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[[caption-width-right:300:Garlot, [[MessianicArchetype our hero]].]]

''Blaze Union: Story to Reach the Future'' is a TurnBasedStrategy game for the PSP produced by StingEntertainment and published by {{Atlus}}. While not a VideoGame/DeptHeaven episode, it is the {{prequel}} to ''YggdraUnion'', Episode II in the series. The game is currently out in Japan, and as of yet there's still NoExportForYou.

Three years before the events of ''YggdraUnion''--in an era where most of the various countries on the continent were enjoying a temporary peace--the Bronquian Empire alone was mired in suffering. The current Emperor, Soltier, was incompetent and his court corrupt, and the rich lived at the expense of the poor and helpless. With the country slowly rotting beneath that malgovernment, one young man in the slums of the trade city Tiera began to desire power in order to change the country and save his people.

That young man, the HotBlooded seventeen-year-old idealist [[BrokenHero Garlot]], and his childhood friends [[TheHeart Siskier]] and [[TheSmartGuy Jenon]] formed a vigilante band in an attempt to protect the poor of Tiera. The turbulent events of their first major battle with the rich attracts the attention of the vagabond [[CoolBigSis Medoute]] and liberal nobleman [[TheStoic Velleman]], the latter of whom offers them the chance to become his army and gain strength and influence enough to destroy the banditry and corruption killing Bronquia from the inside. Joined by the mysterious fugitive [[TagTeamTwins twins]] [[DemotedToExtra Luciana]] and [[LadyOfWar Aegina]], itinerant [[BlindSeer prophet]] and [[TheStrategist tactician]] [[ZenSurvivor Nessiah]], cute orphan girl [[BadassAdorable Eimi]], and a [[CastHerd whole mess of]] [[OptionalPartyMember other people]] described [[Characters/BlazeUnion here]], they will delve into the true nature of justice and power while fighting to reach a brighter future for their tormented country.

''Blaze Union'' utilizes a streamlined version of ''YggdraUnion'''s systems, with one major exception: There are certain parts of the game where the player will be able to choose missions that he or she prefers to take on. Depending on which missions one undertakes, different cards and allies can be obtained, and ultimately the choices you make in missions will affect the game's MultipleEndings. The plot of the game is more character-driven than that of ''YggdraUnion'', reflecting the effects of Garlot's [[AbusiveParents horrifically abusive upbringing]] on his psyche and his lingering sense of powerlessness; it combines SliceOfLife and ComingOfAgeStory elements with a good hard look at the poor quality of life in Bronquia prior to the revolution.

The game has three routes, which focus on Garlot, Aegina, and Soltier respectively. Much like in a VisualNovel, the climactic events of each route vary wildly, bringing the main characters to vastly differing conclusions.

See also ''YggdraUnion'', the main title; its GaidenGame spinoff, ''YggdraUnison'' (in which the Imperial Army's story continues towards a more positive conclusion); and ''GloriaUnion'', in which one of this game's characters has a guest appearance.

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!!''Blaze Union'' utilizes the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Garlot, whose father was an ass [[spoiler:and whose mother is not much better]].
* AccentuateTheNegative: A route. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Off in the background]], Gulcasa is saving the country, pulling himself back together after sustaining ''massive'' levels of emotional trauma, and forming deep bonds with Nessiah, Emilia, and Leon. The ''other ninety percent'' of this route is taken up by [[spoiler:Medoute and Jenon [[EtTuBrute conspiring to betray him]] [[FantasticRacism out of fear of his demon blood]]]].
* ActionGirl: Pretty much every girl in the party, but special mention goes to Siskier.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:Baretreenu]].
* ActiveRoyalty: Just like in ''YggdraUnion'', here we have Soltier, Ordene, [[spoiler:Aegina, Garlot, and Eimi]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Garlot.
* {{Ahoge}}: Siskier.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Poor Eudy.
* AllThereInTheManual: As usual. If you want the entirety of Nessiah's backstory, the details of how Soltier and Lapis met, and various information about the worldbuilding and secondary characters (from trivia to ''vitally important stuff'' that's only hinted at in the game), you may want to invest in the artbook, ''YggdraUnion'', ''YggdraUnison'', and the associated merchandise.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Ambidextrous portraits as well, but you have to give the artist credit for drawing all of the expressions.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Lapis and Medoute.
* AnimeHair: Holy ''crap,'' Leon.
* AntiGrinding: It's much harder to power up characters in this game.
* ArtShift:The portraits are little less cute this time to the disappointment of some.
* ATasteOfPower: You get some very strong equipment early in the game. Said equipment is expected to break after facing David almost immediately.
