This is a idea for a JRPG. The only thing I have fully planned are several organizations and the ending. The battle system and Cel Shaded graphics are heavily based on those of the Tales Series (I really hope that I will become wealthy enough to become an Promoted Fanboy and make this into an offical Tales game)In the world of Tero, people rely on aether for their everyday lives. The world is split between the MagitekClock PunkAnorev Kingdom and the Steam PunkRutledge Republic. Day after day, the threat of war between these two powers grows...Meanwhile in a small town somewhere in the Anorev Kingdom, a mercenary named Cielo Kersey is passing through the town (after intervening in a situation involving a noble) when she notices a young woman named Diana Zangan being hasseled by some corrupt knights who accuse her of being the Classy Cat-Burglar "Rogue Ruby". Cielo steps in and a fight ensues and Diana reveals her Action Girl skills by also joining in. They defeat the knights, Diana thanks him, and she leaves, but Cielo suspects something and follows her. He discovers that Diana is "Rogue Ruby" and they are attacked by a group of hitmen. They defeat the hitmen and Cielo interrogates the leader. Things escalate from there into a epic tale of justice, adventure, and war.The first part of the story will look like a typical “La Résistance fights to overthrow The Empire” Cliché Storm plot, but will get muchmore interesting as the game/story goes on.With all the Loads and Loads of Characters and tropes, I might make this into an manga/anime/tv series instead...
Minor detail, but there was also the "Liberty Party" political party which was a peaceful subversion of this until they broke up and the bomb-throwing radicals joined C.R.U.S.H.
Bread and Circuses: The previous Anorev royal family used to have a benevolent version in which free government-funded circuses traveled the Anorev Kingdom and were run by the Gypsy people. When King Iago took over, he suspended these circuses and starting hunting down the gypsies at the request and backing of the Toiracsi Church. The only thing left of this policy is the battle arena in the capital in which the admittence is free and free loaves of bread are thrown out. Xion Enterprises also did this during Senator and Chancellor elections to support a candidate they backed.
Deadly Decadent Court: The Noble Council of the Anorev Kingdom are so corrupt that the only reason they haven't taken the throne is because the King frequently plays the noble families against each other. They get hit by Laser-Guided Karma when they flee to Namikawa after the party overthrows the Evil Overlord. They are defeated, captured, given a fair trial for treason, corruption, and other crimes and almost all of them are sentenced to death or long prison terms. Interestingly, the board of directors for Xion Enterprises is alot like this trope.
Dirty Communists: C.R.U.S.H.'s political ideology is a cross between this and Bomb-Throwing Anarchists. They frequently mention "social harmony" and "liberation of the common man" and list religion, business, and governments among their targets. The Collective Party is a subversion for they are a moderate Socialist-style political party and denounce the actions of C.R.U.S.H. (which is partially made up of radical Collective Party members who view the rest of the political party as "too soft").
Does This Remind You of Anything?: After Venia Debs is exposed as the leader and founder of C.R.U.S.H., the Preparation Party urges the Rutledge Republic to start arresting members of the Collective Party (which he founded and used to lead) out of suspision of collaberation between C.R.U.S.H. and the Collective Party. Hmmmm...
For the really dense: Preparation Party=Republican Party, Collective Party=Socialists/Communists, C.R.U.S.H.=anarchist terrorists, and the above mentioned event is both Red Scares.
The Federation: The Rutledge Republic. In fact the Rutledge Republic acts more like a confederation than a true republic (the Rutledge Republic consists of a union/alliance of several independent city-states overseen by a Senate which is made up of representatives from each city-state). Eventually becomes The Republic.
The Fellowship Has Ended: At the end of the game the party goes it separate ways as Diana is the ruler of the Anorev Kingdom, Rafael is the Commandant of the Anorev Knights, Hospitaller is the Archpatriarch of the Toiracsi Church, Teodor is the Chancellor of the Rutledge Republic, Wade is the new head of the Collective Party and is running for Chancellor, and Adrian is now a part of the World Tree. As for Cielo...
The Force/ Green Rocks / Minovsky Physics: Aether, the seventh element. It exsists as small particles in the air that some people can sense and channel through their bodies to cast spells. Aether can also be collected and used to enhance the abilities of objects such as coal (which explains the Steam Punk tech) or medicine.
Fun with Acronyms: One of the major villain organizations is named the Commoner's Revolutionary Union for Social Harmony. The republic's intelligence agency is named the Preparation Agency fo Tactical Response, Intelligence, and Other Tactics.
