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->''"Gran Kain shouted with great pride to all the world and instilled spirit into the creatures of his own image. However, the result was terrible. His creatures were weak, stupid, sly, and cowardly. All the other gods despised Gran Kain's creatures. Overcome by the shame of his failure, Gran Kain abandoned his creatures and went into hiding for a time. [[HumansAreBastards These creatures are called humans.]]"''

But later... "[[HumanityIsSuperior So. Is it not ironic that the lowest creatures of all, the humans, ultimately attained ownership of the land? But that is the result of human will. Even the gods did not imagine that humans would ever become rulers of the earth.]]"

A {{MMORPG}} by Creator/NCSoft and sequel to ''Lineage'' . Not as well known as ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' but enough to get someone to list its tropes. This game is the template that started the infamous Korean MMO bandwagon rolling rather than WoW and the majority of [=MMOs=] from that country have mechanics similar to those still used by [=LII=] rather than picking up the changes Blizzard made to its own game.

The setting is quite [[StandardFantasySetting ''original'']], yet the game is better than it sounds, having started in 2003-2004 and is still going strong. It has also recently dropped its subscription fee.
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!!''Lineage II'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl / {{Badass}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGpZnIakNHE&fmt=35 Seriel]], the blonde female elf with the sword in the many trailers for the game.
* AGodAmI - [[BigBad Beleth]]. Cue the ominous music.
** Also, Bishops' get Turn Undead which reads "The undead cower and flee as you reveal your divine nature".
* AlienSky - As of the latest installment, thanks to the WeirdMoon with [[spoiler: the symbol of Shilen burning upon it.]]
* AntiPoopSocking - Vitality Points, introduced with the 8th expansion pack... about time!
* {{BFS}} - Two-handed swords
* BladeBrake - Seen in one of the minimovies / trailers for the game. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm19W1PKMFQ&fmt=35 here]]
* {{Bishonen}} - Elves, dark elves, and human mystics are these.
* {{BlindingBangs}} - One of the Dwarf females hairstyle options.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder - Humans, at least historically. See HumansAreBastards below.
* CompetitiveBalance
** GlassCannon -- The Kamael and most Dark Elves
** StoneWall -- Temple Knights and Paladins.
** SquishyWizard -- Sorcerers, Spellhowlers, Spellsingers, Necromancers, and the three kinds of Summoners.
** MagicKnight -- Mostly Soul Breakers, but Orc mages have a shade of this. Also, see the MagicKnight listing below.
** FragileSpeedster -- Daggers and Archers, and most Kamael
* CopyAndPasteEnvironments - All castles from Aden look the same, except one. The castles in Elmore, however...
* CriticalHit - Dagger wielders are based on these, they have passive abilities to increase the chance and damage of critical hits which also affect their main damaging abilities (as they're criticals themselves).
* CuteBruiser - [[LittleMissBadass Female dwarves]] and human-summoned [[CatsAreMean cats]].
* CutenessOverload - Dwarf [[strike: Females]] Girls. Especially when performing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnPWEhL7c3I their]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brSaJejPj7Y emotes]]. This was deliberate, as Creator/NCSoft designed the dwarf girls to [[{{Moe}} appeal to their Japanese fanbase]].
* DualWielding - Fist weapons and Dual swords are always this. Dual swords play this in an odd way; they're a pair of compatible swords that go through an irreversible magical joining process. Besides the fact that they used to be two different swords, for all purposes dual swords are a kind of their own. ''Anyone'' can dual wield if they want to, but...
** It's required for the Gladiator / Duelist and Blade Dancer / Spectral Dancer classes for them to use their skills.
** Also, Orc Tyrants, as all their skillsets require the use of fist weapons.
** Dual daggers were later added to the game, and now the dwarven Scavenger/Bounty Hunter classes can use them.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim - [[{{Badass}} Male Human warriors]] and [[EvilIsSexy male Dark Elves]].
* EvilLaugh - Male Dark Elves, Male Kamael, [[ThatOneBoss Frintezza]] and [[BigBad Beleth]].
* EvilTowerOfOminousness - Tower Of Insolence, expy of the Tower of Babel. [[ThatOneBoss Baium]] is locked at the top due to his attempted RageAgainstTheHeavens.
* FloatingContinent - Gracia, thanks to [[spoiler: the descendants of the servants of Shilen succeeding in bringing some of her power into the world via the Seeds of Destruction and infinity.]]
