sticky-runes wrote:Tir, Riou and the prince were more like monks than mages, because they have martial arts training. Would be interesting to have a pure mage clad in robes and stuff. Or perhaps someone with a staff and sword to give it Gandalf style.
Sasarai10 wrote:I think Tir was the best mage among the Tenkais,and Lazlo the best physical fighter.
YOU. SHALL. NOT. PASS.
Haha, the joke had to be made, sorry. I have read somewhere that there's really something unheroic about long-range fighters, including magicians, and that's the reason we don't see many long-range fighters and pure magicians as RPG heroes.
I guess Soul Eater was just that overpowered, and for good reason. It defied the most common problem with status effects in RPGs. In other games, Instant Death does not work 100%, even on the weakest enemies, and yet it works like 80% of the time when it is used on the player party unless said party stacks up with items that prevent Instant Death.
Suikoden I featured a protagonist specializing in Darkness-type Instant Death magic, something not usually seen in most RPGs where the heroes are usually swordsmen with average magical talent at best. And unlike most RPGs, Instant Death spells from Soul Eater works 100% of the time except on bosses. This made Soul Eater a valuable means to finish random battles quickly, but at the same time it also offered spells to use against bosses or regular enemies that cannot be inflicted with Instant Death.
On the other hand, the Rune of Punishment, despite its fearsome reputation of vaporizing entire towns and naval fleets at the cost of becoming a curse to anyone who bears it, isn't really all that powerful in-game compared to even the True Elemental Runes and the two aspects of the Rune of Beginning: the Bright Shield and Black Sword runes.
It also had an additional baggage of damaging the user everytime it is used (good thing Lazlo was such a tough cookie to crack both in-game and in-story), and it's 3rd level spell isn't even near as powerful as the 1st level spell of Suikoden 1's Soul Eater Rune (10% chance of Instant Death at the cost of ~90% chance to kill the user vs 100% chance of Instant Death without immediate risk to the user).
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