- Feb 10, 2016
Jinryu Senki (The Warlocks of the Fates) – NGH-077
Jinryu Senki, better known outside of Japan as The Warlocks of the Fates, was a fantasy themed fighting game developed in 1995 by Astec21. This was the only Astec21 game in development for the Neo Geo at the time, and had it been released, it would have been their first Neo Geo title. There’s only a small amount of information that’s been published in English on The Warlocks of the Fates. The information presented here is from Neo Geo Freak magazine Vol. 1-3 and Neo Geo World Vol. 2, all in Japanese. I hope you enjoy the read and get a better look into the world of Jinryu Senki and Astec21.
Astec21 was founded in June of 1994 with a staff of only nine people, mainly programmers. From then on, they went and gathered a team of graphic designers and other staff to start full scale game development. By October of 1994, they had 30 staff members. It is very possible that Astec21 had ties to SNK due to the fact that their headquarters was also in Esaka, Osaka Japan. Not only were they very close to the SNK headquarters, but they were also located close to four different Neo Geo Land locations. In a sense, they were right in the homeland of the Neo Geo. In an interview published in Neo Geo World magazine Vol. 2, Astec21 president Katsura Nagata commented that a Jinryu Senki RPG for the Neo Geo was in the planning stage of development. Of course, neither the main game nor the RPG saw a release.
Story of The Warlocks of the FatesThe sacred kingdom’s warrior, Jacquio Shankar defeats the half human, half devil being named Schlechten Weizemann. Having been defeated, Schlechten splits his soul in two; one half alive on the earth as a human, and the other half, his true form, being stored underground waiting to be awoken. 20 years after these events, Diademe Justice “J” Shankar, the son of the victorious hero Jacquio Shankar, celebrates his birthday at the holy palace of the kingdom. While there, the holy king receives a vision from the god of light, Lumiere, stating that the power of light will finally defeat the devil once and for all. Following this prophesy, J departs from the palace and heads west.
The wise sage Skal gave J some advice to go through the forest of Forescha on his journey going west. On his way through the forest, J encounters a bandit named Mhuo. Upholding his values of justice, J battles with Mhuo, but he quickly explains that he doesn’t steal from those in need. Rather, he tries to help the poor by stealing from the wealthy. Learning this, J and Mhuo settle their differences, and he tags along with J on his journey.
Further along, the pair encounters Vanity, a vengeful female warrior from the city of Vitraenha, with the power of darkness. Mhuo stays back while J battles with Vanity. Little did J know, that Vanity was following dark mage Klugheit. After the fight, Klugheit shows the divine dragon which appeared during the battle caused by the resistance and fusion of light and dark powers. After this event J and Mhuo depart towards the garden of souls. On the way there, at the lake of poison, they meet a mysterious child named Hirga who decides to travel with them. What awaited them at the garden of souls was…?!
This is the dawn of the story that would be called “Jinryu Senki”
“J” Diademe Justice Shankar – A young man who shows promise in the holy empire, thanks to inheriting the traits of his legendary father Jacquio Shankar. J has a simple personality, and strong moral integrity. He is very involved in the doctrine of the holy empire, which adds to his personal integrity. He’s very good at interacting with women. J’s main goal is to travel west to the empire of dark magic, so that he can finally slay the murderous devil Schlechten who was once defeated by J’s father.
“Laby” Labyrianha Lieblich – She studied under Skal after losing her parents and became a master of ancient languages at age 2. Laby has control of several magical creatures which helps her magic, and she has mastered the art of flying. Her personality is cute and bright like a child; however, she feels very lonely and finds dealing with that loneliness difficult. Her purpose is to find her master who left on a sudden journey.
Mhuo Paris – He is the leader of a band of thieves who operate in the Forescha forest. His personality is lascivious and somewhat twisted. He’s the kind of person to take on jobs that people would normally reject. If he sees a woman, he immediately goes up to her and tries to sweet talk her. His aggressive attitude is due to a rival gang of pirates led by a woman gaining more territory in the south thanks to her scouting Mhuo’s thieves away from him.
“Vanity” Vaniteb Schauder – Vanity was the oldest daughter of the lord of Schauder manor in the West Yurai region. Two years ago, her father was murdered by the dark mage Klugheit Weisemann. Ever since then she has risked her life to get revenge for her fathers’ death.
Klugheit Weisemann – A mysterious mage with the power of darkness. Her entire body is covered in an elaborate outfit with a serpent wrapped around a cross on the back and a mask covering her face. She had ties to Schlechten the devil who was defeated 8 years ago and intends to reign with him upon his resurrection.
“Skal” Skala Socrateechesky – Skal helped to defeat Schlechten with J’s father Jacquio Shankar. Skal is a sage, and people refer to him as the “wise giant” out of respect. He is investigating information regarding Schlechten the devil.
“Hirga” Hirgalt Von Gestalten – A boy who’s said to be a miracle, the child of god. In all reality, he is Gestalten the sage reincarnated. He views Skal as his rival, and he wishes to defeat him.
Isha Irae – The daughter of a great nobleman in East Yurai. She now is the leader of a group of pirates, whose territory extends from Chet Volhina, the city of water, and Tretienha, the city of darkness. Her goal is to investigate and defeat invaders in her territory.
Beckwem Tod – Once a high preist of the holy city, it was made public that he was performing bad deeds under his guise of high priest. When this happened, he was immediately exiled from the city. After this, he obtained the secret to summon the devil Schlechten, and promptly resurrected Abbadoom. Tod was able to control Abbadoom, and together they control a legion of people invading the land and spreading darkness.
Abbadoom – This is the devil half of Schlechten’s soul, which was split in two when Jacquio Shankar defeated him. It is under the control of Beckwem Tod and waits for Klugheit.