Monday, December 22, 2014

Project D2

See the complete Demonbane pastebin for everything including project D2 


Nitroplus 10th anniversary book Nitroplus Complete
Project D2 proposal by Haganeya Jin
(Some additional details from Haganeya's twitter: http://togetter.com/li/41991)
Summary + partial translation

LOST WORLD
Demonbane's Big Bang Impact destroys all the Great Old Ones, all the Outer Gods (including all avatars of Nyarlathotep and Yog-Sothoth and Shub-Niggurath), the solar system, the galaxy, other galaxies, and then the entire universe, and lets off a metallic warcry, that might also be a cry of lamentation, in the midst of the void where even time has ceased to exist. But it still hides a glimmer of hope in its heart.

STORMBRINGER
A turbulent age filled with wars fought by magic. Hadou Zaibatsu clashes with the Church of Starry Wisdom. Daijuuji Kuzaku and Demonbane Twosword's world. A failed summoning of a dark god fractures the world, turning it into a game for the chaos. The knight chases the gamekeeper across worlds. The fight against Another Blood, and Nyarlathotep's trap. Kuzaku accepts his other self, and breaks Nyarlathotep's machinations. But still, the fight between good and evil continues forever after, and forever before.
(*The first bit seems to be from the old Demonbane 2 ideas from Haganeya's blog, while the latter parts are the events of Kishinhishou)

LATE LATE LATE SHOW
A cult, the August Party, that claim to be apostles of the Elder Gods, summons a giant of light (that yells "shuwatch") called Alpha-Omega to purify (destroy) Arkham City. A guy named George, who refers to Winfield as his master, tries fighting it barehanded but can't do anything, and slots a card from his "spell deck: Necronomicon" into his gauntlet to summon his deus machina, Goliath. He controls the Goliath with the gauntlet and cards too.
Hadou Zaibatsu's fight against magic societies continue with or without Kuzaku. The Church of Cthulhu, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, the August Party, Darkness Dawn led by Raal Robdy (*from prequel novel Kishintaidou), Neo Black Lodge which plans its Moonchild Project, Silver Twilight, Twilight Angel, Enovelch (from Vjedogonia; Supposedly means "heretic" in Russian and I'm 99% sure I'm spelling it wrong), and Starry Wisdom which stands behind all of them.
Ruri is still commander, but doesn't want to wear her old uniform because she's now in her thirties and thinks the skirt is too short (Winfield has her change into it anyway).

HERO WARS
Allison transforms into Metatron (also her monologue includes "with great power comes great responsibility") and fights the Magnificent Five Hundred and Twelve of Glyu-Vho, superhuman freaks who use the power of the elder gods. A girl flying through the sky with an umbrella ("like Mary Poppins"), Hinterstoisser shows up and defeats them instead, and attacks Metatron, transforming into Mahoushoujo Sandalphon.
(*Hinterstoisser was mentioned before on Haganeya Jin's twitter; She's actually a boy in drag, and used to work for Neo Black Lodge which is headed by Vespasianus but betrayed them)

ARKHAM HORROR
Colin is now a magic detective, and a flamboyantly gay man who refers to himself as a jester shows up with a job for him: He wants Colin to look after a girl- De Vermis Mysteriis. He says that she will guide Colin someday, and apologises for the trouble his corpse gave them before disappearing.
(Twitter has confirmation that this is a non-evil Tiberius from the happy end route where Black Lodge doesn't exist, who works with the elder gods; Note that Kuzaku's world = this world is the true end world where Kurou and Al left, NOT the happy end world which is where Kuzaku headed to in Kishinhishou)

PARANOIA
Chiaki confronts Doctor West, true genius, mad scientist, shining star of Arkham City (reason for shine: Strontium-90) in his secret lab.
"Let me introduce our members robo! Guitar: Doctor West!"
"Drums: Pickman!"
"Violin: Erich!"
Their band name is Houkago Part-time (760 Yen Per Hour/Experience Preferred)
West parodies some of Ranka Lee's lines. Chiaki pulls out a gun and says she's come to stop the Gamekeeper. Behind West is his current project- the broken parts of the Clockwork Phantom (see: Kishinhishou).
Chiaki takes out her D-Phone (like iPhone, only D) and summons Little Aida (from Gunshinkyoushuu; The machine language copy of the Necronomicon; Formerly taking the form of punchcards) who is now the mother computer of all of Arkham City's systems. Chiaki and L.A. fight West and Elza, while the Clockwork Phantom countinues to sleep.

TRAVELLER
The storm blows not just through Arkham City, butin the rest of the fractured world as well. The two Kuzakus and Demonbane Twosword continue their fight through time and space.
"So this is the world of Vjedogonia."
"No it's not. What are you saying?"
"I'm just a Demonbane passing by!"
Two of Daijuuji Kuzaku- One is the boy knight also known as Two Sword/Two Gun. The other, the crimson girl also known as Another Blood. (*P.S. this is a Kishinhishou spoiler)
Though they once fought and tried to destroy each other, shit happened (see: Kishinhishou) and they now fight alongside.
Each shard of the fractured world is governed by its own rules, the rules of a game board set by Nyarlathotep. Once they had to fight a dragon at the depths of a labyrinth. Another time they had to turn Demonbane Twosord into a pirate ship to fight a ghost ship.
The game of chaos continues. The fight of the two swords that cleave evil continues. A bell rings.

ADVENTURE OF HORROR HIGHSCHOOL
"Hey there! You must be the new transfer students! I'm the student council chairman of Miskatonic Academy, Perdurabo! Let me show you around the campus! We may have a couple of delinquents but they're all nice people deep down! I'm sure you'll fit in just fine! ...What's the matter, Etheldreda?"
"Master... You jest too much."
"..."
"..."
The fight of the two swords that cleave evil continues.

MAELSTROM
Fractured space and time. The world ruled by rules. The game of chaos. The players attempting to clear the game. The gamekeeper, the chaos, laughs at all of it.
What is the point of this game? What sort of schemes are the dark god planning? Should you care to ask, some may laugh at you, saying that humans could not possibly understand the machinations of the gods.
But the chaos with three burning eyes, being the most humanlike of the gods, and having an odd sense of obligation, might just answer.
"I'm just middle management, after all. My objective remains the same. I serve the gods- Regardless of what sort of god they are."

WORLD OF DARKNESS
This is an entirely different story. A story that cannot exist, unrelated to all other stories. The saga of a great magician, whose name is---
Awakening from his dreams, he looks down on the ruins of Arkham City from what remains of the Miskatonic clock tower.
The world lost to the dark gods. Not just Cthulhu, but all the CCDs returned and destroyed the Earth. Those who died were lucky, as those who survived became servants to the dark gods.
Even so, some of the men of the previous age survived, and this great magician was one of them.
Everything was taken from him- The warmth, the pain, the world he'd sworn to protect, the love he'd sworn to protect. But he still clings on to one last thing- Hate.
Hatred for evil keeps the great magician alive. He calls upon his grimoire, the Al Azif. Its power allows its to manifest itself as an avatar, an indescribable monster, something not unlike the dark gods that destroyed this world, that drives those who see it mad from fear.
But the magicians has no fear left. He transforms into magius style and summons Demonbane. All the CCDs in Arkham see it, but it's too late, and its Atlantis Strike destroys not just them but everything within a fifty mile radius- Arkham, Innsmouth, and Dunwich.
This is a story that cannot exist, unrelated to all other stories. The saga of a great magician, whose name is---
None know his name. But some look at his black garb and call him Crow, while some look at how he tears apart evil and call him Claw.
He and Demonbane reached a simple conclusion. If you want to destroy something, you have to go for the head.
The destruction of the Creator, Azathoth, is the will of Demonbane.
But the universe is but a dream of Azathoth. If Azathoth is destroyed, the universe... and all universes, will go with him.
But Demonbane does not hesitate- It is the sword that cleaves evil, and that is what it will do.

ARE YOU A DEMONBANE?
The game of chaos Daijuuji Kuzaku continues to play has an unexpected twist. His greatest enemy, the world's greatest enemy.
It is not a laughing god, but a merciless destroyer.
All-out war between the destroyer and the world. Those who witness this new saga will call it

ZANMATAISEN DEMONBANE




*The manga DYN Freaks written by Haganeya Jin seems to be connected to this setting. Also see: DYN Memo

Friday, November 28, 2014

Let's play: Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander the 2nd (1)

Have a separate Twitter account just for realtime updates on this LP.

