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->''"Deep in the forest of Albion lay the small town of Oakvale, unchanged by time and untouched by the sword. Here lived a boy and his family. A boy dreaming of greatness. Of one day being a Hero."'''
-->--'''Opening narration'''

The first game in the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' series, the initial ''Fable'' game focuses on the "[[TheHero Hero of Oakvale]]."

The game [[EasingIntoTheAdventure starts off peacefully enough]], with the main character looking for ways to obtain a gift for his sister's birthday. But once he has, bandits attack his home village of [[DoomedHometown Oakvale]] and all things go to hell. The youngster hides from the bandits, but his family are not so fortunate. His father is killed, his mother missing and his sister abducted. A member of the Hero's Guild, Maze, stumbles upon the boy and saves him from certain death. Telling him that there is nothing left for him in Oakvale, Maze takes the boy to the Guild to be raised as a hero.

The game was later [[UpdatedRerelease re-released]] as ''Fable: The Lost Chapters'', which extended the storyline, added new content, and contained an expansive PlayableEpilogue ending to better conclude the game (which is considered canon as of ''VideoGame/FableII'').

Another update was later released in February 2014 for Xbox 360, and on PC via Steam in September 2014. Titled ''Fable Anniversary'', the HD remake has the game's visuals rebuilt entirely, a ''Fable II/III''-inspired control scheme, leaderboards and the update pack ''The Lost Chapters''. The ''Anniversary'' trailer can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnOKkQSNjW8 here]].

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!!This game includes examples of:

* AnnoyingArrows: Zig-zagged. At the start of the game ranged weapons can be very painful for the Hero, but they rapidly drop off when he gets some health and armor. Meanwhile, the Hero's own archery skills can become absolutely devastating with the right equipment and magical enhancements.
* ArbitraryMissionRestriction: The "Boasts" for most quests. Before embarking on a quest, the player may pick and choose any or all available Boasts to attempt, which include conditions like "Don't take any damage," "Do the entire quest naked (i.e., without any armor)," or "Do the entire quest in a chicken suit." They aren't necessary for the success of the quest, but completing them grants extra gold and renown.
* ATeamFiring: Rolling (or just moving around, really) can severely impact enemy accuracy, causing their shots to often fly several feet away from you.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Infernal Wrath and Divine Fury do ridiculous amounts of damage, but only in a small area after a lengthy charge-up. And if you're hit while charging, the spell fizzles out if you don't have Physical Shield active.
* BadassBack: If you block an enemy's attack from behind, you parry without even turning around.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: It is entirely possible to have a play through where you retrieve the Sword of Aeons, then later don Jack's mask and become possessed by him. Thus allowing him to achieve his ultimate goal of reclaiming the Sword of Aeons.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Literally. The horns evildoers sprout cause a receding hairline. Averted in the later games, wherein Ghoulish players will still have a full head of hair when they sprout their horns. Some sort of twisted demonic evolution at work?
* BlackSwordsAreBetter:
** Obsidian weapons are some of the most powerful non-Legendaries; only Master weapons are more powerful.
** The Sword of Aeons, [[spoiler:Jack of Blades' weapon]], has a black blade and is an ancient ArtifactOfDoom.
* BoringButPractical:
** Buy mass quantities of goods cheap then sell them right back for a profit. While it can take some time, you can have the 2nd best armor and 2nd best non-legendary one handed weapon before even starting the first quest.
** Likewise two of the most used spells in the game do no damage at all. Assassin's Rush teleports you behind your target (thus getting around enemies that block almost everything) and Physical Shield makes you take no damage so long as you have mana to power (which, given that the amount of experience you get is based on the amount of damage you do vs the amount you take, elevates the spell towards Game Breaker levels).
** The most efficient way to kill a single enemy is almost always to simply hit it with your melee weapon.
** Speaking of weapons, one-handed weapons are generally considered superior to two-handed ones. While they don't do as much damage, they attack much much faster, allowing players to rack up damage quicker. Furthermore, it's generally better to use master weapons with augmentations than legendary ones. Legendary weapons do more damage but they can't be augmented. A master katana with three sharpening augmentations is second only to the Sword of Aeons among one-handed weapons. Keeping two backup weapons with silver and fire augmentations for specialized foes like Balverines or Hobbes can make difficult fights a cakewalk.