* AttractMode: Featuring characters' self-introductions, which also happen to list their height and favorite food.
* AuthorAppeal: Chokers and/or high collars. You can count on one hand the number of characters who don't have one or the other.
* BadassBeard: King Ordene
* BadPowersGoodPeople: [[spoiler:Garlot and Eimi]], who are [[spoiler:technically demons]] and vulnerable to TheCorruption, but heroic.
* TheBerserker: Garlot is a borderline example, but mostly because he's too HotBlooded to think before charging into things. In certain routes, this winds up being played even straighter as the story goes on. [[spoiler:Even in the True Ending, Gulcasa is one of the nicest people you'd ever meet under normal circumstances, but on the battlefield the guy is just plain ''scary.'']]
* BetaCouple: Jenon and Medoute in route A.
* BiTheWay: Heavily implied with Garlot, though never stated outright.
* BittersweetEnding: The True Ending. [[spoiler:Bronquia is saved and the people are overjoyed, but Siskier is dead, Gulcasa is deep in a HeroicBSOD and already showing strain from using Brongaa's power, a number of your allies have left the continent, and everything will come crashing down in ''YggdraUnion'' three years later. Conversely, this means your exiled allies will be spared, and there's always ''YggdraUnison'' for a look at what the Imperial Army's more positive fate would be like in this scenario.]]
** Also Aegina's ending. [[spoiler:She's able to get her revenge on Fantasinia and reconcile with Ordene, but Luciana is dead, and depending on whether the player hits the wrong loserflags, Emilia and Yggdra may be killed, too. It's better than the True Ending by a bit, but still extremely sad.]]
** And to round it out, the C end as well. [[spoiler:You're able to avoid a major war and even befriend Soltier and Lapis, and Bronquia is in good hands. But the victory cost you Jenon and Nessiah, and Medoute still goes off on her own; you don't even know why Nessiah acted the way that he did.]]
*** Unless you know his backsotry explained in [[spoiler:Yggra Union]] in which case [[spoiler: Nesiah acts the way he does in this ending because the heroes are basically ruining centuries of his work by sealing the Gran Centurio]]
* BlackKnight: Leon.
* BigDamnHeroes: Eudy introduces herself to the heroes by rescuing them from Zilva.
** Same with Eater, who helps the girls fight off a band of would-be rapists when they first meet.
* {{Bokukko}}: Eimi.
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Emilia, in the route B bad end.]]
* BreakableWeapons: After a certain number of battlefields, any equipped items and weapons will naturally break. Also, the skill [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Item Break]] will cause this, and it can be very frustrating for players when they face it fairly early on in the game.
* BreakTheCutie: Siskier in route C. This is also [[spoiler:Nessiah]]'s backstory.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Male!Eater makes fun of the player for forgetting what time of day it is during his bath scene.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Almost every playable character, but special mention goes to the magicians, who are all supposedly very exceptional in magic.
** It starts getting lampshaded around the end of chapter 3, and from there on develops into a RunningGag when Nessiah and Eater join the party, with asides and the occasional detailed discussion about how weird they are.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Cerica.
** Inzaghi but not as much as before.
* CallForward: ''Everywhere,'' and the writers are not subtle about it in the least.
* CallingTheOldManOut: A large part of two of the routes.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * CaptainObvious: Siskier.
* CharacterBlog: The four leads keep a joint Twitter [[http://twitter.com/sting_pr/blazeunion here]].
* CheerfulChild: Eimi again.
* ChickMagnet: Garlot's harem-to-cast ratio rivals that of [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Negi Springfield]], and not only do his attractive powers work on both sexes, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou they also extend to the fanbase]]. ''This is almost entirely on the merit of his personality,'' though it certainly helps that he's just as generically attractive as the game's other young men.
* ChivalrousPervert: Jenon.
* ChurchMilitant: Zilva.
* CloudCuckoolander: [[YggdraUnion Pamela]], [[YggdraUnison as]] [[VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare ever]].
* ComingOfAgeStory: Either Garlot's or Aegina's, depending on the route.
** [[spoiler:SexAsRiteOfPassage / ComingOutStory]]: All but buried in metaphor, but still present in the A route.
* ContinuityNod: Juvelon and Bly both get referenced, though they don't actually appear.
* ControllableHelplessness: To table-flipping degrees in certain climactic battles.
* CorruptChurch
* TheCorruption: Brongaa.
* CreditsMedley
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:Possessed!Emilia in the B route bad ending]].
