Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius (the ending)

Sequel to this post.

Well, I finished the game as published, but that’s not the whole thing. About the time I was discovering it, the game’s publishers were turning it into a franchise, complete with novelization and alternate retellings. If it were Japanese, an anime would be sure to follow. Well, maybe not — legions of fans are still waiting on Touhou.

So the main story has become a free-to-play advertisement for “the rest of the story” (thank you

, Paul Harvey), which will be released a chapter at a time at some point and some price in the future. There’s some resolution with Veniczar Arcadius, who is unmasked and killed by his trusted lieutenant (hey, not trusting your trusted lieutenant is a trope for a reason, dammit!) Only the unmasking leads to the revelation that she (yes, she) is damn near a twin to Chigara! You see, they’re both part of a master race with a plan cribbed right out of Honor Harrington’s Mesan book. They plan to secretly manipulate the galaxy until they come out on top — the entire Pact vs. Alliance war is part of their evil plot.

There’s a lot of spoilers on their website, which give away that yes, Eva did survive the final battle (she got shot up pretty badly), and Sola, the princess from two thousand years ago (or three months, take your pick) is the product of some twisty alternate-universe hijinks. So hey, lets throw in ALL the plots, why don’t we? Thirty-two to go by my count… Wait, let me see…

  1. Deliverance: Captain rescues the princess. (Insert sound of dueling banjos here.)
  2. Crime Pursued by Vengence: Captain Kayto is becoming less motivated by altruistic defense of his homeworld, more interested in payback.
  3. Disaster: The opening act, wherein Cera is conquered.
  4. Revolt: Veniczar Fontana rebelling against Arcadius.
  5. Abduction: See Deliverance.
  6. Slaying of Kin Unrecognized: On the part of Arcadius, not Kayto. Major spoiler, can’t reveal this one.
  7. Two Lovers: Possibly Chigara and Kayto.
  8. Loss of Loved ones: All over the place, and one critical one.

Well, that’s eight from the classical list, but I was thinking of a list that had “secret identity, such as prince” and such. 26 to go, but the actual point is that, since this is only the first two chapters, there’s no resolution of the romantic story. No matter what, Chiagra seems to become the closest to Kayto, despite matters reaching a head with Eva. You see, there was a backstory between the two of them (Kayto and Eva); as teenagers, they were emotionally tangled (“involved” doesn’t do it justice) with each other — and stupid, which lead to a rather realistic fail that’s still being played out in the present. (Been there, done that, and I should have been old enough to know better. Which may be why I have a soft spot for the writing in this game.)

Sometimes, I felt like the battles were in the way, and I wanted to win them just to get back to the story, which means I’ve given them short shrift in these writeups. I’m not going to go too deeply into it, but throughout the game, you gain more assets, including ships, ryders, and capabilities, and you have to upgrade the Sunrider and it’s ryders to meet the new challenges. You can’t buy everything you want, and you have to tailor your tactics to their capabilities. One annoyance is that EW is unstoppable; there are no upgrades you can manage aside from more power to perform it; you can’t become more resistant to enemy EW, but then they can’t either. Be sure to upgrade the hull (hit points) of your units, especially the Sunrider, Icari’s and Krysta’s ryders. Krysta is a damage sponge — stick her out front, use her missiles, and let her take a beating — though support her with Claude and Chigara’s EW. Icari’s ryder is insanely fast and can use Krysta’s distraction value for lightning strikes against enemy EW ryders, but she’ll need some upgrades to evasion, armor, and hull to survive many hits.

Guild frigates add extra firepower and can weaken critical enemy shields, while Alliance cruisers are both extra hammers and shields. The two nastiest ryders are Sola and Asaga’s. The first is a Ryuvian scout ryder with lost technology and an insanely powerful gun. Keep her near Chigara for EW, repair, and shield support, because once she starts one-shotting Pact cruisers, she gets the missile attention. Enhance her reactor and make her gun more efficient so she can move and fire in the same turn. As for Asaga, her mech is the product of Chigara’s genius, and is moderately good at everything, which shouldn’t be possible. She’s got near Krysta’s firepower in both lasers and missiles, close combat nearly as good as Icari’s, defenses second only to Krysta’s – the hard part is deciding how to use her. I do make it a point to upgrade her missile and flak defenses.

Then there’s the Sunrider. It’s radically new technology required an entirely new crew to be trained, which is why the captain and first officer are so young. Despite that, it’s pretty much the same as any other cruiser — except it’s got almost twice the hull and armor of Pact cruisers, can carry heavy missiles, shields for a battleship (although it doesn’t have them installed and has to buy ordinary shields from the Guild later), and has a spinal mount “super cannon” that can one-shot anything in it’s path, up to and including battleships. It’s later teamed with one of Chigara’s little toys, a hyper-accurate jump navigator that can teleport the ship across the battlefield for proper use of the cannon.

So, that’s enough on the fighting in the main game. Now for the important stuff: Alternate re-tellings!

ou are Kayto Shields, an ordinary man thrown into an extraordinary adventure. It was only his first day as the vice president of the Sunrider Academy student council when the unreasonable class president appointed him to be the school club manager. “These clubs cause nothing but trouble,” she said. “I’m appointing you to take charge and fix them up by the end of the year!”

Add to that another completely unreasonable bet with his little sister that he’ll get a girlfriend by the end of the year, and Kayto’s school life already seems hectic! But that’s not even the worst of it! Kayto soon learns that the captains of each of the clubs he’s supposed to manage have serious issues of their own. Surrounded by girls lacking any common sense, his wacky days at Sunrider Academy begin!

You will take control of Kayto as he carefully manages both his student life, and his responsibilities as club manager.

Study hard, bring glory to Sunrider Academy, and get a girlfriend!

Piece of cake, right?

Let’s make no bones about it. Although the Steam version is racy and requires age verification, the Denpasoft version is uncensored. Yes, UNcensored. This means, for instance, that the following graphic is VERY MUCH NSFW!!!!

Ok, the dog was so cute, I just couldn't resist trolling you. Scroll down for evidence that Ava wears a too-small bra.

The scene we've all been waiting for. I picked this shot instead of a graphic 'titjob' because the art on the latter makes her breasts look deformed.

Unfortunately, Icari, Claude, and Krysta aren’t in this version.

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