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''Drakensang'' is an RPG developed by [[http://www.radonlabs.de/ Radon Labs]] and was released in 2008 in Germany and 2009 in the USA.

The game itself has an old school approach to [=RPGs=]. Gameplay is similar to the VideoGame/NeverwinterNights series and BaldursGate.

The series is set in the universe of the German TabletopRPG called ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'', or "Das Schwarze Auge" in the original German.

The first game takes place aroud the city of Ferdok, where you travel after your old [[TheObiWan friend/mentor]] Ardo of Boarstock sends you a letter asking for your help. However, after your arrival you are informed that Ardo was seemingly the latest victim of a serial killer.
The following events in your search for the identity of the murderer leads you in being TheChosenOne in the search for an [[MacGuffin ancient artifact]].

In 2010 a sequel ''Drakensang 2 - The River of Time'' (or short: [=DraSa=] 2 - [=TRoT=]) was released which takes place 23 years before the start of the the first game.

An addon ''Drakensang 2 - Phileasson's Secret'' is released and a future ''Drakensang 3'' was semi-confirmed by one of the developers.

An MMO (which may or may not be Drakensang 3) called VideoGame/DrakensangOnline was released and launched after several months of beta testing. However, it's ''Drakensang'' InNameOnly, having no connection to the [[TheDarkEye original games' setting]] whatsoever (really, it has about as many ties to the original ''Drakensang'' series setting-wise as ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' has to [[{{VideoGame/FarCry}} the first part...]]) and abandoning the mechanics as well. A MMORPG by a different developer based on both the setting and rules of ''TheDarkEye'' has since been developed and is currently in its beta phase, but it's called ''Herokon Online'' (lacking the rights to the ''Drakensang'' name).

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''

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!!This game provides examples of:

PungeonMaster General Warning: The following examples contain some {{incredibly lame pun}}s; troper discretion is advised.

* AbsoluteCleavage: Most of the fanservice seems to come from this. Notable examples are the Amazonian armors, Salina, the witches [[HotWitch Alwine]] and [[HollywoodPudgy Morla]] and [[spoiler: Malgorra.]]
* ActionGirl: Quite a few, but Rhulana the amazon is the straightest example.
* AllThereInTheManual: Gamers who also know the TabletopRPG will get several references to events and characters in the setting. Both games are also part of larger tabletop-campaigns.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: They are big hairy giants who really like [[SweetTooth sweet]] [[HulkSpeak stuff]].
* AmazonBrigade: Both games feature literal Amazons (or rather Mactaleanate, i.e. Dark Amazons). These groups of exclusively female warriors used to be fanatical followers of Rondra, the goddess of war, but [[FaceHeelTurn went over to the dark side]] and revere Rondras demonic adversary instead.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler: The Dragonmen.]]
* ApocalypticLog:
** In the ancient dwarven halls you find the diary detailing how the tunneling dwarves accidentally stumbled onto an ancient foe, and how the halls were lost. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?
** The notes you find in the Bosparanian Ruins in the sequel are similar.
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Magic users are able to equip anything; however they are completely blocked from casting spells if they wear only one single piece of metal armor (with exceptions). They usually compensate by casting a magic armor spell.
* TheArtfulDodger: Gladys.
* TheAtoner: Forgrimm (sort of) [[spoiler: and Brother Emmeran]].
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: The Newt Kraken is a type 2.
* AxCrazy: The Amazons, especially Rhulana (who's still a decent lass outside of the battlefield).
** The Dark Amazons are even worse in that regard, while the "good ones" fits the BloodKnight category.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Crossbows in the first game. They deals tons of damage, but they also need '''4''' turns in order to being recharged. If you have the "Trained Crossbowman" feat you need 2 turns, like a longbow.
* BadAss: Ardo in the sequel is one. Need an example? [[spoiler: Halfway through the game he's attacked by an assassin with a demonical dagger and poisoned. He still manage to kill the attacker (AND the two soldiers right behind him) in a single sword swing.]]
* [[BeardOfSorrow Shave of Sorrow]]: Forgrimm. Well, he is a dwarf after all.
* {{BFS}}: Many two handed swords may fit this category, but the Marus' Sabre in ''The River Of Time'' takes the cake. However it's listed in game as a two-handed Axe type weapon.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Malgorra del Incendio]] in the first game, Coldstone in the sequel, and [[spoiler:Tharkath]] in Phileasson's Secret.
