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  1. I have been thinking lately about how the societies of the different leaders they create after the war would be structured and what the state of the world won't really be like. I have been trying to create a role-playing setting set after the events of Crimson Flower. So I have been trying to expand on what we know about how this future society of Edelgard would actually work. I wrote up this text to try to cover the different regions of the new Adrestian Empire and its neighbours and what its political climate and policies would be like. As of yet very much just on the surface. But there are quite a few things I discovered made a lot of sense. Here is what I wrote: "The people of Fodlan used to be divided into three nations, the Adrestian Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus and the Leicester Alliance, all of them united by their worship of the goddess Sothis and the influence of the Church of Seiros. In recent years, Emperor Edelgard of the Adrestian Empire led a war against the church of Seiros after discovering that its leadership were immortal dragons that had been suppressing the technological advancement of humanity for over a millennia. The holy Kingdom of Faerghus and the Leicester Alliance fought against the Empire in the war, and were absorbed into the Empire by the end of the war. While the nations of Faerghus and Leicester doesn’t exist, some of its people still hold on to their old cultural identities and are hostile towards Edelgard and her Empire. Others are grateful for just how much things have improved under Emperor Edelgard and have started to identify as Adrestian, rejecting their old nation’s culture outright. The Adrestian Empire The Empire was originally founded by Emperor Willhelm with the help of Saint Seiros, the founder of the Church of Seiros, it used to span the entire continent of Fodlan, but later rebellions made it splinter into the kingdom of Faerghus and the Leicester alliance. Under Emperor Edelgard Faerghus and Leicester was reabsorbed into the Empire and they are once again as powerful as they were in their prime. Some would say the golden age brought upon by Emperor Edelgard by far eclipses the old Empire in prosperity. The Empire used to be closely aligned with the church, and controlled by nobles bearing the crest of the four Saints. The Emperor having the crest of Seiros herself. But after Edelgard’s war of liberation this system of nobility was disbanded and replaced by a meritocratic system where positions of power are determined by merit of rather than bloodline. The current officials of the Empire hand-picked by Emperor Edelgard herself as the most qualified for the job. The Emperor has declared that future emperors will not be chosen from her blood relatives, but chosen by the previous Emperor as the person most qualified to succeed them. While Emperor Edelgard is an absolute monarch, she has an equal in her co-ruler and wife Byleth, a former professor at Garreg Mach War Academy and a prolific general during the war of liberation. Edelgard respects Byleth to the point that some are starting to wonder if Edelgard is truly the one in charge of the Empire. Edelgard is also surrounded by hand-picked advisors, the most prominent person in this group being the Prime Minister, Ferdinand von Aiger, who Edelgard essentially pays to question her decisions and see things from a different perspective. Brigid Formerly a vassal of the Empire, Brigid regained its independence after the war, thanks to the accomplished efforts of Petra Macneary, originally a political prisoner who, thanks to her personal friendship to Edelgard became generally loyal to the emperor’s cause and Edelgard rewarded that loyalty by releasing her hold upon Brigid and making Petra Queen. The people of Brigid live in a tropical climate and are known for their shamanism and communing with spirits. The Faerghus Territory The primary enemy of the Adrestian Empire during the war, some in the former kingdom of Faerghus still swear by the claim of the Mad Boar King Dimitri that Edelgard was behind the assassination of King Lambert and Queen Patricia, leading to this region giving rise to rebellions the most frequently. But not everyone from Faerghus opposes the reign of Edelgard as some remember how Archbishop Rhea put their capital to the torch during the end of the war and how its citizens were saved by none other than Emperor Edelgard and her forces. Leading many to believe that maybe Edelgard wasn’t the villain many assumed she was. Faerghus has always had a strong knightly tradition, this continues even to this day, with the caveat that Emperor Edelgard made a proclamation that waived the requirement for knights to be of noble birth. Meaning that nowadays anyone who has shown to be capable of heroic deeds and loyalty can be knighted. The Faergus territory is governed by Governor Ingrid Brandl Galatea and her husband Sylvain Jose Gautier, both former nobles that has nonetheless proven to be Emperor to be capable leaders due to their