History VideoGame / TheWay

24th Mar '16 3:52:06 PM MeiwakunaBoku
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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Serena]].



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Almost word for word after [[spoiler:Rhue accidentally kills Lexus]].



** [[spoiler:Stoyko]] gets killed near the end of Episode 4, and is never brought up again, and [[spoiler:doesn't even show up in Dream Estrana like most of the characters that the Phantom Slasher has killed]].



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Stoyko] gets killed near the end of Episode 4, and is never brought up again, and [[spoiler:doesn't even show up in Dream Estrana like most of the characters that the Phantom Slasher has killed]].
21st Mar '16 8:43:57 PM MeiwakunaBoku
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* AnyoneCanDie: The game has no problems killing important characters. [[DarkerAndEdgier Episode 5]] takes it UpToEleven.

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* AnyoneCanDie: The game has no problems killing important characters. [[DarkerAndEdgier Episode 5]] takes it UpToEleven. By the end of the series, the casualties are [[spoiler:Lexus, Slade, Sorya, Lyrra, Cetsa, Sacrifa, Stoyko, Midian, Alan, Jopaga, Traziun in the normal ending, and even Rhue himself dies in the bad ending]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Traziun stabs himself with the phantom sword to destroy it in the normal ending]].



* RomanceSidequest: The date in Episode 6.

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* RomanceSidequest: The date in Episode 6. It's even necessary to get the Lexus ending.


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* SecondLove: [[spoiler:Lexus]] to Rhue, you can even end the whole series by getting them together.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Stoyko] gets killed near the end of Episode 4, and is never brought up again, and [[spoiler:doesn't even show up in Dream Estrana like most of the characters that the Phantom Slasher has killed]].
20th Jan '16 10:05:55 PM jhonka
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** Kloe points slightly influence the ending.

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** Kloe points slightly influence the ending.ending and several dialogue lines in the later episodes.


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->''Strange, but true?''
3rd Dec '15 4:32:45 PM Adept
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''The Way'' is a [[FreewareGames freeware]], [[IndieGame indie]] [[{{RPG}} role-playing game]] created by Lun Calsari on the [[RPGMaker RPG Maker 2000]]. It consists of six consecutive episodes, the first of which was released in 2002.

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''The Way'' is a [[FreewareGames freeware]], [[IndieGame indie]] [[{{RPG}} role-playing game]] created by Lun Calsari on the [[RPGMaker RPG Maker 2000]].Videogame/RPGMaker 2000. It consists of six consecutive episodes, the first of which was released in 2002.
25th Nov '15 2:40:56 PM rixion
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Also, not to be confused with the [[Film/TheWay film]] with the same title.
18th Mar '15 2:26:02 AM Cozzer
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* CruelMercy: If you defeat [[spoiler:Strata]] at the end of Episode 5, Rhue mocks him and lets him live. However, since the character in question has pretty much spent his entire life being a GloryHound, [[spoiler:being beat by some wanderer with weird clothing he has always considered a worthless weakling]] probably [[BreakTheHaughty did not do well for his sanity]].

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* CruelMercy: If you defeat [[spoiler:Strata]] at the end of Episode 5, Rhue mocks him and lets him live. However, since the character in question has pretty much spent his entire life being a GloryHound, [[spoiler:being beat defeated by some wanderer with weird clothing he has always considered a worthless weakling]] probably [[BreakTheHaughty did not won't do well for his sanity]].



* DownerEnding: The Reaches. [[GainaxEnding Maybe. Sort of.]]
* DramaBomb: Episode 5. The previous episode took a turn for the dark, but... well, let's just put it this way: Episode 5 is called ''Everyone Must Bleed''.

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* DownerEnding: The Reaches.Reaches ending. [[GainaxEnding Maybe. Sort of.]]
* DramaBomb: Episode 5. The previous episode took 4 starts taking a turn for the dark, but... well, let's just put it this way: Episode 5 is called ''Everyone Must Bleed''.



** Sorya points determine if you encounter the character in Episode 6 and whether they join your party.

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** Sorya points determine if you encounter the character in Episode 6 and whether they join your party. Interestingly, [[spoiler:if you have a good enough relationship with her in Episode 4, she ''doesn't'' appear in Episode 6]].
16th Mar '15 4:48:39 AM Cozzer
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* PyrrhicVictory: In what appears to be the canon ending, Rhue finally finds out the truth about Serena. [[spoiler:He also finds out he is just a fabrication of the mind of others and has lost pretty much everyone he has ever cared for. Well, except Kloe, if you have enough of a friendship rating with her.]]

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* PyrrhicVictory: In what appears to be the canon ending, Rhue finally finds out the truth about Serena. [[spoiler:He also finds out he his past is just a fabrication of the mind of others and has lost pretty much everyone he has ever cared for. Well, except Kloe, if you have enough of a friendship rating with her.]]



** The [[spoiler:Lexus]] points have the biggest influence on the game, as they can unlock an [[MultipleEndings entirely different ending]] if they're high enough.
** The [[spoiler:Sorya]] points determine if you encounter the character in Episode 6 and whether they join your party.
** The [[spoiler:Kloe]] points slightly influence the ending.
* RetCon: Defied in that instead of having later episodes contradict information from earlier ones, Lun went back and edited the episode in question. Examples include how the headhunter in Episode 1 used be looking for Gaius instead of Jeruh, and Slade reacting a lot differently at the mention of Serena's name in Episode 5.