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Genocide. [[spoiler:Gulcasa winds up visibly on the verge of collapse after using it a lot, and he's probably not even fooling himself with that insistence that he'll be just fine. Obviously foreshadowing for the HeroicRROD incidents in ''YggdraUnion''.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Probably not ''really'' darker than ''YggdraUnion'', considering, but nothing quite sets the tone like kicking off a game with the attempted kidnapping of an eleven-year-old girl by a creepy and morbidly obese nobleman who clearly has anything but good intentions.
** It's not so much that ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' is the darker game--it just makes no attempt to hide the real tone.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Ordene]]. Once you've beaten sense into him, Jenon and Siskier offer to find him a doctor, since his wounds aren't necessarily fatal. The character refuses their offered help, because he feels that dying is an appropriate punishment for [[spoiler:abandoning Luciana and Aegina to die years ago]].
* DeclarationOfProtection: Siskier, reassuring people that Garlot will be fine because she's there to watch his back.
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:Route B bad ending]].
* DirtyCoward: Norn and [[spoiler:Alanjame]]. You know it's bad when the TokenEvilTeammate and the local MagnificentBastard look at these guys with utter disgust and the rest of the party immediately agrees.
* TheDitz: Cerica. [[BerserkButton Don't tell her to her face.]]
* DontTryThisAtHome: The sourcebook features, among other things, a nice little WallOfText about what it takes to preserve potatoes so that they do not sprout and how bad it can get to eat one that has (even listing ''side effects''). Its title? "The Sprouting Protato Even [[BigEater Gulcasa]][[note]]Who will indeed down anything that is not milk or cheese, including the poisoned apple ("This looks really poisonous. But as I am now, I have no need to fear poison! ...It's bad, but not so bad that it's inedible."), rotten fish ("Who cares if it's rotten?! Become a part of my flesh!!"), and dragon steak ([[CarnivoreConfusion ...isn't that technically cannibalism?!]])[[/note]] Regretted Trying".
* DoomedByCanon: There may be four possible endings, but this is the prequel, after all--so no matter which [[MultipleEndings route]] you prefer, the truth is that the second most depressing ending is canon, all the characters new to this game [[ButNowIMustGo walk off]], and [[YggdraUnion three years later]], [[ItWasHisSled everyone dies]].
* DoomedHometown: Double subverted. [[spoiler:Pandra attempts to sack Tiera, but is thwarted by Gram Blaze; the poor district is burned down but will be rebuilt stronger than ever, and the class barrier is implied to have been breached for good by the incident. Then in route A, Gram Blaze's barracks has to be sacrificed in order to let the team escape from Baldus, and it appropriately goes up in flames.]]
* TheDragon: Lapis.
* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:Alanjame. He can also be considered a DragonWithAnAgenda.]]
* DrunkenMaster: Sleip. Lampshaded by the title of her {{Leitmotif}}.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Arguably Garlot; [[spoiler:he's more masculine as Gulcasa.]]
* DualWielding: Soltier and Byff.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Eimi appears in the very first two battlefields for a few lines.
* EleventhHourRanger: One per route.
* EmotionlessGirl: Lapis and Zilva.
* TheEmperor: Soltier. From [[AllThereInTheManual what we already know about him]], he's one of the nastier varieties.
* EnfanteTerrible: [[spoiler:Possessed!Emilia in route B]].
* EscortMission: There are several missions where you have to protect Velleman from being attacked. [[spoiler:Quite frustrating, since in the A route, it becomes apparent that he's quite capable of taking care of his own damn self.]]
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Medoute]] in one ending. [[spoiler:Although he's urged to kill her, Gulcasa lets her go, exiling her instead. She, Jenon, and the other new characters leave the continent afterward.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When the band of would-be rapist hoodlums is deciding to themselves which party member girl each one of them wants for himself, [[{{Lolicon}} one guy targets Eimi]]. The party ''and'' the guy's buddies all turn and give him strange looks.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler:Garlot]] in some routes.
* ExpressiveHair: Eimi.
* FailureKnight: Poor [[spoiler:Gulcasa]].
* FallenAngel: [[spoiler:Nessiah and Eater]].
* FanNickname: "So'''baka'''su" for Cerica, and "Kaa-san's kaa-san" for Baretreenu (an extended pun on [[spoiler:Gulcasa]]'s FanNickname, for obvious reasons). Also Tsundereon.
* {{Fanservice}}: There's one mission where the player can get a hot springs scene for his or her favorite female party member (male party members aren't available for this) in chapter 3.
* FantasticRacism: According to Medoute and Baretreenu, all demons--and anyone with demonic blood--is or eventually will become AlwaysChaoticEvil. As [[VideoGame/DeptHeaven the rest of the series]] explicitly shows this ''not to be the case,'' it comes off as a real flaw, especially since everyone else tends to take this as the gospel truth. The incongruity can be explained by ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' having new writers who may not be familiar with the rest of VideoGame/DeptHeaven canon, but that doesn't make it any less grating.
