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■ Key Visual

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

■ World

Prologue

I became someone other than myself. Have you ever that kind of dream?

I think about myself in that dream. Is this me, or is this not me?

Are dreams reality, or are reality dreams? I’ve reached an awfully simple answer.

“Whichever is fine.”

Which is true—or which is not true. Both are reality.

– An excerpt from “Baldeux’s Cell”

Baldeux: The Prison City

One of the major cities of Gllia Eldlingen, a province of the Romun Empire located in the northeast Esterior peninsula.

It is also known as “Prison City” due to the fact that it is home to a huge prison. Castle walls and a moat stretch around the prison, and remains of the city’s fortress town era are also visible.

Additionally, since Baldeux is a key point for transportation in this area, the city is lined with inns, bars, and shops for travelers and commerce, and in recent years, facilities for the general public such as theaters and public bathhouses are also being built.

Recently, people in town called “Monstrum” have been causing a disturbance and seem to be the target of rumors among residents.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Monstrum

Elusive and mysterious characters that possess supernatural powers.

They do not seem to have a leader. Some help the poor, while others are outlaws that kill people on the street. The reality of the situation is difficult to grasp.

They are called “Monstrum” due to their mysterious powers and strange outfits, and seem to be feared by the residents of Baldeux…

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Baldeux Prison

Located deep inside the city, Baldeux Prison is the largest prison in the Romun Empire.

It was originallya fortress to protect the national border, but it underwent major reconstruction and is now used as a prison.

The only entrance is the drawbridge in the front, and it is said that it is impossible to escape due to the steep wall of rock and deep moats that surround it.

Since the prison once held those who criticized the Romun Empire as political prisoners, the residents’ impressions of the prison are not very good.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

■ Characters

White Cat

Battle Style: Hand-to-Hand Fighting

A chivlarous thief who steals money and goods from the rich to give out to the needy living in the slums, and one of the Monstrum in Baldeux, The Prison City.

She seems to communicate with the city’s residents frequently, and shows off around the city with her nimble and flashy performances.

Utilizing her flexible, cat-like body, she specializes in speedy strike attacks.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Hawk

Battle Style: Dual Swords

A Monstrum who calls himself “Heaven’s Justice” and murders in the city streets.

Not only does he have a bad drinking habit, besides getting into fights with extreme battle enthusiasts, he goes out if his way to start trouble on his own.

Among the Monstrum that appear in Baldeux, he has the least cooperative personality, and even the other Monstrum have trouble with his behavior.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

■ System

Heavens Run

A supernatural ability that enables the user to easily run up the vertical surface of a wall. In some dungeons and exploration areas, this ability can open up new routes.

By running up to high areas in the city, you may even make some unexpected discoveries…

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Hunter Glide

A supernatural ability in which huge wings unfold from the user, enabling them to glide for an extended period of time.

By gliding from a high area, you can travel a significant distance, and depending on how you use it, your range of motion will immediately expand.

In battle, while avoiding the enemy’s attack, you can use this ability for tricky strategies like launching a sneak attack from the skies.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is due out for PlayStation 4 this fall in Japan.

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