The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean

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The Legend of Heroes III:
Song of the Ocean
Legend of Heroes Song of the Ocean cover.jpg
Developer(s) Nihon Falcom Corporation, MiCROViSion (PSP)
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Series The Legend of Heroes
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
Release Windows
  • JP: December 9, 1999
PlayStation Portable
  • JP: January 12, 2006
  • NA: January 23, 2007
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player

The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean[a] is a role-playing video game originally developed by Nihon Falcom Corporation. It is the fifth game in The Legend of Heroes series, and the third and final title in the "Gagharv Trilogy." It was originally released for Microsoft Windows in 1999 and was remade for PlayStation Portable in 2006.

Story[edit]

This takes place in Weltluna, the third realm in Gagharv, seven years after "A Tear of Vermillion" and forty-nine years before "Moonlight Witch". It centers around Forte, Una and McBain and their quest in seeking Leone's Resonance Stones.

Party Members/Main Characters[edit]

Forte: A village boy from Racos Palma who lives inside of a wrecked ship that his father changed into a house. Forte lives together with his parents and his grandfather McBain, and enjoys fishing, playing instruments, and playing with his childhood friend, Una. After his parents ask him to, Forte decides to follow his grandfather on a journey to visit all the towns, villages and cities on the continent. He plays the kithara and fights with a sword.

Una: Forte's childhood friend that lives in Racos Palma with her parents. Even though her parents fight a lot, Una is a very happy girl that often helps out at the local dyestuff factory. Una has liked Forte since the first time she saw him, but lately these feelings have gotten stronger and stronger. Una wants to confess her love for Forte, but this isn't very easy for her as Forte seems to be avoiding long conversations when the two of them are alone. She plays the piccolo and fights with a bow.

McBain: Forte's grandfather and a veteran troubadour that was very famous a long time ago. Before he gets too old, McBain wants to go on a long journey, to try and collect all of the legendary Resonance Stones that have been scattered around the world by Leone Friedrich Richter. His wish is changed into reality one day, when he finds a magic map displaying all of the stones' current locations. McBain is a man that has many good jokes, and likes young girls more than anything else (which is kind of sketchy). He plays the harp and fights with his fists.

Jan & Rick: This aging dog is the fourth main character in Song of the Ocean. Jan doesn't have the ability to speak, but often proves that he is a very kind creature by giving food to other hungry animals. Later in the game, Jan gets a new friend when he meets to desert rat named Rick. Jan isn't able to equip weapons or armor, but despite his age he is quite fast and can heal allies with his unique skills before healing magic first becomes available to the party.

Shao: An old friend of McBain. Plays the accordion. Fights with a hammer.

Rachel: Shao's daughter and a vocalist. Throws knives in battle.

Altos: A baker who plays the violin. He beats Forte in the Pinzel Recital. Like Forte, Altos also uses a sword. He happens to be the brother of Aria.

Aria: A maiden of the Water Tribe. Her song has the power to heal and dispel evil. Fights with a rod. Sister to Altos.

Palman: An officer in the Numeros Army. Highly respected by his subordinates. Fights with a spear. He is actually Sir Ektor, prince of the Numeros Empire.

Aida: A skilled puppeteer who live in Ecure. She can use her puppets to fight for her in battle, but is also skilled with a spear.

Thomas: First helps your party masquerading as a noble by the name of 'Jack Slade' on Ryutom Island. When Forte and the party meet up with him again, Slade calls himself 'Helon Fred' after the con-man in the book series. However, he is really Captain Thomas from A Tear of Vermillion (back then as Sailor Thomas). He has come to Weltluna to investigate an unknown phenomenon.

Mitchell Lap Haven: A mysterious mage from Tirasweel (World of 'The Legend of Heroes III: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch'). He was first seen in 'The Legend of Heroes III' as an old man who gives back a silver dagger which Chris and Jurio needed for their pilgrimage. In 'The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion' he helps Mile and Avin who were unable to move and joins the party. During 'The Legend of Heroes IV' he calms a storming sea which inspired Thomas (back then known as Sailor Thomas) to cross the stormy sea which divided the world of El Phildin and Weltluna. In 'The Legend of Heroes V,' Thomas, Mitchell, Avin and Mile succeed in crossing the storm and first meets the party in town of the Water Tribe. Uses rod as weapon and magic from 'The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion'.