So yeah, I got Scramble Commander 2 for 800 yen. Never played this (or SC1) before. It's not a direct sequel to SC1, just numbered 2 because it has the same system (it's an RTS).

No videos. I don't have any capture shit. Just text and pictures. 

DISCLAIMER: I WILL TAKE MY OWN TIME TO PLAY THIS AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE UP HALFWAY THROUGH OR ABANDON THE GAME FOR MONTHS AT A TIME*
*Now that I've actually played it though it's pretty good so I'll probably advance a a decent enough speed



Blah blah blah MU attacked 15 years ago and Tokyo Jupiter, Macross drops from the sky ten years ago and there was a war over it, one year war and shit, five years ago the gitaijuu from Godannar were starting to fuck everyone over but "tokki" (tokushukidouheiki = "special mobile weapon" = super robots) were mass produced and beat them. Super robot were considered overpowered and a bunch of laws were put into place to limit their use. And now it's the year 74 of the New Earth Calendar, and the Anti Alien Assembly (A3), an organization in charge of looking over alien overtechnology, is about to face a new conflict.



 An unidentified unit entered airspace under A3 jurisdiction and Dancouga and main character Keiji Tachibana (in an airplane) sortie to stop it. Keiji gets shot down, but Dancouga manages to take out the unit, which crashes near Keiji.


Keiji inspects it, and finds that the pilot was dead from unknown reasons (no serious wounds, robot itself barely damaged).

More enemies of unknown affiliation attack, but it's just Hizacks this time. It might be the Titans, but there's no IFF.

Shinobu asks Keiji to try using the enemy unit since it's barely scratched. He hasn't used any robots before (fighter pilot) but eh whatever.



Tutorial.

Right stick and R1/R2: Camera
D-pad up/down: Change unit
O: Menu

Menu makes it looks like it's generally just the usual stuff only in 3D realtime.

There are movement commands to prioritise battle or movement, and using square instead of circle sets waypoints. Units have fields of view that also serve as their engagement zones; Enemies not seen by any of your units are invisible, but you tell vaguely where they are by red dots on the dark areas of the map.
Units have tactical settings: The ones available on the first stage are offence, defence, and avoid engagement. There's also a range setting for your unit to keep at, which also determines which attacks they use (there are no attack commands; Units fight automatically depending on their tactical settings).
There's also a manual mode that lets you control a single unit in case the pathfinding goes full retard on you or something.

(Also the tutorial reveals the name of the original before the story did, Habakiri)


First stage starts. Dancouga fights some enemies while Keiji gets out of the way, but enemy reinforcements show up and target him, leaving him with no choice but to fight. He handles the robot decently, and Shinobu mentions that he's also known as the "Scarface Kid".


After the battle Keiji feels sick, and not just because the enemy pilot's corpse is still in the cockpit with him- He feels like something is sucking his very soul out. He also says that he doesn't like the nickname; The scar's nothing special, it's something he got as a kid.



The operator, Valentina, mentions that the unknown unit's energy readings rival that of the Dancouga: It's a tokki, in other words, and because of all the laws around them (they're basically treated like WMDs) this might get troublesome.


Meanwhile in a mysterious place, a mysterious man who resembles a mysterious blue cosmos mysterious Djibril talks to other mysterious people. ???Djibril is mad that the Zero One was taken by A3. ???2 explains that the Zero One's celestial reactor requires the pilot's brain to be compatible with it, and that it's Djibril's own damn fault for insisting they use one of his cronies. ???3 worries about A3 having the Zero One but ???2 doesn't care; It may have a celestial reactor, but the frame is conventional and nothing special compared to what they're going to make.


Back at A3's HQ in South Atalia, Kouji's excited because Mazinger Z's arriving. Ryou explains that producing and possessing tokki strictly controlled which makes the unidentified super robot also super illegal, and Professor Hazuki mentions that he found what seems to be its name printed on the unit (SS01-Habakiri) and that the Titans claimed that the Hizacks that attacked A3 were like totally stolen by AEUG or Karaba or someone for sure, true story.


Mykene attacks the Mazinger Z in transit, and Dancouga and Kouji (pilder) sortie, with Keiji joining them in the Habakiri.

There's another tutorial, unlocking four new tactical commands: Charge (increases offense and decreases defense), snipe (duh), decoy (do less damage but draw enemy attention), and delay (try to stop enemies where they are).


Mykene's kikaijuu are fucking tiny compared to the Dancouga which punts them around like ugly little footballs. After the battle Keiji feels himself becoming one with the Habakiri.


Hazuki is puzzled about the Habakiri's reactor and has suspicions about it (he says he saw something ismilar nine years ago); He shoots off a few messages, and immediately gets replies from professors Aoi and Yotsuya who want to see the thing in person.

Combattler V's Battle Team arrives at South Atalia to escort the Habakiri to Dannar Base for further inspection. Dancouga will be guarding it along the way too.


They run into magma beasts which they blow up along the way, and end up heading to the Nanbara Connection first. There's also a new tutorial on air/space movement and special moves.


The Habakiri has Yotsuya think of a professor Soga, further confirming Hazuki's suspicions. Hyouma referring to the Connection as home has Keiji think about home and family, and resolve to forget about both.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dark Souls and dragons/wyverns/drakes/wyrms/whatever

Translation - Japanese (literal translation)

Literal translations are for CLARIFICATION and not fucking suggestions for alternate translations like retards fucking assume every fucking time I do this.

Dragons - 竜 (ryuu = Dragon)
Ancient dragons - 古竜 or 古の竜 (koryuu/inishie no ryuu = Ancient Dragon)
Wyvern - 雷の飛竜 (ikazuchi no hiryuu =Flying Dragon of Lightning)
Hellkite Dragon - 飛竜ヘルカイト (hiryuu Herukaito = Flying Dragon: Hellkite)
"Drakes" mentioned in drake sword name/description, as well as the valley of drakes - 飛竜 (hiryuu = Flying Dragon)
Guardian Dragon - 護り竜 (mamori ryuu = Guardian Dragon)
Dragon aerie - 護り竜の巣 (mamori ryuu no su = Guardian Dragons' Nest)
"Wyrms" the dragonriders are said to have used - 地竜 (jiryuu = Earth Dragon)
 Drakewing Ultra Greatsword - 翼竜の特大剣 (yokuryuu no tokudaiken = winged dragon's greatsword)
"Drake" as used in the drakewing ultra greatsword's description is also 飛竜.
Paledrake - 白竜 (hakuryuu = white dragon); Also "Seath the scaleless" is originally 白竜シース/White Dragon Seath.
Black Dragon - 黒竜 (kokuryuu = black dragon)
Slumbering Dragon - 眠り竜 (nemuriryuu = sleeping dragon)
Drakeblood - 竜血 (ryuuketsu = dragon blood)
Archdrake sect -  古竜院 (koryuuin = Ancient dragon('s) institution)
Archdrake - 古竜 (koryuu  = Ancient Dragon)
Stone dragon/everlasting dragon -  石の古竜 (ishi no koryuu = Ancient dragon of stone)
Everlasting dragon (from the opening movie) - 朽ちぬ古竜 (kuchinu koryuu = Ancient dragons that would not die/decay/end; This is not a name for a type of dragons, it's a descriptor + "ancient dragons")


So yeah, the "wyverns" and "hellkite dragon" and "drakes" are all in fact the same sub-species of dragon, the hiryuu ("flying dragon"), which is a common Japanese translation (alongside 翼竜/yokuryuu/winged dragon) for English wyvern or drake. They're all offshoots: The "wyverns" are in fact a type of hiryuu that has something to do with lightning (hence them shooting lightning at you), while the Hellkite is either the name of a specific specimen, or another different offshoot of the sub-species.

"Guardian dragon" seems to be more of a description of their role (guarding the ancient dragon's home) than of their species name, and the sword seems to indicate that they're also hiryuu. Similar, in the cases of the black, white, and sleeping dragons, these are clearly titles, rather than the types of dragons they are.

The dragonriders' jiryuu (earth dragons) are seemingly another, completely different type of dragon (there aren't many details on the things).

