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Aeons in the past, an AI construct/superweapon called Deus is created. TheFederation decides [[AIIsACrapshoot it can't control it]], and puts it on a big ship to be taken somewhere else. The AI figures out what's happening halfway through the journey and seizes control of the vessel, which crash-lands into the [[AncientAstronauts cretaceous planet]] on which the game is set. Back in the present, we are greeted by Fei Fong Wong, a sensitive painter with [[EasyAmnesia a past he's conveniently forgotten]]. Fei's life becomes extremely complicated when a stolen [[HumongousMecha mecha]] (or "[[AMechByAnyOtherName Gear]]") crashes into his village and razes it to the ground. With his fate bound to the rather unique Gear, which is being hunted by the military, our reluctant hero has to [[GrandTheftPrototype flee inside it.]]

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Aeons in the past, an AI construct/superweapon called Deus {{Deus|EstMachina}} is created. TheFederation decides [[AIIsACrapshoot it they can't control it]], and puts it on a big ship to be taken somewhere else. The AI figures out what's happening halfway through the journey and seizes control of the vessel, which crash-lands into the [[AncientAstronauts cretaceous planet]] on which the game is set. Back in the present, we are greeted by Fei Fong Wong, a sensitive painter with [[EasyAmnesia a past he's conveniently forgotten]]. Fei's life becomes extremely complicated when a stolen [[HumongousMecha mecha]] (or "[[AMechByAnyOtherName Gear]]") crashes into his village and razes it to the ground. With his fate bound to the rather unique Gear, which is being hunted by the military, our reluctant hero has to [[GrandTheftPrototype flee inside it.]]
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All of this, of course, while battling the tyrannical [[TheEmpire Empire of Solaris]], run by some fairly well-written villains who, on top of everything, have the distinct advantage of having more screen time than most party members and a fair shot at getting what they want: Kahran Ramsus, a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart sword-fighting bishonen]] from the inner circles of Solaris; the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Gazel Ministry]] which controls the [[PathOfInspiration the Ethos]], a mysterious church with [[BadassPreacher gunslingin' priests]] who have a stranglehold on the world's technology; and most notably, Grahf, a [[DarthVaderClone "Man in Black"]] piloting a gear full of weird components... essentially an upgraded copy of Fei's own Gear, Weltall. And atop them all is the [[BigBad supreme leader]], [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[NameOfCain Cain]].

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All of this, of course, while battling the tyrannical [[TheEmpire Sacred Empire of Solaris]], run by [[BigBadEnsemble some fairly well-written villains villains]] who, on top of everything, have the distinct advantage of having more screen time than most party members and a fair shot at getting what they want: Kahran Ramsus, a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart sword-fighting bishonen]] general from the inner circles of Solaris; the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Gazel Ministry]] which controls the [[PathOfInspiration the Ethos]], a mysterious church with [[BadassPreacher gunslingin' priests]] who have a stranglehold on the world's technology; and most notably, Grahf, a [[DarthVaderClone "Man in Black"]] piloting a gear full of weird components... essentially an upgraded copy of Fei's own Gear, Weltall. And atop them all is the [[BigBad supreme leader]], [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[NameOfCain Cain]].
Cain]], whom Ramsus [[BigBadDuumvirate is partnered with]].


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* BigBadDuumvirate[=/=]BigBadEnsemble: [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[NameOfCain Cain]] and [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Kahran]] [[CharClone Ramsus]] are the duumvirate, the former being the [[EvilOverlord supreme leader]] of [[TheEmpire the Sacred Empire of Solaris]], and the latter effectively being [[TheDragon his general]] who [[DragonInChief personally antagonizes the heroes]]. The two are competing with [[EvilChancellor Shakhan]], [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Gazel Ministry]], and [[DarthVaderClone Grahf]] for control of the empire, while [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Id]] seeks revenge on them all. [[spoiler:Except Cain [[GoodAllAlong turns out to be]] trying to [[StealthMentor help the heroes]], Ramsus betrays him, and all of them are revealed to be {{Unwitting Pawn}}s. [[TheManBehindTheMan The real villains]] are Miang Hawwa, Kahranís [[TheManInFrontOfTheMan supposed]] [[BodyguardBabes sidekick]], and Krelian, the MadScientist true leader of Solaris driven by [[LoveMakesYouEvil the death of his love]]; they in turn are working for {{Deus|EstMachina}}, the GreaterScopeVillain. Miang herself, or rather the Miang Factor personified as the [[{{Ouroboros}} Urobolous Snake]], is the PostFinalBoss of the game. Defeating her means Deus cannot be activated and is utterly useless.]]