* FieryRedhead: Eudy and Garlot
* FirstGirlWins / LastGirlWins: Varying by [[MultipleEndings route]], and also played with. The "first girl" can win, but in a route that isn't canon; over the course of the actual canon route, the winner is not the last of the basic compulsory members to actually join, but is the last one to be introduced [[spoiler:and isn't exactly a girl, either]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Much of it is rather obvious, but the game has its subtler moments too, such as in the A path, where [[spoiler:Garlot laments his inability to realize that Velleman was suffering before he turned on Gram Blaze, which mirrors Gulcasa and Nessiah's situation in ''YggdraUnion'']].
* FriendlyEnemy: Mizer.
* FromBadToWorse: Nessiah's route.
* GirlishPigtails: Eudy and Eimi.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Discussed, lampshaded, and generally mocked in chapter 4 as Gram Blaze heads out to visit Nessiah (who is, of course, living alone in the forest).
-->'''Eudy:''' [[HypocriticalHumor This is too far away from people! Wouldn't you usually go crazy like this?]]\\
'''Garlot:''' Remind me, how long were you shut up in the mountains again?
* GogglesDoNothing: Inzaghi.
* GoodCopBadCop: Jenon plays the good cop to Garlot's actual anger and mistrust in order to force Norn to give money back to the poor villagers.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Garlot may not be very smart to begin with, but he has a very sensitive nature that allows him to accurately read and understand his rivals and enemies' motivations. As his adventures start to gain him more and more street cred, it's his overwhelmingly gentle and compassionate heart that manages to win the hearts of his entire country--including those very rivals and enemies, more often than not. We get to see in [[YggdraUnion the future]] just how much Bronquia [[HundredPercentAdorationRating really appreciates]] having a leader who's kind, just, and ''competent.''
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Leon has a huge scar over his forehead; although we never see them, Nessiah has scars from the loss of his eyes. [[spoiler:And his wings.]] And Pandora has a big fat scar ''on his neck.''
* GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed: Some returning characters' sprites feature them in their outfits from YggdraUnion, rather than their obviously different new designs.
* GratuitousEnglish: Pamela.
-->''LADIES AND GENTLEMEN~!!''
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Byff's name can also be read as Bái Hǔ, which literally means "White Tiger" in Chinese.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: C route, i.e. the one without Alanjame (and where [[spoiler:Beatrine]] is less of a {{Jerkass}}). You just kind of have to feel sorry for everyone, from Garlot to Siskier to Jenon to Nessiah.
* '''GrowingUpSucks'''
* HappilyAdopted: Luciana and Aegina.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: [[spoiler:Baretreenu]] and Medoute are quite adamant that [[spoiler:Gulcasa and Emilia]] do this. Bonus points for the importance this has to the A route, [[spoiler:which is the one where Gulcasa ends up with Nessiah]].
* HeroesPreferSwords: Averted, Garlot uses a BladeOnAStick and [[spoiler: only near A Route's finale, a SinisterScythe]]
* HeroicBSOD
* HesJustHiding: InUniverse. In Nessiah's route, [[spoiler:Garlot and Siskier search frantically for Jenon after his HeroicSacrifice, clinging to this possibility. Miraculously, they do actually find him--and a few minutes later, [[CameBackWrong everything]] [[PeoplePuppets goes]] [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight to]] [[FromBadToWorse hell]]...]]
* HeyYou: Between Soltier nicknaming him "Redhead" in chapter 2 when he refuses to introduce himself and people who don't bother to ask his name, Garlot gets this a lot. A positive shift in Leon's CharacterDevelopment is marked by his starting to switch to FirstNameBasis with Garlot instead.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Ordene]], who [[spoiler:allowed Luciana and Aegina to be exiled and nearly killed because he was willing to listen to Alanjame's lies]].
* HotBlood: Come on, this is ''[[ProudWarriorRace Bronquia]]'' [[KillItWithFire we're talking about]]! As heard in the PV, Garlot has a shaken-sounding line where he exclaims that his own blood is literally burning hot.
* HotSpringsEpisode: And how!
* HotterAndSexier: And not just in the new girls' designs and the number of bath scenes--the game makes no bones about how the relatively lawless state of Bronquia during Soltier's reign carries a serious risk of sexual assault by the veritable swarms of bandits and corrupt nobles. This is only a problem for those who can't defend themselves, [[FridgeHorror but then that's most of the population]]. On the positive side of things, Garlot's bisexuality is dealt with a lot more frankly than in the other Episode II games, too.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Nessiah]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Jenon]] in the C route.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: '''''COME NEAR ME, AND I'LL KILL YOU!'''''
