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Miscellaneous

Hidden paths and areas (spoilers)

There have been many similar questions on our email inbox about the whereabouts of the Zelda-style secret loot and rewards as described on the game description. So we thought why not just post the hints and clues here.

This post contain spoilers, read at your own risk. :)

Entrance areas:






Nope, it's not the cave.








Sunflower Garden






Areas contain special rewards:




How to access the second chest?


















Game Design

A first look at the Shaola series

Five years ago, we got together and started our research on parallel universes in fiction such as Middle-Earth, Neverland, Elfland, Discworld, and the rich worlds of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), The Witcher... as well as the great storytelling of Japanese fiction, notably manga and role-playing games. Afterward, we decided to write about the great stories in the world of Shaola.

With that approach, we focused on creating hybrid games that combine our favorite aspects of old school RPGs and JRPGs, while at the same time, removing those things some players didn't like, like random encounters and time-consuming grinding.

The Shaola project is the product of that research and ideas. Our games are not a copycat clone, which borrows ideas from old games, or games with a cheap nostalgia effect. This project is about utilizing some of the best ideas, features and characteristics from the oldies, remix and refine them, then combine and create a new and different type of enjoyment in a modern gaming era.

Shaola is a long-term project. It is a process of telling great stories about many appealing characters in different kingdoms and regions in Shaola. The gameplay in Shaola games will be based on the distinct story, characters, settings and environment of each title.

Hidden behind the beautiful high fantasy theme is the cruel world of medieval politics, as each character and faction has different motives and conflicts. Who can you trust?

Leonardo’s adventure is not a carbon copy of the Tolkien-esque RPGs in the 90s where you go on a heroic mission. You meet orcs, wizards, trolls, goblins, hobbits, and then you defeat some Dark Lords and win the game.

In this adventure, you are kidnapped into a foreign kingdom. You meet an unsecured prince, who is scheming to dispose of his own brother. The dark side of medieval politics comes out in full force.

We focus on blending historical fiction and medieval realism with epic fantasy.

A common theme in folk tales and mythology is the battle between good and evil, which does not always mirror the medieval world.

Old-time writers tend to oversimplify the struggle between good and evil into stereotypical clichés.

The Shaola series brings a measure of harsh realism to high fantasy. They introduce gray tones into a black-and-white universe.

Two permanent characteristics in every game in the Shaola series are: I. Fun gameplay that is easy to play. II. Advanced storytelling and building your enjoyment to the fullest. The story in each game will be enjoyable and on par with any adventure game or Visual Novel.

While this game is an RPG, one could say that it is an uncategorized game. It could belong to every subgenre out there, while you wouldn’t be wrong if you said it belonged to no subgenre at all.

It is a combination of many fun things that we’ve loved since childhood from our very first video game experience. The Shaola series is simply a tool to share the fun, excitement, enjoyment and delightful experience with you.

Eric Truong,
rpgfaction.com

Announcement

Version 1.2.5

Changes in version 1.2.5:

- More user-friendly to casual players and non-RPG gamers.
- Arrow pointers have been added to a selection of outdoor maps, so that it is clearer on where to go to advance the story (*).
- Minor balancing to gameplay and battles.
- Further enhancement to scenes and dialogues.
- Minor revising to the relationship and interaction between characters.
- Tutorial and instruction have been modified with more specific details.
- Sound effect have been improved, minor modification to music effect during important scenes or character’s reaction.
- A few story scenes and plots have been enhanced to bring each character to life.
- 2 minor tile issues have been fixed.
- Minor changes to a few items, weapons and armors.
- NPC dialogues have been enhanced.

* In a certain parts of the game, arrow pointers won't appear if they affect the fun of exploration. It is recommended that you don't depend too much on the pointers. Don’t miss out on hidden areas and loot.

Game Design

Should our future games contain hot and steamy contents?



