Video Game: Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is a 2001 video game, a Gaiden Game
for the Game Boy Advance based on the popular Ogre Battle
series. The story follows a young Knight of Lodis named Alphonse in his best friend Rictor Lasanti's military unit, the Order of the Sacred Flame. He is sent to an island called Ovis. Ovis is divided by conflict thanks to an agressive push of Lord Batraal, living on the north of the island. Alphonse is separated from the rest of his units, and begins to uncover a sordid plot opposing the pope and the empire of Lodis over the fabled Spear Of Destiny
and the possible resurrection of a fallen angel.
Like the previous Tactics Ogre
, this is an isometric view turn based strategy game.
'Tactic Ogre: The Knight of Lodis contains examples of:
- Annoying Arrows: Played straight. Archers received a significant nerf from the original Tactics Ogre. Still, this is mainly a fault with the class: other classes can use bows and still be reasonably effective.
- Arbitrary Minimum Range: Averted, the only difference is that this time any arrow at point blank is countered.
- Artificial Stupidity: Guest characters are very stupid. Even worse, they refuse to come into the training sessions with you, meaning that they remain low-leveled while the enemy becomes just as strong as you... not that this will stop them from charging right into them while you are trying to maneuver your army in a different direction entirely.
- However, Eleanor actually isn't that stupid when she is a guest. The first battle is an Escort Mission (Though you simply have to defeat the enemies that pose a threat to her, eg the leader). Throughout the battle she will run away.
- Boring but Practical: A team of eight Knights may not be the most interesting or diverse combination, but it's certainly a very effective one. Every one of your units is capable of taking a beating, dealing out decent amounts, and using healing spells. Even the final boss will have trouble getting kills in.
- Catch Phrase: For the series overall. "FIGHT IT OUT!"
- Character Alignment: Chaotic, Neutral, and Lawful.
- Crossover Cosmology
- Dem Bones: If you defeat undead units conventionally, they'll pop back up again in a few turns; you can beat them more permanently with an Exorcism spell.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Since the maps to recruit Elrik and Eupharie open up at the same time, it's possible to recruit them in any order. Naturally, the game will respond to each scenario accordingly.
- Saia and Lobelia will respond if you recruited the other before going after them.
- Doomed by Canon: If you already know who the player character in Knight of Lodis is, then it's best not get attached to Rictor, Orson, or Eleanor.
- Downer Ending: The best ending is a Downer Ending that reveals this game is a prequel to Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, and Alphonse is Lanselot Tartaros, an antagonist in said game. Best friend killed, love interest killed.
- The non-canonical B ending is better, in that Rictor at least doesn't die. Of course, depending on how you interpret the ending, Alphonse and Eleanor might die. Either that or they completely vanished from the pages of history and never met any of their friends again.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Well, of sorts. There are three sets of two opposed elements: fire and water, earth and air, and virtue and bane. Damage is slightly increased from characters, or spells, that are of the opposite element that their target is affiliated with.
- Empathic Weapon: It's unknown how much of one's conscious remains when turned into a snapdragon sword, but it will have an element and stats corresponding with the character that turned into it. And when you use the Snapdragon, you will hear a scream.
- Fragile Speedster: Ninjas
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: During fights, the sleep spell is nigh worthless; low success rate, doesn't last for very long (maybe two turns... the time it takes someone wearing armor to job 40 feet and swing a sword twice), and the target will wake up if someone so much as musses up their hair. During a cutscene, however, Alphonse takes a sleep spell, and wakes up (probably several hours, at least several minutes) later in a dungeon, chained to the wall.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: On two occasions. The first is Eleanor's Pearl necklace. Until a cutscene plays when she offers it to Alphonse, it is locked to her. After that scene, you can give it to anyone. On another occasion, Cybil ambushes Alphonse with a dagger, and tells him that he won't die if it's treated. During the ensuing battle, Alphonse starts the battle off with the poison status.
- Geo Effects: Depending on where you're standing, your elemental spells and attacks can do slightly increased damage. (standing in water makes your water attacks stronger, stone improves earth spells, etc.)
- Guide Dang It: Want the Relix emblem (for males) or Ripple emblem (for females)? It gives you a permanent +2 on your mental gauge, which is quite handy... but you'll have to have the person in question go through every class, including angel, ghost, and lich. Good luck...
- Heroic Sacrifice: An odd example in that the main character does this very early in the game; you take a crossbow bolt for your commander, and fall into the ocean (also, you can't swim much on the best of days, and you're wearing armor, though you ultimately survive).
- Infinity–1 Sword: Longinus, the spear of plot advancement, is a very good weapon... but it's still weak compared to snapdragon swords.
