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    Character Guide by Eclesis

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    -GENSOU SUIKODEN V-
    
    CHARACTER GUIDE
    
     >Version 1.2
     >Created 3/8/2006
     >Last updated 7/2/2006
    
    by Eclesis [eclesis@gmail.com]
    
    VERSION HISTORY----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    1.2
    -added some alternate methods of recruiting certain characters
    -added stuff to special thanks
    
    1.1
    -removed Notes & Trivia section
    -fixed more typos
    -edited Jean's section
    -fixed timing on Boz
    -added rest of battle skills
    
    1.0
    -fixed timing for Kathary
    -added all characters
    -fixed yet more typos
    -added more battle skills
    
    0.7
    -fixed more typos
    -free characters up to Sauronix
    
    0.6
    -created 3/8/2006
    -characters up to Battle of Doraat
    -not quite finished with all the battle skills/trivia
    -fixed some typos
    
    INTRODUCTION-------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Welcome to a characters guide for Suikoden V. Considering that this game is 
    essentially a matter of playing Pokemon for all the random shopkeepers and
    passers-by who just happen to be Stars of Destiny, this is essentially a list
    of all the recruitable characters and how to get them, listed in chronological
    order of availability. This guide is based on the Japanese version of the game.
    
    The purpose of this FAQ is for checking missing characters, for the most part,
    since it's an awful lot of hassle going over every single town and dungeon
    after every major event with a fine-toothed comb. I may, if I have the time,
    throw in combat/stat details at some point, but for now it's just a list of
    how to get the characters.
    
    The usual disclaimers apply: I'm fishing romanizations and translations out of 
    in-game text, but use my own translations when there aren't any. I don't own
    the artbook and therefore have nothing on the official translations if there
    were any. Phrases, locations etc are for the most part translated literally,
    though I have taken a few liberties to convey approximate meaning without
    having results 20 words long that wish they were written in kanji. This
    guide assumes knowledge of Japanese. I'm probably not going to update the
    names and so forth when the English version is released since I won't be
    playing the English version.
    
    And of course, as with any FAQ, this is chock-full of spoilers, so read at your
    own risk. I've tried to leave out specific detail on plot, but reference to
    major events is kind of inevitable.
    
    This FAQ is copyright to myself; you may repost it elsewhere as long as it's
    posted unaltered in its entirety and credit is given. The lastest version of
    this FAQ will always be posted to GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com). Also, this FAQ
    is intended for personal use only, meaning it may not be sold or published as
    part of any commercial transaction. All trademarks mentioned herein are
    copyright to their respective creators.
    
    TABLE OF CONTENTS--------------------------------------------------------------
    
    0. Version History
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic Information
     2a. Timing
     2b. Choices
     2c. Oboro's Agency
     3d. Misc
    3. Plot Characters (46)
    4. Free Characters (63)
     4a. Rainwall~ (3)
     4b. Battle of Raft Fleet~ (3)
     4c. Dawn Rune~ (5)
     4d. Acquiring HQ~ (12)
     4e. Battle of Relkar~ (7)
     4f. Bandits in Sable~ (4)
     4g. Attack on Beaver Lodge~ (2)
     4h. Coronation~ (11)
     4i. Battle of Doraat~ (6)
     4j. Queen's Campaign~ (6)
     4k. Visit to Sauronix~ (2)
     4l. Battle at HQ~ (1)
     4m. Assault on Stormfist~ (1)
    5. Extra Characters (6)
    6. FAQ
    7. Credits
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    SECTION 2: BASIC INFORMATION
    ===============================================================================
    
    Basic information on how events and timing work.
    
    -TIMING------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Essentially, when a character's join condition is "after a certain event", the
    event isn't considered completed until you go back to base and report in in
    the council chamber. For instance, after finishing the Battle of Relkar, you
    can't get any characters' events to occur until after you finish reporting in.
    
    The game also keeps track of time - sometimes an event requires that you wait
    awhile before advancing to the next step. In this case, just go poke around or
    do other events and then come back later.
    
    Note that you can't start collecting characters until after the first battle at
    Rainwall after escaping Sol Falena, so don't worry about it in the prologue
    parts of the game. You'll know you're in the prologue because combat at that
    stage is a cakewalk due to the various Queensguard members who're always
    tagging along.
    
    There are a number of ways timing and choice wise to get the various
    characters. The descriptions in this guide are essentially the ones for getting
    a character as soon as they're available. There are different choices and
    timing you can follow to get them as well, and as the game is rather long I
    haven't had time to go test all of that.
    
    Also, some characters require events to be completed awhile before they
    actually join. The ones to watch out for are: Oboro, Muraad, Kirie.
    
    
    -CHOICES-----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    If you're trying to just get people to join, normally it works to just be frank
    about it and simply keep asking them. However, picking a different choice
    sometimes initiates different events. Generally speaking it's not possible to
    screw up choices so that someone doesn't join - you can usually find them
    later. After a certain amount of time passes or a major event, you can usually
    ask them again. There are of course exceptions to this rule.
    
    Like most RPGs, it pays to be a busybody and stick your nose into everyone's
    business. It also pays to be persistent, as there are characters who will only
    join you after you've nagged them repeatedly as the game progresses.
    
    
    -OBORO'S AGENCY----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    After you get Oboro, you can use his agency to check background on characters
    who have already joined and find characters who haven't yet (though you'll need
    to have met them at least once first). Sometimes a character seems like they
    should appear in a location and they're not; in this case, investigating their
    whereabouts through Oboro will sometimes get them to appear.
    
    
    -MISC--------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Getting certain character combinations triggers events such as the letter box
    and bathhouse. Depending on the timing at which you acquire various characters,
    you may or may not be able to see these sub events (it's not always ideal to
    acquire characters as soon as they're available).
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    SECTION 3: PLOT CHARACTERS
    ===============================================================================
    
    -TEMPLATE----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    >Basic template for character data:
    
    ===============================================================================
    CHARACTER NAME
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat, support, or NPC
        FUNCTION: Additional abilities/functions of the character at your base,
                  such as providing shops, minigames etc
    BATTLE SKILL: The skill that this character provides in warfare
           EVENT: Whether or not this character is required to fight in certain
                  event sequences (ie, whether you'll have to worry about level/
                  equipment for them). Obviously non-plot characters don't have 
                  this section.
          LINKED: Characters that join together. Note that sometimes if you lose
                  one of a set of characters that join together in warfare the
                  other(s) may leave.
         PRE-REQ: Some characters require that you already have other characters
                  first.
    AVAILABILITY: The event brackets when the character is available for
                  recruiting.
        LOCATION: Where the character is found
      CONDITIONS: Conditions for getting the character to join. Omitted for plot
                  characters.
           NOTES: Misc notes
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    Plot characters will join you automatically and you don't really have to worry
    about them. They're usually pretty good in combat and won't die in warfare, but
    sometimes it's possible to lose them during events.
    
