=============================================================================== Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom Duane's Fencing Guide by CJ Church =============================================================================== FINAL VERSION Jan 05: Guide submitted Jan 25: Alphabetized taunt lists, fixed 1 taunt error So you've had the misfortune of selecting Duane at the character selection screen, huh? Thought he might be a fun character to play as, did you? Well personally I found him terrible to play as, but there may be some people out there who enjoy it. Regardless of whether you enjoy it or not though, there is no doubt that Duane has the worst "quest" of all the characters, if not the worst quest in any game EVER. ======================= TABLE OF CONTENTS ======================= 1. How to Start Dueling 2. The Process 3. Health 4. Attacking 5. Defending 6. The Taunts 7. The Rewards 8. Closing ======================= 1. HOW TO START DUELING ======================= No big challenge here. Just have your character fall asleep when you're in an Idol's sanctuary. Here, in your dream state, you will see the lovely Marguerite - the girl of Duane's dreams (pun intended). Behind her, stands Bertrand - your stereotypical frenchman, who is also vying for Marguerite's love. Problem is, Marguerite is a spoilt rich girl who loves to see men fighting over her. Your goal is to continually duel Bertrand, over and over, until Marguerite's love is in your favor 100%. A win will grant you 3% favor, and a loss will lose you 2% favor. Also, unlearning an ability will decrease your favor further (2%). After every 5 or so duels, Bertrand will refuse to fight for about 10-15 minutes, so just go do some normal gameplay while you wait. NOTE: Don't expect Bertrand to show up at the very start of the game. After having a few conversations with Marguerite, and waking up at the end of each conversation, he will show up. ======================= 2. THE PROCESS ======================= Well, there is little strategy really. The combat is simple - one character will attack upward or downward, and the other character will block/parry upward or downward. If an attack succeeds, the attacker will be able to attack again. If an attack is blocked, the defender will now have a chance to attack. ======================= 3. HEALTH ======================= Health is indicated by rows of "gems" at the top of the screen, and each successful block will deal 1 "gem" of damage to the attacker. Each successful attack, or parry, will deal about 2-5 gems of damage to the opponent. Both characters will receive a health bar increase at the start of each duel, although Bertrand will always have more health than you. The health increases will probably cap out once you reach about 30% favor. ======================= 4. ATTACKING ======================= Your options when attacking consist of attacking "upward" or "downward", and following each option is a quote that Duane will say to Bertrand before attacking. When an option/taunt is selected, it will be replaced by a different option/taunt next time you go to attack. You will have 3 options to choose from, and the options are always random. Sometimes you may even find that all your options cause you to attack upward, or they all cause you to attack downward. Here's an example of what your attack screen may look like: Attack downwards shouting "How dare you, you've stepped in Marguerite's kerchief!". Attack downwards shouting "Ready to die?". Attack upwards shouting "You look a little wobbly ... Are your shoelaces tied together?". ======================= 5. DEFENDING ======================= Your options when defending are as follows: Block upwards. Block downwards. Parry upwards. Parry downwards. If you choose to block, and you pick the correct direction, you will be guaranteed to fend off Bertrand's attack, and he will lose one "gem" of health. If you choose to parry, and you pick the correct direction, Duane should evade Bertrand's stab and then do an attack of his own. However, parries aren't always successful. If your favor is low (eg, less than 50%), your parry will most likely succeed. But as your favor with Marguerite increases, the success rate of your parry decreases. If your parry fails, you will take damage from the attack as normal. How do you know whether to defend your upper or lower half? The key is in the taunt used by