If you really want to know: Duke is plotting with Jade Faction against Arcturus, but Arcturus already knew this and used Duke’s treachery to further his Evil Plan to destroy Jade Faction. InfernalEchelon is working with Zachary, Frick Xion, and Venia Debs, but has his own agenda and is manipulating them and pretty much EVRYONE else. Frick Xion works with Infernal Echelon and takes advantage of the actions of C.R.U.S.H., the Federation of Workers, the DiCosta Syndicate, the Rutledge Republic government, and even his own Directors in order to further his own profit-oriented ends. Akito is a member of the Big Bad Duumvirate with Arcturus and has business deals with Frick Xion, but is manipulating all three for her own ends. Donatello DiCosta is manipulating the party in order to keep an eye on Sindacco and is working with the Federation of Workers and Xion Enterprises, but is actually being manipulated by the latter and Infernal Echelon and is quickly Out-Gambitted (let's not even get started on what his Underboss were up to). Ultimately Adrian turns out to have the Last Plan Standing as he turns out to be Infernal Echelon’s boss and has been manipulating the party towards his own ends and already manipulated Zachary, Frick Xion, and Venia Debs long before the events of the story via implanting an idea for a world war in all three of their heads. As Wade lampshades:
"So he was manipulating him, but him already knew so him used he against her, but she was plotting against both of them so he, she, they, it... My brain!!!"
"Get Out of Jail Free" Card: When Teodor becomes Chancellor, he pardons all the Collective Party members unjustly imprisoned in the event mentioned in Does This Remind You of Anything? above. Also over the course of the game the party is wanted in the Anorev Kingdom from crimes ranging from assault to treason. When Diana becomes the Princess of the Anorev Kingdom, she pardons herself and the party.
Ghost Town: The "city-state" of Burleson in the Rutledge Republic. It was a small town that had a heavy Xion Enterprises presence. When the town went on strike, Xion Enterprises shut down its businesses there and moved. This caused Burleson to become a Dying Town, then a Wretched Hive, and then a Ghost Town when it was razed in the Galay War. It is revealed to be the headquarters of C.R.U.S.H. who's leader encouraged, organized, and led the strike and blames himself for the town's ruin.
Great Offscreen War: The Galay War was a major two-year war on the continent of Galay between the Rutledge Republic and the Quracistan Dominion and it is mentioned several times and even has an occasional flashback. Even more offscreen are the Rutledge-Gevanni War (fought between the Rutledge Republic and the oligarchy republic city-state of Gevanni) and the Rodina War (a war of conquest fought by the Anorev Kingdom against Namikawa).
Guns Are Worthless: Played with. One of their main advantages is infinite reloads and the ability to very temporaily "stun" non-blockers (and the shotgun's ability to knock people down). For gameplay purposes though, guns cause a low amount of damage, need to be reloaded (not to mention you need to stand still while reloading), can be blocked, and could jam (unless the gun is a Sawed-Off Shotgun or a revolver).
Hate Plague: The "Chaotic Fury" spell gives enemies a boost in attack power, but also causes them to ignore the party and attack each other. When the spell wears off, remaining enemies will go into a brief Villainous BSOD as they realize what they did. The Toiracsi Church banned the use of this spell because too many criminals were claiming that they were under the influence of the spell, but Cielo mentions that this is one of his favorite spells.
Hollywood Tactics: I'm trying to avert this, but if I do have to resort to this in order to continue the plot it will be lampshaded by Adrian who will point out the flaws in the tactic.
The Horde: Adrian creates the "Eternal Horde" as an army of Super Soldiers to plunge the world into a state of "peace through endless war"
Just Like Robin Hood: Diana does this as Classy Cat-Burglar, "Rogue Ruby", robbing the Anorev nobility and giving most of the wealth to the peasants (she keeps a small bit for herself). Jade Faction also does this occasionally. C.R.U.S.H. likes to believe that they're this, but they're more "rob and bomb the businessmen and give the money to ourselves".
Minovsky Physics: Aether has clearely defined limits and rules and is even studied like a science.
More Dakka: The "Barrage" ability that is only avilable to firearms users will make any firearm fire five times it's normal ammo count in a automatic stream. However, the gun must be full, only one target can be hit at a time, it increases the chances of a jam after its use, and it is mentioned in a skit that it has a lot of recoil.
During the battle between the Anorev Empire and the Rutledge Republic the Empire's vast numbers are balanced out by the Republic's firearms. Arcturus planned on this and had a Human Resources-fueled Superweapon Surprise in store.
Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Rutledge Republic is seemingly staffed with these. Of special note is the "Reconstruction Bureau" which is supposed to be a Rutledge Republic agency dedicated to reconstructing Quracistan, but it's really just occupation forces under the control of Xion Enterpises and its head is the Underboss of the DiCosta Syndicate.
