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->''"If I listened to every piece of good advice I heard, I'd have killed all of you already and run off with your gold."''
-->-- [[KnightInSourArmor Our hero]], ladies and gentlemen.

The second entry in the ''Franchise/{{Grandia}}'' series, ''Grandia II'' was the only game developed by Creator/GameArts for the SegaDreamcast. Originally released in 2000, it received PlayStation2 and Windows ports two years later. The game received its English localization from Creator/{{Ubisoft}}.

The plot kicks off when Ryudo, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] but experienced [[HiredGuns mercenary]], is hired by the Church of Granas to act as a bodyguard to one of their most valuable Songstresses: Elena, a young and idealistic nun who is taking part in a ritual to renew [[SealedEvilInACan the seal on one of the pieces of an evil fallen god]].

Unfortunately, something goes awry with the ritual and [[DemonicPossession Elena is possessed by the evil fragment]], which manifests itself as a [[EnemyWithin saucy split personality calling herself Millenia]]. With the destruction of the seal, the other "Pieces of Valmar" around the world have gotten loose, and both Ryudo and Elena are tasked with tracking them down. Naturally, it's not quite as simple as that, and the game mostly deals with a {{deconstruction}} of BlackAndWhiteMorality.

''Grandia II'''s most notable aspects are the battle system -- a refinement of the battle system from the original ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' and arguably the benchmark for successful merging of real-time and turn-based battle -- and the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music]]. Particularly the battle themes. Yes, the battle system was so popular that [[VideoGame/GrandiaXtreme the next game]] was almost entirely built around it (with less-than-stellar results).

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AbandonedLaboratory: The Birthplace of the Gods, the place where [[spoiler:Granas and Valmar conducted their 'research']].
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The waterways beneath Cyrum Castle.
* ActingForTwo: The developers were eager to get lots of mileage out of their (probably expensive) VA talent. The actors voiced three characters apiece, including the performers in Gonzola's circus troupe.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The final Boss Rush (and, by extension, the FinalBoss battle) takes place inside a weird, undulating blue void.
* AnAesop: Money so important to the engineers of Liligue that they refuse to desert the town (and their high-paying jobs), despite slowly dying of starvation.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Millenia takes over Elena's body at set points in the story. Her move set is entirely different and requires you to level her up separately, which can be a pain if you've just spent all your coins on Elena.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]]: GenreSavvy Players will notice that Millenia only joins your party when there's a major boss coming up. So, players may (correctly) feel that something is amiss when [[spoiler: Elena is in your party for the battles against Melfice and the Heart of Valmar.]]
* AngstComa: Defeating Valmar's parts causes their human hosts to fall into an unshakable catatonia. (Their souls have been devoured.) [[spoiler:At the end of the game, they each [[UnexplainedRecovery recover]].]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Millenia confesses her love to the unconscious Ryudo after she finds herself unable to [[spoiler:absorb Valmar's Horns from him, taking his soul with it]].
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The ending theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKhruIbjXSI "Canção do Povo"]]. This goes beyond merely singing with a Japanese accent, the singer doesn't even try to sound Portuguese, as the lyrics had probably been converted to kana for her to read.
* AttackOfTheTownFestival: Subverted with Cyrum Kingdom, which uses the crisis as an excuse to launch a brand new festival on the heels of an old one.
* AutobotsRockOut: Possibly inverted, since the majority of the battle themes qualify as this.
* AwfulTruth: See "Once More With Clarity."
* {{BFS}}: The Granasaber, which is so huge it could cleave mountains (literally; it's that huge). [[spoiler:Subverted. Turns out it's a spacecraft.]]
-->'''Ryudo''': So this is the power of the Granasaber. It fights evil and has [[spoiler:plenty of leg room]].
** Though you do get a more usable one near the end of the game.
** The Cathedral Knights are packing broadswords that are nearly as big as themselves.
* BadassPreacher: Father Carius turns out to have some attack magic under his sleeve when Millenia blows up his church.
* BadMoonRising: Valmar's moon, as shown in the header picture.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Tio and Roan floating in space unharmed. {{Hand Wave}}d by Tio's glowy green force field, though how they survive reentry is left unmentioned.
** The heroes are able to breathe, fight, and even ''sprint across'' the surface of Valmar's Moon (though it isn't a moon so much as [[spoiler:Satan's Womb In Space]]).
** Heck, after [[spoiler: Pope Zera[=/=]Valmar is defeated, the three heros other than Roan and Tio are in space, having a ''very lengthly discussion'' on what happens next, let alone breathe, before flying off]].
* BatmanColdOpen: Ryudo and Skye liberating some loot from a pack of Dragonoids.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind / DreamLand: After [[spoiler:Aira]] retreats into her own subconscious, the party must follow after her.
** Elena and Millenia both enter Ryudo's mind after [[spoiler:he is infected by Valmar's Horns in order to seal it away]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Aira's mother, Sandra, prayed fervently for [[spoiler:her daughter's sight to be restored]]. When [[spoiler:Aira is possessed by Valmar's Eye, the little girl]] believes that Granas gave it to her, and is [[DramaticIrony very proud of her uniqueness]].
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Aira]]'s one wish was for everyone in the world to stop fighting and love one another.
** The King of Cyrum grew weary of showing penance for the crimes of his ancestors, and sought to reclaim his kingdom's "pride" by becoming a military power again. Melfice nearly unleashes [[spoiler:Valmar's machines]] on the kingdom to destroy it - and takes the King's soul once he fails.
* BeatStillMyHeart: Valmar's Heart. And it is gross.
* BeingWatched: You are, indeed. By overgrown flying eyeballs.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Giga Mantises.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Big Foots in Lumir Forest.
** [[UndergroundMonkey Yetis]] are in the Birthplace of the Gods, but it's anyone's guess why they're there.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Valmar's Claws and the Crimson Tails.
* BigEater: Ryudo pokes fun at Elena's huge appetite [[RunningGag throughout the game]]. She has a rival in Mareg, though, whose meals consist of giant platters of steaks.
-->'''Elena:''' Awwww! Mareg, that was mine! .....Too late...
-->'''Mareg:''' I beg your pardon, Elena, but I must note that had your ear been more alert, you would have marked that [[TooSlow I had requested seconds]].
* BigNo: Aira, realizing that [[spoiler:Granas isn't responsible for her new eye]].
** Elena (along with SayMyName) when Ryudo is [[spoiler:infected by the Horns of Valmar]].
* BladeSpam: Melfice's Wailing Sword Slash and his brother's equivalent, Purple Lightning.
* BlindSeer / CreepyChild: Aira, a little girl in Mirumu village, has been blind since birth. She mysteriously regained her sight, along with some sort of clairvoyance. [[spoiler:(It's no miracle; she's possessed by the Eye of Valmar.)]]
* BlondBrunetteRedhead: Elena (the good), Selene (the bad), and Millenia ([[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers the naughty]]).
* BonusDungeon / RemixedLevel: Raul Hills Labyrinth, which hides key items that double the amount of experience and SC you receive after battle, in addition to the best accessories in the game and a Mana Egg. It's also full of demons that can wipe out your entire party with one attack.
* BodyMotifs: Valmar's parts inflict side-effects on their hosts, as well as on surrounding villages. The Tongue reduces Gaden to a corpulent money-grubber, and robs people of their sense of taste; the Eye grants [[spoiler:Aira the gift of sight]], but also invades people's dreams with their darkest memories; the Horns turn the peace-loving [[spoiler:Melfice]] into a bloodthirsty killer; the Heart fills [[spoiler:Selene]] with an abundant love for Pope Zera, but zero compassion for everyone else.
