New "World" Section and Panzer Dragoon Saga Screenshots

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There’s just a couple of updates to the site tonight, but they are fairly large. First up is a new section that I have been meaning to add for quite some time. The World section features all of the text from the world part of Panzer Dragoon Orta’s encyclopedia. Many many thanks to Sestrenegade for compiling all of this information, it must have taken a great portion of time.

Also, I have been taking screenshots with the GiriGiri emulator and have added thirty screenshots from Panzer Dragoon Saga to the Screenshots section. It would be safe to expect some more in the future. The new screenshots can be viewed by clicking here.

Yet Another Theory!

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The Divine Visitor is said to be the player. The halls of official sources echo with the words, “Must I spell it out for you? It is the player!”, but I shall nevertheless pursue a topic that is still very much open to question like a hound dog hungry for fleshy answers. Well, what do you expect from one such as I? Smilebit want people to believe the Divine Visitor has no story to tell by covering up the real Divine Visitor under the guise of player status in order to use it as a future plot device. Of course, I exist to expose the truth! My theory shall do just that. :)

In all seriousness, I am merely exploring all the angles. The Panzer Dragoon games are renowned for their mysteries and I hope more fans will put forth their ideas without fear of being automatically deemed wrong.

The Flow of Panzer Content Never Stops

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First and foremost, Neil has written the ninth chapter of his ever-revelatory fan faction, Panzer Dragoon X. The story is shaping up into something quite special.

I’ve also put together two pieces of illustrated literature that I hope our readers will find entertaining. The Old Empire, in other words the Empire gracing our screens throughout the original Saturn Panzer Dragoon trilogy, is more than deserving of a page in the factions section all unto itself. And I’ve added a new Panzer Dragoon Ending Theory to the theories section.

One last point of interest is a new Sky Rider theory our growing forum members have steadily nurtured. A wild idea I know, but was the Sky Rider really working for the Empire? This is the stuff sweet theories are made of!

The Will of the Ancients Forums Are Online

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The new forums, titled “The Tower of Uru” and “Uru Underground Ruins” are ready for posting on. All the guff you need to know is basically in the first thread on the Tower of Uru forum, but if there are any questions or problems please leave a message or send me an email. These forums are incomplete in design, but should be fully working and ready for Panzer Dragoon discussion.

New Forums Soon

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Right. So if you’re an active member of the Panzer Dragoon community you’re probably come here to find where on earth the new forums are. For those of you who visit this site but weren’t a member of the Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon forums, let me explain:

Yesterday, lordcraymen, who is in charge of the panzerdragoon.de forums told me his intentions to close the Excavation Camp and the Town of Zoah forums completely. As the Panzer Dragoon community would otherwise be homeless, I have agreed to host a new set of forums for fans of the series on this website. The Tower of Uru (name subject to change) will carry on what the Excavation Camp started - it will act as a place for fans to discuss anything Panzer related.

However, please note that these are completely new forums! Due to the number of bugs on the old forums and the increasing difficulty to backup the database, the new forums will not contain the existing messages and rankings, so you will have to do a clean sign up once again.

The Tower of Uru should be online later today, but it will by no means be complete. I will be working on a nicer layout over the next few weeks.

New URL: http://www.panzerdragoon.net

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The Will of the Ancients now has its own domain, panzerdragoon.net. It’s fitting for a site that is made up of content from so many Panzer Dragoon fans. I would advise people to update their bookmarks although with an address this short it should be easy enough to remember. :)

I bought the domain along with 250 megabytes of webspace several days ago through E-Starr Webhosting. It means that the site will be able to grow bigger, hopefully with more interactive features.

Thanks to the new domain, my email address is now chris@panzerdragoon.net - I will continue to check the old one for a while however.

I should also note that I have decided to refrain from posting spoiler warnings on this site from now on. Panzer Dragoon Orta has been out for three months in Europe so everyone should have had a decent length of time to play through it. You have been warned.

