Gemfire, Royal Blood Naming & Story Mini-FAQ
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                        Updated April 21, 2014

                          by Derrick Sobodash
                     gopher://somniafabularum.com/


                                                         .:[changes]:.
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Revision 8:
Rewrote a lot of the translations.

Revision 7:
Fixed name inconsistencies I should have caught last release but
missed due to poor practices.

Revision 6:
Changed the name of the FAQ since it now includes significant story
information.

Revision 5:
Changed the translations of several characters' names.

Revision 4:
Added translations of the scenario prologues and each family's
dialogue.

Revision 3:
Cleaned up some spelling errors. Added adviser and family names.
Created a full translation of the game's introduction.

Revision 2:
Added fifth units, wizards and scenario names

Revision 1:
Initial release


                                               .:[table of contents]:.
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1.  What is This?
2.  Scenario Names
3.  Province Names
4.  Family Names
5.  Character Names
6.  Wizards, Advisers & Fifth Units
7.  Events
8.  Opening Translation
9.  Scenario Prologues
10. Credits & Notes

                                                   .:[what is this?]:.
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This document includes an index of families, characters, wizards,
fifth units and provinces that underwent a name change in the
translation of Royal Blood into Gemfire.

It also includes a new translation of the Royal Blood introduction and
the Scenario Prologues in Royal Blood. These may be useful for anyone
interested in subtle story changes.

The idea for this FAQ was suggested at Isle of Ishmeria, a Gemfire
fan page, after I submitted some detailed information on the game's
original Japanese ports.

I decided to make this information into a FAQ where more people would
be able to see it. Isle of Ishmeria doesn't get many visitors in spite
of being the only Gemfire page worth visiting.


                                                  .:[scenario names]:.
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1. Erin and Ander -> Erin and Redwald
2. Flax's Shame -> Felias' Crisis
3. Terian's War -> Tirian's Struggle
4. Gemfire -> Royal Blood


                                                  .:[province names]:.
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1.  Dunmoor -> Camelot
2.  Hyland -> Brigantes
3.  Norwood -> Hareck
4.  Lisle -> Island
5.  Erewood -> Mashia
6.  Rodale -> Cambria
7.  Ostlan -> Diala
8.  Powice -> Powys
9.  Cardyf -> Cardiff
10. Centra -> Cortani
11. Culiver -> Welmium
12. Caster -> Brancaster
13. Oldlyn -> Torvantes
14. Londre -> Rondium
15. Attley -> Atolvates
16. Linden -> Lindinith
17. Ashlan -> Dornwalia
18. Penzan -> Penzance (as in the Pirates of)
19. Celsea -> Celsie
20. Cambry -> Canterbury
21. Farlan -> Cartie


                                                    .:[family names]:.
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1.  Flax -> Felias
2.  Tate -> Sletat
3.  Divas -> Diahs
4.  La Forte -> Lafol
5.  Fouche -> Fahji
6.  Woode -> Woodbia
7.  Randall -> Randill (minor change but does affect sound)
8.  Roose -> Russ
9.  Schoffe -> Scelpi
10. Harwood -> Havad
11. Aslea -> Ashelay
12. Harris -> Harrington
13. Ashley -> Astory
14. Bourchier -> Baucha
15. Rivers -> Rivas
16. Astley -> Astoly
17. Ferris -> Feraz


                                                 .:[character names]:.
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1.  Ander -> Redwald
2.  Seth -> Leofrick
3.  Wolfen -> Wulfastahn
4.  Elgis -> Gimerush
5.  Sarthe -> Bimad
6.  Aigle -> Athelstahn
7.  Loryn -> Liahlia
8.  Terian -> Tirian
9.  Adryl -> Mordred
10. Carlyle -> Shtarkel
11. Karla -> Aglia
12. Griff -> Griffith
13. Aiden -> Adeen
14. Lenne -> Eigil
15. Nicolay -> Nicolai
16. Francis -> Tense
17. Erik -> Elias
18. Jerras -> Jurask
19. Lars -> Lanfrank
20. Erven -> Joslin
21. Geran -> Gawain
22. Keyla -> Galria
23. Bryan -> Saddick
24. Gerard -> Gerald
25. Roland -> Argol
26. Geoff -> Geoffery
27. Randal -> Ulfathel
28. Andrew -> Osway
29. Elias -> Lias
30. Alex -> Fyuno
31. Gewyn -> Meltina
32. Veen -> Raygia
33. Seagal -> Eima
34. Pender -> Pendragon
35. Cairn -> Albion
36. Eadric -> Edrick
37. Kelvin -> Kelmaya
38. Robyn -> Aevel
39. Eselred -> Ethelred


                                 .:[wizards, advisers & fifth units]:.
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1.  Eldrow -> Cid
2.  Zorax -> Laias
3.  Jade -> Feera
4.  Jasper -> Angas
5.  Pluvius -> Meteor
6.  Zendor -> Thunders
7.  Empyron -> Flame
8.  Scylla -> Machete
9.  Chylla -> Chilla
10. Skulryk -> Poison
11. Warriors -> Highlanders
12. Spearmen -> Spears
13. Pikemen -> Pikes
14. Lizards -> Salamander


                                                          .:[events]:.
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1. Blizzard -> Heavy Snows
2. Fairy -> Fey (French spelling of Fairy was used)
3. Far Gorta -> The Fear Gorta (a hungry man who gives luck to
                people who feed him)
4. Fire -> Brushfires


                                             .:[opening translation]:.
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[Picture: Map of Ishmeria]

Long, long ago there was a small nation at the end of the
seven seas. "Ishmeria" was a magical land where faeries appeared to
men and monsters dwelt in the dark forests. How many generations
have called it home?

