I just began two weeks ago or so, don't push me
Below is the character list and some ideas on gameplay. A chapter list with plot summaries might follow soon.
I'm not good at story-writing, even less in english, there'll not be a full script or literary piece of work.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Claws; Element: Wind
13 years earlier, when Hanzo wasn’t the head ninja yet, while he was on guard in the forest south of Rokkaku, he heard the sounds of wolves. He followed them and found a little boy surrounded by a wolf pack. The boy had a nasty wound on the right side of his face, and although his situation seemed hopeless, there was no fear in his look. For some reason, the wolves didn’t dare getting close to him. Hanzo scared the wolves away and brought the foundling to the hamlet, and since he was too young to be able to tell them about his origins, he was allowed to stay there. He was given the name Morio (mori = forest, o = hero) and was raised by the ninja community. The ninja even granted him ninja education, even though he could never become a higher ranking ninja, because he wasn’t born as one. Although he was extremely skilled, brave and smart, he would never be awarded with a unique ninja rune. One night however, when Morio was 10 years old and Hanzo had become the hamlet’s chief, a female magician appeared in Hanzo’s dream, who told him to give Morio the ??? Rune (a rare ninja rune). Without telling anyone about this apparition, Hanzo gave Morio the rune short after his graduation. This aroused resentment among some ninja, especially the older and more traditional ones, as well as some of higher rank. Luckily Hanzo could use Morio’s excellent test results at least as some kind of excuse. However, the majority liked him very much, and those who loved him most were his best friends Yumiko and Kakuji.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Claws; Element: Lightning
She is the most self-disciplined and rational among the three, and thus, she has kept the others from trouble many times. They would only get into trouble, whenever she had to stay at the dojo to take care of the younger sparrows. She would often be ordered to do so, because she was very mature for her age and could assume responsibility. That’s why Hanzo actually addresses his orders for the mission to Yumiko primarily, but letting the others accompany her, because of their skills and even more because of their unbreakable loyalty among each other. Her parents are middle rank ninja, so like Morio, she would never become a chief ninja, but nonetheless she loves the life of a ninja and the peacefulness and calmness of Rokkaku. Due to her exceeding test results, she was granted a Shrike Rune, something she would mention whenever Kakuji tries to tease her, because he failed at getting this rune. In contrast to her two friends, she loves to read and write, and she keeps her diary in her pocket wherever she goes.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Darts; Element: Water
He’s a hot-tempered and extravert personality on the one hand, but a very agile and skilled ninja on the other hand. He is cheeky towards others, regardless of their rank, only for some entertainment or to protect his friends. After all he’s a rascal with a sense of justice, not a bully. He is always nice towards Morio, but he loves to tease Yumiko, mostly by calling her a geek (because of her love for reading) or servant (because of her rank). Whenever Morio is nearby Yumiko would then answer that Morio is of no rank at all, and both would immediately apologize to Morio, but at least it would end Kakuji’s talk. He always wished to get a Shrike Rune, but this was adjourned sine die due to his bad final test results (in the field of self-discipline), and he later denied his wish stating that he preferred ninja stars anyway, which was a lie, but in fact, he was actually better at it than at claw fighting. Kakuji has one unique trait: he wishes to travel far away and see other countries, and this curiousness haunts him more with every year passing by. When one day he asked Hanzo about ships crossing the ocean, Hanzo said: “One of the few things that bring ninja to their knees is ship traveling.”
