Granado Espada, or Sword of the New World, is a Korean MMO created in 2006 and released internationally in 2007. The brainchild of Ragnarok Online's acclaimed creator, Hakkyu Kim, this MMORPG is regarded as his masterpiece, and this is seen all over the game, from the stunning graphics and soundtrack, to the unique gameplay, as well as the suspensful story, which is far beyond any standard MMO has ever introduced. This game also straddles from the Standard Fantasy Setting, offering players a fresh experience. GE is currently free-to-play, with cash shop.Granado Espada takes place during a Renaissance/Baroque-era exploration and mass migration. Two explorers, named Gilberto Granado and Ferrucio Espada, set off to the west of Orpesia, the known world at that time, and discovered a new continent. As soon as Vespanola, who financed the expedition, heard news about this, the Royal Family sent Pioneer Families to the new continent, now named Granado Espada, with the implementation of the Reconquista Policy in order to settle it. You are one of the pioneer families sent to this place, and your job is to explore the continent and expand the boundaries of your beloved country. But darkness has also fallen to this land, and you must stop Montoro from taking over Granado Espada and learning it's secrets, Ferrucio's Legacy, to empower himself. Also, your family must define its loyalty to either those who have Undying Loyalty to the crown: Esmero/Lealtad, led by Princess Gabriella, or the Freedom Fighters: Souveran/Gleichstellung, led by Simon Ayende. The future of Granado Espada is in your hands.Granado Espada features the "Multiple Character Control" (MCC) System. Yes, instead of letting you run only one avatar at a time and teamwork in a party or a clan, GE lets you form a "family" made of your own characters and gives you control of up to three at a time. Five character classes are available, as well as a crapload of recruitable Non-Player Characters, known as Unique Player Characters (UPCs), or alternatively, RNPCs. There's also a Stance System, which is based on which weapon your character is currently holding. For instance, if your Tank is swinging around a great sword, he'll only have access to great sword-related stances his character class can acquire; if he's wielding a sword and a shield, then he'll only have access to sword-and-shield-related stances, and so on. Finally, the game has an Xtreme AI (XAI) feature that allows your characters to train themselves while you are away from your console.
Allegedly Free Game: You will need to pay if you want to go beyond just standard gameplay. However, this trope can be averted since it's possible to do the same thing without having to pay, but it takes a painfully longer time to do so.
It's starting to largely avert this trope, at least for casual players. The more standard and essential stuff like Character Promotion are getting the free-to-play treatment: Stimulation (the more expensive half in upgrading a character) is slated to be removed, and stat upgrades are now reintegrated to Promotion. Much rejoicing was heard.
Alternate History: The setting of this game is what would have happened if the Spanish overcame the English Armada and successfully invaded England during the Anglo-Spanish War.
An Adventurer Is You: Actually, a character's role is determined by the stance he is in. The five basic characters are covered here, while a full list (including all RNPCs) are in this trope's page.
An Ice Person: Karjalainen and Ion Felipe. Warlock and Hellena to an extent.
Anti-Poop Socking : The entire point of the spacebar "AFK" mechanism. A simple press of a button will allow your team to auto-attack nearby enemies and healers heal wounded allies. You can't loot while you're AFK, though.
Also as part of the raiding system. Smaller, quick raids usually have a 1 day cooldown, while big, faction-sized raids have a one week cooldown.
The schtick for the Renewed Gate of Hell raid. The more time you take finishing the raid, the longer the cooldown. Most likely to curb fatigue since it is pretty much the highest level raid for solo.
Anti-Magic: The Rapiere stance users. Especially Andre, since his personal skill makes him do more damage to mage-type characters.
Arbitrary Headcount Limit: You can only bring a maximum three characters at a time. Some raids, like Chateau de Bourgogne, are restricted to one character only. Also, raids have a maximum number of families that can join.
Aristocrats Are Evil: The Ten Nobles of Vespanola. Subverted by Fritz, Torsche, Ulrik, and Ortega, who were formerly members.
Artistic License - Gun Safety: Lionel Von Hanen. Apparently, using a rifle with only one hand is a mark of a master in military science in this universe.
Awesome, but Impractical: The ultimates for the nukers. Abyss Flare, Freezing, and Tempest Roar for Warlock/Hellena, Ion, and Veatrice respectively, does look awesome and powerful, however you can't cast them while being surrounded, cause your cast will get interrupted 100% of the time.
Averted with Beroniff's and Ludin's ultimates Strong Acid and Breath of Fire, respectively. They're Awesome yet Practical for crowd clearing.
Actually, "granado" could be translated as "seedy". This Spanish troper has never heard of the meaning cited above.
That, or the developers decided upon names in the same respect as Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci, whose names were etched in history as "Columbia" and "America." Granado Espada is this world's version of America anyway.
