15 years ago, a vengeful soul named Solramus Carmichael, with
the help of legendary black wizard Mordex McCane, constructed
a magnificent golden palace in the very center of the Vulterian
continent, and ruled over the people there with an iron fist.

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
instantaneously.

These gems, called the "Tears of Gaia," were then distributed
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 continent
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 and seemingly
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 Chameleon's
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 mages,
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.

Sulin
Yes, that's us. But... have we met?

In a manner of speaking, yes. At the
very least, I know you.

Ramses
The name is Ramses Midfield. Explorer
by trade. Scholar. Fascinated by all of
life's little mysteries.

Carma
So you've been to Teras, then?

Ramses
Yes, several times, but that's not how
I know you.

Ramses
Perhaps we should have a seat. This
is... not easy to explain.

Sulin
Well, we did come here for a rest. An
interesting conversation could do us
good. What do you think, Carma?

Carma
Sounds like a good chance to get off
my feet for a while. But we can't
dawdle too long. We're--

Ramses
--on a quest to stop some wizard from
reviving Dorado Castle, correct?

Ramses
The Carnelion, or Cardassian, or some
such thing.

Sulin
Chameleon. But how do you--

Ramses
It's all in my memories, Mr. McCane.
That's how I knew you'd be here.

Sulin
I... I don't understand.

Ramses
You will. Have a seat.

(bumps into a woman)

Woman
HEY!! Watch where you're goin'!!

Ramses
Terribly sorry, Madam.

Man
Yo, you tryin' to score with my chick,
little man?

Ramses
I said I'm sorry. I merely bumped into
her.

Man
Well sorry ain't good enough!

Ramses
Then... what is? An apology is all
etiquette demands. Are you asking for
money? If so, I haven't got any.

Man
Yo, I don't like your tone of voice,
little man. You steppin'?

Ramses
Really now, this is ludicrous. Mr.
McCane, Ms. San Pal, perhaps we should
take our discussion elsewhere.

Man
OK, that's it, I'm gonna bust ya' a
new craphole!

Bartender
Hey, hey, Jimbo, leave 'em alone. I
don't wanna have to toss ya' out on yer
ass again.

Jimbo
Keep your nose outta my business, Joe.
Unless you want some o' this too.

Joe
... I do.

Patron
Hey, this looks like fun! Mind if I
join, too? The name's Cain!

Jimbo
... What the hell?! Fine, I can bust y'
all up!!

Jimbo
BANZAI!!

---Battle tutorial ensues. You make mince-meat out of Jimbo.---

Woman
You know, Jimbo, I don't think we
should see each other anymore.

Jimbo
Uhhhhhhh... Marilyn...

Marilyn
Sorry, but I like my guys to be strong,
and you're a wuss.

Marilyn
Come on, Cain, let's get outta here.

Cain
M... me?!

Cain
...

Cain
OK! How 'bout we go to the beach?

Marilyn
I hate water.

Cain
...

Joe
Not bad, fellas.

Joe
Jimbo's a notorious wimp, though. He
always seems to pick fights with new
adventurers. Helps 'em learn to fight.

Carma
Seems kinda counterproductive. For a
bully, I mean.

Joe
Yeah. And besides that, you'd think
he'd be smart enough not to pick fights
with people wearing body armor.

Joe
But he's kinda dim. Must be from years
of getting the snot beat out of 'im.

Joe
Anyhoo, three drinks, on the house.
You've earned 'em.

Ramses
Much obliged, Joe.

Sulin
OK, now what's all this about? How do
you know of us, and of our mission?

Joe
Oh yeah, this is one helluva story! Not
sure I believe it, really. But, he WAS
right about you guys showin' up...

Ramses
OK. Five years ago, I was exploring the
cave system under Eagle Mountain.

Ramses
Everything was going well, lots of
very interesting finds about the old
Eagle Tribe and such...

Ramses
But then, the most extraordinary thing
happened to me. It was as if... as if
I were struck by lightning.

Ramses
In the blink of an eye, it felt as if
five full years of my life had passed.

Ramses
For a while, I thought they had. I
thought perhaps I had been pulled
forward through time.

Ramses
Five years worth of memories suddenly
flooded my mind. What else could it
have been?

Ramses
But then I went home to Eagle Village,
to the house I thought was mine, to the
woman I suddenly remembered marrying.

Ramses
She screamed. She didn't even know me.
I remembered marrying her, and living
happily with her for two years...

Ramses
...but they were memories of things
that had never actually happened. False
memories. Five years of false memories.

