Solramus's brother, King Uther of Teras, combined
his power with
that of legendary white wizard Glenlin San Pal to seal this
Dorado Castle away beneath the mountains, ending the threat to
Vulteria, but ending also his life in the process.
Glenlin inherited the throne, and his first act
as king was
to place an extremely powerful magical plate on the former site
of Dorado Castle, preventing it from ever rising to the surface
again. This plate seal was so strong that it would take a
tremendous force to even scratch it.
Teras's magical force had advanced much further
than that of
the Vulterian lands, and fearing similar attacks in the future,
Glenlin assisted in the construction of four extremely potent
gems capable of countering and neutralizing magic spells
These gems, called the "Tears of Gaia," were then
to the four lands of Vulteria as peace offerings and as a means
of insuring the quick suppression of any future attacks,
whether within Vulteria or from an outside source.
Fifteen years of peace followed, but now the Vulterian
has encountered its greatest threat and its greatest fear. A
wizard of immeasurable power, known only as The Chameleon, has
appeared, and is attempting to revive Dorado Castle once more.
This Chameleon has erected an extremely powerful
impenetrable shield around the central Eagle Mountains, and is
even now blasting away at Dorado Castle's plate seal. If he's
not stopped soon, the castle will be a mere incantation away
from rising out of the ground, displacing an entire mountain
range and crushing an entire continent.
One Tear of Gaia is not enough to neutralize The
shield, and the only hope for Vulteria is the combined force
of all four Tears. But The Chameleon has taken measures to
make sure that such a situation never occurs.
Having already lost contact with his two most talented
King Glenlin has sent his two best apprentices into Vulteria,
including his own daughter. If these two cannot successfully
stop The Chameleon's advances, all hope may be lost.
And this is where our story begins...
(Sulin and Carma stop at an out-of-the-way bar on the outskirts
of Phorax, one of the lands of Vulteria. Someone approaches them.)
You're Sulin McCane, are you not?
And this lovely vision must be
Princess Carma San Pal.
Yes, that's us. But... have we met?
In a manner of speaking, yes. At the
very least, I know you.
The name is Ramses Midfield. Explorer
by trade. Scholar. Fascinated by all of
life's little mysteries.
So you've been to Teras, then?
Yes, several times, but that's not how
I know you.
Perhaps we should have a seat. This
is... not easy to explain.
Well, we did come here for a rest. An
interesting conversation could do us
good. What do you think, Carma?
Sounds like a good chance to get off
my feet for a while. But we can't
dawdle too long. We're--
--on a quest to stop some wizard from
reviving Dorado Castle, correct?
The Carnelion, or Cardassian, or some
Chameleon. But how do you--
It's all in my memories, Mr. McCane.
That's how I knew you'd be here.
I... I don't understand.
You will. Have a seat.
(bumps into a woman)
HEY!! Watch where you're goin'!!
Terribly sorry, Madam.
Yo, you tryin' to score with my chick,
I said I'm sorry. I merely bumped into
Well sorry ain't good enough!
Then... what is? An apology is all
etiquette demands. Are you asking for
money? If so, I haven't got any.
Yo, I don't like your tone of voice,
little man. You steppin'?
Really now, this is ludicrous. Mr.
McCane, Ms. San Pal, perhaps we should
take our discussion elsewhere.
OK, that's it, I'm gonna bust ya' a
Hey, hey, Jimbo, leave 'em alone. I
don't wanna have to toss ya' out on yer
Keep your nose outta my business, Joe.
Unless you want some o' this too.
... I do.
Hey, this looks like fun! Mind if I
join, too? The name's Cain!
... What the hell?! Fine, I can bust y'
---Battle tutorial ensues. You make mince-meat out of Jimbo.---
You know, Jimbo, I don't think we
should see each other anymore.
Sorry, but I like my guys to be strong,
and you're a wuss.
Come on, Cain, let's get outta here.
OK! How 'bout we go to the beach?
I hate water.
Not bad, fellas.
Jimbo's a notorious wimp, though. He
always seems to pick fights with new
adventurers. Helps 'em learn to fight.
Seems kinda counterproductive. For a
bully, I mean.
Yeah. And besides that, you'd think
he'd be smart enough not to pick fights
with people wearing body armor.
But he's kinda dim. Must be from years
of getting the snot beat out of 'im.
Anyhoo, three drinks, on the house.
You've earned 'em.
Much obliged, Joe.
OK, now what's all this about? How do
you know of us, and of our mission?
Oh yeah, this is one helluva story! Not
sure I believe it, really. But, he WAS
right about you guys showin' up...
