Secrets, Cheats, and Compiled Game Credits

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Merry Christmas every one! I hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves (or are enjoying yourselves at the moment for most countries), in whatever way you or your family have chosen to celebrate the festive season.

Lance Way has been busy, writing up a new Secrets guide for the original Panzer Dragoon game. There’s a few things that most you probably won’t have heard of on these pages, so they’re worth skimming through at least if you own one of the three versions of this game. He has also compiled the complete list of passwords for Panzer Dragoon Mini (previously I’d only listed the passwords for the Blue Dragon). As these pages cover much more than the previous game specific secrets pages did, I’ve taken the old pages down. Lance has also added and updated a few parts of his Panzer Dragoon Saga Secrets Guide - all the major updates are marked, so you won’t have to worry about reading through the whole guide again if you already have.

As if he hadn’t contributed enough to the site for this update, Lance has also sent me the credits for the first three Panzer Dragoon games (and he tells me the Panzer Dragoon Orta credits are on the way too). Thanks a great deal for all this, Lance, I’m sure the Panzer Dragoon community appreciates it. :)

Some Long, Overdue Updates

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I’ve decided to update The Will of the Ancients with a few things that should have been done months ago. First off, I’ve finally made a proper Videos section so that it now merges with the rest of the site. Each video has page to itself, with a one to three paragraph description per video. For those who haven’t seen it, I’ve also added footage of Panzer Dragoon X which was “leaked” onto the net around 2001. More details are available here.

I’ve also decided to clean up the site a bit by removing a few of the more questionable files (GiriGiri Saturn, Cassini, the Saturn BIOS, and the Panzer Dragoon Mini ROM). They really shouldn’t have been put up in the first place, but considering the rarity of some of these files it was easy to justify hosting them. If you still want them, email me. Lance’s GiriGiri save files will still be available in the Accessories section.

On a more official note, there’s a new Panzer Dragoon Orta book available which can be purchased from sites such as Amazon.co.jp. The book is likely to be completely in Japanese, although the cover has the subheading “Kaze To Akatsuki No Musume” in English characters which means “The Daughter of Wind and Dawn” (thanks, lordcraymen, for the translation!). The book seems to be a retelling of Panzer Dragoon Orta, although I’m unsure if it’s simply a novelisation of the game, or a graphic novel. I’m hoping for the latter, since it’s highly unlikely to be released outside of Japan.

More News on the Panzer Front

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The webmaster of Shin Force has added a whole new section to his site devoted to the Panzer Dragoon series, which includes reviews of each game in the series (with the exception of Panzer Dragoon Mini), as well as artwork, cheats, codes and more. Shinobi’s site is one of my favourite sources for reviews of Sega games, so it’s worth checking out if you haven’t already.

On another matter, it seems that Jeremy’s site (mentioned in the previous update) was downsized to a free plan, meaning his site can no longer host most of the content it hosted before (including the Panzer Dragoon OVA). This also means that his site has changed addresses once again. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but I hope that those of you who were eager to see the Panzer Dragoon anime for themselves (however awful it may be) grabbed it while they could. I’ve updated the links section to include where you can find his site now.

Greetings from The Will of the Ancients

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After a long absence I’ve finally returned to bring you more news on the Panzer Dragoon front. All sources indicate that 2005 will be a good year for Sega since Sega fully intends to resurrect more of its older franchises from the dead, so perhaps not all hope of seeing a true RPG sequel to Panzer Dragoon Saga is lost yet. You never know what the future holds. If you want my advice, Sega fans should keep their eyes on the two new Shining Force games destined to emerge sooner or later, especially the second Shining Force game which is rumoured to be a Strategy/RPG (I really hope there’s some truth to that rumour). All I really want is a true Shining Force game (by true I mean a game that remains true to its Strategy/RPG roots) with next generation graphics. Is that really too much to ask Sega?

