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FAQ/Walkthrough by VGAP

Version: 1.2 | Updated: 12/27/00

                  Fire Emblem: Lineage of Holy War
                              FAQ
                        written by VGAP
                        Version 1.2

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      What is Fire Emblem? It's a series of Strategy-RPGs that were
highly successful in Japan, but never made it to States (to the best of
my knowledge). Think Shining Force or Final Fantasy Tactics, and you get
the idea. Note that those games were actually made AFTER the first FE
came out (on Famicom system), and not vice versa. Thus, FE is the
inventor of this genre, and considered one of the best by Strategy-RPG
maniacs like me.
      Fire Emblem: Lineage of Holy War is the fourth work of the series,
and the second to the last installment on Super Famicom. This means that
its cartridge is rather hard to obtain (I found it in a second-hand game
shop in Tokyo), so unless you have got an emulator, you probably won't
ever get to play it. Also, it has lots of text so you better be able to
understand Japanese well.
      So why am I bothering to write this FAQ if so little Westerners
are aware of the game? It's because this series has been my favorite
for quite some time, and I want more people to enjoy this masterpiece.
If you like Strategy-RPGs and can understand Japanese, I strongly
encourage you to obtain means to play it, either with real game or via
emulators. I won't be responsible for any possible (though very
unlikely) legal repercussions from latter method, however. ^_^;
      A final note; I used as little Japanese as possible in this FAQ,
and used literal translation for the name of classes, Skills, items,
and such. They should hopefully be easily recognizable. Also, be aware
that there are LOTS of spoilers in this FAQ, especially in Characters
and Background Story sections.
      Send your feedback to <vg_ap@hotmail.com>. Hey, somebody is
reading this, right? Right? Hellooo? Anybody around here? ^_^;

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CONTENTS:

I: Version histories
II: Basics
      II-1: Terrain effects
      II-2: Movements after action
      II-3: Proximity effects
      II-4: Advantages and disadvantages between weapons and magics
      II-5: Attack ranges
      II-6: Critical hits
      II-7: Unit stats
      II-8: Things to do in a castle
            II-8-i: Blacksmiths
            II-8-ii: Tool shop
            II-8-iii: Fortuneteller
            II-8-iv: Coliseum
            II-8-v: Second-hand shop
            II-8-vi: Storage shop
      II-9: Experience points
      II-10: Class change
      II-11: Villages
III: Classes
      III-1: Basic classes 
      III-2: Enemy-only classes
IV: Characters
      IV-1: Characters for your army 
            IV-1-i: First generation characters (from prologue to
                  chapter 5)
            IV-1-ii: Second generation characters (from chapter 6 to
                   epilogue)
      IV-2: Characters that will not be in your army
V: Skills
      V-1: Descriptions for each Skills
      V-2: Useful Skill combinations
      V-3: How Skills are inherited
VI: Items
      VI-1: Swords
      VI-2: Spears
      VI-3: Axes
      VI-4: Bows
      VI-5: Fire magics
      VI-6: Thunder magics
      VI-7: Wind magics
      VI-8: Light magics
      VI-9: Dark magics
      VI-10: Wands
      VI-11: Accessories
      VI-12: Broken Weapons
VII: Coupling
      VII-1: Inheritance details
      VII-2: Matchmaking methods
      VII-3: Best coupling
            VII-3-i: Eddin
            VII-3-ii: Ayra
            VII-3-iii: Lachesis
            VII-3-iv: Sylvia
            VII-3-v: Fury
            VII-3-vi: Brigit
            VII-3-vii: Tiltu
      VII-4: Substitute characters
VIII: Strategy guides for each chapter *INCOMPLETE*
IX: Tips and hints *INCOMPLETE*
X: Background story *INCOMPLETE*
XI: Frequently asked questions
XII: Disclaimer/credits

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I: Version histories

Version 1.2: I listed the initial levels for player characters in
Characters section and wrote the Coupling section. Not much compared to
the past updates, huh? ^_^;

Version 1.1: I added the non-player characters in Characters section and
wrote the Skills, Items, and FAQs sections. I also expanded the
Disclaimer section to include credits to those who contributed to this
FAQ. Hopefully this version will generate as many responses as the first
one did...

Version 1.0: Only about half of what I planned is finished. If I get
feedback that wants me to continue writing this, I will. So far, only
sections I through IV are completed along with disclaimer at the end.

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II: Basics

      Fire Emblem is a simulation of war. You have units (think of them
like chessmen in chess) that can move and perform various actions such
as attacking, using magic, changing weapons, and so forth. A unit will
turn gray once you use it, and you won't be able to use it again within
that turn (there is a notable exception to this by using Dancer's Dance
skill).
      Once you have used all the units you want, it will then be your
enemy's turn. Computer AI will be your opponent, and they are pretty
darn smart. Once your enemy finishes his turn, it will then be allied
army's turn (if there are any), then neutral army's turn (again, if
there are any; usually it's just you and your enemy). Once every side
has finished their turn, you can use your units again. This cycle
continues on either until you win (by conquering enemy castles) or lose
(by having your leader unit die or having your base castle conquered).
      Sounds simple, right? Well, if you have played any Strategy-RPG
before, then you KNOW that's anything but easy. There are many factors
and random elements that can upset your plan unless you play it really
well. Let's cover some basic knowledge, shall we?

II-1: Terrain effects

      Depending on what kind of terrain you're standing on, you either
get a plus or minus on your Dodge %. Here's a list of all the terrains
you will come across:

      Deep Forest : +40
      Mountain    : +30
      Castle      : +30
      Forest      : +20
      Village     : +20
      Church      : 0
      Castle Gate : 0
      Desert      : 0
      Plain       : 0
      Road        : -10
      Bridge      : -10
      River       : -30
      Ocean       : -30
      Cliff       : None
      High Mt.    : None

      As you can see, places where you can move and hide under things
easily have high pluses, while places where you are in a plain view
and/or your movements are restricted have high minuses.
      Another thing to remember about terrains is that some places are
harder to move through, and vice versa. You can move quicker (advance
more spaces per turn) in road or bridge, while in forest or mountain
your movements are hindered. Also, some terrains can't be accessed at
all by some units, and cliffs and high mountains can be used only by
flying units.
      Finally, on the subject of flying units, they can move over any
terrains without any difficulties (this means that the speed they move
over road and ocean are same), but they can't get terrain effects'
Dodge % plusses/minuses either.

II-2: Movements after action

      Units that are riding some sort of animal (horses, dragons, etc.)
can move even after they have attacked or used magic. This feature can
be very useful for hit-and-run tactics. Units on foot do not have this
ability unless they have a special item called "Knight Ring".

II-3: Proximity effects

      Every army has its leaders, though not necessarily present at
front line. Their value as a leader is expressed in stars in status
screen. The more stars he/she has, the more trusted he/she is. Units
within 3 spaces of the leader will get plusses in Hit % and Dodge %.
The amount of these bonuses are affected by # of stars the leader has:

      One star    : 0
      Two stars   : +10
      Three stars : +20
      Four stars  : +30
      Five stars  : +40

      A unit with Charisma skill can also activate this effect, with
exactly the same values as two stars.
      Another proximity effect that can occur is when a unit has his/her
sibling or lover within 3 spaces, and either case will create the same
effect as two-stars proximity effect. If those units are directly next
to each other (no diagonals), they can sometimes invoke a powerful
attack that has the same effect as the Critical Skill.
      Finally, these effects add up on each other, so in theory, you
can give a unit +80 Hit % and Dodge % bonuses... But since very few
commanders have 5 stars, and Charisma skill is very rare, this is
impossible to achieve in the game.

II-4: Advantages and disadvantages between weapons and magics

      There are 4 types of weapons and 5 types of magics in this game.
Each of them usually have weapons that they are strong against, and also
those that they are weak against. To be specific, consult the following
chart:

            Weapons:
            Sword beat Ax
            Ax beat Spear
            Spear beat Sword

            Magics:
            Fire beat Wind
            Wind beat Thunder
            Thunder beat Fire
            Light and Dark beat Fire, Wind, and Thunder

      What kind of advantage do you exactly get? The one with advantage
will get +20 bonuses in Hit % and Dodge %. This may not sound like much,
but in reality it can mean a difference between life and death.
      What about Bow, the 4th weapon? It doesn't have any advantages nor
disadvantages against other weapons.

II-5: Attack ranges

      All weapons have set ranges for it. Melee weapons, such as swords,
axes, and spears can be used only when the unit is directly next to
enemy unit. Bows must be used one space away from the target; at close
range, they are completely useless. All magics, and some special melee
weapons, can be used both when next to the opponent or when one space
away.
      Also, there exist enemy-only-units called Long Arch that can
attack enemies that are 3~10 spaces away from it. Long Arches' attacks
are much like bows, except that they are less likely to hit. There are
even some enemy-only magics that have the same kind of range.

II-6: Critical hits

      If certain conditions are met, the attacker's attack power
doubles, thus doing at least twice of the normal damage. The easiest
and most common way to achieve this effect is to attack a flying unit
with bow. Certain other weapons can also do critical hits against
specific units.
      The above methods are "guaranteed" ways of doing critical hits.
But with "Critical" skill or any weapon that can grant its user that
skill, a unit can pull off critical hits based on his/her Technique
value. Note that ALL weapons can achieve this effect if it has killed
at least 50 opponents, and the more the better. The number of opponents
killed by a particular weapon is displayed by a number besides * mark
shown in status screen.

II-7: Unit stats

      If you press X with your cursor on a unit, you can see its stats,
even if it's an enemy unit. These attributes can be described as
follows:

      Level : the unit's current Level, with accumulated Experience
            Points in parenthesis
      HP    : Current HP on left, and Maximum HP on right
      Attack: a symbol for the equipped weapon, and how much Attack
            Power the unit has; this is the sum of Strength/Magic Power
            and weapon's power
      Hit % : Technique X 2 + weapon's base Hit %
      Range : how much Range the equipped weapon allows
     Dodge %: Speed X 2 - weapon's weight + Luck
Strength    : how physically powerful the unit is; affects Attack Power
Magic Power : how magically powerful the unit is; affects Attack Power
Technique   : how experienced the unit is; affects Hit %
      Speed : how fast the unit is; affects Dodge %
      Luck  : how lucky the character is; affects Dodge %
Defense     : how well the unit can shrug off physical attacks
Magic Def.  : how well the unit can shrug off magical attacks

      Knowing how these values affect the unit's performance is
extremely important.

II-8: Things to do in a castle

      When a unit is visiting a castle or staying at the base castle, it
can use various shops and services available at the place. Note that
not every castle has all of features described here.

II-8-i: Blacksmiths

      All weapons wear down after excessive use. You need to keep them
fixed well by blacksmiths, or you can end up with a broken weapon!
Naturally, the more powerful the weapon is, the more expensive it gets
to fix it.

II-8-ii: Tool shop

      Sells weapons and a few items. A good place to visit whenever you
are in a new chapter. You can only buy things that you can actually use;
no magic wand for a swordsman!

II-8-iii: Fortuneteller

      The old magician can predict who the unit is romantically
interested in, what is his/her winning record, and, in the second part
of the game, can tell of his/her parents' names. All services free!

II-8-iv: Coliseum

      Fight for money and experience! Provide your own weapons, please.
Your opponent gets stronger as the story progresses. All coliseums in a
chapter have the same opponents, no matter in which place you access
them. A unit can fight up to seven opponents in a chapter for a total
of 17500 Gold. Predictably, the opponents get tougher in latter fights
and offer more money for reward.

II-8-v: Second-hand shop

      Here a unit can sell his/her unnecessary stuff, or buy somebody
else's pre-owned item. Like in tool shop, you can only buy stuff that
you can actually use.

II-8-vi: Storage shop

      You can store your weapons and items here, but nobody else can
access it. No charge for service here, either.

II-9: Experience Points

      It's a fundamental rule of any RPG that the higher your Level is,
the easier the going will be (well, okay, there are a few exceptions,
but not in this game). In FE, there are four ways to earn Experience
Points:

      1:) Fight with an enemy unit
      2:) Use a magic wand
      3:) Rescue a civilian
      4:) Use a Dance Skill

      In the case of first method, there are three possible results, and
they all differ in the amount of Experience Points you earn:

      1:) Your attack(s) miss the opponent (no Experience Points
      earned)
      2:) Your attack(s) damage the opponent, but doesn't kill it
      (Experience Points equal to (Opponent's Level - Your Level + 10)
      earned)
      3:) Your attack(s) damage the opponent and kill it (Experience
      Points equal to ((Opponent's Level - Your Level + 15) X 2) earned)

      In the second method, by using a magic wand, you get a
predetermined Experience Points for using that magic. The more powerful
the magic is, the more Experience Points you get. You advance a Level
with every 100 points.

      On some chapters, there will be some helpless civilians escaping
from enemy soldiers. You can go next to them and choose the "Rescue"
command and advance a Level. This is a great way to raise weak units.

      Finally, Dancers can get 10 Experience Points every time they
dance, regardless of her level.

II-10: Class change

      When a unit reaches Level 20 or higher, he/she can advance onto
a higher class at base castle. This can bring all sorts of improvements,
from added bonuses in attributes, new weapons, new skills, and even new
movement ranges. It's safe to say that as soon as you reach Level 20,
it's better to change your class at the earliest opportunity.

II-11: Villages

      Scattered throughout every battlefield are villages, which are
targeted by Thieves and other unruly enemy units. It can last 10 turns
before it is completely destroyed. Send a unit to "Liberate" them, and
you will get some money for your trouble. The amount you get is directly
proportional to how well intact the village is, so don't be lazy and
save them as quickly as possible! You also get information and,
sometimes, items from villages.

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III: Classes

      Classes are equivalent of Jobs in FF Tactics. They are basic
classifications of what a unit is like. Some classes are really strong
but have peculiar weaknesses, and some classes are very weak but have
unique abilities. It's important to understand what each class is like,
in order to form the best strategy possible.

III-1: Basic classes

      These are classes available to your army. They are listed in a
following format:

             class title
Characters  : what characters are of/can be this class
Weapon Level: what weapons they can use, and how good they are at it
Movement    : how many spaces they can move when on plain
Class Change: what class they can change into, or what bonuses they get
Evaluation  : my overall opinion of the class

             Junior Lord
Characters  : Celis
Weapon Level: Sword*
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Lord Knight
Evaluation  : Weak at first, but grows at an impressive rate.

             Lord Knight
Characters  : Celis, Sigurd
Weapon Level: Sword*, SpearB
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+5, Technique+2, Speed+2, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : A very useful unit. Celis especially will be almost
            unstoppable.

             Lance Knight
Characters  : Finn
Weapon Level: SpearB
Movement    : Horse, 8
Class Change: Duke Knight
Evaluation  : Fairly useful as a bait/wall.

             Duke Knight
Characters  : Finn, Cuan
Weapon Level: SpearA (* for Cuan)
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+5, Technique+1, Speed+1, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : A beefed-up version of Lance Knight. Good defense.

             Sword Armor
Characters  : Aidan
Weapon Level: SwordB
Movement    : Walking, 5
Class Change: General
Evaluation  : Strong, hard, and slow as hell. Use as a wall and nothing
            else.

             General
Characters  : Aidan, Hannival
Weapon Level: SwordA, SpearA, AxB, BowB
Movement    : Walking, 5
Class Change: Strength+1, Technique+1, Speed+2, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Stronger, harder, and still too slow. Has a Big Shield
            skill.

             Social Knight
Characters  : Alec, Noicht, Ares
Weapon Level: SwordB (* for Ares), SpearC
Movement    : Horse, 8
Class Change: Paladin
Evaluation  : Generic cavalry soldiers. Never too strong.

             Paladin (from Social Knight)
Characters  : Alec, Noicht, Ares, Oyphe
Weapon Level: SwordB (* for Ares, A for Oyphe), SpearB
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+2, Magic Power+5, Technique+3, Speed+3,
            Defense+3, Magic Def.+5
Evaluation  : Somewhat stronger, good against mages.

             Troubadour
Characters  : Etherine, Nanna
Weapon Level: SwordA, WandC
Movement    : Horse, 8
Class Change: Paladin
Evaluation  : More useful than Social Knights, they can dive in middle
            of front line, heal someone, and return to safety.

             Paladin (from Troubadour)
Characters  : Etherine, Nanna
Weapon Level: SwordA, WandC, SpearC
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+6, Magic Power+2, Technique+3, Speed+3,
            Defense+6, Magic Def.+2
Evaluation  : Equip good sword, and they can fight as well as heal!

             Ax Knight
Characters  : Rex, Johan
Weapon Level: AxB
Movement    : Horse, 8
Class Change: Great Knight
Evaluation  : Good as a substitute for Sword Armor and General. Don't
            expect them to dodge many attacks.

             Great Knight
Characters  : Rex, Johan
Weapon Level: AxA
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+5, Technique+1, Speed+1, Defense+4, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Great Attack Power and Defense, but hampered by heavy ax.

             Free Knight
Characters  : Beowulf, Delmudd
Weapon Level: SwordB (A for Delmudd)
Movement    : Horse, 8
Class Change: Forrest Knight
Evaluation  : Faster than Lance Knight or Ax knight, but not as strong.

             Forrest Knight
Characters  : Beowulf, Delmudd
Weapon Level: SwordA
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class change: Strength+1, Technique+9, Speed+6, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Much better than Free Knight. Gets a Rapid Hit skill.

             Arch Knight
Characters  : Midiel, Lester
Weapon Level: BowB
Movement    : Horse, 8
Class Change: Bow Knight
Evaluation  : Very useful for hit-and-run tactic.

             Bow Knight
Characters  : Midiel, Lester
Weapon Level: BowA
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+3, Technique+2, Speed+2, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Same role as Arch Knight, but even more powerful.

             Pegasus Knight
Characters  : Fury, Fee
Weapon Level: SwordB, SpearB
Movement    : Flying, 8
Class Change: Falcon Knight
Evaluation  : One of the few flying units you get. Watch out for arrows!

             Falcon Knight
Characters  : Fury, Fee
Weapon Level: SwordA, SpearA, WandC
Movement    : Flying, 8
Class Change: Magic Power+7, Technique+3, Speed+3, Defense+1,
            Magic Def.+5
Evaluation  : Think as Paladin on pegasus. Good against mages.

             Princess
Characters  : Lachesis
Weapon Level: SwordA, WandC
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Master Knight
Evaluation  : Unimpressive at first, but wait until class change...

             Master Knight (from Princess)
Characters  : Lachesis
Weapon Level: LightC, can't use Dark, everything else A
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+7, Technique+7, Speed+4, Defense+7
Evaluation  : Can do anything from attack to heal. Gets a Pursuit skill.

             Prince
Characters  : Leef
Weapon Level: SwordA
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Master Knight
Evaluation  : Useless at first, but raise his levels and...

             Master Knight (from Prince)
Characters  : Leef
Weapon Level: LightC, can't use Dark, everything else A
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+4, Magic Power+4, Technique+5, Speed+6,
            Defense+5, Magic Def.+4
Evaluation  : A very powerful class. Need I say more? Gets a Pursuit
            skill.

             Mage
Characters  : Azel, Arthur, Tinny
Weapon Level: FireC (B for Azel, and Arthur and Tinny as well if Azel is
            their father), ThunderC (B for Arthur and Tinny), WindC
            (Arthur will have Wind* and Tinny will have WindB if Levin
            is their father)
Movement    : Walking, 5
Class Change: Mage Knight
Evaluation  : Great against Armors, but weak Defense rating.

