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The backdrop to Omikron: The Nomad Soul starts at the beginning of time in the parallel world of Phaenon. Demons and humans fought for centuries until the humans were victorious. What helped lead the humans to victory was the sword of Bakaya'l. By placing their souls inside the sword, all of the wizards from the Ancient Times hoped to be able to create a weapon strong enough to kill Astaroth, ruler of the demons. Their souls would remain inside the sword until either Astaroth was killed or the sword was shattered. While the sword allowed Kushulainn, the leader of the human armies, to destroy hordes of demons, he battled the demon ruler Astaroth for seven days and seven nights. On the eighth morning Astaroth lay on the ground still but not dead.
On that eighth morning that marked the defeat of Astaroth, the disappearance of Kushulainn also occurred. No one knew what happened to him. As time carried on, Kushulainn's name became synonymous with myths and legends. Hundreds of years later, people started questioning the truth of the myths and became unsure if he ever really existed. However, Kushulainn did survive the battle with Astaroth as he fell into a river after the battle due to exhaustion. After awaking, Kushulainn discovered that he had not killed Astaroth. Astaroth had become a prisoner within the bowels of the earth and was now immortal because of this. Kushulainn, along with the sword of Bakaya'l, now resides alone on the timeless island of Mahahaleel while awaiting someone to request the sword with which to battle Astaroth with.
Millions of years later, the planet of Phaenon is experiencing a glacial era. Phaenon's sun has become extinct and life on the planet is impossible everywhere except in the five cities that are encased in crystal domes. One of those cities is Omikron, a city that is managed by the help of a computer known as Ix, which is located in the city's palace. When the palace was being constructed the workers inadvertently uncovered Astaroth's cage. The demons who followed their master living outside of his cage dispersed at the uncovering, capturing souls and taking on human form. After the palace was completed and the computer installed, Astaroth himself took control of the computer. While Astaroth uses the computer to construct a powerful army by stealing souls, the population of Omikron are only concerned with living a good life and ignore what is unfolding around them. Players enter the story as a character who awakens in a body they do not know and in the city of Omikron, a location they do not know. You are now to wander the city of Omikron in search of answers.
All of the action in Omikron: The Nomad Soul takes place in real time. As the character explores the environment, people and traffic will move throughout the city. Some of the game's features include David Bowie as a character and as part of the soundtrack, 220 minutes of dialog developed in facial motion capture and what Eidos refers to as "virtual reincarnation." What virtual reincarnation means is that when your character dies your soul will take over the first character to touch your body. In effect, during the adventure you will control a variety of characters while being able to visit more than 400 sets and interact with more than 140 characters. Some of the main characters players will meet are: Boz, the character played by David Bowie and whose soul lives inside of a computer network; Kay'l, a member of Omikron's security forces; Syao, a jewel thief; Betsy, a journalist for The Omikron Guardian; Nioma'y, an actress; and Kuma'r, a narcissistic adventurer.
Throughout Omikron: The Nomad Soul players will learn new skills in order to help them shoot, fight and investigate their way through the game. These skills can also be honed through the use of training areas and from the help of skill masters. Use these skills as you search for your identity, combat evil and bring back the ancient forces of good in order to release your nomad soul. ~ Jonathan Sutyak, All Game Guide