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Prelude of Identity [First half of sequel now available!]

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Here's an amazing game I just finished playing. It was incredibly fun... intriguing story, great music, interesting sidequests... it could even rival a commercial RPG Maker game imo. ^_^

The developer is currently working on the sequel, yays! :celebrate:

 

 

The Story

 

You take the role of Marianne, a Liberte Knight whose strong sense of justice and liberty sets her apart from her peers. In a corrupt and abusive class system, those with the power can bring about the destruction of the entire nation. Ever since the discovery of a mutagen known as Ether, those who have mutated and taken on a new power are taken at a young age and recruited to be used as knights. The children's memories are wiped and they are trained in a specialized battle art. Their full names are changed to a single first name, and only upon reaching a high rank in the chevalier will they learn their last names. These knights can then be used as super soldiers for any purpose the government wishes, causing tyranny to the lower peasant classes.

In the town of Strasbourg live the old Franco-Germans, which has been known as one of the many epicenters of tension due to the aftermath of World War II. Marianne's initial mission is to escort the Prince of Ferrand back to Lyon from the powder-keg town of Strasbourg. Immediately, something goes wrong...

 

Meanwhile Sierra, a knight of Lyon, learns of another knight's plan to assassinate the prince and the rest of the crew during the convoy mission. Desperate to find and kill the knight responsible, she barges into the Clermont parliament in search for the knight. However, she arrives too late as they have already left early on at midnight. If the Prince of Lyon were to die, the buildup of tension throughout the years of Ferrand's existence might finally explode into a revolt against the noble population. It is up to Marianne and her crew to stop this from happening at all cost... But will they alone be enough?

 

 

The Setting

 

The game takes place in a fictional country in Europe, divided into three major provinces based off a class system. We have the Nobles, who live a modern lifestyle most Europeans today live. The Bourgeoisie who are the 2nd highest rank in the system, they make a living off trade and exploration. Finally there are the peasants, who live poorly and do not live with any modern luxuries. However, some peasants aren't that poor, but just aren't that rich either. The three classes are divided into the three provinces, and most blame the nobles for the problems that arise in this split up.

 

 

The Class System

 

Highest rank to lowest

Highest Class

- Prime Minister (PMs are elected by the people, however since nobles and bourgs make up most of the class system, the PM is usually biased)

- Royal Family (The royal family have no real power, they are mere symbols of the country's past)

- Liberte Knights (With the power of a noble, they serve under the Royal Family and PM)

Nobles

Bourgeoisie

Peasants

 

The World Around

 

Due to the events in the game, some countries have been altered from the timeline of history and has been offset by historic changes. Of such countries, one of them is France, which is now known as Ferrand. Most countries around the world have developed into modern first world countries, but Ferrand is the only country to be a first world, second world, and third world country all at the same time. Despite this, the European currency is still the Euro, and the United Kingdom is one of the few countries to keep their old currency, although Euros may be used to purchase items from the UK. This game, and games to come will mostly take place in Ferrand, and will never reach farther the the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

The Characters

 

Marianne

mariannearmorgd5.pngAge: 16

Sex: Female

Origin: Clermont, Ferrand

Class: Knight of Fire

Occupation: Liberte Knight

 

The main character of this chapter, she is a Liberte Knight for the capital city of Clermont. Marianne was a name given to her by the Knights Legion, and only she knows her real name. Marianne is usually a calm and cheerful person, she is the type to make things work when it comes to disputes. She also has a strong moral standing against drugs, alcohol, guns, and many other things she finds morally offensive. Despite being such a positive person, she isn't very confident in herself as a woman and her appearance. Marianne can also become quite serious when she needs to be, and this causes her friends who are used to her positive side to become concerned. She is a very observant person, usually saying out loud what she thinks, as if to inform somebody else of what she is observing. In terms of combat, she is a very powerful front line fighter, and a decent Ether user. She can use varying types of blades, from rapiers to two-handed swords.

 

Sierra

sierracloakng9.png Age: 15

Sex: Female

Origin: Lyon, Ferrand

Class: Knight of the Moon

Occupation: Liberte Knight

 

Sierra is a knight for the Auxen capital city of Lyon. Her job is to protect members of the royal family, as well as preform other tasks typical of Knights. Being from the province of peasants, her group of knights are also treated as such by the other knights. She easily gets over excited, and over passionate in her endeavors, which usually causes her to fail. Her failures and Marianne's constant successes causes her to become co-dependent on Marianne, as Sierra thinks of her as a superior knight in every way. Despite this, Sierra is the main Ether user of the party, with a wide variety of skills to take advantage of. She is easily one of the most powerful Ether users in the country, as her Ether variation is rare. She also makes a decent melee fighter, since she can duel wield any combination of close range weapons such as sabers and daggers.