Boomerang Bigot: Valeria. Her skill Exclusion deals twice its damage on Fighters, Musketeers, and Scouts. Weird, as she is a Scout herself.
Boring, but Practical: The builders (Jack, Diego, and Angie). Manually building their constructs is very monotonous, but you're building an entire fortress that kills mobs for you (the turrets), while protecting your still-squishy characters that you want to powerlevel (the fence), all the while buffing nearby allies, increasing their stats by a small amount (the wards). And finally, the rotating blades are some of the best tools in breaking colonies during the colony war.
Sniper. The stance doesn't have any normal attack, only has two damaging skills, and involves waiting for cooldown refresh. But boy, the damage from this stance is enough to take down everything from mid-tier bosses and below in one hit.
Bribing Your Way to Victory: Inevitable, since it's an Allegedly Free Game. Although you can still walk through the entire game with minimal damage to your pockets, you still need to work hard in-game to obtain items a compulsive spender would easily get.
Special mention goes to overpowered characters like Asoka or Ralph, or stances Punisher. These can cost you a fortune to get, and almost impossible for non-paying players.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: You. It would probably take someone an entire chapter of a novel counting the times you drag yourself into "heroic" situations that end up you getting beaten to a pulp. Of course in side-quests, it's most likely for the Rule of Funny. In serious storyline quests however, it tends to be ugly.
Cloning Blues: Grandies, aka the "Red-Haired Girl", Grandice's clone. Her questline has her struggling to find her own identity, as opposed to the Queen of Pioneer herself.
Catherine Torsche is this to Catherine the Doll, who she happily accepts as her sister.
Coup de Grâce: Advance Garde's Mortal Eternity skill. Slashes an opponent multiple times with the rapier, then shoots him once with a pistol. That single shot deals a lot more damage than any of the individual slashes, combined.
Combination Attack: You can overlap skills on a target for a sudden burst in damage, but skills that knock back cannot be overlapped with each other.
Heyran as well. Yes, she dropped that Hard-Drinking Party Girl act and took over the leadership of the liberation army when Olivia betrayed them and Kess went missing. She's still lesbian over her Gracy though.
Damn You, Muscle Memory: Since skill hotkeys depend on which slot a character is on, it's easy to fumble with the keyboard when you get too used on one arrangement then suddenly switch to another.
Death Is Cheap: There are a lot of ways to bring a dead character back to life. Average cost is 800 vis per dead character. Before Level 50, you can just wait for a few minutes, and said dead character will spring back to life.
Dummied Out: The RNPC versions of Sir Lyndon (now only GMs can use him), Snowfield Rescue Knight (idea might have been incorporated into Natalie), and Selden (just an NPC now).
Dump Stat: The now rehashed CHA, or Charisma (duh). Before, it only majorly affects two characters (who are summoners by nature) and minorly affects 4 or so other characters (out of like a little less than 100). It's quite funny how most spellcasters have a high innate CHA stat, but have absolutely no use for them.
It got replaced by a new stat, SEN or Sense, which keeps the effect of the CHA stat, and throws in a reduction in spell cast time, making it quite good for spellcasters, but not good enough to consider investing in those points.
Dynamic Entry: Most dash-type skills do this, causing enemies hit to be thrown back a distance, or sometimes make them go flying up into the sky.
Emotionless Girl: Subverted. The whole point of Catherine's Expert Stance Acquirement quest line is that, despite being a doll, Catherine is in fact not emotionless. She can laugh, be happy, get sad, or even feel jealousy. She just has trouble expressing them as she isn't human.
Soso is one of Chun Li's clones. Her younger sister Sorang is budding to become one as well. There are also pseudo-Shotoclones in this game, Irawan (appearance, he uses Muay Thai instead), and Byakko (style, Karate was inspired by Taekwondo to begin with).
Raven is an expy of Sanji. Both are in a service kind of job (Sanji's a chef, Raven's a butler), both employ a series of flaming kicks as their fighting style, heck, they even share the same voice actor in the Japanese version of the game.
Mercy Kill: As per story. You (as the protagonist of the story) kill Cortes as a raid boss, but in the story, you put him out of his misery.
Featureless Protagonist: Yes you are using characters to interact with [NPCs], but during quest-related conversations, who in your family (besides the characters that are involved by default) is participating in the conversation? Tip: He's not in your active team.
Fire, Ice, Lightning: The three main elements Warlocks can use. There is also a fourth element called Mental, mainly used by Wizards.