** [[spoiler: BiggerBad: Andrakor.]]
* BigGood: [[spoiler: Umbracor.]]
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: [[spoiler: Ulwine Neisbeck declares that she is even more powerful than the gods. Guess what happens next?]]
* BonusBoss: Plenty of them, including the Linnorm in Tallon, Mother Ratinzky and, technically, [[spoiler: Yandrick of Andergast, Ardo's killer]].
** [[spoiler: The water dragon and the crab monster in [=TRoT=].]]
* BoobsOfSteel:
** in [=TRoT=] Eiliff Thunderfist, who also doubles as LargeAndInCharge.
** An Amazon character may become this as well, if you choose the right body type.
* BossRush: Near the end of [=TRoT=]: [[spoiler: You must face a wave of guards lead by Jasmine's apprentice (who make clones of herself), then a long, tiring battle againts Jasmine and her clones, then a battle against the clones of your party and finally Coldstone himself... coupled with a giant animated statue.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: King Arombolosch, thanks to a dragon gem which [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you]] helped to get]].
* ButThouMust: The Main Quests in both games.
* CallingYourAttacks: Spellcasters in the second game.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Salina and also Rakorium.]]
* ChurchMilitant: The Inquisition around Grand Inquisitor da Vanya.
* ClimaxBoss:
** In the first game there's Jafgur, the purple dragon.
** In the second game, both the Zant demoness and the battle inside the pirate's cavern counts.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Archmage Rakorium.
* ClownCarGrave: The necromancer in Moorbridge swamps did this to some crypts, allowing them to endlessly spawn zombies.
* ConstructedWorld: Aventuria.
* ContinuityNod: In the sequel there are several references to the VideoGame/RealmsOfArkania games which take place during the same timeframe.
** Not mentioning that basically the 75% of the cast from the first game appears again here, including [[NiceGuy Gerlin]], [[CloudCuckooLander Rakorium,]] [[FakeUltimateHero Prancelott]], [[CoolOldLady Auralia]] and even [[spoiler: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ulwine Neisbeck]] and [[BigBad Malgorra]].]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ulwine Neisbeck. Is extremely clear from your first job for her company that she has no standard and is quite ruthless.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Boron is the god of the dead, and his priests dress accordingly, but he is one of the good gods.
* DeadManWriting
* DirtyCop:
** There's one in the Ferdock city watch. No spoiler hint: It's the one using his badge to try and get free service from a prostitute.
** The rookie Pagol in Nadoret. However, he's more bumbling and greedy than outright corrupted.
* DirtyCoward: Captain Soorman, Girtash Goldtooth, Sir Prancelott...
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Arguably the Purple Dragon Jafgur in the first game and the Zant demon in [=TRoT=].
* TheDragon: Noldrokon in 1 to [[spoiler: Malgorra]] and Jasmine in 2 to Coldstone.
* DualWielding: Tharkath carries two large swords on his back, but he only use one in battle. After [[spoiler: turning into an undead high elf]], he draws the second blade.
* EldritchAbomination: The Zant demon in the Bosparanian Ruins. The expansion adds Kazak. While they don't actually appear in the games, the [[ReligionOfEvil Nameless God]] and various arch-demons are mentioned.
* ElementalPowers: Plot relevant in the expansion of the second game, where you have to activate the elemental circle, using the (metaphorical) powers of the six elven elements: [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] (to improve your attacks), [[AnIcePerson Ice]] (to freeze your opponents's hearts), [[GreenThumb Earth]] (to heal you), [[MakingASplash Water]] (to bypass the enemy defence), [[BlowYouAway Air]] (to storm your opponents with allies) and [[DishingOutDirt Stone]] (to block your foes). You can also invoke three of these powers in the boss battle against Kazak.
* EscortMission: In a couple of quests you'll have to protect a civilian from harm.
* {{Expy}}: The dungeons under Murolosh are pretty much [[Film/LordOfTheRings Moria]], [[spoiler: only with undead Grolms instead of orcs.]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: [[spoiler: The ending in ''The River of Time'']].
* FakeUltimateHero: Knight Prancelot of Scufflewick. He claims to have once defeated an angry [[strike:viking]] Thorwalyan wielding two axes, in [[DualWielding EACH HAND]]. Not mentioning [=TRoT=], where he claims to have ''surrounded a gang of ogres all by himself'' in order to save a Unicorn.
