Video Game: Romancing SaGa 3 aka: Romancing Saga 3
Every 300 years, the Star of Death blocks the sun and all newborn lives die.
None of the people, animals, plants, or even monsters can escape from this fate.
But one day, a baby survived. Escaping death's attraction, this child grew up, became the Devil King, and ruled the world.
Also, the Devil King opened the Abyss Gate and released the devil lords within, until one day, he suddenly vanished.
After that the world was ruled by the four devil lords. 300 years later, the Death Eclipse hit the world again. One baby survived. This child grew up and became the Holy King. Supported by many friends, he drove back the four demon lords back to the Abyss, and the Abyss Gate was closed.
After another 300 years, the Death Eclipse hit the world again around 10 years ago.
The whole world is watching closely for the new child of destiny, feeling both eager and uneasy. Will it be a devil king, or a holy king?
Romancing SaGa 3 is the sixth game in the SaGa series, released only in Japan by Squaresoft due to concerns that the game's highly non-linear play style would not go over so well in North America.The player can choose from eight different characters for their main character, with most of the others available as recruitable characters at various points in the game. These include:
Julian Naul: A Settler from the small village of Shinon. A freespirited, upstanding young man, he becomes Monica's guard if you accept Mikhail's offer.
Thomas Bent: A Fellow Settler of Shinon, skilled in many fields, from Cooking to Fighting.
Mikhail of Loanne: The Marquis of Loanne, he has been in control of Loanne ever since the previous Marquis died.
Harid "El Nool" Tornado: A traveler and highly skilled warrior that left the Naj Kingdom. Ever since then, he has worked as a mercenary. He is also looking for the lost princess of the Kingdom.
Monica of Loanne: Mikhail's Sister, she escapes the castle after overhearing the Plot by Baron Godwin and Loanne's minister so that she may warn her brother of the plot.
Ellen Carson: The Elder sister of the Carson Family. Very shrewd at times, but is only is concerned for what is best for those around her.
Sarah Carson: The Younger sister of the Carson Family. A bit gullible and very kindhearted, she admires Thomas Bent quite a bit. She is one of the two Destined Children.
Katrina: The Guardian of Princess Monica and the Masquerade; A remnant of the Holy King that is in possession by the Loanne Family. Has the distinction of being the only one of the lead characters that is unrecruitable outside of her scenario.
And Your Reward Is Clothes - Playing all the way through the main storyline of Katarina's scenario opens the option to change her back into her original outfit and hairstyle from the beginning of the game.
Betting Mini-Game - Sort of. The minigame in question is Thomas's Business Game, which has elements of gambling to it but is actually very strategy based.
Bi the Way - The Professor is obviously female, but apparently has no problem giving out "a hot kiss" as a reward, even if your lead character is female.
Black Magician Girl - Undine, though theoretically any given female in the game could fall under this trope if the player should decide to make them focus on magic; Monica in particular is a blank slate.
Can't Drop the Hero - Mostly played straight, but averted in Sarah's scenario: She is forced out of your party before the final battle — and if she's your lead, this results in you fighting a specialized version of the Commander mode of battle in which you can actually control the characters.
Car Fu - In the N.Zweiger Battle, you can also control the vehicle you ride to attack the enemy.
The Chains of Commanding - A Special Commander Mode is used if your lead is not in your active party. You can use the formations your characters are in to unlock group techniques; in fact, some of the most powerful spells in the game can only be used in Commander mode. If your lead is Sarah, you will have to fight in a special version of the Commander mode in the final battle.)
Character Customization - Loosely. Specifically, any character can use any weapon or magic, though some characters are better suited to some than others. And depending on what the character uses, some stats go up more than others. Monica, being a blank slate from the start, is the greatest example of this, with Muse a close second.
The Chosen One - Sarah (Devil King) and Young boy/Shounen (Holy King).