** Also being bad at handling sugar, apparently.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: That's got to be one really sturdy harp, considering how violently male!Eater beats his enemies with it.
* InTheHood: Nessiah.
* IncomingHam: It's hard ''not'' to be hammy when you're leading a screaming charge into battle, but B-route Garlot heads the pack here. MICHI WO AKEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: A rather [[{{Squick}} disturbing]] one in 戦士達の休息-Girl's Side-, where the party ([[GirlsNightOutEpisode consisting entirely of female characters]]) have to fend off some thugs who very clearly want to have their way with the girls. Failure in this battle means [[RapeAsDrama the bandits follow through on their intent...]]
* {{Keigo}}: Luciana and Aegina, whenever Garlot's around. Also Nessiah and female!Eater.
* KnightOfCerebus: Baretreenu. Even when she's not the one causing trouble, you know that shortly after she shows up, the shit is going to start hitting the fan.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Aegina and Luciana, as in ''YggdraUnison'', are introduced as twins right away. Interestingly, however, their exact motives [[spoiler:and the fact that they're princesses]] are kept secret.
* LazyBackup
* {{Leitmotif}}: All the potential allies, along with the major villains. [[spoiler:Garlot's cheerful, heroic-sounding theme changes drastically in the True Route into that familiar guitar-heavy, minor-key battle charge when he changes his name to Gulcasa.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Siskier is heavily implied to have a crush on Garlot. He sees her as a combination of older sister and surrogate mom.
* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler:Gulcasa still has most of his companions at the end of route A, but his three closest friends leave him. One dies, and the other two turn on him.]]
* LovableRogue: Mizer.
* LoveDodecahedron: Nessiah[=/=]Garlot[=/=]Siskier[=/=][[spoiler:Jenon]], with Garlot's vast harem waiting hopefully in the wings. Complicating matters is that Garlot is completely unaware of Siskier's feelings but knows about [[spoiler:Jenon's crush on her]] and expects her to end up with her other suitor, while Siskier is in turn completely unaware that she has another suitor. There is NoRomanticResolution in route B; routes A and C involve one or two members of the conflict dropping out of the running and couples forming accordingly.
* LoverAndBeloved: This is the type of relationship dynamic [[spoiler:Gulcasa and Nessiah]] wind up with in the A route.
* LoveHurts
* LowFantasy
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:LET'S FIGHT MORE! MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE!!]]
* MagicMusic: Eater attacks using music during the day.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: All of the required playable characters.
* MeaningfulName: Pandra (which is pronounced "Pandora" in Japanese). Who knows what he'll wind up attacking next...
* MoralityChain: Elena, to Leon.
* MultipleEndings
* MusicalSpoiler: If an enemy character whose name is not Soltier or Lapis has their own {{Leitmotif}}, chances are high that he or she can join up with you.
* {{Nerf}}ing: Kiss the gameshattering attack power Nessiah once had in ''YggdraUnion'' goodbye. A screenshot that pictures him at level 10 has his stats as 4/2/3/4.
* NeverLearnedToRead: A rather depressingly large chunk of the cast, including Garlot himself. This is yet another detail meant to help express the poor quality of life in Bronquia, and it works.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Depending on which choices you make, there is a chance that you might accidentally send a critical YggdraUnion character to an early grave... which is in some cases.]]
** "No, Eimi, don't you dare go out and fight! It's too dangerous, you're JustAKid!" And Siskier keeps on in this vein even after watching Eimi [[spoiler:''beat the living shit out of Baldus, Russell, and both their battalions'']]. To a kid with PTSD, self-worth issues, and [[spoiler:the highest susceptibility to TheCorruption in the whole cast]]. Oy.
** Though you really ''shouldn't'' let her fight on certain battlefields...or you will have hell to pay.
* NoExportForYou: Between the fact that Atlus dug themselves into a hole that's hard to climb out of as far as mistranslated elements of ''YggdraUnion'' go, the fact that this game's plot is most accessible to people who've played ''YggdraUnion'', and the fit that the MoralGuardians would throw over all the AttemptedRape incidents, it's not surprising that they've shown no interest in bringing the game over. Probably doesn't make it any less frustrating for people who aren't literate in Japanese, though.
* NotSoDifferent: Soltier points this out in the A path. [[spoiler:Gulcasa]] is [[ShutUpHannibal not amused]].
* ObviouslyEvil: Norn.
