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The world of MapleStory was not always such a cheerful place. There has been evil in the past, most noticeably the evil Black Mage. However, the reason the Maple World is a happy place, it is today, is due to the efforts of six selfless heroes who fought the Black Mage, sealed him away, and brought peace and prosperity to the Maple World. However, their efforts were not without sacrifice, and in the process of sealing away the Black Mage, they were then themselves sealed in ice, and Aran's memories were wiped clean. However, the six heroes have awoken and are prepared to counterattack the Black Wings, the army of the Black Mage.


The following lists the backgrounds of the individual heroes and the reasons why the heroes decided to fight the Black Mage.


Aran was the strongest warrior in Maple World. The reason for his involvement in the final battle is unknown, other than to simply bring the Black Mage down.


Freud (Evan’s predecessor) was one of the greatest mages in Maple World and the only dragon master at the time. Freud’s dragon, Afrien, was threatened by the Black Mage.


Mercedes was the Queen of the Elves. She fought the Black Mage to protect her people, stating that the Black Mage "would come after them anyway" if the Black Mage was not stopped.


Phantom was the greatest thief of Maple World. He wants revenge for the death of his love, Empress Aria.


Luminous was the light deserted by the Black Mage. He simply wants the end of the Black Mage.


Shade has no family, no clan and no relatives. The reason for his involvement in the final battle is unknown, other than to simply bring the Black Mage down.


  • The introduction of Aran shows a knuckle-wielding Pirate. This was originally thought to be a continuity error until the introduction of Shade.
    • However, Shade's existence was erased from everyone's memories, and therefore, still an error.
      • It's still possible it took place before the memories were erased, so it may or may not be an error.
  • The first letters of the first five Heroes form the word MAPLE.
  • All Heroes have different shades of blue in their eyes on their artwork.
  • Aran, Luminous and Shade are the three heroes who have acquired a companion after awakening from the Black Mage’s curse. These companions are Lilin, Lania and Moonbeam respectively.

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