Historical past of the Emblem is a rising YouTube channel that explains the tales and lore of the Hearth Emblem video games, amongst different subjects. Because it occurs, our very personal web site is featured of their newest video!
The video, which is slightly below 6 minutes lengthy, outlines the historical past of Serenes Forest all the best way from its conception to the current day. Oh boy, seeing the older variations of the web site actually brings me again…
An enormous because of Historical past of the Emblem for spending the time to collect and current all of the related info. Should you’d wish to help them, please do give their channel a go to. From what I’ve seen, their movies are informative and fairly humorous.
On a associated observe, our web site reached its 14th anniversary final month. I’m actually grateful to everybody who visits this website–regardless of how typically–and to all my employees members for serving to to maintain the location operating easily.
This yr, on prime of the all of the common Heroes and Cipher information protection, Three Homes goes to be an enormous focus for us. Each pre-release and post-release. Should you’re , I hope you stick round for all the great occasions to return!
Under, you will discover a write up of this web site’s historical past that I offered to Historical past of the Emblem, for his or her video.
Historical past of Serenes Forest
Formally, the web site was created on 1st February 2005, a couple of months after the Japanese launch of The Sacred Stones, however earlier than the Western launch. Nevertheless, the foundations of the web site existed some time earlier than that–in all probability very near The Sacred Stones‘s Japanese launch, so close to seventh October 2004.
Round this time, I had been within the Hearth Emblem group for almost a yr, I think about. I usually frequented the most important FE discussion board on the time–Hearth Emblem: Sanctuary of Technique, aka FESS. Whereas I used to be there, I discovered an excellent deal concerning the Hearth Emblem collection and lots of different issues too. It’s not an understatement to say I owe lots to that discussion board.
When The Sacred Stones arrived in Japan, it was an enormous deal locally. I gained’t go into the small print, however many followers rushed to play the sport ASAP. However the recreation was model new and there was the language barrier, so many received caught with the finer particulars. That’s once I thought I’d be useful by compiling some webpages for issues like character recruitment, weapon knowledge–easy stuff like that.
To start out with, I used to be internet hosting my pages on Geocities and/or FreeWebs. At that stage, there wasn’t a correct web site, simply a few pages. I used to hyperlink to the pages from my signature or when someone requested for assist. Sooner or later in time, I branched out by including pages for Thracia 776, one among my favorite video games then. Ultimately, round 1st February 2005, I created a correct entrance web page so you possibly can attain all of the pages your self.
Initially, the web site was often known as “Angel Sword: Reminiscences”. At first, it was primarily my private house web page the place I threw collectively random issues, principally associated to a fantasy RPG I used to be creating in my head referred to as “Angel Sword”, therefore the identify. My on-line alias was–and nonetheless is–VincentASM, so I randomly added “Reminiscences” on the finish, to make the acronym match with the top of my identify.
By then, the web site had adopted the fairly notorious sky blue color scheme. The format and development was extremely primary as a result of I by no means correctly discovered net design. I used to be a content material author foremost, so I targeted my efforts on that as an alternative. Nonetheless, the overall format remained principally unchanged. Impressed by many different websites, we had a header picture on the prime, a navigation bar on the left and updates on the appropriate.
The web site itself was hosted on the free webspace offered by Tiscali (now TalkTalk), my ISP again then. To maintain issues easy, I selected “angelsword” because the identify of the primary listing. The advantage of the webspace was that there have been no advertisements and I had a good quantity of freedom as to what information I might add. Nevertheless, there was a month-to-month bandwidth restrict, though I by no means anticipated to ever attain that.
Later, when The Sacred Stones launched within the West, I used to be fairly fast with altering all of the pages to match the English localisation. Consequently, individuals began to level in the direction of my web site for info. From what I recall, lots of people have been stunned to seek out English info so quick–and that basically caught with them.
