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THE GRANSTREAM SAGA





                         (X) = X Button
                         (C) = Circle Button
                         (S) = Square Button
                         (T) = Triangle Button

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                               Contents
                               --------

                   2 ---- beginning your adventure
                   3 ---- controls
                   4 ---- story
                   6 ---- starting a game
                   7 ---- the game screen
                   8 ---- the command menu
                   13 --- exploring the continents
                   16 --- saving your progress
                   18 --- combat
                   21 --- eon's scepter
                   22 --- magic
                   23 --- equipment
                   25 --- characters


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                       BEGINNING YOUR ADVENTURE
                       ------------------------
Set  up your PlayStation game console according to the instructions in
its Instruction Manual. Make sure the power is OFF before inserting or
removing a compact disc.

Insert  the The Granstream Saga disc and close the Disc Cover.  Insert
one  or  two  game controllers in the Controller Ports and turn ON the
PlayStation game console.

Check out the opening scenes, or press the START Button to go directly
to the Title Screen.


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                               CONTROLS
                               --------
                          normal/battle view

normal
------
(S) Use the currently selected magic spell.

(T) Access the Command menu.

(X) Examine objects and talk to other characters, advances text.

(C) Advance text, cancel menu commands.

L1 Rotate the camera view 90 degrees in a clockwise direction.

L2 Same as (X).

R1 Rotate the camera view 90 degrees in a counter clockwise direction.

R2 Same as (C)

Use the Directional Button to move Eon.

Note:   The  Directional  Button  is also used to move the curser when
using a menu Screen

battle
------
Note:   Double  tapping  the directional pad will make Eon dodge left,
right, jump back, or dash forward.

(S) Uses the currently selected magic spell.

(T) Access the Command menu.

(X) Attack  with  currently  selected  weapon.   Press  repeatedly for
    multiple hits.

(C) Press and hold to block enemy attacks with your shield. You cannot
    move while you are blocking.  Cancels menu commands.

L1 Not used.

L2 Same as (X).

R1 Hold  and  use  the  Directional Button  to dodge in that direction
   (same as tapping that direction twice).

R2 Same as (C)


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                       THE STORY OF GRANSTREAM
                       -----------------------

One  hundred  years  ago,  on the planet of Granstream, a terrible war
took  place.   The battle raged between two opposing forces - the evil
Imperial  Wizardry  and the noble Allied Spirit Army.  Both sides were
nearly  evenly  matched,  and  victory  seemed out of reach for either
army.   Then, in desperation, the Imperial Wizardry used a weapon that
had  been  banned  long  ago due to its terrible destructive power and
unpredictability.

The  weapon  was fired into the core of the planet, with the objective
of  annihilating  a  huge  portion of the Allied Spirit Army's forces.
But  a  miscalculation by the weapon's operators caused a catastrophic
chain  reaction.   The  damage  was  so great that the planet actually
shifted  on  its  axis,  causing the melting of the polar ice caps and
threatening to entirely cover the planet's surface with water.


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Far  above  the  battles  of  the  two  forces, four Wise Men had been
watching,  waiting  for the disaster they knew would come.  Foreseeing
the  cataclysm  through  their  magic,  the  Wise  Men  acted  as  the
continents  began  to submerge.  Using their mystical fortress Airlim,
powered  by  four elemental Orbs, the Wise Men were able to raise four
of  the  continents into the air.  These four continents were the only
land  not  swallowed by the rising oceans, and the people on them were
the only survivors of the catastrophe.

The  Wise  Men  knew  that to keep the continents floating, they would
need  to  recharge  Airlim  periodically with the four Orbs - each one
representing  one  element  (Wind,  Water,  Fire and Earth).  Each Orb
corresponded  to  a  continent,  and each Wise Man controlled a single
Orb.   To  prevent  the  power of the Orbs from falling into the wrong
hands, each Orb had to be activated by a special verse, recited by one
of the Wise Men.

As  the  Wise  Men  aged  and  began  to  weaken, they each selected a
descendent  to  carry  on  their task.  And so it was, for one hundred
years.   But  now,  as  the  people of the four continents struggle to
renew  their  civilization, dark rumors begin to spread amongst them -
of the Wise Men disappearing, of Imperial Wizardry airships once again
seen  in  the skies.  And the continents themselves are slowly sinking
lower closer to the hungry waters waiting below.

On the continent of Shilf, a young orphan named Eon is being raised by
a  kindly  old  man,  Valos.  Valos is using magic stones to carve off
pieces  of  the  continent  to  try  and  make it lighter and slow the
descent  towards  the  ocean.   But  without the help of the Wise Men,
Valos  knows,  such measures only delay the inevitable.  He wonders if
anyone can save them now...