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** The [[spoiler:Lexus]] Lexus points have the biggest influence on the game, as game: they can unlock an [[MultipleEndings entirely different ending]] if they're high enough.
** The [[spoiler:Sorya]] Sorya points determine if you encounter the character in Episode 6 and whether they join your party.
** The [[spoiler:Kloe]] Kloe points slightly influence the ending.
* RetCon: Defied in that instead Instead of having later episodes contradict information from earlier ones, Lun went back and edited the episode in question. Examples include how the headhunter in Episode 1 used be looking for Gaius instead of Jeruh, and Slade reacting a lot differently at the mention of Serena's name in Episode 5.



* RomanceSidequest: [[spoiler: The date]] in Episode 6.
* RuleOfCool: Having control of [[spoiler:Traziun's storm through the fortress]] is really pretty pointless, the game could have just shown [[spoiler:him killing them all]]. It was mostly there just to show how [[spoiler:Traziun is Awesome Incarnate]].

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* RomanceSidequest: [[spoiler: The date]] date in Episode 6.
* RuleOfCool: Having control of [[spoiler:Traziun's storm through the fortress]] is really pretty pointless, the game could have just shown [[spoiler:him him killing them all]]. all. It was mostly there just to show just how much [[spoiler:Traziun is Awesome Incarnate]].awesome]].



* ScratchDamage

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* ScratchDamageScratchDamage: In Plunges you can't reduce damage dealt by opponents, no matter how much stronger you are than them.



* ShoutOut: On a bookshelf in Episode 6 you can find another [[GameMaker RPG Maker]] game, [=ThreeTheHardWay=].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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On a bookshelf in Episode 6 you can find another [[GameMaker RPG Maker]] game, [=ThreeTheHardWay=].



* SlasherSmile: Rhue has one of these when [[spoiler:he has Midian's personality and is about to kill Jeruh]].

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* SlasherSmile: Rhue has one of these when [[spoiler:he has [[spoiler:he's wearing Midian's personality and is about to kill Jeruh]].



* StockVideoGamePuzzle
* SuperSerum: Jopaga developed one for the Shadow Lord gang in Estrana and got the attention of [[spoiler:the Arastotzi]] because of it, who attempt to steal it.

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* StockVideoGamePuzzle
StockVideoGamePuzzle: You find several of these, even in places where [[GameplayAndStorySegregation they really shouldn't exist]].
* SuperSerum: Jopaga developed one for the Shadow Lord gang in Estrana and got the attention of [[spoiler:the Arastotzi]] because of it, the Arastotzi, who attempt to steal it.



* TakeYourTime

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* TakeYourTimeTakeYourTime: Even in dangerous situations, you can explore as much as you want.



* ThatLiarLies: Played straight by Scatha in Episode 5 with [[spoiler:Cetsa]] on the receiving end, after the latter claims that [[spoiler:she's Serena]].
* ThemeNaming: Subverted. The episode names all rhyme with the previous one...except for the last, "Truth Hides Nothing".

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* ThatLiarLies: Played straight by Scatha in Episode 5 with [[spoiler:Cetsa]] Cetsa on the receiving end, after the latter claims that [[spoiler:she's Serena]].
* ThemeNaming: Subverted. SubvertedTrope: The episode names all rhyme with the previous one...except for the last, "Truth Hides Nothing".



* TrophyWife: Discussed a couple of times. Scatha believes that there is no real love in the world and every man is only after beautiful women as a trophy. Strata is clearly interested in Cetsa for this very reason and [[spoiler:hurts Lyrra deeply when she realizes this]].
* UrbanSegregation: Estrana.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The aforementioned beating.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Being a bad thief and acting like a complete JerkAss during the party in Episode 6 which leads to getting the worst courtroom result with no notch item rewards is the only way to trigger an external event that gives the player a certain notch item that allows access to a hidden skill.
* VolleyingInsults: Rhue's and Slade's Plunge. Damn, [[DeadpanSnarker Slade can trash talk.]]

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* TrophyWife: Discussed a couple of times. TrophyWife:
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Scatha believes that there is no real love in the world and every man is only after beautiful women as a trophy. trophy.
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Strata is clearly interested in Cetsa for this very reason and [[spoiler:hurts Lyrra deeply when she realizes this]].
* UrbanSegregation: Estrana.
Estrana is clearly divided into Upper Estrana and [[WretchedHive Lower Estrana]].
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The aforementioned beating.
In a sidequest in Episode 6, you have to beat up and torture a guy for information.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Being a bad thief and acting like a complete JerkAss during the party in Episode 6 which leads to getting the worst courtroom result with no notch item rewards is the only way to trigger an external event that gives the player a certain notch item that allows access to a hidden skill.
* VolleyingInsults: VolleyingInsults:
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Rhue's and Slade's Plunge. Damn, [[DeadpanSnarker Slade can trash talk.]]talk]].
** Everytime Rhue and Strata talk. In their last fight it happens in a very different way, though.



* WhamLine: The very last line of Episode 5, in which [[spoiler:Gaius tells Rhue that he's the Phantom Slasher]]. It does turn out to be [[MindScrew a lot more complicated than that]], though.

