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    4 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    That's exactly what I do, I take it slow. As for dividing my forces in two, I tried that in the GD route the first time around and it didn't work at all. Focusing only on one side first worked.

    It worked on Golden Deer, doesn't mean it'll work every time. If you're struggling super hard, just form a protective formation at the top and let the two sides kill each other.

    6 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    You can't send fliers to take the hill. Bernadetta is on a ballista and is an archer. She'll kill them easily.

    Stride is a thing, so is Bernie missing. She had around 27 hit at best on my fliers if I recall. This is why you use wyverns, who have avoid enhancing abilities. Ashe should have it, Alert Stance? Just wait in the trees, should give him enough avoid, and he should be in range to hit her. If he isn't he should at least be out of Ballista range

    Just now, Fire Flower said:

    Remember that the center area only gets lit on fire if you kill Bernadetta and make Petra retreat.

    That's how that works? I thought you just waited on it. Learn something new every day.


  2. Without your character stats, there isn't too much I can say about the issues you're going through. I've beat the map on both Hard and Maddening with only a little difficulty, and I generally am pretty rubbish at FE.

    16 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    I still think Petra is an unfair enemy with her extremely high avoid. Taking her out is pure damn luck and that's dumb in a game that's supposed to be strategy.

    Sure but she's also pretty dang weak. One or two shots will easily kill her. And she won't do too much back, around 15 damage at most. Also, everything is basically pure luck, it's how you use that luck to your advantage. Divine Pulse doesn't change the RN values used, so you can use that to your advantage. If a character misses, just rewind and have another character with a higher hit chance go, or end turn and have the enemy miss instead.

    19 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    Thing is, I don't at all remember Edelgard setting the hill on fire in my GD run.

    You might've circumvented the exact squares she does it in, I can confirm she does do it on GD route.

    20 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    I believe TH is a very hard game, harder than even RD (and I found that one hard too), so it discourages me when I see others say it's easy. Maybe it's easy for them... But surely I'm not the only one that has a hard time, right?

    I mean, no you aren't the only one having a hard time, that's just pure statistics going on. But generally, 3H is an absurdly easy game provided you know what you're doing, or even if you don't.

    21 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    I now question why players can't use Divine Pulse in the kind of situation I ended up having. It's dumb imo.

    I'm honestly not sure why Divine Pulse can't be used in the enemy phase, other than that it generally increases difficulty. However I do think it's good because then you have to see everything the enemy does, so then you can get more info for one use of Divine Pulse.

    23 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    But I didn't see any solution here without having to go back several turns, and at that point, I might as well just restart the chapter completely.

    Not always, sometimes it really only was one small move that you can easily alter, and on the longer maps you really don't want to restart, going back several turns is easily better.

    24 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    Dimitri - Great Lord lv. 32
    Byleth (female) - Enlightened One lv. 31
    Sylvain - Great Knight lv. 33
    Ashe - Wyvern Lord lv. 34
    Ingrid - Falcon Knight lv. 31
    Felix - Mortal Savant lv. 30 (I know his best class is probably Bow Knight, but I hadn't yet tried out Mortal Savant and Felix happened to have a good chance of passing the test for it)
    Annette - Sage or Warlock, can't remember which for some reason, lv. 30
    Dedue - Fortress Knight lv. 29
    Mercedes - Bishop lv. 27
    Gilbert - Fortress Knight lv. 30
    Catherine - Swordmaster lv. 29
    Cyril - Bow Knight lv. 30

    First, Sage isn't even a thing in 3H, so rest assured your Annette is a Warlock.

    Second, those are some, interesting class picks. I notice three of your units had a heavy armor focus, those being Sylvain, Dedue, and Gilbert. Generally, this is bad. You want to focus Sylvain down a more flier/cavalry based route, Dedue down a more fist/axe based route, and Gilbert down to the bench.

    Felix, eh, not horrible. Mortal Savant is an awful class, but if you want to use it, go ahead. I'd honestly say stick with Assassin, or go down fists for him.

