This is FE5-based hack, the latest version of the JP romhack known as “Blume patch”. Some of you may be familiar with Blume patch that was copied in Serenes Forest around 2008. However, few people may know that development continued in Japan after that.
The 2022 version is completely different from the 2008 version. I think even those who know the version from back then will enjoy it as new title.
This hack is designed as a new interpretation that the story of the Gran calendar year 776, based on new historical documents. Some parts of the story are inconsistent with the original FE4 and FE5, but please enjoy it as a new theory or an another theory.
The beginning of the story has been emphasized Leif’s fate with the House Freege, the second half of the story has been emphasized Leif’s story as a heroic fantasy. The last boss is King Blume. Against Freege, who rule the North Thracia region, Leif can end this by his own hand!
I also added several branching events so that the player’s choices are reflected in the scenario. Strange action that one would not normally engage in lead to strange results. These vary, some of which are shown hints in the game for branching, while others are only noticed if you read the play guide. Depending on your choices, you might even be able to get people who normally wouldn’t join your team to join.
All chapters have new events. There are many, from those that make strategic sense to those that delve into the backstory. The total amount of text is more than double that of the original. But this includes branching events, so it is not possible to see all the text in one round of gameplay.
And some of the characters from FE4 are joined. Patti, Arthur, Ares, and others.
When certain conditions are met, secret characters (altnative units) will join your team instead of regular characters. Currently, you can recruit a total of more than 65 characters. However, because some characters share a quota, so up to 48 characters can join your group at the same time.
I have not included rules such as Isekai (reincarnation to otherworld), the multidimensional world, or summoning, so people who are not related to the Jugdral continent will not appear. There are some other Japanese hacks that seem to mix multiple worlds, but this hack is not the case.
Some examples of new events (Contains spoilers)
The prologue of the first chapter includes an explanation of what happened in Leif’s parent generation (historical background description).
The option to skip the battle with the Lifis’ pirates and rush ahead in order to prioritize the rescue of Nanna and Mareeta.(This can only selectable if Eyvel is present and Finn is dead or in captivity.)
You can also choose not to go to any of sidequest-chapters, even if you meet the requirements (except chapters 8 and 14). Skipping sidequests may affect later chapters events.
New conversation events (e.g., Ronan and Lifis). Many of these are only dialogues that tell the backstory, but some involve learning new skills.
Kallion can persuade the Thracian army in Chapter 9 to avoid fighting.
The enemy Olwen in Chapter 10 can capture and made a prisoner. If you do this, the events from Chapter 11 onward will change.
Dalsin breaks down the wall of the enemy fort in Chapter 11.
Revival of unimplemented events (Contains spoilers)
Imagined from unused dialogue and event definitions that buried in ROM, I have implemented events that would have been originally planned. (Most of them were incomplete wreckage, so the content of what was implemented is my imagination.)
- Jabal the unused unit will appear in Chapter 2.
- Companions taken prisoner by chapter 3 enter the prison in chapter 4x. (depending on the unit taken prisoner, the events up to chapter 8 will change.)
- Add pattern of only Dagda in Chapter 8.
- Ishtar goes out in Chapter 19. (Changed to appear with King Blume.)
- Add some new private houses.
- and more.
As you know, FE5 is only released in Japan, but now this hack implements an English text too. In English mode, the story and other texts are displayed in English. (You can switch between Japanese and English with one ROM.)
A new screen has been added for initial startup. Pressing B on this screen will start the game in English; pressing A will start it in Japanese.
Notice: If data exists in the save slot, this screen will not appear at startup. But, after starting the game, you can still switch languages by pressing the X button, at the settings screen. A guide video on how to switch languages after starting the game can be found here.
About the translated text
The text of the story was roughly translated at DeepL and then inputted with corrections. My English translations may seem unnatural to native speakers, because my first language is not English . I welcome any suggestions for grammatical errors fixing, etc.