So yeah, in Japanese they're all dragons; The Ancient Dragons are differentiated from other dragons by always being referred to as such, except in the cases where they have a title prioritized over it.

Hiryuu is almost always translated to "drake" but it looks like the confusion comes from how the translation is somewhat inconsistent (hellkite DRAGON, and the ikazuchi no hiryuu ought to have been Thunderdrakes or something instead of an entirely different word). And I can sort of see what they were trying to do with jiryuu to wyrm: Wyrm sounds like worm and worms are associated with Earth, right? But people familiar with fantasy take "wyrm" to just mean "dragon" which had people thinking the dragon riders rode drakes of maybe even actual dragons when they in fact rode big lizards that crawled around (see the concept art) which is something that comes across fine in the original name (they're EARTH dragons, as opposed to FLYING ones).

There also seems to be some confusion stemming from the whole ancient dragon/everlasting dragon/archdrake thing. All of these are just "ancient dragon" in Japanese, with "everlasting" being nothing more than a descriptor for the ancient dragons.

tl;dr The translation job here is all just very inconsistent and confusing.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Turn A Gundam Complete Record Collection 2

Just some stuff from this book (and no, I don't have the first volume. May get it later.)

    Stuff translated from Turn A Gundam Complete Record Collection 2: The Memory of Second Wind
    About the Sackträger (ties in to G-Reco stuff)
    At the end of the Universal Century, it seemed that the countless space wars would finally come to an end, but the unending consumption had reduced Earth's resources close to zero. During this age, Earth was still the center of human civilization, and mankind sought to restore civilization on Earth. To do this they needed massive amounts of materials, which had to be mined from asteroids which were moved near to Earth. The Sackträger's predecessor, the fixed orbital elevator, was built in order to make moving the mined resources down to Earth easier. This megastructure was also supposed to be a symbol of peace, and Earth did in fact have peace for a few hundred years after the construction of the orbital elevator. It seems that there might have been several orbital elevators during this period, and that Manupiti was the Earthside base station for them, and there is (in Turn A's age) a fuctioning mass driver in Manupiti. After several hundred years, however, another space war erupted and the orbital elevators were destroyed. The remains of the orbital elevators falling from space caused massive damage to Earth, and it is said that some of these parts were later used to built the Sackträger in Manupiti's legends of the Branch of Ades. That the parts of the orbital elevators were used to build the Sackträger is not true, however, as they were products of entirely different ages; The elevator collapse was such a huge disaster that as ages passed it continued to be passed down and memories and records of history ended up getting compressed and combining the records of the two completely different megastructures. Also, the helmet worn by the king of Manupiti is based on astronaut helmets from long ago. Either way,the fixed orbital elevator was never rebuilt, and instead the rotation-type Sackträger was built instead. Sackträger is a name in a language of ancient Europe (currently Galia in Turn A), German, which means "bagworm", and was presumably named as such because the elevator climbing up and down looked like a massive bagworm from the ground. There are no records of why the name is in German.
    About cold sleep
    While cold sleep usually doesn't result in dreaming, they have the technology to force someone in cold sleep to dream, and use it on criminals as punishment. Because of the massive amounts of time the people spend in dreams, aware that they're dreaming, they end up being driven insane.
    So yeah, that's the difference between regular cold sleep and the "reitou-kei" (punishment by being frozen) that Coren was subjected to, and why he's bonkers.
    OTHER TIDBITS
    -Moonrace moved to the moon AFTER the sacktrager was built
    -Eco terrorists tried to wipe out mankind with DG cells
    -Apparently at some point mankind in the Gundam universe went full fucking Macross, expanding to other star systems and creating a pan-galactic transport/communications network
    -There was a project to turn the moon into a death star and the huge trench seen in Turn A was going to be a track for a massive particle cannon (the project itself never came to fruition)
    Random bits from Tomino
    -Japanese people were happier in World War II because they had a goal to live for ("kill the evil yanks") and didn't expect to be able to live long.
    -It's like aids patients with children who don't have the disease. People need to be reminded of death to be able to really live.
    -Japan's cheerfulness during WW2 was wrong though. It was a bright society, but a healthy society is one with a good dose of darkness and poison.
    -I ever go brain-dead just kill me. I'd rather die than be a vegetable.
    -Turn A has nothing to do with Israel because Israel is a RELIGIOUS problem, and religion was purposely left out of Turn A. Religion is the source of all of mankind's problems. Religion is crazy.
    -All of mankind should just revert to animism

Monday, November 3, 2014

DYN Memo

Some brainless fuck named Revenger on Spacebattles is linking to this post and yet somehow managing to get every single fucking thing wrong oh wow.

Here's the Demonbane timeline for those retards who say DYN Freaks and Blasterz aren't canon or are prequels or whatever the fuck the shit they have in place of brains can come up with:
http://imgur.com/a/hxU9d

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Nothing to do with bad translations this time. Just translating stuff.

DYN Memo
Setting stuff (keywords and explanations) for the manga DYN Freaks by Haganeya Jin and Soratokumo, from Haganeya Jin's twitter.

http://twilog.org/J_hagane/search?word=DYN_memo
http://togetter.com/li/542186


Mashinkishi Knight Chaos『魔神騎士ナイトカオス』
Heisei remake of the Showa tokusatsu show Chaos Kamen. The protagonist obtains the Mask of Chaos and transforms into Knight Chaos, and fights monsters who possess other masks. In the movie Konton Taisen The Movie, the heroes of past series were redefined as people who had obtained other masks.

Himegami-ryuu 『秘神流』
A ryuuha from Nokigami domain (present day Chiba). Due to unnatural contortions and religious ritual-esque factors, it is not considered to be a competitive ryuuha. However there are records of a Japanese yojimbo who worked for the gangs in the US during the prohibition era who used this ryuuha.

Mugenshoujo Y series 『無限少女Y』シリーズ
Mystery novel series starring Yoguruma Mugen as a detective. The endings in which she manipulates causality to make the case fit her deductions were heavily criticised. Books released so far are: Thus All Is Equal to Y, The Void of the Nine-Headed Dragon, and When The Nighthawk Cries. A single live action movie was made but it was terrible.

Himegami-ryuu Ouga『秘神流 桜我』
A Himegami-ryuu technique that uses two swords. The first strike is a feint, and when the opponent dodges it he is attacked with the wakizashi. Urban legends say that a Japanese man wielding four swords known as "Bushido" was known to the underground in the US during the prohibition era.

Himegami-ryuu Benizakura『秘神流 紅桜』
The lost ougi of the Himegami-ryuu. The technique is said to have consisted of multiple slashes in a single movement.

Hunting Horror 『ハンティング・ホラー』
A motorcycle made for Knight Chaos by Asylum, created from magic theory. The basic theories are said to have existed since the pre-war period, but actual execution was not possible until now.

Asylum 『アサイラム』
The Asylum base (hospital) exists in a miniature universe the size of a single building made by the Clock's power. Because this is an artificial parallel world, it can (to some extent) stay free from the influence of Mugen's causality control.

Dra+Koi: The Leviathan at the End of the World 『竜†恋[Dra+KoI] このよのおわりのリヴァイアサン』
A world that had lost all of its romanticism had no way of defeating the dragon. All of mankind was devoured by the beast- Except for Him. This is not a tale of love. It is a tale of regret. "Your love will never come to anything." (Taken from the synopsis on the back of the game case)

Dragon 『ドラゴン』

The dragon's reverse scale on its neck (i.e. its weak spot) is also its G-spot, and it orgasms when killed.

Survival Z 『サバイバルZ』
A late 80's zombie movie. The protagonist, madman, kills a human and has to bear the guilt from his sin. The themes made it a cult favourite, but the sequels were simple horror action movies. The third film, made by a different director, was nominated for the Golden Raspberry worst film award.

Survival Z: Necrophile 『サバイバルZ:ネクロファイル』
Survival Z's popularity soared in the 00s after its remake. Necrophile is a serial drama that follows a serial killer known only as "he" or Necro. Some think that the woman in bandages is Necro, but this contradicts the clues currently available. Her chainsaw, the Banshee, was originally used by the protagonist of Survival Z.

Karasu 『鴉』
A supervillain from the United States. Further details unavailable.

Giant Mechanical Right Arm 『巨大な機械の右腕』
Further details unavailable.

