Shinning Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon
Character Stories
Version 1.2


Information collected by "Minor Annoyance" for his own use, but he'll let you
read it too. His speaking in the third person is also for your benefit, and I
for one thank him for it.
I've submitted this guide to GameFaqs.com and no where else so I shouldn't see
it anywhere else.

I'm not taking submissions of completed characters stories right now because
I'm not finished the current saves I'm playing, but I'll likely not get very
many finished so I probably will in the future.

To get a character to tell their whole story, you will have to have them in
every battle from when you get them, and talk to them between every battle.
I've also heard that they have to level up and you can't let them die, but
I've had a character die and they still keep talking and I don't know for sure
about the leveling, but I'm pretty sure you can't just have them stand around
doing nothing in a battle and still hear their story.

*****
*Ken*
*****

Now I'll finally learn how to fight a good battle. Thanks a lot Max!

If you want, I could tell you my life story. My father was a knight at the
castle like Mae's. His name was Thomas. But, he passed away when I was
small...

My father was second in command of the Band of Knights, under Lord Varios. I
was just a child, but to me he seemed a quiet man, more like a scholar than a
knight. Even in battle he was rarely at the front line - an adviser, rather
than a fighter. I was often teased by the kids of the other knights. "Your old
man's a coward!" It was hard...

When I was a kid, there was a band of thieves who roamed around Guardiana.
Known as the Wind Fang Clan, this group of former knights terrorized the
populace. The order came for our knights to get rid of the thieves. Led by
lord Varios, the knights left the country. My father was among them. It should
have been easy. The Wind Famg Clan might once have been knights, but now they
were criminals. The knights were in for a shock, though.

The Guardiana knights closed in on the Wind Fang Clan in the western
mountians. But, this was a trap devised by the thieves. There had set an
ancient super-weapon, the Laser Eye. It was a monstrous machine. The terrible
light from its massive pupil could reduce anything to ashes.

The Laser Eye's power was overwhelming. The knights could not approach the
enemy. But if they gave up, the thieves would use the threat of the Laser Eye
and attack the villages again. So, my father came up with a plan. It went like
this...

My father's plan was to use diversionary tactics. A decoy would be used to
distract the enemy so that the other knights could attack. It seems there was
a dispute over who should be the decoy. They all stepped forward. But in the
end, it was decided that my father would be the decoy.

My father volunteered to act as a decoy. Everyone was taken aback. He'd always 
been more of an adviser - he wouldn't normally volunteer for dangerous tasks. 
But, this time was different. My father was well aware of the danger. So, he 
decided that he had to take on the role.

So, my father became the decoy. Carrying a flag to make him stand out, my 
father charged right at the Laser Eye. The Laser Eye aimed its evil light at my 
father ad shot at him several times. But, while this was going on, the main 
unit was able to get close to the Laser Eye. The knights managed to defeat the 
thieves guarding the Laser Eye and destroy it. But...

The unit destroyed the Laser Eye, but when they returned for my father, all 
they could find was the charred remains of his lance. His body had vanished 
without a trace, scorched by the Laer Eye's light... ............

Shortly after my father died, Mae turned up at my house, out of the blue. We 
knew each other before that, but we'd never really talked that much... I didn't 
know what she wanted. She dragged me outside with a terrible look on her face. 
I had no idea where we were going. She took me into the mountains behind the 
house.


*****
*Tao*
*****

Am I being of use to you? As long as there's breath in my body, I'll keep
fighting!

If you like, I could tell you about myself. The reason I became a mage... It's
a long story... Before I became a mage. I was a maid at a castle. The castle
was a way off in Pipory Village, in the west of Guardiana. It's a small forest
village, inhabited by elves. My parents and I lived happily there in peace.
Until that monster showed up...

A ferocious Cerberus started prowling around in the mountains behind the
village. When it got hungery, it would come down from the mountain and snatch
villagers. Not just grown-ups, but children, too. All were swallowed whole. It
seemed as though the population would be wiped out before long. At a village
meeting, the elders decided to slay the Cerberus, But...

It was a village of elves, but not everyone was versed in magic. There were
only two mages in the village. They were my parents. I was a trainee
practitioner under my mother and father, but I was far from an expert. My
parents turned their efforts to slaying the Cerberus. One cold morning, my
parents said goodbye to me, and went off into the mountains.

Many days passed after they left for the mountains. But however long I waited,
my parents did not come back. In fact... they never came back. But a short
while later, the body of the Cerberus was found in the mountains. It had
killed my parents at the same time they killed it. Or so, everyone thinks.

I was still young when I lost my parents, so I was taken in by my uncle and
aunt. The child of the heroes who had saved the village... At first, I was
treated well. But after some years, a horrible rumor was started, that it
wasn't my parents who had slain the Cerberus... A really aweful rumor.

They said the Cerberus hadn't been killed, but died from an injury or illness.
They said my parents had fled, too scared to fight the monster. That's their
bodies had never been found, why they didn't return to the village. That was
the story. It made me feel awful. I tried to ignore it. But... I would never
have guessed who started the rumor...

The idea that my parents had fled from the Cerberus... The ones who started
that rumor were my aunt and uncle. They were good people, so why would they do
such a thing...? I couldn't understand it.

My uncle and aunt had started the rumor... Despit knowing that, I continued to
live with them. I had nowhere else to go. ............

But even with time, the rumor didn't die down. The people of the village
regarded me with cold eyes. So, one day... I left. I didn't know where I was
going. I went into the mountains and wandered for days. In time, I became
exhausted... and passed out. As I lost consciosness, I though to myself, "This
is the end."

I had died... I was sure of it. When I opened my eyes, I saw a beutiful person 
who I thought must me an angel. But, it was a human. It was Anri. She had 
isolated herself in the mountains to practice her magic. I had a terrible 
fever. Anri stayed by my side and cared for me. ...If I had not met Anri, I 
would certainly have died.


******
*Hans*
******

I'm begging you. Don't put me in the front. I hate getting thumped.

You know, I'm interested in fortune telling. I can tell your fortune in many 
ways. Let's try a few things and see what the future holds for you. First... 
Let's look at your Color Fortune. Your coat is blue. Blue is the color of hope, 
and the color of growth. It can also signal failure. That is, in the future... 
you'll fail a lot, but you'll succeed too. I suppose it means "Don't lose 
hope."

This time we'll try your Card Fourune. Here are 5 cards. Chose your favorite
one. You've chosen, right? OK... You've picked a <star>... It has edges
pointing both outward and inward... In other words, you've got many enemies,
but plenty of allies too. You can't let your guard down, but no need to
despair either, I guess.

This time let's look at your Dream Fortune. Have and dreams last night? What?
You haven't dreamed for ages? Hmm... That means... Well, it signals a fear of
what the future holds. Don't be scared of the future. When you have choices to
make you should be bold!

This time, we'll try your Face Fortune. Let's see... Hmm... Still a bit
rounded like a child's face, but wiht an adult's chin. I see, I see. It shows
the past and future. Some kind of great destiny awaits. A great destiny. But,
don't let it overwhelm you. It's important to stay cool.

This time I'll tell your Name Fourtune. Um... "Max"... Give me a moment. I'm
starting to sense something... ............ Wow, this is unusual! You will
walk an exceptional path through like. It certainly won't be boring, but many
hardships await. That's the sort of name it is.

