Video Game / Gagharv Trilogy

"Long forgotten...are the days before the land was cloven by Gagharv...
When the three worlds existed as one...
The crack in the earth is the scar of our sins...
How long have we been living in guilt?"

The Gagharv Trilogy is a trilogy of Eastern RPG made by Falcom. The trilogy established a new sub-series, Legend of Heroes, by discarding the Dragon Slayer brand its predecessors have. The first game was released in 1994, under the title of The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch, followed by The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion and The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean. The games were later remade for the Playstation Portable and given a North American Release by Bandai.

The trilogy is rather infamous for its Bad Export for You, which very nearly killed the chances of localization for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and by extension, the Kiseki Series as a whole. Even then, they influenced a lot of plot points in the Kiseki series.

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The trilogy as a whole contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Shannon, to Mile.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. In fact, the trilogy established a tradition of the Legend of Heroes series that adults are never useless.
  • Anachronic Order: The trilogy's first game is set in the Distant Finale. The other two games serve as its prequels.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The trilogy's Memorial Book all but confirmed that Avin and Rutice had been married for years and had children by the time of Ocean. Rouca's profile even mentioned that he and Avin are "brothers in law".
    • PSP version's History entries add flavors to the trilogy's world-building, by noting on significant historical events in the games' respective region.
  • Back for the Finale: Another of series' traditions is that every single playable characters the party have met will be back for helping the final party members in some ways.
    • Averted for Filly in the non-PSP versions of Moonlight.
    • Downplayed in Ocean, as everyone except Altos is already together just before the final two chapters.
  • Badass Adorable: Jurio, Chris, Shannon (implied), Rael, Forte, Una, Aida.
  • Badass Grandpa: Every games has at least one. Playable characters-wise, we have Durzel for Moonlight, Gawaine for Vermillion, and Macbain for Ocean.
  • Bit Character: Many NPCs you can talk to change their dialogue as the game progresses.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The most common complaint about the PSP remakes localization.
  • Darker and Edgier: Vermillion is this to the other two games. Moreso in the original PC-98 version, in which Madram was a Well-Intentioned Extremist who went around killing people as sacrifices to revive Dominique, Mile and Eimelle were permanently killed off in the middle of the game, and Bardus goes berserk after Octum is defeated, which prompted Avin to kill him too. It also helps that Avin is three years older than Jurio and Forte, which allows more mature insight of the game's story.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Bellias became an Octum's Apostle after witnessing the Wave of Raual during his trip to Truth Island.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The trilogy established the books-collecting hidden sidequests which later is going to be rather crucial in the successing series.
    • The PSP remakes added History entries, which can be filled by going through the story and talking to NPC at the right time.
    • In addition to that, the PSP remake of Ocean has Sonomemories, Orbs, and Tuning Fork-exclusive characters.
  • Honor Before Reason: Douglas refuses to use the Thunder Sword given to him by his master when it is returned to him, due to his negligence being the reason he lost it in the first place. The sword has very high stats. He temporarily forgoes this vow when he has to save Avin and the gang before they face Belias.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Windows remake of Vermillion, which is now considered the canon version, changed the story to be more positive than the PC-98 release. Specifically, Mile Came Back Wrong AND Strong instead of being permanently killed off, Eimelle was unconscious and had reasons to be kidnapped by Octum Apostles instead of sharing Mile's original fate, and Madram's Senseless Sacrifice was changed into a more heroic one.
  • Limit Break: In PSP version, everyone has one of these and they can be used once their Special gauge is full. The protagonists are usually the ones who have more than one Special Technique, though Aida already has two by the time she joins the party and she even upgrades her second Special Technique with completely different animations.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Avin is REALLY against Eimelle dating or marrying anyone. Eimelle also gives Avin stares when he says he will protect a female NPC if she gets in trouble. Subverted in the ending, where Eimelle even had to encourage her brother to talk with Rutice for one last time before she set off to a journey of redemption.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Gueld's pilgrimage twenty years before Moonlight begins is often considered as this, even in-universe.
    • In Vermillion, Shannon was able to travel between towns and cross islands full of road-blocking monsters just to chase her crush Mile. One has to wonder if she simply avoided the monsters or beat them into pulps.
  • Theme Naming: Colors, at least for the Japanese titles.
    • Odd Name Out: ...except Ocean. Though one can argue that "Ocean" refers to ocean blue.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, Chris and Jurio meet a man named Folt who plays the organ for them before they view the magic mirror. In Song of the Ocean, his name is spelled "Forte".
    • Falcom has used both "Julio" and "Jurio" for the protagonist of Moonlight in promotional materials.
    • Is Vermillion's Badass Teacher Elenoa (original Bandai translation), Ellenoa (Falcom's romanization), or Eleanor (Ocean's translation)?
  • Supporting Protagonist:
    • In Song of the Ocean, while the point of view is from Forte's point of view, Macbain is both more relevant to the plot and the one who set out on a journey in the first place. It comes in play in the last two chapters of the game, in which Macbain encouraged Forte to take up his mantle and become the main character from then on.
    • In Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, while Jurio and Chris' pilgrimage is important, the main focus of the story is the titular Moonlight Witch Gueld and her pilgrimage twenty years ago.
  • Time Skip: 7 years from Vermillion to Ocean. Then 49 years from Ocean to Moonlight.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Michel was just an NPC in Moonlight. In Vermillion he took on several of Octum's Apostles by himself, and won. In Ocean, however, he is almost omnipotent.
    • Thomas is a strange example, mostly due to the anachronic nature of the games. In Moonlight, he only knows some basic spells, although it's justified by his age. In Vermillion, he is downgraded to a mere NPC, which is also justified by the timeline. By the time of Ocean, he takes a major level of badassery, to the point of becoming one of the final party members.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The bell that Avin receives after Mile dies. When Mile is brainwashed after being brought back to life, Avin uses the bell to bring him back to his senses.
  • Translation Train Wreck or "Blind Idiot" Translation: One of the most infamous parts about the game is the translation. Fandom has it where if you have to ask how bad is the translation, they mention this line from IV: "I didn't have eaten a unusual today."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Bellias wants to use Octum's power to recreate the world into a paradise before it can be destroyed by the Wave of Raual that he saw in his vision at Truth Island.
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