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Flail (hammer type); Element: Water
He and his little sister are living in a fishermen village, located at the inward flow of the Dunan river. Brigands from the desert rarely try to raid the village, because they’ve long learned that this village can defend itself, training their children early on to become fierce warriors. The parents of Gohu and his sister have perished when they were about 10 years of age. This made them even tougher physically; it made them become two among the best fighters and fishermen. Mentally however, it’s obvious that some source of wisdom and experience was missing in their childhood, and this made them very naïve and superstitious. I’m thinking of a humorous scene for them to join: There’s a big statue of a fish (like a river kami) in the village, which was once damaged on its right side during a brigand’s raid more than a century ago. When the two coincidentally spot the hero’s scar on the right side of his face, they see it as an omen to follow him, which makes the other fishermen shake their heads. Gohu has a rare Firefly Rune.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Mace (hammer type); Element: %
It’s not a custom in their village for females to become warriors. Men and women have equal positions, but women would do the tasks that require concentration and light-fingeredness. Griselde however wanted to become a warrior like Gohu, and there was no parental authority to forbid it. Feeling sorry about what happened to their parents, the other fishermen and –women would grant their wishes, even if it broke traditions. Griselde has no fixed element because of her Chameleon Rune. Once, the two of them saved a traveling rune master, who got lost in the desert, from dying of thirst. They took him to their village for recovery, and one night he asked Gohu about the most important thing in their lives. Gohu answered, that to him, it is protecting his sister. On the day of the rune master’s departure, he attached these rare runes to them as a token of his gratitude.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Sword; Element: Fire
She’s a swordmistress running the quest guild at Kirov along with her associate Risha. Because of Risha’s lazyness in terms of administrative work, she has to stay at the guild house. Like Lalacle, she would join in a NG+. She and Risha are both formidable fighters, but in terms of personality, they’re quite opposed characters. Azra has a very professional attitude, she’s doing the job for the prestige of the business, while Risha is doing it for her personal prestige, and yet, the cooperation works somehow.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Spear; Element: Wind
Risha is Azra’s associate at the quest guild. From a business standpoint, she has some serious deficits in character: she always tries to find excuses to avoid the administrative work in the guild, but she loves to tell their customer’s about the success of their jobs to get the compliments. She tries hard to absent herself from stupid errands, but she loves dangerous missions which could boost her fame. The hero’s adventure just happens to sound like one of this kind.
Class: Battle Mage; Weapon: Sword; Element: Earth
In a middle game chapter, the hero will ambush an imperial caravan heading for the mines by which she’ll be freed. Since she doesn’t seem to be sane, the hero will drag her along. It turns out she’s indeed a lunatic, always believing she’s a historic figure, and these figures change constantly. Mostly she’s some prominent fighter from the past, and views the hero as her respective king or leader and calls him as such.
Class: Mage; Weapon: Staff; Element: Fire
He’s the chief of a village located at the foot of the mountain range that separates this area from the Sarady area in the southeast of it. When the main force from the Banner Mines attacked the hideout at Sarady, his village was besieged by the rearguard, but due to his magical powers they could protect it for some time. When the hero and his group arrived, they fought off the foes together, but since the main force would sooner or later come for them, the village had to be evacuated. Eldur decides to join the hero to fight the “big threat” in the mines. He would also give the hero background information about the chief warden of the mines, which turns out to also be background information about the hero himself...
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Sword; Element: Water
Iris is an imperial commander assigned to supervise the transports of prisoners to the mine, so she starts out as an antagonist. She will have a change of mind later and will get imprisoned within the mines, and when the hero’s group frees her, she’ll join. Something similar to Roget, so you’ll stumble on her several times to battle her only to recruit her later.
Class: Battle Mage; Weapon: Bow; Element: Wind
Shortly after her fiancé Achilles was killed by the empire, she fled to Sarady and used it as a base of operations for the continuation of the Anti-Imperial Movement which was founded by Achilles. The first prominent recruit was Sir Humphrey. When these two went to Kirov in search of new members, she was ambushed by imperial forces, but due to the timely support of Flik, she survived. During this story, more characters would join her movement, but only after this story, when this movement had clearly transformed from an opposition into an armed resistance, it would be renamed into Liberation Army with Odessa being the leader, and they would afterwards gradually reinforce their influence in the Arus region.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Gr. Sword; Element: Fire
At the start of this story, he lives alone at the southernmost reaches of the Karakas desert, close to the Dunan river (this should hint that he came from the north, overcoming the wall between the desert and the Badlands). He’ll save the hero in a way which will remind the player of how he saved (will save) Riou. He’ll accompany the hero to Kirov, where they stumble on Humphrey, and help him to fight off imperials. He would then join Odessa and leave the hero, but later both groups would ally to destroy the big threat which I haven’t exactly thought up yet. It would be entertaining if he had a little rivalry with Flik at the beginning, and if we could see how it developed to a deep friendship.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Sword; Element: Lightning
It is said that Flik saving Odessa is how they first met, so at the same time Viktor and the hero help Humphrey, Odessa is saved by Flik, and he immediately joins Odessa’s group. We would witness how he fell in love with her, and when he named his sword after her. A good writer is required for this, I would totally screw it.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Gr. Sword; Element: Earth
This story will make him Odessa’s first prominent recruit, he’ll already be her ally when the hero meets her for the first time. Other than that, ……yo.
