Okay, so, been awhile since I've posted on this thread but loooooots of overall updates since last time.
1. All PC's but Arche & Cless can be played properly. Arche is pretty close but she has some very interesting coding issues I need to work out. Mainly due to her flying maneuvers. This will be kind of a pain to deal with. Cless, as well, is technically working to a very small extent. He only has his idle, walking, running and first attack properly ported into new space. I have to COMPLETELY move all of his other commands.. which is going to be absolutely dreadful. The largest issue here is that all of his code is very hardcoded to being in slot #1, as prior posts pointed out. I will have to modify all of his routines to be dynamically based so he can work as an NPC properly. He's definitely going to be the last on the list because this will be the most annoying and obnoxious part of the project unfortunately.
2. Chester, Mint and Brambard have all of their sprite data, animation data and weapon data moved into the new banks. Even their sprites have been moved as well so they are 100% capable of having new animations, sprites and weapon graphics! With that, Brambard is STILL a clone of Chester as my focus has mainly been trying to make manual battle controls working but he'll be coming up sooner or later. Mint right now has a brand new attack animation and has a small variety of weapon graphics now as well so she's a bit more useful in the physical attack department at least.
3. Lia is technically playable now as well. She only has her idle and beta spell cast sprites in-game and functioning, otherwise, she's a clone of Mint thus far with Arche's spell list (Which I really need to cut down for her). She also has fully functional new spell voices too!
4. All SFX/BRR pointers have been moved into new space so it is now feasible to add new voices! As above, Lia has spell voices now.
5. All PC's now have their own Spell Voice table. So if someone were to say give Chester Fireball, he won't be screaming with Arche's voice anymore. The tables are customizable so any voice can be set for any spell for any character.
6. Battle Controls are still a WIP. PC's can now walk, run, attack, spell cast, spell cancel, use items, etc.. manually. To run, you just double tap. Of course, you can stop running at any time by pressing the opposite direction. However, if you attack or use a spell, it will cause the PC to slide and do their appropriate action.
7. More PC code has been condensed down into a single routine since they're all, once again, extremely similar.
Technically all I have left for manual commands are: Jump (With falling), jump attack (With falling), up + attack and guard. Once those are implemented, the game should play very similarly to Tales of Destiny and PS1 Tales of Phantasia.
It's not a lot per se, but it's a huge background update overall and I'm pretty excited with how much has been done so far!