The Will of the Ancients Moved to Decent Webspace

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The Will of the Ancients has always been a free Geocities site, consisting of ads and limited bandwidth. However the site has grown past the 15 Megs that were given to me for free, and as a result I had to remove the screenshots of Panzer Dragoon Orta, which have been missed by more than one person.

No longer will this be a problem. The website has been moved to a proper paid-for-hoster, although I don’t have to pay anything thanks to the kindness of Abraham from Sega Zero. The Will of the Ancients now has over twice as much webspace, more bandwidth, and no ads. What this means to you, the visitor, is that you will experience a faster and cleaner looking website …hopefully with more Panzer Dragoon content added in the next few months.

Despite a few disadvantages such as not being able to host the Panzer Dragoon Mini ROM and a longer web address, I think everyone will benefit from the move.

Addition Sometimes Requires Subtraction

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There was a broken link to the Lucich I drew. I’ve fixed it, so you can actually view it now. Also I’ve added a picture of Edge and the Arm Wing with was drawn by Atolm Rider. Both of these can be found in the Fan Art section.

Sadly, to free up webspace, I have had to remove all of the Panzer Dragoon Orta screenshots on this website. The thumbnails will remain online, but clicking the links will no longer bring up the pictures in their full resolution. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some way of hosting them, but until further notice you’ll have to use other sites such as LAGI - The Art of Panzer Dragoon or Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon to leech screenshots from.

Fanfic Update and Lyrics for "Anu Orta Veniya" Added

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Neil has completed the latest chapter of his fanfic, Panzer Dragoon X. The story is set in an alternative universe and is told in the form of diary entries. You can read the latest chapter by clicking here.

To the Dialogue section an addition has been made in the form of the lyrics to Anu Orta Veniya, the theme song from Panzer Dragoon Orta. The original lyrics came with the soundtrack, and the translation came from Abadd who was “involved in the Panzer Dragoon Orta project” so they should be considered official.

The First Update of the Year

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Well another year has gone, and another year has come. This site has grown considerably in the last year and I hope to expand it quite a bit with new content in the months to follow. 2003 will mark the return of Panzer Dragoon for most English speaking fans, unless you have already played the Japanese version, which has English subtitles on a modded PAL or NTSC-U Xbox.

My copy of Panzer Dragoon Orta arrived in the post today, but annoyingly the mod chip I ordered before the game has not turned up yet so I’ll have to be satisfied listening to the four track CD, “Die Panzer Dragoons Chronik”, that came with it in the meantime. I remember someone on the Excavation Camp forum quoting something like “Panzer Dragoon is not a hobby for the impatient.” That is indeed very true.

I have also updated the Fan Art section with a Lucich that I have drawn. You can see it for yourself by clicking here.

Panzer Dragoon Orta OST Tracklist Added

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I have yet to hear the entire new album, but the tracklist has been added to The Will of the Ancients as well as the catalog number. This should make it slightly easier to find out how to get the CD and is a good resource if you are trying to work out what the tracks are called in English. If you are planning on buying the soundtrack, I have heard that CD Japan is a reliable site from which it can be purchased, although I’ve never bought any music from them myself.

You can view the tracklist by clicking here.

Today the Dragon Will Return to the Skies

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I haven’t heard any details on the launch of Panzer Dragoon Orta yet but it was planned to be released in Japan on the 19th of December… which is today in most countries. It’s been a while since Panzer Dragoon Saga came out in 1998, but the long wait for another game is now over. The series will be introduced to a whole new audience and we can only expect the Panzer Dragoon community to grow because of this. My thanks go to the folks at Smilebit for reviving this amazing franchise. :)

Soon many of you will know the whole story of Panzer Dragoon Orta and because of this I will not be excepting any more fan fiction or other information that is about the game for this website. Reviews, of course, are most welcome so long as they don’t contain any spoilers. When I have played through game myself, new sections will most likely open up on the game but all of these will contain spoiler warnings. It is only fair that those who have not had the chance to play Panzer Dragoon Orta yet have the opportunity to go through the full game as it was intended to be experienced.

Temporary "Excavation Camp 911" Forum Online

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If you’re a regular at the forum on Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon then you probably already know that the site has been down for several days now. Since the site may be down for a while, there is a temporary hosted forum which you can visit called Excavation Camp 911 which was set up by Arc’engal along with several other message boards on his Panzer Dragoon website, The Temple of Sestren.

On a lighter note… there is only four more days until the Return of Panzer Dragoon!

New Fan Fiction and Fan Art

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In the Fan Art section you’ll find a new picture of the dragon’s final form and my online character, the Solo Wing dragon. You can view the drawing by clicking here. Thanks to Atolm Rider for letting me put it on The Will of the Ancients.

