This is the story, all about how, Marth lost his kingdom for the second time in a row.
After the War of Shadows, continent of Archanea was in a state of turmoil. Each country quickly went to work in their own reparations. The country Archanea, (yes it shares the name of the continent don’t ask me why they did that,) found itself in need of a king to move forward. And so, Princess Nyna was wed to Duke Hardin, a just and honorable man from the plains of Aurelis. Under his leadership, Archanea recovered quickly, and Hardin became beloved by his people.
One year after the War of Shadows, the Hero-King Marth was busy in preparation for his coming marriage with the Princess of Talys, Caeda. But despite the age of peace, Marth needed to call for new soldiers. Hundreds of young wannabe knights flocked to Altea in hopes of joining the banner of the famed hero. One such person, from the Altean village of Sera, would soon find that rigorous training was not the only thing in store for them in their desire to become an Altean knight.
FE12?! What’s an FE12?!
In 2008, a remake of the first game in the series was created. It was known as Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, and it’s infamous for being very not good. In general, the series was doing worse sales-wise, and a sub-par release didn’t help at all. And as such, Fire Emblem 12 was the first game since Sword of Seals to be released only in Japan.
As for the game itself, despite being a remake, there are a number of features that would later be used in Awakening, including: a player-customized avatar, (dubbed My Unit in this game,) a casual mode in which characters defeated in battle do not die forever, and a… near return to support conversations after their missteps in Radiant Dawn and absence in Shadow Dragon. Reclassing also makes a return from Shadow Dragon, and works more or less the same as it did there. FE12 also makes some small improvements to some of Shadow Dragon’s mistakes. The color pallet improved slightly, and no longer do you have to spill the blood of the innocent in order to access the gaiden chapters.
In 2010, a translation project was started by Blazer, and eventually the project would grow to become the Heroes of Shadow team. The translation was finished in November of 2012, and at the time it was probably one of the highest-quality fan translations for a Japan-only Fire Emblem game, (I mean that wasn’t exactly a high bar, but I swear it’s a solid job.) The site for it is still up, and despite the numerous broken images the patch is still downloadable if you want to play the game yourself, (cough through perfectly legitimate means, I’m sure. We all have an extra copy of a game released only in Japan just lying around, right?)
This game is a sequel to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. If you need a recap, I did an LP of it, (and a non commentary version if you’d prefer that.) You don’t need to watch it though; this game does a good enough job at recapping the important stuff from the first game, (by which I mean: Marth goes and fights a large dragon. That was the plot.)
I’ll be playing through the game on normal mode, and while I will be recruiting all the characters and beating every chapter, I won’t be getting 100% of the base conversations. I will run another character to show off some of the alternate dialogues and base conversations I don’t get in the main run, but other than that I’ll get what I get.
And I hope to god this LP doesn’t kill this laptop like both of the DS games have done to the laptop before it.
Please don’t spoil anything plot-wise in this game. Even if Fire Emblem Heroes spoiled basically the entirety of the Prologue first. If any of the other games in the series happen to come up, keep any major details in spoiler tags. The only exception is Shadow Dragon, since that’s the prequel to this game. You can talk about that game as much as you want without spoiler tags.
Part 33: Dark Emperor
(The header is an edit from this page of Paranatural.)