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The Old and the New

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I’ll start this update with some older content, dug up from the dreaded vaults of my “To Sort” folder. Back in the days of Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon, Lord Craymen created some screensavers based on credits of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. All three screensavers are now available in a zip archive. I’ve also added some pre-release music that was originally hosted on Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon. These tracks were recorded from the E3 2002 demo of Panzer Dragoon Orta and contain some significant differences from the final version. I’ve also added an older OverClocked ReMix to the Music section, the Panzer Groove by McVaffe.

While we’re on the subject of older content, I’ve added four pieces of fan art from Razia to the site. Two pictures of everyone’s favourite mechanic, Paet, as well as some pictures of Azel and Edge. I’ve also added a couple of older pictures drawn by Atolm, as well as an excellent new picture that she has made of the Solo Wing. I liked this picture so much that I used it for my avatar.

Paet Fixing an Ancient Ship Paet and Edge at Juba's Two Appearances of Azel Edge Hears The Dragon's Wings Overhead New Dragon Pizza Solo Wing Solo Wing Speed Sketch

Last but not least, I’m pleased to welcome a new member of The Will of the Ancients team. I’ve made D-Unit, the webmaster of Panzer Dragoon Legacy, an administrator of this site. It’s likely that you’ll see some updates from him in the future.

Lagi's Takeoff

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Tyrone Kamran has submitted three new sketches of Edge and his dragon. It’s always nice to see new Panzer art.

Edge Riding His Trusty Dragon Edge and the Dragon After a Battle Edge Riding His Dragon

I’m also pleased to add a new remix of the Panzer Dragoon Zwei track “The Great Ravine” to this site. It’s called “Lagi’s Takeoff”, created only last month by Mattinc. I highly recommend listing to this track if you’ve played Zwei; it will bring back some memories.

Audio Details for "Panzer Dragoon Zwei - Lagi's Takeoff OC Remix"

More information about the remix can be found on the related OverClocked ReMix page.

New Art From He Who Is The Sky

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Happy New Year. I’ve added four new drawings from He Who Is The Sky to the Fan Art section. Be sure to have a look if you haven’t seen them already; he is a great artist.

Imperial Conflict Victory Wing Diagram Guardian Dragoon Diagram Prophecy Wing Diagram Chibified Azel

There’s also a Christmas themed picture of Azel, submitted by starsofnite. Thanks everyone who has contributed to this site recently.

Videos, Artwork, and Emulation News

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I’ve added three videos to the site that many of you will be familiar with. These fake trailers were created by Lord Craymen and Senor Kaffee to trick fans into believing that a new Panzer Dragoon game was on the horizon. If you haven’t seen the trailers, be sure to check them out in the Videos section.

Tyrone Kamran has submitted a new piece of fan art depicting Edge’s fight with the baldors at the start of Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Baldors in the Valley Retroscoped

The image was created using rotoscoping, and the artist hopes to create a full animation of the fight in the future. Speaking of artwork, you may be aware that The Art of Panzer Dragoon, undoubtably the best Panzer art site on the web, is currently offline. If you’re looking for the art from that site there’s a copy on the Internet Archive although be aware that some of art won’t load. I can’t confirm when The Art of Panzer Dragoon will be back online.

If you missed the update on Panzer Dragoon Legacy, there has been some progress in the development of Xbox emulation on the PC. The Cxbx emulator now runs Panzer Dragoon Orta, although admittedly it’s far from playable at this stage. You can read more about it on the developer’s blog, and see it in action in this YouTube video:

It’s great to know that someone is working on this.

The Will of the Ancients now has a microblog that be found on the Facebook, Twitter, and Identi.ca social networks, so you can be informed of news updates and more straight from these services. I’ve wanted to add an RSS or Atom feed to this site for a while but given the limitations of how the site was originally coded it’s not practical to implement one. I recommend subscribing to a feed on Facebook, Twitter, or Identi.ca if you want updates sent to your feed reader.

If you’re looking for a good film to see, James Cameron’s Avatar is a fantastic achievement in cinema and features many similarities to Panzer Dragoon (especially Orta), so be sure to check it out. And that’s it for this update. I hope everyone has an enjoyable Christmas and ends the decade on a high note.

Test Your Panzer Dragoon Knowledge For Real This Time

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I couldn’t bring myself to post the 150th update without contributing something to The Will of the Ancients’ collective archive myself. In the Trivia section you’ll find the final test in the series of quizzes that I started back in 2003. Time flies when you’re having fun indeed. Following on from the Easy and Normal quizzes, I’ve gone out of my way to make the Hard Quiz especially difficult. Even the most hardcore of Panzer Dragoon fans is likely to struggle, or at least that’s my evil intention.

