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The Legend of Sword and Fairy is praised to be the pioneer of Chinese RPG. It has deeply affected a whole generation of Chinese, and established a particular Chinese style of story-telling and maze-running RPG. Many Chinese consider it to be one of the most classical RPG games ever made.
In the first month following the game’s release in Taiwan, The Legend of Sword and Fairy sold over 100000 copies. Sales reached 350000 copies in mainland China a month after the game’s release there. The game’s sales totaled about 2 million copies, but as many as 20 million copies may be in circulation due to piracy.
The Legend of Sword and Fairy won numerous awards. The game was recognized in 1995 by the Best Role Playing Game award from CEM STAR magazine and the Golden Bag Game award (游戏类金袋奖) from KING TITLE. The Legend of Sword and Fairy was also on the top of the Best PC Game List of the New Gaming Era (新游戏时代) magazine until October 1996, for 14 consecutive months; and topped the "My Favorite Singleplayer PC Game” list in the People’s Software (大众软件) magazine for ten years.
The Legend of Sword and Fairy is best characterized as a very memorable tragedy. Its plot, especially the ending, has moved many players to tears. Zhao Ling’er’s death and the question of whether or not Lin Yueru was successfully revived have fuelled an abundance of forum discussions and fan fiction. Yao Zhuangxian (Johnson Yao) became reputed as "The Father of Xianjian”, and many players reverently refer to him as "Yao Xian”, or Fairy Yao.
Due to popular demand, the Kuang Tu production team released New Legend of Sword and Fairy in 2001. Minor changes were made to the storyline; and the graphics was greatly improved using better technology (new visual effcts, reproduced music, some additional storyline details, etc.). The most significant and most requested addition was two new hidden endings. The game’s success eventually led to the creation of the subsequent titles in the Legend of Sword and Fairy series, even somewhat against Yao’s wishes.
The protagonist, 19 year old Li Xiaoyao, lives in a small fishing village on the east coast of China near present-day Suzhou. Li lost his parents at a young age and was raised by his aunt. When Li's aunt falls ill, Li embarks on a quest to seek a legendary fairy, who lives on a nearby island, for help. The fairy is called Zhao Ling'er, a 16 year old maiden who lives with her grandmother in a hidden palace on the island. Initially, Zhao is reluctant to help Li, but being an orphan herself as well, she is touched by Li's pleas and gives him some magical medicine. Due to many events on the island after Li receives the medicine, he marries Zhao. He promises to return after he brings the medicine back to his aunt, and bids Zhao farewell for now.
After Li gives his aunt the medication, he faints and loses his memory of the last 2 days, thus forgetting his trip to the island completely. He loses his memory because he was given a memory-loss pill before he left to the island by a guy who was planning to penetrate Zhao's island. Li's aunt recovers, and forgets that she was sick as well. However, Li had already unknowingly broken the spell concealing the location of the palace during his journey there. Zhao's enemies break into the palace and kidnap her after a bloody battle. Li finds Zhao and saves her. He does not remember her but promises to help her return to the island and help the people remaining there. The duo returns to the palace to save her grandmother but fail to do so. With her dying breath, Zhao's grandmother reveals that Zhao's mother may still be alive and entrusts her granddaughter to Li's care. When they return home, Li's aunt finds out about Li's marriage with Zhao from Ling'er, and thus tells her nephew to take Zhao together with him to find Zhao's mother. Li's aunt's plan is that when Li finds Zhao's mother, he will ask her for Zhao's hand in marriage, and be married officially. She has no idea that Li Xiaoyao does not remember Zhao. The two of them set off on their journey.
The player guides the characters through southern China in landscapes
consisting of cities, mazes, and wilderness. The game has no overland
map; entry points to subsequent locations can always be found on the
current location’s screen. The storyline is mostly linear. Once
the player completes the quest associated with a particular location,
there is usually no reason to return (In most cases, return is
impossible, as either the entrance is destroyed or you travel to the
new location via a game mechanic). Hidden items and quests are
available, but they do not affect the story’s progression.
