So I’ve embarked on a new Fire Emblem Project, only this time I don’t want to quite do everything alone. Much like my last Fire Emblem fangame (Fall of Thabes), it’s going to be set in Archanea. But not in the distant past, instead it’s going to be set a after Mystery of the Emblem, focused on the nation of Pyrathi, where you fight your first dragon in the series. It’s a very brief plot point glossed over in Shadow Dragon (and literally skipped over in Old Mystery), but I think Marth’s actions in that chapter were highly immoral. He invaded and overthrew a non-belligerent, neutral nation who refused him asylum, and then, presumably, left it in complete chaos. Imagine if in Radiant Dawn, upon exiting the Kauku Caverns, Ike proceeded to slaughter all the Goldoians and marched onto their capital, killing Deghensea just because they refused to let him trespass on their land. Marth surely didn’t mean to do anything bad, but even with the best of intentions, he would realistically have created a huge mess in the aftermath.
So the game picks up a few years later where there are multiple factions striving for control of the land. These include
*The Mannu loyalists, religious cultists who worshipped Mannu as their god king and seek to reinstate a young manakete as their new king.
*New Age Radicals, people who think that Mannu’s overthrowing was a positive thing and want to force radical changes to the country (I’m thinking they might have been the ones responsible for the Wyrmslayer you find in that chapter in Shadow Dragon, having been a group that wanted to overthrow Mannu himself).
*Bandit King just trying to carve a name for himself in the chaos.
*Marth’s forces who see the territory as an annexed piece of Archanea and are trying to quell the violence but don’t really understand the people and are seen as outsiders by everyone.
*The protagonists, a sort of Dawn Brigade like group that don’t know how to fix things but are trying to help in any way they can.
The prologue takes place during the War of Shadows where you fight the Wolf Guard and expel Archanean forces from the land. Hardin tried to draft soldiers from Pyrathi during the war and responded to the resistance with force, which has further turned the people of Pyrathi against outsiders and Marth’s later attempts to bring peace to the region.
I’ve released five chapter so far, including the prologue, and I’ve also implemented the world map, which a lot of fan hacks seem to forgo. Now, in terms of recruitment, the project is free to work on from anyone who’s interested. But the thing I’m primarily interested in is someone to make portraits for it. There a lot of portraits available to use from the resources, but they’re all from different people and feature different styles. If at all possible, I’d love to have just one person, or two people with similar styles, do the portraits. There’s also going to be quite a few Archanea characters in the game, so if anyone already has experience or a back log of characters from Archanea done, then that would be great.
Maps are another thing I could get help with. I can definitely make maps myself, but I find it time consuming and other people can definitely make maps that visually look better than my own.
The last, and least important thing, is characters. Fall of Thabes had a relatively small cast, but I’m going to go more traditional Fire Emblem cast this time and have a good forty or fifty playable characters. I’ve already made a Thread on Serenes asking for suggestions for characters and received some positive feedback. So if there’s any character concept you’d like to see implemented into a fangame, especially if you’re willing to write supports for your character, then feel free to suggest it.
And that’s it. Below is the link to a ups patch (Sacred Stones, naturally) of the first five chapters. Even if you’re not interested in working on this project, I hope you continue to follow it and play it whenever I release updates.
And here is a link to the Discord Server