Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow is the thirteenth installment in the Dark Parables series. The game takes place in the town of Anaben at the foot of the Swiss Alps. As the Fairytale Detective, you are sent to investigate a mysterious illness that is turning the people of Anaben into shadows of their former selves.
This game is (rather loosely) based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Shadow (Skyggen).
Detective, strange things have been happening in the town of Anaben at the foot of the Alps. The Duke of Anaben has called us for help. People in the town are getting sick with a bizarre illness. It renders them senseless. It's spreading at an alarming rate. The ill look like pale shadows of their former selves. The Duke's wife was one of the first people to get sick. He'll tell you more once you get there. That's all the information I have. Good luck, Detective!
WARNING: This section contains massive spoilers! (So read at your own risk!)
The game starts off with a black cat roaming the hallways as a cloaked figure steps out of the dark on a stormy night. The Duke and Duchess of Anaben, Herman and Elena, are sleeping. Suddenly, a candle lights up, causing the Duchess to awaken with a fright. She quietly creeps towards the balcony door, which she opens to find a cute black cat. However, she looks up to see a cloaked man with a ruby ring. He steals her shadow, leaving her in an ill state (the Duke must be a good sleeper if he couldn't wake up from the sound of his wife screaming). The cloaked man has a book that shows many coats of arms crossed out, and he places an 'X' over another.
Eventually, the Detective gets the case and travels to Anaben. However, the Duke's in a hurry and he crashes into us. He's angry that we almost got ourselves killed (hey, don't place the blame on us)! We show the Duke the emblem that he gave us, and he knows who we are.
He then asked for our assistance in finding out what is happening with the Duchess and gave us access to whatever we needed from his carriage. The Duke also have us something to hopefully stir the Duchess in order for us to know what happened.
We managed to wake the Duchess up, but only know that a man with a ruby ring is the one behind the case and got warned about the candle. When the Duke took his wife away to the healer, we head our way to Anaben.
Immediately, as we entered, we already saw another victim as his shadow was stolen by the cloaked man. For some strange reason, our shadow seemed attracted towards the candle (luckily, ours were not stolen). However, the cloaked man saw us and used his ruby ring to keep us out of his business.
Once we managed to get the gates to open, we saw a man lighting up the candles. He introduced himself as the Candle Maker. The reason why he lights the candles is because he claimed that his cat hates the dark. In his Candle Making shop, we learned a little history between the writer and his shadow.
We continued to the town square where we heard of Count Leofric's non encouraging speech of him protecting Anaben and saw a suspicious man with a box in his hands. We followed him until he escaped via boat. We followed the man with a boat of our own to witness another victim. The man was apparently the "last piece" and he was stripped of his shadow.
Unfortunately, our cover was blown. Count Leofric ordered one of his henchman to take care of us. We began to get physical and punch the man before tying him up with some rope. We got some info out of him that involves a ceremony and the needing of a ruby ring to attend. After that little talk, we left him for his own safety and ours.
We searched the area until we found the ring, but needed to charge it with energy. So we went to many different area around town to collect some energy to charge the ring. Eventually, the same black cat was at the secret passage. Has it been following us around? And why?
When we opened the secret passage, the black cat went in as we followed. From a little window, we can see down that the ceremony was about to start. When we went downstairs, the ceremony began. As we got closer, we needed a disguise so we wouldn't get caught.
As the ceremony was about to start, a woman appeared behind the Count, demanding the candle. When he refused, he was turned to stone and shattered into pieces. The woman then claims that if anyone is against the Shadow, then they will only live to witness his rage.
When the ceremony started, the woman chanted as the shadow pieces are let out. When the Candle Maker screamed, he broke his chains, rising to his feet. However, he didn't seem like the Candle Maker anymore. It was now the Shadow God. Now that the ceremony is over, the woman opened a portal and step through while the Shadow God is creating disturbance. The shaking caused some of the ceiling to fall and a huge piece was about to fall on us! Before we could get crushed, however, magic saved us. But who saved us? It turns out to be the Maiden Goddess! She told us about the Shadow God and that we needed to stop him by going after him. He has gone to the Shadow Realm, but the Maiden Goddess has given us a sapphire to open a portal before she disappeared.
After we went outside in the rainy weather, we managed to open a portal with the sapphire the Maiden Goddess gave us. When we entered the Shadow Realm, it turned out to be exactly like the town of Anaben, only with some differences (like floating objects).
And so, the Fairytale Detective managed to stop the spreading of the darkness, saving Anaben and all its occupants. The strange sickness disappeared, and everyone got their shadows back. The Duke and Duchess were still yet to return from the healer in the mountains, but everything seemed well.
As for the Shadow God, he was back to his old self. No longer an evil Shadow, nor an empty husk that was the Candle Maker; he was finally whole. He swore to protect Anaben and redeem himself for all of the damage he'd done and pain he caused to the innocents. In return, the Moon Goddess allowed him to stay among the mortals.
The Fairytale Detective postponed her departure so she could welcome the Duke and Duchess back into their home. However, days passed, and they were still nowhere to be seen, which became troublesome...
