The Legend series is darker than the Classics.
Here's some games in the Legend series.
*The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning - the first appearance and voice actor change of the Spyro series. New characters are: Ignitus, Volteer, Terrador, Cyril, Malefor (The Dark Master) (only mentioned), Cynder, Gaul (the Ape King) (you only get a brief glimpse of him), Ape Army.
*The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night - New characters are: Dark Spyro, Skabb, Scratch & Sniff (Skabb's Pet Parrots), Gaul (first full Appearance) Assassin, Chronicler, Malefor (Seen in Flashbacks) Cynder (uncorrupted).
*The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon - The Second appearance change, but voice actor remains the same. New Characters are: Grublins, Orcs, Malefor (first full appearance) Golem, Destroyer, The Ancients, Mole-people, unnamed Dragon & Mole Arny, Hunter.
Here's the story for A New Beginning.
"The game began inside the Dragon Temple, where a Fire Guardian Dragon named Ignitus was watching over a brood of eggs; it was the "Year of the Dragon", a time every twelve years when new Dragon eggs were brought to the realm. A dragons' prophecy told that every ten generations, a rare Purple Dragon will be born, who will direct the fate of that era; Ignitus was looking after such an egg.
The dragons were, however, at war with an enemy called the "Dark Master" who knew of the prophecy as well, and laid siege to the Temple, intended on destroying the brood of eggs to prevent the birth of the purple dragon. Ignitus escaped with the Purple Dragon's egg, left it to drift down the Silver River into a swamp, hoping for the best. The egg was discovered by a family of dragonflies, and upon hatching, they named him Spyro and was adopted into the family and raised as one of their own, alongside Sparx, a young Dragonfly who was born on the same day.
One day, after Spyro was under attack by a group of Apes and discovered that he can breathe fire, Spyro was told that he is not a dragonfly himself, but a stranger from a distant land. Afterwards, Spyro decided to leave the Swamp in search of his true home; Sparx, though reluctant at first, decided to tag along. Spyro was pursued by hostile forces, but eventually came into contact with a distraught Ignitus, who although pleased that Spyro is alive, feared that with the Temple under occupation by their enemy, led by a large black dragon named Cynder, their war was already lost.
Spyro convinced Ignitus to lead him to the Temple, and was able to drive Cynder's forces out, after which Ignitus told Spyro more about their war against the Dark Armies, offered Spyro some training in the art of fire, and then sent Spyro off to rescue three other Dragon Guardians from Cynder's forces. First, he flew to Dante's Freezer to find Volteer, the Electric Guardian, and rescued him from a large troll called the Ice King.
When Spyro and Volteer returned to the Temple, Volteer trained Spyro the art of electricity and explained to Ignitus that he lost some of his electric powers inside a crystal Cynder stored. Ignitus expected that Cynder may be planning to do something with the Guardians' powers, but he doesn't know what for, so Ignitus sent Spyro to Tall Plains, home of the Atlawa tribe, to find Cyril, the Ice Guardian.
After Spyro saved Cyril and went back to the Temple, he taught Spyro the secrets of ice and discussed with the other Guardians more about Cynder's possible plans. Ignitus hypothesized that Cynder was trying to gain all the Guardians' elemental powers to open a portal that must never be opened. Spyro questioned Ignitus of what is he talking about, but Ignitus told him that doesn't concern him now, but sent Spyro to Munitions Forge, where Terrador, the Earth Guardian, was held.
When Spyro was ready to leave with Terrador, Cynder attacked and chased Spyro throughout Munitions Forge. When Cynder was about to catch Spyro, Ignitus intervened to fight Cynder, but was captured. Spyro tried to help Ignitus, but Terrador stopped him and told him that he is not ready to take on Cynder. Spyro felt guilty and ashamed that he let Ignitus down and was frightened to face Cynder. Terrador told him that there's no shame for all warriors to have fear, and trained Spyro how to master the element of earth and his own fear.