Yoguruma 寄車
The origins of this word can be traced to the kurumamochibe bemin of the Yamato dynasty, the people in charge of the emperor's sedan chair. Reverse the word and you get 車寄/kurumayose which means entrance, door, or gate. In Showa 50 (1975),     an entity called Yogu-sama, Yoghurt-sama, or Yougusoutohoutofu became a subject of urban legends in City Y (he was said to fix broken toys). This is probably unrelated.

Zanmataisen Demonbane 『斬魔大戰デモンベイン』
(Note: This is taiSEN = great war, not the original game's taisei = great saint)
A world invaded by dark gods. A single magus, Crow, would not accept that mankind had lost. Fighting on with only his hatred, he transformed the robot he used into something fearsome. World War D- The tale of how the sword that smited evil turned into a destroyer far more terrifying than the dark gods it fought.

Daijuuji 大十字
(Note: Literally "big cross")
A Japanese surname seemingly sharing the same origins as "Tsuji" (辻). A large crossroad. The center of something. Crosses (juuji) are said to ward off evil in both western and eastern cultures. There is an interesting story about a Daijuuji in the late Edo period: A wandering swordsman named Daijuuji Hankurou met a mysterious child who called himself Genkurou-hougan-Yoshitsune, who left Hankurou a wounded fox and disappeared. After a day and night, the fox appeared to Hankurou in a dream in the guise of a beautiful woman, who promised him that as long as he lived a noble life, the Vairocana Buddha would protect him. When he awoke the fox was nowhere to be seen, and from then on Hankurou's house prospered, and he lived a long life free of illness.

Narukami 鳴神
A surname with its origins in Nagusa-gun of Kii-no-kuni (present-day Wakayama). The name can be seen among the hirake that participated in the battle of Dan-no-ura (Narukami Fujisuke). In the Nokigami* domain of the Edo period the Narukami clan taught the Hishin-ryuu kenjutsu over many generations. The branch clan was charged with the duty of kannushi of Hime Shrine in City Y, and the Daikokuten of the shrine was worshipped locally as "Narukami-sama", or "Nyarukami-sama" in dialect.
(*Nokigami seems to be a fictional domain/han from Japanese Cthulhu-related fiction)

Azana 阿坐名
Details unknown. Multiple theories on origins of the name. One says that it shares its origins with Asana (浅名). Another says that it shares origins with Azamino (莇野/阿座見野) which is derived azami (thistles). Another theory is that it's related to Asagami (阿座上). The "A" (阿) is the same as the one from A-un (阿吽), which means "beginning", while za (坐) comes from ima(su) (坐す) which means to be. Combined with na(名)=name, this creates "the name of that which was in the beginning", indicating god, according to researchers. [Who?][Citation needed]

The King of Ilek-Vad イレク=ヴァド王
A thin gentleman with silver hair and eyes filled with deep knowledge. Though he sits upon the Opal Throne of Ilek-Vad of the Dreamlands, he is from Earth. He is also the greatest hunter of the dark gods, the commander of a great fleet of starships that fights their minions.

Old Theb-Ald ティブ=アルド老
Details unknown. Possibly a man from Earth named Theobald.

Shinshoku rate 神蝕値
(*侵食/shinshoku usually means eaten away/corroded/corrupted, but the kanji which is usually violate+eat 侵食 is replace with 神蝕 god+infected/eroded).
A variable to indicate the level of corruption of a Majin's body and spirit by the Colour. When it reaches over 100% and does not return to below it in a certain amount of time, the Majin is seen to have turned into a Dark God and becomes a target for extermination by the Asylum.

About Anti Dark God Organisations 『対邪神組織について』
Many organisations fighting against the dark gods exist/existed around the world. The biggest anti-DG organisation, W Foundation. Emerald Echo, which is based on a special ops branch of the US marine corps. Arkham's White Lodge which was destroyed in Providence Lost. The Shining Society, which lost to the Demon Doctor at Marseille. Yatoura* Chinjufu, which defeated an invasion of CCD from R'lyeh. However, the Asylum of City Y is cloaked in mystery. Though the police and defence force are investigating it, they have yet to turn up with any results.
(*Yatoura seems to be a fictional city from a Japan-exclusive Cthulhu TRPG expansion)

Kurumi 『来海』
A surname with its origins in Ou-gun of Izumo-no-Kuni. Most names from the region come from the mythology of Izumo-no-Kuni-Fudoki. Kurumi comes from Yatsukamizuomitsunonomikoto, the god of water.

Hadou 『覇道』
A "yuureimyouji", a surname that does not exist in real life.

Bronze Majin/Tick-tock Man 『青銅魔人(チクタクマン)』
A doomsday clock created by the Clock that controls the Asylum. Details are in the comic. In other words, the Asylum contains energy equal to one of the forms of Nyarlathotep.

Abdul Al-Hazred 『アブドゥル・アルハザード』
The Arabian mad poet who wrote the Necronomicon (Al-Azif). Said to have been killed by invisible demons in broad daylight. The King of Ilek-Vad, Old Theb-Ald, and Abdul Al-Hazred. The relationship between these three men and why they are used in the incantations for the three vessels is unknown. It may be that they share the same soul.

The Hounds of Tindalos 『ティンダロスの猟犬』
Monsters originating from the unclean, that take on form through angles. Though extremely dangerous, there do exist methods to control them. For example, the international terrorist organisation based in the Himalayas known as Aku Shin Kage are said to be able to create from a special type of lotus, a mystic potion called the Liao-Tang* which allows a person to become one with a Hound.
(*I'm probably spelling this wrong)

Hell Hazards (Dark God Disasters) 『主な邪神災害』
Level 7: Lost Providence- The greatest hell hazard in history, which destroyed Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The loss of Arkham, which till that point was one of the biggest cities in the world, had a great effect on the USA which lasts even now.
Level 4: Roppongi Christmas Incident- A bio-terror incident on Christmas Eve in Roppongi, Tokyo. The details are still unknown.
Level 5: The Massacre of Marseille- A hell hazard in which the involvement of Aku Shin Kage is suspected. The lives of the famous detective Dupin and the gentleman thief Z were lost here.

Shahryār of the Unending Night (『明けない夜のシャフリヤール』
The "Mad Smile" was defeated. But the hunter fell, and became a new Mad Smile. Ten years have passed since then. He has destroyed countless kingdoms, yet even now he continues to wander the unending night.
Player 3 handout: You are a picture book author from the land of writers. You cannot leave a sad story such as his as it is. You decided to seek the Mad Smile.
Player 2 handout: You are a noble from the land of writers. You do not know him. But as a tailor, you must destroy one who brings disaster such as the Mad Smile. You are not a princess, but a weaver who fights that which is not right with this world.
Player 1 handout: You know not your mother's face. Your mother died giving birth to you. Even so, you believe that she loved you, and that is why you stand here, inheriting her will. You are the saviour of the holy church, born ten years ago.

Mashinkishi Knight Chaos 魔神騎士ナイトカオス
-His mask is the power of a god-
(c) 2000 Iwamori Pro / TV Asagiri / AOK / Kyoei
Mashinkishi Knight Chaos was later brought over to the US under the title "Chaos Knight". However the story was completely changed aside from the tokusatsu scenes. The protagonist who transforms into Knight Chaos is not Narukami Chikage, but a white man named Douglas Wayne.

Chaos Knight
Douglas Wayne, after losing his family, pledges vengeance and uses the mask of chaos, which possesses the power of a demon, to transform into Chaos Knight. He is at first overwhelmed by the demon and starts being possessed by the dark energy, but under guidance from his mentor, Master Thunderheart, he gains the power of good, Satori Awakening, and grows as a hero.

The Colours 『〝色〟まとめ』
Faceless Black / Type: Nyarlathotep / Artifact: Mask
Infinite Colour / Type: Yog-Sothoth / Artifact: Eye
Unclean Green / Type: Cthulhu / Artifact: Coral
Knowledgeable Beige / Type: Grimoire / Artifact: Necronomicon Ex Mortis
Fallen White / Type: Dragon / Artifact: Reverse scale
Ferocious Blue / Type: Tindalos / Artifact: Lotus
Unnameable Yellow / Type: Hastur / Artifact: Record
Solemn Black / Type: Nyarlathotep / Artifact: Mask
Twilight Gold / Type: ? / Artifact: ?