             Mage Knight
Characters  : Azel, Arthur
Weapon Level: FireB (A for Azel, and Arthur as well if Azel is his
            father), ThunderB (A for Arthur), Wind B (Arthur will have
            Wind* if Levin is his father), SwordB (Arthur will have
            SwordA if Holin is his father)
Movement    : Horse, 9
Class Change: Strength+5, Magic Power+3, Technique+1, Speed+1,
            Defense+4, Magic Def.+2
Evaluation  : Even better than Bow Knight for hit-and-run tactic.

             Thunder Mage
Characters  : Tiltu
Weapon Level: ThunderA
Movement    : Walking, 5
Class Change: Mage Fighter
Evaluation  : Thunder-magic only. Not very useful.

             Mage Fighter
Characters  : Tiltu, Tinny 
Weapon Level: FireB (FireA for Tinny if Azel is her father), ThunderA,
            WindB (WindA for Tinny if Levin is her father), SwordC
            (SwordB for Tinny if Holin is her father), WandB (WandA for
            Tinny if Claude is her father)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Strength+3, Magic Power+5, Technique+3, Speed+6,
            Defense+4, Magic Def.+5
Evaluation  : Gets a Rapid Hit skill. Not a major powerhouse.

             Bow Fighter
Characters  : Jamka, Faval
Weapon Level: BowB (Bow* for Faval)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Sniper
Evaluation  : Stronger than Arch Knight, but on foot. Take your pick.

             Sniper
Characters  : Jamka, Faval, Brigit 
Weapon Level: BowA (Bow* for Faval and Brigit)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Power+5, Technique+2, Speed+2, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Bow expert; great against flying units.

             Thief
Characters  : Deu, Patty 
Weapon Level: SwordC
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Thief Fighter
Evaluation  : Can steal money by attacking. Weak combat abilities.
            They can give their money to any unit in your army.

             Thief Fighter
Characters  : Deu, Patty 
Weapon Level: SwordA
Movement    : Walking, 7
Class Change: Strength+4, Magic Power+3, Technique+4, Speed+5,
            Defense+4, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : So-so at fighting, but more opportunity to steal. Also
            gets a Pursuit skill. 

             Sword Fighter
Characters  : Ayra, Holin, Skasaha, Lakche 
Weapon Level: SwordA (Sword* for Skasaha and Lakche if Holin is their
            father)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Sword Master/Forrest
Evaluation  : Great fighters. Only weakness is magic.

             Forrest
Characters  : Holin, Skasaha
Weapon Level: SwordA (Sword* for Skasaha if Holin is his father)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Strength+5, Magic Power+3, Technique+2, Speed+2,
            Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Sword professional. Balanced abilities.

             Sword Master
Characters  : Ayra, Shannon, Lakche
Weapon Level: SwordA (Sword* for Shannon, and also Lakche if Holin is
            her father)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Strength+5, Technique+5, Speed+5, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Rarely leaves an enemy alive. Gets a Rapid Hit skill.

             Priest
Characters  : Eddin, Rana, Corple
Weapon Level: WandB (WandA for Corple, and Wand* if Claude is his
            father, and WandA for Rana as well if Claude is her father)
Movement    : Walking, 5
Class Change: High Priest
Evaluation  : Good at healing and nothing else.

             High Priest
Characters  : Eddin, Rana, Corple, Claude
Weapon Level: WandA (Wand* for Claude, and Corple too if Claude is his
            father), FireC (FireB for Corple and Rana if Azel is their
            father), ThunderC, WindC (Wind* for Corple and WindB for
            Rana if Levin is their father)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Magic Power+5, Technique+3, Speed+2, Defense+2,
            Magic Def.+1
Evaluation  : Healing expert, but usually not good at combat.

             Ax Fighter
Characters  : Johalvier
Weapon Level: AxB
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Warrior
Evaluation  : Like Sword Armor, but with Ax. Don't expect much.

             Warrior
Characters  : Johalvier
Weapon Level: AxA, BowB
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Strength+3, Technique+2, Speed+2, Defense+2, Magic Def.+3
Evaluation  : Good defense and strength, but not much else.

             Dragon Knight
Characters  : Althena
Weapon Level: SwordA, Spear*
Movement    : Flying, 9
Class Change: Dragon Master
Evaluation  : Extremely weak to bows and magics, strong against
            everything else.

             Dragon Master
Characters  : Althena
Weapon Level: SwordA, Spear*
Movement    : Flying, 9
Class Change: Strength+2, Technique+2, Speed+1, Defense+3
Evaluation  : Still weak against bows and magics, but invincible
            against everything else.

             Bard
Characters  : Levin
Weapon Level: FireC, ThunderC, Wind*, LightC
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Sage
Evaluation  : A very fast wind mage. Great Dodge %.

             Sage (from Bard)
Characters  : Levin, Sety
Weapon Level: FireB (FireA for Sety if Azel is his father), ThunderB,
            WindB (Wind* for Levin and Sety too if Levin is his father),
            LightB, WandB (Wand* for Sety if Claude is his father)
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Magic Power+8, Technique+5, Speed+5, Magic Def.+5
Evaluation  : Can fight and heal, and they are good at both. Gets a
            Pursuit skill.

             Shaman
Characters  : Diadra, Julia 
Weapon Level: WandB, Light*
Movement    : Walking, 5
Class Change: Sage
Evaluation  : A class for heroines. Incredible Magic and Magic Def.

             Sage (from Shaman)
Characters  : Julia 
Weapon Level: WandB, FireA, ThunderB, WindB, Light*
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: Magic Power+7, Technique+5, Speed+8, Magic Def.+2
Evaluation  : Invincible against magic. Gets a Pursuit skill.

             Dancer
Characters  : Sylvia, Lynn 
Weapon Level: SwordC
Movement    : Walking, 6
Class Change: None
Evaluation  : Extremely weak, but can use the skill "Dance". Cannot
            change her class.

III-2: Enemy-only classes

      Classes like Lord Knight and Dancer are available only to you, the
player. So it makes sense that the enemy side will have some classes
that you can't have, right? These are enemy-only classes that you will
face in the game, in alphabetical order:

Armor
      Sword Armor minus sword plus spear. Use your Mages.

Ax Armor
      Sword Armor minus sword plus ax. Are you starting to see the
      pattern?

Barbarian
      They are nothing more than Ax Fighters with a different name. Mow
      them down with your swordsmen.

Baron
      Generals that can use magic. Lots of bosses are of this class.

Bishop
      Think High Priest and Sage fused together. Not as scary as it
      sounds.

Bow Armor
      Sword Armor minus sword plus bow. Surprise, surprise.

Civilian
      Not really enemies, but innocents you must rescue. Each of them is
      worth 100 Experience points!

Dark Bishop
      Bishops that use Dark magics. Not to be underestimated.

Dark Mage
      Mages that specialize in Dark magic. Watch out!

Dark Prince
      A special class reserved only for the last boss of the game,
      Julius. Even the strongest of the units are nothing more than
      flies to him.

Dragon Rider
      A step below Dragon Knight. Shoot them down with bow.

Emperor
      Only Arvis gets to be this class. Mega-powerful.

Fire Mage
      Mages that specialize in Fire magic. Use Thunder spells against
      them.

Hunter
      Like Barbarian, but with bow instead of ax. Not too difficult to
      deal with.

Long Arch
      Immobile unit that has LONG range. Keep your flying units away.

Mountain Thief
      Just like Barbarian, except that they can destroy villages.

Pirate
      Barbarian-wannabe that can move over ocean very slowly.

Queen
      Female version of Baron? Hilda-only class.

Wind Mage
      Mage that specialize in Wind magic. Use Fire spells against them.

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IV: Characters

      Every Strategy-RPG needs a cast of interesting characters. FE4 has
a whole lot of characters, ranging from those that help you to those
that you must defeat. Know both your allies and enemies; that's the
first step to the victory!

IV-1: Characters for your army

      Below are the characters that you can get in your army. Each of
them are quite unique, and can grow into either a powerful individual or
a fifth wheel of your army. Let's aim for the former, and know them well
for success!

      Each of these characters will be described in the following
format:

      Name  : well, duh
Background  : why he/she fights
Personality : what he/she is like
Class/Level : what class the character is, his/her initial level, and
            what he/she can change into
Heritage    : what Holy Blood the character has inherited (in second
            generation characters, this varies a LOT); if a star is by
            it, that means that character can use the legendary weapon
            that belonged to that particular Holy Warrior
Recruiting  : how and when you get that character
      Items : what items the character is recommended to use
      Skill : what Skill(s) the character has
Stats Growth: what attributes will grow big, and what will not (this is
            also very variable in second generation characters)
Romance     : who his/her recommended lover is
Comment     : my personal comment
Substitute  : (only for fourteen of second generation characters) the
            description of the substitute character in case the real
            character's mother died or struck out

IV-1-i: First generation characters (from prologue to chapter 5)

      Name  : Sigurd
Background  : He's son of the duke of Sialfy. He has been left
            responsible for the castle while his father is away, but
            gets involved in intercontinental war while trying to rescue
            Eddin, his childhood friend.
Personality : He, like all RPG heroes, has a strong sense of justice
            and tries to live his life according to chivalry. However,
            he's rather vulnerable to beautiful women. This doesn't mean
            he's a flirt, he's just easily smitten.
Class/Level : Lord Knight LV5
Heritage    : Baldo*
Recruiting  : He is your main character; hence, you start out with him.
      Items : His main weapon would be the Silver Sword he gets from
            Arvis. Return Ring is a MUST. Barrier Ring would be good as
            well, but not necessary. He gets Tilfing at chapter 5, but
            won't get much opportunity to use it. He can also use spears
            up to level B, but he probably won't need it.
      Skill : Pursuit
Stats Growth: All of his attributes rise rather quickly, except for
            Magic Defense. Keep in mind that he can't change his class,
            so none of his stats will really max out.
Romance     : Due to the plot, he's stuck with Diadra and can't court
            any other women. Kinda sad, isn't it?
Comment     : Sigurd can be considered a "worthy leader", and he can
            always stand at the front-line to lead his troops. In fact,
            you may need to hold him back at the beginning, since he
            might hog all the Experience Points to himself and hinder
            the development of other units.

      Name  : Alec
Background  : A knight serving Sigurd. He may not seem very knight-like,
            but he is ready to follow his lord anywhere.
Personality : Calm and cool, with an easygoing air. He has a big mouth
            too.
Class/Level : Social Knight LV2 -> Paladin
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He starts out with Sigurd.
      Items : Get Sigurd's Steel Sword as quickly as possible, because
            he's going to need it. Iron/Steel Spear would also be good
            to use against swordsmen. Power Ring would help him a lot,
            but you probably won't be able to spare him one.
      Skill : Pursuit, Nullify
Stats Growth: His Speed and Technique rise fairly quickly, but others
            are either dead average or even lower.
Romance     : He has a special Talk event with Sylvia, and will likely
            end up with her if nobody else claims her. But a more
            recommended mate would be Fury.
Comment     : Alec is definitely NOT someone you can rely on. But he's
            the only character other than Diadra that has the Nullify
            skill, so his skills might come in handy for his children.

      Name  : Noicht
Background  : Also a knight serving Sigurd, he's Alec's good partner
            and rival. It goes without saying that he has sworn his life
            to Sigurd.
Personality : Passionate and full of honor. Doesn't talk much unless
            needed.
Class/Level : Social Knight LV3 -> Paladin
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He starts out with Sigurd.
      Items : His initial weapon is Steel Sword, and he can't equip
            much of better weapons. A spear might come in handy, but
            not an absolute must. Speed Ring is recommended to take
            advantage of his Charge skill. Defense Sword will also be
            handy for him.
      Skill : Charge, Critical
Stats Growth: Strength and Defense rise fairly well, but nothing else is
            noteworthy.
Romance     : Unlike Alec, Noicht doesn't really seem to care about
            opposite sex. But he would make an excellent mate for Ayra
            and Lachesis.
Comment     : Noicht is somewhat more useful than Alec, but not by much.
            If you raise him well, he can be used as a wall/bait.

      Name  : Aidan
Background  : Another knight serving Sigurd, and another loyal follower
            of him.
Personality : Sensitive about his natural slowness. Nevertheless, he's
            still a noble knight.
Class/Level : Sword Armor LV3 -> General
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He starts out with Sigurd.
      Items : He doesn't really need anything other than his Iron Sword,
            but after the class change, you might want to give him a
            spear or bow. In chapter 2, he gets Pursuit Ring, but other
            characters can make better use of it.
      Skill : Ambush, Big Shield (after class change)
Stats Growth: His HP, Strength, and Defense rise at impressive rates,
            but other stats are horrible.
Romance     : Pity the girl who ends up with him! ^_^ Actually, his
            Ambush skill will be useful for Tiltu, and his stats growth
            rates come in handy for Ayra's son, Skasaha.
Comment     : Aidan might seem bothersome, but he's one of the best
            characters to use as a wall. Just watch out for enemy mages!

      Name  : Azel
Background  : He's a younger half-brother of Arvis, the duke of
            Beltomer. He uses Sigurd's need of help as an excuse for a
            chance to get closer to Eddin.
Personality : He respects and fears Arvis, admires Sigurd's leadership,
            and is in love with Eddin. Your average wimpy mage-prince.
Class/Level : Mage LV1 -> Mage Knight
Heritage    : Fala
Recruiting  : He comes to Sigurd's aid in second turn of prologue.
      Items : Specialize him in Fire magic. To deal more damage with
            his magic, a Magic Ring is also recommended.
      Skill : Pursuit
Stats Growth: His Speed and Magic Power is quite impressive, making
            him quite a useful character. Change his class as quickly
            as possible, because he's GOOD!
Romance     : Initially, he's in love with Eddin, but he actually makes
            a better lover for Tiltu. Other than that, don't bother.
Comment     : Don't be fooled by his weak attitude; Azel can be quite
            deadly, especially in early stages, when enemies are very
            vulnerable against magic.

      Name  : Rex
Background  : He's the second son of Langbart, the duke of Dozel. He
            tags along with Azel because he doesn't get along with his
            family.
Personality : Rather cynical in nature, but loyal to his friends.
            Uncaring of his royal heritage, probably because he won't
            get the throne anyway due to being the second son.
Class/Level : Ax Knight LV4 -> Great Knight
Heritage    : Neir
Recruiting  : He joins in with Azel.
      Items : Give him any and all axes you get. The best one is the
            Hero Ax he gets in chapter 1. He can be twice as strong with
            Pursuit Ring.
      Skill : Ambush, Elite
Stats Growth: Rex has one of the best growth rates in the game. His
            Defense becomes higher than Aidan's! Of course, his Magic
            Def. isn't all that high... But that's the norm for non-mage
            characters.
Romance     : He has some feelings for Ayra, and would make a good mate
            for her. Another excellent choice is Tiltu.
Comment     : Don't underestimate Rex. With a little tweaking, he can
            rival Sigurd or even Ayra. Just watch out for swordsmen!

      Name  : Cuan
Background  : Prince of Lenster, and brother-in-law of Sigurd. Upon
            hearing Sigurd's plight, he runs in for aid. Their
            friendship was formed during their time as cadets.
Personality : Much like Sigurd, he's your typical "noble prince" sort
            of guy. Firm and confident to the point of almost sounding
            arrogant.
Class/Level : Duke Knight LV4
Heritage    : Noba*
Recruiting  : He automatically appears in the third turn of prologue.
      Items : He doesn't really need anything other than what he
            already has, but a Shield Ring would be nice. He gets
            Geyborg in chapter 3 but will have very little time to use
            it.
      Skill : Rapid Hit
Stats Growth: Well-balanced growth rates, with particularly high
            Strength and Defense. The only things he lacks are
            Magic Defense and Luck. Note that he can't change his class,
            so you might want to hold him back a little.
Romance     : He's stuck with Etherine from the moment he appears.
            Hence, he doesn't really have any choice in the matter.
Comment     : Cuan is great against sword-users, but often doesn't
            finish an opponent unless his Rapid Hit skill activates.
            Still, he makes a great front-line fighter.

      Name  : Etherine
Background  : Younger sister of Sigurd, and married to Cuan. Quite
            obviously, she fights to help her brother and family.
Personality : She's a proper lady from head to toe, but also has a bit
            of fierce streak within. 
Class/Level : Troubadour LV1 -> Paladin
Heritage    : Bardo
Recruiting  : She joins in with Cuan.
      Items : The main weapon for her would be the Light Sword she gets
            from Diadra in chapter 2. Other than that, she probably
            won't need anything beyond her initial inventory.
      Skill : Critical
Stats Growth: She grows at balanced rates, but isn't as good as her
            brother or husband. Magic Def. rises slightly quicker than
            average.
Romance     : She's already Cuan's wife, so there's nothing you can do
            with her.
Comment     : She isn't as weak as she appears, but there's no denying
            she's meant for a support role. Use her for healing when
            things are too dangerous for Priests.

      Name  : Finn
Background  : As an apprentice knight of Lenster, he follows Cuan both
            for support and training. Later on, he will be guiding
            Cuan's son, Leef, as a mentor.
Personality : He is very loyal to Cuan and the kingdom of Lenster.
            Idolizes Cuan, and tries to be like him.
Class/Level : Lance Knight LV1 -> Duke Knight
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He joins in with Cuan. Also rejoins in automatically in
            the beginning of chapter 7.
      Items : His best weapon is Hero Spear he gets from Cuan in chapter
            2. Other than that he doesn't need anything, but a Shield
            Ring would come in handy.
      Skill : Pursuit, Prayer
Stats Growth: Strong Luck and Technique, weak Magic Defense, and average
            in everything else.
Romance     : He can make a lover either in first half or second half,
            but not both (Sorry, no adultery!). In first half, Lachesis
            is recommended, while in second half, he has a rather slim
            chance with Althena, Cuan's daughter.
Comment     : Finn is the only character you can use in both parts of
            the game. He isn't a powerhouse, but you better raise him
            well because he has to protect Leef and Nanna in chapter 7.

      Name  : Midiel
Background  : A knight of Yungvi, serving under Eddin. He joins Sigurd
            after failing to protect his lady, and tries to get her
            back.
Personality : He is almost obsessed with Eddin, but is a noble knight
            in his own right.
Class/Level : Arch Knight LV2 -> Bow Knight
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He starts out as your ally, but is defeated by his
            enemy at the end of first turn of prologue. Once you conquer
            castle of Yungvi he recovers and joins automatically.
      Items : He starts out with Iron Bow, which isn't very good, so
            you should get something better like Silver Bow. If he
            manages to score with Eddin, he gets Hero Bow from her in
            chapter 4.
      Skill : Pursuit, Charge
Stats Growth: His Luck and HP are low, but other stats rise just fine,
            especially his Speed.
Romance     : Midiel is madly in love with his lady, Eddin. But if he
            gets dumped, he will make a move on her sister, Brigit. He
            makes a good father in either case.
Comment     : Don't underrate this guy. Midiel is THE unit for
            hit-and-run attack, and will be extremely valuable as a
            support.

      Name  : Eddin
Background  : She is a duchess of Yungvi and also a childhood friend of
            Sigurd. She is kidnapped at prologue, but Jamka lets her
            escape in chapter 1.
Personality : The very picture of "damsel in distress." She is nice to
            everyone and very selfless.
Class/Level : Priest LV3 -> High Priest
Heritage    : Ulir
Recruiting  : She escapes from her kidnappers in second turn of chapter
            one.
      Items : If it's a wand, Eddin will most likely be able to use it.
            You might want to give her some attack magic if you can
            spare it.
      Skill : none
Stats Growth: Her Luck and HP rise rather quickly, but other than that
            don't count on much.
Romance     : She is literally the idol of your troops; hey, she got
            three men to join just for her! Either Jamka or Midiel will
            be a good husband for her, with a slight recommendation of
            Midiel. Don't bother with Azel.
Comment     : Eddin is great as a support, but NEVER put her on front
            line. Also, be sure to keep her pocket filled with money,
            because she can't fight in coliseum until she changes her
            class!