This time, let's try your Career Fortune. Would you let me take a look at the
sword you use? Hmm... Yes, I see. You are a forward-thinking person. If you're
going to change careers, do it soon.

This time, let's see your Jewel Fortune. Put you hand into this leather pouch
for me. Then, pull out a jewel. What have you got? A pink diamond? ...A
specialty of Bustoke. That stone suggests that you're "charitable but
dispassionate". You're everyone's friend, but there's also a cold streak in
you. Am I right?

This time let's try the good old Color Fortune. The color of your eyes is a
bluish green... No, a greenish blue? Oh, never mind! Let's call it green,
shall we? Green is the color of life, and the color of well-being. But, it
also indicates vulnerability. Hmm, this is tricky. Con't let your guard
down... That's probably what it means.

Now, let's try your Hair Fortune. Let me have a strand. Hey! Come on! It won't 
hurt that much! Now, which one shall I take? Your hair's vary fine... Hair like 
yours is prone to... You're in danger of going bald! You should start doing 
something about it right now!

This time I'll tell your Love Fourture. Let's find your perfect match. OK, 
close your eyes and concentrate. I'm starting to sence what's in your heard... 
Got ot! Your ideal match is... ...a little selfish, ...fairly head-strong, 
...occasionaly sentimental, ...and stingy! That's your perfect match! Remember 
what I've told you!

This time, I'll tell your Money Fortune. Show me your palm. Hmm... OK, got it! 
Put simply, you'll have money troubles. A lot coming in, but a fortune going 
out! Before you buy something, try to decide whether you really need it or not.


******
*Luke*
******

Nothing to fear while I'm here! I'll be in the front line as long as you need
me.

You know that I'm from the Guardiana Band of Warriors, right? Don't you think
it's odd that it's called the "Band of Warriors"?, when I'm the only member?
Let me tell you why that is...

It was when Gort was still in active service, long before I entered the band.
There were 108 dwarf warriors in the band back then. They were known far and
wide as the strongest warriors in the land. But then, one day...

An order came from the King to root out some pirates. The pirates were
attacking merchant ships in the waters off Rindo nearly every day. With
essential goods not reaching the port, both Rindo and Guardiana were in
trouble.

The warrior dwarves set off from Rindo in a boat with young Gort as their
captain. For days they were tossed about by the sea, before finally finding
the pirates.

The dwarves were at a disadvantage. But, they fought bravely. The worriors
drove their ship into the pirates' and boarded. The pirates were tough... But,
Gort and his men were tougher, making short work of the enemy. Nevertheless...

The Guardiana Band of Warriors had found the pirates and fought them bravely.
But, as the last pirate tumbled into the sea... the waves parted. A Giant
Kraken, the white demon emperor of the seas, attacked.

As you might know, the Giant Kraken is a huge squid-like monster. Its mouth
alone is big enough to swallow an entire ship. And its tentacles are as long
as half the Rune continent. This monster sent both ships hurtling to the
bottom of the ocean in a instant.

Escaping the monster's attack. Gort and a few of his men made it back to the 
port. But of the 108 warriors, only 10 were left alive. Gort took 
responsibility and resigned from his post. That was a long time ago now.

The Band of Warriors went on even after Gort left. But, the Band of Knights 
harrassed the members untill they quit. In the end, not one was left.

This happened when I was a kid... I found a small bottle washed up on the 
shore. Inside was a letter. "We are now on an island in the south", it read.

The letter I'd found was from the Band of Warriors. Everyone thought all but 
Gort and a few other men had been killed by the Giant Kraken. In fact, many 
were alive and well on an island somewhere in the south.

I showed the letter to Gort and the other men who'd made up the Band of 
Warriors. But... maybe because I was a kid, they wouldn't believe me. All the 
grown-ups said it was somebody's idea of a joke. Only I believed it was real.

The last thing written in the letter was this: "The Guardiana Band of Warriors 
will never die! One day we shall return!" So, I made a decision.


******
*Lowe*
******

I'm here so that you can concentrate on fighting! Don't you be forgetting
that!

Aw! I'm starvin'! I could eat a Giant Bat steak right now. If that's not on
the menue, deep-fried Giant Bat'll do. I'm dying of hunger!

Aw! I'm starvin'! I wanna sink my teeth into an Alterone gourmet steak! If
that's not available, some Manarian gruel would be OK instead.

Wow! I'm hungry! I could gobble down some Quik Chicken curry right now! If
that's not on the menu,Turbo Pepper stir-fry! Oh, yeah! I'm starvin'!

My belly's rumlin'! I could gulp down some Shellfish stew! If there's none of
that, then some Conch soup! I'm starvin' indeed!

I'm H-U-N-G-R-Y! I could polish off a Bustoke beef bowl right now. If not
that, then I'll settle for a Bustoke pork chop. Wow, I'm starvin'!

Whew! I'm starvin'! I wanna try some Waral watermelon parfait! A waral
strawberry sundae sounds good too! Yup! I'm starvin'!

Wow! I'm hungry! I wanna get some Paopig pork in my belly! If there's none of
that then Paopig bacon'll do. Boy, that sounds good!

I'm famished! I wanna munch on some Bustoke mountain vegetables! If that's not
on the menu, I'll take some Bustoke nut salad. Wow, I'm starvin'!

I'm huuuungry! I could go for some Shade Abbey crackers! If there's none of 
those, how 'bout Shade wafers? Oh, yes! I'm hungry!

Wow! I'm starvin'! I could devour some giant squid-ink pasta! If not that, then 
how 'bout a seafood pizza! That'd hit the spot!


*********
*Mawlock*
*********

I'm a card artist. I can help you with a myraid of different tactics.

It must be some kind of fate that has brought us together on our travels... It
seems like the perfect chance for me to tell you a bit about... the card. How
did that mysterious card come to exist in the first place...? That's where the
story begins.

Long, Long ago... there lived a man... A mage... No, wait. Since it's you I'll
tell it to you straight. He was a researcher, an incredibly clever scientist.
It was with his research that it all began...

The man was studying images and light, using them to record pictures of people
and scenery... This is what he researched. Why was he so determined to carry
out this research? There was a reason for this. He had a daughter he loved
very much. He was a widower, so she was all he had left. His daughter was the
reason he began his research...

The man's daughter was young and beautiful. But... She had a chronic,
incurable disease, and she had only six months to live. "If I can't save her,
then I shall keep an eternal memory of her beauty." This is what the man
thought. So, he began researching ways to record people's images.

The man continued his research day and night. He met with famous mages and
deepened his knowledge of light and spirit magic. The man worked so hard that
there was no time for sleep. But, he was getting nowhere. The one day, and old
man came along and game him some advice. No one knows who the old man was of
what advice it was that he gave him. One story is that the old man was the
devil himself... That's what people say.

After this meeting, the man somehow managed to complete his research. It was
three days before his daughter died. Although she was so close to death, she
was as beautiful as ever, shiming like a jewel. What the man had produced from
his research was a small card. By holding up his card he could recond images
of people and scenery.

The man used the card he'd made to capture the image of his daughter. 
Reproduced on the small card, it was as if she was still alive. No, not as 
if...In fact, his daughter really was alive inside the card.

The card that the man had made to capture not only the image of it's subject... 
It also managed to capture the strange powars that exist in the essance of 
people's souls. The man's daughter, living on inside the card, was able to 
comfort him in this way. Even after his daughter died the man lived a happy 
life with his beloved card.