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                          STARTING THE GAME
                          -----------------
To  begin  your  adventure, press Start when you see the Title Screen.
From  there,  you  will be taken to the Start Screen.  This screen has
three options:  Data Load, Start, and Key Config.

Data  Load  - Load any saved games using this option (note:  make sure
you have your Memory Card with saved games inserted into slot 1 before
using  this  option).   Highlight  this  option  using the Directional
Button  and  press the (X) button.  A list of saved games will appear.
Use  the  Directional  Pad to highlight your saved game and then press
the  (X) button.  When the Ready message appears, press the (X) button
to start playing.

Start  - Use the Directional Button to highlight this option and press
(X)  if you wish to begin a new game of The Granstream Saga.  You will
see the opening cinema and then begin your game.

Key  Config - Used to reconfigure the controller.  Highlight and press
the (X) button.  A screen with a control pad on it will appear showing
the button configurations.  Highlight the Change Button Configurations
option  and press the (X) button.  After a prompt, you will be able to
select  the  buttons  to  assign  each function to.  When you are done
configuring your buttons, you will be asked to confirm your settings.


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game screen
-----------
Status Bar:
Eon's  current  health.   It is divided into two parts, the Life Point
(LP)  meter  and  the  Hit  Point  (HP) meter.  Each time Eon sustains
damage in combat, the HP meter drops.  When the HP meter reaches zero,
one  segment of the LP meter is lost.  When all of the LP segments are
lost  and  the HP bar is fully drained, Eon will die and you will need
to begin from your last save point (see Saving the Game, p.  16).

MP Force Meter:
The  amount  of Magic Points (MP) Eon has in units of Force (F) MP can
be  obtained  by  defeating  enemies,  and  can  be used to power many
different  spells.   The  circular  part  of  the  meter shows an icon
depicting  the  spell you currently have equipped For more information
on using Magic, see p.22.

Compass:
Assists  you  in  keeping your bearings when rotating the screen using
the  L1  and  R1 buttons.  In order to return the screen to its normal
orientation  use the L1 and R1 buttons so that the compass is pointing
North (upwards).

Note:   Upon  entering  combat, your Status Bar will be located at the
bottom  left-hand  corner of the screen.  The MP meter will be located
in the upper left-hand corner, and the Status Bar of the opponent will
at  the  bottom  right-hand  corner. The  opponent's  Status  Bar will
function the same way as yours.


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                             COMMAND MENU
                             ------------
To  access the Command Menu, press the (T) Button.  A menu will appear
with  a  list  of  options, Use the Directional Button to highlight an
option and then press the (X) Button.  A window will open to the right
of  the  menu  and display the contents of that menu selection.  There
are six windows:  Item, Equip, Magic, Status, Scepter, and Option.

item
----
View  the  various items you have collected during your quest.  To use
an  item, move the cursor over the item with the Directional Button. A
description  of  the item will appear.  Press the (X) Button, and then
select Use or Drop. Upon selecting Use, a prompt asking you to confirm
your  selection  will  appear. Press  the  (X) Button to confirm and a
message  showing  the  item has been used will appear.  Selecting Drop
will allow an item to be discarded.
Note:   Some  items cannot be Dropped. Use the (C) Button to close the
window when finished.


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equip
-----
Used  to  out fit Eon with weapons, armor and shields.  You begin your
game  with  no  weapons  or  defensive equipment, but you will quickly
begin  to  acquire  them  as you continue on your adventure.  Once you
have  found  a  piece  of  equipment,  you  will  want  to examine its
attributes in the Status section.

The  window  is  divided  into  three  parts:   the Equip section, the
Weapon/Armor/Shield  section,  and  the  Status  section.   The  Equip
section  shows  you which pieces of equipment you are currently using.
The  Weapon/Armor/Shield  section displays your available equipment in
those  three  categories.   You can use the Directional Button to move
the cursor and highlight a piece of equipment, then press (X) to equip
it.   The  Status  section  shows  your  Attack  (AT) and Defense (DF)
ratings.   The  first  number  in each category is your current power.
The  second  number is the power you will have if you equip the weapon
that  is highlighted in the Weapon/Armor/Shield section.  By comparing
the  two  numbers, you can see if the weapon, shield or armor you wish
to use will increase or decrease your AT and DF.

Some  pieces  of equipment may raise one category and lower the other.
In  these  cases  you will need to decide if the potential tradeoff is
worth  it.   Also  remember that a weak AT weapon like a dagger can be
used to strike much more effectively than the more powerful but slower
axe.

Use  the  (C)  Button  to close the window when you are done equipping
your weapons and defensive items.


