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A chronological documentation of Suikoden world history.
The list of stars of destiny in Suikoden 1 and 2.
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Toran is a temperate region situated south of Dunan. This area used to belong to the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia. In IS 230, a powerful aristocrat, Kranach "Knight of the Scarlet Moon" Rugner proclaimed independence from Harmonia during a civil war . The Scarlet Moon Empire was thus formed, and ruled the area for the next two centuries until Emperor Barbarossa Rugner was ousted by rebels in the Gate Rune Wars in IS 457. The area is currently ruled by the Toran Republic.
The most noticeable feature in Toran is Lake Toran, a saltwater lake connected directly to the ocean through a wide channel to the Northwest. The entire region is surrounded by tall mountains to all directions other than the Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast. However, the vast Karakas desert and the "badlands" lie Northwest, the great ocean to the Northeast, and the vast Moran Forest to the Southwest, which keeps this region relatively isolated. Toran is also known to have a native species of reptilian draft animals called "Gul-horses" which are often used in the cavalry of armies in Toran.
SARSadmin's Comment: What happened to the gul-horses between Suikoden 1 and Suikoden 2? Answer: Sushi!
Land of Arlus
SARSadmin's Comment: The New England of Toran, this place has all the culture and wealth of Toran. That's probably why the rest of the nation looks so poor.
Industry: Art, ceramics, wine
Gregminster is the largest city in Toran. In the same location stood Harmonia's Holy City of Rupanda, but after the rise of the Scarlet Moon Empire, Kranach Rugner renamed it Gregminster. Since then, Gregminster remained to be the political and bureaucratic center of the Scarlet Moon Empire.
Gregminster was actually destroyed during the Succession War (IS 446) by the forces of Geil Rugner, but the "Golden Emperor" Barbarossa Rugner rebuilt the city to new heights. The capital city has been the house of many high officials of the Scarlet Moon Empire. Coupled with the long history of this city, people who live here tend to have a certain elitism over the rest of Toran. The bulk of the economy at Gregminster comes from mercantilism, and Gregminster is known mainly for its art and ceramics. This is all due to Barbarossa's policy of protecting and nurturing art and culture. The architecture of the city reflects this, and all houses are built with ivory-colored walls and contrasting red doors.
In the middle of the city stands the "Golden Goddess" statue. This statue was made by the renowned artist, Basil. It is said that the statue is a mirror image of Barbarossa's late empress, Claudia.
Political corruption led to the Liberation Movement, and the Scarlet Moon Empire perished after 230 years of prosperity, but Gregminster remains to be the capital city-- now of the Toran Republic.
SARSadmin's Comment: No, there is NO WAY you can enter Milich's mansion in Suikoden 2. Why would you want to enter, anyways? [Picture: Fountain at the center of Gregminster]
Industry: Trade, armor
Lenankamp is a town located south of Gregminster. The Liberation Army's hideout was originally located in Lenankamp. For that reason, imperial soldiers often led raids into houses in Lenankamp in search of traitors. The main street of Lanankamp is always bustling with people, and the only smithy in the Land of Arlus is located here. "Keyaki (Zelkova)" Inn is the most famous inn in Lanankamp. Lenankamp is famous for its circlets, which are sold in the armor shop.
SARSadmin's Comment: Meg's parents live here, too. She is one of the few stars of destiny to have both parents alive and together. Oh yes, and "Keyaki" of the "Keyaki Inn" means zelkova, as in the zelkova tree.
Rockland is a small village situated to the east of Gregminster. Rockland was one of the worst victims of political corruption during the last days of the Scarlet Moon Empire, but has regained its peace after the empire was toppled. Rockland is famous for its stew. Chinchirorin is also a favorite pastime of Rockland's citizens. The houses in Rockland are, true to its name, made of rocks.
SARSadmin's Comment: This is where Elza practices her fake grave making skills. Another mystery is why Grady has official art but no in-game portrait. Laziness? [Picture: Tir stands clueless in Rockland]
A small village located in the plains north of Mt. Tigerwolf. Although located far from civilization, many travelers visit in search of rare plants, water runes, and water rune pieces. For that reason, the inn is bustling with activity. The houses here are sturdy, using stone walls and an octagonal roof.