* GlassCannon - The Kamael, and the Dark Elves as well. Somewhat subverted by the ability of the Elder, Shillen Elder and Bishop classes to become living [[HolyHandGrenade Holy Hand Grenades]] AND heal (though, not at the exact same time. The aptly named ''Inquisitor'' transformation prevents that so it can't be abused -in theory.)
* GodIsEvil: Let's put it this way-the God of Darkness who created a race purely to mock the other gods? ''He's the nice one.''
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen - [[GodIsEvil Einhasad]]. Heck, she sent fire and lightning to the Titans when she discovered that they began creating new life forms, until she almost wiped them all.
** Her husband is Gran Kain, the [[GodOfEvil God of Darkness and Destruction]], and she is supposed to be the Goddess of Creation. But EvenEvilHasStandards and Gran Kain can often be found trying to defend people from ''her'', or calling her out for her behaviour.
* HeroicWillpower: Why humans have defied all expectations and come out on top-an inability to quit.
* HiddenElfVillage - Actually all starter towns are hidden villages. Especially Talking Island, where human characters start.
* HPToOne - Lethal blows do this. You'd think they'd be [[OneHitKill One Hit Kills]] instead.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters - After being taught magic by the elves to defeat the orcs, they betrayed them and made them retreat to their home forest where they still live nowadays. Oh, and dark elves are dark due to an [[NoodleIncident incident with a human named Dasparion...]].
** [[ScrewYouElves Its what they get for enslaving and using them as cannon fodder.]]
** Then they did it all over again with the Orc-Dwarf war, betraying the Dwarves to the Orcs, then [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor betraying the Orcs by turning on them.]]
* ItemCrafting - Artisans, Warsmith and Maestros can do this.
* JerkassGods - [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Gran Kain]] is the [[GodOfEvil God of Darkness and Destruction]] who once upon a time had a relationship with Shilen, [[ParentalIncest his own daughter]]; he is the [[AffablyEvil reasonable one]]. From his point of view its just his job to be something of a dick, but he has to restrain his wife Einhasad- [[LightIsNotGood The Goddess of Creation]]- in particular from her jealous fits of rage that tend to result in an awful lot of smiting the innocent. Shilen, who [[MoralMyopia bore the brunt of her mothers hate for the incest]] and was banished (over her dads protests, no less), is about as messed up as you'd expect and is probably more of an actual threat to the world than her dad (though maybe less than her mum).
* KillItWithFire, KillItWithWater and BlowYouAway - As part of a theme, [[SquishyWizard Nukers]] and Buffers get fire, water and air themed abilities; that is, the human classes Sorcerer and Prophet get fire, the elven classes Spellsinger and Elder get water and the dark elven classes Spellhowler and Shilen Elder get air. Naturally, the SquishyWizard's abilities are these.
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap
* LevelGrinding - Present in this game. Specially in earlier versions.
* MadScientist - The Giant race were implied to be this, performing experiments on the lesser races [[spoiler: like grafting a wing onto elves and eventually creating the Kamael]] and the use of MagicFromTechnology to turn most of them into cyborg-like creatures. There are quite a few of the Dwarves who are also this, notably the aptly named Dr. Chaos.
* MagicKnight - Blade Dancers, Dark Avengers, Paladins, Shillen Templars, Soul Breakers and Sword Singers. The Elvish Temple Knight was originally planned to be something like this, but it [[ExecutiveMeddling just didn't happen.]]
** Also achievable by some of the Summoner classes, and weirdly, a few Elven Elders have been known to do this, wielding daggers or dual swords, meleeing outright, then stepping back to heal. A certain Elder once of Kain server was particularly known for this.
*** The Prophet class tries to be the classic MagicKnight (Being the one class in the entire game with masteries for all kinds of armor, including heavy) with shades of ChurchMilitant but fails because they have no attack spells. [[IncrediblyLamePun Played]] somewhat straighter, by a number of the Warlock class, and some Elven Elders, as noted above.
* {{Magitek}} / MagicFromTechnology - The lost technology and skills of the Giant race, its' remnants, and the Dwarvish attempts to rediscover Absolute Geometry.
* {{Ninja Run}} - Dark Elves running animation.