* FanFilm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poYA9Asdco4 A film for Eilif Thunderfist in [=TRoT=].]]
* FantasticRacism: Goblins are subjected to this. Last but not least: dwarves '''hate''' dragons. To the point that they have seven different words in their language referring to the death of a dragon.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Garrethians seems to be european, Thorwaylians are norse while the Novadi or Tulamnids are arabs, persians and similar. Marascan may or not be a counterpart to Japan. The elves of Tie'Shianna have a distinct Egyptian look.
* FatBastard: Baron Dajin of Nadoret and Stitus Bloomfold.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: The apparent fate of Tharkath, who sold his soul to the Nameless One, after his last defeat.]]
* ForgingScene: The introduction movie shows the narrator, a cyclops, starting work on a weapon to defeat the ancient evil. [[spoiler: You get to pick it up from him shortly before the final battle.]]
* FramingDevice: The opening scene of ''The River of Time'' establishes that, in story, its a tale Forgrimm is telling Gladys sometime after the events of the first game.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In 2 (set several years before 1) Bravethorn is just a dishonest, bumbling pirate serving under Hooksong. In 1 he has become the chief of the "Dark Eyes" rogues. [[spoiler: The same applies to Malgorra.]]
* GentlemanThief: Cano. Dranor claims to be one.
* GiantEnemyCrab: They're blue, and they're crabby!
** In the first game one is featured as a mini-boss during a side quest.
** [[spoiler: One becomes a BonusBoss in [=TRoT=].]]
* GiantSpider: Starting with dog-sized ones and ending with beasts larger than bears.
* GlassCannon: Wizards and spellcasters in general can dish out large amounts of damage but tend to be physically weak.
* {{Golem}}: The first boss in [=TRoT=] is a golem made from wooden scraps. This should give you an hint on how [[KillItWithFire deal with it]]. In both titles you meet the dreaded [[MadeOfIron Stone Golems]].
* [[spoiler: GrandTheftMe: However, it's a good guy who does it to an evil guy]]
* GratuitousSpanish: For some reason the dialogue between Thalya and [[spoiler: Ghost Farfara]] is partly in spanish, at least in the Italian dub. It does, however make her [[SpicyLatina hotter]]. In the German original both have a [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign vague]] ''Italian'' accent.
* GroundPunch: The Stone Guardian in ''Drakensang 2: Phileasson's Secret'' notably performs ground-punching whenever he has to open a closed door. Lampshaded by the other guardian, a cheerful djinn who reminds him that "he doesn't need to punch the ground to open doors".
* GuestStarPartyMember: Both games have characters that can't be controlled nor selected but will fight for you, occupying an extra party slot. In ''Phileasson's Secret'', Phileasson actually join you as a party member for a while.
* GuideDangIt:
** In [=TRoT=] you have to warn two fellow agents from a trap, [[spoiler: the first one who you'll warn becomes a party member, [[PlayerPunch the second one is killed in a cutscene.]]]]
** Also, where to find all the pieces of the Storm Guardian's set or, in the expansion, the Tie'Shianna set.
** The [[spoiler:Behind the Fire Falls]] area has five hidden rewards, at least three of which most players will miss if they do not know of them beforehand. Two are simply impossible to find (except by pure luck), one requires you to stop moving at a precise moment (which you will not, because there's no reason to do so) and one is very tedious to figure out (a series of switches that has to be activated in the right combination ''at the first attempt'' - cue lot's of trial and error via loading saved games).
* HandsomeLech: Dranor... the Handsome.
* HardModePerks:
** The Zant demon encountered in [=TRoT=] can be weakened by employing up to five magical seals the player finds. This fight is [[NintendoHard nearly impossible to win]] for the average player without using any seals. However these seals can also be turned in for additional rewards, if they are not used in the fight.
** Similarly, the expansion's DiscOneFinalBoss [[spoiler:Kazak]], which can be made easier by employing up to three of six elemental crystals. The reward for using less/no crystals is not very significant, though.
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Featured as though, cruel winged monsters that lives on mountains and are quite dangerous. You can also meet an even more dangerous flock of them in Moorbridge.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Phileasson. Archeon Megalion, while [[MadScientist not on the "good" side of the alignment]], is also a character of public domain in the tabletop game.
