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Old 8th February 2015, 04:32 AM   #1
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Default Mirage Of Tales: The Ages Of Faith






Hey, everyone! My name is Avara, and this is my second attempt at creating a hack! Its base is an English FireRed ROM.

This time around, I'm aiming to create a good short story viewed from the points of different characters and what happens to them, inspired by the lore in my previous game.
The idea was that these stories would be something like the "biblical" tales of the ancient heroes of the world I'm making for what I hope will be my hack series.

This is just a little project I've been working on for fun. It might not be to everyone's taste, but I'm happy with how it's turning out. Well, that's enough intro - onto the story!

PLEASE NOTE that this game contains mature themes which may not be suitable for players under a certain age.



Omens are all around, and war is inevitable as tensions fuelled by extremism rise in the East.
An unfortunate chain of events kickstarts the Crusades of Faith, and you can play through the stories of each of the following characters - how they came to be involved, and be in their shoes, as you make decisions about how to keep you and your people safe, while overcoming the obstacles in your way.
You'll be thrown into an epic conflict, a political dispute, a holy war. Whoever's history you choose to experience, you have no choice but to fight for your people, whether it be for liberation or triumph.




At the beginning of the game, you will be asked to choose a character to play as. For now, there are three characters, each with a tale to be told...



Prince Evandor is the son of King Ebrahim and Queen Adonia, and the sole heir to the throne of Izantine, a peaceful country famed for its mystical aura.



Princess Zhafira is the daughter of King Taurian and Queen Zoeya, and is second in line after her brother Rhyon to rule the Draconic Empire; which has conquered half of the whole world.



Kala is a slave to the High Master of the Chain Coast, who spends her miserable days working tirelessly and dreaming of a better life.



The Finance Chamber



This feature allows you to build up points for rewards over time; you get 3 points per "year" in-game. Filling any of these six icons will bring you special privileges, such as collecting a payout from the bank, accessing higher-level Pokemon, better training opportunities or having the Merchants in your city stock better items!

My Alignment System



Those who played my (awful) first hack will remember the Alignment system I made back then, but for those of you who didn't: you could be one of three Alignments - Good, Neutral, or Evil. This was influenced by your in-game actions, and would affect the game in various ways.
This time, I've taken it up a notch as never seen before, inspired by my favourite TRUE rpgs. You can now have one of NINE Alignments! Want to play as a good person with a rebellious streak? A faith-devout villain? A level-headed bystander? The choice is yours!



  • The game takes place in a medieval, Middle Eastern setting, with fresh new custom-made OWs, sprites and graphics to match.
  • In-game choices determine your Influence with people; a hidden score with certain characters. They will remember how you behave with them!
  • No Pokedex, Pokeballs or PC; as this is set in a time electricity didn't even exist, let alone technology!
  • Pokemon Centers have been replaced with holy temples of several different Gods. Holding a Charm for that religion will allow you to pray in its God's places of worship.
  • A HM-free zone! There are items available to cover some of their functions, but even these aren't necessary to complete the game.
  • Ridable Pokemon replace the Bike(still working on this!). Roam through the desert on the back of a Salamence, or charge into battle on Bastiodon!
  • The unlockable Extension item exclusive to Ages Of Faith; which allows you to carry a party of 12 instead of 6!
  • Several custom items to replace the standard ones we've all gotten used to, complete with their own images and descriptions. No "?"s here! =P
  • Up-to-date battle engine with Physical/Special Split and 4th+ Gen moves, thanks to MrDollSteak and the creators of the rom base.



Pokecommunity's Hack Of The Month, August 2015



Evandor's Tale


Zhafira's Tale


Kala's Tale




Here is a list of glitches I am well aware of in-game. If you encounter a bug that is not on this list, please let me know! If you comment with a glitch that is already listed here your comment will be ignored, not to be rude, but for my own sanity =P

Spoiler:
- There is no titlescreen as I don't know how to edit this. Yet!
- 4thgen+ cries are not inserted as I don't know how to do this. Yet!
- I have no custom music, since yep, you guessed it... I don't know how to add this. Yet!
- The Journal items are not usable; this is because I want to get the final dialog for them completely finalized and everything with Alignment evened out before I script anything.
- When viewing the map in a certain Council Chamber, you're not actually shown the map at all. This is because it's not finished yet; I'd rather add the full, final world map when I consider it perfect later, than add how I think I want it to look now just to change things down the line and confuse everyone about the geography.
- Same when a certain someone asks you to help with Crown Finances. I am testing this feature on a seperate ROM and there are still a few things I need to iron out.




If there is anyone I have forgotten or if you feel like you/someone else should be mentioned, please let me know!
Please note that the vast majority of indoor tiles and about 50% of all tiles in the game, 100% of the OWs/ sprites were created by me and it was a LOT of work which I regardless loved to make. If you want to use any of my content, please ask me first!

