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Toran

Toran is a temperate region situated south of Dunan. This area used to belong to the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia. In IS 230, a powerful aristocrat, Kranach "Knight of the Scarlet Moon" Rugner proclaimed independence from Harmonia during a civil war . The Scarlet Moon Empire was thus formed, and ruled the area for the next two centuries until Emperor Barbarossa Rugner was ousted by rebels in the Gate Rune Wars in IS 457. The area is currently ruled by the Toran Republic.

The most noticeable feature in Toran is Lake Toran, a saltwater lake connected directly to the ocean through a wide channel to the Northwest. The entire region is surrounded by tall mountains to all directions other than the Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast. However, the vast Karakas desert and the "badlands" lie Northwest, the great ocean to the Northeast, and the vast Moran Forest to the Southwest, which keeps this region relatively isolated. Toran is also known to have a native species of reptilian draft animals called "Gul-horses" which are often used in the cavalry of armies in Toran.

SARSadmin's Comment: What happened to the gul-horses between Suikoden 1 and Suikoden 2? Answer: Sushi!

Land of Arlus
This is where the capital, Gregminster, is located. This area used to be a part of the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia, and the Holy City of Rupanda was located in this land. This region serves as the center of activity for bureaucracy in Toran, due to it being at a strategically well-protected area and also being close to a major waterway. The area itself is surrounded by mountains on many sides, such as Mt. Seifu and Mt. Tigerwolf. Military protection is ample with Shasarazade and Kwaba forbidding entry from most other sides. Due to warm currents that come in from the north into Lake Toran, the climate of this area is mild and warm.

SARSadmin's Comment: The New England of Toran, this place has all the culture and wealth of Toran. That's probably why the rest of the nation looks so poor.

Gregminster
Population: 19,000
Industry: Art, ceramics, wine
Gregminster is the largest city in Toran. In the same location stood Harmonia's Holy City of Rupanda, but after the rise of the Scarlet Moon Empire, Kranach Rugner renamed it Gregminster. Since then, Gregminster remained to be the political and bureaucratic center of the Scarlet Moon Empire.

Gregminster was actually destroyed during the Succession War (IS 446) by the forces of Geil Rugner, but the "Golden Emperor" Barbarossa Rugner rebuilt the city to new heights. The capital city has been the house of many high officials of the Scarlet Moon Empire. Coupled with the long history of this city, people who live here tend to have a certain elitism over the rest of Toran. The bulk of the economy at Gregminster comes from mercantilism, and Gregminster is known mainly for its art and ceramics. This is all due to Barbarossa's policy of protecting and nurturing art and culture. The architecture of the city reflects this, and all houses are built with ivory-colored walls and contrasting red doors.

In the middle of the city stands the "Golden Goddess" statue. This statue was made by the renowned artist, Basil. It is said that the statue is a mirror image of Barbarossa's late empress, Claudia.

Political corruption led to the Liberation Movement, and the Scarlet Moon Empire perished after 230 years of prosperity, but Gregminster remains to be the capital city-- now of the Toran Republic.

SARSadmin's Comment: No, there is NO WAY you can enter Milich's mansion in Suikoden 2. Why would you want to enter, anyways? [Picture: Fountain at the center of Gregminster]

Lenankamp
Population: 7500
Industry: Trade, armor
Lenankamp is a town located south of Gregminster. The Liberation Army's hideout was originally located in Lenankamp. For that reason, imperial soldiers often led raids into houses in Lenankamp in search of traitors. The main street of Lanankamp is always bustling with people, and the only smithy in the Land of Arlus is located here. "Keyaki (Zelkova)" Inn is the most famous inn in Lanankamp. Lenankamp is famous for its circlets, which are sold in the armor shop.

SARSadmin's Comment: Meg's parents live here, too. She is one of the few stars of destiny to have both parents alive and together. Oh yes, and "Keyaki" of the "Keyaki Inn" means zelkova, as in the zelkova tree.

