Video Game / Blade & Soul

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Blade & Soul is a Free To Play Korean Wuxia MMORPG originally released in 2012. It was released in North America and Europe in January 2016.

You play as a student of the Hongmoon School of martial arts, located on the quiet island of Heaven's Reach. When the school is suddenly attacked by a mysterious Dark Action Girl named Jinsoyun, you are betrayed by one of your own and watch your Old Master die before your eyes. Cast into the sea and left for dead, you are miraculously rescued and embark on a journey for justice or revenge.

Players can choose from four races based off The Four Gods: the human-esque Jin, the lithe Yun, the goliath Gon and the diminutive Lyn. Your race determines which class you can choose from. Blade & Soul's combat is halfway between a traditional MMO "skill bar" and a Fighting Game, encouraging you to string together increasingly-ludicrous combos and defend yourself with well-timed counter-moves.

It is an extremely popular game in Korea, boasting over 1.5 million co-current players at one point (beating even World of Warcraft's record). A thirteen-episode anime adaptation aired in 2014.


Blade & Soul contains examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Some outfits offer this, to the point that if the chest area is a little too open, then the women will be wearing bikini tops to make up for the exposure.
  • Action Girl: Juwol, Yunma Fei, Soha, Jiwon, Jinsoyun, and Yura are just few examples. Also the female player characters.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The other disciples of Heaven's Reach, as well as Master Hong himself, call you Cricketnote . Even after he turns traitor on you, Lusung still refers to you by this nickname, lessening the 'affectionate' part of this trope.
  • Amazon Brigade: Though their effectiveness is questionable, Yonkai's personal guard unit is made up entirely of women.
  • Amazonian Beauty: One of the default traits of the Gon tribe is having a muscular build, as well as being the tallest race. Females of the tribe generally exhibit this physique, in addition to being Statuesque Stunners.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Throughout the game, we see many characters pairing up with the 'bad guys' for, let's say, the wrong reasons.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Aside from the Player Versus Player uniforms, clothes are entirely cosmetic and fall under this category. Some subquests reward you with outfits, but the vast majority of cool clothing is either acquired through miniscule boss drop rates or the Microtransactions store.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Hajoon. Though he happens to be on your side. And post-intro, it's up to interpretation just how much of it is an act to hide how sick he is.
  • Assist Character: Summoners get one in the form of their cat familiar, and the class revolves around combining the summoner's magic with the cat's abilities. Warlocks get a Thrall, a shadowy and intimidating spirit, to help them in battle. However unlike Summoners' cats, Thralls are only temporarily summoned before returning to their realm.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: You do this with Hajoon against Dusk Adders, but sadly, it's only a one-time thing before he succumbs to Jinsoyun's contamination and dies shortly after you guys clear the enemies out.
  • Badass Longcoat: Many of the outfits for both male and females. Shout-out to the male Jin Warlocks.
  • Badass Princess: Commander of the Skyhaven Resistance Yunma Fei is the princess of the Talus Dominion. When you first meet her, she holds her own very well against the Skyhaven traitors before you arrive on the scene.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: The Kung-Fu Master class.
  • Being Evil Sucks: A meta example. Originally, Act 4 presented you with a choice of either returning to the Hongmoon Way or fully committing to Mushin's Corrupted Path. The evil option gave you a cool outfit, but its exclusive abilities were less powerful than their Hongmoon equivalents. More significantly, the Corrupted Path locked you out of further story content and hard-capped your level at 50. This, along with the decision further segregating players into two more Pv P factions, caused enough discontent that the choice was removed in later updates, and the Corrupted Path became the default, though tweaked so that the story continues and plays off of it.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Angler Yeti in Avalanche Den.
  • Big Bad: Jinsoyun. The Dark Lord who rules the Dark Realm counts as a Bigger Bad. Mushin of the Four Guardians later emerges as a rival Big Bad, and the cause of Jinsoyun's Start of Darkness (as well as your own).
