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    Story Synopsis
    By aaxe
    Version 8.5
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    Copyright 2005, aaxe
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    Version 8.5, 03-18-2005 - Added add'l corrections.  Added add'l FAQ's.
    Version 8.0, 12-30-2004 - Added add'l HP content.
    Version 7.5, 09-28-2004 - Reorganized Hurricane Pack Sections.
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    Version 4.0, 06-05-2004 - Various corrections.
    Version 3.5, 04-23-2004 - Updated story.  Updated Character Bio's.  Added add'l
    FAQ's.  Updated Ryu's Death FAQ.
    Version 3.0, 04-16-2004 - Updated story.  Added FAQ's.  Rewrote Prologue as
    transcription.  Concluded Ryu's fate in Chapter 2
    Version 2.5, 04-08-2004 - Added Mythos subsections.  Updated content.  Added
    Additional FAQ's.  Corrected additional inaccuracies.
    Version 2.0, 04-06-2004 - Updated content.  Corrected additional inaccuracies.
    Added Fateful Encounters.  Added Mythos section.  Added additional FAQ's.
    Version 1.5, 04-01-2004 - Updated content.  Added ASCII art.  Corrected
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    Version 1.0, 03-16-2004 - Included story synopsis.  Corrected inaccuracies.
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    Table of Contents
    1.  Story Synopsis
    	a.  Introduction
    	b.  Mythos
    		1.  The Book of Genesis
    		2.  The Book of Evil Deities
    		3.  The Book of Dragons
    		4.  The Book of the Fiends
    		5.  The Book of the Future
    	c.  Prologue
    	d.  Chapter 1 - The Way of the Ninja
    		Fateful Encounter - Murai
    	e.  Chapter 2 - The Hayabusa Ninja Village
    		Fateful Encounter - Doku's Samurai Cavalry
    	f.  Chapter 3 - The Skies of Vengeance
    		Fateful Encounter - General Dynamo
    	g.  Chapter 4 - Imperial City Infiltration
    		Fateful Encounter - Black Spider Ninja Clan
    	h.  Chapter 5 - City of Fiends
    		Fateful Encounters - Gallas, Tentacle Fiend
    	i.  Chapter 6 - Monastery
    		Fateful Encounter - Zombie Dragon
    	j.  Chapter 7 - Hidden Underground
    		Fateful Encounter - Alma
    	k.  Chapter 8 - Tairon Under Alert
    		Fateful Encounter - Military Supply Base Main Gate
    	l.  Chapter 9 - Military Supply Base
    		Fateful Encounters - Tank Battalion, Helicopter, Comm Tower
    	m.  Chapter 10 - The Aqueduct
    		Fateful Encounter - Inazuma Worm, Moat Guardian
    	n.  Chapter 11 - The Path to Zarkhan
    		Fateful Encounter - Doku, Lord of the Greater Fiends
    	o.  Chapter 12 - The Caverns
    		Fateful Encounter - Inferno Worm, Ice Fiend, Smougan the Flame Dragon
    	p.  Chapter 13 - Fiendish Awakening
    		Fateful Encounter - Alma Awakened
    	q.  Chapter 14 - Vengeful Spirit
    		Fateful Encounter - Doku's Spirit Form
    	r.  Chapter 15 - The Core
    		Fateful Encounters - Supreme Fiend Gogohn, Holy Vigoor Emperor
    	s.  Chapter 16 - The Dark Dragon Blade
    		Fateful Encounter - Dark Disciple
    	t.  Epilogue
    2.  Character Breakdown
    	a.  Heroes
    		1.  Ryu Hayabusa
    		2.  Ken/Joe/Joh Hayabusa
    		3.  Ayane
    		4.  Rachel
    		5.  Kureha
    		6.  Falcon
    		7.  Muramasa
    	b.  Evildoers
    		1.  Murai/Dark Disciple
    		2.  Doku, Lord of the Greater Fiends
    		3.  Alma
    		4.  Supreme Fiend Gogohn
    		5.  Vigoor
    		6.  Gamov
    		7.  Black Spider Ninja Clan
    		8.  Shadow Ninja Clan
    		9.  Hatamoto
    		10. General Dynamo
    		11. Dark Dragon
    		12. Smougan the Flame Dragon
    		13. Vigoorian Ninja Clan
    		14. Shadow Alma
    		15. Shadow Rachel
    		16. Beserkers
    3.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    4.  Hurricane Pack 1 Disclaimer
    5.  Hurricane Pack 2 Disclaimer
    6.  Credits
    --Story Synopsis--
    This is a Story Synopsis.  It tells the whole story, so be aware that this
    entire document is a spoiler.  With the help of several forum members and FAQ
    writers, we have figured out most of the specific details to the story, as
    there are a lot.  Please note, that this information is currently up for
    debate and, not all of these ideas are my own.  See the credit section for
    the forum members that have contributed to this guide.
    I've read in most reviews that the story in this game ranges from "tacked on"
    to "abysmal".  I was frustrated in this, as Ryu Hayabusa has had a pretty good
    back-story up to this point.  To my surprise, I've found the story to be as
    relevant as any other action adventure game I've played.  Perhaps, I set my
    sights low, but regardless, there are a lot of facets to this tale.  Granted
    it's not overly exceptional or original material, but there is plenty of merit.
    Not too many games go through the trouble of not only creating a mythology for
    the world to use, but to also find some way of tying that mythology to previous
    games in the series.  Additionally, the game is setup so that you might not
    ever even see some of the mythos sections.
    Itagaki commented in an interview that this story has nothing to do with the
    original Ninja Gaiden trilogy on NES.  However, the Xbox Ninja Gaiden game can
    easily be seen as a prequel to the Ninja Gaiden trilogy.  Nothing in this game
    makes the trilogy impossible and likewise, nothing that happens in the trilogy
    makes the Xbox game's story impossible.
    This section includes a literal transcription of the level caching screens.
    This information is vital to understanding several facets of the game including
    the Deity and Twin Serpent Statues.
    1.  The Book of Genesis - In the beginning, a great inconsistency flowed out
    into the nothing; a nothing that was afraid of its own nothingness, a pure
    terror without color, without sound and without smell.  It formed the root of
    all deification, and eventually it coalesced into the shape of the first Deity,
    Gurdu.  Gurdu gave birth to all elements and provided them with order and
    function.  In a remote area of space from where Gurdu provided order, there
    existed the territory of chaos formed from elements without shape.  This chaos,
    which had been forgotten during the blessing of Gurdu, existed at first as only
    an instinctual fear, but eventually the chaos begin to take shape and a
    consciousness was formed within it.
    At first this was just a small curious presence, but eventually grew and became
    clearer.  This marked the appearance of Hatred.  The chaotic nature of Hatred
    further evolved it, bringing it to the level of a Deity.  Thus, the ancestor of
    all Evil Deities, Vigoor, came into being, and the first conflict set into
    2.  The Book of Evil Deities - The ancestor of all Evil Deities, Vigoor, began
    to devour the territory of Gurdu, beginning at its center.  During endless
    solar and lunar eclipses, the earth shook and split, the seas dried up only to
    flood into existence again, and intense winds swept over everything, and fires
    burned down all of existence ignoring even the concept of time itself.
    Eventually Gurdu lost his strength, and the world once again plunged into the
    chaos from which it had come.
    Then a great change occurred.  During the throes of unending destruction, the
    body of Gurdu himself split into quarters.  Each part became a Deity itself
    controlling Sentiment, Wisdom, Creation and Immortality.  Eventually, they
    would come together to return shape to the world again, but in their
    panic-stricken state after their birth, they still had little power.
    3.  The Book of Dragons - In this age of panic, the Serpent, Deity of Creation
    was the only one of the Deities to keep some semblance of sanity.  The Serpent
    gave birth to a tiny presence, something that no other being would ever
    notice... the seeds of life.
    These seeds managed to take hold and grow in the storm of chaos and ever so
    slightly began to evolve, eventually becoming the Thirteen Dragons, whose
    destinies were to be found in battle.  The Dragons waged an endless battle
    against Vigoor who never ceased in his attempts to bring the world into a chaos
    of Hatred.  Eventually the Dragons were able to banish Vigoor to the very ends
    of the world.
    However, it was in this period that the youngest and lowliest in position of
    the Dragons, the Dark Dragon, summoned the Hatred with its feelings of
    inferiority.  Due to this betrayal, Vigoor was able to keep from being
    completely destroyed.
    4.  The Book of the Fiends - The Dark Dragon, now full of evil intent, joined
    with Vigoor and his spawn of Evil Deities to further capture the territory of
    Gurdu.  This conflict continued throughout the eons of history and during its
    struggle the first spark of human life appeared in the form of the Ancient
    Of course, old conflicts never cease, and even in the age of the Ancient
    Tribes, the Dragon Lineage and Evil Deities continued their battle for tens of
    thousands of generations; a struggle that finally ended when members of the
    Dragon Lineage were able to seal away the Evil Deities and their spawn.
    However, in that age of chaos, all of the bloodlines of the Ancient Tribes were
    mixed and the form and nature of the Ancients have been carried on by us, the
    5.  The Book of the Future - The land that the Evil Deity Vigoor once held as
    his final territory has become this, the land of Vigoor.  The treachery of the
    Dark Dragon also occurred here, and this was where the Ancient Tribes lived.
    That is why their descendants, us the Fiends, have taken over control of these
    lands.  With this land as a barrier, the power of Vigoor is limited only to
    this Earth.
    Vigoor is the Demon of Destruction and the Deity who creates history; when the
    decadence of this world has piled up, he will return in a blaze of
    all-destroying flame and recreate the world.  Chaos, like the floods on the
    banks of a great river, will fulfill this world once again, and we will be the
    first recipients of this fulfillment.  Evolution has and always will begin from
    here, the land of Vigoor.  It has been several hundred years, since the Supreme
    Fiend Gogohn established what would eventually become the Vigoor Empire here on
    these lands.
    If a new warrior of the Dragon Lineage shall appear, the Holy Emperor shall be
    infused with the power of the Evil Deities.  After seven days, from the unity
    of His Majesty with the Dark Dragon once again, we Fiends will be blessed with
    an exquisite harmony.
    The evil Dark Dragon Blade...
    A legendary sword, said to have been carved out of the bones of a Black Dragon,
    it brought plague and death to the world during the age of ancient myth.  It
    has been sealed by those of the Dragon Lineage since the dawn of history,
    because of its incredible capacity for evil, made possible by the souls of the
    vanquished Black Dragons that dwell within it.  It is said that if the Blade's
    seal were to be broken, it would gather the hatred and evil of mankind and
    confer it upon the on who wields it, transforming him into the Devil incarnate;
    however not even those of the Dragon Lineage who protect it know the true
    extent of its power...
    The Dragon Sword...
    Another weapon protected by the Dragon Lineage since ancient times.  This
    sword, which is said to have been used by ancient warriors to slay the Black
    Dragons, is now handed down from generation to generation in the Hayabusa Ninja
    Clan, the modern descendants of the Dragon Lineage.
    And now, the Dragon Sword is gripped firmly in the hands of young ninja Ryu
    The story begins with a cinematic describing the Dark Dragon Blade and the
    Dragon Sword, the two rival weapons of the game.  Basically, the Dark Dragon
    Blade was forged from the bones of a Black Dragon.  Apparently, these Black
    Dragons are very powerful creatures, and thusly, the Dark Dragon Blade has
    several capabilities.  It can absorb the souls of those it smites.  In fact, it
    has the ability to vaporize those unfortunate enough to actually be defeated by
    it.  Secondly, it can draw power from the evil committed in its vicinity.  A
    side effect to this feature is the fact that it can absorb all magical energy
    directed at it; thereby nullifying the effects of Ninpo.  Finally, once it has
    been unsealed and reached its full potential, it has the ability to transform
    its wielder into an all-powerful devil.
    The foil to the Dark Dragon Blade is the Dragon Sword.  The Dragon Sword was
    carved out of the fang of a Dragon and was used by the Dragon Lineage to
    destroy the Black Dragons.  The true nature of the sword is not discovered
    until later in the game, as the True Dragon Sword is a combination of the
    Dragon Sword and the Dragon Eye.  Once these two artifacts are combined, the
    True Dragon Sword becomes a very powerful tool.  In fact, Ryu shatters the Dark
    Dragon Blade with it in one strike at the story's conclusion.
    The Hayabusa Clan is composed of the descendants of the Dragon Lineage that
    fought the Black Dragons and Ancient Tribes.  There is a true bloodline though,
    and it seems as though only Ryu and his father are direct descendants.
    Apparently, the Black Dragons were wiped out, and the Fiends were nearly
    exterminated.  So, the Hayabusa Clan exists in a somewhat dormant state.  Now,
    it seems as though the Hayabusa Clan merely protects the three Dragon
    Artifacts:  the Dark Dragon Blade, the Dragon Sword and the Dragon Eye.  Ryu's
    father leaves the village to train in the "Sacred Wilderness" and entrusts the
    Dragon Sword with him.  Kureha, the Hayabusa Clan's Priestess, is the protector
    of the Dragon Eye while the entire village is responsible for the protection of
    the Dark Dragon Blade.  This is probably due to the fact that it's not readily
    apparent that the Dragon Sword and Dragon Eye can combine to form the True
    Dragon Sword.  Therefore, it is assumed that the Dark Dragon Blade is the most
    dangerous of the three artifacts.
    Chapter 1 - The Way of the Ninja
    Location - The Shadow Clan Ninja Fortress
    Fateful Encounter - Murai
    There is a defector from the Hayabusa Clan, and his name is Murai.  It is said
    that he is Ryu's uncle and leaves the Hayabusa Clan.  Ninja clans don't take
    defection lightly, so it's assumed that Murai and the Shadow Ninja Clan that he
    creates are sworn enemies to the Hayabusa Clan.  Most likely, it is because of
    this that Ryu slaughters the Shadow Clan with such abandon when Murai summons
    him.  Since, Murai is Ryu's uncle (on his mother's side in all likelihood), Ryu
    simply ceases his onslaught once they fight to a draw in Murai's Inner Sanctum.