Easter Egg - The Mana Sword translation of the game added a hidden subquest to the game, making use of some unused resources. Seeing the subquest through fully nets you some pretty awesome gear, as well as lets you in to a sort of "Developer's Room" featuring the translation group.
Field Power Effect: Using magic can change the field properties to that of the spell used, monsters of that type or characters that specialize in that magic alone regenerate health. There is a Death Field the Final Boss uses in Dark Wing mode that drains health of all except undead (Leonid) or those equipped with weapons/armor that make the user undead
Game Mod: In spades, including characters from previous and future SaGa games. There is even a hack to get Katrina, a character you could not recruit normally into your party. There is even one that allows you to fight Apollo, Seven Heroes, Schirach, Mirsa, Orlouge and more...
Also characters from various anime and games also are included, you have to dig around the net to find it though.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: If you completed the 2nd Fullbright quest before completing the Strange Hero Robin quest, and by buying Dophore Corp to complete it. Dophore will still be mentioned as the villain, even though you just bought them out
High Speed Battle - You have to destroy a rogue sentient vehicle The Professor created; it runs you over in every town near Zweig in a humorous cutscene.
I Have Many Names - Tatyana. She never specifically refers to herself by that name, but rather by a series of names relating to desserts. However, it's fairly obvious that's who this is, considering she always leaves the party whenever you enter Librof, where Tatyana's rich family lives.
Inn Security - Subverted. Staying at an inn is actually how to draw out Forneus' Soldiers, who were behind the murders in town, and start the Vanguard quest in earnest.
Karma Meter - Present, but only effects the availability of a single quest.
Life Energy - In addition to HP, you also have Life Points, or LP. If a character runs out, they are removed from the party, but if your lead runs out it's game over. Leonid is the exception; he only has 1 LP, but will not be removed from the party if he is KOed. Rather, he will be removed from the battle, but will still be in your active party. Life Points can be lost in several ways: Losing all HP, Getting Attacked while KOed (Out of HP), or a Instant death attack.
One-Winged Angel - The Final Boss has 6 forms: Light Wing (Normal), Dark Wing (True Strength), and can sap the power of the 4 Devil Lords for its own use, each time shifting to a new form for the Devil Lords' power it uses.
Power Limiter - Subverted. You have to weaken the final boss by defeating what gives it power.
Property Line - The town of Moses is divided in half, the north side is controlled by the Water Mage Undine, while the South is under Volcano's control. Both are fighting for something in the well. It's the Devil King Shield, if you Take a Third Option and take the shield from the well by siding with both of them, you will enter a Dual Boss battle against Undine and Volcano.
Public Domain Artifact - Holy Grail, Ice Sword, Holy King's Boots, Holy King's Spear, Silver Hand, Devil King Axe, Devil King Shield, Devil King Armor, Glory Staff, Masquerade, Fairy Bow, Seven Star Sword, Holy King's Helmet, Royal Ring.
Rodents of Unusual Size - The rats are actually of normal size, but are being controlled in a huge, destructive crowd by a highly intelligent, malevolent rat developed by The Professor named, somewhat ironically, Algernon.
Also doubles as a Keystone Army as when Algernon falls, the entire army dies
Ruins for Ruins' Sake - Crystal Ruins in the Desert of Death and the Rotten Sea Ruins and The Kings' Capital.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear - Any and all characters, since they can be kicked out/removed from the party at any time. Though there are a few particularly bad offenders: Sarah and Young Boy/Shounen. This especially sucks if you've been training them to be main party members for the last battle.
Virgin Sacrifice - Subverted; the people of town of Kidlanto will choose a person to be sacrificed to the monsters outside of town to prevent them from entering but they don't generally care WHO the sacrifice is, as long as there is one. That said, if your character escapes from the cave without killing the monster who's accepting the sacrifices first, they pick Nina, the girl who saved you instead, who arguably could be an example of playing it straight. Also played straight with Leonid, who accepts girls from the village of Podol.