SARSadmin's Comment: Travelers come for rare plants? I bet it is the type of plant that makes you happy. Law enforcement is probably non-existent anyways, as suggested from the fact that Tir McDohl was brought here when he was abducted during the Succession War
SARSadmin's Comment: I'd hate to make such detailed graphics for a location, only to see it used once!
SARSadmin's Comments: Why the name? It seems to come from Shasarazade, a collection of Arabic folklore, but the spelling is off, and it has nothing to do with the folklore. Sonya must have been smoking something in Sarady to think up this name.
SARSadmin's Comment: For those non-metric literate folk, 470 meters is roughly 1450 feet. [Picture: Bandits and Imperial forces encounter in the mountains]
SARSadmin's Comment: It's a mystery why no one thought it was suspicious to see an inn in the midst of this mountain.
SARSadmin's Comment: The episode where Gremmie beats Tir McDohl to get through the gate is taken from an old Japanese story called "Genpei Jyousuiki" ("Rise and fall of the Minamoto and Taira Clans"). Of course, you probably don't care.
SARSadmin's Comment: Whoa, this canal had a name!?.
SARSadmin's Comment: The "Oriental" section of Toran.
Seika is located south of Kwaba Fortress, and travelers heading to the Land of Arlus usually rest at Seika before they go onward. The house at the far end of this village is where Mathiu Silverberg lived before he joined the Liberation Army. He spent his days there teaching the village's children. The houses here have slate tiled roofing and stone walls like most other villages in Gouran.
SARSadmin's Comment: This village has nothing, but they can make money if they market the fact that Mathiu was recruited in this village. They should make "Mathiu Land" or something..."
Kaku is a small fishing hamlet located beside Lake Toran. People wishing to travel on the lake usually come to Kaku because the experienced fishermen of the village often let travelers use their boats. The tavern here is teeming with fishermen and the casino in the basement is bustling with activity. The houses here are in the typical Gouran style, but the walls are baked.
SARSadmin's Comment: The "industry" section doesn't list "Gambling" for legal reasons. Seeing how Gaspar has infinite money and supplied millions of potch for the Toran Liberation Army, Gambling probably accounts for more than 90% of Toran's GDP.
Kouan is a town located towards the south of Lake Toran. This was where the wealthy merchant, Lepant, lived. He was popular among people in Kouan, but he joined the Liberation Army after Kraze kidnapped Eileen. People in Kouan are proud of the fact that Lepant became the first president of the Toran Republic.
SARSadmin's Comment: What did Lepant sell to become a wealthy merchant?
The Great Forest Village is the only entry-point into Moran Forest and towards Southeast Toran. The "Forest of Illusion" has prohibited anyone from entering the forest for centuries, but the passage has become passable after the destruction of Lukiae Ende Towayo (Village of the Elves). The houses here have similar roofing to other houses in the Gouran area, but the houses are made from wood, making the interior cool during the summer. The item shop here has an incomplete second floor, but many travelers often try to go up their and wonder what secret lies there--when it fact there is none.
SARSadmin's Comment: YOU CAN'T GO UPSTAIRS IN THE JAPANESE VERION!!!! There, I said it! Also, what a boring name! I mean, if a city is located besides a salt lake, would you be so unoriginal to call it Salt Lake City?
SARSadmin's Comment: What kind of design is this? I mean, the fort looks somewhat man-made, but also formed naturally. Looks like another derivative of those Sarady plants. [Picture: Lake Fortress aerial view]
The Great Forest
SARSadmin's Comment: The demi-human section of Toran. Must be one hell of a place with not just three but six wise men in history. Or perhaps three wise men were just looking into the burning mirror, in which case they would literally be history, and can kiss goodbye to being "wise."
SARSadmin's Comment: A place where players get to massacre kobolds for the first time.
SARSadmin's Comment: A small tidbit nobody needs to know.
This is where the Kobolds--anthropomorphic canines--live. Kobolds tend to be cheerful and smaller in height compared to humans. Kobolds normally live as humble farmers, but are also hardy warriors in times of war. The current Mayor, Kuromimi, and the Vice-Mayor, Gon, were participants during the Gate Rune Wars and are well respected in the village. The houses in this village have steep, red roofing and are made of wood. Houses don't have windows, and somewhat resemble dog-houses.
SARSadmin's Comment: I'd hate to live here... I'm allergic to dogs for some reason.