    What Murai says to entice Ryu to come to see him in the Shadow Ninja Fortress
    is unknown.  Regardless, Murai and Ryu carry on a conversation where Murai
    inquires about the Dragon Sword and Dark Dragon Blade.  Ryu seems both
    apprehensive about answering his questions and reserved when discussing his
    father's penchant with acquiring power.  Murai comments how he is not of the
    Dragon Lineage, and so he is unconcerned with the affairs of the Dark Dragon
    Blade.  At this point, Ayane interrupts their conversation with news of razing
    of Hayabusa Village.
    Ayane is a member of the Mugen Tenshin Clan and practices Hajin Mon.  It is
    apparent that she works for Murai, and it is possible that Murai uses her to
    summon Ryu.  She seems either startled or compassionate at Ryu's presence in
    the Inner Sanctum despite the fact that she has been helping him with Kunai
    scrolls on his entire journey to the Shadow Clan's Inner Sanctum.  From the
    Ninja Fortress's viewpoint, Hayabusa Village is clearly visible.  It's evident
    that something is terribly wrong, as there is a large amount of smoke billowing
    up from the village.  Ryu races back to the Village only to be put upon by the
    forces of Doku.
    Chapter 2 - The Hayabusa Ninja Village
    Location - Hayabusa Village
    Fateful Encounter - Doku's Samurai Cavalry
    Doku is the Lord of the Greater Fiends and is sent by the Holy Vigoor Emperor
    to retrieve the Dark Dragon Blade.  Doku attacks Hayabusa Village with his
    samurai army consisting of infantry, cavalry, archers, mages and one Cavalry
    Captain.  Ryu arrives in the village and solemnly discovers the corpses of many
    of his colleagues.  After killing several of Doku's samurai, Ryu visits an
    effigy to the blacksmith Muramasa.  He is able to communicate with Muramasa via
    these statues and is now capable of outfitting himself.  After concluding his
    business with Muramasa and acquiring several armlets that can increase his
    offensive and defensive abilities, Ryu happens upon a bow.  He equips this
    weapon and continues his trek through the village.
    After Ryu dispatches most of the attacking force single-handedly, and he
    destroys the Cavalry Captain and his entourage as well.  Ryu then arrives at
    the Hayabusa Clan Leader's Residence to see Kureha murdered.  She reaches out
    to Ryu on the footsteps of the residence and clutches the Dragon Eye in her
    hand.  But, she dies before Ryu can intervene.  Doku then appears, retrieves
    the Dark Dragon Blade and dispatches one last Hayabusa Clan ninja.  He and Ryu
    then square off and exchange a few blows.  Doku proves the more powerful
    duelist though, as he strikes Ryu twice, grievously wounding him.
    It is a matter of debate now as to whether or not Doku kills Ryu at this point.
    He strikes him first in the lower abdomen, which causes Ryu to cough up blood.
    He then slashes him from shoulder to scabbard, and it appears as though the
    sheath of the Dragon Sword at least partially protects him from the Dark Dragon
    Blade's ability to absorb souls.  It could be this or a combination of several
    factors as discussed in the FAQ's section.  The flames that engulf Hayabusa
    Village eventually die down after consuming the area.  We see Ryu lying
    defeated on the ground, and he looks to be either very mortally wounded or
    outright expired.  It is wise to note that the fires have all extinguished at
    this point, so Ryu has been lying motionless on the ground bleeding for at
    least several hours.  At this point, a lone falcon then flies in and observes
    the scene.  This is not the last time that the falcon is observed in this story.
    Chapter 3 - The Skies of Vengeance
    Location - Passenger Zeppelin
    Fateful Encounter - General Dynamo
    Next we see Ryu totally healed and preparing for battle in his new outfit.
    Murai watches on and councils him on who and what decimated his village.  He
    tells Ryu that Doku works for the Holy Vigoor Emperor and if he wishes to exact
    vengeance, then he'll have to take the fight to them.  Ryu then books passage
    upon a zeppelin bound for the Vigoor Empire with the intent of destroying Doku
    and retrieving the Dark Dragon Blade.
    Unfortunately for Ryu, the Vigoorian Internal Affairs Bureau intercepts the
    zeppelin with the help of the Vigoorian military and General Dynamo, a
    corpulent cybernetic soldier.  At the head of the Vigoorian Internal Affairs
    Bureau is a man called Gamov.  How he happens upon Ryu's actions is revealed
    later.  They intercept the passenger zeppelin and all hands aboard are promptly
    Ryu then must escape capture.  He slaughters every MSAT (Mechanized Special
    Attack Team) soldier that crosses his path, and happens upon another of
    Muramasa's statue.  Now, Muramasa has the materials needed to upgrade Ryu's
    Dragon Sword.  With this improvement, Ryu gains the Flying Swallow ability to
    spontaneously fly through the air and decapitate his enemies.
    He then finds a map of the Vigoorian Capital City Tairon, disables the power
    system of the zeppelin and kills Dynamo.  Whilst in the throws of malfunction,
    Dynamo's rifle misfires several times and destroys the boarding zeppelin.  His
    systems then go critical, and he explodes, which destroys the passenger
    zeppelin.  Ryu escapes the destruction of both zeppelins by jumping off and
    landing on high-tension power line towers.  He then repels these lines using
    only his arm bracelets into the outskirts of Tairon.  Ryu isn't the only
    survivor, however.
    Chapter 4 - Imperial City Infiltration
    Location - Tairon
    Fateful Encounter - Black Spider Ninja Clan
    The Dragon Lineage's last warrior must now infiltrate Tairon, but without
    Ayane's assistance, he wouldn't know where to look for Doku.  Ayane informs him
    via Kunai scrolls that he needs to locate Han's Bar and to be on the lookout
    for the rival ninjas belonging to the Black Spider Ninja Clan.  Apparently,
    they are out to capture the Dark Dragon Blade as well, however, they are
    proving to be unsuccessful.  Ryu happens upon many of their bodies throughout
    this chapter and the rest of the story.  Several of them carry diaries that
    divulge pieces of the Clan's intentions.  Their motivations become clear later.
    In the first plaza he encounters, Ryu discovers an gigantic, ancient device
    called the Twin Serpents Statue, which seems to forego modern technology for a
    more mystic variety.  To activate the Statue, it is clear that a Stone Tablet
    is needed to awaken its machinations.  What this will do is unclear at this
    point, however.  Ryu finally reaches Han's Bar, but is refused admittance
    without a ticket.  He discovers that Muramasa, the Blacksmith, is holding a
    contest where a patron will receive one free ticket with any purchase.
    Luckily, his shop is located in Tairon.  Before Ryu leaves Han's Bar, Ayane
    informs him that she has hidden a weapon of great power here.  Ryu retrieves
    it, and the weapon turns out to be a Windmill Shuriken that will return to Ryu
    once it is thrown.
    Upon one of bodies of the Spider Clan, Ryu discovers some Nunchaku.  It seems
    as though he has much fortitude to come across such powerful weapons, and he
    puts them to good use.  Additionally, he finds a diary of a Spider Clan ninja
    named Suke that states that the Clan has spied upon a female of remarkable
    skill and beauty.  They question her intentions, but, up until now, Ryu had
    remained oblivious to her presence.
    Ryu then encounters his first group of Spider Ninjas.  These foes prove
    formidable with their advanced techniques and Incendiary Shuriken.  Ryu must
    utilize all of his talents to even survive the encounters with these assassins.
    One technique in particular is interesting to Ryu where the ninja will hold his
    sword out as he flips in the air.  Ryu moves on after slaughtering the
    Ryu meets the decrepit Muramasa face-to-face, retrieves the ticket but
    unfortunately doesn't need it, as something is amiss at Han's Bar upon his
    return.  At this point, he meets Rachel who appears to be very adept at killing
    Fiends.  She introduces herself and explains that she is a Fiend Hunter.  Ryu
    lays bare his intentions of killing Doku at which Rachel scoffs, doubting his
    ability.  She states that her ability to battle Fiends is tied to her tendency
    to becoming a Fiend, because of her bloodline.  Rachel then states that it was
    Doku that took her sister from her.  She promptly leaves the conversation via
    grappling hook when she senses Fiends in the vicinity.
    Suddenly, Gamov appears as he apparently survived the zeppelin catastrophe.  He
    makes it known to Ryu that he has been watching him.  He also suggests that he
    and Rachel are acquainted, and that she can take care of herself.  Just as
    abruptly as he appears, he disappears.
    Chapter 5 - City of Fiends
    Locations - Tairon, Han's Bar, Dworku
    Fateful Encounters - Gallas, Tentacle Fiend
    Ayane hints that Doku's location could probably be discovered if Ryu were to
    travel to the Monastery in Dworku, a district of Tairon.  So, Ryu battles his
    way there.  He fights both the MSATs and Spider Ninja Clan where he arrives at
    the Drawbridge to Dworku.  Unfortunately, it is drawn up, so Ryu must activate
    the bridge lowering mechanisms.  He does so after fighting off many more Spider
    Clan and eventually arrives at the gates of the Monastery.  It is locked
    unfortunately, so he goes to find another way in.  He is again besieged by
    MSATs, but after dispatching a couple of them, Ryu encounters his first batch
    of Fiends.  These beasts take the forms of large dragons, and they quickly
    dispense with the SATs and turn their sites on Ryu.
    After this battle Rachel (who was overseeing Ryu's performance) comments on
    Ryu's ability and questions his bloodline.  Ryu retorts curtly saying that his
    talent stems from his training.  Rachel questions this, and explains her
    intentions.  Her twin sister Alma is a Greater Fiend like Doku, and she intends
    on releasing her sister from her Fiendish existence.  The only way to do so is
    to murder her.  She relates that there are three greater Fiends, Doku, Alma and
    another Greater Fiend that protects the Emperor.  But, before she can
    elaborate, a Tentacle Fiend (a huge, fleshy mass composed of eyeballs,
    tentacles and talons) promptly swallows her up.  Ryu battles and dispatches
    this monstrosity thereby rescuing Rachel.  She tells Ryu that Doku is most
    likely in the pathway under the Monastery.  It's the best place to continue
    Ayane then shows herself finally and relates some information about how the
    Fiends' existences, like men, are tied to their bloodlines.  She also says that
    the Fiend Realm has been disturbed, possibly due to the presence of the Dark
    Dragon Blade and the Dragon Sword.  Rachel agrees that she can feel a stirring
    in her blood.  With this new information, Ryu asks Ayane to take care of Rachel
    as he proceeds into the Monastery.  It appears that Ayane has possibly switched
    allegiances at this point.
    Finally, a new character, the Dark Disciple is introduced and is shown talking
    to Gamov on a balcony.  It appears as though Gamov has ulterior motives as
    well.  The Disciple hears about Ryu's exploits so far and comments that he has
    arrived just in time.
    Chapter 6 - The Monastery
    Locations - Dworku, The Monastery, Underground Cemetery
    Fateful Encounter - Zombie Dragon
    Ryu heads back to gates of the Monastery from the inside of the wall that the
    Tentacle Fiend demolished.  From now on, Fiends besiege Ryu, as it seems the
    Monastery is some sort of focal point.  Ryu encounters Monk Fiends guarding the
    altar of the Monastery and dispatches them.  He realizes that the altar seems
    like the entrance point to the Underground Passage, but it appears as though a
    book is needed to unlock the Cemetery.  He happens upon the archives and begins
    reading the volumes contained within.  Here, he learns about the Holy Vigoor
    Emperor and the structure of Vigoorian society.  The Emperor is more than just
    a figurehead as outlined in the books.  It seems that he or she is the corner
    stone of Vigoorian society and is an extension of Vigoor itself.  Ryu also
    happens upon the first Stone Tablet that appears to be connected to the Twin
    Serpents Statue along with an Incendiary Shuriken.  The same shuriken that have
    proven so troublesome when dealing with the Spider Ninja Clan can now be used
    against them.
    Ryu explores the Monastery and discovers the Principal Monk's Office.  This
    Monk foolishly leaves his safe combinations in his ledger, so Ryu retrieves the
    Book of Eons from the Monk's office safe.  While he's at it, Ryu also retrieves
    the first of 5 Deity Statues, Raptor, the Deity of Sentiment.  He will return
    to this safe on occasion and find that the Monk never learns how to keep his
    save from being pilfered.  Ryu returns to the altar, places the book upon it,
    and descends into the Underground Cemetery.
    Ryu fights his way through many dead things and eventually finds the Old Altar.
    Occupying this cavern is the remains of a gigantic dragon but only the skeleton
    remains.  It's obvious that something needs to be offered here, so Ryu goes
    about his way to find what it might be.  Ryu acquires the Vigoorian Flail,
    which proves to be an extremely useful tool in dealing with the creatures in
    this chapter.  After shuffling off many mortal coils, he arrives in a room with
    a Grail.  Ryu is immediately set upon by numerous flying abominations.  But,
    during the course of Ryu's butchering, a piece of one of these creatures falls
    into the Grail.  This sets in motion the reviving of all the corpses in the
    Cemetery, the Ghuls.  After Ryu dispatches the behemoths in his immediate
    vicinity, he grabs the Grail and returns to the Old Altar.
    Upon replacing the Altar that has given life to all of the death of the
    Cemetery, it commits one more action, which is to breathe life back into the
    corpse of the Dragon that occupies this space.  After a decisive battle with
    the Zombie Dragon where Ryu attacks the creature's frail limbs, it tumbles to
    the bottom of the shaft and crushes the floor to reveal the Underground Passage.
