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Demon Legacy is a fantasy RPG Maker game and the first half of the Legacy duology, with Phantom Legacy being the second half; it features precisely balanced battles, puzzle based theme dungeons, and highly story-driven gameplay.

Long ago, the world was ruled by Proteus and his children, the Demi-Gods. But soon, a war between humanity and the gods changed that forever. Prince Galahanzer, a hero chosen to save the world, found himself drawn into the middle of the war and disappeared, never to be seen again.

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Years later, Slade, a boy training to become a knight of the Kingdom of Ragan, encounters the sinister Shadar, the Malevolent Shadow feared all across the world for his cruelty. Shadar has been killing hundreds of people across the world for some mysterious purpose. Slade becomes determined to stop Shadar, but in the process discovers the truth of the ancient war and the state of the world itself. As he ventures through the world, the conflict between humanity and the divine resurfaces, and he most not only fight Shadar, but the corrupt Arch Duke Deimos, the Demi-Gods led by Apollo, and the now-insane Proteus.

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This game provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Deimos is shown to be an absolutely awful parent to his golem creations. Because he sees them as nothing more than tools, he never gives them genuine love or affection, or even teaches them how to take care of themselves- Iris, his daughter, is completely ignorant of the human world and does not even know how to eat or socialize. He is also willing to harm his golems for failing him, disagreeing with him, or just because he is in a bad mood. Even their deaths are but an inconvenience to him.
    • Corren and Irene, who gave birth to Abel, treated him badly his whole life simply because he was born ‘imperfect’. Eventually, he turns on them and kills them.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Arch Duke Deimos is one of the major villains of the game and a despicable tyrant and Mad Scientist.
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  • A Taste of Power: The game starts with you controlling Prince Galahanzer, who is Level 14 and has many powerful skills, including a particularly powerful one that insta-kills the first bosses. After twenty or so minutes, the story shifts several millennia in the future, and you gain control of the actual protagonist- Slade, a boy who is a mere Level 2.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Shadar, Proteus, Deimos, and Apollo all seek to control the world as its god for their own purposes:
  • Blatant Lies:
    • At one point, you can find a guard clearly slacking off. In response, he says:
      No I’m not goofing off, I’m guarding this here tree! Seriously!
    • Much later, after the battle in the cave in Darnia against Deimos, a guard asks what all the commotion was. Slade says that he dropped a glass. The guard believes it.
      Slade: (Moron.)
  • The Chosen One: Slade is chosen as the savior of this world.
  • Climax Boss: Deimos is a major antagonist who is built up for much of the game, and he is fought at the end of the third quarter, after a long trek through his castle, with difficult enemies and bosses in between. After being defeated the first time, he even reveals his powerful true form, and he turns out to be a god himself. Yet, despite seeming everything like a Final Boss, the player knows that they will have to fight the Demi-Gods afterwards.
  • Delayed Reaction: When Alia first sees Slade after some time, she is initially completely unconcerned with Orion, the hooded, rather sinister-looking companion Slade has with him. Then he leaves, and she finally freaks out.
  • Devour the Dragon: Deimos, in the battle against him, kills his two Druid helpers to absorb their power.
  • Disguised in Drag: When he first encounters Slade, Sarius disguises himself as Marietta, the famous singer.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Deimos eventually kills a golem just for questioning him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Maribel says this to Slade when he defeats her in a duel, as she now respects his strength.
  • Duel Boss:
    • Lambert, the mayor of Domina who has a history with Sharn and sentenced him to execution once they meet again, decides to carry out the sentence himself and is personally fought by Sharn.
    • Maribel, not believing Slade could possible have beaten Shadar, challenges him to a one-on-one fight.
  • Electric Torture: Apollo orders Arianna to inflict this on a captured Slade for 3 days straight.
