Hello, you lovely anime-chess players ! My name’s Zeldacrafter64, as you’ve probably already figured out, and I’m here to share my project with you ! I know, right ? What a surprise ! It goes by the weird name of “Terror Of The Forest”, and I hope you’ll play and enjoy it ! But let’s not waste any more time, and jump right into it !
(Although I apologize for my occasional grammar errors, I’m not a native english speaker. Please correct me if you find any, so that I can hopefully improve !)
UPDATE 25/03/2020 : I have made several changes concerning the first chapters, which include new characters, new dialogues, or perhaps even more. I know this might be a little too much to ask for, but I believe it would be better to restart the game from the beginning. It could also avoid bugs. Also remember the recommended difficulty is Normal, as I haven’t modified anything on hard or easy mode for now. Words cannot express how happy I am to finally share an actual update with you guys, but I would really appreciate it if you could appreciate it yourself at its fullest. Don’t worry, this should be the last time I retroactively change something.
I - The Hack's Story (Warning, big text ahead)
A long time ago, war broke between humans and monsters (Wait, isn’t it that game’s into ?). After years of struggle, humans emerged victorious, and sealed the monsters away with the help of powerful artifacts.
Now, a thousand years later, humans have completely forgotten about this war and these artifacts. In a world in relative peace, everyone lives happy. Despite the King and Queen’s death in an unfortunate accident, everyone is confident that their daughter, the princess Felicity, will be a fit heir and continue their dream of creating a kingdom of peace. Are they right ? Will the princess manage to live up to their expectations ?
You’ll probably never know, since this is mostly irrelevant to the story of this hack. In this joyful world, not everyone lived happily. Some were desperate, some were poor, some had their dreams crushed, some lost everything… And among them is Sylvester. A 30-years old-ish guy who resorted to banditry in order to survive. He and his loyal companion Zweite (Shout-out to every German-speaking person out there who realized just how bad I am to find names for ANYTHING) begin their quest for money by trying to rob an old lady of her money. Unfortunately, they get caught and sent in prison, and from there, everything they’ll do will snowball until they SOMEHOW save the world from a terrifying threat. On their way, they will meet with many different people, each of them being as much of a loser as they are, including the leader of a mercenary guild who just went through a mutiny, a young, angsty (but pretty, I need some waifus) teenage girl with a very different physique from others, and a whole bunch of other flashy, weird losers.
II - About this Hack (Warning, ALSO big text ahead)
Three years ago, I started writing a story, about men, about monsters, about fun and about horror. Two years ago, I had an epiphany and realized that my Wii U’s e-shop could allow me to play those game I only ever knew through Super Smash Bros, but really wanted to play : Fire Emblem. After someone pointed out that my characters did share similarities with FE’s characters, I wondered if I could make my story into a game. One-year-and-a-half ago, I discovered Fire Emblem Hacks. If I remember correctly, the first two I’ve heard of were Elibean Nights and Ostian Princess. Amazed by all that could be done on this engine, I downloaded FEBuilder and started making my story into a game.
Except it wouldn’t fit. First off, I decided there wouldn’t be any horses or dragons in my story, just out of spite for their important roles in an usual fantasy setting. How could I make a FE game without them ? Additionally, I didn’t imagine any of my characters according to FE classes, so a lot of them didn’t fit, including the main character ! And to top all that, my story was too long to fit in a 20-30 chapters-long game ! However, I did try anyway, and managed to make two “playable” chapters. During these chapters’ creation, I had to create a new character. An early-game bandit boss. Originally just a Migal recolor, I named him Sylvester. Once I decided to cancel this project, I grew so attached to this guy that I made him an integral part of my story. That’s when I had an idea. If I couldn’t directly make my story into a Fire Emblem, then why not make ANOTHER story ?
That’s how this project was born. The one-shot early-game boss became the main character, and from that point on, everything went easier, eventually becoming the hack you have in front of your eyes.
III - Features
-11 playable chapters out of 24, from the Prologue to Chapter 9 (Technically Ch10 is also playable, but not for long due to a bug I still have to fix). I’m not that good at designing things gameplay-wise, but I hope you’ll enjoy some of them !
-35 playable characters out of 58. Each one coming with a different personality ! It’s unlikely you’ll like every one of them, but I’m sure you’ll find a favorite in no time !
-Only infantry ! On both sides ! Horses, Pegasi and Wyverns don’t even exist ! Because some people just want to see the world burn, I guess !
-More weapons for some classes, including Assassins and Generals with Bows and Heroes with Lances !
-The most basic bunch of patches you could ever imagine !
IV - Screenshots
V - Credits
(Unfortunately, my dumb *ss mistook the file in which I’ve written the credits for another file and sent it straight into the nothingness, so I tried to find back everything I used and credit them to their respective creator. I apologize for any mistake I’ve possibly made.)
