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 soon ends up deep 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Skyborn hate humans and half-breeds. Humans hate half-breeds because they remind them of Skyborn.
  • Genki Girl: Chaska qualifies, especially when visiting the Skyborns' domain.
  • Genre Mashup: An RPG where Fantasy meets Steampunk.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: The final test in the Trial of Arms for Skyborn Legion cadet teams: kill your partner. Ryler Dhacian can't do it. Alda can.
  • 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.
  • Just Following Orders: Alda's reasoning for killing her partner at the end of the Trial of Arms.
  • Last of Her Kind: Chaska is the last of the Fey... On Earth. Qua' Lon exists in an alternate dimension.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sullivan. This is offered as an explanation for his behavior.
    Jillian: He acts that way on purpose, silly! Deep down, he's actually a really thoughtful guy!
  • 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.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Sullivan Chesterford, as he is the Red Spectre and leader of the revolution against the Skyborn.
  • 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 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.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • Dhacian learns to see other people as nothing more than stepping stones to power after Alda (almost) kills him at the end of the Trial of Arms.
    • The Skyborn started as humans given magical powers by the Earthenfey. They were originally loyal, but being still part human, they soon grew to envy the freedom of the humans and resent their masters.
  • Sweat Drop: Several times, most notably by Alda.
  • Rebel Leader: The Red Spectre serves as the leader of La Résistance.
  • 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.