** The Claws don't do anything, apart from turning Tio into a Dalek. Perhaps because she isn't human?
* BookcasePassage: Cyrum Castle conceals a revolving wall passage, from which Roan and his buddies exit the sewers.
* BossRush: Three parts of Valmar are fought again just before the final boss. Justified in that [[spoiler:Zera]] has already absorbed them all.
* BreakTheCutie: Elena, when she finds out that [[spoiler:everything she's believed in is a lie]].
* BreathWeapon: The Claws of Valmar's "Infernal Sigh".
* BriarPatching: Subverted when Gonzola threatens to march right into the monster-infested Durham Cave and rescue Roan. Ryudo irritably calls his bluff by staying mute.
-->'''Gonzola:''' {{This is the part where}} you beg me NOT to go with you!
* TheBridge: The [[spoiler:hilt of the spoiler:Granasaber]] is actually its flight control room: a floating platform surrounded by a spherical viewscreen.
* BrokenBridge: The ''entire continent'' is split in half by a broken bridge -- namely, the Granacliffs. According to the doctrine of the Granas Chruch, the fissures were formed by Granas' sword when it struck through Valmar.
** The greedy manager of the Skyway refuses to allow passengers aboard, preventing you from crossing the Granacliffs. Ryudo gets around this by, err... killing him.
-->'''Skye:''' [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why don't we just waste him?]]
** Practically [[NecessaryWeasel lampooned]] in Raul Hills by having a main road which is severed by a broken bridge and (further down) a rockslide, necessitating a massive detour.
* BrokenPedestal: Ryudo officially broke with the world when his older brother, Melfice, fell from grace.
** Elena gets a taste of this when Pope Zera reveals that [[spoiler:she was acting as his puppet all along]].
* BubblegloopSwamp / JungleJapes: Ghoss Forest, which encompasses the Beastmen village of Nanan.
* BubblyClouds: The first level of Aira's dreamspace.
* BurnTheWitch: When a sleep curse starts tormenting Mirumu, the village chief reaches out to nearby Granas Cathedral for help. Who ya gonna call? The Head Inquisitor of the church, who places the village on lockdown and announces her plans to "[[KillItWithFire cleanse]]" the poor bastards.
-->'''Ryudo:''' Somehow I doubt they're packing bubble bath under all that armor.
** Later, Selene goads the villagers of Mirumu into blaming Sandra, a [[LonersAreFreaks reclusive]] single mother, for placing the curse on the town. Sandra had previously been ostracized for using herbal remedies to try to cure Aira's blindness.
* ButThouMust: When Ryudo is inside [[spoiler:his own soul]], he is forced to answer three questions about whether he desires power. However, if he says that he desires it, he is told that that is not his real opinion, and must answer again. Which is kinda weird, since after answering all the questions 'properly', the inner voice explains to you why your answers ''do'' mean that you want the power. Are you trying to confuse us, game?
** [[spoiler:This is just Valmar's attempt to corrupt Ryudo's soul.]]
* CainAndAbel: Ryudo and Melfice.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: St. Heim is home to the "[[PokemonSpeak squeak-baa]]" -- basically a miniature sheep.
* CasualKink: There's an NPC in St. Heim who happens to be a ''really'' [[TooMuchInformation big fan]] of Selene.
-->"My yearnings for Selene are not based on any sordid reasons. I am but a pure, simple devotee... I don't expect her to stare at me, or hit me, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial or step on me with her high heels]]..."
* CatGirl: Mareg is a part of a PettingZooPeople race full of adorable catgirls... and, you get the big, smelly, ''male'' one in the party. But what's bad for {{fanservice}} is good for combat, as Mareg is a massive, [[SuperStrength super-strong]] lion-man.
* CavalryBetrayal: Selene and her pack of stormtroopers--er, holy knights. The chief foolishly ''invited'' them in hopes they would save his village.
* ChurchMilitant / MalevolentMaskedMen: The Cathedral Knights are the personal escorts of High Priestess Selene. These brutes are positioned around villages suspected of harboring evil, giving Selene ample room to "purify" everyone inside. [[spoiler:They eventually go crazy, slaughtering everyone in their way when the Day of Darkness comes. And they're not human.]]
* CityGuards: Deconstructed - The Cathedral Knights cordon off Mirumu, suspecting a demonic possession taking place there. There is absolutely no way to leave until you smoke Valmar and lift the curse.
* ClippedWingAngel: Valmar's final form is much weaker than the form before the Boss Rush.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience : Everybody gets their own color-coded status window in battle.
* CombatStilettos: Millenia's remarkably high stiletto boots. Heck, stomping on one of her opponents with them is one of her ''special moves.''
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Skye letting go of Ryudo in mid-flight due to the latter's complaining. Skye never hears the end of it.
** A scene later, Ryudo hand-delivers his clients' stolen goods back to them, and receives zero thanks from the girl's father.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: When talking to one of the Agear guards, he mentions that the Sandmen in an upcoming area use sand attacks.
-->'''Elena:''' Gross! Can you imagine all the sand that gets in your hair and clothes?
-->'''Ryudo:''' You're missing the point.
* ConMan: Roan makes fun of Gonzola when the latter offers a coin toss to determine whether they part ways. As Roan good-humoredly notes, it's a trick coin, and Gonzola would've let him go no matter what.
* ContractualBossImmunity: With one major exception; [[spoiler:none of the bosses -- up to and including the final boss -- are immune to Spellbinding Eye's paralysis effect.]]
* CorruptChurch: [[spoiler:Not only is "god" dead, the Pope ''knows it'', and is manipulating the entire church as a vehicle for seeking out and absorbing the parts of Valmar.]]
* CouldntFindAPen: The evening before her faux "date" with Ryudo, Elena wakes to find that Millenia has scribbled a message in lipstick on her dresser mirror: "Elena, I know you like Ryudo! Let him know it!"
* CoupDeGraceCutscene: Millenia ruthlessly sets the Minotaur boss [[KillItWithFire aflame]] after you beat it.
* CrappyCarnival: Gonzola's traveling troupe. From little we hear of them, Gonzola is an unfunny comedian, while his lover Paella performs a knife act (which she threatens to [[ClingyJealousGirl rehearse]] on Gonzola when he casts his eye on Millenia).
* CrazyConsumption: While chatting with Gadan in his office, one clue that something's amiss is the banquet of food on his desk. Meanwhile, everyone outside is cursed with an inability to taste anything.
-->'''Gadan:''' [[BastardlySpeech Perhaps the others have sinned before Granas. Perhaps I alone remain blessed.]] [[InMysteriousWays Who can fathom the mind of God?]] Ah, Delicious!
* CrystalDragonJesus: Praise unto Lord Granas!
* DarkerAndEdgier: From the wide-eyed idealism of the first game to a main character that wants to kill his brother and body-surfing demons in the sequel.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Millenia winds up being this, however this trope is [[spoiler:half the point of the game itself]].