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* WhamLine: The very last line of Episode 5, in which [[spoiler:Gaius tells Rhue that he's the identity of the Phantom Slasher]]. It does turn out to be [[MindScrew a lot more complicated than that]], though.Slasher is revealed.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Citadels and Dippy.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:Lady Patura]] uses all her authority to degrade [[spoiler: Slade]] and break him down, after he refuses her advances.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Citadels Citadels, and Dippy.
Dippy in a very literal way.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:Lady Patura]] Lady Patura uses all her authority to degrade [[spoiler: Slade]] [[spoiler:degrade Slade and break him down, down]], after he refuses her advances.



* WraparoundBackground: This is used in the scenes where characters are running on [[spoiler: what Rhue remembers as]] the Landorin Stretch.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Outer Estrana.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Very, very much. Winning challenges or finding secrets early in the game nets you awards that boost your power forever afterwards. If you do not find these secrets or beat these challenges, however, you're likely to do poorly in the future.

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* WraparoundBackground: This is used in the scenes where characters are running on [[spoiler: what the Landorin Stretch (or [[spoiler:what Rhue remembers as]] the Landorin Stretch.
as it, at least]]).
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Outer Estrana.
Estrana, where the poors and the criminals gather.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Very, very much. Winning challenges or finding secrets early in the game nets you awards that boost your power forever afterwards. If you do not find these secrets or beat these challenges, however, you're likely to do poorly in the future.



* YourCheatingHeart: Lady Patura [[spoiler: and Foreman Ballar.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: Lady Patura [[spoiler: and Foreman Ballar.]][[spoiler:Foreman Ballar]].
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* TheGhost: Pontifex Tetzel.
* GloryHound: Forewoman Hill. Might also qualify as MilesGloriosus.
* {{Gorn}}: Despite the 16-bit Super Nintendo RPG style graphics, there are very gruesome deaths, especially in episode 5. For starters: Heads being ripped off, the body collapsing into a bloody heap, characters being graphically impaled on stalagmites, having their faces ripped off, scalped, being ripped in half, having limbs amputated, getting ripped in half at the torso, having guts exploding out, and a bird graphically tearing strips of flesh from a corpse, all with blood splattering all over the ground and walls.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The characters' curse words are harmless to the player, but have a potentially offensive meaning in-universe. "Flaming Fires of Janwen!" invokes the destruction of the city of Janwen and is therefore a profanity. Shorter versions like "Sweet flaming lands!", "Lands..." and "Burn you!" are seen being used.

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* TheGhost: You spend a big part of Episode 5 chasing Pontifex Tetzel.
Tetzel. You never meet him, and it's even implied he might be dead.
* GloryHound: GloryHound:
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Forewoman Hill. Might also qualify as MilesGloriosus.
** Strata only seems to care about being seen as "cool" by others.
* {{Gorn}}: Despite the 16-bit Super Nintendo RPG style graphics, there are very gruesome deaths, especially in episode 5. For starters: Heads being ripped off, the body collapsing into a bloody heap, heap; characters being graphically impaled on stalagmites, stalagmites; having their faces ripped off, scalped, off; scalped; being ripped in half, half; having limbs amputated, amputated; getting ripped in half at the torso, torso; having guts exploding out, and out You can also see a bird crow graphically tearing strips of flesh from a corpse, all with blood splattering all over the ground and walls.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The [[PlayingWithATrope Played with:]] the characters' curse words are harmless to the player, but have a potentially offensive meaning in-universe. "Flaming Fires of Janwen!" invokes the destruction of the city of Janwen and is therefore a profanity. Shorter versions like "Sweet flaming lands!", "Lands..." and "Burn you!" are seen being used.



** Worse, until the last chapter you don't "level" in the traditional sense nor get currency from battle your power is determined by equipping stat items and fighting several combats to "absorb" them. In other words, if you stumble through the early chapters without a guide [[UnstableEquilibrium by the end your stats will be low]], you'll be missing several special moves and there will be nothing you can do to make up for it. Oh, and the alternate "Plunge" combat system used for duels depends almost ''entirely'' on your stats; no amount of personal skill or patience can cause you to win if your stats are too low, though almost all the later Plunges are either optional or very easy.

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** Worse, until Until the last chapter you don't "level" in the traditional sense nor get currency from battle your power is determined by equipping stat items and fighting several combats to "absorb" them. In other words, if you stumble through the early chapters without a guide [[UnstableEquilibrium by the end your stats will be low]], you'll be missing several special moves and there will be nothing you can do to make up for it. Oh, and the alternate "Plunge" combat system used for duels depends almost ''entirely'' on your stats; no amount of personal skill or patience can cause you to win if your stats are too low, though almost all the later Plunges are either optional or very easy.



* HealthDamageAsymmetry: Balanced because you always get AfterCombatRecovery.
* HellOnEarth: Unleashed on [[spoiler:Estrana by Sacrifa]].

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* HealthDamageAsymmetry: Balanced because AvertedTrope, since you always get AfterCombatRecovery.
* HellOnEarth: Unleashed on [[spoiler:Estrana by Sacrifa]].Sacrifa]] at the beginning of Episode 5.



* HitPoints: Of course.

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* HitPoints: Of course.course, both in normal fights and in Plunges.