Industry: Metal working
This village was built on an ancient tree called Lukiae Ende Towayo, and is said to have grown to this size by the combined magic of the Six Wise Men of the Forest. Living in forests from the ancient times, the elves started living on Lukiae Ende Towayo. However, the tree was destroyed along with the village by Kwanda Rossman's Burning Mirror. Only a few elves survived this calamity. The village is slowly rebuilding itself by the efforts of Kirkis Shana Ques Laviankaana.
SARSadmin's Comment: Lukiae Ende Towayo is a cruel tree that sheds all its leaves once every 60 years, forcing elves to wander around for a year before leaves grow again. But then again, why do the elves need the leaves?
SARSadmin's Comment: A place where players get to hunt some dwarves. Oddly the dwarves won't care even if you kill millions of these dwarves.
Industry: Weapons, Armor, Metals
The short but hardy dwarves live in this village. Due to the altitude, the area is pretty cold. The dwarves mine various ores from the mountains surrounding the area and use these to forge metals and metal works. The Dwarves make a living by trading these with Elves and Kobolds, but the trading itself is usually done by the few humans that live in the Great Forest. The dwarves also made armor and weapons from the abundant iron ore and sold them to the Scarlet Moon Empire. Thus, much of the strength of the Imperial Army could be credited to the superior arms forged by the dwarves. There are many famous craftsmen in dwarven history, but the most famous is Dowango (IS 205-346). He was an expert as silver smithing, and the "silver feather" that he made is said to have floated in mid-air. The architecture in this village is unique, featuring a curved, circular roof with designs, and the house itself is cylindrical with round glass windows.
SARSadmin's Comment: Technology galore! With such technology, the dwarves should be ruling the world... I mean, the wind fire cannon, burning mirror, fire spears, and other apocalyptical weaponry... How can this be possible? [Picture: Riou meanders about the Dwarf Village]
SARSadmin's Comment: One of the few awkward attempts of Suikoden at emulating Wild Arms.
SARSadmin's Comment: An odd castle with an odd background which would never be used in future plots. Oh yes, and odd name, too. [Picture: Kirkis leads troops in an attack against Pannu Yakuta forces]
SARSadmin's Comment: The "Occidental" section of Toran.
SARSadmin's Comment: A fortress built on a bridge! What an original concept. Also a place most players go to first after they get their HQ so they can recruit Kai. [Picture: Mathiu prepares the troops for a siege on Garan Fortress]
Teien is a port town located at the southern edge of Lake Toran. It was once called "Lac Virginite" during a part of the Scarlet Moon Empire's rule. Rikon is south and Antei is west of here. Former liberation army members such as Gen and Kamandohl live here as well.
SARSadmin's Comment: There isn't much to say about this place. I'm tired of typing all this, I wanna rest! I havenít eaten either!! Grrrrr...
This flower-filled town was once called "Bier Blanche" due to Milich Oppenheimer's policy, but after the Gate Rune Wars, they went back to the old name. This town thrives on trade, and various specialists have their shops opened on the streets. The inn is spacious and always filled with travelers. Rose Brooches are a common souvenir for tourists. The buildings have ivory-white walls, which made Milich name this town "Bier Blanche."
SARSadmin's Comment: A town with serious child-labor issues. A 10 year old boy guards the gate while a 14 year-old girl dances can-can on stage--old men eagerly staring from below the stage. The Rune master barely wears any clothes, and those who make a living by forging documents and fabricating fake seals live as normal citizens. Strange women con jewelry from naive travelers, and strange men on the street ask to borrow money. You can't judge a town by its looks.
Liukan used to run a clinic in Rikon. This town used to be called "Plumier L'Amour" during the final years of the Scarlet Moon Empire. Holly Masters often roam this area, carrying a mysterious urn that no appraiser could appraise.
SARSadmin's Comment: A town that is strangely boring despite how often you have to visit, especially to get Clive.
SARSadmin's Comment: ...
SARSadmin's Comment: A prison made by prison labor! If I was a prisoner who helped build it, I would have made some sort of fault for future use... Also famous for opal hunting.
SARSadmin's Comment: Yep, you guessed it, the "vampire" section of the game!
SARSadmin's Comment: A place with the odd history of being completely destroyed by its own magistrate--Neclord.