* TheDarkSide: Elena and Roan point out that Ryudo's psyche has been compromised by the deaths of [[spoiler:Millenia and Mareg]]; he can't raise his sword against Valmar's monsters without the [[spoiler:Horns of Valmar]] taking him over. Ultimately, Ryudo asks Elmo to remove the barrier Millenia placed on his soul, though he risks being [[spoiler:possessed by Valmar, just like the previous hosts]]. Fortunately, Ryudo triumphs and his inner evil is extinguished for good.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:Mareg]] is dead, [[spoiler:Millenia]] is dead (or so it seems), Valmar is awake, the [[spoiler:Granasaber]] has been smashed into itty bitty pieces, the entire city of [[spoiler:St. Heim]] has ''melted'' into a howling, black wasteland, Cyrum Kingdom is burning, and the dead now walk. But the ultimate insult comes when Ryudo remembers he's still holding a [[spoiler:piece of Valmar]], which Valmar is still looking for -- and is putting the whole city at risk just by being there. [[RunOrDie Time to retreat]].
* TheDayOfReckoning: The Day of Darkness.
* DeathMountain: Grail Mountain.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: Mareg ''and'' Tio. Ryudo lampshades this.
* DefiantToTheEnd: During Ryudo's inner battle with [[spoiler:Valmar's Horns]], Valmar tries to break him by conjuring up a demonic body for him. It fails, however; even as a unrecognizable beast, Ryudo still pledges to fight on.
* DemonicPossession: A side-effect of using a piece of Valmar.
* [[spoiler:DevilButNoGod]]: [[spoiler:Granas is long-dead, while Valmar is merely dormant -- ironic, since the church espouses a doctrine saying that the opposite is true.]]
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Millenia mistakenly outs herself as the Wings of Valmar by delivering a BadassBoast.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Ryudo -- kicking the Devil's ass one bit at a time.
* DisposableWoman: Ryudo witnessing his brother, Melfice, running his own fiancé through with the sacred sword he stole.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Capt. Bakala's corncob pipe. He looks deceptively like a sage, but inside beats the heart of UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel.
* DivineConflict: The backstory is based on a war between the BigGood, Granas, and the BigBad, Valmar. It's ultimately a deconstruction, because life under Granas was so perfect, with everyone's needs met, that [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow it caused massive social stagnation]], and it turns out [[spoiler: Valmar actually killed Granas]].
* DoingInTheWizard: Tacked on near the end.
* DoorOfDoom: Granas Cathedral's Holy Door.
* DoppelgangerAttack: Both Ryudo and Melfice have similar special attacks that invoke this (Purple Lightning and Wailing Sword Slash, respectively).
* DrunkOnMilk: Elena can really pack away the kuku berries. Despite Ryudo's warnings to eat them gingerly, she ends up passing out.
* DualBoss: There's a pair of ScaryScorpions called Crimson Tail that can be surprisingly difficult. The [[SnakePeople Naga Queens]] also qualify, but they're not as hard.
* DugTooDeep: Liligue's problems started with Gadan complaining about the stone pillars rooted deep into the ground. Looking to excavate them, he instead unearthed the temple containing Valmar's Tongue and was possessed.
** Cyrum Castle sits atop an assembly line for robotic soldiers, used by [[spoiler:Valmar's followers]] in the war. The King, who has chosen to embrace this legacy rather than live in shame, willingly breaks the lock on the factory.
* EldritchAbomination: Valmar's appendages fit the bill. The reassembled body is, funny enough, comparatively normal: a flying [[HybridMonster chimera]] with five heads, one of a lion, an insectoid, a dragon, and two others.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The "Day of Darkness", foreshadowed by a miasma that spreads famine and drought.
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: Mirumu's town hall is filling up with comatose villagers. If you take a look at the outside, you'll notice the roof shingles visually resemble [[spoiler:eyes]].
* EtTuBrute: The word "monster" inadvertently passes through Sandra's mind when she glimpses [[spoiler:her child's third eye]]; this last betrayal causes her to retreat back into her dreamspace.
* EternalEngine: The Underground Plant, a facility for building Automata soldiers.
* EurekaMoment: Roan has one when Ryudo, speaking of Valmar's army, says aloud "We need to [-BURY-] them." This jogs Roan's memory about Cyrum's royal mausoleum, which contains records of Valmar from the time of the war. "That's ''it''! Graves!"
* EvilRedhead: Subverted. Millenia is a piece of the world's devil, so many think Millenia is evil, even herself. But helping Roan shows early on that she might be something else.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Garmia Tower
* EvilIsVisceral: The various parts of Valmar's anatomy. Even their special moves are disgusting.
* ExactEavesdropping: Ryudo accidentally lets slip his affection towards Elena while she pretends to be asleep. Elena keeps silent on the matter, but her impression of him greatly improves as a result.
* {{Expendable Clone}}s: The party comes across a desert full of dismembered automatons resembling Tio. While scanning the memory of one of her "sisters", Tio reports they were ordered to charge into the wind barrier protecting the Granasaber, knowing that [[SuicideMission they would all die]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Mirumu's chief is a basket case during a crisis, and is easily railroaded into Selene's witch hunt. Once Ryudo sends her packing, the chief matures into an assertive leader.
* FacelessEye: The Mirumu quest takes this trope UpToEleven.
** Valmar's Moon sprouts a [[LordOfTheRings Sauron Eye]] while searching for his last piece, which [[spoiler:Ryudo]] is still carrying.
* FantasticDrug: "Silvervine Moss" is apparently the equivalent of catnip to Beastmen. The village elder sends Ryudo and Elena into a pit of slimy moss, just so the whole village can revel in the [-SMELL-] of the stuff. They can't go themselves, because the scent of the pit robs Beastmen of their will to leave.
* FatBastard: Aptly enough, the businessman who's possessed by Valmar's Tongue (with everyone around the guy suffering from starvation).
** [[spoiler:Pope Zera]] is rather rotund, as well.
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: The survivors of the team each go their separate ways in the ending.
* TheFerryMan: Capt. Bakala, the only man crazy enough to sail over the Granacliffs. He'll be your host during the voyage to Garland.
* FetchQuest: Refreshingly spare -- but only due to most of the quests involving a piece of Valmar (see "Gotta Kill 'Em All"). In Agear, Ryudo gets roped into retracing Roan's whereabouts after the boy goes missing. [[spoiler: It turns out that the whole middle portion of the game was really just the BigBad manipulating your party to fetch the pieces of Valmar for him.]]
* FieryRedhead: Millenia.
** Ryudo's former friend Gatta is the only male redhead, and pretty ornery to boot.
* FightingFromTheInside: Ryudo [[SwordOverHead raising his sword]] at Elena while [[spoiler:possessed by Valmar's Horn]] - only to resist at the last moment and collapse.
** Under the command of her clone, Tio undergoes a "repair" procedure to turn her against her friends. With Mareg's reassurance, Tio shakes off her programming; she is her ''own'' master now.
* FirstTown: Carbo Village.
* FishPeople: Troglodites.
* FissionMailed: No matter how you answer [[spoiler:Valmar]]'s questions, he makes it seem as though Ryudo has failed to resist the evil inside him. When the lights turn on, Ryudo sees [[spoiler:he's been fully corrupted into a demon]]. Cue SkywardScream.
* FlowerInHerHair: Aira.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: At a certain point in [[spoiler:Aira]]'s dream world, the party hops aboard a flying whale.
* ForbiddenZone: The Great Cleft Island of Arachna is so named for being the nexus of the Granacliffs, a.k.a. the "Great Rift". The site is sealed off by a perpetual tornado. This is a security feature of [[spoiler:the Granasaber]] to prevent Valmar's troops from entering.
* ForeignQueasine: Arum root. The most tasteless, gag-inducing vegetable around is, ironically, the only food Liligue's citizens can now eat.
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Ryudo's former best friend, Gatta, is practically leading a lynch mob when he returns home.
