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[[caption-width-right:251:Choose Your Side...]]

''Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits'' is the fourth game in the ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad'' series. The narration begins with Kharg, a young man who happens to be descended from noble blood, training with his mentor, [[TheObiWan Lloyd.]] Everything is fine and happy, and we meet up with two other characters (his friend Paulette and a forest-dwelling child named Maru) before monsters called [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Deimos]] attack one of the nearby mines for their main source of power, Spirit Stones.

After that, the story switches over to a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human half-Deimos]] young man named Darc, who is enslaved by a froggy hag named Geedo. Needless to say, he doesn't get treated very well. After meeting up with an Orcon named Delma, her brother Densimo, and [[spoiler: being betrayed by both Densimo and Geedo to his father's murderers]], he claims that his ambition is to become King of the Deimos.

Each hero is also asked by one of the last remaining Sprits in the world to SaveTheWorld, and thus begin on an epic quest to do so, crossing paths multiple times and discovering some interesting secrets about themselves?.

The game is a tactical RPG with a plot twisting [[{{Troperiffic}} through about every trope in the book]].
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!!Tropes used in this game include:

* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Dilzweld is {{Anvilicious}} about it his hatred of the deimos and lack of fear of the international community.
* AnAxeToGrind: Ganz, and possibly Volk. His weapon's rather unusual.
* BadAss: A good deal of the main characters, though [[MightyGlacier Ganz]] deserves mention.
-->*cracks his neck* I'll grind you to fine powder!
* BadAssBoast: Volk's monologue to Darc in Chapter 2 of his story. He makes another that's possibly even more BadAss after you [[DefeatMeansFriendship fight him.]] Volk is the master of these. Even his gorram skill use quotes are BadAss.
* {{BFG}}: You're required to collect a beam cannon for the [[CoolAirship Big Owl]] to progress the plot.
* BiTheWay: Samson. One of his battle quotes is "You'd better run, before you fall for me." He says it to ''everyone.''
* BigBad: The Divine Ruler/[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord of the Black Abyss]] is the one behind the trouble and takes up the role as the FinalBoss.
* BigDamnHeroes: A minor example, when Darc and Lilia are surrounded by monsters in the Cave of Truth. [[spoiler: It's Kharg who does the Big Damn Hero-ing.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The Altered Deimos]] have what appear mechanized armor ''bolted'' onto their right arms. See also: [[spoiler:Demon Droguza]].
* BlowYouAway: Kharg and Darc have wind powers [[spoiler: because they're brothers.]] Kharg literally does this to some Dilzweld soldiers in a cutscene.
* CallingYourAttacks: Standard for every player character, and sort of used with the enemies - each move has a different animation/quote, especially for bosses. Being the stereotypical RPG hero that he is, [[TheHero Kharg]] has special, flashy animations for his two ultimate attack moves.
* CastingAShadow: Maru does a lot of StandardStatusEffects and many of his special moves are Dark-aligned, but he's one of the nicest people you'll meet.
* CheerfulChild: Maru is always in high spirits. Bebedora, on the other hand, is a CreepyChild.
* ContinuityNod: Peisus Library contains books that reference the events of the previous games.
* CosmicKeystone: The Five Great Spirit Stones, plus the Ark that [[SealedEvilInACan holds the Divine Ruler's power.]]
* Creator/CreeSummer: Plays Tatjana.
* CurbStompBattle: The battle against two (yes, ''two'') Dilzweld soldiers, just before you recruit Bebedora. [[spoiler: She's just been unsealed and is now controlling their brains. Bet she didn't expect Darc and crew to be so tough.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Played with. The BigBad is Dark-aligned, but so are Maru and Bebedora, two of the heroes. [[PunnyName Darc]] isn't really [[AntiHero a bad guy]], either.
* {{Determinator}}: Kharg and Volk, as displayed by their battle quotes at critical health:
-->'''Kharg:''' Nothing can hold me back!
-->'''Volk:''' I don't care if my fangs are broken....
%%* DetachedSleeves: Kharg's got them.
* DishingOutDirt: Ganz and Camellia have earth power.
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: Kharg's mother]] is said to be a great warrior, [[spoiler: and she's [[TearJerker killed without even having a chance to fight.]]]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Dilzweld's leader, Darkham, has short black hair, is trying to purge the world of Deimos, and is unafraid of [[strike: the United Nations]] the World Alliance. Hmmmmm....
* DoubleEntendre: May be intentional with some of Camellia's lines, but in other places, it's hard to ''not'' reinterpret some of the lines.
