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Stages FAQ by Basel

Updated: 09/21/2003

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Soul Calibur
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A Word Before We Get Down To The Real Talk:
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  This F.A.Q. is only for the stages. So if anybody have anything to add,
please do so. Otherwise... do not bother.

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Name: Ivy (Isabella Valentine)
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Background Music: Unblessed Soul
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Name of the Stage: Valentine Mansion
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  Count Valentine constructed the avant-grade Valentine Mansion by using the
wealth and political contacts parties that showed off the prosperity of the
Valentine family were held in the great hall where expensive rose-colored
marble was used in great abundance.

  However, Count Valentine was beguiled by Soul Edge's powers and began to
squander his riches madly in its pursuit. It was not long before the Valentine
clan fell into ruin.

  Ivy, the adopted daughter of the Count, remains here alone to pursue Soul
Edge by researching alchemy and ancient sorcery.

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Name: Cervantes de Leon
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Background Music: Leaving The World Behind
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Name of the Stage: The Adrian and the Fortress
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  This battle fortress on the Atlantic coast of Spain served double duty as a
treading port for treasure ships of the Spanish Armada.

  When the dread pirate Cervantes returned from beyond the grave, he began to
attack and plunder treasure ships from the Americas as well as the Far East.
Even ships from his motherland Spain were not spared from his ruthless ways. In
facts, there are various historical records of clashes between Cervantes and
the Spanish Armada.

  His ship, the Adrian, became a ghost ship that was surrounded by an
otherworldy glow that resembled St. Elmo's fire. The eerie sight of his ship
could be seen from dusk to dawn when Cervantes prowled the high seas for his
next victim.

  Due to the sheer number and spread of the St. Elmo's fire, Cervantes' victims
believed that they were surrounded by a large pirate fleet and either abandoned
ship or fell into a state of sheer madness.

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Name: Nightmare
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Background Music: In Father's Name
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Name of the Stage: Ostrheinsburg Castle
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  Ostrheinsburg Castle rises high with the deep forests of Mittelberg in
Germany behind it. Constructed by a renowned, independent knight named Sir
Stefan, this castle's defenses consisted of quadruple castle walls considered
as being impregnable.

  However, after Sir Stefan was killed in a war, the remaining soldiers loyal
to him were summarily executed and women and children were taken away as
slaves. After thieves plundered it throughly, this castle became a place where
none dared to visit.

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Name: Voldo
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Background Music: Remembrance
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Name of the Stage: Money Pit
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  The Money Pit had a proud history of protecting its treasures from robbers
and adventures alike. Ironically, it was conquered easily by the forces of
Mother Nature when a devastating storm flooded most of its treasure vaults.

  Although this room was the highest among the treasure vaults, it was not
spared from the flood. Now, the marble stature of the dead master Vercci towers
solemnly into the air. Voldo slavaged what treasures he could from depths of
their watery grave and placed them in a chamber containing his master's coffin.

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Name: Astaroth
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Background Music: Born From Chaos
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Name of the Stage: Palgaea Shrine
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  The Palgaea Shrine is an underground lair that defies the God of evil
Palgaea. Located at the foot of a volcano, its grand hall is always filled with
fiery lava. There is a triangular-shaped altar at the center of the shrine,
where the grand priest Kunpaetku presides over various ceremonies. This is also
the place where Astaroth uttered his birth cry.

  The materials used to construct this shrine are not known, however, the
various surrounding statues as well as the face of the serpent spewing lava
suggest that they are extremely heat resistant. No one knows whether these
materials are man-made or born of evil magic.

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Name: Heishiro Mitsurugi
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Background Music: Duelists
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Name of the Stage: Takamatsu Castle
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  Mitsurugi proved himself as a soldier at Noshima island, the main
headquarters of the Mori Clan's Murakami Navy. Respected by his superiors,
Mitsurugi was entrusted with the task of defending Takamatsu Castle at the
front lines of the Mori Army.

  Takamatsu Castle was considered difficult to conquer because it was
surrounded by marshlands. However, a cunning enemy of the Mori named Toyotomi
Hideyoshi invaded the castle by flooding the area. Toyotomi constructed a levee
around Takamatsu Castle and then released the river water from the rain-swollen
Ashimori River, neutralizing the natural defense offered by the marshlands.

  Both sides continue to engage in battles that end in stalemate. As the
fighting rages on, Mitsurugi boards a raft to join his comrades on a
battlefield with arrow-filled skies.

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Name: Yoshimitsu
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Background Music: Chasing Downstream
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Name of the Stage: Water Labyrinth
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  Japan is a land blessed with greenery, water, and giant labyrinth-like
underground rivers, fed by water from thesurface. These rivers lead to various
points throughout the country.