* HubCity: As the largest settlement seen in the series, Estrana serves as the stage for many of the inter-political conflicts between the many groups and organizations that exist within ''The Way'', and a majority of the dungeons in Episode 4 exist within the city itself. Dream Estrana in Episode 6 serves as one for nearly the entire episode, with plenty of sidequests inside its walls to keep the player busy.
* InevitableTournament: Happens twice, with Rhue being forced into them by Traziun and Lexus.
** Also subverted the first [[spoiler:ends prematurely]] and the plot doesn't really care if you win, and in the second [[spoiler:Rhue loses in the semifinals and Traziun throws the final round]].

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* HubCity: HubCity:
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As the largest settlement seen in the series, Estrana serves as the stage for many of the inter-political conflicts between the many groups and organizations that exist within ''The Way'', and a majority of the dungeons in Episode 4 exist within the city itself. itself.
**
Dream Estrana in Episode 6 serves as one for nearly the entire episode, with plenty of sidequests inside its walls to keep the player busy.
* InevitableTournament: Happens twice, with Rhue being forced into them by Traziun and Lexus.
each time.
** Also subverted SubvertedTrope: the first tournament [[spoiler:ends prematurely]] and the plot doesn't really care if you win, and while in the second [[spoiler:Rhue loses in the semifinals and Traziun throws the final round]].



* InnSecurity
* InTheHood: Entrego.

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* InnSecurity
InnSecurity: Happens several times in Episode 2.
* InTheHood: Entrego.Entrego is never seen without his hood... until you discover his real identity.



* KillEmAll: Episode 5. The casualties are: [[spoiler:Slade, Lyrra, Cetsa, Alan (you can see his dismembered legs poking out of a bush), Sacrifa, Entrego (presumably), and an entire city of innocent people, including children.]]

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* KillEmAll: Episode 5. The casualties are: [[spoiler:Slade, Lyrra, Cetsa, Alan (you can see his dismembered legs poking out of a bush), Sacrifa, Entrego (presumably), (presumably) and an entire city of innocent people, including children.]]children]].



* LeftHanging: So ''very'' many plot threads are never resolved.

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* LeftHanging: So ''very'' many plot threads are never resolved. Only those directly related to Rhue's past get a satisfying conclusion.



* LongLostRelative: Several, as seen on the character sheet. Other relations are implied in some places, but cannot be proven or are disproven by Episode 6.
* LostForever: Except in Episode 6, previous areas cannot be revisited, so if you didn't get the items there, too bad. This goes for ''experience'', too, since the game doesn't use random encounters, but also because the aforementioned items are your primary source of stat gains in the first place.

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* LongLostRelative: Several, as seen on the character sheet. Other relations are implied in some places, but cannot be proven or are disproven by Episode 6.
proven.
* LostForever: Except in Until you get to Episode 6, previous you can never revisit areas cannot be revisited, so if after you get through them. If you didn't get the items there, too bad. This goes for ''experience'', too, since the game doesn't use random encounters, but also because the aforementioned items are your primary source of stat gains in the first place.gains.



* MadLove
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Played straight by [[spoiler:Slade's mother]]. Her daughters have a hard time because of it, to say the least.
* MauveShirt: So many.

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* MadLove
MadLove: Rhue's love for Serena seems to have shades of this... until you discover [[spoiler:Rhue absorbed Jeruh's Mad Love, which Serena never returned]].
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Played straight by [[spoiler:Slade's mother]].Slade's mother. Her daughters have a hard time because of it, to say the least.
* MauveShirt: So many.There are a lot of named characters that get offed to show a situation is dangerous.



* MeaningfulRename: Very common. If a character chooses to start a new life and take on a new identity, they scramble the letters of their name to create a new one. Additionally, if they want to leave a dark part of their past behind, they eliminate one of the letters. If they have achieved a great new status instead, they may add a new letter to their name. See the character sheet for more examples.
* MilesGloriosus: Alan, when you plunge with him.

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* MeaningfulRename: Very common.common, even in-universe. If a character chooses to start a new life and take on a new identity, they scramble the letters of their name to create a new one. Additionally, if they want to leave a dark part of their past behind, they eliminate one of the letters. If they have achieved a great new status instead, they may add a new letter to their name. See the character sheet for more examples.
* MilesGloriosus: Alan, expecially when you plunge with him.



* MoneySpider: Completely averted. No enemies, not even human ones, carry a single [[GlobalCurrency kipher of seru.]]

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* MoneySpider: Completely averted. AvertedTrope: No enemies, not even human ones, carry a single [[GlobalCurrency kipher of seru.]]



* MoodWhiplash: In Episode 5, you wander around [[spoiler:before Dancing Violet's execution]], listening to humorous conversations. Then, you witness Sacrifa's [[spoiler:wife being stoned to death.]]
* MultipleChoicePast: Two of the flashback sequences Rhue has of Serena; they're dependent on what the player chooses for him. The first one decides her hair color, while the other defines how her personality matches with the various female characters Rhue has encountered so far in the series. [[spoiler: This is justified by the very end.]]

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* MoodWhiplash: In Episode 5, you can wander around [[spoiler:before Dancing Violet's execution]], listening to humorous conversations. Then, you witness Sacrifa's [[spoiler:wife being wife [[spoiler:being stoned to death.]]
death]].
* MultipleChoicePast: Two of the flashback sequences Rhue has of Serena; they're dependent on what the player chooses for him. The first one decides her hair color, while the other defines how her personality matches with the various female characters Rhue has encountered so far in the series.personality. [[spoiler: This is justified by the very end.]]



