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About the Author: Elieson
Single father of 2 in Texas. Avid enthusiast of tile-based games and overall upstanding fellow.

Notable voice actor Brad Venable (Kostas, Nader, Merlinus, Cormag) passes away today

If you’re a fan of Fire Emblem, then you’re familiar with the franchise’s many notable features; a tile based combat system, a diverse and colorful cast, weapon triangles, and permanent unit death. The franchise has been around for decades, celebrating its 30th anniversary not even one full year ago, and has celebrated its successes with its increasing fanbase across the globe. As the games have developed in quality and complexity over time, we’ve seen changes that pretty much everyone can agree on, that being the inclusion of character voicing within gameplay. Voice-over showcasing really picked up with the release of Fire Emblem Path of Radiance for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2005, but between the future releases, notably Awakening, Fates, Shadows of Valentia, Heroes and Three Houses, the explosion of popularity with the games can definitely be in part, attributed to the quality of the voice talent found within these many games.

Brad Venable, from Feb 22, 2020 (via his Twitter)

Whether you’re a fan of the new direction that the games have taken or prefer the more classic and traditional feel of the games themselves, the voice over work has been universally praised, and for good reason. The voice actors themselves have been extremely involved with the community, helping out with charity drives, social activity awareness, promoting and teaching the ins and outs of the field, and even just being friends with each other and those that support them.

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Cormag, drawn by Fire Emblem character and Cipher artist
Soeda Ippei

One such figure in the community, who had been handling voice-over work since 2004 in general, before diving into the world of Fire Emblem in 2019, is Brad Venable. If you’re not familiar with his work, he joined the Three Houses cast as Kostas, the game’s first boss enemy, as well as Nader, an extremely important instructional master to Claude, with a plot element that I won’t get too into. If you haven’t played the award-winning Switch release, you can also find him voicing Fire Emblem Heroes’ Merlinus and Cormag (a surefire memory to those who celebrate the Game Boy Advance days of Fire Emblem). I personally love his performance as Merlinus, though I think he had a soft spot for the “True Protagonist of Three Houses” (Kostas).

Despite the nature of my work, I myself did not get to interact with him, but I did have him on a short list to get to know him, as he definitely seemed like a well-respected member of the voice acting community as a whole. Seeing his Twitter account quickly helped me realize just how much he loved his career, and the people he worked with, and if you do a search for recent posts featuring him on Twitter, you’ll see just as much support from not only peers in his field, but fans of his many roles. My time on the Serenes Forest team has truly helped me learn to appreciate and want to get to know the people behind the games that have improved my life, and I’m fortunate to have had the chance to be a part of this community, because seeing this much love and respect has put a small smile back on my face.

It’s always hard to see someone that you respect pass away, and it’s especially hard when you connected with them on more than just a professional level, but not only Brad’s work but Brad’s heart has touched the lives of many, and I only hope that if there’s one thing that you can take away from this, it’s that you connect with those that matter to you, and let them know that you appreciate them. Whether it be a friend, family member, or just an acquaintance or idol that you look up to or have a good memory with…let them know that you’re proud to be a part of their lives.

Heroes: Legendary Lilina trailer drops, Banner hits on 12/24 & 11p PT

As several Summoners have probably assumed by now, Lilina was due to receive a Legendary alt version, and it’s about time that she finally came to heat things up.

Lilina herself doesn’t come with any groundbreaking inheritable passive skills, but her weapon turbo-charges her special cooldown, and her unique and mighty Special, Gifted Magic, is similar to a pre-battle AoE attack much like her original form’s Growing Flame special, but in the shape of a plus (+), targeting foes one position adjacent to the target, and unlike others of its kind, only has a 2 action cooldown.

As with all Legendary Hero banners preceding this one, there will be an 8% summoning focus on our Legendary Hero of choice, plus enough to fill three within each color type. Those heroes include:

  • Blue
    • Dimitri [Brave]
    • Peony
    • Gatrie
  • Colorless
    • Bramimond
    • Claude [Brave]
    • Duma
  • Green
    • Edelgard [Legendary]
    • Jill
    • Plumeria
  • Red
    • Celica [Legendary]
    • Reginn

Legendary Hero Lilina: Firelight Leader and her Banner will be available from December 24 to January 3 (all at 11p PT).

For more details on Lilina, including stats and a skill listing, click Read More.

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Community Spotlight: FE Tea Houses’ Tea-themed goodies for the new year through wonderful fan project, available until January 24

Watching the Fire Emblem fanart community grow and share their successes is among one of my favorite things about being part of this fandom. I’ve seen creators come up with great ideas, such as magazines, planners, pins and key-chains, and sharing their hard work has been a joy of mine for my many years here on the SF team. That said, I’ve recently come across another one of those ‘special projects’ that is sure to pique the interest of my fellow tea connoisseurs, with a endeavor that I had never even considered.

This is the Fire Emblem Tea Houses project, which unlike other projects I’ve been following, is hard to describe simply. FE Tea Houses (check out their web site) is a project featuring a variety of super high quality art productions centered around the Fire Emblem Three Houses release, but with the added twist of not only being themed around the casual indulgent lifestyle of Garreg Mach’s denizens, but themed around the tea socialization within the game’s support and socialization system.

All four coasters are ceramic, with a cork backing

What’s more, is that this project not only features the assortment of incredible art in a collective physical book (and matching PDFs) and other great additions like acrylic charms and bookmarks, but also, many teatime based items, such as tea towels, coasters, spoons, a cookie stamp and a tea tin!

64-page Hardcover

Organized by several very talented creators of the Fire Emblem Tea Houses project, such as Saerinn, Kotaline, Ramyeon, Soojin, Kyousa, Keru and Piki, (All links here are to each individual’s Twitter) the project itself is a charity project, with proceeds going to the Tea Leaf Trust, who empower and deliver accessible education to young people living on tea estates surrounding the Maskeliya area of Central Province, Sri Lanka.

This is definitely a passion project, brimming from all sides with appreciation for the franchise. Preorders are open until January 24 (so, for just over a month from today), and are expected to ship between April and May of 2021. The FE Tea Houses team has also come up with a couple of stretch goals for additional items, with notably, a neat treat to be offered up at 500 orders (of which, they’re a little over halfway there at the moment of this post). If you don’t know if you can support it through a purchase, definitely share it with your friends through social media, so that it can get the attention that it truly deserves.

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Heroes: A Festival Miracle brings Holiday Heroes to the Party

It’s that festive time of year, Summoners! We had the sillohuete of the upcoming holiday-themed Heroes dropped a few days ago in the recent FEH Channel, and today, it’s time that we finally found out who it is that we’re receiving.

The summonable squad includes love from the Fodlan and Tellius realms, in Hilda and Bernadetta, and Sanaki/Altina, plus first timer Sephiran. The group joins the roster bringing along a handful of new skills to play with, including the next -Follow-Up and Unity skills, as well as a new -Recovery C-skill.

Additionally, Felix, Icy Gift Giver, a Blue Bow user, joins the cast as the reward unit to be earned from the next Tempest Trials+ event. His Meet The Heroes Page has been added as well.

The Festival Miracle event will run from December 16 (11p PT) to January 16, so you have plenty of time to earn yourself a holiday Hero. Good luck, and Happy Holidays, Summoners!

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