    ===============================================================================
    PRINCE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Player character
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge -> Dawn Magic
           EVENT: Duh
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: From the beginning
        LOCATION: Sol Falena
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RION
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: From the beginning
        LOCATION: Sol Falena
           NOTES: Rion will be in your party for most of the game.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RAN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Recovery (2)
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: Log
    AVAILABILITY: After visiting Raft Fleet
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LOG
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: Ran
    AVAILABILITY: After visiting Raft Fleet
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LUCRETIA MERCES
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: War God
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Lelei, Cius
    AVAILABILITY: After rescuing her from the Agate Prison
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LELEI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: Lucretia, Cius
    AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    CIUS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: Lucretia, Lelei
    AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    KYLE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Recovery
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia, when you return to Rainwall
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: You get Kyle briefly as an NPC in the beginning of the game,
                  though he doesn't join officially until Rainwall. You'll need
                  him for a couple of events and a boss battle.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RAAJA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Kisara
    AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    KISARA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: Raaja
    AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BOZ
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LUCELINA BARROWS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Party organizer
    BATTLE SKILL: Morale
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Chack
    AVAILABILITY: After finding the Dawn Rune
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    CHACK
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Storage
    BATTLE SKILL: Stabilize
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Lucelina
    AVAILABILITY: After finding the Dawn Rune
        LOCATION: Rainwall
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BIKKI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Teleporter
    BATTLE SKILL: Wind Magic
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After exploring the Sindal Ruins
        LOCATION: Sindal Ruins
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ZWIKE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Find Weakness
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: Lorelai
    AVAILABILITY: After exploring the Sindal Ruins
        LOCATION: HQ
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LORELAI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Find Weakness
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: Zwike
    AVAILABILITY: After exploring the Sindal Ruins
        LOCATION: HQ
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ZERASE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Tablet guardian / (Magic trainer)
    BATTLE SKILL: Star Magic
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquisition of HQ
        LOCATION: HQ
           NOTES: Zerase is the only character early on who can teach high levels
                  of magic Skill proficiency once you find the manuals. Use her
                  Instructor skill from the skill menu.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    TALGEYU
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Earth Magic
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Toma, Gesh, Sylva
    AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
        LOCATION: Lordlake
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    GESH
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Farmer
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: Talgeyu, Toma, Sylva
    AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
        LOCATION: Lordlake
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    TOMA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Survival Instinct
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Talgeyu, Gesh, Sylva
    AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
        LOCATION: Lordlake
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SYLVA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Medicine
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Talgeyu, Gesh, Toma
    AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
        LOCATION: Lordlake
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    WASHEEL
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Vorika, Oroc
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar
        LOCATION: Relkar
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    VORIKA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Washeel, Oroc
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar
        LOCATION: Relkar
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    OROC
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Washeel, Vorika
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar
        LOCATION: Relkar
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    DAIN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After bandits in Sable
        LOCATION: Sable
           NOTES: Dain appears as early as Rainwall but doesn't join until after
                  Sable.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ROY
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: (Feiren, Feiron)
    AVAILABILITY: After bandits in Sable
        LOCATION: Sable
           NOTES: It's possible to lose Roy in the latter half of the game if you
                  select certain choices. You'll also need him for a plot boss
                  battle.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    FWARAFWAL
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Water Magic
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Maroon
    AVAILABILITY: After the attack on Beaver Lodge
        LOCATION: Beaver Lodge
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MAROON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Gnaw
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: Fwarafwal
    AVAILABILITY: After the attack on Beaver Lodge
        LOCATION: Beaver Lodge
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BERNADETTE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Water Magic
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the visit to Nilba
        LOCATION: Nilba
           NOTES: Bernadette starts with a Stream Rune (removable)
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MIAKIS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Recovery
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Doraat
        LOCATION: HQ
           NOTES: Like the other Queensguard members, you get Miakis briefly in
                  the prologue but she doesn't officially join until much later.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    GHALEON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the Queen's campaign, when you exit out of the fort after
                  being told to visit Spinax.
        LOCATION: HQ
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    WAPON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Gande
    AVAILABILITY: After reaching the Twilight Forest via the dwarf tunnels
        LOCATION: Dwarf tunnels
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    GANDE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Wapon
    AVAILABILITY: After reaching the Twilight Forest via the dwarf tunnels
        LOCATION: Dwarf tunnels
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RYUUG
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After visiting Sauronix the second time
        LOCATION: Sauronix
           NOTES: You won't be able to use Ryuug and Laharl's dinos when you first
                  get them, so they'll be normal cavalry/ships for that first
                  battle.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LAHARL
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After visiting Sauronix the second time
        LOCATION: Sauronix
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    GEORGE PRIME
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the boss battle in the Dino Nest
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp (officially join)
           NOTES: 1) you'll get George early on but won't get him back until near
                     the end. If you're looking to have him equip the Saint's Garb
                     to make up for his bad magic defense, pay attention to how you
                     fight in the beginning.
                  2) except for the magic defense, George is about as good of a
                     straight fighter as Ryhalt.
                  3) George's Critical Rune isn't unique but it's not removable
                     either.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    CRAIG
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the events at Goldias
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LANCE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the events at Goldias
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
           NOTES: The dinos can't participate as individual units in warfare, but
                  unlike Genou or Byakuren, they only take up one slot in normal
                  combat.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    FLAIL
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NICK
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: Yoran, Axe
    AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    YORAN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Survival Instinct
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: Nick, Axe
    AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    AXE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: Nick, Yoran
    AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SHURA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: -
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After retaking Sable/Doraat, in the inn at Yashna
        LOCATION: Yashna
           NOTES: One of 3 characters with 5 stars in warfare
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SHARMISITA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After retaking Sable/Doraat, in the inn at Yashna
        LOCATION: Yashna
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NIPHSARA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: No
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After retaking Sable/Doraat, in the inn at Yashna
        LOCATION: Yashna
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SHUN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the war phase of the assault on Stormfist
        LOCATION: Stormfist
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    SECTION 4: NON-PLOT CHARACTERS
    ===============================================================================
    
    Non-plot characters can be picked up at will once you've met the conditions and
    timing for them. Note that if their regiment is defeated in warfare, there's a
    chance that these characters will die.
    