* NamedWeapons: The Shadow Swords are named, though it's not clear by whom. In the game, we see Night Reaper [[spoiler:wielded by Traziun]], Ghost Horror [[spoiler:wielded by Kalmar]], and [[spoiler:Phantom Slasher wielded by Rhue]].

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* NamedWeapons: The Shadow Swords are named, though it's not clear by whom. In the game, we see Night Reaper [[spoiler:wielded (wielded by Traziun]], [[spoiler:Traziun]]), Ghost Horror [[spoiler:wielded (wielded by Kalmar]], [[spoiler:Kalmar, and later Lyrra]]) and [[spoiler:Phantom Slasher Slasher, wielded by Rhue]].



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In an Episode 6 sidequest, you have to beat up a guy to make him squeal some valuable information.
* NoStatAtrophy
* OlderThanTheyLook: Several [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] have the power to stop aging, creating these. [[spoiler:The most notable examples are Rhue and Kalmar]].

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
** When Slade finds Alan [[BerserkButton being a sleaze with a random girl]], this ensues.
**
In an Episode 6 sidequest, you have to beat up a guy to make him squeal some valuable information.
* NoStatAtrophy
NoStatAtrophy: As is commons in [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]], Rhue's skills keep increasing through the game.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Several [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] have the power to stop aging, creating these.their bearer from aging. [[spoiler:The most notable examples are Rhue and Kalmar]].



* OurSoulsAreDifferent: A person's body and soul are not physically connected, but their soul casts a "shadow" which is called the person's "aura". Their aura contains their personality, emotions, memories etc. It's possible to disconnect someone from their aura and absorb it. [[spoiler:Jopaga]] in Episode 4 is working on such a serum. The person can survive without their aura, but they'll only be an EmptyShell afterwards.
** Shadow Swords [[spoiler:automatically absorb the aura of everyone they kill. Their wielder has then access to their victims' memories and can if the sword wills it so take on parts of their personalities. When or why this happens is LeftHanging.]]
** Slade's aura [[spoiler:is only absorbed partially by the Phantom Slasher in Episode 5. He survives, Rhue absorbs part of his memories and the Slade he meets in Dream Estrana never talks.]]

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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: OurSoulsAreDifferent:
**
A person's body and soul are not physically connected, but their soul casts a "shadow" which is called the person's "aura". Their The aura contains their personality, emotions, memories etc. emotions and memories. It's possible to disconnect someone from their aura and absorb it. [[spoiler:Jopaga]] in Episode 4 is working on such a serum. The it: the person can survive without their aura, survive, but they'll only be an EmptyShell afterwards.
** [[ArtifactOfDoom Shadow Swords [[spoiler:automatically Swords]] automatically absorb the [[spoiler:the aura of everyone they kill. that dies near them. Their wielder has then access to their victims' memories and can if the sword wills it so take on parts of their personalities. When personalities]]. Exactly how, when or why this happens is LeftHanging.]]
LeftHanging.
** Slade's An aura [[spoiler:is only absorbed can even be partially by the Phantom Slasher absorbed, as happens to [[spoiler:Slade in Episode 5. 5]]. He survives, Rhue absorbs part of his memories and the Slade though he meets in Dream Estrana never talks.]]seems even more unhinged than usual afterwards.



* PartyInMyPocket

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* PartyInMyPocketPartyInMyPocket: As usual in this kind of RPG.



* PlanetHeck: The Reaches.
* PointOfNoReturn: Make sure you've gotten absolutely everything before going to a new area; you won't be coming back. Except in Episode 6.
* PreExistingEncounters
* ThePrimaDonna: Vashti.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain
* PublicExecution: Episode 3 ends with the preparations for [[spoiler:Kloe's execution at Matalan]] and [[spoiler:Dancing Violet's]] execution is a plot point in Episode 5.

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* PlanetHeck: The Reaches.
Reaches. You have to go there and battle demons to get the [[MultipleEndings Reaches ending]].
* PointOfNoReturn: Make If you're not in Episode 6, make sure you've gotten absolutely everything before going to a new area; [[LostForever you won't be coming back. Except in Episode 6.
back]].
* PreExistingEncounters
PreExistingEncounters: The games uses these instead of more typical RandomEncounters.
* ThePrimaDonna: Vashti.
Vashti. Alan also has shades of this.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain
ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Even if Rhue's goal is somehow noble, ''only'' caring about that at the expense of anything - or anybody - else isn't good for his morality in the long run.
* PublicExecution: PublicExecution:
**
Episode 3 ends with the preparations for [[spoiler:Kloe's execution at Matalan]] and Matalan]].
**
[[spoiler:Dancing Violet's]] Violet]]'s execution is a plot point in Episode 5.
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** The optional M2O area in Episode 6.

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** The optional M2O [=M2O=] area in Episode 6.



