It's been a while
since we had any news about Fable Legends
, Lionhead Studios'
iteration of the series for the Xbox One. Now, we have a glimpse of our first Fable Legend - Sterling. Andy Walsh, head writer at Lionhead Studios, presents him to the world. I was going to paraphrase it for you, but he's head writer for a reason:
Dashing, skilful and perfect of skin, Sterling was born with a silver spoon in his mouth*. As first son of the noblest nobleman of a small town in Albion, Sterling was brought up by his father with the hope he would become a gallant, wise member of the town’s elite. Follow in his father’s footsteps to a life of paperwork, diplomacy and ensuring that the cesspits were emptied on time. Sterling’s mother however, had loftier ambitions for her young son. She spent her time busily feeding him every tale of heroic derring-do she could lay her hands on. Minstrels sang of the ancient Heroes, travelling players acted out their deeds and Sterling grew up dreaming of sweeping maidens off their feet and skewering evil villains (or was it the other way around?). It was no surprise to his mother then, that as soon as Sterling could wield a rapier he left home to seek his fortune as a Hero.
Out in the real world, Sterling soon found that the real land of Albion is a little different from that of the story books. It is less a world of glass footwear and magical mice and more one of unwashed thieves and rabid chickens. Discovering that Albion’s roads are mostly mud and droppings instead of paved with gold hasn’t put Sterling off though. Instead he’s become even more determined to make the world the way he thinks it should be. If a chicken needs rescuing, he’ll rescue it with style. If an ogre is menacing a village, then consider it despatched with panache.
Don’t let Sterling’s manicured hands and spotless velvet jacket deceive you. He might have been born to a life of sheltered luxury, but he’ll always be found in the thick of the action (where better to be admired?). A smile, a wink and an arc of silver, he is more than a match for the many beasts lurking in Albion’s forests. After all, he wouldn’t have kept those perfect teeth and complexion if his sword was just for decoration.
Dashing, chivalrous, deadly, Sterling is a swordsman of legend. Now when the children of Albion dream of Heroes, it is Sterling they are thinking of.
*something for which the cutlery maid was duly punished.
Lionhead has been rather hush-hush so far with their newest RPG, so it's nice to see that the latest installment is following the series' tradition of having a bit of fun amid the perilous adventures of Albion, and with the beautiful graphics we've seen so far, it promises to be a gem. There's still no release date in sight for Fable Legends
, but keep checking back; we'll let you know.