In the past, I asked similar questions to a variety of experience people in the entertainment industry (TV, film, publish, video games etc.) in Vietnam, Japan, China and the US, and got many different opinions.

Here are some notable views:

Pros

– In this modern era, you need sex-appeal to attract people to your products.

– Controversial and taboo subjects connect to readers' feeling and therefore they're more likely to purchase your product, whether it was a game, a movie, or a novel.

– It's better to utilize “sex effect” in the beginning to draw people in. After you have built a steady fan-base, you can gradually get away from that. Game of Thrones is a good example of this practice.



Cons

– History has shown that nothing associate with “porn” would be taken seriously by the mass.

Game of Thrones was produced by HBO, a big and reputed network. No matter how many hot scenes in their movies, people would still take them seriously, and they would never be associated with "porn", can't say the same for indies and startups.

If you don't carefully protect your brand's image, you're in for a bad first impression.

Game of Thrones gradually got away from the sex stuff was because of public pressure, as the show's popularity grew.

– Anything that associate with "porn" or is perceived that way rarely stay on the public's good side.

Which means you would have more problems associate your game with reputable websites, services, communities, and networks. Harder to get your game discovered.

Some banned and filtered completely. Some discourage them and make it hard for visitors to discover or access them.

Some websites require visitors to disclose age or turn on/off some sort of settings before gaining access to a certain product pages.

Non-gaming websites such as Youtube or Vimeo also make it hard for you (videos, streaming, ads etc.). Basically, more than half of your options and opportunities would be taken off the chart.



– Sex-appeal doesn't have to be “porn-like”.

Using sex-scenes and revealing clothes was big 10 years ago. Now, it's a cheap effect and everyone sees through it. It is outdated.

Similarly, playing the indie card used to be very effective. Nowadays people don't care about it anymore.

Game of Thrones almost completely done with sex scenes in later seasons partly because that practice wasn't as effective as before, in season 1 (2011). HBO is a big company that spends millions in statistical research.

– Too little too late. Steamy games used to be very rare in global market. Some years ago there were only a few Japanese hentai visual novels available.

Now, there are millions of them everywhere. Game sites are flooded with steamy visual novels, even with all the filters and discouragement.

With the emergence of the “fast-food game engines” (easy-to-use, no coding), many erotic games quickly flooded the market, and devalue the genre.

"Fast-food engines" simplified and speed up game making process. As a result, thousands and thousands of games come out of woodwork. So, it's natural that there are so many low quality games out there, but there are also a lot of high quality Renpy games on Patreon and many adult games websites, and they're free.

Anyone with a few keywords on Google can find good quality naughty games, with good stories, characters, graphics, at no cost. Visual novels are everywhere nowadays. They devalue the genre and indirectly discourage gamers from buying with so many free options available.

– Historically, almost all the top hits in video games industry were generally family friendly and stay on the public good side morally, with 13 as the maximum age of restriction.

One exception could be The Witcher, but that series wasn't about the steamy stuff, the hot scenes in the games were flavor that complement the game, it fits the theme, story and setting. You can't really associate this game with “porn”.

There were a few porn games that somewhat popular in the adult games market and community, but there were no great hits and their financial success were far inferior to public-friendly games.

Public-friendly games get coverage by thousands of mainstream media, while the porn-like games were generally are stayed away from.

oOo


So, what do YOU think? Go to rpgfaction.com and vote now.

Eric Truong
rpgfaction.com

Announcement

Full Game Released!

Beta testing has ended and the game has been checked, verified and released!

The stable build of the full game is now live, ready and available!

You can now play the full Heroes of Shaola, a unique crossover between Zelda-like, Diablo-like action RPG and Final Fantasy-like turn based battle mechanics.

It brings back childhood memories of those good old games in the past. It resembles the familiar look and feel of Middle-Earth and other fantasy worlds in Game of Thrones, Elder Scrolls, Baldur’s Gate, The Witcher etc.

A big Thank You to our patient supporters and everyone who stays patient, follows and supports this project from the beginning and helped make this game possible.