      Name  : Deu
Background  : A thief caught in Marfa Castle. Thanks to Eddin's begging,
            Jamka lets him go as well.
Personality : He's cheerful and easygoing, and doesn't really seem to
            care about a lot of things. Why he sticks to Sigurd is
            actually unknown.
Class/Level : Thief LV1 -> Thief Fighter
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He tags along with Eddin.
      Items : Thunder Sword is a MUST. This way, he can steal his
            opponent's money without putting himself at a risk. After
            his class changes, you might want to give him a Silver
            Claymore.
      Skill : Sunlight Slash, Bargain, Steal, Pursuit (after changing
            his class)
Stats Growth: Although his HP growth is pitiful, everything else rise
            like a dream. Talk about potentials!
Romance     : He has a Talk event with Lachesis, but actually makes
            a better mate for Ayra and Brigit.
Comment     : Don't be fooled by Deu's initial weakness. He can actually
            rival with strong units like Sigurd and Ayra if properly
            raised.

      Name  : Ayra
Background  : Sister to the king of Isaac. Her nephew, Shannon, was
            imprisoned as a hostage, and thus she must fight Sialfy
            army against her will.
Personality : She is quite independent, and may even seem cold-hearted.
            But beneath the strict exterior is a soft, caring heart.
            She is willing to go to any length in order to protect
            Shannon.
Class/Level : Sword Fighter LV4 -> Sword Master
Heritage    : Odo
Recruiting  : Ouch! She appears as an enemy in chapter 1! You have to
            carefully draw her out, conquer Jenoa Castle, and then talk
            to her with Sigurd.
      Items : She gets a Hero Sword in chapter 3, so until then use her
            Iron Claymore. She doesn't really need anything else,
            although a Power Ring or a Skill Ring comes in handy.
      Skill : Pursuit, Meteor Slash, Nullify, Rapid Hit (after changing
            her class)
Stats Growth: Her Technique can max out and her Speed is very high, but
            otherwise her stats are not impressive.
Romance     : Both Rex and Holin are interested in her, and both would
            make a great husband for her. Noicht and Deu are recommended
            as well. Even Aidan isn't bad.
Comment     : Ayra is arguably the deadliest character in Sigurd's army.
            Although she can't always stand in front-line due to her
            low defense, in a one-on-one duel nobody can beat her.
            Meteor Slash all the way!

      Name  : Jamka
Background  : Third prince of Verdane. He gets fed up by his elder
            brothers' inhuman ways and lets Eddin escape. Unwilling to
            participate in a meaningless war caused by his father,
            he gladly betrays his homeland for Eddin later.
Personality : Serious in nature and likes to give lectures in morality.
            Doesn't lose his composure easily. And, of course, he's in
            love with Eddin.
Class/Level : Bow Fighter LV6 -> Sniper
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He reluctantly fights against you near the end of chapter
            1, but Eddin can easily persuade him into your army.
      Items : For a youngest prince of a barbaric country, he sure has
            a great equipment; Killer Bow! As if it isn't powerful
            enough, he can get Hero Bow as well if he scores Eddin.
            Speed Ring is an another good item for him.
      Skill : Pursuit, Rapid Hit, Charge
Stats Growth: His Strength grows like a dream, but his Technique
            hardly ever rises for some reason. Everything else is
            average or a little above.
Romance     : He has a fair chance with Eddin, although the competition
            is severe. Even if he fails to win her, he can still try to
            score Brigit. And he's an excellent husband for both.
Comment     : If you ever thought that bow-users are weak, Jamka will
            prove you wrong. He can compete with Ayra for the greatest
            number of attacks per turn.

      Name  : Diadra
Background  : A mysterious young woman living in Verdane. She falls in
            immediate and mutual love with Sigurd, and quickly marries
            him. Unfortunately, fate likes to play games with her...
Personality : Extremely gentle and ladylike, even moreso than Eddin.
            Very, very, VERY devoted to Sigurd.
Class/Level : Shaman LV3
Heritage    : Narga*, Loptous
Recruiting  : She joins automatically near the end of chapter 1, once
            Sigurd passes through a certain point.
      Items : She doesn't need anything beyond her initial equipment.
            Also, it is recommended to sell her Silence Wand and Aura
            at the beginning of chapter 3 and hand over her money to
            Sigurd.
      Skill : Nullify
Stats Growth: Her Magic Power and Magic Def. go up more often than not,
            but her other stats are pretty awful. Note that for some
            reason, she can't change her class.
Romance     : She's forced by the plot to fall madly in love with
            Sigurd. However, their happy marriage does not last long...
Comment     : You can use Diadra for only a very short length of time.
            This is quite a pity, since she's the nightmare incarnate
            for every enemy mage... Oh well.

      Name  : Holin
Background  : A gladiator making his name in a coliseum in Agustria. But
            it is rumored that he used to be a noble of Isaac. Once he
            is defeated in a battle, he wishes to join Sigurd's army
            to fight for a more virtuous cause.
Personality : He craves fighting, but believes in fair play. Serious in
            most matters and somewhat passionate.
Class/Level : Sword Fighter LV12 -> Forrest
Heritage    : Odo
Recruiting  : You must defeat him in a coliseum in chapter 2.
      Items : His initial weapon is Iron Claymore, but Steel Claymore
            would be better. Defense Sword or Swallow Flipper would be
            good as well.
      Skill : Pursuit, Moonlight Slash
Stats Growth: His Technique is guaranteed to max out, and his HP will be
            very high too. Other stats are rather average.
Romance     : He is Rex's rival for Ayra's heart. Since he is also a
            swordsman and a noble of Isaac, they have a lot in common.
Comment     : Holin is very strong on a one-on-one basis, but not so
            strong in army-to-army combat. He's great against Armors
            (and therefore most bosses), however, thanks to his
            Moonlight Slash skill.

      Name  : Lachesis
Background  : Princess of Nodion Kingdom, and younger sister of
            Ertotian, Sigurd and Cuan's friend from their time as
            cadets. She is marked by a prince of a neighboring kingdom
            for a bride, who assaults her castle while her brother is
            held a prisoner. Predictably, it's Sigurd that runs to her
            rescue.
Personality : Suffers from an acute case of brother-complex (Rumors
            abound... -_-;). Very princess-like, and daydreams of an
            ideal romance (preferably with her brother...). Still, she
            can be serious and strong when she needs to.
Class/Level : Princess LV2 -> Master Knight

Heritage    : Hezul
Recruiting  : She starts out as an ally, but gladly joins Sigurd's army
            when he talks to her.
      Items : Before changing her class, stick with Live Wand and
            Thief Sword she gets from Deu. After changing class, she
            can use just about everything; Silver Spear is recommended.
            She also gets the Earth Sword from her brother.
      Skill : Charisma, Pursuit (after changing her class)
Stats Growth: Her Strength and Luck are impressive, but the rest leave
            something to be desired.
Romance     : To quote her introductory speech, "I won't marry a man
            that cannot match my brother!" Strangely enough, Deu and
            Beowulf are her strongest candidates. Deu is lacking in
            skills, however, so I suggest either Beowulf or Noicht.
            Finn is acceptable as well.
Comment     : Lachesis is weak initially, but once she changes her class
            she becomes a jack-of-all-trade. Off the topic, she's also
            my favorite character. I thought she and Sigurd would be
            perfect together, but alas, it was not meant to be.

      Name  : Beowulf
Background  : A mercenary hired by King Macbeth of Anfony. However, he
            offers to join Sigurd's army for 10000G.
Personality : Cares about money and almost nothing else. He seems to
            have a soft spot for Lachesis, though.
Class/Level : Free Knight LV9 -> Forrest Knight
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : You must pay him 10000G in chapter 2. Don't worry, that
            money will go into his inventory, so you can use it later.
            It doesn't matter who talks to him.
      Items : He has Steel Sword initially, but he should get better
            swords like Ironcutter and Silver Sword. He can make
            a great use of Speed Ring.
      Skill : Pursuit, Charge, Rapid Hit (after changing his class)
Stats Growth: His Strength and Technique rise relatively quickly, but
            other stats are not that impressive.
Romance     : He has a talk event with Lachesis, and makes a great
            husband for her. Other girls aren't interested, though.
Comment     : Beowulf is similar to Jamka, though slightly harder to
            use. Rest assured that he's worth every bit of Gold you
            paid.

      Name  : Levin
Background  : He claims to be a traveling minstrel, but in reality he
            is a prince of Silezia. He left his kingdom because he was
            fed up with the disputes over succession rights, which he
            has the utmost claim upon. He joins Sigurd's army while
            trying to protect villages in Agstria from thieves.
Personality : He is rather carefree and immature, but can display the
            nerve of steel when in crisis. Somewhat of a playboy.
Class/Level : Bard LV6 -> Sage
Heritage    : Holsety*
Recruiting  : He joins automatically in chapter 2 once you conquer
            Highline Castle.
      Items : His initial equipment is El Wind, which is strong enough
            to use until he gets Holsety. Give him a wand or two after
            he is promoted to a Sage.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Critical, Pursuit (after changing his class)
Stats Growth: His Speed go up like crazy, and his Technique increase
            fairly quickly too. His other stats are average.
Romance     : He has two girls fighting over him!? Well, this casanova
            can be good for either of them, although Fury is slightly
            more recommended. Other girls? Well, Tiltu is all right, but
            don't mess with anyone else.
Comment     : Levin is unarguably the most useful character in the
            first generation. His Dodge % shoots up to the third digit
            when he equips Holsety! The sight of him alone massacring
            the entire enemy army without getting a scratch on himself
            will have you saying "WOW!!!"

      Name  : Sylvia
Background  : A traveling dancer that has a crush on Levin. The only
            reason she joins Sigurd's army is so that she can
            stalk/follow Levin.
Personality : Rather flighty and cheerful. Flirtatious, too.
Class/Level : Dancer LV1
Heritage    : Blagi
Recruiting  : She tags along with Levin.
      Items : Sylvia must avoid any combat whatsoever. Therefore, she
            doesn't need any weapon at all. What she needs are Red Ring
            and Knight Ring to increase her mobility dramatically.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Prayer, Dance
Stats Growth: Her stats growth are horrible save for Magic Def., which
            go up fairly quickly.
Romance     : She boldly makes moves on Levin, but has to compete with
            Fury for his attention. If she strikes out, go for Claude.
            Alec also shows interest in her, but it's not a good
            combination.
Comment     : Sylvia's Dance skill will come in very handy, provided
            that you can keep her safe and out of danger.

      Name  : Fury
Background  : A knight from Silezia. She was searching for the missing
            prince, Levin. Tricked by Shagarle, king of Agstria, she
            attacks Sigurd's troops believing that Levin is imprisoned
            by them.
Personality : Strict on herself and values honor. Has an unsuccessfully
            repressed feeling for Levin.
Class/Level : Pegasus Knight LV6 -> Falcon Knight
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : She shows up as an enemy in chapter 2, but Levin can
            easily persuade her.
      Items : The Thin Spear she has initially is actually a pretty good
            weapon, especially against sword-users. Give her a solid
            sword as well, and a healing wand after she changes her
            class.
      Skill : Pursuit
Stats Growth: It's quite unfortunate that her growth rates suck overall.
            Even the highest ones are only average, and her HP might
            become lower than even Deu's! Still, you better raise her
            well because she has to carry out numerous special missions.
Romance     : Levin is the best choice; their skills merge well, too.
            If he's taken, Claude and Alec would tie for the second
            place. Choose between Valkyre Wand and Nullify skill.
Comment     : Fury is the only flying unit available in the first
            generation. If you raise her well, she will be quite an
            asset (no tasteless jokes, please) for you.

      Name  : Brigit
Background  : She appears as the head of pirate at Ogrehill, but is
            revealed to be Eddin's long lost elder sister and a duchess
            of Yungvi. Her underlings betray her when she decides not to
            attack Sigurd's troops.
Personality : As might be expected from a female boss of pirates, she's
            very rough (although dignified). She has a strong sense of
            honor and justice, however, which is why she was betrayed
            in the first place.
Class/Level : Sniper LV12
Heritage    : Ulir*
Recruiting  : She automatically joins your troops in chapter 3, once
            you conquer Silveil Castle.
      Items : What she has from the beginning is enough, since she gets
            Ichieval from Eddin. The trick is to alternate between
            Ichieval and Steel Bow to save money.
      Skill : Pursuit
Stats Growth: Her Luck will be the highest among your troops, and her
            HP will be pretty high as well. The problem comes in for her
            other stats, which are all average or lower.
Romance     : Like Eddin, Midiel or Jamka will be good for her, with
            a little favor for Jamka on my side. Deu is a dark-horse,
            but actually is pretty good too.
Comment     : Brigit will prove to be powerful thanks to her Ichieval.
            But as with all bow-users, don't leave her vulnerable to
            melee attacks!

      Name  : Claude
Background  : Highest priest and ruler of Edda. He has come to aid
            Sigurd politically, but fails to perceive the conspiracy
            against him in time. On top of that, he's attacked by
            pirates from Ogrehill. Branded as a traitor, he has no
            choice but to stick with Sigurd.
Personality : He is very wise and calm, and sympathetic to everyone.
            Hey, what else would you expect from a priest?
Class/Level : High Priest LV20
Heritage    : Blagi*
Recruiting  : He joins automatically in chapter 3, coincidentally at
            the same time Brigit does. 
      Items : He has two of the best wands (Reserve Wand and Valkyre
            Wand) in the game, but you should give something cheaper
            like Live Wand. Also get a cheap magic so that he can fight
            in coliseum.
      Skill : none
Stats Growth: His Magic Def. gives Diadra a run for her money, and his
            Magic Power and Luck will be very high too. Don't expect
            much for anything else.
Romance     : Since he has no skill, the only purpose for him to have
            kids is to pass off the Valkyre Wand. Fury or Sylvia are the
            only choices he has; get the one that strikes out with
            Levin.
Comment     : Claude can use ALL wands in the game, but that's not much
            of an advantage since there's no point in one person hogging
            all the wands. Still, he's the man to use when many units
            are wounded.

      Name  : Tiltu
Background  : A duchess of Freezi who followed Claude around, heedless
            of dangers involved. She, too, is branded as a traitor and
            seeks Sigurd's protection.
Personality : Something of an airhead, despite her royal blood. She is
            also infatuated with Claude.
Class/Level : Thunder Mage LV3 -> Mage Fighter
Heritage    : Tordo
Recruiting  : She joins in along with Claude.
      Items : What she has initially are fine, but you might want to
            give her a Magic Ring to compensate her low Magic Power.
      Skill : Anger, Rapid Hit (after changing her class)
Stats Growth: Her Technique, Speed, and Luck increase very quickly.
            Surprisingly, her Magic Power is only average.
Romance     : Do NOT pair her with Claude! You will end up wasting
            Valkyre Wand. The safest choice would be Azel, but you can
            also try Rex or even Aidan! Levin is an another choice
            although not particularly recommended.
Comment     : Tiltu is arguably the most troublesome character in the
            first generation. She shows up the last, and at such a low
            level too; if you don't raise her well, she will end up
            becoming the fifth wheel of your army.

IV-1-ii: Second generation characters (from chapter 6 to epilogue)

      Name  : Celis
Background  : Sigurd and Diadra's son. He lived as a fugitive in Isaac,
            but raises troops as the leader of the Liberation Army.
Personality : Admires his father, Oyphe, and Shannon very much. Heavily
            influenced by his position, he is full of compassion and
            sense of justice.
Class/Level : Junior Lord LV1 -> Lord Knight
Heritage    : Baldo*, Narga, Loptous
Recruiting  : You start out with him in chapter 6.
      Items : All he would need is Sigurd's Silver Sword, provided that
            his father killed a lot of enemies with it. The more rings
            he inherits, the better. He gets Tilfing near the end of
            chapter 10, making him a flawless character.
      Skill : Pursuit, Nullify
Stats Growth: Blessed with a great knight for a father and a powerful
            sorceress for a mother, ALL of his stats will be at least
            above average. Especially of note is his Magic Def., which
            will be the highest among fighter units. His Magic Power
            will also rise fairly well, but no benefit will come from
            it.
Romance     : He can pair up with almost any girl, although Rana seems
            to stand the best chance. He and Julia also have a mutual
            attraction upon their first meeting, but do you REALLY want
            to go for an incest? ^_^;
Comment     : Celis starts out much weaker than his father, but ends up
            becoming even better. After changing his class and getting
            Tilfing, there are very few units that can defeat him.

      Name  : Skasaha
Background  : Ayra's son and elder brother of Lakche. He grew up with
            Celis in Isaac, and swore to fight for him till the very
            end.
Personality : He makes a constant attempt to control his brash nature
            with a tight self-discipline. Very protective of Lakche.
Class/Level : Sword Fighter LV1 -> Forrest
Heritage    : Odo + whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He starts out with Celis.
      Items : If his father was a swordsman, he probably won't need
            anything extra. If not, bear with his initial Iron Claymore
            until he can buy better swords like Defense Sword or
            Hero Sword.
      Skill : Pursuit, Meteor Slash, Nullify + whatever his father had
Stats Growth: With the exception of Magic Def., everything should rise
            smoothly. Strength, Technique, Speed, and Defense are
            most noteworthy.
Romance     : He doesn't look like a romantic type, but he has a good
            chance with Tinny for some reason. If you want to hear
            sweet words from him, however, he will have to try his
            chances at Rana.
Comment     : Skasaha can be either inferior or superior to his sister
            depending on who his father is. But even with a weak
            father, he's still Ayra's son, so Meteor Slash all the way!
Substitute  : If Skasaha wasn't born, Lodorban appears instead. He's
            also a Sword Fighter, but only has Pursuit and Ambush for
            his Skill. Needless to say, Lodorban is vastly incompetent
            compared to Skasaha.

      Name  : Lakche
Background  : Ayra's daughter and little sister of Skasaha. Just like
            her brother, she grew up with Celis in Isaac, and fights
            alongside them.
Personality : Somewhat tomboyish and very spirited. Hates the Empire and
            its troops with passion.
Class/Level : Sword Fighter LV1 -> Sword Master
Heritage    : Odo + whatever her father had
Recruiting  : She starts out with Celis.
      Items : She inherits Hero Sword from her mother, so nothing else
            is needed.
      Skill : Pursuit, Meteor Slash, Nullify, Rapid Hit (after changing
            her class) + whatever her father had
Stats Growth: Her Technique and Speed are very likely to max out, and
            her other stats aren't bad either. Of course, Magic Def. is
            the usual exception.
Romance     : Johan and Johalvier are both obsessed with her; to them,
            it's either love or death. But if you don't care for a
            narcissist or a brute, go for Shannon. Just be aware,
            Patty is also trying to get him.
Comment     : If you liked Ayra (and who doesn't?), you will love
            Lakche. If it wasn't for her brother or Shannon, she would
            easily be the best multi-hitter of Celis' army. As it is,
            she is still guaranteed of third place at least.
Substitute  : If Lakche doesn't exist, you will have Ladney in her
            place. She, too, is a Sword Fighter, but has only Pursuit
            for her Skill; even more reasons to make sure that Ayra
            doesn't become an old maid.