    Ingrid should be a wyvern lord, not a Falcon Knight, she needs the strength boost to do passable damage.

     

    As for the strategy, if you're really struggling then taking it slow is the best option. Divide your force in two, with a light force on the left and your main force on the right. Claude's force is easily the harder of the two, so use those tanky units for tanking and baiting. After you bait out most of Claude's forces, and pick off what you can of Edels, then you move down. If you're confident in your fliers, you could send them to take out whoever holds the center. If you wait long enough, sometimes the forces pick off each other. I've gotten Petra killed by Claude's forces once, which basically neutors the BE side.


  3. 23 hours ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    Specifically asking DarthR0xas for reviews

    Well, I'll try to get to all of y'all, but since I was specifically asked I'll quickly look over yours.
     

    Spoiler

    Interesting take on the literal devil. Job happens to be my favorite book of the bible, so I quite liked this story. Before I dive into some theologistical ramblings, I'll say some grammatical junk on the piece. The overuse of He and Him makes the piece kinda hard to follow at points, especially later. Granted, you do use capitalization, but I don't think that's quite enough. Either reword them, or use bold on the ones in reference to god. I'd do something like "he snuck his way into the presence of the Lord". Still a tad clunky, but better than using masculine pronouns over and over again. I do like how vague it is at the start, it builds up to you realizing who our narrator is. It's a story you get a lot more out of the second read through.

    I'm a little iffy on the characterization of the devil. Granted, he is the literal embodiment of human sins, but he's also a tad inconsistent. One second he's complaining over a minute detail, the next he's acting as if a semi-major detail being weird is just no matter. That pushes the envelop of realistic inconsistency imo. Although him being steadfast in his ideals is pretty accurate to how I feel the devil is, it also makes for a bit of a static character when they aren't really challenged. I know I'm complaining that the devil isn't developing, which is absurd, however I just wish that there were more cases where his ideals were challenged, and then we see him illogically try to work through that so he specifically doesn't develop. Basically, I feel that the story is a bit unfinished. If you had gone through the entire book of Job, and not just stopped before Job's body was destroyed, we'd get to the point where the Devil was actually proven wrong. Really, I just want a bit more. I also kinda wished we had floated a bit more in that vagueness. Maybe it's just because I'm predisposed to Theological stuff, but I was able to pick up on who our narrator was fairly quickly, and more specifically by what faith and position he is. 

    I'm not gonna say it's a bad story, because it isn't, but it feels incomplete. You don't finish the book of Job, and the devil isn't really portrayed in that sympathetic a light. I didn't bring that up in my main critique, but in relation to the prompt, that is an issue. Again, if we see the Devil getting challenged, then he'd be more sympathetic. I'd probably have shown a light on his more pathetic sides. You just kinda hype him up as this super evil dude who is mad at humans for being illogical and all that jazz, but he is susceptible to those things all the same. I can see where you tried to portray sympathy, but it doesn't really work. "It bothered him" just makes it seem like an annoying gnat. Granted, to the devil that is most accurately what it's like, however as a character it's hard to derive sympathy from that.

     


  4. It's possible, just not plausible.

    Before I delve into that, quick lesson on what Tendons are. They are basically what allows your hand to open and close, or for your fingers to bend and straighten. So there are two types, extensor, and flexor. Extensor allow your fingers to straighten, flexor allow them to bend. Cutting one of them would restrict their respective movement. So Greil couldn't have cut his flexor tendons, since he has to be able to bend his hand to grab them

    Greil hypothetically could've cut his extensor tendons, which means his hand wouldn't be allowed to straighten out. This means he still could use a sword and an axe, but since you have to be able to adjust your grip on your sword while in battle, it does mean that he'd be less effective with it. Of course, Greil is like, the best swordsman in all of Tellius, so even with this disadvantage, he's still damn good. As for the axe, there shouldn't be much of an issue, since it's only in his hand, not his arm, which would be the thing supporting most of the weight. 