Anyway, back to the task at hand. In this update I’d just like to direct everyone’s attention to Jeremy Prusak’s relatively new website devoted to Panzer Dragoon Saga again. The site itself has been flooded with new content including the complete Panzer Dragoon Saga OST as well as a specially edited version of the Panzer Dragoon anime. The site did actually disappear for a while but reappeared on a new server.

Next, Matt has created a trailer for another fake Panzer Dragoon RPG entitled Panzer Dragoon Incubos, which you can download here. I’ve also added a poster he made for the fictitious game to the fan art section, which can be viewed by clicking here. It makes me wonder who or what the next Panzer Dragoon RPG will be named after… if we ever see one of course; hopefully, the next game’s namesake will be a noble admiral of the Imperial armada hellbent on protecting his people from “the dragon witch” at any cost. Oh yes. I can see it now.

As for me… I’m putting some finishing touches to a piece of work I should’ve finished a long time ago. Chris also plans to focus on The Will of the Ancients a lot more in the weeks to come just as soon as he finds the time.

I Wonder What's on the Other Side of the Wall?

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I’ve been a bit busy lately (okay, playing RPGs), so I haven’t created anything new for the site for this update. I have a couple of things in a half-finished state, so if I get to work again at least one of them should be ready for Update 107.

Lance, however, has been busy creating a new Secrets Guide for Panzer Dragoon Saga This seven page guide covers all of the hidden features of the game, including how to get 100% completion, cheats, unlockables, and oddities that weren’t meant to be included in the final game. It’s an excellent guide for someone who has already played through the game, and wants to make sure that he or she has seen everything that the game has to offer. I’ve taken down the old Panzer Dragoon Saga secrets page, since Lance’s guide covers everything that was on that page anyway.

Also for this update, Pedro Pitéu has created the first fan art of Edge’s nemesis, Lord Craymen of the Black Fleet. The Fan Art section is also home to another new addition; Igor Sandman (who created the render of Cainus on Page 2) has made another 3D model of one of those patrol pure type monsters from the fourth episode of Panzer Dragoon Zwei. I have no idea what that ‘creature’ is actually called, but it looks great nonetheless.

A Couple of New Articles and a Piece of Fan Art

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Firstly, Pedro Pitéu from Portugal has submitted a new piece of fan art. It’s a well drawn sketch of Lagi in his growth form that he starts out as in the first episode of Panzer Dragoon Zwei.

Lance Way has also contributed two new articles for the site. The first, is a summary of the Hunters which I’ve placed into the Factions section. It sums up this often overlooked (compared to the Empire and the Seekers) group of people from the Panzer Dragoon world. The second piece of writing that Lance has contributed is a new Sky Rider theory that compares this mysterious figure with the Dark Dragon’s Rider and comes up with some new arguments as to why the Sky Rider is likely to have been a drone.

A New Panzer Dragoon Saga Music Video

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Matt has submitted a new music video called Dangerous Friendships, which features footage from Panzer Dragoon Saga with music from the pop song “See it in a Boy’s Eyes” by Jamelia. The video is about the relationship between Edge and Azel and should run in a media player such DivX. The video appears stretched in certain versions of DivX, so if you encounter this problem it can be remedied by simply making the movie full screen (Alt+Enter).

Speaking of music videos, it’s worth mentioning that Sega Xtreme now host three Panzer Dragoon music videos. Recently they added a Panzer Dragoon Orta video called “Always Alone” which I think is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the game. It’s located in the Movies, Sega Game Music Videos subsection under “Xbox Music Videos” if you’re interested.

Geoff has also added some extra images to his Sky Rider summary and updated/altered the text a little.

It's Been a While

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I haven’t updated this site personally for over two months, so it’s great to get back to a good old The Will of the Ancients content update. First up, Lance Way has rewritten his entire Different Dragons Theory, because he thought that some of the arguments could do with improving. The theory is now a massive two pages long, and can found by following this link. Lance has also submitted a brand new theory about the nature of the dragon. It goes into a lot of the questions that many of us have probably asked regarding the origins of the dragon, and the dragon’s purpose. A great read, actually.

