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  1. 1 hour ago, Modirufa6317 said:

    That is a good point. Rhea does mention the mother had to make a choice between her life or her child's, so it doesn't sound like she died from giving birth.

    Actually she did, Byleth and their mother were both dying after the birth ("If I had done nothing, both mother and child would have died," Rhea says) so her death was unrelated to her Crest Stone. We don't know how different Byleth's mother was from a normal human/Nabatean since we never see her or learn the process by which Rhea created her.


  2. I assume Flayn's mother is human since Seteth met her in Enbarr, but her title of the "Light Dragon" exists so maybe she could transform regardless. Unless being asleep for most of the time after the war matters, she probably lost her ability to transform like Seteth did. But if she is/was able to transform, her dragon form is probably different from Seteth's since she's the Light Dragon rather than another Earth Dragon. Personally I imagine her transformation as being small relative to the other dragons but with large, rainbow-colored wings, like Mothra but as a dragon.

    Claude has some interesting musings on Demonic Beasts and Crest Stones during Chapter 8 of his route:

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    Claude: I believe the Crest Stones might be the source of the Relics' inhuman power. When Miklan transformed into a Black Beast, he was taken over by something that originated from the Crest Stone. And the Crest Stone was on his body. It all seems to add up. Now, look at this picture I found in the library. That creature is called the Immaculate One, who was supposedly sent by the goddess to save the followers of Seiros. See the pattern on its brow, and the faint circular boundary? Isn't it possible that's a Crest Stone? If all this is true, then Crest Stones are what power the ability to assume massive forms like that of the Immaculate One. And maybe the Heroes' Relics can harness that transformative power...

    Claude directly compares the Immaculate One to Miklan's Black Beast transformation, so it's possible that Miklan was possessed by the "soul" of the Nabatean in the Crest Stone. Maurice retains some form of his human consciousness as the Wandering Beast, but maybe he and the Nabatean share some control of their body.

    As for why Seteth lost his ability to transform, I think the simplest explanation is that he lost the ability after going for so long without doing so. Maybe Rhea exercised her dragon form to stay in shape over the centuries (Claude never says when the Immaculate One appeared or if she appeared multiple times).


  3. Imagine caring about the Game Awards

    The Game Awards only exist so game companies can brag about how great they are and to advertise games for the holiday season, so I've never been very inclined to take it seriously. There's a 99.9% chance that the last Fighters Pass character will be revealed there, but watching it live would be incredibly annoying so I'll just check the Smash Bros. website the next day.


  4. Oh boy, more Xenoblade 2 discussion! For now I just have miscellaneous thoughts on the ending:

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    Between Torna and the main game, Malos's mindset shifted from "I want to destroy the world because humans are evil and dumb" (because Amalthus thinks that) to "I want to destroy the world for what it did to Jin." He's reasonably confident that the Aegises were created to destroy humanity; Pyra and Mythra deny it but they aren't fully convinced that he's wrong until the Architect's infodump. By the final battle, it also seems that some part of Malos wants Rex to stop him, to prove that humans are capable of changing and fixing their flaws. I think some of Malos's dialogue during the endgame makes more sense if you believe that he thinks of Jin as his real Driver.

    As for "why did Pyra and Mythra need to sacrifice themselves," I think Takahashi wanted a dramatic conclusion after beating the final boss. I suppose the party could have taken the elevator down and walked home after defeating Aion, but...

    This reminds me that I once wrote about Xenoblade 2 for a college assignment and I got an A on it. And people say video games never do anything for anyone.

    I've realized recently that most of the games I'm looking forward to next year are remakes. There's Xenoblade Definitive Edition, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, and maybe some other stuff I'm forgetting. Maybe we'll get Diamond and Pearl remakes too. Animal Crossing will probably be good but I'm not fully hyped for it yet, and BotW2 probably won't release next year unless it's a December release.

    But leaving next year aside, now's the time when I have to come up with games I want for Christmas. What Switch games released this year are worth getting? I think Three Houses is the only new game I got this year... I'm still considering Sword and Shield, and I knew they would sell as well as Pokémon games usually do but I'm surprised by how positive the general reception is.