      Name  : Rana
Background  : Eddin's daughter and Lester's younger sister. She grew up
            with Celis in Isaac (talk about a pattern...) and follows
            him for support.
Personality : Just like her mother, Rana is as feminine as a girl can
            be, not to mention ladylike. She also has a not-so-secret
            feelings for Celis.
Class/Level : Priest LV1 -> High Priest
Heritage    : Ulir + whatever her father had
Recruiting  : She starts out with Celis.
      Items : Since she will inherit all of Eddin's wands, you probably
            won't need to expand her inventory from its initial ones.
            Since she can't fight in coliseum until she becomes High
            Priest, Bargain Bracelet will come in handy. If she has
            useful Skills, give her some attack magics, too.
      Skill : whatever her father had
Stats Growth: Her HP and Luck rise very often, but other stats are only
            average. Depending on her father, her Strength can become
            higher than her Magic Power although there is absolutely no
            practical meaning in this.
Romance     : Her main target is Celis, obviously. But she can also try
            scoring Skasaha or Faval.
Comment     : If she doesn't have useful Skills, then you have an Eddin
            clone. If she gets some good Skills, she still isn't much of
            a fighter. Still, she should be useful as support.
Substitute  : Mana fills in for Rana, should she be unborn. Mana has no
            Skill and gets only a Live Wand, so obviously Rana is
            better. Still, as far as substitutes go, Mana is one of the
            more decent ones.

      Name  : Delmudd
Background  : Lachesis' son and separated elder brother of Nanna. He is
            one of the children that grew up with Celis and consequently
            joins his troops.
Personality : Tends to stay in background and doesn't stand out. He
            cares for his sister and is loyal to Celis, but that's about
            it.
Class/Level : Free Knight LV3 -> Forrest Knight
Heritage    : Hezul + whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He automatically appears in the third turn of chapter 6.
      Items : Hopefully he inherited good swords from his father. If
            not, he will have to buy a Silver Sword at least.
      Skill : Charisma + whatever his father had
Stats Growth: His Strength will be pretty high, and other stats vary
            from good to bad depending on his father. None of them are
            likely to max out, however.
Romance     : Delmudd has arguably the worst luck with romance in Celis'
            army. He has no Talk events with any girl (except for his
            sister, and no, you CAN'T put them together), so you will
            have a hard time pairing him up with anyone.
Comment     : Is Delmudd a useless character? It all depends on what
            kind of Skill and equipment his father had (not that
            that's unimportant for other children). If his father was
            good, congratulations; otherwise, you will be hard-pressed
            to make him useful.
Substitute  : Should Lachesis strike out, Tristan will appear instead.
            Tristan is one of the rare substitutes that actually has a
            potential to surpass the "real" characters. He has Critical
            initially and gets Rapid Hit after changing class, so he can
            become halfway decent! Isn't that surprising?

      Name  : Lester
Background  : Eddin's son and Rana's elder brother. Did I mention that
            he also grew up with Celis and all that?
Personality : As can be expected, Lester is protective of Rana. He is
            fairly mild-tempered, however, perhaps due to his mother.
Class/Level : Arch Knight LV1 -> Bow Knight
Heritage    : Ulir + whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He comes along with Delmudd.
      Items : It all depends on who his mother chose for a husband. If
            he inherited Hero Bow, he won't need anything else;
            otherwise, get something better like Killer Bow or Silver
            Bow.
      Skill : whatever his father had
Stats Growth: His HP and Luck will be very high, while other stats are
            about average or a little above.
Romance     : Although not as unlucky as Delmudd, Lester still has a
            very hard time wooing a girl. He does have a slight chance
            with Patty, but since she is trying to get Shannon, Lester
            will have a hard time indeed.
Comment     : As long as his father was a bow-user, Lester will be quite
            a useful character. Hit-and-run tactics can be very
            effective when fighting against a group of enemy units.
Substitute  : Lester's replacement character is called Dimna. He has
            a Pursuit Skill, so at least he is good for a support. But
            since he only has an Iron Bow for a weapon, you should skip
            the trouble and get Eddin a husband (as if she can stay
            single...).

      Name  : Oyphe
Background  : In the first generation, he was nothing more than an
            advisor (although a good one) to Sigurd. This time, he has
            made himself Celis' mentor and guardian.
Personality : VERY loyal to Sigurd (even though he's dead) and Celis.
            He raised a bunch of orphans (also known as Celis and co.),
            and as a result appears and behaves far older than his
            actual age.
Class/Level : Paladin LV15
Heritage    : Baldo
Recruiting  : He comes along with Delmudd.
      Items : He should get a strong sword, such as Silver Sword or
            Steel Claymore. Add that to his initial Ironcutter and
            Hand Spear, and he won't need anything else.
      Skill : Pursuit, Critical
Stats Growth: His stats all rise just fine, but on the flip side none of
            them will max out. And since he's already a Paladin, he
            can't change his class either.
Romance     : Oyphe is at least 15 years older than the majority of
            second-generation characters. While this sounds
            discouraging, he actually has a very good chance with Fee,
            of all the people! Talk about Lolita Complex! ^_^;
Comment     : Oyphe seems like a messiah among the puny children when
            he first appears, but gradually he will be surpassed by
            those that he had been protecting until he becomes not
            exactly useless but definitely not a powerhouse. Ah, the
            sad destiny of those aged paladins...

      Name  : Julia
Background  : Levin introduces her as an amnesiac girl, but in truth
            she is Arvis and Diadra's daughter and Julius' little
            sister. This also means that she is Celis' younger half-
            sister.
Personality : Very quiet and shy, as well as devoted to and madly in
            love with Celis. ^_^;;;
Class/Level : Shaman LV1 -> Sage
Heritage    : Narga*, Fala, Loptous
Recruiting  : She joins automatically when you conquer Ganesha Castle in
            chapter 6.
      Items : Julia initially has nothing, but will get a Relive Wand
            from Rana and either Resire or Aura from Celis. I recommend
            Resire, since it can drain HP from enemies.
      Skill : Pursuit, Rapid Hit, Nullify
Stats Growth: Her Magic Power is likely to max out, and her Speed and
            Magic Def. will be very high too. Other stats, however,
            will rarely rise.
Romance     : She starts out being in mutual love with Celis, her half-
            brother! I'm not sure if you can really put them together,
            so I will let you be the judge on that. ^_^; However, it IS
            possible to pair her up with some other male.
Comment     : Julia is even more useful than her mother against
            magic-users. She can also use wands, so she's good for
            support too. Be sure to raise her well, because you won't
            stand much chance in the last battle without her!

      Name  : Fee
Background  : Fury's daughter and Sety's little sister. She was
            searching for her missing brother, and in the process met
            with Arthur. She decides to join Celis' army, figuring that
            she will have better access to information and safety.
Personality : Apparently, she didn't inherit her mother's frigidness;
            Fee is rather easygoing and independent.
Class/Level : Pegasus Knight LV2 -> Falcon Knight
Heritage    : whatever her father had
Recruiting  : She joins in coincidentally at the same time Julia does.
      Items : She won't need anything besides what her mother has given
            her, provided that you gave Fury good enough equipment.
      Skill : Pursuit + whatever her father had
Stats Growth: Her Speed, Defense, and Magic Def. can be fairly high, but
            don't expect much else. Her mother is Fury, after all...
Romance     : You would think that she is in love with Arthur, but the
            truth is that Oyphe stands a better chance, for some bizarre
            reason. Take your pick.
Comment     : Fee isn't a powerhouse, but she is one of the few flying
            units you will get, so you better raise her well. And just
            like her mother, watch out for arrows!
Substitute  : Should Fee be absent, Femina appears instead. Femina is
            also a Pegasus Knight and has a Rapid Hit for the Skill.
            Her equipment are weak, though, so she's definitely not
            Fee's equal.

      Name  : Arthur
Background  : Tiltu's son and Tinny's elder brother. He had grown
            separated from his sister and mother, and was traveling
            from one place to another. It is during his search that he
            met with Fee. He joins Celis' troops for exactly the same
            reason as her.
Personality : Rather easygoing although serious with his policies. He
            can show a surprising burst of temper, though.
Class/Level : Mage LV2 -> Mage Knight
Heritage    : Tordo + whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He comes along with Fee.
      Items : Even if he didn't get good magics from his father, his
            initial equipment, Wind, is good enough to use until he can
            buy something else. Magic Ring is recommended in case his
            Magic Power is low.
      Skill : Anger + whatever his father had
Stats Growth: Just like his mother, his Technique, Speed, and Luck will
            be noteworthy. Other stats vary a lot depending on his
            father: if it was a mage-type unit, he will grow in a manner
            you would expect from a mage; if it was a fighter-type unit,
            he will have better Strength and Defense in exchange for
            Magic Power and Magic Def.
Romance     : He has a Talk event with Fee, so he has a fairly good
            chance with her. But he has to compete with Oyphe, of all
            the people! Other girls don't seem to be interested.
Comment     : Arthur can be very useful with either Pursuit or Ambush.
            Remember Azel's effectiveness against Armors? Now you have
            someone even better. Provided, of course, you didn't pick
            the wrong father... You can make him get Holsety and plow
            through the early chapters, although I wouldn't recommend
            it.
Substitute  : If Arthur doesn't appear, Amid will take his place. Amid
            is a Wind Mage that has Rapid Hit for a Skill. Under most
            circumstances, Amid is inferior to Arthur.

      Name  : Johan
Background  : Second son of Danan, Rex's elder brother. He was left in
            charge of a territory in Isaac by his father, but had little
            desire for power. He throws them all away just to be with
            Lakche.
Personality : Two words; Lakche-fanatic. Check out his dying quote:
            "Even if Johan is dead, his love shall live forever!" He
            freaks Lakche out by spouting poetry in the middle of
            battleground, for crying out loud! As much of a weird
            romantic he may be, he has a golden heart beneath with a
            sense of justice. He's still a narcissist, though.
Class/Level : Ax Knight LV12 -> Great Knight
Heritage    : Neir
Recruiting  : He appears as an enemy in chapter 6, but will gladly
            betray his father just by talking to Lakche. His squad of
            Ax Knights will assist him for the remainder of chapter.
            If you get Johan, you can't get Johalvier.
      Items : He has Speed Ring for some reason, but should sell it away
            as soon as possible since it's useless on him. What he needs
            is a Hero Ax, which he can get in chapter 6. And since he's
            the only unit who will have to rely on axes, give him all
            and every axes you get.
      Skill : Ambush
Stats Growth: His Strength and Defense will rise fairly well, but don't
            count on other stats.
Romance     : Has eyes for Lakche only. Sadly, he has to compete against
            Shannon. Needless to say, his chances aren't very good.
Comment     : Johan is probably the funniest character in the game, but
            he really isn't that useful. In fact, he's only a step above
            useless in the last stage.

      Name  : Johalvier
Background  : Danan's third son and Johan's little brother. Just like
            Johan, he was given a territory in Isaac to rule, but didn't
            care for it. Predictably, he's willing to join Celis' troops
            just to be with Lakche.
Personality : He's supposed to be a prince, but acts and speaks more
            like a leader of bandits. He is in love with Lakche, but
            isn't as obsessed as his brother and is much saner. Perhaps
            that's why Lakche thinks better of him than she does of
            Johan.
Class/Level : Ax Fighter LV12 -> Warrior
Heritage    : Neir
Recruiting  : Just like his brother, Johalvier can be persuaded by
            Lakche. And his band of Ax Fighters will follow him for the
            remainder of the chapter. Again, you can't get Johan if you
            get Johalvier.
      Items : Get Hero Ax as soon as possible; without it, he's almost
            completely worthless. After changing his class, give him
            a Steel Bow.
      Skill : Charge
Stats Growth: Identical to that of Johan. This means that you shouldn't
            expect much.
Romance     : Thanks to his higher level of sanity, he has a better
            chance than Johan does with Lakche. He still has to compete
            with Shannon, though.
Comment     : Johalvier isn't any better than his brother, but don't
            despair. He CAN be useful on a few occasions, so just be
            patient.

      Name  : Leef
Background  : Cuan and Etherine's son and Althena's younger brother.
            This means that he and Celis are cousins. He was raised by
            Finn in Lenster and raised an army against Empire about the
            same time Celis did. He had less luck, however, and is in a
            dangerous situation with no troops left.
Personality : Not as brave or confident as his father, Leef is
            nevertheless an honorable prince possessing both a calm mind
            and a passion for justice. He respects and trusts Finn above
            all else, and has some feelings for Nanna.
Class/Level : Prince LV1 -> Master Knight
Heritage    : Noba, Baldo
Recruiting  : He joins automatically at the beginning of chapter 7.
      Items : Light Sword from Etherine is what he should use. After
            changing class, give him a strong spear and whatever else
            you like.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Critical, Pursuit (after changing his class)
Stats Growth: His HP, Strength, Technique, Speed, and Defense rise at
            amazing rates. Magic Power and Magic Def. will be low,
            though.
Romance     : Nanna and he will make a great couple since they grew up
            together. He can also try his luck with Tinny.
Comment     : Leef is bothersome at first, but after changing his class,
            he will be one of the best units you have. So be patient and
            level him up, because he's more than worth it!

      Name  : Nanna
Background  : Lachesis' daughter and Delmudd's little sister. She grew
            up with Leef and Finn in Lenster, and helped Leef raise an
            army against the empire.
Personality : She doesn't have a brother-complex, thankfully. ^_^; She
            tends to be serious just about anytime, whether it's
            advising Leef or confronting Ares.
Class/Level : Troubadour LV3 -> Paladin
Heritage    : Hezul + whatever her father had
Recruiting  : She comes along with Leef.
      Items : What she gets from Lachesis should be fine, since she
            isn't a powerhouse anyway. Be sure that she has a Relive
            Wand or something similar.
      Skill : Charisma + whatever her father had
Stats Growth: Her Strength and Luck should become high, but other stats
            aren't that impressive.
Romance     : She is almost assured of getting her childhood sweetheart,
            Leef. Ares is another option, but she will have a very
            difficult time then.
Comment     : Under most circumstances, Nanna will be doing what
            Etherine did. If she gets good Skills, however, she can
            fight as well as heal.
Substitute  : Nanna's replacement is Joanne, who has NO Skill whatsoever
            and starts out only with Iron Sword and Relive Wand. No
            matter what kind of a wimp Lachesis chose for her husband,
            Nanna can't be worse than Joanne!

      Name  : Shannon
Background  : In the first generation, he showed up only as Ayra's
            nephew. Now he's a prince of Isaac and Oyphe's partner in
            raising Celis and others. He had been away to Yied Desert
            in quest for "Divine Sword" Balmunk and finds Patty in
            possession of it.
Personality : Very serious and confident. He treats Celis like a
            little brother and is very loyal to him. There is also a
            scar within his soul; even after nearly two decades, he
            feels guilt about what happened to Diadra.
Class/Level : Sword Master LV12
Heritage    : Odo*
Recruiting  : He joins automatically at the beginning of chapter 7,
            coincidentally at the same time Leef and others do.
      Items : Alternate using between Balmunk and his initial equipment,
            Steel Claymore. Beyond that, he won't need anything else.
            Just make sure he doesn't run out of money!
      Skill : Pursuit, Meteor Slash, Rapid Hit
Stats Growth: His Strength, Technique, Speed, and Defense all rise at
            good rates. He's already a Sword Master though, so he can't
            change his class.
Romance     : Both Lakche and Patty desire him, the former subtly and
            the latter bluntly. Personally, I tried pairing him up with
            Althena, but it didn't work for some reason. I wonder why?
Comment     : Thanks to Bulmunk, Shannon is THE swordsman of the game.
            His Dodge % will be in three digits, so very few attacks can
            hit him. Add Meteor Slash to that, and you have a death
            incarnate in your hand. Don't use him too much, or other
            characters will remain weak!

      Name  : Patty
Background  : Brigit's daughter and Faval's little sister. Also a cousin
            of Rana and Lester. She works(?) as a thief in order to
            support her brother maintain an orphanage. She is caught by
            Shannon after raiding Yied Temple. She joins Celis' troops
            supposedly to use her abilities for peace, but it's more
            like she's trying to get Shannon for herself.
Personality : Similar to Deu although she tends to justify her thievery.
            She is infatuated with Shannon and has rather low respects
            for her elder brother. She also likes meeting celebrities.
Class/Level : Thief LV1 -> Thief Fighter
Heritage    : Ulir + whatever her father had
Recruiting  : She joins along with Shannon.
      Items : She is one of the rare girls that inherit her father's
            equipment, but since she can only use weak swords until her
            class changes (unless Holin is her father, in which case she
            will be able to use B swords from beginning), she should get
            a magic sword like Fire Sword. Other than that, she won't
            need anything.
      Skill : Steal + whatever her father had
Stats Growth: Her HP and Luck will increase like crazy, and her Magic
            Power can be surprisingly high. Other stats are either
            average or a little above.
Romance     : Predictably, she will make bold moves on Shannon and will
            be fighting over him with Lakche. She can also try hitting
            on her cousin, Lester.
Comment     : Unlike Deu, Patty won't become a major force even after
            she becomes a Thief Fighter. She will be able to defend
            herself, but she can't compete against other prodigies in
            Celis' army.
Substitute  : Patty's substitute is named Daisy. She has Steal and
            Prayer and gets Pursuit once she changes her class, so she
            isn't that bad compared to some others. You can't expect
            either Patty or Daisy to be a strong fighter, anyway.

      Name  : Tinny
Background  : Tiltu's daughter and Arthur's little sister. She had been
            separated from her brother and is living under her
            indifferent uncle and abusive aunt. She meets her brother
            and decides to fight for Celis' troops.
Personality : Shy and indecisive, but shares her brother's occasional
            explosions of anger. She seems to be slightly attracted to
            Celis.
Class/Level : Mage LV3 -> Mage Fighter
Heritage    : Tordo + whatever her father had
Recruiting  : She appears as an enemy in chapter 7, but Arthur can
            easily persuade her.
      Items : For some reason, Tinny inherits El Thunder even if Tiltu
            kept her Tron. She can buy it back, or get some other magic.
            Give her a wand once she can use it.
      Skill : Anger, Rapid Hit (after changing her class) + whatever her
            father had
Stats Growth: Her Technique, Speed, and Luck will rise very quickly,
            but just like her mother, she leaves something to be desired
            in terms of Magic Power. Don't expect much from other stats.
Romance     : She and Skasaha seem to be fairly compatible, but Sety is
            a better option to hear some lover's chat. You can even
            pair her up with Leef or Celis.
Comment     : Tinny is better than her mother, but no matter what you
            do, you can't really expect her to blast her way through
            the front-line. Not exactly useless, but definitely not
            dependable.
Substitute  : If you made Tiltu an old maid, you will get her niece
            named Linda, who is a Thunder Mage. Linda has Anger and
            Elite, yes, an Elite Skill! Yoo-hoo! Now here's a substitute
            character with a very good chance of being more useful than
            the "real" character!

