-------------- Soul Calibur 3 -------------- ------------ A Must Read: ------------ This F.A.Q. is only for the stages. So if anybody has anything to add, please do so. Otherwise... do not bother. Be a "gentleman/lady" if you have anything to say or Mr. Geese Howard will get mad and perform "Holy Gates." Now we do not want him to do that, do we? ^_^ Complete F.A.Q. ======================================================= _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Valentine Mansion | BGM: Face Your Fate | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Ivy (Isabella Valentine) | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The mansion of Count Valentine appears dark and abandoned, but a light flickers in one corner of the building. Ivy, adopted daughter of the late Count, now uses it as an alchemic workshop and a place for her experiments with magic. The Count had pursued Soul Edge as the key to immortality, but his daughter ascertained that what her father had sought was an evil sword that devoured souls. She swore to destroy it, and in this place the peculiar weapon dubbed the "Ivy Blade" was born. And now, having learned of the existance of a sword that opposes Soul Edge, Ivy has holed up in her room. There, she pores over her books, making use of all of her knowledge to research the spirit sword, Soul Calibur. Surely it will not be long before she sets out on a journey in search of further knowledge. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Pirate Raid | BGM: No Regrets | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Cervantes de Leon | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Amongst men od the sea, a rumor had began to circulate that the great pirate Cervantes had hidden an enormous treasure in a cave near the coast of Spain... Naturally, this story was merely bait scattered by Cervantes in order to gather souls to feed to Soul Edge, but it brought a never-ending stream of pirate ships to Cervantes' hideout. And now, once more, a ship was approaching. It was a two-masted ship, compact even for its time. As if hinting at the fate that awaited the ship, the wind increased in strength and raging waves washed upon the deck. Seeing his prey come chasing the bait, Cervantes cackled and readied his weapon. ----- Note: There is a part where Nakatsuru combines the BGM with a little part of ----- Cervantes' Soul Calibur 1 BGM, "Leaving the World Behind." I am just not sure though. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | Stage: Lost Cathedral | |_____________________________________________________________________________| | | | BGM 1: Forsaken Sanctuary - Against Nightmare or Siegfried & for Vs. Mode | |_____________________________________________________________________________| | | | BGM 2: Nothing to Lose (from SC2) - Only for Destiny Battles | |_____________________________________________________________________________| | | | Characters: Nightmare & Siegfried Schtauffen | |_____________________________________________________________________________| It resembles many others, yet is like nothing else. A magnificent palace of water that seems to contain every form of architecture known to Europe. No one knows who made it, or where it is located. However, it is said that only those with a strong will and a willingness to bet their own lives can reach it. The great volume of water that flows through it is always circulating and pure, and it is said that it cleanses those who come here to pray. Siegfried seeks a showdown with Soul Edge and atonement for his own sins. Pursuing him, Nightmare, too, reaches this place. Will this holy palace of water be the end of both their journeys? ----- Note: BGM 2 was called "If There Were Any Other Way." And if you go in ----- different paths, you might hear it somewhere else. But overall, it is for Destiny Battles (i.e. Ivy Vs. Cervantes). _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Secret Money Pit | BGM: Blind Loyalty | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Voldo | |_____________________________________________________________________________| There is an island with no known name that occasionally becomes the topic of rumors told at taverns. Beneath this island floating in the Mediterranean Sea is a giant vertical shaft at least 50 meters deep, which was dug in secrecy. There, along with countless traps to stop intruders, lies a great fortune. The rumors say that this place belonged to Vercci, the wealthy Italian merchant. It is said that he disappeared into the sea along with his fleet of ships, and that he sleeps here now, together with his treasure... but no one has ever confirmed the truth. Those who have foolishly ventured into the pit have paid for their overconfidence with their lives. Those who survived returned not with treasure, but with wounds carved into their bodies. As the wounds had obviously been made by a blade, the rumors eventually began to include tales of a mysterious guardian. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Kunpaetku Shrine Ruin | BGM: Bred From the Gap (SC1 remix) | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Astaroth | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Beneath an unknown desert existed a cult that worshiped a God od destruction named Palgaea. Their temple, long used in secret activities throughout history, is now nothing more than a crumbled ruin. The grand priest Kunpaetku, while foolishly attemting to obtain the power of a God, received an oracle and created Astaroth. Astaroth then destroyed the temple. That golem's true master was not its creator, the grand priest, but the God of destruction, Palgaea. The God, known as Ares to the Greeks, was filled with anger. The God's anger exploded, and only a very select few managed to escape. The bizarre statue that bore witness to these events stands silently, showing only its crumbled form to those who vist this ruin... ----- Note: The BGM was called "Born from Chaos" ----- _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Battle in the Strait | BGM: The Blade Seeker | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Heishiro Mitsurugi | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The Murakami Navy became famous during Japan's warring states period. But when the country was united under Hideyoshi Toyotomi and he issued his proclamation against piracy, they were slowly robbed of their power. The final resistance put forth by the Murakami forces of Noujima was met by the Kuki Navy, who had suffered in the past at the hands of the Murakami. Both sides fought fiercely in a series of sea battles. While originally holding the advantage, the Murakami forces of Noujima were eventually pressed back by the Kuki forces. The Kuki forces were backed by Hideyoshi, the effective leader of Japan, and in the end, the Murakami finally yielded. In the records of this conflict, one can find the name Heishiro Mitsurugi. At the beginning of the conflict, he had supported the Murakami forces. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Underground Buddhist Sanctum | BGM: The Cursed Image (SC1 remix) | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Taki | |_____________________________________________________________________________| There is a secret place within the Hoko temple -- a knowledge forbidden to be spread. That place is an underground Buddha shrine which was constructed using sprititually twisted methods. The shrine contains feng shui bowls made of felled jomon cedar trees severed from their natural chi. There is also a bizarre Great Buddha made from the iron of weapons confiscated during Hideyoshi Toyotomi's great disarmament of the country's peasants. This place includes a tributary of the spiritually rich underground waterways that crisscross Japan, and is a place in which dark powers gather. Once before, in this place, Taki, with her sword Mekki-Maru in hand, sealed an ancient evil spirit. Through the dark power of Soul Edge, the head of the Fu-Ma clan, Toki, had become a demi-demon and had merged with several evil spirits, including the evil spirit that Taki had sealed. His fight with Taki occurred in this sinister great Biddha shrine. Bathed time and time again in powerful spiritual forces, this shrine has become a nest for all sorts of creatures, demonds, and spirits. ----- Note: The BGM was called "The Cursed Soul" ----- _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Water Mill Valley | BGM: Pure Breeze | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Talim | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Giant watermills line the sides of this steep ravine. These majestic waterwheels catch the flowing torrent of clean water and generate power to aid those who live in this harsh, mountainous terrain. The waterwheels also pump water to irrigate fields. The bountiful water that is drawn up passes through an old aqueduct facility and is carried to the other side of the mountains. Was it this human ingenuity of borrowing the power of nature to improve life that captured Talim's heart when she visited this place? Or was it perhaps seeing that water -- a different type of power from that of the wind she worshipped -- also flowed throughout the entire world? _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Romanian Valley - Castle Siege | BGM: Endless Warfare | |_______________________________________|_____________________________________| | | | Character: Raphael Sorel | |_____________________________________________________________________________| It has been more than 100 years since Vlad the lmpaler lead his army against the Ottoman Turks and crossed swords with the Sultan in order to protect this land and his home country of walachia. Located somewhere in the deep mists of the southern Carpathian Mountains, this castle was not originally designed for a battle of that nature, but it was now about to face exactly that. The army of the Duchy of Walachia surrounded the castle and, seeing that the master of the castle was not going to give up without a fight, began their attack. No one knows why the national army initiated such a large-scale move, but the rumors say that a contagious desease that brings with it mysterious symptoms was spreading from beneath the castle, and the country had moved to destroy it at the source. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Proving Grounds (from SC1) | BGM: The New Legend (SC1 remix) | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Kilik | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, upstream of a cold mountain river, lives a legendary sword master. It was quite some time ago that this old man chose to spend the remainder of his life in this old cave temple. He continues to live eternally. And now, in order to control the power of the evil sword that he had absorbed, a young apprentice devotes himself to training in his place. Once the apprentice's fierce training is complete, he will set out once again to challenge the cursed sword. What thoughts will go through the mind of the old man as he sends Kilik on his way? The flowing water that has watched the old man for so long offers up no words, merely continuing to flow as it always has. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Indian Port | BGM: Sail Over the Storm (SC1 remix) | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Maxi | |_____________________________________________________________________________| A port town is a place where the pathways of land and sea meet. It is a crossroad where people both meet and part ways. It was here that Maxi and Kilik met four years ago. Maxi, together with Kilik, headed west to avenge his crew, who had been wiped out in a sudden attack by a strange horde monsters. Thus, this place could also be called the starting point on his pathway to revenge. On a cliff overlooking the east sea, a little way out from the city, stands a grave marker made from what appears to be the fragments of a Ryukyu ship. In front of it, one can find a container of Ryukyu wine. Will Maxi one day be able to tell his crew, sleeping beneath this unknown grave, that he has successfully avenged them? ----- Note: The BGM was called "Across Stormy Seas" ----- _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Egyptian Temple | BGM: Call of the Ancients | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Hong Yun-seong | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Rumors of the reappearance of the Azure Knight have cast a dark shadow across Europe. This time, the damage he has wrought is even greater than before, reaching across the sea all the way to Egypt. For the purpose of repairing numerous temples that have been damaged by unknown hands, people and materials have been gathered from across the land, but among these workers, rumors persist that the destruction was caused by sword. In his pursuit of the Azure Knight, Yun-seong hears these rumors and sneaks into a temple under repair. He needs to see the damage before the repairs are complete. Will he find that it was in fact caused by the Azure Knight, as he suspects? _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Old toledo - Burning Gallery | BGM: Courage Ablaze | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Cassandra Alexandra | |_____________________________________________________________________________| After the capital was moved to Madrid, Toledo ended its role as capital of Spain, but it still continues to flourish as a center of activity. This mansion, standing in the wealthy district of town, belongs to a wealthy merchant who is on a personal quest to pursue the trail of the massacres caused by Nightmare. Through extensive independent research, he collected records and reports regarding the incidents, and it is said that he hired a famous artist to draw a portrait of Nightmare based on the information he had collected. However, perhaps he had learned too much. The mansion fell victim to a suspicious fire and now burns fiercely. The voracious flames race to consume everything. It will surely not be long before all is reduced to ash... It is probably no surprise that rumors spread that the fire had been caused by arson. However, mixed in with the rumors were accounts of human figures seen within the flames. These rumors of a man with a scythe and a brave swordswoman who jumped into the flames might perhaps be surprisingly close to the truth. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Lotus Garden | BGM: Water Dance | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Chai Xianghua | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Originally constructed as a retreat for the Ming Emperor, this garden is now a large park open to the public. Most of the area is made up of water, and a combination of bridges and peninsulas creates a deep, complex landscape. The view from the palace, the former residence of the royal family, is especially beautiful, entertaining visitors with the blossoms that change colors with the seasons. Currently, the park is under the management of a powerful, elderly general of the Ming Empire. Thanks to the kindness of the general, Xianghua now trains secretly here amid the morning mist. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Sacred Mt. Fuji - Lava Bed | BGM: Through Molten Caves | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Yoshimitsu | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji, has been regarded as the realm of Gods since ancient times. At its base spreads a great forest that blocks the path of those who would enter. Beneath it lies an underground waterway that carries spiritual energy to every corner of Japan. Also beneath its surface flows a layer of lava. There' one can find a scorching hell hot enough to instantly vaporize the cold water that periodcally flows in. This sacred mountain is the most definitely not sleeping peacefully, but is an active volcano pulsing with heat. Anyone who sees this sight will understand in an instant that this is a magnificence far beyond human power, that only Mother Nature could create. It is the very pulse of the earth itself, filled with power. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Lakeside Coliseum (from SC2) | BGM: Confrontation (from SC2) | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Rock | |_____________________________________________________________________________| What is the most primitive, most appalling, yet most exciting sport? The answer lies in ancient Rome. It is the Colosseo, where men bet their lives in combat. On a certain lakeshore exists a secret arena constructed to recreate that world. Men of power who have already exhausted all other luxuries the world has to offer come here to watch men fight for their lives. This place was built in search of this ultimate stimulation. In contrast to the blood-stained madness of the srena, the surrounding landscape is pleasant and peaceful. The surface of the lake calmly reflects sunlight onto the gently swaying trees of the forest... The arena, which has tested the blood of countless warriors, breathes deeply of the clear lakeside air and quietly awaits the signal for the next battle to begin. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Eurydice Temple - Gate of the Gods | BGM: Fearless Eyes | |___________________________________________|_________________________________| | | | Character: Sophitia Alexandra | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The gods of Olympus are long forgotten and no longer worshipped. But a number of phenomena confirm that they once existed. This temple in the clouds is one of them. This circular temple, said to have been constructed by the god of the forge, Hephaestus himself, stands at the peak of a mountain. Around the sides of the mountain spirals a giant stairway. People constructed a corridor for human use beside the stairway of the gods, for those who came to worship at the mountain peak. In front of the base of the stairs stands a temple marking the entrance to that corridor. It has been a great long time since this temple was constructed to call the gods to this place, but even those who visit it now will surely be awestruck by its beauty. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Ling-Sheng Su Temple Ruin | BGM: The Evil Moon | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Seong Mi-na | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The Ling-Sheng Su Temple, famous in the world of martial arts, is located deep within the Chinese mainland. A few years ago, this historic temple was suddenly destroyed. The influence of the Evil Seed, released by the Soul Edge in a land far to the west, drove the monks of the temple insane, and they tore each other apart with their well-honed combat skills. In this way, the proud Ling-Sheng Su temple vanished. The people who will live here dare not to approach this area, perhaps due to the abominable energies spread by the cursed sword. Seong Mi-na came here seeking deeper knowledge of the fighting techniques she had learned from her wandering master. One must wonder what she felt upon seeing this place... _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Ostrheinsburg Castle - Battlement | BGM: Wings of Despair | |__________________________________________|__________________________________| | | | Character: Tira | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Much time has passed since this proud, once-impregnable fortress, with its four citadels, was reduced to ruin. The scars inflicted by giant siege engines several years ago tell the tale of the horror of war. After losing its first lord and falling into ruin, this castle was occupied by a terrible master known as the Azure Knight. The chaos of war, and then the Azure Knight, filled this land with bitter hatred. A miasmal fog still lingers over the castle even after the knight has left. It is said that this land, avoided even by wild beasts, feels like home to those who have accepted evil into their hearts. Those who visit this place will surely see the dark birds that gather at the top of the tower of this crumbling castle. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Clock Tower | BGM: Time Marches On | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Zasalamel | |_____________________________________________________________________________| A stone clock tower that stands at the corner of a quiet temple outside the edge of town. Inside, a complex arrangement of machinery creaks along, ceaselessly counting each passing second. The inside of the rarely-visited tower is dark and gloomy, but light shines in from a window near the top of the clock mechanism brightens up a section of the tower. After this tower was built, a man began to visit this place. This habit has not changed over the course of his countless lives. He will come here again, to this place where the steady rhythm of machinery counting away the seconds is all that can be heard. For this man who has lost his sense of time over the course of his countless lives, it may be that this is the only place where he can truly feel the passage of time. _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Jurakudai Villa | BGM: Ephemeral Dream | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Setsuka | |_____________________________________________________________________________| "The blossoms of the cherry tree already fall like snow. What more can the wind ask of them?" --Ohshikouchi no Mitsune This poem, recited in lament of the sight of fleeting cherry bolossoms as they wilt away, comes from a bygone age of flowery aristocratic culture, when the capital city of Kyoto was once called "Heiankyo," meaning "capital of peace." Time has since passed, and the world is now one of warriors. The land is ruled by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The dazzling Azuchi-Momoyama era is in full bloom. Hideyoshi built his great citadel upon the remains of the imperial palace. This villa, too, with its fusion of the extravagant style of the time with the traditional beauty of the cherry blossom, parents an imposing grandeur which invites spectators into a dream-like world. This mansion stands as a symbol of Toyotomi's power, yet it will face destruction within a mere ten years. The cherry tress, perhaps foreseeing its fate, perhaps not, continue to silently shed their petals