Class: Support (defense boost); Element: Earth
As a new member of Odessa’s movement he’ll not be suspicious at this point, because he has to try to gain Odessa’s trust. This means there’ll be no indications in this story that he is actually a spy.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Hammer; Element: Fire
He’s one of the first members of the Liberations Army. In this story you’ll witness Flik, Viktor, Sanchez and Mose joining Odessa’s movement (Humphrey already being on her side). The Secret Factory doesn’t exist yet, but I’d make this blacksmith have a secret warehouse which would later be transformed into the factory. I wanted Ronnie Bell appear as well, but her dialogue in S1 (the infamous “giant woman” scene) forces me to decide between her and the 4 bandits, and I’d choose the bandits. Ronnie Bell is replaced by Oulan (only gameplay-wise, not story-wise of course).
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Axe; Element: Water
When he met Odessa in S1, it is indicated that he has at least seen her before. The fact that he’s talking to Odessa and not to Viktor is acceptable, because Odessa is much more famous. I think it’s alright to make him appear in this story, and Mt. Tigerwolf is a part of the Dana region.
Class: Support (thief); Element: Water
She is Ledon’s replacement, because Ledon’s dialogue in S1 makes it impossible for him to appear in this story. I’d make him absent and be replaced by his sister or so (maybe someone not related to him). She is a thief too of course. Joins and leaves along with Kessler.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Axe; Element: Lightning
When we free him in Rockland in S1, Viktor is in the party, but they don’t talk to each other. You could see this as an indication that they haven’t met before. Viktor says something like “let’s get out of here quickly”, which can be interpreted as there wasn’t the time for talking. It’s a borderline case imo, I would let him appear here. Story-wise I’d have him come to Mt. Tigerwolf due to a dispute with Kessler, then Odessa and the hero would defeat all of them to finish the dispute and make them do an alliance with the hero and Odessa (they don’t join Odessa’s movement).
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Darts; Element: Earth
Joins and leaves along with Varkas.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Bow; Element: Water
She’s got the Treasure Hunt Skill, so she can detect hidden items. After the events, she is fooled by Killey to explore Sindar ruins in the south of Toran, but the truth is that there aren’t any.
Class: Mage; Weapon: Staff; Element: Water
Actually we don’t need her, because we don’t need to teleport. On the other hand, she wouldn’t be amiss as a mage. I’ve read somewhere that she first appeared in Toran when meeting Tir, but I don’t know if this is an official source information or just a perception or conclusion from the perspective of a player.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Bow/Gun (bow type); Element: Wind
I’d actually prefer Cathari as the True Holy Rune character to increase the amount of females (which is low unfortunately), what do you think? The rune gives them double the movement range, but they have only one free rune slot. After a selection has been made, I hope I can think of a way of how to integrate them.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Spear; Element: Lightning
From a geographical perspective this absolutely makes sense. He appears in the Dana region, few years later in the Senan region and few years later in the South Window region. These regions are all close to each other. Yes, we can finally use him as a fighter. And since we’re fighting evil again…
Class: Support (heal); Element: Lightning
Joins and leaves along with Maximillian.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Fists; Element: Earth
Unimportant character with almost no dialogue in S1, so he should be no problem. Always searching for worthy opponents, he could have an epic duel with Long Chan Chan.
