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The surprising lives of Octopath Traveller's NPCs

This is your life

NPCs are everywhere in JRPGs, but most of the time they're gormless human worms that often only have three words to say between them. "Go here," they say. "Fetch my slippers," barks another. Octopath Traveller, however, does things differently. There are still plenty of them that cry, "Please rescue my daughter!" or "Fight this horrible sea monster for me," and more still that don't say anything at all. They're just there, silently judging you about how much time you're spending grinding through the same quest line again and again.

But! Every NPC that does speak also has a surprisingly detailed back story attached to them - the mad thing, though, is that you'll only ever discover it by using Alfyn or Cyrus' Inquire / Inspect abilities on them. I was bowled over when I started probing into the lives of these pixelated meat sacks, as the level of thought and detail that's gone into a lot of them is just absolutely astonishing. If anything, about 99% of these peasants are more interesting than the main cast. Yet most people, I imagine, won't ever know they're there. So I've taken it upon myself to catalogue the histories of these brave souls and share their stories with you - because, honestly, stuff this good shouldn't go unheard.

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Katharine Castle: Katharine was RPS' editor-in-chief from 2021 to 2024. She first joined the team in 2017 as their hardware editor, and she continues to play pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She's very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests, but also loves strategy and turn-based tactics games and will never say no to a good Metroidvania.
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Octopath Traveler

PC, Nintendo Switch

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