in Japan and Fantasy Frontier Online
in China) is a free-to-play 3d action MMORPG with an Anime
style to it. It was made by Chinese developer X-Legend and published in America by Aeria Games
in late December of 2013. You can download it here
, and it is now available on Steam
The game is set in the world of Azuria, which is split into three planes of existence. High above the sky is the Aura Kingdom, the home of valiant spirits who oversee the world beneath. Far below is Pandemonium
, where vicious demons and The Undead
reside. The surface itself is called Terra and is home to the mortal races, such as humans, dwarves, and others.
Being stuck between these two opposites, Terra has an unlucky habit of getting caught in the crossfire of spiritual weirdness as the two conflict. Fortunately the mortal races are not left unprotected, as every once in a while the spiritual energy of Gaia will bleed through and select a mortal
to become a magical warrior called an Envoy of Gaia. These Envoys are each partnered with a spirit
from the Aura Kingdom called an Eidolon. Together they have the power to do great things, but Envoys unable to wield this power will become corrupted and transform into murderous abominations.You
are a young guard
from the human village of Skandia who has the (mis)fortune of becoming an Envoy. After witnessing what horrible fate may await you if you fail to control your powers you set off, Eidolon at your side, on a quest to find a way to sever your connection before the inevitable.
Aura Kingdom provides examples of the following tropes:
- An Adventurer Is You: Done in as many ways possible. Rather than having class names, players specialize in weapons, who then get a choice of a 2nd weapon halfway through the game.
- The Tank: Guardians, of course.
- The Healer: Bards, of course.
- The DPS
- Scrappers are the main Melee DPS in the game, with Duelists, Ravagers, Brawlers, and Ronin belonging to this category.
- Wizards are both Nukers and Area of Effect masters
- Grenadiers and Gunslingers comprise The Archer, albeit using Cannons and Dual Guns, respectively. Actual Archers are now available, called Rangers.
- The Status Effect Guy: Sorcerers have a plethora of debuffs and damage over time (DOT) spells, dealing weaker damage than anyone else (besides Bards) but whittles down enemies' defenses for the rest of the party to take advantage.
- Reapers, which wield scythes, have their own forms of status effects, ranging from enemy damage reduction to freezing and summons.
- Jack of all Trades: Since you get to take a second class (out of the base classes minus your primary class), certain class combinations may end up having this effect.
- Absolute Cleavage: A few female costumes have this, but special mention goes to several Eidolons, such as Sigrun, Hel, Bel-Chandra, and Kusanagi.
- Anti-Frustration Feature: Compared to X-legend's other games, they are surprisingly better than others when enhancing gameplay
- Failure to enhance a weapon does not drop the enhancement level at all nor will it break. Instead, you gain potential. Get enough and you'll be guaranteed to successfully enhance the weapon/armor by one level. Enhancement goes up to +20, with +9 being the limit for regular scrolls.
- Although you can buy advanced scrolls to get past +9, they can be collected through some achievement quests and main quests. Enchanted equipment can be passed through shared storage so you can use advanced scrolls from multiple alts on one equipment if you choose to.
- Note that the success rate, as you might guess, is a bit on the low side...
- Additionally, if you buy 35 Eidolon packs of a certain Eidolon and fail to get a fragment/key, then you will be guaranteed to get a fragment on the 36th pack opened. Still costs a lot of money, but at least there is a guarantee that you can get one.
- Instead of limiting dungeon runs per day like Eden Eternal, they are limited to up to one-three times per specific hour (1, 2, 6, 12, 24).
- You no longer have to buy a cash shop item to reset your character's stats or envoy's path. You can freely reset your character's stats and envoy's path, but it will cost gold to do so and the amount of gold increases as you level up. Still, it is a lot better than paying real money.
- Artificial Stupidity: Eidolons will often warn you that a huge attack is coming...after you're hit by it.
- Additionally, in missions where you are supposed to protect NPCs, they'll charge right at the enemy and do pitiful damage towards them.
- One Fate quest has the NPCs complaining that they are in trouble, crying, and pleading for help while charging head-on to the enemy.
- Big Fucking Gun: Grenadiers carry cannons that are about the size of their body. Taken to ludicrous levels late-game where some cannons are two times the size of their body.
- Big Fucking Sword: Played with by Ravagers, who carry rather large axes, meant for mowing down crowds of enemies.