accomplishments during the war. Both exemplars of the knightly values of Faergus Duscur Duscur exist mostly in ruin after a genocide committed in their territory by the kingdom of Faergus because they were falsely believed to have been behind the death of King Lambert and Queen Patricia. While the idea that the people of Duscur were behind the assassination has been officially denounced by the emperor, many of its people still suffer heavy discrimination. But legal protection for its citizens has been introduced by the Empire and nowadays to discriminate against a man or woman of Duscur by the basis of their ethnicity is against Imperial law. The people of Duscur has started to rebuild their homeland and with the end of the religious monopoly of the church of Seiros. They have taken up to worship their old pantheon of gods. The Leicester Territory the Leicester alliance used to be home to a lot of political squabbling between its Lords, being a territory controlled not through an absolute ruler, but through a council of nobles. While said council still exists, by imperial edicts. Its membership is no longer determined by birthright, but by the edict of the regional governor, which in turn is appointed by the emperor. Hostile action between members of the council is strictly forbidden as Emperor Edelgard has little tolerance for the collateral damage this causes among the people in the territory, taking military action against another member of the council is treated as an act of rebellion against the Empire itself, and they are usually crushed under the full might of the imperial army. While this has happened a few times, it is fortunately not a common occurrence. The current governor of the Leicester territory is Lorenz Hellman Gloucester. Almyra A proud warrior culture with a history of invading Fodlan. The Leicester territory, especially used to be threatened by their constant attempts to invade. However, in recent times . Emperor Edelgard has managed to forge a peace treaty between Almyra and the Adrestian Empire. She has recently met with the new King of Almyra, someone calling himself King Khalid. Who to her surprise and delight was none other than Claude von Riegan, one of her more reasonable rivals during the war. King Khalid and Emperor Edelgard are currently good friends, and that friendship also extends to their nations. The Church of Seiros While Archbishop Rhea was overthrown and the church losing its overwhelming political power and personal army, the faith and worship of Sothis across Fodlan still remains. As Edelgard went to war with the church, not the faith, the Emperor allowed the creation of a new church on the stipulation that they would keep out of politics and focus on their faith in the goddess. This new church considers Byleth a prophet of the goddess even if she has herself neither confirmed or denied this. Despite calling herself Seiros, Rhea is generally considered an impostor. As few believers could believe that the real Seiros would ever do anything as awful as burning down the capital of Faergus. There is a sect that considers Byleth to be the goddess herself and Edelgard to be divine in her own right as the spouse of the goddess. Not wanting to be worshipped in a religious sense, Edelgard has tried to crack down on this particular sect as she considers them a threat to the sense of secular scepticism she has been trying to instil in her Empire. Has been unwilling to use violent means against people whose only crime is overadoration of their leader. There are also still some remnants of the faithful who maintain that Rhea was the righteous one and that Byleth and Edelgard are heretics who are opposed to the will of the true goddess." Do you think that this makes sense for a setting set after the war, if Edelgard wins? (Tell me if I made any major mistakes that contradicts the canon of the game) I was thinking that it is likely that the new Adrestian Empire would operate with Emperor appointed governors when it comes to the Faergus and Leicester regions, which logically should be people originally from that region who are capable in the role, popular with the people and loyal to the emperor. While all the regions adapt Edelgard's meritocratic values, the all interpret it differently based on what there regional nation used to value. Like Faergus, with its knightly traditions considering the traits that makes someone a true knight to be the traits of merit that makes someone worthy of rule. I also like to imagine Edelgard trying their best to help the people of Duscur as she knows full well they were an innocent party in the assassination of King Lambert. Do anyone have any speculation about what things would be like under King Dimitri, Claude or Archbishop Byleth? How exactly would their society be structured logically? And what threats would still exist under their rule? As you can see, I did speculate that there would be some rebellions against Edelgard, both from people who still believe Dimitri in that Edelgard was responsible for the death of King Lambert and by remaining followers of Rhea.
