History VideoGame / EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle

4th Nov '16 4:47:11 PM TheKaizerreich
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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed, the dwarves are so identical that the Awesome Fellowship did not realize that their dwarf was eventually replaced by ''seven different dwarves'' playing the original one, even when they all have different hair colours and one of them isn't even a guy.]]

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed, Deconstructed]], the dwarves are so identical that the Awesome Fellowship did not realize that [[spoiler:that their dwarf was eventually replaced by ''seven different dwarves'' playing the original one, even when they all have different hair colours and one of them isn't even a guy.]]
4th Nov '16 4:42:59 PM TheKaizerreich
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* ShoutOut:
** Quite a few to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** One of the insults that the elves and dark elves have for humans is [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40k}} "Mon]][[TabletopGame/KnownSpace -Keigh."]]
** The Dwarves in this game are the [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress fortress]] type, complete with interrupt messages, incidents involving killer carp, and allusions to fey moods. On the other hand, one of them cheers "[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Lali-ho!]]" once. He is ignored.
** Duchess' vocal warm-ups are the same as Daisy Adair's in ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.
** Examine a barrel and the Duchess will shout "Barrel!" just in the {{Atelier}} series.
** The Blue Smith notes that [[Literature/{{Discworld}} dwarf bread is very hard to cut.]]
** One of the peasants' WelcomeToCorneria lines is [[RPGWorld "Times are tough."]]
** [[spoiler:Ecinacea]]'s laugh? [[VideoGame/EarthBound GYORK GYORK GYORK]].
** Reading one of the Everbrook tombstones quotes "Carry On My Wayward Son" near-verbatim.
** Another of the Everbrook graves is for [[VideoGame/DragonQuest Erdrick]]. This in itself is a reference to similar gravestone in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''. The Duchess thinks it gives him too little credit.
** [[spoiler: Young Grettel]] starts training as TheStrategist by reading [[ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Crowns]].
** Elza comments that if the Duchess dies, the game's going to become [[AtelierSeries Atelier Elza]].
** In the kitchen, Duchess and Chef have an argument over [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus woks and the silliness thereof. She is told to take her silly wok elsewhere.]]
** Duchess finds a tombstone with the legend [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "Speak Friend and Enter" on it. She spends a minute shouting "Friend" at it.]]
** The Villiage Elder has [[WebComic/EightBitTheater brittle old-man hips.]]
** [[Disney/AliceInWonderland The God of Tardiness is a white rabbit]].

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* ShoutOut:
** Quite a few to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** One of the insults that the elves and dark elves have for humans is [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40k}} "Mon]][[TabletopGame/KnownSpace -Keigh."]]
** The Dwarves in this game are the [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress fortress]] type, complete with interrupt messages, incidents involving killer carp, and allusions to fey moods. On the other hand, one of them cheers "[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Lali-ho!]]" once. He is ignored.
** Duchess' vocal warm-ups are the same as Daisy Adair's in ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.
** Examine a barrel and the Duchess will shout "Barrel!" just in the {{Atelier}} series.
** The Blue Smith notes that [[Literature/{{Discworld}} dwarf bread is very hard to cut.]]
** One of the peasants' WelcomeToCorneria lines is [[RPGWorld "Times are tough."]]
** [[spoiler:Ecinacea]]'s laugh? [[VideoGame/EarthBound GYORK GYORK GYORK]].
** Reading one of the Everbrook tombstones quotes "Carry On My Wayward Son" near-verbatim.
** Another of the Everbrook graves is for [[VideoGame/DragonQuest Erdrick]]. This in itself is a reference to similar gravestone in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''. The Duchess thinks it gives him too little credit.
** [[spoiler: Young Grettel]] starts training as TheStrategist by reading [[ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Crowns]].
** Elza comments that if the Duchess dies, the game's going to become [[AtelierSeries Atelier Elza]].
** In the kitchen, Duchess and Chef have an argument over [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus woks and the silliness thereof. She is told to take her silly wok elsewhere.]]
** Duchess finds a tombstone with the legend [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "Speak Friend and Enter" on it. She spends a minute shouting "Friend" at it.]]
** The Villiage Elder has [[WebComic/EightBitTheater brittle old-man hips.]]
** [[Disney/AliceInWonderland The God of Tardiness is a white rabbit]].
ShoutOut: Has its own page [[ShoutOut/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle here]].
4th Nov '16 4:37:28 PM TheKaizerreich
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* BlackComedyRape

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* BlackComedyRapeBlackComedyRape: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] most of the time (in that it's typically not really rape), but one example stands out in that [[spoiler:the Duchess can get attacked by demonically possessed, love-crazed zombies and if they catch her, the Duchess wakes up the next morning covered in... mysterious fluids.]]



