Visual Novel: Loren: The Amazon Princess

Armor? We don't need no blastin' armor.
Loren: The Amazon Princess is a fantasy RPG by Winter Wolves that places you in the shoes of the hero's sidekick. You start as a slave to the Princess Loren, but you slowly work your way into her good graces, possibly even her heart, and towards your freedom.

You can control Saren, a man born from an Amazon and an Empire soldier, or Elenor, an indentured forest elf, said faithful servant, and, seemingly, only a supporting character in Loren's quest to find her mother. However, as the two of you search, the world is brought to war by Fost and his demon minions, shattering the already dysfunctional relationship between the human Empire and the elves. It is up to Loren and her faithful servant to unite the lands and bring evil to justice.

The game can be downloaded from the link above, and a free demo is available. An expansion was recently released, including new party members, new personal quests, and loads of new content.

Has a character sheet.

This visual novel provides examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Loren, despite the fact that you can equip her with various armors. Jul also fits this trope, and, unlike Loren, does so even with the "Modesty Option."
  • Absurdly High Level Cap: On the hardest difficulty, the base game can be beaten with all characters at a balanced level 15, and this is after spending a couple of dozen fights grinding tasks. This doesn't stop the final boss from being level ~18, and a player focusing on only a certain set of characters could probably reach that himself despite the relative pittance of experience gained (the most effective task only gives ~280 exp on average... split between up to 6 characters, when it takes over a thousand experience to level up each time past 14).
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts:
    • Despite being the princess of her people, Loren start the game with only 100 gold, sparse equipment and a single slave for a companion. Justified, since by Amazon law, leaving the Citadel will revoke all her royal privileges.
    • Called out by Loren in Chapter 4, when it is warned out of universe that players will only get one chance to shop if they proceed from Chapter 3. While players are likely glad to have a final chance to stock up on supplies and possibly find rare upgrades to their gear, Loren is absolutely disgusted In-Universe as merchants are described to have gathered across the world with their rarest gear... for a price. Mercenaries are also hireable for 1000 gold, Genre Savvy that they might not even be needed for the whole end-of-the-world scenario currently occurring with a demonic invasion and thus might as well profit.
  • Action Girl: Loren, and the player character if you select Elenor.
  • Almost Kiss: Myrth and Saren in the middle of their arc.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Myrth, particularly in her repetitive battle lines.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: While there are 10 characters in the base game, with an additional 4 in the DLC, there is a maximum of 6 characters in any given fight — sometimes, less (or there may be required characters, particularly Loren and Saren/Elenor, further decreasing diversity).
  • An Axe to Grind: Ramas' starting weapon.
  • The Archmage: Apolimesho's other class is Archwizard. Yet, despite his old age, years of training and experience, he starts at level 1.
  • Back Stab: One of Dora's ability, which is oddly in the Hunter's skill tree rather than the Thief's skill tree.
  • Badass Princess: Loren.
  • Bag of Sharing: Played straight, and in an especially egregious way — because Changing Clothes Is a Free Action in combat, you can have one character outside the battling group toss his different-element crossbow to another character to win at Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Sauzer and his followers, the Disciples Of Truth.
  • The Berserker: Ramas' second class is called Berserker, complete with Unstoppable Rage.
  • Beta Couple: Two of the party members in the game (besides Apolimesho) that you CAN'T romance are Dora and Ramas, who more or less fall head-over-heels for each other at first sight. The game will still offer you a "Romance" dialogue choice for them, sometimes, but it always ends in them brushing the main character off.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: If you take Amukiki's romance route, a lot of his in-between scenes with Saren/Elenor can come off as this instead of prickling rivalry (at least until the Tribe scene triggers). They even have a Slap-Slap-Kiss scene by way of a fight twice.
  • Bi the Way:
    • In general, Amazonian society could be described as bisexual; "romances" are only considered between females, with males only used for procreation. In fact, one law says that it is forbidden for an Amazon to "love" a man, though this is defied by Queen Karen and potentially by future-Queen Loren with Saren.
    • A surprising number of your crew can be this, depending on who the main character romances. In fact, it's easier to list the non-bisexual options for romances: Myrth and Rei are strictly heterosexual. Draco is strictly gay. Then, tying in with Amazonian culture as described above, Karen is too grieved by the loss of her male lover to seek another romance in Saren, though she is available for Elenor. All these bisexual reveals are fairly casual without much cultural stigma mentioned.
  • Bleached Underpants: A borderline example. Though the game didn't actually have sex scenes, so many players complained about the Fanservice Costumes during the beta that the creator actually added an option to have party members cover up a little more.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Jul, a succubus and the primary female antagonist.
