After several months of.. er, mental preparation, it’s finally time for me to play Black Wolves Saga. I’ve heard a lot of things regarding this game, so I’m going to walk into Bloody Nightmare expecting plot — not romance. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
The kingdom of Weblin is a beautiful place surrounded by a lush forest, blessed with abundant natural resources. The citizens were living in peace until one day a fatal disease called “Zodiva” spread throughout the land. Nobody knows the source of the disease, but over time.. rumors start spreading about how it was caused by the wolves. Eventually the king of Weblin gave a royal order for a wolf hunt known as “Genocide Wolf” — wiping out the wolves from the land. Bloody Nightmare focuses on the cats, the princes and future rulers of Weblin.
The story starts with two figures from the wolf race, Rath and Arles, traveling through a dark forest. Rath mentions that the rain is so heavy, and Arles replies that it’s not rain. It’s the tears of the God of Weblin, crying over the misery of humans. When Rath answers that he hates humans, Arles tells him to kill them and paint his heart with hatred — wolves don’t need hearts. Both of them are standing in the middle of a village, and Arles orders his pack of wolves to attack the villagers. After a while the screams start vanishing, leaving only the sound of bodies being dragged and eaten. One of the villagers raises his hand seeking for help, but Arles only raises his sword and kills the man. Another villager tries to escape to the horse stable, but Arles orders one of his wolves — Guillan — to kill him. Guillan gladly does the task by beheading the man, and after asking Arles to praise him, he goes to slaughter more victims. Next time they’re going to attack a larger city, as they have to make humans suffer even more — annihilating all humans without exceptions.
Arles then asks if Guillan knows what Rath is doing, and Guillan says he’s probably killing the villagers as well. He points out that it seems like Rath doesn’t like hunting, which makes it hard to believe that Rath is Arles’ younger brother. Arles frowns saying Rath is still young, and he’ll get used to hunting eventually. After ordering Guillan to kill everything in the village, Arles calls out to Rath — who appears from the darkness. Rath claims that he was murdering people as ordered, but Arles isn’t convinced. He orders Rath to set the village on fire once the rain stops, in order to rob every house, field and life from everyone. It’s to remind Weblin about how foolish they are, showing what happened in the village and revealing the existence of wolves to the foolish people of Weblin. Arles fuels Rath’s hatred even more by reminding him of what humans did to them, and he watches as Rath disappears to burn the village to the ground. The revenge of the wolves, the cursed race, has just begun. When Arles laughs in the middle of the bloody rain, he looks like a king of wolves — standing in the middle of a tragedy.
In this world, different races are living together. There are humans, cats and wolves; as well as the more scarce rats, lions, dogs and rabbits. Weblin is a small, solitary kingdom located in the corner of a powerful continent, separated by the rest of the world by a lush forest surrounding it. The humans and wolves allow the cats to rule the beautiful kingdom, and they have been living in peace for centuries. However, disputes and frictions occurred between the cats and the other races. They started exploiting each other, which eventually leads to a rebellion 10 years ago. The wolves who are working as royal guards pointed their swords at the royal family — the Garibaldi family. It was a heavy crime. The royal guards were crushed, while the knights were hunted down by the kingdom. Unfortunately, the riot didn’t end there and dragged the other races into the conflict. At the same time, an epidemic called “Zodiva” attacked the kingdom. The disease stains its victim’s skin with black speckles, consumes their brain and ultimately causes madness. Nobody knows the source of the disease, but over time.. rumors start spreading about how it was caused by the wolves. The disease started occurring in villages or towns that got attacked by the wolves, and people feared the wolves’ curse. Eventually they began calling Zodiva as the “Mad Wolf Disease”.
In order to ease their fear, King Garibaldi VI stated a law to exterminate all wolves — “Genocide Wolf”. The peaceful relationship the races have maintained for centuries instantly crumbled apart, and people started using the law to hunt for wolves instead of protecting themselves. 10 years have passed since then. The number of wolves have decreased drastically, and the damage of Zodiva is fading away.. but the king never erased the law. People are still hunting for wolves, driving them near extinction. With the wolves being hunted down, the cats are gaining more power. They’re living an extravagant life in the castle while the citizens are struggling against Zodiva outside. Weblin is now ruled by absolute monarchy.