* BossSubtitles: Parodied with ''The Cow.''

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* BossSubtitles: Parodied with ''The Cow.COW.''



* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor]]: Duchess.

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* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor]]: Duchess.CantHoldHisLiquor: The Duchess gets drunk really easily.



* CastFullOfGay
* ChainmailBikini: Elven Chainmail Bikinis are even better. (RPG joke. Elven Chainmail is traditionally much better than normal chainmail.)

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* CastFullOfGay
CastFullOfGay: The Duchess is bi, most other female characters are bi or lesbian. For the male characters, it's not really known since they make no mentions in regards to their preferences.
* ChainmailBikini: Elven Chainmail Bikinis are even better. (RPG joke. [[note]]This is an RPG joke: Elven Chainmail is traditionally much better than normal chainmail.)[[/note]]



* ChildProdigy: Grettel
* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: Discussed in the [[spoiler: D&D Ending. Duchess is played by a guy who always plays a Fighter named Embric and wanted to [[PlayingAgainstType Play Against Type]].]]

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* ChildProdigy: Grettel
Grettel is less than 10 years old, but very smart and learns new things easily. Various endings have her in some form of strategist or other advisor role.
* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: Discussed InUniverse in the [[spoiler: D&D Ending. Duchess is played by a guy who always plays a Fighter named Embric and wanted to [[PlayingAgainstType Play Against Type]].]]



* CuteBruiser: Alice doesn't have levels in Barbarian for nothin'.
* {{Descriptiveville}}: The Duchess comes from the land of Elstwhere. Where is Esltwhere, and what is it like? Who cares? It's just somewhere away from the story.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Early in the game, climb the cliffs and look at the castle. The Lich Vecnatrix walks up and makes conversation. If one immediately selects "Shove", the Duchess pushes him off the cliff and gains "disproportionate experience" for "defeating" him. "I have heroic exploits to talk about at parties! How thrilling!" (No, it didn't destroy him.) Other choices result in running away or getting temporarily captured.

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* CuteBruiser: Alice doesn't have levels in Barbarian for nothin'.
nothing.
* {{Descriptiveville}}: The Duchess comes from the land of Elstwhere. Where is Esltwhere, Elstwhere, and what is it like? Who cares? It's just somewhere away from the story.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Early in the game, climb the cliffs and look at the castle. The Lich Vecnatrix walks up and makes conversation. If one immediately selects "Shove", the Duchess pushes him off the cliff and gains "disproportionate experience" for "defeating" him. "I have heroic exploits to talk about at parties! How thrilling!" (No, it didn't destroy him.) Other choices result in running away or getting temporarily captured.



* {{Emoticon}}: All of the guards "speak" using these... which the Duchess is somehow able to understand.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes

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* {{Emoticon}}: All of the guards "speak" using these... which in Emoticons, but the Duchess is somehow able (and just about everyone else) understands what they are saying. It's even parodied when the Duchess finds a guardsman who doesn't speak in Emoticons, calling him an imposter!
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Bad King Greyghast The Terrible has some form of love towards his niece, the Duchess, but it's not nearly enough
to understand.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
prevent him from abusing her.



* FantasticRacism

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* FantasticRacismFantasticRacism: Elves, and Falwythwier Windgrace in particular, are ''appallingly'' racist ([[CantArgueWithElves not that this is unusual]]), and they're even worse against Dark Elves. Granted, most Dark Elves are AlwaysChaoticEvil, so at least some general distrust is justified.
* FisherKing: Sovreign Oaks only grow leaves when a good ruler sits on the Throne. They're all dormant...



** [[spoiler:A man mentions how Alice looks just like a female Embric when your traveling with her in Everbrook.]]
* FisherKing: Sovreign Oaks only grow leaves when a good ruler sits on the Throne. They're all dormant...

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** [[spoiler:A man mentions how Alice looks just like a female Embric when your you're traveling with her in Everbrook.]]
* FisherKing: Sovreign Oaks only grow leaves when a good ruler sits on the Throne. They're all dormant...
]]



* GagBoobs: Countess Knockersdale. Lady Backmoore has a Gag Butt.
* GainaxEnding

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* GagBoobs: Countess Knockersdale. Knockersdale, and they're big enough to cover a noticable portion of her portrait. Lady Backmoore Backmore, meanwhile, has a Gag Butt.
Butt. The former's name is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Fal during a party; she just doesn't want to believe the Duchess that "Knockersdale" really is her name.
* GainaxEndingGainaxEnding: Many endings are just ''weird'' in some way, and they almost always end with the Duchess waking up from a dream, still dressed in the clothes she wore during the respective ending.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: at one point, Duchess calls some bundles of sticks "fags" ([[CultureMarchesOn which is what the word orignally meant, but is a nasty thing to say nowadays]]).

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: at At one point, Duchess calls some bundles of sticks "fags" ([[CultureMarchesOn ([[SocietyMarchesOn which is what the word orignally meant, but and while it can also refer to cigarettes, it is typically meant as a nasty thing to say anti-homosexual slur nowadays]]).



* HotForStudent: Raine.

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* HotForStudent: Raine.Raine has the hots for the Duchess. The Duchess has to make it clear that [[{{Lolicon}} Grettel is hands-off!]]



* NinjaMaid: Or rather, barbarian maid.
* NobleDemon: The leader of the anti-paladins is this taken to almost ridiculous extremes, especially compared to the utterly amoral Awesome Fellowship
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The Duchess is only temporarily miffed at Carmina; she even wrote the entire thing in her dream diary for Alice to...enjoy.
* OddJobGods: Everything has a deity associated with it.
* OnlyMostlyDead: The plot goes into quite detail what it's like in a world where anyone can get resurrected for a price. Only one person really dies permanently not including the endings; mostly due to him being a ButtMonkey and getting eaten by a spider. It's implied even then that if anyone cared; they could do a full Resurrection. As it is, you have the option of shelling out money to [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate him into a dog.]]
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed.]]
* PamphletShelf: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the Duchess picks up the "Manual of Brevity" in one of the libraries.
* PragmaticVillainy: WordOfGod is that Carmina is really, really unrepentantly evil. She's also more than intelligent enough to know it's not in her best interest to push it. And she does love the Duchess.
* PunnyName: Lady Backmoore and Countess Knockersdale are named for their respective, um, assets and vast tracts of land.

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* NinjaMaid: Or rather, Alice is a barbarian maid.
maid, rather. Ecinacea is also not to be underestimated, but for completely different reasons.
* NobleDemon: The leader of the anti-paladins is this taken to almost ridiculous extremes, especially compared to the utterly amoral Awesome Fellowship
Fellowship.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The Duchess is only temporarily miffed at Carmina; she even wrote the entire thing in her dream diary for Alice to... enjoy.
* OddJobGods: Everything has a deity associated with it.
it. One of the more plot-relevant ones is the Goddess of "strawberries, chocolate [[spoiler:and, secretly, illicit sex]]".
* OnlyMostlyDead: The plot goes into quite detail what it's like in a world where anyone can get resurrected for a price. Only one person really dies permanently not including the endings; mostly due to him being a ButtMonkey and getting eaten by a spider. It's implied even then that if anyone cared; they could do a full Resurrection. As it is, you have the option of shelling out money to [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate him into as a dog.]]
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed.Deconstructed, the dwarves are so identical that the Awesome Fellowship did not realize that their dwarf was eventually replaced by ''seven different dwarves'' playing the original one, even when they all have different hair colours and one of them isn't even a guy.]]
* PamphletShelf: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the Duchess picks up the "Manual of Brevity" in one of the libraries.
libraries -- fittingly, it has only one page.
* PragmaticVillainy: WordOfGod is that Carmina is really, really unrepentantly evil. She's also more than intelligent enough to know it's not in her best interest to push it. And it; and she does ''does'' love the Duchess.
Duchess [[spoiler:as evidenced in one ending where she actually cries when the Duchess dies of old age.]]
* PunnyName: Lady Backmoore Backmore and Countess Knockersdale are named for their respective, um, their... assets and vast huge tracts of land.land, respectively.



* RPGsEqualCombat: Almost not at all. Physical combat opportunities aren't available for much of the game and are rather incidental, so much of the Duchess's EXP gain actually comes from her attempts to interact with and integrate into the Marque of Wulfhammer and the Awesome Fellowship (and perhaps also shoving a lich off a cliff once). What few battles there are are introduced by the message, "Negotiations have failed!" In this respect, it's rather more like a tabletop RPG than a videogame RPG - [[FridgeBrilliance which makes sense when you consider how familiar the game's creator appears to be with the latter.]]
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Duchess is ever quick to correct people when they call her a princess. She states:

