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Warsong (known as Langrisser (ラングリッサー?) in Japan) is a game developed by NCS. It blended tactical warfare with RPG elements, similar to the Fire Emblem series. It was initially released for the Mega Drive/Genesis console and the PC-Engine CD add-on, the former version being published by Treco in America and the only game in the franchise released outside Japan. The PC-Engine version was released under the title, Langrisser: The Descendants of Light. It was later re-released along Der Langrisser (its sequel's remake) in a compilation for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. That compilation was released for the PlayStation Network in 2009.

Gameplay

The player controls a group of heroes or commanders to accomplish some goals each phase. They are joined with non-controlled allies to battle with enemies commanders. Before each phase, the player can purchase up to eight army units from a single type for every one of its heroes. The type of the available army depends on the hero class (e.g. Griffons can only be purchased by Dragon Knights) and have different prices. At the end of each phase, any survivor army provides some amount of cash for the player to use next time.

After each battle, the winning commander gains experience that allows him to upgrade to a more powerful class. If a hero dies, he is lost forever.

Characters

Note:. These characters and its information are from the Mega Drive/Genesis version

Classes in bold shows the initial class for that character

Character Notes Classes
Garett The main hero. He cannot die or the game ends
  • Fighter -> Knight or Lord
  • Lord -> King or Magic Knight
  • Knight -> Knight Master or Grand Knight
Baldarov Cannot gain experience
  • Sword Master
Mina Mina first appears as an ally, then she joins Garett's group
  • Cleric -> Warlock or Priestess
  • Priestess -> High Priestess or Saint
  • Warlock -> Bishop or Wizard
  • Wizard -> Arch Mage or Magic Knight
  • Magic Knight -> Ranger
Calais Appears in the first phase as an ally, joins Garett's group after
  • Warlock -> Cleric or Wizard
  • Wizard -> Arch Mage or Magic Knight
  • Magic Knight -> Ranger
  • Cleric -> Warlock or Priestess
  • Priestess -> High Priestess or Saint
Sabra Appears in the first phase as an ally, joins Garett's group after
  • Fighter -> Knight or Lord
  • Lord -> Dragon Knight or Magic Knight
  • Knight -> Knight Master or Grand Knight
  • Magic Knight -> Ranger
Tiberon Appears in the first phase as an ally, joins Garett's group after
  • Crocodile Knight -> Serpent Knight or Knight
  • Knight -> Knight Master
Thorne Has the same classes of Bayard and Carleon
  • Fighter -> Knight or Lord
  • Lord -> Magic Knight
  • Knight -> Knight Master
Bayard Has the same classes of Thorne and Carleon
  • Fighter -> Knight or Lord
  • Lord -> Magic Knight
  • Knight -> Knight Master
Carleon Has the same classes of Thorne and Bayard
  • Fighter -> Knight or Lord
  • Lord -> Magic Knight
  • Knight -> Knight Master
Lance He first acts against Garett, then acts as an ally, finally joins Garett's group. Cannot gain experience
  • Dragon Knight

Plot

Story

The storyline follows the armies of Prince Garett of Baltia as they battle the Dalsis Empire and the monsters they unwittingly awaken, framed as a battle between the forces of good and an ancient evil that threatens to overrun the world.

The story begins with an assault on the Nation of Baltia by the forces of the Dalsis Empire. King Alfador sees the castle will not be able to stand and urges his son Prince Garett to flee to the town of Sulras, both for his own safety and to gather reinforcements from Duke Carleon. He assigns the sword master Baldarov to go with Garett and protect him on the journey.

Together they escape from the siege and journey to Sulras, meeting the cleric Mina on the way. The three of them help defend the town from a bandit raid in the night, and are granted some reinforcements by Duke Carleon. Before they can start the journey back, Sabra, one of Baltia's commanders, arrives to tell them that the Castle has already fallen to Dalsis and many of the other commanders have been taken prisoner. As he returns to the castle he is set upon by monsters in the woods, but he perseveres and eventually arrives at the castle. He leads a campaign to retake the Castle, freeing the prisoners. However, Dalsis has already taken the treasure Baltia was protecting, the magic sword "Warsong".

Garett then rushes to the aid of Anzel, one of Baltia's fortresses, which is also under siege. He rescues the fortress' commander Bayard, and begins his march through the Dalsis Empire towards Emperor Pythion's palace. Duke Carleon himself commits to the cause, joining the fight by Garett's side. The monsters that are encountered as they travel into Dalsis continue to become more vicious, numerous, and powerful as time goes by, and Garett realizes they are attacking the Dalsis forces as well as his own. He arrives at the palace and defeats Emperor Pythion, and the emperor explains that he awakened the ancient evil with Warsong.

Garett retakes Warsong and begins his campaign against the evil, fighting ever more powerful monsters along the way and eventually tracking their source to the dark land of Seneferia. He finally gains access to a citadel in Seneferia that is the home of the ancient evil, and deep within the citadel he fights the embodiment of that evil, Chaos.

After slaying Chaos, the defeated being admonishes Garett by explaining that Order and Chaos were created by the world itself and Chaos was revived to help save the world from destruction by keeping it in balance. Chaos also says that it will return as long as humans continue to fight one another. The citadel then sinks into the ground as Garett and friends escape, and Garett wonders whether they have actually saved the world, or set it on the path to ruin.[2]

Music

The music in Langrisser was composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Isao Mizoguchi.

References

  1. http://vc.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/warsong
  2. GameFAQs Game Script http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/genesis/file/586591/14831

See also

fr:Langrisser

vi:Langrisser I

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