* CorruptChurch: The Guided in Estrana are largely portrayed in this way.
* [[CourtroomAntic Courtroom Antics]]: Rhue is on trial, and Alan is his lawyer. HilarityEnsues.
* CrapsackWorld: The Purpose is implied to [[spoiler: be there simply to control people]], while the Lord Below [[spoiler:actually exists]]. One of the only large cities, Estrana, is full of poverty and crime. And the world is made up of crazy religious fanatics (The Guided) and tools (Blood Lyn)..
* CriticalHit
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: See Gorn below.
* CruelMercy: If [[spoiler:you defeat Strata]] at the end of Episode 5, [[spoiler:Rhue mocks him and]] lets him live. However, since the character in question has pretty much spent his entire life being a GloryHound, [[spoiler:being beat by some wanderer with weird clothing, right after one of the few people [[{{AlternateCharacterInterpretation}} he might have cared for]] is killed]], probably did not do well for his sanity.
* CrypticConversation: Several of them are shown throughout the series.
* CutsceneBoss: The Plunge battles, sort of. They do have a legitimate alternate combat system, but they mean that most of the one-on-one battles between humans in the entire game take place outside of the normal combat system (and early in the gane there's little you can do during the battles to really affect your odds of winning.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Though the series started to step further and further away from light-hearted antics as it went on, Episode 5 was when the shit hit the fan. AnyoneCanDie and the DysfunctionJunction is clearer than ever.
* ADayInTheLimelight: There's only one time when you play and follow a character other than Rhue. For a few fights in Episode 5, you control [[spoiler:Traziun while he invades a fortress full of Blood Lyn]].
* DefendCommand
* DegradedBoss: The nasty boss of the Barucha cave shows up as a regular enemy a few acts later in the mines.

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* CorruptChurch: The Guided in Estrana are largely portrayed in this way.
way. Several people see them as this in-universe too, including a faction of Guided themselves.
* [[CourtroomAntic Courtroom Antics]]: Rhue [[JerkAss Rhue]] is on trial, trial and Alan [[MilesGloriosus Alan]] is his lawyer. HilarityEnsues.
HilarityEnsues. Expect a lot of [[ChewbaccaDefense ChewbaccaDefenses]].
* CrapsackWorld: CrapsackWorld:
**
The Purpose is implied to [[spoiler: be there simply [[spoiler:a lie created to control people]], while [[DevilButNoGod the Lord Below [[spoiler:actually exists]]. actually exists]].
**
One of the only large cities, Estrana, is full of poverty and crime. And crime.
** The major factions of
the world is made up of include crazy religious fanatics (The Guided) fanatics, corrupt law enforcers, mercenaries explicitly considered "tools" by their leaders and tools (Blood Lyn)..
big bandit groups.
* CriticalHit
CriticalHit: You can raise both your critical chance and the strength of your critical hits. Becomes a major mechanic in some of the optional plunges in Episode 6.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Happens quite often. See Gorn below.
* CruelMercy: If [[spoiler:you you defeat Strata]] [[spoiler:Strata]] at the end of Episode 5, [[spoiler:Rhue Rhue mocks him and]] and lets him live. However, since the character in question has pretty much spent his entire life being a GloryHound, [[spoiler:being beat by some wanderer with weird clothing, right after one of the few people [[{{AlternateCharacterInterpretation}} clothing he might have cared for]] is killed]], has always considered a worthless weakling]] probably [[BreakTheHaughty did not do well for his sanity.
sanity]].
* CrypticConversation: Several of them are shown throughout the series.
series. In some cases you can make sense of them if you know what they are talking about.
* CutsceneBoss: The Plunge battles, sort of. They do have a legitimate alternate combat system, but they mean that most of the one-on-one battles between humans in the entire game take place outside of the normal combat system (and system. Also, early in the gane there's [[LuckBasedMission little you can do during the battles to really affect your odds of winning.
winning]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Though the series started to step further and further away from light-hearted antics as it went on, Episode 5 was when the shit hit the fan. AnyoneCanDie and the DysfunctionJunction is become clearer than ever.
* ADayInTheLimelight: There's only one time when you play and follow a character other than Rhue. For Rhue: for a few fights in Episode 5, you control [[spoiler:Traziun while he invades a fortress full of Blood Lyn]].
* DefendCommand
DefendCommand: During normal fights, you can spend your turn defending to halve damage.
* DegradedBoss: The nasty boss of the Barucha Barrucha cave shows up as a regular enemy a few acts later in the mines.



* DevilButNoGod: It's strongly implied that while the Purpose is [[spoiler:just made up to control people]], the Lord Below is [[spoiler:very real and very powerful]].

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* DevilButNoGod: It's strongly implied that while the Purpose is [[spoiler:just [[spoiler: a lie made up to control people]], the Lord Below is [[spoiler:very very real and very powerful]].powerful.



* DramaBomb: Episode 5. Episode 4 took a turn for the dark, but... well, let's just put it this way: Episode 5 is called ''Everyone Must Bleed''.
* DramaticThunder: Dramatically timed [[spoiler:at Kloe's execution at Matalan]] at the end of Episode 3 and after [[spoiler:Lexus's death]] at the end of Episode 4.
* DramaticWind: In place when Traziun makes his eye for an eye speech.

