Claret Spencer is happy - sort of - working at her family's repair shop, Spencer's Drydock and Repairs. Until one day, her brother Jake announces they have a very important client, who turns out to be Sullivan Chesterford, son of Silas Chesterford. The Chesterfords eke out a very comfortable living as shareholders in Blackstone Industries, and are so important that they run in the same circles as the Skyborn.
The Skyborn are a species which defeated humans many years ago, so long ago that Claret has no recollection of the wars. As a result, the Skyborn rule over the humans and half-breeds in Granminster (renamed New Stormrook). Humans and half-breeds (resulting from liaisons between humans and Skyborns) are treated poorly by the Skyborn. Jake plans to see the wide world, and unfortunately, he needs to get rid of the family business before he can get a move on. How so? He sells off the repair shop and his sister's hand in marriage
to Sullivan Chesterford.
Claret gets even by returning the money she got from the sale to her brother (through Corwin, another employee at the shop), and flying away on Sullivan Chesterford's
airship, which she was working on and has finished repairing. The shop is closed, Jake isn't around, everything is perfect... Except Sullivan Chesterford is on the ship. But why?
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.
- 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.
- Never Found the Body: Dhacian in the alternate dimension. When they get back, Alda asks Chaska whether Dhacian's still alive.
- Chaska tells her she can't sense him anywhere in the alternate dimension. He's Dead, Jim.
- Or is he?
- 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.
- Last of Her Kind: Chaska is the last of the Fey... On Earth. Qua' Lon exists in an alternate dimension.
- 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.
- X Meets Y: An RPG where Fantasy meets Steampunk.