LOST LEGACY: AN ANIMANIA STORY
By Christian Roule
It was a time when life was uncertain and death was as commonplace as the terror that accompanied it. It was a time when self proclaimed kings conquered the land and ruled the commoners with magic, might and murder. It was a time when those who lusted for control raced to uncover terrible secret powers best left forgotten and abandoned. A time when the innocent often found themselves as sacrifices of blood for rituals mankind was never meant to perform. This suffering caused a great outcry for justice and a need for heroes to end the agony of the oppressed. For without someone to take up the sword and fight for the downtrodden, the world wound fall into ruin at the hands of the merciless. The player experiences the childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood of AnimÃ©, and his sister Tsunami, children who become orphaned after an evil king destroys their nameless village in Blackwood Forrest. Their journey is filled with questions and tribulations and along with the companions they meet along the way, they will help lead the fight against those who would keep their world oppressed.
The story begins on a northern European continent during the dark ages with a lone man traveling a dark road on a dark and stormy night. Along the way, he comes across a nameless young girl holding her baby brother. She doesn't speak much and he can see that they are wet, cold and hungry. He takes them to his house and offers them food and shelter for the night. He learns what horrors these young children have suffered through and feeling sorry for them, offers to take them in and school them in the ancient art of Kokon do. He warns that the training will be difficult, but the girl accepts. He names her Tsunami for he can see the strength in her and yet she is also gentle and calm as the deep ocean. He names her brother Anime for he can see he is animated and full of life. Both Tsunami and Anime begin their new lives with their Sensei and all is peaceful until the day he angers the wrong person.
This game voluntarily gives itself a rating of 'M' for Mature. There are themes in the game that may be too dark or mature for minors, and there are several instances of heavy violence and strong language.
The beautiful and serene heroine of Lost Legacy, Tsunami comes from humble beginnings and, throughout the story, remains humble, doing the things she does because they are 'the right thing to do'. While her mannerisms are extremely proper (she never uses contractions), Tsunami is one of the most friendly and loving characters in the story. Her love for her little brother, Anime, is without condition or measure, and she will go to any lengths to protect him.
The younger brother of Tsunami, Anime shares the spotlight with Tsunami as a main character, although his story only comes to light near of the end of the game. A troubled young boy, who is riddled with inner conflict about himself and his feelings towards his sister, and prone to fits of uncontrollable rage, much of the story is experienced through Anime's blue feral eyes, giving the player an almost 'animalistically innocent' point of view.
While the main characters meet Lina Inverse quite by chance, the events and circumstances that tie their destiny to hers is anything but circumstantial. As time goes on, it becomes apparent that this brash and common sorceress wields not only incredible power, but also a key to the overall story.
Even though Gourry joins the main characters along with Lina Inverse, he is by no means her shadow. This swordsman can hold his own very easily, and is more than capable of defending against strong attacks. His loyalty to Lina is unquestionable, and despite her often times verbally-abusive behavior towards him, Gourry remains her steadfast companion
Zidane Tribal joins your party in Orleans, but only after a grave misunderstanding that causes a very entertaining sequence of events. While the cheerful Thief puts on airs of being a shameless Lady's Man, underneath that grinning exterior lay a heart of gold. He quickly becomes both Anime's best friend and a valuable member of the party. While he falls for Princess Garnet at first sight, he never loses his ability to be there for his friends.
Garnet Til Alexandros:
The middle daughter of Crown Prince Phil de wil Alexandros, Garnet has always been much quieter than her father or siblings, and often times feels alienated from her blood family. Her love of her people is foremost, and she's never given thought to romance. However, there is a deep connection between Garnet and the main characters, as well as Zidane, and that connections irreparably ties the somber Princess into the deeper story of Lost Legacy.
Introduced as the General of the Alexandrian Army, Beatrix is the only character in Lost Legacy that is not immediately playable. You will get control of her near of the end of the first volume, but after that, she is an invaluable ally. Like the other playable characters, Beatrix is karmically tied to the main characters, Anime in particular, and seems to have a keen interest in him, but how and why will not be revealed for quite some time.
Khali is an enigmatic character that joins the party at the start of Year Twelve. For the remainder of the game, Khali goes in and out of the group, seemingly at random, acting as flighty as a dove on a spring day. She is whimsical and care-free, and yet her dubious profession hints at a darker secret. Who is this mysterious girl? Where is she from? Why is she here? What does she know about the deeper mysteries of the world? Would she even tell?
* Voiced intro and battles, different characters will banter with each other, enemies and the bosses.
* Custom battle system features with animated battlers.
* Custom puzzle-type mini game, Quibbich! Kick the ball into the goal before the timer expires. Enemies and obstacles will stand in your way, but each player has a unique power to help you.
* Focus on exploring, almost everything in the game is searchable and commented on.
30 out of 100 hero quests to find and complete.
* Approximately 30 hour+ gameplay.
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