  2. After working on trying to de-toxify myself fro the reddit BS, I began to think about the state of the characters in 3H, how they operate, what they believe in, and why things happened the way it did. After a while, it finally hit me. It's something that Itachi says in Naruto: And that's basically it. Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude, and Rhea. They are all bound by their own beliefs and ideals, which became their reality, that they simply could not see what the others saw or felt. To them, the reality of each other was nothing more than an illusion. Consider how each character acted. Rhea: Suffering from a trauma of genocide, Rhea simply could not trust humanity. She couldn't believe in opening up to people and confiding her secrets. Because of that, she simply doesn't accept anyone that would dare to oppose the Church or her way of using her power. She cannot accept the choices that Edelgard makes, and especially the idea that Byleth would join her. Her trauma made her unable to accept it and to her reality, this was Nemsis 2.0. She even censors and hides information, constantly keeping secrets, and it took five years of imprisonment in the non-CF routes for Rhea to finally change and start confessing her secrets, but for someone that's lied for so long, it's hard to tell how much actually true. Dimitri: He's been consumed by his desire for vengeance because of the trauma he suffered from the Tragedy of Duscur. He was so traumatized that his own mind kept thinking about the events and manifested into "ghosts" that told him to seek revenge. It's a delusion, yes, but it's Dimitri's reality. Not only that, but despite Byleth telling Dimitri to try and reconnect with Edelgard, Dimitri refuses to, believing that they both changed too much. And though misguided and false, he believed that Edelgard was responsible for the Tragedy of Duscur. The truth is not so, but the truth is what Dimitri made of it. He saw and ultimately believed what he thought was the truth. And because of that, he refused to listen to anything Edelgard had to say, whether it was the truth or not. Even in CF, Dimitri wasn't going to listen to reason, cause it's still the same insane Dimitri as Part 1, that cannot believe in anything else and refuses to listen to any explanations. Claude: Claude might not be as traumatized emotionally like the other three, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't bear his own trauma. Being persecuted by Almyrans for being half-Fódlan, then going to Fódlan and learning that they view Almyrans as beasts. It made Claude unable to trust people with his true heritage and instead kept trying to use and scheme his way to getting what he desired. Edelgard tried to talk to Claude and even offered to exchange secrets, but Claude basically made an unreasonable demand, making Edelgard drop the matter. In fact, despite how they hold similar ideals, whether it's VW or even CF, Claude refused to ally with her, with VW cause Edelgard went off more on the deep end and made too much violence, and in CF cause he wanted to rule Fódlan himself, as he admitted. He only backs off when he has no way of winning anymore. Edelgard: Poor Edelgard, there is so much about her reality that makes it hard for her to really open up. For one thing, she's the ONLY one that learns that Rhea is a dragon and the alternate history of Fódlan from her father. Just HOW does she tell this to people? No one would believe her. And she's of a family who's political power was stripped by the corrupt nobles. And the Agarthans experimented her thanks to Duke Aegir and his cohorts locking her and her siblings up. She can't tell others. Not to mention, the trauma and environment during it made her forget some memories, so she doesn't remember Dimitri. And going to war against the Church of Seiros is something that none of her friends would have agreed with. And because of that, in the non-CF routes, because her reality was something she was not able to share with others that believed in, so she just became closed off. Regardless of whether Dimitri or Claude tried to talk to her or how badly she was being beaten, she was too set on her path by that point. She lost and sacrificed so much that there was no way that she could give up, else she had wasted lives for nothing. She needed to make the sacrifices mean something or die trying. - Had they all been able to believe in other people, and not be trapped under their own reality due to their personal emotional issues, and actually be able to talk to one another, thus being able to see each other's reality and become more understanding and accepting, then maybe, just maybe, they could have made the war be against the Agarthans, and not each other before the Agarthans. It'd have been a war where Edelgard fought with the others to free the Empire from the Agarthan's control. But that's not how reality works. People can't let go of their issues easily, because their reality is something that shaped them into what they are. Changing oneself is to break yourself and rebuild into something different, and that's not only scary, but even painful for the person. Rhea needed to spend five years imprisoned to finally change. Dimitri needed to have Rodrigue take a blow for him from someone that sought revenge like Dimitri had, and then be told that he doesn't have to listen to what others want and instead do what he wants. And Edelgard and Claude both learn to trust others more often, but for the former, only at the most critical moment when she needed someone to believe in her, while Claude simply had someone that was fighting with him the entire way. Ultimately, this conflict was inevitable. And that is the true tragedy of 3H. Which makes the story that much more beautiful.
