Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The 'Dream Chaser' Prologue

Game Title: Wild Arms
Console: PlayStation
Developer/Publisher: MediaVision / SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Release Year: 1997
Language: English
Character Focus: Rudy

Full Reference at GameFaqs and GameSpot about Wild Arms.

Wild Arms is a story of two heroes and one heroine who struggled and fought against evil to protect their world "Filgaia" from invaders from the space. Our heroes, Rudy Roughnight, Jack van Burace, and Cecilia Adlehyde are three main characters and the only playable characters of the game.

The world explanation by the developer(COPYRIGHTED!)

THE LEGEND OF FILGAIA

The world of Filgaia is now only a shell of what existed long before. Ages
ago, under the protection of the Guardians, the world of Filgaia was a
prosperous land filled with ancient and magical beings. It was a rich, green
and fertile realm. All was well with the inhabitants of Filgaia... until a
surprise invasion by a race of Metal Demons with bodies of steel robbed them
of peace.

In order to survive, the three races of this world banded together. The
Guardians and humans fought together with the Elws, a clever race that used
technology laced with magic, to rid their planet of the alien demons. Working
together, they forced the Metal Demons to the arctic edge of Filgaia where
they have not been seen since. Having helped with the war to save Filgaia, the
Ewl became disenchanted by the greed and ruthlessness of the human race. They
became alienated and abandoned Filgaia after seeing the rapid decline of the
planet.

Even though the war to save Filgaia was won, the planet suffered terribly
during the battle. Shortly after the war, plants began to disappear on by one
until most of the grasslands were nothing more than desert wastelands.

As for the Guardians, the battle to save Filgaia drained them of their power,
and they were lost to the myths of time. Although some still hold faith in the
Guardians, they are now considered by most to be just one of the many legends
that surround the old world.

Now, 1000 years later, the war is but a memory, and slowly a new civilization
is rising from the ashes. But once again an ominous cloud hangs over the
horizon. The Metal Demons, who witnessed the collapse of their own planet,
Hiades, are preparing for the moment when they can once again descend upon
Filgaia and claim it as their new home.

Three brave warriors will hear the call of the mythic Guardians. As they ready
themselves to embark upon a journey to save their world, each is as unaware of
the others' existence as they are of their own fates. In a world brought to
ruin under the merciless attack of an alien race, the wheels of fortune are
about to turn.

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pretty exciting huh?

as for now I will focus on the main character, Rudy Roughnight.
He is literally silenced (meaning said no words in the game) which is the typical situation for the main character. He started his journey somewhere with his grandfather (or at least he thought he was). After his granddad deceased, Rudy moved to the quiet secluded town of Surf. There he worked in a farm and made his life quiet as the cows and horses around his workplace.

Prologue

The story began when Rudy tries to find a berry to save a villager's life. The son of the ill man went to pick a magical berry in a Berry Cave. All the villagers are panicked. Rudy then went in to save the boy and pick the cure berry if possible. When Rudy came to the cave, the player (me) realizes that Rudy possesses a gun-like arm which can shoot a fiery bullet at the enemy with certain accuracy and bullets capacity. This makes us wonder, who he really is... after he saved the boy and picked the berry, Rudy came back to the town. At the gate of the cave, a monster appeared and Rudy has to fight the monster with all he had (of course!) However, after the battle, the townfolks realized that Rudy possesses an ARM (Ancient Relic Machine) which has destroyed this world in the past. Fearing this, the townfolks, disregarding Rudy's effort to save the boy and the ill man, has decided to banish Rudy forever from the town of Surf.

--> at this point the player did not know if Rudy knew what kind of power he possesses... nor if he realized the fact that his arm was one of the destructive power that once destroyed Filgaia. The story just continued along as the game reveals Rudy's past. The dillemma Rudy has to face in this part is unimaginable... if he hadn't killed the monster, the boy, the ill man, and maybe the whole village might be in jeopardy. But after he had struggled his best (at least I had tried to kill the monster ASAP), the villagers revealed something scary... maybe even more scarier than the monster itself.

--> the villagers of Surf symbolize the majority population of the world. The fear of weapons, a greater power, easily motivate human to act without further thought. The start of the Cold War was also weapons, even until now... several countries tries their best to manufacture the ultimate weapon of destruction a human has ever known... nuclear. The ARMs that Rudy possesses significantly resembles nuclear. However until this part of the story, we did not know where did Rudy's ARMs come from. Therefore we cannot understand Rudy's position.

end of Prologue