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fantasy game with
elements. Characters are citizens of a vast empire (
not that kind
), composed of a plethora of kingdoms — many of whom don't like each other. Add into that a number of factions with their own ambitions, and you have a recipe for high tension, chock-full of political intrigue.
This game provides examples of:
Accidental Marriage Alternate Universe There's also AU within the AU, as someone pitched the idea of having a Grail War in Dagaria and a few people jumped on it. Amusingly, this game's version of Arturia Pendragon has absolutely nothing to do with the Grail War this time. Yet. Angels, Devils and Squid: There is a Heaven, a Hell, and a pit in the world crawling with Lovecraftian monstrosities and the undead. The latter is more or less the most relevant to day-to-day life. Anthropomorphic Personification: Thanks to Mitsunari-Mun, there are now Faction-Tans for every faction currently in the game - they only exist OOC and are Just for Fun Apocalypse Maiden: Hayate, as per canon. This time, she's the Holy Grail. Arranged Marriage: One of the mechanics outlined in the rules. Players are permitted (and encouraged) to make use of it. The list thus far: Authority Equals Asskicking: Saber. King Bradley. Char Aznable. Need we go on? Back from the Dead: Characters who are killed are sent to one of multiple afterlives, but they can return if they choose — be it through diplomacy, manipulation, or force. Break Them by Talking: Xykon delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jeanne twice within the space of a few minutes. Colonel Badass: Roy Mustang and Jade Curtiss. Color-Coded Characters: Zeon has multiple characters associated with the color red, from Char Aznable, the Red Comet, to Cecil Harvey, commander of the Red Wings, to Athrun Zala, the Red Knight. Cool Big Sis (Excellen) Corrupt Church: The Church under Delacroix's reign - while many of the members are honest, The Pope solely seeks power and inquisitions are not uncommon. The Corruption: One of the risks of the Rift. Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Church is modeled after Christianity, and it's monotheistic, but it worships, amusingly enough, the Crystal King — who resides in the Crystal Palace. Dance Battler: Eleuseus, Deadpan Snarker: Xykon's reaction to the incident at Stratholme? "I really don't like that I just got totally outshone by a card." Dead Serious: Though nobody really mourns Black Mage, nor does anyone expect he won't stick around, the events surrounding his death make it count anyway. Defrosting Ice Queen: Roy Mustang is trying to coax Cornelia li Britannia into becoming one of these. Time will tell whether or not he succeeds. Eldritch Location: The Rift. Everyone Is Bi: In Rome, anyway. Evil Versus Evil: The two most militarily important kingdoms are both run by Omnicidal Maniacs. Who hate each other. The only things keeping Zeon and Amestris from engaging in a war of mutual extinction are the threat of the Rift, the Emperor's political power, and the fact that both King Bradley and Char Aznable have more complex plots than simply killing each other. Expy - a mysterious, long-nosed old man gives your character a Tarot reading in a dream at some point after (or before) you join. Yes, this is supposed to sound familiar, even though the Tarot Card concept as used in the game is taken from a different game series entirely. Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Sawa for ancient Japan, Britain for... Well, obvious, and Rome... ditto. Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The game takes elements from character's original canons and fits them into the backdrop; all that's required is that the element is cool. The Federation: The empire is a monarchical version of this. Fire and Brimstone Hell: Hell, natch. It's good to note there are an (unknown) number of afterlives possible - how exactly it works is kept very mysterious. Hell does, however, have Horny Devils. Flat Earth Atheist: With the prevalence of multiple gods and their making appearances to mortals, any atheist in the game automatically falls into this trope. For the Evulz: Team Evil. Xykon, in particular, set out to wreck plague prevention and research for no reason other than he could. Four-Star Badass: Cornelia li Britannia. Ghost Town: Stratholme, now. Government Conspiracy: Expected when one of the kingdoms is Amestris. Green Rocks: The crystals. Heroic Bastard: Thomas - due to the late king hiding his existence, he is also the Unexpected Successor since his legitimate brother had ran off. Hot-Blooded ( Mitsunari Ishida) Hypercompetent Sidekick: Light Yagami is this to Mitsunari Ishida, generally being more aware of what's going on politically and reigning in Mitsunari's temper. I Need You Stronger: Jeanne is this setting's Roy Greenhilt, as far as Xykon is concerned. Irony: Thanks to Viridi, Zeon was the target of a Colony Drop. I Was Just Joking: How Mitsunari ended up in an Arranged Marriage... Killed Off for Real: This, too, can happen, if a dead character lacks the ability to escape the afterlife and/or simply chooses not to. Klingon Promotion: Expected and encouraged. Ladyand Knight: Nero and Garviel Loken are Bright Lady and White Knight, Rao and Ky Kiske have a similar dynamic, also a Bright Lady and White Knight example. Lady of War: Cornelia li Britannia, Saber, Integra Hellsing, and Signum. Mad Scientist ( Dist, also Gadgeteer Genius) Magitek Majorly Awesome: Jin Kisaragi, Ky Kiske, Souji Okita, and ( obviously) The Major. Mean Character, Nice Actor: With the number of villains and Jerkasses in the game, this is inevitable. Mistaken for Servant: Shiki/Assassin. She is, of course, but... My Sister Is Off-Limits!: A variation. Cornelia is so protective of her sister that she disapproves of her having a relationship at all. Needless to say, she utterly disapproves of Euphemia's engagement (now marriage) to Athrun. It's a variation because Cornelia and Athrun barely even know each other. Mythology Gag: Plenty. Name's the Same: For the second AU game in a row, two players couldn't resist making Light Yagami and Hayate Yagami siblings. Non-Player Character: Emperor Terenas Menethil. Obviously Evil (Xykon, Black Mage) Our Elves Are Different: Elves live in the Fairy Realm. They're rumored to live in a Crystal Spires and Togas society and to be immortal. Rain of Blood: When Arthas uses the Tower to kill his own army at Stratholme. Running Gag: Narwhals Black Mage getting killed in every combat log he appears in. Evil characters calling Sara a slut. Sacrificial Lamb: The majority of the population of Stratholme. Black Mage, too, but he came Back from the Dead. Shades of Conflict: The first four major kingdoms in the game range from the typical white knights ( Arturia's Britain) to the well-intentioned but potentially underhanded (Mitsunari's Sawa) to those with a veneer of nobility over genocidal tendencies ( Char's Zeon) to people who employ Nazi Vampires as regular retainers and attack Hidden Elf Villages For the Evulz - but at least the Rift is contained and the trains run on time ( Bradley's Amestris) to the openly honest conflict neutral Nameless States. Shipper on Deck: Euphemia ships Roy/Cornelia, much to her sister's chagrin. King Bradley does, too, but he just wants them to reproduce and bring more souls into Amestris. Kira seems to ship Athrun/ Euphemia, despite his own crush on Euphie. Shout-Out: These happen sometimes, usually to the characters' original canons. For example, Athrun Zala being sent to rescue his fiancée, and said fiancée — Euphemia li Britannia — jumping out a window to reach him. Spiritual Successor: To Romance Of The Infinite Kingdoms. It's also been called the second TST. Start of Darkness: Presently happening to Arthas Menethil, with Xykon nicely filling in for Mal'Ganis. Stealth Pun: Sara being Char's younger sister is not only an expy joke, it also makes her A Little Princess. Steampunk A Storm Is Coming Tarot Motifs: Each character finds themselves in the possession of three magical tarot cards, each of a different Major Arcana. These have various effects. They Killed Kenny: A Running Gag for Black Mage. Throwaway Country: Stratholme is the first throwaway town, and considering the story so far, it probably won't be the last, either. Troll: This seems to be the primary use of Destiny Crystals by Card Carrying Villains like Xykon and Black Mage. Mitsunari seems to be a favorite trolling target, and even his subordinates get on the act! Warrior Heaven: The Halls of Valor. World of Badass: The game description even implies it! Wutai: Sawa is where most of the Pre-Meiji Era Japanese characters have been gathered. X Meets Y: The kingdoms that don't fall into Fantasy Counterpart Culture fall into this. You Kill It, You Bought It: It's possible to happen if a character is particularly lucky — or unlucky — when dealing with their superiors.