  • Blood Knight: For the most of chapter 3, Rei will dismiss you with a "It's rather boring if I haven't killed anything in a while."
  • Boobs of Steel: Loren and her mother are the best-endowed girls in the game, and are also front-line melee fighters. Chambara and Dora are slighter and more-petite, and both tend to fight from further away. Myrth, however, is pretty busty AND pretty squishy, while Elenor, if a Warrior, can be just as tough as Loren while still being relatively slight and slim.
  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end either Elenor/Saren, Loren, or Karen have to sacrifice themselves in order to seal away Fost. Unless you have the expansion Castle of N'Mar, which grants you access to lots of companion specific items and quest as well as access to the Golden Ending which also happens to be the True Ending since the sequel will pick up from there.
  • Catchphrase / Running Gag: Saying "Oh, hi (again)!" in many different ways becomes one with Dora. It's mainly noticeable because most of the characters don't use the word "hi" often, especially in inappropriate situations like she does, and her "our conversations are over" dialogue is that phrase in verbatim. She even says 'hi' in the end, during an emotional reunion of the entire party in the Under-realm.
  • Can't Catch Up: Any companion that isn't part of your party will not receive any experience points for kills or completing side quests. Main quests, however, DO share out experience among all party members.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: You can access your inventory any time in battle to change equipment, useful for exploiting Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Draco has a bit of this.
  • Combatant Cooldown System: This implementation leans heavily towards Turn-Based Combat: each combatant has a (slightly randomized) "initiative" score and is placed on the Visual Initiative Queue accordingly. The combatant with the lowest initiative (on top of the queue) acts first, then their old initiative score is subtracted from everyone else's, and the second-lowest gets to act, and so on. Each action resets the combatant's initiative score to zero, then adds a new number dependent on its type (strong/AOE attacks add a lot, quick but weak jabs add a little) to it, effectively acting as a global cooldown for them. The game also keeps track of "turns" for the purpose of Status Effect duration, which occur after a certain total number of initiative points has been subtracted—as a rule of thumb, each combatant can carry out one basic attack per turn.
  • Combat Stilettos: A cutscene showed Loren wearing heels.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The expansion, The Castle of N'Mar, is a detailed examination of this trope, dealing with demons and dark magic and how they may or may not be evil.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Loren, both if you romance her and in general as a friend.
  • Dem Bones: Standard RPG enemies you'll face.
  • Dialogue Tree: Usually there are 3 responses: Joking, Friendly or Forceful with a Romance dialogue option appearing during certain moments.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If playing as Elenor, after she's detained in Grimoire, Loren threatens to burn the entire city down if she's not returned to her.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: If you pick "Joking" during the Firestarter conversation, you learn that Draco's real name is Derry. Spoiler — he doesn't like it. You also learn it if you do Draco's personal quest and visit the Horus Academy.
  • Disc One Nuke:
    • Draco for his absurd AOE, which is useful throughout the game and is unsurpassed until his fellow mages also get their maximum-level AOE spells.
    • Oddly enough, ranged Thieves. While the single-target damage quickly falls off, for some reason end-game-tier crossbows are available for purchase as early as the Grand Tree in Chapter 1, and at a relatively affordable price unlike the similarly available but 1k+ expensive Morte's Mantle armor. As an example, you can buy crossbows with ~20 attack power, when it can be an absolute pain to find a fitting one-handed weapon or two-handed weapon for the likes of Amukiki, Karen, and to a lesser extent Ramus until you do two of their personal quests for their exclusive weapons.
  • Dual Wielding: Loren uses a pair of one-handed weapons. With her Blademaster class, she can increase the damage of her off-hand weapon to crazy levels. Other warriors are also capable of dual wielding, but don't have the prestige class Loren does.
  • The Empire: The human Empire, which is not on good terms with the neighboring elvish state... which is only fair, since THEY aren't on good terms with IT either. Unusually, it's not really any better or worse than anyone else, morally speaking.
  • Expansion Pack: The Castle Of N'mar.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans vs. elves and elves vs. dark elves. (Pretty much everybody gets along with the dwarves, and everybody thinks the xenophobic and insular Amazons are a myth.)
    • Loren encounters sexism (and learns about and from other races's distaste for slavery), however, and Dora does express that most people who weren't human in Grimoire were confined to poorer districts, including dwarfish immigrants.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: All three base classes are here and everyone has a second class ranging from Assassin to Elementalist. Strangely, your PC only gets to be either a Fighter or a Thief; you can't choose to be a pure Mage although your character-specific second class is a pure healer class, likely to balance out the fact that otherwise you would pour every point into Will rather than explore other options (Fighters and Thieves do not inflict more damage with Will and in general would prefer not to put points into it, but you are in a unique position where it is necessary).