      Name  : Ares
Background  : Ertotian's son and Lachesis' nephew (no, Lachesis is NOT
            his mother! ^_^;), also cousin of Delmudd and Nanna. He was
            raised by a mercenary named Jabalow, but when his foster
            father tries to separate him from Lynn, he rebels and runs
            away into Celis' army.
Personality : Ares believes that his birth father was killed by Sigurd,
            but his rational nature allows him to wait until he
            discovers the truth. Is in passionate, mutual love with
            Lynn.
Class/Level : Social Knight LV7 -> Paladin
Heritage    : Hezul*
Recruiting  : He betrays his army after you conquer Mergen Castle in
            chapter 7.
      Items : Mistletin is all he needs as a weapon. It's very expensive
            to fix, however, so get him a Thief Bracelet to steal money
            from enemies.
      Skill : Pursuit, Rapid Hit, Ambush
Stats Growth: His HP, Strength, Speed, and Luck will be very impressive.
            He also has a relatively high Magic Def. Other stats are,
            somewhat disappointingly, only average.
Romance     : You will be hard-pressed to get him with anyone other than
            Lynn. Nanna has a slight chance, though.
Comment     : Didn't you keep wishing you can get Ertotian in your army?
            Ares will be even better! From the moment he shows up, he

            will be a valuable member of your troops, and only gets
            better. Thanks to Mistletin, he can mow down enemy mages.

      Name  : Lynn
Background  : Sylvia's daughter and Corple's elder sister. She was
            caught by King Bramzel of Dana while Ares was away, and is
            held a prisoner. True to the pattern, she is waiting for her
            hero to rescue her.
Personality : More serious than you would expect from a dancer, she has
            strong morals and isn't afraid to say them aloud. Loves
            Ares dearly.
Class/Level : Dancer LV3
Heritage    : Blagi + whatever her father had
Recruiting  : After conquering Dana Castle in chapter 7, go inside with
            Ares.
      Items : As long as she inherits Red Ring and Knight Ring from her
            mother, she won't need anything.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Dance, Prayer
Stats Growth: Her Magic Def. will be fairly high, but don't expect much
            from anything else.
Romance     : She is practically destined with Ares. If Nanna steals him
            away, she will have a hard time finding a consolation prize.
Comment     : Lynn, just like her mother, should never fight, but will
            be a very valuable member due to her Dance Skill.
Substitute  : Leilia will replace Lynn if Sylvia remains single. Leilia
            has Dance (of course) and Charisma for her Skill, but the
            latter is kind of useless since Dancers aren't meant to
            stay on front-line. On top of that, she will have to save up
            money to buy Red Ring and Knight Ring for herself.
            Therefore, Lynn is better than Leilia in every way.

      Name  : Faval
Background  : Brigit's son and Patty's older brother, and obviously
            Rana and Lester's cousin. He was managing an orphanage in
            Manster, but had to work as a mercenary for money. Promised
            of an immense support by Empire should he destroy Celis'
            army, he reluctantly fights against those he admires.
Personality : Has a high moral code but is overwhelmed by need of money.
            He cares for Patty but has very little control over her
            actions.
Class/Level : Bow Fighter LV9 -> Sniper
Heritage    : Ulir* + whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He appears as an enemy in chapter 8, but Patty can easily
            persuade him.
      Items : For someone obviously pressed for money, he sure has two
            expensive bows: Silver Bow AND Ichieval! Use Ichieval when
            he is rich and Silver Bow when he's not.
      Skill : Pursuit + whatever his father had
Stats Growth: All of his stats will rise at average speed or a little
            better, but this also means that none of them will really
            max out. His Magic Def. will be pretty low, as can be
            expected.
Romance     : Has a rather slim chance with Rana. Don't bother with
            other girls, they just aren't interested.
Comment     : Faval is THE best bow-user in the game, especially if his
            father was Jamka. He will be very useful against Armors and
            other enemies with high Defense.
Substitute  : If Brigit doesn't become a mother, Asaero will appear in
            Faval's place. Asaero has Pursuit and Charge and is fairly
            strong, but since he doesn't use Ichieval he has no way of
            surpassing Faval.

      Name  : Sety
Background  : Fury's son and Fee's missing big brother. He had been
            traveling in search of his father, but takes pity in
            citizens of Manster and attempts to liberate it from
            Empire's oppression. When Dragon Knights from Trachea
            attacks, he lets the citizens escape and confront the enemy
            soldiers by himself. Celis is impressed by this heroic
            display of altruism and gladly lets him join.
Personality : Very wise, sharp, brave, and selfless. You'll find it
            difficult not to admire this hero.
Class/Level : Sage LV14
Heritage    : whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He appears as an ally in chapter 8, but Celis' approval
            is all he needs to join.
      Items : He has Lightning from the beginning, and can use it all
            the way until end. Give him some wands as well. If he has
            either Holsety or Valkyre Wand, he will be even more useful.
      Skill : Pursuit + whatever his father had
Stats Growth: Depends on his father. If it was Levin, his Speed will max
            out very easily with high Magic Power, Technique, and
            Defense. If it was Claude, his Magic Power, Luck, and Magic
            Def. can reach maximum. If it was anyone else, then it's
            probably not that good.
Romance     : He gets along well with Tinny, and has a fairly good
            chance with her. He won't have much luck with anyone else.
Comment     : Sety is probably the best mage you will get (aside from
            Julia). If he has Holsety, he can join Shannon in massacring
            enemies. If he has Valkyre Wand, he is the healing god of
            your army. If he has neither, he's still an excellent
            character.
Substitute  : If Fury didn't bore Sety, Hawk will appear instead. Hawk
            has Pursuit and Rapid Hit for his Skills and Lightning for
            his initial equipment, so he is strongest out of all
            substitute characters. Still, Sety is most likely better.

      Name  : Corple
Background  : Sylvia's son and Lynn's little brother, even though
            neither of them is aware of their relation. He was adopted
            by Hannival, but is taken hostage in order to ensure his
            foster father's loyalty to Trachea Kingdom.
Personality : Respects Hannival immensely and thinks of him as his true
            father. Kind of wimpy.
Class/Level : Priest LV1 -> High Priest
Heritage    : Blagi + whatever his father had
Recruiting  : He joins you when you conquer Lutekia Castle in chapter 9.
      Items : Has Reblow Wand from beginning which should come in handy
            if he didn't get any wands from his father. Depending on
            his father, he has the possibility to use Holsety or Valkyre
            Wand.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Prayer + whatever his father had
Stats Growth: His stats depend heavily on who his father was, but Magic
            Power, Luck, and Magic Def. tend to become pretty high.
Romance     : Being only a kid in a middle of lots of handsome men,
            poor Corple isn't likely to get a girlfriend anytime soon.
Comment     : Corple appears at Level 1 in such a late stage, but can
            be useful if you raise him. Aside from Sety, he is the only
            one who can inherit Valkyre Wand. He will be pretty useless
            in a fight unless he gets Holsety.
Substitute  : If Corple isn't available, Hannival adopts Sharloe
            instead. Sharloe has Charisma, but just like his sister
            Leilia, he really shouldn't be around front-line, so again
            it's useless. Sharloe is pretty much always inferior to
            Corple.

      Name  : Hannival
Background  : A famous general of Trachea and foster father of Corple.
            He felt doubtful of fighting against Celis' troops, but
            didn't get any choice in the matter when Corple was taken
            as a hostage.
Personality : Loyal to his king but also chivalrous. He cares for Corple
            as if he was his real son.
Class/Level : General LV20
Heritage    : none
Recruiting  : He starts out as an enemy in chapter 9, but once you
            rescue Corple he can be persuaded by his adopted son.
      Items : He starts out with Silver Claymore and Swallow Flipper.
            If you don't intend on using him much, sell them away and
            give them to somebody else. If you do want to use him, add
            Steel Spear and Steel Bow and he will be ready to face any
            fighter.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Ambush, Big Shield
Stats Growth: His Strength and Defense will rise fairly well, but other
            stats are simply horrible.
Romance     : He has a Talk event with Althena, but that's about all
            the chance he has. And since Althena is the most difficult
            woman to win, Hannival will probably stay single.
Comment     : Hannival is somewhat hard to use effectively, but he is
            great as a wall unit. Just remember to keep away from mages
            at all costs.

      Name  : Althena
Background  : Cuan and Etherine's daughter and Leef's elder sister.
            However, she is unaware of that fact and believes herself to
            be a daughter of King Trabant of Trachea. She fights against
            Celis' army until she is told of the truth by Leef.
Personality : Sort of like Ayra; harsh and strong with a caring heart
            inside. She adores Finn and has a crush on her foster
            brother(?!), Allione.
Class/Level : Dragon Knight LV17 -> Dragon Master
Heritage    : Noba*, Baldo
Recruiting  : She appears as an enemy in chapter 8, but won't attack
            you. She appears again in chapter 9 and Leef can talk to
            her, provided that Finn is alive in the beginning of chapter
            9. She goes back to Trachea Castle, and once you kill
            Trabant she will come back and join Celis' troops.
      Items : She has Geyborg from the beginning, so you won't need to
            give her any other spear. To fight against ax-users, give
            her a strong sword as well. And most importantly, get her
            a Barrier Ring to cover her low Magic Def.
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Critical, Pursuit (after changing her class)
Stats Growth: Her Magic Power and Magic Def. will be very low, but other
            stats grow amazingly. Strength and Defense have
            possibilities of maxing out.
Romance     : She is easily the hardest woman to charm in the game.
            Finn and Hannival have a very small chance, but they
            probably won't score either. Other men seem to have no
            chance whatsoever, possibly because she has a crush for
            Allione.
Comment     : Althena is one of the strongest fighters you will get;
            her Strength and Defense will probably be the highest in
            your army. But she's weak against arrows and magics, so
            be careful not to send her to wrong type of enemies.

IV-2: Characters that will not be in your army

      Below are characters in alphabetical order that won't join your
army, but are important to the story. Most of them are your enemies,
but some of them can help you a little. Either way, they tend to be much
stronger than average troops around them.

      Each of these characters will be described in the following
format:

      Name  : well, duh
Background  : why he/she fights
Personality : what he/she is like
Class/Level : what class and level the character is
Heritage    : what Holy Blood the character has inherited; if a star is
            by it, that means that character can use the legendary
            weapon that belonged to that particular Holy Warrior
Appearance  : when and on what side that character appears
Weapons     : what weapon(s) the character has
      Skill : what skill(s) the character has
Comment     : my personal comment

      Name  : Allione
Background  : Prince of Trachea that succeeds the throne when his
            father, Trabant, dies. He's also foster brother of Althena.
            Taking over his father's plan, he fights against Celis'
            army even though he knows it is a meaningless war.
Personality : Loyal to his father and kingdom, but also has a rational
            side conflicting with his position. It is unclear whether
            he returns Althena's romantic feelings or not.
Class/Level : Dragon Master LV27
Heritage    : Dain*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 9 and epilogue, and can be an ally
            in epilogue
Weapons     : Gungnere
      Skill : Pursuit, Rapid Hit, Nullify
Comment     : Allione is arguably the best fighter unit you will fight
            against. Without Holsety, it will be very difficult to beat
            him. Too bad that he only becomes your ally, when he is
            one of the few characters that actually stands a chance
            against Julius.

      Name  : Andrey
Background  : Eddin and Brigit's little brother. He killed his father
            and took sides with Reptall and Langbart in order to become
            the new duke of Yungvi.
Personality : Cruel and greedy, yet cunning enough to fake honor.
Class/Level : Bow Fighter LV22
Heritage    : Ulir
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapters 4 and 5
Weapons     : Hero Bow
      Skill : none
Comment     : Your average scum. Not much of a trouble to kill.

      Name  : Arvis
Background  : Duke of Beltomer and elder half-brother of Azel. He later
                marries Diadra and fathers Julius and Julia, becoming the
                emperor of Grandbell in process. 
Personality : Very arrogant and willing to do anything to achieve his
            goal. Has a high ideal that ultimately leads to his
            downfall.
Class/Level : Sage LV25 (in prologue), Emperor LV30 (in chapter 10)
Heritage    : Fala*, Loptous
Appearance  : as an ally in prologue, as an enemy in chapter 10
Weapons     : Fala Flame, Silver Claymore (in chapter 10)
      Skill : Rapid Hit (in prologue), Nullify (in prologue), Big Shield
            (in chapter 10)
Comment     : Arvis killed Sigurd and took over Grandbell for himself,
            but it was all to build an idealistic nation he dreamed of.
            Unfortunately, he was being manipulated by Manfloy and lost
            his powers to his own son, Julius. Conclusion: half-villain,
            half-tragic hero. He's REALLY strong, so only Celis should
            fight him.

      Name  : Broome
Background  : Tiltu's brother. He become the duke of Freezi after the
            death of Reptall, his father. He was battling against Leef
            in Manster when Celis comes along with his army.
Personality : Not exactly cruel, but definitely not on the good side. 
            He does seem to care for his children, but ignored his wife
            abusing Tinny.
Class/Level : Baron LV25
Heritage    : Tordo*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapters 7 and 8
Weapons     : Thor Hammer (in chapter 7), Silver Claymore (in chapter
            7), Thunder Storm (in chapter 8), Tron (in chapter 8)
      Skill : Big Shield
Comment     : A fairly dangerous character, considering how early
            he appears. Be glad that he has little in terms of Skill.

      Name  : Bulian
Background  : Danan's eldest son and elder brother of Johan and
            Johalvier. He becomes the new duke of Dozel after Danan is
            dead.
Personality : Concerned about the future of Dozel lineage, figuring that
            his death will ruin it.
Class/Level : Master Knight LV30
Heritage    : Neir*
Appearance  : as an enemy in epilogue
Weapons     : Swanchika
      Skill : Pursuit, Charge
Comment     : What can I say? Even though he's a user of a legendary
            weapon, he's not much more than a bother.

      Name  : Byron
Background  : Sigurd's father and duke of Sialfy. He was attacking Isaac
            by order of Prince Kurt of Grandbell. When Prince Kurt is
            assasinated, he is framed for it and becomes a fugitive.
            He is reunited with Sigurd and passes on Tilfing just before
            he dies.
Personality : What you would expect from Sigurd's father; honorable,
            serious, etc.
Class/Level : Master Knight LV30
Heritage    : Baldo*
Appearance  : as an ally in chapter 5
Weapons     : Broken Sword (Tilfing)
      Skill : Pursuit
Comment     : Byron never gets to fight alongside his son. Then again,
            it's not that disappointing, since he is quite weak for his
            extremely high level.

      Name  : Danan
Background  : Rex's elder brother and father of Burian, Johan, and
            Johalvier. He was ruling Izaac after Arvis became the
            emperor of Grandbell.
Personality : Unremarkable. He isn't particularly good or bad.
Class/Level : Baron LV25
Heritage    : Neir*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 6
Weapons     : Silver Ax, Thief Sword 
      Skill : Big Shield
Comment     : It's a good thing that he doesn't use Swanchika, because
            he will be next to impossible to defeat in such an early
            stage then.

      Name  : Ertotian
Background  : King of Nodion and elder brother of Lachesis. He has been
            a friend of Sigurd and Cuan since their time as cadets, but
                their friendship is put under constant trial in the war.
Personality : Somewhat egoistic but has more than enough charisma and
            ability to back it up. While not obsessed with Lachesis like
            she is with him, he still cares about her a great deal.
            Follows a strict code of chivalry.
Class/Level : Paladin (LV20 in chapter 1, LV25 in chapter 3)
Heritage    : Hezul*
Appearance  : as an ally in chapter 1, as an enemy in chapter 3
Weapons     : Mistletin
      Skill : none
Comment     : Victim of fate. He loses his life in trying to balance
            his loyalty to Agstria, his friendship with Sigurd, and his
            love for Lachesis. He will prove to be of an immense help in
            chapter 1 and a tough opponent in chapter 3. 

      Name  : Hilda
Background  : Broome's wife and queen of Freezi, formally a noble from
            Beltomer. She's the mother of Ishtor and Ishtal, and Tinny's
            aunt.
Personality : Cruel and materialistic. She abused both Tiltu and Tinny
            for amusement, and is pressuring Ishtal to marry Julius
            to gain political power.
Class/Level : Queen LV27
Heritage    : Fala
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 10 and epilogue
Weapons     : Borganon, Reserve Wand (in chapter 10)
      Skill : Pursuit, Charisma
Comment     : A fairly strong sorceress, but a hack or two with
            legendary weapons should be enough for her undoing.

      Name  : Ishtal
Background  : Broome's daughter and younger sister of Ishtor, also a
            cousin to Arthur and Tinny. Although she feels moral
            conflicts about fighting Celis' troops and her cousins, she
            cannot bring herself to betray Julius and her family.
Personality : Is proud of her heritage and in love with Julius. She got
            along well with Tinny and regrets having to fight her, but
            ultimately she chooses to be loyal to her family.
Class/Level : Sage (LV22 in chapter 8, LV27 in chapter 10, LV30 in
            epilogue)
Heritage    : Tordo*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapters 8 and 10 and epilogue
Weapons     : Thor Hammer
      Skill : Rapid Hit, Ambush
Comment     : Ishtal is much like Ertotian in the way she is doomed by
            fate and her obligations. As a unit, she has both high Hit
            % and Dodge %, so if you don't have Holsety, you will be
            in for a rather difficult time.

      Name  : Ishtor
Background  : Broome's son and elder brother of Ishtal. As ordered by
            his father, he dutifully confronts Celis' troops.
Personality : A capable leader and tactician. He seems to have been very
            kind to Tinny.
Class/Level : Mage Fighter LV20
Heritage    : Tordo
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 7
Weapons     : Thunder Storm, Tron
      Skill : Rapid Hit
Comment     : Ishtor has much smaller role in the story than his sister,
            and therefore is much weaker. He can't use Thor Hammer, 
            either.

      Name  : Jabalow
Background  : Ares' foster father who picked him up as a child. He was
            working under King Bramzel as a mercenary. Believing that
            Ares' edge will be lost if Lynn continued to be near him, 
            he left her under Bramzel's mercy. He is betrayed by Ares
            for this act.
Personality : Typical mercenary. He cares about money and little else,
            and likely raised Ares only because he can use Mistletin.
Class/Level : Forrest Knight LV20
Heritage    : none
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 7
Weapons     : Silver Sword
      Skill : Rapid Hit
Comment     : Jabalow is fairly strong, but shouldn't be able to match
            your strong units. If you have trouble defeating him, that
            means your levels are too low.

      Name  : Julius
Background  : Arvis and Diadra's son and Julia's elder brother. This
            also means that he's a half-brother to Celis. He is a
            manifestation of Loptous as a human, and is planning to
            rebuild the Lopt Empire, where Loptous was the ruling god
            of the world.
Personality : Before his mind was taken over by Loptous, he used to be
            a kind, gentle prince. Now he is manipulative and cunning, 
            all too willing to do anything for his goal.
Class/Level : Dark Prince LV30
Heritage    : Loptous*, Fala
Appearance  : as an enemy in both chapter 10 and epilogue
Weapons     : Loptous, Meteor (in epilogue)
      Skill : Anger, Pursuit, Charge, Nullify (in epilogue)
Comment     : Julius is the last boss of the game, and is mega-powerful. 
            Without using Julia's Narga, it is almost impossible to
            defeat him, especially in epilogue. If you do want to try
            doing that, refer to section XI.


      Name  : Langbart
Background  : Duke of Dozel and father of Danan and Rex. Along with
            Reptall and Arvis, he conspired to take over Grandbell while
            pinning the blame on Byron.
Personality : Greedy and cruel, always thirsting for power and wealth. 
            He doesn't care for his family, either.
Class/Level : Baron LV30
Heritage    : Neir*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 5
Weapons     : Swanchika
      Skill : Big Shield
Comment     : This aged villain is, unfortunately, quite strong due
            to the use of Swanchika. Let Sigurd, Ayra, Holin, or Levin
            take care of him.

