Video Game / Hero-U
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
is a planned Adventure Game
by Lori and Corey Cole, creators of the Quest for Glory
series, set in the same world. The story centers around the titular Hero-U, a school for heroes located on the island of Sardonia, west of Silmaria (the setting of Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire
). The protagonist is Shawn, a thief who got caught during his thieves guild initiation and given the choice between prison or reform at Hero-U. The game follows Shawn's adventures and eventual redemption.
The Coles have mentioned they have a second Hero-U
game planned featuring a female Wizard (They had originally written its story first, but changed their minds once they realized it would draw some unwanted parallels to another wizard sent to a strange magical school
Hero-U provides examples of:
- Academy of Adventure: It's a school for heroes, established in an old castle with a mysterious backstory, with plenty of secret passages and abandoned dungeons.
- Anti-Hero: Shawn, who starts as a thief.
- Ambiguously Gay: Joel's kissing up to Sosi (and later Shawn), the attention he pays to his dapper appearance, and his disdain for Katie and Esme suggest this. Not too surprising, considering his namesake.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The proaches.
- Does Not Like Men: Katie is suspicious of men by default.
- Extranormal Institute: Hero-U
- Fish People: The Gogs.
- Hurricane of Puns: Can't get away from this one, being in the same universe as Quest for Glory. Fittingly enough for the trope name, most of the puns come from Aeolus.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: The proach, which is a cross between a praying mantis and a coackroach. Also a Big Creepy-Crawlies.
- Noble Wolf: Sometimes you come across a wolf hunting drats and proaches in the wine cellar. Quest for Glory fans and players who pay attention to certain details about her can figure out exactly who she is even before The Reveal.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Master Gerhard invokes this trope when discussing the difference between thieves and rogues.
- Pun-Based Title
- Rodents of Unusual Size: The drats, which is the common name for dire rats.
- Series Mascot: Meeps and Kwirks, described as "Tribbles with legs, eyes and sharp teeth."
- Shout-Out: Quite a few.
- Most portraits and statues in the game depict either a Kickstarter backer or a character from Quest for Glory, or both.note
- Joel Kyro is a reference to The Maltese Falcon.
- Esme is named after Esmeralda.
- If you are defeated by the zombie pirates in the Sea Caves, the Game Over screen is a poster of "Shawn of the Dead".
- Spiritual Sequel: To Quest for Glory, though both are set in the same world of Glorianna.
- Wizarding School: Downplayed. There are magic classes (which Shawn can attend depending on his answers on the placement test, and if he does well enough on his rogue tests), but most of the school is not magical.