History VideoGame / TreasureOfTheRudra

15th Apr '17 10:35:26 AM Solle
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Released by Squaresoft in 1996, ''Rudra no Hihou'' (''Treasure of the Rudra'') is one of the last [=RPG=]s written for the SNES. It's often mentioned in connection with two other Japan-only Creator/SquareSoft games of the era: ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'', and the at times very similar ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. The game's main drawing point is its magic system: the player can literally write their own spells, by combining syllables with prefixes and suffixes or by plain trial and error. ''Rudra no Hihou'' is very similar to the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series in terms of atmosphere, game play and complexity.

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Released by Squaresoft in 1996, ''Rudra no Hihou'' (''Treasure of the Rudra'') is one of the last [=RPG=]s written for the SNES. It's often mentioned in connection with two other Japan-only Creator/SquareSoft games of the era: ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'', and the at times very similar ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. The game's main major drawing point is its magic system: the player can literally write their own spells, by combining syllables with prefixes and suffixes or by plain trial and error. ''Rudra no Hihou'' is very similar to the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series in terms of atmosphere, game play and complexity.error.



Despite containing many of the standard references to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' (there's a Cid with an airship, an Aegis shield, four magical stones, etc.) the game has a surprisingly unique and intricate storyline, and no two playthroughs are the same. It's very well-written, features ''great'' music, and takes about as long to finish as a standard ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. If you like non-standard Squaresoft games such as ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', chances are you'll love ''Rudra no Hihou''.

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Despite containing many ''Rudra no Hihou'' is very similar to the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series in terms of atmosphere, game play and complexity. Many of the standard common references to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' (there's are also present: there's a Cid with an airship, an Aegis shield, four magical stones, etc.) the and so on. The game has a surprisingly unique was released in the same stylistic era of Creator/SquareSoft as ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'' and intricate storyline, and no two playthroughs are the same. It's very well-written, features ''great'' music, and takes about as long to finish as a standard ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. If you like non-standard Squaresoft games such as ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', chances are you'll love ''Rudra no Hihou''.
''VideoGame/LiveALive''.



And by the way, if you leave the title screen running for a minute or so, there's a totally sweet intro movie.

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And by the way, if you leave the title screen running for a minute or so, there's a totally sweet intro movie.
1st Apr '17 2:08:33 PM Gosicrystal
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* ActionGirl: Foxy Erimia.
* ActuallyIAmHim: Done quite a number of times by Surlent, due to his [[spoiler: body]] being stolen and [[spoiler: having to possess the bodies of two deceased people.]]
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent
* AlreadyDoneForYou
** Lampshaded both ways by Dune: he often beats the three main heroes to a MacGuffin, but near the end he's surprised to hear he still has to save the world - he assumed the heroes would have already done it for him.
* Main/ArbitrarilySerializedSimultaneousAdventures: you have to play through the scenarios of three main characters (Sion, Surlent and Riza) before they all converge into Dune's scenario, you could switch between their stories at any time from the loading screen.
* BackFromTheDead: ''Many'' examples, but notably, [[spoiler: Surlent]]. A few times over. ...''Quite'' a few times over.
* BagOfSharing: [[spoiler:only happens after clearing the last scenario of the 3 available]]
* TheBerserker: Sork. [[spoiler: He is also a FailureKnight]]

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* %%* ActionGirl: Foxy Erimia.
* ActuallyIAmHim: Done quite a number of times by Surlent, due to his [[spoiler: body]] [[spoiler:body]] being stolen and [[spoiler: having [[spoiler:having to possess the bodies of two deceased people.]]
*
people]].
%%*
AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent
* AlreadyDoneForYou
**
AlreadyDoneForYou: Lampshaded both ways by Dune: he often beats the three main heroes to a MacGuffin, but near the end he's surprised to hear he still has to save the world - he assumed the heroes would have already done it for him.
* Main/ArbitrarilySerializedSimultaneousAdventures: ArbitrarilySerializedSimultaneousAdventures: you have to play through the scenarios of three main characters (Sion, Surlent and Riza) before they all converge into Dune's scenario, you could switch between their stories at any time from the loading screen.
* %%* BackFromTheDead: ''Many'' examples, but notably, [[spoiler: Surlent]].[[spoiler:Surlent]]. A few times over. ...''Quite'' a few times over.
* BagOfSharing: [[spoiler:only [[spoiler:Only happens after clearing the last scenario of the 3 available]]
*
available.]]
%%*
TheBerserker: Sork. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is also a FailureKnight]]FailureKnight.]]



---> '''Surt:''' You WEEDY little MAN!
* BossRemix
* BrokenBridge: Several, including a literal broken bridge.
** Also a GameBreakingBug: it's possible to get stuck if you do a certain sidequest too early, and again later, if you take the wrong portal out of the Netherworld. Both are due to a BrokenBridge.
*** Seeing as no FAQ seems to list it... '''don't use the left portal at Thor Mountain after the forest bridge is broken but before seeing the events at Avdol'''. Trust us. You won't get back.

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---> --> '''Surt:''' You WEEDY little MAN!
* %%* BossRemix
* BrokenBridge: Several, including a literal broken bridge.
BrokenBridge:
** Also a A GameBreakingBug: it's possible to get stuck if you do a certain sidequest too early, and again later, if you take the wrong portal out of the Netherworld. Both are due to a BrokenBridge.
***
Broken Bridge.
**
Seeing as no FAQ seems to list it... '''don't use the left portal at Thor Mountain after the forest bridge is broken but before seeing the events at Avdol'''. Trust us. You won't get back.
%%** A literal broken bridge.



* CoolTrain: The Sky train FAXI.

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* %%* CoolTrain: The Sky train FAXI.



* {{Cult}}: The Rudra Cult.

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* %%* {{Cult}}: The Rudra Cult.



* DarkWorld: The Netherworld.
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler: Curgan, Hausen, and to a certain extent, Gomorrah.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Dr. Muench. [[spoiler: Even when he's dead and just a wandering shade, he still is at it.]]

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* %%* DarkWorld: The Netherworld.
* %%* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler: Curgan, [[spoiler:Curgan, Hausen, and to a certain extent, Gomorrah.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Dr. Muench. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even when he's dead and just a wandering shade, he still is at it.]]



* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The unnamed destroyers that the Four Heroes defeated long ago; they later developed the Rudra cycle of destruction to accelerate evolution in order to create a species strong enough to resist the cosmic destroyers.]]

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* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The unnamed destroyers that the Four Heroes defeated long ago; they later developed the Rudra cycle of destruction to accelerate evolution in order to create a species strong enough to resist the cosmic destroyers.]]



* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler: Hausen, Gomorrah, and Mitra cooked up the whole Rudra scheme to accelerate the evolution of life on Earth in hopes of eventually creating a race strong enough to break the cycle and defend itself against the destroyers from beyond The Breach of Heaven.]]
* EventDrivenClock

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* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler: Hausen, [[spoiler:Hausen, Gomorrah, and Mitra cooked up the whole Rudra scheme to accelerate the evolution of life on Earth in hopes of eventually creating a race strong enough to break the cycle and defend itself against the destroyers from beyond The Breach of Heaven.]]
* %%* EventDrivenClock



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Captain Taurus.]]

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* %%* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Captain Taurus.]]



* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: Dune]], at the end.

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* %%* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: Dune]], [[spoiler:Dune]], at the end.



* HeroBall: Oh Surlent, will you never learn?
* HeroesWantRedheads: Both Sion-Foxy and Riza-Garlyle.
* HolyHandGrenade: Most of the Light Mantras.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: Meifa]]

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* %%* HeroBall: Oh Surlent, will you never learn?
*
Surlent.
%%*
HeroesWantRedheads: Both Sion-Foxy and Riza-Garlyle.
* %%* HolyHandGrenade: Most of the Light Mantras.
* %%* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: Meifa]][[spoiler:Meifa.]]



* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler: Mayura, Capt. Taurus, and Mitra]]

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* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler: Mayura, Capt. Taurus, and Mitra]]%%* LoadBearingBoss:
%%** [[spoiler:Mayura.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Capt. Taurus.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Mitra.]]



* LostForever: One of Riza's sidequests can be permanently missed if you [[GuideDangIt don't pray at a certain statue that's difficult to find at the very beginning of the game]].
* LoveableRogue: Dune. Cid, too. And Garlyle. Quite a bunch of them, actually.

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* LostForever: One of Riza's sidequests can be permanently missed if you [[GuideDangIt don't pray at a certain statue that's difficult to find at the very beginning of the game]].
* LoveableRogue: Dune. Cid, too. And Garlyle. Quite a bunch of them, actually.
%%* LoveableRogue:
%%** Dune.
%%** Cid.
%%** Garlyle.



* MythologyGag: Don't call Dune and Cid thieves. They're [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI TREASURE HUNTERS]].
** It's even in the flavor text for Dune's best dagger, Freedom. "Call me a treasure hunter or..."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Often. ''Very'' often.
** Probably most notably when Surlent [[spoiler:manages to unleash the Rudra of Humans using his Jade and undo the seal on the Apocalypse Blade which he himself gets trapped in because of a safeguard. Thanks for ''speeding up the death of all humans,'' dude.]]