* FullMoonSilhouette: The animation for Millenia's Fallen Wings attack.
** Ryudo spots Millenia standing atop a spire on Granas Cathedral, wreathed in light from Valmar's moon.
* GameBreakingBug: Millenia's Zap! ability may cause game to freeze.
** In the first battle against Millenia (a HopelessBossFight), the battle is scripted to end when Millenia casts her Zap! spell. She can get caught in an AI loop that causes her to ''never'' use Zap!, and it's impossible to end the battle in any other way (her HP doesn't decrease, and you can't escape the battle).
* GhibliHills: St. Heim Papal State is half-sheepherder community, half-Vatican.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Valmar's Tongue.
** The Crimson Claws of Ceceile Reef. (see "That's No Moon")
* GiantEyeOfDoom: [[InnSecurity While spending the night in Mirumu]], Ryudo has a nightmare of being chased by floating eyeballs. He stops in his tracks, looks around. Coast is clear. [[spoiler:He turns to face a giant eye.]]
** Invoked again when Ryudo opens his window. Yipes.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Aira]], telling [[spoiler:her mom]] not to cry any more.
** Fortunately, the ending confirms that [[spoiler:she (along with Valmar's other hosts)]] are A-OK.
** [[spoiler: Mareg]] grits his teeth and grins reassuringly after being fatally wounded by Valmar's younglings. He's doing this with a [[BloodFromTheMouth mouthful of blood]], making it even ''more'' [[PlayerPunch harrowing to see]].
** As she is devoured by Valmar, [[spoiler:Millenia]] expresses happiness at experiencing love, even it it was for a short while. [[spoiler:Subverted when she gets better.)]]
* GoWaitOutside: The innkeeper at Mirumu begs the party off, saying she needs time to prepare a meal. This is a pretext for Ryudo to visit the end of town and speak with Aira's mother -- though the game doesn't allow this until you've visited the inn first. Grumble...
** PlayedForLaughs when Elena, drowsy from the Cyrum festival, tells Ryudo to go fetch her a drink -- only to be replaced by Millenia the moment she nods off.
* [[spoiler:GodIsDead]]: Unknown to all but a few (who actively hide the truth from the rest of the world), Granas [[spoiler:lost the war against his Satan-analogue, Valmar]]. While Valmar was indeed sealed away as the Church of Granas claims, [[spoiler:Granas died in the process]].
** Though there are ''vague'' hints that this might not be entirely true, such as Mareg's (first and only) prayer to Granas being answered by the Granasaber, which miraculously powers up. The conclusion of the game also sees the Granacliffs [[spoiler:transforming into rivers]] upon Valmar's defeat.
* GodGuise: [[spoiler:Essentially ''everything'' that had to do with Granas and Valmar was a great big ScamReligion. Granas is dead, the seals on Valmar were designed to help resurrect him, the Church is evil and both Granas and Valmar weren't gods but merely really powerful scientists.]] Of course, [[spoiler:Zera]] later steps into this role.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: It's implied (though not directly stated) that Granas and Valmar were originally [[spoiler:mere mortals who somehow elevated themselves to god-like beings via technology]]. The pair of them more or less enslaved humanity, eventually pitting them against one another in an apocalyptic war. Though Granas was [[spoiler:killed, his followers continued to dupe the world into believing that he will someday rise again to save them]].
* GoldfishScoopingGame
* TheGoomba: Mottled Spider.
* GottaKillThemAll: The parts of [[{{Satan}} Valmar]]. It's never explicitly made a goal of your travels, but you run into all seven of them eventually. But it was pointed out that the pieces of Valmer seek each other out, to battle/absorb one another, till there is only one left. And since you travel with one of them...
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: The prologue depicts a great war between "Good and Evil". [[spoiler:Evil eventually won]], but needed a couple thousand years of rest. The remnants of humanity deluded each other into thinking [[spoiler:good had won and built a whole religion around brain-washing control]].
* GraveMarkingScene: In the epilogue, [[spoiler:Mareg]]'s house is replaced by his gravestone. Roan pays his respects to it while venturing around the world.
* GravityScrew: The latter half of Aira's dreamspace resembles someone's backyard, except with the picket fence and trees bending at impossible angles.
** One segment of Valmar's Body consists of arterial passages with transparent blue/red floors. There's a switch to flip the dungeon 180°, allowing you to reach the treasure chests on the opposite-color side.
* {{Hallucinations}}: One NPC in Liligue is so delirious from hunger that he mistakes Mareg's mane for whipped cream and, later, cotton candy.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Valmar's Moon undergoing a full eclipse. Hey, who turned out the lights?
* HaveYouSeenMyGod
* HellishPupils: The Eye of Valmar.
* HeroicBSOD: Ryudo briefly experiences this after watching [[spoiler:Millenia]] get devoured by Valmar's innards.
* HopelessBossFight: Ryudo's first encounters with Millenia and (later) Melfice.
** Using a cheating device to increase Ryudo's stats means the battle can be won by reducing Millenia's HP to 0 - though this is incredibly time-consuming and if she is able to use the lightning spell mentioned, the fight will end immediately. You don't gain any rewards for winning this way, and the game continues as if you'd lost to the lightning spell anyway.
* HiddenInPlainSight: If you inspect the shed behind Sandra's house, [[LockedDoor it's locked]]. Ryudo is only allowed to enter later on, when it turns out to contain [[spoiler:a hole leading straight down to the Seal containing Valmar's Eye]].
* HolyCity: St. Heim Papal State.
* HumanResources: Ryudo and co. happen upon some mummified humans in capsules within the Birthplace of the Gods. Tio observes that these people are somehow plugged into the building's grid.
* HumanoidAbomination: The [[spoiler:Cathedral Knights]] are hinted to be this from the very start. So it comes as little surprise when they revert to black goo when you kill them.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The '''[[TheLostWoods Black Forest]]''', site of Elena's doomed ceremony at the start of the game.
** The '''Forest of No Return''', a.k.a. the Great Rift.
* IKnowWhatYouFear: [[spoiler:Valmar's Eye]] spawns [[spoiler:eyeballs-shaped bats that fly into surrounding homes at night]], staring into the minds of townsfolk. First the victim is plagued by their darkest memories; if they aren't awoken in time, that villager sinks into a permanent sleep state.
* IWillWaitForYou: In the epilogue, both [[spoiler:Elena and Millenia]] are shown waiting for Ryudo as he embarks on a [[JourneyToFindOneself Journey To Find Himself]].
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin: Inverted with the dying Melfice, who inadvertently [[spoiler: passes the Horns of Valmar on to Ryudo]].
* ImprovisedZipline: During his flight from Garmia Tower, Ryudo hoists Elena in one arm and slides down a rope in epic hero style.
* InnSecurity: Mirumu Village. Try using a JRPG inn in a village where nobody ever wakes up.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: [[spoiler:Mareg sacrifices himself]] to get the party off the Moon of Valmar. After trying to teach Tio what freedom and emotions are, it takes [[spoiler:his death]] to ''actually'' give her emotions and free will.
* IronicNurseryTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEH4Hye3Kdg "The Garden of Dreams"]], Aira's theme.
* IrrelevantSidequest: Lampshaded by Ryudo by the time he and his group finally reach St. Heim.
-->'''Ryudo:''' And so the mighty warriors come to the end of their lengthy, needlessly complicated journey!
* ItsAllMyFault: Aira blames her own blindness for her mother's hardships.
