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.

New Scourage of the Terrablossom Fanfic and a Theory

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To start the new year off, Arc’engal has submitted a fanfic that explains more about the hybrids from Scourage of the Terrablossom universe that belong to the dreaded Brotherhood of Sestren. It’s an interesting read - well worth checking out if you enjoyed the main Scourage storyline.

Jeremy Prusak and Justin Pasternak have also jointly written a theory about the human who’s DNA was used by Azel to create Orta. Was he Edge - or someone else? This theory speculates about another character who may have been Orta’s father.

Merry Christmas for the Day Before Yesterday

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Firstly, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas. Since before the Christmas break I’ve been meaning to add two new theories to this site. Jeremy Prusak has written a theory about the next dragon rider. He has also taken a different approach at looking at Zoah’s Book of Genesis. In a theory I wrote a few months ago I discussed the possibility of the Ancients being the gods this book speaks of. Jeremy’s theory discusses one point I hadn’t delved too far into: the creation of humans.

Gorka Bolea, a Spanish fan of the Panzer Dragoon series, has drawn three pictures of Azel from Panzer Dragoon Saga. All three are great and show the artist’s interpretation of Azel from various angles. The images can viewed by clicking on the links below:

Muscled Azel Sketch Muscled Azel Walking Muscled Azel Kneeling

More Literature

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The Sharp Edge has completed the third chapter of his fan story, Panzer Dragoon: War of Dawn. For those who haven’t read the first few chapters, the story tells of fictional events that happened after Panzer Dragoon Saga, explaining what happens to some key characters.

Jeremy Prusak has sent me a theory about the Garil Desert. While this theory contradicts the Panzer Dragoon map, it brings up some worthwhile points about the similarities between two locations.

Last of all (for this update), Justin Pasternak has contributed a theory about the languages used in the Panzer Dragoon world. Are their specific symbols and characters used by those in the Panzer Dragoon universe? Read on…

New Content From External Fans

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Jeremy Prusak has written a new theory regarding the creatures of the Panzer Dragoon world. Were the natural animals simply wiped out along with the Ancient civilisation, or is there more regarding this interesting topic? The theory brings up several explanations.

Nevey has also drawn a touching picture showing us what might happen if Orta was ever reunited with her mother at last. I can’t imagine something like this happening in the dark world that Orta lives in, but who knows? It’s always nice to explore another possibility, another path that could have been trodden.

Fanfics of the Past and the Present

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Firstly, Gehn the Berserker has written the second episode of his play-like fanfic, 02. This time the episode is from the Empire’s perspective.

Also, I’ve written the first three chapters of my own piece of fan fiction called The Fall of the Lost Civilisation. I actually started this story last year believe it or not, but other things have kept me from uploading it and I wanted to have a decent amount of the story written before I did so. The fanfic is set ten thousand years before Panzer Dragoon Orta… so I think you should be able to guess what the lost civilisation is.

The Fan Fiction Phase

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There seems to be a lot of interest in writing Panzer Dragoon fan fiction recently, which is great news. Of all this site’s content, I’d have to say that the Fan Fiction section is one of the most worthwhile because it discusses the possibility of “what if” something happened as well as fulfilling the role of a form of entertainment.

For this update, the first addition to this section is a new fanfic simply called “02”. Gehn the Berserker plans to write multiple episodes set out in a play form, with this being the first. Also, The Sharp Edge has finished the second chapter of his fanfic, Panzer Dragoon: War of Dawn. I have my own little addition to this section planned for the next update as well. :)

Also worth noting is that Geoffrey has added an extra paragraph to the bottom of his Gold Dragon Theory discussing the colour change of the dragon found in the seventh episode of Panzer Dragoon Orta.

More Updates!

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The Sharp Edge has written the next part of his story which can be found in the Fan Fiction section as per usual. For those of us who cannot get enough of the Panzer Dragoon world, it’s always good to see more fan fiction.

Also, I’ve added another theory to the Theories section about our good old friend Abadd. Truth be told, I just wanted an excuse to upload a cool CGI image of him we’ve had for some time now. What separates Abadd from Azel in terms of design I wonder?