Bertrand before he attacks you. Coded into each taunt, is the direction he will stab. And he will always stab in that same direction for that taunt. For example - if Bertrand says "Ready to die?", you will find that he will attack your lower body, so you should block, or parry, downward. Every time he says "Ready to die?", he will ALWAYS attack downward. See below for the complete list of attacks and taunts. ======================= 6. THE TAUNTS ======================= Here is what should be a complete list of all the taunts used by the two characters. Both Duane and Bertrand can say all of these, but it is only Bertrand's taunts that you should be interested in. Listen to what he says, and then search for his taunt below. Each taunt is preceded by the direction the character will strike. Pay close attention to the taunts though, as some of them are very similar. For example: "It was spring, seven in the morning. Pearly dewdrops glistened on the hillside, a skylark flew by, and a snail squatted under a thorn bush.". "It was spring, nine in the morning. Pearly dewdrops glistened on the hillside, a skylark flew by, and a snail squatted under a thorn bush.". The only difference between those two taunts is the time of day (seven/nine), yet each taunt will cause the character to attack in a different direction. The List: DOWN "A true hero is skilled with both sword and magic! Watch this!". DOWN "Aha! Your head -- no! What about -- no, no! Wait! Still too dangerous!". DOWN "Ahh, still making the same mistakes, I see. Have you been drinking again?". DOWN "Are you leaving that giant head of yours undefended?". DOWN "Aww, bored with life? Try walking through town in only your underwear and pretend to be an ogre.". DOWN "Aww, you make this too easy when you move your feet that slow!". DOWN "Damn you, you bastards! I will avenge General Hugh's death! ... Wait, who gave me this old script?". DOWN "Ever heard of a riposte? If you know how your opponent is about to attack, you can deal a lot of damage by evading and counterattacking ... although there's always the chance you may miss. Okay, ready now? I will attack you below the belt!". DOWN "Hahaha! Does your mother dress you?!" DOWN "Hahaha! You waddling duck!". DOWN "Heh eh! Can you follow my fancy dance steps?". DOWN "Hello silly, your shoes are untied!". DOWN "Here's a tip. If you never want to lose a duel again, the answer's simple. Don't show up!" DOWN "Hey, wait! Weren't you going to attack me? Oh, I guess not!". DOWN "Hmm ... Which one ... your stumpy legs, or your bulbous fat head?". DOWN "How dare you! You're stepping on Marguerite's kerchief!". DOWN "I met a strange old man the other day. He told me that in the future, we will invent a tool so we don't have to meet people we hate. He called it a ... how you say ... a 'telephone'? I wonder what it does.". DOWN "If you marry Marguerite, you will have to cook her dinner every night for an eternity. You think you can stand that?". DOWN "Isn't this a bit barbaric? Shall we change the sport? How about badminton?". DOWN "I thought you liked your women skinny. Why are you interested in Marguerite?". DOWN "It was spring, seven in the morning. Pearly dewdrops glistened on the hillside, a skylark flew by, and a snail squatted under a thorn bush.". DOWN "I've got a story that will really surprise you. The other day, I saw a long-necked monster in the pond over there. No, I'm not senile! What? A hoax? How disappointing ...". DOWN "Last time, Marguerite served me fried cockroaches dipped in chocolate. She didn't lay a finger on it, so I had to eat the whole thing myself.". DOWN "Marguerite once asked me to steal an ogre's loincloth as proof of my love. After a great ordeal, I managed to grab one. The ogre was so embarrassed, his face turned from black to red!" DOWN "Noble you may be, but you still need to use a chamber pot, just like anyone else!" DOWN "No, no, no. That was not what we agreed to! I was to spin and slice at your legs, and you were supposed to evade with a 'Grande Allegro'! You must jump elegantly, elegantly!". DOWN "Oh, I have a little message from your mother! She says 'don't forget ... defend the family jewels!'". DOWN "Oh, I heard that Marguerite took out a huge insurance policy on you. I promise we will use a bit of the money to give you a proper funeral.". DOWN "Oh, I know ... How about a drink after this? Hmm ... Where to today? The last place was