Zanmataisen Demonbane 『斬魔大戰デモンベイン』
The sword that smites evil- Broke.

Zanmataisen Tenohira-hen (Chapter: Hand)
The ruins of Arkham City.
A broken radio.
A song, mixed with noise.
"Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high. There's a land I heard of, once in a lullaby."
The pollution here is so bad that not even the Deep Ones dare approach.
In other words I get to travel all on my own.
"I request a correction. You are not on your own. Partner." -The junk is saying something but I just ignore it.
I have to reached that tower at the end of this coloured sky- The Miskatonic clock tower.
Why? Well, didn't love mankind as much as he did... but I'm not as disappointed in the world as he is either.
...the junk's still mumbling on. I give up and reply to her.
"Shut up already, junk. We're moving on,"
"I am not junk. I am Little Aida. Partner."
"I'm not your partner."
"Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?"
I can still hear the song from the broken radio. The song's right. You can't tell who'll win till the ninth inning. Right, Kurou?
-Edgar, several years after Providence Lost.
(*Edgar was Al Azif's master in the Demonbane prequel novel Gunshinkyoushuu. His involvement with Al was erased from history by Nyarlathotep. Little Aida, from the same novel, is the avatar of the computer punchcard copy of the Necronomicon, used by Hadou Kouzou/future Kurou in the past)

Unrelated 『余談』
First the hero and heroine meet, then the Yog-Sothoth majin dicks around, then they gather Necronomicon shards, then a giant robot fights a dragon, then two enemies invade the base and dig me no grave.

Sphinx 『スフィンクス』
The mastermind in Mashinkishi Knight Chaos. His goal is to gather the shards of the mask scattered over the world and fuse them to create the ultimate god. Fights Knight Chaos with many forms. Though he's strong in-universe, he appears only near the end of the show, seemingly only to wrap up the plot, and so is a mostly forgettable character.

Destroyer of the Cartesian Vortex 『渦動破壊神』
■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ (Censored)
The Betelgeuse fleet has been destroyed. While flagship Nuadha has been sunk, though, operation Airget-lamh is a success. We leave the rest to you. May there be pure ether where you go.

Ultharathotep 『ウルターラトホテップ』
An elder god recorded in the Sussex Manuscript. Appears as one of Nyarlathotep's forms, but is also known as The One Favoured by Sothos, one of Yog-Sothoth's names.

Hishin-ryuu: A conversation between a master and pupil 『秘神流 とある師弟の会話』
"What are you reading, master?"
"This? It's a heathen scripture, the 'Cultes des Goules'."
"Again with the weird stuff?"
"It's unexpectedly boring. What joy is there to be had in turning into a majin? When I was younger I did think it would interesting if I had four arms, but that was just the foolishness of youth."
"You're already a monster as you are."
"Not at all. I may be 150 years old but I'm still in training."
"Again with the jokes."
"You should keep training too. At your current level of skill you might be able to defeat a dark god's servant, but this level wouldn't have been enough to keep you alive in Kyoto during the bakumatsu."
"What about the bakumatsu?"
"Nara's Yoshino-onryuu, Mutsu's Kuruu-kuryuu... We were all monsters back then. I would very much like to have a match against one of them again. ...Anyway, to become a majin is to become a god. And to become a god is to lose your face, and thus your self."
"What is it, all of a sudden?"
"...It is then that you should seek the path. When faceless you must grasp the formless and become invincible. There is light that can only be found in the dark, like the moonlight which illuminates the roads at night."
"..."
"I pray that pure ether will fill your path."

Destroyer of the Cartesian Vortex 『渦動破壊神』
A one-armed god that destroyed (∞-1) universes.

『(∞-2)』
In order to save mankind, the Clock infected all humans with the Colour.
In order to escape "D", the Clock created a new world, the Dungeon.
In order to protect the world, the Clock imprisoned "me".
The Clock is off.
"I" was blessed and born.
In the midst of the blessings, "I"-
-Had "my" eyes burnt out, "my" limbs cut off, and was imprisoned in the depths of the dungeon.
Unable to think.
Unable to see.
All "I" can see is my dreams.
A blind idiot. That's "me".
But wait.
Who am I, the one who can look at "me" objectively?
"Kishishi"
Someone laughs at the me who is not "me".
She calls herself "Six Strings".
Six Strings continues.
The Clock can't save the world.
Thus I'll destroy it.
Let's rock and roll!
"Kihihihihihihi!"
Laughter roars throughout the sanctuary of the dungeon.
"Applaud! Applaud! Foxtrot, jidanda, step! Oh yeah! How wonderful! The blind sacrifice did not die, and now yet sits on the throne! Record this moment in time (save here), Clockwork Phantom! At the ends of the holy lands of N'gha-Kthun! My love! My madness! Is given form! Now, la bête de Averoigne! Your enemy is this brave new world! Violate it!"
Cracks appeared in the depths of the Dungeon, and light shone upon the lightless throne.

『101』
A roguelike game. The player controls the heroine and attempts to escape the dungeon. The heroine cannot fight, but can use the servants she is granted from the Laughing Man. The servants hide in the heroine's eyes and limbs, and can be summoned at any time, but can only be summoned a limited number of times. The servants are: Foxbat, Little Prince, Speedster, Thunderbird, Nine Lives, and Armchair Detective Detective.

Dungeon『ダンジョン』
Underground Arkham. A dystopian world controlled by the mother computer Clock. In order to help them to adapt to the cruel environment, the Clock infected all of mankind with the Colour and turned them into majin.

Heroine『ヒロイン』
The last hope of the universe. The blind idiot, twilight gold.
"D" must not be allowed to find her, and thus Clock hid her away.
Has eyes of glass and limbs coated in gold.

Laughing Man 『笑う男』
The leader of Spawn, an organisation that opposes the Clock.
A madman who believes in the fictional god Ultharthotep, and dreams of N'gha-Kthun.

Six Strings 『シックス・ストリング』
A mysterious being who guides the heroine.
Six strings = 六弦 = MUttsu no GEN

Noel 『ノエル』
A weapon merchant who appears in the dungeon. The weapons she sells are strong, but break after one use.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dark Souls 2 (3)

BONFIRE NAMES 

Note: I left 不死 as "undead" but in Japanese it's typically a word used to mean "undying" or "immortal" (which also accounts for the weird translation of Seath being referred to as a "true undead" in Dark Souls 1 when the line is supposed to mean "he's an actual immortal").

English name Japanese name Literal translation 英語名の和訳 Notes/備考
Fire Keepers' Dwelling 火守女たちの住処 Home of the Fire Keepers 火守たちの住処 The Japanese word for "fire keepers", 火守女, specifically indicates that they are women.
The Far Fire 果ての篝火 The bonfire at the end 遠き火 The end as in "the ends of the earth".
The Crestfallen's Retreat 心折れた者の逃げ場所 失望した者たち隠れ場所 The place those whose spirits have been broken ran to
Cardinal Tower 主塔 Main tower
Soldier's Rest 兵の避難所 Soldiers' emergency shelter 兵の休憩所
The Place Unbeknownst 誰も知らない場所 A place nobody knows of 知られざる場所
Heide's Ruin ハイデの廃墟 Ruins of Heide ハイデの滅び
Tower of Flame 大火塔 Great Flame Tower 炎の塔
The Blue Cathedral 青聖堂 Blue Cathedral
Unseen Path to Heide ハイデへの隠れ道 Hidden path to Heide ハイデへの見えざる道
Exile Holding Cells 流刑者の牢 Exile Holding Cells
McDuff's Workshop マックダフの作業場 McDuff's Workshop
Servants' Quarters 従者の間 Servants' Quarters
Straid's Cell ストレイドの牢 Straid's Cell ストレイド/"Strayed" is the name of the default AC in Armored Core: For Answer, also by From.
The Tower Apart 離れの塔 Annex tower 離れた塔 離れ does mean "away" or "apart" but in architecture it refers to a building separate from the main one.
Upper Ramparts 城壁屋上 Rampart roof 城壁の上層
The Saltfort 塩の塔 Tower of salt 塩城 Salt(塩)とfort(城砦)がひとつの名前として合体されている
Undead Refuge 不死の隠れ処 Undead hiding place
Bridge Approach 橋のたもと The foot of the bridge
Undead Lockaway 不死牢 Undead cell
Undead Purgatory 不死刑場 Undead execution ground 不死煉獄
Poison Pool 毒溜り Poison Pool
The Mines 採掘場 Mine
Lower Earthen Peak 土の塔・下層 Tower of Dirt: Lower levels
Central Earthen Peak 土の塔・中層 Tower of Dirt: Middle levels
Upper Earthen Peak 土の塔・上層 Tower of Dirt: Upper levels
Threshold Bridge 入口の橋 Entrance bridge
Ironheart Hall 鉄の炉の棟 Iron furnance [hall] 鉄心の棟 (A 棟 is actually a single building in itself but I can't think of an appropriate word so I'm leaving it as "hall" for now
If this were a contemporary setting I'd go with "block", but that's obviously not right here.)
Eygil's Idol エギルの鉄像 Egil's Iron Statue エイギルの神像
Belfry Sol 陽の鐘楼前 Before the Belltower of the Sun
Old Akelarre 魔女がいた場所 Where the witches once were/Where the witch once was 古きアケラーレ Ambiguous if singular or plural.

