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MapleStory’s Story – Secret Story & Bon Voyage!

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MapleStory Official Books

This post is gonna be a little different from my other posts, it’s not about a patch or events or anything. A lot of people liked the character relationships post I did a while back so I wanna do something similar.

This time, I’ll be talking about three different books Nexon has released for MapleStory (I mean there’s more but these are a specific type). They’re actually really cool and I’d like to own them myself one day, but for now, we’ll have to make do with pictures others have posted.


MapleStory Official Fanbook: Secret Story (Hero Edition)


I think this part of the book was just like general details about MapleStory and it’s story, because no one has posted pictures of it so I guess I’ll just skip it haha.


Mercedes, Queen of the Elves

Mercedes Concepts

Here are some sketches for early concepts of Mercedes! Thanks so much to Dolphin-Fly for the scan (and for later Hero concepts as well)! I think some of them actually look really good haha, I was never a fan of Mercedes’ design though.

Mercedes Q&A

Mercedes also has a Q&A section.

Mercedes Comic

There’s also a comic version of Mercedes’ past (which we play in-game in the tutorial).

Aran, the Polearm Warrior

Aran Concepts

For Aran, they included sketches for both genders. I’m pretty sure he isn’t supposed to have a specific gender anymore haha.

Aran Comic

Aran’s comic is about the Elin Forest refugees and how he stays behind to fight the Black Mage.

Phantom, the Master Thief

Phantom Concepts

Phantom doesn’t seem like they changed much over his development. I don’t think that’s a problem though, Phantom is one of my favourite characters~

Phantom Comic

Phantom’s comic is, of course, how he sneaks into Ereb and foils Hilla’s plans.

Luminous, the Magician of Light and Darkness

Luminous Concepts

Wow, black and red-haired Luminous! Some of those hairs look sort of silly lol.

Luminous Comic

Luminous’ comic is about the sealing of the Black Mage.

Evan, the Dragon Master

Evan Concepts

Evan’s designs were also very similar to his final release.

Evan Comic

Evan’s comic has to do with both Freud and him finding Mir. It’s actually pretty sad, Freud is saying “But Afrien… don’t sacrifice yourself for me.”

MapleStory If We Weren't Heroes

Another part of the book is MapleStory If: “If I wasn’t a hero…”. It’s sort of like an alternate reality in which the Maple heroes are all school students haha.

Heroes in School

I think parts of it are like a dating simulator as some of the characters try to ask out others lol.

Maple School MercedesEach of the characters also has a different back story! Mercedes is the all around good student, but her only flaw is that she cannot wake up early in the morning. It’s also mentioned she doesn’t understand relationships.

Maple School Aran

Aran is the typical jock student. He’s been in love with Mercedes since he first set eyes on her.

Maple School PhantomPhantom is the only son of the chairman of the Crystal Garden airlines, and hasn’t grown up with any hardships.

Maple School Luminous

Luminous is the class president and very studious. Whenever he gets mad, Dark Luminous appears.

Maple School EvanEvan is a younger student in the school. He is also in love with Mercedes, but she considers him a little brother.

Maple School Aran and Evan (F)Female Aran and Evan also show up in it, I think they’re fangirls of Phantom haha.

Maplebook Mercedes Maplebook Luminous Maplebook Aran

Another big part of the book is Maplebook, a Facebook parody where each of the heroes has their own pages, posts, pictures, etc.

Cardcaptor Freed

There’s also a bunch of cute little comics strewn around, this one is about Cardcaptor Freud haha.


Not Over Yet

Note: this book came out a while back, before we had even heard of EunWol. Maybe he wasn’t as shoehorned in as people thought? 🙂

Secret Story (Commander Edition)

MapleStory Official Fanbook: Secret Story (Commander Edition)


Before I begin, I wanna mention this book came out like a month ago so there’s not that much information/pictures from it!

Like before, I don’t think this part is too important.


SECRET 1 – Commanders

This part of the book talks about 7 commanders (in-depth, there’s a couple more that are mentioned though!).