** The Frying Pan. It deals pathetic damage but has four augmentation slots, more than any other weapon in the game. A mage with a Frying Pan and Master Bow/Crossbow filled with Mana Augmentations will pretty much never need mana potions again, barring the final boss.
* BrokenBridge:
** Demon Doors only open when specific conditions are met. Some of these can be easily managed; others are plot-restricted.
** Unlike the rest of the Cullis Gate PortalNetwork, the gates to the Witchwood, Hook Coast, and the Northern Wastes require special measures to activate and can't be used before the plot makes them available.
* BullyHunter: The Hero can serve this role in defense of several people or, if leaning towards Evil, can join the bullying instead.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: During the side-quest "Hobbe Killing Contest" where you compete with Whisper for most Hobbes killed, you'll find that Whisper does not need to give the ''coup de grace'' to fallen Hobbes; they simply die instead. This becomes egregious when you defeat a Hobbe only for her to steal the kill.
* CutsceneIncompetence: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as [[spoiler: it ''is'' the Satanic Jack of Blades capturing you]].
* DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler:Thunder]] if you choose to [[spoiler:expose Lady Gray]].
* DevilButNoGod: In an odd variation, [[spoiler:the HumanoidAbomination Jack of Blades]] is functionally the devil but, according to the Oracle, neither Skorm nor Avo actually exist and their temples were simply built in area where magic tended towards evil and good respectively.
* DifficultySpike: The Trader Escort quest is the first real challenge of the game. Being a far lengthier quest, with more powerful enemies, and an EscortMission on top of that.
* DiscOneNuke:
** Master weapons and plate armour can be bought or stolen before completing a single quest. The latter will never be replaced barring the expansion and the former will function well for most of the game.
** The legendary pick-hammer can be obtained early just by being evil or eating several baby chicks in front of the right Demon Door.
** The legendary cutlass (which is stronger than all non-legendary one-handed weapons bar the master katana) is found in a Demon Door just before Witch Wood.
** With a little luck, [[InfinityPlusOneSword Skorm's Bow]], the best possible ranged weapon in the game, can be gained before completing a single quest.
* DoomedHometown: Oakvale; if it wasn't expected by being the Hero's idyllic origin, his sister's dream of something happening just means doom is obviously coming.
* EliteMooks: Minions and [[spoiler:Summoners]] show up later in the game and can handily outclass most people besides the Hero; the former become [[spoiler:Jack of Blades']] preferred troops and the latter are {{Mini Boss}}es in their own right.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The main character is always either referred to as "Hero" or whatever title he currently has.
* EveryoneIsBi: In the original. Though many folks took a while to admit it.
* EyeScream: The protagonist's sister has her eyes sliced out during the bandit raid in the prologue when she refuses to tell them anything about her brother.
* TheFairFolk: Albion's Nymphs are malicious, childlike buggers with raspy voices and a penchant for human sacrifice.
* FinishHim: ** Jack of Blades orders you to do this to [[spoiler:Whisper]] in the Arena. You can refuse, although you forfeit a cash prize.
** After his defeat, Twinblade goes from telling the Hero to GetItOverWith to begging for his life. [[spoiler:Theresa]]'s comments about his loss are strictly neutral, but could be interpreted as this.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the new quests in ''TLC'' involves a group of [[EliteMooks Minions]] attempting an unknown ritual. [[spoiler:This ends up hinting at Jack's relation with the Summoners]].
* GameBreakingBug: If you jump at the right spot in the Guild Cave at the beginning of the game, you can jump through the wall and get stuck outside of the map. Since this is an important scene and you haven't found any other locations, you can not fast travel out of it. If you save there, you must start the game over. On the bright side, since it's at the start of the game, you don't lose too much.
* HeroicFantasy. Also shades of other fantasy genres like HighFantasy and DarkFantasy.