アケラーレは「サバト」を意味しているが、そんなことを知っている人はまずいないので英語圏のユーザーの多くはこれが古い国か何かの名前だと勘違いしている。
Ruined Fork Road 分岐路の遺跡 Ruins of the fork road The word used for ruins, 遺跡, suggest that they are ancient; This is a word used for places Indiana Jones might explore.
The word used for Heide is 廃墟 which suggests they're more recent; While it CAN be used for ancient ruins, it can also be used for, say, an abandoned ravaged town in a warzone.
Shaded Ruins 虚ろの遺跡 The empty ruins 影の遺跡 Same "empty" as in "the forest of empty shadows".
The word's nuances are closer to "hollow" but it's unrelated to the word hollow (hollows=亡者) as used in the English version.
Gyrm's Respite ゲルムの憩いの場 Gyrms' resting area Gyrm is pronounced "Germ" with a hard G.
Ordeal's End 試練の休息所 Resting place before the test 苦難の終わり The test being the boss, the Rat King's Test.
Royal Army Campsite 王兵の野営地 Royal soldier campsite 王国軍の野営地
Chapel Threshold 礼拝堂前 Before the chapel
Lower Brightstone Cove 輝石街・下層 Brightstone Town: Lower levels 明石の小湾の下層 輝石は英語ではbrightstone (「明るい石」)に翻訳されている。
Harval's Resting Place 聖職者ハクバルが眠る地 Hakbal/Hakval the holy man's resting place ハーバルが眠る地 His name is changed, the Japanese text specifies that he was a holy man (but doesn't call him a saint which would be 聖人), and "resting place" means this is where his body is (duh) and not that he rested here or whatever. 
I previously messed up this bit by confusing somehow confusing it with Roy's resting place; The original text does not indicate that Hakval died here. (Roy's resting place does indicate that he died there)
Grave Entrance 墓所入口 Grave Entrance
Upper Gutter クズ底・上層 Gutter: Upper levels See previous posts for notes on "the gutter".
Central Gutter クズ底・中層 Gutter: Middle levels
Black Gulch Mouth 黒渓谷・入口 Black Gorge: Entrance 黒峡谷の口
Hidden Chamber 隠し部屋 Hidden room
King's Gate 王の扉前 Before the king's gate 王の扉
Under Castle Drangleic 王城・地下 Royal castle: Underground ドラングレイク城の下
Forgotten Chamber 忘れられた部屋 Forgotten room
Central Castle Drangleic 王城・中層 Royal castle: Middle levels
Tower of Prayer 祈りの塔 Tower of Prayer
Crumbled Ruins 崩れた遺跡 Crumbled Ruins The word used is "iseki" indicating ancient ruins.
Rhoy's Resting Place 探索者ロイの最期の地 The resting place of Roy the explorer ロイが眠る地
"Saigo no chi" also carries connotations that suggest he died here. 

なお、「resting place」は「死んだ人間の遺体が収められている場所」という意味なので「最期の地」(死んだ場所)とは微妙にニュアンスが違う。
Rise of the Dead 死者の塔 Tower of the Dead ライズ・オブ・ザ・デッド Riseが「塔」を意味することもなくはないがそんなことはまず誰も思わないしこれどう見てもゾンビ映画だよ!
猿の惑星みたいにゾンビが地球を征服する話だろ絶対!
Undead Crypt Entrance 不死廟・入口 Undead Mausoleum: Entrance
Undead Ditch 死者の捨て場 Dead dump 不死の捨て溝 It's a dump, as in a place to throw away rubbish, except instead of rubbish it's for the dead.
Foregarden 前庭 Front garden
Ritual Site 秘儀の棟 [Higi] [hall] 儀式の場 See previous post for notes on "higi". Also see ironheart hall for notes on "棟".
Dragon Aerie 護り竜の巣 Guardian dragon nest(s) 竜の高巣
Shrine Entrance 祭祀場・入口 Ritual site: Entrance 社の入り口
Sanctum Walk 聖壁への道 Path to the Holy Wall 聖域の道
Tower of Prayer 祈りの塔 Tower of Prayer (Yes, exact same name as the other bonfire in Japanese too)
Priestess' Chamber 巫女の間 The [miko]'s chamber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miko
Hidden Sanctum Chamber 聖壁の隠し部屋 Holy wall's hidden room
Lair of the Imperfect なりそこないの住処 Lair of [the imperfect] 不完全なるものの住処 A "narisokonai" is something that was meant to become something but failed. A mad scientist's experiment at creating something that failed and results in some sort of abomination? That's a "narisokonai".
Sanctum Interior 聖壁内部 Inside the holy wall
Sanctum Nadir 聖壁底部 Bottom of the holy wall 聖域天底(サンクトゥム・ナディル) ナディルなんて言葉辞書でも見ないと普通分からねーよ。てかこの翻訳者、厨二病こじらせすぎ。
Throne Floor 玉座の層 Throne level
Upper Floor 上層 Upper levels
Foyer 中心部 Central area
Lowermost Floor 最下層 Bottom levels
The Smelter Throne 熔鉄の玉座 Smelten throne That's the same smelten as in "the smelten castle" (iron keep) or smelten demon (smelter demon).
Iron Hallway Entrance 鉄の回廊・入口 Iron Corridor: Entrance

Also, datamined unused place names (found the image posted elsewhere online):
Unused place names
Japanese name Literal translation Notes/備考
アマナのゆりかご Cradle of Amana
ソウルの吹き溜まりの洞 Souldrift Cave Like a snowdrift, only souls instead of snow.
ドラン城下街 Drang castle town
火継ぎの玉座 Firelink Throne /
Fire-Inheriting Throne

狭間の地下宮 Underground Palace In Between
契りの祭壇 Altar of the Vow
古き森 Old Forest
三連鐘楼 Triple Belltower
不死城郭 Undead Castle
殿堂 Shrine
闘技場 Colloseum

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FYI

I'll be mostly offline a until I clear Sen no Kiseki II.

Of course to clear the game I have to GET the game which means I have to wait for fucking Sagawa who are taking over a fucking day to ship me a game from Tokyo to Tokyo. I took the day off for this. I woke up at 8 AM hoping it'd arrive in the morning. It's 1 fucking PM and the fuckers still haven't even gotten the game to my delivery centre. Wow, fuck these guys. Are they bringing it on foot or something?

This isn't the first time Sagawa fucked me over either, they once managed to LOSE A PACKAGE and then suddenly brought it over a month later with holes in the box.

Fuck Sagawa.

Edit: It's TWO FUCKING PM and they still haven't gotten it to my delivery centre.

It takes them a day for a fucking half hour drive. I just looked it up on Google Maps. It's half a fucking hour from their business centre to the delivery centre for my neighbourhood. My package left the business centre YESTERDAY and has been in transit to my delivery centre WHICH IS HALF A FUCKING HOUR AWAY ever since.

I took the day off for this?

Edit: 3 PM.

Still in transit.

Fuck Sagawa.

Edit: 5 PM. In transit. Fuck Sagawa.