  3. I've never been the biggest fan of Dimitri, and always had issues with him, particularly with his ending. Now, this isn't about whether he dealt with the Agarthans or not, as that's another separate issue, I've always had an annoyance of never understanding the type of reforms he wanted or made. Dimitri's Solo Ending: It's so incredibly vague that it's a wonder what exactly he did. With Edelgard, I knew that it was to abolish the nobility and install a more meritocratic government. With Claude, it was to tear down the borders between races and allow cultural exchange to end racism (even if Claude's story really didn't follow his goal as a theme). This makes Dimitri the big question mark. A lot of people, mostly on reddit, try to praise Dimitri as the best type of reforms, and think that he created democracy. However, I feel that such a thing is impossible, as the ending with Annette makes it clear that this is still a dynasty. And we know that the nobility system still exists. This is cause in all the routes, only one route ever actually works to abolishes nobility as a whole, being Crimson Flower, Edelgard's route. The other routes don't focus on that, nor have the endings that indicate a change that goes with that nature. Hence why I feel it simply can't be a democracy or anything resembling one. So then... what does this participatory government mean? What does it do? Does it even actually give commoners any power at all? I kept wondering. Kept trying to think deeper into it. What exactly was Dimitri seeking to accomplish? In order to better understand, I decided to look at two points in the story where Dimitri ever talks about his own ideals, being after the Miklan incident during Part 1, and the talk with Edelgard near the end of Part 2. I'll break down and talk about the major points Dimitri mentions in the conversation and clarify the meaning behind them and how it connects together to help understand what the reforms he makes. First off, this actually makes it clear that Dimitri is not personally against the concept of Crests or nobility. In fact, he insists that they existed for so long for a reason, and that a world without Crests would lose the "metaphorical blade" that is meant to protect people from threats. What he is against is the "extremes" that people take with Crests, thinking that it's wrong for Gautier to disown Miklan for not bearing a Crest. Keep in mind that disowning kids without Crests is stated by Seteth to be common practice in Faerghus. Dimitri is obviously against that, which is good. While he acknowledges that one's ability is not measured through Crest along, he simply doesn't believe that the nobility system or the Crests should just lose their worth and must still continue to hold value in the world. Why? Well, this goes on to how he explains about House Gautier: This is very interesting. It's a case of how he speaks of the nobility being "granted" special privileges as a result of their service, where House Gautier protects the northern region of Faerghus from Sreng invaders, which is very much a known threat, as stated by Sylvain, and how the Lance of Ruin is an absolute necessity to holding back said invaders. And then comes to Dimitri's personal belief during the time: So he basically wants the nobles, commoners, races, Crests, and Crestless to just all learn to get along. However, he concedes that some people cannot accept this. This overall comes to the case of when he clashes against Edelgard during their talk near the endgame. Most notably is how Dimitri seems to overall perceive Edelgard and what he thinks her goals for the future is, as a result of Edelgard not actually explaining her goals, sadly. While the Edelgard and Dimitri talk have a lot of issues, I do notice some things that Dimitri is trying to say. He's overall speaking his belief that the people are weak and will suffer under Edelgard, due to how she is trying to rely on war to change things, and instead believes that people all have to come together to change. However, this is still the case of how both parties are at a state of mind and belief that neither can accept the other, so they have to destroy one another as a result, which is just as Dimitri mentioned in the Miklan conversation. And this all comes together to what Dimitri said way back then in the trailer: The classic strong vs. weak argument. Now simply adjust this to the nobles and commoners, with the nobles being the strong, and commoners being the weak, then the strong trampling the weak is overall the problem of corrupt nobility. Corrupt nobility have been one of the one of the biggest sources of problems in Fódlan. Them abusing their power is the very thing that caused many people, nobles and commoners alike, to be harmed as a result. So if you take how he views the case of House Gautier, with how they are granted privileges for their service in protecting the land from invaders, or how the Crests are the "metaphorical blade" that protects others from threats, things start to become clear. Dimitri believes that nobles exist, born with Crests or just political power, are born for the purpose to use that very power in the service of the people. The strong should protect the weak. So how does this translate to his government reforms? His ending is that he is known for "listening to the voices of all". Now recall how Dimitri claims Edelgard's war made her "deaf" to the cries of its victims. If