* TheOjou: Yggdra.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: [[spoiler:Baretreenu]].
* OnlySaneMan: Aegina during the bath scenes.
* OptionalPartyMember: Byff, Sleip, Mizer, Eudy, and Pamela in chapter 3; Eater and [[spoiler:Zilva]] in chapter 5. It ''is'' possible to get all of them in one playthrough, despite the nature of the mission-choosing.
* TheOtherDarrin: The twins are played by Creator/MaiNakahara in this game, not their usual voice actress. This is probably due to the TimeSkip between the games; significantly younger girls would have less harsh voices.
** Most of the characters, sadly, have had their voice actors changed just like the twins--with much less logical reason as to why.
* PacingProblems: Routes A and C suffer from the CosmicDeadline because there's just too much plot to fit into the available data space. The A path deals with this by [[spoiler:performing a short TimeSkip from Garlot unsealing his blood to the climax of the revolution, frustrating the players who wanted more time to use Gulcasa and [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome actually see him unite Bronquia]]]]; this has the consequence of making this part of the plot take a backseat to [[spoiler:Medoute and Jenon's betrayal]]. In the C path, realistically presenting a conflict with the antagonist would require Garlot and company getting their posteriors handed to them--if nothing else, because [[spoiler:Nessiah knows them as well as they know themselves or better]]--and a very bitter struggle from behind to seize victory. There isn't enough room for this, which is the reason for [[spoiler:Nessiah's incompetence and all the DeusExMachina that rescues Gram Blaze]].
* PaperThinDisguise: Redheaded little girl with yellow eyes who's running around looking for her older brother, who she calls Onii-sama. Right, I have ''no idea'' who this is. Would ''you'' believe that Eimi-is-Emilia is supposed to be a spoiler? If Sting had gone to as much trouble to alter her design as they did [[spoiler:Gulcasa]]'s, it might have worked, but changing a character's fashion of choice from gothic lolita to ordinary lolita is not enough.
* ParentalAbandonment: Garlot.
* PetTheDog: Nessiah, all-around {{troll}} and MagnificentBastard extraordinaire, is obviously back. What's he up to now? Well, among other things, [[{{Moe}} helping a lonely little girl track down her long-lost big brother]]...
** [[spoiler:Zilva, the stoic, emotionless assassin of the night, can gain up to 8000 morale points from a teddy bear, of all things.]]
* PickyEater: In many varieties, although special mention goes to Nessiah (who rarely ever gains Morale from being given food, even if his dialogue suggests that he likes it). Characters also have foods they hate but will reluctantly eat, but here's a list of the ones who'll turn up their noses at things.
** Mushroom haters: Byff and Sleip
** Dairy haters: Garlot and Leon
** Can't handle super-sugary things: Garlot, Medoute, Byff, Sleip, Eudy, Nessiah, Leon, [[spoiler:Emilia, Baretreenu]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: There's a lot of this going around, but the end of the A route has a particularly brutal display of it, culminating in a vicious circlejerk of ShutUpHannibal-ShutUpKirk between [[spoiler:Gulcasa and Medoute]] respectively. Once the former calms down and starts trying to work it out, his attempt to actually try to communicate gets shot down fairly harshly.
* PowerTrio: With Garlot as the ego, Jenon as the superego, and Siskier as the id, though [[HairTriggerTemper Garlot's temper]] blurs the lines a little. This eventually evolves into a...
** FourTemperamentEnsemble: Garlot is choleric, Siskier is sanguine, Jenon is melancholic, and Medoute is phlegmatic. Aegina is supine, going by the "four plus one" formula.
* PurpleEyes: Eudy, Leon, Elena, and Jenon.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Gram Blaze, especially before Velleman whips them into shape.
* RedheadedHero: Garlot
* ReplacementGoldfish: In the A ending, [[spoiler:Siskier, Jenon, Medoute, and Velleman's roles in Gulcasa's life are filled by Nessiah, Emilia, Leon, and Baldus. This is probably necessary considering Gulcasa's codependency (along with all his other issues), and he seems to appreciate it. Since the Siskier-to-Nessiah switch happens first, the parallels between the Garlot/Siskier and Gulcasa/Nessiah relationships are an important undercurrent at the end of that path]].
** It's also implied that [[spoiler:Zilva winds up attempting to replace Siskier with Elena, given her makeover by the time of ''YggdraUnion'']].