** Razael's Tree, the mainframe computer located in Mahanon. [[spoiler:You can see the two golden computer monoliths on the Eldrige in the opening FMV. One of the the bridge operators even says "Alpha 1 to Razael Central".]]

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** Razael's Tree, the mainframe computer located in Mahanon. [[spoiler:You can see the two golden computer monoliths on the Eldrige Eldridge in the opening FMV. One of the the bridge operators even says "Alpha 1 to Razael Central".]]

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** Razael's Tree, the mainframe computer located in Mahanon. [[spoiler:You can see the two golden computer monoliths on the Eldrige in the opening FMV. One of the the bridge operators even says "Alpha 1 to Razael Central".]]
** Those save points look [[LeaningontheFourthWall awfully familiar]], don't they?

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*** Justified, in that he's [[spoiler:not only a Solarian posing as a humble surface-dweller, but working directly under Emperor Cain until he frees the party from Krelian and the Gazel Ministry.]]

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* SoLastSeason: The Omnigears are originally hyped as "god gears," and the first time you get one, you've unearthed a righteously-powerful AncestralWeapon that makes Bart Fatima stand temporarily head and shoulders above everyone else. Then Weltall is upgraded into Weltall-2, which trivially defeats the Omnigear that had originally trashed the Weltall. Then [[spoiler: Krelian's nanomachine Gears and Seraphs come into play]], and suddenly the Omnigear technology starts looking a little outdated. [[spoiler: Half of the party still end up with Omnigears, but even these need to be upgraded with Krelian-based nanotechnology to stand a chance against the Seraphs.]]


* MetaOrigin: Supposedly, the strongest Gears in existence are the Omnigears, which have infinite power due to being linked to God through the Anima Relics. [[spoiler: Actually, in a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], around half of the main characters use some other technology for their final weapons.]]

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* MetaOrigin: Supposedly, the strongest Gears in existence are the Omnigears, which have infinite power due to being linked to God through the Anima Relics. Relics, [[spoiler: which were designed as Deus' terminal interface weapons]]. [[spoiler: Actually, in a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], around half of the main characters use some other technology something else for their final weapons.weapons, and likewise Deus' real [=TIWs=], the Seraphs, end up using a different technology. Most of the new technology can be traced to Krelian in some way, but the Xenogears is another kettle of fish entirely, and nobody has a ''clue'' what the hell Chu-Chu is.]]

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* MetaOrigin: Supposedly, the strongest Gears in existence are the Omnigears, which have infinite power due to being linked to God through the Anima Relics. [[spoiler: Actually, in a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], around half of the main characters use some other technology for their final weapons.]]

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* ObviousBeta: The second disc feels very hastily-developed compared to the first.


** Domina also loves Ramsus, but he's so wrapped up in his own issues that he can't see it. Citan and Jessie set him straight by the end of the game, though.

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** Domina Dominia also loves Ramsus, but he's so wrapped up in his own issues that he can't see it. Citan and Jessie set him straight by the end of the game, though.



* GoldfishPoopGang: The Elements. They waffle between this and QuirkyMinibossSquad becuase they're actually some pretty tough recurring bosses, but while Domina at least is a rather credible threat to the party's wellbeing, the other three... aren't.

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* GoldfishPoopGang: The Elements. They waffle between this and QuirkyMinibossSquad becuase they're actually some pretty tough recurring bosses, but while Domina Dominia at least is a rather credible threat to the party's wellbeing, the other three... aren't.


** Oh, and that piss-poor [[PostFinalBoss final boss Urobolus]] that pretty much is no challenge at all? [[spoiler: That's ''Miang'']]. Feel better about that battle now?

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** Oh, and that piss-poor [[PostFinalBoss final boss Urobolus]] Ouroburous]] that pretty much is no challenge at all? [[spoiler: That's ''Miang'']]. Feel better about that battle now?



* PostFinalBoss: Urobolus.

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* PostFinalBoss: Urobolus.Ouroburous.



* ZeroEffortBoss: [[PostFinalBoss Urobolus]].

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* ZeroEffortBoss: [[PostFinalBoss Urobolus]].Ouroburous]].


* SpritePolygonMix: The inverse of games like ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', more in line with ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}''. Backgrounds, objects, and Gears/Gear sized objects in battle and cutscenes are all completely 3D. All characters and gears in their overworld sprites are 2D.

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* SpritePolygonMix: The inverse of games like ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', more in line with ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}''.[[VideoGame/Grandia1 the first Grandia]]. Backgrounds, objects, and Gears/Gear sized objects in battle and cutscenes are all completely 3D. All characters and gears in their overworld sprites are 2D.