  The waater that eventually reaches the underground river, after traveling
through the earth for many years, is extremely cold and clear. The cavernous
walls where the rivers travel through are covered with luminescent moss that
provides the only source of light. The soft, pale blue light that emanates from
the moss creates a dreamlike atmosphere.

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Name: Taki
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Background Music: The Cursed Soul
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Name of the Stage: Hoko Temple
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  The Hoko Temple was constructed in Kyoto under the auspices of Toyotomi
Hideyoshi, a ruler of Japan during the 16th century. Althought the temple was
officially intended to be a place where Buddhist monks could pray to bring
peace and stability to the nation, the temple had a secondary, ulterior role as
a focal point of a "katana-gari" compaign to quell the peasant-led uprisings
that occurred frequently during that era.

  (Japanese Historical Note: "Katana-gari" was part of a political policy to
remove weapons like katanas away from all people with the exception of the
samurai nobility and to establish a rigid feudal class system. Until that time,
there were no strict social boundaries between soldiers (samurai), merchants
(sho-nin) and farmers (no-min). This is why Mitsurugi, who once was a peasant,
could rise to the ranks of the samurai-class. After this rigid feudal policy
was instituted, farmers were prohibited from bearing katana, and therefore
effectively eliminated the ability of the lower classes to improve their place
in society.)

  Toyotomi felled thousands-year-old cedars to make the central support pillars
of the temple and used iron from weapons confiscated through the katana-gari to
create the giant Buddha statue. Unfortunately for Toyotomi, these materials
used in the construction of the temple proved to have evil karmic consequences.
the destruction of the old-growth cedars was equivalent to the killing of an
ancient life force. In addition, the blood of the victims killed by the weapons
cursed the iron.

  It was only natural thais place bore the seeds of disaster and became the
source of misfortune for the Toyotomi clan.

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Name: Chai Xianghua
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Background Music: Bloom and Harvest
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Name of the Stage: Emperor's Garden
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  This garden was constructed as a part of the Ming Emperor's summer retreat.
Its design emphasizes harmony with the surrounding natural landscape and
provides visitors with a beautiful view throughout the four seasons.

  With the exception of the Emperor and his family, only the royal guards
including Xianghua have the permission to set foot inside the retreat. When
Xianghua received her order to search for Soul Edge, that was the first time
she set her eyes on this garden. When she entered the garden, the petals from
the flowering trees danced gently in the warm breeze like a confetti thrown to
wish her good fortune in her quest.

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Name: Maxi
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Background Music: Across Stormy Seas
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Name of the Stage: Harber of Souls
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  Maxi's crew regularly visited this harbor in India to trade goods.

  In India, there are grand, broad steps known as a "ghat" that allow
worshippers to walk into the river to bathe in holy river water. These steps
also lead to narrow, maze-like streets packed lightly with houses, temples, and
shops. Visitors who are unfamiliar with the city are said to lose their way
without exception.

  The gray seas of this harbor became the watery burial grounds for the souls
of Maxi's sworn brother Kyam and others who met their fate at the hands of
Astaroth. Maxi swore to take revenge against Astaroth as he gazed out beyong
his sunken ship into the open seas.

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Name: Kilik
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Background Music: The New Legend
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Name of the Stage: Proving Grounds
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  This training area is near a Hindu temple located in a stone cavern of a
mountain, deep in the heart of India. Pure water cascades downward from the
rocky mountain's waterfalls. The beautiful, clear water that flows through this
place evokes an otherworldy, if not holy atmosphere.

  The mysterious old man who appeared before Kilik lives here in a small shack
like a hermit.

  Kilik has come here again to focus on his training regimen in the hopes of
timing the demons that dwell within him.

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Name: Sophitia Alexandra
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Background Music: Wings of Faith
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Name of the Stage: Shrine of Eurydice
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  Legend says that a circular shrine was constructed atop an ancient sacred
mountain by the Gods to sanctify themselves. As if to prove the legend, the
path to the shrine consisted of gigantic stairs that no mere mortal could ever
hope to scale.

  Thus, the Shrine of Eurydice was built upon a small plain at the edge of a
nearby mountain in the hopes that the Gods would come down from their shrine to
visit them. Those who visit this shrine feel as if they are floating in air
since divine light and sea of clouds envelop them.

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Name: Seung Mina
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Background Music: Eye To Eye, Blade To Blade
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Name of the Stage: Maze of the Dead
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  Built before the birth of Christ according to legend, the underground city of
Cappadocia in Turkey is still shrounded in mystery.

