerPunch as said tears are tears of rage.]]
* The post-ending bonus dungeon leads to you eventually learning about a pair of StarCrossedLovers who echo the angel and woodcutter from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While exploring the human world, a daughter of the Dragon Tribe met and fell in love with Prince Eltrio of Argonia. The leaders of her tribe disapproved of their match, and so forced her to return to their hidden village. Desperate to be reunited with her, the Prince left his kingdom and searched the whole world for any sign of her... eventually expiring just as he had finally located the village and was climbing up that last incline. As for his lover, she passed away shortly after giving birth to their son. The tribe allowed him to grow there for a short time, but eventually voted to kick him out, over the protests of his grandfather. They forced him to leave the village, erasing the boy's memory so that he wouldn't remember and return.]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' is practically ''overflowing'' with {{Tear Jerker}}s and {{Bittersweet Ending}}s. First mention has to go to your hero's entire situation, though. Knocked from your home in the Observatory after the opening ''incident'', you awaken [[HumanityEnsues without your wings or halo]] and only a few scraps of your Celestrian powers left, retaining your ability to [[YouCanSeeMe see ghosts, faeries and other Celestrials]]. And in the end, [[spoiler: you have to give all of that up and become fully mortal in order to stand a chance against the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds villain]]]]. This is really driven home at the start of the post-credits gameplay, the first time you [[spoiler: open up the Battle Records and can't see Stella]].
** This Troper really hated the ending when you realize [[spoiler:the Hero has gone from being the person to complete the entire race of Angel's quest (to grow the tree and bear fruit) to a crippled angel without a halo or wings, to finding out that you must give up your immortality to kill the Big Bad, to losing your home]]. How are you rewarded? [[spoiler:''All the other Angels get the Heaven they were promised while you are told the last part of your immortality will drain out of you within hours. Your home is vaporized because no one will live there and you are abandoned in the town you watched over.'']] Even worse is the fact that [[spoiler:your town ''no longer recognizes you as the Guardian who watched over them. Indeed even your name was wiped off your statue.'']]

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' is practically ''overflowing'' with {{Tear Jerker}}s and {{Bittersweet Ending}}s. First mention has to go to your hero's entire situation, though. Knocked from your home in the Observatory after the opening ''incident'', you awaken [[HumanityEnsues without your wings or halo]] and only a few scraps of your Celestrian powers left, retaining your ability to [[YouCanSeeMe see ghosts, faeries and other Celestrials]]. And in the end, [[spoiler: you have to give all of that up and become fully mortal in order to stand a chance against the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds villain]]]]. This is really driven home at the start of the post-credits gameplay, the first time you [[spoiler: open [[spoiler:open up the Battle Records and can't see Stella]].
** This Troper really hated the ending when you realize [[spoiler:the Hero has gone from being the person to complete the entire race of Angel's Angels' quest (to grow the tree and bear fruit) to a crippled angel without a halo or wings, to finding out that you must give up your immortality to kill the Big Bad, to losing your home]]. How are you rewarded? [[spoiler:''All the other Angels get the Heaven they were promised while you are told the last part of your immortality will drain out of you within hours. Your home is vaporized because no one will live there and you are abandoned in the town you watched over.'']] Even worse is the fact that [[spoiler:your town ''no longer recognizes you as the Guardian who watched over them. Indeed Indeed, even your name was wiped off your statue.'']]



