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Phantom of the Past!

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A new PV has been released on the MapleStory homepage! It reveals a bit more of Phantom’s past, including Shinsoo, Aria, and Freed. I guess Nexon did dub over this video for the MapleStory Justice trailer!

As you can see, Aria is holding the Skyia, a treasure mentioned in the Phantom tutorial, does this mean that Aria was the Empress? Before Cygnus?

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  1. December 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm


  2. Anonymous
    December 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    oh wow that was really intresting, i wonder is the relation with everyone.

  3. NovaEffect
    December 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This class out of all have a deep story to it 🙂
    I love phantom ❤

  4. WereismyWate
    December 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    But why would they add out of no were add the old cygnuss emperes unless they plan to maje alot nore things with here like new charapters with a story line that mainly incluedes her that what i think well we will have to see but the maplestory storyline gets more confusing everytime

    Btw if any one could help me in desperet to get mesos and i dont know how or were in lvl 132 mecedes i know this is a bit desperate but any comment would really help

    Pos: great job with your blOg i was sad when spadow decided to quit his blog but you have made really good process at one moment i actually thought this was spadow blog great job keep going i will always support you

  5. NovaNuvaMS
    December 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    No wonder Aria’s jewelles looked familiar… wow…that explains why Phantom was associated with Ereve/Shinsoo/Cygnus… Awesome Max 🙂 … Does anyone know if Shinsoo is a girl or boy? Its voice is hard to identify…

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Shinsoo is a girl.

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Its neither boy nor girl. I believe it to be female.

  6. Herp
    December 24, 2011 at 12:03 am

    So phantom was in love with aria?… Past empress ?

    Phantoms story just keeps getting better and better
    And wow
    That explains why in the tutorial he was at erece….
    Omg 5 more days—~~
    I can’t read Korean but ima translate every single word I see to English..
    Ong this is exciting. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  7. Narwhol
    December 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Who is Aria? And will this be captioned at some point so those of us with no knowledge of Korean can understand? Thanks :]

    • razornion
      December 24, 2011 at 3:30 am

      Judging from the video, Aria is the person Phantom loves…
      and being Shinsoo there, she was probably the previous empress or empresses before that.

  8. Charles
    December 24, 2011 at 1:28 am

    this is awesome thx max.
    and is there a skill build for the phantom yet?


  9. collector
    December 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Great !!! I don’t get it..

  10. collector
    December 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Is it Alia or Aria anyway ?

    • Herp
      December 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      In Korean
      R and l are written the same way, u just need to know which to use
      So it’s alia I guess

  11. Homophobe
    December 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Congratluations on getting on wordpress’s topviews, I did also ❤

  12. razornion
    December 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I think Aria died in the Battle of Ereb.

  13. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I am the wood of my cane
    Paper is my body and treasure is my blood
    I have drawn over nine thousand cards
    Unknown to defeat, Nor known to victory
    Have withstood pain to copy many weapons
    Yet, those hands will never grasp love
    So as I fight, STEAL ALL THE SKILLS!.

    So Aran’s cursed, sealed in ice and hit with laser guided amnesia when he wakes up. Evan’s predecessor was killed. Mercedes had to watch everything and everyone she cared about freeze for centuries, only to wake up powerless to do anything about it and, because she retains her memories, she knows full well just how screwed the Maple world is. Phantom never bothered fighting against evil, which allowed it to kill the woman he loved without him ever getting a chance to say goodbye. Then there’s the Demon Slayer, one of the Black Mage’s generals who, ironically, had the Black Mage’s forces kill his entire family, burn his house and town to the ground and reduce him to noobletness. Let’s not even get into what tragedy will have befallen the pirate heroine. Even Cannoneer got attacked by a Balrog, stranded on an almost deserted island and stuck with a stalker monkey who may or may not do inappropriate things to him while he sleeps. Then there’s the past mistakes of the Cygnus Knights as well as the possibility that the motivation for their very existence is flawed and corrupt. And the regular resistance recruits all start their adventures by stumbling onto human experimentation and almost getting killed by the Black Wings.