* OminousLatinChanting - Featured a number of times throughout the game, becoming more frequent with the game heading toward the [[spoiler:the reawakening of Shilen. The trailers especially.]] Not surprising given the composers for the game: Bill Brown, Inon Zur, and Jaime Christopherson.
** Some of the tracks of the game even have metadata, revealing titles such as ''Apocalyptic Divine Evil'', ''Fury of the Victims'' and ''Divine Right of Demons''.
* OneWingedAngel - Subverted at least in name: The Kamael race are one-winged all the time, until they obtain their Final Form and grow the other wing.
* OrchestralBombing - Especially fighting Valakas, and even more literally since the ''[[FloatingContinent Gracia]]'' installments.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent - Though they are generally Western in style, there is a large variety of them and they have some Eastern influences, with different dragons being tied to certain elements of nature. The most well-known one, Antharas the green earth dragon, is one of the end-game bosses.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame - Male dwarves, anyway.
* OurElvesAreBetter - Only in their GloryDays. Nowadays, They have no problem marrying humans and having children with them. Actually, Heine is supposed to be populated mostly by [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Elves]].
* OurOrcsAreDifferent - and ''how!''
* PatchworkMap - Seriously, just [[http://www.jack.dds.nl/l2/maps/AdenT2.3_Radar.jpg look at this]].
* PettingZooPeople - As if the 6 playable races weren't diverse enough, there are several types of LizardFolk, ratmen, lion people, hyena people, and a tauren-like NPC race.
** Apparently, the cute cats that the human Warlocks summon are also a race, and their capital city is called [[http://boards.rochand.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=11&p=500&hilit=arcan#p500 Arcan]]
* PlayerVersusPlayer - Works like this:
** A player's name is white (default), purple or red.
** Attacking a white or purple player makes you purple. Attacking (or even killing) a red charater does nothing, but there's a reason to attack one besides the thrill of battle, see below.
** killing a purple player simply increases your PVP counter and not much else.
** Killing a white character causes you to turn red (no, not [[TurnsRed that]] trope), increases your PK counter and increases your karma meter (normally it's 0, and increases even if you were already red), as long as you have karma you'll be red, you reduce your karma by gaining experience from monsters or you die, the amount of karma you get increases as your PK counter increases.
** Most importantly, as long as you're red (and, as of Chronicle 3, have a PK counter of 5 or more) you have a chance to drop any of your items (equipable included) if you're killed by players (and increased chance if killed by monsters). This more or less makes you into a piņata for other players to bash. There's a quest to reduce your PK counter which provides an useful safeguard against this.
* PowerFloats Will be available to casters of all types after the Awakening. Video examples [[http://youtu.be/KSVpYglfCoE?hd=1 here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1zbMMdGhXU&fmt=35 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2eJI-Hfmws&fmt=35 here]]
* PrestigeClass, called second class transfer, then there's [[UpToEleven third class transfer]]
* PunyEarthlings - [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] were created by Shilen, from water; [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Orcs]] were created by Pa'agrio, from fire; [[SpaceJews Dwarves]] were created by Maphr, from earth... and so on. Humans, on the other side, were created by [[GodIsEvil Gran Kain]], God of [[HumansAreBastards Darkness and Destruction]] from the ''leftovers of other races'': stagnated water, unfertile soil, ashes and violent winds. Really.
** Of course in the end, the humans are on top.
* PurelyAestheticGender - Subverted by the Kamael race, whose females got different base stats.
* QuadDamage - Soulshots and Spiritshots, the former for Physical attacks and the latter for magic, they're divided by grade and consumed depending on weapon, though people may b buying them in the thousands.
* RainOfBlood - As of the latest installment, every night. Followed by a FogOfDoom. Caused by [[spoiler: The breath of Shilen as she begins to awaken.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter - ''Any'' of the Baby Pets, Hatchlings, Cat Summons, and even the little dinosaur pet. The Dwarf females are this as well.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld - [[LittleMissBadass Female dwarves]]. Some of the female dwarf [=NPCs=], who look somewhat more mature, but still don't look much older than twenty-ish. Any of the other races are also implied to be this, but it's outright stated by the Elves and Dark Elves.