A primary goal was to provide something that can be read (even if barely) by English speakers. Translation quality is secondary. This is because if you can’t read it, I can’t get any advice from you. I hope to polish it with advice from native speakers in the future.
The text of the story includes many parts that are identical to the vanilla game. But, I have not used any of FE5 translation patch Lil’Manster’s story text in my hack. This is because their translation was a bit strange to those who know the original Japanese text. Their text contains many overdecorations that are not in the original text. In the English mode of my hack, I am translating directly except for Japanese idioms.
This is an explanation of the fact that I am not using their text and why, and is not intended to discredit their text.
For the English font, I used the same one as Lil’Manster. (with some adjustments).
Adjustments were made to units, classes, items, skills, formulas, and all other factors that affect gameplay.
Added more difficulty, Hard and Maniac
Hard mode specifications are as follows.
- Your units get more fatigued with each action.
- Some chapters are shrouded in fog.
- The price in the store is doubled.
- Fatigue up to Chapter 7 will be handled as usual. (In normal mode, until chapter 7, all units’ fatigue will be halved at the start of the chapter.)
Maniac mode specifications are as follows.
- Inherits all the hard mode specifications.
- Leif also fatigues (Leif will recover half of its fatigue at the end of each map).
- Several more chapters are shrouded in fog.
- The getting experience decreases over the course of a turn.
Hard mode is shown in the menu after you have seen the ending. If you want to select it before seeing the ending, enter the right key at the save file select screen and sound it. If you then cancel and return to the menu screen, it will be added to the menu.
If you start Hard mode without applying Elite mode, you can select Maniac mode after start the game.
Added Casual mode
You can select casual or classic mode when you start a new game, and separately from the difficulty level selection.
If you choose casual mode, your units will not be lost in death, instead 200 fatigue.
Also, remaining units on the map after Leif leaves will be retrieved at 200 fatigue as well.
In both cases, fatigue will not be 200 until Chapter 7. These fatigue specifications apply from Chapter 8 onward.
About Elite (Paragon) mode
Elite mode cannot be selected from the menu. The entering Elite Mode has been changed as follows:
Press the right key to sound when selecting the save file to be used at the start of the game. If you start the game in that state, it will begin in elite mode.
If you cancel the game after the sound is made and go to the save file select screen again, the game will not start in Elite mode. When you canceled, must enter the key again to start in elite mode.
About units and classes
The maximum level of each unit is 30. Promoting lowers the level by 10. Promoting can be done from level 1. Promoting greatly increases ability values, but makes it harder to gain experience. It is up to the player to decide when to promote.
The maximum stat limit of upper classes has been raised to 40. but it is not necessary to up ally’s all stats to 40. Enemy stats are set to be limited to max 30. (with a few exceptions)
And new units and new classes were introduced. Classes that were not available to allies in the original game, such as ballistician, can also be used.
About growth rate
The growth rate is biased. Because it is preferable to have a variation in stats to give each unit a unique personality.
Also, all player units have an HP growth rate of at least 101% over, and all scrolls have had negative growth consolidated into HP. Players need to consider when giving a scroll to units whether to increase stats other than HP, or to increase HP to counteract fatigue.
Some classes adjust growth rate. It vary with some class types. Armors increase their defense, but decrease their speed. Mages increase their magic power. etc. When a class type is changed in a branching promotion, the ability suited to that class type is more likely to grow.
Added new Items
Many new items are being added. These are fun to use, also it is fun to think how to rob what the enemy has.
- Dragon killer
- Rusted Sword
- Piercing lance
- Slender spear
- Wargod’s tome
- Thor Hammer
- Master Proof
- Commander ring
- Weapon manual
- and more
Promotion branching with 2 class-change items
In addition to the existing “Knight Proof”, “Master Proof” has been added as an another class-change item. Depending on which item is used, the promotion will change. Promotion using Master Proof is generally the more powerful class, but since Master Proof is not readily available, it is up to the player to decide which unit you wants to use it on.
More realistic fatigue system
Even fatigued units can be sent into battle. However, fatigue adversely affects hit, evasion, attack speed, and mobility.
