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shining force ii: main guide: land effect guide
Finally, I have found a guide as to the full purpose, and effects of Land Effect! The following paragraph is translated from "TV Land One Pack #141: Shining Force II", a Japanese Shining Force 2 guide book. Many thanks to my friend Lady Bella for assistance with the translations!

Movement Cost and Land Effect:
"On the map, there are various types of terrain, and each of them has their own movement cost and land effect. Movement cost causes certain character types' movement range to change. When the land effect is high, it increases a character's defence and therefor lessens the damage taken."

This can be used to your benefit, as weaker characters or those close to death may be saved by moving them to areas of high land effect. Try to avoid leaving such characters in areas of low land effect. Remember then that enemies in the open will be more vulnerable to your attacks than those in high land effect areas.

The percentages below (%) indicate the defence increase that character type receives when positioned on that type of terrain. The numbers above these indicate how the movement range is affected (we'll call them the "movement cost"). A movement range of 0 means that type of character cannot move onto that type of terrain.

It's hard to explain how the movement costs work, but I'll try. Basically, the characters movement range is divided by the movement cost for that terrain (see table below) and then rounded to the nearest whole number to determine the number of squares that can be moved onto.

Let's take Chester, for example - he has a movement range of 7. Bear in mind the square a character is standing on is on is "square number 1" of their movement range. If Chester is surrounded by even ground (this has a movement cost 1.0 for horse riders and centaurs), he can move up to 6 more squares away to the north, south, east or west, and diagonally up to those points too. That's because his MOV of 7, when divided by the movement cost of 1.0 equals 7 still. If he's surrounded by forest (movement cost of 2.5), his MOV of 7 is divided by 2.5, which equals 2.8 - this is then rounded to the nearest whole number, in this case, 3. Since he's standing on square 1, he can then move up to 2 squares away north, south, east and west, or diagonally imbetween. Mixed terrains will result in oddly shaped movement areas, as each individual square will effect the number of squares accessable from that point. See, I told you it's hard to explain!

Maybe these diagrams will help illustrate the above...

Even Terrain Forest Terrain Mixed Terrain

Terrain Type
Character Type sky even
ground
paths &
bridges
overgrowth forest mountains sand high
mountains
water
walking 0
0%
1.0
15%
1.0
0%
1.5
30%
2.0
30%
1.5
30%
1.5
0%
0
0%
0
0%
horses/centaurs 0
0%
1.0
15%
1.0
0%
1.5
30%
2.5
30%
2.5
30%
2.5
0%
0
0%
0
0%
animals/beastmen 0
0%
1.0
15%
1.0
0%
1.0
30%
1.0
30%
1.0
30%
2.0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
mechanical 0
0%
1.0
15%
1.0
0%
1.0
30%
1.5
30%
1.5
30%
1.5
0%
0
0%
0
0%
flying 1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
hovering 1.0
0%
1.0
15%
1.0
0%
1.0
30%
1.0
30%
1.0
30%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
1.0
0%
swimming 0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
1.0
0%
elves 0
0%
1.0
15%
1.0
0%
1.0
30%
1.0
30%
1.0
30%
2.0
0%
0
0%
0
0%


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