- Infinity+1 Sword: There are precisely four items in the game called snapdragons (some of which are missable) that, when used, transform their user into a sword, with stats based on the person the sword was made from. Even if you have a level 1 character use it, the sword will still be noticeably stronger than Longinus, and if you turn a max-level character into a sword, the game might as well throw up its hands and say "I give up".
- Informed Flaw: Alphonse is a weak swimmer, according to himself. He can be forgiven for not being able to swim while wearing armor after being shot.
- Interspecies Romance: Caused the mermaids to lose the war.
- Magic Is Mental
- Mighty Glacier: Many of the larger beast characters, like Dragons.
- Multiple Endings: Based on a choice you make halfway through on whether to capture a mermaid or not, you'll end up siding with Rictor or Cybil. There's an A+ ending for picking the 'A' option and meeting other requirements when you beat the game.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Depending on the path. The A path gets you Shiven and Cybil, the B path Orson and Rictor. On either path you can also recruit either the demon Saia or the angel knight Lobelia - the other will refuse to join you if you already have the other.
- No Arc in Archery: You'll love that they averted this whenever you start on the top of a map, and hate them for it whenever you're at the bottom.
- Played straight with crossbows, which just shoot in a perfectly straight line. They don't do any more damage, though...
- Optional Party Member: Elrik, Euphaire, Saia, Lobelia, Deneb, and more depending on Path A or B.
- Our Fairies Are Different: These ones tend to show up wielding bows, and use magic via kissing. One of them runs away from home and dresses up as an enemy just For the Lulz.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: They have a culture with temples, and had an all-out war with the humans at one point. They would have won, too, if one of them hadn't stolen the sacred spear.
- Our Liches Are Different: Undead spellcasters with extremely high defenses and better spellcasting abilities than any other unit. Only their inability to use Summon Magic keeps them from being GameBreakers.
- Percent Damage Attack: Ghosts have one that does 10% of maximum HP. It's fairly useless against most enemies, but an extremely effective way to beat the Final Boss, who has 800 HP and is almost immune to damage. If you give the spell to a Lich, Saia, and a Ghost, you can deal 300 damage per turn...
- Revive Kills Zombie: You can't actually target enemy zombies with resurrection effects, but healing does damage them. In an uncommon twist, there is a spell to turn one of your defeated undead units into a flesh-and-blood soldier again, meaning that Revive Kills Zombie-ness, leaving the target alive.
- Rival Turned Evil: Rictor is turned evil supernaturally.
- Say It with Hearts: Invoked with series mascot Deneb. Naming a witch Deneb unlocks the special "Witch <3" class.
- Secret Character: Deneb, who is summoned by hiring a female soldier, naming her Deneb, and changing her class to Witch. She's basically the same as the Witch with better stats and attacks, and can use Summon Magic.
- Secret Shop: It's in the first town, and is accessible only by Deneb.
- Shout-Out: Features one to Lord of the Rings. When the ogre Rimmon dies, he regains his "human heart" and says "my precious".
- Sirens Are Mermaids: Mermaids, at certain levels, learn the ability to sing their enemies to sleep.
- The Spear Of Destiny: Longinus. It's the horn of the Big Bad.
- Standard Status Effects / Useless Useful Spell: Status effects generally don't work very often or last very long. And poison is just a series of slaps on the wrist.
- And the exception to this rule is Paralyze. Long duration? Check. Locks the character down completely? Check. Does not break from the character taking damage? Bloody check.
- Summon Magic: One for each element besides bane. The only standard class that can wield them are Sirens.
- Super Drowning Skills: Alphonse's Informed Flaw. Yes, he does drown (twice) and admits on both occasions that he is a "not much of a swimmer", but the first time he was shot with a crossbow and the second time he jumped off a tall cliff. He was wearing armor both times. Surprisingly, the first time this happens, he does not stay dead, even though he is next seen unconscious on a beach several miles away (possibly because of the intervention of a mermaid).
- Sword of Plot Advancement: Longinus. Good luck beating Shaher without it.
- Unreliable Narrator: The Longinus can be chalked up to this. While a powerful weapon in-game, in the cutscenes you see mermaids firing magical bolts out of it. This can be seen as a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, but it's possible that it's a case of this. May also be justified in that you actually never learn to fire bolts of magic... cept outside of a cutscene when it's forged.
- Vancian Magic: For the most part, you can only cast the spells that you equip, and you require MP to cast them.
- Winged Humanoid: Hawkmen in general.
- Whip It Good: Beastmasters love to whip.
- White Mage: Cleric, Priest, and Bishop.
- Younger Than They Look: Ivanna. She looks like she could be in her forties because of the grey hair!