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Elliot Edwards (エリオット・エドワーズ) is one of the two deuteragonists in NiGHTS into Dreams. He is a young teenager from Twin Seeds who's favorite hobby is playing basketball and one of two Visitors that possesses the Red Ideya of Courage.

NiGHTS into Dreams

"Elliot is playing basketball with his classmates. Some of the older kids from school show up and challenge Elliot and his friends to a game. A teammate passes long to Elliot, who is just feet from the net, but the star player on the other team steals the ball. A long pass down the court and a slam dunk to finish the day. Elliot walks back home by himself."

- Elliot's english bio.

"A 15-year old boy who lives in the central square of Twin Seeds. Very intelligent and faultless in all that he does, especially at school. He always tries his hardest and comes out the cool kid. Especially so in his favorite sport of basketball. There are the guys that gain respect amongst and are the objects of everyone's adoration, Elliot is one of them. However, that sort of reputation and admiration can be quickly replaced by another person. He is a well known member of a very cool city group. But it is this very style that finds him involved in an incident."

- Elliot's japanese bio.

Story

Elliot was out playing basketball with his friends and showing off his good moves when a crowd of High School students rushes into their game. They steal the ball from Elliot and make proceed to slam dunk it with ease. They walk away laughing at Elliot, humiliating him in front of his friends and crushing Elliot's hopes of someday being a great basketball player.

Later that night, Elliot has a nightmare about the events that happened earlier that day when the bullies turn into monsters, taunting and laughing at him. Elliot flees from the horrible nightmares until he reaches a light at the end of a tunnel. It's warm and welcoming and Elliot feels at ease. Elliot finds NiGHTS trapped in an Ideya Palace and together they head off on a journey to stop Wizeman the Wicked.

Later, while trying to save NiGHTS from Wizeman's clutches, Elliot joins forces with a girl he's never met before. Together, they help defeat Wizeman and bring peace back to Nightopia.

Gameplay

After selecting one of Elliot's dreams, Splash Garden, Frozen Bell, or Stick Canyon, he'll fall into that selected world. Upon arriving, he'll be attacked by Nightmaren minions who'll take all his Ideya away except the Red Ideya of Courage. The player shall process further in the game by using the Red Ideya to merge with NiGHTS and complete the level.

The player also has the option to complete the level without NiGHTS at all, This opens up possible level exploring that is otherwise not reachable when playing as NiGHTS, such as the elevator on Stick Canyon's tower or the snow train in Frozen Bell. However, the player should take note that an Alarm Egg will be sent out after Elliot and if it catches him, it will cause a game over.

Twin Seeds

In Elliot's last dream, he falls down onto a cloud that floats around the Twin Seeds Tower. NiGHTS can be seen flailing for Elliot's attention but pressing any buttons will trigger Wizeman to send Elliot flying off onto a broken floating piece of asphalt. From here, Elliot jumps off the side into the city light below. Elliot shoots back up with his Red Ideya following him, enabling the player to complete the stage as normal. The only difference is that there is no alarm egg and if the player run out of time before collecting Elliot's Ideya and freeing NiGHTS, then it is an instant Night Over.

Ending

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Elliot finds his courage in himself to overcome his fears.

After waking up, Elliot meets up with his friends for another basketball game but when they arrive at the court, the high school bullies from before have already claimed it. Elliot's friends suggest coming back later but after battling through the darkest of his nightmares, Elliot finds the courage to stand up to the older bullies. The game is almost over and Elliot's team is down one but he doesn't lose hope. Instead, he finds the strength within to power through the older kids' tricks and makes his way up the court, leaving the bullies speechless. Seconds before Elliot reaches the hoop for a throw, the main bully decides to step in and wall him off. Reminiscing about his dreams of flight, Elliot feels himself jumping over the bully and making himself a slam dunk, impressing everyone and winning the game.

Secret Ending

After being congratulated by his friends, Elliot decides to walk downtown where the 100th anniversary of Twin Seeds was being held. Elliot watches the parade for a moment before walking up to the famous Twin Seeds tower. The sun bounces off a sign for a musical being help and the glare catches Elliot's eye and for a moment he could have sworn he saw NiGHTS' face. He takes it as a sign and decides to take a peek at the Musical taking place inside. Immediately, Elliot recognizes their star singer, Claris Sinclair, from his dreams. Her eyes meet his and instantly they both overwhelmed with memories of their adventures with NiGHTS in Nightopia and how they both defeated Wizeman together.

Elliot returns home to his room after a long eventful day. As he lays down to sleep, a familiar purple figure can be seen posing on the spire of the city's famous building.

NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings

Elliot co-starred with NiGHTS in the Japan exclusive story book, NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings.

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Elliot in NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings.

