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Proto:Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.

SOMETIMES I SEE A TEXT BOX AND I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSSDFGFFDHFGDJGGFSHGDFH
This page sucks.
If you could make it suck less, that would be awesome.
Specifically: Content directly (Which is quarantined to the "differences from final" section at the bottom) copied from Serene's Forest.
This cactus is UNDER CONSTRUCTION
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

This prototype build was created on May 31st, 2004, at 10:45PM (someone was working a late-nighter?). This date puts it at about five months before the game's retail release, meaning this prototype is incredibly early in development. Many assets from the previous game, Fire Emblem, are present. ...Also, this prototype is entirely in Japanese.

It seems to share its base set of debug functions with the Fire Emblem prototypes, though it adds and removes a few things.

Sub-Pages

Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto startup.png
Debugging Functions
Brought to tcrf by random button mashing.
FE The Sacred Stones proto Tower 3 map.png
Maps and Chapters
Most of the chapters that appear in the final game are here, in... varying states of completion.

Weapons

The items in the prototype as of this revision are identical to Fire Emblem's weapon and item set, though two new weapons have been added at the end.

ID Name (Japanese) Translation Range Might Hit Weight Critical Weapon rank Durability Worth Flavor Text Notes
?? 魔石のかけら Dark Stone Fragment 1 10 65 ? 0 (Monster Weapon) Infinite Cannot be sold. 魔物に力を与える。 Its description does not display its stats. It appears in the final release, albeit with the description of "DUMMY". The English localization names it "Stone Shard", which somewhat omits some implications from the Japanese name. The "Dark Stone" in the game's story is an artifact that the Demon King is trapped in. Uses the icon that was used for Flametongue in Fire Emblem and the Firestone weapon in Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi. It seems to have one less point of Might than it does in the final release.
?? ストーン Stone 1-3 0 65 8 0 D Dark Magic 3 750 敵を数ターンの間 石化して [行動できなくします] Crashes the game when cast, even when animations are off. Is essentially unused in the prototype itself, as no monsters have it in their inventory. Its description causes minor graphical glitches when viewed, looking at the script reveals the description is actually too long and cuts off. The cut off portion of the description is included here in [brackets].

Portraits Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Check minimugs and rip all of the talking/smiling/blinking graphics instead of just the face. Some characters have them, though they seem to be incorrect.

A large majority of characters have a dummy silhouette portrait with a white question mark. The characters that do have non-placeholder portraits are of varying levels of difference to final.

All portraits use a more washed-out palette style and were updated to darker palettes for the final game.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Eirika portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Eirika portrait.png

Design-wise, Eirika's pretty much the same as the final version, though her portrait was touched up, particularly her hair.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Ephraim portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Ephraim portrait.png

Ephraim received general structural touchups all over the place. Even accounting for the general stylistic palette shift across all the mugs, Ephraim's armor was originally a lighter blue.

Interestingly, this portrait snuck its way into the game's Japanese and US manuals.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Seth portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Seth portrait.png

Seth received only a palette update.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Franz portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Franz portrait.png

Franz received only a palette update.

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FE The Sacred Stones proto Gilliam portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Gilliam portrait.png

Gilliam received only a palette update.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Moulder portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Moulder portrait.png

His clothes were changed, his face received some touchups, and he was given a bit more jaw. His portrait is a bit shorter in the final game.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Vanessa portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Vanessa portrait.png

The shape of Vanessa's hair was adjusted and her face was touched up. A pixel of shading in her left (our right) eye was changed.

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FE The Sacred Stones proto Ross portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Ross portrait.png

The back of Ross's head, a bit of his jawline, and the positioning of his shoulder were adjusted.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Garcia portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Garcia portrait.png

Garcia's hairline, beard, and pupil were adjusted. His armor received very minor touchups.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Innes portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Innes portrait.png

Innes's clothes and a portion of his hair were touched up.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Lute portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Lute portrait.png

Lute was given bits of longer hair and her shoulders were made slightly wider. Her near eye was changed, and she received shading touch-ups all over the place in general.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Forde portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Forde portrait.png

Forde's armor was changed and he was given longer hair. As a character, he acts and mentions that he is often sleepy in the final version of the game, which seems to be somewhat more reflected by his messy hair and darkened eye-bags in the prototype portrait.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Kyle portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Kyle portrait.png

Kyle and forde swapped outfit colors. Kyle's head, face, and hair were pretty much changed to a new character entirely, though both have a similar "serious business" vibe, like the character's personality in the final version of the game.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Amelia portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Amelia portrait.png

Amelia's armor was touched up quite a bit, as was her hair.

Prototype Final (L'Arachel) Final (Tana)
FE The Sacred Stones proto L'Arachel portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones L'Arachel portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Tana portrait.png

L'Arachel's prototype design was edited and given to the character Tana for the final version. She received an entirely new design for the final game.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Dozla portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Dozla portrait.png

The palette of Dozla's hair and outline was updated for stylistic reasons. Otherwise, the portrait is the same.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Rennac portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Rennac portrait.png

Rennac got general touch-ups all over. His hair was also changed slightly near the headband.

