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''Shining The Holy Ark'' was the ninth installment of the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' but the gameplay shares more in common with the original ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'' than any other title in the franchise. It was a first person Dungeon Crawler rather than a strategy game. Itís also an indirect prequel to ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII''; several characters reappear in that game, and the continuing conflict between Spirits and Vandals is central to its plot.

In game three mercenaries Arthur, Melody and Forte are tasked with hunting down a ninja called Rodi who has holed up in an abandoned mine. When the group finally catch up to the ninja, a space-ship smashes through the roof mortally wounding everybody involved. In order to save their lives the Spirits inside the ship possess Arthur, Melody and Rodi. While still retaining their free will they gain additional skills. During this however Forte gets possessed by an evil spirit and goes missing.

Arthur, Melody and Rodi decide to temporally combine forces in order to escape the deadly mine, find Forte and find out just what is going on with these mysterious Spirits. Along the way they uncover an evil plot to revive a powerful Vandal that would doom the world to an age of darkness.

To help them out they meet up with female paladin Lisa, dragonman Basso, female ninja Akane and the half-wolf ninja Doyle.

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!!''Shining of the Holy Ark'' Contains the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Soul Steal spell. Granted it can instantly kill monsters, its success rate is quite low (meaning it's faster to just kill them conventionally) and doesn't work on bosses.
* CardboardPrison
* ChestMonster: Quite a nasty one too; the Chest Ghost has Soul Steal and has a habit of killing Basso in an area where you really need him.
* ChokepointGeography
* ClimaxBoss: The fight against Rilix, complete with unique music.
* ColorCodedStones: One dungeon has the player collecting different coloured gem stones to use in a [[SolveTheSoupCans Soup Cans]] puzzle. The only way to figure out what gem went where was were was if you knew what the stock colours of the gems where.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Galm, while we may not know his reasons he seems pretty neutral.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: For all the characters, bar maybe Akane, but especially Rodi, as you do actually fight him directly.
* DegradedBoss: The Evil Spirits make cameos throughout the game, and you finally fight them at the game's midpoint climax. They then appear in the final dungeon as regular mooks.
** With some slight changes to their spells, the Wraith reappears as the Reaper and the Time Warrior reappears as the Taros.
* DemonicPossession: Forte [[spoiler: and the King.]]
* DualBoss: The two Evil Spirits you fight near the climax of the game; it quickly gets [[DifficultySpike a lot tougher]].
* DugTooDeep: The Temple hidden in the mines.
* EvilChancellor: Rilix
* EvilDetectingDog
* FairySexy
* FauxFirstPerson3D
* FirstPersonGhost
* FrictionlessIce: While traveling through the mountain pass. Thanks to all the holes that would lead drop you into the previous areas this was pretty tedious.
* TheGoodChancellor: Sabato.
* GlassCannon: Forte, playing the classic SquishyWizard. He has the most powerful area-attack spells in the game (bar Inferno), but has pitiful HP and melee defense.
* GuideDangIt: To find Doyle you have to revisit the first village and search a "suspicious looking tree", but only after a set point. Also the infamous stone puzzle.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Basso and [[spoiler: Panzer]].
* HauntedHouse
* HeroicHost: Arthur, Melody and Rodi with the three spirits.
* HitPoints
* InfantImmortality: Julian. But averted with stories of Elise eating children [[spoiler:and one scene where she actually does it in front of you]].
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence
* KickTheDog: The first time you meet Elise, you witness her knock a dog unconscious after [[EvilDetectingDog it barks at her]].
* KleptomaniacHero: You can steal 1 gold from under a bed and then get told off by a NPC.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Rodi.
* LastChanceHitPoint: An odd one. Only the three characters that are possessed with spirits will automatically revive after being "killed" in battle, with a measly 1 HP. All the other characters required a trip to a church, items or spells.
* {{Leprechaun}}
* TheLostWoods
* TheMaze: Every. Single. Level.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MetalSlime: The Hattari monsters that appear in the East Shrine and the Tower of Illusion. They have a habit of retreating, but killing one nets you 3,333 XP points, often enough to level your characters several times over.
* {{Mithril}}
* NeverSayDie: The party members and the monsters you fight never die, they are just 'exhausted'. [[spoiler:Averted at the very end, as Rilix does explicitly die, confirmed by Elise in the dialogue, while it's pretty obvious that Panzer dies too, although the only implication of this is him collapsing to the floor at the conclusion of the final boss, and then Akane kneeling in front of his grave during the credits]].
* NominalImportance: A big clue as to the importance of characters early in the plot is if they have [[CharacterPortrait portraits]] or not. For example, in Desire Village, the only three with portraits are Basso, Lisa and the Halfling (later revealed to be Doyle) [[spoiler:who all join your party later on at different times]].
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Who knew that algebra could be useful in solving the stone puzzle!
* OptionalPartyMember: Doyle.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Basso
* OurFairiesAreDifferent
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: Rodi.
* PaletteSwap
* RandomEncounters
* RedRightHand: Rilix.
* RespawningEnemies
* ScratchDamage
* SealedEvilInACan: the Vandal that the bad guys are trying to release. In fact Vandals in general, only the weakest ones weren't sealed away with Galm being the exception.
* ShiftingSandLand: The South Shrine [[spoiler:and Mirage Village outside the Tower of Illusion]].
* ShiningGoodness: Well of course!
* SlippySlideyIceWorld
* SquishyWizard: Forte.
* TankControls
* TempleOfDoom: The three Shrines [[spoiler:and the Tower of Illusion]].
* TraumaInn
* TheUnfought: Elise, maybe even Galm depending on how you felt about him.
* WallMaster
* WhenTreesAttack
* UnitsNotToScale: When Arthur is on the world map.
* {{Wutai}}: Far East Village.