    The list is arranged in order of availability, by major events.
    
    
    -RAINWALL----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    The first free characters are available after you're given freedom of action
    following the Defense of Rainwall.
    
    ===============================================================================
    CORNELIO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Music test
    BATTLE SKILL: Water Magic
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: Defense of Rainwall~
        LOCATION: Howd
      CONDITIONS: Enter his house in Howd and fight the Do-Re-Mi sprites.
           NOTES: 1) you need Cornelio to get the various Do-Re-Mi sprites, but the
                     sprites are not Stars of Destiny.
                  2) you'll unlock the BGM test when you find all 5 sprites.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SAIROU
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support
        FUNCTION: Trade shop
    BATTLE SKILL: Supply
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: Defense of Rainwall~
        LOCATION: Trade shop, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: 1) buy 6 units of salt at any trade shop(s)
                  2) talk to Sairou to trigger a rise in the price of salt in
                     trade.
                  3) sell the salt to the trader in Raft Fleet and talk to Sairou
           NOTES: If you failed the initial event (the price drops before you find
                  and sell 6 salt), you can try again any time the salt price rises
                  again.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    EGGBART
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Find Potch)
        FUNCTION: Minigame (checkers)
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia 
        LOCATION: Tunnels to Agate Prison
      CONDITIONS: You'll find Eggbart on the west end of the tunnels leading from
                  the Dwarf Camp to Agate Prison after rescuing Lucretia. Listen
                  to his rants WITHOUT pressing Circle until the prompt appears.
                  If you fail this you can try again by going back to Dwarf Camp
                  and re-entering the tunnels.
           NOTES: You can acquire giant statues by beating Eggbart's minigames on
                  Expert Mode.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -BATTLE OF RAFT FLEET----------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after defending Raft Fleet from the Bafram Fleet.
    
    ===============================================================================
    SHINROU
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support
        FUNCTION: Item shop
    BATTLE SKILL: Supply
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet~
        LOCATION: Item shop, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: Talk to him in the item shop (all the way at the east end) of
                  Raft Fleet.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    JOSEPHINE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Fire Magic (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Sayalise OR Sharmisita/Niphsara
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~
        LOCATION: Howd
      CONDITIONS: talk to her with Sayalise in the party
                  OR
                  talk to her with Sharmisita and Niphsara in the party after you
                  get those two characters
           NOTES: 
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    TAKAM
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Find Shortcut)
        FUNCTION: Mapmaker
    BATTLE SKILL: Shortcut
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Cius or Lelei
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~
        LOCATION: Agate Prison
      CONDITIONS: 1) go to Agate Prison with either Cius or Lelei to open Takam's
                     cell and release him.
                  2) find his gear in the storage room with the save orb
           NOTES: The only thing you'll use Takam's support ability for is to get
                  into Lunas.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -DAWN RUNE---------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after the discovery of the Dawn Rune and relocation to
    Raft Fleet.
    
    ===============================================================================
    ZEGAI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Arms trainer
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Takam
    AVAILABILITY: After discovering the Dawn Rune~
        LOCATION: Forest north of Lunas
      CONDITIONS: 1) Go to the forest north of Lunas with Takam to reveal the elf
                     path.
                  2) After meeting Ulda and talking to Isato, exit back out to the
                     world map, and return to the forest.
                  3) Go to the riverbed at the top of the mountain where you found
                     Ran and talk to Zegai.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NORDON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After discovering the Dawn Rune~ 
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet or Lordlake
      CONDITIONS: 1) if you've finished the chain of events involving Oboro's
                     investigation, he'll be in the inn at Raft Fleet and you can
                     persuade him to join there.
                  2) otherwise, he'll be in Lordlake after the restoration of 
                     Lordlake, at which point you can recruit him.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    OBORO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Detective agency
    BATTLE SKILL: Rumor
          LINKED: Shigure, Fuyou
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~before the Queen's campaign
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: 1) after the Battle of Rainwall, visit Oboro's ship in Rainwall.
                  2) when asked to hire Oboro to investigate Lordlake, talk to him;
                     after Oboro accepts the job, go to the inn in Rainwall and
                     talk to Nordon a couple of times.
                  3) leave the inn, and follow the event sequence to the end.
                  4) after the Battle of Raft Fleet, talk to Oboro at Raft Fleet
                     and ask him to join.
           NOTES: If you missed the investigation event, you can still get Oboro
                  to join by asking him 5 times. However, his ship disappears from
                  Raft Fleet after the Queen's campaign.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SHIGURE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Ambush
          LINKED: Oboro, Fuyou
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~before the Queen's campaign
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: See OBORO
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    FUYOU
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Minigame
    BATTLE SKILL: Rumor
          LINKED: Oboro, Shigure
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~before the Queen's campaign
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: See OBORO
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -HQ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after acquiring HQ.
    
