Ryse: Son of Rome story and characters detailed
posted on 07.19.13 at 06:41 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Become Marius and avenge your family's barbaric death.

Microsoft and Crytek revealed new story and character details for the upcoming Xbox One-exclusive launch title Ryse: Son of Rome during a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego yesterday.

The companies also announced a new digital interactive graphic novel inspired by the game called Ryse: Sword of Damocles, which is now available online. reading and interacting with the graphic novel will unlock collectibles that can be redeemed in the game post-launch that provide an upper hand in the game’s multiplayer mode.

Find the story and character details below.

Ryse: Son of Rome follows Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier who must avenge the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits. As he rises through the ranks of the Roman army, Marius’ quest for vengeance will take him to the barbarian-infested shores of Britannia, and eventually straight into the heart of Rome.

Marius. The hero of Ryse: Son of Rome, Marius is a young soldier with a strong sense of duty who is completely dedicated to Rome and her ideals. Initially eager to fight against Rome’s enemies and expand the Empire, he soon realizes that Rome is vulnerable to an even more insidious threat than the barbarians he faces on the battlefield. Ever loyal to Rome, he resolves to rid the Empire of her true enemies.

Vitallion. A wise and charismatic general who has served Rome for decades, Vitallion has fought in many campaigns and serves as a mentor to Marius. As events transpire he begins to wonder if duty has its limits, and whether self-restraint is always the correct course of action.

Nero. Nero, Emperor of Rome, struggles to maintain his grip on power. He promotes his two sons Commodus and Basillius to powerful positions, letting them take control of the rebellious province of Britannia. Nero feels threaten by all potential rivals and exacts ruthless retribution against anyone who crosses him.

Commodus and Basillius. As governor of Britannia, Nero’s eldest son, Commodus, sees himself as a god, and the people of Britannia as his subjects. His reign is characterized by brutal repression. Nero’s youngest son, Basillius, enjoys anything carnal or cruel. At the Colosseum he delights in watching gladiators kill each other, and lords over the terrified slaves he keeps in his harem in the bowels of the structure.

Boudica. The daughter of King Oswald, the ruler of the Britons. Strong and resilient, Boudica hates Rome, and with good reason: under Roman rule, her people are made to suffer horribly. When her father faces horrific retribution from a perceived insult, it galvanizes Boudica and she rallies her people to rise against their oppressors. Boudica is a principled woman and has the will to go to the ends of the world to save her people.

Oswald. Benevolent king of the Britons. He leads a rebellion against the tyrannical rule of Rome, but when the Romans brutally repress the rebels, Oswald submits to Roman dominance in hopes this will spare his people. His naivety leaves him vulnerable to the Romans.

Glott. Enigmatic leader of the Northern barbarians, rumored to be more beast than man. Very little is known about him except that he is fiercely independent and will make war on both the Romans and Oswald’s tribe.

The Spirit Gods. Immortal spirit, one who watches over humanity, guides Marius. She appears in mortal form, but radiates an otherworldly aura. Another (known in mortal form as Aquilo) seeks the destruction of Rome and allies himself with her enemies.

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  • DarthBrian

    I played Killer Instinct at comic-con. I’ll post my thoughts on it when the next Open Discussion Forum post comes up.

    Ryse was there too but I didn’t want to play it because it doesn’t look like something I’d want to play. But if I have time and the line isn’t too long, I’ll see if I can stop by the Xbox booth and give it a shot. No promises though. :p

    • AnimusVox

      I played Ryse at E3 but I wasn’t impressed aside from the graphics. It wasn’t bad but I didn’t find the gameplay all that amazing aside from the slight instances when you march your troops only so far and then after that you freestyle fight.

      • SuperLuigi

        Was there a QTE kill everytime you fought someone? It kinda looked like that at the E3 press conference but I just wanna check.

        • adhesive

          There was, but you don’t even need to press the button because the game kills the enemy anyways. Doing the button prompt will just net you cash for ingame purchases supposedly.

          • SuperLuigi

            Im not getting an xbox one but I was looking into this game for a friend who is. I was hoping it wasn’t basically heavy rain roman edition.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        I’m curious, did you go to E3 representing a publication?

        • AnimusVox

          Nah, I work at this indie game shop and we signed up to get accepted in and were able to get in again.
          We went a few years back when Dead Space 2 was being promoted.

  • Cry_Zero

    when I first saw ryse I thought ” omfg they just copied god of war(thats funny because the romans copied the greeks)”
    And now you even have to avenge your family… I mean REALLY??? They couldve just called this ryse god of rome…

    • SpectralRaiden

      So I guess every revenge story that follows henceforth is a copy of God of War? I suppose Sasuke Uchiha should be renamed Kratos Uchiha then*rolleyes*

      • Cry_Zero

        I said that even before I knew about the revenge stuff.
        The overall look, the QTE, the brutality, he is also the leader of an army and NOW hes avenging his family.. You cant tell me that it doenst look like GOW. You just cant.

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      Sounds more like the movie Gladiator to me.
      You play as Marius Titus ( sounds a bit like Maximus Decimus to me…) who works his way through the Roman military, possibly up to a general position, to avenge his family.
      Oh, and the villian’s name is Commodus, who looks down upon the average citizens and uses them to his advantage…

  • Peacenutman

    If weren’t for every kill ends in a pointless QTE, I would have been interested. They should give you the option to turn it off.

  • Bryson Heald

    Great storyline, but historically inaccurate. During Nero’s reign he never had any children due to the fact that he stomped his first wife who was pregnant to death and second wife was a man that nero had castrated cause he resembled his first wife. Boudica was the queen of the Iceni tribe, her husband Prasudicas had been a client kingdom to the romans in Briton. after his death a corrupt tax collector took this moment to seize his lands which lead Boudica to flogged and her two daughter raped in front of her.