[Pictures of faeries and monsters]

[Picture of the crown, Royal Blood]

In Ishmeria's early days, an evil sorcerer summoned a dragon to plunge
the land into darkness. In response, Pastha, the dragon of protection,
summoned six great wizards to bind the dragon's soul into a crown.
The dragon was put to rest in the crown and the wizards became six
jewels: a symbol of the royal line's power and authority.

That crown was called Royal Blood.

[Picture of Aevel taking the jewels off the crown]

But the crown was too powerful, blackening the heart of the good
King Ethelred and turning him to madness. Even Princess Aevel came
to view her father as a tyrant. Then one night, Aevel heard the soft
voice of Pastha speaking within her mind.

"Royal Blood has grown even more powerful than the gods! The wizards
of the crown must be freed. Aevel, release the jewels into the
night sky and a hero will emerge from the rebellion!"

[Picture of Aevel arrested and locked away]

With the seal on the crown broken, the dragon returned. Princess Aevel
was arrested and imprisoned deep within the castle. As for the
maniacal King Ethelred who now controlled the power to summon the
dragon at will, he began a military campaign to crush the rebels and
bring Ishmeria back under his control...

[Picture of Meteo]

Meteo: The stars have begun to move... The star of destiny is shining
  over a blood relative. I will grant the knowledge of the cosmos to
  Redwald, Lord of the House of Lyle.

[Picture of Thunders]

Thunders: Lord Erin of the House of Blanche appears to be fated for
  hardship... But his eyes shine with the light of hope! I will use my
  thunderbolts to secure him as the new king.

[Picture of Poison]

Poison: Ruling such a disordered country is hopelessness without a
  virtuous heart. If Leandil has the power of monsters and my sorcery,
  we can cut through the poison of these turbulent times.

[Picture of Flame]

Flame: I've grown weary of being within the jewel. I'll join forces
  with the fiery country of Dornwalia's ruler, Lanfrank. The requiem
  for that dragon can be held in my flames!!

[Picture of Machete]

Machete: Elias of the House of Felias is preventing Ethelred from
  advancing south... He seems to be a sharp and able man. If I lend
  him the power of my vacuum wave, the world shall bow.

[Picture of Chilla]

Chilla: Perhaps the hero is on the remote island? The Earl of
  Chrysalis, Garth, may seem clumsy. But his heart is truly pure.

Brimming with hope, the jewels shot into the night sky. Only a ruler
with the power of the six wizards can defeat the dragon, break the
evil ambitions of the king and forge a new Royal Blood. The imprisoned
princess silently shed tears while the nobility took up their swords.

And now, the battle for Ishmeria begins...


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                   .: Scenario 1: Erin & Redwald :.

And so, six nobles rose up to defeat the nation of Ethelred. Among
them were the most powerful: Erin and Redwald.

To return peace to Ishmeria the continent must be united, the six
jewels and the crown obtained and Royal Blood reforged. And now,
the curtains open on the long crusade.


House of Blanche

Thunders: I am Thunders! With the magic of my lightning I will carve
  Erin a path to power.
Karl: Erin! Thunders is an amazing sorcerer. With him we should be
  able to defeat the king's dragon.
Anselm: Our old enemy, Redwald, and the king could join forces. But
  don't worry, brother, it hasn't happened yet.


House of Lyle

Meteo: I am Meteo! A new king with great political strength would be
  appropriate. I'll make it happen with my cosmic magic.
Leofrink: Lord Redwald, Meteo is the strongest wizard. With his help,
  the House of Lyle's victory is all but certain.
Wulfastahn: But Thunders has sided with Erin. We must conclude our
  battle with him before we can challenge Ethelred.


House of Coryll

Flame: I'll roast that dragon with my flames! Lanfrank, I will lend
  you my strength.
Eustace: The red hot fires of the wizard Flame are with us, Lanfrank.
  What a strange ally.
Joslin: Before battling the dragon, we must secure our territory.
  There are frequent earthquakes in this region, so we desperately
  need to invest in protection.


House of Chrysalis

Chilla: I am the ice wizard, Chilla. Please use my strength to help
  forge a new crown.
Bimad: The House of Chrysalis seems fated for misfortune. Even if
  father is a kind king, he must now prepare for battle!
Gimerush: Other nobles have started to amass their power since the
  dispute began. They will probably attack soon. Our first enemy will
  be Redwald.


                   .: Scenario 2: Felias' Crisis :.