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Namsoyoo is actually a bored and manipulative Vamp who looks down on everyone she knows. She's so aching to break free from her dull country lifestyle that she hooks up with Gwon of the Blackram and leaks information leading to Bamboo Village's near-destruction.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The game has a questionable localization at best, which is rather unfortunate to those who have played the original untranslated version of the game. Odd things include changing story elements (which generally ended up causing more plot holes for a variety of reasons), many skill descriptions not making sense, and names being improperly translated (usually by way of fusing given names and surnames into one name). Some examples of these changes can be found here (tagged spoilers in the link).
  • Bowdlerise: Some elements of the game's story were changed with the localization. For instance, the use of time travel in the plot was changed to something more "mystical", though this resulted in other Plot Holes cropping up (see "Blind Idiot" Translation above). Another example involved a sidequest involving a perverted and rather depraved peeping tom stealing the clothes of a woman while she bathes so she's forced to marry him (only for him to complain about the situation after the quest is over and blame the player despite it being his request in the first place). This was originally played for comedy, but the sheer Values Dissonance of the questline made the localization team change to appear less uncomfortable and seem less unfortunate towards western audiences.note 
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Tyrian Cultists for example they managed to get a bunch of innocent villagers attacking you after you tried to rescue them.
  • The Brute: Gubong, the third member of Jinsoyun's group, is a very large, very thuggish-looking male Gon, who wields a large Destroyer's axe with ease. Compared to Jinsoyun and Yura, he doesn't talk very often, but he clearly enjoys fighting.
  • Cleavage Window: If an outfit doesn't have Absolute Cleavage, it'll most likely have this instead, especially if it's an otherwise fully covering outfit.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The aptly named Foul-Mouthed Granny in the Harvest Square who curses everytime she speaks. Its hilarious especially hearing the beeps whenever she talks.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Anyone with a green, white, or blue name won't attack you as long as you're not wearing an opposing faction's outfit. In the field, monsters with yellow names won't aggro while anything with a red name (people and monsters alike) want to kill you. Also, the same goes for the opposing factions (ex.: Cerulean Order clothes have white and sky blue color schemes while the Crimson Legion sport black and red, etc.).
  • Combat Stilettos: Many of the Action Girl characters wear them (such as Yura, Soha, Jinsoyun, and Juwol); the Yuns also have a tendency to wear high heels in many of their outfits.
  • Cool Old Guy: Master Hong, Iksanun the Realmwalker, and Dochun from Bamboo Village, to name a few.
  • The Corruption: Dark Chi. It follows the Be Careful What You Wish For form of obtaining power: using Dark Chi grants very powerful abilities, but will ultimately lead the practitioner towards darkness, eventually turning them into monsters.
  • Counter Attack: Several melee classes are built around precise use of your Block/Parry/Counter skills.
  • Crapsack World: The elected government is often blatantly corrupt and in bed with crime, and people are willing to betray one another at the drop of a hat. The Viridian Coast sees the undermanned Bamboo Guard fighting a losing battle against the Blackram Raiders, who can attack small villages with near-impunity; a good part of the Cinderlands is being terrorized by a power-mad Stratus Army colonel, and the Moonwater Plains are the battleground for an active rebellion against the oppressive Talus government whilst in the grip of tribal struggles and dealing with the horrors of a demon invasion thirty years ago. And this is all in addition to demons and shades popping up everywhere, by the way.
  • Cycle of Revenge: One of the main themes of Blade & Soul is the unending cycle of pain caused by revenge. It's why Jinsoyun sought revenge, and why you might seek revenge. There was an option to avert this for the player character by choosing to break the cycle by embracing the Hongmoon Way and seeking justice instead, but it was removed in later versions of the game.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It's revealed in Act 3 that Ilsim is the illegitimate child of Kuwin and Iksanun. Mayor Taywo and Kuwin knew this, but kept Iksanun out of the loop. He had to come to that conclusion himself. Iksanun tells the player (before the realization) that it's dangerous for someone like him to get too close to anyone because his enemies could exploit those possible relationships, which is exactly what Jinsoyun does. So, chances are that if Iksanun had known about his son with Kuwin, he would've either been more helpful during the attack at Brightstone Village (the one that occurs 15 years prior to the story) or done a better job at keeping to his creed to stay far away from the village, period.
