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A South Korean RPG series by Softmax which began life on PC. There are three games in the series, with the latest, Magna Carta 2, available on the Xbox 360. The series is mainly known for its sharp (and Stripperiffic) character design, provided by Hyung-Tae Kim.

Not to be confused with the document signed in 13th century England ceding certain rights from the monarchy to the nobility.


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    Tears of Blood/Crimson Stigmata 
  • All There in the Manual: Several character back-stories for the cast.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Orha from Roxy right before her Heroic Sacrifice, and to Calintz from Serina before she's Taken for Granite. She gets better, though.
  • Anti-Climax: Caltinz and the man he'd been seeking for revenge up to that point in the game are in the middle of an epic sword fight, but it suddenly ends when his opponent's wife stabs him in the back.
  • Apologises a Lot: Reith.
  • Big Bad: Neikan, a.k.a. Agreian, in Tears of Blood.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Justina parrying Calintz's strike when he attacked Reith for defending two Yason. See Revenge Before Reason below.
  • The Chessmaster: Neikan, who had been working out and executing his plan since 10 years before the beginning of the game.
  • Cool Old Guy: Rostin and Zekart.
  • Cute Mute: Maya.
  • Disney Death: Both Orha and Raul.
  • Doomed Hometown: Tears of Blood begins with Calintz's home of Fuget having been destroyed 10 years prior.
  • Duel Boss: Calintz gets several in Tears of Blood, including the first form of the final boss.
  • Fantastic Racism: The humans and Yason hate each other, but both of them despise half-Yason with a passion.
  • Foreshadowing: Tears of Blood does a good job in leaving clues throughout the game that Neikan is Agreian, and that Reith is Queen Amila before The Reveal.
  • Four-Man Band: How the party starts off in Tears of Blood:
  • Friend to All Living Things: Reith, at least until her memory returns.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Subverted with Chris. His late brother had all of the natural talent for building machines. Chris himself had to endure failure after failure before getting one right and, even then, most of the machine work is left to his father.
  • Gainaxing: Seen every so often in Tears of Blood, usually with Reith or Rianna.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Orha in Tears Of Blood.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Half-Yasons. Both humans and Yason despise them.
  • Half-Identical Twins: It's eventually revealed that the girl shown in flashbacks with the younger Calintz was a younger Amila/Reith. At one point, her twin Serina had appeared instead, leading to Calintz mistaking her for Amila. Subverted in the flashbacks, but Played Straight late in the game.
  • Heroic BSoD: Calintz gets hit hard with this after Reith's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Several, but only Reith/Amila and Roxy stay dead.
  • Hot-Blooded: Haren and Rianna.
  • I Owe You My Life: Why Azel is so loyal to Calintz, and Calintz's excuse for always protecting Reith.
  • I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: Spoken word-for-word to a soldier.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Rianna and her husband Astal, a half-Yason.
    • Calintz/Reith and Calintz/Serina.
  • King Incognito: Reith. Or rather, the real Queen Amila of the Yason. The one we've been seeing up until then was her sister Serina, posing as Amila while she was missing.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading
  • Love Triangle: It turns out both Amila and Serina fell in love with Calintz when they were kids.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In Tears of Blood, it turns out that Calintz is the long-lost son of the Great Priestess Ladrinne, but the Big Bad knew it and used a family heirloom given to him to steal his identity.
  • MacGuffin: The Eight Shards.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: The Tears of Blood collecting and delivering the Shards to General Agreian. Except...he's the Big Bad. Erm, whoops?
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Justina arrests Calintz for the murder of one of the Eight Heroes after finding him next to her dead body with a dagger in his hand. Though it's cleared up, the Alliance soldiers don't trust the Tears because of this.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Calintz sees just how badly the Rheuma disease devastates the Yason population, his asks himself if this is what he really wants.
  • My Greatest Failure: Calintz keeps out-doing himself with these in Tears of Blood, but ultimately it comes down to being unable to protect first Lehas, then Reith.
  • One-Winged Angel: Neikan.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Reith.
  • The Reveal: Twice for when Reith gets her memory back and is revealed to be the real Queen Amila—once for the player, and once for the party.
    • To a lesser degree, the truth that Rianna's husband is the half-Yason Astal...the same man who razed Fuget.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Calintz nearly kills Reith when she stands between him and two humans disguised as Yason, but only she can see through the illusion. It's thanks to Justina that Calintz is stopped before it is too late.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Calintz spends a good deal of Tears of Blood searching for the man responsible for destroying his village.
  • She's Got Legs: Every female not named Maya or Justina.
  • Undying Loyalty: Near the end, Orha is the only one still loyal to Queen Amila and Serina. Azel also shows this to Calintz.
  • Taken for Granite: What happens to the Yason who contract Rheuma. Serina's the last known Yason to suffer this, but she gets better almost immediately.
  • Time Skip: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue takes a look at the characters one year after the Tree of Light is destroyed.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The ending of Tears of Blood.


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