Across the similar time, Path of Radiance had launched in Japan. Individuals have been usually much less interested by it, because it seemed type of bland from the previews and wasn’t on the GBA. That included myself. Nevertheless it seems Path of Radiance was truly the extra fascinating recreation, in comparison with The Sacred Stones, which performed issues a bit of too protected.
Anyway, because it was new, I added pages for Path of Radiance as nicely. As time handed, I actually began appreciating the sport. Additionally, it was pretty apparent that the story hadn’t concluded, what with all of the unfastened ends. Then throughout E3 2006, the sequel–Radiant Daybreak–was introduced. I feel that’s once I began getting the thought to correctly develop the web site.
To be trustworthy, earlier than that, I hadn’t actually deliberate issues correctly. However because the Hearth Emblem pages I made appeared fairly widespread, I figured I ought to steer issues in that path. So I began engaged on a brand new search for the web site, eradicating all of the non-Hearth Emblem stuff within the course of.
On seventh November 2006, a couple of weeks after Path of Radiance got here out in North America, I switched the web site over to a brand new identify and format, based mostly on the Serenes Forest location within the recreation. Once I was fascinated by tips on how to develop the location, I knew I’d should do numerous work, so I opted for a extra gentler, inexperienced color scheme for the sake of my eyes. I used to be additionally a fan of the heron siblings, so I made a decision to kill two birds with one stone.
For the brand new website, I moved it to a different free webspace, named “elaice”, after Ilyana’s Japanese identify. There wasn’t actually a particular which means behind that, though I figured I’d select one thing brief. We have been allowed as much as 5 free webspaces, I consider, so I took benefit of that perk.
As a joke, I put “a reasonably good Hearth Emblem fan website” on the finish of the entrance web page’s title. Lots of different Hearth Emblem fan websites have been boasting about being the most effective at this or that, however we have been only a very humble website. That and I needed “Hearth Emblem” in there someplace so we appeared in search engines like google and yahoo.
I consider this was once I began to work backwards, including pages for the sooner titles. Thankfully, I had performed a lot of the older video games, so it wasn’t too exhausting. For the newer video games, like The Sacred Stones, I received a lot of the info from enjoying the sport. However there was some stuff, like the expansion charges, which I acquired from DarkTwilkitri–one of many main data-miners again then.
In reality, he taught me so much about data-mining the video games, and answered numerous my questions. Ultimately, from Path of Radiance onwards, I began data-mining the video games myself–and I nonetheless do it to this present day. Though to be trustworthy, Heroes is out of my league. Apart from Heroes, just about all of the video games have comparable knowledge buildings, so it’s truly pretty straightforward–as long as you’re in search of basic items.
For older video games, since there was such an enormous backlog, I borrowed a number of info from dependable overseas web sites like Pegasus Knight and ChinaFE. Again then, we have been so small, we didn’t assume it mattered. However we in all probability ought to have requested! However, I’m completely wonderful with them utilizing my knowledge–in truth, I feel they could have used a few of our progress fee knowledge, particularly for the video games (New Thriller and Awakening) the place they have been encrypted.
On 20th June 2017, we moved the web site to its personal area and internet hosting. This was all because of Jyosua, who’s at present our technical admin. Joke, Jyosua was a little bit of a troublemaker again on FESS. However all of us knew he was a very good child at coronary heart. Earlier, following Radiant Daybreak‘s Japanese launch, the web site began to succeed in its bandwidth restrict on events. Jyosua observed this and stepped in to help.
Nevertheless, a few months later, an unexpected accident occurred and we misplaced our area and internet hosting. Sadly I needed to transfer every part again. All the webpages have been saved regionally so these all survived. However we did lose our boards, which was a serious blow.
Quickly afterwards, Radiant Daybreak got here out in North America. By then, the floodgates utterly broke. Because of our protection of The Sacred Stones and Path of Radiance, many followers got here to our web site in the hunt for info. The exercise surpassed expectations and the month-to-month bandwidth was exceeded by no less than double.
