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  • Sachi 2:35 pm on February 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Olacion, , religion, , science, Star Ocean, , Valkyire Profile, Vareth,   

    Science and Religion in Radiata Stories 


    In the Kingdom of Radiata, the city is split into four sections, each run by a different guild: Theater Vancoor (Warrior Guild) resides in the Red Town; the Olacion Order (Priest Guild) resides in the White Town; Vareth Magic Institute (Mage Guild) in the Blue Town; and the Void Community (Bandit Guild) in the Black Town. While ultimately contrasting, and often clashing with each other, the four guilds help maintain the balance within Radiata, and are on occasion called to set aside their differences to go to the aid of the Kingdom.

    Today, I’m here to talk to you about the Mage Guild and the Priest Guild.

    On the surface, these two appear to be complete opposites: one advocates the use of scientific reasoning and understanding in order to solve the world’s mysteries logically; the other advocates the importance of religion based on holy scripture and uses faith to solve the world’s mysteries. Here, we have the classic clash: science and religion.  However, many ways in which the guilds interact with one another, as well as core similarities between the two, lead me to believe that some suggestion is being made about the interaction and coexistence of science and religion by example through Radiata Stories. (More …)

     
    • Kyalie 3:04 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, i ran into your blog while searching how this f*cking door before Lezard was supposed to be opened 😀
      Anyway, that’s an interesting article of yours, but not the first subject i would have chosen about Radiata Stories background.
      Somehow, coincidences have made me being into stories related to two peoples, one forest-loving and the other one technology lover, fighting over each other; the Soldier’s son trilogy of Robin Hobb, Avatar and Radiata Stories (i think Avatar is the one of these three media that deals with the subject in the least subtle way).
      I remember Ridley saying something, during the sidequest for the green orcs, about humanity, defending it, explaining why the humans acted like they were. I thought this was very true, and was eager to listen to the quote again so i could write it down in my second non-human game… but i missed the quest, i didn’t know it was actually a side-quest. Anyway, i thought it kind of stood out from the rest of the game, which unfortunately leaves a feeling of incompleteness; i was baffled by the two endings which really deserved to be deepened. I mean, they were shorter than many other cutscenes in the game! and the silver dragon seemed out of place as a boss.
      I thought the story had much potential, and that the designers were in a good frame of mind to treat the subject (of two peoples with different cultures fighting against each other) but somehow they missed the point, maybe due to the Larks-Cross dynamic which seems so not believable and to Jack being almost obnoxious if the human path (maybe because it was my second game…?).
      On the other hand, they managed to make you feel really bad for leaving your friends behind when you choose the fairy path just by making them become random enemies, and emptying the fields and villages. I think it hurt me more than any cutscene would have ^^’
      Anyway, i hope you’ll make an article about it, the fairy people/human people opposition 🙂
      Have a nice day! (sorry if there are some mistakes, i’m french).
      Oh, btw, i think the water dragon gives us its name just before you fight it in the optional dungeon, though i just can’t remember it right now.

    • meister_dan 7:26 am on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The Water dragon’s name is Kelvin

  • Sachi 8:17 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Edge Maverick, , Reimi Saionji, , , , Star Ocean, ,   

    Star Ocean: The Last Hope 


    In early 2009, Tri-Ace released their newest installment of Star Ocean, dubbed The Last Hope, through Square-Enix. The Star Ocean series has been known for it’s vast dungeons, the affection system, and real-time battle systems, and The Last Hope works to take it one step further.

    This time, instead of a sequel based several hundred, even thousands of years ahead of the predecessor, The Last Hope is more of a prequel, and covers Earth’s initial attempt at exploring the galaxy in S.D. 0010. Several years prior to the plot within the game, in A.D. 2064, Earth is left barren due to the nuclear destruction of World War III, scarring the sky with clouds and making the surface uninhabitable. The U.S. and Japan sign a peace treaty, ending the war, and together they try rebuilding their race and hope to find a new home among the stars. With that they begun building their space program, the Universal Science and Technology Administration, which eventually set up the Space Reconnaissance Force, which we will became all too familiar with. The SRF’s mission is to set out and explore the galaxy, locating suitable planets for human colonization so that the people of Earth may once again have a home. (More …)

     
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