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I approach the game with some trepidation. I've always liked the DQ series, but the only one I've ever been able to beat is the first one, way back on the NES. I've owned a couple of the Monster games, the 1&2 remake for GBA, 7 and 8 yet generally because of sheer length I've found I cannot tackle them well. However, I'm under the impression this one's length is a little more manageable, so I'll give it a shot.
I name my character Paws, and opt for a female, but <s>she looks rather stupid</s> I don't care for the visuals, so I reset and opt for the male instead. I meet my childhood friend who plays a trick on me, and it's hinted I'm in for something big as an adult, but this is only a teaser to set up later adventures, so the prologue is over.
Chapter 1 places me in a castle of Scottish folk, complete with accent and slang. It turns out my much-abused love of historical romances comes in handy after all, as I had absolutely no problems understanding anything said. I'm surprised nobody yelled any quaint phrases like "Haud yer wheest!" but I suppose it would be lost on most people. Knowing this was a Dragon Quest game, I wandered outside after speaking with the townsfolk and set to grinding until dark. I was caught away from the castle and nearly flattened by a tree stump, but I managed to pull through and crawled back to town with a measley 5 HP, but now level 3 and with enough gold to buy some armour upgrades. I rest a night, make some purchases, and off I go to the next town. I'm definitely liking how night and day is actually tied right into the storyline; it makes it more then just a cosmetic effect. I head out to a secret hideout for children and find my first companion, a slime by the name of Healie; shouldn't be tough to figure out what she does.
Another round of equipment upgrades and I'm off to the tower. Though I'm hesitant to use up Healie's resources, I explore the tower thoroughly and am rewarded with an incredibly nice sword. I then go to free the children, which I'm able to do with panache (and then I put down the panache). The chapter ends with the king rewarding my hero with enough experience to reach level 15.
Looking forward to chapter 2.