Many years passed and the man grew old and eventually died. He had worked so 
hard to make the card, but had only used one for his daughter. About 100 blank 
cards were left when he died. They fell into the hands of many people. But, 
none of them understood the power hidden inside the cards. Now that so much 
time has passed, we don't even know where the cards are...

I found one of the cards myself and came to understand their hidden power. How 
did I figure it out? Sorry, but I can't tell you that... What can you do with 
the mysterious powers of the cards...? That's the question you should be asking 
yourself.

......That's it. Now. I have told you all I can about the cards. If you want to 
talk more, I could go over what I already told you...


******
*Gong*
******

Leave everything to me. I can fight and treat your wonds. I'll do all I can.

You could do worse than to listen to what I've got to say. Although...
Actualy, I don't really have much to say... Hm? Oh, you're wondering what I've
got in my backpack... Very well. In that case, I'll tell you about that. I am
a traveling monk. I have everything I could possibly need in here. First of
all, I have this bedroll attachment. It's specially made you know, with Paopig
skin lining. It's cool in summer, and warm in winter. Whith this, I can sleep
in comfort anywhere.

I've got all kinds of things in my backpack. Let's see... These little pills.
They contain Medical Herb extract, so they're full of goodness. Take just one
of these, and you'll feel fine all day.

What else have I got in this backpack? Let's see... Some rope. It's thin, but
made with the toughest of braided Paopig hair. One length of this, and I can
climb any mountain, bind up my things, even make a fire!

There are plenty of things in my backpack. Let's see... A change of
underclothes. Keeping clean is the key to a sharp appearance. Come to think of
it, how often do you change your underwear?

I've got all kinds of things in this here backpack. Let's see... This little
tin cup. Of course I use it to drink water, but... I also use it when I made
soup, or to boil up Medical Herbs. When you're traveling, it's best to have
things you can use for many purposes.

What other things have I got in here... Let's see... Yes, this pot. In here
I've got panacea. This ointment is effective for bites and stings, cuts,
burns, frostbite and other ailments. The only problem is... Ah?! Can you smell
it? I'm used to it now, but some people pass out... It's too late now. The
smell is on you already! There's no need to worry. After about ten days,
you'll smell normal again! Ha ha ha! ...Sorry about that. I should have told
you before...

I've got all kinds of things in my backpack here. Let's take a look... This 
white towel, for instance.Naturaly I use it to dry myself, but I also use it to 
keep the sun off my head. There's not much else up there to keep the sun off!


******
*Gort*
******

Whaddya reckon? Pretty strong, huh?! I won't lose to any young upstarts!

Hello, Max. Now seems like a good time to tell you my heroic tale. It happend
back when I led the Band of Warriors. A long time ago, there was an enormous
monster tht struck fear into the hearts of all Rune. It was a Terra Whale, a
frightening whale-like beast that lived on land.

The Terra Whale... In fact, it wasn't a land whale at all... It was a big
earthworm... You know what I mean, right? One of them. Its body was like a
long piece of string. Exactly like a normal piece of string. Exactly like a
normal worm, but much bigger. Much, much bigger... Its size was incredible!
Bigger than a town. So long that its tail dissappeard over the horizon!

The Terra Whale appeared out of the blue one day in the land we now call
Uranbatol. It had been sleeping for many years underground, but something had
woken it up. The Terra Whale started to move east from there. Its mouth was
bigger than a lake, and it gobbled up any plants or animals in its path.

Make no mistake, the Terra Whale was enormous. It gobbled up half of the
plants on the Pao Plains. And it managed to cross that enormous distance in
just five days. It was then that we begain to hear about the beast in
Guardiana...

It was obvious what would happen if we just sat there and did nothing. The
Terra Whale would come through Bustoke and Manarina, and end up in Guardiana.
We held a war council... Nova, Lord Varios of the Band of Knights, and yours
truly. We dicided that we had to do something to intercept that thing. Leaving
the battle plans to Nova, I headed for Bustoke whith the Band of Warriors.
It's hard for knights to fight in the mountains, you see.

When we headed for Bustoke, we finally saw the Terra Whale with our own eyes.
It was unbelievable... It didn't look like a living thing at all... It was as
if a mountain... no, a huge river, had come to life and started moving. I
honestly thought that there was no way we could defeat that thing...

But... Nova came to the rescue with an excellent plan. He called it the Hole in 
One Plan. It came from underground, so we could try to send it back. That was 
the idea. As you know, we dwarves are excellent at digging holes, and the 
people of Bustoke gave us a hand too. We dug a gigantic hole north to trap the 
Terra Whale. Then, all we could do was wait...

We saw the enormous Terra Whale appear over the mountains. As Nova had 
predicted, it was heading straight for the hole we'd dug. At the end of the 
day, he was just a big, stupid worm. We watched and laughed... But when the 
Terra Whale reached the hole, he just slithered straight over. We panicked and 
ran away.

There was a reason why the Terra Whale didn't fall into the hole. It'd been 
eating all those plants and any Paopigs too slow to get out of its way... And 
the Terra Whale had gotten fat... That's how it was able to avoid our trap...

The Hole in One Plan didn't work, but Nova had another idea... ...the Whirlwind 
Worm Whirler Plan. Every spring in Bustoke, we always get a whirlwind. The plan 
wa to predict where it would occur and try to get the Terra Whale whisked away. 
Nova studied the sky and made a prediction of where the whirlwind would hit. 
But, then we realized there was a hitch.

This whirlwind worm whirling business was all well and good, but... how would 
we attract it to the right place? Nova solved this one, too, with the Pal Plan. 
It wasn't as big as the Terra Whale, but we made an enormous, long, thin 
balloon. We dragged this balloon to where the whirlwind would hit, hoping to 
lure the monster.

The Pal Plan was a huge success! The Terra Whale followed our balloon, and 
then... just as Nova had predicted, we saw a huge whirlwind coming over the 
horizon. The Terra Whale was sucked up into the whirlwind! We all rejoiced! 
But... Then we couldn't believe our eyes...

The Terra Whale opened its huge mouth and swallowed the whirlwind! And right 
before our eyes, its body doubled in size! Well, it was a monster. Plants and 
animals were just snacks. A whirlwind was a proper meal! The Terra Whale was 
now bigger that a mountain. It continued on its journey south. If we didn't 
stop it, Bustoke would be totally destroyed. But, we were powerless...


*****
*Mae*
*****

I'll take care of the enemy! If you leave me out of the group, you'll regret
it!

...What's wrong? Do I look weird of something? ...I don't, do I? I hope not...

............ ... Ah, Max!I didn't notice you, sorry. I was thinking about
something. It's OK. Nothing to worry about.

............ To be honest, I'm feeling a bit down. My country, Guardiana...
Leaving has made me a little on edge. I know what you're thinking! But, it
doesn't mean I'm becoming faint-hearted... It may come as a surprise to you,
but I've been abroad before for training... I was with my father back then, of
course...

What? I'm fine, I tell you! I've forgotten all about Guardiana now. Well, no,
not exacly. How could I possibly forget about Guardiana?! In fact, I'm always
thinking about it... But right now, Runefaust and the Legacy of the Gods are
more important. So, I'll cary out my mission and then return to Guardiana.
Until then, I won't waste time thinking about it anymore. That's all wanted
to say really.

