Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom Character Spotlight 1

Find out about Leinhart and Duane in this first look at the characters of Blue Side's upcoming hack-and-slash role-playing game.

Legendary manga writer Kazuo Koike once said, "In my world, the whole world is character," which highlighted the importance a good character represents in the telling of a story. After all, you might remember an iconic character more than you remember the entire surrounding story. Although Koike was referring to comics, that precept is no less true in video games. The characters in the upcoming Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom look to be memorable in their own ways. In this spotlight, we'll take a look at two of those characters: the Ecclesian noble Duane, and the half-vampire prince Leinhart.

Background

Leinhart and Duane entered the dimension of Encablossa to halt the transition of the Ages during the last war, depicted in KUF: The Crusaders. We chose these characters because they were sucked into the dark dimension in the previous game, and Circle of Doom takes place in that location to tell their story. Given that no female characters went into the dimension of Encablossa, we had to recruit Celine from the original PC game as well.

Duane

Weapons: Flail, Morningstar, Pistol, Gun Sword, Gatling Gun
HP: Average
Speed: Average
Attack Style: Ranged attacks
Age: Late 20s (young), mid-50s (old)

Arrogant and vain, the Ecclesian noble Sir Duane is the epitome of narcissism. He may be balding, battle-scarred, and pot-bellied, but in his mind, Duane has always been an awe-inspiring warrior...and an irresistible ladies' man.

Born into a wealthy noble family, Duane used his connections to obtain a respectable (and profitable) position as Kendal's officer during the Encablossa War. Yet the position was more than he bargained for, and he too disappeared with his commander at the end of the war.

He has only two things left in his mind: the will to survive, and an unyielding narcissism. So pure and focused are these two thoughts that Duane is able to hold off mutation by strength of will (or vanity) alone.

What role is left for Duane to play in the drama of Bersia? Is it his turn to shine as a true hero? Or is he too self-absorbed to care?

Duane's arrogance may be his undoing.

Character Inspiration

Duane appeared in KUF: Heroes as the typical spoiled brat whose ambitions far overshadow his capabilities. But this time, we wanted to reveal a small side of him that may or may not compensate for his utter lack of discretion.

Evolution of Design

At first, Duane will wear the ragged and worn clothes of a once-wealthy noble. As his armor improves, more and more delicate and splendid engravings and decorations can be seen. His last set of armor is a full suit of well-worn plate that has ancient gold markings and mechanical parts (just for fun).

Leinhart

Weapons: Dual Katana, Daikatana, Wakizashi, Shuriken, Kusari-gama
HP: Low
Speed: Very fast
Attack Style: Melee attacks

Half-vampire prince of Vellond, Leinhart is as greedy, ambitious, and ruthless as his father, King Valdemar...but he lacks His Majesty's wit and wisdom.

Leinhart's life has been a series of disappointments. After losing his lover to his father and being demoted to a mere overseer, Leinhart has never risen higher than office under Regnier's command. Yet Leinhart's thirst for power has not abated. With the nation of Vellond now fractured by the Encablossa War, can Leinhart rise to the occasion and restore his kingdom? How far will this foolish prince go to satisfy his ambition?

Leinhart is forced to live in his father's shadow.

All Leinhart dreams about is to return to the Age of Light, reunite the kingdom of Vellond, and win the heart of Morene, whom he longs for. This is captured in his dream sequences.

Both half-vampires like Leinhart as well as elves have pure will (whether it is good or evil), such that they cannot be affected by the mutation of the Ages. However, after having heard that a bodily mutation will let him gain great demonic powers, Leinhart yearns to be mutated so that he may become a powerful overlord of Vellond.

Evolution of Design

Leinhart's first-level character design is taken from the previous KUF game, but in COD he differs in a small but significant aspect: He doesn't seem to wear better armor, but rather his skin seems to change and mutate. As his armor improves, the line between his skin and armor begin to fade, and he becomes this scaled, spiky creature with a streamlined body that stresses his lightning-fast movements.