When the characters engage in combat, they are taken to a separate
combat screen. Battles are purely turn based. Certain ability scores of
the combatants determine which party acts first, and then actions
alternate between the player characters and the enemies. The actions
taken during battles mainly consist of normal attacks and casting
spells. The players may also defend, throw and use items, and steal
from the enemies. Once the appropriate equipment is obtained, the
player may also capture monsters to later turn them into beneficial
items. The magic system contains the five elements of wind, lightning,
ice, fire, and earth, which form the descriptors for the offensive
spells, each type able to counter another. There are also spells of no
elemental type, such as Li’s Wan Jian Jue (incantation of ten
The player’s equipment is primarily
upgraded through treasures gained in mazes and acquisition from shops.
Defeating monsters usually make negligible contributions to the
player’s inventory, but it is the primary source of money.
Healing and combat support items can be made from captured monsters as
well as bought. Using poisonous insects known as Gu as raw material,
the player may also manufacture various offensive poisons.
The character descriptions provided here are in the context of the game.
* Li Xiaoyao (李逍遙) - Li's given name Xiaoyao means "carefree" and best
describes his character. At the age of 19, Li still does not have any
plans for his future. His only ambition is to become a valiant paladin
ridding the world of evil. This vision fills his daydream. His meeting
with Zhao Ling'er marks the start of his adventures, during which he
gradually becomes more mature. Throughout the game, Li plays the role
of a caretaker and protector of the female characters. In combat, Li
Xiaoyao excels in attacking enemies with a sword. His magical
repertoire is somewhat limited. They comprise mainly offensive spells
which deal average damage and support spells which improve attacking
Li Xiaoyao's love interest is an often disputed
subject. Whether he truly loved Zhao Ling'er or Lin Yueru is the main
argument among players. Some claim that his love for Zhao comes from
responsibility more than love, and some disagree to this statement. In
the game, it was never brought up, and it is assumed that Li Xiaoyao
truly loved both of them and wished to be with them forever. A Nu was
more like a younger sister to him, she fell for him, but he never
developed a love interest in her.
* Zhao Ling'er (趙靈兒) -
Throughout the game, Zhao is subjected to fate's torment repeatedly. At
the age of 6, she flees her homeland to escape from an evil cleric who
caused the death of her mother. Of divine lineage, Zhao possesses
powers greater than any mortal. She is imprisoned in the Demon Prison
Tower for that reason. With heavenly endowments come great
responsibilities, so Zhao has to overcome all, including death, to do
as her destiny wills. Zhao Ling'er is the best magician amongst the
four main characters. She uses her mastery of the five elements (wind,
lightning, ice, fire and earth) to attack enemies. She is also the most
potent healer in the party. Zhao's favoured weapons are staffs, which
usually have properties to enhance her magical powers. In the early
parts of the game, when she has not yet developed her full potential,
she uses a pair of daggers in combat.
* Lin Yueru (林月如) - Lin
is the daughter of a rich martial artist and the niece of a powerful
government official. As a result, she was spoilt by her family.
However, her expertise in martial arts is still quite formidable and
she is still good-natured despite her temper. Lin takes on a strong
liking for Li Xiaoyao and she vows to marry only him. Lin follows Li on
his adventures mainly due to the reason that she enjoys his company. Li
is also on good terms with Zhao Ling'er and there is no rivalry between
them for Li's affection. Lin uses a pair of swords in combat, but her
favoured weapon is a whip. As such, she can strike all enemies at the
same time and cause damage very efficiently. Her spells are basically
an extension of this property, as they deal damage to all enemies in
one single hit.
* A Nu (阿奴) - A Nu is the daughter of the king
of the White Miao. She is also somewhat spoilt like Lin Yueru and had
tasted little of hardships. A Nu is witty and manages to retain a great
deal of youthful vigour despite the drought which plagues her homeland.
At 14 years of age, A Nu is the youngest of the four main characters.
She does not get emotionally involved with Li Xiaoyao as the other two
female characters as she is still too young. Having spent most of her
life in times of war, A Nu eagerly wishes to do something to restore
peace. A Nu's combat abilities are supposedly not yet fully developed
as she is too young. However, this is not reflected in actual battles.
A Nu's magic differs largely in style compared to the others. She
specialises in the use of poison and summoning swarms of vermin to
cause great damage to enemies in the Miao region. A Nu's favoured
weapon is the Miao scimitar and she wields staffs with less proficiency.
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