Traveling all the time... It's tough, but maybe not so bad. It's a pity that
we're doing it because of a war and not just for fun... Ah! Forget I said
that! I'm a knight! I shouldn't be saying things like that.

When I talk to you I feel a bit odd... I think I better avoid talking to you
from now on... Sorry! Just joking! Don't take it seriously...

Max, I've never told anyone this before, but... I'm sure I can trust you. Do
you want to hear about my mother? She died when I was a child. Her name was
Arisa. She was a Guardiana's first female knight...

My mother wasn't always a knight from Guardiana. She came to Guardiana from a
country in the west. When she arrived she was badly injured and close to
death... My father. Varios, helped her...

My mother was saved by my father, but she remained totally silent... Days and 
days went by, Her wounds healed, but she still wouldn't speak... Then one 
morning, she snuck out of the castle and ran away. But... My father followed 
her. When I asked him why, he turned bright red! Ha ha ha! Funny, huh? It 
seemed he'd fallen in love with her!


*******
*Khris*
*******

You've got to take care of even minor injuries. Tell me if you get hurt. OK?

Um... ............ You've done so much for me, but I haven't really told you
about myself yet, have I? ...How rude of me. If you like, I could introduce
myself now.

I was born in a small village called Mimoor, not far from Alterone. It's a
quiet village inhabited entirely by Cantaul people like me. I...don't know
much about my parents. I was bought up by a kind priest at a Mimoor church.
There were lots of other kids at the church who had no parents. We all thought
of the priest as our father, and we lived there happily together.

We didn't have much, but we had fun. Oh! Let me tell you more about life at
the church! Everyone got up early there. And as soon as we got up, we said our
morning prayers. After prayers, we'd all go to help the priest. And then, it'd
be time for breakfast. We only had bread and soup but anyway... eating
together with everyone else made it taste great.

After breakfast, we'd all get back to work. There was lots to do: cleaning the
church, welcoming the people who'd come to pray... After lunch, the younger
children played outside, and the older ones would study. We took turns making
the evening meal. We used home-grown vegetables, so it was always delicious.

After dinner, we had time to do whatever we wanted. I used to read books to
the younger children. We didn't have many books, so I'd make my own. They
weren't very good, but still... Tales of kind witches, or the adventures of
baby dragons. And the tale of the town under the sea. ...I made up all sorts.

At night, we all slept together in one room. In summer, it was a bit hot, but
in winter, we'd keep each other warm. It wasn't cold at all, and it was great
fun, all of us together. ...Yea, it was so much fun living at the church.
Well, it was until...

One summer, a terrible disease came to Mimoor and spread throughout the
village. The weaker children got high fevers and passed away. Many children
from the church got the disease and... died. ............ There was a cure,
but... it was so expensive, we couldn't afford it. The priest and I were
terrified... More and more children were falling sick every day...

I was the oldest of the children there... But, there was nothing I could do to
help... All I could do was will the dying children to live... and pray... For
days and days, all I did was pray... Then, one morning... I was praying at the
church... when suddenly...

A blinding light shone through the stained glass. I felt the light go deep 
inside my body. ............ And in that instant, I had a realization - that I 
had a great strength within me... I had the power of healing. I could help cure 
sick and injured people. ...It was a miracle. With my gift, I was able to cure 
the children suffering with the desease.

But... My healing power had come too late... Half of the children of the church 
had already died. Why didn't the gods give me my power sooner, when there was 
still time...? ............

The priest knew about my gift, and told me this: "Leave this church. Go out and 
use your gift to help as many people as you can." In any cas, it was time for 
me to leave the church and stand on my own two feet. So, I did as the priest 
asked, and left the church to start work. It was so hard to say farewell to 
everyone... They were like brothers and sisters to me... No, even closer...

Having left the church, I decided to look for work in Alterone. I wanted to 
find a job where I could earn a lot of money. The church never had much money, 
and this made life difficult for them. I wanted to send as much money back 
there as possible. I managed to find a job as maid for the Princess of Alterone 
Castle.


******
*Anri*
******

Max, you're doing a great job. Take care of yourself, OK?

......Max... You're our leader, and I think we should try to understand each
other a little better... ............ ... Where shall we start? I thought I
could start by telling you more about myself... I'm not really accustomed to
talking in this way... ............ ......Forgive me. Let's talk later.

......Do you know... ...what I really like? Oh, silly me! Of course you
wouldn't know! When I was younger, I loved drawing more than anything. I
couldn't seem to do it very well, but still...

I already told you about how I liked to draw pictures, didn't I? Now, why
don't I tell you about what kind of pictures they were. At first, I would only
draw scenery... Mountains, rivers, the sea. Any kind of landscape. But...... I
got into a lot of trouble when they found out I was sneaking out of the
castle.

I was forbidden from leaving the castle. So, I had to draw people instead. My
father, the King. Ministers. Maids. Knights. I drew them all... At first,
people were glad to be drawn by me. But, I pestered them too much... and after
a while they would all run away when they saw me coming. After that... I just
drew cats.

............ ............ I'm sorry, Max. When I start talking about my
beloved pictures, I just can't stop... Something besides that... Hmm, let me
see... When I was a child, I admired the knights so much that I tried to train
like they do... It was a waste of time. I'm totally useless when it comes to
anything physical.

......Max, May I ask you something? Do you enjoy talking to me? ...It's OK.
You don't have to answer that. ......Surly I have something interesting to
tell you... I'll give it some thought.

......Max, I've done a lot of thinking, and I realized something... My purpose
wasn't to entertain you with funny stories, but for you to get to know me. So,
in that case... What should I tell you? Um...... My favorite color is white.

............ My favorite food is...... I don't really have one. I'm the sort
who'll receive any food gratefully. It's the way I was brought up.

......Oh yes, I know! It's not that I dislike them, but... I'm not too keen on 
sweets. The maids' children in the castle like to eat sweets and cakes, but I'm 
not a fan. I don't mind sweets if they're not too sugary, though...

When I have free time, I like to read books about magic. I started reading back 
in Guardiana, but... in Manarina, I had more time than ever to read. It was 
wonderful because there were more books than I could possibly get through.


********
*Arthur*
********

I'm really grateful for the chance to join this battle! I won't let you down!

So, without further ado, Arthur's Trivia Corner! Now that you're here, why
don't I tell you some unimportant, useless trivia?! First, Guardiana's
specialty. It's the sweet, fruity- smelling Guardiana carrot! On guardiana
farms, many tasty veggies are grown, but the carrot is number one. Guardiana
carrot juice, Guardiana carrot cake, Guardiana carrot puree, Guardiana carrot
soup, Guardiana carrot noodles, saute. All of them have the finest most mouth-
watering taste!

...Here it is... Arthur's Trivia Corner! The name of the filthy rich King of
Alterone... It's not very useful, but... it's Charles Granard Culprang Don the
4th! Isn't that a great name? A grand name doesn't guarantee a great
personality. Just one more bit of trivia.

...So without further ado, here's Arthur's Trivia Corner! The name of the
leader of the industrial town, Rindo... It's Mocha Doccha. He's very popular,
and now he's in his tenth term as leader.

...Are you ready for Arthur's Trivia Corner?! Do you know the full name of the
leader of the magical land of Manaria? It's Otrant Eismann, a.k.a. the All-
seeing Guardian.