  • Sage Arkarium
  • Demon
  • Treant Guwaru
  • Wing Masters Orca and Suu
  • Sibyl Hilla
  • Lion King Van Leon
  • Fallen Dragon Magnus

Demon's History Orca and Suu Magnus' HistoryMagnus

There’s a bunch of comics for each commander, detailing their history and how they became one.

Demon's Secret Files

Each commander has their own Secret Files, with special information about them. I heard the book talks about Orca and Suu’s birth?

Commander Kindergarten Mr. Black Mage Kindergarten Orca and Arkarium Kindergarten Van Leon and Ifia

There’s also Commander Kindergarten! It’s a cute little alternate universe comic where all the commanders go to a school where the Black Mage is their teacher, haha.

Monster Life Magnus' Leave

A bunch of smaller comics are included here and there, here’s one where Magnus leaves Pantheon (Monster Life anyone?).

Arkarium's Mapler Hilla's Mapler Demon's Mapler Magnus' Mapler

Like the last secret story, there’s another parody of social networking! This time, it’s Twitter, or should I say, Mapler!

M-Wiki Dimension Invade

They also parodied Wikipedia, with M-Wiki. This one’s about Dimension Invade.

Demon Spider King Will Demian Dream Manipulator

At the end they talk a little bit about the newer commanders, Spider King Willanother Demon Demian, and the Dream Manipulator!


The book doesn’t mention it but we see her in EunWol’s story, her name is Lucid and she’s actually an elf!

Lucid's Q&A

Each of the commanders has a Q&A as well, but Lucid doesn’t give any detail at all in her answers haha.

SECRET 2 – Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

Someone posted this rough timeline of MapleStory’s history, which was from this Secret Story.

  • The White Mage becomes the Black MageLuminous’ light is created. The Black Mage collects his forces and begins his attack on Maple World.
  • Alicia creates the undersea tower, The Seed.
  • Ephinia becomes corrupted. Guwaru is convinced by Ephinia to become a commander.
  • The twins born in darkness, Orca and Suu become commanders.
  • Hilla, Aswan’s shamaness, betrays Iason and becomes a commander.
  • Van Leon, the Lion King, believes he is betrayed by the Knights of Cygnus and becomes a commander.
  • Arkarium chooses a dark future, betrays the Goddess Rhinne, and becomes a commander.
  • Magnus is injured after the former Kaiser sacrifices himself to destroy his forces. Darmoor sends Magnus to Maple World, where he becomes a commander.
  • Afrien refuses to join the Black Mage, leading to their extinction.
  • Suu and Orca kill Empress Aria. Phantom joins the heroes.
  • Arkarium burns down the southern Leafre forests, including Demon‘s home. He tricks Demian into joining him. Demon betrays the Black Mage and breaks his shield.
  • Phantom mortally wounds Suu.
  • Magnus betrays and absorbs Guwaru’s energy, and returns to Grandis.
  • Freud creates the seal of time. EunWol sacrifices himself to power the seal. Luminous activates the seal. The Black Mage gets sealed away.
  • The ship carrying refugees crashes in Elin Forest. Helena begins exploring Victoria Island. Future adventurers encounter Ephinia. Victoria Island’s peace persists.
  • The Sharenian Kingdom is destroyed. Magatia is founded.
  • The Black Wings are created. Orca hires Gelimer. Orca uses the captured Demon to create energy. Gelimer experiments on kidnapped children.
  • Arkarium tries to revive the Black Mage. The Cross Hunter organization stops him.
  • Empress Cygnus is crowned. The Black Wings attack Ereb. The Knights of Cygnus begin recruiting. Mikhail becomes a Chief Knight.
  • The Black Wings make their move. They begin to collect the Seal Stones. They invade the Door to the Past and Chaos monsters begin to appear.
  • Evan makes his contract with Mir.
  • Aran awakens. Aran meets Helena.
  • The Lion King, Van Leon, appears.
  • Mercedes awakens and hears about Aran.
  • Demon awakens. The revived Guwaru leaves signs of his return.
  • Velvitty (Vita) dies in an explosion.
  • The Maple Alliance is created.
  • The Black Mage is revived fully. The Door to the Future opens.
  • Phantom begins to make his move.
  • Hilla and the ancient city Aswan appear.
  • Phantom joins the Alliance.
  • Orbis Tower is attacked and some floors are destroyed.
  • Luminous learns the truth of his past. Luminous joins the Alliance.
  • The Nova race and the Maple Alliance join together.
  • Will becomes a commander. The Child of God is split into two.
  • Demian goes to Root Abyss and seals away Alicia with the Seal Guardians.
  • The Maple Alliance helps save her and she sleeps within Shinsoo.
  • Demian attacks Ereb to bring back Alicia and kills Shinsoo.
  • Cygnus awakens her full powers and becomes the 4th Transcendent.
  • Demian and Demon are reunited in the Temple of Time.
  • Gelimer betrays Orca. Gelimer takes her place as a commander.
  • Gelimer creates a crimson Dimension Gate with Hilla in order to capture the traitor Magnus.
  • Zero defeats Will and escapes from the Mirror World. Zero meets the other commanders and declines to become one.
  • Kritias appears.

