Thursday, April 7, 2022

Poll Result: Patrons' Choice Topic for April 2022

Every month Phantom River Stone holds a poll among our patrons to choose a topic for the blog in the coming month. After tallying the votes (including accumulated votes from previous months), the winning topic that has been voted this time is:

"Alternative Letter from Iwao to Ryo (Unused Asset)"

In the first game, players discover a note addressed to Ryo from his father Iwao, who seemingly had some inkling that his life was in danger.

In that note, Iwao gives advice to Ryo about being true to one's convictions:
"Dear Ryo... those who follow the path of a warrior, must be prepared to die in order to stand by their convictions. Live for one's convictions, die for one convictions. That is how I lived my life. Ryo, it is up to you to discover your path and follow it through."

Upon reading this, Ryo murmurs "My father must have known that Lan Di was coming..."

Reading through this letter is a memorable moment for players of the game.

In fact a second unused version of Iwao's letter to Ryo exists in the game files. However, although it is not actually shown in the game, we can access the data on disc to read what it says.

In the post we will be examining and translate Iwao's unused letter to see what other advice he had for Ryo.

Watch for it to come on the blog!

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