** Elena declares this while witnessing the attack on Cyrum by Valmar's monsters, having been duped into lying to Ryudo and cooperating in the dark god's revival. (Justified in that, well, it ''is'' all Elena's fault.)
* ItsUpToYou: None of the guards in Cyrum Castle lift a finger when Melfice tries to restart a robot factory beneath the building. That's because ''it's up to you''.
** Justified with Ryudo embarking to kill Melfice, as he's [[OnlyICanKillHim the only one]] who can match his brother in swordplay.
* JustWhistle: Ryudo and Skye in the opening sequence.
* KirkSummation: Elena lays down one before the final boss fight. She gets nowhere, of course, but Ryudo and Millenia don't exactly help with their shouting at [[spoiler:Zera]] that he's insane and a weakling.
* KnightOfCerebus: The story is not exactly a buddy comedy; nevertheless, the Eye of Valmar is arguably the most sinister of the sealed bosses, using Ryudo's own memories against him. It's also the most difficult to thwart. Selene could also count as Elena's Knight of Cerebus.
** Melfice was probably intended as a more straight-up version of the trope. He's the key element in Ryudo turning away from his own avaricious past and slipping into a hero role. Interestingly, Melfice basically parrots the same cynicism his brother's been spouting all along.
* LargeHam: Jodi Benson (Millenia) has the time of her life chewing the scenery in the English version.
* LetsDance: Melfice's line to Ryudo before their duel.
* LightAndMirrorsPuzzle: The Birthplace of Gods has a few optional puzzles invoking this.
* LightIsNotGood: Contrary to its name, the [[spoiler:Church of Granas]] turns out to be helping to revive Valmar. [[spoiler:The Pope]] could actually be said to be ''much more'' evil than Valmar, as he seeks to absorb Valmar's power in the same manner as Millenia and make himself [[spoiler:a replacement for the long-dead Granas]].
** Mareg's religion doesn't believe in complete evil or good (much to Elena's consternation) and is [[spoiler:proven correct when the "real" history of the gods is shown to the heroes]].
* LittleBitBeastly: The Mau, a cousin species of Beastmen.
* LivingBodysuit: Once they've broken free, the pieces of Valmar hide inside the bodies of ordinary humans, then set to work gathering the other parts.
* LivingStatue: The stone gargoyles in Garmia Tower start coming to life somewhere around floor 3.
* LizardFolk: Dragonians.
* LoadBearingBoss: Defeating the Core causes Valmar's Body to start collapsing. Millenia negates this by absorbing the Body in the same manner as Valmar's other parts, leaving the party to awaken in an empty field.
** Once [[spoiler:Valmar's Eye]] is beaten, the plug is pulled from the Garden of Dreams, and the townsfolk awaken from their slumber. Ironically, now only [[spoiler:Aira]] is stuck in a state of permanent sleep.
** Killing the FinalBoss of the game ([[spoiler:Pope Zera]]) results in New Valmar tearing itself apart from the inside. Also, [[spoiler:the Granacliffs fill up to the brim with seawater]], allowing for free travel and commerce for the first time ever.
* LotusEaterMachine: The Garden of Dreams. So fun, you'll never want to leave.
* LoveTriangle: And both women share the same body [[spoiler:(for most of the game)]]. Awkward.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Millenia is on the hunt for pieces of Valmar, absorbing them into herself and learns their abilities. Gee, what an impossibly convenient way of gathering of all Valmar's parts in one place! [[spoiler:This is the entire reason why Pope Zera wanted Elena to go with Ryudo.]] Later subverted by Ryudo after he kills [[spoiler:Melfice and absorbs ''his'' piece of Valmar]].
* MadnessMantra: After having his soul stolen by Melfice, King Cyrum is reduced to a jibbering shell of his old self, endlessly repeating "We shall regain our pride....We shall..."
* MarshmallowHell: Millenia does this to Roan when they first meet. No wonder he took to her so quickly.
** And then Elena does the exact same thing to Roan [[BookEnds in the epilogue]]
* ManEatingPlant: [[spoiler:Valmar's Eye]] exhibits a plant motif -- a sick parody of [[spoiler:Aira]]'s love for flowers.
* MauveShirt: Elena's friend Tessa is bumped off within a scene of her introduction.
** The Seal Guardian of Cyrum Castle, Menory, pretty much exists to be killed so villains can get the door open.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Did the [[spoiler:Sword of Granas]] lift off by itself? Or did it get a boost from Mareg's prayer to Granas? You decide.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: Alas, invoked quite a bit in the game's last couple of hours. The heroes continuously say things like "True power... true justice is in the heart" and talk an awful lot about "the power of the human heart".
* MercyKill: At one point in their journey, Ryudo angrily suggests [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim killing]] Elena if she doesn't quit wringing her hands about the Wings of Valmar residing in her. Overcome by anguish, Elena shocks Ryudo by kneeling in front of him begging to be killed. He was ''[[IWasJustJoking kidding]].''
** Not long afterward, [[spoiler:Sandra]] begs the party to find and kill [[spoiler:Aira]] before she harms any more people. Ryudo's not having it.
-->"Ma'am, we do that to our pets, not [[spoiler:our '''children''']]!"
** When Ryudo is placed in a coma from [[spoiler:Valmar's Horn]], Millenia resurfaces to do her work. Her mood is [[NothingPersonal calm and detached]]: Ryudo might have been a comrade and lover once, but he's grist for Valmar now. [[spoiler:Subverted when she cracks and starts sobbing at his bedside.]]
** It's suggested that Melfice killed his fiancée not out of malice, but to [[spoiler:free her from Valmar's Horn]]. A vision of Melfice appears to Ryudo and regrets having done this.
* MirrorMatch: Tio's Clone.
* MobileMenace: To reach Garland Island, Ryudo charters a ship and puts his own life in peril by surfing over the Granacliffs. Melfice still manages to beat him there, despite starting from the ''exact same'' location.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Selene]] shows up at the exact moment that Ryudo finds the Granasaber. Well if it's so easy to sail around the world, why didn't ''you'' go look for the sword?
* MonsterProgenitor: Valmar's Eye is unusual in that it spawns flunkies and sends them out to do mischief. It's possible Valmar does not want any clues pointing to [[spoiler:Aira]], as it's perfectly camouflaged.
* MotiveRant: [[spoiler:Selene]] gives one before transforming into Valmar's Heart. She's a true zealot, believing it to be a spiritual test.
* MotorMouth: When the party reaches Cyrum Castle the first time, one of the ladies-in-waiting who serves as the castle guide has a rather unique way of giving directions -- she takes a deep breath, then babbles out the entire guide to the castle as quickly as possible in one breath.
* MoodWhiplash: The BonusDungeon, with its bright graphics and relatively cheery music, is only accessible right smack dab in the middle of the aforementioned DarkestHour. There's even a disclaimer when you enter, saying that it's a place [[TakeYourTime to enjoy battles without regards to the plot.]]
* {{Mordor}}: [[spoiler:St. Heim]] becomes this following Valmar's rebirth. (See "Sugar Apocolypse")
* MrExposition: [[PreacherMan Father Carius]] is the friendly face of Carbo Village. When the party journeys to Liligue, they are aided by another, unnamed Priest who gives them the 4-11 on the town's troubles.
** Roan has a lot to say about Silesia and its culture, though most of it is explained over the dinner cutscenes (which are optional). Additionally, he gives Ryudo the lowdown on Cyrum Kingdom's past and their connection to Valmar.
** Elmo fills this role in The Birthplace of the Gods. In fact, it's her entire reason for being, which is why she's glued to a wall.