  5. Let's see

    Dark Dragon is basically "Marth solo, the game", and otherwise isn't balanced at all. Your early units are, for the most part, your best units, and Dragons are broken.

    Gaiden gets less and less balanced as you go through. At the start, each unit and class has a defined purpose. But by endgame, it's just Falco Knight and Dread Fighter party. At least the other classes can somewhat stay up due to warp being broken.

    Mystery of the Emblem is basically an extension of Dark Dragon, so still pretty unbalanced. 

    Genealogy is comparatively more balanced, mainly since more units are broken. Most Gen 2 units are busted, so if everyone is busted, no one is.

    Thracia is balanced around being broken. Scrolls make everyone usable, but this also has the effect of making the strongest units even more strong. Dismounting somewhat mitigate cavs, although some unit types get somewhat screwed regardless. Staves being the way they are makes staff units the best in the game. Probably the best of the Kaga era, but still not very good.

    Binding Blade is a GBA game, these all basically have the same balancing, which is that cavs and fliers are the best.

    Blazing Sword, see above

    Sacred Stones, see above

    Path of Radiance has the foundation for something with good balance, but they don't go all the way, because the one that goes all the way is

    Radiant Dawn, the best balanced game in the series. Fliers aren't absolutely broken and have proper counters, for the most part, cavs are limited so that they can't bust through everything, mainly on the Greil Mercs path. Granted, many of the Beast units are either limited or the best units in the game, but since most of those units power is limited to like five maps, it doesn't utterly destroy the games balance. By most accounts, I'd say this game is the most balanced, at the very least on principle it is.

    Shadow Dragon is semi balanced, with the reclassing both adding and destroying the balance. Flier emblem is very real in this game, and good lord is it thriving.

    I haven't actually played New Mystery, but from what I gathered it's very similar to SD.

    Awakening is an unbalanced mess, we all know that. I don't need to go into detail. It's so unbalanced that Lunatic + is basically just "Use the unbalanced units to win", the difficulty mode.

    On paper, Fates is one of the most balanced games in the series. In practice, it is utterly broken by the Royals.

    SoV is Gaiden without the saving grace of Warp being broken, so by an element being less broken, the game as a whole is more unbalanced.

    3H is just generally unbalanced. Nothing outstanding, just general preference of a few classes.


  6. Ridley is fine, a character people have wanted for a while and worthy to be in.

    Same applies to the King K., as well as Simon, although personally I would've preferred if they did something similar to Hero and bundled Simon, Richter, Trevor, and Juste Belmont into one fighter with different appearances. While it means fewer skins for each character, it's more representation overall and I like it.

    Inkling also gets a pass, since come on, it's Inkling. 

    Daisy is eh, I non-ironically would've preferred Waluigi, since his moveset would've been more unique. Just make her one of Peach's skins.

    Dark Samus, same thing, make her one of Samus's skins. Instead, get the three hunters from Prime 3, and have them do a Pokemon Trainer style switch thing.

    Incineroar, I care very little for Pokemon, but Mr. Roar is the coolest. That water one looks lame, and the Grass Emo one probably would've had a lame moveset with spam projectiles, so probably the right choice.

    Isabelle, I would've personally gone for Mr. Resetti, mainly because I'm really curious for his moveset.

    A lot of people say Chun-Li over Ken, I say M. Bison, since you gotta have that villain representation.

    Chrom is Chrom. This was mainly Sakurai fulfilling on a meme four years in the making. If I had to replace him, I'd either make the Black Knight a fully fledged character, or do another Pokemon Trainer esc thing with the FE7 lords (I just really want to see Pokemon Trainer's ideas on another character, they're so cool)

    Piranha Plant is such a meme and I love it, he's perfect, keep as is.

    Joker is so fun that he has to stay.

    Dragon Quest, I'm personally not fond, but the series is so important I can't find an equivalent to replace it.

    Banjo falls under the Ridley/King K. category.