** Jewel, a Dark Elf NPC, recalls once dancing with the Elves under the starlight [[spoiler: before the war that resulted in the curse of her tribe, creating the Dark Elves]] - which can be anywhere from hundreds to ''thousands'' of years ago. And then there's the elf, Lilith, on Talking Island, [[IWillWaitForYou waiting for her lover Teon]]. After a thousand years of waiting, she [[spoiler: [[TheMourningAfter learns]] that he died only a few years ago, living in the human town just a short [[spoiler: and fast [[IdiotBall boat ride]] [[PlotInducedStupidity away]], and either thought her dead or lost in the war against Beleth. Players frequently recount wanting to smack Lilith for never trying to search for her beloved.]]
* SceneryPorn - Ivory Tower, Rune Township, Aden Castle, Hellbound...Anywhere in Lineage II's world, really. Even late newcomers to the game are astounded at the sheer amount of detail that was put in, both in the costumes and the landscape.
* {{Shoot The Medic First}}: The mobs have a aggro engine that determines if a player character is the active healing support of an party, and usually go for them, ignoring the damage dealers.
** Players usually kill the enemy healing members first in a PVP.
* SoulJar - a literal item for use by the Kamaels (who use it to power their skills and magic), the subject of a few quests otherwise.
* StarterVillain - Nemertess and Sakum.
* SuperSoldier - The Kamael race were created by the giants for this purpose.
* TheScourgeOfGod - Einhasad, [[InformedAbility Goddess of Light]], punished a human ''who befriended a dark elf'' by turning him a hideous demon. TakeThat, [[ThePowerOfFriendship power of friendship]].
* TheScrooge - Dwarves
* TheMedic - Bishops, Elders and Shilen Elders.
* SecretTestOfCharacter - Various parts of Class Change quests are this.
* StatusBuff - Many classes get this, but Prophets, Shilen Elders and Elders are classes specialized in this, in that order of specialization.
* {{Stripperific}}, MsFanservice, BreastPlate - Female Dark Elves. And to a (much) lesser degree, female Elves, Orcs and Kamael. The higher the levels you go though, the more true this is for every female type. Especially noticable for the Human females and the Noble Vesper and Moirai heavy armor sets for the ''dwarf girls''.
* SummonMagic - Elves summon [[NatureSpirit Unicorns]], Dark Elves summon [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] and human summoners can summon... cats.
** Human Necromancers summon undead.
* TurnsRed - Some warriors have a passive skill that increases their attack when at low health points.
** And most epic bosses.
** Also, various "critical" abilities from weapons net you bonuses at low health.
* TheUnderworld - Prior to [[spoiler: being created by Shilen, did not exist. She created it so that the souls of the dead would have a place to go to, instead of simply vanishing into oblivion, as an act of grief at the death of so many of her children during the war against the other Gods.]] The increase of the population of the dead during the Great Flood ''increased her dominion.''
* TheUnfavourite - Shilen, goddess of water, was exiled when [[EvilMatriarch her mother]] Einhasad found out that she was pregnant ''due to a secret affair with her father''.
* VolcanoLair - The Forge of the Gods, where the Fire Dragon Valakas resides.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair - Chronicle 2 introduced these for Elves (blue and ''pink'', actually), human mages (green) and female Dwarves.
* WalkItOff - How much you regain depends on wether you're running, walking, standing still or sitting. Some abilities also change this.
* WarpWhistle - Scrolls of Escape. Also the Return and Party Recall spells. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Summon Friend]] and Gate Chant for the Summoners and the higher level Orc Doomcryers will teleport one character holding a Summoning Crystal, and a full party, respectively, to different places on the whole map.
* WeBuyAnything - Anything which isn't a quest item or a newbie item.
* WeirdMoon - The usual moon becomes red and has a burning eye open if the Servants of Dusk win the twice-weekly battle for the Seals of Shilen; when Dawn wins the moon turns green and the eye is visible but closed. joined permanently by the [[spoiler: Moon of Shilen as of the latest installment, resulting in an AlienSky.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen - The hot new P2P MMO ''TERA Online'' was developed using what would have been ''Lineage 3'''s source code, apparently by a group of devs who split off from the company. While the release build of ''TERA'' has keyboard hack-and-slash gameplay it's hard to determine if ''L3'' would have gone that way or stuck to the series' roots.
* WretchedHive - In-story, Floran Village is this (although it looks more like a ghost town). Red players go here when they respawn, there's no gatekeeper in town and none lend here.
* YourSoulIsMine - Kamael have the ability to take the souls of monsters they kill, using them to power their abilities.
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