Rockland
Population: 2700
Industry: None
Rockland is a small village situated to the east of Gregminster. Rockland was one of the worst victims of political corruption during the last days of the Scarlet Moon Empire, but has regained its peace after the empire was toppled. Rockland is famous for its stew. Chinchirorin is also a favorite pastime of Rockland's citizens. The houses in Rockland are, true to its name, made of rocks.

SARSadmin's Comment: This is where Elza practices her fake grave making skills. Another mystery is why Grady has official art but no in-game portrait. Laziness? [Picture: Tir stands clueless in Rockland]

Sarady
Population: 700
Industry: N/A
A small village located in the plains north of Mt. Tigerwolf. Although located far from civilization, many travelers visit in search of rare plants, water runes, and water rune pieces. For that reason, the inn is bustling with activity. The houses here are sturdy, using stone walls and an octagonal roof.

SARSadmin's Comment: Travelers come for rare plants? I bet it is the type of plant that makes you happy. Law enforcement is probably non-existent anyways, as suggested from the fact that Tir McDohl was brought here when he was abducted during the Succession War

Magician's Isle
The Magician's Isle is the residence of the Seer Leknaat. She performs an important function by performing annual "Astrological readings" for the empire. Due to her fear of her sister, Windy, taking advantage of her powers, the island is protected by powerful magic wards. Because of the wards, no one can enter the island unless they are invited by Leknaat. No one knows if anyone lives here after Leknaat left.

SARSadmin's Comment: I'd hate to make such detailed graphics for a location, only to see it used once!

Shasarazade
Shasarazade is a fortress built right next to the channel that leads to Lake Toran. The fortress is the home to Sonya Shulen. Once, an odd incident happened where a wedding gown was pinned onto the walls of the fortress. This was actually a prank pulled off by Anji's Lake Pirates. Sonya had been very strict in arresting lake pirates, and Anji meant to tell Sonya to "you can never get married with that type of attitude." Shasarazade is often referred to as a "floating fortress," but the fortress itself is located on a small peninsula, and is not actually afloat. This place later becomes infamous as the site where Sanchez stabbed Mathiu Silverberg and lit the fort on fire while Tir McDohl was still fighting inside.

SARSadmin's Comments: Why the name? It seems to come from Shasarazade, a collection of Arabic folklore, but the spelling is off, and it has nothing to do with the folklore. Sonya must have been smoking something in Sarady to think up this name.

Mt. Seifu
Mt. Seifu is 470 Meters high, and its name comes from the cold wind that blows from its summit (Seifu translates to "pure/clear wind"). The temperature is low on the mountain, making it famous for non-native flora and fungi. The mountain is very rugged with cliffs and caves--making it a favorite hideout for bandits throughout the ages. The Mt. Seifu bandits fought against the Scarlet Moon Empire throughout the Gate Rune Wars by raiding tax convoys heading towards Gregminster. The mountain is also a host of aggressive giant ants. Bandits often lure government troops into ant holes so they themselves don't have to fight.

SARSadmin's Comment: For those non-metric literate folk, 470 meters is roughly 1450 feet. [Picture: Bandits and Imperial forces encounter in the mountains]

Mt. Tigerwolf
Mt. Tigerwolf is the entry point to the treacherous Banner Mountains, and many monsters roam the mountain pass. The name, "Tigerwolf" was given by gold miners who wanted to scare others away from their treasure. Altitude is 500 meters. The mountain, however, is a host of the infamous Tigerwolf bandits.

SARSadmin's Comment: It's a mystery why no one thought it was suspicious to see an inn in the midst of this mountain.

Kwaba Fortress
Kwaba fortress was where the decisive battle took place during the Succession War. Since then, Aim Glide has been in charge of Kwaba. Kwaba remains to be an important wall of protection for Gregminster.