  7. On 8/20/2019 at 2:07 PM, Captain Karnage said:

    as a note if you know of a more recent or up to date patch please @ME and I will update the link

    For the FE1 translation, I'd personally recommend the patch by Mega Koopa, which is basically complete, and I personally find it to be slightly better than the one Romhacking.net translation you have listed. Here's the link.

     


  8. Just now, AnonymousSpeed said:

    what's up with that?

    Mainly life being a pain, as well as Three Houses doing it's thing and taking up the tiny amount of free time I had. There's a story there, it's just incomplete and not up to my standards. I won't be posting it as it is right now, and as it is right now is a vague rambling mess of a plot I wrote up one night when I was really tired, without any refinement necessary to make it a decent story. 

    Sorry about that.


  9. 15 minutes ago, Alastor15243 said:

    well I don’t know if it’s just the fan translation or if the original text was this bland, but holy cow did the DS remake’s localization team do a good job spicing up this text. I can see it’s almost exactly the same in substance, but the DS version’s is waaaaaaaaay more interesting to read.

    What translation are you using? Judging by some of your names you mention, it might be an older translation patch. But yeah, the original game is kinda bland and short text wise, due to limitations of the NES. The same is gonna apply to Gaiden, and FE3, albeit less so for the latter.


  10. Before I answer your question, commas bro. And periods, use them more often. Makes it easier to get a message across.

    Anyways, your question really depends on which house you go for, since that changes who you can recruit.

    Black Eagle route makes it so you can't recruit a lot of folks, I forget exactly who but Dimitri, Dedue, Claude, and Hilda are the main folks.

    Blue Lions route can recruit the most folks, with the only ones you can't get being Edelgard, Hubert, and Claude

    Golden Deer is a middle ground, where you can't recruit Edelgard, Hubert, Dimitri, and Dedue.

    As for ranks, I'd say it's more important to focus on supports. You can easily get people up to a B support, then recruit them automatically. 

    To recruit most folks the non-support way, your weapon ranks need to be C in the thing they want, and your stats need to be between 15-20. Certain folks, like Felix and Lysithea want higher ranks, that being the B rank. I believe Dorothea is also like that, but since she wants authority you should naturally get that one up high enough to recruit her.

    As for skills, reason is a very popular one, as is faith and bow. If you're on the Blue Lions, I also recommend Brawling. I think riding is also one you'd want to work on. 

    As I said before, whatever skills you want changes from house to house, and even from whichever sex you choose.


  11. My take on it is that it is an extremely convenient feature that allows for easier tactical thinking. I can gauge how much damage a unit might potentially take, and then act based on that. Sometimes I might throw my healer in a weird position I might otherwise not because I'm able to see that it's somewhat safe. It's a great quality of life change that allows an action that, while not random in nature, is somewhat random in practice, to be something I can take into account, since you were never quite able to tell who the enemy might target if there were multiple units in said enemy's range. I'd always say giving the player more information, in a very cohesive and understandable manner, is a good thing.


  12. 39 minutes ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    Artistic philosophy aside, you could have also written an entry about Thomas and Big Bird if that manner of "super" better suits your taste. I wanted it to be a little more flexible than just superheroes.

    I'm not sure the world could handle two pieces about Thomas and Big Bird performing a heist. That's gotta cause a black hole or something.


  13. 1 hour ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    Batman doesn't count

    Wait, why wouldn't Batman count? He literally fits the definition of super you've given

    1 hour ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    Super- Having abilities noticeably and distinctly beyond those of a normal real-world human, even if they are normal by the standards of their universe. Super-powered.

    He is noticeably smarter than most real world humans, and one of the smartest people by the standards of his universe. His memory and logic skills are distinct, and he's superhumanly good at most things mental.

    1 hour ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    Thomas the Tank Engine counts.

    You telling me I can have Thomas and Big Bird perform a heist to steal all the money Yoshi saved from evading taxes?


