The Storyline

Wizardry 8 is set in a world where magic and technology coexist. It is an epic fantasy RPG that picks up where Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant left off. At the end of Wizardry 7, all hell had broken loose. The Dark Savant had taken flight with a device called the Astral Dominae, an incredibly powerful artifact containing the secret of life itself. Following him are two powerful races, the T'Rang and the Umpani, as well as the player’s own brave party of adventurers. Everyone is headed to Dominus, a world on the cusp of the Cosmic Circle, birthplace of the Astral Dominae and home of the Cosmic Lords. Many paths will converge on Dominus, and many long-hidden secrets will be revealed...

The intro movie of the game explains this storyline with a mixture of static background images and flash-like foreground character interactions. The composer of the intro cinematic was the game's sounddesigner George Brook, probably because the movie wasn't finished when Manthei stopped working on the project. Unfortunately, this results in an absence of the intro movie music on the album.

As soon as the intro is finished, you get to the Main Menu of the game. Strangely enough, the "Main Menu Theme" (track 01) as featured on the album is not the version that plays in the retail version of the game, but a variation of that cue.

 

Creating your Character

Because Wizardry 8 is a role playing game, creating your character is vital to the gaming experience. In Wizardry 8, you even get to create a party of up to six characters. For each character, you have to go through different steps: Choosing profession, race, gender, core attributes (Strength, etc) and giving him a portrait and name.

 

All the while, Manthei's "Character Creation" (track 04) cue plays in the background. It starts percussive and remains low-key as not to get too repetitive or interrupt/overpower the character creation process but still features epic string lines in the latter half of the track to hint at the great adventure yet to come.

 

 

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