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* DramaBomb: Episode 5. Episode 4 The previous episode took a turn for the dark, but... well, let's just put it this way: Episode 5 is called ''Everyone Must Bleed''.
* DramaticThunder: DramaticThunder:
**
Dramatically timed [[spoiler:at Kloe's execution at Matalan]] at the end of Episode 3 and 3.
** Again,
after [[spoiler:Lexus's death]] at the end of Episode 4.
* DramaticWind: In place when Traziun makes his eye "eye for an eye speech.eye" speech at the end of Episode 5.



* DugTooDeep: A secret mining operation in Estrana lead by [[spoiler:Sacrifa]] has accidentally unleashed creatures from the Pits who keep killing the miners. Rhue and Kloe take a one-day job as guards in these mines to upgrade their citizenship and apparently nobody expects them to make it out alive. [[spoiler:The trope get subverted. They aren't mining anything at all, they're just digging. Sacrifa wants to reach the deepest Pits to make his DealWithTheDevil in person.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Seriously, look at the characters after Episode 4. It's hard finding a character that doesn't have some kind of psychological issue.

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* DugTooDeep: A secret mining operation in Estrana lead by [[spoiler:Sacrifa]] Sacrifa has accidentally unleashed creatures from the Pits who keep killing the miners. Rhue and Kloe take a one-day job as guards in these mines to upgrade their citizenship and apparently nobody expects them to make it out alive.
** SubvertedTrope:
[[spoiler:The trope get subverted. They aren't miners weren't mining anything at all, they're just digging. of value. Sacrifa wants ''wanted'' them to Dig Too Deep to reach the deepest Pits to and make his DealWithTheDevil in person.]]
person]].
* DysfunctionJunction: Seriously, look at the characters after Episode 4. It's hard finding a character that doesn't have some kind of psychological issue.issue or past trauma.



* EasterEgg: Lots and lots. Some can be found in the actual game (the twisted C.O.O.L Meeting, for example), or some that can be found only with RPG maker 2000 (The Short Sketch). Philosophical messages can be found in the code of Episode 6, including some kind of weird scavenger hunt and a code in PGP.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: The basic core of the Plunge system works this way. Cross Sweep beats Lunge Cut, Lunge Cut beats Drop Slash, Drop Slash beats Cross Sweep. Though you get access to more advanced mechanics later on, which are capable of bending the rules.

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* EasterEgg: Lots and lots. Some can be found in the actual game (the twisted C.O.O.L Meeting, for example), or some that others can only be found only by opening the game with RPG maker 2000 (The Short Sketch). Philosophical messages can be found in the code of Episode 6, including some kind of weird scavenger hunt and a code in PGP.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: ElementalRockPaperScissors:
**
The basic core of the Plunge system works this way. Cross Sweep beats Lunge Cut, Lunge Cut which beats Drop Slash, Drop Slash which beats Cross Sweep. Though Sweep.
** In normal fights,
you get access to more advanced mechanics later on, which are capable of bending the rules.have Physical attacks, Elemental attacks, Trascendent attacks...



** The Arastotzi use their connections to upgrade Rhue's citizen status several times.
** Even Dancing Violet could be freed from her prison cell by bribing enough guards with enough seru. [[spoiler:She asks Rhue to win the Plunge tournament to use the money and connections the win would bring him to free her. We never see if it would have worked though, since Rhue loses against Strata.]]

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** The Arastotzi use their connections to upgrade Rhue's citizen status several times.
times. It's implied Rhue couldn't have done it with legitimate means.
** Even Dancing Violet could be freed from her prison cell by bribing enough guards with enough seru. [[spoiler:She She even asks Rhue to [[spoiler:to win the Plunge tournament to use the money and connections the win would bring him to free her. We never see if it would have worked though, since Rhue loses against Strata.]]



** "A life... for a life... how about that... [[spoiler: father]]..." - [[spoiler:Traziun]]

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** "A life... for a life... how about that... [[spoiler: father]]...father..." - [[spoiler:Traziun]]



** [[spoiler:"What a terrible end... to my... story..." - Lyrra]]

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** [[spoiler:"What "What a terrible end... to my... story..." - Lyrra]][[spoiler:Lyrra]]



* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The Reaches.

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* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The Reaches.Reaches appear to be this.



* ForeShadowing: Tons. And tons.

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* ForeShadowing: Tons. And tons. A notable example is that Rhue cand find, in the very first map, an amulet near a river. He throws it back into the river and wonders where the current will take it.
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* ActuallyFourMooks: Most enemies.
* ActualPacifist: The Paradans will never kill anyone. Some of them refuse to kill even animals.
* AfterCombatRecovery

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* ActuallyFourMooks: Most enemies.
When you're walking around, each group of enemies is shown as a single sprite.
* ActualPacifist: The Paradans will never kill anyone.anyone, even in self-defense. Some of them refuse to kill even animals.
* AfterCombatRecoveryAfterCombatRecovery: This game doesn't use attrition mechanics. You start each battle with full health and a small amount of MP, which you have to build up in combat.



* AnEconomyIsYou: Averted. Rhue apparently is completely or nearly broke from the start of the game, never gets any more money, never does any shopping and only ever pays for (plot-mandated) things by getting other people to pay for him. Very, very rarely, you can barter goods in specific situations, but overall it's fair to say that Rhue has no impact on The Way's economy whatsoever.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: Borderline. In Episode 6, you can buy a house and fill it with furniture, but it's all placed ahead of time, and it's pretty important for [[spoiler:the Lexus ending.]]