Class: Mage; Weapon: Staff; Element: Earth
I think her appearance wouldn’t be a problem. Out of respect for her age I’d make her the most powerful mage (even though Jeane and maybe Viki might be older). In case you don’t remember, she already has a Mother Earth Rune attached.
Class: Mage; Weapon: Staff; Element: Lightning
In S2, I can’t remember any comment by another returning character as indication that he/she knows her from Toran of S1 (maybe only Sheena). It was as if she’s a new character. Is there anything you could do wrong by using her in a Suikoden story?
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Spear; Element: Water
Only Tai Ho and Yam Koo speak to the pirates in the S1 scenes, and they don’t even appear in this story. The pirates can be recruited via a quest like “pirates at the port” and after defeating them in a battle they’ll join (as a deal for not being delivered to the authorities).
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Sickle&Chain (special type); Element: Wind
Joins and leaves along with Anji.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Axe; Element: Fire
Joins and leaves along with Anji.
Class: Support (heal); Element: Wind
He’s the master cook from Kirov, and he shouldn’t be a problem. Can be recruited after a quest guild errand.
Class: Support (strength/magic boost); Element: Fire
I can’t remember his dialogue in S1. I remember him and Mathiu talking about Odessa, and I hope he didn’t say something like “I haven’t seen her in 10 years”. Since no one else except Tir and Mathiu were talking to him in the S1 scenes iirc, it is possible that he met some characters (who didn’t have dialogue with him in S1) before. It would be cool if the great Leon Silverberg helped his little niece for a couple of weeks or months in 453.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Hoe (axe type); Element: Earth
Nothing too complicated about this guy. He lives in Kalekka and can be recruited through a guild quest like finding some seeds for him.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Gr. Sword; Element: Lightning
There are no huge war battles in this story, so there’s no reason why Yuber should show up, even though he’s an ally of Windy. Should Pesmerga show up without Yuber? At least, Yuber appeared alone in S3, so it could be possible.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Spear; Element: Fire
I checked the script: there is nothing which proves that he didn’t knew Viktor before (or other characters of this story). On the contrary, this could explain why Viktor headed north and reappeared together with Warren, he tried to recruit Warren into the Liberation Army. We know that his mansion is in Senan, so I would place it north or northeast of Moravia and close to the river. That makes sense, because it is said that travelers are always welcome in his home (something like this), and I guess they would rather travel along a river than through meager lands.
Class: Support (dexterity/agility boost); Element: Fire
When he appears in S1, he is under strict orders to not talk to anybody except Tir, so we can’t expect that he would have talked to people he recognizes, which is good. Joins and leaves along with Warren.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Nunchaku (special type); Element: Wind
Together with his companions he has become a traveling actor. They own a theater on wheels (a carriage) and roam the northern continent. Of course, they are among the few people to recognize Georg. They should have masks (their faces painted) because of their profession (and for fun).
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Knuckle (hammer type); Element: Earth
Joins and leaves along with Roy.
Class: Battle Mage; Weapon: Boomerang (darts type); Element: Lightning
Joins and leaves along with Roy.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Umbrella? (special type); Element: Fire
Vincent was banned because of S1 dialogue which indicates that he didn’t meet Flik before. Thus Simone would be a lone Narcissist, but they are never alone in a Suikoden game. I think there’s no problem in making Josephine replace Vincent, as she was in search for a more sophisticated culture, and SME offers a lot, although actually not exactly the Dana region.
Class: Battle Mage; Weapon: Fists; Element: Fire
Much younger, but already as arrogant as we know him. I don’t know yet how to have him join, but I think there’s not much to worry about (perhaps only Rikimaru, who could possibly be in the party in S2 when you meet Zamza). After the events, he became sick of the Dana region and left.