    Chapter 7 - Hidden Underground
    Locations - Underground Cemetery, Underground Passage, The Monastery
    Fateful Encounter - Alma
    The Last Warrior of the Dragon Lineage must navigate back down the Underground
    Cemetery to the bottom of the cave where the Zombie Dragon's body crushed the
    floor.  While navigating this Underground Passage, Ryu happens upon the second
    Deity Statue, the Wolf.
    During this adventure, Ryu must continually do battle with the undead hordes
    and solve many ancient puzzles.  After doing so, he is beset upon by a
    reincarnation of the Tentacle Fiend.  After easily returning this creature to
    the Underworld, Ryu begins to climb back to the surface.  But, unfortunately,
    the remains of the Dragon weakened the structure of this Cemetery, and a
    torrent of water comes flooding in, sweeping Ryu away.  He must now navigate
    the flooded caverns by swimming through them.  In an unflooded space, Ryu
    locates an ancient looking platform but is unable to activate it.  Instead, he
    finds the elevator back up to the Monk's office, and escapes despite being
    assaulted by another group of Spider Clan.  They seem to be following his
    progress closely.
    Unfortunately, he is unable to exit the Monastery and is finally confronted by
    Alma, the Greater Fiend.  In a hopeless battle, Ryu does actually strike her
    down, and in the process, Alma's Fiendish energy is released in a gigantic
    explosion.  Rachel spies this encounter and comes in to vanquish her sister but
    is unable to do the deed.  Alma dissolves seemingly to recover later.
    Rachel laments that she was unable to kill her own sister, so Ryu suggests that
    it's not safe for her here anymore.  After Ryu leaves, Doku appears.  He tells
    Rachel that he should kill her for what she's done to Alma.  He also comments
    that it's a pity that she has to go to waste, as she might have been more
    powerful than even Alma.  Despite Rachel's attempts at combat, he kidnaps her;
    unbeknownst to Ryu.  Doku will attempt to use her in the Awakening.
    Chapter 8 - Tairon Under Alert
    Locations - Dworku, Tairon
    Fateful Encounter - Military Supply Base Main Gate
    With the destruction of the Monastery, the Vigoorian Military occupies Tairon.
    Upon Ryu's egress from the Monastery, Ayane tells him that the city is under
    martial law, and that the best way to continue his quest would be to knock out
    the Communications Tower in the Military Supply Base.  The Vigoorian Military
    is fairly well equipped and Ryu has to deal with everything from standard
    troops to an Assault Helicopter before he can complete this chapter.  But,
    before he sets off, Ryu returns to the ruin of the Monastery to find Rachel's
    Warhammer lying amongst the ruins.  He takes it.
    The Dragon Ninja decimates the entire occupying force and destroys the Base's
    Main Gate.  During his assault on the gate, he has to survive an encounter with
    an Assault Helicopter with nothing but his trusty Dragon Sword as a defense.
    The Helicopter retreats after it is apparent that he proves difficult to kill.
    He then retrieves a Strong Bow from a building overlooking the Main Gate and
    invades the Supply Base.
    Chapter 9 - Military Supply Base
    Location - Military Supply Base
    Fateful Encounters - Tank Battalion, Helicopter, Comm Tower
    Ryu now takes on ground troops, heavy artillery and air support while dealing
    with the automated support drones as well.  He discovers both APFSDS (armor
    piercing) as well as Explosive arrows in his scouting of the base.  Along the
    way, he destroys their tank battalion and the Helicopter support that he
    previously fought to a draw.
    He disables the Communications Tower and afterwards Ayane confirms that the
    Military Force is in shambles.  Ryu then steals a train and proceeds to leave
    the Base.  Unfortunately, the train meets another train traveling in the
    opposite direction, which causes a huge explosion that Ryu miraculously
    Chapter 10 - The Aqueduct
    Location - The Aqueduct
    Fateful Encounter - Moat Guardian
    Ryu now takes the fight to the Aqueducts under the city.  Here he meets all
    manner of Fiends and disposes of them accordingly.  After reconfiguring the
    water cisterns, Ryu meets again with Muramasa to acquire the Dabilahro, a
    gigantic, two-handed sword. Ryu must then best several gigantic Inazuma Worms
    while trying to find the path to Zarkhan.  After defeating the first of these
    creatures, Ryu gains the ability to channel his own bioelectricity outwards in
    an Inazuma attack.  He gains access to the Sanctuary and finds that he must
    prove his valor before he can continue.
    The Revenger of the Hayabusa Clan locates the Brand of Valor that matches a
    depression in the floor of the cave and hastens back to it.  He places the
    Brand in the depression and watches as the cavern lights with energy.  This act
    summons a gigantic, Moat Guardian.  The creature uses the remains of its wings
    to launch physical assaults on Ryu, while its laser breath attempts to immolate
    him.  The creature in this lair proves challenging, but Ryu bests it and leaves
    the Aqueducts to find the Dark Disciple looking over his progress.
    Chapter 11 - The Path to Zarkhan
    Locations - Zarkhan, Tairon
    Fateful Encounter - Doku, Lord of the Greater Fiends
    Ryu disregards this new presence and takes to the water.  He navigates the moat
    of Zarkhan and finds more deceased Spider Ninja along the way.  Had the Clan
    possessed a greater organization, they might have fared better.  Ryu must now
    backtrack through several areas that he has encountered before, but now they
    are flooded with bilgy water from the moat.  Along the way, he acquires an
    oxygen tank and a Harpoon gun, which he puts to use against the denizens of the
    moat around Zarkhan.  He eventually finds his way back to the ancient platform
    in the Underground Cemetery that takes him to the Arena.
    Here, Doku is waiting for Ryu with Rachel still imprisoned.  Ryu demands to
    know where the Dark Dragon Blade is now, and Doku responds that he has given it
    to the Emperor.  Doku chides him for the near destruction of Alma, and he
    unsheathes Kitetsu, a blade of Fiendish power.  They commit to mortal battle,
    and despite Doku's immense power, Ryu strikes down his nemesis.  Doku ponders
    Ryu's fate, as he has never met a human more skilled.  He observes that maybe
    they are not so different.  Regardless, his body levitates, and his corporeal
    form disappears.  But not before he mentions that the Awakening of Alma is to
    take place.
    This stirs Rachel, now conscious, into action, and she flies away on her
    Ryu then attempts to escape the Arena despite being set upon by a seemingly
    countless number of Gallas.  He brandishes Kitetsu, Doku's sword along with
    the Tranquility Armlet that cancels out the evil blade's tendency to leech
    life.  Using Kitetsu's ability to transfer the life force of his enemies to
    himself, he overcomes these odds and escapes the Arena to arrive in Zarkhan,
    the home of the Emperor.
    Chapter 12 - The Caverns
    Locations - Zarkhan, The Caverns
    Fateful Encounter - Smougan the Flame Dragon
    Ayane sends another message to Ryu stating that Muramasa wishes to speak with
    him.  Ryu does so, but finds that the city has been overrun by Fiendish
    versions of his previous foes.  He fights his way through these horrors again
    to return to Muramasa's shop.  There, he learns that until this point the
    Dragon Sword has not been serving its true purpose.  Muramasa describes to him
    an artifact that must be placed in the hilt to unlock the Sword's true power.
    Ryu is stunned to discover that Muramasa is quite versed on both the Dragon
    Sword and the Dark Dragon Blade.  But, Muramasa assures Ryu that the True
    Dragon Sword affixed with the Dragon Eye will prove more than a match for the
    Dark Dragon Blade.  Ryu must locate this artifact, though.
    Ryu finally leaves Tairon after being tipped off that the Caverns outside the
    city might hold the secret to locating Doku.  The environment is the harshest
    yet, with which Ryu has to contend.  He battles many Fiends of fire and ice and
    reconstructs the Caverns' locking system using the Shield of Vigoor and by
    forging a cog from the iron ore strewn about the Caverns.  Ryu finally locates
    all of the pieces of the Stone Tablet for the Twin-Headed Serpent Statue as
    well.  Along the way, he comes upon a horrendous looking Ice Fiend and smites
    it.  He also locates the Eyes of Fire and Ice that gain him access to Smougan
    the Flame Dragon's Lair.  While this magnificent creature proves to be Ryu's
    greatest challenge so far, the Dragon Ninja destroys the beast much like his
    ancestors destroyed the Black Dragons of long ago.  For this, he is rewarded
    the next Deity Statue, the Devil Deity.
    The beast's body conveniently provides the path to the exit.
    Chapter 13 - The Fiendish Awakening
    Location - Tairon, Hayabusa Village, The Pyramid
    Fateful Encounter - Alma Awakened
    Ryu exits the Caverns through a previously shutoff route and returns to the
    Twin-Headed Serpent Statue.  He places the pieces of the Stone Tablet into its
    holding place and the Statue moves to life.  It is apparent now that the Statue
    is a teleportation device constructed by the Thirteen Dragons of the Serpent
    that Ryu may utilize.  Ryu has found the Path to Zarkhan.
    After traveling through the several of Twin-Headed Serpent Statue's
    teleporters, Ryu arrives back at his home Village.  He visits Kureha's grave
    and realizes that her pendant is in fact the Dragon Eye.  After showing his
    respect to her memory, he affixes the Eye into the hilt of the Dragon Sword.
    It begins to give off a faint glow, and it is obvious that Ryu now holds in his
    possession the True Dragon Sword.  He is truly able to take on the Dark Dragon
    Blade, now.  A scene is shown where the feminine form of Vigoor is shown
    harnessing the power of the Dark Dragon Blade.  She is actually breaking the
    seal of the blade at this point.
    During his escapades, Gamov and the Dark Disciple continue to plot and discuss
    the Dark Dragon Blade's growing power.  They comment on the blade's seal having
    been broken, and how powerful the weapon is becoming.  The Dark Disciple
    questions Gamov's motives and wonders if maybe he'll attempt to take the blade
    for himself.  Gamov denies this charge, of course.  Ayane watches their
    exchange from afar.
    Ryu follows the Path to Zarkhan to several more locations, and eventually finds
    himself in an Aztec-like field with a Pyramid off in the distance.  Ryu has
    just teleported directly into Doku's Awakening Ceremony.  To Ryu's surprise,
    Rachel has been captured and is to be used in sacrifice to transform Alma into
    a truly fierce-some creature.  But, before Ryu can reach Rachel, Alma confronts
    him and transforms into a much more heinous form.  She does this because Doku
    drains some sort of energy from Rachel which is then transferred to Alma.  Had
    Doku been able to complete his ceremony before Ryu arrived (that is, killing
    Rachel), there is no knowing what form Alma would've taken on.  They again
    commit to battle with Ryu surgically defeating her.  Her frail form slumps to
    the ground as her life energy ebbs.
    Ryu then hastens to the top of the Pyramid, as the now Spiritual Doku is about
    to sever Rachel's life in exchange for Alma's.  Alma appears to regain her
    strength and chases Ryu feverishly up the precipice.  Only, she knocks Ryu out
    of the way and intercepts the killing blow from Doku that was meant for Rachel.
    Doku's blade pierces the globe in Alma's abdomen as she catches her twin
    sister.  Alma looks peaceful as she cradles Rachel's limp form and explodes in
    a light of Fiendish brilliance.  What is left is a scene of Rachel cradling
    Alma's now human form, in death.  Doku's Spirit throws down his ceremonial
    blade and vows that, "This is not over."
    Ryu leaps off of the top of the pyramid (possibly to give Rachel and Alma their
    privacy) to continue the hunt for the Spirit Form of Doku.  Ryu smashes the
    steps of the pyramid to find yet another maze to be solved.  After replacing
    several relics in their rightful places, Ryu receives the Deity of Creation's
    Statue, the Serpent.  He finds the exit to the Pyramid and proceeds to the
    Labyrinth where he spies Doku's spirit form hastening to an unknown location.
    Chapter 14 - Vengeful Spirit
    Locations - The Labyrinth, Imperial Palace
    Fateful Encounter - Doku's Spirit Form
    The Vengeful Spirit finds the body of yet another expired Spider Clan Ninja,
    Gen, where the motivation to capture the Dark Dragon  Blade is revealed.  While
    this expired soul seems to be have been the leader of the force sent to Vigoor,
    the leader of the Spider Clan in its entirety turns out to be a tea connoisseur
    and wishes to grind the Blade into tea.  Close by, Ryu has his first encounter
    in the Fiend Realm where the 3rd of the Greater Fiends holds court.  Ryu
    defeats everything that the Supreme Fiend Gogohn summons to defeat Ryu, and
    returns to the normal world.
    Ryu chases Doku through the labyrinth taking on all manner of new Fiends.  Once
    particular abhorrence proves very challenging with its ability to grapple and
    immolate Ryu.  This creature appears very similar to the form that the Emperor
    takes while harnessing the power of the Dark Dragon Blade.  Regardless, Ryu
    bests the fell beast and retrieves the key to the arena where he will finally
    confront Doku.  They battle one last time, and now that Ryu in his peak of
    combat ability; he easily vanquishes the Spirit.  Unfortunately, in his dying
    breath, Doku curses Ryu to a Fiendish State that immediately takes hold.  Ryu
    is powerless to prevent the Fiendish transformation as his body changes to
    reflect his newly Fiendish nature.  It seems a hefty price to pay for simple
    vengeance.  Regardless, now Ryu's task is to reclaim the Dark Dragon Blade and
    return to his former self.