* TheMunchausen: "Flyin' Jack Phoneix", an octogenarian in Carbo Village, claims to leaped across the Granacliffs and killed monsters with his bare hands. Just don't look for him when Valmar attack the village, though; he's inside the inn, wetting himself.
* MysteriousInformant: Subverted with Hemble, who pretends to be one of these, but is only interested in showing off to women.
** Elena learns of Ryudo and Meflice's past history through Skye, who hides in a tree outside her window to relate the story in secret.
* MythologyGag: [[VideoGame/{{Grandia}} Justin's]] cap and goggles make an appearance. You can spot them in dungeon maps as lightweight helmet icons.
** The "Mogay Bomb" is one of ''Grandia II'''s many throwable weapons. Its namesake, of course, is Guido's species from the original ''Grandia''.
** The previous ''Grandia'''s [[BattleThemeMusic battle music]] can be heard while arm-wrestling Hemble. The deck-swabbing music plays during the Nanan village minigame.
** At one point during Ryudo's test of character, he's flung down a bottomless pit with Skye flapping nearby, snarky as ever. This calls to mind a similar scene in ''Grandia'', where Justin and Feena bicker as they're falling into a volcano.
* NeverSleepAgain: Mirumu's got an issue. Townsfolk are going to sleep one night, and never waking up. One night, upon being woken from a nightmare, Ryudo manages to catch the culprit in the act: [[spoiler:a flock of Eyeball Bats, floating through peoples' windows and latching to their faces]].
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: You have to be a born gambler to parasail over the Granacliffs. That's why Captain Bakala named his ship the ''50/50''.
* NewsTravelsFast: Subverted by the self-proclaimed "Trade King" of St. Heim, who is unaware of a) the collapse of the Skyway into the Granacliffs (courtesy of you), and b) Liligue's curse being lifted, meaning that its citizens no longer have any appetite for the "King's" disgusting arum root.
* NoHeroDiscount: Gadan initially charges 10,000G to ferry your party over the Granacliffs, citing his overhead costs.
** The TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon is hanging in the sky, the whole world is pleading for the party to save the day... and the merchants still insist on charging full price.
* NonStandardSkillLearning: Some of Ryudo's most advanced moves can only be learned after defeating his brother Melfice. Millenia, meanwhile, gains new special attacks from every piece of Valmar the party defeats.
* NoobCave: Garmia Tower.
* NotNowKiddo: Mirumu's villagers blow off Ryudo's report of a dream garden, claiming it's just a bedtime story. Aira is practically waving her arms and shouting, "[[spoiler:I'M POSSESSED]]", but her mom tells her to pipe down in front of her guests.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Quoted by a few citizens in St. Haim Papal State, or as Ryudo calls it, "the dinner plate of Granas". The church's followers huddled here to seek protection from the prophesied Day of Darkness. [[spoiler:In a sick twist, Selene and her Cathedral Knights butcher absolutely everyone in the town.]]
* {{Oculothorax}}: ''Goddamned'' [[GoddamnedBats Eyeball Bats]].
* OhCrap: Ryudo realizing they're all trapped on a monster-infested reef in the middle of the ocean, and their only escape route is underwater -- the tide's come in. This is a replay of Justin's foray to a siren-infested island in the previous game.
* OldFriend / RetiredBadass: Vyx, innkeeper of Agear and war buddy of Ryudo. He's hinted to be a ex-Geohound. (Which would make him and Ryudo [[OddlySmallOrganization the only two Geohounds in the world]], if this game is anything to go by.)
* OminousFog: The party is enveloped in this while stumbling into the Garden of Dreams, a fairy tale setting that has mysteriously come to life in an otherwise-snowy forest.
** Invoked again right before the boss battle with [[spoiler:Aira (the Eye of Valmar)]]. After pursuing her into a fog-filled room, she shows her true colors by lifting the fog, revealing a giant eye on the floor.
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Portuguese Chanting]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Asw9ZLf86M "Granas' Sanctuary"]].
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The opening cinematic depicts the showdown between Granas and Valmar, overlaid with heroic-sounding music as Granas blasts his rival to smithereens. When the scene is retold by Pope Zera, [[spoiler:Granas is destroyed, leaving Valmar hovering triumphantly over the planet]].
** When Ryudo is forced to relive his memories of Melfice stabbing Reena, he discovers that Reena had been possessed by Valmar's Horn, which then transferred into Melfice when he killed her out of mercy.
* OneSidedArmWrestling: Ryudo is forced to arm-wrestle Hemble as part of a spur-of-the-moment bet, with Skye as the wager. Elena breaks Hemble's concentration by exclaiming that [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty his nosehairs are sticking out]].
* OneWingedAngel: Each of Valmar's hosts.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: For generations, the villagers of Garlan trained as swordsmen to protect the "Idol" of a nearby mountain. Legend says that the Idol Sword was put in place to keep evil from escaping. Melfice stole the sword when the Horns of Valmar took him over.
* OrderVersusChaos: Elmo's version of history paints Valmar as an opponent to Granas' benevolent dictatorship, which bestowed such unlimited power to humans that they no longer needed to build anything, able to summon up entire cities on a whim. From Valmar's point of view, Granas was making the human race [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent complacent and self-indulgent]].
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Aira]] is responsible for the sleep curse placed on Mirumu. If the villagers fail to wake up, they emerge as "fairies" in her garden and exist in a state of permanent bliss. (That is, until their real-world bodies atrophy and die.)
* OurFounder: The statues of Lord Granas.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Ryudo, Elena, and Millenia deliver one to [[spoiler:Zera/Valmar]] before entering the last dungeon and, later, at the game's closure.
* PercussiveMaintenance: The Granasaber automatically shields itself behind a tornado if it senses Valmar's old military is nearby. Ryudo fixes this by smashing a derelict ship's computer, cutting off the power and signaling the sword to lower its defenses.
* PercussiveTherapy: Disgusted by what he sees, Roan angrily punches a console in the automata factory, accidentally causing the place to [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destruct]].
* PetTheDog: Millenia has a few of these, despite her [[PunyEarthlings open disdain]] for humans. She well and truly [[AdoptTheDog adopts the dog]] after finding herself unable to to sap Valmar's Horn from [[spoiler:Ryudo]].
** After [[spoiler:extracting Valmar's Eye from Aira and putting her into a coma]], Millina sniffs that Valmar's causalities are beneath her concern. ...However, she makes amends to her victim's mother by suggesting that if she somehow converts the icy, inhospitable village into a flower garden, then [[spoiler:Aira]]'s soul might come back. Ryudo knows this is nonsense, of course, but is so taken aback by Millenia's kind gesture that he holds his tongue.
** While spending the night with Elena on Ceceile Reef, Ryudo finds her staring apprehensively at the reflection of Valmar's Moon on the water. Ryudo says he knows a way to make it disappear, then chucks a stone at the water. Well, it works.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Aside from acting as Selene's evil entourage, the Cathedral Knights aren't terribly useful; Ryudo suggests that ''they'' go marching in search of the Granasaber instead, but it's apparently outside their purview. They won't even bother to seek out the sealed parts of Valmar, and only spring into action when a possession has already taken place. Later, this makes sense when you consider [[spoiler:Selene herself is possessed]], and is likely [[spoiler:protecting Valmar's progeny from harm]].
