Rif, the main protagonist, with his Distressed Damsel, Rhene.
Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is an point-and-click adventure game created under The Dreamers Guild during the early nineties and re-released under Wyrmkeep Entertainment.
Following the apparent disappearance of humanity, the world has been inhabited and civilized by anthropomorphized creatures descended from experimental animals endowed with self-awareness by mankind.
The major plot of the game involves the false accusation of Rif, a member of the Fox Tribe, of stealing the Orb of Storms, an ancient human artifact once used to forecast the weather and control it
. Holding his girlfriend, Rhene, hostage as an incentive, his accusers task him with retrieving the Orb in order to clear his name. He embarks upon his quest with two helpers and watchers - Okk, the boar, and Eeah, the elk - engaging in various quests and trials of intrigue along the way.
An online webcomic strip based upon events occurring after the conclusion of the game may be found on the official Inherit the Earth website
- After the End: The humans are gone and the animals are left to wonder why.
- Animal Testing: An unusually positive example through which the animals gained "thinking minds, feeling hearts, speaking mouths, and reaching hands."
- Art Imitates Art: Some of the dogs play poker.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The morphs' names for our leftover technology. A telescope is a lightcatcher, for example.
- Cats Are Magic: Played with. One cat is a fortune teller. Another serves a priestly role.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Rif comes in second in a puzzle competition. Then he and his girlfriend are suspected of theft for no other reason than their tribe.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rif in spades. It gets him in trouble often.
Wildcat Guard: "Halt! Stand where you are."
Rif: "That should be easy enough, where else can I stand?"
- Distressed Damsel: Rhene is held hostage by the Boar Tribe as an incentive for the protagonist to retrieve the Orb of Storms.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Only Tycho Northpaw, the reclusive scholar, truly averts this in the game. The webcomic has more dogs of decent intelligence.
- Dumb Muscle: Okk, more or less.
- Executive Meddling: Inherit the Earth was originally supposed to be a serious game about quarreling races of Uplifted Animal. However when the publishers heard that the main character was a talking fox, they decided the game must be for kids. This lead to the plot being dumbed down, and the whole world becoming Lighter and Softer.
- Also, the reason why there's no sequel. There was meant to be one, but the publisher refused to allow one to be made.
- Funny Animal/ Humanoid Animals: Everyone in the game.
- Furry Fandom: It shouldn't be a surprise that Furries lapped this game up.
- Gang of Hats: Each tribe has highly defining behavior.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Gee, that fortune teller is awfully seductive.
- Additionally, Okk slips in a somewhat inappropriate joke when the group first visits the Sanctuary.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: You can walk right past the guards in Prince's castle. One will see you, but the other will dismiss him as imagining things.
- Humanity's Wake: It appears that the human race was wiped out by a plague, leaving their Morph creations behind.
- It Amused Me: It's not clear what Prince does with his prisoners for entertainment, but it can't be fun for all.
- Lost Technology
- MacGuffin: The Orb of Storms, and how.
- Multinational Team: The team consists of a fox, a boar and an elk.
- Non-Indicative Name: Prince is a king.
- Proud Scholar Race Guy: Sist. And perhaps the rats in general.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Okk isn't proud insofar as other boars look down on him (his assignment to watch Rif is a punishment), but they all appear to have pride in their brutal ways.
- Running Gag: If you talk to Eeah and Okk along the way, they will comment on the current situation. If Eeah likes the area, Okk will inevitably hate it. Also, Eeah often tries to get people to cooperate by mentioning that he's a soldier of the Forest King. It never works.
- Schizo Tech: All over the place, though not as bad as some examples. Most of the Civilized Lands seem to be at a medieval tech level with leftover pieces of human technology they don't really understand. The Wild Lands and the Northern Island are closer to the tribal level, but with more semi-intact human ruins.
- Sequel Hook: The Orb of Storms is lost and is set to create a dry spell, as soon as it receives further input. However, the creators of the game couldn't get the rights to create a sequel.
- Shout-Out: One of Rif's "jokes" to Prince sounds suspiciously like a summary of Star Wars.
- Uplifted Animal: It's implied that the animals were made intelligent through genetic engineering, before humans disappeared.
- Who's on First?: Rif needs a distraction to get by a guard. Hilarity Ensues. See?