  • Dark Action Girl: Jinsoyun (starts off as the Big Bad that decimated your home, uses a corrupted form of Chi, and is generally feared and hated for her villainy by many people throughout the game). Her cohort, Yura, is similarly skilled (and deadly).
  • The Dark Side: "Dark Chi", a corrupted version of Chi that flows from the Dark Realm. Those who use Dark Arts to exercise control over it gain incredible power, but will eventually be consumed and transform into monsters.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The majority of the outfits that Lyns can wear feature them barefoot.
  • Doomed Hometown: Heaven's Reach is obliterated a mere five minutes into the game.
  • Downer Ending: Act 3 ends with you becoming a Fallen Hero under the tutelage of Mushin.
  • Driven to Suicide: The player character tried to kill himself/herself when the wounds inflicted by Jinsoyun was too great and told by a monk that he/she will eventually turn into a demon. Thankfully, the eight masters came just in time.
  • Dull Surprise: Many people complain about Cricket's expressions during early videos showcasing the story. Bump into a boss? Cricket will smile. A friend dies? Cricket is crying, but they still smile. Though this depends on how you make Cricket's expression look during character creation, Cricket will still emote improperly in some scenes.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: The Lyns, who tend to be barefoot in many of their outfits. This is linked to their lore, which mentions how the Lyns have a deep connection with the Spirit Realm and the earth. It should be noted that the Lyn tend to have small, dog-like paws for feet instead of human feet.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It's arguable whether this can be considered as an early bird cameo, but most players can't recall Hajoon being part of the Hongmoon clan, as he had little to no role in the prologue. That doesn't mean he didn't appear, in fact, he's constantly there in the tutorial. Since you don't have a particular reason to start a conversation with him, some players who did talk to him, suspected that he'd get a bigger role further in the story, as most NPC's aren't voiced, but Hajoon was. He's also one of the only Hongmoon characters, where you have no business with during the prologue, unlike most others. Which is why most people can't recall his face when playing for the first time.
  • Everything's Cuter with Kittens: The Summoner class allows players to fight alongside a rather adorable cat familiar.
  • Familiar: In the form of rather cute bipedal cats. Summoners can even customize their familar with costumes similar to the ones players can actually wear. The Warlocks can also summon an intimidating Thrall for a limited time.
  • Foreshadowing: A few instances:
    • Hajoon's appearance becomes more and more disheveled every time you encounter him. This hints that he's actually dying due to Dark Chi corruption.
    • If you pay attention to Cricket's responses during quests while you're playing through the game, you'll start to notice that Cricket becomes increasingly rude and aggressive towards the quest givers, foreshadowing their eventual decision to embrace the Dark Chi just to satisfy their revenge. This also serves as a subtle nod that the game is aware of how much of a Crapsack World the setting turns out to be by having your character becoming more uncharitable after dealing with some rather rude quest givers as the game goes on.
  • The Four Gods: The four main races are modeled on the four gods, with the Lyn having the Kirin version of Byakko. And are practically personified in the Four Guardians.
  • Gainaxing: Inevitable, given the art direction includes endowing the females with generous curves. Anyone that isn't totally flat-chested (meaning everyone but the Lyn race) gets this trope applied to them.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • The Mark of the Black Rose is killing and twisting you in the same way it killed Hajoon, and once Hajoon passes, many people begin to comment on the fact that you look very, very ill, with the description of your condition one NPC gives being similar to how Hajoon looked at the end. This is not reflected on your character model, however; you'll look as you did at character creation.
    • As mentioned under Dull Surprise, giving Cricket a particularly strong expression (such as having a smirk on their face by default) can cause Cricket to improperly emote when their expression needs to change for story purposes.
  • Gatling Good: Pohwaran in the Blackram Supply Chain Dungeon carries one when you fight her.
  • Gender Bender: A foreman in the Blackram Supply Chain does this when you fight him, or her. It's hilarious to see.
    Foreman: "It's not working! TRANSFORM!"