Prototype Final (Tethys) Final (Neimi)
FE The Sacred Stones proto Tethys portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Tethys portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Neimi portrait.png

Tethys got an entirely new portrait for the final game. Her old portrait was edited and given to a different character, Neimi.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Ewan portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Ewan portrait.png

Ewan is one of the least changed. His portrait got updated to change the outline color to the standard one used by all other final portraits.

Prototype Final
FE The Sacred Stones proto Myrrh portrait.png FE The Sacred Stones Myrrh portrait.png

Myrrh's hair was a bit more on the blue side and her eyes were originally purple. She received minor touch-ups to her face and collar.

Interestingly, this portrait snuck its way into the game's Japanese and US manuals.


(Source: Sernesforest.net)

Battle Animation Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Video would likely be a better demonstration for these.

While many battle animations are missing, there are three new animations implemented, though they are all in rough shape, being a bit unrefined in both movement and shading.

Characters using animations from previous games do not yet have their personalized palettes, and use generic palettes.

Eirika (Lord Class)

Eirika has a completely different battle animation. Its overall movements are different, and is in general unpolished. It made a handful of appearances in Japanese preview magazine articles.

It also does not have any associated sound effects, aside from the sound effect that plays when she hits an opponent. It is complete with an attack, dodge, critical, unarmed, and magic sword animation.

Prototype US Final
Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto Eirika Battle.png Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones U Eirika Battle.png

Revenant

The Zombie (known as Revenant in the English release) has a rough animation inserted. It is complete with an attack, dodge, critical, and unarmed animations. It is... very squishy.

It also does not have any associated sound effects, aside from the sound effect that plays when it hits an opponent.

Prototype US Final
Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto Revenant Battle.png Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones U Revenant Battle.png

Bonewalker

The Skeleton (known as Bonewalker in the English release) has a rough animation inserted. It is complete with an attack, dodge, critical, and unarmed animations. It is missing magic sword animations, so it freezes the game when animations are on and it attempts to use a magic sword.

It also does not have any associated sound effects, aside from the sound effect that plays when it hits an opponent.

Prototype US Final
Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto Bonewalker Battle.png Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones U Bonewalker Battle.png

Miscellaneous Graphics

Hmmm...
To do:
Need "congratulation" banner for ruins/tower.
Prototype JP Final
Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto Promo Screen.png Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones J Promo Screen.png

The promotion screen uses a font from the previous game as a placeholder.

Prototype JP Final
Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto tower map clear.png Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones J tower map clear.png

The banner that appears when completing a floor in the Tower of Valni or Lagdou Ruins is clearly placeholder.


Game Script

The character dialogue and scenes for the first eight chapters is implemented. While the gist is the same as the final game, it features various differences and uses placeholder names and designations. For instance, some bosses are called "Evil" in dialogue, and it seems that "xx" may be used for placeholders of other things. Some lines of dialogue have "Temporary)" written at the start.

Names

Class Names

A few of the classes have different names than the final version.

Japanese Prototype Translation Japanese Final Translation English Final
ヘルスケルトン Hellskeleton ヘルボーン Hellbone Wight
ゴーゴンエッグ Gorgon Egg

(English transcribed in Katakana)

ゴーゴンの卵 Gorgon Egg Gorgon Egg
見習い Apprentice かけだし戦士 Novice Fighter Journeyman

Character Names

Only two playable characters have different names than they do in the final. Also of note, all the bosses in the game are named イビル (Evil).

One of the protagonists, known as Ephraim in final, is called "Irzark" in debug materials. This name change seems to have been made very early and before this revision, as in all gameplay he is called Ephraim.

Japanese Prototype Translation Japanese Final Translation English Final
メアリ Mary ネイミー Neimi Neimi
ボルバ Borba ガルシア Garcia Garcia

Guide

Hmmm...
To do:
Looking through the game script, there seems to be more text present for the guide. Should check if it is particularly different from final.

The guide, basically a FAQ for the game, feature is present in the prototype, and, functionally and graphically, seems to be fully implemented. It doesn't cover much material at this point, however, only featuring very short text about breakable walls. The guide is also a bit shy, and only appears in the map menu sometimes, entering skirmishes seems to make it appear, though. Visually, it is exactly as it appears in final.

Image Translation (section) Translation (body)
Not much to see here...
Game Mechanic Breakable Walls
Break down a wall, make your way through

World Map

The world map is largely the same as the final release, however it has a slightly different palette and has slightly different paths. There is one location not featured in the final release. The Demon's Forest location was essentially merged with the Black Temple location in the final release.

Magvel, the continent itself, is also shaped slightly differently, being somewhat less detailed in the prototype, missing features like some of the mountain ranges, rivers, forests, and the like.

Prototype Final
Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones proto World Map.png Fire Emblem - The Sacred Stones World Map.png

World Map Location Names

Nearly every location name in the prototype is different from the final.