Spoiler:
The custom music you hear in game is made up of remixes by me of existing GBA games, until I learn to compose my own music from scratch.
This list also extends to the creators of all the tools I use in my hacking setup:

- Advance Map 1.92
- XSE
- IrfanView
- GIMP2
- Nameless Sprite Editor
- Unnamed Trainer Editor
- APE
- HxD

MrDollSteak's Rom Base was used, the credits for which are listed here:

Decapitalisation - MrDollSteak
Pokedex Glitch Fix - Hackmew
Physical/Special/Status Split - Doesntknowhowtoplay
PSS Icons - Darthatron
Extended Move Table - Jambo51, Itman
Extended Move Effect Table - Jambo51, Itman
Extended Move Background Table - Chaos Rush, Tajaros
Extended Soundproof Table - Kurapika
New Moves - Contributors to '4th&5th Gen. Move Resources', MrDollSteak, Jambo51, Kurapika, Chaos Rush
New Movesets - MrDollSteak
Extended Ability Table - MrDollSteak
New Abilities - Doesn'tknowhowtoplay, Kurapika, Karatekid552, Jambo51 and MrDollSteak
Fairy-Type - MrDollSteak
New Items - Doesn'tknowhowtoplay, MrDollSteak

Additional Credits:

Jambo51, FBI Agent, HackMew, ep!c, DoesntKnowHowToPlay, Darthatron - For various amazing ASM routines
Kagenosensei, Rafa, Zein, WesleyFG, ThatsSoWitty, Silver, Phyromatical, Kyledove, alexmad27, hek, thegreatblaid, Magiscarf, chaoticcherrycake, Alucus - For all the gorgeous tiles of theirs that I used
DreamOrDestruction - For thinking of the name "Mirage Of Tales" which was way better than anything I could've come up with
Xanathos, AnimeOverlord, Lady Prixy, Lucra, Nex, DJTiki, Infernal Desires, dhogan, cacelyn, SirBlastoise, ButteryButters, dwsquirtle, DoYouKnowHowToPokemon, and so many more - For being awesome




Spoiler:
Q: What are the "starters"?
A: Starter Pokemon work very differently in the Ages Of Faith; given that the obtaining of Pokemon itself has been overhauled. Each character obtains a different first Pokemon, and certain other Pokemon are obtained in the same way.

Q: Why is the music all over the place?
A: I haven't learned how to insert music yet, but I have awesome soundtrack plans.

Q: Why is the first cut-scene so long?
A: It's supposed to set the scene for the kind of world the characters live in and beliefs they have.

Q: If there are no Pokeballs, how are we supposed to catch Pokemon?
A: You don't. The main way to obtain a new Pokemon is through a major side-quest throughout the game, the Stable System - where you must complete tasks to "unlock" the desired Pokemon.
Of course, you can also get new Pokemon in other ways like through events, gifts or sales.

Q: Will you be implementing [x] feature?
A: As far as planned features and things go, if you don't see it on this thread it will not be included.
The reason for this is because im already very happy with how I have planned things for the game.

Q: Why can't we nickname our Pokemon?
A: I seem to have screwed something up in the nicknaming routine, as when the player selected "Yes" to nicknames the game would just freeze. Since I dont know how to fix it, I think its better to leave nicknaming out.

Q: When's the release date for Beta X?
A: It'll be ready when it's ready.

Q: Can I be a beta tester?
A: I have enough beta testers. Sorry!




As of right now, I am keeping every character's story on a separate patch. This is because I'm having some ASM issues. That does mean you won't be able to keep your save files; sorry!

KALA'S PROLOGUE: https://www.mediafire.com/?68m9okmgi1trrkc
EVANDOR'S PROLOGUE: https://www.mediafire.com/?mgrad062ita67ic
ZHAFIRA'S PROLOGUE: https://www.mediafire.com/?18qot7asknmqpk2

Additional Downloads:

Finance Chamber Guide: https://www.mediafire.com/?kops45938odyl79
~ Avara

Last edited by AvaraMoon; 26th March 2016 at 01:25 AM. Reason: Adding updated prologues.
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Old 8th February 2015, 04:52 AM   #2
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Hey, you're making another hack! Good luck with this! And I like that you did this medieval-style
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Old 8th February 2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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Looking good as always Avara, cant wait for more
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Old 8th February 2015, 11:23 PM   #4
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Will you post this in Pokecommunity, too?
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Old 9th February 2015, 01:51 AM   #5
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Old 10th February 2015, 07:10 PM   #6
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This looks way better than your last hack please write some romance in I love games that has romance.
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Old 10th February 2015, 09:04 PM   #7
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Will you post this in Pokecommunity, too?
Actually it is there. And I also think that it's discontinued.
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Old 10th February 2015, 09:15 PM   #8
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Actually it is there. And I also think that it's discontinued.
I think you mean "Pokemon Mirage Of Tales: A New Age Dawns"
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Old 11th February 2015, 02:19 AM   #9
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Thanks guys! Progress is slow but coming along nicely with Nex helping with graphics. =) I was thinking about doing romance options actually - for the girl's side anyway, since marraige plays a big part in the female beginning for making alliances and such. But I know a lot of people might not like it, plus it'll be hard to do it without making the dialog cheesy =P
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I think you mean "Pokemon Mirage Of Tales: A New Age Dawns"
Oh lol, my bad, how could I miss that one?
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