* PlayableEpilogue
* PointOfNoReturn: There are three major points where all access to previous areas is completely cut off for the rest of the game (with a few exceptions). In the last third of the game or so, after [[spoiler:finding the Granasaber]], you go directly from dungeon to dungeon without looking back, so almost everything becomes a PointOfNoReturn. The most significant items that can be LostForever are the last two skill books and the last two mana eggs.
* PropheticName: [[spoiler:Aira]].
** Translations of Elmo include "Protector" and "God's helmet".
* PyrrhicVictory: The conclusion to the Mirumu quest. On the one hand, [[spoiler:Aira is in a coma, and Sandra's family is in ruins]]. On the upside, the whole village is coming together to plant a garden, which was her wish all along.
* RagnarokProofing: The Army of Darkness built their stuff to ''last'', man.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Cyrum Castle's guardsman, Commander Paulk.
* RecurringTraveler: Gonzola's circus troupe.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: Valmar's Moon undergoing a permanent eclipse.
* ReligionOfEvil: In the old days, Valmar had followers of his own. Their descendants founded [[spoiler:the kingdom of Cyrum]], where they cultivated a margarita-soaked party-image to conceal their shameful legacy.
** Though if you pay close attention this was more like a Religion of [[OrderVersusChaos Chaos]].
* {{Retirony}}: On your first visit to St. Heim, a recovering alcoholic asks you to deliver a letter to his son Mark, promising to stay sober. During Selene's [[spoiler:attack on the town, Mark's father is found dead, still clutching a letter in which he plans to soon reunite with his son]].
* TheReveal: Pretty much everything that happens once you find the "Granasaber".
** Late in the game, Ryudo discovers he's even more of a puppet than he thought: the [[spoiler:Granas Seals are all fakes -- machines designed to keep Valmar in hibernation, ''not'' imprisonment]].
* RubberFace: Ryudo does this to Elena shortly before the dungeon containing Valmar's Tongue. Any remaining shred of dignity the Songstress had officially goes out the window.
* RuleOfCool: How can you not like a game where eventually you [[spoiler:go to the moon to kill the pope]]? It's worth playing for that single concept alone.
* ScaryBlackMan: Gadan is the series' first black character, and engages in a bit of UncleTomfoolery to boot.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: CLANK CLANK CLANK. Oh look, it's the Cathedral Nitwits. The armor is designed for [[spoiler:hiding their true demonic form]], rather than mobility or protection.
* ScrewDestiny: The driving force of the plot.
* SealedEvilInACan: The "Seals of Granas" imprisoning Valmar's body parts -- only ''one'' is intact by the time you discover it, but it gets released almost immediately anyway.
** Cyrum Castle is built atop a centuries-old factory that produces automata soliders. It was created by Valmar's followers during the war with Granas.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: The game gave us Valmar, the BigBad demon that was defeated in ancient times, and the pieces of its body spread around the world and sealed away. Interestingly, each of the pieces has a mind of its own - none lay claim to being the original. The Church of Granas sends Elena on a quest to gather the pieces so they may be destroyed, though [[spoiler: it turns out that Pope Zera, who has discovered that GodIsDead and [[NietzscheWannabe believes that life has no meaning without him,]] actually wants to become the new Valmar himself so he can [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the world]]]].
* SevenDeadlySins: The world's equivalent of the devil is in ''seven'' parts, so we can expect those to make an appereance:
** The Wings/Millennia: Lust, albeit in a very tame version as she his hit by LoveAtFirstSight.
--> "Beware, evil takes forms far from foul."
** The Tongue: Gluttony.
** The Eye: Not from the piece/host itself, but the Villagers envied the good fortune of [[spoiler:Aria & Sandra]], when everyone else suffered from bad harvests.
** The Claws: Wrath.
** The Horns: [[spoiler:Melfice]] outright says it: "I gave in to Valmar. No, to my own '''Greed'''"
** The Body: Sloth, as it did not move a bit during the entire level.
** The Heart: Pride. [[spoiler: Selene, during her MotiveRant, explains at length how much she detests all other believers in Granas.]]
* ShatteredWorld: The Granacliffs, as their name would suggest, are giant glowing fissures stretching across the Silesia continent. They are said to have been created when Granas' sword struck through Valmar. Indeed, the Granasaber can be found at the center, with fissures radiating outward from it.
* ShoutOut: The localization team had some fun with this one since the original ''Grandia'''s sound mixing was done by Skywalker Sounds, GeorgeLucas' audio division.
-->'''Ryudo''': For a priest, [[StarWarsANewHope your lack of faith is most disturbing]].
** And another one in Agear:
--->'''NPC:''' You call them [[NamesTheSame sandmen]]? How original. I bet they travel single file to hide their numbers, too.
** And again in Cyrum, as Ryudo boards the Captain's ship:
--->'''Capt. Bakala:''' [[WhatAPieceOfJunk She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.]]
* SigilSpam: Granas' golden halo is imprinted on each of the seals.
** SinisterGeometry: Valmar's got his own insignia, too: a crimson triangle. In the Birthplace of the Gods, the symbols are intertwined.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Lumir Forest.
* SlowMotionFall: The heroes collapse in dramatic slow-motion when they lose all their HP.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Notably averted with [[spoiler:Mareg]]'s death; you even get all of his skill coins back. Played straight with Millenia and Elena, though they switch out so often that it's almost a non-issue. They don't take accessories or Mana Eggs, though.
** Roan leaves the group for an extended period, taking his loot with him. He later rejoins to fill the void left by [[spoiler:Mareg]].
* SoundOfNoDamage: During the few Hopeless Boss Fights, any attack produces just a metallic clanking sound without dealing any damage.
* SpaceIsNoisy
* SpannerInTheWorks: Ryudo, as [[spoiler:his absorption of the Horns of Valmar earlier in the story means that the BigBad is one MacGuffin short of a full hand]].
** Though really Millenia deserves that title for [[spoiler:sealing the Horns into Ryudo in the first place rather than absorbing them as she was expected to]].
* SprintShoes: The "Warp" skill is attached to certain equipment, allowing party members to FlashStep across the field during battles. In a game which relies so much on Active Time as ''Grandia'', you need all the speed you can get.
* AStormIsComing: The flashback to Melfice's [[StartOfDarkness origin story]] culminates in a dramatic thunderstorm.
* StormingTheCastle: Sneaking into Cyrum Castle with Roan. Later invoked when Ryudo makes a return trip to [[spoiler:Granas Cathedral]], which is less hospitable this time around.
* SwallowedWhole: Gadan makes good on his compliment to Elena that she looks [[ExactWords good enough to eat]]. Luckily, getting swallowed by Valmar's Tongue reverts her back to Millenia, causing him to spit her back out. He wasn't counting on [[SpannerInTheWorks that]]...
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Finding the Granasaber, a sword that fell to earth during a battle between two Gods, is the focal point of the game's second act. Subverted as it turns out to be [[spoiler:a spacecraft, not a sword at all]], and then played straight at the end of the game when the hero actually ''does'' acquire a sword called the Granasaber, capable of harming the evil God.
* SugarApocalypse: The Cathedral Knights unexpectedly go on the march in Act 3, [[spoiler:killing every last resident of St. Heim]]. A black ooze transforms the grassy hills into something reminiscent of Grail Mountain: black slime and [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes protruding from the earth]] -- a mockery of the [[spoiler:Granas Church]] and what it represented.
** Once [[spoiler:Aira]] is taken out of commission, the Garden of Dreams reverts back to a dead wasteland.
* TemptingFate: Ryudo declaring, "Just a little further to the Cathedral!" while riding the Skyway. Hey, you hear [[CaptainCrash fraying ropes]]?