** Weltall[[spoiler:-ID- dismembers Ramsus's Wyvern then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome drops the Yggdrasil]] on Bart]].

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** Weltall[[spoiler:-ID- dismembers Ramsus's Wyvern then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome drops the Yggdrasil]] Yggdrasil on Bart]].



* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Krelian ends up killing them all before they do anything but provide uselessly vague exposition. He also tells them all to shut up as he's killing them, leading to one of his multitude of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoAs]] over the course of Disc Two. Their conversation is only vague and useless if you've haven't already completed the game, and maybe even if you did. Many of what is said is actually pretty interesting once you've already know most the story. Either way, their conversations are completely within the context of the story considering their experiences, knowledge, and arrogance, even if many have no idea what they're talking about.

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* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Krelian ends up killing them all before they do anything but provide uselessly vague exposition. He also tells them all to shut up as he's killing them, leading to one of his multitude of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoAs]] over the course of Disc Two.them. Their conversation is only vague and useless if you've haven't already completed the game, and maybe even if you did. Many of what is said is actually pretty interesting once you've already know most the story. Either way, their conversations are completely within the context of the story considering their experiences, knowledge, and arrogance, even if many have no idea what they're talking about.



** Id. Part of the reason he freaks Ramsus out so much is that Ramsus once saw Id destroy an entire squad of Gears. ''On foot and by himself''. Not to mention that Id once singlehandedly destroyed an entire ''continent''. Ramsus' subordinate Dominia is [[LastOfHerKind the sole survivor of that particular rampage]]. [[spoiler: Possibly his crowning moment comes at the end of Disc One. You know Solaris, the EvilEmpire that's been hyped up as the BigBad for the entire game thus far? Yeah, that one takes him about ten minutes.]]

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** Id. Part of the reason he freaks Ramsus out so much is that Ramsus once saw Id destroy an entire squad of Gears. ''On foot and by himself''. Not to mention that Id once singlehandedly destroyed an entire ''continent''. Ramsus' subordinate Dominia is [[LastOfHerKind the sole survivor of that particular rampage]]. [[spoiler: Possibly his crowning moment comes at [[spoiler:At the end of Disc One. You know Solaris, the EvilEmpire that's been hyped up as the BigBad for the entire game thus far? Yeah, that one takes him about ten minutes.]]


All of this, of course, while battling the tyrannical [[TheEmpire Empire of Solaris]], run by some fairly well-written villains who, on top of everything, have the distinct advantage of having more screen time than most party members and a fair shot at getting what they want: Kahran Ramsus, a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart sword-fighting bishonen]] from the inner circles of Solaris; the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Gazel Ministry]], the leaders of the [[PathOfInspiration the Ethos]], a mysterious church with [[BadassPreacher gunslingin' priests]] who have a stranglehold on the world's technology; and most notably, Grahf, a [[DarthVaderClone "Man in Black"]] piloting a gear full of weird components... essentially an upgraded copy of Fei's own Gear, Weltall. And atop them all is the [[BigBad supreme leader]], [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[NameOfCain Cain]].

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All of this, of course, while battling the tyrannical [[TheEmpire Empire of Solaris]], run by some fairly well-written villains who, on top of everything, have the distinct advantage of having more screen time than most party members and a fair shot at getting what they want: Kahran Ramsus, a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart sword-fighting bishonen]] from the inner circles of Solaris; the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Gazel Ministry]], the leaders of Ministry]] which controls the [[PathOfInspiration the Ethos]], a mysterious church with [[BadassPreacher gunslingin' priests]] who have a stranglehold on the world's technology; and most notably, Grahf, a [[DarthVaderClone "Man in Black"]] piloting a gear full of weird components... essentially an upgraded copy of Fei's own Gear, Weltall. And atop them all is the [[BigBad supreme leader]], [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[NameOfCain Cain]].


* WakeUpCallBoss: Calamity will ''annihilate'' Weltall and Brigandier if you don't know any deathblows and how boosting works.

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* WakeUpCallBoss: Calamity will ''annihilate'' Weltall and Brigandier if you don't regularly upgrading your Gears or know any deathblows and how boosting works.

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* LateCharacterSyndrome: Emeralda joins the party ''very'' late, after the penultimate dungeon in the first disc, and can't be used at all in the very lengthy Solaris chapter, which means she can only have a serious presence in the second disc and really has no bering on the plot. While she's by no means a bad fighter, is capable of having high statistics after her PlotRelevantAgeUp, and is an even better mage than Elly. It helps that after going through an optional dungeon and unlocking her adult form, Emeralda gets by far the best stat gains per level-up of any character.

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