that's the case, then commoners being able to be freely participants of the government means that they have a "voice," and thus can be heard to the king and nobles, the ones that hold the power. If the commoners can be heard, then the nobles that have the power to act can surely use their power to help the people. While yes, there are still flaws in this system, where commoners still don't have any actual powers politically, and relies too much on trusting those in power, let's understand that no reformations in the other routes are entirely perfect and each have their own flaws. However, the reforms here very much follows into what Dimitri believes in, in how the weak can speak and come together, and the nobles can try and use their power to help the people when something happens. It'd be a system that can have the potential to help better combat corrupt nobility that might abuse their powers by being able to rely on those that have power to help. And we know that at the very least, there are plenty of nobles in the current generation that genuinely can help the people if any corrupt nobles try to abuse their power. The irony in this is that had Dimitri and Edelgard actually managed to truly work together, had they been actually been able to understand one another, it'd have been a far more powerful system. Combine Edelgard's beliefs where anyone can rise to attain power through their own merit, and Dimitri's beliefs that those with power should protect the weak, and I would daresay that that could possibly be a true path to a democracy. Such a shame that there were just too many circumstances surrounding the story, and a lack of development for the major characters that could have helped bridge the gaps between one another. Which only pushes the tragedy of this war more than previous games. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Now, while I am a personal fan of Edelgard's reformations more, I believe that there is some actual merit behind Dimitri's efforts in his reformations, and I hope this helps better clarify to what I believe Dimitri's reformations are ultimately meant to be about, and thus give anyone that is a fan of Dimitri and Azure Moon a clearer picture in their head as to what Dimitri's reformations are like, which might help better appreciate his route as a result. I know this at least helps me better understand, which I sorely needed. Of course, feel free to disagree with me, since this is just what I believe is the case from analyzing Dimitri's words, but that doesn't mean I'm exactly right, since again, the game does not make it clear what his reforms are meant to entail.
  4. This is a question I have asked myself for quite some time. I think that the only chance these two would have ever be able to coexist as if these two specific versions of these characters would be the ones to make peace between their different ideologies. Let's say if hypothetically due to some kind of anomaly, either. King Dimitri from the end of Azure Moon would end up in the world Edelgard created at the end of Crimson Flower, or the Edelgard from the end of Crimson Flower would end up in the kingdom created by Azure Moon Dimitri. What would they think of the realities of the other created? Would seeing what the other intended for a world lead to greater understanding of the other's motives and the events of the war? Would Edelgard and Dimitri be able to rekindle the relationship they had in their youth if they had a chance to interact with a far more ideal version of the other than existed in their respective world? I do personally think that Edelgard having to kill Dimitri and Dimitri having to kill Edelgard would be actions that would haunt the both of them for decades to come, both wondering if there was ever a chance things might have turned out differently. How do you think they would react to a chance to undo past mistakes and reach an understanding they were never able to in their respective timelines.
  5. Not going to lie, I really love pairing Edelgard and Dimitri, probably my favourite ship with Edelgard after both versions of Byleth. I don't know if this is a controversial opinion or not, but given their role in the game, I would have expected Dimitri and Edelgard romantic art to be more prevalent. I think what makes this pairing appealing to me is because I know it could never be in any of the established timelines. But it is something the both of them might have wanted by one point or another. They are likely Romeo and Juliet type of tragedy if Romeo became convinced that Juliet killed his father and his love turn into absolute hatred, and if Juliet started a war because she got sick of the family feud. Dimitri and Edelgard, the pair that could never be. I have also seen it mentioned in another topic that Byleth and Flayn is controversial for whatever reason, don't really understand why, it isn't really that much different from Byleth and Lysithea except Flayn is likely much older than any non-green haired character in the game. I also wonder if there is anyone who is shipping Edelgard and Rhea, because that is the most insane pairing I could think of and would be neat just because it is so ironic. So does anyone else support any pairings of characters that are unconventional or unpopular?
  6. Does anyone know what chapter Dimitri's C support unlocks in. I am in chapter 3 and the support is glowing but it says that it will take more time.