  • General Ripper: Yonkai, a sociopathic Stratus empire Colonel who is searching for Mushin's Legacy, something that could turn him into a God. He has a habit of overreacting to slights in disgustingly overkill ways and pull rank to justify his crimes. The worst part is, your character is stuck more or less subservient because he threatens to wipe out a village you swore to protect from him, and that still doesn't stop him from working villagers to death in his mine while you're doing what he asks. It's telling that not even his own men shed a tear when Karma catches up to him and he meets a satisfyingly cruel death at Jinsoyun's hands.
  • Hartman Hips: Another byproduct of the art direction, and one of the default physiques for the Yun tribe, who (generally) forego large busts for wide hips (Jinsoyun, who is a Yun, fits this trope perfectly). Players can indulge in this themselves by making their characters this way, or avert it (either partially or altogether).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Cricket falls from the path of Hongmoon by embracing the Dark Arts in pursuit of revenge against Jinsoyun.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Master Hong doesn't outright say it, but your fast aptitude in the Hongmoon Arts and his giving of the Martial Tome certainly put you on this track. Then you become this by default after everyone else is killed. At the climax of 1.0, you can choose whether to continue the Hongmoon way or turn to evil instead.
  • Heroic Build: The members of the Gon tribe are presented with this body type by default, with physiques more muscular and taller than the other races.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: in Act 4, The eight masters used their own Chi to cleanse off the Dark Chi inside the player character in order to save his/her life. Unfortunately, this used up their own chi and turned them into stone.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Most of the female outfits come with this type of fanservice. Makes you wonder how the characters don't experience constant Wardrobe Malfunctions during combat.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Thanks to the shoddy localization, expect to run into this often. One early instance can't seem to keep the name of the Dusk Adders right, jumping between "Dusk Adders", "Black Dragons", and even "Black Adders" at one point. And if you're a Summoner, expect Jungsu to refer to his familiar as "Dumpling", while the game text calls her "Darling".
  • The Ingenue: Namsoyoo. But Beneath the Mask, she's more like The Vamp.
  • Instant Awesome,Just Add Dragons: Force Masters have dragon motifs in their attack animations. The Warlock has a skill that can summon dragon spirits to hit enemies within range, ends with a cool pose too. And a ring of dragons will surround the player character whenever they reach a hongmoon level.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: You can certainly become this through several classes, most notably Force Master and Blade Dancer.
  • La Résistance: The Skyhaven Resistance. who has been fighting the Talus Dominion ever since they grew in power. Unfortunately the resistance was divided after the members learned that their commander Yunma Fei was actually a Talus Princess, making them rebel against her.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The Lyn race allows you to select from a variety of different animal ears and tails. Additionally, all Lyn sport dog-like paws for feet.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: To his disbelief, Iksanun finds out that he is, in fact, Ilsim's father during Act III. It makes him feel even worse about not being able to help Brightstone when it was attacked by the Talus Dominion.
  • Magic Knight: The Blade Dancer class combines swordplay of the Blade Master with the magic of the Force Master.
  • Manly Tears: It happens from time to time.
    • No matter which gender you choose, your character will cry when Hajoon dies.
    • Another example is when Cricket finds Baymu's body. However, this time it's not you who's crying.
    • After witnessing the memory of the Four Guardians fighting together at the High Necropolis, your character is told that they've been (unknowingly) crying because they got to see Master Hong alive one last time.
  • Master Swordsman: The Blade Master and Blade Dancer classes.
  • McNinja: The don't-call-it-a-ninja Assassin class, with actual magical stealth abilities.
  • Microtransactions: The Hongmoon Store, which either uses NC Soft's NCoin currency (bought with real money), or Hongmoon Coin (earned in a few different ways, including purchasing with real money). Naturally, it costs substantially more Hongmoon Coin to get something out of the shop compared to using NCoin.
  • Monster Clown: The last boss of the Naryu Labyrinth, Be Ido.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Race-wise, the female Gon are this. Many of the costumes have noticeable differences in appearance between race and gender, and more often than not, female Gon will have the most provocative designs, regardless of whether or not the costume in question was already stripperific beforehand.