After Spyro's training, Terrador explained to Spyro, Volteer, and Cyril about Cynder's lair, possibly where she took Ignitus. Spyro flew to Cynder's lair and found Ignitus, confined and his powers were draining inside a crystal. Cynder stopped Spyro from destroying the crystal and escaped with it. Spyro noticed that there was something familiar with Cynder, and Ignitus told him the truth. Cynder was actually born from the same brood of eggs as Spyro (they are not siblings), taken by the Dark Master's forces and was corrupted by his poisonous powers, becoming his tool of destruction. The Dark Master was using Cynder to gain the Guardians' powers so she can unlock the portal, which serves as his prison. As the vortex to the world of Convexity opened, Ignitus feared that they are too late, but Spyro refused to give up and followed Cynder through the portal.
When Spyro caught up with Cynder, she had already put the final crystal inside the portal, creating an opening for the Dark Master to escape. She was ready to face Spyro in a final showdown. Eventually, Spyro used all of his power in a final attack and defeated Cynder, which freed her from the Dark Master's influence and she returned to her true form; a young dragon the same size and age as Spyro. As the realm began to collapse in on itself and the portal started to suck the three inside; Sparx insisted on making a quick exit, but Spyro declared he will not leave Cynder behind with the Dark Master; though barely, Spyro was able to grab Cynder and escaped safely.
Though victorious, the battle cost Spyro much of his own strength and powers, and both Spyro and Cynder suspected that the Dark Master is still alive somewhere; the war was still not over. The story continues in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night... "
Here's the Story for The Eternal Night.
"The story begins with Spyro following Cynder through the swamps and jungle surrounding the Dragon Temple after hearing from Sparx that she was sneaking out into the temple's garden. Spyro caught up with her and asked her not to leave, revealing that he does have feelings for her. Cynder then left saying she doesn't want to cause pain and suffering to anyone, especially Spyro, and that her destiny is somewhere out in the world for her to find. When Spyro was about to chase after Cynder, he suddenly collapsed. A voice emitted in his dream and Spyro regained his fire element and was shown a vision of a great tree.
After Spyro woke up, an Ape army attacked the Temple. After Spyro repelled the attack, Ignitus, the Fire Guardian, tried to locate Cynder, but found a vision of Spyro by the base of a great tree. Spyro claimed that he kept seeing haunting visions of a mountain draped in shadow and darkness, beneath the two moons. Terrador, the Earth Guardian, realized that was the Mountain of Malefor. Spyro also claimed that a voice, called the Chronicler, came to his dream and showed him that tree. The Guardians were shocked and Ignitus told Spyro that the Chronicler is an ancient dragon of immeasurable wisdom and was often interwoven with tales of doom. The Guardians became increasingly worried about the Celestial Moons coming into an eclipse. Ignitus sent Volteer (the Electric Guardian) and Cyril (the Ice Guardian) to the mainlands to learn what news they can, and sent Terrador to the Shattered Vale to warn everyone living there about the darkness spreading in the mountain, while Ignitus stays behind and went to search for Cynder.
Spyro had been assigned to go to the Ancient Grove to seek out the tree that he saw in his dream. While searching, he was summoned into a dream by the Chronicler again to regain his ice abilities and showed Spyro a vision of a terrible king-like Ape, leading an huge army of Apes to the Mountain of Malefor, shouting, "...The Well of Souls!", another name of the mountain. After Spyro woke up, he eventually found the great tree, but it later turned out to be a monster called Arborick and Spyro defeated it. After that, a group of Skavengers, led by a captain named Skabb, wanted Arborick for "entertainment" in a fighting arena, but that changed when the Skavengers wanted Spyro to "cooperate", so they knocked him unconscious. Spyro later awoke, finding himself in a cell.
Battle after battle, Spyro had defeated many challenges that the Skavengers threw at him, including the Blundertails, the Ravage Rider, and the Executioner. After his first battle, Spyro was summoned yet again by the Chronicler to regain his earth powers and told him more about the Well of Souls and the Night of Eternal Darkness before telling Spyro to find him at the Celestial Caves at the White Isle. Afterwards, Spyro received a message from another prisoner called Hunter of Avalar, saying that he had become Spyro's ally. Later on, Spyro was forced to fight Cynder in a final match, but she told him about her plan for escape which was cut short when an Ape army attacked and captured Cynder. With Skavengers on their ships in chaos, Spyro managed to defeat Skabb, and escaped.