...Time for another Arthur's Trivia Corner! The head monk of Shade Abbey is 
called... Dong. He's called that after the noice of the huge church bell. 
...Actualy, I made that up!

...So here we go with Arthur's Trivia Corner! Du you know the full name given 
to the King of mountainous Bustoke? It's Zylo Duun Munster. In the dialect of 
the Bustoke region, "Zylo, King of the Mountains". Straight from the horse's 
mouth!

...Time for another Arthur's Trivia Corner! The wagons which travel the Pao 
Plains are called the Pao Caravan. Know what pulls them? It's an old engine 
from about 150 years ago. It can be fueled by anything but nowadays it runs 
mostly on Paopig dung. Well, I guess it's cheap, and good for the enviroment.


**********
*Balbaroy*
**********

I'll keep fighting until these wings break! On the King of the Sky's honor!

There is a story passed down among the Birdmen about a hero. The hero's name
is Vern. He is also known as the Soaring One. Now is a good time to tell you
about him. We are Birdmen of course, but we live on the ground. We only fly
when we are hunting of traveling. In other words, flying is nothing more than
a skill we use. But, Vern was different.

Vern Lived hundreds of years ago. From the moment he was born, he had unusually
large wings. It's said that from the moment he hatched from his egg, he could
fly freely. When he was a young boy, Vern only thought about one thing,
flying. Higher! Faster! He thought of nothing else.

Vern built up strength in his wings, hoping to fly higher than anyone. But,
that was a difficult challenge. High in the sky the air is thin. There is a
limit to how far wings can take you. Vern had many setbacks. He fell out of
the sky, nearly losing his life many times.

Still... Eventually, he managed to reach a place higher in the sky than anyone
had ever been. It was a strange world that no one else knew anything about.
Where the sky changes from blue to black. Vern saw more and more bizarre
things...

The first thing Vern saw were soft, transparent things like bubbles. He
thought that it was a gathering of spirits... those who'd passed away. Led by
the spirits, Vern went even higher. As it was getting harder to beat his
wings, and difficult to breathe in the thin air, something huge appeared in
front of Vern.

An enormous castle had appeared in front of Vern. A castle the size of which
he had never seen anywhere on Earth was floating in the sky. The group of
bubbles went inside the castle, but Vern hesitated. The place where spirits go
is heaven.. Or could it be hell... Either way, it was a place for the
departed. That was how Vern was thinking.

But, Vern was exhausted, and could beat his wings no more. There was nothing
he could do but just fall back to Earth... So, Vern made up his mind to
venture inside the castle in the sky, for better or worse. The castle was
surreal. Without beating his wings, Vern floated in space. The rooms looked
the same on all sides. He had never seen such a strange place.

Vern Decided to explore the huge floating castle. It was so unfeasibly big that 
looking in all rooms took days. Eventualy, Vern entered a room deep in the 
heart of the castle. It's said a solitary old man was there...

According to the old man, the castle was a vessel for crossing the sea of 
stars. He said the spirits of our world were of great worth on his faraway 
planet. It was his job to collect the spirits and take them back to that 
faraway world. And then, the old man asked Vern... "Wouldn't you like to go and 
see such a distant star?"

After much thought, Vern decided to accept the old man's offer. After all, it 
was Vern's wish to go higher and further than anyone else. So, he set off with 
the old man for the world of the distant star.

What happened to Vern in that faraway world...? Nobody really knows. We do know 
one thing. Vern did return to this world. But, he didn't show himself to us 
Birdmen. So, where did Vern go? Well...


******
*Amon*
******

Leave airborne battles to me! With these wings, no enemy will defeat us!

............ I'm sure my husband has told you about Vern and the Birdman
legend, right? In that case, I could... Of course! Let me teach you some old
Birdman spells. They work really well. First of all, the Battle Victory Spell.
It's quite simple. Always make sure you're wearing pink clothes. Those clothes
you're wearing, they're... ............ all you've got, right?

Another old Birdman spell... The Don't Buy Things You Don't Need Spell. Here's
what you say... "Abracadabra! Withhold the gold!" Chant this at night before
you go to sleep.

Another old Birdman spell... The Love Comes True Spell. Ah! Was that a twinkle
in your eye? Well, I suppose you're at that age, aren't you...?! So, here's
the spell... On 16 pieces of paper, write the names of people you like. Every
night, take one piece of paper and feed it to a Paopig at exactly midnight.
When you're finished with all 16 pieces of paper, the spell is complete. You
must feed them to a different Paopig each night, OK? If you feed them to the
same one, the spell won't work.

Here's another ancient Birdman spell... The Don't Catch a Cold Spell. When you
get out of the bath, dry yourself well with a nice towel. And try not to stay
up late. Get to bed early. Oh... No, I suppose that's not really a spell, is
it?!

The next ancient Birdman spell... The Get on Well Spell. This spell is really
useful if you're in charge of a group. Cut a Bustoke Fern and put it in a bag.
Before you go to sleep, put it under your pillow. If you dream of a red
paopig, it means the spell has worked.

Another old Birdman Spell... The Don't Get Lost Spell. We Bird don't see a lot 
of landmarks when we travel long distances in the sky. This spell is 
indespensable at times like that. Pluck out one feather, and let it fall to the 
ground. Then, beat your wings hard until the feather flips over. ...Ah!... 
Sorry! I guess that's a bit of a tricky spell if you're not a Birdman!

Here's another ancient Birdman spell... The Get Clever Spell. Find something of 
value, even a small thing will do. Wrap it in a hankie and when there's a full 
moon, make a wish and throw it in a river. If your treasured item reaches the 
sea safely, what you wished for will come true... It's not a spell for people 
who value their possessions!

Time for another ancient Birdman spell... The Fair Weather Spell. You must 
perform this spell the day before you need it. Make a doll from white cloth. 
This is called a Telling Wich, something created by the people of the east. If 
you hand it in the window, good weather is sure to come. But... The name 
"Telling Wich" is so wicked-sounded, I'm sure it's a dangerous spell. I've 
never tried it myself. I'm too scared.


*******
*Diane*
*******

You needn't fear flying enemies as long as I'm around! I'll strike them all
down!

In Bustoke, where I was born, there are many families of Beastmen like Zylo.
While you're here, I may as well tell you what I know about them. There are
few Beastmen remaining... Basically, they are part human, park beast. They're
sort of go-betweens for people and nature. A bit like spirits really.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There was a race known as
the Panthera... As their name suggests, these Beastmen were like big cats.
They ran like the wind. They were quick in the forest, but on the plains even
Zylo couldn't keep up. They were an incredible race with formidable strength,
but fighting is all they did. In the end, they died out.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's race known as the
Chamaelea... As their name suggests, they are like chameleons. They can
disappear by changing color. They are not good fighters, but their ability to
hide has ensured their survival. Their numbers are dwindling now, so they're
even rarer. Nobody has seen one for ages.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's a race known as
the Mus... These creature are like mice. They're the smallest Beastmen. One
would fit in your hand. The Mus are a huge group - tens of thousands of them
live in Bustoke alone. But, very few people have ever seen one. They live
their lives hidden away in burrows which they dig in mountains.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There was a race known as
the Rabitta... As you may have guessed, these Beastmen were like rabbits. They
lacked fighting power, but the power in their legs meant they could escape
fast. But, their greatest strength was their ability to reproduce. They could
give birth to dozens of babies in no time. But, this became a problem. Their
numbers became too great and this led to civil warfare between them. The
fighting was so fierce that they were all wiped out. That was centuries ago.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's a race known as
the Orcus... As their name suggests, these Beastmen are like whales. They're
the largest Beastmen. They can't move well on land, so they live in the sea.
Their numbers are few, and they swim in the deep sea, so it's unusual to see
them. You should keep your eyes peeled when you're out at sea. If you're
lucky, you might see one.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke?  There's a race known as
the Desmodus... As you may have guessed these Beastmen are like bats. They're
nocturnal creatures, so people sometimes call them the "Princes of the Night".
Because they live in darkness, their sight has deteriorated and they can't see
a thing. But, they can make special sounds that allow them to explore and
communicate. They're timid species, and they hardly ever allow themselves to
be seen... especially since Runefaust began its attacks. Maybe when the
fighting ends, you'll have a chance to see one in Bustoke.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke?  There was a race known as
the Tigris... As their name suggests, these Beastmen were like tigers. Their
fighting strength was unsurpassed, and they were the strongest Beastmen. But,
they were violent and not terribly smart... The other groups made their own
small but individual societies. Not the Tigris... They wouldn't form groups
and they liked to live alone... Eventually, they disappeared. Some people say
that there are a few of them left deep in the mountains...