    ===============================================================================
    MUROON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Gnaw (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: HQ
      CONDITIONS: Talk to him at the docks of HQ and ask him to 
                  join.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BELCOOT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Yashna
      CONDITIONS: 1) Talk to Belcoot in front of the inn in Yashna
                  2) Enter the inn and talk to Marino. Ask her to join, and Belcoot
                     will join with her.
           NOTES: Sometimes you'll find Belcoot but not Marino in Yashna; in this
                  case, advancing plot to the next event will sometimes get Marino
                  to show.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MARINO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Healing)
        FUNCTION: Inn
    BATTLE SKILL: Rest
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Yashna
      CONDITIONS: See BELCOOT
           NOTES: Marino's support skill is Healing, which heals your party about
                  10-25 HP per round.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SUBARU
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Fishing
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Ran
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: 1) head to the main square (where the save orb is) of Raft Fleet
                     with Ran in the party to meet Subaru.
                  2) beat Subaru at fishing to get her to join.
           NOTES: 1) the fishing minigame is a highly efficient source of income
                     from selling all the pots.
                  2) despite all appearances, Subaru is a girl.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    WILHEIM
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: Mueller
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: Talk to him at the inn in Raft Fleet with a pretty girl in the
                  party (eg, Bikki)
           NOTES: Although you can't use them in normal combat, Wilheim & Mueller's
                  cavalry is one of the strongest regiments in warfare. 
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MUELLER
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: Wilheim
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: See WILHEIM
           NOTES: Joins with Wilheim
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RYHALT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Mueller
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Waterfall, south of Beaver Lodge
      CONDITIONS: 1) head west out of Beaver Lodge and south along the river to
                     the Waterfall cavern, and talk to Ryhalt at the very end
                  2) return to base and talk to Mueller
                  3) go back to the Waterfall and talk to Ryhalt
           NOTES: 1) dispite his innocous appearance, Ryhalt is easily the best
                     fighter in the game.
                  2) if you have Jean or Zerase in the party, you'll find Genou
                     instead of Ryhalt in the cavern. Just remove those characters
                     (or recruit Genou) to meet Ryhalt.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    GENOU
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: (Zerase or Jean)
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Waterfall, south of Beaver Lodge
      CONDITIONS: 1) in order to get Genou to appear, you'll have to have either
                     gotten the information about him from Fwarafwal, or have Jean
                     or Zerase in your party.
                  2) bring an elderly character (Azrad, Levi etc) to meet Genou.
                     You can successfully convince him to join if the elderly
                     character is one level beneath that of the protagonist or
                     higher.
           NOTES: Genou takes up two party slots, and you can only use the special
                  Beast formations (Suzaku etc) when he's in the party. He also
                  can't be equipped with any gear other than accessories, or any
                  runes other than his default.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SORENSEN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Ballista (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Estlyze
      CONDITIONS: 1) meet Babbage, Sorensen, and Lue in Babbage's workshop in
                     Estlyze.
                  2) go to the Revolving Bridge west of Rainwall and talk to the
                     soldier there.
                  3) return to the workshop and talk to Babbage. Head back to base
                     and take the boat to the Revolving Bridge with Babbage,
                     Sorensen, and Lue.
                  4) clear the events at the Revolving Bridge and return to Estlyze
                     to recruit Sorensen.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BASHTAN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Appraiser)
        FUNCTION: Appraiser
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Howd
      CONDITIONS: 1) visit Bashtan's shop the first time you arrive in Howd and
                     listen to his grievances
                  2) talk to Bashtan with a ?Painting in your inventory. The event
                     trigger is random, so if you get the shop window instead of
                     event dialogue just cancel and try again.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ZUNDA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Menu frame changer
    BATTLE SKILL: Shortcut
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Takam
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
      CONDITIONS: 1) talk to Zunda at the Dwarf Camp and agree to show her windows
                  2) bring her to Haswaal's room in Lunas
           NOTES: You can't go to Lunas without Takam in the party early on.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    AZRAD
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Earth Magic
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
        LOCATION: Yashna/Estlyze
      CONDITIONS: 1) you'll first meet Azrad in front of the Trade Shop in Rainwall
                  2) after acquiring HQ, go to the top room on the second floor of
                     Miroon's hot spring hotel to encounter a suspicious fortune
                     teller, who'll give you a Weird Book.
                  3) ignore the guy's advice and stick the book in storage. Wait
                     awhile and talk to Chack, and he'll give you the book back.
                  4) take the book back to the hot springs hotel and leave it with
                     the maid there.
                  5) go to Estlyze to find Azrad standing in the square next to the
                     fountain (if he's not there, ask Oboro to look for him and
                     he'll show up). When he asks if you've seen any weird books,
                     tell him yes, and take him to Yashna.
                  6) you'll fight a boss battle there, after which you'll get the
                     Orb of Judgement and can ask Azrad to join. If you don't ask
                     him immediately he'll be hanging out at the Trade Shop (on
                     the docks) of Estlyze where you can ask him again.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    
    -BATTLE OF RELKAR--------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after the Battle of Relkar.
    
    ===============================================================================
    MONSEN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support
        FUNCTION: Armor shop
    BATTLE SKILL: Aegis
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: Relkar
      CONDITIONS: 1) visit Monsen's shop when you first arrive in Relkar. Buy a
                     few items from him.
                  2) talk to Monsen after the Battle of Relkar.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MURAAD
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Medic)
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Medicine
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: Relkar
      CONDITIONS: 1) Muraad will show at various towns after war events. In order,
                     this will be Rainwall and Raft Fleet. Talk to him when you see
                     him in those locations (he'll refuse to join early on, just
                     keep asking).
                  2) ask him to join in Relkar after the battle
                  3) if you missed talking to him in Rainwall and Raft Fleet, you
                     can still get him to join later on by talking to him in each
                     location he visits. The earliest you can get him is Relkar.
           NOTES: Muraad's support skill, Medic, heals your party about 30% after
                  each combat.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    JEAN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat, Support (Rune Shop)
        FUNCTION: Rune Shop
    BATTLE SKILL: Thunder Magic
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: Rune shop in Relkar
      CONDITIONS: 1) meet Jean at the Rune shop in Sol Falena prior to the
                     engagement banquet at the beginning of the game. (THIS STEP
                     IS OPTIONAL)
                  2) visit the Crater and talk to the guard at the entrance
                  3) after the battle of Relkar, talk to Jean in the Rune shop in
                     Relkar, and agree to her request.
                  4) take Jean to the dungeon at the bottom of the crater and
                     proceed to the end of the dungeon.
           NOTES: 1) you'll get some extra dialogue if you have Kyle in the party
                     when you meet Jean in Relkar, but it's not required to 
                     trigger the event.
                  2) the dungeon that Jean asks you to take her to is significant
                     in that the mobs drop Drain Magic shards and there's a King's
                     Orb hidden in the final room, behind the wall of the little
                     alcove at the top of the stairs in the southwest corner.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    TAYLOR
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Scan)
        FUNCTION: Journalist
    BATTLE SKILL: Rumor
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: HQ
      CONDITIONS: 1) after you meet Taylor during the events, he'll be in front of
                     the inn (the small side tower on the southwest side of the 
                     fort). Allow him to conduct his investigations.
                  2) you'll find him again at the top floor near the Sealed Room.
                     Again, give him permission to investigate.
                  3) finally, he'll be found in front of George's room on the
                     second floor. Ditto allowing him to investigate.
           NOTES: You can read Taylor's newspaper by talking to him. After the
                  fortress expands, it'll be posted on the wall on the southeast
                  side of the bottom floor of the main tower.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NIKEA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: Estlyze
      CONDITIONS: You'll find Nikea in the inn in Estlyze after the Battle of
                  Relkar. Defeat her in a duel to get her to join.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RINFA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: Minigame (cards)
    BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: 1) meet Rinfa in the inn in Estlyze, and accept her challenge for
                     the card game. Whatever you do you'll lose.
                  2) find Rinfa again in Yashna, and she'll return your money
                  3) finally, challenge her again in the inn at Raft Fleet.
                     Regardless of whether you win she'll join, but if you lose
                     you'll have to pay 5000.
           NOTES: It's possible to advance up to step 2 as early as acquiring the
                  HQ, but you can't get Rinfa until after Relkar.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    DONGO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Blacksmith)
        FUNCTION: Blacksmith
    BATTLE SKILL: Shortcut
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
        LOCATION: Smithy, Dwarf Camp
      CONDITIONS: 1) find the Iron Hammer in Lordlake after the restoration of
                     Lordlake, give it to Dongo, and upgrade any character's 
                     weapon to level 10.
                  2) Give Dongo the Silver Hammer found in a house in Sable, raise
                     any character's weapon to level 12 or above, and Dongo will
                     come with you to HQ.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -BANDITS IN SABLE--------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after clearing the bandit problem in Sable.
    