* {{Retcon}}: Aside from Nessiah getting {{nerf}}ed and the circumstances of Leon and Elena's parents' execution [[NoodleIncident becoming fuzzier]], characters' likes and dislikes have been altered from those displayed in ''YggdraUnison''. Mostly, these are things that can be explained by their tastes changing as they age--Emilia likes milk and dislikes cheese in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', and refuses to eat cheese at all in ''Unison''; Gulcasa is no longer an ExtremeOmnivore who can [[BigEater put away an entire banquet table and still be hungry]], which makes sense as he's not fueling a growth spurt ''and'' compensating for overuse of Genocide at the same time anymore. (Interestingly enough, he stops [[CarnivoreConfusion eating dragon meat]] in ''YggdraUnison'' too.) In other cases, this is HilariousInHindsight--Nessiah gets ''[[UpToEleven even pickier]]'' after the timeskip. [[PetTheDog Refusal to eat anything lower-quality than Bronquian cuisine, perhaps?]]
* TheRival: Leon.
* RoadCone
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Siskier]] in route A and [[spoiler:Luciana]] in route B.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Eudy gets them when {{squee}}ing about her cannons.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Garlot]] in one route; [[spoiler:Aegina]] in another.
* SerialRomeo: Jenon, going by Garlot's reaction when he gets starry-eyed over Medoute.
* SiblingYinYang: Luciana and Aegina, Leon and Elena, [[AllThereInTheManual Soltier and Ike]]. [[spoiler:Garlot and Eimi]] avert this, though.
* ShipTease: Just about anyone past puberty who spends any significant length of time around Garlot at all and has the most remote romantic interest in men will have implications of liking him. Garlot/Siskier and Siskier/Zilva get several nods, and route A essentially beats the player over the head with Gulcasa/Nessiah.
* ShowDontTell: Sting ''really'' didn't want us to just take their word for it that Gulcasa UsedToBeASweetKid. Part of their efforts to keep [[spoiler:the fact that he and Garlot are the same person]] under wraps was probably because we're not supposed to realize that this trope is in effect until TheReveal.
* SliceOfLife: For a LowFantasy story about LaResistance, there's quite a lot of this type of material--which is arguably the entire point of the game, as it's meant to track the progress of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits into a BadassArmy of TrueCompanions.
* SneezeCut: Used in the mission Salt Road.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As of now, there are ''no'' official Romanizations of characters' names, other than the ones who already appeared in ''YggdraUnion''. Given [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Sting's usual naming conventions]], one can see the problem here...
* SpoilerOpening: All four possible final bosses appear in the opening, as does Eimi on a griffon with her nail bat, when she's an NPC until Chapter 6.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Most of the new female characters, which is a common complaint about new artist Kousaki's character designs.
** Fan complaints on practicality were lampshaded in ''the fanservicey phone cards'', of all things, one of which features how easy it would be for those skimpy practically-bikinis to slip.
** And then again on the CharacterBlog:
--->''"It looks like a lot of people are curious about why I dress like this. It's 'cause it's easier to move around in, you know? Mobility's important on the battlefield....Still, it's awful when it gets cold. Whenever the weather is cold, I start thinking, 'Why did I ever pick out these clothes?' and things like that."''
* StartOfDarkness: Um, duh?
* SuccessionCrisis: Plays a large role in the B and C routes. Another one [[AllThereInTheManual in the backstory]] but not brought up in-game was the death of Soltier's father from illness, after which Bronquia nearly fell apart. The reason that he didn't inherit despite being the oldest was because Fantasinia pushed hard to get his quieter and easier-to-manipulate younger brother on the throne as their figurehead. Obviously, it goes FromBadToWorse as Ike stripped Bronquia of its military on Fantasinia's orders, then Soltier came around to build it up again...
* SummonMagic: Of the Western variety.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Here's your starting party! [[ATasteOfPower Here's their awesome equipment!]] And here's David and Item Break, have fun with that. In addition to this, towards the very end of the game, two routes hand you GameBreaker characters. Overusing one is a patently godawful idea that, if you've already completed the route once, will lock you into having to confront the hardest TrueFinalBoss the series has to offer. You can spam the other all you like, and we hope that he'll be able to make up for losing [[spoiler:Siskier, Jenon, and Medoute, who you've probably put the most effort into raising]].
* TacticalRockPaperScissors
* TakeThatAudience: The aspiring rapists in "The Warriors' Vacation -Girls' Side-" get a scathing ThisLoserIsYou treatment, which is likely a stab at the rather depraved VocalMinority of stereotypical otaku in the fandom. Said VocalMinority [[MisaimedFandom seems to actually like the attention]].
* TalkingToHimself: As in ''YggdraUnion'', most of the side characters' voice actors have two or three different roles. There are a few party members (Eimi and Pamela, Nessiah and Mizer) who share voice actors, too...