Also in this update, Neil has rewritten part of his Panzer Dragoon OVA review. He has also submitted the first chapter of a fanfic called Panzer Dragoon X which is about - well if you’re curious have a read yourself in the Fan Fiction section. Thanks a lot for those Neil!

New Panzer Dragoon Orta Character Details Revealed

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The Official Panzer Dragoon Orta website has been updated with a new design and some nice concept art. There is also some information about Orta and the Empire. From the rough Babel Fish translation it seems Orta is only 13 years old and for an unknown reason was isolated in a prison and raised there since she was a young child. When the Empire attacks, Orta manages to escape on the back of the dragon. The website also states that the new Emperors name is Yatsushiro.

I have also found out that the freaky looking drone we saw in the E3 trailer will go by the name of Abadd, which has been the screen name our friendly leak at the Excavation Camp for several months now! Thanks to Ryu for this information which was taken from the Gaming-Age forums.

After this update I am going to try and avoid posting anything that could even remotely be classed as a spoiler on this website. As the Japanese release of Panzer Dragoon Orta approaches more and more will be revealed about the story so I’d like to keep this place spoiler free for as long as possible. I’ll update with more info on how I will manage these spoilers soon.

A Drone's Dream Chapter and Orta Features Revealed

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The third chapter of Geoffrey’s piece of fan fiction, A Drone’s Dream is now online. Being a fan of drones myself, I am finding this an interesting read and I would recommend any Saga fan to check it out. The first two chapters have also been edited in a few subtle ways, such as extra descriptions here and there. All three chapters can be found in the Fan Fiction section.

The Secrets of the Ancients Have Been Recorded

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The Ancient Age has always been shouded in mystery, however there is a small amount of knowledge which can be picked up in the games, especially in Panzer Dragoon Saga. Geoffrey has compiled the logs left behind by the people who worked on the Light Wing project. There are some interesting facts that create many possibilities. To read the records click here.

A while ago I changed my email address to solo_wing_dragon@yahoo.co.nz - every page of this website has now been updated with it. Please use this new address instead of the old one if you’re going to email me.

The Fan Fiction Section Reaches a Total of Eight

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Over the past six months there has been a number of new fanfics on this site and this latest one especially has me eager to read the third chapter (which I am told by the author is nearly ready). The story is called A Drone’s Dream and is about drones (obviously). From what we know about Azel, it is almost certain that drones think differently than normal human beings and Geoffrey has explored this idea further in his story which is told from the perspective of several drones.

What We Already Knew and a Little Bit More

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Sega of Japan has released some information on features that will be available in Panzer Dragoon Orta. Most of this we already know, such as the original Panzer Dragoon being included in the package, but there is also some new information. The game will feature a films section where players can view some of the full motion videos (hopefully uncompressed this time!) from the Saturn titles. There will be an option to play through some of the game levels as different characters too.

Source: GameSpot

A New Panzer Dragoon IRC Channel is Online

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There has been Panzer Dragoon chat rooms before, but they have never lasted. However that should change now that an IRC channel has been set up for the online Panzer Dragoon community at Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon. The popularity of the website’s forum combined with the near release of Panzer Dragoon Orta gives it the head start it needs to be a success. To access the channel you will need an IRC client such as mIRC as there is no Java chat yet. Below are the details needed to access the channel:

  • Server Name: FreeChat-Network.de
  • Channel: #panzerdragoon
  • Ports: 6667, 6668, 6669, or 7000

You’ll need to register yourself a nickname if you’re planning on joining. For more on that check out this thread on the forum. Many thanks to Lord Craymen and Senor Kaffee for setting this up on behalf of the Panzer Dragoon community.

Panzer Dragoon Zwei on PC

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Sega and Kansai Multimedia plan to give users of the Broadband Club and CyberDisc service access to download emulated versions of the Saturn games Golden Axe: The Duel and Panzer Dragoon Zwei! Sega hasn’t commented on pricing or whether the games will be available through some other method, but they are expected to downloadable later this month in Japan. To run the emulated Panzer Dragoon Zwei on your computer you’ll need a Windows compatible PC with a 2GHZ Pentium 4 processor and 64MB VRAM. In other words anything less than a beast won’t be able to handle it.

Source: XenGamers

A Triple Update for The Will of the Ancients

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You may have noticed a lack of updates recently and that is because I have been busy with several things that are surprisingly not related to Panzer Dragoon! Over the last month I’ve been sent several new additions to the site, which I have just added as one big update.

The first is a completely rewritten Sky Rider Theory where Geoffrey has compiled all of his ideas about how Lundi could have been the same person from the discussions on The Excavation Camp forum.