After he escaped from the Skavengers, the Chronicler summoned Spyro in his dream again to regain the power of electricity and showed him a vision of Cynder in chains, standing before the Ape King. When he arrived at the White Isle, Spyro overcame tough challenges of his elemental skills and he eventually found the Chronicler, who told him about Gaul, an Ape King who led the raid at the Temple at the night of Spyro's birth and stole Cynder's egg. Spyro insisted the Chronicler on what will happen to Cynder and learned more about her past and where was she taken. The Chronicler told Spyro about Malefor, the Dark Master. According to him, Malefor was the first purple dragon to exist; his raw power allowed him to master practically every elemental power his Elders willingly taught him. However, his power was unlimited and he consumed everything. When he didn't stop, Malefor was exiled by the Dragon Elders, but after that, he built an army of Apes and taught them how to use the Spirit Gems, the dragons' life force. Malefor's malice was so great that it split the earth and created a pit of despair called the Well of Souls; where the Apes have established, in effort to revive Malefor at the Night of Eternal Darkness. The Chronicler wanted Spyro to hide from the Apes until a later time, but Spyro insisted on going to Cynder's aid.
When he got to the mountain, Gaul rendered Spyro weak and drained him of his elemental powers. He then ordered Cynder to attack Spyro, but she attacked Gaul instead in which the Ape King knocked her out and challenged Spyro himself. During the fight, the lunar alignment occurred, and the evil energy it generated was channeled through Spyro, transforming him into Dark Spyro. Spyro then used his immense power to kill Gaul, and leaps back into the beam of evil energy. Cynder awoke and knocked Spyro out of the beam, freeing him from the moon alignment's influence. When the alignment passed, the mountain began crumbling around Spyro, Sparx and Cynder, trapping them. Spyro then used his time fury powers to encase them in a time crystal to protect them as debris collapses around them.
Spyro, Cynder, and Sparx are later revealed to be frozen in time inside the crystal, safely unharmed within the remains of the Well of Souls. The Chronicler's voice speaks to Spyro telepathically that when he(Spyro) wakes up, the world will be different, but he is not alone, he has allies. A figure is seen standing near the time crystal, revealing to be Hunter of Avalar, watching over it. The story continues in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon... "
Here's the Story for Dawn of the Dragon.
"The game starts with a mysterious set of enemies who enter the ruins of the Mountain of Malefor, where Spyro and Cynder remain frozen in crystal after their fight with Gaul. These mysterious enemies break open the crystal and put Chains glowing green snakes whose effects are to keep Spyro and Cynder together at all times, on the two dragons' necks. Afterwards, they takes them away, leaving Sparx, who awakens moments later in the palm of Hunter of Avalar, who observed the whole scenario unfold from the shadows. Meanwhile, Spyro and Cynder awaken in a dark area, wondering what has happened to them. Spyro notices that Sparx is not there, but has no time to dwell on this as he and Cynder are sent straight into battle. Attached to a peg on the stone platform, they're unable to escape when a massive Golem attacks them. While they are able to lift the peg, they remain stuck together as they fight off the creature. When they are unable to defeat it completely, Hunter rescues them by distracting it with an arrow to its eye.
Spyro, Sparx, and Cynder are reunited, then proceed after Hunter. He introduces himself, and says that Ignitus sent him when Spyro did not return to the temple three years ago. They manage to escape the Catacombs, tangling with the Golem and removing it's arm in the process. After getting though an area called "Twilight Falls", Hunter shows them that the Dark Master had been resurrected, and had escaped from the Well of Souls shortly after Spyro's disappearance, and has covered the land in Darkness. But before he is able to explain more, he and the others are mysteriously hit by sleep darts, knocking them out. When they awaken, they discover that they have been taken captive by Hunter's tribe. In the Valley of Avalar, the village Hunter belongs too is attacked by the mysterious creatures from before, now known as Grublins. After rescuing the Village, news arrives that one of the Villagers, Meadow, went upriver before the attack and has not returned. After an argument with the Village Leader, Chief Prowlus, Spyro and Cynder head out to find Meadow, rescuing him from a troop of Grublins. However, his leg has been broken, and since the dragons return to the village without him would spell disaster, they are forced to go to an old hermit across the Valley. When they get there, the Hermit fully gets under Cynder's skin with his words that she hasn't changed since she was under Malefor's control, and that "her eyes give everything away".