  • Flashback: Humorously subverted In one instance. Sharn is about to recall the time when he tried to kill Narik, and the screen begins fading to black... before Sharn stops and says “Nevermind” due to him realizing he is being spied on.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Deimos implanted a device in Orion that would force him to go out of control at his command. Orion uses that same device to unleash his full power and bring Deimos down with him.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight:
    • The first battle against Shadar cannot be won- at that level, Slade's attacks can only do 1 or 2 damage. Shadar initially refrains from attacking before using a spell to end it.
    • Both fights against Orion cannot be won, as he is powerful enough to slaughter your party in a manner of minutes.
    • The first fight against Odin, in a similar manner. Apollo interrupts him before he gets a chance to attack.
    • In the second battle against the Harbringer, he auto-KOs Slade after a few turns.
  • In the Hood: Shadar, the primary antagonist of this setting is a miasma-like being in a hood.
  • Lack of Empathy: When Alianna dies in battle, Deimos respond by saying that, because she is a golem and not human, she was merely destroyed. He then kills her sister Fianna and punishes Sarius for being angry about it and betraying him by shattering his mind and soul.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: During the final confrontation against Shadar, he will offer to erase the heroes' memories and let them live happy lives while he carries out his plan. Taking his offer leads to the bad ending, while rejecting it leads to the good ending.
  • Lethal Chef: The food in the Ragan hotel is really bad, according to Sharn and Iris, the former of whom compares it to prison food.
    Sharn: If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay away from the ham-hawks.
    Slade: What’s a Ham-Hawk?
    Sharn: I don’t know, and I don’t want to find out.
    Iris: This “loaf of meat” as they called it is more like a brick.
  • Literal-Minded: When Sharn says that Abel had his head up his ass, Iris asks if such a thing is even possible.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: When Deimos is finally killed, his castle begins sinking, requiring the heroes to flee the castle in 8 minutes.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative:
    Loud Woman: Hey! You! Come to the White Swallow Inn! It’s the best in town!
    Slade: You also neglect to mention it’s the ONLY inn in town.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When Slade and Orion decide to spar, Sharn asks an apparition for popcorn. Said apparition has no idea what popcorn even is.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Rhea throws off a sailor from a ship after he bumped into her, which she mistook as groping.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Apollo’s “utopia” is kept afloat by crystals powered with the souls of people he slaughters.
  • Jerkass Gods: The Demi-Gods are mass-murderers seeking to take revenge on the world for mistreating them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Rhea and Sharn are rude, but turn out to have some good traits.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: An NPC expresses this opinion:
    Clod: Meat! The food of true men!
    Slade: Are you going to eat that entire chicken?
    Clod: Of course!
  • Self-Made Orphan: Abel killed his Abusive Parents using his newfound powers after Apollo manipulated him into doing so.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: It turns out that Apollo keeps the souls of humans that he and the other Demi-Gods have killed and enslaves them, keeping them in a state where they cannot even speak.
  • Sole Survivor: Prince Galahanzer is revealed to have been the only survivor of the Firebrand-possessed Khan's mass-murder.
  • Taking You with Me: Orion does a heroic version of this when he unleashes his full power, knowing it will kill him, to bring Deimos down for good.
  • This Cannot Be!: When Shadar informs Deimos that he killed Durandal:
    Deimos: NO! This can't be! He was one of my most powerful creations!
  • Trauma Inn: As typical as with any RPG, you can rest in INNs.
  • Twinkle in the Eye: Prince Galahanzer, in a flashback, gets one when he is about to unleash the full power of the Firebrand and become Shadar.
  • Villainous Rescue: After the Hopeless Boss Fight against Shadar, and just before he is about to kill Slade, Grand Duke Deimos arrives and drives him off.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Narik is regarded by Ragan as a hero, and even Slade initially respects him. In truth, he is Abel, a servant of Apollo with his hands in artifact smuggling, slavery, and a plot to Kill All Humans.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: After Orion makes a Heroic Sacrifice to kill Deimos, the Wheel of Reincarnation, he himself becomes the new wheel.
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