The Aveyond series are downloadable PC RPG games created by Amaranth Games. The game engine used for the games are RPG Maker XP with the exception of Ahriman's Prophecy which was created with RM2k3.The whole series takes place in a world called Aia. The games normally start out with a teen around 13-17 years old, who is the main character living their lives until the Big Bad does something that thrusts them out of their peaceful lives and the next thing they know, an old lady who is the goddess that created the world tells them that they are part of some prophecy to prevent The End of the World as We Know It.Ahriman's Prophecy starts out with Talia Maurva, who wants to be "named", or given a life job, but ends up being ordered to go to Thais along with Devin Perry to learn magic so she can save the world.Aveyond starts out with a purple-haired girl named Rhen who finds an unconsious priestess that tells her she is the Chosen One who must stop Ahriman from destroying the world.Aveyond 2 begins with a normal elven boy named Ean who goes on a journey to save the spirit of his best friend Iya when the Snow Queen captures her so she can use Iya's power to freeze the world.Aveyond 3 (or at least, only the first 2 chapters of it) starts out with a thief who is paid to find a magical heirloom in a creepy manor on the outskirts of town. Little does she know that the client is a vampire who needs this orb to take over the world.Aveyond 3, after the first 2 chapters... goes insane. Somehow there's an ancient prophecy involved somewhere and the villain turns out to be... Mel herself?Aveyond has a character page which needs more love.
Accidental Truth: In Aveyond 3 Mel told a curious Edward that she's bringing the amnesiac Stella home to Naylith. This was obviously meant to be a lie (since Stella didn't even know where she came from at that moment), but we later find out that she really is a Naylithian
The Artful Dodger: Jack can count as this seeing how he's a thief in the street and he enjoys it. Even though he's physically weak, he can hold up on his own as being street smart and is an expert at picking locks.
Because Destiny Says So: The prophecy about the chosen Darkthrop conquering the world. Played straight and played with somehow; only the chosen Darkthrop (Mel) can successfully conquer the world, as Mordred discovers when he tries. So he manipulates Mel into capturing all the rulers of the world to fulfill the prophecy, then tries to take over. The heroes defeat him, Mel lets the rulers go, the world is safe, and there's no more danger from the Darkthrop prophecy.
After The Darkthrop Prophecy, though, Stella's more Betty than Mel.
Betty and Veronica Switch: In Gates of Night, Edward's best friend Mel is the Betty to the mysterious Stella who turns out to have been Brainwashed by the Big Bad. In The Darkthrop Prophecy, however, Stella is now the Betty to Mel's Veronica when Mel becomes the dark queen of the world and Edward and Stella have to work together to save her.
Big Bad: Zorom Ahriman's Prophecy, Ahriman Ahriman's Prophecy and Aveyond 1, Snow Queen Aveyond 2 (Actually, Heptitus was brainwashing the Snow Queen making her the evil mastermind behind the events of Aveyond 2), Gyendal Ravenfoot Aveyond 3 (Mordred Darkthrop was The Man Behind the Man to Gyendal the whole time)
Brain Washed: Heptitus brainwashes her sister, the Snow Queen, to turn the world into an icy wasteland.
Brain Washed And Crazy: Stella from Aveyond 3 was revealed to have been brainwashed by Gyendal and smashed the orb they needed so badly, even almost killing her friends.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: Nox. One look at those glowing blue eyes and you know there's something wrong... Then subverted with her sister Uma, who has the same glowing blue eyes and is one step away from being Miss Goody Two-Shoes.
The Gods Must Be Lazy: Whenever there is some sort of evil threatening the world, Oracle usually just sends someone tell the main characters that they must save the world or just tells them herself despite the fact that she created Aia, so you might think she might be able to do something about it with a wave of her hand. And she certainly doesn't provide any help for the heroes in their quest except for that one time where she gave Rhen the Sword of Shadows.
Heroic Sacrifice: Jack can do this in Ahriman's Prophecy to get Succubus's Sea Relic. Also, in Aveyond: Gates of Night, Stella sacrifices herself by using up all her magic in order to activate the orb of life.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Talia just wanted to be an herbalist for her village, but instead she ends up getting sent to Thais to learn how to be a mage. Also, Edward would rather be a chicken farmer than a prince.
Alicia just wants to be a normal citizen rather than a princess, to the point where she runs away with Talia and co.
Mel wants nothing to do with the Darkthrop prophecy.
Jerk Ass: Nicholas is this, but the player has the option to make him into a nicer guy. And Lydia is one too, but she shows no change in this throughout Lord of Twilight and Gates of Night.
Plus Lydia gets worse in The Lost Orb.
Also Lars at the start of the Aveyond 1. He becomes nicer though, even apologizing to Rhen at one point.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Lydia. She's very much an Alpha Bitch and a Rich Bitch, but she does help the party save the world, so she has some good qualities, right? Wrong, by "The Lost Orb" she's become even worse by usurping Edward's throne and freeing the genocidal ex-vampire Gyendal.
Left Hanging: By the time chapter 1 of Aveyond 3 ends, there are still plenty of loose ends that cannot be resolved until chapter 2.
All the released chapters in Aveyond 3, really.
Love Interests: There are usually love interests for certain party members in each game.
Love Potion: Gavin(Not Aveyond 2 Gavin) casts a love spell on all the witches in New Witchwood in Aveyond 1. Also in Aveyond 1 Elini uses a love potion on Pirate John.