SARSadmin's Comment: The episode where Gremmie beats Tir McDohl to get through the gate is taken from an old Japanese story called "Genpei Jyousuiki" ("Rise and fall of the Minamoto and Taira Clans"). Of course, you probably don't care.

Tolna Canal
The waterway that connects Lake Toran with the sea outside of Toran. This waterway functions as an important trade route. Shasarazade was built to protect this canal.

SARSadmin's Comment: Whoa, this canal had a name!?.

Gouran Area
Gouran is an area that covers the east side of Toran, including the land from Seika to the Village of the Great Forest. This whole area is gifted with many fishing spots, and many fishermen live in this area. For that reason, the people who live in this area tend to have the fisherman's mentality--straightforward and brash. The climate of this area is cold due to prevailing winds blowing from the lake.

SARSadmin's Comment: The "Oriental" section of Toran.

Seika
Population: 1,100
Industry: N/A
Seika is located south of Kwaba Fortress, and travelers heading to the Land of Arlus usually rest at Seika before they go onward. The house at the far end of this village is where Mathiu Silverberg lived before he joined the Liberation Army. He spent his days there teaching the village's children. The houses here have slate tiled roofing and stone walls like most other villages in Gouran.

SARSadmin's Comment: This village has nothing, but they can make money if they market the fact that Mathiu was recruited in this village. They should make "Mathiu Land" or something..."

Kaku
Population: 900
Industry: Fishing
Kaku is a small fishing hamlet located beside Lake Toran. People wishing to travel on the lake usually come to Kaku because the experienced fishermen of the village often let travelers use their boats. The tavern here is teeming with fishermen and the casino in the basement is bustling with activity. The houses here are in the typical Gouran style, but the walls are baked.

SARSadmin's Comment: The "industry" section doesn't list "Gambling" for legal reasons. Seeing how Gaspar has infinite money and supplied millions of potch for the Toran Liberation Army, Gambling probably accounts for more than 90% of Toran's GDP.

Kouan
Population: 2,200
Industry: N/A
Kouan is a town located towards the south of Lake Toran. This was where the wealthy merchant, Lepant, lived. He was popular among people in Kouan, but he joined the Liberation Army after Kraze kidnapped Eileen. People in Kouan are proud of the fact that Lepant became the first president of the Toran Republic.

SARSadmin's Comment: What did Lepant sell to become a wealthy merchant?

Great Forest Village
Population: 1,200
Industry: N/A
The Great Forest Village is the only entry-point into Moran Forest and towards Southeast Toran. The "Forest of Illusion" has prohibited anyone from entering the forest for centuries, but the passage has become passable after the destruction of Lukiae Ende Towayo (Village of the Elves). The houses here have similar roofing to other houses in the Gouran area, but the houses are made from wood, making the interior cool during the summer. The item shop here has an incomplete second floor, but many travelers often try to go up their and wonder what secret lies there--when it fact there is none.

SARSadmin's Comment: YOU CAN'T GO UPSTAIRS IN THE JAPANESE VERION!!!! There, I said it! Also, what a boring name! I mean, if a city is located besides a salt lake, would you be so unoriginal to call it Salt Lake City?

Toran Lake Fortress
The Old Toran Lake Castle was the headquarters for the Toran Liberation Army after the death of Odessa Silverberg. This castle was originally the Scarlet Moon Empire's naval base before Shasarazade was built. The castle was abandoned after the move, and lake pirates repeatedly claimed it as their hideout, but each time they were chased out by the Imperial Navy. However, because pirates always returned, Sonya Shulen summoned a zombie dragon and let it loose in the castle, which served its purpose by keeping pirates out (or by eating them). After the Liberation Army claimed the castle, the castle was heavily repaired, making it habitable for many more people. People who live around the area speak of how the castle grew as Liberation Army recruits increased. The castle was abandoned by the Liberation Army following the end of the war, but some people still live there.