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* MythologyGag: Don't call Dune and Cid thieves. They're [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI TREASURE HUNTERS]].
**
HUNTERS]]. It's even in the flavor text for Dune's best dagger, Freedom. "Call me a treasure hunter or..."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Often. ''Very'' often. \n** Probably most notably when Surlent [[spoiler:manages to unleash the Rudra of Humans using his Jade and undo the seal on the Apocalypse Blade which he himself gets trapped in because of a safeguard. Thanks for ''speeding up the death of all humans,'' dude.]]dude]].



* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: At the beginning of Surlent's scenario, you have access to Sakkara Desert, which has powerful monsters which give about 50 times as much EXP and money, and also randomly drop a weapon which is much stronger than anything you could get for a while.
** You can also go there as Riza as the sandstorm disperses later on.
* PointOfNoReturn: Used many times over.
* PublicDomainArtifact: [[spoiler: The 6 Divine Treasures; but the 3 most known are the HolyGrail, The Sigmund Sword, and the Holy Robe.]]

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* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: At the beginning of Surlent's scenario, you have access to Sakkara Desert, which has powerful monsters which give about 50 times as much EXP and money, and also randomly drop a weapon which is much stronger than anything you could get for a while.
**
while. You can also go there as Riza as the sandstorm disperses later on.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: One of Riza's sidequests can be permanently missed if you [[GuideDangIt don't pray at a certain statue that's difficult to find at the very beginning of the game]].
%%*
PointOfNoReturn: Used many times over.
* PublicDomainArtifact: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The 6 Divine Treasures; but the 3 most known are the HolyGrail, The Sigmund Sword, and the Holy Robe.]]



* RareCandy: Magic Leaves and Life Leaves, which increase your maximum MP and maximum HP, respectively.
** And if you play it right, you can find an infinite amount of them in the final dungeon. Yay!

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* RareCandy: Magic Leaves and Life Leaves, which increase your maximum MP and maximum HP, respectively.
**
respectively. And if you play it right, you can find an infinite amount of them in the final dungeon. Yay!



* RobeAndWizardHat: Surlent. His master Solon, too.

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* RobeAndWizardHat: Surlent. His Surlent and his master Solon, too.Solon.



* StandardStatusEffects

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* StandardStatusEffectsStandardStatusEffects:



* StatusBuff

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* %%* StatusBuff



* SwordOfPlotAdvancement
* TakeYourTime: 15 days left before the end of the world. How many times can you stay in an inn? ... infinite times, apparently.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Rostam and Huey. Subverted to hell and back again. [[spoiler:literally]].

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* %%* SwordOfPlotAdvancement
* TakeYourTime: 15 days left before the end of the world. How many times can you stay in an inn? ... infinite inn? Infinite times, apparently.
* %%* ThoseTwoGuys: Rostam and Huey. Subverted to hell and back again. [[spoiler:literally]].[[spoiler:Literally]].



* VerbalTic - Each race has one. Mermaids say "glub," the Reptiles have {{Sssssnaketalk}}, the Danans have a tendency to say "Hmmm hmmm hmmm," and the GIANTS talk SOMEWHAT like Creator/BrianBlessed.
* WaifProphet: Solon

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* VerbalTic - VerbalTic: Each race has one. Mermaids say "glub," the Reptiles have {{Sssssnaketalk}}, the Danans have a tendency to say "Hmmm hmmm hmmm," and the GIANTS talk SOMEWHAT like Creator/BrianBlessed.
* %%* WaifProphet: SolonSolon.



* WaveMotionGun: [[spoiler: Sodom]]

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* %%* WaveMotionGun: [[spoiler: Sodom]][[spoiler:Sodom.]]



* WeirdMoon

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* %%* WeirdMoon



* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Riza calls Dune out when he wants to take over Mitra's evolution scheme.]]
* WorldSundering
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Surlent has greenish blue hair, Foxy has pink hair.

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* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Riza [[spoiler:Riza calls Dune out when he wants to take over Mitra's evolution scheme.]]
* %%* WorldSundering
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Surlent has greenish blue hair, hair and Foxy has pink hair.
28th Dec '16 9:24:35 AM nombretomado
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* VerbalTic - Each race has one. Mermaids say "glub," the Reptiles have {{Sssssnaketalk}}, the Danans have a tendency to say "Hmmm hmmm hmmm," and the GIANTS talk SOMEWHAT like {{BRIAN BLESSED}}.

