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Sunken Shrine

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PRONUNCIATION: SUHNG-kuhn shrahyn
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: かいていしんでん
NES NAME: Sea Shrine
ORIGINS NAME: Sunken Shrine
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Sunken Shrine
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Sunken Shrine

    The Sunken Shrine was an ancient temple to the Water Crystal found off the coast of Onrac. The Shrine fell beneath the waves when the Fiend of Water, the Kraken, surfaced and attacked two hundred years before the coming of the Warriors of Light. The foul beast siphoned off the power of the Water Crystal, threatening the lives of the Shrine's resident Mermaids and causing the seas to rage out of control.
    The only way to access the Shrine was by way of a small Submarine attended to by a mysterious woman in the south of Onrac. The Submarine could not be used without the magical Oxyale, obtained from the Faerie's lake at the mountain top village of Gaia. The Warriors of Light rescued the Faerie from the Caravan, who graciously recovered a bottle of Oxyale for the heroes allowing them to journey beneath the waves onboard the Submarine.
    While exploring the Shrine, the Warriors encountered the beleaguered Mermaids on the top floor. They beseeched the heroes to defeat the Kraken and restore the Crystal's light before they would turn to sea mist and float away. Battling down to the Shrine's bottom level, the Warriors of Light came face to face with the monstrous Fiend of Water and destroyed it in combat. The seas calmed and the Mermaids were saved from certain doom.

GAME INFO
    The Sunken Shrine can only be accessed via the Submarine in Onrac. In order to use the Submarine, Oxyale must be acquired from the Faerie in Gaia.


Anniversary Edition cutscene

NAME ORIGIN
    Sunken means something submerged beneath the surface of water. The word comes from the Old English word sincan meaning "become submerged, go under". A shrine is a sacred place of religious devotion or commemoration. The word originally comes from the Latin word scrinium which means "case for books or papers".
    In the original NES release, this location was named the Sea Shrine. A sea is a large expanse of saline water connected with an ocean, or a large lake that lacks a natural outlet. The word comes from the Old English word .

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