MARDEK RPG: Chapter 3

The third chapter in the story of MARDEK. Mardek is now a Royal Knight, who's sent on various missions for the King. Of course, things aren't that simple... And Rohoph's still alive; the Governance de Magi can't be havin' with that.

Chapter 3 includes oodles more party members, and less linear gameplay. Exciting.
It took forever to make - three years! - because I recoded the engine from scratch, which took a while and many failed attempts, and removed a lot of enthusiasm that I had for the game.

This chapter contains 40+ hours of gameplay, and includes remade versions of the first two chapters.

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167 Comments

Insane
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After a while of absence, I finally came to completing the third chapter, and I have to say... the once so humorous, "cheery" storyline starts to develop a depth unusual in today's online games, though still maintaining its humorous appearance. I would even put it onto one level with games like Oblivion or Skyrim (talking about the story - the graphic's obviously better, but the humor's worse). Now, with Rohoph having revealed a somewhat darker side, the end left me reflect about the events from the very beginning, seeing xyr involvement in another light. Unluckily, Mardek's role seemed to be fainter in this chapter, though it might be possible that he is supressed by Rohoph, somehow. I hope that you (i.e. Pseudolonewolf) will find time and motivation to go on with chapter 4 in a not-too-far future, 'cause I'm really curious about whether Rohoph's role will become more obscure in the course of events, if he'll shift towards evil or being somehow right with his fears in the end despite if his anti-social tendencies... just like Dumbledore who always trusted Snape and was right in the end, although the latter was the one who killed him...
And I'm curious about what Emela and Deugan will do next, somehow I like their melancholic and self-conscious attitude. I know that state of mind.
Swordoath
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Swordoath 18 United States CholericPhlegmatic INFP 4w5 128C
I have a theory for why Rohoph may be.... darker. The entry into the dark temple may heave triggered something inside him. Maybe on his home planet, entering the temple of your weakness is bad for you. But, This is all just speculative theory.
Aethir
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I always thought all of the annunnaki were affected by the Violet Crystal in some way. Rohoph is becoming more self-righteous (just look it up on the Fig Hunter wiki), and he's very full of himself when it comes to decisions. If the dark temple affected him, why didn't everyone else get affected in some way?
Swordoath
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Remember in Chapter 2 when he could sense Moric? I think It means something like he is more attuned to the elemantal balence or something. And something as powerful as an elemntal crystal would put out a lot of elemental energy, and as he is weak to it, it might overcome him a bit, changing him. It may have had some permanant influence. Maybe... maybe thats what happened. I hope it at least makes sense.
Bacteriophage
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There were some hints about who Rohoph's nature in earlier chapters. In chapter 1, he begins rather arrogantly and calls Mardek "host" while reprimanding Mardek when he calls him "thing". In the battleship, he brags somewhat about his race's accomplishments ("Rather beyond your primitive comprehension, eh, humans?"). When interacting with a crystal, he refers to the inhabitants of Belfan as "The puissant savages on this YALORT-forsaken mudball". And of course there are hints that he argued with the other members of the Governance and humiliated Moric before the crystal came. There is also Moric's dying reference to Rohoph as "CHAOSBRINGER". All of this is rather subtle, of course, but it is enough for me to conclude that Rohoph's arrogance was not exclusively from the dark temple, though that may have "brought it out" more (other contributing factors may be the sight of his own race's technology or the pain of killing Moric). Hopefully I don't come across as attacking you or anything...
privatejohn
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well i personally love the game and it's comical RPG plot and side dialogue.
it has in it some of the best hidden comedy and bonus features as well as a [PROFANITY]ing massive amount of secrets.
i wish all flash game developers put as much time and personal thought into their games as pseudolonewolf did(does).
i await eagerly for the next chapter (hopefully not as long as last time) and thank you for the solid week of continuous enjoyment you've given us.
AutocraticAnarch
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Well, all I can really say about MARDEK is this, even though it must sound tired and cliche: Bravo.
Pseudolonewolf has put a LOT of effort into this game (I was amazed to find out that he composed lietmotifs for each significant character) and anyone who saw it through (so far) can say otherwise.
Eh, it may be a while before the next instalment, but I can wait. It's worth it.
Anyway, now that the cliche storm is out of the way, I can stop gushing.
Bibliophael
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Word of advise, Lupo. Posting several similarly brief posts in a row, no matter how glowingly positive, is not a good way to win respect. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying yourself, but there is no need to keep us up to date on the state of your enthusiasm.
LUPO
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man, i started from ch.1 and in 2 days, I'm already almost halfway past chapter 3, man I love this game!! :)
LUPO
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if i had a website, this would be my top chosen game! =D
LUPO
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And the best part is that the games are free!! :)))
LUPO
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WOW!!! Pseudolonewolf you have the gift of artistic expression and creativity, and i also like the soundtrack too, its cool, but this is really impressive, u diong all of this by tourself, i'm gonna tell all my friends about you and ur games!!! keep it up!!! =D
Abbx
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I specifically enjoy how each character is so unique and different and wonderful in his own way: right down from the speech (Solaar, Vudu, Sslen'ck) to their behaviours, mannerisms, class and appearance.
So much orgasmic enjoyment in a game brings cold shivers down my bare back... :)
Seiryuu
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Probably not the best place to put it, but...

I've been trying to look for a way to curse the Master Stone on the wiki, but it seems the only way that's possible is Legion's skill Curse, which can only be accessed if I beat Master Stone. So is this the only way, or am I missing an item or something?
Wanderer
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Can you get to the Miasmal Citadel at this point? Maybe you can get Mardek the Cursed Blade.
Edit: apparently you can't, so this suggestion is obsolete because you need Legion in order to do this. Is there a consumable item which can inflict curse?
Jared4224
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*Spoilers*
I don't think you can get into the Miasmal Citadel at that point. Remember to get into the citadel you would need the Chalice from the Earth temple, which can only be accessed by gaining the other half of the rune stone, which can only be gained by going to the Lost Monastery, which can only be accessed by getting Legion, which can only be accessed through beating the Master Stone.
*End Spoilers*

As an answer to your question Seiryuu, no I don't think you can curse the Master Stone. Even if you had access to Curse, the Master Stone is 100% immune to it. I recommend using some elemental magic depending on what "mode" Master Stone is in.
Cheers.
Seiryuu
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The only reason I'm talking about this is that on the wiki there's a note saying that if the Master Stone is cursed when it's an air elemental, it will only be able to do physical attacks, suggesting that there is a way to curse it.

Well thanks anyway. I'll just have to get as many null spells as possible.
Seiryuu
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Checking the wiki I don't think there's any item that causes curse, unless Noxious Bombs do, which I highly doubt.
SillySalamence
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You can find a Noxious Bomb in Sandflow caves, or craft it in Gloria's Cauldron.
Seiryuu
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You necro'd this?

Master Stone is evil, particularly when it element changes into some element I have no attacks that are effective against it.