terrible ... they served us stale beer. Oh, by the way, defend your manhood!". DOWN "Oh, you are ugly and your mother dresses you funny.". DOWN "Okay, this time I will jab at your head, and you evade with a somersault. You know, it will look so stylish!". DOWN "Ready to die?". DOWN "Sniff, sniff. What is that smell? Is this a brown mess you've just stepped into?". DOWN "The moment I thrust, move the left stick back and forth to stun me with a horizontal swing.". DOWN "There's no place for you in Marguerite's heart!". DOWN "This is my final move, flutter like a butterfly, sting like a wasp ... flee like a cockroach!". DOWN "Uh huh, don't forget your side!". DOWN "What thin little legs you have! Why, they're even nicer than Marguerite's!". DOWN "When you are dueling, face away from the sun. It's hot, you know.". DOWN "You don't seem to be using your head! Here, let me take it from you.". DOWN "You know, I once fought a bald man. The glare off of his head was so bright, I could not see a thing. I ended up stabbing my own foot.". DOWN "You know, in a few hundred years, I hear that 95% of the population will be over-weight. That's right, you're not fat, you're just ahead of your time!". DOWN "You know that snooty old man wandering about? Do you think he is after Marguerite too?". DOWN "You know the saying, 'When a door closes, a windows is opened'? Well, your fly is open!". DOWN "You must be popular in Hexter. You've got that kind of pig-face, you know, only little orc ladies could love!". DOWN "Your face may be proud, but those legs ... how shameful!". UP "Aha! Your head -- no! What about -- no! Haha! I'll get you!". UP "At the moment that I thrust, move the left stick back and forth to stun me! What? You think I'm lying?! Damn". UP "Do not underestimate the power of my thrust. I once skewered three orc troops and two ogres with this move!". UP "Do you know the designer, Antego Galli? Marguerite nearly dumped me for not knowing. Is that really necessary?". UP "Ever heard of a riposte? If you know how your opponent is about to attack, you can deal a lot of damage by evading and counterattacking ... although there's always the chance you may miss. Okay, ready now? I will attack your head!". UP "Focus! Marguerite is watching! Fix your stance! Come on, if you don't act serious, we'll both be in trouble!". UP "Give me Marguerite, and I will introduce you to my sister!". UP "Hah! You cannot block my roundhouse kick!". UP "Have you any idea what 'Oyster Milk' is? Hmm ... no, neither do I?". UP "Have you ever heard the saying 'beauty and ugliness are only a skin layer apart'?". UP "Hey, please breath through your nose. You're breath is killing me!". UP "Hmm ... Which one ... your fat head or your stumpy legs?" UP "Hmm, now what was I going to attack next? Oh yes, your manhood!". UP "How can you keep your neck straight with a head that big?". UP "I have not been riding much lately, and my legs are looking a bit chubby. Or maybe it's just these trousers. I don't know.". UP "I shall feed your body to your mutated friends. I shall search every corner of the dimension for your pathetic spirit, and when I find you ... Oh, wait. Wrong script, sorry. Can we do another take after break?". UP "I thought you liked your women thick. Why are you interested in Marguerite?". UP "It is okay to duck, but please, don't just lie on the ground. It's so pathetic.". UP "It was spring, nine in the morning. Pearly dewdrops glistened on the hillside, a skylark flew by, and a snail squatted under a thorn bush.". UP "Just think. My attack will either be at your upper or lower half! The odds are fifty-fifty.". UP "Last time, Marguerite served me fried crickets dipped in caramel. She didn't lay a finger on it, so I had to eat the whole thing myself.". UP "Let me give you back the gold I borrowed.". UP "Marguerite! I am but a garden slug drowning in the beer of your beauty! Damn, who writes this stuff?". UP "Marguerite once asked me to find out the dark elves' secret to maintaining a slim figure. They sad to us drink lots of milk mixed with vinegar ... Marguerite drank a jug of it ... and puked for three days straight. I had to hold her hair back!". UP "Marguerite once asked me to find out the dark elves' secret to maintaining soft skin. They said they always bathe in honey ... Marguerite poured a huge jar over her head ... and seconds later she was covered in flies! I had to fight off thousands