They leave the Hermit's area after Sparx pickpockets the key they need. The Dragons then guide a raft over to Meadow, and escort him back home. Prowlus lets Hunter lead the Dragons to a place called the Forbidden Passage, and from there, to the Dragon City of Warfang, which the Moles crafted before Malefor caused the Dragons to be feared. When they arrive, the City is under attack. Hunter is separated from the Dragons, and they are forced to go their separate ways. After putting out a building fire and rescuing a group of Moles, the city comes under a fierce attack. Spyro and Cynder help to defend the City, before the gates are breached by a massive Troll. Once the Troll is defeated, the army of Grublins retreats to allow Golem from the Catacombs to attack the City, reforming his missing arm from parts of the city in the process. The Guardians: Ignitus, Terrador, Cyril, and Volteer, lead the attack on the Golem, with Cyril and Volteer falling behind to grant Spyro and Cynder time to defeat the Golem. After it is finally killed, the Guardians and Spyro are finally reunited after three long years. Later that night, the Dark Master, Malefor, sends them a message. He has revived the Destroyer, an ancient creature that's only purpose is to renew the world, by bringing about its destruction. When it completes its circle around the world, known as the Belt of Fire, everything as they know it will end. Unable to catch the creature if they fly after it, Ignitus hatches the plan that going underground to intercept the creature before Malefor realizes the City is unguarded.
After Cynder and Spyro open the gates into the Ancient City, the attack force proceed through it. Ignitus calms Spyro's fears that he will turn out like Malefor, just as they arrive where the Destroyer will finish its circle. Cynder gets the idea to flood the canyon with water from the nearby dam. Climbing to the top, the Dragons destroy the Dam, flooding the canyon and halting the Destroyer's progress. Ignitus leads the attack on the Destroyer as Cynder and Spyro go into its heart, taking out it's Dark Crystal. But it was a losing battle, as it is able to complete its circle anyway. With no options left to turn to, Ignitus orders the others underground as he escorts Spyro and Cynder through the Belt of Fire into the Burned Lands. But before they can complete the crossing, Ignitus tires and gives himself up to get Spyro and Cynder across. In his grief, Spyro nearly loses himself to the Darkness he fell into in The Eternal Night. Cynder's words bring him back to himself, and they make their way to the Floating Islands, near where Malefor is waiting for them.
After a few final fights, Spyro and Cynder confront Malefor. He messes with their heads, first by telling Spyro that the destiny of the Purple Dragons is to destroy the world, then saying that Cynder has led him into a trap the entire time, by luring him to the Well of Souls to free Malefor. Cynder denies it, but Malefor unlocks the Darkness within her. She attacks Spyro, only coming to her senses when he refuses to fight back. Angry at the turn of events, Malefor attacks them. Once he is finally defeated, Spyro and Cynder blast him back with a Fury attack. As he says they will never defeat him, five spirits surround him and take him down with them. Even though Malefor is finished, the world is still being destroyed. Spyro tells Cynder to flee after Ignitus' spirit grants him hope, but she refuses to leave his side as he prepares to unleash a powerful fury wave, with the last words the player hears from her are "I love you" to Spyro. The world is rebuilt from Spyro's magic, and we last see the remaining Guardians, Hunter, Sparx, and the survivors coming back into the sunlight as stars in the sky form into the form of a dragon.
After the credits roll, the Player is shown the Chronicler reading the end of Spyro's book. He then speaks to someone, saying that every age has a worthy dragon is chosen to write down the triumphs and failures of that age. His time is over, but the time of the new Chronicler, Ignitus, has just begun. Before he takes his place, Ignitus asks what has happened to Spyro. The Chronicler responds that he does not know, and shows Ignitus the book that records dragon's deaths, and says that he has tried his best, but he was unable to find Spyro among the pages. Ignitus then becomes the new Chronicler, and we are finally shown that Spyro and Cynder escaped the falling core of the world. In the last scene, we see the two of them wheeling through the sky in the Valley of Avalar, finally having earned their happy ending."
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