    ===============================================================================
    FEIREN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
          LINKED: Feiron
         PRE-REQ: Roy
    AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable~
        LOCATION: Bandit hideout, Rambling Moutain
      CONDITIONS: 1) during the bandit sequence, if you answered "I won't do that"
                     and "Welcome" to Roy during the two choices involving Roy,
                     Feiren and Feiron join automatically with Roy.
                  2) otherwise, after the events, return to the bandit hideout
                     and talk to them, and agree to help them take the stolen
                     goods back to Sable.
                  3) pick up the 3 stolen good boxes and take them back to Sable
           NOTES: If you chose to defend HQ during the battle with Armess and
                  didn't recruit Feiren/Feiron beforehand, they can be found in the
                  graveyard of HQ after the war events, and you can convince them
                  to join then.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    FEIRON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: Feiren
         PRE-REQ: Roy
    AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable
        LOCATION: Bandit hideout, Rambling Moutain
      CONDITIONS: See FEIREN
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NAKURA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: Sagiri
         PRE-REQ: Oboro
    AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable~before going to Nilba
        LOCATION: Sable, upstairs in the Inn
      CONDITIONS: 1) talk to the maid in the upstairs room at the inn, and talk
                     to Nakura.
                  2) leave and come back after awhile, and he'll wake up. Talk to
                     him.
                  3) talk to Oboro at Raft Fleet.
                  4) bring Oboro to Sable to talk to Nakura.
           NOTES: The window for getting Nakura and Sagiri is very short.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SAGIRI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Ambush (2)
          LINKED: Nakura
         PRE-REQ: Oboro
    AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable~before going to Nilba
        LOCATION: Sable, upstairs in the Inn
      CONDITIONS: See NAKURA
           NOTES: Joins at the same time as Nakura.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -ATTACK ON BEAVER LODGE--------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after the attack on Beaver Lodge.
    
    ===============================================================================
    ISABELLE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: Matthias
         PRE-REQ: Azrad
    AVAILABILITY: Attack on Beaver Lodge~
        LOCATION: Howd
      CONDITIONS: 1) after clearing the bandit problem in Sable, meet Isabelle and
                     Matthias in the back streets of Estlyze, near Babbage's 
                     workshop
                  2) after the attack on Beaver Lodge, you'll find Boz with
                     Lucelina at Lucelina's usual place in your HQ. Approach
                     them to get Yuram's letter
                  3) follow the instructions on the letter and go to Howd with a
                     party of three or less. Persuade Isabelle to join after the
                     events there
           NOTES: The second step appears to only be available after acquiring
                  Azrad, due to the event connection.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MATTHIAS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
          LINKED: Isabelle
         PRE-REQ: Azrad
    AVAILABILITY: Attack on Beaver Lodge~
        LOCATION: Howd
      CONDITIONS: See ISABELLE
           NOTES: Matthias will leave if Isabelle dies in warfare. He also comes
                  equipped with a Whirlwind Rune, which is removable.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -CORONATION--------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after the Coronation event and the first expansion of the
    HQ.
    
    ===============================================================================
    BYAKUREN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Genou
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: HQ
      CONDITIONS: After the Coronation event and the expansion of HQ,
                  attempt to leave the base via the bridge to the Sindal ruins at
                  the lower left, and you'll encounter and fight Byakuren. If you
                  have Genou, he can persuade Byakuren to join after the combat.
                  Otherwise, Byakuren will appear every time your base expands.
           NOTES: Like Genou, Byakuren is a large character and will take up two
                  party slots.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BABBAGE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Treasure Hunt)
        FUNCTION: Activates the elevator
    BATTLE SKILL: Ballista (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Sorensen
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Estlyze
      CONDITIONS: 1) after recruiting Sorensen and the base expands, bring
                     Sorensen to the Gear Room at the bottom of the base.
                  2) take Sorensen to the workshop in Estlyze to meet Babbage.
                  3) take Babbage to the Gear Room, at which point both Sorensen
                     and Babbage will leave the party.
                  4) wait awhile, return to the Gear Room and talk to Babbage.
           NOTES: Babbage has an S in the Treasure Hunt skill, making him quite
                  useful as a support member.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LUE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Babbage
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Estlyze
      CONDITIONS: 1) after recruiting Babbage, bring Sorensen to the workshop in
                     Estlyze to meet Lue
                  2) agree to help her find the gear (it's by the door)
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MIROON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Bathhouse
    BATTLE SKILL: Rest
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Maroon, Muroon
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Tricolor Hot Springs Bathhouse, Yashna
      CONDITIONS: 1) visit Miroon with Maroon and Muroon in the party, and agree to
                     help investigate the hot springs
                  2) exit through the back door of the bathhouse to the hot springs
                     cavern, and talk to the dwarves there (note that the monsters
                     in the cavern are rather tough for this stage of the game)
                  3) agree to let Miroon build a bathhouse in your fort
           NOTES: It's probably easiest to do all the Beaver recruiting in close
                  sequence.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MEROON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Rest
          LINKED: Moroon
         PRE-REQ: Maroon, Muroon, Miroon
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Beaver Lodge
      CONDITIONS: 1) requires that you've met Moroon at Baska Mountain at least
                     once
                  2) talk to Meroon in Beaver Lodge with Maroon, Muroon, and Miroon
                     in the party, and agree to take her to Moroon.
                  3) talk to Moroon at Baska Mountain, and take him to Beaver Lodge
           NOTES: Joins with Moroon
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MOROON
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Gnaw
          LINKED: Meroon
         PRE-REQ: Maroon, Muroon, Miroon
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Baska Mountain
      CONDITIONS: See MEROON
           NOTES: Joins with Meroon
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RETSUO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Cook)
        FUNCTION: Cook
    BATTLE SKILL: Gourmet
          LINKED: Shunmin
         PRE-REQ: Subaru
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: 1) talk to Retsuo and he'll mention trying to find a Spirit Fish
                  2) go fishing in Subaru's minigame until you capture a Wierd 
                     Fish (Subaru will comment on it when you exit the minigame)
                  3) take the Weird Fish to Retsuo
           NOTES: Joins with Shunmin
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SHUNMIN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Cook)
        FUNCTION: Fish breeder
    BATTLE SKILL: Gourmet
          LINKED: Retsuo
         PRE-REQ: Subaru
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: see RETSUO
           NOTES: By giving Shunmin roe to raise, you'll increase both the items
                  available on Retsuo's menu and the types of fish you can catch
                  during fishing. However, if you're using fishing to raise money
                  by fishing up vases, it's probably better to hold off on giving
                  Shunmin the roe as it decreases the chance of getting vases.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    CHISAT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support
        FUNCTION: Voice changer
    BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Bernadette
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Nilba
      CONDITIONS: 1) you'll meet Chisat when you first go to Nilba. After the 
                     Coronation, return to Nilba with Bernadette, and you'll run
                     into a pirate problem.
                  2) ask Chisat to help you with the problem, and you can get
                     her to join after the event.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    YARL
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: Neris
         PRE-REQ: Bernadette
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Nilba
      CONDITIONS: 1) after the Coronation event, go to Nilba with Bernadette and
                     proceed to the wharf where the Rino En Kuldes was to hear
                     about the Rune Cannon.
                  2) go to the inn in Nilba to meet Yarl and Neris
                  3) attempt to leave Nilba by ship, at which point Yarl and Neris
                     will ask to come with. Agree to let them board.
                  4) you'll automatically head towards the Ship Graveyard. Clear
                     this dungeon (there's a boss fight) and choose to destroy the
                     Rune Cannon.
                  5) ask Yarl and Neris to return with you to Falena.
           NOTES: The choices during these events don't appear to make a difference
                  EXCEPT for the choice of what to do with the Rune Cannon. It
                  appears to be impossible to recruit Yarl & Neris if you chose
                  "I want one of those" at the end of the Ship Graveyard.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NERIS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
          LINKED: Yarl
         PRE-REQ: Bernadette
    AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
        LOCATION: Nilba
      CONDITIONS: See YARL
           NOTES: Neris comes equipped with a Wildfire Rune
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -DORAAT------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after the fall of Doraat. Note that you can't go out and
    do recruiting until after you talk to Zerase and get the tablets following the
    events at Doraat.
    
