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  Vagrant Story
  Sydney's Sword FAQ
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 Version 1.5
 by A. Cat.
 - catfaqs yahoo mail
 
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 Table of Contents
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  1. REVISION HISTORY
  2. INTRODUCTION
  3. THE SWORD
  4. THE WORKSHOP
  5. CREDITS AND THANKS
  6. LEGAL


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  1. REVISION HISTORY
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 Version 1.0 [August 19, 2002]    - Initial release

 Version 1.1 [December 3, 2002]   - Textual changes

 Version 1.2 [May 30, 2003]       - New layout and textual changes

 Version 1.3 [June 20, 2003]      - Layout changes [unreleased]

 Version 1.4 [July 4, 2004]       - Textual changes [unreleased]

 Version 1.5 [September 12, 2005] - Complete re-edit

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  2. INTRODUCTION
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 The question behind this FAQ is why does anyone care about Sydney's
 sword, "Czarine"? Well, it seems that the Official Strategy Guide for
 Vagrant Story [published by BradyGAMES] had a little tidbit at the very
 end of the walkthrough stating that not only was Sydney's sword "the
 most powerful single-handed weapon in the game", but that it was
 attainable if you defeated him enough times in subsequent playthroughs!

 Well, guess what? Sydney does not drop his sword. Ever! The game is
 simply not coded to allow him to. Jay Tilton's analysis of the code
 proved this point out. Not only that, but it's only a simple Iron Short
 Sword. Impressive, no?

 BradyGAMES made a mistake, and what is stated about Sydney's sword in
 the Official Strategy Guide is wrong. This FAQ was conceived and
 written to keep anyone else misinformed about Sydney's sword from
 having to go searching for the truth behind it.

 So, alright then, I've answered the main question that inspired this
 FAQ. What's all of this stuff below then, you ask? Well, while we're
 on the subject of Sydney's sword, I thought we might as well take a
 look at what Sydney's sword is made out of, where you can get the
 various parts that make up his sword, and how you can assemble the
 "Czarine" yourself.

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  3. THE SWORD
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 The name "Czarine" is the French variant of the Russian title of
 "Czarina", or Empress [from the Latin "Caesar"]. The last Czarina of
 Russia was Alexandra Romanov, wife of Czar Nicholas II. They were both
 executed along with their four daughters and the Czarevich Alexei on
 July 17, 1918. Undoubtedly, the most famous Czarina of them all was
 Catherine II, the woman known as "Catherine the Great".

 The name of Sydney's sword may give us some hint as to his royal
 upbringing. The sword is composed of four parts, all easily attainable
 in the game. Before I tell you where, let's take a look at this sword,
 and its statistics.

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 IRON SHORT SWORD "Czarine"

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  Blade: Short Sword    | Material: Iron        | Type: Sword           
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  Grip: Knuckle Guard   | Gem: Braveheart       | Gem: Angel Pearl
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                        |                       |                      
  Damage Points:    137 | Human:              4 | Physical:          13
  Phantom Points:   128 | Beast:              4 | Air:                3
  Range:              3 | Undead:             1 | Fire:               7
  Risk:               1 | Phantom:            4 | Earth:              7
  Strength:          21 | Dragon:             4 | Water:              3
  Intelligence:       7 | Evil:               3 | Light:             19
  Agility:            2 |                       | Dark:              -1
  Blunt:              0 |                       |
  Edged:              5 |                       |
  Piercing:           9 |                       |
                        |                       |
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  4. THE WORKSHOP
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 So, you're asking me, how can I make my own "Czarine"? Well, pretty
 easily, it turns out. Once you have gathered the required parts listed
 below, it is simply a matter of entering the nearest Workshop and
 combining them to make your very own "Czarine".

 [Blade] Iron Short Sword
 [Grip]  Knuckle Guard
 [Gem]   Braveheart
 [Gem]   Angel Pearl

 Below is a list consisting of the location of enemies and treasure
 chests in the game that carry or contain parts for "Czarine". This is
 a fairly basic location/enemy/item list.

 Some of the information in the list below were taken with permission
 from Jay Tilton's most excellent FAQs. If you are looking for more
 detailed information than provided here, I suggest you check out his
 work, as it is not the purpose of this guide.

 _______________________________________________________________________
 IRON SHORT SWORD

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  Sanctum            | "Shrine of the Martyrs"
                     | - Skeleton Knight     [Short Sword + Short Hilt]
                     |
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  City Walls West    | "The Gabled Hall"    [Before Abandoned Mines B1]
                     | - Zombie Knight       [Short Sword + Swept Hilt]
                     |
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  Snowfly Forest     | "Forest River"
                     | - Zombie Knight    [Short Sword + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
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 _______________________________________________________________________
 KNUCKLE GUARD       