SECRET 3 – Next

Trip to the Future With Gelimer!

Trip to the Future (?) With Gelimer!

Gelimer has created a time machine to go to the future, what can it hold for us?

Demon and Demian Will

Apparently, in the future, the Black Mage is defeated?! Can Demon and Demian really be happy together in Leafre? Can Will be with his true love, spiders?


The End of the World

I’m not sure what’s actually in this part, but here’s an ominous message from the Black Mage himself!

Front Cover Inside Cover Back Cover

MapleStory ARTWORKS: Official Art Book (Bon Voyage)

Table of Contents

This one’s my favourite of the three, there’s so much in here! It’s divided into 5 parts.


PART 1 – World

Victoria Island Ship

It’s the ship that goes from Victoria Island to Orbis! There’s even descriptions of each part of the ship.

Crystal Garden

Here are some early concepts for Crystal Garden. I think the one they went with was definitely the best haha. The one in the top right has Phantom’s hat built-in!


That early version of Edelstein looks pretty different from what we have now.

Ancient City Aswan

These versions of the Ancient City, Aswan are really… foggy. I wonder how long they spent on this, considering you can’t even explore Aswan anyways (still salty about them not making it its own area…).

Angelic Burster's Room

Here’s Angelic Burster’s Room. I guess early AB was very self-absorbed, her room had portraits and statues of herself!


Wow, Ellinia looks really nice when it’s drawn like that! I wonder if they’re going to update its graphics like they did with Henesys?


PART 2 – Character


Here’s the new Adventurer warrior using different types of weapons.

Magician (Archmage IL)

This part of the book also has a lot of early designs for some skills, such as Archmage (I/L)’s Thunder Storm and Frozen Orb.

Magician (Bishop)

Here’s Bishop’s Heaven’s Door skill. That first one looks sort of odd haha.

Marksman Arrow Illusion

Here’s Marksman’s Arrow Illusion, I think that badass version of Puppet is really cool, I wish they had chosen to keep it.


I think they might have loosely based the new Pirate art on the old one.

Cannon Shooter

They also included Cannon Shooter and his new design. On the left you can see some early concepts for some Dual Blade skills, might be Tornado Spin?

Demon Avenger

I guess Demon Avenger’s Desperado was meant to have a bunch of engravings on it at first.

Wild Hunter Crossroad

Wild Hunter’s Cross Road skill’s prototypes, I think one of those effects is an old Wind Breaker skill lol.


There were some posters made for Xenon, although I think we only saw one of them (the coloured in one).


On the right you can see Luminous’ art in positions different to his usual demeanor.

Evan Onyx Dragons

Here are some super cool concepts for Evan’s Onyx Dragons! I really wish they used one of these instead of the Mir we have, or at least let us choose which we wanted? Dragon customization?



Gelimer and Surl

This section of the book includes illustrations (and some early concepts) for many of the NPCs in MapleStory! For example, you can see many different designs for Gelimer, one of which was even a female!

Gelimer's Androids

There were a couple different designs for the Androids that Gelimer designed that reside in Leben Mine.


Shadrian and some other Elin Forest NPCs were shown as well.