    ===============================================================================
    LEVI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: Magic trainer
    BATTLE SKILL: Fire Magic
          LINKED: Beggen
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
        LOCATION: Crater
      CONDITIONS: Talk to him (may require you've met him once before)
           NOTES: 1) Levi comes equipped with a Blue Gate Rune (not removable) and 
                     Mother Earth Rune (removable), and is a high level elderly 
                     character whom you can immediately use to recruit Genou if you
                     didn't feel like leveling Azrad.
                  2) Levi is the only Magic trainer who has an actual shop in the
                     fortress; Zerase and Eresh require you use their skill from
                     the party menu.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    BEGGEN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
          LINKED: Levi
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
        LOCATION: Crater
      CONDITIONS: See LEVI
           NOTES: Beggen's Treasure Hunt skill can go up to SS rank.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    NORMA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Recovery (2)
          LINKED: Ernst
         PRE-REQ: Levi
    AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
        LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: 1) meet Norma and hear about her search for the "great wizard"
                  2) talk to her with Levi in the party after you get Levi
           NOTES: Norma's Find Potch skill goes up to SS and said skill works even
                  if she's in a support slot.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ERNST
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Recovery (2)
          LINKED: Norma
         PRE-REQ: Levi
    AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
        LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: See NORMA
           NOTES: Ernst will leave if Norma dies in warfare.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    GAVAYA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Bikki, Norma, Feiren
    AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
        LOCATION: Raft Fleet
      CONDITIONS: Talk to him with the Bikki, Norma, and Feiren (participants in
                  the Cute Girl combo attack) in the party.
           NOTES: I've heard that it's possible to get him with Sayalise, Jean,
                  and Neris (Ladies) instead, but haven't confirmed this.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RAVEN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Oboro, Taylor, Eggbart
    AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
        LOCATION: HQ
      CONDITIONS: 1) talk to the lord of Sable to hear about the stolen family
                     records
                  2) talk to Oboro at base, and you'll be asked to find a family
                     record
                  3) the right character for this is Eggbart. Speak to Eggbart to
                     receive the record, and return to Oboro
                  4) go to the inn at your HQ and rest for the night. You'll
                     automatically wake up and proceed to capture Raven
                  5) talk to Raven either in the empty room beneath the inn, or
                     the jail once your base has expanded to convince him to join.
           NOTES: Raven's Crow Rune allows him to evade all single target physical
                  attacks, but only works indoors.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -QUEEN'S CAMPAIGN--------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after the Queen's Campaign. You'll need to finish off the
    main event sequence at HQ before you'll be allowed freedom of
    movement and party organization to collect pokemon.
    
