Dragon Quest IX starts off in a kingdom of angels and it appears that the user created protagonist is one of the bunch. These angels aspire to move into God’s land, but before they can pack their bags they need to get the Goddess fruit. This fruit isn’t something you can Research at your local supermarket. It only grows from the World Tree and only after you empower it with Star Auras. How do you get Star Auras? Help out (read: complete quests) for the people living below.
A few of the early quests are described too. In the beginning of the game you get to fetch magic spring water, slay ten Tentsuku monsters, and steal an item from a Metal Hunter for a fellow thief. You get these quests by talking to townsfolk and completing them can unlock more quests. Unlike the other Dragon Quest games it sounds like Dragon Quest IX is going to have a bunch of open ended mini-quests. After you complete a quest you can check it off on your handy dandy Quest List log which acts like an in game achievement list.
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