After that bullshit they pulled the last time I decided to never again pay for something they're going to deliver (and fucking EVERYONE except for Amazon uses fucking Sagawa) with a credit card. Nope, it's all cash on delivery now. Which means I have to be there for the delivery. Which means the fuckers have me stuck indoors all day waiting for them.

Fuck them.

Edit: 6 PM. Still in transit. Looks like it's not arriving today. Fuck everything.

Edit: At 7:30 PM the tracker updated to say that the guy came by and failed to deliver the package at 6:40 even though I was sitting here the whole fucking time waiting and never heard the bell ring. Oh and they only take calls for redeliveries up to 7 PM, after that they don't deliver stuff until the next day.

I don't know who to blame for this bullshit but whoever they are I hope they die in a fucking fire.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dark Souls 2 (2)

Previous post was getting bloated so I'm making a new one.


Regular enemy names
English name Japanese name Literal translation 英語名の和訳 Notes/備考
Foreign Wanderer 異国の放浪者 Wanderer from a foreign land 外国の放浪者
Ogre オーガ Ogre
Prowler Hound 彷徨い犬 Wandering dog 徘徊する猟犬
Falconer 大鷹の戦士 Falcon Warrior タカ使い
Skeleton スケルトン Skeleton
Undead Devourer 不死喰い Undead-eater
Flame Lizard 炎トカゲ Flame lizard
Heide Knight ハイデの騎士 Knight of Heide ハイデ騎士
Hollow Infantry 亡者下級兵 Hollow low-ranking soldier 亡者兵
Hollow Royal Soldier 亡者王国兵 Hollow royal soldier
Ironclad Soldier 重鉄兵 Heavy iron soldier 鉄装兵
Old Knight 古騎士 Ancient knight 老いた騎士
Darkdweller 暗闇亡者 Dark hollow 闇住み
Hollow Varangian 蛮族亡者 Barbarian hollow ヴァリャーグ族の亡者 No mention of what the barbarians are called in the Japanese version (no mention of "Varangians")
蛮族は英語版では「ヴァリャーグ族」になっている。
Stray Hound 野犬 Wild dog はぐれ猟犬
Nimble Shadow 異形の影 Eldritch shadow 敏感な影 "Igyou" (which I translated to "twisted" until someone reminded me that the word "eldritch" exists) means something extremely out of the ordinary (in a bad way).
It's a bit hard to define but tl;dr it's a word frequently used to describe Lovecraftian horrors in Japanese.
Gaoler 獄吏 Jailer
Royal Swordsman 王国剣士 Royal swordsman
Rupturing Hollow 破裂亡者 Bursting hollow
Bell Keeper 鐘守 Bell guardian
Undead Aberration 異形の不死 Twisted undead "Igyou" again (see eldritch shadow). Left this one as "twisted" because it seems more appropriate than "eldritch" in this case. Aberration is a pretty good translation in this context.
Prisoned Sinner 牢の罪人 Sinner of the prison 投獄された罪人
Abandoned Hollow 棄てられた亡者 Abandoned hollow "Abandoned" as in "discarded"
Executioner 刑吏 Executioner
Hollow Mage 亡者魔術師 Hollow sorceror 亡者術師 Same word as used in the starting class (majutsushi).
「魔術師」は普段sorcerorに翻訳されているがここでは何故かmageになっている。
Hollow Rogue 賊の亡者 Hollow bandit 亡者ローグ
Poison Moth 毒蛾 Poison moth
Undead Huntsman 不死狩り Undead hunter 不死狩人 As in hunter of undead, not a hunter who is undead.
Undead Laborer 囚人亡者 Hollow prisoner 不死労働者
Banedigger 毒堀り Poison excavator 災い掘り Literally "person who digs up poison".
Hammersmith 槌背負い Hammer-bearer 槌鍛冶屋 Literally "person who carries hammer on back".
Desert Sorceress 砂の魔術師 Sand sorceress 砂漠の魔術師
Grave Warden 墓守 Grave warden
Masked Manikin 仮面の傀儡 Masked puppet
Poison Brumer 毒角蟲 Poison bug 毒ブルーマー
Entity of Avarice 貪欲者 Greedy one 貪欲なる存在
Hunting Rat 犬ネズミ Dog-rat 狩猟ネズミ Rat in the Grave of Saints.
Name seems to have been swapped with that of the "mongrel rat" from the Doors of Pharros.
Swollen Mongrel 膨張犬 Bloated dog はれあがった雑種犬
Darksucker 黒喰い Black eater 闇吸い
Cragslipper 穴蟲 Hole bug
岩山滑り
Great Giant Warrior 巨人兵 Giant soldier 大巨人兵
Basilisk バジリスク Basilisk
Forrest Grotesque 森の異形 Eldritch forest thing 森の怪物 "Igyou" again, see previous notes.
Lion Clan Warrior 獅子族の戦士 Lion warrior 獅子部落の戦士 "Lion" here is defined as a sort of species or race.
"Clan" is a common mistranslation of "zoku" due to real world connotations, but in fantasy it's commonly used to refer to races/species and such.
(e.g. "Shin-zoku" is "the race of gods", "ryuu-zoku" is "the race of dragons", "kyojin-zoku" is "the race of giants")
Roaming Soul 徘徊霊 Wandering spirit 徘徊ソウル
Gyrm Warrior ゲルムの戦士 Gyrm Warrior ギルムの戦士
Gyrm Worker ゲルムの民 (One of) the Gyrmic People ギルムの労働者 Something-no-tami is a romantic way to refer to the people of a certain race.
Because Japanese does not have to specify if something is singular or plural it can be used to refer to a single member as well.
Real world example: Japanese translations of the bible refer to the Jews as "Yudaya no tami" ("the Jewish people").
Anyway they're not workers but regular people.
Mongrel Rat 狩猟ネズミ Hunting rat 雑種ネズミ Rat in the Doors of Pharros. Name seems to have been swapped with that of the hunting rat found in the grave of saints.
Hollow Primal Knight 獣人騎士 Beastman Knight 亡者原始騎士
Ducal Spider 公の蜘蛛 Duke's spider
Grand Tusk 牙獣 Fanged beast 大牙
Hollow Peasant | 農夫亡者 Hollow farmer
Tseldoran Settler ジェルドラの民 (One of the) people of Geldora ツェルドラの開拓者 The guy in the duke's chamber.
Geldra/Geldora/Jeldra/Jeldora whatever.
Spider Drone 寄生蜘蛛 Parasite spider 蜘蛛の傀儡
Alonne Knight アーロン騎士 Arlon Knight アローン騎士
Alonne Knight Captain アーロン騎士長 Arlon Knight Captain アローン騎士長
Stone Soldier 石像騎士 Stone statue knight 石兵
Syan Soldier ザインの兵 Zyne Soldier サイアン兵 Pronounced like "sign" but with a Z.
Aldia Warlock 彷徨い術師 Prowling Magus アルディア・ワーロック Same name as the boss.
Amana Aberration アマナの異形 Eldritch thing of Amana Igyou of Amana. See previous notes.
Amana Priestess アマナの巫女 Amana shrine maiden アマナの司祭 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miko
Archdrake Pilgrim 古竜院の巡礼 Pilgrim from the Ancient Dragon Institution 護り竜長の巡礼者 Most instances of "archdrake" are translations of 古竜院.
The 古竜院/Ancient Dragon('s) Institution is some sort of organization that seems to have both academic and religious overtones, and judging from the name has links to an ancient dragon or the ancient dragons, but I haven't looked into the other stuff yet so I'm leaving it at that for now.
古竜院はarchdrake(護り竜の長)に翻訳されている。ちなみに「護り竜」(drake)は古の竜(ancient dragon)とは明確に区別されている(そもそもdrakeは英語のフィクションでは基本的には「竜もどき」のことで本物のドラゴンではない)ため、英語版では
古竜院の名前は竜とは全く関係ない間柄になっている。
Leydia Pyromancer レディアの呪術師 Ledia Jujutsushi レイディアの呪術師 A jujutsushi is a practitioner of jujutsu, which is translated to "pyromancy". See previous post for notes on jujutsu.
Leydia Witch レディアの魔女 Ledia Witch レイディアの魔女
Undead Crypt Knight 不死廟の騎士 Knight of the Undead Crypt Not a crypt knight who's undead, but a knight of the undead crypt.
英語名は「不死の廟騎士」と解釈可能
Wall Spectre 壁憑き Wall-haunter 壁霊
Dragon Acolyte 竜の学徒 Student of the Dragon 竜の信徒
Dragon 護り竜 Guardian Dragon Same name as the boss.
Dark Priestess 亡者司祭 Hollow priest(ess) 暗黒司祭 (No gender distinction)
Dragon Knight 黒竜の騎士 Black dragon knight 竜騎士
Drakekeeper 竜の番兵 Dragon guardians 守り竜の管理人 "Drakekeepers" suggest that they're people who take care of the drakes in the aerie, while the original name suggest that they're, duh, the ancient dragon's bodyguards.
同じ竜でもドレイクは「竜もどき」(この場合だと守り竜)を指す言葉で、keeperは管理人である。日本語版では明らかに古竜のボディガード的な存在なのに、英語版では守り竜の世話役になっている。
Witchtree 妖木 Animate tree 妖/you is the same word as used in Arlon's youtou (see stuff on Arlon's sword in previous post).
The nuance is that it's an ancient tree that has gained sentience and now has supernatural powers and whatever. Basically just a tree monster.


