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[[caption-width-right:320:Maeldun captured by the goblins]]
An indie AdventureGame created by Creator/CrystalShard. The player takes the role of Maeldun Whiteblade, who is framed for murdering King Vortigern of Theylinn. While on the run trying to clear his name, he has to deal with a goblin invasion, an assassin on the loose, an evil wizard trying to stop him, and the quirky faeries of Thierna na Oge.

The game is freeware and [[http://crystalshard.net/atotk.php can be downloaded here]].
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!!Contains examples of the following tropes:
* ActionGirl - Branwyn.
* ArbitrarySkepticism - The monk considers faeries a "figment of man's imagination" while an army of goblins is camped just a few miles away.
* AwesomeMcCoolName - Maeldun Whiteblade.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning - The good ending. [[spoiler:And no, you're not the one getting crowned.]]
* BalefulPolymorph - Taranis's modus operandi; you spend the entire sixth chapter in the shape of a rabbit.
** This happens in the final battle, too. [[spoiler: Geraint is turned into a hawk. It's implied that he gets better.]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe - If you are friendly with the tailor and give him a bottle of wine, he'll give you a cloak for free.
** If you help the sorcerer's apprentice, she will [[spoiler: not turn on you]].
** Although in gameplay there is no difference, Rhiannon will comment on this if you [[spoiler: save her from the faerie glammer.]]
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon - The reason why you're accused of murder. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption No, you can't avoid it]].
* BrutalHonesty - Lady Branwyn and Geraint. Subverted with [[spoiler: Cailte.]]
* CaptainErsatz - The protagonist's sprite looks very much like Prince Alexander from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' (see SpiritualSuccessor, below; funnily enough, in the original concept, Maeldun is a captain ersatz of Graham, not Alexander).
* CelticMythology - Most of the names, characters and plot points are borrowed wholesale from Celtic myth.
* ChangelingTale - Blossom [[spoiler:and Ruadh]].
* ChekhovsGun - Branwyn's dagger.
* ClearMyName - The protagonist's goal in the game.
* DarkIsNotEvil - Arawn Nos.
* DeadpanSnarker - Branwyn always has something to add to the conversation between Maeldun and another character when she is present. Geraint is also not bad at this.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses - this is a FairyTale, after all.
* EvilOnlooker - Taranis, who will cast spells while watching from his crystal ball.
* EvilSorcerer - The BigBad.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption - Want to catch that assassin? Sorry, you just can't.
* FairyTale
* FantasticFoxes - the Pooka.
* FriendToAllThingsLiving - The druid is kind to all animals (but not goblins)
* GameBreakingBug - While the game can still be completed, if the injured bird is in a specific place, it cannot be retrieved. It will lock the player out of the best ending.
** If [[spoiler: Blossom is sent back to Ruadh]] before you complete Arwan's quest, the game will crash since it attempts to load her character, and she cannot be found.
* GenreSavvy - If you are a CelticMythology buff, you'll have an easier time solving the puzzles.
* GenreThrowback - This is a 2007 game deliberately stylized, in terms of gameplay and graphics, to look like it had been made 15 years before that.
* GoodLuckCharm - To win a gambling game, you need to find a horseshoe for luck first.
* HaveANiceDeath - as common in adventure games.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]] - Ashe, the stable boy, if given some of Nimwe's power, turns into [[spoiler: a prince]].
* TheHighQueen - Nimwe, the Seelie Queen, is an [[FairFolk elfin]] lady of incredible grace and beauty.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade - An in-universe example. The tailor believes that the king was assassinated by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Muldan Blackblade]], a barbarian with a [[{{BFS}} massive black sword.]]
* InfoDump - The opening narration.
* InformedAbility - In the opening InfoDump, Maeldun is presented as a great warrior. In the game, he is anything but. Branwyn pointedly explains to the fawning Iseult that Maeldun is their ''diplomat'', and Branwyn herself is the great warrior. [[spoiler:She'll show it if you lead the barghest into your camp.]]
* InterfaceScrew - one of the spells Taranis casts on you inverts the mouse controls.
* Invisibility - Maeldun has a spell cast on him so that he will be unnoticable by anyone not strongly connected to the murder. Rhiannon and Geraint are the only ones able to see through the magic, but Iseult and the Chancellor will see if it Maeldun talks too much.