into the wind... _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Silk Road Ruin | BGM: Beyond the Horizon (SC1 remix) | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Lizardman (Aeon Calcos) | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The south path through the western countries is one of the steepest parts of the Silk Road. Near the entrance on the west side lies an especially eye-catching ruin that serves as a landmark to travelers. It is said that the building was build by a wealthy merchant during the time when this region was still the centermost route along the Silk Road. In everything from the patterns on the pillars to the decorations on the walls to the materials used in the floors, one can see the mix of Eastern and Western culture typical of a Silk Road ruin. But now, a dangerous person hides out here... no... this man has long since given up his humanity. For the sake of his objective, he patiently awaits the arrival of travelers who may hold the clues he seems. ----- Note: It was Hwang's stage in SC1. The stage looks a bit different. ----- _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Grand Labyrinth (from SC2) | BGM: Labyrinth of Moonlight (from SC2) | |____________________________________|________________________________________| | | | Character: Olcadan | |_____________________________________________________________________________| Buried on the coast of the Black Sea lie the forgotten ruins of a gigantic stone structure. Olcadan had once been imprisoned in this place by a curse of a God, but its entrance is now open due to the influence of the Evil Seed. Nevertheless, it is not a place to be taken lightly. Its twisting passageways confuse the sense of direction, and the dark, wet atmosphere induces a primal fear in those who enter. Those who constructed this labyrinth have long since disappeared from the earth, and there is no way to know for what purpose it was built. But supposedly, this place was known to them as the "end of the earth," and, to them, this underground labyrinth may have perhaps been the kingdom of death -- the land of the Gods. ----- Note: It was Kilik's stage in SC2. The stage was called "Labyrinth." ----- _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Lost Cathedral - Ruin | BGM: Catastrophe | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Abyss | |_____________________________________________________________________________| The showdown that took place in this cathedral of light and water was tainted by Zasalamel, the man who seeks death. At that same time, the sun faded away as if overcome by evil, and though it was midday, the world became enshrouded in darkness. Abyss, the terrible entity created by the power of Soul Calibur and Soul Edge, destroyed the cathedral itself. The energy released by Abyss caused the power of the earth to awaken. Billowing clouds and steam began to rise from the grounds of this palace built upon the nexus of the world's spiritual energy lines. The pure light took on an evil glow and began to twist the heart of men. The pure water swirled violently and grew muddy, releasing the odor of death. This once holy place was transformed into a violent land ruled by terror... _____________________________________________________________________________ | | | | Stage: Chaos - Spiritual Realm | BGM: World Distortion | |______________________________________|______________________________________| | | | Character: Night Terror | |_____________________________________________________________________________| No matter who they might be, those who take the evil sword Soul Edge into their hands come face-to-face with the blade as it invades their minds. When this happens, they see the very spirit of the cursed weapon. Upon entering this dimension devoid of life, an otherwordly landscape greets them. In this place exists no heaven, no earth. No reality -- merely the sinister-yet-beautiful waves given off by Soul Edge, and the countless souls trapped by the wicked blade. The fate of those who visit this place -- whether they hold strong to their will and win against Soul Edge, or become a new offering to the cursed sword -- is known only to those who take the evil sword into their hands... ======================================================= _________ | | | Comment | |_________| The stages are the best in the series. I was really shocked with many stages. Good job! As for the BGMs (background music), if it wasn't for the classics from Soul Calibur 1 and some from 2, I would have said that the "new" BGMs are even worse than Soul Edge/Blade (excluding Cervantes' BGM). The classics saved it from being the worst. There are new good BGMs (Setsuka's, Tira's & Zasalamel's) but most of the new BGMs are just... average. They sound good only when you fight and never really focus on the BGMs. Still, nothing tops Soul Calibur BGMs... not even close. Good job Junichi Nakatsuru with the remixes, especially with "Beyond the Horizon." ======================================================= ---------------- Last Words: ---------------- There you have it. If anything is wrong, just send me an E-Mail. Hope there will be some respect for the hard work. --------------- Special Thanks: --------------- 1)To Namco 2)To Gamefaqs 3)To all my friends for the encouragement. ======================================================= Soul Calibur 3 is Copyright Namco Crops. This document Copyright 2005 Basel Al-Shehab If you need to contact me to add or ask me about anything, E-Mail me at Mr_Basel@yahoo.com or Mr_Geese@hotmail.com Credits for GameFAQs and Namco Crop.