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Heyo, Lions! Bradly here, and we’re back for another entry in our Character Series. Today we’ll be revealing and looking at the Gentle Priestess. Because Mondays are always devoted to the game’s narrative aspects, we’ll be taking a peek at the priestess’s backstory. On Thursday we’ll be revealing the character's Awakened Form, the God Slayer.
Welp, let’s get down to business!
(Part 2 of this article, highlighting this character's gameplay, was released on 01/29/2018. Be sure to check it out here!)
The Gentle Priestess/God Slayer is our topic this week. This first post will be an overview of her backstory so that we can understand to the best of our ability her motivations for entering the fighting tournament that acts as the backdrop to Sainome Colosseum R’s core gameplay experience: its combat. To do that, though, we must first understand the game’s narrative premise. Below is a quick summary of Sainome’s story:
The kingdom's most celebrated warriors have come from far and wide to do combat in a grand tournament that will determine who is the fiercest of them all. Each has a personal reason for competing in the event, but there is a single thread that unites all of them: the desire to put their fighting skills on display in order to earn the right to be called champion.
Now, let’s look at the Gentle Priestess's story.
The following is taken directly from the localized text found in the character sheet included in the game box:
There’s more than meets the eye to this timid nun from the capital’s Grand Church. Ever since her arrival, a series of late-night murders has kept the town on edge, leaving some to suspect that this innocent-looking lady of the cloth may be hiding an evil presence. Nobody knows why exactly she would enter a martial arts tournament, but they’ll soon find out.
This blurb paints an ominous backstory for the priestess, to say the least. While in her Normal Form she is a kind, innocent sister of the Church, when awakened, she becomes the very thing her organization fights against: a god-slaying zealot hellbent on destroying all that would oppose her. This underlying persona of hers is both dark and crazed, made all the more evident by the weapon she wields in her Awakened Form: a hellish chainsaw that’s black and pink in color and emblazoned with a skull on the end of its guide bar. What can we say, she severs your limbs in style.
That said, it’s never made perfectly clear what the Gentle Priestess/God Slayer aims to accomplish by entering a fighting tournament where the ultimate prize is simply money and fame. What we can confidently say, however, is that ever since showing up in the kingdom’s capital city, there have been a series of mysterious murders—murders that have stirred the rumor mill into concluding that the kind-looking priestess is actually the culprit. Thus, it may not be far-fetched to think that the priestess is, at least in part, using the sanctioned tournament as a forum to uncuff her murderous desires. To this end, it would also be logical to assume that the priestess does her best to keep the God Slayer within her in check the best she can but loses control from time to time, which perhaps is what’s resulted in the aforementioned killing rampage. Suffice it to say, there’s more than what meets the eye with the Gentle Priestess.
So that’s it for this entry in our Character Series. Be sure to check back on Thursday for a look at the skills and abilities of the Gentle Priestess and her awakened God Slayer Form.
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Until next time, Lions!