SARSadmin's Comment: What kind of design is this? I mean, the fort looks somewhat man-made, but also formed naturally. Looks like another derivative of those Sarady plants. [Picture: Lake Fortress aerial view]

The Great Forest
The Great Forest has been a battlefield between different races since antiquity, but peace has existed for a long time after "The Great Contract" was signed between all the races. After the establishment of the Scarlet Moon Empire, the empire upheld the contract. However, fearing that the contract will be broken if revealed to other areas, the entire area was hidden from the humans by protective wards erected by the "Six Wise Men." This area suffered great losses during the Scarlet Moon Wars when Kwanda Rossman destroyed Lukiae Ende Towayo (Village of the Elves) using the Burning Mirror. However, post-war reconstruction is seeing rapid progress due to the efforts of the new elven leader, Kirkis Shana Ques Laviankaana. The climate of this area is mild and warm.

SARSadmin's Comment: The demi-human section of Toran. Must be one hell of a place with not just three but six wise men in history. Or perhaps three wise men were just looking into the burning mirror, in which case they would literally be history, and can kiss goodbye to being "wise."

Forest of Illusion
The magic placed on the Forest of Illusion was woven by the "Six Wise Men of the Forest" after the Great Contract was signed between the races. Due to this magic and the Scarlet Moon Empire's policy of keeping the Great Forest a secret, common people did not know of the existence of dwarves, elves, and kobolds. The forest has been a haven for animals due to the magical ward, but the ward was broken after Lukiae Ende Towayo (Village of the Elves) was destroyed. Since then, humans have started to enter the forest.

SARSadmin's Comment: A place where players get to massacre kobolds for the first time.

Forest of Moran
The actual name of the Forest of Illusion.

SARSadmin's Comment: A small tidbit nobody needs to know.

Kobold Village (Toran)
Population: 1,700
Industry: Agriculture
This is where the Kobolds--anthropomorphic canines--live. Kobolds tend to be cheerful and smaller in height compared to humans. Kobolds normally live as humble farmers, but are also hardy warriors in times of war. The current Mayor, Kuromimi, and the Vice-Mayor, Gon, were participants during the Gate Rune Wars and are well respected in the village. The houses in this village have steep, red roofing and are made of wood. Houses don't have windows, and somewhat resemble dog-houses.

SARSadmin's Comment: I'd hate to live here... I'm allergic to dogs for some reason.

Village of the Elves
Population: 800 (before destruction)
Industry: Metal working
This village was built on an ancient tree called Lukiae Ende Towayo, and is said to have grown to this size by the combined magic of the Six Wise Men of the Forest. Living in forests from the ancient times, the elves started living on Lukiae Ende Towayo. However, the tree was destroyed along with the village by Kwanda Rossman's Burning Mirror. Only a few elves survived this calamity. The village is slowly rebuilding itself by the efforts of Kirkis Shana Ques Laviankaana.

SARSadmin's Comment: Lukiae Ende Towayo is a cruel tree that sheds all its leaves once every 60 years, forcing elves to wander around for a year before leaves grow again. But then again, why do the elves need the leaves?

Dwarf Pass
A mountain pass that links the Great Forest region to the Village of the Dwarves. Odd pieces of advanced technology start to reveal themselves towards the exit of the pass.

SARSadmin's Comment: A place where players get to hunt some dwarves. Oddly the dwarves won't care even if you kill millions of these dwarves.

Village of the Dwarves
Population: 3,200
Industry: Weapons, Armor, Metals
The short but hardy dwarves live in this village. Due to the altitude, the area is pretty cold. The dwarves mine various ores from the mountains surrounding the area and use these to forge metals and metal works. The Dwarves make a living by trading these with Elves and Kobolds, but the trading itself is usually done by the few humans that live in the Great Forest. The dwarves also made armor and weapons from the abundant iron ore and sold them to the Scarlet Moon Empire. Thus, much of the strength of the Imperial Army could be credited to the superior arms forged by the dwarves. There are many famous craftsmen in dwarven history, but the most famous is Dowango (IS 205-346). He was an expert as silver smithing, and the "silver feather" that he made is said to have floated in mid-air. The architecture in this village is unique, featuring a curved, circular roof with designs, and the house itself is cylindrical with round glass windows.

