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The year was 2007, and with many of their other projects winding down, Sting Entertainment needed something to do. The PSP version of Riviera had been released, and the PSP version of Yggdra Union wasn't due out for some time yet. Someone or other had the brilliant idea of doing a different kind of promotion for Yggdra Union—and thus the first incarnation of Yggdra Unison was born.Originally a real-time tactical MMO playable on the cellphone, Yggdra Unison: Beat Out Our Obstacle allowed players to take control of any army from Yggdra Union and engage in competitive battles with opponents all over Japan. Because it was made for the cellphone specifically, the game never left Japan.Happily for fans the world over, Sting announced that a Nintendo DS remake of the game (entitled Yggdra Unison: Holy Sword Stories) would be released in December of 2009, featuring a new story mode and various unlockable features. The remake no longer features any cooperative or competitive multiplayer modes, though.In both of its incarnations, Yggdra Unison is a non-canonical Alternate Universe retelling of Yggdra Union similar to such games as Fate/unlimited codes—it retells the story of the war from a number of possible perspectives, asking "What if so-and-so were the main character?" and introducing many changes to the storyline along the way. For the most part, it also happens to run on Rule of Funny. There are twelve playable characters—Yggdra, Milanor, Gulcasa, Emelone, Roswell, Rosary, Ortega, Dort, Juvelon, Gordon, Pamela, and Nessiah.A drama CD featuring stories about the Royal Army, Milanor's bandits, and part of the Imperial Army was released in March 2010.See also the pages for Yggdra Union, the main title, and Blaze Union, the prequel following the Imperial Army.
Anti-Frustration Features: It's possible to restart any stage at any given time, and if you get a game over, you can do an Easy Retry, much like all the other Dept Heaven games thus far. Also, once you manage to unlock Nessiah, he stays awake for all subsequent playthroughs, saving you the trouble of having to search the world for his event trigger again.
Apologetic Attacker: Emilia, when fighting anyone Bronquian. Particularly Gulcasa. "I'm sorry if it hurts...! D-don't think badly of me!"
Ascended Extra: The game is built around this idea—aside from Yggdra, Milanor, and Gulcasa, the playable armies are all led by rather minor characters.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Somehow, Pamela manages to be even more insane than she is in the main game.
Could Have Avoided This Plot: There are at least some people who would be happy to help him if he just bothered to explain himself, but he chooses to laugh at the rest of the world rather than try. (Justified given his background; the way he's been treated, the possibility probably wouldn't occur to him at all.) Also a case of You Didn't Ask.
Defeat Means Friendship: At least if your opponent doesn't have a personal problem with you to begin with. And even then, they'll probably submit to you if your conquered territory is big enough.
Dem Bones: Roswell's Servant and the other Skeletons.
Demoted to Extra: Nessiah, Marietta, and Nana-chan in the original; in the remake, Nessiah finally has a role in the story (and is an unlockable player character), but Marietta and #367 still don't even get so much as a mention.
And in the drama CD, most of the cast that doesn't join the Royal Army in Yggdra Union, along with half of the Imperial Army. The fact that Elena seems to be absent has been met with many complaints from the fanbase.
Pamela, Gordon, and Nessiah aren't even in the key visual.
In an amusing aversion, this is about the only game in the whole of the Episode II part of the franchise where Luciana doesn't get shafted for once. She even gets her own story in the drama CD.
Faux Affably Evil: The few characters who could be considered "villainous" or are fighting for selfish goals are all still cute, silly, and extremely likable.
Failure Is the Only Option: Some of the requirements for unlocking armies are just plain ridiculous—you have to purposely play as terribly as possible to have twenty-five deserters in one playthrough, for example.
Fandom Nod: A lot of fan-favorite lines from the original game are included here.
The Angel Halo can only be equipped by "pure" people. Whether that means literal purity of heart or something else is not specified.
Gender Bender: When Diamond Dust activates, it turns everyone into Undines, your units' gender be damned. This is, of course, spoofed to high heaven and back again in the drama CD, where Milanor and Roswell get into a bragging fest over the bust size of their Undine forms.
Giggling Villain: Nessiah retains his trademark ふふふ laugh, and according to the ending text for certain characters, the fact that sometimes he seems to be laughing at his own teammates occasionally makes them wonder whose side he's supposed to be on.
Guide Dang It: Some of the card effects. Trying to recruit Nessiah and Mistel is a massive pain if you don't know what to look for, too.
Getting the best items in each search involves fulfilling strict hidden conditions and deploying the right characters. Character recruitment itself actually has pretty complicated mechanics at play, too.
Harder Than Hard: Trying to recruit the other Dragon Generals with Nessiah. (Or just trying to get Nessiah through his route without letting him get severely unbalanced by the end.)
Hates Being Touched: Milanor, apparently, as one of his victory titles claims that he was feared by his court due to his tendency to FUCK YOU UP whenever you try.
Heavy Sleeper: Good lord, Nessiah. You'd think he would want to be awake for the events of this war, considering, but...
Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: When exactly did Ordene and his wife kick the bucket? For that matter, what were the circumstances under which Gulcasa and Nessiah went their separate ways, especially considering that they're just as flirty as ever? And since no one mentions the Transmigragem going missing (as it is in fact still in Emelone's castle!), just how the heck does Nessiah still know Nietzsche's sister? Have fun trying to figure it out!
Lighter and Softer: Still not the most saccharine of games, but the atmosphere is considerably more lighthearted than the original, especially because killing your opponents is optional this time around.
Nerfing: To preserve the game's balance, it was unavoidable that game-breaking characters like Gulcasa and Nessiah would have to have drawbacks. These are usually carried out through the morale-recovery system, which has the added bonus of fleshing out their characters in some rather amusing ways (Nessiah, for instance, has next to no interest in just about every item other than books).
Retcon: The Imperial Army's likes and dislikes were changed in Blaze Union; many of the characters are willing to eat things in Blaze that they wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole in Unison (for instance, cheese for Emilia, dragon meat for Gulcasa, just about everything for Nessiah). This is also the game that first changed Nessiah's elemental affinity to "dark".
Trademark Favorite Food: Yggdra's love of Sweetberries and Roswell's obsession with Banangos are both still present and gleefully lampooned in the dramas. Gulcasa also seems to really like mushrooms (though that may be because Powershrooms are stated to be good for one's body).
Unholy Holy Sword: Since it was a big part of the plot in Yggdra Union, this is both a no-brainer and not taken anywhere near as seriously. Having Nessiah show up and ask Yggdra to give it back (when she's never had reason to question her country's Justice Will Prevail ideology) can actually be a large source of Hilarity Ensues.
Vague Age: Amareus as usual; Nessiah and Pamela are both referred to as "probably older than they look".
Video Game Cruelty Potential: It's fully possible to have friends and allies fight each other to the death, if you're enough of a jerk to deploy them against each other. Some characters take this more in stride than others; Gulcasa, for instance, accepts having to cross blades with or even being killed by his loved ones downright heroically, Amareus reveals herself to be a raging yandere, and Kylier will cross the Despair Event Horizon.
Wide Open Sandbox: You can recruit just about any character to your party if you take the right steps, leading to a number of improbable and vastly amusing army setups. (This is part of the reason that this game is every shipper's wet dream, too...)