Matt has sent in a new piece of fan art of the Tower of Uru. Also, he’s composed a neat MIDI of the fourth episode of Panzer Dragoon Zwei (I’m listening to it as I type this, actually). Matt also submitted something else for the site, but I’m afraid you’ll have to be kept in suspense until next update as there’s a few things I need to work out with him first.

I’ve also added the improved version of GiriGiri, known as Cassini, to the Programs section. If you’re having trouble getting it to work, there’s a topic on the Holy District forum where you can ask for help.

Lastly - and this is off topic - I recommend to all you web surfers out there to switch your web browser over to Mozilla Firefox. After using it and then going back to Internet Explorer, I can safely say that Firefox is a lot better thanks to it’s tabbed interface, built in pop up blocker… and the fact that it actually displays web pages correctly according to the standards set down by the World Wide Web Consortium. I’m a convert: Firefox rules and is the future.

The Deal With the Drone

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I decided to spend less time posting online and more time writing articles for the site. In my latest endeavour (spelt endeavor in America) to bring my previous work up to standard, I updated my Race of Drones Theory with new images and less fallible arguments. Did Abadd make a deal with the Empire? Did he offer his help to spawn the Empire’s dragonmares in exchange for the capture and retrieval of Orta? Maybe one day will we find out; until then, we can only speculate. I must thank D-Unit again for taking the screenshots I’ve used of Abadd’s mare for me (I may add more images if and when appropriate).

Edit: I’ve since added a few more images to the aforementioned theory as well as some additional text.

More articles will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

More Artwork Arrives

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We’ve been extremely busy lately but we have plenty of updates planned. In this update, Matt, the webmaster of Panzer Dragoon Saga for Dummies, has contributed two new pieces of artwork of Lagi which you can view here and here. Next, Behonkiss has drawn a cartoony image of Orta being showered with snow appropriately entitled “Orta in the blizzard”. Check it out. All of these new pieces of artwork are worthy of your attention.

I’m in the middle of improving two older articles hosted by the site at the moment, so hopefully they will be finished soon. So far, I’ve overhauled the Towers section again. I’ve fixed a number of broken links and added many new high resolution screenshots captured via Giri Giri (many of which replace the normal resolution screenshots I used before). The irony is when I finally managed to get Giri Giri working in Windows XP, someone released an XP compatible version!

We should be adding some new original articles to the site too, so expect more updates soon.

Download the Entire Script From Panzer Dragoon Saga

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It doesn’t seem like this site has been updated so many times, but here we have it: the 100th update of The Will of the Ancients, which has been online for almost two years (although Azel Online, the previous incarnation of this site has been online since 2000). For this update, Lance Way and I have prepared a new Character profiles section. The Characters section is basically an extension of the Factions section as it consists of all the ‘dragon rider’ summaries from the Factions section, however there are also five new summaries dedicated to Azel, Craymen, Paet, Gash, and the Seventh Emperor. The Characters section can be expected to cover more individuals as time goes on.

Also in this update, The Sharp Edge and Nevey have contributed a new comic, that comes in three parts (see the Comics section to view each page). I must say that I found it rather amusing, as I’m sure other forum members probably will, especially considering the next thing for this update…

Lance Way has compiled the entire script from Panzer Dragoon Saga. All the dialogue and text from the game can be found in a simple RAR file, that can be downloaded from the Dialogue section. I’d hate to think how long it must have taken to tidy up all the ‘encoded’ text on the game discs, but I’m extremely grateful to Lance for this huge effort. Lundi has also tidied up the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV script, which now includes the names of the characters who spoke each piece of dialogue.

Lastly, Lance has sent me improved copies of his Panzer Dragoon World Map and his Panzer Dragoon Saga Illustrated Map, which I’ve added to the Maps section. I have also written a poem about the Tower of Uru and added a link to a Sega fansite to the Other Websites page. I think that covers everything for this update.

