Alette/ ludin romance? :: the banner saga 3 discussions generales
The game was made by a handful of ex. I want to address the way this game portrays women. But first a little bit about the game in general…. The Banner Saga is a story based turn-based tactical game set in a fantasy world very much inspired by Norse mythology.
In this world humans live alongside horned giants known as Varl and are forced to fight as a mysterious race of stone creatures known as the Dredge attack their homes. The world is one that is least as sexist as our own, yet the desperation of the situation forces old prejudices to be challenged. In fact, it is fair to say they were never accepted.
Those women you see in war are only there because the men who protested are now lying beneath a pile of loose stones and soil, feathered with hand-made arrows. The game centres around Rook and Alette, a father and a daughter.
Their relationship is something the player can very much influence by the choices he or she makes. As such her portrayal is very much based on how the player wants her to evolve as a character.
It is an interesting choice by the deers and one that I have a hard time faulting the game for. Oddleif is perhaps the most interesting character in the entire game.
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She hints that she was given a mans name because her father; a well-known warrior really wanted a son. She inspires other women in Rooks caravan and teaches them to become expert archers like herself. The finest being Nid from Frostvellr.
Oddleif and the player have several conversations during the course of the game. Rook would actually prefer Oddleif to lead the caravan and tells her this on more than one occasion. However Oddleif declines stating that in this world more people will their cause if the group is led by a man.
She reasons that realizing this is perhaps what truly makes her a strong woman. Halfway through the game the group is ed by Juno; one of the most powerful seers in this world.
She has seen the future and shows Rook what must be done to defeat the Dredge. Yrsa is treacherous and if the player tries to trust her he or she will be punished for it…. One of the greatest heroes of the Varl is revealed to have attacked the Dredge leader known as Bellower while she was giving birth. In a twist the main antagonist of the game is revealed to be female and out for revenge after the murder of her .
The Banner Saga impresses with its nuanced characters overall and with several really cool women in particular. It is also a little disappointing that all the women characters with the exception of Juno are archers.
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Share This. The Banner Saga was one of the first major Kickstarter successes a few years back. But first a little bit about the game in general… Note: this analysis contains major plot spoilers The Banner Saga is a story based turn-based tactical game set in a fantasy world very much inspired by Norse mythology.
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