Mega Website Update

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Well the holidays have finally come for me which means that I have more time to work on improving this website :) The amount of stuff I’ve been meaning to add in the last few weeks has mounted up so this update will feature a total of nine additions. Yes, you heard me correctly, nine, a record for this site! So without further delay, here they are in no particular order:

The Trivia section is something that I have been meaning to add for a while. It only features an Easy quiz at the moment, but I plan to add a harder quiz in the future.

Two Sections Updated

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Firstly, the Poems section has been extended with a new Poem about Iva, the main character of the Imperial side quest in Panzer Dragoon Orta. It was written by Neil and can be read by clicking here. It Contains Orta Spoilers.

Also, Geoffrey has written a summary of the Pure Breed/Blooded Monsters from Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Saga. It can be read here.

What would you, the Panzer Dragoon fan, like to see in the future on this website? I have a few ideas which I hope to implant, but it would nice to hear what other people think would make a good, interactive, web experience. I’m not promising anything, but drop me an email if you think of something interactive that might be a worthwhile addition to The Will of the Ancients.

New Section and Moderator

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The new section is a Poems section. So far there are two poems, one about the 8th Emperor and also a poem describing the desolate world created by the horrors from the Ancient Age. Submissions are welcome, as the Panzer Dragoon world is just asking to be made into a descriptive passage. Click here to view the Poems section.

I have also made Geoffrey, who has contributed a great deal to the Literature sections of this site, a moderator. From this day onwards any changes to the website will be marked as updated by either him or myself, to save confusion of whose opinion and writing style it is. All past updates were of course written by me.

Factions and Fan Art Sections Updated

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First up I have written a summary describing Edge, the dragon rider of Panzer Dragoon Saga. You can read it by clicking here. It Contains Orta Spoilers. If anyone is interested in making a contribution to the Factions section please send me an email saying what you would like to write so we don’t get any double ups. This site is made up of fan content, I don’t see why the Factions section should be an exception.

Speaking of fan content, Neo-Kun has sent me an oekaki of Azel he made about a year ago. It’s not poop, no matter what he says. :) You can view the image in the Fan Art section.

Additions to the Factions and Theories Sections

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The Factions section was only launched a few days ago and already I have had a submission for it. Neil has written a Dragonmare summary, which describes these foul beasts that roam the lands in Panzer Dragoon Orta. It Contains Orta Spoilers.

Also, Geoffrey has written a new Sky Rider theory. His new idea is that the Sky Rider could have actually been part of the Heresy program. Have a read of it to see how possible this idea actually is!

The Will of the Ancients Version 2 and Factions Section

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Over the last few months I have been working on a new design for this website - here it is at last. It’s slower to load, but I think it is much easier on the eyes. Let me know what you think of it and if you spot any incorrect information, broken links, or spelling errors.

Remember months ago I promised a new section? Well it is finally ready. The Factions section consists of summaries that Geoffrey and I have been writing over the last few months. So far there are five, but several others are in progress.

I took down the Chat and Email sections. The email service had become unreliable and all the links to chat rooms no longer worked. I would rather this site be quality than quantity.

Play Panzer Dragoon Saga in 1600x1200 on Your PC!

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This is no joke :)

GiriGiri Saturn, the first completed Saturn emulator, can now be downloaded by clicking here [link removed]. So far the results are amazing, although you will need a beast to run it. I tried it on a 500Mhz Pentium III and Panzer Dragoon Saga ran at about 5 frames per second, which is quite slow compared to the usual 25 or 30, but I have been told it will run close to full speed on a 2Ghz machine.

No matter how old your PC is (unless it is too old to load up the software) the games will look beautiful, far more cleaner looking than on a television screen. Just look at these screenshots that I took to see what I’m talking about:

  • GiriGiri Saturn 01 [image removed]
  • GiriGiri Saturn 02 [image removed]
  • GiriGiri Saturn 03 [image removed]
  • GiriGiri Saturn 04 [image removed]
  • GiriGiri Saturn 05 [image removed]

For help on getting the emulator running (it’s not so straight forward) have a read of this thread on the panzerdragoon.de forums.