      Name  : Manfloy
Background  : Highest priest of Lopt Sect. He is behind kidnapping of
            Diadra, manipulation of Arvis, and manifestation of Loptous
            within Julius, along with many, many other crimes.
Personality : Manfloy did all of his evil deeds in order to revive the
            lost dark god, Loptous. He's as villainous as anyone can be.
Class/Level : Dark Bishop LV30
Heritage    : none
Appearance  : as an enemy in epilogue
Weapons     : Fenrir, Yotsumungand
      Skill : Pursuit, Rapid Hit, Charisma
Comment     : The major bad guy that tries to screw up the history of
            Grandbell Continent. Unfortunately for him, Celis is here
            to destroy his plans. ^_^ While he's a very strong
            mage, he just can't stand a chance against Celis.

      Name  : Manya
Background  : Fury's elder sister and a knight of Silezia. She came to
            rescue Sigurd when he was framed by Langbart and Reptall
            and escorted his army to Silezia. When Silezia is thrown
            into a civil war, she must fight for her queen.
Personality : Patriotic and brave. Like her sister, she has a crush on
            Levin.
Class/Level : Falcon Knight LV25
Heritage    : none
Appearance  : as a neutral soldier in chapter 4
Weapons     : Silver Spear
      Skill : Rapid Hit
Comment     : Although fairly important to the plot, Manya is easily
            defeated by Andrey. You can't really count on her to help
            you much.

      Name  : Reptall
Background  : Duke of Freezi and Tiltu's father. He was allying himself
            with Arvis, but is betrayed in the end. He was also
            Langbart's partner-in-crime in abuse of their power.
Personality : He does seem to care about his family, but power and
            reputation are more important for him.
Class/Level : Baron LV30
Heritage    : Tordo*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 5
Weapons     : Thor Hammer
      Skill : Big Shield
Comment     : Reptall is the boss of the first half of the game, and
            the hardest enemy Sigurd will face. Defeat him with Sigurd
            or Levin and keep away the other units.

      Name  : Scorpio
Background  : Andrey's son and a cousin to Lester, Rana, Faval, and
            Patty. He teamed up with Hilda to set a trap for Celis'
            army.
Personality : A scum, plain and simple. What else would you expect from
            Andrey's son?
Class/Level : Master Knight LV29
Heritage    : Ulir
Appearance  : as an enemy in epilogue
Weapons     : Killer Bow
      Skill : Pursuit, Charge
Comment     : Watch out! Kill him before he attacks you, because his
            Killer Bow REALLY can kill you!

      Name  : Shagarle
Background  : King of Agstria that assasinated his father in order to
            get the throne. He imprisoned Ertotian and was planning to
            attack Grandbell, but ends up having to face Sigurd. He
            tries again later when he is defeated by Sigurd the first
            time.
Personality : Greedy and cowardly with no talent in tactics. He's one
            of those types that just can't be redeemed.
Class/Level : Baron (LV10 in chapter 2, LV25 in chapter 3)
Heritage    : none
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapters 2 and 3
Weapons     : Silver Claymore, Reblow Wand (in chapter 2), Borganon (in
            chapter 3)
      Skill : Big Shield
Comment     : Shagarle is the entire reason you can't recruit Ertotian
            in your army. Beat up this wimp anyway you like.

      Name  : Trabant
Background  : King of Trachea that works as a mercenary for foreign
            armies. He sided with Arvis to protect the people of his
            kingdom, and was secretly plotting to conquer the whole
            Trachea peninsula.
Personality : Always calculative and calm. He is willing to do anything
            to make his kingdom prosper for the sake of his people.
Class/Level : Dragon Master LV30
Heritage    : Dain*
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapters 5 and 9
Weapons     : Gungnere (in chapter 5), Silver Spear (in chapter 9),
            Power Ring (in chapter 9)
      Skill : Pursuit, Nullify, Ambush
Comment     : He is the one that raids and kills Cuan and Etherine. He
            does some cruel and immoral things to enrich his kingdom. 
            He won't use Gungnere when you face him, so he's not that
            difficult to defeat.

      Name  : Volts
Background  : Beowulf's colleague in working under King Macbeth of
            Anfony Castle. Unlike Beowulf, he chooses to remain loyal to
            his employer.
Personality : Easygoing and very confident. He believes that nobody in
            the world can beat him.
Class/Level : Forrest Knight LV20
Heritage    : none
Appearance  : as an enemy in chapter 2
Weapons     : Steel Claymore, Elite Ring
      Skill : Rapid Hit
Comment     : Volts is fairly strong at the time you battle him, but
            the reward easily outweighs the risk; an Elite Ring! This is
            one enemy you will actually be GLAD to face.

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V: Skills

      Skills are inherent special abilities that units can have. They
are usually aquired through inheriting from one's parents or belong
to certain classes, but in a few cases of enemy units, a character can
gain or lose a Skill for no apparent reason. In any case, Skills are
good things to have, no matter what kind. Know all of these well to form
solid strategies for your characters.

V-1: Descriptions for each Skills

      Each of these Skills will be listed in the following format:

            Skill name
    Effects : what it does
 Activation : how it is activated and how often
       Item : what (if any) item has the same effect
      Class : what class(es) have this skill as default

            Big Shield
    Effects : completely blocks any attack without taking any damage
 Activation : during battle with LV/100 chance
       Item : none
      Class : all Generals

            Anger
    Effects : every hits become critical hits (attack power is doubled)
 Activation : during battle, HP must be less than half of Maximum HP
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Pursuit
    Effects : launch another attack after the first one
 Activation : during battle, always activates as long as the following
            equation gives a number greater than zero: 
            (your Speed - weight of your weapon) - (enemy Speed -
            weight of enemy weapon)
       Item : Pursuit Ring
      Class : all Master Knights, Bow Fighters, Snipers, Thief Fighters,
            Sword Fighters, Forrests, Sword Masters, Dragon Masters,
            and Sages

            Rapid Hit
    Effects : attack twice in row
 Activation : during battle with Speed/100 chance
       Item : none
      Class : all Forrest Knights, Falcon Knights, Mage Fighters, and
            Sword Masters

            Steal
    Effects : takes away all money out of the enemy
 Activation : during battle, at least one attack must connect
       Item : Thief Sword, Thief Bracelet
      Class : all Thiefs and Thief Fighters

            Dance
    Effects : enables the adjacent units to act again
 Activation : can be used as a command
       Item : none
      Class : all Dancers

            Charisma
    Effects : gives 10% boost to Hit % and Dodge % to everyone within
            three spaces
 Activation : always
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Nullify
    Effects : cancels out the effects of Anger, Critical, Meteor Slash, 
            Moonlight Slash, and Sunlight Slash
 Activation : always during battle
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Prayer
    Effects : increase Dodge % by (11 - HP) X 10 for the duration of one
            turn
 Activation : during battle, HP must be ten or lower
       Item : Prayer Sword, Tilfing, Prayer Bracelet
      Class : none

            Critical
    Effects : attack power doubles for the duration of one hit
 Activation : during battle with Technique/100 chance
       Item : Mistletin, Killer Bow, any weapon that killed 50 or more
            enemies
      Class : none

            Ambush
    Effects : always attack first even when the battle is initiated by
            the enemy
 Activation : during battle, HP must be less than half of Maximum HP
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Charge
    Effects : continuously battle another round
 Activation : during battle with [(your Speed - weight of your weapon) -
            (enemy Speed - weight of enemy weapon)]/100 chance
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Meteor Slash
    Effects : attack five times in row
 Activation : during battle with Technique/100 chance
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Moonlight Slash
    Effects : render opponent's Defense to 0 for the duration of one hit
 Activation : during battle with Technique/100 chance
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Sunlight Slash
    Effects : recover HP in the amount of damage dealt by one hit
 Activation : during battle with Technique/100 chance
       Item : none
      Class : none

            Live
    Effects : recover 5~10 HP per turn
 Activation : at the beginning of every turn
       Item : Live Bracelet
      Class : none

            Elite
    Effects : earn twice as much Experience Points
 Activation : always
       Item : Elite Ring
      Class : none

            Bargain
    Effects : anything can be bought at half of normal price
 Activation : whenever making a purchase
       Item : Bargain Bracelet
      Class : none

V-2: Useful Skill combinations

      Some Skills are more effective when combined together, and some
work better for certain classes. Below are the combinations I like and
recommend, and I encourage you to try them.

#1: Anger + Ambush
      This is a classic combination. Both are activated under the same
condition, so they ALWAYS work together. Ambush protects the user from
receiving a hit first, and Anger should be enough to kill most of
non-boss enemies if your weapon (magic is preferrable, since most
enemies are vulnerable to it) is strong enough. This is extremely useful
for facing hordes of enemy soldiers, where just one character can
massacre the entire squad without taking a single damage. This
combination can be done by Arthur and Tinny if their father was either
Aidan or Rex.

#2: Meteor Slash + Critical
      What can be more of an overkill than Meteor Slash? Why, Meteor
Slash mixed with critical hits! This is useful when facing enemies that
have extremely high HP and Defense, and you need just a bit more oomph
to deal more damage with each hits. You might say that Moonlight Slash
or Sunlight Slash would be even better, but for some reason, two special
sword techniques never occur at the same time (at least, this was the
case for me). Only the Critical Skill can be used during Meteor Slash.
With this combination, the only enemy you won't be able to defeat are
those with Nullify Skill. This combination can be done by Skasaha and
Lakche if either Noicht or Levin was their father.

#3: Nullify for Pegasus/Falcon Knight
        Flying units are really useful... Provided that they don't go
anywhere near bow-users. If they do, they are instantly history. But
what if they have Nullify Skill? Now arrows, or any kind of weapon for
that matter, won't threaten them again! Fee is the only one who can
create this combination, and only if Alec happenned to be her father.

#4: Pursuit + Rapid Hit + Charge
      Here's the next best thing to Meteor Slash. If used by characters
by high Speed, all of them have a fair chance of activating. While not
as nigh-invincible as Meteor Slash, it should give you more than enough
hits to kill most enemies. Jamka and Beowulf (after changing his class)
automatically have this combination, and lots of second-generation
characters can possess this if they have the right father. Of course, if
you add Meteor Slash to this that would be even better, but that would
be redefining the term "overkill."

V-3: How Skills are inherited

      Now you know every type of Skills available. The last thing you
should learn are how they are inherited from parents to children. While
you might think that every Skills are inherited, the truth is not that
easy. There are two kinds of classification that every Skill must belong
to: personal and class. Personal Skills are the ones that the character
developed by his or her own effort, as opposed to class Skills, which
are mandatory for specific classes. Simply put, personal Skills are
inheritable while class Skills are not. How to distinguish the two?
Check a unit's stats and highlight the Skills he or she has, and they
will be titled either "personal" or "class."
      There are notable exceptions to this rule, however. Meteor Slash,
Moonlight Slash, and Sunlight Slash cannot be inherited by those who
cannot use sword (for obvious reasons), and they cannot be inherited by
those that are NOT on foot (for very unobvious and frustrating reasons).
So be careful when doing the matchmaking, because you have to consider
which Skills blend well with each children!

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VI: Items

      What's an RPG without items? Pretty boring, I suspect. You don't
have to worry about lack of items in FE4. While most of them are
weapons, there are quite a few "accessories" that can grant their user
various special effects. Know these wares well, and plan which to give
to whom.

      All of the weapons will be described in the following format:

            weapon name
Attack pow. : how much attack power the weapon has
   Accuracy : how much Hit % the weapon offers
       Rank : rank of a weapon; obviously, better weapons require better
            users
      Range : how much range the weapon has
     Weight : how much the weapon weight
 Durability : how many times the weapon can be used
      Price : how much the weapon costs for repair per use
   Scarcity : how rare and valuable the weapon is, on scale of stars: 
            ****** = legendary weapon
            ***** = one of the kind
            **** = quite rare
            *** = relatively common
            ** = readily available
            * = more than you would like
Sp. effects : any special effects the weapon might have
    Comment : my personal tidbit about the weapon

VI-1: Swords

      Swords are relatively light weapon with above-average accuaracy
and more variety than any other weapon type. They don't necessarily have
a lot of attack power and have a slight disadvantage against spears, but
have a huge advantage against axes, which is a great help in early
stages. It's arguable whether swords are the best weapon amongst all
weapons, but nobody can deny it's one of the best.

            Iron Sword
Attack pow. : 6
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 20 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Easily the most useless weapon in the whole game.
            Unfortunately, quite a few characters have this initially. 

            Steel Sword
Attack pow. : 10
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : **
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : One of the weaker weapons in the game. Not exactly
            useless, but leaves a lot to be desired.

            Silver Sword
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ***
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Good attack power considering its lightness, but not
            everyone gets to use it.

            Iron Claymore
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1
     Weight : 6
 Durability : 50
      Price : 40 Gold per use
   Scarcity : **
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Stronger than Iron/Steel Sword, but harder to use.

            Steel Claymore
Attack pow. : 16
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1
     Weight : 6
 Durability : 50
      Price : 120 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Beefed-up version of Iron Claymore. Good for serious
            sword-users.

            Silver Claymore
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1
     Weight : 6
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Powerful sword, but a little expensive to repair.

            Prayer Sword
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C (can be used only by females)
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 80 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : grants the user the Prayer Skill
    Comment : Lachesis' initial equipment. Neither useless nor
            dependable.

            Thief Sword
Attack pow. : 3
   Accuracy : 50%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 2
 Durability : 50
      Price : 20 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : grants the user the Steal Skill
    Comment : Not a weapon to kill the enemies with, but something of a
            lifesaver for poor characters.

            Berserk Sword 
Attack pow. : 8
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : occasionally confuses the enemy
    Comment : You can confuse your enemy with this... But wouldn't you
            rather simply kill him than bother with it?

            Hero Sword 
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 100%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 160 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : always attacks twice in row (negates the effect of Rapid
            Hit Skill)
    Comment : The next best thing to legendary weapons... Heck, 
            sometimes even better than them! This is THE sword to fight
            over.

            Sleep Sword 
Attack pow. : 8
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 300 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : occasionally puts the enemy to sleep
    Comment : Great thing to use in coliseums and against those next-to-
            impossible-to-defeat bosses.

            Thin Sword 
Attack pow. : 8
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 1
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : **
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Lacking in attack power, but very light and easy to use.

            Fire Sword 
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : casts El Fire when used from distance
    Comment : A great sword for weak characters that can't afford to
            get hit often.

            Earth Sword 
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 10
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : casts Resire when used from distance; drains HP when used
            as a melee weapon
    Comment : Expensive, but more than worth the price to rival the
            legendary weapons. Now if only it wasn't so fragile...

            Thunder Sword 
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : casts El Thunder when used from distance
    Comment : Similar to Fire Sword, but better thanks to Thunder
            Magic's advantage over Fire Magic.

            Wind Sword
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : casts El Wind when used from distance
    Comment : Fire Sword and Thunder Sword's lighter cousin. Second only
            to Light Sword as a magical sword.

            Light Sword
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 240 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : casts Lightning when used from distance
    Comment : The best magical sword available. Somewhat expensive to
            use constantly, though.

            Defense Sword
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : adds 7 points bonus to Defense
    Comment : A great thing to have for any swordman. With this, even
            those with low Defense can stand in front-line.

            Barrier Sword
Attack pow. : 10
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 240 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : adds 7 points bonus to Magic Def.
    Comment : Great help against mages, but this is quite hard to
            acquire.

            "Demon Sword" Mistletin
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : * (only Ertotian and Ares get to use it)
      Range : 1
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 20 points bonus to Technique and 10 points bonus to
            Magic Def.; grants the user the Critical Skill
    Comment : The secret to Ertotian's strength. Thanks to Technique
            bonus, Critical activates very often, and Magic Def. bonus
            protects Ares from enemy spells.

            "Holy Sword" Tilfing
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : * (only Byron, Sigurd, and Celis get to use it)
      Range : 1
     Weight : 7
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Technique, 10 points bonus to
            Speed, and 20 points bonus to Magic Def.; grants the user
            the Prayer Skill
    Comment : Extremely well-balanced sword that renders most enemy
            magics useless. You just can't go wrong with this mighty
            weapon; heck, Celis can actually stand a chance against
            Julius with this.

            "Divine Sword" Balmunk
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : * (only Shannon gets to use it)
      Range : 1
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Technique and 20 points bonus to
            Speed
    Comment : A sword that offers both extremely high Hit % and Dodge %.
            Shannon will be able to win most battles with this weapon
            without taking a scratch on himself.

            Ironcutter
Attack pow. : 6
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : always lands critical hits against Armors and Generals
    Comment : A great thing to have when facing lots of those
            hard-shelled turtles.

            Swallow Flipper
Attack pow. : 6
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : always lands critical hits against flying units
    Comment : With this, you won't have to rely on bow to take down
            those annoying flying units.


VI-2: Spears

      Spears are relatively heavy weapons with high attack power and
great accuracy. They have a slight advantage over swords but are
considerably disadvantaged against axes. Their weight lowers their
users' Dodge % somewhat, but you can expect consistent, good performance
out of all of them, enabling them to tie with swords for usefulness.

            Iron Spear
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 20 Gold per use
   Scarcity : **
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : The most standard spear of all spears. Not very appealing.

            Steel Spear
Attack pow. : 16
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Stronger than Iron Spear but much less available.

            Silver Spear
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : A first-class weapon that is cheaper than you would expect
            from its power.

            Hand Spear
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 18
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ***
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Can be used from distance, but is heavy and inaccurate.

            Knight Killer
Attack pow. : 10
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 16
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : always lands critical hits against any units on horse
    Comment : A great thing to have when facing armies of cavalry
            enemies.

            Hero Spear
Attack pow. : 15
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 160 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : always attacks twice in row (negates the effect of Rapid
            Hit Skill)
    Comment : The best out of non-legendary spears. Very, very
            dependable.

            Thin Spear
Attack pow. : 12
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 6
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60%
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : The lightest spear available. Much better than Iron Spear.

            "Earth Spear" Geyborg
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : * (only Cuan and Althena get to use it)
      Range : 1
     Weight : 15
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Strength, Technique, and Defense
    Comment : A truly monstrous spear. It's heavy, but its Defense boost
            will render most physical attacks meaningless, and very few
            can survive against its power. 

            "Heaven Spear" Gungnere (enemy-only)
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : * (only Trabant and Allione get to use it)
      Range : 1
     Weight : 15
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Strength, Speed, and Defense
    Comment : The counterpart to Geyborg that you will drool over but
            never get to use. Be very afraid... You will have to fight
            against its user!!

VI-3: Axes

      Axes are powerful, but they lack accuracy and are extremely heavy.
They have considerable advantage against spears, but are at extreme
disadvantage against swords. Definitely not the best weapon type, but
some characters are stuck with them.

            Iron Ax
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
     Weight : 18
 Durability : 50
      Price : 20 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : You get only one of this for yourself, and it's Rex's
            initial equipment. Not really useful, but you need it to
            get Hero Ax in chapter 1.

            Steel Ax
Attack pow. : 18
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 18
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Better than Iron Ax, but still not very useful.


            Silver Ax
Attack pow. : 22
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1
     Weight : 18
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : The most powerful out of all non-legendary weapons, but
            takes a second place after Hero Ax in practicality.

            Hero Ax
Attack pow. : 16
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 160 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : always attacks twice in row (negates the effect of Rapid
            Hit Skill)
    Comment : Easily the best ax you will get. It's the lightest, too, 
            so if you're fighting against spear-users, you can expect
            a relatively high Dodge %.

            Hand Ax
Attack pow. : 10
   Accuracy : 50%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 20
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Can be used from distance, but extremely clumsy and hard
            to use.