SARSadmin's Comment: Technology galore! With such technology, the dwarves should be ruling the world... I mean, the wind fire cannon, burning mirror, fire spears, and other apocalyptical weaponry... How can this be possible? [Picture: Riou meanders about the Dwarf Village]

Dwarven Safe
Dwarves are known to possess many arcane secrets and inventions, but tradition forces them to keep almost all of these hidden in the Dwarven Safe. Most of the inventions, however, are only left in the form of blueprints. The Burning Mirror that destroyed the Elven Village was one such invention. The Burning Mirror functions by collecting "Warmth" from the air and releasing it as "light," causing great destruction. In the deepest depth of the safe is said to lay "the weapon to be used in the end of the world," but due to the tendency of dwarves to exaggerate, most people don't believe this.

SARSadmin's Comment: One of the few awkward attempts of Suikoden at emulating Wild Arms.

Pannu Yakuta
Pannu Yakuta is the residence of generals who govern the Great Forest, and used to be the headquarters for Barbarossa during the Succession War. The castle is built on top of an old ruin--said to be Sindarin in origin.

SARSadmin's Comment: An odd castle with an odd background which would never be used in future plots. Oh yes, and odd name, too. [Picture: Kirkis leads troops in an attack against Pannu Yakuta forces]

Kunan Area
Situated south of Lake Toran, Kunan is an area filled with artisans and specialists such as physicians, engineers, and artists. This is mainly due to Milich Oppenheimer's extensive pro-art policy. The climate of this area is mild and warm.

SARSadmin's Comment: The "Occidental" section of Toran.

Garan Fortress
Garan is the only pathway between Kunan and Gouran. The fortress itself is built on a sturdy stone bridge, making it a very unique fortress.

SARSadmin's Comment: A fortress built on a bridge! What an original concept. Also a place most players go to first after they get their HQ so they can recruit Kai. [Picture: Mathiu prepares the troops for a siege on Garan Fortress]

Teien/Lac Virginite
Population: 2300
Industry: N/A
Teien is a port town located at the southern edge of Lake Toran. It was once called "Lac Virginite" during a part of the Scarlet Moon Empire's rule. Rikon is south and Antei is west of here. Former liberation army members such as Gen and Kamandohl live here as well.

SARSadmin's Comment: There isn't much to say about this place. I'm tired of typing all this, I wanna rest! I haven eaten either!! Grrrrr...

Antei/Bier Blanche
Population: 6300
Industry: Trade
This flower-filled town was once called "Bier Blanche" due to Milich Oppenheimer's policy, but after the Gate Rune Wars, they went back to the old name. This town thrives on trade, and various specialists have their shops opened on the streets. The inn is spacious and always filled with travelers. Rose Brooches are a common souvenir for tourists. The buildings have ivory-white walls, which made Milich name this town "Bier Blanche."

SARSadmin's Comment: A town with serious child-labor issues. A 10 year old boy guards the gate while a 14 year-old girl dances can-can on stage--old men eagerly staring from below the stage. The Rune master barely wears any clothes, and those who make a living by forging documents and fabricating fake seals live as normal citizens. Strange women con jewelry from naive travelers, and strange men on the street ask to borrow money. You can't judge a town by its looks.

Rikon/Plumier L'amour
Population: 3500
Industry: N/A
Liukan used to run a clinic in Rikon. This town used to be called "Plumier L'Amour" during the final years of the Scarlet Moon Empire. Holly Masters often roam this area, carrying a mysterious urn that no appraiser could appraise.

SARSadmin's Comment: A town that is strangely boring despite how often you have to visit, especially to get Clive.