* The secret history of the Wight Knight, and [[spoiler: his last dance with Princess Mona.]] [[color:white:Or Simona, really, but...]]
* In Coffinwell, you meet [[{{Hikikomori}} Doctor Phlegming]] and his lovely wife, [[PluckyGirl Catarrhina]]. Phlegming doesn't get along with his father-in-law -- or anyone else, for that matter -- and Catarrhina is the only one who can draw him out of his shell. He agrees to help you save the town from a plague mostly so he can impress Mayor Laria ''and'' have an excuse to explore the local ruins; with your help, he succeeds, and sends you back to announce his triumph... [[spoiler: Only for you to discover Catarrhina died literally ''seconds'' before you stopped the plague. Phlegming lapses into a HeroicBSOD so severe he doesn't even attend her funeral, which his father-in-law reams him out over.]]
* [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Heights of Loneliness]]. At least that gives you an idea what you're in for when you go looking for Mason. [[spoiler: He left his hometown Zere to hone his skills as a stonecutter for five years or so, only to return and discover his beloved Petra had married someone else. He then goes into self-exile and spends the last years of his life meticulously carving out a perfect replica of his hometown.]] Of course, Stella doesn't understand it herself, and [[HumansAreMorons says as much]].
* Marionette. Just........ Marionette. [[spoiler: Marionette is a life sized doll based off a real girl by the name of Marion, with the only difference being that Marion wears blue and Marionette wears red. Marion was slowly dying of a fatal disease, and was fed a Fygg in hopes it would heal her. Marion wished for a friend....... which gave Marionette life. Marion died shortly after, leaving Marionette all alone. Then, after an entire year of loneliness, the hero appears, rescues her, and then watches as Maronette turns back into a doll. The kicker in all of this? Only Marion's parents known she's dead. Everyone else was told she just went on a trip. What really makes it sad is that not soon after, a servent in the mansion picks up Marionette and puts her on the bed, because he knew Marion enjoyed playing with the girl. Only the ending of the story holds some hope for her....]]

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* The secret history of the Wight Knight, and [[spoiler: his last dance with Princess Mona.]] [[color:white:Or Or Simona, really, but...]]
* In Coffinwell, you meet [[{{Hikikomori}} Doctor Phlegming]] and his lovely wife, [[PluckyGirl Catarrhina]]. Phlegming doesn't get along with his father-in-law -- or anyone else, for that matter -- and Catarrhina is the only one who can draw him out of his shell. He agrees to help you save the town from a plague mostly so he can impress Mayor Laria ''and'' have an excuse to explore the local ruins; with your help, he succeeds, and sends you back to announce his triumph... [[spoiler: Only [[spoiler:Only for you to discover Catarrhina died literally ''seconds'' before you stopped the plague. Phlegming lapses into a HeroicBSOD so severe he doesn't even attend her funeral, which his father-in-law reams him out over.]]
* [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Heights of Loneliness]]. At least that gives you an idea what you're in for when you go looking for Mason. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He left his hometown Zere to hone his skills as a stonecutter for five years or so, only to return and discover his beloved Petra had married someone else. He then goes into self-exile and spends the last years of his life meticulously carving out a perfect replica of his hometown.]] Of course, Stella doesn't understand it herself, and [[HumansAreMorons says as much]].
* Marionette. Just........ Marionette. [[spoiler: Marionette [[spoiler:Marionette is a life sized doll based off a real girl by the name of Marion, with the only difference being that Marion wears blue and Marionette wears red. Marion was slowly dying of a fatal disease, and was fed a Fygg in hopes it would heal her. Marion wished for a friend....... which gave Marionette life. Marion died shortly after, leaving Marionette all alone. Then, after an entire year of loneliness, the hero appears, rescues her, and then watches as Maronette turns back into a doll. The kicker in all of this? Only Marion's parents known she's dead. Everyone else was told she just went on a trip. What really makes it sad is that not soon after, a servent in the mansion picks up Marionette and puts her on the bed, because he knew Marion enjoyed playing with the girl. Only the ending of the story holds some hope for her....]]
8th Oct '12 10:35:55 PM FoominBlue
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* When Jessica joins the party, her overbearing mother doesn't take it well and threatens to disown her. Jessica isn't deterred, and walks out. It's incredibly depressing to see the family falling even further apart...


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* Dominico's HeelRealization after [[spoiler:David's death]], and the truth coming out: [[spoiler:Dominico wasn't an heir to the sages; ''David'' was. Dominico's family used to ''protect'' David's line, and switched places with them in order to draw any evil attention away from the true lineage. Unfortunately, by Dominico's time that truth was forgotten, and he'd spent his days flaunting his wealth and picking on poor David, never realizing he was failing his greatest duty...]]


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!!!VideoGame/DragonQuestX
* The climax of the Prologue: [[spoiler:Etene gets [[DoomedHometown torched]] by monsters, and your sibling's nearly killed before your eyes -- but a mysterious barrier surroundings them at the last moment. TimeStandsStill long enough for them to realize you're ''not'' protected, and they can't escape the barrier or do anything more than scream before it whisks them away. Then you ''die''.]]
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