As always, any commentary, suggestions, bug reports, anything you want to say in public network or admin@rpgfaction.com, smilingdragon.rpgstudio@gmail.com is really appreciated and will be noted and answered accordingly.

Again, huge thank you for your encouragement, feedback, and support. And if this is the first time you hear about the Shaola series, here is a warm hello to you and I hope that this first game ignites your interest.

We’ve made the game for you, not just for “nerds” and fantasy fanatics, but for everyone. Anyone can enjoy a good story.

Thank you again, everyone. Your support means a lot to us. Thank you for your support and enjoy the world of Shaola!

The full game is available on sale at Itch.io for a very low price. To support the game development, please purchase the full price on the game website.

Announcement

Heroes of Shaola on Steam Greenlight

Hello everyone :), Heroes of Shaola is now on Steam Greenlight, if you like it please visit the Greenlight page and vote for it here:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=768541821

Thank you!

Miscellaneous

“The Magnificent Five” of Shaola

“The Magnificent Five” is an unofficial title given by the common folks to the top 5 world-class undefeated fighters. People have been calling them "The Magnificent Five" out of respects.

The Hero of the East: Hiro Terakado is one of the top five fighters in the world. He is a jack-of-all-trades and the best all-around fighter in the land. He can fight in different styles and can use many different types of magic, as well as using many types of weapons. He has a wide range of skill sets and abilities.

From an appearance standpoint, Hiro is nothing like a top-5 fighter in the world. The community’s perceptions are that he is just a young man, an up and coming talent who has some potential but isn't there yet. Until years ago, he defeated the former "Hero of the East", Sir Beowald in a fair duel. After that historic event that shocked the world, people’s perception change and he finally got the respects he deserved. Eventually, he has surpassed Sir Beowald as the new "Hero of the East".

Contrary to popular belief among the mainlanders, he actually quite charming and looks very young. He is a cool guy, humble, smart and fun to be with. He resides in Lufeng Island with his teacher, nicknamed The Green Wizard who is a Greenese and came from Everland.

Hiro, the Green Wizard and his daughter, their magical pet Kingkong, along with four sisters called Lufeng Quadruple Flowers are the strongest figures in Lufeng. They are the only reason that pirates never think about coming here, even the gruesome Mad Sharks.

The Knight of the West: Cepheus Shouveleki, no one knows the real location of his home. There are rumors that his home is somewhere in the Western Sea, probably on a small deserted island. He made his marks many years ago when he wandered on the mainland, defeated and killed many powerful lords and criminal leaders. He won a World Championship in the Elympic and then slaughtered all opponents in the battle royale "Game of the Survivor". After all these events, he quietly went on a ship and sailed to the Western Sea. Many groups of fans had sailed to the Western Sea to find his home, but they have found nothing so far. Some folks claimed to see him on the mainland.

The Investigator of the South: Nickolas Spyridis is widely considered the current best detective in Shaola. Maybe the best investigator ever. He works for the Iron Eagle, the greatest secret service agency ever.

He is a respected leader and a proven fighter, resilience and brave. He can be a bit cold and lukewarm. He has great intelligence and outstanding ability to pay attention to the smallest details and detect lies and errors. People said that he was born to be a detective.

When people think of the top 5 fighters, the Magnificent Five, they think of dominant fighters. However, Nickolas does not strike people as a dominant fighter that overwhelmed opponents, or a big bully that slaughtered everyone and destroyed everything in sight.

He does not have super strength or fancy skills. What he has are intelligence and experience. He is an unbelievable cunning and clever fighter. He calculates everything during battle. Before he joined the Iron Eagle, he was a vagabond and adventurer who wandering everywhere and fights everyone. After he joined the agency, they equipped him some of the most expensive weapons, armors, tools and items.