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* RPGsEqualCombat: Almost not at all.completely averted. Physical combat opportunities aren't available for much of the game and are rather incidental, so much of the Duchess's EXP gain actually comes from her attempts to interact with and integrate into the Marque of Wulfhammer and the Awesome Fellowship (and perhaps also shoving a lich off a cliff once). What few battles there are are introduced by the message, "Negotiations have failed!" In this respect, it's rather more like a tabletop RPG than a videogame RPG - [[FridgeBrilliance which makes sense when you consider how familiar the game's creator appears to be with the latter.]]
* RoyallyScrewedUp: The Duchess is ever quick to correct people when they call her a princess. She states:



* ShoutOut

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* ShoutOutShoutOut:



* SpoiledSweet: Princess Arugula. She may not be pretty, and she may be dumber than a box of remedial hammers, but Duchess is her best friend and she'll face down an angry mob to protect her.

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* SpoiledSweet: Princess Arugula. She may not be pretty, and she may be dumber than a box of remedial hammers, but The Duchess is her best friend and she'll face down an angry mob to protect her.



* TheFogOfAges: Vecnathrax is rather senile.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Most of the pairings that the duchess can end up in.

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* TheFogOfAges: Vecnathrax is rather senile.
senile, which makes sense as he's a thousand years old skeleton.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Most of the pairings that the duchess The Duchess can end up in.



** Also [[spoiler: Tsograleeg/Ecinacea. She may never be fought, though, since she promises not to obliterate any part of the universe the Duchess will miss.]]
* VerbalTic: Wilhelm. Mmhm, quite.

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** Also [[spoiler: Tsograleeg/Ecinacea. She may never be fought, though, since she promises not to obliterate any part of the universe the The Duchess will miss.]]
* VerbalTic: Wilhelm. Mmhm, quite. It eventually rubs off on The Duchess, which he finds rather endearing.



* VillainShoes: Fal at Duke Thermin's party; we get to see how she perceives social events with humans. It's not flattering for either party, but it is hilarious.

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* VillainShoes: Well, AntiHero Shoes in her case; but when The Duchess and Fal are at Duke Thermin's party; party, we get to see how she Fal perceives social events with humans. It's not flattering for either party, but it is hilarious.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Carmina is sealed inside a magic prison cell, kept naked, chained up, and starved to prevent her escape, and any of the Fellowship could just kill her whenever they felt like it. Considering how much EXP she's probably worth, why didn't they just do that...?
** Embric wanted to spare her, Fal wanted to kill her, and imprisonment was a forced compromise.
* YuriGenre
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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Carmina is sealed inside a magic prison cell, kept naked, chained up, and starved to prevent her escape, and any of the Fellowship could just kill her whenever they felt like it. Considering how much EXP she's probably worth, one wonders why the Awesome Fellowship didn't they just do that...?
**
collect on it. However, it is eventually stated that while Embric wanted to spare her, Fal naturally wanted to kill her, and so the imprisonment was a forced compromise.
* YuriGenre
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YuriGenre: The Duchess is supposed to marry a guy (Embric), but most of her adventures inside the bedroom and out involve other women.
3rd Nov '16 2:31:10 AM dvorak
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** [[Disney/AliceInWonderland The God of Tardiness is a white rabbit]].
31st Oct '16 2:25:46 AM dvorak
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** At one point, also fairly early on, Alice punches out [[spoiler: Ecanecia, who is an EldritchAbomination taking the form of a young lady.]]
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** The Villiage Elder has [[WebComic/8BitTheater brittle old-man hips.]]

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** The Villiage Elder has [[WebComic/8BitTheater [[WebComic/EightBitTheater brittle old-man hips.]]
28th Oct '16 3:22:09 AM dvorak
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** The Villiage Elder has [[WebComic/8BitTheater brittle old-man hips.]]
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* TheDulcinaEffect: Lord Embric and the Duchess are to be wed despite never having met. [[GenderFlipped we play as the female party in this arrangement...]]

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* TheDulcinaEffect: TheDulcineaEffect: Lord Embric and the Duchess are to be wed despite never having met. [[GenderFlipped we play as the female party in this arrangement...]]
26th Oct '16 7:09:41 PM dvorak
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* TheDulcenaEffect: Lord Embric and the Duchess are to be wed despite never having met. [[GenderFlipped we play as the female party in this arrangement...]]

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* TheDulcenaEffect: TheDulcinaEffect: Lord Embric and the Duchess are to be wed despite never having met. [[GenderFlipped we play as the female party in this arrangement...]]
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* TheDulcenaEffect: Lord Embric and the Duchess are to be wed despite never having met. [[GenderFlipped we play as the female party in this arrangement...]]
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