Japanese Prototype Translation Japanese Final Translation English Final
ノルレアン砦 Norlean Fort 国境ミュラン Border Mulan Border Mulan
フレリア城 Frelia Castle フレリア城 Frelia Castle Frelia Castle
オステオ村 Osteo Village イムの村 Im Village Ide
ギアゾ山 Giazo Mountain ボルゴ峠 Borgo Pass Borgo Ridge
ティラザ高原 Tiraza Plateau ザッハの古森 Zahha Woods Za'ha Woods
ナルーベ街 Narube Town 境街セレフィユ Border Town Serafew Serafew
ゼライ砦 Fort Zerai アドラス平原 Adlas Plains Adlas Plains
レドム城 Redom Castle 水城レンバール Moat Castle Renvall Renvall
バレアルの塔 Tower of Bareal (Belial?) ヴェルニの塔 Tower of Velni Tower of Valni
エル港 Port El 貿易港キリス Trade Port Kiris Port Kiris
ドーニャ平原 Donya Plains ティラザ高原 Tiraza Plateau Teraz Plateau
ポカラの里 Pokhara Village ポカラの里 Pokhara Village Caer Pelyn
ラフシア平原 Rafshia Plains ハミル渓谷 Hamill Canyon Hamill Canyon
ジャハナ城 Jyahana Castle ジャハナ王宮 Jyahana Royal Palace Jehanna Hall
ゲルドバ砦 Fort Geldoba リグバルト要塞 Fortress Rigbald Fort Rigwald
タレグ港 Port Tareg 港町ベイセル Beisel Port Town Bethroen
アスゴナ港 Port Asgona タイゼル港 Port Taizel Taizel
ルゼイネ平原 Ruzeine Plains ザールブル湿原 Zahlbul Bog Za'albul Marsh
グラド城 Grado Castle グラド城 Grado Castle Grado Keep
ルネス城 Renais Castle 王都ルネス Renais Capital Renais Castle
カンタロ平原 Kantaro Plains 大河ナルーベ Large River Narube Narube River
イオニ火山 Ioni Volcano 峰火山ネレラス Neleras Volcano Peak Neleras Peak
ロストン城 Roston Castle ロストン宮殿 Roston Palace Rausten Court
ムルジカ遺跡 Murjika Ruins ラグドゥ遺跡 Lagdou Ruins Lagdou Ruins
ハミル港 Port Hamil メレカナ海岸 Melkana Coast Melkaen Coast
魔の森 Demon Forest (Does not exist) (Does not exist) (Does not exist)
魔殿 Demon Temple 魔殿 Demon Temple Black Temple


(Source: Fireemblemwiki.org)

Supports

There are three support pairs implemented, making for a total of nine conversations. For whatever reason, support points do not increase in gameplay, so these conversations need to be unlocked by using the debug stat screen to increase support points.

The three pairs are Eirika x Seth, Eirika x Franz, and Seth x Franz. Interestingly, the Eirika x Franz pairing does not exist in the final release at all.

All nine conversations feature placeholder dialogue. They also claim that the conversation is occurring between the characters Eirika and Seth (the first two character recruited in the game), though it is possible for this to not be the case.

The level 1 message appears in C rank conversations, the level 2 message appears in B rank conversations, and the level 3 message in A rank conversations. All of these conversations load Eirika on the left as the speaker and Seth on the right (he doesn't say anything).

Japanese Translation
エイリーク + ゼト
支援会話 レベル1
Eirika + Seth
support conversation level1
エイリーク + ゼト
支援会話 レベル2
Eirika + Seth
support conversation level2
エイリーク + ゼト
支援会話 レベル3
Eirika + Seth
support conversation level3

Music

Absolutely no new songs are implemented yet, the prototype still features the entirety of Fire Emblem's soundtrack.

Differences from the Final

  • Lots of content from Blazing Sword, such as the title screen, all the music, map tiles and etc. is in the prototype ROM.
    • The mode select from the previous game is present, amusingly featuring Eirika and... Eliwood and Hector.
  • Tons of placeholder graphics and data, such as character portraits, enemies and bosses on the map.
  • Amelia has Tana's role; her class was planned to be a flying Trainee.
  • L'Arachel has a variation of Tana's portrait, while Tethys has a variation of Neimi's portrait.
  • There was a Wyvern Rider called Nate planned.
  • Some characters have different classes, eg. Innes (Monk), Forde (Ranger), Cormag (Mercenary), Tana (General), Joshua (Swordmaster).
  • In Chapter 6, after Eirika hands over her bracelet, the Grado soldiers kill the civilians immediately and they cannot be saved.
  • Chapter 5x and Chapter 11 (Creeping Darkness and Phantom Ship) in both routes are absent.
  • Melkaen coast, while existing as a location on the world map, does not yet have its actual map implemented yet.
  • After Chapter 8, there are no more story events.
  • Eirika promotes at the beginning of Chapter 17.
  • The Final Chapter is comprised of just one map.

Oddities

  • The L shoulder button backs out of the options menu like the B button, though unlike the B button it does so silently instead of playing a beep. This... 'feature' is not present in the final release. Did a developer really not like the sound?