Scarleticia Castle
Built in IS 370, Scarleticia Castle was originally built as a frontline against Jowston. However, it's role as a frontline fortress ended after Moravia Castle was built. After that, this castle has become the traditional base of generals assigned to rule the Kunan area. Due to its relative safety, Scarleticia has become a bureaucratic center of Toran second to Gregminster. Since Milich Oppenheimer was assigned to govern Kunan, he has modified the castle to match his aesthetic taste. Milich has invited many artists in the region to be artists in residence at his castle. Towards the end of the Scarlet Moon Empire, Milich protected the castle with a giant poisonous rose given by Windy which he named Antoinette. The rose grew by the power of the "Black Rune," and posed a great threat to the Liberation Army. However, the Liberation Army successfully destroyed the flower after an initial defeat.

SARSadmin's Comment: ...

Soniere Prison
Built in IS 347, Soniere is the largest and most securely guarded prison in Toran. The prison was built by prisoners of Gaya Prison, which was destroyed after Soniere was completed. Soniere itself served as the Scarlet Moon Empire's maximum security prison for serious criminals and political prisoners. Most light criminals are sent to the Banner Mines for forced labor. Soniere Prison has been destroyed twice in its history. The first destruction happened when Jowston advanced far into Kunan, forcing the Imperial Army to retreat into Soniere. Soniere was burned down during the siege. The second destruction occurred when the Master Thief, Wilbourne, led thousands of his followers to revolt within the prison. Wilbourne burned the prison down, and over 300 trapped prison guards and prisoners died in the blaze.

SARSadmin's Comment: A prison made by prison labor! If I was a prisoner who helped build it, I would have made some sort of fault for future use... Also famous for opal hunting.

Lorimar
Lorimar is a land laced with the legend of the Paladin, Klift. The area lacks in industry, and most villages farm enough land to supply itself--reducing the need for trade. For that reason, many people in this area have never left Lorimar. The climate of this area is mild and warm.

SARSadmin's Comment: Yep, you guessed it, the "vampire" section of the game!

Fort Lorimar
Fort Lorimar separates Lorimar from Kunan. The fortress has traditionally been the place for executions, but the populace was massacred by Neclord towards the end of the Scarlet Moon Empire's rule.

SARSadmin's Comment: A place with the odd history of being completely destroyed by its own magistrate--Neclord.

Warrior's Village
Population: 3300
Industry: Agriculture
The Warrior's Village was established by Klift the Paladin in IS 20. The villagers all claim to be descendants of Klift, and all men of the village are warriors. Men from this village are well known as furious warriors, and the Scarlet Moon Empire often recruited men from this village. Klift himself is known in history as the only one who fought against Hikusaak of Harmonia to the end, and ultimately defended Lorimar from Harmonia. Out of respect for this heritage, the Scarlet Moon Empire has traditionally allowed the Warrior's Village to rule Lorimar.

SARSadmin's Comment: Feminists would have work to do here for sure.

Qlon Temple
An old temple located west of the Warrior's Village. No one knows how old the temple is, but it has existed previous to recorded history. The temple itself is not so much a place for religious ritual, but a place to train one's mind. The current guru of the temple is Fukien. It is said that Crowley, the wizard with 100 runes, resided within the caves behind the temple.

SARSadmin's Comment: Definitely out-of-place, a Buddhist temple located in the middle of vampire land. It's a cool place, but odd. Why are those doors on the side of the temple locked?

Neclord's Castle
A castle built by Neclord towards the end of the Scarlet Moon Empire. Neclord was assigned as the general of Lorimar by Windy, but he actually never "governed" the area. Neclord "governed" by abducting girls from villages as his bride. The screams of many young women are said to have been heard from this gothic castle.

SARSadmin's Comment: The puzzle involving the paintings is what exposed me to online suikoden fandom for the first time back in 1997.