* Jerkass - Iseult is a real bitch to someone who isn't wealthy or well-connected.
* KnightTemplar - Geraint.
* LostForever - There are a few items in chapters 1 and 2 that cannot be retrieved once you end those chapters. There's also several sidequest objectives that can only be done early in the game. Plus, a lot of the inventory objects that can be applied to multiple puzzles are one-use items.
* MistakenForMurderer
* MoonLogicPuzzle - The game's creators definitely tried to avert this, but many instances do crop up, particularly [[ThatOnePuzzle the infamous murder mystery]]. Some people consider this a GuideDangIt, but the information is all in the game, and through elimination you can figure out that the assassin is really [[spoiler: Cailte, in case you wondered]].
* MultipleEndings - Five, ranging from the sad to the evil to the good.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - Rashakk Skullcrusher.
* NotSoDifferent - Lord Geraint and Lady Branwyn, when you think of it. Both command the armies of their master/companion, are completely loyal to them and would do anything they can to protect them. Both are [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarkers]] to some degree. Branwyn hates Vortigern and Geraint because the latter's armies destroyed here village. Geraint hates Maeldun and Branwyn because the latter's armies vanquished Vortigern's empire. Both cases are mentioned in a conversation between Maeldun and Rhiannon. (Perhaps as a LampshadeHanging.)
* OurGiantsAreBigger - Morholt the giant is a classic example: huge, dumb, mean, and [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalistic]]. If you outwit him a test of strength, he [[GentleGiant softens up]] and [[DefeatMeansFriendship becomes your pal]].
* PardonMyKlingon - Goblins use "gronk" as a catch-all swearword.
* PowerTattoo - Taranis and Deidre, it's a sign of the Initiated
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy - The goblins, and especially Rashakk Skullcrusher.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler:Geraint, more or less. He doesn't die so much as get turned into a vulture.]]
* {{Reconstruction}} - The game attempts to recreate the fun and joy of old VGA quests while jettisoning their annoying moments ({{Unwinnable}}, GuideDangIt, etc.).
* ShoutOut: Dozens of them, especially to ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' games.
** There are at least two to ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. You can find "Twurp's Peerage" in the monastery's library, and Maeldun describes cider as a drink made of apples. "Well, mostly apples."
** Near the castle, you meet [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz a talking scarecrow.]] [[spoiler:You can give him a brain, and afterward he will name himself Baum.]]
** If you try to enter a stump, a message will appear, requiring you to insert [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland disk 23]], followed by 'Oops, wrong game.' Also, on the monk's bed there is a book called '[[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland The Mystery of Ape Atoll]],' (no, not [[RuneScape THAT]] Ape Atoll) which involves swordfighting, dark magic and the undead.
* SpiritualSuccessor - Of the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' series. It was even originally conceived as a FanSequel to the aforementioned franchise.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything - You need to buy a flute, and the most obvious ways for getting money are [[spoiler:gambling with the goblins, using the wishing well, or selling the sorcerer's figurine]]. In the unlikely event that you miss the opportunity for all of those, it may seem like you're stuck... but you can still [[spoiler:find a pot of gold under the rainbow; if you've already lost ''that'', you can sell Morholt's crystal.]]
* TheFairFolk
* TrueLovesKiss - required, of course, to wake the sleeping princess. [[spoiler:And no, you're not her true love.]]
* {{Unwinnable}} - One trait of old Sierra adventures that [[AvertedTrope wasn't adopted]] by the game's creators.
* WorldOfHam - Although there is no voice acting, the dialogue is bombastic, grandiose and full of YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. Very often {{Lampshaded}}.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe - [[TheFairFolk the fairies talk like this]]. Blossom the changeling also tries to, but isn't very good at it. It's also {{subverted}} and {{lampshaded}} many, many times, particularly in this EasterEgg:
--> Helloeth! Thou appeareth to be playingeth an adventure gameth. Wouldeth thou liketh help with thateth?
* YouCantGoHomeAgain - Deidre used to live in the tiny village until she left, and the villagers...don't take kindly to her when she shows back up.
* YouFightLikeACow - as a ShoutOut, you can try this in your fight against Rashakk. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
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