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  Undercity West     | "Way of the Motherload"
                     | - Zombie Knight    [Short Sword + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Sewer of Ravenous Rats"
                     | - Skeleton              [Rapier + Knuckle Guard]
                     | - Zombie Mage   [Throwing Knife + Knuckle Guard]
                     | 
                     | "Fear of the Fall"            [After Boss fight]
                     | - Dark Skeleton        [Firangi + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Nameless Dark Oblivion"
                     | - Dark Skeleton       [Shamshir + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "The Children's Hideout"
                     | - Treasure Chest      [Shamshir + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Tears from Empty Sockets"
                     | - Dark Skeleton       [Shamshir + Knuckle Guard]
                     |    
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  Snowfly Forest     | "Forest River"
                     | - Treasure Chest                 [Knuckle Guard]
                     | - Zombie Knight    [Short Sword + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
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  City Walls East    | "The Squire's Gathering"
                     | - Dark Skeleton       [Shamshir + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "The Invaders are Found"
                     | - Dark Skeleton       [Shamshir + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
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  Abandoned Mines B2 | "The Miner's End"             [After Boss fight]
                     | - Orc              [Executioner + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Way of Lost Children"
                     | - Orc Leader            [Katana + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Hidden Resources"                   [Chest Key]
                     | - Treasure Chest          [Kudi + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Hall of Contemplation"
                     | - Orc              [Executioner + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Tomb of the Reborn"
                     | - Orc              [Executioner + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
                     | "Bandit's Hallow"
                     | - Blood Lizard         [Firangi + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
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  Iron Maiden B1     | "Starvation"                        [Boss fight]
                     | - Mummy               [Shamshir + Knuckle Guard]
                     |
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 BRAVEHEART

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  Wine Cellar        | "The Hero's Winehall"
                     | - Treasure Chest                    [Braveheart]
                     | 
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  Undercity West     | "Way of the Motherload"
                     | - Ghast               [Short Sword + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "Hall of Poverty"
                     | - Ghast               [Short Sword + Braveheart]
                     |
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  Abandoned Mines B2 | "Way of Lost Children"
                     | - Orc                      [Katana + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "Hall of the Empty Sconce"
                     | - Orc                      [Katana + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "The Ore of Legend"
                     | - Orc                      [Katana + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "Tomb of the Reborn"          [After Boss fight]
                     | - Orc                      [Katana + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "Bandit's Hallow"
                     | - Orc                     [Firangi + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "Delusions of Happiness"
                     | - Blood Lizard     [Footman's Mace + Braveheart]
                     |
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  Limestone Quarry   | "Torture Without End"               [Boss fight]
                     | - Ogre Lord             [Schiavona + Braveheart]
                     |
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  Temple Of Kiltia   | "Hall of Prayer"              [After Boss fight]
                     | - Nightstalker       [Double Blade + Braveheart]
                     |
                     | "Those Who Fear the Light"      [150 HP or more]
                     | - Gremlin                   [Khora + Braveheart]
                     | - Gremlin                  [Shotel + Braveheart]
                     |
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 _______________________________________________________________________
 ANGEL PEARL

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  Abandoned Mines B2 | "A Wager of Noble Gold"
                     | - Orc Leader          [Clergy Rod + Angel Pearl]
                     |
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  Town Center East   | "Gharmes Walk"                       [Chest Key]
                     | - Treasure Chest                   [Angel Pearl]
                     |
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  Undercity West     | "Hall to a New World"
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Bazaar of the Bizarre"       [After Boss fight]
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Noble Gold and Silk"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Weapons Not Allowed"
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "A Knight Sells His Sword"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Gemsword Blackmarket"        [After Boss fight]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "The Pirate's Son"
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Sale of the Sword"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Where Black Waters Ran"     [Before Boss fight]
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Where Black Waters Ran"      [After Boss fight]
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Catspaw Blackmarket"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     |
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  Escapeway          | "Shelter From the Quake"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Facing Your Illusions"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Where Body and Soul Part"
                     | - Quicksilver           [Baselard + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Khukuri + Angel Pearl]
                     | - Quicksilver            [Hatchet + Angel Pearl]
                     |
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  Iron Maiden B2     | "The Eunics' Lot"               [150 HP or more]
                     | - Shrieker [Hatchet + Angel Pearl + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "The Mind Burns"                [150 HP or more]
                     | - Shrieker [Hatchet + Angel Pearl + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Squassation"
                     | - Shrieker [Hatchet + Angel Pearl + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "The Spider"                    [150 HP or more]
                     | - Shrieker [Hatchet + Angel Pearl + Angel Pearl]
                     |
                     | "Tongue Slicer"
                     | - Shrieker [Hatchet + Angel Pearl + Angel Pearl]
                     |
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  5. CREDITS AND THANKS
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 Me, myself, and I. I'm a cocky bastard!

 CJayC and the best gaming website on the net, GameFAQs.com. Words
 cannot express.

 Chris "Kao Megura" MacDonald, the greatest there ever was.

 Jay Tilton, for allowing me to use the information from his FAQs. This
 FAQ would not be possible if not for the work he has done.

 CanisKil, for starting the great debate that lead to the birth of this
 FAQ.
 
 BradyGAMES, for their continued incompetence that lead to the great
 debate.

 Everyone in the Vagrant Story gaming community for their support,
 information, and countless debates and conversations. We are family.

 And, of course, that little company known as SQUARESOFT, that brought 
 us the game, the myth, the legend... Vagrant Story

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  6. LEGAL
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 This FAQ Copyright 2005 A. Cat. For personal and private use only. Not 
 to be reproduced, referenced, altered, eaten, smoked, or molested in 
 any way, shape, or form without my expressed permission. You dig?

 "Vagrant Story" Copyright 2000 Square Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.