Another Brief Update

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Thanks to Lance Way again, I’ve replaced the two images of the Light Wing dragon in the area of the site where Chris has examined the unanswered questions surrounding the Light Wing Project with two far superior images of the said dragon, and I’ve also corrected a few errors here and there.

Lance has also obtained two images of Radgam’s gun found inside the old hunter’s home in the village of Zoah (in Panzer Dragoon Saga) for me, which I have since added to the bottom of my character summary of Keil/Kyle Fluge. How is Radgam’s gun relevant to Kyle you ask? Well read the summary and find out. While I was implanting the images I cleaned up some of the text too. With the addition of those screenshots, the summary now feels complete.

The Will of the Ancients Continues to Grow

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Gorka Bolea has contributed a new piece of artwork that he calls Blue Shadow. I think you’ll all agree that the name is more than appropriate for this particular piece once you’ve layed eyes on it.

A new website has decided to join our community in the form of another site dedicated to Panzer Dragoon Saga created by Justin Pasternak and Jeremy Prusak. Of course, I’ve added a link to the English Panzer Dragoon website links section for future reference.

We’ve also received a new poem from Felix Malinkevich, which I’ve added to the poems section. It’s a short poem but captures the essence of the Panzer Dragoon series well.

A new theory written by Megatherium which assesses Lagi’s growth patterns in Panzer Dragoon Orta and how assimilating other creatures influences that growth has found its way into the ever-expanding theories section. Hopefully the theories section won’t stop growing any time soon.

Thanks to Lance Way who was kind enough to write up much of the information contained in Panzer Dragoon Orta, The Will of the Ancients now has a new Creatures and Empire section, which describe the various creatures and Imperial technologies found in the Panzer world. Fans are very greatful indeed for all the information the creators of Panzer Dragoon Orta included in the game, as it has given us a great deal of insight into the world in which it is set.

Lance has also compiled the entire Panzer Dragoon Orta script for fans to read at their convenience, and of course, we are eternally grateful.

I’m currently working on two things for the site at the moment, so expect more content from me soon.

Brief Update

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The comics sub-section of the Fan Art section hasn’t exactly been overflowing with new content, but thanks to Nevey and The Sharp Edge that is possibly set to change. Together they’ve managed to create a brief but humorous comic strip about something forum members might be somewhat familiar with. The comic strip itself can be viewed by clicking here.

Chris, aka Solo Wing Dragon has written another mystery, but this time about the huge gaping crater, or “hole”, scarring the surface of the ground in Episode 3 of Panzer Dragoon Orta, also known as the Fallen Ground. This, of course, is one of the many mysteries found within the world of Panzer Dragoon that are meant to give fans pause for thought.

Finally, the webmaster of Panzer Dragoon Saga For Dummies has contributed two new MIDI tracks to the site. They are also available on his website, but can now be found here in the MIDIs section.

A Backlog of Content Finally Arrives

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I’ve been planning to add a whole host of new fan contributions to TWOTA for some time now before the flow of new content mounts into a looming heap that threatens to collapse under its own weight and crush anyone standing in its shadow. First, Felix Malinkevich has written a new poem called Loss of Truth, which can be found in our small yet ever-expanding poems section. I hope our readers have as much fun deciphering the meaning of this poem’s words as I did.

Next, our good old friend Windrider has decided to update the first chapter of his fan fiction, titled The Ancients. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more chapters from him in the future.

Chris has also written a new mystery about the ancient rebels who worked towards preventing the Towers from terraforming the planet with inhabitants still living on it (who in their right mind wouldn’t?).

The last batch of fan contributions includes over a dozen separate pieces of new artwork drawn by He Who Is The Sky. The new artwork can be accessed via the third index page in the fan art section. I can’t praise the artist’s talents enough.

It’s always great to welcome new Panzer Dragoon websites into the Panzer community at large. Panzer Dragoon Saga For Dummies, as you might deduce from the rather comical name, focuses on Panzer Dragoon Saga content-wise. I have no doubt its content will expand in the weeks to come. For future convenience, I’ve added a link leading to this latest website to join our community to the appropriate links section.