            "Holy Ax" Swanchika (enemy-only)
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : * (only Langbart and Bulian get to use it)
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 20
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 20 points bonus to Defense and 10 points bonus to
            Magic Def.
    Comment : The bad@$$ ax that you will never get to use. This ax not
            only gives its user ridiculous protection, but can also be
            used from distance. Fortunately, it's still ineffective
            against swords.

VI-4: Bows

      Bows offer medium attack power, accuracy, and weight. They have no
advantage nor disadvantage against any other weapon. They can be used
only from distance; at close range, they are utterly useless. Also, all
bows always land critical hits whenever facing flying units. Use bows
to attack enemies from distance before finishing them off with melee
weapons.
      Arches are also included in this section because, like bows, they
cannot be used in close range and always land critical hits on flying
units. None of them can be used by your army; these long-range,
extremely heavy weapons can only be used by enemy armies.

            Iron Bow
Attack pow. : 10
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : C
      Range : 2
     Weight : 8
 Durability : 50
      Price : 20 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : The weakest of all bows. Not something to use for long.

            Steel Bow
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : B
      Range : 2
     Weight : 8
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Better than Iron Bow, but not good enough.

            Silver Bow
Attack pow. : 18
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : A
      Range : 2
     Weight : 8
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : A very strong bow, but still not the best.

            Hero Bow
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 2
     Weight : 8
 Durability : 50
      Price : 160 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : always attacks twice in row (negates the effect of Rapid
            Hit Skill)
    Comment : Hero-weapons are always good. Ties with Killer Bow for the
            best non-legendary bow available.

            Killer Bow
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 100%
       Rank : C
      Range : 2
     Weight : 3
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : grants the user the Critical Skill
    Comment : Extremely accurate and light, AND comes with a free
            Critical Skill. Simply awesome.

            "Holy Bow" Ichieval
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : * (only Brigit and Faval get to use it)
      Range : 2
     Weight : 13
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Strength and Speed; grants the
            user the Live Skill
    Comment : Extremely powerful bow that is one of the few weapons that
            actually stand a chance against Julius' Loptous. Faval can
            be amazingly frightening thanks to this.

            Long Arch 
Attack pow. : 15
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 30
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Can be used only by enemy units. Has a decent
            power, but is extremely heavy and lacks accuracy.

            Iron Arch 
Attack pow. : 25
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 30
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Can be used only by enemy units. Very painful if you get
            hit with it, but still lacks accuracy.

            Killer Arch 
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 100%
       Rank : C
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 30
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : grants the user the Critical Skill
    Comment : Yikes! High accuracy AND Critical Skill? Easily the best
            out of all arches, and, of course, you don't get to use it.

VI-5: Fire magics

      Fire magics are quite heavy, lowering the users' Dodge %
considerably. They have a large advantage over Wind magics, but have an
even bigger disadvantage against Thunder magics. It's not the best
magic type out of all magics, but sometimes it proves to be useful.

            Fire
Attack pow. : 8
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : The weakest Fire magic available. Not very dependable, 
            but not exactly useless.

            El Fire
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 120 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Balanced Attack Power and Accuracy. Suits Azel quite well.

            Borganon
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 240 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Rather expensive, but very powerful. Use it against
            enemies that have high resistance against magics.

            Fala Flame
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : * (only Arvis gets to use it)
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 15
 Durability : 50
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Magic Power, Defense, and Magic
            Def.
    Comment : One of the most powerful magics in existance. 
            Unfortunately, only Arvis gets to use this, so you will
            quickly learn to hate this spell.

            Meteor
Attack pow. : 15
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 30
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Long-distance Fire magic that you will never get to use. 
            These are often wielded by dangerous characters, so watch
            out!

VI-6: Thunder magics

      Thunder magics aren't as heavy as Fire magics, but they aren't
very light, either. Thunder magics work great against Fire magics, but
doesn't work well against Wind magics. It can be handy to have one of
these, but don't overuse them.

            Thunder
Attack pow. : 8
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 7
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Weakest out of Thunder magics. Not something to depend on
            for long.

            El Thunder
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 7
 Durability : 50
      Price : 120 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Well-balanced abilities, but not exactly devastating.

            Tron
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 7
 Durability : 50
      Price : 240 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Powerful, but leaves something to be desired in accuracy.

            Thor Hammer
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : * (only Reptall, Broome, and Ishtal get to use it)
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 10
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 20 points bonus to Technique and 10 points bonus to
            Speed
    Comment : Enemy-only magic that offers incredible Hit % and high
            Dodge %. Be careful when fighting against users of this
            mighty spell.

            Thunder Storm 
Attack pow. : 15
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 30
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : One of those long-distance magics that you will quickly
            learn to hate. Approach with caution.

VI-7: Wind magics

      Wind magics are extremely light, ensuring that the user will have
a high Dodge %. They work well against Thunder magics, but are at large
disadvantage against Fire magics. Out of three basic magic types, you
will find the Wind magics to be most useful.

            Wind
Attack pow. : 8
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 2
 Durability : 50
      Price : 60 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Weak, but very light. Nice weapon for High Priests.

            El Wind 
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 2
 Durability : 50
      Price : 120 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Very dependable weapon with nice Attack Power and
            Accuracy. Very light, too.

            Tornado
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 2
 Durability : 50
      Price : 240 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Great magic, but by the time you get this, you probably
            have Holsety already.

            Holsety
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : * (only Levin and his son get to use it)
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : adds 10 points bonus to Technique and 20 points bonus to
            Speed
    Comment : A VERY reliable spell. It boosts the user's Dodge % to
            ridiculous amount, enabling him to avoid most attacks
            without even trying. Levin and his son will be semi-
            invincible thanks to this.

            Blizzard
Attack pow. : 15
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : C
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 30
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Yet another long-distance magic that you won't get to use. 
            Very annoying.

VI-8: Light magics

      Light magics are somewhat heavy, but they more than make up for
that by having advantage over Fire, Thunder, and Wind magics. Against
Dark magics, they have no advantage nor disadvantage. You will find them
quite useful, but they are very rare, and not many people can use them.

            Lightning
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 5
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : A very good spell to have. Should take care of normal 
            mages quite easily.

            Resire
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : drains HP from the opponent
    Comment : A very handy spell that only Julia gets to use. With this, 
            she can even act as a wall or a bait.

            Aura
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 20
 Durability : 50
      Price : 300 Gold per use
   Scarcity : *****
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Powerful, but very expensive and heavy. You would prefer 
            Resire than this any day of the week.

            Narga
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : * (only Julia gets to use it)
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : 50
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : negates the effect of Loptous spell; adds 20 points bonus 
            to Technique, Speed, Defense, and Magic Def.
    Comment : Unarguably the best weapon in the game; Julia becomes 
            practically invincible with this. Unfortunately, you won't 
            get to use this until the very end.

VI-9: Dark magics

      You will never get to use any of Dark magics. They often have
bizarre but deadly effects and are quite heavy. They also have advantage
over Fire, Thunder, and Wind magics, while Light magics are their
equals. Beware of these spells; one hit from any of them can render
your character helpless!

            Yotsmungand
Attack pow. : 20
   Accuracy : 90%
       Rank : C
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Strong and accurate; a deadly combination. Be careful
            when facing one of these monsters.

            Hell
Attack pow. : N/A
   Accuracy : 60%
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 20
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : reduces unit's HP to 1 if connected
    Comment : It doesn't matter if your unit has 30+ Magic Def.;
            one hit from this, and your next hit will kill you.
            Be VERY careful when facing users of this terrible
            magic.

            Loptous 
Attack pow. : 30
   Accuracy : 80%
       Rank : * (only Julius gets to use it)
      Range : 1~2
     Weight : 12
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : ******
Sp. effects : reduces opponent's attack power to half; adds 5
            points bonus to Magic Def.
    Comment : The magic reserved for Julius, the last boss of
            the game. Without Narga, it is EXTREMELY difficult
            to fight against this hellish spell.

            Fenrir 
Attack pow. : 14
   Accuracy : 70%
       Rank : B
      Range : 3~10
     Weight : 20
 Durability : N/A
      Price : N/A
   Scarcity : N/A
Sp. effects : none
    Comment : Notice its relatively high accuracy; this is easily
            the most dangerous long-distance spell you have to watch
            out for.

VI-10: Wands

      Wands aren't weapons; they are used to either support your
characters or disable enemies. Some of them are INCREDIBLY
expensive, but it's best to use wands as often as you can, because
wands give Experience Points each time they are used, and the more
expensive it is to fix, the more Experience Points you get.

      All of the wands will be described in the following format:

            wand name
     Effect : what the wand does
       Rank : rank of a wand; obviously, better wands require better
            users
      Range : how much range the wand has
 Durability : how many times the wand can be used
      Price : how much the wand costs for repair per use
 Experience : how much Experience Point is gained per use
   Scarcity : how rare and valuable the wand is, on scale of stars: 
            ****** = legendary wand
            ***** = one of the kind
            **** = quite rare
            *** = relatively common
            ** = readily available
            * = more than you would like
    Comment : my personal tidbit about the wand

            Live Wand
     Effect : recovers target's HP by ( 10 + user's Magic Power)
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
 Durability : 50
      Price : 100 Gold per use
 Experience : 15
   Scarcity : ***
    Comment : The cheapest wand available. Surprisingly, this
            wand proves to be useful throughout the whole game.

            Relive Wand
     Effect : recovers target's HP by ( 20 + 2 X user's Magic Power)
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
 Durability : 50
      Price : 200 Gold per use
 Experience : 20
   Scarcity : ***
    Comment : Twice as effective as Live Wand. Great for wand-users
            with low Magic Power.

            Recover Wand
     Effect : recovers target's HP completely
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
 Durability : 50
      Price : 300 Gold per use
 Experience : 25
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : Not as useful as it sounds, since most of the time Live
            Wand or Relive Wand gets the job done for cheaper price.

            Reblow Wand
     Effect : casts Live on a unit within 10 spaces
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 10
      Price : 500 Gold per use
 Experience : 35
   Scarcity : ****
    Comment : A very useful wand that allow priests to stay away from
            danger. It's a bit pricey and fragile, however, so don't
            overuse them.

            Reserve Wand
     Effect : casts Live on all units within 10 spaces
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 10
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
 Experience : 60
   Scarcity : ****
    Comment : One of the best wands in the game. It's very expensive,
            so use it only when you must.

            Return Wand
     Effect : teleports target back to the base castle
       Rank : C
      Range : 1
 Durability : 10
      Price : 500 Gold per use
 Experience : 35
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : Useful on a few occasions, but don't expect much.

            Warp Wand
     Effect : teleports target back to any castle in your posession
       Rank : B
      Range : 1
 Durability : 10
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
 Experience : 60
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : Expensive and useless. Nothing much to use it for.

            Rescue Wand
     Effect : teleports a unit within 10 spaces to next to user
       Rank : A
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 10
      Price : 1500 Gold per use
 Experience : 75
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : Very expensive and not much purpose for it. It can
            come in handy to help a near-death unit on front-line,
            but that's about it.

            Rest Wand
     Effect : nullifys any status anomaly of a unit within 10 spaces
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 10
      Price : 1000 Gold per use
 Experience : 60
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : With this, you don't have to worry about enemies'
            Silence Wand and Sleep Wand.

            Silence Wand
     Effect : renders an enemy unit incapable of using magic for
            approximately 5 turns; user's Magic Power must be
            higher than target's Magic Def.
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 3
      Price : 10000 Gold per use
 Experience : 100
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : A wand that can make enemy mages helpless.
            Unfortunately, it's extremely expensive and fragile,
            preventing frequent use.

            Sleep Wand
     Effect : incapaciates an enemy unit for approximately 5 turns;
            user's Magic Power must be higher than target's Magic
            Def.
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 1
      Price : 30000 Gold per use
 Experience : 100
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : A ridiculously expensive and fragile wand that is
            fortunately (unfortunately?) VERY useful. If there is
            a boss unit you just can't defeat, this comes in handy.

            Berserk Wand
     Effect : confuses an enemy unit for approximately 5 turns; user's
            Magic Power must be higher than target's Magic Def.
       Rank : B
      Range : 1~10
 Durability : 1
      Price : 30000 Gold per use
 Experience : 100
   Scarcity : *****
    Comment : Similar to Sleep Wand, but the enemy unit can still fight
            against you (it's just a matter of luck), so it's nowhere
            near as useful.

            Valkyre Wand
     Effect : revives a dead character; can be used only at base castle
       Rank : * (only Claude and his son get to use it)
      Range : N/A
 Durability : 1
      Price : 30000 Gold per use
 Experience : 100
   Scarcity : ******
    Comment : The one and only legendary wand in existance. Hopefully, you
            will never have to use this.

VI-11: Accessories

      Accessories consist of rings and bracelets. They offer either a stat
bonus or effect of a Skill. The good news is that a character can use as
many accessories as he or she can carry. The bad news is that accessories
are rare and very expensive, so you must choose carefully who uses which.

      All of the accessories will be described in the following format:

            accessory name
     Effect : what the accessory does
      Price : how much the accessory costs
    Comment : my personal tidbit about the accessory

            Power Ring
     Effect : adds 5 points bonus to Strength
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : This should come in handy for characters with low attack
            power.

            Magic Ring
     Effect : adds 5 points bonus to Magic Power
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : A great accessory for any mage.

            Skill Ring
     Effect : adds 5 points bonus to Technique
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : Use this to increase frequency of occurence for Critical
            and Meteor/Moonlight/Sunlight Slash as well as raising
            Hit %.

            Speed Ring
     Effect : adds 5 points bonus to Speed
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : Very handy to have; this alone raises Dodge % by 10.

            Shield Ring
     Effect : adds 5 points bonus to Defense
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : Coveted item of front-line fighters.

            Barrier Ring
     Effect : adds 5 points bonus to Magic Def.
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : Protect magically-weak characters with this.

            Red Ring
     Effect : adds 3 points bonus to movement range
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : Very handy for Dancers.

            Elite Ring
     Effect : grants the user the Elite Skill
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : It gives you twice the normal EXP. Enough said.

            Knight Ring
     Effect : allows walking character to move after acting
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : Along with Red Ring, this makes Dancers twice as useful.

            Return Ring
     Effect : allows user to teleport back to castle
      Price : 20000 Gold
    Comment : Useful for Sigurd and Celis, but few other characters
            will want it.

            Live Bracelet
     Effect : grants the user the Live Skill
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : Not as useful as it sounds, but a nice thing to have.

            Thief Bracelet
     Effect : grants the user the Steal Skill
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : This nifty item will allow you to use expensive weapons
            without worrying about repair cost.

            Prayer Bracelet
     Effect : grants the user the Prayer Skill
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : Comes in handy when fighting in coliseum, but don't rely
            on it otherwise.

            Bargain Bracelet
     Effect : grants the user the Bargain Skill
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : Half price for everything. Need I say more?

            Pursuit Ring
     Effect : grants the user the Pursuit Skill
      Price : 40000 Gold
    Comment : One of the best accessories in the game. Unfortunately,
            you will never get more than one of this.

            Circlet
     Effect : grants the user the Prayer and Live Skill
      Price : N/A
    Comment : Only Diadra and Julia will get to use this, and it can't
            be sold away. Oh well...

            Recover Ring
     Effect : recovers the user's HP completely at the beginning of
            every turn
      Price : N/A
    Comment : Enemy-only accessory. Gives a ridiculous advantage to
            the user.

VI-12: Broken Weapons

      What happens when you use up the durability of a weapon? It breaks
and becomes a Broken Sword/Spear/Ax/Bow. All broken weapons have 0
Attack Power, 30 Accuracy, 30 Weight, and has the value of 100 Gold.
Needless to say, using broken weapons is like asking for enemies to kill
you, so you better fix them up quickly. Magics and Wands, on the other
hand, cannot be used at all when it's broken, and remains so until they
are repaired.

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VII: Coupling

      The coupling system is what makes Fire Emblem 4: Lineage of Holy
War different from other strategy RPGs. To put it simply, first-
generation characters from the first half fall in love and make
children, who will be the second-generation characters to fight the
second half of the game. Note that coupling also occurs in the second-
generation characters, but it matters very little for the player since
their children won't appear in the game. This section covers what will
be inherited, how couples can be made, what the best pairs are, and who
the substitutes are going to be if a female first-generation character
dies or does not find a husband.

VII-1: Inheritance details

      What will the parents leave for their children? Skills,
equipments, money, stats growth rates, and Holy Blood, that's what.
However, as you might have expected, sons and daughters don't inherit
things equally:

        category  |         Son          |       Daughter       
      ----------------------------------------------------------
         Skills   | They both inherit both parents' personal
                  |Skills. Class Skills are not inherited.
      ----------------------------------------------------------
                  | He inherits what he  | She inherits what she
                  |can use from his      |can use from her
                  |father's equipments.  |mother's equipments.
       Equipments |Leef and Faval are    |Althena and Patty are
                  |exceptions and get    |exceptions and get
                  |what they can use from|what they can use from
                  |their mother's        |their father's
                  |equipments.           |equipments.
      ----------------------------------------------------------
          Money   | They both inherit 10% of both parents' Gold.
      ----------------------------------------------------------
                  | He inherits all of   | She inherits all of
          Stats   |his father's growth   |her mother's growth
         Growth   |rates and half of his |rates and half of her
          Rates   |mother's growth rates.|father's growth rates.
      ----------------------------------------------------------
                  | The inheritance of Holy Blood doesn't follow
                  |specific rules except that they are never
       Holy Blood |extinguished; as long as at least one parent
                  |has some Holy Blood, some or all of it are
                  |transferred to both children.

      It is important to remember the details in the above chart,
especially about the equipments inheritance Faval and Patty has
(otherwise you might choose a wrong father for them). When matchmaking,
consider all of the categories listed above.

VII-2: Matchmaking methods

      Creating a couple consists of two methods designed to raise
"romance rating": one is to have a conversation between the pair, and
the other is to place them next to each other. Both methods have their
good points and bad points.
      Conversation is quick, easy, and effective (romance rating is
raised by roughly 20% of the required amount), but it can occur only
between certain characters and at certain times.
      Placing both units next to each other is slow, tedious, effective
only during the first 50 turns of a chapter, and works at slower rates
for "odd" couples, but it can raise the romance rating significantly (if
used long enough) and can be used for all characters (that can romance
freely, that is; Sigurd, Diadra, Cuan, Etherine, and married characters
are excluded).
      Of course, it's best to use both methods to create a couple.  But
not many pairs have conversation for them, and those who do are more
likely to fall in love than those who do not (they automatically raise
romance rating between them and have higher efficiency in the second
method).  Better make couples as quickly as you can, or you might get an
unintended pair (or even worse, the female character might strike out!).

VII-3: Best coupling

      Here comes the ultimate question; just what are the best coupling?
And here's the answer; there is no single best coupling for any woman.
Each of them have at least two good candidates, and some men make good
husbands for more than one woman. Below are the lists of possible
candidates for all of the first-generation female characters.

VII-3-i: Eddin

      Eddin's children are Lester the Arch Knight and Rana the Priest.
Her ideal husband would be a great bow-user. And since she has no Skill
whatsoever herself, the more Skills he has, the better man he will be
for her.

Candidate #1: Midiel
Pros: Lester will inherit everything Midiel can use as well as Pursuit
    and Charge, which are complemented perfectly with Hero Bow (which
    Midiel gets in chapter 4 if he wins Eddin's heart). Needless to say,
    this Lester will be quite a powerhouse. Also, Rana will be able to
    fight decently thanks to Pursuit and Charge. Finally, this couple is
    very easy to make, being one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Nothing except that Lester's stats will probably be mediocre.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. This is for those who want safe
                yet effective coupling.