After being imprisioned in an Ideya Palace by Reala, NiGHTS started playing his flute, the sound attracted Elliot, who was exploring the world of dreams. Elliot releases NiGHTS from the cage using a red light which made them fuse, they both start flying across Nightopia and befriend each other, when NiGHTS was about to explain him what was the red light which fused them together and that Elliot was curious to learn about, the nightmarens started attacking, but NiGHTS and Elliot easily got riden of them by using the paraloop.

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Elliot and NiGHTS.

After the fight, Reala attacks and reveals to Elliot that NiGHTS is a nightmaren, which shocks Elliot and makes him panicking, Reala then, makes them unfuse. After being unconscious for a while, Elliot finds himself alone at top of a cold and dark cliff, and he still is shocked over the fact that NiGHTS is a nightmaren when he suddently hears NiGHTS asking for help, Elliot notices Nightopia getting destroyed by the Nightmarens and remembers that NiGHTS is his friend, NiGHTS tells Elliot to trust him and dive into the darkness under the cliff, despite being very afraid, Elliot trusts him, as he jumped into the darkness, he starts glowing red and flying by himself, Elliot's ideya made Reala vanish and NiGHTS was released from the prision.

As NiGHTS and Elliot were celebrating Reala's defeat, Wizeman attacked and wrapped both into deep darkness, but NiGHTS and Elliot trusted each other and started glowing red again, their courage made a tiny light appear which they dived into, when they came closer to it, the light absorbed all of the darkness and Wizeman fleed, Nightopia was finally saved from the Nightmarens.

Shortly after that, Elliot body slowly starts to disappear and then, Elliot wakes up.

NiGHTS Archie Comics

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Elliot in the NiGHTS Archie Comics.

Elliot starred in the NiGHTS Archie Comics series where his story in the first three issue is identical to his story in the game. In the first Issue, Elliot and Claris are the perfect dreamers of the century. Snuze decides to follow Elliot as he goes to play basketball with his friends. Just like the game, Elliot's basketball game gets interrupted by a group of older kids and the head bully, Roger, laughs in Elliot's face while humiliating him. Afterwords, Elliot hears Claris singing and decides to follow the song, he climbes her school and spies her through a window when Snuze appears in front of him, scaring Elliot and making him fall. Snuze explains NiGHTS situation to Elliot who accepts to help, he meets up with NiGHTS and they merge together, as Wizeman's sees that, he sends Gillwing to fight them, as they were about to fight, NiGHTS leaves Elliot alone to help Claris who's being attacked by Puffy, as Elliot can't fight Gillwing by himself, he runs into an Alarm Egg to wake up.

In the second Issue, Elliot and NiGHTS switch bodies, while NiGHTS is on Elliot's body in the waking world, Elliot is on NiGHTS' fighting Gillwing all by himself in Nightmare, after defeating Gillwing, Jackle attacks him, NiGHTS returns to his body and once again leaves Elliot alone to help Claris fighting Gulpo, but later comes back to help Elliot again, it's at that moment that Jackle tries to convince Elliot to give his red ideya and in exchange his dream will come true, however Elliot refuses it and along with NiGHTS, they defeat Jackle.

In the third Issue, Elliot tricks Reala by giving him a basketball disguised as the red ideya and runs away, Snuze gets him and reveals to Elliot that he can now fly by himself, he meets up with Claris and together, they release NiGHTS and defeat Wizeman once and for all, after that, NiGHTS gets really energy drained and almost dies, according to Snuze, the only way to save him is if Elliot and Claris' dreams come true, as Elliot wakes up, he faces and beats Roger, accomplishing his goal, as he is at the Twin Seeds Centennial Parade, he hears a voice coming out of the tower and starts following it, Elliot enters the tower and finds out it's Claris, after that they start befriending each other and their energy revives NiGHTS.

In the fourth Issue, NiGHTS comes to the waking world and both Elliot and Claris start receiving visions of him, Elliot receives a vision of him being chased by policemen while he was at school and decides to go help him, he meets up with Claris and they start looking for NiGHTS in a parade when they are caught by a policeman called Officer Oswald for skipping out school, as they are in the car, Elliot and Claris find Roger along with NiGHTS, who's slowly getting his energy drained.

In the fifth issue, Elliot and Claris escape from the police headquarters and receive a vision showing NiGHTS tired and laying on the ground of Roger's house, when they arrive at Roger's house, they meet up with Napp and Snuze, who make Roger fall asleep so Elliot and Claris can go inside.