Red phantom/dark spirit names. 
As the names (but not titles) are written phonetically, there are multiple ways of romanizing them: For example, aside from the official translation's "Rhoy" and my "Roy", that same guy's name could also be: Lhoy/Llhoy/Loi/Roi/Royh/Loyh/See what I mean? I'm just going with what comes natural to me. If the name is COMPLETELY different though there's an asterisk in the note field.
English name Japanese name Literal translation 英語名の和訳 Notes/備考
Vorgol the Sinner 罪人フォーゲル Vogel the Sinner 罪人ヴォーゴル *
(German pronunciation so it's "foh-gel" with a hard G)
Merciless Roenna 無慈悲なリュース Luse the Merciless 無慈悲なロエーナ *
Bowman Guthry 射手のガイラム Gyram the Marksman 弓兵ガスリー *
Rhoy the Explorer 探索者ロイ Roy the Explorer 探索者ローイ
Melinda the Butcher 肉断ちのマリダ Marida the Meat-cleaver 虐殺者メリンダ *
ブッチャーはこういう場合では「虐殺者」を意味するが、本来は「肉屋」なので「肉断ちの」の翻訳としては悪くはない
Nameless Usurper 無名の簒奪者 Nameless Usurper
Peculiar Kindalur 奇妙なキンドロ Kindro the Odd 奇妙なキンダルー *
Aslatiel of Mirrah ミラのアズラティエル Azratiel of Mirrah ミラのアスらティエル
Dragonfang Villard 竜の牙ウィアード Weird the Dragonfang 竜牙ヴィラード Yes that's a guy whose name is "Weird" or at least something close to it. Weerd? Wierd? Wiyered?
Anyway if you pronounce "V" as a W like reverse-German and the "ll" as a Y like Spanish then yes, it's Villard.
ウィアード(weird)は「変」「奇妙」などを意味するのでそのため変更されたと思われる
Royal Sorcerer Navlaan 宮廷術師ナヴァーラン Court Magician Navaaran 王国魔術師ナヴラーン *
Note that he is markedly NOT a sorceror (majutsushi) but a "jutsushi" (see my previous post on sorceries/pyromancies/hexes), and WHAT jutsu he uses isn't specified.
He could be a practictioner of any of the types of magic, or all of them, or maybe even an entirely different kind.



Ruin sentinel soul, English:
>Soul of the Ruin Sentinel, a creation of the Jailer.

Empty guardian soul, Japanese:
> 牢主の被造物である虚ろの衛兵のソウル

>Soul of an Empty Guardian, a creation of the master of the prison

(Considering how there are multiple jailers, and how they're just random mooks, I think it's safe to assume that the master of the prison is someone above them.)




王妃デュナシャンドラ
Queen Dunashandra

"Queen" is typically 女王/joou. While a joou can be taken as a queen regnant, while an 王妃/ouhi however is clearly distinguished as a queen consort.

I'm not bothering to take a look at the English version this time so as to keep it from influencing what I see in the original text.

Dunashandra's dialogue, first time you meet her:

"You have done well in overcoming many trials to come here, cursed undead.
I am Dunashandra, queen of Drangleig.
A king is one who bears the [karma]*1 of souls.
The former king of this country, whose name was Vanclad.
He gained power and became a king of man, and in order to fight the coming cursed ones...
He sought more power and tried many things.
But in the end, he never reached the [Throne]*2."
*1 "Inga", like "gou" (see the previous stuff on the Withering Ruin/Crawling mushi), is a Buddhist concept that has become a regular Japanese word.
It can also be interpreted as something like "cause and effect". Either way it's really vague here.

*2 Throne here has quotation marks around it in Japanese which means it's something special, hence why I capitalised the word.


Second time you talk to her:
"Go to Vanclad."


Third time:
"We do not need two kings."

After getting the king's ring:
"Drangleig has been destroyed, here and now."


After getting the king's ring 2:
"Undead, seek the Throne.
Follow the [proof of the king]* and do what you have to do."
*Can't think of anything better for 王の証 = something that proves that a king is a king.


After getting the core of ashen mist:
"Undead. What did you hear from that dragon?
It is a false thing. A false god.
Do not let it fool you."

After getting the core 2:
"Head towards the forest.
Where [that horrible giant sleeps]*."
*With this wording it's vague if she's saying where "that horrible giant" sleeps (implying she's referring to a single giant) or "that horrible place where the giants sleep".


Final battle:
"Undead.
You who have passed the trials.
Now you become one with the darkness..."



古の竜
Ancient dragon

Dialogue:
"That which was stagnant has started to move... It moves again...

For as long as to seek is to live... There is no escape...

But, that is why... They seek the answer hidden in the mist."
*Japanese does not need to specify a subject, and the ancient dragon certainly doesn't. It's thus unclear if he's talking about the player character, or maybe Dunashandra, or even living beings in general. ("They" isn't in the original text)



Black Flamestone Parma's description of the Gutter:
Among those thrown into the [gutter]* were those who crawled out seeking a path to the surface. But none succeeded in returning, and they all perished cursing the world.
*Already explained the original text in a previous post and why "gutter" is a great word for it so I'm leaving it as such.


Spider's Silk's description of the duke (note: Items' original name is Spider's Needle):
The man known as the Duke, who loved spiders*, eventually vanished to someplace.
*Japanese doesn't need to distinguish between singular and plural so it's unclear if he loved spiders in general (likely the case) or just one in particular. Also the word used for "love" is 偏愛/hen'ai which implies a love unbalanced in relation to other stuff, implying he cared more for his spiders than the town.


Malformed Shell*'s description of Aldia/An-Dil:
It is said that the mysterious person known as An-Dil sought power to to solve the mysteries of the undead in order to find the truth of life.
*Item name could mean the shell itself is malformed as the translator assumed, but could also mean "shell of a malformed/eldritch (see previous notes on "igyou") thing".


Undead Lockaway Key (key to undead stone prison cell)'s description of the area:
Prisons meant to hold undead still exist in this forest, where undead hunts were held in the age of the Iron King. But now, there is no difference between the hunter and the hunted*.
*Literally "the abusers and the abused" but that sounds weird in English.



Emerald Herald's dialogue at dragon aerie (or going by the Japanese names, Pilgrim clad in green's dialogue at guardian dragon nest):
"Bearer of the curse. I have been waiting here all along for someone who can overcome [inga]*1. For someone who will free me.
Bearer of the curse. You who were led to this land by a [bunshin]*2 of me.
The ancient dragon has watched over the world all this time. 
Take this (you get the [aged feather]*3). Do not fight. The dragon will welcome you."

*1: See Nashandra's dialogue notes

*2: A "bunshin" or "wakemi" is a common thing in Japanese fiction. The person is referred to as the "hontai" ("main body") while a bunshin ("split body") is an extension of their being which has a separate body. There's a wide range of what these actually are: Ninja "bunshin" are illusions used to trick enemies, while sorcerers and such can make actual copies of themselves, and gods can make bunshin that are completely independent (the main character turning out to be a "bunshin" of the evil final boss villain, for example). It can also be used as a metaphor (someone who really loves their car could call it their bunshin) tl;dr It's a thing that's a separate thing from the person yet is the same person.

*3: The feather is specifically a bird's.