In this connection, the maximum number of sorties units has been significantly increased. Now, your all units can put sorties. (Except for some sidequest maps where scenarios limit the number of units.) But, because of the fatigue, they must rest by stopping sorties in moderation. The management of the sorties is now in your hands.
The change of "Mount" and "Dismount"
You can execute “Mount” and “Dismount” as many times as you want before moving (when you open the menu with the distance of 0 steps). The command menu will be closed after “Mount” and “Dismount”, but it will not be in the waiting state. You don’t have to think “Next is an outdoor map, so I’ll mount before seize the throne”.
Instead, you cannot perform “Mount” after moving. But you can perform “Dismount” after moving. If you use “Dismount” after a move, canceling it will terminate the action.
About enemy capturing
Mounted units and ballistician classes can be captured and carried if you have a higher body size. The body size of the mounted unit adds a fixed value to the walking status. Horse/Pegasus +15, Dragon +20, Ballistician +25. However, Blume and Ishtar can not be captured regardless of their body size.
Enemies that do not have a weapon that can attack at a range of 3 or less can be captured unconditionally. Unconditional capture is not available for enemy equips longbow (range 3).
Other rules are the same as the original game. Items held by captured enemies can be taken.
Other modern systems
- Change of unit placement prior to sortie (Developed by Min)
- Growth rate display of each unit (I used Lil’Manster’s code as a reference.)
- Support effects display that each unit receives/gives
- Guard AI display, Hold L to swap animation modes, HP bars, Talk display (Developed by Zane)
- Add 2 RN hit rates (Developed by RobertTheSable)
- Keeping the display of stat increases when leveling up in real animation (I used Lil’Manster’s code)
- Changed display of unit stats during real animation to damage value, crit, and number of attack chances
- Bar graph showing weapon level growth
- Added class type indicator to the stats screen. This allows to see if they are applicable for weapon effective.
- Added a simplified display mode (GBA like) to the pre-battle forecast window.
- and more.
The difficulty is much milder than in the old version (copied in 2008). I adjusted to remove unreasonable elements as much as possible in Normal mode. Those elements were ported to the hard and maniac mode.
And with features to help players, such as FE4-style turn save, and a casual mode. (These can also be turned off by changing the settings.)
The difficulty level is adjusted based on Normal/Classic and Hard/Classic, it is possible to clear Hard/Classic within the range of normally play. I don’t assume that you’ll have to redo the game until you get a hit with a statesave.
Normal/Casual is easier than the original, literally for casual play. But you can’t use most of the tricks used in RTA.
Hard and Maniac modes are available for those who like higher difficulty levels. In those modes, the strength of the enemies does not change, but the feel of the game is very different from the Normal mode because the thief, dancer, and staff user are greatly affected. For those who like the fatigue system.
Notice: I do not recommend playing hard or maniac mode on the first try.
Growth rate display
Support effects display
Added class type indicator, Weapon level growth bar graph
Some of secret characters (spoilers)
About for latest beta version
In the future, when the latest beta version is made, it will be available at the uploader site, used by the Japanese hacking community. It is the file of a name starting with fe5x.
Notice: Beta versions may contain events for which testing is incomplete.
For Japan, menu fonts are provided in Japanese, and English menu patch is included in the package. If you want to convert menus to English, please apply the English menu patch over and over after applying the patch for the main version. The CRC will be incorrect, but it does not affect the operation.
Note for patching
This hack is provided as an ips differential patch, for use with headered SNES ROM. (The Japanese FE romhacking traditionally uses ROMs with headers.)
And because of the ROM expansion, it will not work without an emulator that supports ExLoROM. (Snes9X etc.)
There are too many changes to describe here. Other detailed specifications, strategy guide, update information, and credits are available on my blog. (Written in Japanese. Please use your browser’s translate function to read it)
I write the text of my blog as simple Japanese as possible to make it easy for machine translation, but if there is any part that you do not understand, please tell me.