Adol Christin really needs to stay away from ships. Adol is, of course, the protagonist in Nihon Falcom’s long-running Ys series, disproportionately many of which games involve a shipwreck at one point or another. This is one of those games; scarcely has the play time begun before Adol and the passenger ship Lombardia find themselves under attack by a mysterious sea creature. The ship is lost, and Adol finds himself washed up on the shores of the strange and foreboding Isle of Seiren, which does not help him get to Altago one little bit.
Those of you who’ve played Ys Seven may be wondering why Adol is trying to get to Altago. The answer is that Ys is notorious for following no sensible chronology; not, perhaps, to a Legend of Zelda degree, but nonsensible all the same. Indeed, Lacrimosa of Dana is not set after Ys Seven at all, but rather follows immediately after Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand, released on the Super Famicom in 1995 and never in English in any way, shape, or form. Since the overarching plot of the Ys series is not really that significant to any given game, this isn’t really a problem, but it’s slightly disorienting at first, as the player attempts to recall when on Earth Adol spent time in Xandria.