  14. 6 minutes ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

    Governments have tanks, tanks were invented to laugh at machine guns in WWI. No amount of AR-15s will stop tanks.

    To be absolutely fair, precise close range shots, or just killing whoever is within the tanks with the AR-15 is an effective way to stop tanks. Granted that takes incredible luck or skill, but it's not impossible for someone with just an AR-15 to stop a tank.

    Regardless, to take care of the epidemic of shootings, it's clear a significant increase in gun control laws is necessary. While I personally am not a fan of out-right banning a certain variety of guns, I'm starting to think that's a boundary we're going to need to pass.

    Of course, just gun control isn't enough. We need to improve our healthcare, and more specifically the fields that focus on mental health. The willingness to say that it's all due to mental health, but the sheer lack of willingness to fund any kind of improvement in that area is infuriating. We need to start pushing those in power to take actions, and to stick to their words. 

    I also think we need to make our politics in general more moderate. We're shifting into very extreme mindsets as we keep moving on, and often this stops us from cooperating. In order to solve this, action needs to occur, and action will only occur if both sides are calm and understanding enough to allow the changes to occur, even if it's some things they don't like. Our extremist politics are basically the opposite of that.


  15. 2 hours ago, RamenToast said:

    1. If your character's stats are less than the base stats for the new class, they will be boosted to match the base stats. Are these permanent? Or are they just a defined minimum that gets replaced once your character's stats surpass the base values? 

    These are permanent, however most of the time it'll account for at most a plus 1 or 2 boost in stats, since base stats are pretty low in most cases.

    2 hours ago, RamenToast said:

    2. Class modifiers specific to each class are applied upon certification. Are these permanent? Or do you lose these stats at the next reclass (and gain the new class modifiers)?

    These are temporary. Upon switching to a different class, the class modifiers are changed. For instance, if I have a class A and B, class A giving +3 spd and class B giving +2 res, and I switch from class A to B, I will lose that 3 spd, but get the 2 res. It'll actually show you how your stats will be changed if you go to the other page when reclassing via hitting the R button (I think that's the right button, anyway)


  16. Alright, managed to scrape this together. It actually turned out less disturbing than planned, mainly since I dropped a lot of the other ideas I had, they were a tad nonsensical. Anyways.

    Title: The Fires of a Loss

    Word Count: 1931

    Universe: Elibe

    Spoiler

    Louise knocks another arrow onto her bow, aiming at the greyed-out husk of a man in front of her. What Lord Nergal had done to make this beast a thing, she didn’t know. All she cared about was the threat it posed to Lord Pent, and their unborn child. She let loose the arrow, watching as it pierced right into the skull of the warrior standing in front of her. And as he stood there, dying, she saw the color return to his face, and as his eyes closed, he smiled, before turning to ash.

    But she couldn’t spare a thought about that, as she quickly ran out of the small green room into the much larger green hall. Why Lord Nergal had made the hall such a garish color with almost no adornments, she would never know, but she really thought it could use a lady’s touch.

    Regardless, she saw her husband up ahead, battling with another one of the “morphs”, as she had heard Lord Hector refer to them. This one had red robes and used light magic. It was also currently bringing the pain to Lord Pent.

    “Pent!” She screamed as she was running as fast as she could.
    “Louise, stay back, I’ll handle this on my own!” He shouted back as he got hit by another blast of light.

    She knew that she wouldn’t make it there in time and began to despair. What would it mean if Pent died? How could she live on like that, how would she support their child?

    But before she started truly panicking, she looked up and saw a comforting sight. Lord Eliwood has galloped over and stuck a lance right into the heart of the morph tormenting her husband, and like the one she had just killed, the color had returned to its face before smiling and subsequently turning to ash.

    “Lord Pent, are you alright?” Eliwood asked with a concerned look on his face.

    “Perfectly fine, thanks to you Lord Eliwood.” Pent responded, while holding his arm.

    “You don’t look fine,” Eliwood said. “SERRA! GET OVER HERE AND HEAL UP PENT!”