For this update, Tyrone Kamran has submitted a new picture of Azel for the Fan Art section.

Azel Smiling

Also, Chupacabra has sent me the fourth chapter of his fanfic, A Trial of Endurance. This chapter strays from the events and locations covered in Panzer Dragoon Orta. The new culture that Chupacabra has introduced will no doubt become more relevant as the story of Flomu Narikara continues.

Links Section Overhaul and New Hosted Site

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Many of you will be familiar with Stephan’s Dolby’s website The Panzer Place. It was one of the first English Panzer Dragoon websites on the Internet and served (and still serves) as a great resource for content on the Saturn Panzer trilogy. Due to upcoming death of Geocities on October 26, we’ve moved The Panzer Place to The Will of the Ancients’ web server. The site is now hosted at place.thewilloftheancients.com, and Stephan has added a brief update to the main page.

Remember how a couple of updates ago I said that I’d keep the site’s old domain for subdomains? Well, after discussing the matter with Stephan, I’m completely eating my own words. All hosted sites can now be found at subdomain.thewilloftheancients.com. The old domain, panzerdragoon.net, is now officially deprecated, and may be dropped altogether at a later date, so I recommend updating any links. It’s simpler for everyone if there’s just one domain.

If anyone else has a Panzer Dragoon site that they’d like hosted, I’d be more than happy to help out.

The Links section has long been due for an overhaul, so tonight I went through and made sure all the links still worked. There are a number of sites which have been taken down since the section was last touched. Some of the links have now been replaced with links to the Internet Archive, but only where this has been possible. Sadly some sites such as the Panzer Dragoon art website, Windmills, could not be recovered. If you know of any Panzer Dragoon sites that are missing from the Links section, please let me know.

Art Comes in Various Forms

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Unfortunately the official Panzer Dragoon Orta website has been taken offline, however forum member Hein has kindly uploaded an archive of the site to panzer-dragoon.net. The departure of the official site brings back memories of Sega of America’s official Panzer Dragoon Orta website (now also offline) and the flash game that was featured on that site. Al3xand3r has sent me the swf files that make up this game, which I have added to the Accessories section. You can run the game in any web browser that includes the Flash plugin by extracting the contents of the zip file and opening index.htm. For convenience, the game is also accessible without downloading the files manually.

In this update, Hein has submitted a picture of Orta and the dragon using WebPainter. His friend Huoshen has created a piece of artwork featuring Edge, Azel, and their dragons in children forms. I’ve also added a piece of Panzer Dragoon fan art (which could double as a wallpaper) created by Corporal Kitty.

Orta and Her Dragon (Web Painter) Azel and Edge as Children Orta and the Panzer Dragoon Logo

And now for something that I’ve been meaning to add to the site for a while, something a bit different. My friend who goes by the name Kayne Nemesis on the Internet, has given me a copy of a game of Snakes and Ladders that he created for a university project. The board consists of a traditional Snakes and Ladders grid, but with a Panzer Dragoon theme added to it. Kayne was the person who introduced me to the world of Panzer Dragoon back in 1997, so he deserves credit for far more than this submission. :)

Panzer Dragoon Snakes and Ladders

That’s all the new content for this update. On the forums, we’re looking for volunteers to translate various texts from the Japanese Panzer Dragoon guidebooks. If you know of anyone who can read Japanese and would be willing to help out, please get in touch.

Dedicated Fans Continue to Produce New Art

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I’m very pleased to be adding three new pictures to the site’s fan art gallery. Snow Girl has sketched up a nice portrait of the character Azel. There are also two new pieces of art from B-R-E-T. The first is a cartoony sketch of Orta on the telephone, and the second features Orta with her scarf transforming into the dragon. Good effort both of you.

Azel Sketch Hello Lagi Orta's Scarf

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to watch the trailer of Team ICO’s The Last Guardian. The upcoming Playstation 3 title features the ‘boy and his dog’ theme found in the Panzer Dragoon series, but instead of a dragon, the game features a giant cat/dog-like creature. Both of the previous games in the ICO series have been amazing; I have no doubt that this third game will also be something special. The Last Guardian may be the closest thing you’ll find to a new Panzer game in this console generation.

Going Forward

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After a four and a half month break from work, gaming, and a static lifestyle, I’m back. To an extent, anyway, another part of me is still off exploring Veliko Tarnovo’s ancient fortress. It was great to meet some of you in person during my travels, and I hope to see some of you again in the months to come. The journey isn’t over yet.

