Arcs (or Orcs) are a powerful type of enemy seen in Phoenotopia and presumably Phoenotopia Awakening. Along with Harpies, they're one of the breeds of mutant supersoldiers that were created during the Great War as a prototype for the Phoenix Weapons; as such, they are strong fighters and somewhat difficult to deal with.
Arcs are bulky humanoids that are bald and have sparse clothing. All enemy Arcs seen have green skin, though other colors have been shown as well. Arcs are among the rarest enemies in the game, appearing sparsely in the Phoenix Lab and as regular enemies in the Forgotten Forest. In terms of attacks, Arcs combine the abilities of both the red and blue Desert Bandits. This means they can use charge attacks with their axes and throw them as well.
A tribe of peaceful Arcs resides in the Hidden Village, functioning as NPCs that Gale can interact with. Unlike the generic enemy Arcs, these ones are very docile and welcoming towards Gale, as they had previously been befriended by Grasso, and then later by Fran and her team of researchers. These Arcs show a wider variety of skin colors.
Arcs will very likely return in the remake as both enemies and NPCs.
- As stated by the game's creator, the Arcs were originally going to be the main antagonists of Phoenotopia, being led by one particularly brainy Arc. Obviously, the final product has come a long way since then.
- One of the Arcs at Hidden Village states that they have their own language but use the human language as a meeting ground with the Harpies, implying that the Harpies also have their own language as well.