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Video Game: Nox

Nox is a 2000 Action RPG by Westwood Studios where a normal schmoe is sent to a magical world and must train as a Warrior, a Conjurer or a Wizard and collect four items to defeat Hecuba, the ruler of The Undead.

The game provides examples of:

  • Action Bomb: The Conjurer can summon Bombers that can be loaded with up to three different offensive spells.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Some characters can have strange colored skin, but due to customization, you can choose whatever skin color you want your player character to have. Even green.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of the weapons available for warriors. There are also the Ogre Axes used by Ogresses, which do more damage, but are very flimsy.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Destroy their stuff, steal from their homes, and town citizens do nothing.
  • Breakable Weapons: Both armor and weapons wear down on use and have to be fixed by a smith or replaced. Also, while playing as a Wizard, one may have a little fun by casting AOE spells at friendly NPCs to break their armor and strip them naked.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: The Dismal Swamp and to a lesser extent the swamp outside Grok Torr.
  • Chain Lightning: A Wizard class staple. As long as the user stands still after the (short) casting period, mana will flow into electric damage points at a 1:1 ratio. Cheaper than any other spell for clearing Goddamned Bats.
  • Chest Monster: The Mimics.
  • Cool Down: All special abilities, be it spells or Warrior's skills, had a short cooldown period, though the spells were additionally limited by the caster's mana supply.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Staff of Oblivion (possibly a Game Breaker, as once you get it, it's usually not necessary to use any other, breakable weapon).
  • Death Ray: Death Ray and Force of Nature, two very powerful spells. Also, the Staff of Oblivion.
  • Development Gag: Kinda. The game persistently nudges you towards playing as a Wizard, including giving them the largest amount of abilities and the best ending (to say nothing of The Stinger, which challenges you to finish the game as a Wizard unless you just did). This is because Nox was originally conceived a "wizard battle game" and the other two classes were added later in the development.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Staff of Oblivion is split in four parts: the Halberd of Horrendous, the Heart of Nox, the Weirdling Beast, and the Orb.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Staff of Oblivion, natch. An unusual example in that, while it handily vacuums up any regular enemies or even minibosses that come at you, if you rely solely on it during the final boss fight you will still get curbstomped. To beat the final boss you actually need to use a combination of the Staff and your built-up spells/skill powers.
  • Energy Ball: The Force of Nature spell.
  • Evil Sorceress: Hecubah.
  • Fireballs: Many. High-power projectile used mostly by Wizard characters, and by the very occasional mook.
  • Fire Keeps It Dead: If a zombie is killed by a non-fiery weapon/spell, the only way to prevent it from resurrecting a few seconds later is to immediately hit its corpse with a fire spell (even the weakest one will do).
  • Follow the Leader: Westwood's response to Diablo. Nox was released a few months before Diablo II.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: These are used by warriors and, oddly enough, Ogre Lords.
  • Goddamned Bats: Urchins, who constantly run away from you and pepper you with rocks.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The pieces of the Staff of Oblivion.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Wolfs and Bears can be hard to hit with a ranged weapon.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Sorta. If you beat the game as a Wizard, Hecubah with her Necromancer traits purged becomes a redhead, just like her voice actor Joanna Cassidy.
  • Karmic Death: Hecubah is defeated by the man she accidentally summoned along with the Orb. But it's not necessarily death depending on which class Jack chooses.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Lampshaded once, played straight the rest of the game.
  • Mana Potion
  • Multiple Endings: Uniquely, the ending you receive is determined the moment you choose your class at the beginning of the game. They are still worth playing for, though... The Warrior gets the Normal End (Jack kills Hecubah and returns home), the Wizard, the Good End (Jack "purifies" Hecubah and makes her his girlfriend), and the Conjurer, what may be perceived as a Bad End, since he kills Hecubah but it doesn't bring him back to Earth.
  • Multiple Game Openings: Likewise, one for each class.
  • Mushroom Samba: You can use mushrooms as a substitute for an antidote potion, but eating them dazes you for a few seconds.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Subverted, as your armor and weapons can get damaged and destroyed.
  • Non Indicative Name: Lord Horrendous sounds like a really good name for a villain. It isn't this time, though.
    • Unless you're a wizard. He won't even care that you're the apprentice of his old friend.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: We have Ogre women who wield giant axes and Ogre chieftains who throw shurikens.
  • Regenerating Mana: The game had "mana stones": stationary glowing pillars that quickly restored your mana if you stood nearby. Particularly when playing as wizard, controlling large conglomerations of mana stones was essential to winning long battles.
  • Spell Crafting: Wizards and conjurers can create custom traps (stationary ones for the former, living summons for the latter) with up to three spell effects that they already know. Once a trap is triggered by a enemy's proximity, all three spells are unleashed at once. On the downside, creating a trap requires enough mana to power all three spells, which is expended at once, without a chance to regenerate. If you don't have that much, you can't create that trap.
  • Sucking-In Lines: Some spells do this while powering up, such as Force of Nature.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: Subverted, as it is the villainess who accidentally summons The Hero, eventually leading to her Karmic Death. Again, it's not always death depending on the character class picked.
  • Trapped in Another World: Jack is, and he only (surely) returns home in the warrior ending.
  • Welcome to Corneria: Townspeople have only a few lines they can say.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: As a Warrior, Jack will get the opportunity to play Scorpion with the Harpoon.

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