    ===============================================================================
    HASWAAL
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Rest
          LINKED: Isato, Ulda
         PRE-REQ: Takam
    AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
        LOCATION: Lunas
      CONDITIONS: 1) bring Takam with you to the forest north of Lunas (see ZEGAI's
                     section) to get to Lunas and meet Ulda. You can talk to Isato
                     and ask him to join but he'll refuse. This step can be done
                     any time after you acquire Takam.
                  2) after the Queen's campaign, return to Lunas with Takam and
                     go to Haswaal's room in the temple
                  3) bring Haswaal, Isato, and Ulda out of Lunas using the hidden
                     path (you can replace Takam, since Ulda/Isato serve the same
                     function) and return to your HQ.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ISATO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
          LINKED: Haswaal, Ulda
         PRE-REQ: Takam
    AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
        LOCATION: Lunas
      CONDITIONS: See HASWAAL
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ULDA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain (2)
          LINKED: Haswaal, Isato
         PRE-REQ: Takam
    AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
        LOCATION: Lunas
      CONDITIONS: See HASWAAL
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    ERESH
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: (Magic trainer)
    BATTLE SKILL: Thunder Magic
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Jean
    AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
        LOCATION: Crater
      CONDITIONS: 1) sometime after the Queen's campaign, you'll get a letter from
                     Jean in the letterbox (the thing next to your room), asking
                     if you want to return to the ruins beneath the Crater.
                  2) take Jean with you to the ruins, and you'll find Eresh. Agree
                     to help her in her trial.
                  3) proceed to the room where Jean removed something from the
                     sealed tomb, and descend into the dungeon. At the end, you'll
                     fight a large boss (not terribly hard, especially if you have
                     the earth spell ). Eresh joins you after the fight.
           NOTES: 1) Eresh shares the same Star as Yuram. If you get Eresh, you
                     cannot get Yuram later.
                  2) Eresh is equipped with a Blue Gate Rune and an Exorcism Rune,
                     neither of which is removable.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    HAZUKI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Charge
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Belcoot
    AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
        LOCATION: Spinax Harbor
      CONDITIONS: 1) meet Hazuki at Spinax WITHOUT Belcoot in your party, and
                     answer that you know him when she asks.
                  2) bring Belcoot with you to meet Hazuki.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    KATHARY
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Lucretia
    AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~Assault on Stormfist
        LOCATION: Spinax Harbor
      CONDITIONS: 1) after arriving at Spinax, talk to the guy standing near the
                     southwestern Save Orb to lean about Harshbill Harbor.
                  2) take the ship from Spinax into Harshbill, and talk to Kathary
                     who's standing by the gate out of the harbor.
                  3) return to Spinax and find Kathary on the bridge between the
                     east and west sides of the harbor, and she'll ask you to
                     take her to see Lucretia.
                  4) take Kathary to see Lucretia in the council room.
           NOTES: 1) note that if you don't go to Harshbill prior to visiting
                     Sauronix/Forest of Twilight, you won't be able to get there
                     again until after the entire mess with Armess. It's very easy
                     to miss Kathary.
                  2) Kathary has the True Godspeed Rune, which allows you to dash
                     with the X button when she's in your party.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -SAURONIX----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Characters available after visiting Sauronix.
    
    ===============================================================================
    LANIA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support
        FUNCTION: Sound effect changer
    BATTLE SKILL: 
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Miakis / Laharl
    AVAILABILITY: Visit to Sauronix~
        LOCATION: Sauronix
      CONDITIONS: 1) talk to her with Miakis or Laharl in the party.
                  2) exit her shop and witness the dinos converge.
                  3) return to the shop and ask her to join.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    KIRIE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Fire Magic (2)
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Lorelai, Cius/Lelei
    AVAILABILITY: Visit to Sauronix~
        LOCATION: Spinax Harbor
      CONDITIONS: 1) BEFORE the Queen's campaign, let Kirie out of his cell at
                     Agate prison with Cius/Lelei & Lorelai in your party.
                  2) after returning HQ, you'll meet Kirie at the entrance and 
                     he'll head off somewhere.
                  3) when you explore the ruins in the Forest of Twilight, with
                     Zwike and Lorelai, Kirie will show up and join if you let him
                     come with you.
                  4) if you miss him here, he'll be in the final room of the Sindal
                     Ruins next to your HQ.
           NOTES: Kirie will only be in Agate prior to the Queen's campaign.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -BATTLE AT HQ------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Character available after either defending or reacquiring HQ.
    
    ===============================================================================
    HALETH
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Support (Bargain)
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: After reacquiring HQ
        LOCATION: Harshbill Harbor
      CONDITIONS: 1) after reacquiring or defending HQ vs the Armess forces and it
                     upgrades to the full-sized fort, go to the basement and you'll
                     encounter an event at the bar involving Log and some smuggled
                     wine, and he'll mention Harshbill.
                  2) go to Harshbill, and check the bottom left warehouse at the
                     docks to witness Log dealing with Haleth
                  3) wait awhile and return to Harshbill. When you enter the office
                     and talk to the guy who's standing where you normally find
                     Haleth, he'll tell you that Haleth's escaped.
                  4) to your HQ, in fact. You'll find him in the bar of HQ, where
                     you can ask him to join.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    -ASSAULT ON STORMFIST----------------------------------------------------------
    
    The only character that you can get after Stormfist is Yuram, and only if you
    haven't gotten Eresh, since Yuram and Eresh occupy the same Star.
    
    ===============================================================================
    YURAM BARROWS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: NPC
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: 
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: Assault on Stormfist~
        LOCATION: Rainwall
      CONDITIONS: Talk to him at Rainwall after the assault on Stormfist and the
                  forces occupying Rainwall leave.
           NOTES: -
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    SECTION 5: EXTRA CHARACTERS
    ===============================================================================
    
    Characters who're not part of the 108 Stars. The Do-re-mi sprites are bonus
    characters who can't equip runes, skills, weapons, or armor other than
    accessories, but gain very good defensive stats as they level. They're
    recruitable via Cornelio's special rune if you have an extra slot in your
    party (including inactive party members). The encounters are random across
    certain areas, but if you kill it instead of capturing it it will appear again.
    Note that the various colored Do-re-mi sprites around the Lordlake area are
    not recruitable.
    
    ===============================================================================
    SAYALISE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: Wind Magic
           EVENT: Yes
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: -
    AVAILABILITY: From the beginning
        LOCATION: Sol Falena
      CONDITIONS: Automatic
           NOTES: Sayalise joins from the very beginning and is in a number of
                  event sequences, but you lose her after the Queen's campaign.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    RE-MI-FA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Cornelio
    AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
        LOCATION: Howd
      CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it during the initial event when
                  you recruit Cornelio.
           NOTES: Is pink.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    FA-SO-LA
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Cornelio
    AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
        LOCATION: Forest southeast of Rainwall
      CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it in the forest south of
                  Rainwall, across the bridge.
           NOTES: The green one.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    SO-LA-TI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Cornelio
    AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
        LOCATION: Mountain path between Yashna & Beaver Lodge
      CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it.
           NOTES: Blue! Yellow- er, just blue.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    MI-FA-SO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Cornelio
    AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
        LOCATION: Forest southeast of Doraat
      CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it.
           NOTES: Yellow.
    ===============================================================================
    
    ===============================================================================
    LA-TI-DO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            TYPE: Combat
        FUNCTION: -
    BATTLE SKILL: -
          LINKED: -
         PRE-REQ: Cornelio
    AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
        LOCATION: Forest of Twilight
      CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it.
           NOTES: White.
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    SECTION 6: FAQ
    ===============================================================================
    
    1) What do you get for collecting all 108 stars?
    
    The best ending(s). Whacky hijinks.
    
    --
    
    2) Do characters who fall in wars come back?
    
    No, they don't. And sometimes other characters will leave. Any non-plot
    character has a chance of dying in warfare if their troop is annihilated. It
    doesn't appear to be possible to kill plot characters this way - they'll just
    retreat from the battlefield.
    
    --
    
    3) Can you lose characters in other ways?
    