Character Inspiration

Leinhart is a half-vampire; thus, he cannot be mutated no matter how much he wishes it. But he yearns for it so much that he actually tricks himself into believing that his body is mutating! (That, and the fact that it was nearly impossible to create six armor designs with a single character design.)

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Discussion

28 comments
Mattyrock
Mattyrock

I've played a bit of this game and Leinhart's voice is terrible...

heroface
heroface

I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY CANCELLED HAZE ON 360!!!! WWWHYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!?!!?!??!?!!?

CaptianPeachfuz
CaptianPeachfuz

Kingdom Under Fire owns!!! ^_^ I loved "Heroes" for the Original Xbox with it's top notch action and superb soundtrack (all metal btw)! I could only imagine what's in store for "Circle of Doom" ^_^!

madmike1515
madmike1515

I like the character disigns. Nice to see some really origional RPG content. Definately check it out.

Benny_a
Benny_a

Nice game, do you think when the Elf lady will evolve, her boobs get biger too? I hope they do!

Bavoke
Bavoke

yeah, he looks pretty cool =] still fantasy though, i'm more a sf dude so =P Bavoke 8)

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

This game looks better and better with every detail that is released! It's getting higher and higher on my most wanted games list.

darkagent7
darkagent7

OMG i want the sequel ever since i finished heroes! hah this games taking foreva!

mors_x70
mors_x70

Wow... This game looks promising... Nice graphics and character variation...

Diernes
Diernes

...and God forbid, if developers actually attempt to try something new with their I.P's. *roll* I'm looking forward to this game, and Im sure the next installment of the fantastic Strategy game is in the works as well, so dont stress... I also happen to love the soundtrack in the previous games... Its refreshing to have a heavy metal soundtrack for a change instaed of the typical orchestral score or completely ridiculous out of context pop music.

LibertySaint
LibertySaint

i hype it A because its a hack n slash not a strategy game anymore...its gonna be like that ummm, n3 ninety nine nights

spatan11711
spatan11711

damn it come out the same month as lost odyssey

great_rulo
great_rulo

one of the best games coming out next year(if not the best)

Die_Gov_Sam_Die
Die_Gov_Sam_Die

is the xbox 360 gonna actually be releasing something other than a watered down fps

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

if the combat is lackluster then this game will probably fail because the graphics stink. i loved the other kofs but kof is not known for having a good story or soundtrack within their games. Gameplay is what held the kofs games on xbox up. 99nights was horrible cause the gameplay stank. it had nothing else to rely on.

ObjectiveTruth
ObjectiveTruth

I wish they'd make this into their old strategy style games (ie. crusaders and heroes). IMO best games on the system. Though i'm going to buy this the day it comes out just for the story.

magicalclick
magicalclick

It is not as strategy as other games, but it is certainly straegy enough to own me on the first hard level in KUF:The Crusaders. Which means I never get to see enough story from it. I guess it is just like Ninja Gaiden. Tons of people saying it is too hard when I find it ok. And KUF:The Crusaders is certainly too strategy for me. Hopfully this one is not so hard.

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

We all know everyone is going to use the Conan looking guy, and the white-skinned Elf looking lady.

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

I hope you don't seriously think that this game is crap. Try playing the previous games on xbox, maybe they would change your mind...

Ultra-Bigfoot
Ultra-Bigfoot

More crap are you kidding do you think the PS3 has all the good games?

havik0666
havik0666

I'm going to buy this game the days he will come out

GIF
GIF

THe strategy games lacked strategy though. They were button mashers and almost clones of the horrid Dynasty Warriors tripe KOEI has been excreting out the past few years. I think this is a step in the right direction provided that it doesn't get repetative and the game is executed professionally.

jimi_man
jimi_man

Good old Kingdom Under Fire, this looks alright, but i'd much prefer the stradegy games of this series.