* DuelingPlayerCharacters: You spend the game alternating between controlling two parties; a party of human characters led by Kharg, and a party of deimos led by Darc. In the final chapter of the game, both parties meet each other and you have to choose one party that you control in order to defeat the other (shortly before the BigBad appears and forces them into an EnemyMine situation).
* EldritchAbomination: The Lord of the Black Abyss' [[OneWingedAngel final form.]]
* ElementalPowers: Each of the protagonists is aligned with one of the elements, and Ganz gets accessories that add these onto his basic attacks.
* TheEmpire: [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Dilzweld]]
* ExplodingBarrels: Several battlefields are littered with them.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Densimo, if he could even be considered a hero at all in the first place.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Your characters take gunshots from Dilzweld {{Mooks}} numerous times without much trouble, but a couple of characters [[spoiler: including one who is an actual, temporary, party member]] go down in one shot. [[spoiler: Nafia clutched her chest after she was shot - and walked ''all the way to Yewbell'' while injured.]]
%%* ForGreatJustice: Kharg.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Volk sports a very ambiguous scar over his eye. It intensifies his BadAss aura.
* GuestStarPartyMember: [[TheGunslinger Samson]] for the humans and [[TheBrute Densimo]] for the Deimos.
* HeelFaceTurn: Tatjana's an interesting case - unlike a lot of examples, she ''doesn't'' change her personality that much after her HeelFaceTurn.
* HeroicBSOD: Kharg, after [[spoiler: Nafia dies.]]
* HotBlooded: Kharg comes across this way when taking into account some of his battle quotes:
-->I know we can win!
-->(Landing a CriticalHit): DIE!!!
-->Taste the windblade of fury!
* HotScientist: Tatjana. Having Cree Summer's sexy, sexy voice helps.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Darc to his mother, Nafia.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: This is the view of the Deimos, and while they're not wrong they're not right either.
%%* HulkSpeak: Lakelta Brother Tsaw.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Bebedora uses her stuffed animal. However, Paulette takes the cake with her weapon, called a "Sling knife". She swings it around in circles to build up momentum and attacks by sending the bladed part into enemies. The best part is, she's an attacker; and possibly one of the most flexible characters so you'll see it a lot.
* JerkAss: The Deimos all have traces of this, sans Volk and Bebedora.
** JerkAssWoobie: ...cept consider Darc, who [[spoiler: shouted HowDareYouDieOnMe to his dying mother while she tried to tell him how much she loved him]], Delma whose [[YouKilledMyFather brother was just killed by Darc]], and Camellia who was tortured.
* KillItWithWater / AnIcePerson: Volk has water and ice power.
%%* LadyOfWar: Camellia.
%%* LastOfHisKind: [[TheRival Droguza]] claims to be this.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Maru has a habit of doing this. A good example is when he's at critcal health, one of his quotes is "My turn already?"
* LightEmUp: Tatjana. She's a [[HeelFaceTurn temporary]] straight-playing of LightIsNotGood.
* LimitBreak: Used with the Tension Gauge mechanic. When it fills up, an aura appears around the character and you can unleash team-up attacks ForMassiveDamage.
%%* [[spoiler: LivingMacGuffin: Lilia.]]
* MarathonBoss: The FinalBoss. Thankfully, because of how the battle system works, you can heal in between rounds.
* MindControl: This is one of Bebedora's skills, see PeoplePuppets. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation It never comes in handy in the plot.]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The Five Great Spirit Stones.
* MsFanservice: Camellia. Let's see: large breasts complimented by a SexyBacklessOutfit with an ImpossiblyLowNeckline? Check! [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Actually 200 years old]] and still hot? Check! Battle quotes with a BDSM subtext? Check! Note that while [[http://www.flyingomelette.com/arc4/screens/camellia.jpg this]] is her when you first meet her, she gets [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/127886 better.]]
* MonsterArena: Two for each side. The humans have theirs at Cathena and Lambda Temple, while the Deimos arenas are in Orcoth and Rueloon.
* NobleWolf / SavageWolves: Volk is ''both'' in accordance with the game's theme. Kharg's party sees him as the latter (and he is introduced as the latter) because he killed Paulette's father. However, Darc's party sees him as the former because he is a trustworthy ally and is on board to save the world.
* TheObiWan: Lloyd, the Captain of the [[RedShirt Defense Corps]] in Kharg's hometown.
* OfficialCouple: Believe it or not, [[PuppyLove Maru and Bebedora.]] This leads to many a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, and is in fact cited as the reason the plot works. Sadly, this is [[AbortedArc abandoned]] in ''End of Darkness.''