Liukan's Hermitage
After getting disgusted with the world, Liukan withdrew far south of Lorimar in his own hermitage. He stayed there until he was abducted by Milich Oppenheimer.

SARSadmin's Comment: Yep, his house is actually located in the Lorimar area. He probably did that to evade taxes that he would have to pay in Kunan. Doctors always think of ways to save money, greedy bastards.

Dunan Rapids
Rapids that exist towards the beginning of Dunan River. Average ships would be unable to navigate through these rapids--the currents are simply too powerful.

SARSadmin's Comment: Typical obstacles that require "item X" to get through.

Dana Area
This area is called as "The North" by the citizens of Toran. The name Dana is primarily used by those that live in Dunan. Dana is right in the middle of the trade route between Toran and Jowston, and many smugglers pass this area. The area is quite cold due to the higher altitude and brisk winds from Lake Toran.

SARSadmin's Comment: This is one area that's hard to fit in a mold. Probably because it has only one real town.

Kirov
Population: 5800
Industry: Trade
Kirov is a port city that trades actively with foreign nations such as Jowston. It's position close to the northern border of Jowston and ready access to Lake Toran makes it an idea location for traders. Although the Scarlet Moon Empire forbade trade with other countries, many merchants in Kirov smuggled goods from Jowston and other neighboring nations. Kirov is also the residence of the famous chef, Lester, who is known for his famous recipe called "Marie's Chore."

SARSadmin's Comment: A strange town where people are running out of salt, soy sauce, soap, and various other mundane items. Sarah blocks an entire alley with her psychotic impulse to continue doing laundry day and night.

Kalekka
Population: 15
Industry: Agriculture
Kalekka was the scene of the tragic "Kalekka Incident," where citizens were slaughtered by Jowston army invaders... or so states the official account. However, the truth is that the citizens were slaughtered by the Scarlet Moon Empire's own soldiers by the strategy of Leon Silverberg. Kalekka's main industry used to be the production of cotton, but all cotton fields were lost after the massacre. The Toran Republic continues to encourage citizens to move to Kalekka, but progress is slow. However, Kalekka has recovered enough to be able to export flour to Ryube.

SARSadmin's Comment: How many people stepped on Blackman's produce? Intentionally?

Secret Factory
A weapons factory owned by the Liberation Army. The plant itself was run by Mose. The plant produced many weapons for the Liberation Army, but they are noted for the production of Fire Spears, which enabled the Liberation Army to defeat Teo McDohl's Armored Cavalry.

SARSadmin's Comment: A secret factory, which even bandits know how to get to. Looking at their facility, it doesn't seem like they have anything you can call process flow. I'd definitely fail them if I had to do a QS 9000 audit!

Banner Mines
Located within the Banner Mountains, the Banner Mines have been a source of iron ore for Toran. During the rule of the Scarlet Moon Empire, prisoners were sent here for forced labor. It is said that this included women and children as well. The forced labor stopped following the establishment of the Toran Republic, but the mine continues to produce the bulk of iron ore for the Republic.

SARSadmin's Comment: A place that is only spoken of in publications. If someone e-mails me about how to get there I will laugh at their sorry ass.

Dunan River
A River that starts south of Toran, runs through lake Toran, and feeds into Lake Dunan. This river is considered to be an extremely important trade route between Dunan and Toran.

SARSadmin's Comment: This info comes from the Suikoden Encyclopedia, but looking at official maps, I don't see the river connecting Dunan and Toran. So what's the truth!?

Knightdom of the Dragon's Den
This area, isolated in the midst of mountains, is the residence of the famous Dragon Knights. The Dragon Knights have always been an independent state--free of control from other nations. However, they have always maintained their autonomy in exchange to service for other nations that controlled Toran, such as the Scarlet Moon Empire. The area itself is small and quite cold.

SARSadmin's Comment: A "What is an RPG without dragon knights" type of place.