Panzer Dragoon X Chapter 6

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Neil has sent me Chapter 6 of Panzer Dragoon X. The story seems to be drawing near to its conclusion, although if the story differs from the expected path I may wrong. You can read Panzer Dragoon X as well as other stories in the Fan Fiction section. If you’ve written your own fanfic and want it uploaded to this site, please let me know.

Panzer Dragoon Orta Review Complete

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As I said in the last update, I had a half finished Orta review that I started just after I completed the game back in January. That review is now complete and is quite long for something I would write, but I found that it needed to be because of all the aspects that needed to be talked about. But there are no spoilers so if you haven’t played the game yet you can read it in ‘safety’. My review of the Japanese version of Panzer Dragoon Orta can be read by clicking here.

I’m interested in hearing what other people thought of the game. Did it live up to the Panzer name? Was the storyline as good? Reviews are a welcome addition to this website so if you write one please do send it to me.

One New Review and Two New Pieces of Fan Art

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Neil has written the first review of Panzer Dragoon Orta for this site. I should really get around to finishing my half finished one sitting here. But, alas, my time management skills are not as keen as they should be.

I have added two pieces of fan art to The Will of the Ancients as well. Firstly Atolm Rider has drawn a nice picture of the Dark Dragon from the original Panzer Dragoon game. After playing through Panzer Dragoon Orta, Neo-Kun decided to create some more Panzer art too, and came up with his nice render of Orta.

The Fourth Chapter of A Drone's Dream

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The fourth chapter of A Drone’s Dream has been added to The Will of the Ancients. I won’t spoil anything major, but it shows more of our friendly neighbourhood drone, F2 666. Geoffrey has modified the previous three chapters slightly as well. You can read them in the Fan Fiction section.

One other thing… all the writing that has been under the name of Hedbangr666 has been renamed to Neil. Don’t worry, it is the same guy, he just wanted to be known by his real name rather than a screen name. Just so you know…

Server Problems

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As some of you have noticed, The Will of the Ancients was offline for several days (since about the 11th) but now everything has been fixed and there should be no problems viewing the site. The reason The Will of the Ancients reverted back to update 49 can be explained too. Here’s what IUG, the Webmaster of Macemu.com, had to say about it:

If you saw on the front page, we just went through some server problems, and we got moved. Unfortunately the backup they used to move us was old, so all the sites went back about 2-3 weeks.

Thankfully I had the whole site backed up on my hard drive and was able to return the site to the way it was.

Panzer Dragoon X Chapters 4 & 5, Theory, and Comic

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Like the title says, Chapters 4 and 5 of Neil’s fanfic are now ready to be read. The point of the story is finally beginning to be explained and we learn more of the character Azrael. As usual, stories can be found in the Fan Fiction section and Panzer Dragoon fans are welcome to submit their own.

A new theory has been written too. Geoffrey explains what the purpose of the two dragons seen in the conclusion of Panzer Dragoon Saga are in this Gold Dragon Theory. The text is illustrated with pictures from the one of the final videos in Saga, but it Contains Orta Spoilers - sorry Europeans, just hang in there, it’s only mere weeks until you’ll be able to safely read this kind of stuff.

Lastly I added a comic that I made to the Fan Art section. A camp member said, “It would be cool to see more fan based comics like this.” I would have to agree with her, comics are a positive type of fan content, even if they are as silly as the one I made. :)

Hidden Panzer Dragoon Saga Book Discovered!

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Another book has been found in Panzer Dragoon Saga… and I thought that I had read them all! The book, which goes by the name of the Drone Record, can only be found (as far as I know) by browsing through the MENUBK.BIN file on any of the four CDs with a computer. I can’t thank Seeking Wing enough for discovering this great secret.