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magic
-----
The  third  window  in  the  Command Menu shows you the magic you have
learned,  and  allows  you to select which spells to assign to the (S)
Button for instant use.  At the beginning of the game, you only know a
low-level  Heal  spell  but  you  will  begin  to acquire new and more
powerful  spells  very  quickly.  Read the section on Magic (p.22) for
more  information on how and when to cast spells.  The Magic window is
divided into two parts:  the Normal section and the Battle section,

The  Normal section is where spells that can be cast outside of combat
appear.   None of the spells in this window section can be used during
a  battle.   You will notice some spells (such as your Healing spells)
appear  in  both window sections.  You must equip each version of such
spells separately.  To equip a spell for use, move the cursor over it,
then  press  the (X) Button.  As you find new spells, you should equip
them  using  this  method  and test them out to see if you wish to use
them.

The  Battle  section  is  where  spells that can be cast during combat
appear.   None of the spells in this window section can be used unless
you  are  in  combat.   To equip a spell use the Directional Button to
move the cursor over it, then press the (X) Button.

Use  the  (C)  Button  to close the window when you are done selecting
your spells.


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status
------
The  Status  window  shows  you  all  of Eon's statistics at a glance.
There  are nine different sections:  LV, LP, HP, GP, Equip, AT, DF, MP
and Spells.

 LV - Eon's  current level.  Eon's  level will  increase after various
      events occur during the game.

 LP - The total number of segments in Eon's Life Point meter,  as well
      as how many LP are remaining.

 HP - The total amount of Hit Points Eon has, as well as show how many
      HP are remaining.

 GP - The  amount  of  gems  Eon  has  obtained   (see   Exploring the
      Continents, p.13).

 Equip - The weapon, armor and shield Eon is currently equipped with.

 AT - Eon's current Attack power.

 DF - Shows Eon's current Defense power.

 MP - The amount of Magic Points Eon has.

 Spells - The spells Eon currently has selected.


Use  the  (C)  Button  to close the window when you are done examining
your status.


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scepter
-------
Displays  all  of  the  items that Eon's magical scepter has memorized
(see  Scepter  p.21).   Use  the Directional Button to move the cursor
over  each item, and a description of that item will appear in the box
below.   Use  the  (C)  Button  to  close the window when you are done
examining the Scepter items.

option
------
The Option window has two functions: Message Speed and Game Reset.

The  Message Speed option allows you to control how fast the on-screen
text  appears during the game. There are three settings:  Slow, Normal
and Fast (Normal is the default setting).

The Game Reset option allows you to return to the title screen without
using the Reset button on the console.  Move the cursor over the Reset
icon  and  press  the  (X) Button to reset your game.  WARNING - doing
this  will  remove  all unsaved Progress you have made!  Only use this
option  if  you  are prepared to start again from a saved game on your
memory card.  Use the (C) Button to close the window when you are done
adjusting the options.


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                       EXPLORING THE CONTINENTS
                       ------------------------
As  Eon,  you  are  free  to explore a vast world stretching over four
continents.  Using the Directional Button, you can move Eon around the
area  you are in.  To examine an object or talk to a person, press the
(X)  Button  when  you  are  in  close  proximity to them.  To enter a
building,  use  the  Directional  Button to move Eon into the doorway.
Sometimes  rotating the camera view using the L1 and R1 Buttons can be
helpful when objects or doorways are aligned diagonally with Eon.

When  Eon  talks to particular characters at certain times, the camera
angles  may  shift  dramatically to emphasize different aspects of the
Scene.   During  these  sequences,  Eon is not able to move or examine
objects.   The  conversation  sequence  is  over  when the camera view
returns  to  normal  and  Eon's  Status  Bar  reappears  in  the upper
left-hand corner of the screen (see Game Screen, p.7).


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It  is  important  to  talk to everyone in the game. Characters may be
passing on important information about the area you are in or problems
you  may  soon  be  facing. Often you cannot progress through the game
storyline   if  you  have  not  talked  to  a  specific  character  or
characters.  Be sure to revisit each character after a major event, as
they will often have different things to say.

When in towns, it is also a good idea to visit the various shops.  The
Apothecary  in  particular  offers  a  good selection of useful items,
including  healing  herbs  and  magic potions.  You can purchase items
using gems.  Gems can be found inside various objects, or by defeating
enemies.   You  can also go to the Pawn Shop to sell items you find or
purchased by mistake.  The Pawn Shop owner will give you gems for such
items.   Don't  forget to visit the Church, either.  The priest's holy
powers  can  heal  you  completely  and  allow you to save a game (see
Saving   Your   Progress,   p.16).   Sometimes  the  priest  also  has
information  that  Eon  must obtain before he can continue through the
game.


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When  exploring in dungeons and other dangerous areas, it is important
to  save  often.   Most  monsters  are  visible  and can be avoided if
necessary,  but  some  enemies can ambush you without warning.  Mimics


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