* HellishHorse: The leader of the demonic horde Kazak in ''Phileasson's Secret'' is a giant horse demon wielding a scythe.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Italian dub features many notorious voice actors. Knight Traldar's German voice is provided by the dubbing actor who (among others) does BruceWillis' voice.
* HiddenElfVillage: Or rather, Hidden Elf Capital, namely Tial'Shana in ''Phileasson's Secret''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: it happens a lot during [=TRoT=] in a very [[LaserGuidedKarma karmic way]].[[spoiler: The corrupt commander of the Thurstein Garrison, for example, gets eaten by his own pet Kraken after he tried to feed your party to him.]]
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Thalya has a bad case of this. She gets better, though.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: You can use scruffy fishes to escape from a cell in the sequel. Other weapons include a fishhook, a broomstick, a pick and the jaw of a stag beetle.
* InfinityMinusOneSword: There are a number of powerful weapons that are readily available late in the games, most of which are only marginally less powerful than the best ones.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: You get to choose one out of a nice selection of these before heading off to the last level. You start getting the infinity plus one armor pieces much sooner though.
* {{Irony}}: In both titles there's a corrupted officer named Tashmann, [[spoiler: who will eventually end up dead.]] The Italian dub gains extra points just for giving them the same voice actor to boot!
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[spoiler: Ulwina Neisbeck]] in [=TRoT=] is quite a hot lady. The younger Auralia isn't too bad either.
* JumpedAtTheCall: You and your companions.
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler: Commander Stitus Bloomfold get eaten by his own pet Kraken]]
* KarmaHoudini: In [=TRoT=], [[spoiler: Jasmine]] gets away in the middle of the final fight, never to be heard off again.
* KillerRabbit: [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies A Zombi Mule]]. Who's also horrifically rotten.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Sir Traldar.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: Kraken are mentioned as creatures inhabiting the Great River, as well as the fierce Water Dragons. [[spoiler: You fight both a Newt Kraken and a Water Dragon (the latter as a BonusBoss) in ''The River Of Time''.]]
* LadyNotAppearingInThisGame: You see that buxom, fanservicey mage in red over there in the picture? Well, she's nowhere to be found in the game. You can play as a female wizard (War Mage or Healer) but the model is different.
* LegionsOfHell: The horde sieging the elven capital in ''Phileasson's Secret''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests: The games are full of sidequests of any kind. Given that experience points are really precious there, their presence is tolerated and justified.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Tharkath.]]
* MacGuffin: The Adamantine Heart in the first game, [[spoiler: Raul's Crown in the sequel.]]
* MadScientist: Archon Megalon the Druid, who appears in both titles. He may speaks softly, but he's clearly not quite right in the head. [[spoiler: However, if you follow his contorted logic, he's willing to reward you or, in the first game, selling you some anti-dragon stuff.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Noldrokon with Kastan Gamblack in the first game. [[spoiler: Dajin is behind the pirate raids and Coldstone is behind Dajin.]]
* MilesGloriosus: Prancelott.
* ModestRoyalty: Ardo is described as such (although strictly speaking he's only nobility, not royalty). You can see this in the prequel.
* MookMaker: There are several instances in the games where players have to face waves upon waves of opponents that keep on respawning until an objective is met:
** During the GrandFinale of the first game the [[spoiler: magical portals]] keep spawning opponents until they are destroyed.
** In the Bosparanian ruins in [=TRoT=] the [[spoiler: two demonic statues]] keep spawning skeletons until they are destroyed.
* {{Munchkin}}: Though the game designers tried to avoid this by not giving you complete freedom to neither allocate stats, perks and flaws yourself nor pick all possible races, you can still create an incredibly skilled spellcasting fighter by picking the Elven warrior, equipping him with the golden armor, specializing in two-hand swords, movement and combat spells and dishing all your experience points into combat-relevant stats.
* NamesTheSame: Tashmann (see under Irony).
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The Marus. Not only they're gigantic but they also carry weapons and armor.
* NiceGuy:
** Captain Hooksong/[[PunnyName Hakensang]] in the sequel. Despite being a pirate captain and first met while attacking the elves, he's a really nice person, open to the dialogue and is even grateful to the player if he makes a deal with the elves for him. When met later, he's willing to help the party in their mission.
** Also Commander Nimralph.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Your attempt to get the CosmicKeystone kinda lets the BigBad get it.