Ant-Man Theme : KTMILLER
Dining Room : Charles Stiles
Ib_-_Memory : Vaati The Wind Mage
Ib_Memory : Hakumi
Hyrule Castle : Megacowz
Molgera : Christian.litser
Let’s Dance Boys : Cthylhu Sciences Music Division Section 2
Pepper Steaks : MrChris01020
ANT MAN : Roddek
Megalovania : CinderFire
Hyrule Castle : Phosphor
The Schemer = Dekkadeci
Shantae Medley = thebandteacher
Bran-Son = BrainyLucario
Lament Of Innocence = Bumbghork Piano
Don’t Speak Her Name = Forblaze
Mipha’s Theme = DS Music
Taken from the Music Blitz :
Driftveil City - Meilu
Fatalize = Meilu (I think ? Not sure. I’ve tested so many versions of it)
Power-Hungry Fool = Nyawenyye
Guile’s Theme = Sme
Mute City = Sme
Linebeck = Sme
From the Music Repository :
Sheena’s Theme (ToS)
Zelos’ Theme (ToS)
Rest Of The Heart (ToS)
(Although I did use Shin19’s FE6 mugs with blinking frames for some of them, so he deserves some credits)
Legault Assassin + Bow = Andy, SD9K
Jaffar Assassin+ Weapons = DerTheVaporeon, Glenwing, Andy, SD9K, Jj09 (The repo doesn’t say who did what, actually I only used the vanilla animation and the bow)
Female Hero Lance = Pushwall
Male Hero Lance = Pushwall
Amelia Halberdier = Spud, TBA, Black Mage, Temp, Wan
Male Halberdier = TBA
Female Soldier (Ponytail) = Dr0zz
Female Berserker = eCut, Skitty
Female Warrior = Temp
General + Weapons = TBA, DerTheVaporeon, GabrielKnight, JPN
Armored Brigand = TBA
Tethys + Sword = Circleseverywhere
Cleric Repalette = Eldritch Abomination
Priest Repalette = Eldritch Abomination
Bishop Repalette = Eldritch Abomination (Male and female)
(I could not find whoever made the Female Pirate animation I used, sadly)
16 Tracks, 12 sounds : Agro, Brendor
256 Color Title Background Installer : Leonarth
Convert Chapter Titles to Text : circleseverywhere
Actions After Support : 7743
Actions After Talk : 7743
HP Bars with Warnings : circleseverywhere
Lose item : Kaito, 7743
Alusq : Native Instrument Map 2
Thanks to :
BrightFlame (For occasional testing and giving his opinon)
Applejuice (For greatly helping me with maps, and almost everything else)
VI - Recruitment guide
I realize a few characters might be hard to notice, or to understand they’re recruitable, so in case you’re worried about missing anyone, here’s a recruitment guide :
Sylvester - Joins automatically from the start
Zweite - Joins automatically from the start
Chapter 1 :
Achille - Joins automatically during Turn 1
Magam - Talk with Zweite
Chapter 2 :
Lancelot - Joins automatically from the start
Laetitia - Talk with Sylvester
Chapter 3 :
Batto - Talk with Sylvester or Cazadora
Armaduro - Talk with Sylvester
Jess - Talk with Achille
Cazadora - Talk with Sylvester or Batto
Chapter 4 :
Vicieux - Joins automatically from the start
Lucy - Talk 3 times with Sylvester
Venemum - Visit house
Bill - Step into arena
Chapter 5 :
Starhuka - Joins automatically from the start
Martin - Open Leftmost door
Sally - Open rightmost door
Chapter 6 :
Hans - Talk with Zweite or Woody
Woody - Talk with Laetitia or Hans
Chapter 7 :
Yami - Joins automatically during Turn 3
Igor - Talk with Yami
Valkyr - Talk to Igor with Sylvester, then talk to her with Sylvester
Chapter 8 :
Alyssa - Talk with Igor during Ch7, keep her alive until the end of the chapter
Shell - Talk with Armaduro
Dick - Visit house
Arnold - Talk with Sylvester/Wait until turn 5
Tenebrice - Talk with Arnold/Wait until turn 5
Chapter 9 :
Arshan - Joins automatically from the start
Hercules - Joins automatically from the start
Lily - Joins automatically from the start
Octavia - Visit ruins
Chapter 10 :
Vertov - Joins automatically from the start
Barnaby - Joins automatically from the start
Sofia - Joins automatically from the start
VII - Known Issues
-During Ch5x, skipping the intro cutscene by pressing start prompts Eleonore to not actually die in a battle. This means she will remain a blue unit, only with 0 HP, and will die as soon as she engages battle, unless healed. I do not know how to fix this yet)
-During Ch10, the game will crash on Turn 2, Enemy phase.
VIII - Changelog
25/03/2020 UPDATE :
-New dialogues have been added, mostly to warn players about optional stuff. Going near the arena during Ch3, opening the doors during Ch5…
-Some class descriptions have been changed to better fit the comedic “Sylvester is telling the story to someone else” tone of the story. Dancers, Pirates, Brigands, Fighters, Berserkers, Myrmidons, Mages, Pupils, Swordmasters, Assassins, Mercenaries, Heroes, Summoners, Druids and Soldiers all have custom descriptions !
-Seven new playable characters that didn’t exist during the last patch were added, including Bill and Valkyr, who are both recruitable in the current patch !
-I’ve installed the latest skill patch update, which means Rally now offers a sexy-looking effect, and there’s an additional info screen showing characters’ age, height, and tastes. Every single playable character has this, and a few bosses too. In the future, everyone will.
-Ch5x has been greatly changed. Listing the changes would be too long, so it’s better for you to just experience it yourself. Additionally, Kuru and his team are introduced much earlier, at the end of Ch2.
-Supports have been changed. Most notably, Laetitia and Alyssa didn’t have supports in the last patch, which is now fixed. I have also decided to delete supports between the main characters (Sylvester, Zweite, Arnold and Arya) in order to avoid redundance, as their relationship already develops through the main story.
-Summoners can no longer summon. This caused lots of difficulties when promoting either Yami or Tenebrice, and wasn’t that important and/or interesting, so I got rid of it. They can now access to every type of magic, though, which greatly compensates for that, in my humble opinion.
-Of course, there’s the addition of Ch9 and Ch10, with everything that goes with it, including no less than 6 new characters !
Do you want to be a part of this train wreck I call a project ? Do you have Discord ? Then that’s great, 'cause here’s the project’s discord server : https://discord.gg/vCYEp5E
Thanks for your attention ! I hope you’ll have fun playing this hack, even with all its flaws !