Video Game: Tales of the Tempest

Tales of the Tempest is a 2006 Eastern RPG for the Nintendo DS, and part of the Tales Series franchise.

Caius Qualls is a typical everyday protagonist living a simple and peaceful existence in a small village alongside his not-girlfriend, Rubia Natwick. Unfortunately, his peaceful life is shattered when he discovers that he is actually one of the feared Lycanth, and his hometown is destroyed by two Lycanth-hunting Knight Templars.

Caius and Rubia flee the massacre and start looking for answers to their numerous questions. Who or what are Lycanths? Why do Lycanths and Humans hate each other so much? What happened to trigger the war between the two races? Why is the local Corrupt Church so incredibly mean? And who is that mysterious masked antagonist who probably does not definitely have a profound connection to Caius?

They also run into other comrades along the way, including: Tilkis Barone, a prince from a distant kingdom; Forest Ledoyen, another Lycanth refugee; and Arria Ekberg, a member of the Corrupt Church who is willing to help them stop the madness.

Developed by Dimps (yes, not by Namco Tales Studio), Tales of the Tempest is the ultimate Black Sheep of the Tales franchise. Originally released as an entry in the main series, the extremely poor critical reception and overall quality of the game led to the segregation of the Tales Series into "Mothership Titles" (main games) and "Escort Games" (spinoffs, crossovers and otherwise secondary titles), the latter of which Tempest was dumped into. That said, it is clear that Namco Bandai reserves a little love for at least the characters of the game, including them as cameo characters and costumes in other games in the series.

Unreleased in the West, though a Fan Translation was released out of nowhere on April Fools' Day 2013.

This game provides examples of:

  • And Man Grew Proud: Averted with the war - it's treated as a historical event and influences the plot directly.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Big time. Party members tend to advance a little, attack a monster twice, then run to the other side of the field for absolutely no reason other than to screw you up. They'll also most likely not heal you.
  • Beta Couple: Tilkis and Arria.
  • Bonus Dungeon: one that contains 30 maze-like floors which all look the same, enemies who take a ton of damage before dying, high encounter rate (running from battles is recommended, if you don't want to go insane) and recycled bosses. Like the rest of the game, it's not hard, just terribly boring.
  • Cool Mask: Lukius. Oh yeah.
  • Difficulty Spike: Most of the boss fights are pretty easy and can be won pretty much by mashing attack until they die. The final boss, on the other hand, inflicts Standard Status Effects, his main attack is a knockback, and he abuses the hell out of Teleport Spam.
  • Disappeared Dad: Caius's father is captured in game's introduction. That was just his foster father, actually - his real dad is missing. And he's the pope. Rubia has one of these as well.
  • Doomed Hometown: Well, not completely, but pretty busted, yeah.
  • Easily Forgiven: Arria turns out to have been spying for Albert for half of the game. Apart from Rubia, everyone lets it slide almost immediately.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Rubia. She comes back like a minute later.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans and Lycanths. It's the main thing driving the plot forward.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Kid Hero: Caius.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Lukius is revealed to be Caius' twin brother, only with cool clothes. And the pope is their dad.
  • Missing Mom: Rubia's mother also dies in the introduction.
  • Nice Hat: Arria.
  • Obvious Beta: While playable; the game seems almost like it was a Tech Demo Game to get used to the DS hardware on part of the developers.
  • Official Couple: Caius and Rubia.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lycanths, also called Leimorneans, actually a race of beast people.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Tilkis is a Prince who left his country on foot with one bodyguard to find out why was his country being attacked by so many monsters.
  • Shipper on Deck: Rubia, for Tilkis and Arria. And to a lesser extent, Tilkis for Caius and Rubia.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rubia's mother. In the beginning of the game her husband is killed in a church. She approaches from the outside afterward and insists on going inside despite the danger and warning from Caius. Nothing has suggested that she is any kind of combat capable when she confronts his killer. She dies instantly.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The church is trying to wipe out Lycanths because the pope wants to bring back his wife using Life Magic. The King, on the other hand, just wants to get home.
  • Wham Episode: Fairly early on, you find out that Caius is a Lycanth. Another comes much later in the game when you learn what really happened during the Beast War. Then you find out that the King is an alien who wants to get home.