Back in the present, Auger von Garibaldi overhears some maid gossiping in the castle. There’s a rumor about a witch living in the forest of Scharlmessen, cursing Weblin and sending disasters one after another. Recently yet another village got attacked by the wolves, and the condition of the place was so bad even the knights couldn’t stand the sight. According to the rumor, the witch is the one who’s sending the wolves to attack people, because she needs a lot of human sacrifice in order to gain eternal life. As if it’s not terrifying enough, King Garibaldi VI’s health has been deteriorating recently. People need their king to stay strong in this grim situation, but since the king is in a weak state.. one of the maids says it’d be good if Prince Mejojo von Garibaldi takes over the throne as soon as possible. They can’t say it out loud though, because wishing for the king’s death is a form of treachery and someone could be listening to their conversation. Someone like Auger, for instance.
Despite this, the maids continue gossiping about another rumor. This time it’s about how the king doesn’t get along well with the twin princes, and it’s related to Elenora and Rayleigh — the current king’s wives. Both of them died years ago, and it’s considered forbidden to mention them in the castle. They are the reason why the king and the princes have a sour relationship, and anyone who’s careless enough to talk about them will be beheaded. Before the maids can discuss further about what actually happened, Auger walks out of hiding and asks if he can join in. When they apologize and try to excuse themselves, he says he can’t forgive them and will kill all of them here. He’s not serious though, and he warns them not to be noisy. Unlike them humans, Auger has a pair of good ears — he’s the court musician after all. He can hear everything, so the next time he hears them gossiping about something like this again.. he’s going to kill them. The maids apologize repeatedly before running away, and Auger watches them while chuckling. Today he heard “fun” rumors, including the damage of Zodiva, assault of the wolves and the deteriorating health of his father. Now he’s going to tell everything to his brother, because Mejojo is too serious and won’t have fun without him.
At the same time, in the Scharlmessen tower, Fiona Galland is looking at the rain outside her window. Her dogs, Pearl and Richie, are sighing at her feet since they can’t play outside. They’re also complaining about their moist fur, though their mood instantly turns bright when she hugs them. Pearl and Richie are orphans. They used to live in an orphanage until Fiona’s father took them into the tower as servants, though they’re more like companions for Fiona — who can’t leave the tower due to her fragile body. Since both Pearl and Richie are still young, they prefer staying in their dog form more than their human form. Just then Fiona’s butler, Zara Skeens, walks into the room saying the three of them look unhappy. Similarly to Pearl and Richie, Zara is an orphan from the rabbit race who lost his family in war. He was taken in before she was born, and despite his position as her butler, he’s just like siblings with her older half-brother — Nesso Galland.
When Zara asks her not to look so sad, Fiona says it’s because they will be holding her 16th birthday party tomorrow.. and yet they’re having a downpour today. Richie asks him to call the sun out for the party since he can do anything, but Zara says the only things he can fix is Fiona’s health and mood. Recently he’s been busy working hard on the preparations, so he’s also hoping for a good weather tomorrow. Especially because it’s going to be a special day for Fiona. Unlike the years before, Fiona’s father — Earl Edgar Galland — is going to hold a big dinner party because she’s been asking him to let her go out. Ever since she was born, Fiona has been living inside the tower with Zara and the servants. While her life is comfortable, she has never stepped out of the tower, and so she’s been longing for the world outside. The world she can only see from her window. Of course her father didn’t lock her in the tower out of hatred, but rather because she’s a rare “Lobeira” race. They’re fragile and weak against illness. Even a simple cold can take their lives, and that’s why everyone is so worried about her. She does her best to gain more energy though, and she even loves playing chase with the maids inside the tower.. but it won’t change the fact that she’s a Lobeira.
