The Yokoverse is a collection of fantasy or sci-fi works by Yoko Taro, ranging from video games, novels, mangas, CD dramas, and a stage play, all of which take place within the same multiverse. There is some argument of Drakengard 2 not being canon due to some inconsistencies and not being developed by Yoko Taro, but he was the video editor. Completely irrelevant now due to there being a multiverse. Like Nasuverse, much of its complexity of information is present within scattered interviews and databooks.
This section will only cover the summary of the main games.
Drakengard takes place in a world named Midgard, protected from the Watchers by four Seals: the Seal of the Ocean; of the Desert; of the Forest; and the Goddess of the Seals herself. The Cult of the Watchers has subjugated the Empire and seeks to summon the Watchers by destroying the four Seals. During all this, the player follows Caim, a prince of a kingdom besieged by the Empire, and is on a mission to destroy the Empire while also protecting his sister Furiae. Also known as the Goddess, Furiae is part of the four Seals that protect the world from the Watchers; she is a living Seal, and her death would bring chaos and destruction to Midgard. Caim is joined initially on his quest by Inuart, his best friend and Furiae's betrothed, before she becomes a Goddess. At the beginning of the game, Caim is mortally wounded during his one-army rampage while rushing to his sister's rescue. Towards Furiae's castle amid a battle, Caim discovers a chained and wounded red dragon in the courtyard. Caim has a grudge against dragons as an Imperial black dragon killed his parents. However, despite his hatred for dragons, Caim proposes that the two should form a pact to save them both. In forging a pact, Caim can control the dragon during flight, has access to the dragon's vast strength, and can telepathically converse with the red dragon or any pact user, but gives up his voice in exchange. However, if either of the pact partners dies, so will the other, and it seems the pain one feels is transferred to the other as well. Caim is eventually accompanied by four other characters, the circumstances of each being varied and always tragic or just messed up in general.
Drakengard 2 is a direct sequel to Drakengard 1, initially placed in the timeline following the events of Ending A. In 2013 within the Drag-On Dragoon 3 Complete Guide + Settings, the game was retconned into an isolated timeline. While the events preceding the game mirror Ending A of Drakengard 1, it no longer follows the true Ending A. The game begins with Nowe, the protagonist joining the Knights of the Seal, whose purpose is to protect the keys holding the red dragon's seal in place, which prevents the end of the world. Nowe begins to wonder about the ethics of the Knights when he discovers that the keys are powered by the life force of some of the land’s citizens. His faith is further shaken when General Gismor tries to poison him, then reveals that he poisoned his predecessor, General Oror, Nowe’s adoptive father. Nowe’s anger prompts him to attack Gismor, severing his arm, before fleeing from him and the other Knights. Eris, a friend of Nowe’s within the Knights, sets off to convince Nowe to return. While on the run, he is accompanied by a dragon named Legna. They soon meet Manah, a sorceress, on a quest to free the people from the Knights' rule. Nowe decides to join her. During their travels, they meet Urick, an ex-Knight who trained under General Oror.
NieR is a spin-off and an indirect sequel to Drakengard 1 after Ending E and taking place on Earth. In 2003, a large, monstrous humanoid creature landed in Tokyo and was killed by a mysterious creature resembling a dragon before the Japanese airforce shot down the dragon. In the aftermath, a disease called White Chlorination Syndrome began killing people or converting them into zombie-like monsters, resulting in the near-extinction of the human race. Mankind survives the conflict, but at the cost of nearly all of humanity dying. The remaining survivors do their best to survive in a world robbed of resources and technology for the next thousand years. Yet the already dwindling population is again under threat from Black Scrawl, a disease that seems to be connected with the malevolent creatures known as Shades. One of the victims is a little girl named Yonah.
There are two versions of the game, Gestalt and Replicant, and each has a slightly different protagonist. The former is a burly middle-aged man who is Yonah's father, whereas the latter is a slender adolescent who is Yonah's elder brother. Though everything else remains the same, the age gap between the two protagonists produces a different context for the story, with the world-weary father contrasting sharply with his younger, foolishly-optimistic counterpart. In the summer of 2049/2053, a father/brother and daughter/sister take shelter from a prolonged snowstorm in the remains of a grocery store. Two mysterious black books lay on the ground near them, and the man, Nier, kicks it away as it taunts him about obtaining its power. The girl, Yonah, suffers from an uncontrollable cough, and the two struggle to find food.
