Chaos Frame is hidden value in Ogre Battle 64 that will constantly change as you play through the game. In simple terms, your Chaos Frame is a measure of how good or evil your army is as a whole. Your Chaose Frame can be any number from zero to one hundred and will determine which ending you receive as well as which special charaters will join your army.
You will not be able to see your Chaos Frame until after the credits at the end of the game.
Measuring Chaos Frame
If you want to get the most enjoyment out of Ogre Battle 64, I do not recommend worrying about your Chaos Frame too much on your first playthrough. If you are trying to obtain the other endings or working hard to recruit specific characters then you can get an idea of what your Chaos Frame is if you keep track of the number of strongholds you have liberated and the number of strongholds you have captured.
You can measure Chaos Frame with the following equation: (0.5)L + (-2)C = Chaos Frame. The variable “L” is the number of strongholds you have liberated, and the variable “C” is the number of strongholds you have captured.
The equation can give you an idea of what your Chaos Frame is, but it is not always accurated because there are other variables that affect Chaos Frame as well. A low Chaos Frame will be less than 36 and a high Chaos Frame will be more than 64. Any number between 35 and 65 is considered a neutral Chaos Frame. These measurements are similar to those used for chaotic, neutral, and lawful character alignment.
Liberating and Capturing Strongholds
Whether a stronghold is liberated or captured is determined by two factors: the alignment of the unit that is sent to the stronghold and the morale of the stronghold.
The morale of each stronghold is a fixed number that you cannot control. You can check the morale of a stronghold at any time during a mission (or area investigation) by selecting the stronghold.
Note: Character and unit alignment is a separate topic that will be discussed in a separate article in the future.
Morale is a number ranging from zero to one hundred and is measured on the same chaotic, neutral, and lawful scale that is used for Chaos Frame and alignment.
If you want to liberate a stronghold send a unit with an alignment that is similar to the morale of the stronghold. For example, if the morale is 90 you need to send a unit with lawful alignment in order to liberate the stronghold.
If you want to capture a stronghold follow the opposite strategy: send a unit with an alignment that is not similar to the morale of the stronghold. For example, if the morale is 90 you need to send a unit with neutral or chaotic alignment in order to capture the stronghold.
Neutral strongholds (these strongholds appear green on the map) cannot be liberated. A neutral stronghold will always be captured regardless of the stronghold’s morale or the unit’s alignment.
The only way to know whether a stronghold was liberated or captured is to pay attention to the message that appears when your unit reaches the stronghold. It is easy to rush through the messages during a mission, but your unit will always announce “[stronghold] has been liberated,” or “[stronghold] has been captured.”