The Dragon Lord is also involved in the events of Heroes of Mana, though he never makes an onscreen appearance. He supports Pedda with Dragon units, some of the most dangerous units in the game. At the end of the game Loki says they will have to take care of the Dragon Lord eventually, hinting at the backstory of SD3.
Little is known about the Dragon Lord's past. All that's mentioned about him is that he led a large clan of Dragons that King Richard fought a war against. The details of it are unknown, but the Dragon Lord was apparently enough of a threat to the World that a Faerie was sent to aid Richard. An attack on him, planned by Don Perignon, defeated him when Loki faced the Dragon Lord in battle. The two of them both fell into a bottomless pit and were assumed dead. However, only Loki died from the battle, though the Dragon Lord was badly wounded. Seeing Loki's strength, he revived him as the Darkshine Knight. At some point he also met a young man named Crimson Wizard. Crimson Wizard was a native of Altena trying to learn magic, but was never able to, and was abused by his teacher for it. Taking advantage of Koren's weakness, the Dragon Lord promised to make him the most powerful wizard in Altena in exchange for piece of his soul (why the Dragon Lord wanted a piece of Crimson Wizard's soul isn't stated). Crimson Wizard accepted the offer, and became another servant to the Dragon Lord in his plan to become a god.
The Dragon Lord spends most of the game in his lair, the Dragon's Hall, while Crimson Wizard and the Darkshine Knight launch attacks to destroy the Mana Stones. Koren also aids in the effort by manipulating the Queen of Reason into starting a war to gain the Mana Stones. Eventually, because of attacks also launched by the minions of the Masked Mage and the Dark Prince, all of the Mana Stones are broken. During this time the heroes also saved the elemental spirits. They try to open a portal to the Mana Sanctuary, but are unable to.
After their failed attempt, the portal to the Mana Sanctuary opens on its own because of the damage to the Mana Stones. Crimson Wizard then goes there with the Darkshine Knight on a large airship. The minions of the other villains also head there. What happens next depends on the whose the main character:
- If the main character is Charlotte or Kevin, the Dragon Lord is killed by the Masked Mage.
- If the main character is Hawkeye or Riesz, the Dragon Lord is killed by Bigieu and Evil Eye Count.
- If the main character is Duran or Angela, then the Dragon Lord kills the Masked Mage, and destroys the remains of the Dark Prince, making his revival impossible.
After that, as Crimson Wizard and the Darkshine Knight are unable to take the Sword of Mana from the Tree of Mana, they kidnap Faerie when either Duran or Angela removes it. Faerie is traded for the Sword, after which the eight Benevodons are released into the world. Although heroes kill each of the Benevodons, their power is sent back to the Sword of Mana. After breaking into the Dragon's Hall and defeating the Darkshine Knight, the heroes finally meet the Dragon Lord in person, with him in a humanoid form. The Dragon Lord orders Crimson Wizard to attack them, deciding to let the heroes watch as he absorbs the Sword of Mana and the power of the God-Beasts. To his surprise, the Dragon Lord finds his powers are being restrained by the Mana Goddess, after which he leaves to destroy the Tree of Mana (her current form) to stop her. Crimson Wizard stays to kill the heroes, but loses and commits suicide to escape the pain of losing part of his soul.
The heroes meet up with the Dragon Lord, but he got the Tree of Mana first and destroyed it. His power now unrestrained, he gloats that he is the new god of the world. Faerie attacks him, but he swats her aside easily. The Dragon Lord then assumes his true form and devastates the heroes, but they're all saved by Faerie, who tells the Dragon Lord that they will defeat him and create a new world even without Mana, as long as they have hope. The Dragon Lord snidely mocks them for thinking that. He is then fought and killed after a long battle.
As a final boss, the Dragon Emperor is extremely powerful. He's generally viewed being harder then the Dark Lich, but easier then the Archdemon. He possess the most health of the final bosses, and only takes damage if he's struck in the head, a task made somewhat difficult as he moves his head. As he absorbed the powers of the eight God-Beasts, he possesses some of their desperation attacks, and of the ones he uses lower the stats of the players. Outside from that, he has a few power unique attacks of his own, the strongest being his desperation special attack, Flare.
Saint Beam - Level 2 Light-based spell
Thunderstorm - Level 2 Wind-based spell
Stun Wind - Level 3 Wind-based spell, causes Silence
Exploder - Level 2 Fire-based spell
Blaze Wall - Level 3 Fire-based spell
Mega Splash - Level 2 Water-based spell
Cold Blaze - Level 3 Water-based spell, causes Snowman status
Earthquake - Level 2 Earth-based spell
Stone Cloud - Level 3 Earth-based spell
Half Vanish - Halves target's current HP
Body Change - Pygmizes (shrinks) entire party
Ancient - Powerful non-elemental magic
Spiral Moon - damages party and lowers Max HP
Prisoner - damages and Moogles party
Air Slasher - Powerful Wind-based spell, lowers defense of party
Gigaburn - Powerful Fire-based spell, lowers magic effectiveness/resistance of party
Ice Cradle - Powerful Ice-based spell, lowers attack power of party
Dragon Shout - hits party for light physical damage and lowers hit and evade rates
Fang Rush - bites a party member, causing some physical damage.
Turn Wind - hits party for light magical damage
Flare - Dragon Emperor's strongest attack. Hits party for non-elemental massive magical damage.
"Come to and face me and meet your deaths, not unlike the last that challenged me. Prince Richard and the Knight of Gold ... I believe they had a faerie with them as well. That Knight dealt me painful, crippling injuries ... but I have recovered, and grown stronger..."
Circle of ManaEdit
- Even without the power of the Sword of Mana and the Benevodons, the Dragon Lord is still hinted to be an enormously powerful being. He was stated to have single-handedly destroyed an entire kingdom even though he was injured, and he gave immense magical power to Crimson Wizard, who couldn't even use magic beforehand. Also, in Heroes of Mana, the Dragon Lord has the third highest HP in the game, and the highest attack power. The Goddess also apparently considered him dangerous enough to send a faerie to aid Richard and Loki.
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