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* AnEconomyIsYou: Averted. [[AvertedTrope Averted:]] Rhue apparently is completely starts the game broke or nearly broke from the start of the game, broke, never gets any more money, never does any shopping and only ever pays for (plot-mandated) things by getting other people to pay for him. Very, very rarely, you can barter goods in specific situations, but overall it's fair to say that Rhue has no impact on The Way's economy whatsoever.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: Borderline. In Episode 6, 6 you can buy a house and fill it with furniture, but you can't choose how it's all placed ahead of time, and it's pretty important for [[spoiler:the Lexus ending.]]placed.



* AnyoneCanDie: Averted until [[DarkerAndEdgier Episode 5.]] [[spoiler:And many come back for Episode 6 anyway.]]
* ApatheticCitizens: Almost everyone Rhue encounters in Episode 6. Barely any citizen of [[spoiler:Dream Estrana]] cares that the city is [[spoiler:surrounded by a red void and almost completely destroyed]], they all just keep living their lives, claiming they have done so for years.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Averted until The game has no problems killing important characters. [[DarkerAndEdgier Episode 5.]] [[spoiler:And many come back for Episode 6 anyway.]]
5]] takes it UpToEleven.
* ApatheticCitizens: Almost everyone Rhue encounters in Episode 6. Barely ApatheticCitizens:Barely any citizen of [[spoiler:Dream Estrana]] Dream Estrana cares that the city is [[spoiler:surrounded by a red void and almost completely destroyed]], they destroyed]]. They all just keep living their lives, claiming they have done so for years.years, [[spoiler:even the ones that can't possibly have been there for more than a few days]].



* ArtifactOfDoom: Shadow Swords. [[spoiler:Rhue has one.]]

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Shadow Swords. [[spoiler:Rhue has one.]]Swords give their bearer incredible power, but inevitably corrupt his mind with their [[WellIntentionedExtremist twisted views of justice]].



* BarBrawl: When you first enter Lide, one of these has broken out over Cetsa.

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* BarBrawl: BarBrawl:
**
When you first enter Lide, one of these has broken out over Cetsa.Cetsa.
** Another one breaks out during Rhue's date with Lexus in [[WretchedHive Outer Estrana]], though it's way less funny and more violent.



* BittersweetEnding: The canon ending. See Pyrrhic Victory.
* BlackComedy: Many of the funnier parts in the game are pretty much about Rhue being a grouch. Highlights include calling a woman a money-grubbing, lazy whore (more than once) and insulting a young boy for no reason.

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* BittersweetEnding: The canon ending. See Pyrrhic Victory.
PyrrhicVictory.
* BlackComedy: Many of the funnier parts in the game are pretty much about [[JerkAss Rhue being a grouch.grouch]]. Highlights include calling a woman a money-grubbing, lazy whore (more than once) and insulting a young boy for no reason.



* CantDropTheHero: In Episode 6.

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* CantDropTheHero: In Episode 6.6 you can change your party, but you can't drop Rhue.



** Averted for the rest of the game though. Rhue gains points in individual stats one or two at a time by absorbing items, and other party members stay the same for the duration of their stay with you but usually have new skills and better stats if they show up again later.
* CharactersAsDevice: Many characters in Episode 1 are introduced merely to teach the basics. The most glaring examples are the characters Dana and Wes. They help Rhue fight a few battles, are knocked out cold, and... are never seen again. At least Therin got a cameo in Episodes 2 and 4.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Several characters involved in the "gang wars" plotline in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Medmur in particular. Granted, it's kind of required, considering he lives a double life as a gang leader.]]
* CityWithNoName: The last episode takes place in one.
* CliffHanger: Many episodes end on one. The most notable is the ending to Episode [[spoiler:5]].

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** Averted [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for the rest of the game though. game. Rhue gains points in individual stats one or two at a time by absorbing items, and while other party members stay the same for the duration of their stay with you but (but usually have new skills and better stats if they show up again later.
later).
* CharactersAsDevice: Many characters in Episode 1 are introduced merely to teach the basics. The most glaring examples are the characters Dana and Wes. They Wes: they help Rhue fight a few battles, are knocked out cold, and... are never seen again. At least Therin got a cameo in Episodes 2 and 4.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Several characters involved in the "gang wars" plotline in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Medmur in particular. Granted, it's kind of required, considering he lives a the double life as a gang leader.]]
he lives]].
* CityWithNoName: The last episode takes place in one.
one. It has no name because it [[spoiler:doesn't really exist]].
* CliffHanger: Many episodes end on one. The most notable is the ending to Episode [[spoiler:5]].5.



* ContemplateOurNavels: Rhue, in [[spoiler:the Reaches ending]]. Also, [=M2O=].

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* ContemplateOurNavels: Rhue, in [[spoiler:the ContemplateOurNavels:
** The whole
Reaches ending]]. Also, [=M2O=].ending.
** The optional M2O area in Episode 6.



* ConvectionSchmonvection: You are not harmed at all by the [[spoiler:magma caverns]] in Episode 3.
* CoolestClubEver: The Scene.

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* ConvectionSchmonvection: You are not harmed at all by the [[spoiler:magma caverns]] magma caverns in Episode 3.
* CoolestClubEver: There are a lot of clubs in Outer Estrana, but the ''cool'' people meet at The Scene.
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