Nickolas does not have many convincing knockouts, but he finds ways to win. He does not win every battle, but he is still undefeated because he had never got defeated in a 1-on-1 battle. Many great fights ended up in a tie and foes become friends after hacking at each other for hours. When he was facing multiple strong opponents at the same time, even if he could not win, he always managed to escape successfully.

There are rumors that he is the only fighter who has ever fought against the other four of the Magnificent Five. However, he never won. Either it's ended up in a tie, or he escaped. Therefore, he is considered the 5th best fighter in the land, not too shabby. However, none of them have ever confirmed those rumors.

Nickolas always travels alone before he joined the agency. After joining the agency, he still operates alone most of the time. The agency offers him many talented sidekicks and assistants, but for some reasons he refuses. He prefers to operate alone, done things his way, by himself. He hates sidekicks and prefers to live a lonely life.

People spread different rumors about his roots, where he comes from, etc. Some suspect that he was an exiled prince from a different kingdom. Some suspect that he is the (Zuda) king's bastard son. Others suspect that he was a former assassin. There is something secretive, mysterious about Nickolas that people just want to gossip about. However, Nickolas himself never confirmed any information and never said anything to anyone about his past. So, all those rumors are just… rumors.


Nickolas, the famous investigator of the Iron Eagle (Zuda Kingdom)

The Swordsman of the North: Demoniel Murdock, the best fighter in the world and by far the best warrior in Martia’s army. Martian army is the most well-trained army in the land. Demoniel is an associated general, not a commander, due to his lack of knowledge on strategies, tactics and military matters. He also isn’t a great political leader. But he sure knows how to use a sword!

His legendary status, fame and reputation in Martia provoke a lot of jealousy. Corrupted officials, generals and commanders have been abused his fighting talents, they’ve always sent him to the front line.

They want to use the opponents to kill him. They send him to dangerous missions. They have been setting him up to fail. They even try to frame him. But it doesn't matter what they do, he always prevails and has the last laugh. After all, this is a nation that worship strong men, and he is the strongest of all. Plus, he has the king by his side.

1-on-1 combat or 1-on-100 combat, it doesn't matter. He can fight off hundreds of soldiers by himself. There are numerous legends about him in Martia: He crossed ten gates and beheaded ten commanders during a suppression of a rebellion.

During a war when the alliances between warlords, the rebels, the mercenaries, the army of peasants and the army of slaves united together, attacked and surrounded the capital, Demoniel was able to protect the king and broke through five layers of soldiers and another three ambushes.

He was saving the king and brought him out of the battlefield, fighting with one sword and one horse. His right arm held the king, his left arm swings the sword, all this with the slave-soldiers and the peasant-soldiers using hooks and tools to grab his horse's legs. They eventually escape and soon called for the other local military forces to come rescue the capital.

His uncanny fighting abilities can be comparable with Murlock, the Slaughterer, a great leader and the Orc's greatest fighter of all time. Some experts have considered Murlock is currently the 6th best fighter.

The Wizard of the Central: While Demoniel is the best "fighter", Claudius Scipio is the best "wizard" in the world, certainly the most knowledgeable. He knows all types of magic and spells.

Many moons ago, the two of them fought on top of the Great Himalaya Mountain, the tallest and largest mountain on the land, to settle the issue of who is the better fighter once and for all, with the witness of many audiences. They fought and rested, rested and fought for weeks before finally decided it was a draw.

There are many debates about who is actually better. What if they fought longer, for months, for years, then who would have won? For now, there is still no conclusion on who is better. What everyone can agree on is that Claudius is the best wizard and Demoniel is the best swordsman.

Claudius lives in Zenman, but he does not serve the empire, despite many invitations of the emperors. He stays away from politics and wants to have the time to do research and experiments on magic and witchcrafts.

The Iron Eagle in Zuda Kingdom and the Shaola Academy in Zokang Kingdom each rank Claudius and Demoniel as their #1 and #2 fighters in their latest Power Rankings.

