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From Koei comes Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll. The leader of the country Rostorl has challenged the leader of Dyneskal for the right of the throne. However, Rostorl loses the war and Dyneskal reigns supreme. King Balor, the ruler of Dyneskal, uses the victory to expand his country's respective borders and conquers the mighty cities — Ancient and Rocen. Chancellor Zofor then proclaims a prophesy that King Balor will die by the hands of his own offspring.During the Dyneskal-Rostorl War, a boy loses his father and runs with his mother away from the chaos. He is named Areus, a half-elf who spends his childhood living quietly in the forest. Having suffered discrimination for his mixed heritage, he hardened his heart and followed the advice of his sword instructor, Darqin. Nineteen years later, Areus accepts his master's sword to become a gladiator in the popular city of commerce, Liberdam. With his fellow comrade and friend, Dorado, Areus aims to become the best gladiator of the age.
This game has the following tropes:
The Ace: Areus shows nothing but competence and skill. In cutscenes he is always shown having the upper hand, even when ambushed and outnumbered.
And Your Reward Is Clothes: Somewhat averted: you will eventually get a 2nd outfit for each character once you have joined Ancient as a mercenary. You can switch back to the original outfits from the equipment menu. The game did have additional outfits as DLC in Japan, but will not be available elsewhere due to the game's low sales.
Anti-Hero: Your party, really, but mostly Areus. They're mostly doing the adventuring gig for their own reasons and at first only teamed up because it was convenient. Their vendetta against Balor is more personal than Nemea's group.
Bad Ass: Best examples are Areus, Dadga, Reig and Darqin.
World of Badass: Your party as well, considering their accomplishments in the story. Anyone that isn't a generic NPC too, really.
Bittersweet Ending: Boy is it ever. Areus performs a HeroicSacrifice to remove Balor's immortality and kill him, but at the cost of being forgotten by everyone. By the way, his whole family is dead. So is his love interest. But at least the tyrant is dead and will have a much nicer ruler on the throne!
Bonus Boss: All the Elite bosses fought in the bonus dungeon, and the Dragon King on Dragon King Isle. The Elite Gold Dragon might count as a That One Boss
Break the Cutie: Areus His father, adoptive brother, mother, best friend, and love interest are dead by the end of the story, in that order.
Can't Drop the Hero: Subverted, whilst the player cannot force Areus out the party, he will however leave automatically for story reasons, leaving only Dagda or Selene as party members until he comes back.
Catch Phrase: Dagda:"<Party Leader>, let's squash them between us!"
Curb-Stomp Battle: Areus delivers one of these to Sheelagh and Zeraschel, despite them ambushing and outnumbering him. He gets another one much later with Dorado in their first battle, disarming him with no effort in no less than 10 seconds, causing Dorado to get a new weapon.
Cutscene Power to the Max: The game's intro cutscene, granted you do some of the stuff shown in it, but not like THAT. There's also Reig's first appearance of him taking down 3 Ogres
Despite The Plan: After meeting Nemea, Areus decides to fake capturing them to gain an audience with Balor to kill him. All goes as planned until Molzova exposes them, resulting in their imprisonment. However, Areus still manages to escape and kill Balor nonetheless.
Determinator: Areus. His goal from beginning to end has always been to kill Balor and get revenge. Even after his brother and mother are killed in front of him, he keeps himself in check to stay in Balor's army just for the chance to get close to him and kill him.
Dual Wielding: Reig uses two swords at once. Selene uses two knives.
Fragile Speedster: Selene, her defenses are low, however her HP is on par with Areus' allowing her to take quite a few hits.
Gameplayand Story Integration: Areus will use his magic in cutscenes the same way he does in gameplay. One shining example of this is when Rieg relentlessly attacks Areus whilst he dodges all his attacks, once Rieg catches his breath he gets blasted by a fireball and stumbles back, similar to how in gameplay you must target an enemy's weakness after they catch their breath after a powerful attack you dodge.
Guest Star Party Member: Dorado in the early game, as well as Dagda and Selene before they officially join you. Later on you get Nemea's and Sheelagh's party helping you out, as well as other NPC Soldier's and Civilian's for certain quests and escorts.
The Infiltration: Areus joins the mercenary force for the Dyneskal army in order to get close to their leader and kill him.
Jack of All Stats: Areus. He is above average in all stats, and has the most skills to allow him to target enemy's weakness. Because of this you will most likely be controlling him most the time.
Jerkass: Molzova. He killed Areus' brother and mother, exposed Areus' consorting with Nemea which resulted in Areus being forced to kill his best friend, and then later ruined Areus' chance to kill Balor which resulted in Balor taking his Sword of Plot Advancement and the party being imprisoned,which resulted in a confrontation with Balor's right hand man, Zofor, which gets Sheelagh killed. Also he's rude to everyone below his authority.
Lightning Bruiser: He eventually receives augments that allows him to attack just as fast as Areus, as well as letting him be temporally immune to all damage., fixing up his terrible magic defense. To offset this, he has the least amount of moves to exploit enemy weaknesses.
Pet the Dog: Although Sheelagh tries to kill Areus or steal from him, Areus will still save her if she is in trouble.
Poor Communication Kills: Areus never even tries to settle things with Dorado, leading to his meaningless death. Dorado lampshades this, saying that if Areus told him who Areus wanted to beat during their arena days, Dorado would have joined Areus's cause instead as he dies.
Two Guys and a Girl: Areus, Dagda and Selene are one and Sheelagh, Zeraschel, and Xenetes are another.
Undying Loyalty: Selene's biography states that anyone who gains her trust will be given her loyalty in return.
We Cannot Go On Without You: Averted. If one of your party members are defeated in combat they are simply resting for some time, once they rejoin they suffer an injury and have their maximum HP reduced. You only get a game over if all of them are defeated at the same time.
Wrestler in All of Us: One of Dagda's attacks will allow him to grab enemies and (depending on the enemy type) perform a wrestling move. These include a backbreaker on Skeltons, a suplex on Ogres and Trolls and if performed on Giants or their variations, AN ARM LOCK