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* VerbalTic - Each race has one. Mermaids say "glub," the Reptiles have {{Sssssnaketalk}}, the Danans have a tendency to say "Hmmm hmmm hmmm," and the GIANTS talk SOMEWHAT like {{BRIAN BLESSED}}.Creator/BrianBlessed.
29th Jun '16 10:46:49 AM theknack101
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'''A warning''' for those about to play it using an emulator: the game relies very heavily on in-game save states. It's vital to use the ROM's actual memory slots, and the emulator's save slots ''after'' saving in-game. You'll also need to reload from the title screen each time you want to switch characters. (And, to be on the safe side, be sure to read up on the game's one GameBreakingBug.) [[note]]On day 8 with Surlent, don't use the left portal at Thor Vulcano after the forest bridge is broken but before seeing the events in the lab at Avdol. Due to a programming oversight, you won't be able to get back.[[/note]]

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'''A warning''' for those about to play it using an emulator: the game relies very heavily on in-game save states. It's vital to use the ROM's actual memory slots, and the emulator's save slots ''after'' saving in-game.in-game because there is a fourth storyline that opens up after the first three are completed. You'll also need to reload from the title screen each time you want to switch characters. (And, to be on the safe side, be sure to read up on the game's one GameBreakingBug.) [[note]]On day 8 with Surlent, don't use the left portal at Thor Vulcano after the forest bridge is broken but before seeing the events in the lab at Avdol. Due to a programming oversight, you won't be able to get back.[[/note]]
14th Jan '16 7:30:56 PM nombretomado
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Released by Squaresoft in 1996, ''Rudra no Hihou'' (''Treasure of the Rudra'') is one of the last [=RPG=]s written for the SNES. It's often mentioned in connection with two other Japan-only SquareSoft games of the era: ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'', and the at times very similar ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. The game's main drawing point is its magic system: the player can literally write their own spells, by combining syllables with prefixes and suffixes or by plain trial and error. ''Rudra no Hihou'' is very similar to the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series in terms of atmosphere, game play and complexity.

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Released by Squaresoft in 1996, ''Rudra no Hihou'' (''Treasure of the Rudra'') is one of the last [=RPG=]s written for the SNES. It's often mentioned in connection with two other Japan-only SquareSoft Creator/SquareSoft games of the era: ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'', and the at times very similar ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. The game's main drawing point is its magic system: the player can literally write their own spells, by combining syllables with prefixes and suffixes or by plain trial and error. ''Rudra no Hihou'' is very similar to the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series in terms of atmosphere, game play and complexity.
30th Dec '15 8:35:24 PM jormis29
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* PublicDomainArtifact: [[spoiler: The 6 Divine Treasures; but the 3 most known are the Holy Grail, The Sigmund Sword, and the Holy Robe.]]

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* PublicDomainArtifact: [[spoiler: The 6 Divine Treasures; but the 3 most known are the Holy Grail, HolyGrail, The Sigmund Sword, and the Holy Robe.]]
22nd Nov '15 2:49:00 PM Aquillion
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* TheChosenOne: Riza.

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* TheChosenOne: Riza. And everyone with a Jade, but Riza had hers from birth and is widely recognized as this.
15th Sep '15 10:59:38 PM ProfessorDetective
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Every 4000 years, the earth's dominant race (first danans, then mermaids, giants, reptilians, and currently humans) is mostly destroyed by a creature known as the Rudra, to make way for the next species. At the start of ''Rudra no Hihou'', humanity has only 16 days left, and the Rudra is about to be born. Four [[LampshadedTrope suspiciously stereotypical]] heroes (a fighter, a wizard, a priestess and a thief) are chosen by fate to save the earth... and all get a PowerCrystal violently lodged into their heads. Each with their own friends and their own separate goals, they set out to save their planet and to discover who is behind the oncoming destruction, lampshading and subverting an impressive number of tropes along the way.

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Every 4000 years, the earth's dominant race (first danans, danaans, then mermaids, giants, reptilians, and currently humans) is mostly destroyed by a creature known as the Rudra, to make way for the next species. At the start of ''Rudra no Hihou'', humanity has only 16 days left, and the Rudra is about to be born. Four [[LampshadedTrope suspiciously stereotypical]] heroes (a fighter, a wizard, a priestess and a thief) are chosen by fate to save the earth... and all get a PowerCrystal violently lodged into their heads. Each with their own friends and their own separate goals, they set out to save their planet and to discover who is behind the oncoming destruction, lampshading and subverting an impressive number of tropes along the way.



Despite containing many of the standard references to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' (there's a Cid with an airship, an Aegis shield, four magical stones, etc.) the game has a surprisingly unique and intricate storyline, and no two playthroughs are the same. It's very well-written, features ''great'' music, and takes about as long to finish as a standard ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. If you like non-standard Squaresoft games such as ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and ''VagrantStory'', chances are you'll love ''Rudra no Hihou''.

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Despite containing many of the standard references to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' (there's a Cid with an airship, an Aegis shield, four magical stones, etc.) the game has a surprisingly unique and intricate storyline, and no two playthroughs are the same. It's very well-written, features ''great'' music, and takes about as long to finish as a standard ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. If you like non-standard Squaresoft games such as ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and ''VagrantStory'', ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', chances are you'll love ''Rudra no Hihou''.
15th Sep '15 10:58:02 PM ProfessorDetective
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15th Sep '15 10:57:46 PM ProfessorDetective
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