  5. Though I haven't bought the DLC yet, I'm looking forward to seeing what the new characters have to offer for the gameplay and the world of Fódlan. Will they be added to the three houses we have, or will they be "neutral" by default and have to be recruited? Hopefully the new characters will be integrated into the main game rather than being exclusive to the new side story. (Though I don't think the main plot will be rewritten to accommodate them, so they likely won't be in any story scenes.)

    But on the "getting into the Officers Academy" thing, to get in enrolled it seems you need to pay a fee, pass the entrance exams, and be recommended by a noble (though the last part might not be a requirement, but it helps). These requirements are why most of the students are nobles or from merchant families, with the main exceptions being Dorothea (a famous songstress who "pulled some noble strings" to get in), Petra (probably paid for/sponsored by Duke Gerth), Dedue (paid for/sponsored by Dimitri), and Leonie (her village pooled their funds to pay for her enrollment and her father found a noble sponsor). The entrance exams seem to be the reason why there isn't an age limit to get in, so it's not very strange for an older than usual student to be enrolled.


  6. 8 minutes ago, DefyingFates said:

    Thank you very much!

    If you want to know, the library's description of House Riegan specifically says "The position of this house of dukes relies on the noble rank bestowed upon it by the Kingdom, well before the Alliance's founding." The library also says that they are descended from "one of the 10 Elites," which is what confuses me about the whole thing if they're related to House Blaiddyd. Maybe Blaiddyd and Riegan's brides were sisters or something?


  7. 25 minutes ago, DefyingFates said:

    I think the library has something to say about this. If not, there are a few mentions of Riegan being Kingdom nobility before splitting off from them in Part 2. The one I remember off the top of my head is Shamir saying so in Azure Moon after

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    Claude hands the Alliance over to Dimitri.

     

    The library says that House Riegan was of high status before the Alliance was founded (which is expected, given that they're descended from one of the 10 Elites), but them being directly related to House Blaiddyd isn't mentioned elsewhere. Presently I just assume what Gatekeeper meant is that some Crestless members of House Blaiddyd married into House Riegan at some point, since the latter branching off from the former doesn't make much sense unless the elite Riegan happened to be related to Blaiddyd. It's probably not anything worth thinking about too much, but I was just wondering about it.


  8. During Chapter 15 of Crimson Flower (I think), Gatekeeper mentions that House Riegan branched off from the Blaiddyd royal family. I found this odd since it's never brought up anywhere else and Claude repeatedly mentions being descended from Riegan but never brings up his relation to Blaiddyd, so I was wondering if something was muddled during the translation process. I doubt anyone will go through the effort to check this but does Gatekeeper say anything different in the Japanese version, or is the dialogue basically the same?


  9. 11 minutes ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

    As for reboots, wasn't that kinda what Gen 5 was going to be in a way? B&W1 had only Unovan natives in the maingame. Not that that would be possible using only Galarian Pokes I guess.

    I think the point of Black and White was to emulate Gen I in that every Pokémon encountered before the final boss was new, but you could still transfer any previous Pokémon to those games. Gen VI was the time when Gen I nostalgia and "new battle mechanics that get dropped the next generation" (i.e. Mega Evolution, Z-Moves, etc.) started getting pushed, so make of that what you will.


  10. I don't think anyone's mentioned this yet, but Aegislash had its stats nerfed; Blade Forme has 140 in both offense stats instead of 150, and likewise Shield Forme has 140 defenses.

    On another interesting note, location based evolutions seem to be gone. Eevee evolves into Leafeon and Glaceon via Leaf/Ice Stone (though Espeon, Umbreon, and Sylveon keep their normal methods), and Charjabug evolves with a Thunder Stone. The Unova Pokémon keep their absurdly high evolution levels though. You can find the stats and evolution methods of all the included Pokémon here.

    Lastly, Gardevoir and its evolutionary relatives are now in the Humanlike egg group. Why did they change it now? Who knows! Though Nidorina and Nidoqueen aren't in, so I can't complain about them still being unable to breed for no apparent reason.