  Several centuries after Cappadocia was established, a reigning monarch
converted a similar underground temple nearby into an extravagant palace.

  This temple stands above a deep chasm claimed from ancient times to be the
gateway to Hades. The interior of the temple contains the section that was
converted into a palace. In addition, a cavern exists beyond the palace,
followed by more unexpected nether regions. No one knows for sure what exists
down there.

  The palace itself is in ruins now, thanks to those who turned it into a rock
quarry of sorts. However, the lower underground areas remain intact.

  Since treasure seeking thieves who venture into the lower levels of the ruins
never come back alive, no one but the most foolhardy enter this place now.

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Name: Hwang Sung Kyung
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Background Music: Beyond the Horizon
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Name of the Stage: Silk Road Ruins
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  The prosperous oasis cities on the outskirts of the Takla Makan Desert in
Central Asia were important relay stations for trade caravans travelling across
the great Silk Road.

  This ancient ruin is inside a stone cavern in a deep, tranquil ravine that is
a day's travel away by horse-drawn wagon from an oasis city. Legend says that a
rich merchant who desired a life of simple tranquility away from the hustle and
bustle of commerce built this place. Proof of the merchant's wealth can be seen
in the ruin's walls and floors, where precious lapis lazuli and malachite are
used lavishly.

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Name: Rock
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Background Music: Gathering: Destiny Beckons
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Name of the Stage: The Colosseum
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  The Colosseum is what remains of an ancient coliseum built around canals. It
appears to have served as a stadium for competition and a theater as well. The
seating capacity of this place is approximately 20, 000, which ranks in size
with the Megalopolis in Greece.

  The players entered the Colosseum on boats adorned with gold and silver.
Winners were praised atop the altar of sacred fire in the center of the
Colosseum.

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Name: Lizardman
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Background Music: Born From Chaos
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Name of the Stage: Kunpaetku Shrine
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  When Kunpaetku was promoted to the rank of grand priest, he schemed to create
a troop of grotesque creatures within the dark order who were loyal only to him.

  He had also secretly built a shrine that mirrored the design of the Palgaea
Shrine. However, in contrast to the hellish heat of the Palgaea Shrine,
poisonous fumes filled this place instead. Strange, ominous light also filled
the recesses of the shrine, generated by the mysterious pools of glowing liquid
that produced the poisonous gasses.

  Though highly poisonous to humans, perhapes this environment was itended for
the grotesque abominations of nature that dwell in this shrine.

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Name: Siegfried Schtauffen
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Background Music: Worth Dying For
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Name of the Stage: City of Water
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  Venice, the City of Water, is a maze-like city on water composed of countless
islands in a lagoon interconnected by a patchwork network of bridges. In its
halcyon years during the Renaissance era, Venice monopolized all trade and
brought northeastern Italy under its political control.

  This city is full of magnificent architecture, art and wealth. People are
drawn to this city as if it were some kind of beautiful mirage.

  Some come here with dreams of riches, while others come to meet their
destiny...

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Name: Edge Master
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Background Music: The New Legend
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Name of the Stage: Proving Grounds (Twilight)
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  The harsh daylight gives way to the setting sun that colors the entire area
in the soft, gentle rose-colored hues of twilight.

  As if forgotten by time, the ruins nearby lie in shadows, weathered and worn
away by the unforgiving rain and river. Now, the remaining light of the setting
sun reflects off the river's surface. Although this is a place forgotten and
abandoned by man, its natural beauty holds an undeniable charm for those who
gaze upon it.

  This place was a natural choice for the man who devoted his remaining days to
achieving perfection in all forms of martial arts.

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Name: Inferno
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Background Music: Immortal Flame
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Name of the Stage: Chaos
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  Chaos is a desolate land created by Inferno and filled with hellfire...

  According to legend, this land is made in the image of the land where the
demonic blade Soul Edge shows its true self. This place is the physical
manifestation of the pain and suffering caused by Soul Edge as it consumes the
souls of its victims. However, those who gaze upon these lands may only
recognize this as the mesmerizing, beautiful colored lights that shift and
dance in the air.

  This is the final destination for those who pursue Soul Edge.

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Last Words:
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  There you have it. If anything is wrong, just send me an E-Mail. Hope there
will be some respect for the hard work.

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Special Thanks:
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1)Namco
2)To Gamefaqs
3)To all my friends for the encouragement.

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Soul Calibur is Copyright Namco Crops. This document Copyright 2003 Basel
Al-Shehab.

If you need to contact me to add or ask me about anything, E-Mail me at
Mr_Basel@yahoo.com or Mr_Geese@hotmail.com

Credits for GameFAQs and Namco Crop.

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