To start with, Famitsu introduces the game’s Class Change mechanics, which are similar to in Awakening. Characters in a basic (unpromoted) class can use a Master Seal when they’re Level 10 or higher to promote into one of two advanced (promoted) classes.
The example given is Hinata, a sword-wielding Samurai (a renamed Myrmidon), promoting into the Trueblade (a renamed Swordmaster, which has superior speed and adept at landing multiple hits) or Weapon Master (a new foot-based class that wields Swords, Lances and Axes).
Like in previous games, promoting resets the character’s Level to 1, so they can continue to gain experience in their promoted class. However, new to this game is the Parallel Seal item, which we saw in Joker’s hands in the full Famitsu interview.
As suspected, the Parallel Seal acts like Awakening’s Second Seal, allowing characters to swap to an alternative class–the selection of classes determined by the character themselves.
But unlike the Second Seal, Parallel Seals do not reset a character’s Level and characters can only swap between classes from their “tier”; in other words, they cannot change from a promoted class down to an unpromoted class or vice versa.
Another example we’re given is Felicia using a Parallel Seal to swap from Maid to Brave Hero, Bow Knight or Strategist. This implies she has access to the Mercenary (-> Brave Hero/Bow Knight) and Rod Knight (-> Strategist/Maid) class branches.
Next, the characters, starting from the left side and going from top to bottom:
Cyrus (Cavalier) [Hoshido/Nohr]
A fledgling Nohrian knight. Has known the Avatar since childhood; an ally in both campaigns.
Elfie (Knight) [Nohr]
A knight who serves Nohr’s princess Elise. Contrary to her appearance, she possesses amazing strength. Never misses training.
Harold (Fighter) [Nohr]
Elise’s subordinate. He fights with the belief that he’s a hero of justice; his one flaw is his exceptionally bad luck.
Hinata (Samurai) [Hoshido]
Hails from a family of samurais who have served Hoshido for generations. Hinata himself(?) serves under Takumi. Quick to quarrel, but thoughtful of his friends.
Oboro (Lancer) [Hoshido]
Takumi’s subordinate, who harbours a small crush for her(?) liege (Takumi). Because of her past experience, she possesses a stronger hatred for Nohr than most people.
Rinka (Oni) [Hoshido]
A fighter born into the “Fire Clan”. Following her father–the chieftain’s orders, she fights to support Hoshido in their battle against Nohr.
Tsukuyomi (Spellcaster) [Hoshido]
Unlike Rinka, he was born into the “Wind Clan”. Despite his young age, a talented spellcaster. Hates dark places.
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