Square Enix has released the first in a series of three trailers spotlighting the main characters of Trials of Mana. The first trailer focuses on the promising young swordsman Duran and princess Angela from Altena.
Here is an overview of the two characters and how they are linked, via Square Enix:
Duran is a swordsman from the Kingdom of Valsena. Those impressive muscles aren’t just for show—despite his young age, he’s respected as one of the strongest warriors around, and a worthy heir to his departed father, Loki.
But one fateful day, Valsena’s castle is attacked. Rushing to its defense, he confronts the Crimson Wizard, but for all his strength, he is powerless against the malevolent magician.
After recovering from his wounds, he vows to become stronger, and sets off on a journey to confront the villain.
Angela’s story is very different. She’s not initially powerful skilled… quite the opposite.
She’s the the only daughter of the True Queen of Altena, the snow-covered kingdom of magicians. Unfortunately, Angela struggles to cast spells, something that makes her a source of constant shame for her mother, the True Queen.
But when the True Queen, and her right hand man the Crimson Wizard, try to force Angela to sacrifice herself to activate the energy of the Mana Stone, her power emerges.
So we have two very different characters, bonded together by the malevolent machinations of the Crimson Wizard.
…well maybe. One of the fascinating things about Trials of Mana is that you get to choose which characters take center stage in the story. You pick three heroes from a group of six main characters, and the story you experience unfolds differently depending on who you go with.
So it’s entirely possible that in your playthrough, Angela doesn’t join forces with Duran. Perhaps she meets the feral Kevin, or the quick-witted Hawkeye. Or maybe she teams up with the noble Amazonian Reisz or precocious Charlotte. It’s entirely up to you.
Watch the trailer below.