Even before King Ethelred made his advance, the battle was
already afoot within the chaos of people's hearts. Elias of the
House of Felias annihilated the House of Coryll. However, the victory
has left him vulnerable to the House of Sletat. The new house was
founded by Tirian, a former retainer to the royal family. In the midst
of this, Erin and Redwald are locked in a severe battle. None has the
power to defeat the king and his dragon.


House of Blanche

Thunders: Why has Flame joined with Tirian? What if we joined forces
  with Tirian? We could defeat the king quickly.
Anselm: Brother, I'm sorry. I just didn't have the power to prevent
  the enemy from taking Colbridge.
Karl: Erin, we have three enemy nations at our borders. We must
  take decisive action.


House of Lyle

Wulfastahn: We've taken Colbridge from Erin! If things continue to go
  our way we can defeat Blanche!
Ulfahel: Brother! With Garth dead we can take the solitary island.
Galria: Brother, I will fight again! In swordplay I have never lost to
  anyone. Stay here and don't worry.


House of Felias

Machete: Lord Elias, I don't see Flame anywhere. It seems Eustace's
  best vassal has now sided with Tirian.
Jurask: We're closing in on our pursuit of the king's troops. We
  should drive them into a distant land.
Esuk: Lord Elias! You must let my fight the king's troops! I am
  certain we can conquer Lindinis.


House of Molbrew

Poison: Lanfrank's power has come to an end and Flame is now serving
  the will of Tirian.
Fuster: Tirian suddenly betrayed the king. I don't understand why.
  Joslin, what do you think of this?
Joslin: I have heard that Flame's power still resides with the
  House of Coryll. Perhaps Eustace is the one he now serves...


                    .: Scenario 3: Tirian's War :.

The crusade had escalated. Tirian annihilated the House of Molbrew and
acquired their territory. During Tirian's attack, the Molbrew retainer
Joslin escaped to establish the House of Tordin, which now threatens
the king's territory. Erin and Redwald continue to draw on the power
of the gem wizards. For the first time, signs have begun to point to
the end of the King Ethelred.


House of Blanche

Poison: I am the wizard who controls poison. Even with Molbrew lost,
  I must continue the fight to bring an end to these turbulent times.
Arkin: That bastard, Redwald. To suddenly break alliances, attack our
  territory and murder my brother Anselm!
Karl: Arkin, I know it's difficult but leave Redwald to me!
  He's too much for you to handle.


House of Lyle

Meteo: Chilla, the House of Chrysalis which you served has been broken
  by Lord Redwald. Will you lend us your strength?
Chilla: In order to save Ishmeria I have no choice. We must combine
  our powers to end this battle quickly.
Leofrick: Your old nemesis Erin, King Ethelred or Tirian...
  Lord Redwald, please tell me which I should attack!


House of Sletat

Saddick: Our western territory has been lost, but I still desire to
  defeat the king. Father, justice will be served!
Flame: That's right. With the Coryll family lost I pledge my services
  to help Lord Tirian save this land.
Gerald: The great bishop's power and Anise's charm. These will be what
  allow the House of Sletat to find victory.


House of Tordin

Meltina: How can we end this battle? We have neither jewel nor fame.
  At this rate...
Fyuno: Don't lose hope, sister. While the others battle we can focus
  on building our power.


                .: Scenario 4: Royal Blood :.


The people wished for peace from the bottom of their heart. Edrick
became the new ruler of the House of Tudoria as the masses gossiped
about Ethelred's long lost son. Loryn turned against the king, forming
the House of Diahs, while Pendragon switched sides, choosing to battle
Erin with the king. The end of the war for Royal Blood draws near...


House of Blanche

Poison: That bastard, Pendragon! One night he betrays us and becomes
  one of the king's generals! What the hell is he thinking?
Thunders: Pendragon has a fierce taste for battle. It will be quite a
  blow to lose his tactical skills.
Gawain: Lord Erin, let's hurry and kill Lord Arkin's old enemy, Diahs.
  After that we can quickly bring down the king.


House of Lyle

Meteor: The battle has grown immensely. Before defeating the king, we
  must first defeat Erin.
Chill: We six wizards of the crown must battle to bring Royal Blood to
  Lord Redwald.
Mordred: I can see my father, Ethelred, as king no longer. Redwald
 would be much more suited to the task.


House of Tudoria

Machete: I can't protect Lord Elias any longer. Though we were once
  enemies... from now on I'll lend you my strength.
Kelmaya: If you are Ethelred's son, then you're the one who should
  ascend the throne. I'll follow you.
Bradley: I've heard rumors of such. If I can be any use then I,
  Bradley, will join your cause.


House of Diahs

Laias: My territory was snatched away by Edrick. Could he be the
  rumored lost son of Ethelred?
Raith: Surely the story of Edrick being the king's son is a lie!
  It seems we may have more enemies.
Melgan: The king's military power is falling. Lord Liahlia will be the
  best ruler.


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Special thanks go out to Jennifer Ornellas and everyone else at the
Isle of Ishmeria board for suggesting I translate the names in
Royal Blood. Also thanks to her and Patrel for suggesting some
alternate province name spellings. Much appreciated!