** A minor one happens in a sidequest in the sequel. Your party get rid of the carcass of a Linnworm (whose stench was troubling the elves) using amoeba spores. When you get back for your reward you're informed that the problem is far from solved... cue to giant amoebas slithering around the site of the Linnworm's corpse.
* NoExportForYou: There are two [[http://www.dsa-games.de/ browser games]], one [[{{Novelization}} prequel-novel]], two [[TabletopRPG pen-and-paper adventures]] and one [[TabletopRPG source book]] for the entire series. All in GERMAN.
** Well they tried to export the TabletopRPG several times, with no success. 4th edition is available in english, the current edition is 4.1 (like D&D 3.5 to D&D 3)
* OldRetainer: Forgrimm the dwarf.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Noldrokon (who reverts to his true form)
** [[spoiler: Yandrick,]] who turns into a fire elemental.
** [[spoiler: Malgorra,]] who turns into a giant hydra.
** In ''Phileasson's Secret'', [[spoiler: Tharkath]] turns into his undead self after his second defeat.
* OptionalStealth: There are a couple of missions where you're encouraged to adopt a stealthy approach:
** In the first one in the Blood Mountains castle, you'll have to navigate the whole dungeons without being seen or activating traps. If you fail, the mission changes and you'll have to fight a lot and the boss fight will be harder.
** If you're discovered while trying to recover the Duke's hammer in the Dark Eyes hideout, you'll have to fight your way out and will receive less reward from Cano.
** Later in Grimtooth castle you'll have to avoid orcish patrol, or you'll have to face a whole garrison of them.
** The sequel too has one, but is completely optional and much more easier.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Some of them are pretty much deities, and they have a "soul gem" or carbuncle embedded in their skulls.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame:
** Strangely (thankfully) averted. Among others, there are female dwarves and a triplet of dwarven tricksters. Many dwarves are merchants, rather than warriors or crafters. The most prominent dwarf in the game has [[PermaStubble no]] beard!
** Greatly averted by Brother Emmeran in [=TRoT=], who's a kind gentle druid, and lives close to a river. He has even shells in his beard! Note though that he is considered to be quite a weirdo by dwarven standards in the game.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Yes, they are.
** Or at least they believe they are.
** In both games you meet Laurelin, an elf who lives near Nadoret and is the master for the "Ranger" Type classes in [=TRoT=], and he's quite likeable. Two of his possible pupils are even Dwarves! HilarityEnsues...
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: In the second game you have to deal with some ghouls who are dwelling in a cursed crypt. However, they don't seem to be undead, as they can suffer wounds, unlike skeletons.
** Indeed they are not - in the [[{{TabletopGame/TheDarkEye}} pen-and-paper RPG]] itself, they are not classified as an undead creature, being "normal" monsters instead who merely have corpses as their main diet (compare to the "necrophages" of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''). They still attack almost everything on sight, though, and their bite is infectious (due to the corpse-eating), so there are cosmetic similarities to undead.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Furry little bastard scavengers, hmm... mark it as a no.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: The TabletopRPG follows the trope, but the video game averts it by using ogres a generic big enemies.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: They're not.
** To be specific: in the TabletopRPG they are an amalgam of Tolkiens (black) and the ones of Warcraft (shamanistic culture, not really evil) and something different (furry, smaller than humans, possible dominant race in the future). The game casts them as generic enemies.
** [=TRoT=] features also two Orc NPC: Thurazz, one of the arena fighters and Soorman's [[TheDragon second in command Zutar]].
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: See ShrugOfGod below.
* ThePigPen: Ardo, who considers bathing more than once per week ''heresy''. In the first game, it is mentioned in a diary that he once scolded and fired a servant because he washed his shirt, and in the second game, if you happen to walk in the river he'll say something to the effect of: "Are you going to have a bath? Then proceed without me. Too much water is noxious to your health".
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Other people join you for duty, to express gratitude, or just because they have nothing better to do. But Nasreddin just wants a big pile of cash.
* RealTimeWithPause: Yes. The Simultaneous Turn-Based With Pause-version.