Holy Water was held by Dilos Latemn, Al Quelt Moreza's high priest (High Man)
Otite of Wind was held by Catherine Torsche, daughter of Dr. Torsche, and a brainwashed assassin (Mundane)
Rhodolite of Fire is held by Mufasar, former tribe leader of Errac/Zeia, and father of Queen Hamann and Sierra (Stout)
Stone Gas was held by the now-extinct Giants of Sedecram, who were very advanced in magic (Fairy)
Element of Heart is held by Sierra (formerly by Mufasar), the witch of Bahama, and sister of Queen Hamann (Cute)
As of Eva Sharon's update, Water and Fire is currently held by your family, Earth and Wind by Montoro, but fate unknown after his death. Heart is still with it's current possessor, albeit in development.
Generation Xerox: Ion Felipe, who apparently looked exactly like his father in his youth. Invoked by Grandies, who mistook Ion to be his father, who, by Grandies' memories, was Grandice's lover at Grandies' mental age.
Mary as well. Not only does Dr. Torsche comment that she just looks like her mother, Jane, but she also inherits all her traits down to her passion for cleaning and her fascination with shotguns. Bonus points for having said to be destined to follow in her mother's footsteps as being a maid for the Torsche family.
Jiggle Physics: Yeah, they pretty much made this game a little TOO realistic.
Joke Character: Ramiro and Tiburon. They have sub-par Strength and Constitution for a fighter-class character. Also, they use weaker versions of weapons meant for their stances (Swords and Main-Gauches instead of Great Swords and Sabres, respectively).
Leaked Experience: Quests give "Experience Cards" instead of straight EXP gains. Justified, since you can have up to 100+ characters but can only control up to 3 at a time.
Also, introduced recently, the "Training Cards". They add to your active Stance EXP instead of the normal EXP.
Loads and Loads of Characters: So far, there's around 100 named characters running around the continent of Granado Espada, around half of that are recruitable. A bunch more are introduced every major patch.
Lightning Bruiser: The melee characters, inevitably. Much can be said that their only weakness are ranged characters. Then again, once they're built up, the only thing that can stop them are kiting Flintlock users.
Warlock's Absolute Zero is this on a single target.
So is Hellena's Aqua Pierce.
Ion's Frost Dust takes this to overkill levels. The number of ice projectiles he shoots is at least three times Absolute Zero's.
Magikarp Power: The stances are weak at lower levels, but are considerably stronger by the time they hit level 25. Some characters also, like the Warlock Trio (Ludin, Ion, and Beatrice) only have one stance before hitting Expert, and it's the weakest stance of their respective elements.
Mayincatec: Errac. Bonus points since Mufasar, formerly leader, is the holder of the Element of Fire, which symbolizes blood.
Meaningful Name: The two parties Lealtad and Gleichstellung. Lealtad (Spanish for "loyalty") is for those who are loyal to the crown, while Gleichstellung (German for "freedom") are for those who seek freedom from Vespanola.
Meganekko: Idge and Beroniff. The stock characters as well when they equip glasses.
Neat Freak: Mary. Her recruitment quest pretty much involves cleaning up the entire Torsche mansion. In fact, she only joins you because she finds a spec of dust on Catherine, thinking that your family isn't cleaning the barracks very well.
Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Inverted and invoked by game mechanic. Musketeer class characters are often weak to dagger attacks, which deals bonus damage to Soft Armors, the kind of armor Musketeer uses. Although it's given that one cannot evade bullets as most dagger stance use evade as a defense mechanism, Lisa's expert stance allows her to evade bullets, which only makes her more deadly against Musketeers.
Rainbow Pimp Gear: Played straight for the weapons, but averted for the armors and body costumes. For the latter, armors change one's appearance from the neck downwards, and upgrades don't affect appearances. Body costumes override this, with the game preferring the look of the equipped costume over the equipped armor. It does invoke You All Look Familiar, but with the sheer number of looks a single character can take, this is mostly averted.
Random Drops: This is an MMORPG, what do you expect? Though there are different variations of this trope, such as:
The infamous "pristine Gimlet Tail" quest from Panfilo. He asks for pristine tails, so it's justified that the drop rate for that is 2%. But he needs 5 of those. Good luck and have fun hunting.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted with sisters Natalie and Daria. Natalie, who has a blue-green/turquoise motif, is brash and short tempered in contrast to Daria, having a red/pink motif, who is more level headed and prefers to analyze a situation first. Justified that Natalie is just a rookie Rescue Knight trying to prove herself to her big sister, who is already an elite amongst the Rescue Knights.
Redheaded Bully: Sherlin and Gracielo, but the latter toned down as the story progressed.
Sherlin actually dropped this after being thrown away by Hernandez.
Revenge: A central theme. Everyone from the team buff group "Destiny's Chains," especially Selva and Garcia, has beef with Montoro. Enough beef to actually want to chase him for life and kill him.
