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Video Game / Children Of Morta

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Children of Morta is an Action RPG / Roguelike game by the Iranian studio Dead Mage, released on September 3, 2019 for PCs (via Steam).

It is about the Bergson family, who have been guarding Mount Morta for a generation, and are the lone bulwark to stem the Corruption pouring from beneath it. Rather than saving the world once and for all, you are presented with the tale of ties across generations of a family, united by their duty.

Tropes seen in Children of Morta:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: Unlocking new characters is generally tied to the cutscenes that play after a run is over, win or lose. This means that if a player loses over and over, they are still making progress towards an unlock.
  • Attention Whore: Why did Ou turn evil? His wife had a child, and he became jealous of her giving his own daughter attention.
  • Badass Family: The Bergsons each have a trained combat skill, aside from Mary, who the story does not indicate whether she fought before she became pregnant.
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  • Bad Dreams: Throughout the last act, there is one random cutscene per family member featuring the respective family member in a world overrun by The Corruption.
  • Blob Monster: The earliest enemies encountered in the tutorial are small rat-sized blobs of corruption. They die quickly and represent practically no threat.
  • Broken Pedestal: John and Mary are particularly disgusted with Ou when his motivations are revealed.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Margaret is the oldest member of the Bergson family, and while she is not a player character, she is shown to have great magical power. She is also shown to have the most knowledge about how to deal with the problems at hand, including secrets that the rest of the family don't yet know.
  • The Corruption: Literally titled "The Corruption". It is a purple-black substance that summons various monsters, whether by summoners or by spawners that birth new corruption. It is meant to be cleansed away by the Shards of Life possessed by the Bergson family.
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  • Disposable Woman: Pre-story, Ben had a wife named Sheila. Through various cutscenes, it is revealed that she left him due to his alcoholism. In the first act, Ben writes many letters to Sheila, hoping she can help them fight the Corruption. The one who responds to the letters is Joey, their adult son, who was also unknown to Ben until he shows up at their door. They now bond over the lost time with Sheila. Ben has many lines throughout the rest of the game wishing he were better to her. Sheila is completely undeveloped as a person and only serves as a reason for Joey's existence and Ben's will to better himself.
  • Easily Forgiven: After the final boss battle, Ou is ready for his suffering to end in death. When suddenly, Rhea-Dana cleanses him of corruption and takes him back.
  • Eats Babies: During the game, it is revealed via cutscene that the evil mountain god can (and has in the past) be abated temporarily by sacrificing a newborn baby. Mary Bergson is currently pregnant, and learns of this after being kidnapped.
  • Elite Mook: Sometimes, a stronger version of an enemy might spawn, indicated by a skull and a yellow glow.
  • Evil All Along: Ou, the mountain god worshiped by the Bergsons, turns out to be the true source of the Corruption, which he created purely so he could spite his estranged child for "stealing" his wife's affection from him.
  • Foil: The Bergsons are the foil to Ou. While the Bergsons are very close family who love each other dearly, Ou places no value in family, Eats Babies, and is revealed to have created the Corruption purely as an act of spite towards his wife for "abandoning" him in favor of their child.
  • Genius Cripple: Uncle Ben has a wounded leg and cannot contribute in combat. However, he is a master at the forge and will gladly help upgrade equipment for the family if they provide the needed materials.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: All of the male playable Bergsons are melee-damage users. John Bergson is a swordsman, Kevin uses knives, Mark does hand-to-hand combat, and Cousin Joey wields a hammer. Meanwhile, Linda is an archer and Lucy hurls fireballs.
  • It's All About Me: The Mountain God, Ou
  • The Lost Lenore: Uncle Ben's wife Sheila died years before the story began. She had left because of Ben's alcoholism and because of her death, Ben never got to meet his son Joey.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: John Bergson carries a shield, which will absorb damage from the enemies' attacks from a direction it's facing when raised, but only up to a point. Its defense threshold can be raised further through investing in a skill tree. There are also skills that'll damage the enemies if they attack John while he has his shield up.
  • Ninja Run: Kevin (the Assassin) and Mark (the Monk) both run while leaning far forward with their arms dangling backward.
  • Old Master: Grandma Margaret is shown to be quite formidable for her age, even fending off a powerful attack by the evil god to protect Mary. She also teaches Lucy, the youngest family member, how to control her magical fireballs.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: The goblins are almost as tall as a man, and their main difference appears to lie in their grey skin. Their warriors also seem to specialise in crossbows.
  • Playing with Fire: This is the primary ability of Lucy, the youngest-born Bergson. In addition, this is also the ability of the "Divine Grace" Atar's Ignition, which is a passive power that briefly sets the enemies damaged on fire.
  • Resurrective Immortality: If a Bergson is ever killed combat, and the family member fighting with them cannot revive them in time, they will instead be resurrected back in the Crystal room of the house. The narration indicates this is an unpleasant experience.
  • Science Is Bad: The third dungeon area, Terralava, is full of technologically-enhanced enemies. The creator of this part of the world is a god who taught humanity technology, but is now held captive by his own high-tech bodyguard Gyn. On the way to the boss, the player also encounters several small cutscenes including: technology beating up old-style robots, a woman dying because the life support machine is corrupted, and a broken water main that has very specific repair instructions.
  • Screw Destiny: The destiny of the Bergsons is to mind the mountain on which they live. More specifically relevant to the story in-game is the destiny to sacrifice a newborn to the mountain god to prevent the end of the world. The Bergsons reject this and instead find a different way to defeat the god once and for all.
  • Shock and Awe: There is a Relic titled "Electropocalypse", which will create a damaging electrical aura around the characters.
  • Sword Lines: Highly visible bright blue lines are seen every time John Bergson swings his sword in the demo.
  • The Reveal: The third deity, Adri-Savara, reveals Ou is a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, his mountain was a spaceship, and his curse is the manifestation of his revenge towards his spurned lover and his own child who took attention away from him.


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