    Is it just me, or is Maple getting dark and edgy? Because all, of the new characters have a stoneface inducing backstory. Back in the day it was just some bored youths whacking snails for fun and profit. Now there’s death, despair and a battle for the fate of an entire world. When did it all go wrong?

    • Anonymous
      December 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

      You forget the Dual Blade’s backstory, where they’re essentially villains trying to murder the Dark Lord because Lady Syl thinks he killed her father in order to become the thief instructor. And that no one actually trusts them, which is why all the thief instructors past the Dark Lord give Dual Bladers so much crap before they advance them.

      You forget that the Empress Cygnuss and her knights basically went LOLNOPE at *helping* the Resistence too. No Cygnus Knight will step foot Edelstein canonically.

      This game! It has plot! Who knew.

  14. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    aria is the pirate hero!

  15. December 25, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Dang…this is a really nice storyline, actually this whole “hero and black mage” story is very interesting. They should reveal the details of that battle between them, not just “they fought, and sealed away the black mage”. We want details, DETAILS!!!

    • That which hath no name
      December 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

      I hope they show the battle in the same way they do theses videos

  16. Anonymous
    December 25, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I’m not sure why but this Phantom guy reminds me so much of Kaito Kid/Phantom Theif Kid/괴도키드 from Detective Conan/Case Closed/명탐정 코난 Other than the fact that they are both thieves they look nothing alike even the stories are different and yet they seem to be very similar in some ways like their personality and confident(or somewhat arrogant)smiles

  17. skyscraper
    December 25, 2011 at 4:41 am


    • Anonymous
      December 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Who didn’t?

  18. Jake
    December 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Didn’t 5 heroes fight the Black Magician during the Black Magician War? So the Evan we see here is the Evan of the previous generation? The one who fought against the Black Mage and died?

    And if so, how did Phantom travel to the present? Aran and Mercedes got trapped in ice and Evan died and chose his next successor.

    • Herp
      December 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      That’s freed , the previous dragon master, the one who does sealing away the black Mage
      His. Dragon choose evan to become the next dragon trainer Wtv
      And phantom woke up cuz aria’s spirit is still alive
      Aria woke him up

      • Herp
        December 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        Does – died*

    • Anonymous
      December 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Five heroes fought against the Black Mage during the war. Mercedes, Aran, Phantom, (L) and Freud. The first three were all still in good enough shape to survive, although they all got frozen in ice for centuries. What happened to the pirate heroine whose name begins with L has yet to be revealed, but will be eventually next year. Howeber, Freud and his dragon Afrien died because they were too weak to withstand the curse. All that remained was a dragon egg, which Evan later found. Evan isn’t the name of a class, though. The Hero classes are all named after the singular character they represent. There’s canonically only one of each, while there are many explorers, resistance and knights. Out of all the Heroes, Evan is the only one who wasn’t around during the war. Their names are also supposed to spell MAPLE, but Freud’s name doesn’t begin with an E because he’s dead and unplayable.

      As for how the Heroes came to be in the present:

      Mercedes was thawed by the curse weakening.

      Aran was also thawed by the curse weakening.

      Phantom was thawed by the ghost of his dead Empress lover Aria, whom he failed to save, in order to beat down the Black Mage again.

      (L)’s fate is unknown, but (L) will either be thawed replaced.

      Evan was chosen by Mir, Afrien’s offspring, and became the new Magician Hero since Freud and Afrien were too injured to survive the Black Mage’s curse and they both died centuries ago.

      • Jake
        December 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        So the one in the video is Freud and not the current Evan?

      • Anonymous
        December 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Actually, the pirate hero of the past was Testonen, Kyrin’s father. Chances are the new pirate hero will be a successor like Evan.

        • NovaNuvaMS
          December 26, 2011 at 1:18 am

          Testonen? Where did you hear that (Which quest)? Isn’t Kyrin a fairy because her father was the past hero?

          • Anonymous
            December 26, 2011 at 2:46 am

            Yeah, there was an quest line found in GMS with english dialouge and Athena even mentions Kyrin wnating revenge with Mercedes questline.


            And yes, the Ellin Forest revamp clarifies that Yuris is Kyrin’s mother. (Which is where the gunslinger trait comes from… guess what her father used. BARE FIST.)

