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Friday, 20 March 2015

D&DVD Of The Week: Mythica - A Quest For Heroes (2015)


The latest fantasy offering from the prodigious Arrowstorm team is the first part of a planned trilogy.

Mythica: A Quest For Heroes tells the story of a crippled slave girl, Marek (Melanie Stone), with a natural gift for magic, who runs away from her cruel master to seek a life as an adventurer.

She meets the priestess Teela (Nicola Posener), whose sister and fellow acolytes have been kidnapped by orcs, and together with the warrior Thane (Adam Johnson) and the elf rogue Dagen (Jake Stormoen) they set off for adventure.

And really that's about it as plot goes. Teela's sister Caeryn (Natalie Devine) is in possession of an important magical stone, but that's pretty much a MacGuffin for this tale, and the hostages are being held by an ogre, rather than the orcs as the party had initially thought, but that's really as deep as things go this time round.

Top biller Kevin Sorbo (aka Hercules) pops in during the first act for a short cameo as a wizard who is discretely training Marek. Again, I'm assuming he has a larger role to play as the trilogy progresses.

A Quest For Heroes is really all about getting the band together. It's no Hawk The Slayer, but as live-action representations of Dungeons & Dragons-y roleplaying games go, it's quite impressive. I mean, just look at the make-up of the central adventuring party: a cleric, a magic-user, a fighter and a thief. You don't get more D&D than that!

What - ironically - makes it even more RPG like is that the elf, Dagen, is essentially played as just a human with pointy ears. To be honest, you so rarely even see his ears it's very easy to assume he is human! Perhaps he's a half-elf?

Marek's magic is also rather interesting, not only is she learning to master the mainstream component-led magic (again, very D&D), but she appears to have an inherent knack for necromancy, draining the life-force of nearby innocents to fuel her more powerful spells.

A great deal of thought has clearly gone into conjuring up a convincing fantasy world. The props and set dressing of A Quest For Heroes are top notch and the special effects - for the most part - manage to maintain the illusion, even if some of the acting (and dialogue) occasionally leaves a bit to be desired.

The Kickstarter page for the campaign that funded this movie explains a bit more about the overarching plot of the Mythica films:
...follows the adventures of Marek, a wizard born with the dark power of necromancy, as she learns to harness the power that threatens to corrupt her, and build a team of adventurers to battle Szorlok, the legendary Necromancer, in his quest to unite the four shards of the Darkspore and unleash an undead plague on the land.
The Kickstarter for Mythica 2 is scheduled to begin on March 31 and will be covered here on HeroPress.

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