The state of affairs was so dire, I needed to unfold the complete web site between a number of webspaces. At first, the Path of Radiance and Radiant Daybreak sections–the preferred ones–have been moved into their very own webspace. From what I keep in mind, issues acquired so dangerous I needed to cut up the whole Radiant Daybreak part into two webspaces.
Simply when issues have been going uncontrolled, Jyosua got here again for an additional go at internet hosting the web site himself. On 27th December 2007, we moved to our present area–and issues have fortunately been fairly clean ever since. I feel at this level, we modified the title to “Hearth Emblem Useful resource” to make it a bit extra skilled.
Some time later, on seventh January 2008, we opened our new boards as nicely. For probably the most half, the boards have been operating with out main points. Nevertheless, throughout early Might 2008, I opted to show off the boards whereas I used to be busy with actual life. That was as a result of we didn’t have a correct moderating staff, so it was simply me checking that every part was protected.
What occurred subsequent caught me utterly off guard. In the course of the 5 months because the discussion board’s opening, a large group had settled on the boards. Once I made the boards go offline, I hadn’t thought-about the group’s response in any respect. A number of members appealed towards my determination and after a lot thought, I made a decision I might belief the members to deal with issues.
So I re-opened the boards and created the primary moderating workforce the subsequent day. It might sound apparent on reflection, however I by no means anticipated that we’d start such an enormous group. So the considered having precise moderators by no means actually occurred to me. Anyway, regardless of all of the confusion, I’m actually glad that incident occurred.
The subsequent necessary occasion was on 14th November 2008. This was a number of months after the Japanese launch of Shadow Dragon. Regrettably, FESS determined to shut down. Previous to this, I consider many smaller fan websites began turning into inactive as properly, and exercise typically was down in comparison with the glory days of Blazing Blade. Due to our shut connection, we invited ex-members of FESS to hitch our boards.
This era up till 2013 was considerably of a darkish age for the Hearth Emblem group. I feel what had occurred was that the followers who grew up with the GBA video games didn’t actually adapt to the console video games. So as to add additional insult to damage, Shadow Dragon, which was anticipated to be a return to type, ended up being a reasonably bland and ugly remake.
It wasn’t simply the group, it appears the gross sales and common emotions in the direction of the collection have been on a downward slope. Maybe partially due to this, the newest recreation–New Thriller of the Emblem–was by no means introduced for a Western launch. For a couple of years or so, most followers have been twiddling their thumbs, ready for one thing, something.
Nonetheless, despite the fact that occasions have been grim, that didn’t cease us from working. On 24th November 2010, because of the assistance of a great pal, TheEnd, we utterly revamped the web site’s format. Now it began to look considerably skilled! The color scheme and background from this iteration are nonetheless used to today.
Round March 2011, we additionally added a wiki so customers might contribute to varied tasks, like help conversations. The wiki is probably greatest recognized for its illustrious Cipher card recreation part, which is presently run by TheVinceKnight and a number of editors and translators.
On 13th September 2011, a brand new Hearth Emblem recreation for the 3DS was introduced. This was a bittersweet second for followers, as a result of there was hope for the collection, nevertheless it additionally meant New Thriller was by no means popping out. Quick ahead to early 2013 and the sport–Awakening–turned out to be a blockbuster hit. Extra so than any recreation prior to now. Issues have been beginning to look promising as soon as once more.
Lastly, on 20th August 2014, Jyosua–with the assistance of his group–moved the whole web site to its present model, based mostly on WordPress. We began posting Hearth Emblem-related information on the entrance web page, since there was out of the blue tons to speak about–because of the announcement of Fates and, ultimately, Heroes.
On the time of writing, we’re quick approaching the 14th anniversary of the web site. Though the web site is sort of massive now, I’m conscious there’s nonetheless a number of room for progress. However one factor at a time… In any case, I’m very grateful for everyone who’s used the web site through the years. Hopefully we’ll be capable of meet everybody’s expectations when Three Homes comes out.
(A particular because of Wayback Machine, the place I obtained a few of the snapshots from.)