* TestosteronePoisoning: Hemble refuses to speak to anyone who's not a romantic couple. Once he invites them in, he proceeds to emasculate Ryudo in front of his "girlfriend" Elena, hoping to steal her away. And this is apparently all he does with his time.
* ThatsNoMoon: The voyage to Garlan Island is halted when Elena complains of seasickness. The group parks their boat at Ceceile Reef, where Ryudo remarks on all the giant stones lying about. Little do they realize (though it's readily apparent by the time they wake up) those weren't stones... Those were giant crab eggs.
** Literally with Valmar's Moon, as it's [[spoiler:an organic body]].
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Cash is welcome, but your gratitude is not. Ryudo tends to distance himself from clingy rescuees, as epitomized when he lifts a curse that brought Liligue to the brink of starvation.
-->"I blame the whole thing on bad chefs."
** Everybody in Cyrum showers thanks on [[spoiler:(King)]] Roan as he's wandering the town in the epilogue. Roan shrugs this off, since saving the world is [[ThinkNothingOfit no big deal]].
* ThirdEye: The scar on [[spoiler:Aira]]'s forehead eventually opens to reveal this, exposing her true nature as Valmar's host. Perversely, she thinks it's a gift from Granas.
* TickingClock: To lift Mirumu's curse before the entire town dies in their sleep. Or Selene burns them to death -- whichever comes first. This is one quest that won't be be solved by beating a single boss; meanwhile, the villagers drop one by one and the town atrophies.
* ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil: This is on Valmar's agenda should you fail to contain him.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Played quite literally with Valmar's Tongue chowing down on our favorite redhead. Ptooey!
** [[spoiler:Pope Zea]] eventually became this to Valmar, systematically piecing the beast back together, only to sublimate its "will" and control it from within. If this seems far-fetched, it's worth noting that Valmar was [[spoiler:originally a mere man himself]].
* {{Tomorrowland}}: The reason for the townfolk's reluctance to flee Liligue is that it is an engineer's paradise. Visually, the city is reminiscent of the original ''Grandia'''s steampunk locales.
* TronLines: Present in architecture built during The War, most notably in the Granas Seals.
* UndercoverAsLovers: Ryudo and Elena are forced to pose as a couple to get past Hemble, a weirdo sailor who allegedly has info regarding the Granasaber.
-->'''Ryudo:''' Sure. We're smiling. We're holding hands. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Why the hell else would we be so damned close to each other?]]
* UnwittingPawn: Ryudo was sent to find the Granasaber not for the sword itself, but to [[spoiler:uneseal the Body of Valmar]].
** Valmar was merely waiting for [[spoiler:Millenia to collect all of his parts before reactivating]]. By [[spoiler:defeating the game's major bosses]], Ryudo was turning up the clock on the Day of Darkness, which occurs after [[spoiler:all of the Granas Seals have been broken]].
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Aira]] just wants everybody to be nice to each other. She created the Garden of Dreams for everyone to live in peacefully, completely unaware that she's a tool of Valmar.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Final Valmar.
** FinalBossNewDimension: Defeating Valmar's core is just half the battle. Next, Ryudo is drawn into a weird void to battle Valmar's Will (i.e. [[spoiler:Pope Zera]]).
* TheVillainMakesThePlot
* VillainousGlutton: Gadan.
* VisibleSilence
* VolleyingInsults: Try talking to Paella with Millenia in your group, then step back and watch the fireworks.
* WaxingLyrical: Talking to Paella with Millenia in your party yields this gem:
-->'''Millenia:''' You're an entertainer, aren't you? [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Here we are now, entertain us!]]
* WHAMLine: "[[spoiler:Lord Granas died long, long ago. Valmar was victorious in battle.]]"
* WeakenedByTheLight: Subverted (and played for laughs) when Millenia exits the Durham Cave at daybreak. She cries, "Aaaa! The accursed light of the sun! It burns! It burns!" (Kidding.)
** Ryudo uses [[spoiler:the Granasaber]] to [[CueTheSun cut a swath of light]] through the sky, the sunrays shooting through Valmar's body like arrows. This effectively halts Valmar's advance on Cyrum.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Just like the original, with the TagalongKid visiting old locations. (Sue is substituted with Roan in this version.)
* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Ship "Dude"?]]: While examining the hull of the ''50/50'', Ryudo guesses that it must be #50 of fifty ships or perhaps that's its registration. No, the Captain corrects him, that be the name of the ship, matey!
-->'''Ryudo:''' Must be a cultural thing.
* WolfpackBoss: The first one (a pack of Gargoyles) actually constitutes the game's WarmupBoss.
** A pack of Eyeball Bats function as a TrickBoss in the catacombs beneath Mirumu. [[GenreSavvy Ryudo's not fooled]], though; indeed, the root of the problem is [[spoiler:Valmar's Eye]], which is flanked by additional Eyeball Bats when you finally do fight it.
* WombLevel: 3 out of 4 of the game's final dungeons -- Valmar's Body, Valmar's Moon, and Final Valmar.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Eye's possession of [[spoiler:Aira]]. This is a wakeup call for Ryudo, who realizes Valmar is indiscriminate in its possession. According to Millenia, Valmar feeds on ''all'' desire -- good and bad.
** One of the grave markers at Garlan Island belongs to Sasha, a little girl who couldn't believe that Melfice would turn evil. She trusted him until the end.
* YinYangBomb: The ultimate message of the game is that good and evil must coexist. Both are necessary to win the game, as your final party arrangement consists of a holy priestess (Elena) and [[spoiler:a servant of evil (Millenia)]] -- and Ryudo, the hero, is kind of a neutral mix of both.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Ryudo corners [[spoiler:Zera]] in Valmar's womb, but finds himself separated by a transparent dome. He can't do anything but watch as Elena is forced to re-conceive Valmar.
* YouShallNotPass: During the climatic scene on the moon, the party is surrounded by the Valmar's hatchlings, their escape vehicle is low on energy and the horde is closing in. [[spoiler:Mareg]] orders his friends to run, then creates a choke point between the baddies and the ship. [[spoiler:Just before he's overwhelmed, he makes a prayer to Granas, who is a) a god he doesn't believe in, and b) a god which has been dead for thousands of years, to deliver his friends to safety.]] [[DeusExMachina It works]].
** Before the final battle, a chasm separates Roan and Tio from the rest of the party, forcing them to go it alone against Valmar's insectoids. This means they're left with no path of escape when Vamlar's body starts to crumble (in space). Subverted when Tio activates some sort of shield around her body and grabs Roan, protecting both of them as they drift down toward the planet.
* YoureInsane: Ryudo uses this phrase at [[spoiler:Selene]] and [[spoiler:Pope Zera]] when the full scope of their plan is exposed.
** Millenia shouts this ad nauseum during the final boss fights, complete with the following pot-kettle line:
-->'''Millenia:''' "Hah, you really ARE completely nuts! WHOOOOO! You'd better reel yourself in, YOU PSYCHO!"
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: No sooner does Ryudo drop Elena off at St. Heim as promised, he gets volunteered to lead a crusade for the Sword of Granas. [[spoiler:Melfice]] was originally hired to do it, but he went AWOL, and so his holiness turned to [[spoiler:his brother]] for help.
* ZombieApocalypse: As quoted from scripture by Elena, Valmar is quite capable of raising a zombie army during the Day of Darkness. When the bodies of human casualties hit the ground, they are enveloped in darkness and then turn into demons.
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