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  1. I'd say there's more to the S-support than that. I mean, that's certainly one of the messages (that I think) it gives, but I think it also gives the message of how even someone like Rhea, who's done her fair share of shady stuff (which she had her reasons to do) and been this omnipotent-like figure for so long can still find someone who is willing to look past all of that and understand and accept her for everything she is, her merits and her flaws. Basically, even how even after so much time there was still someone who came to appreciate her as her own woman and not just as the motherly Archbishop (which is fitting for Byleth as they aren't really her followers or protegees, just her employees/friends); a form of true love/companionship that she hasn't felt for so long, one that's different from the kind she was seeking to regain, but no less fulfilling and comforting. Imo it shows how, even with all our flaws and failings, there's bound to be someone out there that will accept and love us unconditionally, no strings attached, no matter what (at least, that's how I saw it, sorry if I sounded really cheesy or pretentious there). In that case, I think my idea for Silver Snow if Rhea had been it's lord/co-protagonist would be to revolve it around the theme of "the past" and "identity". Why? Cause I think it'd make a good and fitting thematic for not only Rhea's character, but Byleth's as well. As we know, Byleth and Rhea used to be have a different identity in their past days before the monastery. Byleth was the Ashen Demon before he was Professor Byleth, and Rhea was Saint Seiros before she was Archbishop Rhea. I think I'd make it a point for them to still be "haunted" so to say by these personas they used to have because of the war they're currently facing making them face aspects of themselves that come into certain conflict with who they are in the present. And this in turn lead them to try to "find themselves" so to speak. Byleth asks himself questions; is he the Ashen Demon, the fearsome warrior who doesn't let his emotions even be part of him so he can get the job done no matter what? Or is he Professor Byleth/the Enlightened One who tries to be an empathetic and guiding light for the people around him, even if this requires him to make big decisions for everyone? Which one would his father have wanted him to be? Likewise, Rhea asks herself the same questions, is she meant to be Archbishop Rhea who benevolently extends her hands towards those who need it and prevents the land from getting ravaged by conflict, even if that means having to do rather unsavory things at times? Or is she meant to be Saint Seiros, the proud amazon who imparts "justice" upon those who bring despair and chaos to the land her mother created, not matter what reason they might have for it? Which one would her mother have wanted her to be? But this would culminate with the final question that they realize they should've been asking instead... "What do I want to be?". Basically, my thematic for Silver Snow would be "overcome the past by learning who you are now and use that to walk towards the future". Basically a form of theme that ties-in with what Sothis asked of Byleth "remember to carve a path that is your own" (which is something I like to think she also asked of Rhea back in the day).
  2. Yes I understand that, but again, I don't think that Rhea was trying to find him all those years to bring him back, she just left him alone until Alois happened to stumble upon him (so even if she knew where he was or where she could find him, she wouldn't have gone there to drag him back). And when I said he wanted to stay away from the church, I didn't mean he was hiding from them so much as simply trying to stay out of their way/having as little contact with them as possible. And again, it's not really the place where Byleth and Jeralt actually "live in", so much as it's the place where they happen to stay in when they aren't on a mission (which can take from weeks to months, and given how they're supposedly such a esteemed mercenary company (which already would've put a damper on Jeralt if he was actually trying to hide given he was famous as the Blade Breaker), I think the missions would be rather frequent), and it's also not where I think he immediately went to after leaving the monastery.
  3. I don't think Jeralt was actually in hiding though, mostly just trying to stay away from the church (Rhea already knew that he was out there somewhere but just left him alone), and I don't think he'd have told her where he was going anyway. But that's also why I said "main settlement" as in "place he and Byleth stay in many times" but not really the place they "live in" (I also don't think he'd have gone there straight away, maybe he was simply in some other village in the middle of nowhere until he considered going there), as the mercenary band moved around a lot, but Remire Village was the place that they went back to more frequently (than all the other places they visited) throughout the years (Byleth not really understanding why that was so, but not really paying it any mind either way). It also ties into another headcanon I have about why he says that he and Byleth "owe" the people of Remire Village, but that's something I'm still trying to work out.
  4. Here's some other headcanons I didn't put in my previous post: -The reason Jeralt made Remire Village his and Byleth's main settlement is because he and Sitri had been planning to move there once Byleth was born, as Jeralt thought that moving to a more tranquil place would be ideal for that. Sitri also wanted to experience living a life outside the monastery, and Jeralt himself wanted to show her more of the world, not to mention they both thought that it'd be best to raise a baby in a more peaceful environment (and the reason they chose Remire Village specifically is because the place actually holds something of a personal and sentimental connection/value to Sitri, but that's in correlation to another headcanon/theory I have). -Jeralt's mercenary band in the beginning was mainly comprised of former Knights of Seiros who followed him after he left Garreg Mach. As the years went on, more recruits were added onto the company, and their relationship varies. Some look at Jeralt like a father to his men and at Byleth as a comrade in arms, others merely look at them as their boss and another soldier in their ranks respectively, while certain few have something of rivalry going on with Byleth due to how good a fighter he is despite being younger. -Byleth has a liking for music. That's the reason he participates in the church choir from time to time, but it isn't singing what he's attracted to, so much as it is instruments; he's more of a musician than a singer, and he actually practices with the acoustic guitar in his spare time sometimes; however, due to becoming a professor, even his spare time is pretty limited now due to all the responsibilities he has, so he barely gets enough time to play some notes anymore, which is why he turns to choir practices, as singing is the next closest thing he has to music.