* ParentheticalSwearing: One of Camellia's kill quotes is "May you rest in ''peace.''" She puts a... special emphasis on that last word.
* PlayingWithFire: Paulette and Delma.
* PeoplePuppets: Bebedora is frighteningly good at this.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Played with to the point of ZigzaggingTrope. [[spoiler: Kharg gains the ability to learn magic early in the game, but doesn't know why; when it's revealed later in the game that his magic is a result of his Half-Deimos lineage, the shock causes him to grow a pair of wings, which he rips from his back in disgust, making him both a justified case of the trope, and an aversion. Darc is an inversion; he begins the game with wings and spellcasting abilities, but shortly after his wings are torn off, he finds a human sword and decides to incorporate human martial arts into his fighting style.]]
* PunnyName: The names of the lakelta brothers: Tsee, Tsaw, and Fulkrum. Didn't get it? Say them out loud.
%%* PuzzleBoss: The Meshimgen.
* ReliableTraitor: Darc welcomes Delma back into his service even after she stabs him in the back and tries to steal control of his clan from him.
* RightBehindMe: In Darc's fifth chapter, we witness a scene of a Dilzweld soldier badmouthing Deimos and the idea of Darkham using one (Droguza). Cue Tall, Dark, and Deimos Droguza....
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** The Royal Family of Milmarna, including [[spoiler: Maru.]]
** Kharg and Darc count as well, due to Kharg being a prince (despite the fact that his country abolished the monarchy) and Darc intends to become King of the Deimos.
%%* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Lloyd]]
* ScienceIsBad: Played With. The Dilzweld Empire does a lot of cruel things ForScience, and so they can take over the world (and wipe out the Deimos, while they're at it), but one of Tatjana's battle quotes is "Science protect us!"
* SchizoTech: The Dilzweld Army has rifles while the heroes wield swords, axes, and other medieval weaponry. Justified with the Deimos, who fight with magic while humans use them to fuel their technology.
* ShownTheirWork: With regards to gun safety. They use guns in impossible and often unsafe ways, but the enemies are shown using them better than in other video games. Tatjana attacks with a pistol/blaster, and whenever she has it drawn and isn't using it, she has it pointed down, even if it looks a bit like she's got safety on, she obviously hasn't dropped that habit. Likewise, enemies with firearms held in unsafe positions are shown loading them before attacking, or drawing them from a holster, and some enemies with guns as primary weapons always have them pointed at you.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Darc, after taking over Orcoth, does this on his new throne.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: How Paulette blocks.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Most female Deimos [=NPCs=], as well as Delma.
%%* TalkingIsAFreeAction: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] a few times.
* TeensAreShort: Averted. Kharg and Darc, supposedly 17 in the game, look like twenty-something men.
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Delma, a Type A for Darc. It's very easy to see, given one of her quotes when healed. To be fair, it's pretty obvious that being a Tsundere is how Deimos ''flirt''.
-->'''Delma:''' You... you looking for trouble?!?
** Darc also acts this way towards Lilia; helping her out yet denying it and making excuses.
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks: Darc's first chapter. Is it any surprise that he snapped and killed Geedo and Densimo?
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: It alternates between Kharg and Darc's narratives - eventually becoming one at the end. Even then, they overlap each other well.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Camellia, although it's kind of obvious when you first meet her. She gets better, and hotter.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Firbles are adorable. Pyrons, their [[EvolutionPowerup evolved]] form, are not.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: [[spoiler: After The Divine Ruler forces Bebedora into a FaceHeelTurn, you have to fight her. Maru, who has been subtly hinted at being attracted to her, is among your party members for this fight. In an outright cruel move, he is the most effective fighter in this particular battle, meaning he's probably going to be doing the most damage to 'dora. Even then, you had to have them fight each other before.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Everyone has one. They get unique equipment parts to make up for it.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Kirjath, a side character. His body ages and crumbles, but he can't die. Doing his sidequest resolves this fate, and gets you the Goddess Statuette, which gives a substantial HP boost.

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