Also in this update, there are two new theories and a new chapter of a fanfic. The fanfic update is Chapter 3 of Panzer Dragoon X that explains how a certain character is found. Geoffrey has written two new theories, the first being about Panzer Dragoon Zwei’s True Ending. With the recent confirmation that the Sky Rider was not Lundi some things have to be rethought and this theory does that nicely. The other theory is about Lagi’s different forms and how many of them may have been prototypes of the Solo Wing. Both theories can be found in the Theories section.

The new section that I had planned for the 50th Update has been delayed, but it’s still coming and should be ready in the next week or two.

A New Review, Theory, and a Confirmation

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There is a new review of the original Panzer Dragoon game, written by Neil in the Reviews section, which is written from a modern day perspective. Also, Geoffrey has written a theory suggesting that the golden dragon we see in Sestren’s memory orbs could have actually been the Dark Dragon. This can be read in the Theories section.

There have been a few other minor updates as well. I have added screenshots of the PC version Panzer Dragoon to various parts of the site and there is now a secrets page for Panzer Dragoon Orta containing a few hidden things that can be found in the game. Check out the various sections for their updates. If all goes as planned there will be a new section in the 50th update.

One last but very important thing: in a recent interview with Akihiko Mukaiyama, the director of Panzer Dragoon Orta, he confirmed that the Sky Rider was not Lundi. However this confirmation still doesn’t explain just who this rider was and his identity has only become more mysterious because of this. You can read the original interview (in Spanish) by clicking here or the translated version in this thread. Thanks to Nightwalker for telling us about it!

Three New Pictures for the Fan Art Section

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Two pictures from He Who Is The Sky have been added to this website. The first one is of Lagi in the same form that attacked the Imperial Capital, the Solo Wing Normal Class. The second is of a made up form of dragon, the Eo Wing (which means Dawn Wing). Neil has also drawn a picture of the heavily armoured and masked Sky Rider from the original Panzer Dragoon. All these pictures and more can be found in the Fan Art section.

Drones... the Soulless Tools of the Ancients?

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With so much evidence leading towards the rider at the start of Panzer Dragoon 1 being human I felt it was time to express another theory of mine. This theory talks about the possibility of the Sky Rider being a drone. It Contains Orta Spoilers, so if you haven’t played the Xbox game yet I would recommend waiting until you do before reading it. The theory can be read by clicking here.

In this update I have also added some more dialogue to The Will of the Ancients. All the “About the…” conversations from Panzer Dragoon Saga are now available in the Dialogue section. Hopefully this will clear up a few questions. The conversations with Zadoc are an especially interesting read.

Art is the Music of the Eyes

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There’s not one, not two, but six new drawings in the Fan Art section with this update! The first three that I’ve added were done by He Who Is The Sky and are of the Dark Dragon, Sky Dart, and Dragon Pup. Neil has also drawn pictures of his fanfic character Azrael and also one of Kyle and the Blue Dragon. The last one is of Orta and the Dragon and was drawn by Psylisia Dragoon.

I’ve also uploaded the entire extra CD that came with my limited edition of Panzer Dragoon Orta. It’s basically pieces of various music from each of the four Panzer Dragoon games mixed together. Since the CD is so rare I think this is the best way to let everyone hear them. Click on the links below to download them:

Three New Pictures Added to the Fan Art Section

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There has been some nice new pieces of art added to this site. First of all is a CG picture of Orta and her dragon. It shows the two of them flying over the water towards a sunset background. Thanks to Colin for making it. The picture can be viewed by clicking here.

Also, Kevin Berryman has drawn two pictures of Azel, which he has touched up in Photoshop. Both were made to show Azel’s undying love for Edge. The first is called Azel Love’s Reminiscence that shows the drone looking out over the water. The second picture is Azel Recalling Destiny, showing an older Azel after many years have passed.

All fan drawn art on this site can be found in the Fan Art section.