Announcement

Heroes of Shaola v0.2 available for download

As much as we would like to go on updating new versions and uploading new files, we would like to concentrate on finishing the project. So, version 0.2 is the last update until the full game is completed.

Changes in Heroes of Shaola 0.2:

- A lot of characters and battlers' graphics, icons have been enhanced.

- Major tweaks to the monsters, the spoils, and game balance.

- Energizer's value and effectiveness have been raised.

- Guns are more powerful, like they should be. This explains why the factions on the other side of the Desert are so afraid of the Aquilon Republic.

- Minor changes and improvement to the text and dialogues.

- Some sound effects have been added and/or improved.

- All known gameplay bugs in the Demo have been fixed.

You can download it here: https://rpgmaker.net/games/8811/downloads/8391/

Enjoy the game!

Miscellaneous

An in-depth look at the smaller factions in Shaola

Previously, we have described 7 elite mainland’s kingdoms and 2 kingdoms in the Far East (Everland).

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the 25 smaller factions in the world of Shaola, including 10 political factions and 15 nonpolitical ones.

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POLITICAL FACTIONS

Sahara Tribe:


Sahara Tribe is a nomadic clan that can be considered a group of bandits. They are wandering around the Great Desert on their camels and lurking, robbing, kidnapping and killing merchants and traders. They also raid the villages near the Long Wall south of the Desert.

They have tried to raid the outpost and the cities north of the Desert, but being chased away by Aquilonian soldiers with guns.

They are led by a Khan. The Khan may not be the best manager or the best leader, but must be the best fighter. The Khan isn’t necessary the wisest man, but definitely is the strongest, fastest and quickest men.

The Saharan does not choose their Khan by hereditary or voting, but rather by a series of 1-on-1 battle, sometimes 1-on-2 or even 1-on-5 battle. The tribe is led by Sebasten Khan. The Saharan is considered "savages" among the mainlanders because they still don't have any family name (last name). They can’t even read or write.

Mad Sharks:

Mad Sharks is a group of pirates who terrorized the east coast for years. They raid fishing villages and robbed merchant ships. Their victims are usually traders between the mainland and the islands.

The Mad Sharks used to be just one of the groups out of many other groups of pirates. A couple of hundred years ago, they became the strongest of all and went on a campaign to unite all groups. They conquered and took over many groups. They slaughtered the rest of the groups that disobey.

They are currently led by Captain Cassel, one of the top fighters in the land, and by far the best fighter on the sea.

They have been buying guns from the Republic of Aquilon and have developed some of the finest gunners. The Aquilonian wants to use the pirates to create disorder and chaos on the other side of the desert. The Mad Sharks was making a great profit on trades with Zokang Kingdom. They sell used guns to the Zokang for twice the gold they spend to bring new guns from the Aquilonian. With guns, the Mad Sharks now are more dangerous than ever.

House MacArthur:

This clan is led by the MacArthurs, one of the most powerful families in Shaola. They owned 4 cities and have their own army. Only family members can command the soldiers.

House Lagidis:

This clan is led by the Lagidises, one of the richest families in the land. They owned 2 cities and 6 castles. They don't have a formal army. However, they bought slave-soldiers and hired mercenaries to defend their territory. Their army is a collective bunch of slaves and mercenary groups.

Altadon Independent City:

This is one of the largest, most crowded and most popular city in the world. This is the greatest place for slave owners, slave traders, and millionaires. Rich people come here looking for top quality slaves and mercenaries. The city is using an army of slaves and mercenaries for defense.

Here are some of the notable group of armed slaves and mercenaries in the city: The Army of Darkness, The Hounds, The Ultimate Soldiers, The Cavemen, The Men of Westside, The Hunters of the West, Instinctive Killers, The Wars’ Brothers, and the most expensive of all: The Sinners.

The Sinners is one of the best teams of mercenaries in the land. They claimed that they would commit any sin and any crime to complete the assigned missions from their employers. Billionaires have been hiring them, but no one has enough gold to buy the team. Their service is the most expensive in the land.