    Chapter 15 - The Core
    Locations - Imperial Palace, The Core, The Underworld
    Fateful Encounters - Supreme Fiend Gogohn, Holy Vigoor Emperor
    Fiendish Ryu arrives at the fringe of the Imperial palace, but there doesn't
    seem to be any way in.  He explores around and locates a winding bridge that
    seems impossible to navigate.  But, since Ryu has been transformed into a
    Fiend, he is actually able to traverse the span, which deposits him upside down
    and under the Palace totally in opposition to gravity.  A door bars the way to
    the Core, unfortunately, and Ryu must backtrack.  It seems as though Doku has
    provided Ryu with more than he intended.
    Ryu finds the decaying body of Dai, the last of the Spider Clan ninjas, at the
    Imperial Gates holding the Decayed Soul Key.  It's ironic to consider that
    Ryu's greatest human adversaries have now given him the ability to complete his
    quest.  He returns to the Core and proceeds to realize that he must climb up to
    the top of the Core.  In actuality, he is progressing down and the higher he
    seems to get, the closer he gets to the Underworld.
    He battles through the five levels of the Core fighting the most severe of the
    Fiend forms.  Each room in the Core is repugnant, and display everything from
    sentient eyeballs to developing fetuses.  At each level he places a Deity's
    Statue on an altar as an offering, and after doing so, the room pulses with
    energy, and unlocks the path to the next level.
    When he finally reaches the pinnacle of the Core, it turns out to be the Gate
    to the Underworld itself.  But, to open the freestanding gate, he must offer
    another Deity's statue.  Gurdu only transformed into four Deities, so this last
    offering is puzzling.  Regardless, he finds another portal to the Fiend Realm
    where, this time, it appears as though he will do battle with the Supreme Fiend
    Gogohn himself, the protector of the Emperor.  But before he can challenge him,
    he must do battle with his previously vanquished foes that Gogohn summons from
    the Underworld.  He vanquishes these nuisances again, and Gogohn finally
    accepts the challenge.  Despite Gogohn's ample power, Ryu is successful in
    smiting him along with his summoned minions.  Afterwards, the Statue of Demon,
    Deity of Destruction is revealed.  This figure is an icon to Vigoor itself and
    is the key to passage into the Underworld.
    It's interesting to note that the Demon Statue is the same statue that Jaquio
    uses in the original NES Ninja Gaiden.  It is an effigy to Vigoor in this story.
    Using the Statue, Ryu opens the gate to the Underworld that reveals a skeletal
    staircase that was, up until this point, invisible.  Ryu climbs the staircase
    at which point the stairs break up and begin to fall down.  They then reverse
    their direction to coincide with gravity and fall up.
    The Fiendish Dragon Ninja falls into a field of white, red, yellow and blue
    flowers like the Essences and spies a gigantic statue across it.  The statue
    resembles Alma, but above it lays the Dark Dragon Blade.  The field promptly
    withers and burns, transforming into a hellish cavern and the statue itself
    awakens to do battle.  It towers above Ryu, so Ryu uses his powers to create a
    platform from the bedrock itself and levitates up to the statue.  It appears as
    though final battle with the Emperor has begun.  Ryu attacks the Emperor's
    armor and avoids her lasers and thrusts.  After many blows, the statue crumbles
    into the lava and the Emperor's true form appears as a mountain of skulls.
    This is Vigoor, the God, himself.  Ryu defeats this form as well, despite
    Vigoor's substantial power.  In doing so, he frees himself from the Fiendish
    Chapter 16 - The Dark Dragon Blade
    Location - The Core, Zarkhan
    Fateful Encounter - Dark Disciple
    Ryu dispatches the Emperor in both its effeminate and masculine forms and is
    left alone in this hellish Underworld.  Killing the Emperor somehow affects the
    ability for Fiends to exist as Ryu reverts back to human form.  He retrieves
    the Dark Dragon Blade and seems resigned to die in this cavern.  Fortunately,
    Rachel finds him and they escape the pit together.  As they are ascending via
    Rachel's grappling device, an explosion from underneath launches the Dark
    Dragon Blade into the sky.  It falls down at the feet of the Dark Disciple and
    Gamov.  This explosion also destroys most of the Imperial Palace and
    surrounding Zarkhan.
    Rachel and Ryu climb out of the pit and the Disciple and Gamov address them.
    Gamov excitedly relates what has happened to the Dark Dragon Blade due to all
    the carnage as the Dark Disciple wields it.  The shadowy figure promptly
    decapitates Gamov saying that, "You've done well, Gamov."  It's interesting to
    note that Gamov's entire body dissolves and all that is left is a coat and
    blood.  This is obviously what happens to those that fall under the unsealed
    Blade of the Dark Dragon.
    The Disciple disrobes to reveal Murai.  It is at this point when it becomes
    obvious that everything has been set into motion by Murai.  He most likely
    tipped off the Emperor (via Gamov) to the location of the Dark Dragon Blade.
    He summoned Ryu from Hayabusa Village so that the Blade be stolen, unsealed and
    could grow to its true potential.  He tipped Gamov off on Ryu's location aboard
    the zeppelin and then watches as Ryu kills Fiend after Fiend, feeding the
    Blade.  Murai knew that only the Emperor would be able to break the seal on the
    sword and that only Ryu would be able to defeat the Emperor, so, he waits at
    the aperture of the Emperor's Palace.  Murai then brandishes the blade and
    transforms into a demonic abomination.  Unfortunately for him, he did not count
    on Ryu combining the Dragon Eye with the Dragon Sword to wield the True Dragon
    Sword.  Most likely, Murai probably didn't even know it existed.  At this point
    in the story, Ryu is extremely powerful and vanquishes Murai despite the Dark
    Dragon Blade's ability to totally negate Ninpo and summon the Dark Dragon,
    itself.  Murai falls into the Underworld chasm after their battle.
    Ryu kicks the Dark Dragon Blade into the air and shatters it in one strike.  He
    seems pensive due to all the horrible deeds that were both inflicted upon him,
    and he himself committed.  Rachel attempts to comfort him as Ayane looks on,
    but Ryu simply turns around and replies, "It's over."  With this, Ryu
    transforms into a beam of light and teleports away.  Ayane looks satisfied as
    she wanders off.
    Ryu returns to Hayabusa village to replace the Dragon Eye in its rightful
    resting place upon Kureha's grave.  He then disappears into the night.  He most
    likely does this to prevent the True Dragon Blade from being easily captured as
    now the only thing that could have possibly stood up to the True Dragon Sword
    has now been destroyed.
    --Character Breakdown--
    The following section contains breakdowns for each major character in the game.
    1. Ryu Hayabusa - Ryu is the protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden franchise.  He is
    called the modern super ninja and is a member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan.  This
    Clan protects the Dark Dragon Blade, the Dragon Sword and the Dragon Eye, which
    are three artifacts of immense power.  He and his father are the sole survivors
    of the slaughter of his village.  On his quest for revenge, Ryu improves his
    technique and eventually turns into a Fiend himself.  He smites every foe in
    his way, destroys the Vigoor Emperor, kills Murai, destroys the Dark Dragon
    Blade, returns to a normal state and then disappears.
    2. Ken/Joe/Joh Hayabusa - Ryu's father.  He has traveled away to the "Sacred
    Wilderness" training ground and is training during the events of Ninja Gaiden
    for the Xbox.  It seems as though Ryu is concerned with his father's propensity
    to continually strengthen himself.  His whereabouts and condition at the
    conclusion of the story are unknown.
    3. Ayane - She is member of the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan.  She practices Hajin
    Mon and is the half sister of Hayate and Kasumi.  Their shared mother's name is
    Ayame.  Ayane's biological father is Raidou whereas her adopted father is Genra.
    Kasumi and Hayate's father's name is Shinden and their uncle is Raidou.  Ayane
    apparently runs errands for Murai and follows Ryu's progress throughout the
    game.  She assists him throughout his exploits by providing clues via kunai.
    Her intentions are unknown, but she seems to be a force for good.  She seems to
    switch allegiances midway through the story as she accepts a request from Ryu
    to protect Rachel as a direct order.  She seems to be a tragic character as her
    demeanor changes greatly during the events of the Dead or Alive tournament.
    4. Rachel - Vigoor Empire Fiend Hunter.  She hunts Fiends throughout the Vigoor
    Empire and seeks to release her own twin sister, Alma, from a Fiendish
    existence by killing her.  She, herself, is susceptible to becoming a Fiend,
    and befriends Ryu when she learns that he's out to kill Doku.  She also has the
    innate ability to sense when a Fiend is nearby, wields a gigantic War Hammer
    and possesses a grappling device for navigating the environment.  She is
    captured by Doku and used in sacrifice to awaken Alma after Ryu defeats Alma.
    Alma then saves Rachel at the cost of her own life.  Later, Rachel saves Ryu
    after he defeats Vigoor.
    5. Kureha - Hayabusa Village Priestess.  She holds sanctuary over the Dark
    Dragon Blade and is the protector of the Dragon Eye, a relic that can awaken
    the True Dragon Sword.  She is killed by Doku in the slaughter of Hayabusa
    6. Falcon - This creature is present when Ryu commits his two most miraculous
    acts:  surviving Doku's assault and teleporting away at the end.  It is the
    Guardian Spirit of the Hayabusa Clan.  There was much speculation about the
    nature of this creature.  For reference, Hayabusa means Peregrine Falcon in
    7. Muramasa - He is the elderly blacksmith that Ryu encounters throughout the
    story.  He is essential to Ryu's progress throughout his adventures, and it
    seems as though the old man possesses a hidden vivacity as he remains in the
    Tairon shop throughout the Military Occupation and the Fiendish Uprising.  It
    is interesting to note that Muramasa was actually a legendary blacksmith whose
    mentor, Masamune, created the sword of the same name that is found in other
    games (Soul Calibur and Chrono Trigger to name a few).  To read about the
    legend, see the following website.  Thanks to NeoMorpheus for the find.
    1. Murai/Dark Disciple - Ryu's uncle.  He used to belong to the Hayabusa Clan,
    but has chosen a life of exile.  However, he is not of the Dragon lineage,
    which makes him Ryu's mother's brother.  Or, he could just be called uncle by
    affection.  He left Hayabusa Village to begin his own ninja school called the
    Shadow Ninja School.  This makes him a Shinobi and is most likely seen as an
    enemy by the Hayabusa Clan, as is his school.  He sets the wheels of the story
    in motion by summoning Ryu to his side during the invasion of Ryu's village.
    He seeks the Dark Dragon Blade for himself, but knows that he is unworthy to
    wield it.  Secondly, he knows that its true power is dormant, so he manipulates
    the characters of the game in such a way that the Dark Dragon Blade will be
    fully capable by the time he intercepts it.  In the end, he wields the Dark
    Dragon Blade against Ryu, slays Gamov and turns into a devil himself.  Ryu
    defeats him, regardless.
    2. Doku, Lord of the Greater Fiends - He is a Greater Fiend and captures the
    Dark Dragon Blade for the Vigoor Emperor.  He assists in the slaughter of Ryu's
    village and personally kills Kureha.  He also strikes down Ryu, initially.  Ryu
    returns and defeats Doku's corporeal form.  But, then, Doku captures Rachel for
    the purpose of awakening Alma.  But, Alma betrays him and rescues Rachel at the
    cost of her own life.  Ryu then defeats Doku's Spirit Form.  So, Doku curses
    Ryu and turns him into a Fiend.  Ryu removes this curse when he destroys
    Vigoor.  Doku means poison in Japanese.
    3. Alma - She is a Greater Fiend and Rachel's twin sister.  She was susceptible
    to becoming a Fiend, and Doku transformed her.  Ryu defeats her, and Rachel
    moves in to end her sister's suffering.  But, she stays her hand and spares her
    life.  Afterwards, Alma fights Ryu again in an Awakened State but is defeated
    again.  She sacrifices her life for Rachel's and disrupts Doku's Awakening
    Ceremony.  Her name might be derived from the Latin term "alma mater" which
    means, "nourishing mother."
    4. Supreme Fiend Gogohn - He is the 3rd Greater Fiend to which Rachel alludes.
    He resides in the Fiend Realm and protects the Demon Statue that allows passage
    to the Vigoor Emperor.  He possesses the non-trivial ability to summon Fiends
    at will.  In the Mythos, he is also responsible for the creation of the Fiend
    Realm and the territory of the Vigoorian Empire.  Ryu defeats him and takes the
    Demon Statue back to the Core.
    5. Vigoor - Ancestor of Evil Deities.  It is the Deity that the Vigoor Empire
    worships.  It also acts as the Vigoor Empire's Emperor.  The Emperor is able to
    break the seal on the Dark Dragon Blade at exactly the same time as Ryu fixes
    the Dragon Eye into the Dragon Sword.  After Ryu regresses into a Fiend, he
    battles his way through the Core and fights its two forms.  It first appears in
    an effeminate, angelic form, and then regresses into a more masculine, devilish
    form.  After Vigoor's destruction, Ryu escapes with the Dark Dragon Blade with
    the assistance of Rachel and returns to human form.  It is interesting to note
    that the 2nd to last level, The Core, is actually completed upside-down.  When
    Ryu falls up before the final battle, he is actually falling down.
    6. Gamov - Head of the Vigoor Empire Internal Affairs Agency.  He is in league
    with the Dark Disciple, but for unknown reasons.  He also knows Rachel very
    well, although it's probably due to the fact that she is a Fiend Hunter more
    than anything else.  Murai kills him after Ryu retrieves the Dark Dragon Blade
    from Vigoor.  He seems to be actively betraying the Vigoorian Empire by
    aligning with the Dark Disciple rather than the Emperor and Doku.
    7. Black Spider Clan - Rival Ninja Clan.  Black Spider Clan ninjas are found
    throughout the game both alive and dead.  They get very far in their quest but
    are ultimately unsuccessful due to the fact that they are unable to unlock the
    Imperial Gates and bring the Decayed Soul Key to the Core.  There are 7 members
    whose bodies Ryu finds (Suke, Taro, Saru, Sabu, San, Gen and Dai) that keep
    journals.  The journals range in date from January 14th to February 29th.  It
    is revealed that the Leader of the Spider Clan only wants the Dark Dragon
    Blade, so that he can turn it into tea.
