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"Absolutely do not die."
- Zephie's words to her fellow unit members

The sequel to Magna Carta: The Phantom of Avalanche and Tears of Blood.

Juto is your typical amnesiac Idiot Hero, carefree and without purpose in life. He spends his days lazing around his home of Highwind Island being prodded by his guardian Melissa and trying to overcome a crippling aversion to swords. His peaceful days come to an end when a war between two armies vying for control of the throne of Lanzheim crashes onto the shores of his home.


About a year prior, Former Prime Minister Schuenzeit has assassinated the queen and seized the throne for himself. Princess Rzephillda—the late queen's last surviving heir—raises an army to oppose him, only to find themselves out-gunned by the powerful Sentinel weapons deployed by Schuenzeit's "Northern Forces". Seeking the secrets to Sentinel creation, Rzephillda's "Southern Forces" follow a tip-off that leads them to Highwind Island. When the Northern Forces, led by a notorious assassin called "Elgar the Regicide", catch up to them, the island is plunged into conflict and Juto is swept into the war.


This game provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rue and Melissa are the best examples, although Zephie is certainly take-charge.
  • Action RPG
  • All There in the Manual: The last-names of the main cast, including Rue's full name (Siara Rue Tessia), are all in the artbook. Only Zephie and Crocell have their last names (Berlinette and Redeen, respectively) mentioned in-game.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: Likely a result of localization, but in the English version, Schuenzeit orders Juto with a "First! I believe I gave you an order." It sounds like he's saying something like "First thing's first", but it's not until the party meets Nyx (Juto's creator) that they realize that Schuenzeit was addressing "First Elgar".
  • Ambiguously Human: Huaren, who may or may not be just an old man in a mutated battle suit.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Juto.
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  • Animals Hate Him: Juto, in the third DLC Live Drama. Must have something to do with Elgar, huh?
  • Arc Words: "Absolutely do not die."
  • Artificial Human: Late in the game, Juto and Elgar are revealed to be "humanoid Sentinels"—essentially, weapons with the intelligence and finesse that the usual beast-like Sentinels lack.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The AI-controlled characters seem to have a big problem walking around obstacles in narrow areas. This becomes very problematic if the lead character encounters enemies and the teammates can't catch up to provide support.
  • Beard of Evil: Schuenzeit. Oh, and Alex.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In Magna Carta 2, several names are ridiculously German-sounding, such as Big Bad Schuenzeit and the world called Lanzheim.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Melissa.
  • Big Bad: Schuenzeit, aka Srats, aka Taats, aka whatever-the-hell-name-he-uses-whenever-he-produces-a-duplicate-of-himself-and-uses-it-to-start-a-war, who assasinated the Queen and took the throne for himself.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: The DLC weapons (price: 400MS) are the most powerful weapons in the game, and you can equip them almost immediately. Worse still, they're required if you're trying to get all the achievements, including the ones for collecting every single weapon.
  • Cloning Blues: Elgar. For that matter, Schuenzeit.
  • Cool Mask: Elgar.
  • Costume Porn: About every other outfit is ultra-fancy. Considering who the artist of the game is, it's no surprise.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Doomseeds turn out to be just nature's way of saying "quit being so hard on me!". However it is also revealed that Schuenzeit/Strass can control them at will.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: Although it seems to favour jack-o-lanterns, bowling pins and compasses over butterflies and stars.
  • Fallen Hero: Strass. He committed genocide on the Carta race, used their kan to power his kamond- and La Strada- and rewrote the history books to make himself the selfless hero. When this supply of kan ran low, he created a duplicate of himself named Taats and started a war so that he could gather more kan. Victorious, he did the same thing again 150 years later as Srats, and another 150 years after that as Schuenzeit.
  • Fiery Redhead: Crocell and Melissa both have magenta hair, and have the personality to a tee. Moreso for Crocell, who uses lots of actual fire.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Counter-Sentinel Unit. Juto is the Phlegmatic, Crocell is the Choleric, Celestine is the Sanguine, Argo is the Melancholic, and Zephie is the Leukine (except when Alex annoys her). Rue, meanwhile, tries not to show any emotion.
  • Flat Character: Rue. She shows little to no emotion throughout the entire game, is a Satellite Character for Zephie, and has no backstory or any mention of a family.