Expect More Content Soon

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The site is undergoing maintenance at the moment, which has delayed the arrival of some recent fan contributions, but rest assured, we’ll have everything online soon. For now, I’ve uploaded another theory I recently wrote about the dark drone riding Lagi’s black dragon nemesis in Panzer Dragoon, also known as the Dark Dragon. I’ve also updated my old Dark Dragon theory with a few new ideas explaining why the gold dragon we see in Sestren’s first memory orb could in fact be a dragon program like the Heresy dragon that later took the form of the Dark Dragon.

Finally, I’ve updated the Mysteries section with a short yet descriptive summary about the gun Orta wields in Panzer Dragoon Orta in which I haven’t hesitated to share my feelings on why the absence of any story sequence, whether cinematic or in-game, accounting for its discovery is a mystery and not a mistake. I can’t believe Smilebit wouldn’t give a single indication as to where Orta found her gun if it wasn’t supposed to be a mystery intended for fans to solve.

Even More Fan Contributions!

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Gorka Bolea has contributed a beautiful piece of artwork to the Will of The Ancients titled Wings of freedom overflying Meccania in which Orta is flying into the burning horizon aboard her dragon. I’m sure our visitors will appreciate it.

Nevey is the next person to compose a music video using clips from Panzer Dragoon Saga, but in this case the song “Imaginary Light” by Evanescence is given the task of providing those moments with an atmosphere adhering to the definition of dramatic. You can download the new music video here.

To conclude this update, I have completely overhauled the page devoted to Lundi in the Factions section. Although most of the images aren’t new, I’ve added an image of every single dragon crest Lundi can see in each of the five separate endings, and I’ve improved the quality of writing throughout the first half of the section itself. We’ve also replaced the first two images in the Mystery of Dragon Crests page in the Mysteries section. As always, credit for the artwork depicting an all too familiar dragon crest goes to The Art of Panzer Dragoon.

Plot Hole or Work of Genius?

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Some people who have played Panzer Dragoon Orta have considered the miraculous appearance of Orta’s gun as a major plot hole in the story itself. However, I’ve always thought that there must be some explanation as to how it came into Orta’s possession. My Wedged Gun Theory, not only comes up with a possible solution to the gun problem, but also with a reasonable amount of evidence to back it up. Could this be true answer to the mystery of the gun? Only you can decide for yourself, but I think the evidence is quite compelling.

In other news, there’s a new Panzer Dragoon site on the Internet (hosted here at panzerdragoon.net). D-Unit has created a site about Panzer Dragoon Orta that is geared towards fans who haven’t played the Saturn trilogy. The site, Panzer Dragoon Legacy, is impressive, with summaries of locations and characters from Panzer Dragoon Orta, a FAQ section, as well as a section dealing with the history of the Panzer Dragoon world (very useful if you’ve only played Orta). If you’re a Panzer Dragoon fan it’s worth checking out The Will of the Ancients’ other hosted sites such as Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives, as they contain a lot of information that can’t be found here.

I Sense an Imminent Invasion... of Music Videos!

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It seems music videos are becoming popular, as The Sharp Edge has created his own by blending together various clips from the many cinematic sequences found in Panzer Dragoon Saga with the song “1000 Words” by Jade.

Video Details for "A Thousand Words"

It’s very reminiscent of Rune Lai’s earlier composition but different enough to call itself a separate piece of work. You can download the video itself here. The Panzer games traditionally contain copious amounts of FMV sequences, so perhaps the arrival of this second music video is a sign of things to come.

Minor Update

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Lance Way has contributed several GiriGiri Panzer Dragoon Saga saved games/save files to The Will of The Ancients, which you can now download from the Accessories section. I’m sure someone will find them useful, though in my eyes emulation just doesn’t compare to playing my good old Saturn on my ageing PAL TV.

