Slumber Posted December 23, 2017 Share Posted December 23, 2017 (edited) 23 minutes ago, bethany81707 said: Lyn/Florina was probably not written romantically, but enough people interpreted is as such that it's competing for Lyn's most popular ship. They just need to embrace that. Explicit S-Ranks probably doesn't help that- if a platonic pair can reach as high as a romantic one, the line between them is down to player preference. Beyond the way S rank supports have been so lazy in Awakening and Fates, this is another reason I like that so many supports in the past ended on platonic notes. Even further than Florina/Lyn, look at Ike. It's far from a niche theory that he's gay. I'd argue that IS never intended this, and wanted to go with "the wandering hero" archetype with him, which is why he never has a set-in-stone romance. But his close relationships with men, especially Soren and Ranulf, and their ambiguous dialogues and endings, lead to the theory that Ike is gay. Which is neat for a group of people who had gotten spotty representation before. I mean, there was Heather? And that was it for gay characters in Fire Emblem up until that point? But with Ike, gay players were able to latch on to a character who wasn't some random dude. They were able to relate to the main character, who stops conflicts with his presence and beat a Goddess. If Radiant Dawn/PoR had S ranks, I can almost guarantee that Ike would have only had straight romance options. No more ambiguity that allows players to reasonably imagine Ike as a strong character that represents a small, but still significant and underrepresented group of people. Instead it would have been "And then Ike boned Elincia/Mia/Titania/some random chick he met that wasn't important enough to model or give a name to and lived happily ever after", which we already have a million endings of for lords. So yeah, I think just not doing S ranks would help a lot. Edited December 23, 2017 by Slumber Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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