The Warrior's Village was established by Klift the Paladin in IS 20. The villagers all claim to be descendants of Klift, and all men of the village are warriors. Men from this village are well known as furious warriors, and the Scarlet Moon Empire often recruited men from this village. Klift himself is known in history as the only one who fought against Hikusaak of Harmonia to the end, and ultimately defended Lorimar from Harmonia. Out of respect for this heritage, the Scarlet Moon Empire has traditionally allowed the Warrior's Village to rule Lorimar.
SARSadmin's Comment: Feminists would have work to do here for sure.
SARSadmin's Comment: Definitely out-of-place, a Buddhist temple located in the middle of vampire land. It's a cool place, but odd. Why are those doors on the side of the temple locked?
SARSadmin's Comment: The puzzle involving the paintings is what exposed me to online suikoden fandom for the first time back in 1997.
SARSadmin's Comment: Yep, his house is actually located in the Lorimar area. He probably did that to evade taxes that he would have to pay in Kunan. Doctors always think of ways to save money, greedy bastards.
SARSadmin's Comment: Typical obstacles that require "item X" to get through.
SARSadmin's Comment: This is one area that's hard to fit in a mold. Probably because it has only one real town.
Kirov is a port city that trades actively with foreign nations such as Jowston. It's position close to the northern border of Jowston and ready access to Lake Toran makes it an idea location for traders. Although the Scarlet Moon Empire forbade trade with other countries, many merchants in Kirov smuggled goods from Jowston and other neighboring nations. Kirov is also the residence of the famous chef, Lester, who is known for his famous recipe called "Marie's Chore."
SARSadmin's Comment: A strange town where people are running out of salt, soy sauce, soap, and various other mundane items. Sarah blocks an entire alley with her psychotic impulse to continue doing laundry day and night.
Kalekka was the scene of the tragic "Kalekka Incident," where citizens were slaughtered by Jowston army invaders... or so states the official account. However, the truth is that the citizens were slaughtered by the Scarlet Moon Empire's own soldiers by the strategy of Leon Silverberg. Kalekka's main industry used to be the production of cotton, but all cotton fields were lost after the massacre. The Toran Republic continues to encourage citizens to move to Kalekka, but progress is slow. However, Kalekka has recovered enough to be able to export flour to Ryube.
SARSadmin's Comment: How many people stepped on Blackman's produce? Intentionally?
SARSadmin's Comment: A secret factory, which even bandits know how to get to. Looking at their facility, it doesn't seem like they have anything you can call process flow. I'd definitely fail them if I had to do a QS 9000 audit!
SARSadmin's Comment: A place that is only spoken of in publications. If someone e-mails me about how to get there I will laugh at their sorry ass.
SARSadmin's Comment: This info comes from the Suikoden Encyclopedia, but looking at official maps, I don't see the river connecting Dunan and Toran. So what's the truth!?
Knightdom of the Dragon's Den
SARSadmin's Comment: A "What is an RPG without dragon knights" type of place.
The fortress of Goya is the home of the 3000 dragon knights and their dragons. Other aspiring dragon knights and families of dragon knights also live here. Because dragon knights are chosen when they are very young, most of the residents never leave the fortress unless on a mission. Also, due to the autonomy granted to the Knightdom, many fugitives take up residence in Goya by the permission of the leader, Joshua Levenheit.
SARSadmin's Comment: How do they sustain themselves with no industry and all these huge beasts to feed?
SARSadmin's Comment: Men wearing identical clothes of different colors are often sighted here...
SARSadmin's Comment: Why does this river have a name?
SARSadmin's Comment: The "desert land" portion of the game. They were obviously rushing the game when they made this area.
SARSadmin's Comment: Some people end up starting their game over after reaching here. This is because after you beat this place, proceed, and then use the blinking mirror before reaching Moravia Castle, it will look like there is no was for you to return. The gate at the Northern Checkpoint does seem like it doesn't open at all. However, there actually is a gate that you can open if you look for it hard enough.
SARSadmin's Comment: Monsters roaming around to protect the castle from intruders!? What about protection for the inhabitants?
SARSadmin's Comment: You'd think they would at least have an un-enterable building in Moravia representing this fort...
SARSadmin's Comment: Another "invisible" fortress that Mathiu manages to attack. However, that attack was also fake, so even if the fort actually didn't exist no one would ever know!
SARSadmin's Comment: There are more events here in the Saturn version (Japanese), where the pirates abduct one of the girls in your army, forcing you to come and rescue her.
SARSadmin's Comment: A Kalekka rip-off, but only cheesier.