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's a race known as the 
Spina... As you may have guessed these Beastmen are like porcupines. They're a 
very gentile race who don't fight over silly things. But... If you make them 
angry, they're terrifying! The sharp spines all over their bodies become a 
horrific weapon. With their spines out, they roll up into a ball and charge at 
their enemy. Don't tell anyone, but... a long time ago when Zylo and I were out 
hunting... we got into a scuffle with some Spinus and they chased after us. 
There we were, the great Zylo and I, powerless to do anything but run away. 
......It was really scary.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's a race known as the 
Talpida... These Beastmen are like moles. They live underground where they 
build their own towns. They're a careful race, and they will never tell you 
where these towns are. They hardly ever show their faces above ground. Maybe 
they don't even exist... A kind of mythical race...

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's a race known as the 
Terrapa... These Beastmen are like turtles. They lived in Kiselen Lake in the 
north of Bustoke. But, the winters in Bustoke are cold, so they had to 
hibernate in order to survive. While they were hibernating, their village was 
attacked, So, in the end... they left Bustoke. People say they left the Rune 
Continent and went south where they now live in peace.

Why don't I tell you about the Beastmen of Bustoke? There's a race known as the 
Felis... As their name suggests, these Beastmen are like cats. They have 
beutiful eyes, soft fur, and cute tails. ...They're so sweet. Um, anyway... 
Their beauty makes them very powerful creatures among the Beastmen... But, they 
have kind of aloofness, a pride... And it stops them from being friendly to 
other Beastmen or humans. ......I'd like to make friends with them if only 
they'd let me...


******
*Zylo*
******

We werewolves were born to fight. Being on the battle-field is what we love
the most.

............ Sorry. I don't have much to say.

............ ............ I'm different from the others. Telling their life
stories... I'm not so good at that.

............ ............ ...... I'm no good at talking. ......Really.

............ ............ Honest.

............ ............ OK, OK. Maybe I'll talk to you a bit. But give me
some time to think.

............ ............ Sorry. You'll have to give me more time to think.

............ I know. I could tell you my favorite color. ...... It's black.

............  Hm? You want to know more? ............ Hm, I told you my 
favorite color already, right? ...... It's black.

............  ...Really, you must understand. I have no interest in anything 
apart from fighting. I just don't know anything interesting I can tell you.

............ ............ So, like I said, my favorite color is black. That's 
all I have to say.

............ Even if I had to, I couldn't find anything to say.

............ ............ ............ It's black.


*******
*Pelle*
*******

Taking out the enemy is what I do best. I'll show you the power of a true
knight.

As a hired knight, I've traveled all over Rune... Max, you're quite
something, but I've seen warriors stronger still... Why don't I tell you about
them?

The name of the first warrior is Dracon, the Devil Double! Pretty scary name,
huh? His talent was phenomenal. Get this! He had this amazing trick of
dividing himself into 7 warriors when in battle. He wasn't a mage, so I
wondered how he could do something like that... Maybe he just looked like 7
people because he was so fast. That's what I thought, but...

Dracon, the Devil Double, who could divide himself into 7... One day, I worked
out how he did it... Dracon wasn't just one man, he was actually 7 brothers...
Hearing "Divide and conquer!", the other 6 brothers would appear. That's how
he did it. ...It was so rediculous, I had to chuckle!

The second warrior was named King De Vower, the Guzzler! He was a king who had 
an appetite second to none. In one day, he'd go through 1000 eggs, 500 
chickens, 800 loaves of bread, 200 pieces of chocotate, and 99 jugs of water. 
If this guy went into a town, he'd eat up everything, and the place would be 
ruined. When all the food was gone, he'd gulp down water from the sea. The 
water level in the eastern ocean droped because of him... ...so much that some 
new land appeared. It's pretty unbelievable... Maybe slightly exeggerated.


********
*Yogurt*
********

...Er...

......Yakiniku!

......Koohii!


*********
*Kokichi*
*********

Ha! I just love to fight! Those Runefaust beasts? I'll make quick work of 'em!

My love of the sky... That takes me back to my younger years. When I was a
lad, a traveling salesman would sometimes stop at our home. An old friend of
my father's he was. And one day, he showed me something really strange. He
folded a sheet of paper many times and made an odd triangle shape. "Watch
closely!" he said, as he threw the paper triangle. It flew dead straight, and
disappeared down the valley. Ha ha! It was a paper plane, of course! That was
how I was first acquainted with... the sky!

After I discovered paper planes, I was hooked! I just wanted to fly. That's
all I thought about every day. Then one day, it struck me. If I made an
enormous paper plane, big enough for a human to ride on. I could fly! But,
that much paper isn't so easy to get hold of. Then, I had an idea... I made a
plane from animal skins glued together. I took it to the top of a mountain,
and with running leap, I took off in it! ...And then...!

I was a kid riding in an enormous paper plane! ............ But then... I
suddenly plummeted down. I may only have been a child, but any human is too
heavy for a paper plane! Anyway. I was lucky, as the plane got caught in a
tree. Probably saved my life. Then, I had another idea...

The plane made of skins was too flimsy. I'd learned that much. So, I make a
bamboo frame. And I gave up trying to ride on top, and decided to suspend
myself beneath the wings. Then, there'd be no chance of me crushing the wings.
And that worked great! From the top of a mountain, I flew down to the village.
But, that's not the end...

Sure enough, I was flying... But, I wasn't flying free like a bird does. To be 
honest, I wasn't flying, I was just falling slowly. I wanted to fly free... 
...like a bird... It suddenly hit me! I should be beating my wings just like a 
bird does!

Just like a bird, I'd beat my wings and fly freely! As soon as I had the idea, 
I started drawing plans. I would have a wing attached to each arm, and they 
should be able to move! I made the wings, and went out for a test flight. ...I 
was flying! Or so I thought, when I suddenly fall from the sky. I had to 
rethink...

Why did these wings not work for me? Well, because compared to humans, birds 
are so light! Humans are just too heavy! The solution was simple! I had to lose 
weight. From that day on, I stopped eating and just lived on water. Once I'd 
lost a fair bit of weight, I tried another test flight. But...