  • Ninja Log: The "Decoy" skill for the Assassin class.
  • No-One Could Survive That: Why Jinsoyun lets you go. At first. The fact that you did survive the initial Black Rose Marking makes you of even greater interest to her.
  • Not Quite Flight: You character can perform windwalking, where you can jump very high and then glide slowly to the ground, and can even control the direction of the glide. It's helpful in surviving long falls.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Clumsy, silly Gil-Dong serves as Plucky Comic Relief through most of the Act 2, and is seen as load by everyone, only for cutscene in opening of Act 3 to reveal that he is no one else but Mushin himself, manipulating the events to regain his former powers, with no one being able to figure it out.
  • One Size Fits All: According to his letter, Hajoon leaves you his black Hamoon uniform to have after he passes away. Regardless of what race you are and how you are built, it will always fit your character.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Cerulean Order and the Crimson Legion, respectively. The Order promotes a kind of benevolent meritocracy where people are assigned to the positions they will excel the most in. The Legion is a mild anarchy that advocates complete social mobility.
  • Papa Wolf: Yunsang, the leader of the Lumang Syndicate, attacked many villages in the Silverfrost region searching for his adopted daughter Yunwa. He was captured when the Talus soldiers disguised a village girl as his daughter, making him fall to their trap.
  • Pastiche: The game was designed to be one towards fantastical martial arts fiction and it shows. The story even opens with the typical scenario of the main character being pushed into action via a betrayal that doomed their home and slaughtered their friends and family.
  • Perpetually Shiny Bodies: In spades, though players have the option to remove this aesthetic when creating their characters. Unsurprisingly, the female characters have much more pronounced "shiny-ness" compared to male characters.note 
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The Lyn, a small and cute playable race that can be this depending on the class.
  • Pirate: The appropriately named Blackram Pirates, who are the main antagonists in Act 1 and the ones who invaded Bamboo village.
  • Player Versus Player: A major feature, and "opt-in" depending on the clothes you wear. For example, wearing a Cerulean Order uniform automatically makes you appear hostile to Crimson Legion members, and vice versa.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Hoo boy. Plenty of moments come to mind, but the most memorable so far would have to be at the end of Act III. Ilsim's betrayal, and subsequently the fall of Brightstone Village, could've been avoided if the mayor had just told Ilsim that Iksanun was his father. Sadly, not only does the mayor fail to tell Ilsim until he's dying, but he does so after Ilsim just killed Iksanun. Also, Yunma Fei never told anyone she was actually the Talus Princess, which caused many of the Skyhaven Resistance soldiers to turn against her for lying to them when she most likely had her own reasons why she didn't tell them.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: After Jinsoyun is defeated at the end of Act 4, you give her another chance at life by purging her of Dark Chi and transforming her back into a child.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Lusung gets hit by this pretty hard, after he stumbles back to Mushin's Wings after you defeat him, Jinsoyun kills Yonkai, depriving him of his opportunity for revenge before mocking him for his human greed leading him to the situation he's in. She follows up by infusing him with so much dark chi he painfully mutates into a raven-like shadow beast.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The summoner's cats. Plus, you can dress them up in matching clothes with your character.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Lusung, towards Yonkai and his men, when Yonkai threw Lusung's sister into the mines for trying to run away from a forced marriage (that's after Yonkai's men killed Lusung's future brother-in-law). It ended so horribly (his parents are killed, his sister dies in the mines, and almost all of the villagers hate him) that Lusung's hatred for Yonkai becomes the driving force behind his betrayal.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The real emperor of the Talus Dominion, Yunma Khan and his daughter Yunma Fei before Khan was inprisoned below Zaiwei. And both still are, as they gathered a small resistance to fight Jinsoyun and take back the country.
  • Sadistic Choice: At the height of the destruction at Heaven's Reach, Master Hong is forced to choose between giving Jinsoyun Twilight's Edge or letting her kill you. No surprise which choice he picks, after which Jinsoyun deals a fatal blow to him after he chooses. Though she technically upholds her part of the bargain by "letting you go", even if it's because she's sure the Mark Of The Black Rose will finish you off.