Avin: One of the main characters from Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion. He helps the gang at a certain point.

Mile: One of the main characters from Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion. He helps the gang at a certain point.

Subleader Rouca: Originally Rouca, the young engineer who worked in the industrial city of Guia in El Phildin, from Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion. He seems more mature and he works under Captain Thomas.

Duorl: Prince of Burodain and one of the last of the water tribe descendants. Fights with a sword and plays the flute. Has the "Time" resonance stone.

Tuning Fork[edit]

Throughout Weltluna, there are tuning forks. They are big yellowish forks that Forte can play at. It will teleport you to the transfer zone in "The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion". There are three oracles. In the middle you can play special scenarios. The oracle to the left can change scenarios and characters with a saved game (you must have a "The Legend of Heroes Prochecy of the Moonlight Witch" or "Tear of Vermillion" saved file). At the right you can select characters you already have. You must unlock and meet them in Racos Palma, Cathedral or Castle Amedra. To go to the cathedral, you must go exit Racos Palma by the North exit. To go to Castle Amedra, you go through the lighthouse. You find characters such as Jurio and short haired Avin. You can also get Sonomemories by doing special scenarios.

NPCs/Secondary Characters[edit]

Ms. Rupthya: A kind and fearless woman who is not afraid to stand up for herself and for others.

Mayor DeMille: Mayor of Kavaro.

Ms. Meritos: President of the Meritos Company in Kavaro.

Viscount Egool: A model hero for his people who goes out to the highway roads to exterminate a monster that has been threatening his people.

Duke of Pensola: The Duke is Viscount Egool's best friend, but lately he has been acting very selfishly toward his people.

Diva Wendy: An opera singer from Kavaro whom The McBain Company first met at Ryutom Island.

Sid Balthazar: A pianist from Kavaro whom The McBain Company first met at Ryutom Island.

Argus: A performer whom The McBain Company first met at Ryutom Island.

Kachua: A dancer whom The McBain Company first met at Ryutom Island.

Rish: A wealthy and ruthless merchanter as well as the owner of Ryutom Island.

Emperor Rauzen: Emperor of the Numeros Empire.

Bureger: The right-hand man of Commander Zenon.

Zenon: The Commander of the Numeros Empire.

Necross: Another one of Zenon's allies; who specializes in magic.

Captain Naresa: The leading Captain of the army from the Numeros Empire.

Ramon: King of the Pirates.

Rozet: A puppet master and old friend of McBain. Grandfather of Aida.

Shuber: A misunderstood music student at Leone's music institute.

Leone Friedrich Richter: Creator of The Resonance Stones and in which each stone was engraved with musical notes that comprise the Water Melody which is a recreation of the Lost Melody used by the Water Tribe to seal the Harmful Frequencies to the Another World. He now lives in Another World with a silver-haired girl who is known as Gueld, the Moonlight Witch in Legend of Heroes: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch.

Queen Merveel: The queen of Another World.

Princess Isabelle: Chosen to be the next queen of Another World.

Silver-haired girl: The second candidate to become queen of Another World. When Isabelle was chosen as the next queen, Leone hid her with him in the Neverdawn Land so that she will not be in harm's way. Since in Another World they have to kill the other queen candidate once they have chosen one to preserve peace. She is Gueld, the Moonlight Witch in Legend of Heroes: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch.

Revas XIII: The astrologer who serves the Queen but in reality their family is the one that rules Another World being that the queen is just a symbol for its people.

Revas XIV: Son of Revas XIII and the one who will serve the future queen.

Stigma: Prince Duorl's adviser and the regent of the Kingdom of Burodain. He later becomes the main antagonist in the game. He plans to transfer the Dark Sun to Another World so it will accelerate the growth of the Otherworldly Moon and destroy Another World. His initial motive to destroying Another World is due to his hatred towards the Revas family.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Eiyū Densetsu V Umi no Oriuta (英雄伝説V 海の檻歌, lit. The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean)

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