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Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is new fantasy RPG for PC, watch the first trailer here

Thursday, 27th February 2014 11:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is the new fantasy RPG from Games Farm and bitComposer Games. It’ the follow up to Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, and it’s coming to PC in ‘late’ 2014. We’ve got the first trailer here.

The Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms site has just launched along with an official synopsis.

The game takes place in a mortal realm that faces destruction. In what sounds like an odd twist of fate, the fate of the world rests with a soul-devouring demon, who embarks on a hack n’ slash RPG quest to set things right.

Shadows is the follow-on from Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, and it’ll see its demonic hero conflicted as they travel back and forth between the human and demon worlds. You’ll have three additional party members in your squad that can be switched between on the fly, allowing for tactical options during battle. Realm-switching can also be used to solve puzzles and avoid traps.

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  1. TheWulf

    I… wait, what?

    If I understand this, correctly, this game deals with grey versus grey morality. Not only that, but it doesn’t have pretty, baby-faced Master Race humans fighting ugly people (because ugly people are always evil)?

    I’m not sure how this exists. Moreover, I’m not sure how this can exist in the fantasy genre. Are we sure this is fantasy?

    Can I have this? Can I have more of this? I’d actually feel a lot less bitter about things if this sort of thing were more common. I’m genuinely very tired of seeing perfectly beautiful people (including misogynist-realised women) fighting uglies. It always comes across to me as some kind of racism, that there’s something more going on there than actually meets the eye.

    Fantasy has been doing this since Tolkien, where every good person is adorable, or handsome, or sexy, and every bad person is ugly or disfigured in some way.

    I actually feel for the disfigured, ugly people. I kind of want to hear their side of the story more often. I think that it kind of comes across as a very refined sort of propaganda that teaches us to love the Aryan white morality, and to despise the ugly black morality.

    Plus, it was cheesy. It even revelled in its cheesiness. That’s also rare.

    Can we have more RPGs like this? I don’t even know if this is going to be good, but I already want it. I want it a lot.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    You know, the more I think about it, the more it just bothers me how racist fantasy is. And I have two words regarding that: Dark elves.

    Fantasy settings tend to encourage racism, almost as though they’re for people with extremely right wing mindsets, to the point where I’d almost call them Aryan propaganda. And that’s not just hyperbole if you think about it. Often, the characters you play are very pretty, very perfect examples of the caucasian form. Dragon Age: Origins suffered from this pretty badly.

    And then what you fight in those games tends to be ugly. It’s okay to be racist against the uglies, though, because they’re not real. Right? The thing is though is that this mindset then extends to reality, where people are racist against anything that’s marginally different to them. Racism begets racism, and even fantasy racism brings this about if there’s no one to call this out.

    Some RPGs actually do call this out, Fire Emblem comes most notably to mind with how the Aryan peoples were responsible for racism and genocide, often against non-humans that were quite innocent.

    It’s worrying sometimes to think about just how omnipresent racism is in fantasy. Consider this applied to, say, alien races.

    We’ve taught ourselves so thoroughly to believe that the only good exists in the form of Aryan perfection that we’d be paranoid and xenophobic around non-human life, no matter what form it has. And as such, that’s a pretty good reason to avoid earth like the plague. This is kind of why I have that opinion that we need an AI to help fix us, because we’re broken. As a species, we’re quite broken.

    And yes, it bothers me that racism exists in our entertainment and only ever very rarely is it called out as such. And that gets under my skin, it makes me feel bitter, because I don’t relate to these pretty, racist extremists. To me, they seem like psychopaths.

    This is why I prefer grey versus grey morality.

    In that situation, it’s easier to not feel like a psychopath, because at least then you’re not being horrendously racist.

    Doesn’t this bother anyone else?

    #2 7 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    I will pop one other thing in, here. And that’s this particularly lovely bit of writing which does well to explain my biases against many fantasy works. And I think it goes even deeper than that article covers, but it’s a nice start.

    It’s worth reading, if you’re a person of words, and you can set your own prejudices and biases aside to actually consider it.

    That’s why anything that isn’t immediately Aryan is exciting to me.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. TR3LON1ST

    I am impressed by your passion and I agree.
    There is definitely truth to the fact that we only seldomly question the standards of things. Especially in environments in which certain standards have become obsolete or simply don’t fit anymore. In a globalized world, where cultures mix as much as they do today, it is definitely time to call our expectations into question.

    #4 7 months ago

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