* ReallyGetsAround: Leti, the Inn maid in the sequel is apparently the "Village Bicicle" of the whole Hammerberg village. Her lovers include [[JerkAss Captain Soorman]], [[NiceGuy Captain Hooksong]], [[{{Gonk}} Captain Rumpo]], [[LoanShark Girtash Goldtooth]] and has even a tiny ShipTease moment with [[ButchLesbian Eilif Thunderfist]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: There are a number of officials who go out of their way to help the heroes, most notably Ardo himself.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Dragons and Linnorms. Also, Noldrokon's scaly face counts as a RedRightHand. Archmage Rakorium hates reptiles of any kind and size. [[spoiler: Considering that the main villains are dragon-people, his [[ProperlyParanoid paranoia is justified]].]]
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Wolf Rats (which are, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in fact]], as large as a grown wolf) can be found in numerous cellars and caves.
* RookieRedRanger: In [=TRoT=] the more experienced adventurer group appoints you to be their leader. Justified, as [[spoiler: you have just prove yourself worthy by taking (with strength or stealth) a fortress and killed a frigging Kraken.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Only a noble: Ardo [[spoiler: was killed will investigating the dispute of two trading houses]]. He also plays a big role in the sequel as one of your companions.
** Traldar is also a noble who makes his hands dirty.
** There is also prince Arom who [[spoiler: you help to kill a dragon]].
** King Arombolosch himself fights in the first line at the beginning of the GrandFinale of the first game.
* SadisticChoice: Traldar's son is captured by the Big Bad. You are given the choice of handing over the PlotCoupon you're after or the boy dies. Fortunately, Traldar seems to have taken some [[CrazyPrepared lessons]] from [[BatmanGambit Batman]].
* TheScottishTrope: The Nameless One, the god of evil.
* ShmuckBait: One of the possibles random encounters while travelling in the first game has you pass nearby a small hill with a corpse and a couple of suspicious crates on the top. In case you didn't guessed, going near the crates triggers the orcish ambush.
* ShoutOut:
** The "[[Film/AFistfulOfDollars For a Handful of Ducats]]" quest.
** In the second game, talking to a certain person in the Thief's Guild of Nadoret reveals that a group of eleven rogues, lead by a guy named Danio Efferdian, is preparing a huge heist. Among them there are guys named Linus, Saul and Reuben. And Efferd is the god of the [[Film/OceansEleven Ocean]]...
* ShrugOfGod: When asked why Forgrimm has such a low level in Drakensang while he is a companion in the prequel and known as an experienced mercenary the devs simply said that he got motherless drunk.
* SinisterScythe: In [=TRoT=], the Marus War Scythe is the most realistically pictured one, as it looks more like a large glaive with a long, slightly curved blade. In the expansion, the demon lord Kazak [[RedBaron The Blood Covered One]] wields a gargantuan scythe, complete with curved shaft and handle on the side, though he usually use the blade to hit his enemies as if he's using a pickax.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Definitely idealism. But for some reason, stealing without commiting violence isn't considered bad.
** Seeing as the God of thievery and trickery is a good guy (tip: every true god besides The Nameless One is good, but not the demons that are sometimes worshiped)...
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: [[spoiler: At first you try to uncover the murder of your friend, later you become TheChosenOne and have to stop an evil dragon and his underlings]]. If it wouldn't be for you, both plot lines would be completely unrelated.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Dark Amazons. Rhulana specifically mentions that they all have spikes on their armors and shields.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the VideoGame/RealmsOfArkania series.
* SquishyWizard: Spellcasters in general tend to have lower physical stats (strength, agility, constitution), fewer HitPoints and less refined combat abilities. They are also limited to light armor types like cloth and leather (they ''can'' wear metal armor, but they cannot cast spells while doing so), however they have powerful defensive spells at their disposal to compensate for this.
** Subverted with some types of magic users like elven fighters, who with the [[MinMaxing right allocation of stats]] can become some of the most powerful, resilient and [[JackOfAllTrades versatile]] fighters in the game.
* StealthBasedMission: In 1, it happens four times:
** First in Bloody Mountains Castle: you have to sneak past the cultists and reach the dungeons. If you activate a trap you fail the mission and must fight your way out.
** Second in Grimtooth castle where you must avoid the orcish patrols in the corridors. The mandatory part is shorter compared to the above event.
** A sidequest in Ferdok where you have to recover a precious hammer from the Dark Eyes guild.
** Finally another optional sidequest which involves scouting a dangerous area filled with enemies.
** In the second game, if you follow Cano in the Thursagan fortress you must lead one avoiding a huge ratcatcher and his dog, and later a cook and the sentinels on the walls.
