Video Game / Nethergate

Gladiator meets Twin Peaks. Or Braveheart meets The X-Files, depending on which side you play.

That's the best way to describe this Western RPG from the creators of Avernum and Geneforge.

In Britain during the time of the Roman occupation, a band of Roman soldiers and a band of Celtic warriors are both sent to the mysterious valley of Shadowvale, which seems to be on the very edge of the realm of faerie.

After carrying off a few typical adventure game quests, the main characters soon begin to get the wrong people angry.

Offers examples of:

  • Because Destiny Says So
    • Destiny is a committee of faeries, some of whom want you to fail and the other side to win. The compromise is your initially incompetent band.
  • Flying Dutchman: Implied to be the fate of the main party of Celtic warriors at the end.
  • Gladiator Games: How goblins and Fomorians entertain themselves.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Unlike the goblins in Spiderweb's other games, the goblins in Nethergate are fairly intelligent and one of them can even join your party for a time.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: When your Roman party ambushes a few goblins resting by a campfire, they are surprised that the greenskins act like war-weary veterans instead of behaving like savage beasts they are supposed to be.
  • To Hell and Back: While Annwn is not really a Hell, you are still going into the afterlife/other world in search of a MacGuffin.
  • Video Game Remake: Nethergate: Resurrection.