  5. That can also work, but I do like to think that Byleth's got at least some experience handling all those subjects (even if it's just a bit more than the basics) if they can still supervise their students' practice to help them get better at them (I mean, them having been mercenaries makes me doubt that they have never worked with any other weapons than swords and/or their fists).
  6. You're right, it doesn't make sense, but like you said, it's classic gameplay-story segregation, nothing actually tied to the story since I heavily doubt the concept of levels or weapon ranks/stats exists in the world of 3H, so I can easily overlook that and believe that in the story proper, Byleth would at a much higher level than that. It's like how when we first fight alongside Catherine (in the Lonato mission), she's only level 7 or so (if you're playing on Hard difficulty) and yet she's supposed to be one of the strongest Knights of Seiros. But again, gameplay-story segregation. Thing is, I couldn't overlook Byleth being able to teach his students how to wield different kinds of weapons because in that case it's Byleth himself outright leveling up his students' stats through his lessons as a game mechanic that carries over into the battles rather than the students only being able to level up their abilities in battles, so I had to come up with a way to explain that.
  7. And truly, I can believe that. But to the point that Byleth wouldn't even know it's name? Or the fact that it's one of the biggest organizations in all of Fodlan? At least I think that's what the game implies based on the beginning, but then again, it could be just an implication, maybe Byleth did know at least that much about the Church, but the game still felt the need to explain it to him (and by extension, the player) because Avatar character. Well, he definitely didn't grow up abroad, but who's to say he hasn't spent any time in other lands? I mean, he and his father were mercenaries, renowned ones at that given how they were apparently famous as the Blade Breaker and the Ashen Demon. I can't imagine they were never contracted by some foreigner from Almyra or Dagda to go help them out with something over there. And hell, given how little background we have on Byleth's past as a mercenary, I can easily headcanon that he and Jeralt did actually spend time in other lands. Like for example, I can imagine Byleth being able to teach magic cause he and his father actually spent some time in Morfis, during which he was trained in the mystic arts by people they met there. Or I can also imagine that they actually spent a few years in Sreng. Sreng is supposed to be a land of warriors right? Byleth spending some time there could explain why he'd be able to teach his students about different types of weapons (even if his main weapon are swords), cause he trained/grew up there for a few years (and that could also be the reason why Byleth is so proficient in Brawling). It actually ties into another headcanon I have about the badge Byleth wears, but that's another thing.
  8. Personally, I never saw Midna as tsundere. I mean, she certainly has a sassy attitude, but she comes across as far too mature to me to see her like a tsundere (I certainly don't think that's the way she'd act if she was to ever get into a relationship with Link or anyone else). But anyway, I'd say that a character that I actually found a good depiction of the Tsundere trope would be Asuka from Evangelion. Why? Because she pretty much shows what would happen if someone actually acted like that with someone they like. Her character isn't played for cutesy stuff or funny things, it's taken seriously, and shows that that kind of attitude most likely wouldn't be appealing. Hmm, sounds interesting. Gonna have to check it out later. Can Digimon be counted as Isekai? If it can then I'd say that's the first "Isekai" anime that I saw.
  9. Thing is, IntSys clearly does that with the intention of keeping true to the concept of the avatar protagonist. The point of an avatar character is that they're essentially meant to be *you*, so since you know nothing about this fantasy world you're exploring, it's only natural that your character wouldn't either, so you get to learn about the world through their eyes, which in turn is supposed to help you "relate" to them (or something of the sort). However, with the kind of backgrounds or overall situations they put their avatars into in their games, it just ends up heavily conflicting with the concept. Like for example, Robin may be a good tactician, but the fact that they're supposed to be an amnesiac who doesn't know/remember anything about their environment makes it kind of odd that they'd be put in charge of commanding an entire army. Corrin likewise is supposed to be a sheltered kid who grew up in confinement most of their life, and as such are supposed to be pretty naive and not very knowledgeable about life or the world, and alright, I can definitely believe that. Yet they can still somehow command an army and turn the tides of a war, even when they also make pretty dumb rookie-like mistakes throughout the story (which never gets pointed out by the other characters or Corrin themselves never get called out on, essentially ensuring that they won't learn from their mistakes). And with Byleth, well you know, I can actually buy them being a military teacher/instructor; I mean, they used to be a mercenary, they most likely have seen many things throughout the years and know their way around a battlefield very well, and I can probably headcanon that they used to teach/mentor kids back in their village as part of their mercenary job or something. However, that's the thing, they were mercenaries who used to move around a lot so I can't believe they'd be so oblivious to many things about their land. Like for example, how do you have that kind of background, yet know absolutely nothing about the biggest religious organization of your land? That's like living in the U.S. your whole life without knowing what the Christian or the Catholic church is (and that's already weird for a normal person). Sometimes it feels like IS doesn't really know whether they want their avatars to be experienced adult protagonists that actually know what they're doing and can actually take matters into their own hands (which are a rare breed in anime RPGs) or they just want them to be the typical JRPG-like protagonist who basically needs everything done for and explained to them (until like the final act of the game), so they try to strike this awkward middle ground between the two and it just... doesn't really work. Again, I understand the reasons they do this (or, at least I think I can, to an extent), but it still doesn't mean that it's something that I agree with.
