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In the 7th century, the nation of Sui united China, becoming the Sui dynasty and defeating the country of Chen. The people of Chen were oppressed by the rule of the emperor, and organized a rebellion. Sui sent an army, and the two countries once again faced each other in battle. A twelve-years old boy was fighting on the side of Sui empire. Wielding the legendary Xuanyuan sword, he helped the Sui army to defeat Chen with ease.

Six years later, Chen Jingchou, a young student of martial arts, discovers a mysterious cave together with his teacher. The teacher tells him that he is the only one who can help the people of Chen. The star Chiguan has appeared, and the prophecy is about to be fulfilled. But in order to defeat Sui, Chen Jingchou will have to find the ten legendary artifacts of Shenzhou, the land of gods. There are ten such artifacts: a clock, a sword, an axe, a tea pot, a tower, a qin (Chinese musical instrument), a pan, a seal, a mirror, and a stone. The sword is the legendary Xuanyuan sword, which has now fallen into the enemy hands. Will the young man be able to fulfill the prophecy and lead his country to a victory?

Tian zhi Hen ("Scar in the Heaven") is the second waizhuan (side story) in the Xuanyuan Jian role-playing game series. Its story takes place in a different time period and is not directly connected to the one of Xuanyuan Jian 3. However, the game looks very similarly to the third one, also using pre-rendered backgrounds and 2D sprites for characters, and utilizes a similar battle system with special attacks, third-person view for exploration and battles, and monster-summoning system.

There is also a new monster-breeding system in the game: the protagonist has his own monster (Fu Gui) who always fights on his side, and the player can feed this monster to increase its parameters, upgrade it by merging with other monsters, and teach it various abilities.


Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Windows Mini-game: shoot arrows to kill the three birds
Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Windows Title screen
Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Windows The dreamy world has an absolutely unique graphical style
Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Windows Like most other classic Chinese girls from good families, Yuer can play a musical instrument

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Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Screenshot
Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Screenshot
Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Screenshot
Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "轩辕剑3外传: 天之痕" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "軒轅劍叄外傳:天之痕" -- Chinese Title (Traditional)
  • "Xuan Yuan Jian III Side Story" -- Popular Title
  • "Sword of Xuan Yuan III (Legend): Scar in the Heaven" -- Popular Title
  • "Hin Yuen Sword: Sky Trace" -- Popular Title

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Refreshing, even if it isn't that different. Windows Ken Davis (119)
Touching and emotional Windows Melody (119)
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A hilarious Easter Egg awaits you if you check a well in one of the towns in the game (no, I won't say which one, otherwise it wouldn't be fun to discover). None other but the guys from DOMO, the developing team of Softstar, await you, with some very weird and amusing "behind-the-scene" stuff. If you check this location thoroughly, you also discover two "strange maps". One of them shows a photo of developers, while the other displays a picture that resembles very much the cover art of the game's immediate predecessor, Xuanyuan Jian 3: Yun he Shan de Bi Duan. On the cover you can see the two heroes of the game, Septem and Nicole. However, on this "strange map" Septem wears goofy glasses, and instead of a sword he is wielding something that looks very similarly to a hypodermic syringe.
Contributed to by geneklein (7965) and Unicorn Lynx (181697)