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]
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  • 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.

The Will of the Ancients Moved to Decent Webspace

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The Will of the Ancients has always been a free Geocities site, consisting of ads and limited bandwidth. However the site has grown past the 15 Megs that were given to me for free, and as a result I had to remove the screenshots of Panzer Dragoon Orta, which have been missed by more than one person.

No longer will this be a problem. The website has been moved to a proper paid-for-hoster, although I don’t have to pay anything thanks to the kindness of Abraham from Sega Zero. The Will of the Ancients now has over twice as much webspace, more bandwidth, and no ads. What this means to you, the visitor, is that you will experience a faster and cleaner looking website …hopefully with more Panzer Dragoon content added in the next few months.

Despite a few disadvantages such as not being able to host the Panzer Dragoon Mini ROM and a longer web address, I think everyone will benefit from the move.

Addition Sometimes Requires Subtraction

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There was a broken link to the Lucich I drew. I’ve fixed it, so you can actually view it now. Also I’ve added a picture of Edge and the Arm Wing with was drawn by Atolm Rider. Both of these can be found in the Fan Art section.

Sadly, to free up webspace, I have had to remove all of the Panzer Dragoon Orta screenshots on this website. The thumbnails will remain online, but clicking the links will no longer bring up the pictures in their full resolution. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some way of hosting them, but until further notice you’ll have to use other sites such as LAGI - The Art of Panzer Dragoon or Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon to leech screenshots from.

Fanfic Update and Lyrics for "Anu Orta Veniya" Added

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Neil has completed the latest chapter of his fanfic, Panzer Dragoon X. The story is set in an alternative universe and is told in the form of diary entries. You can read the latest chapter by clicking here.

To the Dialogue section an addition has been made in the form of the lyrics to Anu Orta Veniya, the theme song from Panzer Dragoon Orta. The original lyrics came with the soundtrack, and the translation came from Abadd who was “involved in the Panzer Dragoon Orta project” so they should be considered official.

The First Update of the Year

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Well another year has gone, and another year has come. This site has grown considerably in the last year and I hope to expand it quite a bit with new content in the months to follow. 2003 will mark the return of Panzer Dragoon for most English speaking fans, unless you have already played the Japanese version, which has English subtitles on a modded PAL or NTSC-U Xbox.

My copy of Panzer Dragoon Orta arrived in the post today, but annoyingly the mod chip I ordered before the game has not turned up yet so I’ll have to be satisfied listening to the four track CD, “Die Panzer Dragoons Chronik”, that came with it in the meantime. I remember someone on the Excavation Camp forum quoting something like “Panzer Dragoon is not a hobby for the impatient.” That is indeed very true.

I have also updated the Fan Art section with a Lucich that I have drawn. You can see it for yourself by clicking here.

Panzer Dragoon Orta OST Tracklist Added

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I have yet to hear the entire new album, but the tracklist has been added to The Will of the Ancients as well as the catalog number. This should make it slightly easier to find out how to get the CD and is a good resource if you are trying to work out what the tracks are called in English. If you are planning on buying the soundtrack, I have heard that CD Japan is a reliable site from which it can be purchased, although I’ve never bought any music from them myself.

You can view the tracklist by clicking here.

Today the Dragon Will Return to the Skies

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I haven’t heard any details on the launch of Panzer Dragoon Orta yet but it was planned to be released in Japan on the 19th of December… which is today in most countries. It’s been a while since Panzer Dragoon Saga came out in 1998, but the long wait for another game is now over. The series will be introduced to a whole new audience and we can only expect the Panzer Dragoon community to grow because of this. My thanks go to the folks at Smilebit for reviving this amazing franchise. :)

Soon many of you will know the whole story of Panzer Dragoon Orta and because of this I will not be excepting any more fan fiction or other information that is about the game for this website. Reviews, of course, are most welcome so long as they don’t contain any spoilers. When I have played through game myself, new sections will most likely open up on the game but all of these will contain spoiler warnings. It is only fair that those who have not had the chance to play Panzer Dragoon Orta yet have the opportunity to go through the full game as it was intended to be experienced.

Temporary "Excavation Camp 911" Forum Online

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If you’re a regular at the forum on Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon then you probably already know that the site has been down for several days now. Since the site may be down for a while, there is a temporary hosted forum which you can visit called Excavation Camp 911 which was set up by Arc’engal along with several other message boards on his Panzer Dragoon website, The Temple of Sestren.

On a lighter note… there is only four more days until the Return of Panzer Dragoon!

New Panzer Dragoon Orta Character Details Revealed

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The Official Panzer Dragoon Orta website has been updated with a new design and some nice concept art. There is also some information about Orta and the Empire. From the rough Babel Fish translation it seems Orta is only 13 years old and for an unknown reason was isolated in a prison and raised there since she was a young child. When the Empire attacks, Orta manages to escape on the back of the dragon. The website also states that the new Emperors name is Yatsushiro.

I have also found out that the freaky looking drone we saw in the E3 trailer will go by the name of Abadd, which has been the screen name our friendly leak at the Excavation Camp for several months now! Thanks to Ryu for this information which was taken from the Gaming-Age forums.

After this update I am going to try and avoid posting anything that could even remotely be classed as a spoiler on this website. As the Japanese release of Panzer Dragoon Orta approaches more and more will be revealed about the story so I’d like to keep this place spoiler free for as long as possible. I’ll update with more info on how I will manage these spoilers soon.

New Fan Fiction and Fan Art

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In the Fan Art section you’ll find a new picture of the dragon’s final form and my online character, the Solo Wing dragon. You can view the drawing by clicking here. Thanks to Atolm Rider for letting me put it on The Will of the Ancients.

Also in this update, Neil has rewritten part of his Panzer Dragoon OVA review. He has also submitted the first chapter of a fanfic called Panzer Dragoon X which is about - well if you’re curious have a read yourself in the Fan Fiction section. Thanks a lot for those Neil!

A Drone's Dream Chapter and Orta Features Revealed

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The third chapter of Geoffrey’s piece of fan fiction, A Drone’s Dream is now online. Being a fan of drones myself, I am finding this an interesting read and I would recommend any Saga fan to check it out. The first two chapters have also been edited in a few subtle ways, such as extra descriptions here and there. All three chapters can be found in the Fan Fiction section.

If you go to sega.jp/x/pdo you will see that there are two new modes mentioned for Panzer Dragoon Orta. The first is ‘Scenarios’ and the second one ‘Mission’. What I find exciting is the picture to the right that shows a Baldor on the screen, but no dragon. Could this be mean that Morbo is a playable character? I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough but until then it is certainly something to look forward to. Who would have thought when first playing Panzer Dragoon Saga back in 1998 that one day we would actually be able to play as one of those fearsome beasts?

The Secrets of the Ancients Have Been Recorded

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The Ancient Age has always been shouded in mystery, however there is a small amount of knowledge which can be picked up in the games, especially in Panzer Dragoon Saga. Geoffrey has compiled the logs left behind by the people who worked on the Light Wing project. There are some interesting facts that create many possibilities. To read the records click here.

A while ago I changed my email address to solo_wing_dragon@yahoo.co.nz - every page of this website has now been updated with it. Please use this new address instead of the old one if you’re going to email me.

The Fan Fiction Section Reaches a Total of Eight

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Over the past six months there has been a number of new fanfics on this site and this latest one especially has me eager to read the third chapter (which I am told by the author is nearly ready). The story is called A Drone’s Dream and is about drones (obviously). From what we know about Azel, it is almost certain that drones think differently than normal human beings and Geoffrey has explored this idea further in his story which is told from the perspective of several drones.