  11. I wonder if they'll explain why Anna has the Crest of Ernest?

    As for Jeritza, while I wish he has more supports, I'll be fine with it as long as it's explained

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    how he became the Death Knight (and why he's so bloodthirsty) and how/why he came to be so loyal to Edelgard.

     


  12. So it's confirmed that Jeritza is Crimson Flower exclusive, good to know. I'll wait and see if the DLC content is worth it yet, but now I can finally start my CF playthrough!

    3 minutes ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

    When did they say Wave 3 would be out by? Was it the end of November, or December? If it was December, maybe Wave 4 will come by March then.

    They said it would release before December 31.

    EDIT: Also here are the patch notes. Anna can be recruited after Chapter 3.


  13. Honestly, the biggest travesty with Sword and Shield will be when we find out that Stealth Rock is still in the game.

    23 minutes ago, Armagon said:

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    Everyone who says "who?" at each new character reveal is now in shambles.

    Oh yeah, KOS-MOS time.

    Normally I would be inclined to believe Sakurai, but Nintendo picked all the DLC characters this time so I don't know how true this is.


  14. 1 hour ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

    Persona 5 is a pretty popular video game, Pokemon is a pretty popular video game franchise until this upcoming gen. If P5 gets a bad anime, and Pokemon a live-action movie that is good only by the low standards of video game movies, then what chance does 3H have of a good anime?

    I dunno, I heard Persona 4: The Animation was pretty good.

    I'd make it a combination of the non-CF routes. Byleth leads the Black Eagles but also spends time with the other houses, giving Byleth and Edelgard a more personal connection while also giving Claude and Dimitri proper screentime. Byleth works together with both Dimitri and Claude after the timeskip, allowing for the inclusion of Dimitri's character arc and Claude's desire to unearth Fódlan's secrets. And within spoiler territory:

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    After Edelgard's defeat, TWSITD use their javelins of light on the castle to eliminate all their enemies at once. Edelgard doesn't try to save herself, but Byleth rescues her anyway and everyone escapes. Edelgard is too despondent to help raid Shambhala, so the party goes and defeats Thales without her. Then Nemesis shows up and Edelgard finally decides to help stop him for the good of Fódlan. Rhea sacrifices her life to defeat Nemesis, and with him defeated, Byleth becomes ruler of Fódlan, Claude returns to Almyra, Dimitri works to restore the Kingdom, and Edelgard says farewell to Byleth before vanishing to parts unknown alongside Hubert. Happy end!

    Gee, this ended up being more detailed than I expected it to be. But I ended up making it a golden route so it's probably not any good.


  15. For real!?

    45 minutes is waaaaaaaaay too long to only talk about one character. For comparison, Banjo and Kazooie's presentation was only 25 minutes long, and the final prerelease direct was 40 minutes long. Just what the heck is Sakurai going to talk about?

    EDIT: And just so you don't get any funny ideas, there won't be any new character announcements.


  16. 12 minutes ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

    And now there is a Poison legendary not Plated Arceus, right? The type has gone this long without a single one, the very last type to get one.

    That's right, Poison finally got its day despite there only being three legendaries this time. Fighting and Bug both got Legendaries/Mythicals in Gen V (Fighting got five in fact), leaving Poison as the odd type out until now (Fairy got lucky as it had a legendary in the generation it was introduced in).

    Ultra Beasts aren't considered legendary, so Nihilego doesn't count (despite it having the same stat total as the Tapus and Silvally, which are considered legendary).


  17. On another note, this generation marks a strange milestone for Poison-types (in addition to introducing the first Poison Legendary): as of Sword and Shield, Generations II through VIII have finally introduced more Poison-types than Gen I! That is, Gen I introduced 33 Poison-types, while every other generation put together has introduced 36 (it was 33 as of USUM).


  18. While I'm sympathetic towards people who had their favorites cut (Volcarona is absent and its one of my favorites) and the cut is most likely due to Game Freak's general mismanagement, I think the backlash is overblown since I doubt most people complaining were planning on using all of their favorites if they were included. I understand if people don't want to get the game because of it, but I want to see what Pokémon Home is like before I judge anything since I like all of the new Pokémon.