Rise of the Shadow God
Long ago, darkness and light entwined to create the Shadow God. With the Shadow God came another world, Earth's twin. It was a cold and empty place wrapped in darkness. This is where he resided. The Shadow God was born neither good nor evil. His job was to maintain the balance between the shadows and the light. The Shadow God had two souls: One was pure and mellow and the other was dark and harsh. He was lonely in his world of darkness, so he made a deal with the Moon Goddess. She let him reside on the dark side of the moon, allowing him to descend on Earth after sunset. The Shadow God never interacted with humans, and he became envious of their happy world. He built a tower to connect the two worlds and attract the lost souls that he pitied. He offered them asylum. As more souls joined him, he felt his powers grow. Soon, an inner battle began inside him. He couldn't resist the temptation of devouring the lost souls. He swore to wrap the Earth in darkness so that he'd never have to return to the moon.
The Maiden and The Shadow
Ancient traditions forbid the Maiden Goddess from ever interacting with mortals. But the temptation became too great. Since then, every full moon, she would descend into the world and help those in need. Word quickly spread about a beautiful maiden with magical powers. This story piqued the interest of the local mercenaries, who plotted to ambush her, hoping to harness her powers for their own gain. One night, they staged an accident, and soon the Maiden Goddess arrived, falling right into their trap. However, by some strange fate, the Shadow God was passing by and heard her cries. He chased the mercenaries away and released the Maiden Goddess. Suddenly, a powerful love was born. They had to keep each other a secret, so they met every night at a place with the most breathtaking view of Anaben. Unfortunately, the Shadow God was torn between his two souls and their love struggled. To protect her only love, the Maiden Goddess disguised the Shadow God's husk into a commoner and sent him to Anaben. She returned to her astral plane, heartbroken. Meanwhile, the husk, longing for her love, lit a candle every night at the time they were supposed to meet, but she never came. As the town of Anaben grew, he began lighting candles everywhere, hoping that the Maiden Goddess would one day come. That is how he became the famous Candlemaker.
The First Handmaiden
The Sun and the Moon Goddesses were two of the most powerful Gods, but they had one weakness: dawn and dusk. Those were the times that their powers were the most fragile. To protect themselves, the Moon Goddess made the nights cold and the Sun Goddess blessed the morning with warm sun rays. With this they created the first morning dew, which took the form of a beautiful new Goddess, pure and innocent as a droplet of spring water: the Maiden Goddess. The Sun and Moon Goddesses were very protective of their little sister, so they forbid her to interact with the mortal world. But, the Maiden Goddess couldn't resist the temptation. One day, she noticed a young, pure-hearted maiden in trouble, and descended from her plane, defeating the attackers. The young girl fell to her knees, swearing she would do anything for the Goddess in return for saving her life. Though she felt guilt for disobeying her sisters, the Maiden Goddess yearned to help this girl and others like her. She gently wiped the tears from the girl's face and formed a magical glass staff from them. Before she left, she told the girl: 'Then take this staff, and help those in need. I will always watch over you.' That is how she blessed her first handmaiden.
Fall of the Shadow God
Centuries ago, the Shadow God lived, deeply in love with the Maiden Goddess. However, having two sides to his soul, they fought each other relentlessly. One night, his Shadow whispered to him: 'If you become strong enough, you will never have to return to the Moon'. The Shadow God ignored the evil whispers for as long as he could, but something terrible happened - he lost his own shadow. Terrified, he came to the Maiden Goddess looking for help, but as time passed, he felt his powers growing weak; even speaking was a tiresome task. And so, the Maiden Goddess called for her two sisters, the Sun and the Moon Goddesses. They searched for his Shadow day and night, and when they finally faced him, they were almost obliterated by his powers. Not long after, the divine sisters devised a plan: The Sun and Moon Goddesses created the Shade's lantern, which was able to consume the Shadow. Unable to destroy him, the Maiden Goddess used the magic glass staff and tore him to pieces, hiding each part inside a common person of Anaben. The threat was gone, but now the Maiden Goddess' beloved was no more than a husk.
- The Maiden Goddess, depicted in The Final Cinderella, shows herself for the first time.
- In the warehouse are a bear and human automaton, which were first featured in Goldilocks and the Fallen Star.
- The Detective meets the Fairy Queen, who first appeared in Rumpelstiltskin and the Queen.
- One of the pieces the Detectives needs to build the Shade's Lantern with is the Bolide Shard, which was heavily featured in Jack and the Sky Kingdom.
- The Moon Goddess and Sun Goddess make a brief appearance at the very end, whom the Detective saw in Goldilocks and the Fallen Star.
- The book, Skyggen, made a second brief appearance. The first time it made an appearance was in the last game in The Thief and the Tinderbox.
- At the waterfall, statues of Sandmen (as seen in Queen of Sands) are seen as guardians of the Dream Treasure which lead to a HOP.
Voice Actors Edit
Tape Recorder: Lauren Synger
Duke Herman: Erik Braa
Duchess Elena: Laila Berzins
Candle Maker / Shadow God: Mickey Caputo
Count Leofric: Jason Miller
Joseph the Artifact Trader: Michael Ashcraft
Henchman: Jonathan Cooke
Guida: Toni Frutin
Maiden Goddess: Jenny Barringer
Fairy Queen: Nancy Kaszerman
Arne: Ed Mace
Narrator: Kevin Cooke
Special thanks goes to our parents for letting us keep a night light by our bedside, clearly in order to keep the Shadow God away.