* TastesLikeChicken: Your party's general consensus on the Dragon Steak. [[spoiler:Which even Gulcasa will eat, despite the fact that he technically kind of ''is'' one.]]
* ThatManIsDead
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Which is really unfortunate, seeing as a good therapist might be able to prevent PTSD from being diagnosed as [[spoiler:becoming a demon]]. Medoute, Aegina, and Nessiah could probably stand some therapy, too.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Oh, Gulcasa. [[spoiler:Medoute tries to murder him, spits on his ideals, accuses him of already becoming a monster and disgracing Siskier's memory--and after he subdues her, he's ''still'' going "Can't we just talk this out?". When she rejects this, he still refuses to kill her, despite Nessiah pointing out that this is a terrible idea and she'll just attack him again. Instead, Gulcasa puts her in an easily-escapable jail and does not allow anyone to chase her and Jenon when they do run away.]] Keep in mind that this character is uniquely equipped to kill him and has made her views on demons [[FantasticRacism plenty]] [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster clear]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Cerica and Byff.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Leon.
* TooManyBelts: Jenon and David.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Deliberately invoked by Sting, as they "let slip" a number of story details through weekly trailers in order to garner more interest in the game. It worked.
* TragicDream
* TrueCompanions: The game's themes have been stated on the team's blog to be "the drama of becoming comrades", and the story by definition will be dealing with how the Imperial Army first came together.
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Kid Brongaa!Emilia]] in route B, though the route can end without fighting this character if you don't trip the very GuideDangIt loserflags.
* UnholyHolySword: ''[[TropeNamer GUESS]],'' GUYS.
* UnholyMatrimony: Soltier and Lapis, commonly referred to as "that love-love pair" and "the stupid couple" by Japanese fans.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal:
** Oh, Eater. Rarely is there a character who can do this in quite so many ways...
** Siskier is also quite shocked to find out that, yes, Zilva is female.
* UnusualEuphemism: No, those gangsters do ''not'' mean ImTakingHerHomeWithMe in the [[Franchise/WhenTheyCry Rena sense]] of the term.
* UnwantedHarem: ''Poor'' Garlot. The kid's surrounded by interested females, HoYay, and FoeYay.
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: Played with in all its positive and negative aspects; Garlot wouldn't be who he is without the very specific mix of good things and terrible things that have happened to him.
* VerbalTic: Byff's "Nantsutte".
* VictoryPose: Some characters' victory poses consist of a character breaking out laughing, which can seem strange for personalities like Aegina and Zilva.
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler:Garlot and Medoute]] in the route B bad ending.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Mostly for Garlot.
** Sadly for him, since he's a Mounted unit, this gets him in major trouble on plenty of maps, especially early on...
* WeHardlyKnewYe: David, dead as of the fifth battlefield.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Or something. Garlot is constantly berated by Medoute and Velleman for being "too emotional", having too much SympathyForTheDevil, and generally letting his own misgivings get to him and make him unsure about his own objectives. Medoute asks baldly a few times whether he's really capable of making any difference in the world in his state. Naturally, once he [[spoiler:becomes Gulcasa in route A]] and his increased [[FailureKnight terror of failing]] causes him to lock up, shelve his sympathy until battles end, and refuse to hesitate, Medoute and Jenon decide that he was better off the way he used to be and [[spoiler:choose to interpret the changes in his behavior as his becoming a heartless demon]]. Of course, this all ends terribly.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Gulcasa]]. "WORLD, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. I SHALL CONQUER YOU AND ''MAKE'' YOU DO IT RIGHT."
** Also [[spoiler:Nessiah]]. Admit it, if what this guy was trying to do didn't tend to have bad consequences for people who aren't related, it would be a lot harder to find fault with him.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to the interviews in the artbook, the original script for the game was much darker and more serious, styled like a historical drama; Baretreenu also died right at the beginning. This concept was canned for being too depressing. In addition, the scenario writer from R-Force Entertainment pitches a series of post-B-route's-good-ending [[AudioAdaptation drama CDs]] featuring the repercussions of [[spoiler:Ordene dying and Gram Blaze moving to Fantasinia]] on the rest of the world, involving the cast of ''YggdraUnion''. Sadly, these dramas don't seem to be happening.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Siskier is afraid of heights. Gram Blaze's first mission is on a narrow mountain bridge.
* WorthyOpponent: Baldus.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Both Siskier and Nessiah express this to Garlot.
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:Medoute]] laments this in the True Ending. [[spoiler:She's Gill the Dragonslayer's descendant, and winds up attacking Gulcasa for fear that he's becoming evil.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Eimi (a bit weird, as she's only eleven), Siskier, and Nessiah.

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