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 Arcanum - Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura - Preamble
   
 Date  : Sept 3rd, 2001
 Genre  : RPG
 Developer   : Troika Games
 Author  : Jin-Ning Tioh

Arcanum - Land of wonder and mystery, filled with excitement and adventure for the daring adventurer, while horror and death awaits the unwary. It is the 19th century, and the formerly undisputed arcane ways of magic have now been invaded by the new arts of technology. Mechanical monstrosities such as the train, zeppelin as well as guns have spread like wild fire around the land. One by one the weak have now grown strong, as using these tools of destruction require little skill. As a traveler of these lands, it is up to you to decide stranger - Will magic or technology, good or evil prevail? Be wary however, to choose wisely, for death lurks behind every corner in this dangerous world. Read on so that you might be better prepared to face the challengers and dangers ahead.


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Riding on board the technological marvel known as the IFS Zephyr, you feel a strange calm sense of tranquility. Little do you know however, that this is simply the calm before the storm. As you approach your destination however, the peace and tranquility aboard the ship is shattered by the sound of gun fire. Looking out the window, you see two strange, mechanical flying attack craft zooming towards you, firing away. Stranger still, you notice that the crafts are being piloted by ogres, well known for their inaptitude with anything mechanical. Somehow, the ogres managed to cause grave damage to the IFS Zephyr, killing themselves in the process. With the zeppelin crashing in a fiery ball of fire near the desolate mining town of Shrouded Hills, you suddenly return to consciousness only to find yourself the sole survivor of the crash, save a dying gnome in the wreckage crying out for help. Instructing you to return his signet ring to a boy who will know what to do, he dies with the warning of an evil so unimaginable that there are no words to describe on his lips. Flipping open the dying man's passport, you find out that he is known as Preston Radcliffe. Searching the wreckage of the once majestic zeppelin for anything salvageable, a strange man who identifies himself as Virgil approaches you, believing you to be the reincarnation of an elven deity in the Panarii religion, prophesized to arrive on the wings of fire, and known as the Living One. After battling through the denizens of the wild with your new found companion, you arrive at the shrine prophesizing your return. You also meet an elven stranger, who immediately attacks you after being told you are the sole survivor of the crash. Later, you find yourself in the village of Shrouded Hill. Here, you learn that the ring you received was crafted by the well respected firm of P. Schuyler & Sons in the city of Tarant. However, the only bridge leading out of the village is being blockaded by a band of brigands. And so begins your mysterious adventures in the land of Arcanum...

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