It has been discussed for some time what could be a great Suikoden story featuring a female protagonist or Tenkai Star.
My ideas so far:
- Inspired by the historical account of Princess Pingyang of T'ang China, whose 70,000 strong Army of the Lady
helped topple down the decadent Sui dynasty under the mad Emperor Yang, and install her father as emperor of a new dynasty.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Pingyang
- The Tenkai would be 16-19 years old, wields a pair of tessen / war fans in combat (a la Kitana from Mortal Kombat), and has good stats in everything but with more emphasis on magic a la Tir McDohl or Jowy Atreides. Her in-game stats would be something like 04 HP, 05 STR, 04 DEF, 06 MAG, 05 MDEF, 06 SKL, 06 SPD, and 06 LUCK, and her overall magic affinity would probably depend on whatever the featured TR is, though I am inclined to make Wind
her natural element (Tir and Lazlo = Water/Dark
, Riou = Holy
, Thomas and Hugo = Wind
, Chris = Water
(though her affinity to it isn't really that high), Geddoe = Lightning
, Prince = Water/Holy
- May be set in Nagarea some time before the Great Earthquake of IS 376, which isolated it from Falena. We all know that the Nagarist Order HATES the Dragon Horses, so there might be some kind of war between Nagarea and Falena over the Dragon-Horse people and their steeds.
- In a rendition I have read of the original story of Princess Pingyang, her father General Li Yuan was assigned to guard the borders while her husband Chai Shao is part of the palace guard. But when General Li rebelled against Emperor Yang, the latter had everyone related to or involved with him arrested, so the former wrote a letter to her daughter and son-in-law, who were in the capital at the time, to come to him at the local garrison-turned-rebel base ASAP. But Chai Shao was worried they won't be able to get out of the capital in time, so Zhao Pingyang told him to go ahead of her to her father, saying that as a woman, it would be easier for her to hide. So Chai went over to Li while Zhao got to work in building the resistance against the crumbling Sui Empire. In time, she was able to amass a huge army to support her father's rebel army. So when they met each other (with matching dramatic family meet-up), they joined forces in storming the capital, captured it, and then and there installed General Li as Emperor Gaozu, the founder of a new dynasty in China.
- Hmm, TBH, I don't know how I would match Pingyang's story to that of the Tenkai from Nagarea. Maybe her dad leads one of those armed missionaries from the Nagarist Order, but at some point he's now refusing to kill Dragon Horses, so the Order had everyone connected to him arrested, so our Tenkai and her "protector", maybe bodyguard, boyfriend, or husband, decided to get out of Nagarea before they get caught. Dunno, but a loved one's death, imminent or permanent, is a Suikoden staple, and it ain't just Suikoden without it.
- If the story involves the Elemental True Runes, maybe it can provide some insights about their whereabouts before Harmonia got their hands on them. In this case, I am very much inclined to give the Tenkai the True Wind Rune, and some of the other characters the other Elemental TRs. Maybe we can even have Simeon bear the True Water Rune before Harmonia got its hands on it and then Wyatt Lightfellow stole it from them? I mean, he IS ageless, after all, so he must have a True Rune disguised as a higher-tier common magic rune, right?
- If the Tenkai or one of the major characters have to fight a close friend as a result of her defection from Nagarea, maybe she or that character can have one of the two aspects of the True Rune of Beginning (maybe the Black Sword Rune?), while her/his friend can have the other one (Bright Shield Rune on the villain side? Why not?).
Post your thoughts here in this topic. Take note that these are only just ideas, but who knows? Maybe we can pitch this to Konami... nope, wait, they're actually too messed up right now to bother reviving Suikoden, ayt?
Tenkai - female MC (prolly a mix between Tir and Korra from The Legend of Korra)
Tengou (General Star) - Tenkai's father
Tenjyu (Nanami Star) - MC's protector (bodyguard, boyfriend, or husband, as in they married pretty early)
Tenei (Gremio/Lyon Star) - Sierra
Tenki (Main Strategist) - Soledt (the blind strategist mentioned in II) OR Agnes (IV) OR a Silverburg family member
Tenkan (Tablet Guardian) - Ted (?) OR a female apprentice of Leknaat
Chikai (Secondary Strategist) - Agnes herself OR her own apprentice OR Silverburg apprentice
Chizen (Wizard Star) - Simeon
Possible returning characters and/or their ancestors and/or descendants:
- Jeane and Viki (natch)
- Ted (I, IV)
- Lazlo (IV) and his harem (Noah, Rene, Rita, Millay, etc.), because why not?
- ancestors of Lorelai and Killey (one of them can even be the Sindar Leader)
- descendants of Gary and Ema as the original founders of the Maximilian Knights
- anything else?
- Should we include any of the non-star characters in IV and Tactics, who would it be and what would be their star?
EDIT: Added SoD ideas.