  • Funny Animal: The Avis, Werewolves, some of the Northern Forces, the Nekoneko, and the Trewa.
  • Glass Cannon: Crocell has a ridiculous level of offensive ability, especially if you use his Knuckle style. This is off-set by his low defense and HP.
  • Going Through the Motions: Characters gesture with their arms while they speak. This would work as a means of making the characters appear more animated, except there's only about four different animations. One scene in particular turns to Narm because of this: the impact of a powerful and sinister speech to a gathered crowd is undercut by the fact that it looks like the speaker is juggling invisible apples for five straight minutes.
  • Green Aesop
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Schuenzeit, the citizens—almost everyone tries to get Zephie to do one. Even she tries to pull the trigger. Luckily, Juto manages to talk her out of it.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Your party gets this treatment after Schuenzeit convinces the populous that sacrificing Zephie to La Strada is the only way to stave off destruction, effectively leaving the Mare as your only real allies. The effect remains after you take down La Strada, though not as bad by the time three years have passed, as the people have noticed that, despite Schuenzeit's claims, they are still very much alive.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Cota Mare. Subverted in that while everyone knows about it, very few people actually go there since the Mare are wary of other races. And by wary, we mean that the welcoming party may include spears and paralysing incense.
  • Human Resources: This is how Sentinels are made. Life force is also used to power La Strada, which keeps Lanzheim prosperous.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Celestine uses a bottle of incense to fight with in her "Aroma" fighting style.
    • Zephie uses a fan. No, not a battle fan like Kitana; we're talking a giant fan on a long stick, which Zephie fires wind magic from.
  • Interspecies Romance: Celestine and Argo. Mostly one-sided on Celestine's part.
    • Celestine's mother and father were in one, surprisingly, with the latter being a human merc named Vaizen "the Silver".
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Mare is pronounced "mahr-ray", Trewa is "tray-wha", Huaren is "hue-are-ren".
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Zephie and Rue embark on one to heal Juto and free him from Schuenzeit's control.
  • Kill It with Fire: Crocell.
  • Lethal Chef: Zephie.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Rue. Literally.
  • Love at First Sight: Celestine, for Argo. Note that Argo is a massive Dragon/Hawk-man.
  • Love Freak: Celestine.
  • Malaproper: Celestine, in the third DLC Live Drama.
  • Mad Scientist: Huaren.
  • Male Gaze: The first shot we get of Celestine is of her boobs.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Celestine has shades of this.
  • Marked Change: Juto, when he taps into his Sentinel powers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nyx had this when he'd learned of First Elgar's "demise", but is relieved when he meets Juto.
  • Obviously Evil: Alex. And he doesn't hide it for even a moment once Zephie's back is turned.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The Mare, who are basically elves with crystal horns. They live half as long as normal humans (the average Mare lifespan is 40 years), but are all incredibly beautiful and have awesome magical powers. And, of course, they tend to shun people who would bring war to their doorstep.
  • Older Than They Look: Rue.
  • Parental Abandonment: Not one member of your party has a known living parent. Juto was created in a lab; Zephie's mother Queen Ibrin was killed by Schuenzeit (no mention of her father); Crocell's family were killed in the purges carried out by Elgar; and Celestine's mother died when she was a baby, while her father was captured by the Northern Forces and turned into a crazed Sentinel (though she does get to meet his ghost). Argo and Rue's parents are never mentioned, though are almost certainly no longer around.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Princess Rzephillda of course wears one, but the other girls wear some fancy outfits.
  • Paint It Black: Two races have evil counterparts that are identical, except they include black in their color schemes: the Nekojack for the Nekoneko, and the Blackhorn Trewa to the Bluemoon Trewa.
  • Power Glows: Juto, when he taps into his Sentinel powers. It reaches its apex when he uses Celestial Crusher, his ultimate attack.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Presumably why Huaren appears as a mutated old man or a man in a mutated suit of some kind.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Argo, although most other Trewa you meet hate his guts, either for letting his Bluemoon village get sacked, or because he's a Bluemoon.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Elgar the Regicide is probably the most obvious example. The Northern Forces, to a lesser extent.