Kaiser and Nova Kids

Here’s the Former Kaiser, as well as young and older versions of Kyle, Tear, and Belderos.


There were some different outfits they were working on for Beryl, I think she looks best with the white so I’m glad they chose that.


Here’s Evan and Utah’s father, Grid. Some of those prototypes look a lot more like Utah haha.


PART 4 – Monster

Dragon Rider

This part is for the various monsters of MapleStory. Here you can see Dragonica, and some deep Ludibrium monsters.

Lion King Van Leon

They tried a bunch of things out for Lion King Van Leon. Some of them look really weird haha, like the bottom right. The top right looks sort of like Chopper’s Rumble form from One Piece!

Mutated Stumpy

They made Mutated Stumpy really fat lol. Some of those early concepts for the squirrel monster from Mu Lung make it look like it’s on drugs haha.


Here’s a detailed sketch of Zakum! I wonder what he would look like in-game if they made him recently instead of so many years ago.


Xerxes, from Chryse! The drawing at the bottom says “Sparta!” haha. I think the other ones are possible monsters they were gonna put in Chryse.


Here’s Fallen Cygnus and also her awakened form, from the Cygnus Returns update.

PART 5 – Special Supplement

2013 New Year Illustrations

This part includes special illustrations and also EunWol! Here’s the 2013 New Year posters, featuring Xenon and Beryl.

2012 New Year Illustrations

Here’s the 2012 New Year ones, almost all of them have Angelic Burster but I think in the end they changed it to Mercedes. There’s also some really cute Luminous and Lania ones~

Promotion Illustrations

There’s all the posters they use for new content and classes.

8th Anniversary Promotion Illustrations

They went through a lot of designs for the 8th Anniversary poster!


If you guys remember the Palabird, there were a ton of different designs for it! Notice the Slime with wings and Yeti chicken LOL.

EunWol Concepts

Here’s EunWol and his outfit art.


Wow, Lang was supposed to be blue! I think she looks much better with pink, haha.

EunWol Promotion Illustrations

There were a bunch of different posers they were thinking of using for EunWol as well.

Pointy Ear Fox Village

And finally, the Pointy Ear Fox Village buildings art.

  1. February 16, 2014 at 12:11 am


    • Jung Wa
      February 17, 2014 at 10:30 am


  2. Deceptioning
    February 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Maplebook, i’m done.

  3. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 12:12 am


  4. Dice
    February 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Wow this is really cool! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Max
      February 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

      No problem 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I will pay any amount of money for these.

  6. February 16, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Angelic buster’s room was actually given to her by Eskalade. So it isn’t AB that is self-absorbed, its Eskalade that is a really creepy AB fanboy.

    • Max
      February 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Oh that’s true, I forgot about that xP

  7. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Omg, =D

  8. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 2:06 am

    OMG. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! At least now we know that the timeline and how and why and the earlier designs of MapleStory. To a person who can’t afford the books, this is really awesome.

  9. Javi
    February 16, 2014 at 2:08 am

    This is actually very interesting 😀 I find it hilarious how they parody Facebook xD how old are these Max?

    • Max
      February 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Secret Story (Hero edition) came out in December 2012, Commander Edition is really new, it came out in January 2014. The artbook came out in January 2014 as well.

  10. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Looks so interesting. ❤

  11. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Where can i get these book? T.T

  12. February 16, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for sharing, this is epic!
    By the way, I really want to translate this topic into Chinnese and share to Maplers in Taiwan. Can I do this? Thanks!

    • Max
      February 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

      That sounds fine 🙂

  13. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 4:46 am

    최근글이라 여기에 씁니다. 아실련지 모르겠지만 KMS 랭킹 1위 베베가 2월 21일에 250레벨을 달성할 예정입니다. 현재 베베의 경험치는 99.05%입니다.
    베베의 소유주가 아프리카TV에 “BJ글자”라서 생방송으로 오후 8시부터 250을 찍을껍니다.
    방송 보실려면 플러그인이 필요해요.

    hello. KMS ranking 1st user “베베” (bebe) will reach lv250 on feb 21st. owner of bebe is “BJ글자” in afreeca tv. so BJgeulja will broadcast lively on feb 21st p.m.8 (KST). bebe exp is 99.05% now

    http://afreeca.com/skswhdkgo (if you watch broadcasting. Install plug-in.)