I’ve updated the non-Panzer Dragoon links page in the links section with three new Sega sites the Sega fans who inevitably visit the community here might find worthwhile if they haven’t found those sites by themselves already. There are very few decent Sega fansites online as it is, so rather than remain a bunch of scattered nomads, we should point traffic in each other’s direction. If you want me to add another Sega site to the links section, let me know. Hopefully we should have some new and interesting content ready for the next update. Until then, pray for a new Panzer Dragoon RPG. :)

The First Completed Fanfic With More Than One Chapter

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There are three new things for this update. Firstly, The Sharp Edge has submitted the final three chapters of his fanfic, Panzer Dragoon: War of Dawn. It’s great to finally have a finished multi-chapter story in the Fan Fiction section. Well done for being the first to finish, Sharpie :)

Also, Lance Way has compiled together his ideas to form a Different Dragons Theory. The theory discusses the possibility of the Heresy Dragon occupying different bodies in each of the three Saturn Panzer games. While I personally still believe that it was Lagi in all four Panzer Dragoon games, the theory is detailed and lengthy, being backed up along with the way with convincing evidence. Definitely worth a read.

Last but not least, Rune Lai has submitted a Panzer Dragoon music video to this site. It’s called Panzer Dragoon Saga - For Edge and Azel, featuring clips from the game and the song “Name” by the Goo Goo Dolls. I won’t spoil anything else, so if you’re interested it can be downloaded by clicking here. The video is in .wma format, so you’ll need a Media Player capable of running that format to play it. Winamp 5 should do the trick. It’s also compressed so WinRAR or a similar utility is required to view the video too.

Fanfics Are Extended, Fan Art is Added at Last

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I’ve been meaning to add some of this content for a while, so i’m glad that the time has come when this update is now actualised. I realise that some of the content that others have submitted has not been included in this update, but rest assured that I will add everything that has be sent to me so far, in time. Here’s what’s new for the Will of the Ancients in update 88:

I only just found those last two pictures in my inbox recently, even though they were sent in December. My apologies for not adding them sooner, Nevey.

Is There a New Panzer Dragoon Game in Development?

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You may have heard that a new Panzer Dragoon RPG is in the works. Yesterday a video was released onto the Internet; a screener that showed leaked footage of what was supposably the next Panzer Dragoon game: Panzer Dragoon Genos. Unfortunately, after some discussion, it was revealed that the video of Panzer Dragoon Genos was indeed a fake, much to the dismay of optimistic Panzer fans.

However, the trailer is actually very convincing and I would recommend the download to all Panzer Dragoon fans. Lord Craymen and Senor Kaffee, who made the trailer, have released normal and high quality DivX versions on gamefront.de. It’s a German site, but if you scroll down the main page you should be able to find the link with relative ease.

New Content Knows No Bounds

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To start the proceedings our good friend Neil has finally (and I stress the finally) finished writing a new summary for the factions section he promised us so long ago about The New Empire. Thanks Neil. :)

Next, Daniel Vonboles has begun writing a new piece of fan fiction about a group of noble rogues (my favourite kind of people) conspiring from within what’s left of the Empire after the events of Panzer Dragoon Saga to pave a new path for mankind leading to a better future. I’m looking forward to more well-written fan fiction in the future.

And last but not least, two new theories have been introduced to the already brimming theories section. Jeremy Prusak has written a theory about the main factors contributing to the downfall of the ancient civilization. I, myself, on the other hand have often wondered where the theories about the Heresy dragon’s entrance into the world end and where the facts begin, so I decided to explore a few ideas and tie a few facts together. Enjoy.

The Mystery of Abadd's Masters and More

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I’ve written a short summary of one of the most fascinating mysteries of the Panzer Dragoon world, The Mystery of Abadd’s Masters. While this is probably somewhat predictable to most you, it raises two important questions - who were they and why did they go into hibernation?

The Sharp Edge has also written the fourth chapter his fanfic, Panzer Dragoon: War of Dawn. The story is starting to become quite interesting, especially with the introduction of familiar characters from more than one Panzer Dragoon game. There is more fan fiction in the process of being written too.