* {{Stripperific}}:
** A noblewoman in [=TRoT=] [[spoiler: (alias Malgorra)]] wears a purple dress that combines ImpossiblyLowNeckline, AbsoluteCleavage and SexyBacklessOutfit. One of the NPC points out how tastless such a dress is.
** Amazonian armor tend to look like a metal corset with a leather legionnaire skirt and maybe an armlet or two. Mactaleanate armor tend to be even skimpier.
* SwampsAreEvil: Moorbridge is a sad, gloomy place with brown waters, hostile natives and truckloads of undeads, not counting the harpies and the gigantic crabs.
* TakeYourTime: Prevalent in all the games: it doesn't matter how long it takes to reach the fleeing cultists, you'll always reach them just in time to save their last victim.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: You can do this to an undead necromancer in the catacombs of Tallon. However, [[HairTriggerTemper you'll have to choose]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil your words]] carefully, and read all the diary entries in the catacomb.
* TheWikiRule: One for [[http://drakensang.wikia.com/wiki/Drakensang_Wiki the first game]] and one for [[http://drakensang2.wikia.com/wiki/Am_Fluss_der_Zeit_Wiki the second]] as well as for the [[http://phileassonsgeheimnis.wikia.com/ expansion]]. The series has also articles on the wiki for the Tabletop source material. Oh, they are [[NoExportForYou all in German]].
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Torlosh the demon/dwarf and the Crab Beast, who's possessed by the restless soul of Brother Emmeran's deceased brother.]]
* TwentyBearAsses: Sometimes certains NPC will give you money (or other items in case of elves) in exchange for monster's spare parts. Including a cook who will reward you for giving him [[BreadEggsMilkSquick old bread loaves, wolf rat's tails and crypt lice's eyes]].
* UglyGuyHotWife / OddCouple: Captain "Latin Lover" Rumpo is a ass-ugly midget who needs a magic ring in order to speak fluently, but his partner is the beautiful, buxom innkeeper Jhadira.
* UndergroundCity: the dwarven city of Murolosh.
* UndergroundMonkey: The "Horde Monsters" in Phileasson's Secret are nothing more than previously seen enemies with a different outer skin, who otherwise behave like them. Specifically, Horde Archers are Goblins, Horde Warriors are Orcs, Horde Ogres are Ogres, Horde Mutants are Werewolves and Horde Chieftains are the previously seen Dragonmen.
* UselessUsefulSpell: The Petrification spell. Turning your enemies to stone blocks sounds cool, right? Well, first, it takes ''ages'' for the spell to work, has good chances of missing entirely and isn't permanent at all. Plus, you can only cast it on a single enemy. Also the Geode spell Sumu's Body will make an enemy weaker for a while, but will also severely wound the caster as well.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Ulwina Neisbeck loses her cool, and Baron Dajin quickly go from a cold, calculating noble to a whimpering, insane fool.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: The game mechanics strongly favor those who specialize, so every one of your characters is likely to have a weapon. [[spoiler: When you meet the Cyclop swordsmith he will forge you an InfinityPlusOneSword depending on what kind of weapon you're using (e.g.: if you're specialized with the saber, you'll get a super-powerful saber and so on).]] Weapon types include:
** BladeOnAStick: Spears and/or polearms.
** CarryABigStick[=/=]DropTheHammer[=/=]AnAxeToGrind: One handed / two-handed maces and axes, including hammers too.
** CoolSword[=/=]BigFancySword[=/=]RoyalRapier[=/=]SinisterScimitar: One-Handed Swords, Two-Handed Swords, Fencing Weapons and Sabres.
** KnifeNut: Daggers.
** SimpleStaff: Staves.
* WhenItAllBegan: The intro of [=TRoT=].
* WhatTheHellHero: If you go BloodKnight / AxeCrazy in some places, you'll get called on it.
** Particularly if you side with the [[spoiler: witches]], they will call you out if you use violence for fullfiling their quests.
** Also in [=TRoT=]: [[spoiler: if you decide to kill all the pirates instead of using diplomacy, the elves will refuse to even speak with you.]]
** Again in [=TRoT=]: When the corrupted officer Tashman accidentally reveals that he's working for the pirates.
-->'''Tashman''':" You... you didn't knew that? By all the demons and Gods!! You storm my fortress, kill almost all my men, and you didn't even knew about the pirates!!?"
* WorldOfBuxom: In both games most of the female cast is endowed.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Guess where you will find your first and third party member?
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