  • Final Boss, New Dimension
  • Fish out of Water: Loren is this trope, having never left the Amazon Citadel and knowing nothing of the outside world.
  • Flunky Boss: Most of them are.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Ramas is a dwarf merchant. The first time you meet him, you can buy/sell equipment from him and you can spot the amount of gold he has. However, once he joins you, you don't get any extra cash or any of his merchandise.
    • Same with Apolimesho who's a powerful Archwizard of some repute, who has apparently undertaken a quest very much like yours some time ago... yet and he begins at level 1 when he joins you.
    • In story, the only time you ever go to the Dwarven city of Hammerhands it is under siege. The majority of Chapter 3, similarly, is about the entire world outside the Citadel being, supposedly, attacked by demons. However, you can still access shops, complete tasks, and overall enter the "town" on the map after experiencing the relevant story event once. Another striking example of this occurs in Chapter 3 when a demon ensnares the minds of the Dark Elves, forcing some to attack the party and the rest to become listless servants; after the initial event wherein the party realize this, you can then use the town as normal.
  • Gay Option:
    • As Saren, you can hook up with Amukiki or Draco. As Elenor, you can hook up with Loren or Karen. The expansion allows Saren to hook up with Mesphit or Elenor to hook up with Chambara. Unlike many cases, these options aren't hidden — Loren is the "default" (and easiest) romantic path for Elenor just as she is for Saren, and the remaining Gay Options are just as easy or hard to find as the straight ones.
    • Draco and Karen are more literal in the sense that the opposite sex can't romance them; Myrth and Rei are, in the same spirit, the Straight Options. It may or may not express their sexuality—in Saren's route, for example, although Draco is implied to be gay if pursued, Karen did have a male lover, although she feels too torn up by guilt about the cultural distaste for it to try again if Saren expresses interest.
  • Genki Girl: Dora and surprisingly, she's a dwarf, breaking away from their usual stereotype.
  • Glass Cannon: Pretty much all the mage characters.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Fost, and, in the expansion, Zeal... maybe.
  • Godiva Hair: The two nymphs Myrth summoned to entertain Loren privately.
  • God Mode: Named cheat mode, and unlocked at the end of the game. Allows you to skip story mode battles, useful for replaying and unlocking alternative stories.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Jul. Comes with being a succubus.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Breza will become quite unfriendly towards Elenor if she grow closer to Loren, at one point saying that the princess should be with an Amazon like her. She's also this way with Saren, but for wholly different reasons, as he is a slave who has surpassed her in rank as second-in-command, if not actually in love with Loren himself.
  • Green Thumb: One of Myrth's attacks is summoning tendrils to grab her foes.
  • Guest Star Party Member: In Chapter 4, if you go to the Citadel with Karen, Breza will temporarily join the party. She's similar to Karen in all respects, including having the same class and skills, and will leave the party once Saren/Elenor gets back to Hammerhands.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Draco is a half-elf.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Saren/Elenor claims the slaves of the Amazons are mostly Type 1 happy slaves, though there's no evidence this applies to anyone but him/her.
    • If you play Saren/Elenor as somewhat critical of Loren's behavior and assumptions (i.e. not entirely happy with it) despite their outright devotion to her, usually through the "joking" option (interestingly enough, later on in the game they often make their most critical comments under the "joking" persona, different from the kindness of "friendly" and bluntness/zeal of "forceful"), you can actually glean a bit more to Saren/Elenor's back story from an offhanded comment they make to Apolimesho of all people (also touched on in Mesphit's romance route).
    • Mesphit's romance route as a whole throws more question into Saren/Elenor's happiness in slavery since his route deals heavily with freedom.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: If Saren romances Myrth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Draco in his path, and Loren, Karen, or the protagonist at the end.
    • It's particularly heartbreaking when the protagonist's lover begs them not to go. For example, in Draco's case he cries that Saren promised that everything would be be all right.
    • Sauzer preforms one in a way in one of the endings of the expansion; he sounds like quite the Badass in the subsequent stinger.
  • Horny Devils: Jul.
  • Horny Vikings: Ramas.
  • Howto Becomea Love Interest: Hoo boy...
  • Incompatible Orientation: As it's implied Draco's romantic interest lies primarily in men through Saren's dialogue in his path and Elenor's inability to romance him, some of the early dialogue when the characters assume he's the (attempting) Bromantic Foil Loveable Sex Maniac archetype comes of as quite hilarious through replay, especially since he seems puzzled by their insinuations more than once. Humorously, it more or less saves the day, as Draco is not charmed by Jul when she uses her magic. Neither is Dora, but it could simply be that Jul didn't get to Dora yet.
