Shroud: Give me one good reason why I should keep trying to make the world better when all I get in return is my life taken apart.
Laurel: Cade, only you can answer that.Master of the Wind is a freeware superhero RPG created with RPG Maker XP by Volrath and ArtBane. It takes place in the land of Solest, in which many common fantasy races such as elves, orcs, goblins, and fairies all reside. Atypically, all these races seem to live together more or less peacefully, ever since the fall of the xenophobic, demi-human hating regime known as Gallia. However, not everyone is happy with things this way, and there are those who are trying to revive the ways of the Gallians anew.While at first glance, Master of the Wind may seem like typical light-hearted superhero fare, it is actually a thoughtful deconstruction of the superhero genre. The hero and eponymous character of the story is Cade Mistral, a Wide-Eyed Idealist with a Dark and Troubled Past who uses his wind magic to protect people from harm and evil, disguised as the masked vigilante and paragon of Justice, Shroud . He is joined in his crusade by Stoic, a powerful death knight who has lived for many centuries and provides a counterpoint to Shroud's idealistic views.The duo manage to keep their hometown of Port Arianna safe from bandits and vampires for some time, but after investigating a kidnapping they find incriminating evidence against a local weapons company doing shady business. As they set out to try to bring down this evil conglomerate (which also threatens to put their blacksmith secret identities out of business) they discover a conspiracy which threatens to bring back the days of Gallia, headed by a mysterious organization known only as "The Hand".Joining the duo on their adventures across Solest are Finley Donner, aka The Baron, annoying next-door neighbor extraordinaire whose power is having guns in a pre-industrial society, and Laurel Hargrove, a telepathic cleric who is something of an Ojou. Also occasionally aiding the group on their missions is Auburn Illiaca, a fire mage and bodyguard who works for the enemy who seems to be harboring a few dark secrets of her own...Stalked every step of the way by agents of the Hand as well as the legendary and deadly masked assassin known only as "The Sparrow," the heroes struggle to uncover the plot and bring the villains to justice, or else not only face letting down the people they have sworn to protect but also to fail to uphold the very ideaology they have sworn themselves to.Filled with laughs, heartache, and some legitimately outstanding writing, see why it is one of the most acclaimed freeware RPGs on the net. After a agonizing wait of over two years, the seventh and final arc was finally released in November 2011. The game's separate chapters have won numerous Misaos (The RPG Maker community's version of the Oscars) over the years, including Game of the Year for both Arc IV(2007) and Arc VII(2011). Check it out at the official site.
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