Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Storyline


Atlus's Official Storyline

"In the Junkyard, rival Tribes fight an endless war—vying for supremacy and the right to ascend to Nirvana. Everything begins to change when a blinding light interrupts a skirmish between two Tribes. Serph, leader of the Embryon, awakens after the flash to find that his opponents have been violently slain. In a crater left behind lies a young girl with black hair.

The people of the Junkyard soon discover the effects of the mysterious light; Tribe members transform into demons, and feed an insatiable hunger by devouring their enemies. Along with this new "Atma" comes another strange power: emotion.

Soon after, the Karma Temple issues a new law: "Devour the other Tribes and bring the black-haired girl to Nirvana." Hostility only grows, as the Tribes renew their effors with increased hatred and zeal.

The Embryon struggle to defeat the opposition and protect Sera, the young girl, who may just hold the key to everything . . ."


Continued Ideas

Now that we've gotten the instruction manual's take on the story out of the way we can delve a bit more deeply into this. The main idea behind this game is simply the "hunger" of finding out more about your past. The people of the Junkyard were very set in their warlike ways and never questioned it. They never had a reason to question it to begin with.

The sudden appearance of Sera from the heavens and the Awakening of the demons within the various Tribes brings new ideas. Not only the question of who Sera is, but how in the world they recognize her and how she relates to these newly awakened demonic powers inside each of them. Her obvious relation to the Karma Temple is surprising and vague.

The one track, kill or be killed minds of the members of the Embryon Tribe quickly snap together the pieces at which point their eyes show their former color and luster. Of course, this takes longer for some of your friends than others. With this eye change also comes a change of needs, wants, action, speech and, most importantly, emotion. The loyalty of Heat is threatened by his newfound anger and frustrations; Argilla finds herself caring about former enemies and objecting to the idea of devouring and killing; Gale slowly loses his almost computer-like calculating ways. They all begin to form and regain old memories; memories even older than those they have from within the Junkyard. The hostile lifestyle they lead is challenged, as is their role within the Junkyard and the real purpose of Nirvana.

As with anything of this sort, what you see is not always what you get. The connections between Sera, the demons and Nirvana are more far reaching than any of the Embryon first realize.