The Sinners led by Charley Zunich and Chesley Zunich, they are brothers and led the team together. Chesley has great arm strength. He used a broadsword in his convenient hand and a falchion in his off hand.

Charley is bigger, taller, stronger but slower than his younger brother. He fights with two heavy axes. Sometimes, he used the ax in one hand and a heavy shield on the other hand, depends on whom the opponent is and what type of weapons they are using.

The Sinners has some of the most elite bowmen, spearmen and pikemen in western provinces.

Altadon City is led by House Incognito. The family is led by Jewell Incognito, who is one of the richest and most powerful landlords. He is a worthless fighter, but is a great businessman. This family has ties and close relationships with many nobles and royal families.

Fabiano Independent City:

This city is led by a warlord called himself "Lord Celaenus". This independent city once ruled collectively by six wealthy families. Lord Celaenus and his bloodthirsty group of bandits launch an attack, slaughtered all 6 families and took control of the city. Lord Celaenus is one of the strongest fighters in the land.

Shula Independent Castle: The residence of Lord Shula, former general and politician.

Bursino Independent Castle: The home of Bursino family.

Gladle Independent Castle: The residence of billionaire Donald Gladle, one of the richest, most successful and most powerful businessman in the land.

Lenvale Independent Castle (Steel Castle): The home of Luther Barsi, former criminal leaders.


NONPOLITICAL FACTIONS

The Wolves Gang
consists of peasants who are being oppressed by the local governments, slaves who killed their owners, free themselves and ran away, and some criminals. This is the largest gang and one of the largest secret societies in the mainland.

The Luxia: An international underground business organization that has numerous branches and locations worldwide. They have ties to other criminal organizations. Everyone knows they are doing many illegal operations as well as criminal activities, including prostitutions, money laundering, dominate and manipulate the black market. They never get caught. No local authorities seem to have any witness or evidence to do anything about it.

Many of the authorities have been under the Luxia's payroll. They are sending people to work as their inside man to many local governments and even Imperial Courts.

The Luxia is led by "The Boss". Everyone called him "The Boss", including his own children. No one seems to remember his real name. Even he himself probably doesn't remember his real name.

He was an orphan. When he was a teenager, he formed a gang in the street and conduct robberies as well as fighting against both the local soldiers and other gangs. They robbed the riches and gave some spoils to the poor.

From that point on, he uses numerous aliases. People said that he had forgotten his real name, but no one can be sure.

The Luxia, and their leader, The Boss, can be complicated to interpret. Like his gang from the old days, The Boss's organization can be both good and evil. Sometimes they are wonderful heroes, some days they are evil and bloodthirsty villains. If someone treats them with respects, they will treat him with brotherly love. If someone disrespects them, then they can be very brutal.

No one wants to mess with the Luxia. Their retaliation can be very painful. They have slaughtered many families, houses, castles, palaces, destroyed all living things and hunted down the family bloodlines. That is why The Boss has one other nickname: "Smiling Monster".

There are so many rumors, chronicles, stories, tales and legends about The Boss. Composers even wrote songs, novels and poems about him.

The Boss probably has done more charities than any other people. The Luxia regularly send representatives to charity events and help contribute to the victims of natural disasters and starvation. Sometimes The Boss went to the events himself.

Years ago, during one of the charity meetings, a powerful official from the Zenman Empire had been rude to The Boss, calling him "a bastard". The Boss laughed it off with the same old friendly smile in his face, a face that seems to have never shown any negative emotion.

The next day, the Zenman's official, his bodyguards and all companions found dead near the Keas Mountain. The local authorities concluded that on the way home, the victims was ambushed by bandits and perished. A lot of bandits, robbers and thieves were caught and accused of committing the crime. All of them were beheaded. The case is closed. However, everyone knows who is behinds all that.

