Video Game: Skyborn

Skyborn is a 2012 western-made Eastern RPG created using the RPG Maker engine. It is currently available to buy on Steam.

Claret Spencer lives a simple and happy life working as the main mechanic in her family's repair shop, Spencer's Drydock and Repairs. That is until the day her brother announces he is selling up so he can travel the world, and has promised Claret's hand in marriage to the shop's new owner, professional rich fop Sullivan Chesterford.

This throws Claret out of her comfort zone and into the wider world: a place ruled by a race of Winged Humanoids known as the Skyborn, who use their magical powers to oppress humans and persecute the half-Skyborn "half-breeds". Yet a resistance movement led by the Zorro-esque "Red Spectre" is gathering strength in the shadows, and Claret must decide just whose side she wishes to take in the inevitable showdown.

Skyborn provides examples of:

  • Arranged Marriage: Subverted. Jake tries to marry Claret off to Sullivan Chesterford, but she runs away in Sullivan's airship, which kickstarts the game.
  • Aerith and Bob: Jake Spencer and Sullivan Chesterford sound normal enough. Claret and Chaska are unusual first names. Corwin Elenthir and Qua' Lon, however, are not usual names at all.
  • Elective Monarchy: After the death of the Skyborn Empress.
  • Fan Boy: Philibert, for Alda.
  • Fanservice: Arguably, Alda.
  • Fantastic Racism: Skyborn hate humans and half-breeds. Humans hate half-breeds because they remind them of Skyborn.
  • Fair Folk: The Fey.
  • Genki Girl: Chaska qualifies, especially when visiting the Skyborns' domain.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: In this case, the Skyborn Empress.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Hinted at. Ryler wants to say something to Alda before their final examinations, but neither she nor the player ever find out what it is.
  • Last of Her Kind: Chaska is the last of the Fey... On Earth. Qua' Lon exists in an alternate dimension.
  • Never Found the Body: Dhacian.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sullivan, sometimes.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: This view is held by the Skyborns towards the half-breeds, and to a certain extent, humans. The humans also think half-breeds are vermin.
  • Parental Abandonment: This is the way Claret views her parents. To be fair, Jake never told her they had died when they were just children.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Skyborn race in general.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Sullivan Chesterford
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Skyborn Empress, Qua' Lon before he was sealed in the alternate dimension, and later, Alda, when she is nominated as the new Empress.
  • Redemption Quest: Claret feels responsible for the destruction of the Rebel HQ, and so tries to make up for it by completing her parents' work. Later, the Red Spectre, especially after slaying the Skyborn Empress.
  • Secret Identity: Just who is the Red Spectre?
  • Secret Other Family: Played with. Jillie is Sullivan's half-sister. Sullivan knows Jillie is his half-sister. Silas knows that Jillie is his daughter. However, Silas doesn't know that Sullivan knows about Jillie until much later.
  • Shout-Out: Several.
    • The Red Spectre is one to The Scarlet Pimpernel.
    • Saehral is one to the person responsible for the artwork in the games.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Alda appears to be one.
  • Steam Punk.
  • Sweat Drop: Several times, most notably by Alda.
  • The Reveal: Quite a few.
    • The Red Spectre is Sullivan.
    • Ryler is actually Dhacian's first name.
    • How the Skyborn race was born.
  • Twist Ending: A child and a cloaked man have a conversation about the new Empress Alda, during which the cloaked man tells the child that he once knew the Empress and that he was - is - in love with her. Dun dun dun.
  • Wham Line: "Ryler?!"
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Dhacian and Qua' Lon.
  • Wrench Wench: Claret.
  • X Meets Y: An RPG where Fantasy meets Steampunk.