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Child of Light's fantasy is based on some historic realities

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Ubisoft's recently released Japanese role-playing game-inspired downloadable title, Child of Light, is rooted in fantasy, but contains some inspirations from real-world occurrences, according to a post on UbiBlog.

Child of Light stars Aurora, a young girl trying to find her way home after awakening in the strange land of Lemuria. Much of her time is spent in this mysterious land, but Aurora hails from a real duchy, Carniola, in Austria. According to the post, an earthquake that hit the capitol of Carniola in 1895 plays a part in the game's story.

The world of Lemuria is based on a hypothetical sunken landmass, said by zoologist Philip Sclater to be located between India and Australia, of the same name. Although its existence has never been proven, it served as an inspiration for Child of Light's mythical creates, lead writer Jeffrey Yohalem said.

"It was thought to be a lost continent," Yohalem said. "It's much less well-known than Atlantis but it's an idea sort of like that. So there was no kingdom of Lemuria, but there was this idea of Lemuria that existed between those two places. Part of the mythology of the game is based around what happened to this continent."

Child of Light is available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more on the game, check out our review.