  • Interface Spoiler: Just looking at the achievements screen can reveal the romance outcomes and some plot related stories. Just avoid the screen if you don't want to be spoiled.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rei is a violent assassin with an abrasive personality, lax morals, and a violent Big Brother Instinct towards his adoptive sibling, but he does genuinely mean well. Apolimesho is a sour, racist old man, but he is also a Reasonable Authority Figure willing to put aside his prejudices in the name of peace who, in his backstory, has made a huge number of personal sacrifices for the good of the world... and, over the course of the game, sacrifices even more. Losing his job is the least of his problems.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Apolimesho, one of the heroes who previously defeated Fost, and also a cynical old man with a chip on both shoulders.
  • Lady Land: The Citadel, and though Loren thinks of it as a lesbian utopia, the player and the player character can see and point out the problems within its society. A romanced Loren experiences the dark side of it and is utterly horrified. Even without romance, Loren, or Karen if Loren is dead, will end the slavery and give male children of Amazons equal rights with females.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Chambara.
  • Lady of War: Karen
  • Leaked Experience: Newly-introduced characters will join at roughly the same level as your current party.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: While the game outright says that you are given the choice leveling all available characters in a balanced fashion or just focusing on a certain group, some of the hardest sections in the game are when you are split up. For example, in the initial attack on Hammerhands, Ramus splits up with (up to) 2 other party members to help one group, Dora with two others for another, and Saren/Elenor and Loren alone charge for the Keep. Thus, in the base game, only two party members could be ignored completely for leveling optimal leveling.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: In a relatively balanced fashion, as Fighters are absolutely needed to be on the front line, Thieves can assassinate Squishy Wizards if left unchecked, and Mages themselves inflict the most damage. Nonetheless, it is very telling that Mages immediately get access to spells that may potentially triple their base damage, and later evolve to spells that "merely" double it but inflict damage to all targets. While Fighters and Thieves may have to balance attack and defense, Mages can pour all their points into Will, ignoring the generic Mage skill trees to maximize their specialized spells, turning single-target damaging spells or heals into multi-target ones.
  • Lovable Rogue: Dora. While she loves wealth and "borrowing other people's belongings", she very cheerful and gets along with everyone. Even in the Imperial city you meet her in, she claims to have a number of friends in the city guard.
  • Love Triangle: Saren/Elenor can only have one lover. If certain characters are romanced, a scene will play out where they must choose one and reject the other.
  • Luminescent Blush: One of the standard expressions in a romantic dialogue.
  • Narrator All Along: The "monk" telling the tale is an aged Elenor/Saren, or Loren if the former is dead.
  • Making a Splash: Water attacks such as Flood
  • Multi Shot: Dora's specialty and part of her character-specific class.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Saren during Myrth's Romance subplot if the player chooses to befriend Rei in order to gain his approval. Saren's attempts end up giving Rei the impression that he's being hit on.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Amusingly triggering around the same time as the Mistaken for Gay example, again by Saren when Ramus asks him, as part of his attempts to woo Dora, to give one of his freshly-retreived family gems to her via Saren. Dora does not even open the wrapped gem, thinking that Saren was hitting on her and turning him down sadly as Just Friends.
  • Nature Hero: Say hello to Myrth, the Stripperiffic druid.
  • Necromantic: A constant temptation to Apolimesho. Over the course of the game, his torment over his daughter's sacrifice to defeat Fost almost drives him to attempt necromancy on multiple occasions.
  • Noble Demon: Mesphit, who is even a possible party member (and bisexual love interest) as part of the expansion.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: The lizardman juvenile is half-elven.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted with Dora. She looks and sounds more like your typical anime Genki Girl. Ramas on the other hand, play this trope more straight, though he works as an above-ground merchant rather than a miner or soldier. Then, in the expansion, it becomes clear that this is the result of his slimy brother's machinations rather than his personal inclinations.
  • Our Elves Are Better: From forest Elves to Dark Elves.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: For one, they have incredible illusion magic.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: They're desert dwellers who run salvage ops.
  • Point-and-Click Map
  • Playing with Fire: Draco's favorite attack tree, although he has access to other elemental attacks. Other mages also have access to fire spells: Myrth makes smoke clouds and Chambara heats a person's blood.
  • Portal Cut: Grob goes out this way, as Saren/Elenor interrupt a teleporting spell he casts.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Amazons.
