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A ''{{Suikoden}}'' GaidenGame and the sequel to ''SuikodenIV'', ''Suikoden Tactics'' (released as only ''Rhapsodia'' on Japan) tells the story of Kyril, the son of a Scarlet Moon officer, as he investigates and uncovers a massive conspiracy revolving around Rune Cannons. A complex web of political intrigue, rebellion, insurrection and a dying empire is further complicated by other agents of the Scarlet Moon with their own priorities regarding Kooluk and the Rune Cannons.

''Tactics''/''Rhapsodia'' ties up many of the loose ends left over from ''IV'', providing key information that helped the plot of the prior game ''make sense''. Most of the cast returned, with a higher Stars of Destiny retention rate than even ''SuikodenII'' boasted, and several got fleshed out a fair bit more in the process, mostly via party chatter and optional campfire scenes.

Visit the character sheet [[Characters.SuikodenTactics here]]!

''SuikodenTactics'' provides examples of:

* TheAtoner: Andarc, for [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog slaying Walter]] after he was turned into a fishman and almost killed Kyril.]] Also, [[spoiler: Snowe Vingerhut.]]
* BattleCouple: Akaghi and Mizuki, though they [[EveryoneCanSeeIt insist]] [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend otherwise]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Kyril ends up on ''both'' ends of these; one memorable example has [[spoiler: Selma, Paula and Jewel show up with TheCavalry while riding Giant Owls.]]
* CuteMute: Yohn, who combines this with PettingZooPeople.
* DoubleWeapon: Kyril's weapon is a double sided weapon.
* DramaticIrony: Late in the game, Kyril [[spoiler: kills a fishman to defend Corselia, finally overcoming the mental block that's prevented him from doing so in the past... only to realize he just slew her father, mirroring the trauma that ''caused'' said mental block in the first place.]]
* FacelessMasses: Non-named characters still get portraits, but nobody who isn't important to the plot has any ''eyes''. Not even the Mercenaries you fight now and then...[[spoiler:and can eventually recruit into your team.]]
** Their weapons are equally faceless. "Sword." "Bow." "Heaven Star Kitten Kaleidoscope? Oh, hi Named Player Character."
* FinalDeath: Plot-vital characters are actually immune to this; no matter how much punishment they take, they'll never suffer FinalDeath. The ''other'' stars, though, ''can'' fall victim to this, and will let you know via dramatic LastWords.
* FishPeople: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fishmen]].
* GameplayAllyImmortality - As mentioned above, anyone with a speaking role in the plot ''can't die'' in battle, making them good {{Stone Wall}}s. However, ''some'' characters who join ''seem'' like they should have this, but don't... [[spoiler: Like, say, {{Heel Face Turn}}ers Beck, Ornela and Roget...]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Beck, Ornela and Roget]].
* HeroicBSOD: Kyril goes through a major one after [[spoiler: witnessing his father's PainfulTransformation and death. Having the ship blow up didn't help much, either.]]
* HeroicMime: Averted. Kyril TALKS. [[spoiler:And suddenly, so does Lazlo]].
* HowWeGotHere: The first few chapters are set ''before'' the events of ''SuikodenIV'' and provide some critical {{Backstory}}.
* LadyOfWar: Ornela.
* NonActionGuy: A few recruits that you can call into battle can't fight (or aren't very good at it), but provide various support skills and bonuses. For instance, Rene, a [[{{Meganekko}} Glasses Girl]] who can locate and unearth [[PirateBooty buried treasure]].
* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Iskas]] and [[spoiler: Heinz]] are both clearly trouble.
* OldSaveBonus: Transferring data over from SuikodenIV lets you recruit [[spoiler: Lazlo and Snowe. Lazlo, fresh off the [[MultipleEndings Best Ending]], promptly becomes [[strike:a bit of]] a GameBreaker. Snowe is...a guy with a sword]].
* OneWingedAngel: Pulled at the end by [[spoiler: Iskas turning the Evil Eye on himself]].
** [[spoiler:He's also the only person to not be turned into a mindless monster.]]
* PainfulTransformation: [[spoiler: How fishmen are made.]]
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The four mercenaries led by a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] elf.
* StartOfDarkness: Brandeau, a seemingly one-shot villain who gave Glen in IV the Rune of Punishment, has one here. We see how he [[spoiler:loses his best friend Edgar (Kika's boyfriend), involuntarily acquires the Rune of Punishment from a {{Pirate}} (Steele), loses one of his eyes and saw his {{Sidekick}} Peck transfigured into a goblin-like creature. He left Kika's crews after being too overcame with guilt, and returns in IV as the AxCrazy pirate.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Roget]]
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Rune Cannons in general.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Patriarchal Faction.
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Corselia, your youngest recruit [[spoiler: and a RebelliousPrincess]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Happens to [[spoiler: Roget]] after they're put in charge of more fishmen than they can actually ''control''.