    The roles of the Black Spider Clan Ninjas are thus.  Suke is the powerful one
    that discovers Rachel and becomes obsessed with her.  Sabu is the ninja in
    training that doesn't accomplish much.  Taro is concerned with Sabu's welfare
    and whom Doku defeats personally.  Saru first discovers the Fiend Realm taking
    over the Vigoor Empire.  Sen discovers the pieces of the Twin Serpent Statue's
    Stone Tablet, which opens up the Path to Zarkhan.   Gen is the leader and dies
    in the Labyrinth wondering if Dai has completed his task.  Dai retrieves the
    Decayed Soul Key but fails to pass the Imperial Gates to bring the Key to the
    Core.  It's interesting to note that Dai's body is not at the top of the
    Imperial Palace Gate before you enter into the Caverns.  So, the date of
    February 29th is recent to the events of the story.
    8. Shadow Ninja Clan - Murai's Ninja Clan.  Ryu slaughters this Clan on the way
    to talk to Murai.  It is interesting how unaffected by this bloodletting Murai
    is when Ryu reaches him.  Although Murai references it as "your training here"
    when speaking to Ryu about his father's quest for power.
    9. Hatamoto - This demonic fellow is the Fiendish, Mounted Samurai that Ryu
    fights at the bridge to Hayabusa Village Clan Elder's residence.  Both he and
    his steed appear to be quite disfigured most likely due to their stature in the
    Vigoor Empire.  He commands a cadre of Mages as well.
    10. General Dynamo - This person is the rotund cyborg that Ryu does battle with
    in Chapter 3.  He seems to be a General in the Vigoor National Military due to
    the star insignia on each of his lapels.  There is virtually nothing known
    about this character, although he seems to derive great pleasure from combat.
    Ryu kills him, and the resulting explosion destroys the two zeppelins upon
    which Ryu was attempting to get to the Vigoor Empire.
    11. Dark Dragon - This was the youngest of the Thirteen Dragons borne directly
    from Serpent.  It betrays its kind to align with Vigoor and rescue him from
    destruction.  Its bones are used to construct the Dark Dragon Blade.  If Vigoor
    were given seven days to exist with the Dark Dragon Blade, then the Fiend Realm
    would've opened up to the world.
    12. Smougan the Flame Dragon - Very little is known about this creature.  But,
    it protects the Devil Deity Statue.
    13. Vigoorian Ninja Clan - A new Ninja Clan is introduced in the second
    Hurricane Pack.  It seems as though the Empire of Vigoor has trained lethal
    assassins and have fabricated Ayane's "Legendary Weapon," the Windmill Shuriken.
    These foes accompany Doku as well.
    14. Shadow Alma - This creature seems to be the evil Shadow of Alma.  There
    appears to be no good in this enemy at all.  Most importantly, the globe in
    Alma's abdomen which represented her humanity is vacant altogether.
    15. Shadow Rachel - Rachel's Shadowy side is represented in the game as a huge
    female shape, perverted with a tentacle, spikes, claws and a cloven head.  An
    interesting detail is that she animates backwards.
    --Frequently Asked Questions--
    This section contains the FAQs for the game.
    Q.  When does this story take place in the Ninja Gaiden timeline?
    A.  The official word from Team Ninja is that it is unrelated aside from
    character names.  I haven't found one piece of story that would preclude this
    from being a prequel to the Ninja Gaiden trilogy.  I treat it as such.
    Q.  Why does Ryu go to the Shadow Ninja Fortress in the first place?
    A.  He was most likely summoned there by Murai.  Murai probably sent Ayane to
    deliver a Kunai Scroll (as she does throughout the game).  It probably would
    not have taken much to get Ryu to come to the Fortress.  Obviously, Murai wants
    Ryu out of the village as Doku attacks.  He makes a direct remark regarding his
    quest when discussing Ryu's father.  Murai meant Ryu's trip to the Shadow Ninja
    Fortress to be training and addresses it as such, "Perhaps beginning with your
    training here," inferring the battle to the Inner Sanctum.
    Q.  Why does Ryu slaughter the entire Shadow Ninja Clan, yet Murai doesn't seem
    bothered by it?
    A.  Murai is a Shinobi, a runaway ninja.  Therefore, he is most likely viewed
    as an outlaw by the Hayabusa Clan.  Since, he is Ryu's uncle, there is probably
    an underlying affection between the two.  The Shadow Ninjas would attempt to
    kill any Hayabusa Clan ninja, so Ryu would have to defend himself.  Of course,
    Murai alludes to Ryu's summoning as a training exercise.  However, had anyone
    other than Ryu and his father defeated the Clan, they most likely would've
    tried to kill Murai as well and died in the process.  Given Murai's true
    intentions, his disregard for his own clan is understandable.
    Q.  Who is that girl that dies in the beginning?
    A.  Her name is Kureha.  She is a childhood friend of Ryu and a Priestess of
    Hayabusa Village.  She was entrusted with the Dragon Eye that Ryu later claims
    and then subsequently returns.
    Q.  How does Kureha die?
    A.  You see her face Doku before Ryu witness her fall in front of the Clan
    Leader's Residence.  She shakes her head with a surprised expression on her
    face.  The Dragon Eye is still in tact on her chest in the necklace
    around her neck.  It looks as though she breaks the necklace as her knees hit
    the boards of the Residence stairs, and the little pieces of it fall off.
    She then has it wrapped around her hand.  Most likely,  she was given a fatal
    blow before we even see her on the steps.
    Q.  Does Doku kill Ryu?
    A.  Update:  The June 2004 issue of EGM has an interview with Itagaki (Ninja
    Gaiden's Producer).  He states that the Falcon is the Guardian Spirit of the
    Hayabusa (Falcon) Clan.  He resurrects Ryu.  I'll keep the previous answer as
    it was a contested thing for some time.
    A.  This is a hotly contested topic.  I now believe that Ryu was killed, but
    his soul was not taken.  However, there are three schools of thought.
    Ryu dies and is reborn - The argument for this point of view is very strong.
    This is the rendition that I believe.  Ryu confronts Doku and is sliced twice.
    You see the energy from the Dark Dragon Blade flow diagonally down Ryu's back
    on both sides of his sheath, and he twitches as this happens.  It also
    intersects the Dragon Sword's scabbard.  As Ryu twitches, you can see a LARGE
    pool of blood collecting under him.  You can actually see the pool expanding on
    the ground, and it completely encompasses Ryu.  That is a LOT of blood.  The
    fires of Hayabusa village completely die out, and you see Ryu lying in the
    moonlight.  He looks very dead to me in this scene.  It's almost certain that
    he is as he has lain there with two grievous wounds for at least several hours
    without moving.  He even still grips the Dragon Sword.  I would think that the
    loss of blood would've killed him.  The most compelling argument was offered by
    kobudera101.  It entails the idea that Ryu's soul is ejected from his body by
    the DDB and is killed.  His soul is not absorbed because of several factors
    already listed.  Ryu's soul returns as the Falcon seen in the various cut
    scenes in the game.  Also, Ryu can be killed easily throughout the adventure,
    and descriptions of several objects throughout the game talk about their
    affects in the mortal world.  That is, the Dragon Statues and the Scrolls of
    Rebirth specifically state that they are tied to the events of the living; not
    the deceased.
    Ryu dies and returns as a "Vengeful Spirit" - This argument is not as solid.
    Indeed, the only lasting piece of information that supports this is Ryu's
    teleportation/disappearance at the end.  However, he appears again after the
    credits roll to return the Dragon Eye to Kureha's grave.  He seems quite
    corporeal there.
    Ryu lives and heals - The very fact that you continue the game and can be
    killed relatively easily is also a strong argument.  On top of this, Murai
    seems pretty natural when addressing him afterwards.  You would think that he
    would've shown some sort of emotion given that his ultimate adversary has just
    returned from the dead.  Lastly, when Gamov is killed by the DDB, he is
    vaporized.  Ryu does not evaporate, though, even when struck twice by it.  This
    could be caused by several factors such as Ryu's heritage, genetic structure
    along with the fact that the DDB had not been fully charged from the deaths of
    all of those enemies that Ryu slays (including the Emperor) and was still
    sealed at the time.  Ryu's conversations throughout the game make no mention of
    the fact that he's either currently dead or has died.
    Finally, Ryu has two wounds from the encounter with Doku, not one long one.  He
    gets slashed on the one side, which makes him cough up blood, and a pool
    collects on the ground before he is struck the second time.  That is why there
    appears to be one long slash across his back.
    It should be noted that Team Ninja did in fact borrow a lot of things from the
    previous Ninja Gaidens (see the end of the FAQ section).  One of these could be
    the fact that the Dragon Sword has the ability to resurrect people.  In The
    Dark Sword of Chaos, the Dragon Sword resurrects Irene Lew.  Of course, it
    disappears in the process.  However, Ryu is again armed with it in The Ancient
    Ship of Doom.
    Q.  Who buries everyone in Hayabusa Village?
    A.  This is another question that doesn't have a concrete answer.  The dates
    between the first and last Spider Ninja Clan journals lead us to believe that
    Ryu was recuperating for at least a month before he set out.  As the Black
    Spider Clan would not have begun pursuit of the Dark Dragon Blade until after
    it was stolen from the Hayabusa Village.  He could've used this time (with
    Murai's assistance) to bury the dead.
    When Ryu returns to the Village in Chapter 13, the bodies are no longer there.
    Q.  Why is Ryu the only one on the passenger zeppelin?
    A.  Well, that's not necessarily the case.  When Gamov intercepts the zeppelin,
    you can hear a warning claxon very clearly state that the vessel is about to be
    boarded.  The most obvious answer is that the crew and passengers were
    evacuated.  Seeing as Gamov also survives the destruction of the two vessels,
    it would seem as though there was another escape route.
    Q.  What's up with the Falcon?
    Update:  The June 2004 issue of EGM has an interview with Itagaki (Ninja
    Gaiden's Producer).  He states that the Falcon is the Guardian Spirit of the
    Hayabusa (Falcon) Clan.  He resurrects Ryu.  I'll keep the previous answer as
    it was a contested thing for some time.
    A.  Hayabusa is Japanese for Peregrine Falcon.  There are several ideas on
    this.  The Falcon is seen during both of Ryu's most miraculous acts:  return
    from (near, possibly) death and his little teleportation at the end.  It's wise
    to note that the bird is transparent at the end.  One idea is that the Falcon
    represents the spirit of the Hayabusa Clan, since they were all killed.
    Another idea is that the Falcon represents the spirit of Ryu's father.  I don't
    like this theory because if Ryu's father is dead, this story doesn't fall in
    line to precede the original NES trilogy.  Yet another theory is that the
    Falcon is a lookout for Ryu's father who oversees Ryu's progress, or that the
    Falcon is Ryu's Father himself.  Lastly, the Falcon might be Ryu's ejected
    spirit that returns to his body.  You would think that they would've made some
    reference to this via cut scene, though.
    Q.  Where is Ryu's Father during all of this?
    A.  Who knows?  Murai says that Ryu's father is off in the "Sacred Wilderness."
    It is interesting that Team Ninja chose to specifically provide a way for
    Ryu's Father to survive the slaughter of Hayabusa Village even when he is not
    mentioned in the entirety of the game.  Ryu's father plays no part in the
    story whatsoever, but the designers specifically chose to have him away from
    Hayabusa Village as it is invaded.  There would be no other reason to set this
    up other than to setup the next game, or to preserve the continuity between
    this game and previous games.
    Q.  Why do they call Ryu's father Ken/Joe/Joh Hayabusa?
    A.  His father's name in the original trilogy was Ken Hayabusa.  For whatever
    reason, they refer to him as Joe in the manual of the Xbox game.  There is a
    Japanese given name, Joh, but it is unrelated to the Anglican name of Joe,
    which is short for Joseph.
    Ryu's Father's name in the Japanese version of the original Ninja Gaiden was
    Joe Hayabusa as well, but it was changed for the stateside release.  It is
    also his name in the PCEngine/Turbo-Graphics 16 version of the game.
    Therefore, all of the Joe/Joh/Ken Hayabusa's should be considered the same
    Q.  Who is that ninja that Doku decapitates before striking down Ryu?
    A.  No one knows the identity of the ninja that Doku decapitates immediately
    preceding his duel with Ryu.  This person must've been very important indeed,
    as he would've been the last line of defense for the Dark Dragon Blade.   This
    battle takes place in "The Hayabusa Village Leader's Residence" as told by the
    map.  Ryu's father is the Hayabusa Village Leader, so it implies that the
    Residence is his and Ryu's house.  I doubt that the ninja killed is Ryu's
    father, though, as I would think Ryu would've mentioned it explicitly later on.
    Closer inspection shows that the man decapitated is older.  He is dressed like
    the rest of the clan, but his face wrapping is gone revealing a beard and an
    elderly face.
    Q.  From whose grave does Ryu take the Dragon Eye?
    A.  That was Kureha's grave.  You can see that she is holding the Dragon Eye in
    her left hand during the razing of Hayabusa Village.  You may note that the
    Dragon eye is in the shape of yin (from Chinese concepts of yin and yang). But,
    it is also a shape commonly used in Shinto, which is Japanese.
    Q.  Where does Alma continue to get those columns she throws?
    A.  Well, the columns are intact before her first Column Throw, and you can
    actually see them come undone when she first does the Column Throw.  In Very
    Hard, she throws six columns whereas there are only four in the room, but there
    are others outside the gate that is locked for battle.  She summons the columns
    to herself first, and then they proceed to fly at Ryu and shatter.  Presumably,
    she reconstitutes the columns out of the dust and fragments they create when
    they shatter.
