Lost Odyssey/Tear Jerker

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    • Lost Odyssey had its moments in the main story - primarily the death of Kaim's daughter, moments after he's finally been reunited with her, after having believed her to be dead for 15 years - but it's in the sub-section The Dreams of a Thousand Years that the tears really start flowing. While having no impact on the actual game-flow or story, these tidbits of memory from Kaim's thousands years of life - watching people being born, grow up, and die, being happy or in despair, dying young or in ripe old age... with atmospheric music and artisticly-rendered background imagery, these simple, written tales don't just tug your heartstrings - they play them like a harp. Which is probably a good thing, since that's basically the only point of their existence.
      • Well, that and the achievement.
      • The ending, with all the characters inside or stuck outside the death-sphere thing, where you watch your friends, including the comic relief and probably most human of all the characters, die. Sure they get better, but still.
      • Lost Odyssey still has me reaching for tissues on every part of A Thousand Years of Dreams, especially the first one, Hanna's Departure. Watch and you will understand.
      • For this troper it was "Don't forget me, y'hear!" because his grandmother was in a very similar situation between having a stroke and her death.
      • "Letters from a Weakling" deserves a mention: Kaim's friend Alex marries a woman named Myna and brings her to his home town, a small and insular village. Myna is of a different race and doesn't speak the language well; she tries, but no one in the village accepts her. The entire time, Myna writes to Kaim, lying about how happy she is - Alex intercepts the letters in order to read them and forges answers from Kaim telling Myna to stay strong and that he'll visit soon, while sending his own letters begging Kaim to visit. A while after having a child, Myna completely breaks down. She writes one last letter to Kaim which Alex does not send on, and after receiving Alex's forged reply - once again telling her to "stay strong" - she hangs herself. Alex visits Kaim to tell him about Myna's death. Kaim beats the crap out of Alex, who confesses everything, admitting that he wanted Kaim to support Myna because he was too weak to do so himself. The story ends on a happy note: Alex resolves to make sure his son is accepted as Myna was not, and when Kaim visits the village generations later, Alex and Myna's descendants live there side by side with the other villagers. Still, it's one of the sadder stories.
    • Lirum's death, Seth's return through the mirror in the ending. And if you're not bawling your eyes out at A Thousand Years of Dreams, you are one ice cold bastard.