    Generally speaking once a character joins they're there to stay unless
    you get them killed in warfare. However, if you choose to defend your home
    fort during the attack by Armess, you'll lose Roy and be unable to complete
    the 108 Stars. Similarly, if you allow Belcoot/Ryhalt/Zegai etc to duel
    Gilderick and lose, the character will die rather than having you Continue.
    
    You'll also lose Sayalise to an event, but she's not one of the 108 and
    there's no way around it.
    
    -
    
    4) Are there characters who become unavailable after the story advances to a
    certain point?
    
    Yes. Of note are Muraad, Oboro (and related characters), Nakura & Sagiri,
    Takam, Kirie, Haleth, and Kathary. In particular, Nakura & Sagiri are easy to
    miss because the window for recruiting them is quite short, as are Haleth
    and Kathary.
    
    -
    
    5) A character's joined but they're not available in the roster when trying
    to switch party members.
    
    Probably because they're involved in the next major event. Characters such as
    Sayalise, Kyle, Shigure & Sagiri etc are sometimes unavailable when they're
    busy with plot. Roy stays unavailable for a pretty long while towards the end
    of the game.
    
    -
    
    6) What characters are good in combat?
    
    Depends largely on what Runes you have. A Boost/Strength/Blade Rune can make
    just about anybody a decent fighter, while any magic Rune + Drain Magic will
    make a decent mage.
    
    That said, the game's built-in I Win Buttons are George, Ryhalt, and Zerase,
    as they've got better stats than anybody else of their character type and
    highly useful Runes to boot.
    
    For most of the game you'll have the prince and Rion, both quite good mid-
    range fighters. Once you acquire the Drain Magic Rune, put one on your mage
    (Zerase, Jean, Levi etc) and one on your healer (hybrid character with good
    MP progression, there's about two dozen of these, take your pick), and blast
    away.
    
    Ryhalt and George are the best frontline fighters by far, although George may
    suffer in boss battles due to his low magic defense. Belcoot, Dain, Hazuki, 
    or Shigure are also quite decent.
    
    For M/L range fighters, you can usually safely equip them with a Strength
    Rune as they're less likely to get attacked. Kirie, Sagiri, and Kathary are
    all pretty good L range fighters.
    
    For mages you'll probably want to find ones with at least an A in the type
    of magic you want them to use, though you can boost that with accessories. L
    or M range weapon and good speed a plus, but the most important thing is that
    they've got the right hand Rune slot free so you can give them Drain Magic.
    
    Healing magic in this game heals fixed amounts regardless of the caster's
    magic power, so really you can use anybody with a decent amount of MP.
    Ideally you want a hybrid character (Kyle, Miakis, Lorelai etc) who can
    equip 3 Runes and whose damage output isn't dependent on their MP so they've
    got something to do when you're not in need of healing.
    
    If you really have problems you could always make a tank with Firefly and
    Wall Runes, though I've never really found that to be necessary, especially
    if you equip your frontliners with Drain Runes or the Eyeball Ring.
    
    Really, the combat in Suikoden isn't terribly hard or complicated, and you
    can just go make a party of whatever characters you happen to like.
    
    --
    
    7) Why are certain characters available in regiment formation and not others?
    
    You can use most characters in warfare. However, only certain characters can
    be troop leaders, while others must be support. Usually leaders can also be
    support, but support characters can't be leaders. There's also a difference
    between the 2nd and 3rd slots - usually completely non-combatant characters
    such as the doctors, Sairou & Shinrou, Lucelina etc can only be placed into
    the third slot.
    
    Each regiment can have up to two types of skills, and order of priority is
    assigned via character order in the regiment, so if all three members have
    different skills you won't be able to use the third member's skills. Usually
    each character has 1 use of their skill, but certain characters have 2.
    
    As hinted in the tutorial, magic-type abilities can only be used by Rune
    Archer and Rune Bowship regiments, with the sole exception being the
    protagonist.
    
    You cannot use the Do-Re-Mi sprites, Genou or Byakuren in warfare. Beaver
    regiments are amphibious but fight poorly on land; in water they're strong
    against everything. You can only put Beaver characters into Beaver
    regiments.
    
    Similarly, Dino regiments are strong against everything in water and count
    as cavalry on land. They move faster than Beavers, but again you can only
    put Dino Knights into Dino regiments.
    
    --
    
    8) How many endings are there?
    
    2 good endings (require all 108 Stars), 2 normal endings (split based on how
    many characters you've collected and story choices), 7 bad endings.
    
    --
    
    9) 7 Bad Endings?
    
    Usually you're given the choice to Continue if your party is defeated in war
    or combat. However, there are certain points where it'll just skip you to the
    Bad Ending or Gameover. These points are:
    
    >Agreeing to Salm's proposal in Rainwall
    >Losing the duel vs Roy at the bandits' hideout
    >Losing any of the 3 boss fights immediately after the Queen's campaign. You
     get separate Bad Endings (?) depending on which party lost.
    >Losing the duel vs Gizel (just Gameover)
    >Losing the duel vs Gilderick as Roy, if you chose to defend HQ
    
    --
    
    10) What's the clear save file?
    
    You get bonuses for starting the game over on a game clear save. It allows you
    to keep the following:
    
    >group SP
    >money
    >items in inventory and storage (except for event items and the Sun gear set)
    >option items such as the various frame, voice, music sets (the treasure chests
     will contain money if you already have the item)
    >formation and skill manuals (ditto treasure chests turning into money)
    >list of items sold in the various stores around HQ (not
    including certain trade items)
    >the pieces you've won in Eggbart's minigame
    
    In addition, you retain the protagonist's name and can use George in the final
    battle. Character kill counts (relevant to being able to equip certain pieces
    of gear) are not retained. Note that Runes/equipment that are actually 
    equipped on characters are not carried over, and neither is personal SP, so
    you may want to de-equip useful items and convert all personal SP to group SP
    prior to clearing the game.
    
    Additional bonuses allow you to use Dash without Kathary in the party, from
    the very beginning, and you can listen to Cornelio's music test without
    collecting the Do-Re-Mi sprites.
    
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    SECTION 7: CREDITS, THANKS, ETC
    ===============================================================================
    
    -SPECIAL THANKS-
    
    >King and the rest of the dev team at Konami. Their enthusiasm conveyed
     through the official blog convinced me to get the game and put an obscene
     number of hours into it.
    
    >the folks over at 2-ch, without whose rumors, information, and occassional
     flamewars, the world would be a much less interesting place.
    
    >Hiyato, for the alternate method of recruiting Feiron/Feiren
    
    

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