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Ys: The Ark of Napishtim was originally developed for the PC in 2003, and was later ported to the PlayStation 2 and PSP systems in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Ys protagonist Adol Christin is stranded on a mysterious island and begins his adventure by journeying into the Great Vortex of Canaan.
Adol Christin: A red-hair adventurer, not surprisingly known as Adol the Red. He's traveling with his close friend Dogi when he finds himself on a pirate ship, heading towards the Great Vortex of Canaan, which is found on the edge of the great ocean.
Olha: A Rehdan priestess with long ears and an animal-like furry tail. She is responsible for guiding her tribe, and ends up healing Adol after he is swallowed up by the Great Vortex.
Isha: Olha's younger sister. Extremely shy, especially around Adol.
Terra: Member of a pirate gang from Xandia, as well as the daughter of the pirate Ladoc.
Geis: A mercenary that wields a huge halberd. Adol and him cross paths many times during Ys: The Ark of Napishtim.
Ernst: A young, cool-headed war commander serving under Admiral Agares. He pursues Adol and the pirate ship he's on--the Tres Mares--into the Great Vortex.
The only weapons in this Ys game (other than the starting sword...which breaks) are three Emelas swords, all of which are important to the game's story:
- Livart: a single-edged sword with the power of wind. Average strength, speed, and has tornado magic.
- Blirante: a double-edged sword with the power of fire. The strongest of the three Emelas swords, but slow and has firewall-like magic.
- Ericcil: a rapier with the power of lightning. The weakest, but fastest sword, with homing lightning bolt magic.