War of Lovers

War of Lovers title screen
War of Lovers title screen


Five years have passed since the War of Heroes concluded. Marth, the Hero King, defeated the Dark Dragon Mediuth, finally putting a decade of warfare to rest. The Seven Kingdoms of Akaneia were unified, and Marth became Emperor of them all. He also married his wife, Sheeda, making her Empress.

However, Marth has been missing for two years, and his united empire is crumbling at the seams. Akaneia is in a civil war, with the sage Marich and the hero Kris struggling for control at every turn. More distant regions dream of freedom, and rebel for independence. All claim loyalty to the absentee Emperor, but ambitious figures are more than willing to prosper from the chaos.

While Akaneia burned, Marth had gotten engaged with Alear, from the far-off Lythos. His prior loyalties had been replaced with loyalty to Alear. But engagement wasn’t sufficient: marriage was on the table. Marth and Alear’s wedding day will prove to be fateful…


War of Lovers evolved from my attempted Hack Jam 2 entry. Though the story outline and basic idea of the gameplay was decided, the hack was completely unplayable and I chose not to enter – in the end, the three successful entrants were all declared “winners”. The only feature working was the unit randomisation: at certain points, a random unit will join the party. The fact that I failed to finish didn’t sit well with me, as I usually enter hacking contests. With “International Hack Release Day” – the 1st of April – rolling around, I decided to take what work I had put in and try to release something. I did release something, and that something is now planned to be a full 30-chapter hack.


  • Six playable chapters
  • Voice clips
  • Unit randomisation
  • Akaneian maps reimagined
  • Dismount
  • Unit variety
  • A close-to-FE1 Falchion
  • The Wing Spear
  • The FE3 soundtrack
  • Marth and Chiki animations

Known Issues

  • Chiki’s animations are bugged: she will show Myrrh frames while transforming.
  • If Marth attacks with a magic sword, the game will hang. Work around this by holding L after resetting to disable that animation.
  • Jigglypuff’s name is too long for certain menus.

Project Status

War of Lovers is intended to be a full-length hack. The latest build covers up to Chapter 6.


MARTH: Alear and I will be wed at last.MAN: "Ever since the emperor up and vanished, Akaneia's been..."MARTH: "Of course. Hello, Anna. How's Jake doing?"

Marth's status screen.Chapter 3's map.Chiki in combat.

Marth in combat.DONKEY KONG: "I'm Donkey Kong! K. Rool stole my bananas and now I'm hungry. He will pay!"Bowser in combat.

Sheeda's supports.

Downloads and Links

Latest release (released 18/10/23): Download here
Fire Emblem Universe thread: Here

Patching Instructions

Apply patch to FE8.