- The Ronin is a class that wields abnormally long katanas, called Tachi.
- Bi the Way: The eidolons that have a more flirtatious personality will flirt with the player character regardless of gender.
- The Beastmaster: The newly-released class Reaper is able to summon up to 3 of 6 different demons based on Pandemonium.
- Big Bad: Reinhardt, whom you are introduced to in the prologue of the game, but doesn't actually show his face until much later on in the game.
- Blood Knight: Some of the Eidolons, mainly Gigas, who loves to battle and who's core makes them live for it.
- Blue Boy Pink Girl: The Eidolon Serif is male and supports a blue color while Merrilee is a girl and dons a pink color.
- Merrilee's 3rd evolution makes her blue as well, though, throwing this trope off the park.
- Boobs of Steel: Seems to be invoked by some of the Eidolon evolutions in the Taiwan Server. Some of the female Eidolons, once evolved into 3 stars, change their outfits, as well as increasing their breast size...
- Turns into Stripperiffic territory as their clothes tend to show off more breast and make skirts slightly shorter.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Where do we even begin?
- Many of the best eidolons in the game are infamous for being difficult to find, and even then, very rarely, if ever, drop a key fragment. The best of example of this being Hel, who can only be spawned at the top level of Sky Tower (a raid instance), and only under certain conditions. That doesn't stop these Eidolons from having their key fragments sold in Fortune Bags for real money, of course.
- Monster XP Books. Basically, buying experience points. Sure, they can be bought for Loyalty Points instead, but still.
- Do you want the fastest mounts in the game? Either get ready to grind to try to get Evil Dragon Gram, or fork over the money to get something like a Twilight Unicorn or a Storm Tiger instead.
- Do you want to instantly increase your armor or weapon fortification to the max level? That will be about ten thousand Ruby Coins to try to get a Fortification Scroll on the Paragon Table that does exactly that, without fail.
- Bullet Hell: The Wrathborne Temple instance has bosses that are commonly surrounded by crystals that will spam players with straight line attacks frequently. Depending on the boss, there can be 6-10 of these crystals at a time. Some can be destroyed, while others cannot.
- There are also a few wandering crystals that will spam powerful magic shots at one character until it is dead.
- The first main party dungeon, Alabastren Temple, has a boss called Taluda which summons up to 8 Steam Thunder Crystals at a time that frequently spam straight-line lightning attacks. These sometimes overlap with the boss' Lightning damage over time (DOT) area attack.
- Cursed Sonjuno of the same dungeon is a lesser variant, as he summons up to 6 smaller versions of himself that only have a jump attack. However, this attack is an area attack and can home in on the target, making running out of it not an option.
- Gydaie Glen in Cactakara Forest has Kayal the Protector as the final boss. One of his unlisted moves makes a series of bomb explosions that seemingly come from a cannon he has built onto him.
- The Casanova: Tigerus Caesar, who supposedly fights for beauties No! for my kingdom, I will fight!
- Cerebus Syndrome: While the main plot isn't affected by this, a lot of Fame Quests are.
- One quest involves you guiding a Dream Mage named Edward through a dungeon for exploration. Throughout the dungeon, his magic fails to work and his body seems to become more translucent. It turns out that he was Dead All Along and his will to explore this place was so powerful it created an image of him. He does not realize that he's dead until he sees his corpse.
- In another, the player character guides a boy through a junkyard to find a robot for his uncle. He sees in horror in the sheer amount of robots thrown away, and you have to defend him from some grudge-filled robots as well.
- In another request, the player must find John, an ordinary man, in his workplace in the mine. John, meanwhile, discovered a gem that if sold, could get him a lot of money. the Gem corrupts and controls him, and he ends up killing all the workers out of greed. It doesn't help that the player sees all this through memories.
- It gets even worse when John originally planned on making enough money to get medicine for his wife. In the end, you defeat the demon in the gem, but John passes away as well. The mother also succumbs to the sickness, leaving their daughter with no one to care for her.
- Chekhov's Gun: In a small quest, the player character defeats an enemy to get back a stolen ruby necklace to give to Thorne. This was how one of the three tribes you have to ally with is convinced to invite you into their territory, as the owner recalls your name being the one that got the necklace back.
- Chekhov's Classroom: If you look at the Overdraw effect in the Ranger's "Envoy's Path", it will state that the ranger is using quantum mechanics to inflict all the damage, presumably learned from science classes.