  • Shapeshifting: During the fall of Heaven's Reach (as well as in a playable memory during Act III), Master Hong transforms from a Lyn to a very powerful Gon (while still retaining his Lyn features) that can shoot out energy blasts strong enough to blast holes through mountains. In the NA version at least, it's still unexplained as to the reason behind his ability to transform.
  • Sharing a Body: The quests 'Desperate Priestesses' is about a matter like this.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Yehara can, and has shown, that she could take on an army and go back to serving customers with a smile.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Rather worse here than in some other media, due to the fact that the the game's translation of Korean names is largely inconsistent with Revised Romanization (the official standard of Korean romanization). Furthermore, the game is inconsistent as to whether it separates surnames and given names. For example, using the rules of Revised Romanisation, "Jinsoyun" should be "Jin Seoyeon".
    • And then, of course, the game's spotty editing means that in some places the game just flat-out can't keep certain terms consistent within itself. Is that one arm of the Lumang Syndicate in the Viridian Coast the "Dusk Adders" or the "Black Dragons"? A couple NPCs seem to change their minds on that one mid-dialogue sequence.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Well... It's not like it's really working out, but you could say Dodan and Chengun are going for this. Even though Cricket constantly has to save or help them, they'll always tell it was part of Dodan's plan.
  • Squishy Wizard: Both the Force Master and the Warlock have low defenses to make up for their powerful ranged capabilities, though the Warlock does have access to a counter that blows the enemy away from them should it connect.
  • Start of Darkness: A flashback sequence reveals exactly how Jinsoyun got started. And the game ends up being one for you when your character embraces the Dark Arts in the need for revenge.
  • Stripperific: A lot of the female clothing designs show a lot of skin and/or emphasize certain parts of their bodies, which is met with mixed reception. Males also get in on this with certain gear, but not nearly as often.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Par for the setting.
  • 20 Bear Asses: The main quest mixes it up in places, but the side content is noted for being fairly bad about leaning heavily on this. It's alleviated a little by a few interesting bosses being mixed in there, along with the fact that once you hit 20+, you'll be able to mow through individual bears in a second or so.
  • Wall Crawl: The final Windwalking skill allows players to walk on walls and other vertical surfaces.
  • Walk on Water: Your Windwalking skill eventually progresses to a point where you can "windwalk" on top of water.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: There are a few outfits like this, for both men and women, but the trope mostly applies to men; women tend to wear a bikini top instead.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Jinyung and Gilhong, two fellow Hongmoon students who you're supposedly close with, yet are only around for a few minutes before they're killed off, robbing the player of any time to get attached to them.
  • What the Hell, Townspeople?: The people of Lusung's hometown are so terrified of Yonkai that when Miryoung asks you to recover Lusung's parents' corpses for a proper burial because you're an outsider. As a result, the townsfolk beat her into a coma, and then try to attack you. This winds up triggering a mix of Mushroom Samba and Heroic BSOD from the Mark of the Black Rose, and you wind up not just wounding the villagers that attacks you, but also the ones who were throwing out insults but not directly engaging you.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: The "My Angel" outfit is a maid outfit with wings that can only be worn by male characters, with a description stating that it was originally worn by a hero who had lost a bet, but ended up becoming something of a trendsetter when other warriors praised the hero for wearing it and began to wear it themselves.
  • Woman in Black: Jinsoyun is commonly referred to as the "Lady in Black" by other characters. This is despite her cohort Yura also being a Woman in Black, though this is probably because Yura has a lot more skin showing than Jinsoyun.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It's heavily implied that you could be a lot stronger (or at least master your skills faster) if you weren't affected by the Mark of the Black Rose. Campaign quests that don't focus on tracking down Jinsoyun instead address your blocked-up Chi and how exceptionally lucky you should be that you aren't dead from it yet.
  • Wuxia: The essential core of the setting and of the themes of the story.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Or a close enough variant. Dark shaman Nekuro has been experimenting with dead bodies and has the ability to turn villagers into undead warriors. He's also the cause of the undead invation in Viridian Coast in Act 1 of the story line
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