    • Max
      February 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely check it out 😀

  14. hewtru
    February 16, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Well, there goes all of my want.
    I really hope these books come out in English as well.
    Thanks for posting, Max.

  15. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for posting all these!

  16. John
    February 16, 2014 at 6:33 am

    These books look amazing! Wish we had them here in North America. 😦

  17. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    those new year illustrations look great, I wonder how they look if they are chosen officially

  18. noobie
    February 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    this is the best ever!! I am so glad i am maple fan ever since the game was released… although there are those times you just wish nexon…. don’t get me started…

    Anyhow I want to thank you for showing us the Maple Book~~ very good information. now i would like to place an order on it =)

  19. fynnii
    February 16, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Needs feminist merc blogging on maplr.

  20. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

    That was actually a very informative outline and gives direction to the game. I’m sure there are many more details which you could not fit in this post, but hopefully the book comes out in English sometime.

    • Max
      February 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Yeah these things are huge! I think they’re each 200+ pages long!

  21. DFH
    February 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I hate those things, they are actually cool and makes me want to play again. But we’re stuck with the shittiest company on the world… Nexon America, who ruined the game forever with their incompetence and lack of ethics…

    So… Even when i like this kind of content, i also hate it… Thanks N.A.

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      When you say Nexon America sucks the most, please consider Asiasoft/the-part-of-Nexon-Korea-In-Charge-Of-Maplesea.
      At least you all still have better events than ours.

  22. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    This is just conjecture on my part, but what if the reason why Aran’s gender is unspecified is because something happened to him similar to what happened to Eun Wol? Probably he had to pay extra or w/e? Discuss!

  23. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I love this blog even more now that I know ur a one piece fan 😛

  24. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    It would be nice to see an updated version of that relationship chart you posted a while ago 🙂

  25. ShnorbleDoo
    February 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

    There is no reason to keep playing the game. This is all ive ever wanted from Nexon. Thanks Max for sharing

  26. February 17, 2014 at 3:27 am

    That was amazing to see and I love the parodies…
    I wish in the future they can be turned into some animated shorts…even if in korean I would watch them.

  27. Zeta
    February 17, 2014 at 5:11 am

    These books will never be published in America ;_;

  28. Anonymous
    February 17, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Lol Freud got little brother-zoned

  29. Rose
    February 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, this was a really nice change of pace. I absolutely love the MapleStory story line and I’m really happy that you did this! Keep up the good work, Max!

  30. zBombed
    February 18, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Dang, you actually had the effort to put all of this! Thanks a lot max!

  31. February 18, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I’ve read through the books especially the artbook. Really impressive concept art and though its part of the whole package but overall the book still packs through a great deal of art works done in the past years.

    They even had Dual Blade character design and early skill concept art and Cannon Shooter character concept arts. And funnily Night Lords had several skills which came with funny concept art.

  32. Anonymous
    February 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I am so getting these when I go to Korea this. XD

    • Max
      February 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

      If there’s any bowmaster skill concepts you should post them :>

  33. Nakia
    February 20, 2014 at 6:59 am

    No. M-Wiki is a parody of Enha wiki mirror(RigVeda wiki’s mirror site). http://mirror.enha.kr/wiki/%EB%A9%94%EC%9D%B4%ED%94%8C%EC%8A%A4%ED%86%A0%EB%A6%AC

  34. Anonymous
    February 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I think the concept art for The Evan’s dragon, Mir, should allowed in the game as possible alterations for it. That would make Evan really awesome. It would be like what the Wild Hunters have with different Jaguar mounts.

  35. Stellaria
    March 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Whoa, this is awesome!!

  36. Anonymous
    March 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Eunwol looks boss asf

  37. HobKing from Basilmarket
    March 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    that EunWol looks epic as fk

  38. HobKing
    April 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    howd evan make the contract before aran woke up, im confused to this

  39. steven
    December 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Damien is dead…… they lied to me!

  40. April 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

    any where can brought maple book again?

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