The break has given me time to think over a number of things; what’s important to me and what I really want to achieve with my time. Given this, I have no plans to make any radical changes to The Will of the Ancients. There is a lot that could be done to improve the site, to modernise it, to expand it. The general understanding I have is that people are (more or less) happy with the way things are. Change is good, but improvement for the sake of improvement can sometimes be more trouble than its worth. This doesn’t mean that I’ll be abandoning the site (far from it), but I’ll be focusing my attention on other projects. The site is staying online, the forums aren’t going anywhere, and if the content keeps coming in you can expect the same slow but steady stream of updates.

Although I cannot promise frequent updates this year, it’s good to be writing something here again. For this update, Kevin Berryman has submitted five new pieces of artwork, which have been placed in the Fan Art section. For your convenience, I’ve linked to them individually below. Many thanks for submitting these, Kevin.

Azel of the Ancients Edge of the World Azel Tragic Hero Azel Sunset Azel Sketch, Digitally Enhanced

You may have also noticed a change in the URL of both the main site and the forums. The primary domain for The Will of the Ancients is now thewilloftheancients.com and the forums can be found at forums.thewilloftheancients.com. panzerdragoon.net and forums.panzerdragoon.net will continue to work, the only difference is the site’s primary and secondary domains have been swapped over. I feel that a website’s domain and name should go together. Hosted sites will still use a subdomain in the x.panzerdragoon.net format since they are not directly associated with The Will of the Ancients.

Art of Art!

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Just here for a quick pit stop to add a new submission in the form of more artwork inspired by Panzer Dragoon Saga brought to us by Nattherat. Thanks Nat! In the artist’s own words: “an acrylic painting of Lagi’s base wing form done as practice”. Give our budding artists more encouragement folks!

Acrylic Basic Wing

Unfortunately, I am back off to obsessing over World of Warcraft for a bit. But in the immortal words of Arnie… I’ll be back!

Small Update!

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It’s been a while since I updated the site here with anything myself, but I’ve been meaning to return to the Sega gaming community as a whole for a long time now. So I’ll be back! Eventually sooner or later anyway.

In this update Chupacabra has written the third chapter of his ongoing fan fiction Trial of Endurance. Keep it up!

We’ve also added two of what were thought to be missing music tracks from Panzer Dragoon Mini courtesy of Robert Mueller, which can be found here in the edited section at the bottom of its respective page in the Secrets section.

While Panzer Dragoon lies seemingly forever in limbo, do your best not to forget that there’s more than enough science fiction out there to wet the appetite of almost any taste, so don’t despair my fellow sci fi lovers.

An Artistic Update

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I had planned on adding more to the site for this update, but some of the content was so overdue I didn’t want to leave it any longer. So without further delay, the following has been added:

Another update will be appearing here (hopefully) some time during the next week.

Panzer Dragoon Prototypes... Released!

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Hidden Palace has been updated with a torrent of the Panzer Dragoon prototypes. The prototypes included in the torrent are listed as follows:

  • Panzer Dragoon Saga - Sep 16, 1997 prototype - Disc 1 (of only 1?)
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga - Nov 30, 1997 prototype - Discs 1, 2 and 3
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga - Dec 22, 1997 prototype - Disc 1
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga - Dec 30, 1997 prototype - Discs 3 and 4
  • Panzer Dragoon Zwei - 45% prototype (preview) - Feb 02, 1996

I have added a copy of the torrent to the Accessories section.

Panzer Dragoon Prototypes

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Have you ever wondered what Panzer Dragoon Saga was like before it was completed? What changes were made prior to its release, what bugs were fixed? Well now this question has partially been answered. I recently had the opportunity to play through disc 1 of a prototype version of Panzer Dragoon Saga dated September the 16th, 1997. The prototype was bought off an unnamed contact of DRX, the owner of video game prototype website Hidden Palace, along with a number of other prototypes (of Saga and Zwei). These prototypes will all be released later in the week on DRX’s website, so stay tuned for another update here when that happens.

This release would not have been possible without the generous donations of the online Panzer Dragoon community here at The Will of the Ancients, so thank you everyone who donated. As small as we are, it just goes to show how passionate people can be when it comes to this series. Sega, are you listening? :)

I’ve posted my impressions of the 16/9/1997 Azel prototype in the following forum topic (skip to the fourth page). Images of some of the differences are available in the Screenshots section.