  • Random Encounter: While moving between destinations on the map. They are entirely optional.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Fost.
  • Red Herring: Breza not seeming to care if the queen were gone or not and Draco following them for no particular but possibly suspicious reason are two early ones. If you follow Draco's romance route, the suspicion might even carry on in chapter 3 with a comment Saren makes, although in the end it's apparent his worry about Fost is first and foremost his worry about Saren's well-being.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted! Early on, it seems the lizardmen of the swamps are little more than violent animals, but Karen's personal quest makes it clear that they are much more civilized and sophisticated than the other races guess... and are even capable of entering into relationships with other races and having hybrid children.
  • Romance Side Quest: Several optional sidequests to woo your fellow party members at camp.
    • Relationship Values: Relationship points are measured in "Affection" with hearts, which you can view anytime.
    • Just Friends: Elenor friend-zones Rei as part of their arc.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: While most of the outfits in the game are pretty revealing, the heroes get a "modesty option" to cover up. This does not apply to the villains, so Jul will always be wearing her skimpy outfit and Krul will wear nothing but a pair of hot pants even with it on.
  • Shoot the Medic First: One effective way to cripple the opposing party. By repeatedly harassing the enemy healer, he'll exhaust all his spell points healing everyone and won't have any left for buffing or attacking.
  • Shout-Out: Sauzer is fighting with his fists and feet. He has blond hair and wears a red martial arts gi. Ken Masters anyone?
    • One of Rei's skill is called Fatality, complete with an image of a decapitation in the skill's icon.
    • There are a number of plot similarities to the Dragon Age: Origins video game. The romance system is also very reminiscent of the Dragon Age games too.
  • Skippable Boss: A few fights against certain bosses (as well as some against normal mobs), are skippable if you choose the correct options, such as taking Krul's allied orcs hostage, thereby instigating a mutiny between them and Krul once it becomes clear that the latter does not care for them.
  • Squishy Wizard: All the mages: Draco, Myrth, Apolimesho, and Chambara.
  • Stone Wall: Amukiki second class is Gladiator which specializes in defense abilities, and his starting speed isn't great. Heck, with his abs he looks like a wall.
  • Super Spit: Zombies have an attack called "Stinking Spit"
  • Supporting Protagonist: Loren is the hero. Saren/Elenor is her personal slave.
  • Swamps Are Evil: There's one called the Unforgiving Swamp complete with Lizardmen. Subverted. Karen's quest reveals that the lizardmen are a civilization of their own, they're not happy with being scavenged, and there's even members of other races living with them and marrying into the tribe.
  • Team Pet: In the expansion, Trouble, if you decide to let Draco keep him. He's not what you think he is.
  • The Stinger: After the credits it is shown that Jul is very much alive and eager to take over the demonic army. Up until, should you have the expansion Castle of N'Mar and have Zeal kill Fost for you, Zeal calls out to Jul and the two embrace, revealing a deep relationship between the two. As it turns out, Jul just wants the demons to be accepted into the world like all the other races and Zeal wants to help her.
  • Stripperiffic: The outfits reveal a lot of cleavage in the women and a lot of abs in the men. There's an ingame option to bowdlerize them a little.
  • This Is the Final Battle: Karen and Breza will warn the player that they will need to settle all their side-quests before advancing to the final chapter.
  • Tin Tyrant: Fost.
  • Underboobs: Elenor's costume with the fanservice option turned on.
  • Underground Monkey: Kept to a bare minimum, but occasionally present.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Ramas' rage ability.
  • UST: Even if you romance someone else, Saren/Elenor's dialogue in the beginning seem to imply s/he has an attraction towards Loren. For the most part, when your romance with someone else has cemented near the finality of chapter 3, the protagonist and Loren will act as Fire-Forged Friends, with particularly apparent Undying Loyalty on the protagonist's part, but in Amukiki's route the UST between the protagonist and Loren will be called out on, since their rivalry largely focuses on serving as Loren's right hand.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Goblins comes with colorful hair such as red or even pink.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Amukiki. With the Fanservice Costumes turned on, Ramas and Saren's Bare Your Midriff turn into this.
  • Wizard Beard: Apolimesho. Comes with being an Archwizard.
  • Wizard Classic: Apolimesho is pretty much Gandalf's copycat in looks, if not in personality (with a bit of the film version of Saruman thrown in).
  • Zombie Puke Attack: Walking Dead have the ability Plague Vomit, which strikes the entire First row for minor (1-3) damage, but inflicts Poison status. They also have the ability Stinking Spit, which is largely the same.

Alternative Title(s):

Loren The Amazon Princess