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The lowest of all the angelic orders, angels are tasked with delivering God's messages to humans in addition to being personal guardians. Angel has also become a generic term for any such kind of heavenly being.
The second of the orders of angels, archangels are tasked with strengthening the faith of mankind, heralding good news, and delivering prophecy to humans though the lower order of guardian angels. This order sometimes includes named angels like Michael and Gabriel, but they can also be seen as distinct.
A philosophical and religious system based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.
Cartography is the is the study and practice of crafting geographical maps. Some games allow players to create and/or edit the maps of the game world.
The dreaded Chimera was a terrifying beast that consisted of several animals combined into one.
The distinct animal features were that of a lion, a goat and a serpent, though other variations exist.
Characters that do not speak the localized language within the context of the game. An example being everyone in Persona speaking English while the story states that they are speaking Japanese.
Someone who investigates unsolved crimes and other mysterious happenings, either for a living, as a hobby, or simply by chance.
Dialogue trees are a feature through which the player selects responses from a list of choices, eliciting reactions from NPCs and determining the path of the conversation and story.
Dominions are sixth in the angelic hierarchy, named such for the authority they wrest on the lower five orders. They empower governments of God-fearing nations and teach how to chain the fleshly body to spiritual endeavors.
Carefully exploring a large, labyrinthine area full of enemies (i.e., a dungeon) in the hopes of finding treasure, leveling up, or completing a specific task. Having their roots in tabletop games, video game dungeon crawls are found almost exclusively in RPGs.
First-Person is a vantage point that attempts to simulate looking through a game character's eyes. It is most commonly found in first-person shooters, racing games, and visual novels, and to a lesser extent in other genres, such as RPGs, 3D platformers, and adventure games.
When two or more elements become one and form something new.
Genies, which originated from Arabia, are supernatural creatures that are magical and many can grant wishes. Some have a lamp or bottle and the owner of said item has power over them, including forcing them back into it and making them stay there.
Gorgons are mythical female creatures known most notably for their hair of living snakes and ability to turn anyone into stone with their gaze. While the most famous depiction of a gorgon is Medusa, they have been depicted in various other ways in literature, film, and games.
Incubi are demons who have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep. The female equivalent to an incubus is the more well-known succubus.
A gameplay mechanic allowing players to store their items and freely carry them around.
The real-life currency of Japan. It is represented by the symbol ¥.
Beautiful fairie women of Celtic folklore who take on human lovers and drain them of life.
The process by which characters reach a new level, gain greater attributes, and learn more abilities. It usually involves earning enough experience points by completing a variety of tasks such as quests or by "farming" such as killing other characters for their experience points.
This concept is for games in which at least one of the main characters is male.
The minimap is a small, simplified version of a larger map. This plays a vital role in many games, especially Real Time Strategy, where it is important to have an overview of the entire map.
Sometimes one playable character just isn't enough.
Characters controlled by the game for players to interact with, as opposed to player characters which are controlled by whomever is playing the game.
Oni are a type of ogre/demonic creature from Japanese folklore. They are known for attacking and pillaging villages.
Manifestations of a person's 'mask' that he or she shows the world. They can also be described as a representation of the control over a character's shadow personality. These entities appear as famous and legendary characters in the world of mythology. Tremendous power hidden within each one.
Mythical/Magical creature that has magic power. When a Phoenix dies it burns up into ashes and another rises in its place.
Powers are the fourth in the orders of angels. They are so named because they bestow believers the ability to fight temptation and sin, and can also weaken the powers of demons.
The Press Turn System is the combat system used in several Shin Megami Tensei games. It allows players and enemies alike to take advantage of opponents weaknesses and provides a unique and challenging take on the turn based battle.
The Rakshasa is a type of demon or spirit in Hindu mythology.
Also known as the Holy Animals, Sì Xiàng, or Sì Líng, they are the four directional guardians, each given a color and element.
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