    Q.  How does Ryu survive the train wreck?  You can see the explosion fill the
    streets, yet he's standing there right beside it at the beginning of the
    A.  A more pertinent question would be how he survived the zeppelin explosion.
    We will chalk it up to Ninja Magic (and that nifty teleportation move he has).
    Ryu seems to have a penchant for surviving catastrophic events.
    Q.  The Prima Guide says that the creature that you fight right before the
    Emperor is Alma's 3rd form.  WTF?
    A.  WTF indeed.  This is incorrect.  Alma was killed by Doku in Chapter 13,
    Fiendish Awakening, and summarily released from her Fiendish stature.  She
    returns to human form after sacrificing herself for Rachel's life.  Strategy
    guides that are released alongside games typically show many inaccuracies.  You
    need look no further than the Prima Guide for Ninja Gaiden itself as it doesn't
    have the location of all 50 scarabs, nor does it comment about how to correctly
    attain Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3.  Lastly, you can see in one of the cinematics the
    winged form of the Emperor cradling the Dark Dragon Sword, before you have even
    battled Alma the second time.  This has nothing to do with Alma.
    Q.  So why does Ryu return from his Fiend state after the defeat of the Emperor?
    A.  The Emperor was most likely Vigoor itself.  As outlined in the Mythos
    section, once the Dragon Lineage Warrior has returned and the Dark Dragon has
    been reunited with the Emperor (in this case in the form of the Dark Dragon
    Blade), then the power of the Evil Deities shall be conferred unto the Emperor.
    As such, the ability for Fiends to exist was directly tied to Vigoor's
    existence and the existence of the Emperor.  With the Emperor and Vigoor
    destroyed, the rest of the Fiend Realm most likely collapsed with it.
    Q.  What were the two creatures that you fight before you fight Murai?
    A.  The two creatures are one in the same, Vigoor.  It seems as though the
    winged form is possibly the effeminate (yin) side, whereas the second form is
    more devilish, masculine (yang) side.  Even though yin and yang are Chinese
    philosophies, the idea is relevant here.
    Q.  So, those two creatures were versions of the Holy Vigoor Emperor?
    A.  Correct.  The Emperor was most likely Vigoor itself.  Although, there are
    conflicting ideas on this, as a lot of societies deify their rulers.  But, the
    fact that Ryu returns to normal immediately after defeating the Emperor is a
    good argument for the Emperor being Vigoor.
    Q.  Rachel says that there are three Greater Fiends.  She says that the last
    one is the Emperor's bodyguard.  Who is the third?
    A.  The Supreme Fiend Gogohn in the Fiend Realm is the 3rd Greater Fiend.  He
    possesses the Demon Deity's Statue that grants passage to the Emperor. He
    actually seems much more powerful than both Doku and Alma as he is able to
    recall Fiends from the Underworld at will to fight for him.  This ability could
    be an affect of the Fiend Realm, though.  One thing to consider is that, Doku
    is referred to as the Lord of the Greater Fiends, so the Supreme Fiend Gogohn
    could just be the Lord of the Fiends.
    Q.  Why does Ryu fall up when the Spiral Staircase collapses?
    A.  Well, when Ryu crosses the bridge to the Core, you'll see that he actually
    travels upside down.  The Core is attached to the bottom of the Imperial
    Palace, and Ryu spends the remainder of the level actually traversing down, not
    up.  So, when the bridge collapses, it initially falls up (down to Ryu), but
    eventually rights itself, and both he and the bridge fall into the Underworld.
    Q.  What's up with the flowerbed?
    A.  It's probably meant to symbolize Heaven as far as the Emperor is concerned.
    Would you actually want to live in a fiery cavern filled with lava?  It's
    interesting to note that the flowers are yellow, blue, red and white; the color
    of the Essences.
    Q.  Why does Gamov vaporize when struck with the Dark Dragon Blade?  Nobody
    else that was struck with it did.
    A.  There are at most four people that fell under the Dark Dragon Blade.  Two
    of them are debatable.  Kureha and that ninja in the Clan Leader's residence
    were both killed by Doku, but it's not necessary that he used the Dark Dragon
    Blade to do so.  In fact, a blow with the DDB is accompanied by an electrical
    discharge neither of which Kureha and that Ninja exhibit.  Gamov vaporized,
    because the Dark Dragon Blade took his soul.  Ryu was not, as he was protected
    by at least one of a couple things:  his Dragon Lineage bloodline and the
    Dragon Sword itself.  At the beginning of the story, the Blade is still sealed,
    so its true power is locked.  When Gamov receives his haircut from it, however,
    it has been unsealed by the Emperor and is at full power.
    Q.  Was Murai the Emperor?
    A.  No.  There is no compelling argument to support this claim.  It makes no
    sense whatsoever.  The Vigoor Empire predates Murai by sometime.  Also, I would
    think that it would be difficult to run an entire empire from the confines of
    the Shadow Ninja Fortress.
    Q.  What was Ayane's motivation?  Was she working for Murai the whole time?
    A.  It seems that around the time where Ryu rescues Rachel from the Tentacle
    Fiend that she has switched allegiances to Ryu.  She even takes a direct
    request from Ryu as an order.  I.e. she replies, "Understood," to Ryu's request
    that she look after Rachel.  Secondly, in the scene were Gamov and the Dark
    Disciple are discussing the Dark Dragon Blade's powers, Ayane is seen looking
    overthem.  Had she known about Murai's intentions, she would've most likely
    been included in that conversation.  Lastly, in the ending scene, she appears
    to bealmost smiling after Murai's defeat.  That would not be a proper response
    toyour boss being slaughtered.
    From Darth Reven on the GameFAQs board:
    "Murai's Connection to Ayane in DOA3? (SPOILERS!!)
    Well most likely not, but check this out. Okay we all know Murai is Dark
    Disciple if you look at the Dark Disciple's uniform thing, you will see several
    'S'-like symbols on his clothes. Now you can look at them through NG's Movie
    Theater. Look at the movie of when Dark Disciple reveals that he's Murai, and
    you will see those symbols on his uniform.
    Okay, here's my point. Those symbols are also on Ayane's black shinobi attire
    (C1) in DOA3!! Theres my connection!
    www.gamecovers.net/covers/dead or alive 3 booster disc [custom].jpg
    Great Find.
    Q.  Dude!  <Insert not-as-good-game's protagonist> could kill Ryu.
    A.  That's not a question.  Regardless, Ryu Hayabusa is arguably the most well
    rounded character in video game history.  If you take into account every move,
    skill and weapon that he has utilized throughout his videogame career (Ninja
    Gaiden, Ryukenden, Dark Sword of Chaos, Ancient Ship of Doom, DOA 1, 2 and 3),
    you'll see that he has an answer to almost everything that any other character
    can throw at him.
    He is largely unaffected by firearms.  While he is vulnerable to large scale
    munitions, he has the capability of avoiding them entirely whether deployed as
    a supersonic projectile or a guided munition.  Ryu can dodge or deflect with
    the Dragon Sword every single projectile in the game.  So, it would stand to
    reason that no other projectile would be able to strike him either.  Ryu's
    melee skills are without peer.  I can't think of a single character that could
    even remotely compete with Ryu's combat abilities over the several games where
    he utilizes them.  There are obvious exclusions to this in the form of
    all-powerful characters in games that aren't necessarily representative of that
    character's true power without some sort of "god mode" activated.  As, I am
    capable of making Ryu unkillable in the Xbox version, I could argue that as
    In the end, however, Ryu is a fictional character, so it is by definition
    impossible to factually assert that any other fictional character could defeat
    him in combat.  Besides.  Ryu has the REAL ultimate power.  All he has to do is
    flip out and kill people.  And if you don't think so, then you're a friggin'
    moron who probably doesn't even like sweet guitars OR hot babes.
    Q.  Why are Ryu's eyes brown in the original Trilogy, but they're green in this
    A.  Ninja Magic.  Strictly speaking, green eyes are a recessive trait inherent
    to the Caucasian race.  The green or blue eye trait is caused by a lack of
    pigment in the front layer of the iris.  In most cases, both parents would have
    to possess green eyes for the offspring to possess green eyes.  But, there are
    cases in Ainu and Chinese people where green or blue eyes were possibly
    inherited from crossbreeding with European ancestors.  Also, just like with
    babies losing they're blue eyes upon reaching toddler hood, there are cases of
    the eyes of adults darkening over their lifespan.  Most likely, it was just a
    design choice.
    Q.  How do you do Runaway Lightning?  It's the move that is listed for the
    Vigoorian Flail.
    A.  I can't find who initially found this trick out, as the thread is gone, but
    props to him.  Runaway Lightning is a just frame attack meaning, that when you
    input the Y after the X determines whether or not you get Wide Heavens or
    Runaway Lightning.  If you input Y too early or too late, you'll get the move
    where Ryu kicks the enemy up into the air.  Ryu jumps into the air in Runaway
    Lightning do a flip behind the enemy, and he strikes the enemy in the back of
    the head.  The frame window is pretty big, but you have to pause after hitting
    X before hitting Y.  Additionally, I've found that both hits from the X have to
    hit cleanly (i.e. the enemy can't block or roll out of the way) for Runaway
    Lightning to come out.
    Q.  Why would anyone use the Warhammer?
    A.  If you neglect to pick up Scarabs along the way, the War Hammer can be very
    useful, as you won't have access to the Dabilahro for the Imps and Gallas.  It
    has at least two unique moves: Tremor of the Heavens and the Six Paths Spin.
    Tremor is an Ultimate Technique that encompasses the ground totally around Ryu.
    The same move for the Dabilahro (Asura Slash) sends a projectile along the
    ground instead.  However, the most useful move is without a doubt the Six Paths
    Spin.  If you hit a regular enemy with the spike during the spinning, that enemy
    becomes impaled on the weapon, spun around and smashed into the ground.
    Additionally, the body that is impaled on the spike can strike other enemies
    during the spinning.
    Aside from that, it only costs 5000 to have a fully upgraded Heavy Two-Handed
    Melee Weapon.  It is designed for those players that will never gather enough
    Scarabs and Essence to have a fully upgraded Dabilahro (or Unlabored
    Flawlessness for that matter).  Given that, I still think that the War Hammer is
    useful despite my preference for the Dabi and the UF, I'd say that the balance
    in this game is pretty remarkable.
    Q.  What happens if you upgrade the Wooden Sword all the way?
    A.  You get the weapon called Unlabored Flawlessness.  It's a gigantic Oar with
    glowing red kanji on it.  Its move list is pretty unique and is extremely
    powerful.  It can kill many enemies in one hit (as well as many enemies at one
    time).  Unfortunately, it makes the game (even on Very Hard mode) fairly easy.
    Q.  Where does Ryu keep is weapons and infinite shuriken?
    A.  Meet Mr. Suspension-of-Disbelief.
    Q.  What are some of the things carried over from the Ninja Gaiden series?
    A.  Here is a list:
    1.  Ninja Gaiden Ryukenden (Arcade) - The Guillotine Throw, Divine Cicada
    2.  Ninja Gaiden - The Art of Firewheel, Windmill Shuriken, the Demon Statue,
    Jay's/Han's Bar (possibly), Bird Flip
    3.  Ninja Gaiden:  The Dark Sword of Chaos - The Dragon Sword's ability to
    resurrect (possibly), Dark Disciple character design (Ashtar)
    4.  Ninja Gaiden:  The Ancient Ship of Doom - The ability to survive an airship
    catastrophe totally unscathed, hand-over-hand climbing.
    5.  DOA - Izuna Drop, teleportation ability, Ayane
    Hopefully, the sequel will incorporate Phantom Doubles, true Windmill Shuriken
    functionality, Dragon Ball Ninpo, and the Dragon Sword extension.  The Black
    Spider Clan can actually do the Aerial Windmill Slash, so hopefully Ryu will
    receive it in a download or a sequel.
    Q.  What do you call <Insert creature>?
    A.  Unfortunately, there is no official source of every character's name.  This
    can make conversations about specific encounters tedious (i.e. those
    purple-no-feet-flame-headed-digging-c*&ts).  The only official names have been
    gathered from interviews with Itagaki and the manual itself:  Alma, Lord Doku,
    Holy Vigoor Emperor, Gurdu (and his Deity offspring), Gamov, Supreme Fiend
    Gogohn, Rachel, Ayane, Murai, Dark Disciple, Tentacle Fiend, Zombie Dragon,
    Smougan the Flame Dragon, General Dynamo, MSATs, Gallas, Ghuls, the Shadow Ninja
    Clan and the Black Spider Clan Ninjas (their individual names as well).  Any
    name listed in this guide other than these listed names is strictly of my own
    creation.  There appears to be several distinctions between types of enemies:
    1.  Humans - Shadow Ninja Clan, Spider Ninja Clan, MSATs, Vigoorian Military
    and possibly Doku's Samurai
    2.  Fauna - Bats, Crows, etc.
    3.  Mechanical - Sentries, Tanks, Helicopters, etc.
    4.  Lesser Fiends - Tentacle Fiend, Gallas, Ghuls, etc.
    6.  Greater Fiends - Doku, Alma and the Supreme Fiend Gogohn
    7.  Deities - Gurdu (either singularly or broken into its four pieces) and
    8.  Dragons - Smougan the Flame Dragon and the 13 Dragons born from the Serpent
    Deity, the youngest of which becomes the Dark Dragon
    Q.  I <Insert desire> Rachel's <Insert body part(s)>.
    A.  <Insert admonishment>
    Q.  Did you know that you could hit the white button and then click the left
    thumbstick to get an Encounter Counter?