For this update, Snowgirl Orta has also submitted a new piece of art, a sketch of the drone Azel which I’d added to the Fan Art section. Also, Sega have confirmed that The Zoah, mentioned in the previous update, is going to be the official name of the alien race in Sonic Chronicles.

Vote For "The Zoah" to Appear in New Sonic RPG!

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Sega Europe are hosting a poll on what the name of the new enemy race should be called in the upcoming Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. If you’re going to come up a name for an alien race in a Sonic the Hedgehog RPG, why not name it after a place from one of the greatest Sega RPGs ever made? That’s exactly what the people over at Sega Nerds have done, by suggesting that the new alien race should be named The Zoah.

Looking at the list of considered names, The Zoah would definitely be my choice, Panzer or no Panzer. If you agree, it will only take a few seconds to vote for The Zoah. The closing date for voting is the 15th of March, so get in quick.

A Theory, a Link, and a Rumour

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Forum member Heretic Agnostic has submitted his first article to The Will of the Ancients, a theory which serves to put all other theories in their place. Okay, I exaggerate, but his theory does do a great job of offering an alternative explanation to the purpose of the mutated monsters, and the overall grand plan of the Ancients. Definitely worth a read if you’re after a fresh view of some of Panzer Dragoon’s biggest mysteries.

In this update I’ve also added a new link to, surprise surprise, the Links section. It isn’t an entire new Panzer Dragoon site, but Lee Williams’ website does contain an extensive section of general Panzer information, scans, clips, and more.

And the rumour? No it’s not a new Panzer game I’m afraid, but we might be getting a new release of an old game. According to Xbox 360 Fanboy, there is a good chance that Panzer Dragoon Orta will be rereleased as part of Microsoft’s Xbox Originals lineup. Since Xbox Originals titles are basically emulated copies of Xbox games that can be purchased via Xbox Live this would, hopefully, mean that the PAL disc version of Panzer Dragoon Orta would be fixed at the same time (it currently still crashes after the third episode). Lets hope that this rumour turns out to be true.

On a final note, somehow the tenth anniversary of Azel slipped right past me. The Japanese version of Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG was released on the 29th of January 1998, just under one month and ten years ago. Here’s hoping that a game which tops Azel will be released sometime during the next ten years.

Game Information Section Updated

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Lance has revamped the game information page for Sega Ages: Panzer Dragoon, the remake of the original Panzer Dragoon which was was released on the Playstation 2 last year. The page previously contained pre-release information about the game, but has now been updated with a summary of the features and collector’s material that the game offers.

Screenshots of the audio CD and music box that were included in the deluxe version are also shown.

The Second Chapter of A Trial of Endurance

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As the title says, Chupacabra has submitted the second chapter of his fanfic, A Trial of Endurance, to the Fan Fiction section of this website. Chapter 2 continues off from where the first chapter concluded, with Flomu’s story colliding with actual in game events. It should be interesting to see how the main character develops given the way that this chapter ends.

There’s been nothing new on the Panzer front since the last update, with the closest thing to a new Panzer Dragoon game being Factor 5’s Lair for the Playstation 3. Unfortunately, Lair has received a number of poor reviews, so if you were hoping for a solid title to fill that dragon shaped hole in your next-generation gaming library, you may be waiting for a while yet.

A Brand New Story From an Imperial Perspective

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Chupacabra has written the first chapter of a new piece of fan fiction called A Trial of Endurance. The story is told from the perspective of an imperial technician aboard the Vermana (the first boss of Panzer Dragoon Orta), and sets the scene for chapters yet to be written. I’m always looking for new fan fiction to put on The Will of the Ancients, and it’s great that there are people out there still interested in writing stories set in the Panzer universe.

I still haven’t heard word on how the next Xbox 360 emulator patch is coming along, but hopefully we’ll hear some more news soon so people in PAL regions will be able to play the full game.

Update: Orta Fully Playable on NTSC 360s

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It has come to my attention that the issue mentioned in the previous update (of Panzer Dragoon Orta crashing after the third episode when playing it on the Xbox 360) does not exist in the NTSC version of the game. According to a number of American Xbox 360 owners from The Seekers’ Stronghold, the update runs Panzer Dragoon Orta near flawlessly on NTSC consoles (with the exception of some choppiness in the FMV sequences).

The April update wasn’t the last emulation update that Microsoft plans to release for the Xbox 360 so lets hope that a future update will fix the PAL problems.

Play Through Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox 360

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Microsoft has recently updated their list of original Xbox games that run on the Xbox 360 and Panzer Dragoon Orta is among them! Some of us thought it would never come, but Microsoft’s latest update includes a number of the more highly acclaimed Japanese titles released on the Xbox, including Jet Set Radio Future (Smilebit) and Phantom Dust (from the creator of Panzer Dragoon himself!).