- Dream Sequence: After character creation there's a short combat tutorial in which you fight your way through a horde of demons alongside an army of Templars. Just as you are about to be slain you wake up in Port Skandia to start your adventure.
- Dressing as the Enemy: A while into the game, you dress as a pirate to attract a suspicious individual to get information from him to give to 'another' spy.
- Later, in order to repair a broken teleporter in Cactakara forest you have to find a way past the hostile centaur who's guarding it. You do so by disguising yourself as a woodbeast.
- And once again in a Fame Quest, you have to knock out and steal a bandit's clothes to get past a guard.
- You may also transform yourself into an Avian in a Hidden Quest in the Triatio Highlands.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Several of Hel's conversations with players indicates that at one point, she and Gram were very, very close.
- Exposition Fairy: Your starter Eidolon is this, often giving you advice whenever you chat with it. Future eidolons will also warn you of any debuffs you received from enemy attackswhich unfortunately, takes up a good portion of your screen.
- Familiar: The Eidolons act as this toward their Envoys, following them and their orders even in the face of maltreatment.
- Foreign Queasine: Bel-Chandra apparently drinks venom and eats spiders on a daily basis to get her skin to be blue...
Bel-Chandra: It seems all my favorites are too poisonous for humans.
- Hartman Hips: Tsubaki, a ninja-based Eidolon, has a notable waist compared to the rest of her body (rivaling that of Bel-Chandela), much to her dismay. The Player Character, during conversation, may choose to call her out on it.
Tsubaki: Utter nonsense! There's nothing wrong with my thighs!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The ultimate fate of Caroline, the Envoy who tries to steal from you in Cactakara Forest. She shows up later in the StarSandDesert, having broken into the local dungeon to find a magical artifact to make her Eidolon more powerful. When you kill it the absortion process is interrupted and all of the extra energy flows into her instead, vaporizing her.
- Hope Spot: No matter how much progress you make, your goal of separating yourself from your Eidolon is always just out of reach.
- In Helonia the town mayor promises to give you the Starlight Treasure Chest, which contains an artifact that can supposedly help you. Only after helping her does she reveal that the key is in another town.
- After helping the town of Crescent Hill with its problems the village elder rewards you with the key. Opening it up, you find inside an ancient dwarven machine, something you have no experience with, but which is obviously broken.
- Things seem to be looking up in Cactakara Forest. There you manage identify it as a spirit separator, get it repaired by Montero, and powered by Augustus. Then just as they are about to hand it to you another Envoy swoops in and snatches it.
- After jumping through a few more hoops you manage to recover it, only for it not to work on you.
- It takes talking to the bishop to convince the player character to stop trying to separate him/herself from the Eidolon.
- I Have No Son: Leo (Ruler of the Makars) disowns Odum, a Makar Prince that the player fought in the first dungeon.
- Interspecies Romance: In one NPC conversation, a male human confesses to a female makar (think lion woman), ignoring the idea that two species can't fall in love. It is then Subverted when a male Makar proved that he had more power than the human male and as such, falls in love with the male Makar instead.
- The Eidolon Kotonoha will occasionally wonder if humans and Eidolons can fall in love. She may also flirt with the player character regardless of his/her gender.
- Not surprising, a lot of the human-like Eidolons have talk options that hint this between the MC whenever you ask about dating.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Luther decides to leave you before the penultimate battle with the pirates in Helonia because he does not want to face Selena who has fallen for pirate captain Mac.
- Ladykiller in Love: The Eidolon Tigerus Caesar (Caesar) hints that one specific woman actually defeated him and his empire in combat, but does not go into much detail about it. He was very fond of this woman, more than his "other" beauties.
- Said woman, being Cleopawtra (Cleopatra), confirms that she has bested Caesar and that they were in a relationship, until she broke up with him. She is additionally the only one who admired Tigerus Caesar and saw him as more than a womanizer.
- Lady of War: Sigrun, Astraea, and Uzuriel are textbook examples.
- Little Bit Beastly: Serena has rabbit/bunny ears while Kotonoha has long fox ears.
- Lovable Coward: Kotonoha, in context.
: You will bravely face the enemy, while I go hide behind a rock!
- Love Triangle: Serif likes Merrilee, but she's oblivious to said affection. Meanwhile Endora likes Serif, but apparently "battles" with Merrilee for Serif's affection. Endora, Serif and Merrilee is based off of Lilith, Adam and Eve respectively in the Chinese version.