  10. First of all would be Tsunderes. I just really don't understand the appeal for this kind of character, their whole attitude isn't cute or funny, it's just annoying and gets tiring pretty quickly to me. Why would you want to be with someone who's constantly berating you or calling you "idiot/stupid" for simply showing affection to them? (even if they "don't really mean it"/"are just being shy about it"). Also, the "my girlfriend is a goddess/deity/alien/some kind of special magical girl" trope, especially if it's supposed to be the story's main romance since most of the time it basically guarantees that the romance will never actually feel equal, and it will most likely just end up throwing the protagonist under the shadow of their partner (who by all means and purposes should've been the actual main character, but the story still wants to pretend that it's actually the guy for some reason) looking at you Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I mean, it's not like this trope cannot be handled well actually (look at Robin and Starfire from Teen Titans), but more often than not it's just not. Then there's the Isekai trope. Okay, it's not so much the genre I dislike, more so the way it's handled. I mean, the whole "spirited away to a magical/sci-fi world" has tons of potential and many interesting opportunities for story-telling, so I don't really understand why so many people who write those kinds of stories in Japan tend to waste it by simply making it a pander-y fantasy about all the girls the protagonist meets in this world falling for him in one way or another for some inexplicable reason (especially when the guy's basically just a nerdy average joe with absolutely nothing special or really noteworthy about him).
  11. Don't really see how that would make her more "canon" really, since romance isn't really the point of the story (and the lords can also marry other people besides Byleth), but well, I've never played FE for the romance anyway, and everyone's got their own perspective of things in the end. Mostly going from the marketing perspective. Like for example, how the games' cases' covers each have a Corrin in them (Birthright has the male one while Conquest features the female one). But then again, that's also just my personal interpretation.
  12. Sorry, ignore this comment, messed up with my keyboard presses and ended up quoting something else.
  13. I guess, but she really only says that she wanted to see her mother again, and that can be interpreted in many ways imo, it doesn't necessarily have to mean that she wanted Sothis to possess Byleth (but it can be a possibility). I personally never read it like that tbh until I saw people on the internet saying that. Yeah, but at that point she clearly lost her marbles and was speaking out of rage at Byleth for betraying her; especially since she doesn't act that way or calls them a "failure" in the other routes despite the fact that Sothis still didn't manifest within them; people normally tend to speak out of line when they're extremely angry, and considering she was pretty much exploding there, she was probably letting her anger speak for her (at least, that's the way I saw it). My point in my original post was that that would've happened whether Byleth had been a boy or a girl, by which I mean that I don't think Rhea would've done so without consent (and probably hadn't even considered the idea) until Sitri asked it of her. There's really no way of knowing exactly what Rhea was thinking at that moment anyway as it was never actually shown to us. Also, again, I don't think we were ever told what exactly Rhea expected to happen to Byleth at the Holy Tomb. I mean, it's clear she expected Sothis' spirit to manifest in some way or another in them, but what that way was, we don't know (hell, it's even hinted that Rhea herself might've not known exactly what was going to happen given how she mostly seemed to be running on speculation because of how she believed she "heard her mother's voice" there once, and how at one point she says one thing, and then at another says a different one).
  14. Well yeah I guess, but I'd still rather say a character looks interesting for the right reasons, not just "her outfit is weird but at least it's eye-catching". Even so, I personally always preferred male Byleth's design more, if only cause it actually makes him look like a mercenary and gives him a more professional air. Then again, the way a character looks has never really been a "selling point" to me, so maybe that has something to do with it. Can't fault anyone for liking either Byleth anyway.
  15. Well, I don't see how that has any bearing on Byleth, but either way, you could say the same about male Robin for Awakening. And tbh, I think even Fates itself paints female Corrin as "canon" only for Conquest and male Corrin as canon for Birthright, so not really anything officially confirmed there (as far as I'm aware). But Rhea didn't actually "choose" Byleth to carry Sothis' soul. The whole reason she implanted the crest stone in them was because Sitri asked her to so Byleth's life would be saved, and that was going to happen whether Byleth was a girl OR a boy. Also, I don't think we really know what exactly it is that Rhea expected to happen to Byleth and Sothis (the game never seemed to explain it in detail). Maybe she thought they would be "taken over" by her, or maybe she simply expected Sothis' consciousness to manifest within them and live alongside their own as a companion.
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