  • Redemption Equals Death: A mild inversion. Melissa realizes that Schuenzeit and the Northern Forces are actually in the wrong, and switches sides, even fighting alongside the party for a short time. However, Schuenzeit's Dragon, Claire sets off a fail-deadly she planted with Melissa, turning her into a monster. So while the act of redemption doesn't lead directly to her death, Claire made sure it would happen that way anyway.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Zephie not only fights on the front line, but as a part of the "Counter-Sentinel Unit" she formed to take down the weapons that are destroying entire armies. This goes against the wishes of a lot of nobles in the Southern Forces, who are understandably concerned about what would happen if their only claim to the throne died in action. Unsurprisingly, Zephie's actions can leave Rue exasperated.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Celestine's outfit has a short skirt that wraps halfway behind the waist.
  • Skunk Stripe: Juto.
  • Smug Snake: Alex doesn't even try to hide how slimy he is. So it's a big surprise to the crew when they find out he's in cahoots with Schuenzeit.
  • Stripperiffic: Even in this game, Melissa wins the prize. Her first outfit is essentially just a bra and mini-skirt. Her second outfit is a Chainmail Bikini with a skirt that barely covers her crotch.
  • Super Prototype: Juto, a.k.a. First Elgar.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: Lanzheim is dependant on La Strada, which provides the world with so much magical energy that they haven't needed to farm food for over one thousand years. Two years after its destruction, people are getting on just fine with traditional farming methods.
  • The Atoner: Notably Juto, for his past life as Elgar the Regicide. Both Zephie and Argo show traits of this as well, with her mother and his tribe respectively.
  • The Napoleon: Crocell, although his in-game model never really shows it. Juto and Celestine see it, though.
  • The Reveal: Juto is Elgar. And it is SO. DRAWN. OUT.
  • The Stinger: It is implied that Juto spent the last three years getting better...somehownote .
  • The Stoic: Rue. Though she's largely changed by the ending. She even manages to crack a joke, which surprises Celestine.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Juto, but only when he taps into his Sentinel powers.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: La Strada, complete with trippy purple "sky" and HR Giger-esque architecture.
  • This Is My Story: Juto narrates the entire story. His narration is horribly melodramatic.
  • Time Skip: The ending is set three years after slaying the final boss.
  • Tragic Monster: Melissa, Vaizen the Silver (Celestine's dad), and the Sentinels in general.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Juto underwent this before the story started. But it wasn't caused by the trauma of war: rather, it was a breakdown of his mental systems caused when he accidentally violated the primary directive given to him by Schuenzeit.
  • 20 Bear Asses: A large portion of the side quests follow this formula.
  • The Vamp: Claire.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Zephie, although she's a princess.
  • Villains Never Lie: Everyone in Lanzheim has a serious case of gullibility. Even your own party members.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Several of the later bosses are capable of killing you in a few combos, though Belial is likely the first one that will give you trouble, as it spams heal when low on life, and the only way to finish it is to skill rush him (provided you've been upgrading them), or equip the DLC weapons.
  • Weapon of Choice
  • We Have Become Complacent: After 1,000 years of not having to farm, no doubt the populace is concerned about its survival when the prospect of working for its food is brought up.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Schuenzeit a.k.a. Strass and his cronies want to keep Lanzheim prosperous, but seem to have no problem with committing countless atrocities to keep it that way.
    • Raud becomes one at the end of the game after his reluctant betrayal. He believes that sacrificing Zephie to La Strada is wrong and the cycle should be broken. However, too many people have died for the cycle to end now. His intention is to sacrifice Zephie, and break the cycle the next time around, with no war.
  • Worthy Opponent: Crocell considers General Zerglone one at first, being a nobleman who fights on the front lines with his troops similar to Zephie. After he meets him though, that illusion is dispelled and Crocell wants to roast him alive.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: One of Zephie's abilities is Soul Extraction. Three guesses what happens to her target.
  • Younger Than They Look: Celestine is 12 years old. The reason she looks more like a young woman is due to the fact that Mare mature faster, on account of their short 40-year lifespans.


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