Of Facts and Fiction

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Firstly, I’d like to announce the coming of a new section to The Will of the Ancients. The Mysteries section starts with four summaries containing factual (or as close to fact as you can get with a video game) summaries of various mysteries in the Panzer Dragoon world. Geoff came up with the idea and it seemed like a logical choice for a new section as the series contains so many questions worth discussing. More mysteries can be expected in the future too, especially if fans submit their own.

The Sharp Edge has also begun writing a new fanfic called Panzer Dragoon: War of Dawn. So far he has written the Prelude which sums up the events at the end of Panzer Dragoon Saga and has promised me he’ll do his best to continue the story.

The Empire Expands its Influence

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As I checked my emails early this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to find the first Panzer Dragoon Orta MIDI awaiting me. Thomash Lee can be thanked for creating the MIDI of Saori Kobayashi’s Gigantic Fleet, the theme of the fourth episode of Panzer Dragoon Orta. The MIDI itself is very nicely done and will also be available on VGMusic.com, where a more detailed summary of the MIDI will be able to be viewed soon.

Generic Update

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Updates have been few and far between recently due to a shortage of time. However, rest assured that we have plenty of content planned for the future, both near and distant. I feel we need more Panzer Dragoon Orta content, so I wrote a little piece of prose regarding something that has crossed the minds of Orta fans everywhere at least once: her gun which up until the time of her escape was obviously invisible the whole time. There can be no other explanation! How else could the gun have appeared out of nowhere?

I’ve narrated illustrated moments leading up to the escape to focus on a few oddities (namely gaps in time and the lack of a gun at any point during the initial cinematics), and put forward an idea or two that might equate to something reasonable theory-wise.

If any fan would like to write another theory to explain where the gun came from (anything within reason), The Will of the Ancients will gladly host it.

Speculation and Art

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I haven’t compiled any theories for Panzer Dragoon in quite a few months now, so I decided to write up a theory that I came up with at the old Excavation Camp (R.I.P) forums. This theory talks about the ancient texts of Zoah …what if there was a hint of truth within them? Most importantly, can these books give us an insight on how, or more importantly why, the Ancient Age perished in the dust?

Also, a contribution to the Fan Art section has been made in the form of a 3D render of the ruins of Cainus. Many thanks for this image, Bruno.

The Sky Rider: Reloaded

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Just a minor update. I’ve written another theory revolving around Panzer Dragoon Saga’s Excavation Site and its possible sources of intrigue for the Heresy dragon. Plus, I’ve rewritten and reorganized much of my old, defunct Sky Rider Theory to include many new images that tie in with my Excavation Site Theory (I kept only some of the old text). I deliberately cross linked the two for the benefit of our readers who’ll see what I mean if you look closely enough. :)

Yes, I’m aware of the fact that the Sky Rider wasn’t Lundi, but here we can see why we might be led to that conclusion.

I’ve also added some extra images to my summary of Lundi in the Factions section which give a better impression of the trials he was forced to endure.

The Will of the Ancients IRC Channel

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For the members of the Will of the Ancients forums (although anyone is welcome to join), I have created an IRC channel to discuss Panzer Dragoon topics in real time. For those who don’t know, IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, a fast and popular chat medium for typing conversations to one another across the Internet. The details are:

  • IRC Server: irc.lunarnet.org
  • Port: 6667
  • Channel: #panzerdragoon

For more detailed instructions, see the Chat section, which has a step-by-step guide to connecting to #panzerdragoon using mIRC.

Restructured Forums and Other Additions

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The current forums have been restructured. There are now three forums, the Seeker’s Stronghold, the Liberal District, and the Holy District. Hopefully this change will benefit the Panzer Dragoon community. I’ve made a thread explaining the changes, so post any questions you might have there.

A new skin has been submitted by Scorbutman. It works best if you’re using Winamp 2, however the main part still shows up in Winamp 3. You can download it from the Skins section. Also, Neil has written a poem about the drones of the Ancients, which can be read here.

A Poem, a Faction Summary, and a Piece of Fan Art

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In the Fan Art section you’ll find an anime picture of Orta. It’s a nice change from the usual more serious looking CG version of the character. The image was created by Butleri. Also the Poems section has been updated with “Wings of a Dragon”, a neat poem about the dragon. Thanks to Edge Celize for this one.

Also, I have finally completed a Seeker summary, which I started back before the Factions section was even up, back in April! It’s good to finish things like this off at last and I hope readers of this site will enjoy it as much as I ended up enjoying writing it.

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.