Ramses
Imagine what it would be like if you
had known all about the last five
years before they happened.

Ramses
Would you still have followed the same
path? A lot can happen in five years,
and reliving it would be... monotonous.

Ramses
So, I broke out of my happy memories.
I did things as if I were five years
older and wiser.

Ramses
I've been studying, constantly, any
possible explanation for this strange
phenomenon.

Ramses
It's become my life's obsession, for
about... well, for about five years
now.

Ramses
I ignored the girl who was to become
my wife, and frightened my family and
friends with prophecies of the future.

Ramses
Finally, I was asked to leave the
village. So, I moved to Delidia, and
have been studying there ever since.

Ramses
I'm close to an answer, now, and just
happened to remember meeting you here
at about this time.

Ramses
I chose to relive this event because
I desperately need your help.

Ramses
And, quite honestly, this may very
well have something to do with your
Chameleon, though I can't say for sure.

Ramses
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.

Sulin
...

Carma
Wow. That's some story. So in your
memories, you were here in Phorax at
this exact time?

Ramses
In this very same chair, discussing
the scientific principles of magic with
you and my wife.

Ramses
We had heard about King Bloodthorne's
plight, and came to find out more about
it, and perhaps lend a hand.

Ramses
My wife wanted desperately for us to
join you in your quest, but I thought
it was too dangerous for her.

Ramses
And... I guess I thought it was too
dangerous for myself, as well.

Ramses
Sophia understood my hesitation,
and finally gave in. We declined to
join you in your quest.

Ramses
And then, three days later... no, three
days from now... my memories come to
an end.

Carma
...

Sulin
Umm...

Sulin
I think I speak for both of us when I
say that we'll do whatever we can to
help you.

Carma
... Yeah, this is... well, this is
definitely... something we should look
into. To put it lightly.

Ramses
Fantastic! And, in return, I'll do
whatever I can to help YOU, as well.

Ramses
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.

Carma
So, what would you like us to do?
What CAN we do?

Ramses
Well, OK. Allow me to explain. As I
said, my memories come to a stop about
three days from now.

Ramses
My very last memory of those lost five
years takes place in the outskirts of
Phorax City, near the old mine shaft.

Ramses
I forget exactly what it was, but
somebody told me that they'd seen some
kind of horrible event occur there.

Ramses
It related to King Bloodthorne, and
everyone else dismissed it as a rumor,
but I wanted to see for myself.

Ramses
Suddenly, without warning, some kind
of beam came down from the heavens and
completely incinerated my body.

Ramses
But it caught me... at an angle, or
something. I felt a strange pulling
sensation, AFTER I was already... dead.

Ramses
It's like it hit me just right, and
knocked my soul out of my body before
tearing me to pieces.

Ramses
I remember an intense force pushing me
backwards, away from my body, and
that's where my memories end.

Ramses
After that, I woke up in a cave in
Eagle, disoriented and alone, but quite
aware that something was... different.

Ramses
And that was five years ago.

Ramses
Now, the question I sought to answer
more than any other was, what was that
beam, and where did it come from?

Ramses
And through an extremely lengthy
process of geological and... paranormal
study, I think I've found my answer.

Ramses
The beam was a tear in space-time,
almost certainly caused by some sort
of terrible, extreme event.

Ramses
And it originated from the woods to
the northeast. I have the exact
coordinates written down, right here.

Carma
So, you want us to...

Ramses
...escort me there, yes. I am a
scholar, Miss San Pal. I am in no way
a warrior.

Ramses
Just coming to Phorax by myself scared
the hell out of me. Entering the woods
by myself would be suicide.

Ramses
But I only have three days, and I'm
still not certain if the beam was
specifically targetting me.

Ramses
If I were to be sent back in time
again, I... I...

Sulin
... Don't worry about it. As you said,
maybe this has something to do with the
Chameleon.

Carma
We'd be foolish not to investigate
something this odd when we're dealing
with such a powerful wizard.

Ramses
Thank you. Thank you both. Maybe now
I can finally end this nightmare.

Sulin
So, you said it's in the forest to the
northeast of here? Come on, let's get
going!

Carma
Thank you for the drinks, Joe!

Joe
Hey, no prob. It was worth it just to
hear that story again! It's like some
kinda sci-fi story or somethin'!!

Ramses
Umm... will this Jimbo fellow be all
right?

Jimbo
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhggggggghhhhhhh...

Joe
Yeah, this happens all the time. Just
leave 'im.

Ramses
All right, then... we're off!