    (Though I'll say that Charizard being the only Kanto starter to get in is a legitimate grievance.)


  19. 22 minutes ago, Dai said:

    Edit: Wait a minute, then why is Mew still there!?

    The Mew that comes with the  Poké Ball Plus controller can also be transferred to Sword and Shield in addition to the Let's Go! games (as long as it wasn't already transferred to another game), which was confirmed some time ago. Mew will presumably be #401 in the Garar Pokédex, with any other Mythicals coming after.

    Anyway I made a list of how many Pokémon of each type were introduced. Galarian forms are in italics. Some types may be incorrect and I'll fix them later if they are.

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    Normal: Skowvet, Greedunt, Zigzagoon, Linoone, Obstagoon, Wooloo, Dubwool, Indeedee (8)

    Fire: Scorbunny, Raboot, Cinderace, Sizzlipede, Centiskorch, Carkol, Coalossal (7)

    Fighting: Farfetch’d, Sirfetch’d, Falinks, Clobbopus, Grapploct, Zamazenta (6)

    Water: Sobble, Drizzile, Intelleon, Chewtle, Drednaw, Arrowkuda, Barraskewda, Cramorant, Dracovish, Arctovish (10)

    Flying: Rookidee, Corvisquire, Corviknight, Cramorant (4)

    Grass: Grookey, Thwackey, Rillaboom, Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Applin, Flapple, Appletun (8)

    Poison: Weezing, Toxel, Toxricity, Eternatus (4)

    Electric: Yamper, Boltund, Toxel, Toxricity, Morpeko, Pinchurchin, Dracozolt, Arctozolt (8)

    Ground: Stunfisk, Silicobra, Sandaconda, Yamask, Runerigus (6)

    Psychic: Dottler, Orbeetle, Hatenna, Hattrem, Hatterene, Ponyta, Rapidash, Indeedee, Mr. Mime, Mr. Rime (10)

    Rock: Drednaw, Rolycoly, Carkol, Coalossal, Stonjourner (5)

    Ice: Snom, Frosmoth, Mr. Mime, Mr. Rime, Darumaka, Darmanitan, Eiscue, Arctozolt, Arctovish (9)

    Bug: Blipbug, Dottler, Orbeetle, Sizzlipede, Centiskorch, Snom, Frosmoth (7)

    Dragon: Applin, Flapple, Appletun, Duraludon, Dracozolt, Dracovish, Dreepy, Drakloak, Dragapult, Eternatus (10)

    Ghost: Corsola, Cursola, Yamask, Runerigus, Sinistea, Polteageist, Dreepy, Drakloak, Dragapult (9)

    Dark: Nickit, Theivul, Zigzagoon, Linoone, Obstagoon, Impidimp, Morgrem, Grimmsnarl, Morpeko (9)

    Steel: Corviknight, Meowth, Perrserker, Stunfisk, Cufant, Copperajah, Duraludon, Zacian, Zamazenta (9)

    Fairy: Milcery, Alcremie, Impidimp, Morgrem, Grimmsnarl, Hatternene, Weezing, Rapidash, Zacian (9)

    Incidentally, Eternatus is our first ever Poison-type Legendary, if you don't count Nihilego.

     


  20. The Crests in the mural are organized in a particular way: the Crest of Seiros is on top surrounded by the Crests of the Four Saints, while the rest of the Crests are arranged clockwise in order of the Major Arcana they represent (starting with Ernest/The Fool, then Dominic/The Empress, etc., ending with Lamine/Judgement). The Crest of Timotheos is notably the only "missing Crest" to not be worn away.

    Mercedes and Felix's C-Support is altered if you view it after completing Mercedes's paralogue (which will basically never happen in a normal playthrough unless you never use them together).

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    Namely, Felix points out that Mercedes is comparing him to Jeritza/the Death Knight when she says that Felix reminds her of her brother, because said paralogue reveals that the Death Knight and Emile are the same person.

     

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