The 1997 version of Shantae describes the setting, as of yet unnamed, as a series of playfields encircling a lake, with towns and "monster lairs" at various intervals. This description is highly similar to the final version in the first game. The towns back then were named Yosef's Harbor, Bandit Town, Snowy Village, Mining Town and Royal Palace.
From the official website:
Have you ever heard of Sequin Land? It was once a magical place, protected from monsters and mishaps by beautiful Guardian Genies. Their heroism won long years of peace, during which many of the genies fell in love with mortal men. The resulting offspring were all girls, seemingly human but with a trace of magical power, often lying dormant or manifesting in unusual ways. Thus half-genies came into the world.
Sadly, as the ages passed large numbers of Guardian Genies began to disappear from Sequin Land until not one remained. Many folks imagined that they had been captured inside bottles, while others believed that the genies had returned to their own realm. With the guardians gone, Sequin Land began to fall prey to evil.
In spite of their lack of skills, the daughters of the Genies made a decision to pool their powers and stand against evil as best they could. Few and far between, these half-genies traveled the land, each choosing a kingdom to guard until peace could be won again. As they struggle to keep the peace, new villains emerge and ancient foes return to wreak havoc on Sequin Land. Is this newest generation of Guardian Genies up to the challenge?
|There happens to be a Library article on this topic: The Guardian Genies of Sequin Land at the Shantae Wiki Library|