Lufia and the Fortress of Doom is a role-playing video game developed by Neverland in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was later ported to Windows systems in 2001. Lufia and the Fortress of Doom takes place 1000 years before Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (1994). The story tells about the journey of Lufia and his companions, Maxim and Selan:
– Lufia: The protagonist of the story. Lufia is a powerful warrior who dreams about the past lives of her ancestors. After Lufia’s hometown is destroyed by Sinistrals she joins Tia and Guy in their travels to defeat them. Lufia is unique among Lufians because she is the only one who can use ancient Lufian abilities. Lufia was given her powers by an Old Wise Man, who said Lufia would need them to defeat the Sinistrals.
– Maxim: Lufia’s best friend. Maxim is a prince of Sasune, Lufia’s birthplace. Lufia and Maxim grew up together as children. Lufia later left to join Tia and Guy in their travels, but after the destruction of Lufia’s hometown by the Sinistrals she returns to find that Maxim has gone on a journey to become stronger so he can help Lufia in her fight. Lufia finds Maxim in the town of Midenhall, where he has joined forces with Guy’s sister Haud to battle pirates. Lufia falls in love with Maxim while together forming a strong bond, but Lufia knows that she cannot pursue this relationship because of her secret mission against the Sinistrals. Lufia and Maxim eventually set out on a journey to Lufia’s hometown, where Lufia learns of Maxim’s fate. Lufia returns to her friends to find that the man she has fallen in love with is dying, and she decides to become his protector if he should survive. Lufia learns from the Old Wise Man that she has the power to bring Maxim back to life, but Lufians are forbidden to use their powers on one of their own kind. Lufia decides that she would rather die than see Maxim perish, and so Lufia uses her Lufian abilities for the first time. Lufia’s selfless act revives Maxim who is later restored to his Lufian form. Lufia and Maxim join Tia and Guy in their fight against the Sinistrals, reviving a legend of Lufians which had been forgotten over time.