That is why The Boss is one of the most respected and feared dwarves in Shaola. He, in essence, is a powerful emperor without a formal title, and his Luxia, in essence, is an underground empire without national borders.


"The Boss", the great leader of The Luxia, the world's largest international underground criminal organization. He is also a leader of the Dwarves community. Everyone called him "The Boss" out of fears and respects.

The Jokers: While "The Boss" is the most feared person in the land, The Jokers actually is the most feared organization in the world.

The underground powers within the Great Desert are divided like this: The north is under heavy influences from The Boss and his Luxia, while other criminal powerhouses fighting for influences in the south, they are battling and overthrows each other.

The Jokers? They influence both the north and south. People suspect that they have the ambition to take over all underground societies.

They are the most dangerous of all because they have never shown their faces. No one knows who are they, who are the founders, who are their leaders. Everything is a mystery. They secretly slaughtered some of the most powerful leaders. They are killing fast and retreat quickly.

They are the Luxia's greatest rival.

The Boss had been sending many of his assassins and some of the finest private detectives to find out about The Jokers. None of them has returned. It's like all of them have vanished into thin air.

This mysterious organization used to be nameless and faceless. The only information that The Boss managed to find out through contacts with the Iron Eagle is the name "The Jokers", and The Jokers has 52 branches in 52 different locations, so, they are naming each branch based on a playing card. For examples: A branch in location A would be The Queen of Heart. A branch in location Z would be The King of Diamond, etc.

No one knows who the members are. Their members can be anybody, even the ones who are serving the real kings and queens.

What about the fearsome Iron Eagle, by far the best agency in the land, did they know something that others don't? No one can be sure.

Red Dragon Palace is located on Red Dragon Island, a very small island that is close to the Everland. It is one of the most terrified locations in the world. People knew where it is, but no one ever knows anything inside it. There have been some thieves, bandits, scouts and agents trying to break in, but no one has come out. It's like everyone just vanished into thin air.

Lufeng Island is even smaller than Red Dragon Island. It consists of a few fishing villages. The islanders on Lufeng and Red Dragon Island basically are Zokangese who are fleeing to other islands to get away from the war.

Lufeng Island is the home of "The Hero of the East", Hiro Terakado, one of the top five fighters in Shaola. Lately, Lufeng Island has resided much more people. Hiro and his sidekicks have invited many heroes and heroines to come live on the island. Who knows what are they up to.

Snow Palace is located on the Snow Mountain, a mysterious place that have never been discovered. The Dwarves have tried to find it for hundreds of years. According to legends in the Dwarves community, Snow Palace led by Snow White, the legendary princess from folktales, and people from the palace always wearing white uniforms.

The Panthers is claimed that they are the Snow Palace's worst enemy. The reason is unknown. They have been trying to find the Snow Mountain by lurking and following the Dwarves around. They also steal many of the Dwarves' new weapons. Therefore, there are many conflicts between them. It is an understatement to say that they dislike each other. The Panthers' members always wear black uniforms. They absorb the panthers fighting styles to their own fighting system.

Sons of the Tigers is a religious cult that operates in cold and rainy areas. Some of its members also are a cannibal who enjoys eating men and other humanoid creatures. However, their main source of food is lion's meat. They believe that tiger is the "true king of the jungle" and lions are just wannabe impostor. Therefore, they worship tigers and hunting down lions. They are using lions’ skins for clothing. They absorb the tigers fighting techniques to their own fighting styles. Their martial skills are somewhat similar to The Panthers.

Zormanist is a religious cult that worships fires. They are using fires as a weapon both in melee combat and battle from a distance. They are excelling in using flame arrows and burned down opponent's food and horses. They always wear red, orange or yellow clothes. They are also operated mainly in rainy and cold areas. That is why the Zormanist and Sons of the Tiger have been fighting over the years to scramble for territories.