    A.  Yes.  In fact, I believe that I discovered it.  As there's no reference to
    it in the manual, and no site (including the official boards) had made mention
    to it at the initial time of this writing.  I cannot prove this, of course, not
    that it makes any difference whatsoever.  To see more detail about the Karma
    System, please see my other FAQ.  You'll learn about Essence Avoidance and Roll
    Jumping, too:
    Q.  I don't understand what's going on in this game.  What's the deal with the
    Save Statues, the Deity Statues and the Twin Serpent Statues?
    A.  These things look like randomly generated artifacts until you understand
    the complete story.
    - The Save Statues are explained in their introduction.  The Spirit of the
    Dragons record the histories of the mortal world.  This is why you can save and
    restore.  Literally the text goes, "The sacred underground paths of the Dragons
    record all the occurs in the world of man.  We have not forgotten those who
    live on the surface of the Earth."
    - The Deity Statues represent the 4 Deities that sprang up from Gurdu and the
    Deity, Vigoor himself.
    - The Twin Serpent Statue allows you access to the Path to Zarkhan that was
    created by The Thirteen Dragons.
    Q.  Why does the Dragon Sword and the Dark Dragon Blade look like metal if they
    were carved out of the bones of Dragons?  Presumably, this dragon is a type of
    creature like the Flame Dragon.
    A.  The Flame Dragon, Zombie Dragon and Moat Guardian are not the same types of
    Dragons as alluded to in the Mythos.  The original Thirteen Dragons were
    actually virtuous.  The youngest, however, was not and became the Dark Dragon.
    You don't fight any creature remotely like these creatures, although it does
    appear that Murai can summon the Dark Dragon in the final fight.
    When you're playing Chapter 15, The Core, and open the Gate to the Underworld,
    you can see that the staircase is made out of bones and fangs.  These bones are
    reflective and give off a metallic appearance.  Most likely, they are the same
    type of bones that were used to forge the Dragon Sword and Dark Dragon Blade.
    They look like the same material that makes up the Dragon Sword.
    Q.  So is this a prequel to the original series or not?
    A.  First, we'll remove the original arcade version as there really wasn't any
    story in it whatsoever.  There are only a couple of things that keep this game
    from being seen as a prequel.
    First off, Ryu's eye color is green in this game, but brown in the series.  See
    my FAQ above for possible explanations to this.
    Secondly, Ryu has been introduced to the Demon Statue in this game, so you would
    think that he would recognize it in the series once he stumbles upon it.
    However, given the urgency with which he is evacuated by Irene at this point in
    the story when he first recieves the Demon statue, it is understandable.
    There doesn't seem to be anything else that would keep this game from being a
    prequel.  Aside from these issues, this game can exist quite nicely as a
    prequel.  In fact, in the rest of the Ninja Gaiden games, Ryu is so powerful
    that he can become invincible with the Firewheel (unlike the Xbox game), he can
    stop time, he has learned the Windmill Slash (possibly from the Black Spider
    Clan), he has improved his Windmill Shuriken technique, and he can kill most
    enemies in a single slash.  What is most important is that Ryu's father is still
    alive for the series (to save Ryu's life), and that he is the leader of the
    Hayabusa Ninja Clan.  Tecmo specifically wrote dialog and manual script to not
    only state Ryu's Father's existence, but also to remove him from the slaughter
    of the Hayabusa Ninja Village.  At the conclusion of this game, Ryu is
    EXTREMELY powerful (approaching his combat efficiency of the Trilogy), and he
    and his father are the only survivors of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan.
    As Itagaki doesn't speak English, any interview you've ever read in English is
    a translation.  Therefore, there are inaccuracies inherent to them.  Itagaki
    was once asked if this was a prequel, and he answered that it was a side story,
    which neither confirms or negates the possibility that this is a prequel.
    Again, the fact that they chose to both mention Ryu's father and save him from
    the destruction of Hayabusa Village is thought-provoking.
    Q.  So what makes this game so great, anyway?
    A.  In my opinion, the best thing about this game is the attention to detail.
    There is a great thread started by Refreshment, to which many forum members
    have contributed.  Here is a link to the FAQ:
    Needless to say, this is an EXTREMELY polished game when you take into account
    the depth of the story, the fighting engine, the character and level design,
    the diversity of enemy tactics, the number of boss-type encounters, the sheer
    length of the game,  the replayability, the intuitiveness of the controls, the
    unparalleled graphics and the sublime scoring system.  Additionally, Tecmo has
    seen to release an upgrade to the game that implements a user-controllable
    camera.  Less-skilled Ninja Gaiden players whined for this specific feature,
    and Tecmo saw to include it.
    Q.  What do the kanji in the Lives of 1000 Gods mean?
    A.  From Rikumaru on the GameFAQs board:
    Pyo-direction of energy/focus
    To-harmony of spirit
    Kai-sensing danger
    Chin-knowing the thoughts of others
    Zai-mastery of the elements.
    Zen-full circle in the universe/fullfilment/enlightment
    And the whole is supposed to be an exorcism chant of sorts.  Ryu sometimes says
    this in DOA3 whenever he wins a fight.  Thanks to Rikumaru, Buraian nyo,
    Yebyosh, Amasawa on the GameFAQ's board for this thread.
    Q.  What does the Lives of 1000 Gods represent?
    A.  This is fairly complicated.  The Lives of the 1000 Gods itself is a mass of
    the Life of Gods themselves (9 to be exact).  The Lives are wrapped in rope
    with little ribbons connected to them.  This symbol has Japanese design
    philosophy.  The little strips of paper are called shide. They are in a zigzag
    pattern that are attached to the rope, shimenawa, which represents a sacred
    area or the presence of a god. The shide themselves are meant to represent
    cleansing, I think, but now they're not exclusive to Shinto shrines anymore.
    They're everywhere in Japan (even in Sumo matches).  As an aside, the ghost
    guys in Otogi 2 look like Shide, too.
    Q.  Why does Ryu travel into the future (in regards to the transition from
    Chapter 2 to 3)?
    A.  He doesn't.  Hayabusa Village and the Shadow Ninja Clan Fortress exist in
    the same time period as the rest of the game.  They are simply very far removed
    from civilization and choose to forgo modern conveniences.
    Q.  What is the deal with the bosses?  They just throw them out and don't
    explain anything!
    A.  They actually explain a lot.  I will outline only the ones that don't have
    significant in-game story, but can be inferred.
    Hatamoto - Highest ranking Fiend of Doku's Samurai.  He has a personal entourage
    of Mages to protect him.
    General Dynamo - Highest ranking officer in Vigoorian Military.  He is obviously
    overseeing the mission to capture Ryu aboard the Zeppelin under the observation
    of Gamov.
    Gallas - Fiendishly-altered Humans (as explained by Rachel and the Archives)
    Tentacle Fiend - Gogohn's servant (as explained by Gogohn). It comes from the
    Fiend Realm initially, and then returns twice from the Underworld (which are
    two different places).
    Zombie Dragon - Not much is said here. If you examine the head before it comes
    alive, it says something analogous to, "How did this creature get here? Perhaps
    the ones who built this place dug around it."
    Inazuma Worm - This creature actually gives you the Inazuma Ninpo.  As it
    appears both singularly and in pairs, it can be inferred that it is simply a
    naturally occurring creature affected by the Fiend Realm.  It also seems to be
    protecting the Moat Guardian.  This creature is most likely corporeal and at
    at least somewhat naturally occurring as it doesn't teleport in like most of
    Gogohn's servants.
    Moat Guardian - uh... I'm still working on this one.  It's dead, but its door is
    of the same fashion as the Flame Dragon.  It also comes from a portal just like
    the Tentacle Fiend when you place the Brand of Valor into its receptacle.  So,
    it is probably a servant of Gogohn that he recalls from the Underworld.  It
    simply protects the Moat of Zarkhan.
    Inferno Worm - While this creature doesn't grant you the Inferno Ninpo, it does
    grant you one half of the access to the Flame Dragon.  See the Inazuma Worm
    Ice Fiend - Gogohn's servant (as explained by Gogohn).  This creature has red
    blood and is the other protector of the Flame Dragon.  The relationship between
    these three creatures is interesting.
    Smougan the Flame Dragon - This creature is protector of the Devil Deity Statue.
    Supreme Fiend Gogohn - Third Greater Fiend, He is explained in the Mythos and
    Archives and is Guardian of the Emperor.
    Q. Why do some Fiends have red blood and others have green blood?
    A. And, then there are also those creatures that don't have any blood at all!
    This is never explained, but I've inferred the following.
    The Fiends that come directly from the Fiend Realm and are direct servants of
    Gogohn possess green blood.  These creatures are the Lesser and Greater Imp
    Fiends, Bast Fiends and so forth.  Some mutated fauna also possess the green
    blood like the Pill Bugs, Cyclops Wasps and the Inazuma and Inferno Worms.
    Those creatures that are human or were once human have red blood.  This group
    consists of all the human enemies (MSATs, Soldiers, Samurai, Ninja, etc..) and
    Fiends that used to be human (Gallas and SAT Fiends) and some naturally
    occurring fauna (bats, crows, Ice Fiend and Smougan).
    Those creatures that don't have any blood at all are the Ghuls, Zombie Dragon,
    Moat Guardian, Doku, etc...
    The most notable exception to all of this is Alma.  She has green blood but was
    once human.  Although, an interesting detail is unearthed when Doku
    accidentally kills her.  When his katana strikes the globe in her abdomen, it
    sheds red blood.  Perhaps the globe houses her humanity as it is absent
    altogether in Shadow Alma.
    Also, Gogohn has red blood.  So, the three Greater Fiends all have different
    types of blood (as Doku possess none).  I would've thought that they would've
    given Alma red blood and Gogohn green blood, but who knows the reason.  Perhaps,
    Gogohn was once human.
    Q. What's up with the two new costumes?
    A. One is a costume from DOA.  The other I believe to be an homage to Ashtar
    from the Dark Sword of Chaos.  Note the blood tear stains, horns/legs coming
    down the side of the face and the general body type similarities.  The only
    thing that is lacking is the cape.
    Check out http://www.classicgaming.net/ninjagaiden to see two pictures of
    Q. What are those portals lying on the ground everywhere?  They don't explain
    them at all.
    A. Part of the problem of the story is that the most important parts are
    difficult to find.  The 5 Mythos sections are only displayed during the
    caching of the levels, and you will only see them all with consecutive
    caches.  I have included them in this document for completeness.
    Basically, all the relationships between Vigoor, the Fiends, the Thirteen
    Dragons, the Deity Statues and Ryu's clan are explained therein.
    Now, once you collect all the pieces of the Stone Tablet, the Path to Zarkhan
    is explained.  The Rings of Stones are entry portals to Pathway. The Thirteen
    Dragons created that Pathway. It makes sense that they would create a path from
    Hayabusa Village (the home of the Dragon Lineage) to the Vigoor Empire (the
    home of the Fiends) to the Fiend Realm (the birthplace of the Fiends) in order
    to allow a conflict to be possible.  Ryu simply circumvents this at the
    beginning by booking passage on a Zeppelin.
    Q.  Can you select the Hurricane Pack costumes in the original game?
    A.  Not yet
    Q.  Can you select the old unlockable costumes in the Hurricane Pack?
    A.  Yes.  As you're selecting the Master Ninja Tournament #2, you can utilize
    the previous key combinations to become Space Ryu, Fiendish Ryu or Classic Ryu
    (at least, Ryu before he was killed).
    Q.  Does Ryu gain any abilities from being a Fiend?
    A.  The only things out of the ordinary that Ryu does while being a Fiend is
    cast a spell that cuts a disc out of bedrock in the Underworld and traversing
    the Bridge to the Core.  He has complete control over the rock at all times
    and can summon others as well (somewhat like Alma).  However, after Ryu
    returns to human form, he simply teleports away in a flash.  It's difficult
    to say if the disc creation spell was due to his Fiendish nature or simply
    Ninpo.  I'm inclined that it was simply an extension of his previous Ninpo
    abilities.  He has command over Fire (Inferno), Ice and Wind (Ice Storm),
    Electricity (Inazuma) and Earth with that disc spell where it sounds like he
    says "Bassara! (Fox)."
    I used to think that the ability to stay suspended upside down whilst
    traversing the Core could be attributed to his Fiendishness.  But, in
    Hurricane Pack 2, you meet all sorts of regular, human enemies in the Core.
    Q.  What does Ryu yell at the Vigoorian Emperor when he comes back to life as
    a mountain of skulls?
    A.  There was a good amount of debate on this.  The best sounding explanation
    was "MATTE!" which is a fairly contextual Japanese exclamation, that can mean
    stop, not yet, wait, etc...  Given that it's the only time in the whole game
    where Ryu totally loses his composure, I'm assuming that it was fairly
    Q.  What does Ryu say during the cutscene with Vigoor when he summons the
    bedrock platform?
    A.  I can never tell what he is saying in the full spell.  It's not subtitled,
    and there is a lot of extra noise going on with all of the explosions and
    whatnot.  One of the words sounds like "Bassara!" like the name of Kitetsu's
    Q.  This game doesn't do anything new.  Why do you think it's so great?
    A.  I'll argue that it does plenty of things new.  As much as any other game,
    that people like to assume invented the 3D hack 'n slash genre.  For those
    of you that were introduced to gaming with the Playstation 2, DMC did not
    invent this genre.  While DMC is an excellent game, it was simply another 3d
    hack 'n slash game like Onimusha, Legacy of Kain, Nightmare Creatures, etc...
    Ninja Gaiden did invent the buttonless, user-controllable auto-lockon.
    I'd go as far to say that it was the best action game available.  IMO, Ninja
    Gaiden is now the best action game available currently.  I see nothing in the
    current generation that is to be released that will provide as comprehensive
    an experience as Ninja Gaiden.  Games do not have to introduce new ideas to
    be excellent.