  7. There is going to be spoilers here, so if you have not played the three routes and don't want to be spoiled, don't read. I think some people are under some misconceptions about things in 3H and are easily swept by early things they see and tend to not realize aspects of the story in 3H that becomes rather clear abundantly. The primary thing is that people that condemn Edelgard as a villain or an antagonist and see her nothing beyond that, they tend to see her as someone that is unjustifiable, or just hate the fact that she started the war in 3H and think that it was totally unnecessary. This is completely false. The war in Fodlan was something that was going to be inevitable no matter what. Even if Edelgard didn't start it, war was going to happen one way or another. In fact, had she not done it, Dimitri and Claude would have definitely caused a war to happen. I'll go and explain each case. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dimitri: Surprised? Really shouldn't be. Dimitri is someone that, had he been left alone, would have caused a war to ignite. Dimitri's entire reason for going to Garreg Mach was always for the sake of revenge for the Tragedy of Duscur. He admits to as such to Byleth during the rain scene after Rodrigue's death during Chapter 17 of Azure Moon: He was not in Garreg Mach to have fun, but to gather evidence to confirm that the Empire was indeed behind the Tragedy of Duscur. Sylvain even makes note of it during Chapter 16 of Crimson Flower, along with Ingrid's dialogue in Chapter 18 of Verdant Wind and Chapter 17 of Silver Snow respectively: Dimitri believed that the Empire was responsible for the Tragedy of Duscur, and therefore, he tried to investigate using any information he could pull up from the Church. This is even proven during the events of Chapter 6 after Flayn had been kidnapped. Dedue and Byleth went around during the night and headed toward the library, only to find Dimitri there. Dimitri already had a suspect, Arundel, his step-uncle and Edelgard's maternal uncle. Now here's the thing. Provided that Dimitri was convinced that Arundel was indeed behind it, does anyone realize the position that Arundel had in the Empire? He was the Regent. So, if Dimitri, the crown prince of Faerghus, were to attack the regent of the Empire, it would have caused a war to happen. Keep in mind that Faerghus is insane in itself with its toxic chivalric culture, as the death of Lambert made them so furious that they went and committed genocide on the people of Duscur. If Dimitri reveals that Arundel was behind the regicide, then the people of Faerghus would be outraged and would go to war with the Empire. And during Crimson Flower, Dimtiri went and allied himself with the Church and joined the war against the Empire. A lot of people are under the misconception that the Empire attacked Faerghus first and Dimitri was just defending himself, but that is overall false. Dimitri joined the war of his own volition, so it was not actually him trying to defend himself. He wanted revenge, once again for the Tragedy of Duscur. Overall, it's clear that even if Edelgard had done nothing, Dimitri would have done something that would have inevitably sparked a war. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Claude: Poor Claude. People really take him for granted and undermine the things he does or says and think he's a jokester most of the time. But that's more at fault with Treehouse being utter shit at localization and thus messed up a lot of the lines and dialogue, removing some of the more dark and ominous things he says in the end. But let's get something straight. Claude might not want to cause a war, but his plans and actions would have inevitably caused one to happen as well. Claude is half-Almyran, which he mentions in his A support with Marianne (albeit in the form of a story) and how he wants to end the prejudice of the two realms so that there is no racism: But the thing about Claude's plan is overall something that isn't actually as peaceful as quite a few people seem to insist on. When Edelgard confronts Claude during Golden Deer in Chapter 5, wanting to learn more about him, Claude makes a little hint about how he intended to try and accomplish his dream: Keep in mind that he says that he needs "power" and others to help him. If you consider how Claude acts in the other routes, Claude basically does a lot to ensure that he holds onto power as much as possible. Crimson Flower: Causes diplomatic infighting to keep the Alliance from breaking apart. SS/AM: Still tries to keep the infighting going, less diplomatic and more violent in cases thanks to Count Gloucester, to still cling to power until he can't. VW: Same as above with SS/AM, but this time, he manages to form a resistance with the Knights and Seiros by putting Byleth in charge. And that's just the political power. But Claude also wants actual fighting power. Hence why Claude basically coveted the power of the Sword of the Creator, mentioned by Edelgard to have the power to wipe out entire armies, and Nader to be able to cleave a mountain in two. It's basically a nuke. And when Byleth gets it in Chapter 4 in Golden Deer, Claude says this: And in both CF and his A support with Byleth, he reveals he wanted to unify Fódlan