Sceletusist is a semi-religious cult and a team of bandits that worship skeletons and using skeletons as weapons and armors. They operate in areas that have a lot of battles between factions, lurking for dead bodies and skeletons. They ambush and robbed rich people for a living. Sometimes they ambush the damaged winner. They even kidnap nobles and royals and demand ransom.

Sexy Foxes is a team of female-only mercenaries that consists of many female soldiers and swordswomen. Their strategic intent is to utilize their beauty and sex appeal to seduced and tempted opponents (especially males) out of their comfort zone and concentration. There are gossips that they also offer "other special services" to the kings, royals, and nobles, as well as other powerful lords. They wear revealing clothes and mastered the art of seduction.

The Sexy Foxes resides in Kazen Kingdom, but also has branches in other kingdoms. Since they are almost always fighting for the interests of Kazen Kingdom, people suspect that they actually are the unofficial army under the leadership of the Queen. Others suspect that they are human disciples of the succubus.

The Bat Guards is guarding the Bat Island (commonly called Batland) on the Western Sea for years. While being reclusive and rarely went to the mainland, they have been living off the pirates' spoils. They make a living by robbing pirates. Even the fearsome Mad Sharks doesn't want to be on their bad side. The Bat Guards are secretive and no one really knows much about them.

The Sunmoonist is a semi-religious group and gang that worship both the sun and the moon. They know for using weapons with moon-shape and having a lot of tattoos.

The Avisist is a religious group in Greendom. They worship and idolize birds. They attached themselves to birds. Their traditional goal for hundreds of years is to learn the art of flying. They spend hundreds of years to find a magic that can make human fly. The Zokangese and the mainlanders have been laughing at them for years.

The Avisist is a natural alliance of the Greenese and the Wood Elves in their effort to fight off the Zokangese expansion in Everland.

The only ones who are named after a bird can become a full member of the Avisist.

Human Supremacy Alliance (HSA): A worldwide network of extremists who believe that human should be the only superior race. They believe that the Orcs and the Dwarves are much stronger than Human, and the Elves are much faster and quicker than Human. Therefore, in order to "protect" the Human from those "humanoid monsters" and "save the world", they must annihilate the Orcs, Dwarves, and Elves.

The HSA determines to exterminate all humanoids, demons, monsters and "the devils" until they are extinct. That is why the HSA always have been a common enemy to all kinds of humanoid creatures, especially the Orcs.

The HSA have always been getting plenty of support from the monarchs (unofficially), the nationalists, the racists and other extremists in the land. However, many common people think (privately) that the HSA is just a bunch of moronic gangsters, criminals or psychopaths.

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Shaola is a series of heavily plots and story driven games. Guilds and factions are one of the core elements of each game, it being closely linked with the characters, plots and storylines. Although sometime the characters are not required to join a faction, it adds value to the story.

That's all for now. Thank you for reading. I hope you’re having a good time with the two projects in the Shaola series thus far.

Game Design

Is it possible to overcome the "super team" at the forest? (hints and spoilers)

After the release of version 0.1.7, there were complaints that it's nearly impossible to defeat the super team of 3 types of mushroom, poisonous vipers, and the timber wolves in the last battle in the forest.

The answer is: Yes, you can beat 'em!

And here's how:

Both Leonardo and Melissa have to drink Energizer in the first turn of the battle.

That's the only way to conquer that battle in this version (0.1.7). If you're on a difficulty level Normal and above, you might need to farming around a bit.

When there's a boss that seems like impossible to defeat, make sure to drink your Energizer! It's so expensive for a reason.

Energizer is so effective because it buffs your attack and strength for 5 turns, your defense for 3 turns, you agility for 4 turns, it increases your chance of counterattack/magic reflect by a whopping 60%, your chance of dodge/evade by 40%, you and your buddies will "cover" for each other, depends on who has the higher HP, you'll also cast the state "Ironwall" to greatly minimize the damage. Also, it will grant you 20% chance of HP regeneration and 10% chance of MP regeneration.


That's all for now. Enjoy the game!
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