Candidate #2: Jamka
Pros: Lester will inherit everything Jamka can use, and gets Rapid Hit
    and Charge for Skills. Lester's stats can be very high in this case.
    Rana's stats will also be higher. Like the last one, this couple is
    also easy to make.
Cons: Hero Bow negates the effect of Rapid Hit, but without Pursuit
    Ring, Lester won't be effective without it. Rana's Strength becomes
    higher than her Magic Power, which offers absolutely no advantage.
Total evaluation: Recommended for those who wish to see Lester at his
                strongest and is willing to give Pursuit Ring and Killer
                Bow to him.

Candidate #3: Azel
Pros: Pursuit Skill inherited. Eddin (and consequently Rana) will get
    Rescue Wand, which cannot be obtained by any other method. Rana will
    be able to use El Fire (after changing her class) and get great
    stats. Again, this couple is quite easy to make, being one of the
    "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Lester will not get any bows, and his stats will suffer greatly.
    Also, Hero Bow will never see the light of day.
Total evaluation: Recommended only for those who wish to make Rana a
                capable fighter and get Rescue Wand.

VII-3-ii: Ayra

      This sword goddess' children are Skasaha and Lakche, both of them
being Sword Fighter. Ayra already has an incredible set of Skills, but
why not make improvements if you can? She can choose from a wide variety
of men willing to give her a strong son, so try different ones for every
time you play.

Candidate #1: Holin
Pros: Moonlight Slash will make a nice counterpart for Meteor Slash.
    Skasaha will get everything Holin can use. Both Skasaha and Lakche
    will get extremely high HP and Technique rating in addition to
    above-average growth rates on everything else. This couple is very
    easy to make as well.
Cons: Moonlight Slash and Meteor Slash cannot be activated
    simultaneously.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. This is an yet another safe but
                excellent match.

Candidate #2: Rex
Pros: Elite and Ambush will be extremely useful for both Skasaha and
    Lakche. They will also get incredible stats thanks to their father.
    The matchmaking process will be easy as well.
Cons: Skasaha cannot inherit any weapons from his father.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. If you can tolerate Skasaha's
                initial lack of weapon, then by all means go for it.

Candidate #3: Noicht
Pros: Critical and Charge mix very well with what Ayra already has.
    Skasaha gets all swords that Noicht has.
Cons: The children's stats will be high enough, but not outstanding.
    This couple is not as easy to make as the above two.
Total evaluation: Recommended. See Meteor Slash with Critical Hits!

Candidate #4: Deu
Pros: Sunlight Slash can be just as useful as Meteor Slash. Bargain
    Skill will make both children rich. Skasaha will get everything Deu
    can use. Both Skasaha and Lakche will have great stats.
Cons: This match is relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended. Although this is an odd pairing, it will
                be quite rewarding.

Candidate #5: Aidan
Pros: Ambush will be inherited. Skasaha will inherit all swords Aidan
    has. Skasaha will have abnormally high Strength and Defense.
Cons: Skasaha's Technique and Speed will be lowered noticably. This
    match is relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended for Aidan fans. ^_^;

VII-3-iii: Lachesis

      Lachesis will have Delmudd the Free Knight and Nanna the
Troubadour. Any knight-type male would serve her well, but those with
useful Skills are preferred. Don't worry too much about who you choose;
it will be impossible to turn either of her children into a member of
main force.

Candidate #1: Beowulf
Pros: Pursuit and Charge Skills inherited. Delmudd will inherit
    everything Beowulf can use. Both Delmudd and Nanna will have above-
    average fighting capability. This couple is very easy to make,
    being one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Except for Strength, none of Delmudd's stats will be outstanding.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. This is a safe, although boring,
                pairing.

Candidate #2: Finn
Pros: Pursuit and Prayer Skills inherited. Delmudd and Nanna will have
    a living father with them.
Cons: Delmudd will not inherit any of Finn's spears, but for some reason
    Finn will lose them all anyway (except for an Iron Spear he
    automatically gets in chapter 7). Delmudd's stats will be decidedly
    average. Since Finn and Lachesis can be together only during
    chapters 2 and 3, this couple is rather difficult to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended only for those wishing to make Finn a
                father.

Candidate #3: Noicht
Pros: Charge and Critical Skills inherited. Delmudd gets all swords up
    that Noicht has. Delmudd will have relatively high Strength and
    Defense. This couple is relatively easy to make, being one of the
    "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Delmudd will not be very effective without Pursuit Ring.
Total evaluation: Recommended for those who wish to see Delmudd at his
                strongest and can spare him a Pursuit Ring.

Candidate #4: Deu
Pros: Bargain Skill will make both Delmudd and Nanna rich. Both children
    will get great stats. Delmudd will inherit everything Deu can use.
    This couple is very easy to make, being one of the "predestined"
    pairs.
Cons: Sunlight Slash cannot be inherited. Delmudd will be rather
    useless without the aid of Pursuit Ring.
Total evaluation: Not very recommendable. Be careful when trying for
                other pairing; this match might automatically appear if
                Lachesis and/or Deu are not paired early.

VII-3-iv: Sylvia

      Sylvia's children are Lynn the Dancer and Corple the Priest.
Both of them are intended to be supporters rather than fighters, but
it all depends on what kind of father you choose for them. Keep in mind,
however, that if you want either of them to be a powerhouse, you have a
rather difficult way ahead of you.

Candidate #1: Claude
Pros: Corple will inherit everything Claude can use, including the
    Valkyre Wand. Corple (and Lynn to some extent) will get very high
    Magic Power and Magic Def. This couple is relatively easy to make,
    being one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Since Claude has no Skills whatsoever, Corple and Lynn will get
    only their mother's Skills. Neither Corple nor Lynn will be able to
    fight very well.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. Corple will become a great healer
                he was meant to be.

Candidate #2: Levin
Pros: Corple will inherit Holsety, enabling him to go to front line
    without any fear. Corple (and maybe Lynn) will max out on Speed.
    Critical Skill inherited. Corple will get all wands Levin has.
    This couple is very easy to make, being one of the "predestined"
    pairs.
Cons: Except for Holsety, Corple will not inherit any magic Levin has.
    Corple cannot use Holsety until he changes his class. Levin's Rapid
    Hit Skill is wasted since Sylvia already has it. 
Total evaluation: Recommended for those who paired Fury and Tiltu with
                somebody other than Levin.

Candidate #3: Alec
Pros: Pursuit and Nullify Skills inherited. This couple is very easy to
    make, being one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Corple cannot inherit any of the weapons Alec has. Corple's Magic
    Power and Magic Defense will only be mediocre.
Total evaluation: Not very recommendable. Be careful when trying for
                other pairing; this match might automatically appear if
                Sylvia and/or Alec are not paired early.

VII-3-v: Fury

      Fury's children are Sety the Sage and Fee the Pegasus Knight. Both
of them (especially Sety) can be very useful with a right father. Fury's
ideal man would be a powerful magician with lots of Skills.

Candidate #1: Levin
Pros: Everything Levin has will be inherited, including Holsety. Rapid
    Hit and Critical Skills inherited. Sety (and maybe Fee) will max out
    on Speed. Needless to say, Sety will be incredibly reliable. This
    couple is very easy to make, being one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Absolutely nothing!
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. You just can't go wrong with this
                classic pairing.

Candidate #2: Claude
Pros: Everything Claude has will be inherited, including Valkyre Wand.
    Sety (and Fee to some degree) will get incredible Magic Power and
    Magic Def.
Cons: Claude has no Skills to offer to his children. This match is
    relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended for those who wish to pair Levin with
                someone other than Fury.

Candidate #3: Azel
Pros: Sety will inherit all magics that Azel has. Sety gets high Magic
    Power and Speed. Sety will be able to use Borganon.
Cons: Azel's Pursuit Skill is wasted since Fury already has it. This
    match is relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended only for those looking for variety. This
                pairing is safe and solid, but offers little advantage
                that the above two do not.

Candidate #4: Alec
Pros: Nullify Skill is inherited, making Fee immune to arrows.
Cons: Alec's Pursuit Skill is wasted since Fury already has it. Sety
    cannot inherit anything from his father. Sety's stats will be
    unimpressive. This match is relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended only for those who want to see an airborne
                unit with immunity against arrows.

VII-3-vi: Brigit

      Brigit is an unusual case: her equipments goes to her son, Faval
the Bow Fighter; and her husband's equipments goes to her daughter,
Patty the Thief. To complicate the matter further, Brigit has no
personal Skill for herself, so her children must depend on their father
for Skills. And don't forget that Faval is a user of Ichieval, the
strongest bow in the game. Depending on who you choose for Brigit, both
Faval and Patty's usefulness can vary to a surprising degree.

Candidate #1: Jamka
Pros: Rapid Hit and Charge Skills inherited. Faval (and Patty to some
    degree) will get great stats. This couple is very easy to make,
    being one of the "predestined" pairs. Needless to say, Faval will be
    an incredibly dangerous character.
Cons: Patty cannot inherit any of the bows Jamka has.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. This is a safe yet very effective
                pairing with Faval at his strongest.

Candidate #2: Deu
Pros: Bargain and Sunlight Slash Skills inherited (the latter is
    inherited only by Patty). Patty will inherit all swords up to rank
    C that Deu has. Both Faval and Patty will get incredible stats.
Cons: Faval will not be as powerful as the above case. This match is
    relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended. In this case, both Faval and Patty can
                fight well.

Candidate #3: Alec
Pros: Pursuit and Nullify Skills inherited. Patty will inherit all
    swords Alec has.
Cons: Pursuit Skill is wasted since Faval and Patty (after changing her
    class) already have Pursuit as class Skills. Both Faval and Patty's
    stats will be unimpressive. This match is relatively hard to make.
Total evaluation: Recommended only for those who wish to defeat Julius
                by Faval.

Candidate #4: Midiel
Pros: Pursuit and Charge Skills inherited. This match is very easy to
    make, being one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Pursuit Skill is wasted since Faval and Patty (after changing her
    class) already have Pursuit as class Skills. Both Faval and Patty's
    stats will only be mediocre.
Total evaluation: Not recommendable at all. Jamka offers everything
                Midiel does and much more. Be careful when trying for
                other pairing; this match might automatically appear if
                Brigit and/or Midiel are not paired early.

VII-3-vii: Tiltu

      Tiltu's children are Arthur and Tinny, both of them being Mages.
However, her husband does not have to be a magician in order to make
their children strong. Since Tiltu is poor in terms of Skills she has,
you should prioritize the inheritance of Skills when choosing her
husband.

Candidate #1: Azel
Pros: Pursuit Skill inherited. Arthur can inherit all Fire and Thunder
    magics up to rank B and all Wind magics up to rank C. Arthur and
    Tinny will get high Magic Power and Speed. Both Arthur and Tiltu
    will be able to use Borganon. This match is very easy to make, being
    one of the "predestined" pairs.
Cons: Nothing in particular.
Total evaluation: Highly recommended. This match is very safe and solid.

Candidate #2: Rex
Pros: Ambush and Anger is very useful when combined. Elite Skill will
    allow both Arthur and Tinny to gain levels quickly. Arthur will get
    very high Defense for a mage character as well as high Speed and
    Technique.
Cons: Arthur cannot inherit any weapons from Rex. Arthur's Magic Power
    will be lowered considerably. Both Arthur and Tinny's usefulness are
    halved without Pursuit Ring.
Total evaluation: Recommended. If you are willing give Pursuit Ring to
                Rex (and consequently Arthur), Arthur will be quite
                powerful.

Candidate #3: Levin
Pros: Rapid Hit and Critical Skills inherited. Arthur will get all
    magics Levin has (with the possible exception of El Fire), including
    Holsety. Tinny will be able to use Tornado. Both Arthur and Tinny
    will max out on Technique and Speed.
Cons: This match is relatively hard to make. Tinny will not be very
    effective without the aid of Pursuit Ring.
Total evaluation: Recommended for those who wish to plow through most of
                the second half of the game by Arthur.

Candidate #4: Claude
Pros: Arthur will get all magics Claude has. Both Arthur and Tinny will
    have very high Magic Power and Magic Defense. This match is very
    easy to make, being one of the "predestined" pairs. Tinny will be
    able to use all wands up to rank A.
Cons: Valkyre Wand is wasted since Arthur cannot use it. Neither Arthur
    nor Tinny will be able to fight very well.
Total evaluation: Recommended only for those who wish to make Tinny a
                great healer.

VII-4: Substitute characters

      Substtitue characters show up only if one or more of the female
first-generation characters dies or does not get paired up by the end
of chapter 5. They are almost always inferior to characters they
replace, so it's best not to make any of the subtitute characters
appear. But for your information, here's the information for all of the
substitute characters. They are described in the following format:

      Name  : well, duh
Replacement : who he/she replaces
Class/Level : what class the character is, his/her initial level, and
            what he/she can change into
      Items : what items the character initially has
      Skill : what Skill(s) the character has

      Name  : Lodorban
Replacement : Skasaha
Class/Level : Sword Fighter LV1 -> Forrest
      Items : Iron Claymore
      Skill : Pursuit, Ambush

      Name  : Ladney
Replacement : Lakche
Class/Level : Sword Fighter LV1 -> Forrest
      Items : Iron Claymore
      Skill : Pursuit

      Name  : Mana
Replacement : Rana
Class/Level : Priest LV1 -> High Priest
      Items : Live Wand
      Skill : none

      Name  : Tristan
Replacement : Delmudd
Class/Level : Free Knight LV3 -> Forrest Knight
      Items : Iron Sword
      Skill : Critical, Rapid Hit (after changing his class)

      Name  : Dimna
Replacement : Lester
Class/Level : Arch Knight LV1 -> Bow Knight
      Items : Iron Bow
      Skill : Pursuit

      Name  : Femina
Replacement : Fee
Class/Level : Pegasus Knight LV2 -> Falcon Knight
      Items : Thin Spear, Berserk Sword
      Skill : Rapid Hit

      Name  : Amid
Replacement : Arthur
Class/Level : Wind Mage LV2 -> Mage Fighter
      Items : Wind
      Skill : Rapid Hit

      Name  : Joanne
Replacement : Nanna
Class/Level : Troubadour LV3 -> Paladin
      Items : Iron Sword, Relive Wand
      Skill : none

      Name  : Daisy
Replacement : Patty
Class/Level : Thief LV1 -> Thief Fighter
      Items : Sleep Sword
      Skill : Steal, Prayer, Pursuit (after changing her class)

      Name  : Linda
Replacement : Tinny
Class/Level : Thunder Mage LV3 -> Mage Fighter
      Items : El Thunder
      Skill : Elite, Anger, Rapid Hit (after changing her class)

      Name  : Leilia
Replacement : Lynn
Class/Level : Dancer LV3
      Items : none
      Skill : Dance, Charisma

      Name  : Asaero
Replacement : Faval
Class/Level : Bow Fighter LV9 -> Sniper
      Items : Silver Bow
      Skill : Pursuit, Charge

      Name  : Hawk
Replacement : Sety
Class/Level : Sage LV14
      Items : Lightning
      Skill : Pursuit, Rapid Hit

      Name  : Sharloe
Replacement : Corple
Class/Level : Priest LV1 -> High Priest
      Items : Reblow Wand
      Skill : Charisma

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IX: Tips and hints

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X: Background story

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XI: Frequently asked questions

      This section is used to answer miscellenous questions about the
game. If you wish to submit a question for this section, e-mail me about
it. If it's a legitimate question and not already in this section, I
will list it here and try to answer it. All questions without the name
attached has been listed by me.

Q1. Is it possible to defeat Julius without Narga?

A. Yes, you can. It's very hard, but it can be done. You have two
opportunities to fight Julius: first at chapter 10, and second at
epilogue. At chapter 10, most people choose to defeat Ishtal instead of
Julius to send both of them away. But at this point, Julius does not
have a Nullify Skill, and therefore can be damaged by Critical as well
as Meteor Slash, Moonlight Slash, and Sunlight Slash. The trick is to
weaken him first with a character with Critical Skill; likely candidates
are Ares, Leef, and users of Holsety. Once Julius' HP drops below 40,
you must switch to characters with a Nullify Skill (in order to avoid
being creamed by Julius' Anger Skill); namely, Celis, Skasaha, and
Lakche. Hopefully all of them can land at least one critical hit against
him; otherwise they won't be able to do much damage. Has Julius bit the
dust yet? If so, congratulations! If not, hit reset and target Ishtal
instead, you just aren't strong enough to beat him at this point.
   The second time, in epilogue, is a lot harder than the first, simply
because Julius has a Nullify Skill this time. Critical and
Meteor/Moonlight/Sunlight Slash no longer work against him, so it will
be VERY hard to deal any damage more than one. Send users of legendary
weapons against him; namely, Celis, Ares, Shannon, Faval, and Althena
(Holsety is useless since Julius' Magic Def. is too high). Dogpile on
the male redhead while Rana or Corple uses Reserve Wand as many times
as necessary (you can do it twice per turn if you use a Dancer). When
Julius' HP drops to below 50, everyone but Celis (Faval can stay as well
if he has a Nullify Skill) must run away from Julius before getting
tagged by Anger-enhanced Loptous or Meteor from Julius. From then on,
it's a one-on-one duel between princes of Light and Darkness. Celis
must be at Level 30 and have Power Ring, Skill Ring, Speed Ring, and
Barrier Ring. Celis' Magic Def. should be around 40, so even Julius'
mighty Loptous won't do much damage against him. On the other hand,
Tilfing can't do much damage against Julius either. Additionally, Julius
recovers 16 HP every turn, so it's going to be a REAL long battle. You
simply must persevere and graze his HP bit by bit. Whenever Celis is
damaged badly, recover with Reblow Wand. If you had Tilfing fixed before
confronting Julius, you should be able to win, eventually. When you do,
you will be treated to a message different from the one you hear by
defeating Julius with Narga.
   There IS a way to defeat Julius without all these hassles, however.
Simply attack with Sleep Sword and, if you are very lucky, he will fall
asleep and will be unable to attack. Now attack him like crazy with
everyone; the tiny damages will pile up until he croaks. Ridiculous,
isn't it?

Q2. Why is Holin a blond? Most Isaacians seem to have black-gray hair.

A. Hairdye? Wig? Genetic mutation? He really isn't an Isaac noble after
all? One of his parents was a blond? Take your pick.

Q3. What about Lester? I didn't pair Eddin up with Rex or Finn, but he
has a blue hair!

A. I want to know, too. Maybe Eddin had an affair with the above two?
Or maybe even Sigurd?! We will never know for sure.

Q4. What happens if Cuan, Etherine, Finn, or Diadra dies?

A. Those four are the special cases. Since they are very important to
the story, they are not allowed to die. If either Cuan or Etherine is
defeated in a battle, he/she doesn't die, but he/she becomes too wounded
to fight and goes back to Lenster with his/her spouse and comes back
only at chapter 5. Finn is a similar case; should he lose in a battle,
he goes back to Lenster on his own and comes back only at chapter 7.
Diadra, on the other hand, becomes a captive of the enemy, and you can
get her back by conquering the enemy castle.

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XII: Disclaimer/credits

      Special thanks to Tristan Adnade for providing me with
official names for characters and kingdoms (although I decided to stick
with what I already wrote) as well as offering me some other
informations.

      A heartfelt thanks to everyone who had read and commented on this
FAQ. Feedbacks are what make writing this worthwhile.

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