Goya
Population: 3000
Industry: N/A
The fortress of Goya is the home of the 3000 dragon knights and their dragons. Other aspiring dragon knights and families of dragon knights also live here. Because dragon knights are chosen when they are very young, most of the residents never leave the fortress unless on a mission. Also, due to the autonomy granted to the Knightdom, many fugitives take up residence in Goya by the permission of the leader, Joshua Levenheit.

SARSadmin's Comment: How do they sustain themselves with no industry and all these huge beasts to feed?

Seek Valley
A valley located so high that no human could reach it by foot. The valley is a trove of raw crystals--in fact, some of the crystals are known to be "alive." The valley is known for unique flora.

SARSadmin's Comment: Men wearing identical clothes of different colors are often sighted here...

The Flow of Sadna
A river that flows from the Seek Valley region all the way into Lake Toran, dividing Kunan from Moravia on its way.

SARSadmin's Comment: Why does this river have a name?

Senan Area
Senan is the frontline against the City States of Jowston. The area is 70% covered by the Karakas desert, and beyond the desert lays a great wall that separates the desert from the badlands. No sane traveler will attempt to cross the desert, but many battles have been fought in this area. Senan is also known to have been the place where the ancient magicians, Crowley and Mazus, had a duel. It is said that the very duel blew away a few mountains and created the desert and badlands. Senan is sparsely populated--having no cities. Only military personnel enter this area.

SARSadmin's Comment: The "desert land" portion of the game. They were obviously rushing the game when they made this area.

Northern Checkpoint
A small fort that serves as protection against invaders from the north from getting into Kunan. The Liberation Army is known to have gotten through this checkpoint easily by misinforming Scarlet Moon informers present within their army.

SARSadmin's Comment: Some people end up starting their game over after reaching here. This is because after you beat this place, proceed, and then use the blinking mirror before reaching Moravia Castle, it will look like there is no was for you to return. The gate at the Northern Checkpoint does seem like it doesn't open at all. However, there actually is a gate that you can open if you look for it hard enough.

Moravia Castle
A relatively new castle built as a front against the City States of Jowstone. The castle lacks in aesthetics due to its strictly functional purpose. Monsters roam within the castle as a measure against intruders.

SARSadmin's Comment: Monsters roaming around to protect the castle from intruders!? What about protection for the inhabitants?

Fort Rakan
A small fort located southwest from Moravia Castle. The Liberation Army lured the forces of Moravia to this fort by making it look like a bulk of their forces was attacking it.

SARSadmin's Comment: You'd think they would at least have an un-enterable building in Moravia representing this fort...

Fort Duha
A small fort located south of Moravia Castle. A small force of the Liberation Army attacked this fort as a diversion for the main force's attack on Moravia Castle.

SARSadmin's Comment: Another "invisible" fortress that Mathiu manages to attack. However, that attack was also fake, so even if the fort actually didn't exist no one would ever know!

Pirate's Hideout
The hideout for Toran Lake's pirates. The pirates make a living by smuggling expensive works of art, and regularly engaged in combat with the Scarlet Moon Empire's naval forces. After the creation of the Toran Republic, the pirates disbanded. Most of them followed their leader, Anji, and entered the world of honest business.

SARSadmin's Comment: There are more events here in the Saturn version (Japanese), where the pirates abduct one of the girls in your army, forcing you to come and rescue her.

Misc. Areas

Toran-Kooluk Border Village
A village that is located very close to the Toran-Kooluk border on the Toran side. Back around the year 300, some aristocrats in the area developed an unhealthy hobby called "human-hunting" in an effort to incite war betweem the Scarlet Moon Empire and the Kooluk Empire. Too bad for them, they encountered Graham Cray's son, who at that time had the Rune of Punishment. The bloodthirsty aristocrats were slaughtered along with much of the village as well, as the result.

SARSadmin's Comment: A Kalekka rip-off, but only cheesier.