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 aggressive 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:
- Achievement Mockery: There are at least two unflattering medals with penalty effects: Bogus Hero, if you gain 20 or more levels while sparring your own units and Don Quixote if you attack someone and the counterattack damage deals 2/3 of your max health. Clerics and Priests can earn a third one, Gibe of the Fallen Angel, by killing three enemies with physical attacks.
- 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.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Possible due to the Emblem system if the player gets the Fist Fight Emblem, which causes bare fists to cause more damage (Also reccomended for Archers)
- 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.
- 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 canon 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.