I had lost enough weight, but with no food, I had no energy. I didn't even have 
the strength to lift the wings on my arms. In other words, humans just aren't 
strong enough. I thought of some other ways. I stuck fireworks all over my body 
and used their power. Well, I certainly flew! But, I couldn't control my 
direction. After thinking and thinking, I tried suspending myself under 100 
Bustoke crows. I was sure 100 of them would be enoughto lift one human... Or so 
I though... But, all they did was fight amongst themselves, and they didn't fly 
anywhere.


********
*Vankar*
********

Placing me on the front line? You have an expert eye. What a great leader!

Ah! If it isn't Max! Shining Force, right! Ah, it's great here! Fantastic!
Beutiful women and unlimited supplies of Paopig milk. You keep up the good
work. OK?

Aha! Well, you know... life is a funny thing... ...like a blossoming flower!
People take notice of you for a while. then you fall to the ground and get
trampled on. ...Isn't that right?

(Burp) Wooo... Perhaps I've had enough Paopig milk... My stomach hurts...

Aha! Well, you know... life is a funny thing... ...like a blossoming flower!
People take notice of you for a while, then you fall to the ground and get
trampled on. ...Isn't that right?

(Hiccup) You know, life is... well, life... isn't it... ...because it's life.
Sorry, too full to think.


********
*Narsha*
********

I am Ramladu's daughter. I'll fight with all my might - have faith in me.

............ Max... actually, I... There's something I'm worried about... No,
never mind! It doesn't matter...

............ ............ Sorry. Really, it's nothing.

Well, actually... I'm a bit worried... I wonder if I'm being of any use to you
all? Mawlock helped me to escape from Runefaust. I just hope that I'm being of
some use to everyone in the Shining Force. That's all... I've come a long way,
but... I'm sorry. I'm not making much sense. I shouldn't ask people things
like that, I suppose. What's got into me...?

Everyone here really is so great... I'm so lucky. As Princess of Runefaust and 
daughter of Ramladu... I was sure that everyone would hate me... But, 
everyone's just so kind to me... I'm so glad I came here...

Max, the people of Guardiana took you in, right? That's... ...a bit like my 
situation now... Don't you think?


*******
*Zuika*
*******

You'll see my strength on the battlefield. That's all I have to say.

............ What do you want with me? ...Don't talk to me!

............ I have nothing to say to you. Understand?

............ I have... Oh, never mind... Don't expect to just start a
conversation with me!

............ You're a persistent one. I have... ...no anecdotes worth telling 
you.


*********
*Domingo*
*********

Domingo! Domingo!

......Domingo! (He spins his feelers around in wild circles.) ............
"I'm feeling happy..." (is what he seems to be saying.)

......Domingo! (His body is slightly pink.) ............ (He seems to be a bit
embarrassed.)

......Domingo! (He moves his feelers up and down in front of him as if
hammering something.) (It seems he's got work to do. Maybe that's what he's
trying to say...)

......Domingo! (His whole body is a dim blue...) (He seems to be scared of
something...)

......Domingo! (He's vigorously scratching his head with his feelers.) (He
seems to be thinking something over.)

......Domingo! (His eyes are spinning round and round.) (It seems like he's 
thinking over a difficult problem.)

......Domingo! (His whole body is shaking violently...) (It seems like he might 
be hungry...)

Domingo! (He's tapping his head with his feelers.) (It's probably a sign that 
he wants to go to sleep.)


*******
*Guntz*
*******

Hssss hssssss... My steam engine's fired up and raring to go!

Full speed ahead! Steam Suit Secrets, Part 1! The Steam Suit's full name is
Steam-Dynamic Heavy Armour! The built-in steam engine's power allows the
wearer to maneuver the heavy armor.

Full speed ahead! Steam Suits Secrets, Part 2! The heat source powering the
steam engine is a catalyst stone filled with Blaze magic. It's an incredibly
efficient energy converter, but there's a possibility of meltdown!

Full speed ahead! Steam Suits Secrets, Part 3! The armor is made of an alloy
called Asentium 66! Dr. Crock uncovered the ore used to make it in excavations
of ancient ruins.

Full speed ahead! Steam Suits Secrets, Part 4! The best feature of the Steam
Suit is its super strength! If I combine my strength with the Steam Suit's...
...a tug of war with even 100 Paopigs would be a piece of cake!

Full speed ahead! Steam Suits Secrets, Part 5! The steam Suit is super-strong! 
But, it also allows fine control. The fingertips have sensors filled with a 
special gel, and are even more sensitive than human fingers. So, it's no 
problem to pick up an egg without breaking it!

Full speed ahead! Steam Suits Secrets, Part 6! The power of the steam engine is 
transmitted through artificial sinews. These sinews are made from a very thin 
wires. There are 780, 000 in the whole suit.


*********
*Earnest*
*********

All I want is to defeat Runefaust. I'd give my life for that cause.

............ ... Oh, it's you, Max! Sorry. I was mile away! I was thinking of
Balazak... and the friends of mine killed by his hand.

...My father was killed by Balbazak too. I can never bring him back, but
thanks to you, I managed to avenge his death. I'm sure my father is happy now
in heaven. Come to think of it...

A long time ago, my father told me a tale... Some where on this earth, there
is a mysterious place called Dr. Bilan's Treasure House. It holds unusual
things from Dr. Bilan's Eight Treasures. I'll tell you about those treasures
if you want.

Let's start with the first treasure. The Goblet of Angel Tears. It's a small 
glass goblet. Although it's kept in a box, it fills up drop by drop every year. 
They say it holds angel tears and if you drink a full goblet of them... ...you 
will live forever That's how the story goes. Apparently, it takes 600 years for 
the tears to fill the goblet, though.


********
*Hanzou*
********

A ninja is a man of few words. We are content to show our strength in battle.

Some kind of fate is at work, meeting like this... Let me explain the ninja
art. Ninja Law 1: Sunlight The art of controlling the sun using a ninja's
hidden lens. Where the sun's rays are strong, it is possible to burn a hole
even in thick iron... There is but one drawback. This technique only works
during daylight.

Ninja Law 2: Moonlight Using the light of the night moon to control men's
will. Moonlight has a great effect on the human heart An enemy may be routed,
not through a fight, but by their own worries and insecurities.

Ninja Law 3: Flame The art of fire and flame that lies within a ninja's cloak.
An explosive for fortresses, smokescreens beacons of guns, gunpowder's uses
are varied. Be careful! Even if you are curious, you must be careful not to
touch me. This ninja suit has gunpowder all over it. Look out! It could blow at
any time!

Ninja Law 4: Running Water. The art of moving over sea, rivers, or lakes 
freely. You may run unhindered over the water's surface with these Water 
Spiders on each food. But, bear one thing in mind: Should you stop running, you 
will sink where you stand.

Ninja Law 5: Shadow Trees. The forest trees and plants are your allies. Observe 
his footprints, and stun your enemy with pollen. Hide between tree trunks. Make 
medicine and food. Knowledge of plants is but one part of Ninja Law.


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*Lyle*
******

Let me at 'em! I'll blast them all away with one shot from my cannon!

Guess you already know, but I'm the apprentice of Dr. Crock, the inventor. Dr.
Crock has come up with a ton of inventions so far. I'll tell you about them.
First of all... The All-Purpose Cuisine Machine! Put in your ingredients, and
with the press of a button it can make any food you like. Pretty cool
invention, huh? But, it didn't sell. Dr. Crock has no sense of taste, and the
machine made food using his recipes... It was all gross!