- Mistaken Confession - When scouting around an area filled with pirates, you'll encounter a conversation where one male pirate confesses to another, who accepts said feelings (note that both are male and the confessor was talking about his sister). This freaks out the confessor, and runs away.
- More Than Mind Control: It is hinted that the Black Knight has the ability to do this, as he was able to mind control Maggie, yet when he no longer uses it, she still follows and supports him voluntarily.
- Ms. Fanservice: So many different Eidolons qualify as this that it's hard to pick just one. Special mention goes to Kotonoha, Tsubaki, Sigrun, and Hel, who lampshade this. Hell, if you want to, you can be an example of this!
- My Eyes Are Up Here: A few questions a player can ask is about an Eidolon's crystal. While some are located around the waist, others are a bit too close to their breasts.
Kotonoha: Ahem...my eyes are up here.//
- Mythology: The Eidolons are all based on various mythologies. Although their names do not match at all in the English Server, the Chinese server names translate directly to popular figures such as Adam, Eve, Valkyrie, Gabriel, Uriel, and much more.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe, If you die to a boss in a dungeon or to a common/elite enemy in the open world, your Eidolon will attempt to bring up a conversation about who you died to each time and their reaction, ranging from worry/concern to outright mockery. Also, they can apparently remember your death even if you never recruited them prior to it.
- Oblivious to Love: Merrilee, who although is a Love Freak, funnily cannot understand why Serif gets "fevers" around her. Did I mention that both are based off of Adam and Eve?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The ninja Eidolon, Tsubaki, is a bit on the slow side during conversations. However, her description states that she is a far better than than other ninjas from her time.
- Panty Shot: The Eidolon Merrilee is prone to this because of her short skirt, her small height, her floating ability, and the tendency of her spells to make her bend at an angle the player can see, sometimes without having to move the camera
- Heck, if you chose Merrilee as your starter Eidolon, the cutscene shows a glimpse of them, which can be viewed here. They're pink, with a heart print.
- Also possible with female PCs if they're wearing certain outfits, and given the right camera angle...
- Pimped-Out Dress: Many female costumes are like this, especially the Evening Gown. The Eidolon known as Shirayuki wears one, too.
- Rainbow Pimp Gear: Averted thanks to costumes. That said, different costume pieces can clash with each other, hard, but at least you can hide those.
- Retcon: In the trailer, the human-like Eidolons had brown, clay-like skin and glowing blue eyes. In the game, they have regular eyes and skin color varies depending on Eidolon.
- The English version named the Eidolons differently from their original name counterparts (IE: Adam is called Serif, Eve is called Merrilee, Hercules is called Gigas). Aeria justifies in saying that since the story did not take place on Earth, the names should be different. The Chinese version kept the original names, though.
- Rule 63: For some odd reason, the Eidolons based off of the archangels are all female. Curiously, some gods who are commonly depicted to be male are female as well, specifically Bel-Chandra (Shiva).
- The Bait: During the quests on Helonia coast you are briefly given control of the young fisherman Isaac and are tasked with luring the local pirates to the landmined beach with promises of gold.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Natty, a boss in a fame quest, has a small chance to turn into a monster each time you lower his health. At this point, he just tells the player to finish him off, essentially giving them a free kill.
- After killing the final boss in "Hell Gates" Fame quest, a demon managed to get through and gets ready to fight...until it sees the dead Demon boss that you just killed. It decides to go back through the gates instead of getting killed by you.
- Scunthorpe Problem: To ridiculous levels; for example, if you try to link your Custom Shadow Assassin's Garb, it will come out in chat as "Custom Shadow ***in's Garb."
- Sssssnake Talk: This how the eidolon Quelkulan (Hydra) talks.
- Superpowered Evil Side/Literal Split Personality: Cesela is this to Serena.
- Too Dumb to Live: Some of the achievements make the player character look like this.
- One of them consists of slathering nectar onto yourself, in front of nectar-eating faeries...
- Another is a situation where the character couldn't resist pulling a Bull Seeing Red joke and uses a red cape to attract their attention.
- Some discussions with Eidolons can make some references to popular culture.
- Gigas, although based on Hercules, has more in relation with RoboCop, behavior and action wise.