Unfortunately, the update isn’t without issues; when I tried playing Orta on my Xbox 360 it crashed after the third episode. I’ve made Microsoft aware of the problem, but it is bit disappointing to see these kinds of errors pop up when a bit more testing might have prevented the problem. I can sympathise with the developers who are working hard to emulate this titles though; it’s amazing what they’ve managed to achieve so far. Hopefully they’ll roll an update out soon, and all will be well.

The first three episodes of the game run fine, however. Slowdown was very minimal, and it felt just like playing on the original Xbox. Small black borders accompany the left and right of the screen, but for the most part you’ll forget that they’re there. Once Microsoft have ironed out the problems with this update, it will be an excellent opportunity for new players to experience the game, and for old to re-experience it in a higher resolution.

Panzer Dragoon on the Wii? Not Quite

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There isn’t a new Panzer Dragoon game coming out on the Wii (unfortunately), but the GlovePIE scripting community has come up with what just might be the next best thing. By connecting the Wii Remote to your PC, via bluetooth, and applying a script, it is now possible to play the PC version of Panzer Dragoon with the Wii Remote. Not owning a Wii Remote, I haven’t had the opportunity to try this out for myself, but several videos are available on the Internet demonstrating this unique way of playing Panzer Dragoon. The developers are planning on releasing future revisions of the script to make the game easier to control.

The script, as well as videos demonstrating Panzer Dragoon being played with the Wii Remote, can be found on the Global Domination website.

A New Year, a New Dawn?

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As the new console war heats up to boiling point, we will see many new titles oozing with originality from every pore on both major next generation platforms to help seperate one another from the competition. Believe me when I say this is never a bad thing. The future may not look too bright for Panzer Dragoon, but why worry when it only offered a mere taste of the imagination that can be poured as if from the creators’ souls into these interactive works of fiction? There are many more sights and sounds to soak up before we can safely call it a day.

I refuse to allow PD Net to fade away into the background, so don’t expect us to go anywhere unless the world comes crashing down around us.

Over a year ago (time flies when you’re having fun, eh?), me and the webmaster joined forces to compile a long list of reasons as to why we came to (as opposed to jumped to) the conclusion that the dragon hero at the centre of each Panzer Dragoon game was in actual fact the same dragon in both body and soul. We thought there were enough implications tying them together and tying them into the world as its centrepiece for the games to not have to spell it out for everyone, but it has been the subject of much debate nonetheless. We don’t aim to disprove anyone’s theories; rather, we merely wanted to show fellow fans how and why we reached this popular conclusion. I hope you all enjoy our aptly and appropriately named Dragon Life Cycle theory.

Have fun in your future endeavours.

New Translation and Theory

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Recently there has been a bit of discussion on the forums regarding the identity of the dragon, that same tired old debate of it either being the same dragon or different dragons entirely. I have written a short theory that discusses a third option. What if the dragon’s body did indeed die, but his mind lived on as part of the Heresy Program? You can read the whole thing in my Attached Dragon Mind Theory.

Kimimi has once again provided us with another translation, this time from one of the Azel guidebooks. The piece of information is titled “After Sestren Function Stop” in our favourite language Engrish, and sums up some of the things that happen after Panzer Dragoon Saga. It’s quite an interesting read, and surprisingly consistent with the events of Panzer Dragoon Orta.

I’ve also updated the About section will a few minor details and corrections, nothing major though.

A Couple of New Updates

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Kimimi has recently translated part of the Japanese Panzer Dragoon Zwei manual. This translation contains the information found in the part of the manual that discusses the game’s storyline. It’s mostly information that we already know, but it’s always nice to have a different version of the text, just in case we’ve missed some details that got lost in the original 1996 translation when the game was released outside of its native country. Kimimi was going to do some of the Azel manual as well, but has taken a break to work on the Shining Force III translation over at Shining Force Central. I dare say that the time spent on that translation will be well worth the trouble; both Shining Force and Panzer Dragoon are classic video game legacies.

Besides the Translations section receiving an update, Jeremy Prusak has contributed a new article for the Theories section called Gash’s Identity Theory. Was Gash simply a human, or is there more behind that mask than we are lead to believe?

I’ve been notified of some problems with the RAR files on this site not downloading correctly when their respective links are clicked. It seems that because of the recent change over at my webhost (see last update), the .rar file extension was behaving abnormally. These are links should now work correctly.