* HistoryRepeats: In a ''very'' bad way. [[spoiler:Jack of Blades is an immortal entity that attaches itself to a new host each time the old one is destroyed by tricking the owner into wearing its mask.]] Fortunately, you can end the cycle for good--and in fact, ''Fable II'' reveals that it's {{Canon}} that this happened.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** [[spoiler:The Guildmaster for a Hero who kills him, in an odd way. In his youth, he was one of the Heroes who rebelled against the idea that heroes absolutely had to be good, arguing that heroes had to be free to make their own choices. (The ideology of choice is a big thing in Albion.) If your hero becomes an evil monster who turns on his mentor, it produces a certain {{irony}}. Combined with FridgeBrilliance, as the Guildmaster goes into a rant about the morality of your character's actions. One wonders if at any point the Guildmaster had a similar speech aimed at himself, being warned that destroying the laws governing a Hero's actions would create a force that would destroy him.]] Ultimately, this immorality in many Heroes leads to their destruction on the advent of readily available firearms when people don't need heroes any more and don't put up with their rampages.
** [[spoiler:Jack is rendered DeaderThanDead when you use his own mask's function to [[YourSoulIsMine take his soul]] after you kill him in dragon form; preventing him from going to another host, and then throw it in lava.]]
* HornsOfVillainy: Your character will begin to grow horns once he reaches a certain level of evil.
* HundredPercentHeroismRating: Zig-zagged. No matter how gloriously good your actions in the story have been, if you've still murdered enough people to push your KarmaMeter deep into the red, the villagers will have no inhibitions about telling you just how they feel about their "[[FallenHero hero]]." On the other hand, that bad karma can be bought off with good deeds as trivial as going on a tofu binge.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: A Demon Door that asks you to perform an evil act in front of it. You can eat little, defenseless baby chicks to increase your bad karma.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Sword of Aeons, in the regular version of the game, is the strongest weapon in the game. In the UpdatedRerelease, it's only the strongest one-handed sword, as its attack power is halved. Avo's Tear is equal to the Sword of Aeons, and almost identical in appearance, but it's gotten in a much nicer way.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:The Knothole Glade Chief's eldest son]] in the good ending of the Ransom quest. Even if you expose his plot to have the Chief's youngest son murdered, nothing seems to happen to him. Unless, of course, you PayEvilUntoEvil. [[spoiler:Preferably while he's in the woods surrounded by bandits waiting for you to deliver his younger brother.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: There's almost no reason to use any other one-handed weapon, until you get a Legendary.
* KillEnemiesToOpen: The Darkwood connection in the Cullis Gate PortalNetwork is a BrokenBridge that requires the Hero to destroy a wave of undead nearby, reactivating the Gate with their LifeEnergy.
* LampshadeHanging: The story of Aarkan. If you donate the book to the teacher in Bowerstone, he will begin reading a story about a young boy whose family is slaughtered and his village burned, who then goes on to get revenge. He'll stop reading and call the story "unoriginal tosh".
* TheLostWoods: Albion's forests of Greatwood, Darkwood, and Witchwood are home to dangers such as mundane bandits, [[TheFairFolk Nymphs and Hobbes]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Balverines]] and TheUndead.
* LoudOfWar: The Hero is tortured by listening to the Bargate Prison warden read homegrown poetry, which all the other characters treat as worse than the standard whips and chains in the torture chamber.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: [[spoiler:This was the reason Maze didn't kill the Hero.]]
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: Jack of Blades does this in the end of the expansion pack to the game.
* MultipleEndings: Four [[note]] Good karma + Good final choice, Good karma + Evil final choice, Evil karma + Good final choice & Evil karma + Evil final choice [[/note]], though the UpdatedRerelease continues the story past that, and makes which you chose less important by [[spoiler:weakening the Sword of Aeons if you choose to get it, and giving you the identical Avo's Tear if you choose not to]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Unless you take the [[SelfImposedChallenge boast]] to not kill any bandits, the easiest way to sneak past the bandits at the beginning of the Twinblade quest is to simply snipe them with your bow.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Hero can have his pick of these from the Title Vendor, but special credit goes to "Necromancer", which can only be won through regular HumanSacrifice to the GodOfEvil.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: These are slow enemies that hit hard and [[ZergRush like to come in numbers]], sometimes from a ClownCarGrave.
* NoHeroDiscount: Particularly obvious since the only way to get the most powerful weapon in the game is to shell out enough gold to buy a city block. Also, you can be a walking legend in Albion, but you still have to pay the Title Vendor or you'll go down in history as [[EmbarrassingNickname Chicken Chaser]].
* NPCRandomEncounterImmunity: Averted -- {{Intrepid Merchant}}s travel the forest roads and are frequently beset by bandits and hostile wildlife. Lampshaded in an EscortMission when two traders argue over why they'd bother risking their lives on the trip instead of opening a shop in town.