himself. One thing about Claude is that Claude can and WILL use more lethal and violent force if it comes to it. He might want to avoid killing anyone and preserve lives, but that does not mean that he won't kill someone that stands in his way, as proven by how he intends to deal with Edelgard when it comes to: So if he is trying to use the Sword of the Creator to force the borders to be opened, would anyone actually comply? Actually, would Rhea even comply? The idea that someone was using her mother as a bargaining chip for demands? The woman would outright declare war on Claude herself. And therefore, Claude would have to retaliate, and a war would escalate as a result. We might like to joke and meme about Claude, but the guy is capable of causing wars and being just as ruthless as anyone else if push comes to shove. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Edelgard: Now we are at our primary instigator. Do people think that Edelgard even really had that much of a choice in the war? Let's review Edelgard's case. If you look into the library records in Garreg Mach, we learn some important details when reading up on the register of nobles in the Empire, primarily, the case of House Hresvelg, House Aegir, and House Arundel. When Edelgard was still a child, during 1171, the Insurrection of the Seven began, where nobles had a power struggle against Emperor Ionius IX's power centralization policy. When it first happened, the real Arundel defected from Adrestia and went to Faerghus with Edelgard, likely to protect her. But by 1174, the year she returned all of a sudden, is the year that Arundel likely was killed and replaced by Thales, indicated from what we learn in Blue Lions: And after he was replaced, we learn what happened from Hubert's B support: So when that happened, House Hresvelg lost all political power. Edelgard's father was nothing more than a puppet emperor by that point. And then what happened with Edelgard when she was experimented on. Edelgard herself was nothing more than to be a puppet emperor herself. To be a "peerless emperor" that would help rule Fodlan. The point was, the corrupt nobles wanted to have a war, because as mentioned in Chapter 7, Ferdinand mentions this: So the corrupt nobles clearly wanted a war to reunify Fódlan. And those who slither in the dark wanted nothing more than to kill Rhea, whom they consider to be their most hated enemy. The moment that Edelgard survived her experiments and bore the Crest of Flames, the war was inevitable. Edelgard would be used to have the war happen. She wouldn't really have had a choice in the matter. What power did she have? None. The Insurrection rendered her family powerless. But Edelgard, choosing to take the war to her own hands, started to work behind the scenes. And during Chapter 12, Linhardt analyzes how Edelgard got to power: And the slithers also backed her up with Arundel. And Hubert passing his own personal judgment on his father, it made Hubert be the next head of House Vestra. That allowed Edelgard to have most of the power in the Empire, and allowed her to rise to the position of Emperor, allowing her to strip any other nobles that would go against her. Hence why Duke Aegir, after realizing that Edelgard became the Emperor, didn't try to make any protests and accepted what Edelgard putting him under house arrest. But overall, her power only came from having promised the war and the power supplied to her by the slithers and other nobles that sided with her. If she tried to backtrack, she would just as easily lose her power once again. Say that Edelgard tried to get help from the Church or other nations (even though she had absolutely zero reason to trust any of them realistically), that would still cause a war to happen. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I hope you guys managed to follow through with everything. No matter how you wanna look at it, the war of Fódlan was inevitable. Edelgard was simply the one that started it first before anyone else could.
  8. So I noticed in the pre-timeskip part of the trailer he has green eyes, this can be seen in the scene with him dancing and in a later scene that shows him with marks on his face. But post time-skip his eye is blue again, so I would guess the green eyes may have to do with why he wears an eyepatch. Anyone has any other guesses?
  9. The "Avatar" in this game has some interesting implications. The pre-rendered cutscenes that actually show Byleth's face really points toward signs that they will not be customizable. However, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude also appear in this cutscene. Later in the trailer we see Edelgard reclass into a Brigand. Her outfit is very different from her student attire in that class. That would make any future cutscene that she is in very jarring. I think we can all agree that the cutscenes we've seen are all very early in the game. Maybe after a certain point we are able to customize Byleth. There was so much emphasis on "you" in the trailer, it seems odd that Byleth wouldn't be customizable except for the form when they are pushing that aspect so hard. How do you think the three house leaders will be affected by their classes and cutscenes?
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