    “Oh, there’s no need to do that Lord Eli-”

    “Dear, just let her heal you” Louise said as she grabbed onto Pent’s arm

    “Well, if my lady insists, then I suppose I must be healed.” Pent said with a fake exasperated tone.

    As if on que, the light indicating the use of a physic staff lit up above Pent’s head, and his scars disappeared.

    “Much better” Pent said, “Shall we go Louise?”

    “Of course, Lord Pent.” Louise said as the both ran to the next target.

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    With one swift sword slash, Lady Lyndis had cut down the man behind all of this, Lord Nergal. It all seemed to be over. Or so Louise thought as she turned to the man she loved

    “Oh Lord Pent, we can finally go home an-”

    “Hold Louise, do you feel that?”

    “Feel what?”

    “The power emanating from that portal.”

    As they both looked at it, the room began to shake violently. A red light filled the portal as three dragons emerged

    “Emancipated Elimine, are those real dragons Lord Pent” Louise asked, grabbing onto his arm.

    “I believe so Louise, stand back, I’ll take care of them.” Pent confidently replied, grabbing onto his fimbulvetr.

    “You may not need to, Lord Pent. Look, Lord Athos is handling it.” Louise said, pointing at the old man as he shambled forward, his blue robes and grey hair seeming to almost fly-away in the wind coming from the portal. But before he could raise his arms, the beasts all attacked him.
    Athos was pushed backwards by the sheer force of the flame, the arms of his coat becoming singed by their heat.

    “Lord Athos” Pent screamed as his master fell to the floor.

    But before he could rush forward, a flash of light shown throughout the hall, as two figures appeared on the steps. One of the figures, who Louise quickly identified as Ninian, ran forward and used some form of ice magic, immediately killing two of the dragons, and harshly damaging the third. Then Ninian collapsed, and the other figure grabbed her and disappeared.

    “Chosen ones, you must stop the final dragon” Athos declared before falling back.

    With this, Lyn rushed forward at the dragon. As she unsheathed her sword, Louise had to blink a couple times, since it was as though she was seeing quintuple. Lyn was moving so fast that five versions of her appeared to be attacking the dragon. Yet they all had to just be one version, as when she sheathed her sword, there was only one of her there.

    After Lyn’s speedy barrage, Eliwood galloped up. Brandishing his Durandal, the horse he was riding stood on its hind legs before rushing the dragon. Right as it was about to collide, the horse leaped high into the air, as Eliwood brought the sword down on the Dragon’s head.

    Hector stomped up to the Dragon, and didn’t give it a second to rest. He raised his axe and began spinning it. He spun it so fast that one couldn’t even discern where the axe was, and could only see a circle of silver spiraling around Hector’s head. Then he slammed it down, using such power that the Earth shook. He picked it up, spun it one last time on his right, then leaped into the air. As he hit the dragon’s head, it smashed into the ground and broke the ground around it.

    “Maybe we can win this” Pent said.

    But he spoke too soon, for the Fire Dragon raised its head and rained down fire on the three lords who attacked it. The smell of burnt cloth filled the air

    “Egads, I need to help them” Pent said as he ran up towards the dragon. He pulled out his tome and threw forth a spell. Chunks of ice formed around the Fire Dragon and it lifted its head up in what looks like pain. Except it wasn’t pain, it was only preparing another attack. The fire dragon spit back a pillar of flame at the Mage General.

    “PENT!” Louise screamed as she ran to him. As she got close to him, she saw the burn wounds on his hands, and his slightly singed hair. The Fire Dragon was preparing another attack for him, but Louise was prepared to stop it. She stopped in front of her husband and launched an arrow at the dragon, landing right on its jaw. The dragon staggered a second, then spit a barrage of fire at Louise.

    The heat was unbearable, it was like being in an oven that’s in the Nabata Desert. It seemed to burn at every part of her. Then she felt it. Through the scorching pain, there was a desperate thumping. The baby in her womb couldn’t handle it, the heat was killing it. She wanted to move, to try and dodge, fire surrounded her. She could only take the flame.

