Shin Megami Tensei IV’s Key Convent Characters And One-Eyed Bartender

By Sato . March 22, 2013 . 3:36am

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Atlus introduced four supporting characters in Shin Megami Tensei IV. In addition to the Convent characters, they also introduced a bartender that gives players challenge quests, and an AI operating system character installed in your Gauntlet.

 

The Convent acts as the main setting in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Mikado of the East’s civilization shares similarities to that of Europe’s Middle Age period, where King Ahazuya Mikado rules the lands. However, the King is a mere symbolic title. In the current state, it is the organization known as the “Convent” that truly governs the land.

 

With the voice of God on their side, the Convent is an organization that shares knowledge. They demonstrated their power to the nation with their research division, while providing new doctrines to the citizens. With all that and more, the convent has the power to influence the entire nation.

 

Hugo

 

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The 40 year-old Hugo is the shrewd man who is currently the Abbot of the Convent. He’s an authoritative and brazen character. Due to his lack of compassion, he’s despised by many members of the Samurai. His status is high enough to give advice to King Ahazuya Mikado, making him one of the most powerful men of the nation.

 

Gabby

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One day a mysterious woman, known as Gabby, got a key position to support Hugo. She is Hugo’s efficient right-hand woman, who carries out tasks for the Abbot. However, not many people, including those of the Convent know of her origin.

 

Barrows

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When a Samurai is chosen after completing the Gauntlet Ritual, they are provided with demon summoning gauntlets. Each Gauntlet has an installed operating system, known as Barrows, who is also the AI character that helps out the Samurai. It is still unknown as to who created Barrows or as the East of the Mikado citizens refer “The fairy living in the Gauntlet”.

 

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The integrated navigation system in the Gauntlet has a feature known as the “Demon Summoning Program”, where Barrows will help you manage demons. This feature will be available right away, as Barrows will help with demon negotiations and summoning the demons you’ve befriended.

 

As previously reported, the Gauntlet has a DDS (Digital Devil Service) feature, used as a social networking device through StreetPass. The DDS can be used to show off the demons you’ve befriended to other players.

 

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The above image shows a unique card that can be created through DDS. It will include a visual presentation of your character, along with an attached demon, that shows their level and skills. The demon that is used in DDS can bring back rare items as gifts and can even gain stats.

 

Here’s a look at some scenarios with demons after DDS:

 

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Pele: “I’m back! With this new body, I’ll be at the top of my game”

 

There are plenty of characters you’ll meet at the Convent, including many quests you’ll be participating in.

 

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Barrows will also help manage your quests by registering each one you accept. Quests will include objectives such as retrieving certain items and ingredients for people or defeating demons.

 

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K

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K is the one-eyed bartender of Mikado Castle. His left arm appears to be a prosthetic scissor-like arm. He was once a member of the Samurai. His vast experience in the field shows that he used to be quite the skilled Samurai, as not even Hope, the Samurai leader, would dare challenge him.

 

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Most of the Challenge Quests can be accepted through K, with occasional mission requests from demons. There will be over 100 events, where you can meet characters and see their side stories.

 

Shin Megami Tensei IV is slated to be released on May 23rd for Nintendo 3DS.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_42AD7BXAVNLT35L7YDCMAILIOA dajuanb

    Gabriel sure is sexy… as usual

  • Pockystix

    Mr. K is evil

    I wonder how many folks will get that reference. . .

    • Salvador’ Spinoso

      Karakuridoji Ultimo?

  • Raze

    Gabby…Gabriel…Angel…
    Hugo…Demon?Or some kind of evil man?
    Gabby is an observant for Hugo’s act or something like that??

  • Detrimont

    The letter “K” has been used quite a lot lately

  • Tincho Kudos

    Atlough is not kaneko’s work, the characters looks good, especially the convent ones

  • Randgriz

    That bartender looks like Kurt Russel in his Pliskin movies.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Big Boss is my SMT!? Preposterous!

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

    I find it strange why they use furigana for most of the screens including some parts of the menu, but then they decided to leave some parts out.

    It would be even more friendly to beginners of Japanese if they had bothered… ah well, beggars can’t be choosers I guess.

  • imaguni

    “Gabby”, huh…

  • Brandon001

    When did Pliskin hit up Tokyo?

    I wish there were more quests, i hope they aren’t short

    • chroma816

      100 extra quests, in addition to the main story and perhaps some DLC is quite a lot. I’m sure they won’t be too short.

  • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

    Gabby sounds like Gabriel, wears white and blue, and Gabriel is a female angel in SMT. So..,

  • DeadLineDance

    “The 40 year-old Hugo is the shrewd man who is currently the Abbot of the
    Convent. He’s an authoritative and brazen character. Due to his lack of
    compassion, he’s despised by many members of the Samurai. His status is
    high enough to give advice to King Ahazuya Mikado, making him one of
    the most powerful men of the nation.”

    …so they basically imported the villain from Radiant Historia, name and all?

    • LightZero

      And you are complaining why?

      • DeadLineDance

        It was more of a humorous observation than a complaint, as I love SMT and Radiant Historia both.
        I do have to wonder though… what is it about the name Hugo that causes Japanese writers to give it to religious zealots-slash-manipulative politicians? Or is this a one-time coincidence? (Probably.)

  • riceisnice

    Eanie Meanie Meiny Moe. Which one’ll die when I go neutral.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Hmmm. I’m interested in learning more about Barrows.

  • IshimaruKaito

    this game just gets better and better with each post!

  • Hetare Kaiser

    Kobra: The Psychoscissors

  • https://twitter.com/A_Beast_of_Prey Equinox K

    K: I was once a samurai like you until I took a demon maw to the arm.

  • AoiKaze

    Not gonna lie, if this game is going to be localized, I’m probably going be reading K’s dialogue with David Hayter’s Snake voice clearly in my head. XD

  • Barrylocke89

    Siegfried: “I don’t know a damned thing about gifts. Is something like good enough?”

    …Am I the only one that looked at that bishi-ish Siefgried picture and quote and instantly thought about some sort of Megaten Otome game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

      I would like to see an dating sim set in Megaten lol. Maybe they can slip some RPG elements in it?

      • Steven Higgins

        It’s not exactly what your asking for but the Persona games do have some social/dating sim elements…

  • DurableTomb

    * Looks at the bartender * Hi Louis, long time no see.

  • burning steak

    Shin Megami Tensei IV Featuring Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series

  • burning steak

    This is odd

    He’s summoning 4 demons, even if you could only have 3 demons in your part including Jonathan/Walter as a backup attacker

    Any ideas of why is that?

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