Lobeira can be born from any race, but most of them are female humans. Aside from their fragile body, Lobeira don’t have any special traits. Most of them die before growing up into an adult, and Fiona herself nearly lost her life countless times. Her father is doing everything he can to keep her alive, though she thinks locking her up in a tower is too much. However, he allowed her to hold her 16th birthday party in the garden. She might get more chances to go out from now on. Another figure soon enters the room, and Fiona turns around to see Nesso with a big bouquet of flowers — wishing her a happy birthday. She knows it must be hard to carry the bouquet in the rain, but he’s willing to do anything to make her happy. He’s going to give her another present tomorrow, and he also has something for Pearl and Richie.. but he makes sure they didn’t do any mischief to her, because she’s his only princess. When she welcomes him home, he asks her to come closer and hug him like she always does. Wow, talk about a blatant siscon. Σ(´・∀・`；) Fiona then asks about work, and Nesso tells her about the village that got attacked by the wolves. It used to be a peaceful small village, but there was nothing left when the knights arrived — everything has been destroyed.
Even more than the wolves, Fiona is afraid that her brother might get caught in their attack. Nesso is the captain of Greif Ritter, a division of knights serving Weblin. It’s a great accomplishment considering his young age, and she knows that it’s his job to fight for the kingdom.. but still, she asks him not to do anything dangerous. He promises not to do anything that would make her sad, assuring her that everything will be okay. After all, he’s the best swordsman in the kingdom. Zara has to pull Nesso away from Fiona because he’s drenched from the rain, and he says Nesso should have waited for the rain to stop. It’s dangerous to ride a horse since the road is slippery, but of course Nesso doesn’t want to be late for Fiona’s party. Since Nesso wants to have dinner at home, Fiona then suggests inviting their father as well for a family dinner. Though they all know he’d immediately fly over the moment he receives his daughter’s invitation.
Just as expected, Edgar gladly comes to have dinner with everyone. Fiona mentions that she’s now a full-fledged lady since she has reached an age where it’s not unusual for noble ladies to marry, but Edgar laughs saying she will always be his little princess. This is supported by Nesso, who adds that Fiona is his lovely princess. Even when Pearl and Richie try to argue that Fiona is their princess, Nesso quickly ends the subject by stating that she belongs to him — as childish as that may sound. He freaks out when they mention that they have kissed (read: licked) her numerous times in their dog form, but Fiona stops them from arguing since she feels embarrassed. Since she’s a Lobeira, Fiona is aware how hard it must be for them to raise her. She feels grateful, but at the same time, she also feels bad for being selfish. She wants to step outside and feel the sun, the wind and the ground on her feet. Fiona then asks if she can live with Edgar after the birthday party, but he laughs it off and admits that he’s too afraid to let her out of the tower. He’s afraid that she might catch a disease, and Nesso adds that Zodiva hasn’t completely vanished either.
Both Nesso and Fiona’s mothers died after they gave birth. Edgar has lost two wives, and he doesn’t want to lose his daughter too. It doesn’t help that Fiona resembles her mother, so it’s not strange for Edgar to be so overprotective. Due to her sheltered upbringing, the nobles are referring to Fiona as the “Beautiful Princess of the Bird Cage” — a princess locked up high in a tower. The only ones who are allowed to visit her are her family, as well as selected servants. This reminds Fiona that the twin princes of Weblin — Mejojo and Auger — also came to visit her too before. She asks if they’re coming to her party tomorrow, but she only receive heavy sighs as the answer. Zara eventually explains that Mejojo still hasn’t given up on her. No matter how many times Edgar and Nesso refused, he keeps asking for her hand in marriage. It’s been a few years since Mejojo and Auger developed an interest in Fiona. Edgar was summoned by the king to talk about this issue, and the princes started coming to see her once per a few months. Based on their request, she also calls them by their names.
Normally people would be happy if their daughter can become a part of the royal family, but both Edgar and Nesso are having a bitter expression because Fiona is a Lobeira. Even if she lives in the royal palace, they’re worried that she might not be able to adapt and fall sick. Fiona doesn’t hate Mejojo though, and she is ready to accept a political marriage for her family. Nesso clearly doesn’t like the idea, and he mentions about how the cats are becoming even more arrogant recently. They’re looking down on the other races. As a knight, he has sworn his loyalty towards the royal family.. but he doesn’t want to hand her to such people. Besides, she’s going to become his bride. The only one who can marry her is someone who’s stronger than him, and since he’s the strongest knight in the kingdom.. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ Marriages between siblings or relatives aren’t unusual among nobles, but she feels foolish since her heart is racing for her half-brother.
Outside, the wind is getting stronger and it seems like a storm is coming, so they start discussing about delaying the party. Fiona is disappointed, but she doesn’t mind as long as it’s not cancelled. Suddenly Nesso hears the sound of horses from outside, and they look out the window to find the tower surrounded by Mejojo and Auger’s guards. Nesso asks everyone to stay inside while he goes to check what’s going on, but before he could leave, they hear the sound of heavy footsteps from the hallway. Despite the servants’ attempt to stop them, two cat knights walk into the dining hall — kicking Pearl and Richie out of the way when they try to bite. The knights order everyone not to move if they don’t want to get hurt, and the next thing they see is Auger walking into the room. He smiles at Fiona, but she feels terrified considering the current situation. Auger says he doesn’t want to disturb their dinner time, but he came here to capture the “witch” — looking straight at Fiona. Nesso angrily asks him to take his guards out since a knight isn’t supposed to set foot into a lady’s room without permission, but Auger lightly reminds him that he’s not a knight. He’s a prince and a court musician. Nesso obviously can’t accept this, but Zara stops him from arguing further.
After telling Nesso and Zara to be quiet, Auger explains that recently Zodiva is spreading again in this area. People who are living nearby have been complaining that it was spread by the witch living in the tower, and the princes have to take action.. so Auger is now here to capture Fiona. He jokingly harmonizes with Nesso when the latter shouts “don’t fool around!”, and he bursts into laughter saying Nesso is so predictable. Nesso nearly curses at him, and Zara has to stop him from insulting the prince.
A few days ago, Auger was roaming around the royal palace. He complained about how boring and peaceful it is, and he decided to visit Mejojo hoping his brother has something fun. It’s not unusual for siblings to have disputes over the throne, but there are no rumors like that around them because Auger always spends his days in Mejojo’s room. Auger also made it clear that he’s not interested in the throne at all, because all that matters to him are the things he can enjoy. In that sense, Auger loves his brother a lot because Mejojo doesn’t bore him. Auger then entered Mejojo’s room without knocking, and he found his brother frowning on his desk. Auger found this unusual because Mejojo would erase anything that irritates him without mercy, and yet Mejojo had a thoughtful look — it seemed like he was facing something he can’t solve easily. Mejojo explained that Edgar Galland has sent a reply, and Auger immediately knew that his brother was rejected again. Auger told Mejojo to give up on marriage and just have fun with him. He doesn’t get what Mejojo sees in that girl, but Mejojo only told him to shut up.. and so he zipped his mouth shut. Auger is always being careful not to make Mejojo angry, because Mejojo wouldn’t play with him if that happens.
Just as he let out earlier, Auger doesn’t get why Mejojo is so obsessed about Earl Galland’s daughter — Fiona. She’s not beautiful enough to make Mejojo go head over heels, but she’s not ugly either. She’s simply above average. However, Auger does know who Mejojo might be seeing in Fiona. 10 years ago, Mejojo had a fiancée named Elvira Galland. As the name suggests, she was Fiona’s relative. Despite her status as Mejojo’s fiancée, Elvira fell in love with another man.. and Mejojo keeps chasing after her shadow. Auger thinks it’s just like a tragic love story, though he believes that Mejojo didn’t actually love her. Mejojo just couldn’t accept the fact that his property was stolen by some knight, and his pride was wounded when Elvira chose another man. It’s just like how a small child keeps chasing after a toy he couldn’t obtain. Auger doesn’t like seeing Mejojo drowning in obsession, and so he suggested obtaining Fiona by force. He can kill and stuff Fiona for Mejojo, but Mejojo said they can’t do that since their father loves the Galland family. Edgar and Nesso are important for King Garibaldi VI, and it was him who gave them a high position — which Mejojo finds annoying. Auger wished the Galland family is dumber and easier to control, but then he came up with a good idea. Recently there’s a rumor about a witch, and they can use this to capture Fiona.