Dr. Crock's next invention... The Foolproof Alarm Clock! How's it foolproof? It 
just is. Because it can't fail to wake you up. An amazing idea, huh? When the 
alarm goes off, it can't be be switched off. Well, it would get you out of bed, 
right? But, the customers sent them back, furious! The Doc's house was full of 
all the returned goods!

Dr. Crook's inventions... Oh, yeah... The Hourseless Hourse-Drawn Cart! It 
really is amazing. It's a cark that uses a steam engine, so no need for horses. 
Only thing is... The steam engine's so hot, only the likes of Guntz can stand 
it. In the end, everyone who rode it came away with burns... THose returns 
piled up too...

More inventions... There was... The Dog Device! It really was fantastic! It 
looked a bit like a collar, and you wrapped it round your head. Then... You 
could understand what dogs were saying! And what's more, you could speak to 
them! The problem was... You could speak to dogs, but not to humans anymore! 
But, the effects wore off after six months or so... A lot of those got sent 
back...


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*Musashi*
*********

Fear not! With this sword shall slay any evil that may rear its ugly head!

I have walked the path of the sword for as long as I can remember. I try, but
it is in vain, for I simply cannot tell tales like others can. ............
But, I may be able to speak a little about the path of the sword. If that
would interest you, then please come here when you have the opportunity.

The path of the sword... consists of a man's footsteps. No matter how long the
journey, if you take it step by step, you'll reach the end.

The path of the sword... is paved with dreams. Leaving behind one's conscious
mind and enterig the world of dreams. Therein lies truth.

The path of the sword... is trod by the fearful. Fearing the enemy and knowing 
one's own helplessness. From this one can be enriched.


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*Bleu*
******

I'm getting stronger, don't you think? And I'll keep trying as hard as I can!

OK then, here's an old tale that my grandma told me ages ago. Long ago, the
gods created a dragon that would preserve peace on earth. This dragon was the
ancestor of our dragon god, right?

Why was the first dragon god born...? Well, he was born so that he could fight 
Dark Dragon. Dark Dragon was really strong, and many soldiers died trying to 
fight him. "We need another dragon just as strong if we're to have any hope of 
defeating him..." That's what the gods thought.

So, the gods created White Dragon to confront Dark Dragon. Yep, and he's our 
ancestor. But... White Dragon wasn't as strong as the gods thought. This is 
because White Dragon had a heart. The reason Dark Dragon is so strong is 
because he has no heart. Or does that go without saying?

Dark Dragon has no heart, so he will destroy or kill anything without a care. 
The gods tried to avoid this with White Dragon by giving him a heart. But, 
having a heart made White Dragon a gentle thing. And because he was gentile, he 
couldn't be really strong. In spite of this, White Dragon fought a fierce 
battle with Dark Dragon.

White Dragon fought a terrible battle with Dark Dragon... He did it because he 
had a heart. "If I do not fight, many lives will be lost..." White Dragon 
realized this. He felt it in his heart. But, WHite Dragon wasn't as strong as 
Dark Dragon. It looked like the powerful Dark Dragon would succeed in killing 
him.

But, then there was a miracle. The sight of the dying White Dragon, risking his 
life to defeat Dark Dragon... This moved the gods, who had always been afraid 
to pick up their weapons and fight. White Dragon and the gods fought together 
and finally sealed away Dark Dragon. So, the fight ended well... But, White 
Dragon had been so badly injured he would never be able to fight again.

The gods created the realm of Dragonia as a pasture for the White Dragon. He 
had no strength left to fight, but in Dragonia be bore many children. They 
became the dragon gods. The gods entrusted the protection of the world to these 
dragon gods.


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*Alef*
******

We must pool our strength to destroy Dark Dragon. That is our mission.

If you wish, I could speak with you for a while. I am one of the Vulpes race. 
We used to live in the woods to the west of Bustoke. Very few of our kind are 
able to use magic. My mother and father couldn't. But, for some reason I was 
born with magical powers. I couldn't help feeling proud of that when I was a 
child. My mother and father sent me to the Manarina Magic School so I could 
develop my talents. I was just a child without a care, and I knocked happily on 
the door to Manarina.

I'm really embarrassed about this... I had no idea about the real world, and 
thought I was a magical genius... But, when I got to Manarina I was in for a 
surprise. The Master possessed a far greater magical power than I. In fact... 
All of the mages had magical knowledge that easily surpassed my own. ...Many of 
them were a little odd, mind you...

The most skilled child magician in the world... That's honestly how I thought 
of myself, so I was shocked when I got to Manarina. Seeing mages so much 
cleverer than me, I was discouraged. "No matter how hard I study, I'll never be 
as good as them." I was just a child, and that's the way I saw things.

I suppose you could say I rebelled somewhat. I didn't study any magic at all. 
The great people of Manarina ... To me they were all just fruitcakes. They 
bored me. I was so misguided. But, Otrant took the time to talk to me about 
things. He patiently explained to me the essance of a mage. "The power of a 
mage is concealed in nature... The sky, the earth, the sea... A power that 
exists for the people that live there. People with magical talents must harness 
this poer for the benafit of others. If you want to become a mage, you must 
startby loving people and nature..."


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*Torasu*
********

Try not to get hurt. I'm getting older; too much spell-casting wears me out.

So then, shall I tell you something of the history of Prompt? Prompt was 
founded about 1000 years ago, according to my history book. Those left after 
the fall of the previous civilization established a new state.

At first, the people of Prompt lived in obscurity, isolated from everyone. They 
were hiding from the demi-humans, who hated humans.

To avoid attacks from outside, they chose their location carefully. In the 
depths of the jungle, by a volcano called Mt. Siglas, they built a town. They 
chose to be next to the volcano so the could use the earth's natural energy.

Siglas is an extinct volcano now, but back then it was alive with fire. Many of 
the old civilization's records were destroyed by eruptions and earthquakes. 
Prompt Castle is undergound now, too, because it was buried in an earthquake.

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*Adam*
******

I was born to serve you. I will follow wherever you lead.

Master, I have travelled through the ages with Lord Kane and yourself. It 
appears that you have not yet completely recovered your memory. ............ 
There is a lot I want to say to you about that period in time, but... 1000 
years, plus the fight with Darksol, have had an effect on my memory too. 
............ Most of the data from then has been lost... ............

Having said that, there is still some information in my memory. Let me tell you 
the data I still have, Master. That's right! I can tell you about your mother 
and father. ............ ...Pardon me. ...Ordinarily, I would have 3-D images 
and voice recordings saved... But, most of that has been lost, I'm afraid...

I don't have any pictures or voice recordings, but... I do still have a small 
amount of information concerning your parents, Master. Your mother and father 
were both famous biological engineers of their time. They held influential 
postings in the planning of Dark Dragon's creations. Your parents felt they 
were to blame for their involvment in this. Having Dark Dragon sealed away was 
what they wanted more than anything

Your father was a lot like your elder brother, Lord Kane. He was a scientist, 
but he was there giving commands when the Dragon was sealed away too. His good 
judgment ensured that Dark Dragon was sealed away, but... at the same time, 
your father lost his life... The joung Kane and you, still a baby, were 
leftbehind, It mist have been very hard.
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