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Dragon Warrior IV is composed of five separate chapters. The first chapter details the adventures of Ragnar, a soldier ordered by the king to investigate the disappearance of several local children. The next chapter tells the story of Alena, who yearns to escape from her sheltered life of a pampered princess. Taloon is an arms merchant, and is the subject of chapter three. He is an ambitious man with dreams of buying his own store, and has set off to find a fortune inn order to do so.
Chapter four relates the story of the sisters of Monbaraba. Sisters Nara and Mara lost their father. Nara is skilled in the magic of fortune telling, while Mara has studied the ancient art of dance since a young age. The sisters are determined to uncover the cause behind their father's death.
Finally, chapter five brings the characters from the previous chapters together under the leadership of you, the game's hero. A fierce demon has been secretly watching the characters throughout their stories for mysterious reasons. You and your party must confront this demon.
Dragon Warrior IV features a tactics system. In the first four chapters, you can set character positions for battle, with the lead character being able to inflict the most damage while striking. When you bring all the characters together in the fifth chapter, the characters have learned enough to act alone. You can select one of six possible strategies for your characters. They will then follow your strategy to the best of their abilities while you control your hero character directly. In chapter five, you can also switch an active character for a reserve character once during battle to bring up a more appropriate character or to save a wounded character. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide