March 20th, 2011

oh so modern jezebel [unioncity]

(video game) Defining Royalty

Title: Defining Royalty
Focus: Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear from Tales of the Abyss
Owner: Samantha (ghostprayer)

You should visit this shrine because... Natalia isn't the most loved member of the Abyss cast amongst site-makers, but Samantha tackles her character with both substance and style. While Natalia is superficially something of an archetypal princess, as Samantha presents, there is far more depth to her portrayal than we're initially led to believe. "Defining Royalty" explores Natalia's story from start to finish, with particular emphasis given to her growing maturity and complexity. Even if you're not a fan of Natalia, Samantha's accessible articles will leave you pondering the character and her role in Abyss for a long time to come.

In addition to interesting analytical explorations, Samantha devotes a sizable chunk of "Defining Royalty" to the use of Natalia within the game itself - including some great strategy points. There's also a rich media section for those interested in Natalia art.

"Defining Royalty" is an articulate and expressive dedication to a character frequently dismissed in fan communities. By really getting into Natalia's motivations and her struggles with purpose, Samantha has created a notably rewarding site.

Highlight: The section titled "Defining Royalty" which examines, in detail, this key aspect of Natalia's character. A strong read.