Back in the present, Fiona is taken to the royal palace. Everything seems like a lie to her. Just a moment ago she was having an enjoyable dinner with her family, staying warm and safe in the tower despite the approaching storm outside. Now she’s here in the castle, with both of her hands chained. Nesso and Edgar begged for her not to be chained, but Auger only laughed and said he’s afraid if she turns out to be a real witch. Fiona has been dreaming of the outside world, but she never expected that she’d step out of the tower in this condition. She’s brought to see King Garibaldi VI in the audience chamber, along with Edgar, Nesso and Zara — leaving only Pearl and Richie back in the tower. Edgar and Nesso beg the king to spare Fiona’s life, but Mejojo coldly tells them to know their place. They should be grateful that they’re given the chance to defend her. They’re in the presence of the king, so they should bow their heads and kneel down. In addition, Mejojo also brought some villagers from Scharlmessen to provide testimonies.. and Fiona is shocked to see them looking at her with hatred and fear.
Now for the testimonies, one of the villagers claims that Fiona took the shape of a black crow and landed on the outskirts of the village. Someone who lived in that area fell sick directly after that, and his grandfather ended up dying because of Fiona’s curse. A woman says that her sheep was attacked by a wolf, and she’s 100% sure that it was Fiona who ordered the wolves.. because someone from a neighboring village said they saw a girl walking with a wolf. Another villager claims that he saw the same thing, and that the witch has been digging graves to create potions. Fiona is shocked because none of these villages have a proof that she’s really the witch, and she realizes that they’re just blaming the witch for all their grief. When Mejojo asks if she has anything to say, Fiona firmly denies the accusations. She’s a human, and she can’t transform into a crow. Everyone should know that she has never left the tower, and it’s impossible for her to visit their village. She can’t control wolves nor make any potions, and she doesn’t understand why they’re blaming her even though they have never seen her before.
All the villagers fall into silence since they don’t have any proof, but noticing their reluctance, Mejojo asks them to speak up. They won’t be punished for presenting a flawed testimony, so they can state anything without worry. Upon hearing this, one of them asks why Fiona is still alive. A Lobeira normally dies before they can grow up into an adult, and even normal people like them are dying because of Zodiva.. but she’s still alive. They think it’s impossible for her to survive if she’s not a witch, believing that she’s been sacrificing the villagers in order to stay alive. They also know that Earl Galland has been buying suspicious potions, and that Zara is developing strange medicines — materials for the witch’s potions. They believe that Fiona is locked in the tower because her family already realized that she’s a witch. Of course the potions Zara makes are medicines to cure Fiona’s sickness, and she was locked up to protect her from all sorts disease. Nesso and Fiona also try to protest, only to be stopped by Auger. Edgar tells the king that Fiona can survive for so long because he raised her up with utmost care, but the villagers are shouting — asking for a proof that she’s not a witch. However, Fiona knows it’s impossible unless she catches an illness and dies like a normal Lobeira.
Since the discussion has reached a dead end, Mejojo then suggests an idea to the king. The villagers are accusing the witch for all the disasters in their village, so they should move Fiona to the castle. If disasters start occurring in the castle, they can safely say that Fiona is indeed a witch. Edgar is worried because her body is fragile and she might get sick upon moving to a new place, but Mejojo insists that they have to clear Fiona’s name first. The king can’t ignore the villagers to protect a friend either, so he finally orders Fiona to live in the castle for a while. He assures her that they won’t do anything bad. She only has to live with them until they can prove that she’s not a witch, and she doesn’t have to do anything until then. Fiona is utterly shocked. She has imagined living in the castle as Mejojo’s wife, but she never expected that she’d live in the castle under supervision — as a suspect. Nesso asks the king to reconsider his decision, only to get restrained by the guards. At the same time, Mejojo and Auger take Fiona out of the audience chamber. Her presence would only cause Nesso to get more irked, and his actions might be branded as rebellion if this continues. Fiona doesn’t have a choice, so she only tells her family that she’s alright before leaving with Mejojo and Auger. She can still hear their voices as she leaves the audience chamber, and she feels scared about what’s going to happen from now on.. but she can only wonder why everything turned this way. Tomorrow is her 16th birthday, and yet right now she can only pray for her fate.
With both of her hands still chained.
BWS is a LONG game, and life is eating my time at the moment so updates will be very slow. I’m sorry! I promise I will post the routes as soon as possible. |壁|’Д’lll)ｧ゛。。ｺﾞﾒﾝﾅｻｨ･･｡