    Q.  Why is there so much animosity between people that like DMC and people that
    like Ninja Gaiden?
    A.  I hesitate to answer this question, as it greatly dramatizes an already
    laughable pseudo-seriousness about a childish pastime (i.e. videogames).  I
    can only assume that it is due to the fact that Ninja Gaiden is console
    exclusive.  Of course, it could also stem from the fact that Tomonobu
    Itagaki (the game's Producer) is a very headstrong person that has no problems
    sharing what is on his mind.  Some of his statements can rub people the wrong
    way.  Of course, these same people need to remember that we're talking about
    videogames in the first place.
    Q.  Jesus, Dude.  The story sucks.  Why would you waste so much time writing
    all of this crap?
    A.  Updating this document takes very little time.  The bulk of it came from
    the story discussions that took place during the first weeks and months of the
    game's release.  I find it to be intriguing material for a video game, and I
    simply wish to show how much thought that Team Ninja actually did put into the
    story. It does not suck as far as action game stories go.
    Q.  Why doesn't Ryu act like a Ninja?
    A.  I can't think of a single game that portrays Ninjas accurately (Tenchu
    included).  If one were to do some research into the actual history of
    Ninjas and Feudal Japan for that matter, it would become obvious that a
    game based upon actual Ninja life would not be much of a game at all.
    Simply translating the word "Ninja" gives you "Patient One."  That's not
    exactly something I would write a video game about.
    Q.  Have you ever been to http://www.therealultimatepower.net?
    A.  Of course, I even make a passing reference to it in this very document.
    Q.  Does the Hurricane Pack change the story?
    A.  The official word from Tecmo is that the story is totally unaffected.
    See the next section for more thoughts on the subject.
    Q.  What does it change?
    A.  There are better documents out there to answer this question.  Here are
    By VampireHorde
    By Fedzmonkey
    Q.  Is the Hurricane Pack harder than Very Hard?
    A.  There are a lot of competing ideas on this.  First and foremost, one
    should realize that the 2nd round of the MNT is being played on Normal
    difficulty.  Therefore, all of the Enemy AI and Damage Scaling is set
    appropriately.  Team Ninja have guaranteed a 2nd Hurricane Pack, and they
    have said that they are most likely going to overwrite the original game.
    Therefore, we will see the Hurricane Pack on Very Hard difficulty.  Then,
    we can really judge.
    There are really two ways to judge a game's difficulty.  One way is to
    look at the game's learning curve.  How difficult is it to the average
    gamer?  Secondly, how difficult is the game once you know what you're
    doing?  To the average gamer, Ninja Gaiden is PUNISHINGLY difficult.
    There is no learning curve to speak of, whatsoever.  One of the tried-and-
    true measures of an action game's difficulty is how easily is it to button
    mash through it.  Interesting enough, the first Chapter's Boss seems
    specifically designed to kill button-mashers.  Whereas other games will
    provide an easy mode that will at least allow you to experience the game
    if you don't understand how to play it, Ninja Gaiden provides no such
    However, once you become good at the system, the game becomes MUCH more
    manageable at high levels of play.  This is where Ninja Gaiden doesn't hold
    up as well as say Ghosts 'n Goblins far as difficulty is concerned.
    Personally, I don't think the Hurricane Pack on Normal is harder than the
    original game on Very Hard due to the Intercept all by itself.  But, given
    that the last Hurricane Pack will most likely incorporate the Very Hard
    difficulty into the Hurricane Pack.  It's safe to say that the game will
    rival any game's difficulty.
    Q.  What would Ryu look like totally Fiended out?
    A.  Have you ever noticed how the Dark Disciple's veins grow all huge and
    purple at the end?  It's analogous to how Ryu looks as a Fiend with his white
    veins, red eyes and blue/purple skin.  I would assume that if Ryu would've
    succumbed to the Fiend Curse, he would look somewhat like the Dark Disciple
    at the very end.
    Q.  Is this game deep?
    A.  http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox/file/ninja_gaiden_x_adv_combat.txt
    Q.  What is the idea behind the Wooden Sword transforming into an oar?
    A.  The designs of these weapons come from the legend of Miyamoto Musashi,
    legendary Samurai, inventor of the 2 sword style of fighting and author of
    "The Book of the Five Rings".  Many characters from film, videogames, books
    and TV series are based upon this real-life person.  Simply look up his name on
    Google, and you will find out much information about this man.
    In regards to the question, one of the most famous legends of this man comes
    in the story of his last appointed duel.  He was traveling on a boat to the
    island where the duel was to take place and fashioned a wooden sword (boken)
    out of an oar.  He utilized only this weapon to beat his opponent to death.
    Q.  Is there a survival mode?
    A.  Yes, Hurricane Pack 2 is essentially a survival mode.
    Q.  What is the coolest Ninja Gaiden related thing you've ever seen?
    A.  Ninja Gaiden Tribute - In my opinion, this is the single greatest fan
    fiction project I have ever seen.
    Click on the Ninja Gaiden Tribute link either bittorrent or direct download.
    I cannot recommend this thing enough.  If you have even a passing interest in
    Ninja Gaiden, this movie is 100% NECESSARY.  Bear in mind that it is a totally
    comprehensive spoiler.
    Q.  What are the explanations of the two bosses in Hurricane Pack 2?
    A.  While there are no official explanations of the two final bosses, they
    are most likely Shadow Alma and Shadow Rachel.  See their descriptions for
    more in-detail explanations.
    Q.  If Doku is the "Lord of the Greater Fiends", that's not saying much.
    There are only three of them.
    A.  There was a great thread on this, too.  I have summarized it here.
    Doku is the Lord of the Greater Fiends.  It states this in the manual and on
    many official sites.  This means that Doku is the Greater Fiends' boss.  So,
    in the context of this game, there are only 3 Greater Fiends: Doku, Gogohn and
    Alma.  So, it doesn't seem like being Lord of the Greater Fiends means that
    much.  However, consider the current cadre of Greater Fiends.  Gogohn has
    existed as long as the Dragon Lineage at least.  He creates the Vigoorian
    Empire and resides in the Fiend Realm.  He also possesses immense power like
    the ability to summon Fiends at will.  He is not the only creature of his
    kind as his throne shows.  It is composed of skulls of beings much like
    Secondly, we have Doku.  We're uncertain as to whether or not Doku's current
    form is the way he has always existed.  Was he ever a human or fiend?  Has he
    always been a field of energy bound within been a suit of armor?  At any
    rate, it is curious to wonder why Doku is considered Lord of the Greater
    Fiends when it appears that Gogohn is much more powerful.  But, perhaps, it
    is Doku's ability to fashion fiends from humans (like Alma), that gives him
    his stature.  Was Gogohn once human and was turned by Doku?
    Lastly, we have Alma.  Her transformation must have been recent as she and
    Rachel are twin sisters.  Their appearances do not depict advanced age.  So,
    without Alma, there would be only two Greater Fiends.  It can only be assumed
    that there have been other Greater Fiends over the eons.  Gogohn's throne
    seems to support that all by itself.
    Then, we have the definition of a Greater Fiend.  As stated throughout the
    game, the distinguishing characteristic of a Fiend which determines whether
    or not it classifies as Greater is whether or not they possess a soul.
    Perhaps, at one time there were legions of Greater Fiends all commanded by
    --Hurricane Pack 1 Disclaimer--
    The Ninja Gaiden download content is now available for the 2nd round of the
    Master Ninja Tournament.  No changes to the story are evident aside from the
    presence of the Black Spider Clan in the Shadow Ninja Fortress.  However, they
    have actually said that the story will not be changed.  Ayane throws Ryu several
    new Kunai Scrolls that explain that evil has overtaken the world.  I would
    assume that the Hurricane Pack is a sort of alternate reality.  I will update
    character Bio's as they become available, but many encounters and enemies will
    appear in different places in the Hurricane Pack then they do in original game.
    Therefore, I will keep this document the same.
    The only story altering aspect is that the Black Spider Clan and the Shadow
    Ninja Clan are in league with one another.
    It has become evident that the engine has fundamentally changed from the
    scoring, to the fighting, to the character lists, to the moves themselves.  As
    such, I have created Hurricane Pack sections in most of the FAQ's, since all
    of this information will always be valid given that the Ninja Gaiden game disc
    The Karma System has fundamentally changed, so a new FAQ has been submitted.
    The enemies have changed dramatically, but I think that it could be contained
    within the same document, so another one will not be necessary.
    --Hurricane Pack 2 Disclaimer--
    Hurricane Pack 2 is now out and involves Rachel, many of the bipedal bosses
    and many new characters.  How the story ties into the original game is anyone's
    guess.  Rachel travels to the Shadow Realm, where she valiantly battles three
    Shadow Imps.  After killing three with impunity.  She turns around to see two
    apparently female, surviving Greater Fiends materializing in front of her.
    Before she can react, the more twisted of the pair whips her with a tentacle
    appendage incapacitating her.  The scene ends with the two shadowy entities
    gazing over her.  It is interesting to note how far Rachel got before being
    accosted by the two Greater Fiends.  Ryu doesn't reach the Shadow Realm until
    the Second Phase.
    Ryu then begins his journal at the beginning of the Core.  He is trapped here
    as an evil force bars the way out of the Decayed Soul Door.  He fights his way
    to the pinnacle of the Core only to be transported to this new perverted Shadow
    Realm.  There he must again do battle with his vanquished foes who have become
    even more powerful and resourceful.
    Ryu at first traverses the Core and fights his more human adversaries in the
    form of the Shadow Clan, the Black Spider Clan and Doku's Samurai army.
    Unfortunately, a new type of Vigoorian Ninja makes itself known to Ryu.  They
    must've been in training throughout Ryu's escapades and have even mastered the
    use of Ayane's "Legendary Weapon."  These foes prove most durable as they can
    survive even Ryu's most powerful techniques.  Regardless, he defeats Ninja
    after Ninja.  Ryu reaches the apex of the Core and takes what he believes
    to be he portal to the Fiend Realm.  However, he does not travel there.
    Instead, he discovers that he has been transported to a location that seems
    totally removed from order and logic.  The stage upon which Ryu stands is
    hoisted by huge chains stretching off seemingly into infinity.  Huge two-
    headed spinal columns travel in the background and even overlook the stage.
    They appear to be the creatures from which the Core is constructed.  This
    place is the Shadow Realm.
    Before Ryu can gather his bearings, a reincarnation of Hatamoto and his Mounted
    Archer Guard jumps onto the stage.  Something seems different about him, though
    as his steed proves to be less formidable then before.  Ryu kills the beast
    which forces Hatamoto to the ground.  However, unlike before, he gets up to
    continue the fight.  Regardless of Hatamoto's strength, Ryu defeats these
    enemies just in time to see two familiar statues appear out of nothingness.
    Ryu spies both the Dragon's Statue and Muramasa's effigy.  It seems as though
    goodness is not totally absent from this place.  Ryu restocks to continue his
    Ryu's second onslaught comes in the form of the Vigoorian military.  He endures
    several waves of SATs, MSATs, Vigoorian Infantry and a newly dispatched
    Mechanized Vigoorian Military.  At the end of all these battles, Ryu is then
    assaulted by Dynamo again.  However, now he has an armed escort and proves much
    more challenging despite his total disregard for his fellow soldiers.
    After defeating this titan, Ryu reaches another area of respite.  However, his
    rest is short-lived before he is accosted on all sides by the Fiends.  The
    coordination of the enemy's defenses has become increasingly harsh as Ryu must
    do battle with Imps, Ghuls, Cyclops Wasps and Ghul Archers simultaneously.
    Almost every Fiend is present in Ryu's various battles, and then he is put upon
    by both the Tentacle Fiend and the Ice Fiend and their accompanying parasites
    The last wave proved very challenging, but it was a dance compared to the Phase
    ahead.  Here now, Ryu must do battle with the Fiendish SAT soldiers and
    Infantry, not to mention the Bast Fiends, Ogres, Imps, Greater Imps and a new
    horror, the Shadow Imp.  These creatures appear to be the distilled evil of the
    regular Imp Fiends with unbelievable strength and horrific agility. However,
    Ryu bests all of these underlings only to be assaulted by Doku and Gogohn
    consecutively with their newly added minions as well.
    Finally, Ryu reaches the last phase where his is accosted by the Vigoorian
    Berserkers armed with huge two-handed swords and powerful magic.  These evil
    creatures arrive in this place via meteor.  Their strength and technique is
    unmatched, and Ryu must use everything at his disposal to even harm them.
    Although, the creatures prove even more terrible once they become enraged;
    transforming into Shadow Beserkers.  Regardless, Ryu slays them as he does
    everything in his path.
    However, he is not allowed a breath before Shadow Alma appears before him.  She
    seems to be the pure hatred of Alma that was not present when she saved
    Rachel's life.  Even more curious is the Globe that housed her humanity is no
    longer present in her abdomen.  She summons her Shadow Imp minions and uses
    much more deadly techniques to attempt to defeat Ryu.  Unfortunately for her,
    Ryu proves more skilled and slays her.  She evaporates into the very fabric of
    the Shadow Realm.  Before Ryu can celebrate his victory he is assaulted one
    last time.
    This Fiend seems very familiar even though Ryu has never come across it in his
    travels.  Its head is incomplete, adorned with an ornate head-dress.  Her left
    arm is covered in a spiked appendage, while her right arm is almost totally
    absent.  A long tentacle is in its place.  Ryu then realizes that this
    monstrosity resembles non other than Rachel.  It seems that this thing
    represents the curse of the twins, and Ryu must strike it down.  He does so
    and as soon as the killing blow lands, this perverted Shadow Rachel
    disintegrates and Rachel is freed from her prison.
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