      • Meh
        July 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

        The “L” you stated is Luminous. It’s already released in korea.

  19. Anonymous
    December 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Jake :
    Didn’t 5 heroes fight the Black Magician during the Black Magician War? So the Evan we see here is the Evan of the previous generation? The one who fought against the Black Mage and died?
    And if so, how did Phantom travel to the present? Aran and Mercedes got trapped in ice and Evan died and chose his next successor.

    Sorry, its not Evan but Freud who fought the black mage.

  20. Anonymous
    December 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Herp :
    That’s freed , the previous dragon master, the one who does sealing away the black Mage
    His. Dragon choose evan to become the next dragon trainer Wtv
    And phantom woke up cuz aria’s spirit is still alive
    Aria woke him up

    Wasnt Mercedes the one who sealed the black mage? She was the last one standing if you read her storyline during the quests

    • December 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      well i dunno but i think they all helped…..

  21. Jegudiel
    December 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    How amusing… In death she is his strength… Prayer of Aria.

  22. Anonymous
    December 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Conspiracy! Phantom is Kaitou Kid! He throws cards and gives flowers to lolis!
    He’s a troll in boss clothing and disappears through the window after he spams cards in the room!

  23. NovaNuvaMS
    December 26, 2011 at 1:13 am

    The animated video in Mercedes’s tutorial has Freud and Mercedes fighting in the Black Mage’s stronghold…

  24. December 26, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Now this is….. Justice!

    I’m spectating that Aria was killed by a commander of the Black Mage. It would be interesting to find out if the commander was the Demon Slayer. A real interesting plot should follow for Phantom then.

    • Anonymous
      December 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

      General Hilla killed Aria. Demon Slayer was a jerk, but considering the Black Wings burnt his village to the ground and killed his entire family, he and Phantom would probably get along as well as previously mortal enemies could.

      • Max
        December 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

        I think it was Orca/Su that killed Aria, not Hilla.

    • Anon
      December 29, 2011 at 2:46 am

      Why do I keep thinking of Guilty Gear when I see the name Aria? Plus, the update name is Justice. Damn.

  25. Charles
    December 26, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Oh My Gosh. Such a beautiful yet sad story. How does Nexon come up with such tragic love stories for a Classes history?

  26. December 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Well~ I think that it’s time to update the “Helpful Links”?

    Besides, I really expect “Phantom Skill Tables” this web.

    • Max
      December 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      I’ll do that once it comes to the real server ^^

  27. Anonymous
    December 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Jesus Christ, kids.

    This story ain’t DEEP, GENUINE or BEAUTIFUL.

    It’s CLICHE.

    How come Nexon always comes up with ideas regarding their new jobs? It’s actually pretty simple, they rip off something. It’s been butchered fuckzilion of times already so it’s just sad to watch such thing.
    All they do is make a new, flashier and more overpowered job with a storyline literally ripped off their new media of entertainment, be it a book or TV and people still buy it.
    They could shit on your plate and call it a pirate hero and you people would still eat it. Now this is sad, watch some movies, read some books and you’ll notice how shit Maple Story is now.

    • Xario
      December 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      I agree that this story is cliche, but I thought that the Mercedes’s intro information seemed to be pretty original and some what deep and depressing.

    • Anonymous
      December 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Regardless of how cliche it is, if it still sells, it’s good enough. Who the hell gives a damn if they rip off of other things? You can only go so far with originality in a storyline and Maple is way past that mark. If you can’t deal with it then good riddens, Maple won’t miss you if you leave.

      • Anonymous
        December 27, 2011 at 2:45 am

        But of course it sells, if it’s aimed to 10 years olds.

        You think how children books’ writers still make a living?

    • Inquirer
      December 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      you cant believe how much disbelief I felt when they introduced Evan. They totally ripped off Eragon xD.

      • Herp
        December 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

        I don’t think they ripped anything

        If u haven’t noticed
        A lot of ideas follow another
        I once made a story up in grade 6
        Totally my idea
        Only later found out that there was something similar to that idea…

        • December 27, 2011 at 12:30 am

          I also think bits of Freud’s backstory take a nod from Dragonheart. The whole “human and dragon as one soul” thing sounds like Einon merged with Draco, except here Einon doesn’t go evil. Yet the bond between the two is still the same.