Next is the first review of the Panzer Dragoon OVA. I have yet to watch this so it was a great help that Neil could write one for this website.

Lastly I’ve added the 12th and 13th chapters of Arc’engal’s Scourage of the Terrablossom, which has been accessible to members of the The Excavation Camp] for some time now (surely that’s a good enough reason to join?). This is not quite the final part, and I’m still not sure if even the next part will be the last, however I’ll try and keep you updated on what’s going on in the Scourage fan fiction universe as soon as I hear more.

New Appendix Mode in Panzer Dragoon Orta

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Like the title says, a new option has been revealed for Panzer Dragoon Orta as part of Pandra’s Box. The Appendix option will have all sorts of images and information on the Saturn Panzer Dragoons, so those who enjoyed the past games have something to look forward to (this sounds great!). Below are some of the things that will be included in the Appendix mode:

  • FILMS
  • ILLUSTRATION
  • EVENTS
  • PANZER DRAGOON (I presume this is the complete version of the original game)

Source: Sega Japan

Orta Flavoured Xbox... But There's Only 999 of Them!

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For nine hundred and ninety nine Japanese residents, a limited edition Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox package will be a reality. The package includes a white Xbox console, seen in this picture (thanks Game Watch for the jpeg), a copy of Panzer Dragoon Orta, and a limited edition necklace. The bundle will be available through Sega’s online store for 35,800 yen. If you’re thinking of going for it, don’t wait too long as there’s only 999 of them. Sega will start taking reservations on November the 1st.

New Archives Section Added

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A small update to say I’ve changed how the news on this site will work slightly. Basically when the main page gets more than ten news stories on it I will put them onto another page that can be viewed by clicking on a link at the bottom the screen. This should make viewing the front page a slightly quicker process. Each news story will also now have a number (this one, for example, is 26) so they’ll be easier to find. It’s all about keeping this place tidy as well as ease of use.

A Mention in the Official Xbox Magazine!

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A Limited Edition of Orta Will Be Released in Japan

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Those Japanese seem to get everything don’t they? Not only do they get the game first but also a limited edition featuring an extra audio CD of atmospheric Panzer Dragoon music. The CD will feature the music from the trailers of Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Panzer Dragoon Orta. I’m hoping this will be brought to NTSC-U and PAL Xboxes too, although it seems unlikely. If you can understand Japanese and are prepared to pay a bit more for the game then consider yourself lucky.

Source: Planet Xbox

The Panzer Lagoon launches... and So Does Xbox

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Another new Panzer Dragoon site… fantastic! The latest tribute to the series, amusingly titled The Panzer Lagoon has been set up by James “Popcorn” Duffy and contains information on all the titles in the series. It’s nice to see so many new Panzer sites popping up all over the place in the last few weeks. :)

I’ve added a new tip to the Panzer Dragoon Zwei Secrets page - a different sort of way to defeat the Episode 3 boss (which is, by far, the coolest boss in the game in my opinion). Thanks to harrisandyk@aol.com for pointing this out.

Lastly, and also off topic, today the Xbox finally launched in New Zealand! Yep, after almost a year since the Xbox was launched in the States, the rather large black box was made available in various stores around the country. I haven’t picked one up yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how long it’ll be before Panzer Dragoon Orta makes its way here. Would June 2003 be a realistic guess?

The Reviews Section Expands

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There is now two new reviews in the Reviews section of this site. Actually one of them isn’t new, but a rewrite of Geoffrey’s Panzer Dragoon Saga review. He has also written a review for the second game in the series, Zwei. If you’re thinking of tracking down either of these games they’re worth a read and also if you’re just curious about someone else’s viewpoint of the game.

Also I’ve added the name of the compiler of the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV Script to the Dialogue section for credit.

The Third Part of Zero. Confused?

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I’ve added the third chapter of the fanfic Panzer Dragoon Zero to the Fan Fiction section of this website. Many thanks to Shadow for writing it and letting me use it on The Will of the Ancients.

Also, since several of you have requested it, I’ve readded the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV Script which was on my old website Azel Online. Sorry I can’t remember who sent it to me so I can’t provide credit (if it was you say so now!). I hope this will help some of you who only have the Japanese version understand what’s going on a bit better.

Get Two Panzer Dragoon Games for the Price of One!

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It had been rumoured, but now it’s been confirmed in the US Official Xbox Magazine. Included in Panzer Dragoon Orta is the original Panzer Dragoon game! It will most likely the Windows version since the Xbox is so similar to a PC internally. Of course it’s unlikely you’ll be able to play the game straight away… you’ll have to earn the game through Pandra’s Box which will give players something to look forward to when trying to get 100% shot down ratio on every stage.

Thanks to Tails of Sega World Weekly for this information.