It makes a return in Aveyond 3. Either Edward or Spook uses it on Mel.
Made a Slave: Rhen is kidnapped from her home village and is tossed into slavery for three months in Aveyond 1.
The Magic Goes Away: The Oracle in Aveyond 2 tells that the land of Aveyond is dying as many people have forgotten about it. When the alleged Aveyond is seen in that game, the place was gray and full of fog.
The Masochism Tango: Galahad and Te'ijal. To elaborate, he was a Lawful Good borderline Knight Templar who hated everything dark. She's a Heroic Sociopathvampire. She stole his soul, making him her slave, tricked him into marrying her, and turned him into a vampire. They've been married for centuries as of Aveyond 3, and he still calls her spawn of evil and tries escape and get himself killed periodically. When they're both turned human in The Lost Orb, Te'ijal is unhappy that Galahad no longer uses the endearment "spawn of evil" for her.
Te'ijal in Aveyond 1 and especially Aveyond 3; though she considers humans inferior and her prey, she joins the party and helps save the world, opposing every other vampire and her own brother at times.
Well not really since Ahriman's Prophecy came out first.
Rags to Royalty: This happens to Devin between Ahriman's Prophecy and Aveyond 1 Cinderella style. Also for Rhen is sort of a Sleeping Beauty example, but without the sleeping part when she finds out she's the long lost princess of Thais.
And to add that this can happen to Mel or Stella if the player chooses to have either one of them engaged to Edward.
Really 700 Years Old: Jack from Ahriman's Prophecy looks no older than fourteen, but he's actually over 200 years old by the time Ean and co. lift the stone statue curse placed on him. Also, Galahad after Aveyond 1 and Te'ijal are respectively 337 and 831 years old.
Rebellious Princess: Specifically Alicia Pendragon who wishes she could become a mercenary instead.
Red Herring Twist: In Aveyond 3: The Lost Orb, Spook, the thief who seems to like Mel, is actually Gyendal in disguise and whatever attraction point you gained does not matter in the slightest.
Royal Brat: Nicholas Pendragon is certainly a royal brat to the point that his brother, Uthar, asks Ava to turn him into a better person. Another example in Lydia Rupert who is a bratty noble who is Prince Edward Pendragon's cousin, and stays like this for the rest of Aveyond 3: Lord of Twilight and Aveyond 3: Gates of Night.
Save the Princess: Ahriman's Prophecy where Princess Alicia is kidnapped by Zorom and Devin and Talia have to save her.
Shareware: All of the installments save for Ahriman's Prophecy.
Let's not forget Gyendal and Te'ijal (yes, they ARE siblings), especially since they're of opposite genders. You can't get more Yin-Yang than that! Gyendal is an evil human-hating mage who is weak in physical combat and Te'ijal is a non-magical tough melee fighter who finds humans fascinating and at least good enough to not be counted a villain.
The Chosen One: All of the main characters in the game with the exception of Ean.
Actually, Mel isn't The Chosen One - she's just a descendant of Mordred Darkthrop who's running for her life. So basically, the only Chosen Ones are Talia from Ahriman's Prophecy and Rhen from Aveyond 1.
As of The Lost Orb it seems that Mel really is the Chosen One, with her really being able to wield magic and complete with a mysterious figure only she can see egging her on to the dark side.
As of The Darkthrop Prophecy, Mel is confirmed as the Darkthrop prophesied to create a dark empire; she almost does so in a moment of Not Herself, but her ancestor Mordred appears and reveals that he was using her to build the dark empire so he could take it over. In the end, the party defeats Mordred and Mel, having returned to her senses, declines to take over the world.
The Load: Mad Marge in the original, she acts tough but is an optional character with no magic and practically useless during battle. Nobody really uses her unless everyone else is dead.
Time Skip: Ahriman's Prophecy skips three years after Talia and Devin reach the collegium. Also the games have time gaps between each other. Ahriman's Prophecy is thirty years before Aveyond 1, Aveyond 2 is 200 years after Aveyond 1, and Aveyond 3 is 100 years after Aveyond 2.
To Be Continued: Aveyond 3 is a game in two chapters with the first chapter ending after you defeat Heptitus.
Finally complete in four chapters. The third chapter ends with Mel and Edward heading for the Arishta isles, which was the setting for Aveyond 1, while the fourth finishes the Aveyond 3 storyline.
Undeath Always Ends: Subverted in Aveyond 3. At the end of "Gates of Night", vampires Galahad and Te'ijal are turned human, but by the end of "The Darkthrop Prophecy, they're both vampires again.
Victorious Childhood Friend: If you choose to have Devin and Talia marry in Ahriman's Prophecy. Also, if you choose the royal ending in Aveyond 1... Another example is in Aveyond 2 if you have Ean and Iya marry.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: After finally finding the Orb of Light in Naylith, Stella shatters it and it is revealed that all along she has been under Gyendal's control. Now they are going to look for the Orb of LIFE. Figures.
Your Soul Is Mine: There's actually a fair deal of soul (and spirit) stealing going on it this series, basically exclusively Just The Soul. Notable examples include Te'ijal stealing Galahad's soul with the soul pendant, the daevas stealing the druids' souls, and Iya's spirit being taken by the Snow Queen. (Although spirits and souls don't seem to be quite the same...) The druids turn to stone when their souls are taken, but neither Galahad or Iya seem to suffer the same fate.