Suddenly, the pair are attacked by strange humanoid creatures, and Nier has no choice but to accept the book's power to defeat them. However, after the altercation, Nier discovers that Yonah has also touched one of the books, which has a negative effect on her condition, worsening her cough and causing black markings to appear on her skin. Yonah collapses, and Nier calls for help as the camera pans away. 1,312/1,412 years later, a similar-looking man/young boy also named Nier searches for a cure for his daughter's/sister's illness. The world has seemingly regressed to that of a medieval age, Nier and Yonah living in a small village with modest amenities. Nier survives by hunting Shades and relying on the charity of his village, but he is powerless to help Yonah. However, after a chance encounter with a talking magic book named Grimoire Weiss, he discovers that there may be a cure after all and immediately sets out on a quest to find it, using his newfound Sealed Verse spells to cut down anything in his way. During his travels, he is joined by a scantily-clad, foul-mouthed swordswoman named Kainé, and Emil, a lonely young boy with terrible powers.
The third game in the Drakengard series, along with the supplementary manga Drag-On Dragoon: Shi ni Itaru Aka, is a prequel to the first game. Despite being a prequel, Drakengard 3 mostly follows separate timelines unrelated to the events of Drakengard. It explores more of Midgard than the first two games, as pacts or the seals do not exist yet. In the distant past, the dark ages swept the world with wars and tyranny, and the Intoner goddesses appeared before its suffering men. With the ability to manipulate magic through song, the goddesses subdued the world’s feudal lords, bringing peace to a rough earth. The goddesses were revered as Intoners and were entrusted with governing the world.
The Intoner known as One has a strong will to bring peace and stability to the world. She is the person who will unite the Intoners and stand on top of the world. But one day, her older sister Zero appears before her with a dragon. Zero, too, is an Intoner and the strongest of their kind. Zero then declares war on her sisters because the world doesn't need six Intoners but only one, that is herself. So what exactly are the Intoners? Dark clouds hang over the world once more.
NieR:Automata is set in the same universe as the Drakengard spin-off NieR, but Automata is set in its distant future, and the original game is not required viewing. The year is 11945 A.D. For thousands of years, mankind has been locked in a seemingly endless war against an alien invasion and their armies of "machine lifeforms". The last few remnants of humanity have been forced to take shelter on the Moon, from which they deploy intelligent android troops to liberate Earth in their stead.
To break this stalemate, humanity created a new organisation called YoRHA, comprising their most advanced android models and military technology to date. Stationed upon an orbital base called the Bunker, the YoRHA-model androids work tirelessly as the new frontline against the machine lifeforms occupying Earth. 2B (YoRHa No.2 TypeB) is an enigmatic but dedicated YoRHA combat model assigned to a plucky intelligence operative named 9S (YoRHa No.9 Type S). Together they are sent to the ruined surface of Earth to investigate the strange activities of the machine lifeforms, some of whom appear to mimic aspects of human civilisation.
SINoALICE is set in a world called Library filled with countless stories. The characters within each story wish to revive their author for their desired future. To do so, they work together to gather Lifeforce and fight the Nightmares that devour stories, knowing they will inevitably have to kill each other to get their wish. This is what the characters are led to believe from the two puppets, Parrah and Noya. All the characters are twisted versions of the original characters, like how Red Riding Hood is a murder hobo and wants her author to make more play things that don't die for her. Sleeping beauty wants just to sleep and all other things to be removed from her story. All of them represent different concepts.