* OutlawTown: Twinblade's Camp is comparable in size to a small town, complete with vendors and hirelings.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: Hobbe Cave early on. Buy some meats, go in and knock heads for an hour. Rinse and repeat, bonus points if you can get a high combat multiplier.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** [[spoiler:If you turn in Lady Grey rather than marry her, you can never get through the Demon Door near her home. There is also a Silver Key that can only be reached by fighting Thunder for her favour.]]
** Also, if you give all your Silver Keys to the Demon Door in the Necropolis before you've collected all of them and opened all the treasure chests, you will never be able to open the chests afterwards as there won't be enough Silver Keys left in the world for you to collect.
* PhosphorEssence: Very good/pure characters develop a faint aura.
* PointOfNoReturn: Once you choose to [[spoiler:remove the barrier in Hook Coast]], you're locked into the endgame and can't do any side-quests until the PlayableEpilogue.
* RapidAging: Your character gets a little older every time you level up. This isn't to scale with anyone else, which lead to somewhat disconcerting scenes where you finally meet your long-lost sister who appears to be a young woman while you're a geezer. If you rank yourself enough, you'll look older than [[spoiler:your ''mother'']] when you finally see her!
* ScaryBlackMan: Thunder. He's the biggest, burliest bastard in the whole of Albion, and he hates your guts no matter what you do, [[spoiler:even if you take mercy on his sister in the Arena]].
* SelfImposedChallenge: The game allows the player to make boasts before quests, where the player gambles money on being able to complete it [[FightInTheNude nude]], unarmed, or with some other added challenge.
* ShoutOut:
** The Kryndon tattoo looks very similar to the ''{{Superman}}'' logo.
---> '''Description:''' The Kryndons are an old order of assassins [[SecretIdentity who live normal lives by day]].
** One of the weapons looks exactly like the Scythe from the last season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** When you attack the guards, they occasionally say "[[OnlyAFleshWound It's just a flesh wound!]]", almost certainly quoting the Black Knight of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'': One of the early quests has you searching for blue mushrooms, and there are a couple of men hanging around talking about the mushrooms of truth.
** The FlavorText for a carrot is "The carrot has mystery," a reference to ''Film/WithnailAndI'': Uncle Monty wears a baby carrot on his lapel instead of a flower.
---> '''Uncle Monty:''' The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts; prostitutes for the bees.
** One of the tombstones in Lychfield Graveyard belongs to [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]]; another reads "[[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland No one can hold their breath for ten minutes]]".
* TechnicolorBlade: The unique and powerful Legendary weapons come in green, bronze, and red, besides the normal colours.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Unknown to the hero, Jack of Blades spies on him through his Arena champion's seal for much of the game, leading him straight to Teresa - even, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption somehow]], if the hero mounts the seal over his mantlepiece and never visits his house again.]]
* UpdatedRerelease: ''The Lost Chapters'', which adds many more side-quests, new areas, another fight with [[spoiler:Jack of Blades]] and several new weapons.
* UselessUsefulStealth: Required to get past one section, pretty useless everywhere else.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Find a woman that adores you, shower her with gifts, praise, affection and love, bring her on a trip to Darkwood, and then sacrifice her to [[GodOfEvil Skorm]], ensuring that she will spend an eternity suffering unimaginable agony. Fun for the whole family!
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler:If you spare Whisper, she ends up leaving the Guild to do this. According to the Oracle in ''The Lost Chapters'', she eventually settles down and becomes a famous guardian of an unknown land in the west.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Although it's not part of the ending, conversing with the Oracle in ''The Lost Chapters'' will tell you the fate of several characters from the main game.
* WholesomeCrossdresser[=/=]CreepyCrossdresser: You can be either, depending on whether you go for the {{light|IsGood}} or {{dark|IsEvil}} dress. Paired with a [[IncrediblyConspicuousDrag ginger wig]], this lets you complete a side quest by [[spoiler:[[HoneyTrap seducing a bordello owner]] rather than by [[InVinoVeritas getting him drunk]]]].
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler:Even though you have a virtual ''army'' of Guild mates (including Thunder, depending on your previous choices), you're always just a few seconds too late to stop Jack from activating the Focus Sites.]]
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