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Childhood : Introduction
The game begins with a VERY long introduction involving a multi-color stained glass window, trees, various characters and a swordsman. Stirring classical-style music plays in the backgrond. Eventually the intro takes you into a quiet woodland village with a castle.
You start by naming your character, and after a short loading time you are sent immediately into the world. You learn the town Oakvale lies in the forest of Albion.
NOTE: Albion in real life is what the Romans called Scotland when they were invading. They called Ireland "Ierne" and Scotland "Albion". As far as Oakvale goes, it of course means "vale of the oak trees". The Oak is the spiritual tree of England, a very strong, long-living plant that can last hundreds of years. It doesn't even make acorns until it's 80 years old. In fact many say that the word Druid comes from "dru - wid", knower of oak trees.
OK, back to the story. You are a young boy who lives with his mother, father and sister in this peaceful town of Oakvale. You dream of being a hero - a noble knight or powerful wizard, maybe even an evil warrior.
You get to watch a cut scene where your father says to go find your sister. She's by the Barrow Fields gate. You have to get her a birthday present. Your dad says he'll give you a gold piece for each good deed you do around the town. Note that if you want to choose an evil path, you can also get gold pieces from various folk for being nasty.
Also note that if you choose to be nasty, it doesn't affect you long term. They figure that you might accidentially do bad things while you're learning how the game works. So the guards will scold you, and townsfolk will make nasty comments when you pass, but there are no real long-term repercussions yet.
If you end up being really good, you'll actually get a gold halo and butterflies flying around you :) Also note that if you are out in the sun a lot you tan, and if you are out at night all the time you'll get really pale.
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