 

Jacque

jacquecloakqv1.png Age: 22

Sex: Male

Origin: Lyon, Ferrand

Class: Sharpshooter

Occupation: Teacher/Explorer

 

Jacque is the name of a man whose thirst for adventure ends him up in a lot of trouble. He ends up in a trap during one of his excavations, and would have died there if Marianne and Sierra didn't show up. However, his real profession is not exploring, but it is as a teacher in an orphanage. His exploration of ruins are in the hope that he will one day find something to pay for the children he takes care of. He is a very knowledgeable person and very resourceful when it comes to exploration. Despite this, he still winds up in all the traps and gets the party in a lot of trouble. In combat he stays in the back and shoots with his Ether gun, a gun which uses TP (rechargeable with a skill called reload). He's powerful when he has ammo, and when he doesn't his pistol whip still packs a punch. Using Ether Drives on him can raise his ammo capacity, as he does not gain more TP as he ranks up.

 

 

The Details

 

Scripts used:- Lomexi's Battle Theme Adjuster

- Quest Journal V1.1 + Paragraph Formatter, by modern algebra

- Caterpillar, by unknown

- Advanced Lighting, by Kylock

- Simple Sideview Battle System + Backdrop system, by Claimh

- Moghunter Animated Title Screen

- Syvkals Menu Bars

- On Screen Shop + Battle Results, by Worale

- No Battle Entry Message, by Magica

Music used is from the Xenogears OST

Snake Eater by Cynthia Harrell

Aurora by Eri Kamiya

Graphics are mostly RTP, custom sprites from a character generator, Windows Mobile 7 based window skin created by me.

Quests Available (The ones listed in the mission log)21 total so far.

Total Maps

165 so far

Expected Game Length

Act I: 5 Hours +

Act II: 8 Hours +

Game Size

65mb

 

 

Screenshots

 

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Download Prelude of Identity

 

Player Survey

If you have completed the game, then feel free to do this survey to tell the creator what you think, as it will improve future games.

 

 

Download demo of the sequel, Crescendo of Identity (Contains 10 Hours of gameplay!)

 

Patch

You must download and apply patch to continue after version 3.1. (Simply replace game files)

 

 

Have fun! :)

 

 

NOTE: Press the Alt and Enter key to switch between full screen and windowed mode.

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I just finished this amazing game! I really loved the way two unlikely elements as the French Revolution and a Xenogears-inspired science fiction story came together. I also found inspiring the way the protagonist, Marianne, develops into a strong leader. Its really the sidequests though, full of video game cameos, which really push this one over the top.

 

Can't wait for the sequel!

 

@UntoldReveries:

Don't spend too much time looking for Bill. You should find him easily once you reach England, later in the game.

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@Revvie: Yeah, Celestrine is right... Bill's package is a long quest but he's impossible to miss when the time comes. If you find him you'll get a good prize.

 

As for the train trips, you can buy a permanent pass later in the game that'll let you travel to all the towns (unlimited times) for free. :)

 

@Celestrine: Glad you enjoyed the game as much as I did! :D Yup, the quests are the best part ;)

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The grave quotes at the Clermont Cemetary are hilarious. :lol: Here are some of them --

 

Batman - 2008 : "He finally met his match"

George B. : "They wouldn't bury him back in his own country"

Barack O. : "We expected too much"

Steve J. : "iDied"

Rick A. : "Never gonna give you up"

 

:laughing:

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This game doesn't seem to like me much. I only have Marianne and Sierra right now... was able to be Ifrit, can't be Shiva... and can't beat that water monster boss in the waterways either :(... I've got it saved in the dungeon after having defeated Ifrit though... lol...

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Shiva is a toughie, I had a difficult time too. What level are you? I think level 9-10 would be good enough. Use your blind skill as soon as possible to avoid her gunshots. Then keep casting your best fire spells. You can even try poisoning her with Poispores. Goodluck! :)

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lol... I don't have anymore Poispores... and I am at level 10... the blind skill isn't working long. But I will try again.

 

Edit: Beat her! Was able to do it at Level 11 and the Sexy Smile skill worked longer this time around.

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