When the player reaches the Act of Reality, it's revealed the main character's twisted version isn't their real selves. Instead, it's revealed that the Library is a purgatory for those who have died, and characters like Alice, for example, is a 16-year-old high school student sleeping with one of her teachers who eventually became pregnant and ultimately committed suicide. Snow White's real name is Yukishita Miki, a 23-year-old nurse at a hospital in Shinjuku. She eventually became obsessed with the ideals of justice. The Library also acts as a purgatory for Drakengard and NieR characters, even androids like 2B, 9S, and A2 can appear here. Parrah and Noya also have connections to Accord from Drakengard 3
NieR Re[in]carnation is set within the NieR universe; the world occurs within the Cage, a series of towers and dungeons, sometime in the future. A girl awakens on a stone floor with no voice and no memories. Instead, she is greeted by a strange being calling itself Mama. To restore what she has lost and to redeem herself from past sin, the girl and Mama travel to reawaken fragments of a forgotten world in the form of the Weapons from the Dark Scarecrows.
However, each Weapon contains a threat, in a form resembling a flock of crows, that tries to corrupt its memories. Thus, the girl is tasked to aid Memory Characters in eliminating these invasive enemies to restore the Weapons’ original flow of its story. This, in turn, will help her regain her memories. As they ascend higher levels of the Cages, they run into a Dark Monster, with motives unknown whenever it appears and flees, as if leading them for some reason.
The first main story arc, "The Story of the Girl and the Monster", concludes in twelve chapters. After the ending of the first story, the next main story arc, "The Story of the Sun and the Moon", follows two high-school students from modern-day Japan as they're transported to the Cage. While both are determined to get back home, players can choose the Sun route (a girl trying to reconcile with her father) or the Moon route (a boy trying to save his mother).
- Drakengard 2
- NieR (Gestalt & Replicant)
- Grimoire Nier Book
- NieR CD Drama
- The Fire of Prometheus
- Drakengard 3 Character Stories/Novellas
- Drakengard 3
- Drag-On Dragoon: Utahime Five
- Drag-On Dragoon: Shi ni Itaru Aka
- Drag-On Dragoon 3 Complete Guide + Setting
- Drag-On Dragoon 3 Story Side
- YoRHa Girls Ver.1.1a Stage Play
- NieR:Automata: Long Story Short
- NieR:Automata: Short Story Long
- YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse
- NieR:Automata: YoRHa Boys
- NieR Re[in]carnation
- NieR Replicant Ver.1.22474487139…
Standing in the Battledome
The Yokoverse is a powerful verse with a few god tiers like the Management being in charge of the Cage and keeping the multiple worlds in check in NieR Re[in]carnation, Parrah and Noya from SINoALICE have control over the Library and can create worlds. Accord travelling while observing several timelines and parallel worlds. Parrah and Noya have some sort of connection to Accord due to being similar models. The low-tiers range from wall level to city block level, mid-tiers are city level to island level, and high-tiers are planet level+.
Mostly everyone's speed is massively hypersonic+. So while characters from NieR are FTL, some Drakengard characters could possibly scale.
They have some hax abilities such as reality warping, transmutation, infecting someone with a virus, matter manipulation, soul manipulation, mind manipulation, intangibility, ability to harm non-corporeals and intangibles, gravity manipulation, pseudo black holes, absorption, time manipulation, BFR, reactive evolution.
Supporters of the Series
- Papa Nier
- Xhominid The Fool
Drakengard 1 Characters
Drakengard 2 Characters
- Devola and Popola
- The King of Facade
- The Adminstrators
- Hansel and Gretel
- Knave of Hearts
- The Shadowlord
Drakengard 3 Characters
- The Flower
- Male One
- False One
- The Terminals (N2)
- Father Servo
- Snow White
- Sleeping Beauty
- Red Riding Hood
- Little Mermaid
- Three Little Pigs
- Little Match Girl
- Parrah and Noya
- Hina Akagi
- Yuzuki Kurezome
- Rion the Wanderer
- Dimos the Clockwork Soldier
- Gayle the Prosthetic Hunter
- Akeha the Assassin
- Argo the One Who Challenges Mountains
- O63y the Man in White
- F66x the Woman in White
- Lars the Vengeful Young Soldier
- Griff a Young Captain of Deep Regrets
- Noelle the Sealed Girl
- Saryu the Silver-haired Witch
- Priyet the Unsightly Werebeast
- Marie the Virtual Songstress
- Yurie the Digital-Age Empress