- A rather subtle one with Merrilee. If you ask her why she styles her hair in Girlish Pigtails, she will respond that she heard that a famous singer styles her hair the same way.
- There are 2 NPCs named Romeo and Juliet. Guess how their dialogue works.
- Subverted when Romeo tells Juliet she can no longer be her girlfriend.
- Double Subverted when Romeo proposes to her as his wife instead.
- There's a FAME quest that is heavily influenced by Mega Man (Classic), going so far as to reference his Japanese name Rockman, piloting a robot that copies the ability of other robots, and teaming up with an NPC named Dr. Wright (Light) to stop Dr. Willie (Willy). The way you acquire new abilities is based off of Mega Man X, where you step into a machine to get the new ability.
- Merrilee comments that a popular singer has the same hair style, and wonders if she can sing just like her.
- Her evolution makes her pink hair blue, essentially making her look like Hatsune Miku.
- There is an achievement quest to help a dwarf named Stark build a suit of red armor.
- An achievement quest has you give a flower to a middle-aged woman, who gives you an aura buff which makes you look 20% cooler. Doesn't help that said aura takes the appearance of hearts.
- Another, called "My Precious" involves you finding a ring in a riverbed. The item description even has your character wonder if putting it on would turn them invisible.
- Feeding a certain goat a flawless apple will cause it to keel over dead and then you will be surrounded by seven angry dwarves claiming you poisoned it.
- In a few NPC conversations, one person dreamed of a land where they were able to turn into a Knight, a Mage, and a Rogue instantly.
- In one of the level 50 areas you do a few quests for an apprentice magician named Hermione.
- One achievement has you helping an NPC named Charlie with befriending some of the insane unicorn monsters.
- Another achievement in the same place makes you collect 4 teenage turtles for an NPC named Sterling. The achievement itself is called Ninja Turtles.
- The daily quest "Penguins Make Bad Pets" is a Whole Plot Reference to the Adventure Time episode Reign of Gunters.
- Taking the Bullet: You end up pulling one of these for Belenus after Reinhardt, the Shadow Knight, breaks into his cathedral and sics a demon on him.
- The Tease: Hel, if you're lucky (or rich) enough to unlock her. Her teasing can range from borderline flirtatious to outright mockery.
- Thigh-High Boots: The Eidolon Bel-Chandra sports these, fitting for her personality. As does Hel.
- Tournament Arc: The lvl. 30-40 area, Cactakara forest, can be seen as this. Most of the main story quests are spent helping the local dwarves prepare for their annual giant robot competition. It culminates in you piloting Augustus' robot for the title of champion.
- Twenty Bear Asses: Prepare yourself for about twenty of these quests in every single zone. At least the dialogue in most of these quests are funny or interesting enough to make them worth it, and failing that, they at least go by quickly.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: Throughout the game, you will occasionally play as NPCs and have to proceed with a quest differently instead of going in, guns blazing. Some of these quests include:
- Stealth mission-like quests to deliver items into certain locations without being spotted. If you are spotted, then you will have to try again.
- A series of battles that gives you a new set of skills which you have to press correctly in response to your opponent.
- Fame Quests can also be very different, while the first few have you escort and NPC and kill anything that spawns, the late-game ones start doing things like having to solve a passcode, getting an enemy to kill himself with his own bombs, or to hit enemies with a hammer to get back the rice cakes they've stolen.
- Was Once a Man: Both Twisted Brian and the early dungeon boss Sonjuno were human Envoys that gave into their darker sides and became monsters because of it.
- We Used to Be Friends: Aelius and Serena are brother and sister, but she hates Aelius and he is finding a way to make up to her. She hints that Aelius did something unforgivable to her, but doesn't go into much detail. She also really hates talking about him in general.
- In Greek mythology, Serena represents Artemis and Aelius represents Apollo respectively. IF you don't know mythology, she hates him because Aelius tricked her into killing her only love interest/best hunting conpanion, Orion, to protect her "maidenhood."
- Aelius does regret his action and is searching for Serena to make this right. At the same time, Serena decides to go as far away from Aelius as possible.
- The black knight, Reinhardt, used to be a loyal member of the church and was well respected by the Royal Guard until his wife's death. Then he puts all of his hatred to the church, and thus is a major storyline element of Aura Kingdom.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Reinhardt is a classic example.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Merrilee sports a Grade A, yet still calls herself a pure maiden.