'Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild' Ending Explained: How Aiden became an ace hunter
Aiden's journey to becoming an ace hunter began when he faced off with the behemoth, Lunastra
Based of Capcom's 2004 game, 'Monster Hunter', 'Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild' tells the story of Aiden, an ace hunter and how he became one in the first place.
For Aiden, his life has been spent battling monsters; however, nothing compares to taking on an Elder Dragon. The movie recounts Aiden's first Elder Dragon encounter and how it proved that it would not be his last. If you're looking for other titles to check out, consider -- 'Yasuke', 'Castlevania', 'DOTA: Dragon Blood' and 'Record of Ragnorok'.
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As per the official synopsis -- 'Humans, nature, and giant monsters coexist in the world while maintaining a careful balance. A young man named Aiden who calls himself a hunter protects his isolated village. One day, he learns that his village is threatened by the Elder Dragon, a monster cloaked in mystery. Needing to find a way to save his village, Aiden leaves his home and sets off on a journey into the unknown alongside Julius, a first-rate and member of the Hunter's Guild, and his companions...
The Hunter's Guild
The Guild's main objective is to protect citizens from various threats, including the Elder Dragon, which is said to be the most powerful of all monsters, and to survey and maintain this ecosystem. 'Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild' is narrated by Aiden, now an experienced monster hunter, who warns younger hunters that Elder Dragons are not to be underestimated. He, along with his fleet are on their way to stop an Elder Crossing, a dragon migration event that used to occur over centuries but now has become shockingly frequent.
He recounts the story of the time when he was an orphan who lived in Timben. Back then, he often did odd jobs to earn his bread, but for him, slaying monsters was training to become an ace guild hunter eventually. Opportunity strikes for Aiden when he crosses paths with Julius, a seasoned guild hunter. However, Julius is on a mission of his own. He is here to warn the townsfolk of Timben that their village lies in the path of an Elder Dragon migration, with the dragon Lunastra quickly making its way towards them to destroy the village.
Every few decades, Elder Dragons migrate in what is known as the Elder Crossing. During this time, they often leave death and destruction in their wake, burning down everything that stands in their path. For the folks of Timben, evacuation is the only way to save their lives. However, for Aiden, who calls this place home, he is determined to have the Elder Dragon change course instead and coaxes Julius into helping him save his village.
Julius knows just how dangerous a task this is and thus enlists the help of other guild hunters, such as Nadia, Mae and Ravi, a blacksmith. Together, they create a ballista called the Dragoator, their last hope to help get the Elder Dragon Lunastra to change its course. What follows in a massive battle between the hunters and Lunastra who nearly wipes everything in its path. Dragoator fails to accomplish what it was built for.
However, Aiden manages to destroy a wooden dam that floods the town and sweeps up Lunastra in its current. It's unlikely that the Elder Dragon would've died because of this; however, Aiden does manage to force it to change it's path. This battle, however, results in Mae and Ravi losing their lives. Elder Daazel now plans on rebuilding the settlement of Timben along the flowing river. As for Aiden, he is now determined to be an Ace hunter. Recognising his potential, Julius takes him under his wing.
The movie is essentially Aiden's origin story as the film ends with him in the present, where he is on his way to Port Tanzia. With more frequent Elder Crossings than before, Aiden is all set to take on Zorah Magdaros, the way he did Lunastra years before. Doing so is essential for him and the other dragon hunters to save towns from being destroyed. However, Aiden is not oblivious to the risks, having dealt with the behemoth that was Lunastra years before.
'Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild' is now streaming on Netflix.