Tora's story, he wants revenge on Adelina for killing his father.
Grandies wields her off-hand Main-Gauche this way in her stance Soul Bringer, as opposed to the way Main-Gauche Garde users wield.
Robot Girl: Catherine (Depending on which type you chose, either STR, DEX, INT or Summoner) is a marionette created by Dr. Torsche in an attempt to "revive" his dead daughter. Turns out she is alive.
Roboteching: Photon Splash's energy orbs doesn't really travel a straight line from the caster to the target. Ion's Frost Dust as well, Ion releases a bunch of ice spheres on a cross pattern in front of him, that change angles during the second phase of the animation, sometimes very sharp angles, and accelerate towards the target.
Spell My Name with an S: A lot, especially during translations to localized versions. Veatrice becomes Beatrice, Eduardo becomes Edward, Beroniff becomes Veronif, and so on.
Spiritual Successor: Can be considered one to Ragnarok Online. One can also draw parallels to locations, such as Granado Espada itself being Ragnarok's New World, Bristia to Schwartzvalt. Heck, even the capital city of Bristia and its ruling family is Kielce.
Ragnarok's current main theme is exploration, Granado Espada's current main theme is going back home after said exploration.
Stationary Boss: Quite a few of the in-game raid bosses are stationary, like Argus Brain (not the one shooting lightning at you, the creepy brain and spine thing you need to kill).
Also, Fritz, literally. He is the last you have to fight in a Boss Rush quest, but a Good Bad Bug may cause him to stop attacking you and just stand there until you defeat him. Sort of makes him an Anti-Climax Boss, sadly, given that he's a Badass to begin with.
Adriana's stance Cutlass, which is an upgrade to Heaven or Hell.
Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: Melee > Ranged (ranged characters can't deal much damage to melee characters), Ranged > Mages (ranged characters obliterates mages because of the latter's inherent squishiness), Mages > Melee (melee characters, particularly metal armor wearers, are penalized with increased damage from magical sources).
Tarot Motifs: The Trump Series as well as the Arcana Series.
Tangled Family Tree: The RNPCs are already given as "recruits," but how about the stock characters you make, where did they come from?
Badass Family: Still, even with all that being said, in the end, they're still a bunch of adventuring guys killing ferocious beasts that roam around lands that are possibly untouched by people, and take on the Big Bad himself head-on while still looking classy.
The Thirty-Six Stratagems: Bristia is currently employing #5. With the Ten Nobles of Vespanola being reformed as a result of events leading to Montoro's death, Bristia takes action as Vespanola weakened by internal strife, and decides to open a trading route to Granado Espada. This also allows Bristia easier access to the war heroes now residing in the New World If this succeeds, Bristia will break free of Vespanola's chains, and they can opt to launch a counterattack to a further weakened Vespanola.
Token Mini-Moe: Claire, Viki, Ludin, and Kano. Ramiro and Tiburon doesn't count, as they're more qualified as Kid Hero.
Tsundere: Claire. Complete with "I-it's not that I like you or something..." when she 'accidentally' places her character card on a present.
SELVA, BIGTIME. ESPECIALLY TOWARDS GAVIN. One part of Gavin's recruitment quest has her tending to his wounds after being injured after their fight against Novia and Montoro. That was after Selva was plainly ignoring Gavin for most of the time. Then she returns to her tsun mode right after, leaving Gavin just before he wakes, without a trace.
Even though she's obnoxiously rude to you in the beginning, Veronif switches from being tsun to dere during her recruitment quest line.
Two Guys and a Girl: Garcia, Eduardo, and Selva. It's inverted, sorta. Selva is The Lancer to Garcia's Hero (can be interchanged, depending on which quest you are in), with The Chick amnesiac Eduardo rounding it up.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Claude and Grandice. They may bicker all day long over who's the better hunter, but they will stick up for the other when he/she needs it. Such as raising and hiding Grandice's daughter Claire when she's in danger from Duke Felipe.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Averted. The Element of Heart overpowers the rest of the five elements, so much so that even the antagonists kidnap a child who was revealed to possess this power.
He also knows just how big of a Spanner in the Works your family is, that he knows you will eventually free Veil, thereby making the Liberation Army earn a valuable ally in him.
You All Look Familiar: Justified. You, as the head of your family, is the protagonist of the story. Other families are only there since it's an MMORPG. Played straight if you have multiples of the same character in the barracks
This is played for laughs due to the developers recycling models for young boys (Ramiro) and girls (Isabella). Insert Racebending sentiments here after they made Isabella's model (obviously Caucasian) as a younger Veatrice (obviously Black).
Hence, everyone, except Tiburon and Viki, was Ramiro as a young boy, and everyone, except Ludin, was Isabella as young girl