Part 1: Chapter One: Dragons Dogma
Our hero walks to the top of the screen
Raises his sword skywards
And lightning strikes!
Music: 02 - Breath of Fire Main Title
And then the title screen appears, accompanied by a rousing theme. Lets get started!
No fancy names this time, Im afraid. This is going to be a Serious Playthrough.
Music: 03 Dragon Family
: hmm? Oh, Esma Wait, smoke? Dragons blood, the house is on fire!
: The village is engulfed in flames! Everything is burning! We must go!
: The village? In flames? Whats going
: No time! Follow me, now!
: Im coming! But first
: No way am I leaving this to burn.
This item permanently increases the defense stat by one. One of the recurring themes of the Breath of Fire series is the ability to take items from dressers. Most contain powerful battle items or stat-increasing potions.
: I cant get through! Its too hot!
: Ill stop this fire!
: My magic was once strong, but at this age I can barely douse this fire.
: Its very impressive from where Im standing!
: The rest of the villagers are gathered downstairs. Sara should be there too. Ill see you down there.
Music: 40 Uncertain
: Esma! Is it really safe to have everyone here in one building?
: This building is safe from the flames for the time being.
: Sara's magic is holding back the fire, but her strength is fading quickly.
: Elder! Whats going on?
: We dont know what caused the fire. Luckily, the people here are safe!
: What about Sara? Wheres my sister?
Oh, the humanity! This is horrible!
Music: 35 Emperor Zogs Theme
: Were surrounded!
: Are you alright, sister?
: Im fine, Ryu. You dont need to worry about me.
: The Dark Dragon Family is scheming against the other dragon families!
: I heard that Zog, the Dark Dragon King, vowed to conquer the world. And his first target is the Light Dragons!
: Zog is an evil fool! Why are they trying to destroy us?
: I wont sit by while they attack us! I say we act now! If we cant escape, theres only one thing to do! Fight!
: Isnt there any other way?
: We cant give up! Lets show them the spirit of the Dragon! Cmon Sara, lets go!
: No. I must do my part on my own.
: What have you done?
: Ive turned him to stone so that the fire will not affect him. Remember our mission as members of the Light Dragon Family.
: Weve suffered enough. Ill take care of the Dark Dragons.
: Ill try to distract the Dark Dragons.
: My powers should be strong enough for at least that much.
: Take her to the commander!
: She has a point!
: I always follow orders.
: All terribly tragic, really, but when Lord Zog commands Exterminate the Light Dragons!, one cannot simply stop halfway, if you understand my meaning.
: You monster!
Music: 04 Boss Theme
: Now that wasnt very civilized. I thought the Light Dragons would have better manners.
: Our village has been destroyed!
: Come on!
: Strong but are you strong enough? Lets see!
: All the power in the world wont matter one whit if you cant hit your opponent with it.
: I cant let you interfere with Zogs plans. Nothing personal.
: It is somewhat difficult to lose a battle when one has the power of a deity on ones side.
: The goddess keys!?
: You fool! The forces you are meddling with are beyond your understanding! Youll doom us all!
: Oh no, quite the reverse, my dear. Besides that
: Too bad youre on the wrong side.
: Dont come any closer!
: Its all over.
: My dear you have made a grave miscalculation.
: You didnt even flinch!
: Ha! Ha! Ha!
The camera pans up, and we get a text scroll explaining the backstory.
Music: 05 Story
Music: 06 Sara
: Whats going on? What happened to Sara?
: Sara saved us!
: We renounced the Dragons. Their battles arent ours!
: We must think of survival. Soon this place will be in ruins.
: See! Even now, this building collapses!
: Oh no!
: We must escape now!
: What is it, Ryu? Youve been very quiet so far.
: Elder. Let me go after Sara. Shes the only family I have theres nothing for me here.
: I know I should try to stop you, Ryu, but I cant.
Music: 10 Breath of Fire (Overworld)
: Take this! Its not much, but you can use it for equipment.
: Elder thank you so much.
: I hope at least some equipment survived the flames
: *Sigh* Man this place is a mess. Ah well, Id better see if the shop is still standing.
This is the shop screen. The blacksmith sells weapons and armor, whereas the other lady sells healing and support items. Ryu is already equipped with the Dirk, and the Saber is currently out of his price range, so he settles for the ArmPad to raise his defense.
Exiting the shop screen and pressing select brings up the status screen. From here we can see and use spells, change equipment, switch party members, etc. For now, lets equip the ArmPad.
Equipping this armor raises Ryus defense by a fair amount, but lowers his Active stat. The Active stat determines a characters speed in combat and when they can take their turns. A high Active stat means that character has a good chance of getting the first hit in.
: Id better visit the Shrine before setting off and pray for good fortune.
: Dragon Lord, please grant me your blessings as I embark on my journey.
: I protect those who take on the mission of the hero. Im here to record your journey.
Dragon statues fulfill the role of Save Points in Breath of Fire. Breath of Fire also has a quicksave feature, which is especially useful if you own the GBA cartridge version.
: I guess this is it. This place was my home for so long its hard to believe that Im leaving it. I dont know about any of this mystic warrior thing, but I do know that I wont rest until Ive found Sara.
And thats the end of the first update! Next time well be taking a look at random battles, items and much more.