Olive Garden: Gevanni, a city built on an archpelgo in the middle of a major river that is run by The Mafia.
One-Hit Kill: The "Grapple Kills" that can only be performed on stunned human enemies. Trying to perform these on a boss will result in a unblockable "Grapple Counter".
Orcus on His Throne: When the party goes to the Rutledge Republic, the Anorev Kingdom conveniently doesn't cause any trouble until they get back. Justified because reading the optional newspapers will reveal that C.R.U.S.H. has embarked on a terrorist bombing campaign throughout the Anorev Kingdom and the Kingdom has its hands full dealing with it.
The Plan: A look around this page will reveal a lot of people using a lot of different plans.
Playable Epilogue: Beating the game on the unlockable Harder Than Hard difficulty will unlock a playable epilgoue where Diana goes around the world regathering the members of the party after being told in a dream that Cielo is still alive.
Point of No Return: Temporary version. After Jade Faction is destroyed the party can't go back to the Anorev Kingdom until later in the game.
Power of Love: Justified. It is mentioned that aether responds strongly to the combination of strong emotion and hormones that comes from love.
Pretext for War: Xion Enterprises is trying to provide one because of War for Fun and Profit, the Anorev Kingdom wants to go to war so they can Take Over the World, but wants the Toiracsi Church to prepare a heroic sounding excuse first, and C.R.U.S.H. just wants for both superpowers to go to war. It is revealed that the Chairman of Xion Enterprises, the leader of C.R.U.S.H., and the Archpatriarch of the Toiracsi Church had the idea for this war implanted by their mutual shrink, Adrian.
Mook: "I only joined C.R.U.S.H. because they have free dental!"
Cielo: "So I guess you won't mind if I do this then." (Knocks some of the mook's teeth out)
On a more serious note, C.R.U.S.H. is able to provide medical benefits to its members because they have a bunch of altruistic doctors working for them. The Blackwater Detective Agency also has medical benefits for its members and their families.
Spy Fiction: When Cielo talks about his time as a "glove" (assassin) for P.A.T.R.I.O.T. it sounds like Stale Beer while he makes several deconstructiveTake Thats toward the Martini tropes.
Steampunk: The Rutledge Republic's main technology, courtisy of Xion Enterprises
Strawman News Media: Type I in the case of the Mega Corp.-owned media in the Rutledge Republic and Type II in the case of The Government-controlled media in The Anorev Kingdom. Whenever you look at a newspaper for tips on where to go next, the headline and front cover story will often be a biased vilication of the party's actions.
Suicide Attack: Some of the more fanatical/deranged enemies such as the Samurai or C.R.U.S.H. Bomber, respectively, will sometimes try to attack a character with a suicide attack that involves lighting a stick of dynamite in each hand and charging at a character.
There Are Three Types Of People: The analogy for this game is sheep (normal people), wolves (evildoers who prey on the "sheep"), and dogs (guardians who protect the "sheep" from the "wolves"). Cielo identifies himself as a "cannibal wolf" (as vicious and brutal as any "wolf" and doesn't get along with "dogs", but won't harm "sheep").
Timeskip: After Diana becomes the new ruler of the Anorev Kingdom and confirms her position be defeating Akito and CharlesGodwin there is a month long time skip to the Peace Conference. During the timeskip, the building where the Peace Conference is to take place in is constructed and the Anorev Kingdom's last mass execution takes place after the corrupt nobles are given a fair trial and many of them are sentenced to death.
Vestigial Empire: The Cajamarca Empire. A great earthquake caused it's capital to rise in the air and during a debate over security versus freedom, whatever was left split in two to form the Anorev Kingdom and the Rutledge Republic. Is also Ancient Grome with a dash of Mayincatec. There is also the Quracistan Dominion which was a powerful federation of the city-states of Quracistan that was conquered and dismantled after it lost the Galay War to the Rutledge Republic.
War Arc: The overall plot is the prevent a war between the two superpowers, but the party also involves itself in many regional conflicts that often have something to do with the beforementioned overall plot.
War for Fun and Profit: Xion Enterprises tries to goad the Rutledge Republic into going to war with the Anorev Kingdom for this reason. This is also the goal of C.R.U.S.H. and Infernal Echelon.
You Can Not Kill An Idea: The leaders of C.R.U.S.H. and Jade Faction both believe this and mention this line. It is also revealed that Adrian subconciously planted the idea for a world war in Frick Xion, Zachary, and Venia Debs long before the events of the story.
Zeppelins from Another World: They even have "skyports" which is basically a skyscrapers that also serves as a mall, an airport for airships, and an apartment building.