Class: Mage; Weapon: Staff; Element: Water
Excommunicated from Qlon, he currently roams the northern parts of the empire. I think a duel should make him join the hero’s group. After the events, he’ll continue his journey, as well as the training of his mind and body.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Sword; Element: Wind
Her rival joined the empire, so it should be easy to make her join the opposition, even though Valeria doesn’t appear in this story. After the events, she continues her travel to prepare for a future duel.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Fists; Element: Fire
Gameplay-wise she’s the replacement of Ronnie Bell, so the unique Hate Rune is replaced by the unique Angry Dragon Rune. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a 19 year old Oulan?
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Gr. Sword; Element: Wind
A wandering swordsman from the Southlands, who joins the hero’s group to test his skills. After this story, he continues his travel northwards, and during his stay at Greenhill, he was hired by Alec Wisemail as a bodyguard for his daughter Teresa.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Gr. Sword; Element: Water
I’m not sure how to broach the issue of his revenge. Maybe I’d just let him mention to be on a revenge trip, but again primarily make him the glutton we know. After these events, well, I don’t know, it’s a little too early to go north imo. Maybe just let him be on a food cram tour and avoid the revenge topic completely, because the tragic incident hasn’t happened yet.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Whip (special type); Element: Water
If you help him save an animal or monster, he’ll join. He bears a unique Listening Rune, which is slightly similar to Cornelio’s Rune from S5. The first spell can inflict some damage or it can be used to recruit certain beasts. There are 5 beasts (instead of mercenaries) that can be recruited, one for each element. The second spell puts the berserk status on him and the beasts (like his Howling Rune in S2). After these events, he disappears.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Darts; Element: Wind
Being a SME aristocrat, he’s actually not hostile to the empire, but we could somehow “force” him to join.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Claws; Element: Earth
He’s ordered by Hanzo to bring back the hero and the other 2 ninja. He finally finds them battling at the gates of the Banner Mines, and he joins them for these final battles. However, in the end he returns to Rokkaku without them, but hands a letter written by Yumiko over to Hanzo.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Daggers (claws type); Element: Fire
Can be found in an optional dungeon. He would join if you help him advance deeper into the dungeon. Like Lorelai, he has the Treasure Hunt Skill. After these events, annoyed by Lorelai, he tells her about unexplored Sindar ruins in the Kouan region. It was a lie, but it made him get rid of Lorelai for 6 years to come.
Long Chan Chan
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Fists; Element: Lightning
A wandering martial artist from the south in search for a place (and money) to open a school. He can be recruited by doing a certain guild quest. Sometime after the events, it is said that he finally got his first student, although still not having a permanent location to teach.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Sword; Element: Earth
His role would be a little problematic because of his fame throughout the empire. He could use a pseudonym for himself to not be recognized, and have only few people (like Humphrey) recognize him. I’d prefer making him an optional character, because he shouldn’t be too conspicuous while being in disguise.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: Gun (bow type); Element: Lightning
Agrees to join the group to hide or being protected from her pursuer. The problem is that I don’t know which year this pursuit started; we’re talking about 3 years before S1, and Clive was 19. If it’s possible, then however, Clive shouldn’t appear, just like Elza didn’t appear in S1. Afterwards she continues to run away, of course.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: none (stat-based); Element: Water
Maybe a turtle? Can only be recruited by Badeaux.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: none (stat-based); Element: Fire
Lizard or salamander? Can only be recruited by Badeaux.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: none (stat-based); Element: Wind
Falcon? Can only be recruited by Badeaux.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: none (stat-based); Element: Earth
Bear? Can only be recruited by Badeaux.
Class: Fighter; Weapon: none (stat-based); Element: Lightning
An electric whatever. Can only be recruited by Badeaux.
- About Ted: I planned to have at least 1 True Rune bearer appear. As for S1 dialogue, only Varkas and Sydonia are a problem, but the even bigger problem is that the Souleater must be kept secret until S1. Do we need a Ted without using the Souleater? I’d say no.
- I need one more mage. Any idea?
- Characters I had to reject due to S1 dialogue: Ronnie Bell, Ledon, Vincent and Kage.