of them.". UP "Marguerite once asked me to steal an ogre's loincloth as proof of my love. After a great ordeal, I managed to grab one. The ogre was so embarrassed, his face turned from green to red.". UP "Marguerite once made me a dish of Stormrider feet covered in nacho cheese. I nearly passed out, but it's worth it for love, right?" UP "Marguerite once made me a dish of Swamp Mammoth testicles covered in nacho cheese. I nearly passed out, but it's worth it for love, right?" UP "Marguerite once wanted to fly on a stormrider, so I bribed an officer to borrow one. We rode it for a little while, but ended up crashing into a wall. Why? Marguerite panicked and pulled out all the feathers from the poor bird's head." UP "Never forget to defend your you-know-what!". UP "No ... How could there be any room for you in her heart, huh?". UP "Oh, I know ... How about a drink after this? Hmm ... Where to today? I'm so hungry. I know, I'd like some barbeque. Oh, by the way, defend your manhood!". UP "'Oh, my precious Marguerite! You are as elegant as a crab-footed cactus among cabbages.' Did you write this?". UP "Oh, this is so exhausting! Why don't we switch to chess? I promise I will go easy on you.". UP "Open your eyes! This time I'm going for your middle". UP "Shall we try something new? To block this attack, you must move the left stick in a circle. Just don't do anything until you see my blade engulfed in light. Are we ready?". UP "Sniff, phew! What is that smell? I think there is something on your shoe.". UP "Take your eyes off Marguerite, or I will poke them out for you". UP "Tell me, are you this stiff when you dance with Marguerite?". UP "There is a saying. 'A wise man learns from his opponent.' But really, what could you possibly teach me?". UP "This is it! There is no avoiding it! I am going for your gut!". UP "What?! Is that a necklace you are wearing? I gave that to Marguerite!". UP "What is the longest time you have waited for Marguerite? I once waited three days at her front door! I arrived clean-shaven, but by the time I left, I looked like a Vagabond.". UP "What's that? I hear your mother calling ... Look behind you!". UP "What's that thing in the sky? Look! Over there!". UP "When you go out with Marguerite, you tell her the date is on the day before, because it takes a whole day for her just to powder herself!". UP "Why don't we call a truce and go find ourselves some less demanding women?". UP "You are not worth my attack, you stumpy-legged man!" UP "You are the only one I have told about my teddy, Lord Bumbleton ... So how come Marguerite knows?!". UP "You cannot beat me at horse racing any more! I acquired the level 10 Horseshoes of Swiftness, fed my horse Hexter carrots to increase her mana, and most importantly ... I lost some weight.". UP "You have left your head open!". UP "You look a little wobbly ... Are your shoelaces tied together?". UP "You must be popular in Hexter. I bet the ogre girls can't keep their hands off you!". UP "Your head is huge! I might as well just swing my sword with my eyes closed!". ======================= 7. THE REWARDS: ======================= - Your reward for putting up with this misery, and raising Marguerite's favor to 100%, is a spell called "Mighty Sword", and the achievement "Marguerite, My Love", worth 20 gamerscore. - The achievement "Dueling Is My Life", worth 20 gamerscore, is awarded for raising Marguerite's favor to 50%. Part-way through your endeavor, you will probably fall asleep to find that Marguerite is absent from the scene, leaving Bertrand standing alone. Talk to him to receive the "Misery Loves Company" achievement, also worth 20 gamerscore. ======================= 8. CLOSING ======================= And that's it. If you feel I've made an error in the list, or have missed a taunt from the list, please e-mail me at "email@example.com". But please make sure you are accurate in your findings, as there are a lot of similar taunts to confuse the player. Your defense may also appear to be failing, when really it is just your parries that are failing. --- Thanks to neeker, ohayo, and phazer for testing this guide for me. Thanks to Baig for pointing out an error I made. And thanks to Linnay for pointing out how to get Bertrand to show. Copyright CJ Church, 2008 This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site, besides GameFAQs and IGN, or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.