OK. Five years ago, I was exploring the
cave system under Eagle Mountain.
Everything was going well, lots of
very interesting finds about the old
Eagle Tribe and such...
But then, the most extraordinary thing
happened to me. It was as if... as if
I were struck by lightning.
In the blink of an eye, it felt as if
five full years of my life had passed.
For a while, I thought they had. I
thought perhaps I had been pulled
forward through time.
Five years worth of memories suddenly
flooded my mind. What else could it
But then I went home to Eagle Village,
to the house I thought was mine, to the
woman I suddenly remembered marrying.
She screamed. She didn't even know me.
I remembered marrying her, and living
happily with her for two years...
...but they were memories of things
that had never actually happened. False
memories. Five years of false memories.
Imagine what it would be like if you
had known all about the last five
years before they happened.
Would you still have followed the same
path? A lot can happen in five years,
and reliving it would be... monotonous.
So, I broke out of my happy memories.
I did things as if I were five years
older and wiser.
I've been studying, constantly, any
possible explanation for this strange
It's become my life's obsession, for
about... well, for about five years
I ignored the girl who was to become
my wife, and frightened my family and
friends with prophecies of the future.
Finally, I was asked to leave the
village. So, I moved to Delidia, and
have been studying there ever since.
I'm close to an answer, now, and just
happened to remember meeting you here
at about this time.
I chose to relive this event because
I desperately need your help.
And, quite honestly, this may very
well have something to do with your
Chameleon, though I can't say for sure.
And that's my story. If you're willing
to lend a hand, I'll fill you in on
what I've found out during my studies.
Wow. That's some story. So in your
memories, you were here in Phorax at
this exact time?
In this very same chair, discussing
the scientific principles of magic with
you and my wife.
We had heard about King Bloodthorne's
plight, and came to find out more about
it, and perhaps lend a hand.
My wife wanted desperately for us to
join you in your quest, but I thought
it was too dangerous for her.
And... I guess I thought it was too
dangerous for myself, as well.
Sophia understood my hesitation,
and finally gave in. We declined to
join you in your quest.
And then, three days later... no, three
days from now... my memories come to
I think I speak for both of us when I
say that we'll do whatever we can to
... Yeah, this is... well, this is
definitely... something we should look
into. To put it lightly.
Fantastic! And, in return, I'll do
whatever I can to help YOU, as well.
I may not be much of a fighter, but
I've learned a few good skills over the
years that just might come in handy.
So, what would you like us to do?
What CAN we do?
Well, OK. Allow me to explain. As I
said, my memories come to a stop about
three days from now.
My very last memory of those lost five
years takes place in the outskirts of
Phorax City, near the old mine shaft.
I forget exactly what it was, but
somebody told me that they'd seen some
kind of horrible event occur there.
It related to King Bloodthorne, and
everyone else dismissed it as a rumor,
but I wanted to see for myself.
Suddenly, without warning, some kind
of beam came down from the heavens and
completely incinerated my body.
But it caught me... at an angle, or
something. I felt a strange pulling
sensation, AFTER I was already... dead.
It's like it hit me just right, and
knocked my soul out of my body before
tearing me to pieces.
I remember an intense force pushing me
backwards, away from my body, and
that's where my memories end.
After that, I woke up in a cave in
Eagle, disoriented and alone, but quite
aware that something was... different.
And that was five years ago.
Now, the question I sought to answer
more than any other was, what was that
beam, and where did it come from?
And through an extremely lengthy
process of geological and... paranormal
study, I think I've found my answer.
The beam was a tear in space-time,
almost certainly caused by some sort
of terrible, extreme event.
And it originated from the woods to
the northeast. I have the exact
coordinates written down, right here.
So, you want us to...
...escort me there, yes. I am a
scholar, Miss San Pal. I am in no way
Just coming to Phorax by myself scared
the hell out of me. Entering the woods
by myself would be suicide.
But I only have three days, and I'm
still not certain if the beam was
specifically targetting me.
If I were to be sent back in time
again, I... I...
... Don't worry about it. As you said,
maybe this has something to do with the
We'd be foolish not to investigate
something this odd when we're dealing
with such a powerful wizard.
Thank you. Thank you both. Maybe now
I can finally end this nightmare.
So, you said it's in the forest to the
northeast of here? Come on, let's get
Thank you for the drinks, Joe!
Hey, no prob. It was worth it just to
hear that story again! It's like some
kinda sci-fi story or somethin'!!
Umm... will this Jimbo fellow be all
Yeah, this happens all the time. Just
All right, then... we're off!