    Her baby was trying, she could hear its screams of pain, and then, silence. It had stopped moving, it had stopped screaming. She could no longer feel it. The crucial connection, the most basic and important one in the world, the connection of a mother to her child, had just been severed by this dragon.

    Louise was enraged, enraged beyond all belief. She gripped her silver bow harder than life itself, although the metal burned her hand, and drew an arrow. She pulled the bow back as far as it could go, and let it go. The arrow flew true and struck the dragon right in the heart. It roared in pain and disappeared into the night.

    But Louise didn’t see that, she collapsed to the floor, weeping. She was mentally shattered. “How could I let this happen?” She asked herself between all the bitter tears.

    “Louise?” Pent asked, “What’s wrong?”

    Louise didn’t hear his question. His words barely even registered in her mind. “This can’t be real, please let this not be real.”

    Realizing what occurred, Pent kneeled down and grasped Louise tightly.

    “It’s ok” He said as Louise bawled into his shoulder. “Everything will be fine.”

    But internally, he too was devastated. It was all he could muster to keep a strong face for his wife. Sure, they had killed the dragon, they had saved the world, but was it worth it?

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    Eliwood knocked on the door of the estate of Pent and Louise. To his surprise, Pent himself answered the door.

    “Ah, Lord Eliwood. A pleasant surprise, what brings you to my humble abode?”

    “I heard what happened, Lord Pent. I am truly sorry for your loss, I should’ve-”

    “Eliwood, you’re good. There’s nothing you could’ve done. We all committed fully to that fight, and Louise went in knowing she was pregnant. There is no need for you to shoulder any blame.”

    “How are you guys holding up?”

    “I-, it’s hard to put into words what I’m feeling, Lord Eliwood. I need to keep a straight face, being the Mage General of Etruia. I still have business matters to attend to, and yet, I can’t do them. The loss is too massive to comprehend.”

    “Is there anything I ca-”

    “I WAS GOING TO BE A FATHER ELIWOOD! We had a name picked out, it would be our little boy Klein. Louise was even going to try sewing some stuff for him, she was trying to learn before we went off to fight. It would’ve been such a happy time.”

    Pent started to cry while leaning on the door, but quickly composed himself.

    “Ah, sorry. I shouldn’t hold you up with this. You have far more important matters to attend to, having to help rebuild the world and all.”

    “Pent, you don’t need to do this on your own. Your sacrifice is greater than anyone else’s.”

    “I have Louise, and she has me. That’s all the people necessary for this, no need to bother others.”

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    Louise had been listening to the conversation from a few rooms over. She had just woken up, her eyes still red and puffy from the previous night. And the were starting to water again when Pent started yelling. He had been trying not to cry, for her. Keeping a composed attitude, for her. And then she heard it. She heard Pent crying. She heard the bitter tears of a man who lost that which he deemed crucial. And she almost rushed out there to comfort him, but he stopped crying almost as fast as he had started.

    So she just laid there, waiting for Pent to finish his conversation. A few minutes later, she heard the door close and saw Pent walk into the room.

    “Sorry about the noise Louise, didn’t mean to wake you.”

    “It’s ok Pent, I had woken up before it started anyways.”

    “That’s good to know, wouldn’t want to-” Pent stared before Louise interrupted him.

    “Come here Pent.” It was an order, but she used such a motherly tone.

    “What?”

    “I said get over here” She was on the verge of tears once more.

    As Pent walked over, Louise embraced him tighter than she ever had before.

    “It’s ok for you to cry Pent. You don’t need to hide it from me. We’ll get through this together.”

    Pent slumped over, and started to cry. At first a gentle weep, building up to full on bawling. Louise started crying along side the man she loved. They held each other tightly, determined not to let their last hope slip away. And that's where they remained, tears running down their faces, in the moments that seemed to last for an eternity.

     

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