          I forget if Afrien was the one who got hit by the curse or not. But if he was, then it would easily connect to Dragonheart.

          “As the heart binds Einon and me in life it binds us in death. You’ve seen that it is! Through the heart we share each other’s pains and power. But on my half, it’s the life source. For Einon to die, I must die.”

          Replace Einon with Freud, and heart with soul; that’s pretty much the relationship between Freud and Afrien in a nutshell.

  28. Shuranai
    December 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Did I mention I cried when I watched this? x3

    But in all seriousness, to tose who think it’s cliche: it’s Maple! It doesn’t matter how many times it’s reused; as a fanfic writer, it matters how properly it’s execturd.

    • Anonymous
      December 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm


    • December 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

      And realistically, anything that could be thought of, has been thought of. There is little to no room for complete originality in this world. You can take another idea and modify it, but it still remains the same at its root.

      In storytelling, complete originality is inconceivable unless you’re a brainstorming genius and have the capacity to keep your story together while you pull off your idea. The problem with some original ideas is that they fail to keep the story glued together using these elements, and the whole thing falls apart because of this.

      Modifying cliches is the new norm. Don’t deny it, because you only need to look in this vast archive we call the internet.

  29. victor martinez
    December 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Hey max can you give me some hints on what to max for phantom, here is what I thinking to do:
    1st job: Max everything, just quick evasion that stay 5 (or 6, depending on how much sp you get when you job advance)
    2nd job: Max everything, correct if I am wrong but I think you can max everything at 2nd job.
    3rd job: Max everything, just flash and flee that stays 10 (or 11), can you give me a tip on this one I would like to have 30% evasion rate but don’t know which not to max. And how much sp Phantom gets when job advance one, three…? Thanks in advance!

    • Herp
      December 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

      First job u max the entire thing I think
      U get 5 sp apon first job adv

    • Max
      December 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      I’m gonna use this build 🙂

      • victor martinez
        December 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        The build helped gonna use it too 🙂 a question: If I a steal an adventurer skill that is level 5 (of 20) and my Talent of Phantom Thief is level 1, If I increase my TOPT to level 20 will my adventurer stolen skill increase too?

        • December 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

          i think it only increses to the skill level of the person u stle it from
          so if my topt is at 10
          and the person i steal from , lets say heal, is at 5
          then heal will forever stay at 5
          and if heal is at 20
          and topt is at 10
          then heal will be 10 for me
          i think thats how it works

        • Max
          December 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

          Yes it will increase as you put points into ToPT, but it will not go past level 5 because that is the original skill level of the skill you stole. You’d have to find someone with over 5 Heal to increase it past that hard limit.

          • Victor
            December 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

            So let see if I understand, you increase TOPT so you can steal a higher level skill. Example if I have TOPT level 20 I can steal a level 20 Heal, and when the stolen skill is level 30 and TOPT is 20 it will be 20. And if the skill is 5 and TOPT 20 it will be 5 l, right?

          • Max
            December 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

            That is correct.

  30. Anonymous
    December 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

    So what u saying is the new pirate job maybe like street fight

  31. Anonymous
    December 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    U mean street fighter

  32. Mike
    December 29, 2011 at 2:18 am

    maybe you guys know this why the hell is demon slayer Resistance and not listed as a hero like the Mercedes Aran Phantom and Evan even though he clearly fought with them

  33. JProllz
    January 2, 2012 at 1:52 am

    With Phantom’s proportions and style in the animation, I don’t see why Nexon still insists on using a super-deformed (or “chibi” as some would say) style, aside from sticking to in-game graphics.
    But they COULD go into more cartoon/anime style and still look good!

  34. Jaz
    January 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Oh so the current Empress Cygnus and Aria are different people? I just assumed Aria was the NAME of the Empress Cygnus – her title. And then when she ‘died’ she went to sleep, and has been sleeping since as the current Cygnus ;o but omg I love this story!

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