In the sixth issue, Elliot and Claris find NiGHTS nearly fading away and they must bring him to the Twin Seeds tower, where there's a portal to Nightopia, when they arrive at the tower NiGHTS tries to reach the portal by himself, a sudden explosion at the tower combines with the energy of the ruby on NiGHTS chest and makes a portal open which Reala uses to come to the real world, NiGHTS and Reala start fighting, meanwhile Roger meets up with Elliot and Claris who are watching the fight, at that moment they convince Roger to stop giving Reala his dream energy and with that, NiGHTS manages to escape from Reala and goes back to Nightopia, after that, Elliot, Claris and Roger make one last appearance running away from office Oswald who tries to capture them while they were distracted.

Other Appearances

NiGHTS Media

  • Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams: In Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Elliot, along with NiGHTS and Claris goes into a quest to find the missing christmas star from the Twin Seeds christmas tree.
  • NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: Elliot appears as an unlockable playable character in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, to unlock him, the player must collect all of the 60 dream drops. [1]

Others

  • GGCSHen - Visitors

    Elliot and Claris in Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen.

    Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen: Elliot is one of the many NiGHTS characters to make a small appearance in the manga.
  • Burning Rangers: Elliot has appeared in Burning Rangers, along with Claris, as a special side quest. [2][3]
  • Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Elliot made a cameo in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX as a card in the NiGHTS thematic pinball table from Casinopolis.
  • Sonic Pinball Party: Elliot made a cameo in Sonic Pinball Party in the Frozen Bell and Twin Seeds tables.
  • Sonic Runners: Elliot doesn't make an appearance in the game, however he is indirectly mentioned in the NiGHTS' notification, being addressed by the name "Brave young boy".

Elliot, like Claris, Will and Helen, was considered to make an appearance as a racer in Sonic & All Star Racing Transformed, where he'd drive NiGHTS shapeshifted as the car, [4] however a Nightopian was selected to be the driver over him and the other visitors. Additionatly, a NiGHTS sticker set, which included an Elliot sticker, was made for the game, but it got disconsidered. [5]

Gallery

Elliot Edwards/Gallery

Trivia

  • In Japan, Elliot is listed as 15 years old. However, in all other regions of the world, he is listed as 14 years old. The reason for the change is unknown.
  • Elliot shares his name with the human protagonist from the 1981 movie E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, curiously, the movie's director himself, Steven Spielberg, visited SEGA during the game's development and was the first person to play the game outside of the SEGA's team, [6] however it not possible to confirm if Spilberg's visit influenced in anything from the game.
    • Considering a SEGA Saturn controller became known as "The Spilberg's controller" after his visit, it's possible to speculate, [7] additionatly, Elliot is one of the few characters from NiGHTS into Dreams who's name is not a play word.
  • In the beta version of the original NiGHTS into Dreams for the SEGA Saturn, Elliot had a jumping sound file which got cut and replaced in the final version of the game, but was later used in the NiGHTS into Dreams HD remake released for Xbox 360, Ps3 and PC.
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    Elliot's cameo in NiGHTS Journey of dreams (second boy from the right)

    In the second shot of Will's opening FMV in Journey of Dreams, a boy who's hair look's just like Elliot's can be seen to the right of the shot, bouncing a ball on his knee. [8]
  • Elliot has appeared in six levels from NiGHTS into Dreams, besides his three levels and Twin Seeds, he has also appeared in both Spring Valley (in a cutscene) and in Mystic Forest (when playing the game on October 31), Soft Museum is the only level from NiGHTS into Dreams where Elliot has never appeared in.
    • Elliot has appeared in Spring Valley more times than Claris herself, having appeared in it one more time than her thanks to the NiGHTS storybook.
  • Elliot was voiced by Kazuyuki Hoshino, who is the game's character designer, Kazuyuki designed both Elliot and Claris as well as all of the game's bosses and minor humans, [9] outside of NiGHTS, he designed both Amy Rose and Metal Sonic for the Sonic series.
    • Elliot's singing voice in Dreams, Dreams was perfomed by Cameron Earl Strother.
      • Cameron Earl Strother, now as an adult, auditioned to the X Factor New Zealand around early 2010's, he also plays fighting games competitively, more specific, Street Fighters, his best result so far is 5th equal in NZ nationals (Super Street Fighter 4 AE v.2012). [10]
  • Besides Basketball, Elliot also appears to like skateboard, as it's possible to see one in his room during his opening cutscene and he is seen using it in the Archie Comics.
  • Elliot is one of the seven NiGHTS characters who has appeared in every NiGHTS game, the others are NiGHTS, Reala, Wizeman, Nightopians, Claris and Shleep.

See also

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD8InZlYs7g
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKvZJXbwuxw&t=1863s
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxgFXfxSIY4
  4. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1837
  5. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhSpzvlXUAIhcyO.jpg
  6. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1343
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nights_into_Dreams#Release
  8. https://nid.fandom.com/wiki/Elliot_Edwards/Gallery?file=JODElliot.png
  9. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1925
  10. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1895
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