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10 hours ago, IGdood said:

The reason why i write the caption above the image is because I generally sum up the content of a group of images and then follow it up by the most relevant ones.  It's also easier to post because I post the images relevant to the statement rather than upload a group of images first and then describe what I just uploaded. 

That's fair I suppose.

10 hours ago, IGdood said:

I forgot if I've ever seen this type of enemy before.  But looks intimidating.  Must be the manly 'stache.

>Threatening:  Okay making someone unhealable is just fucking unfair.

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Damn, that's a moustache if I ever saw one holy crap.

11 hours ago, IGdood said:

You can't render Threatening if you die in one hit.

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Wow. Quan is too powerful.

11 hours ago, IGdood said:

Philipp doesn't die.  He retreats to fight another day.

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Ugh I've been defeated! But I can't fall here, I must make my retreat!

11 hours ago, IGdood said:

At the rate at which I gain favor with the royalists, I'm sure Robespierre will end up being an enemy at some point

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I wonder if that can happen, would be interesting.

 

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On 9/20/2020 at 11:02 AM, This boi uses Nino said:
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That's fair I suppose.

Damn, that's a moustache if I ever saw one holy crap.

Wow. Quan is too powerful.

Ugh I've been defeated! But I can't fall here, I must make my retreat!

I wonder if that can happen, would be interesting.

 

this game look good, are you ok ? long time no see,,,

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On 9/19/2020 at 5:56 PM, IGdood said:

At the rate at which I gain favor with the royalists, I'm sure Robespierre will end up being an enemy at some point

And I suppose it'll be such an anger the French royal family will be feeling a chill in their necks.

Unrelated I'm sure.

On 9/19/2020 at 5:56 PM, IGdood said:

To recap, the last post we were ordered to escort a princess!  This was quite the endeavor and I had to restart the mission 3-4 times due to deliberately shit AI probably because I had Pauline try to explain things rationally to the princess, causing her to act "arbitrarily."

>deliberately shit AI

That's some shit right there.

I'm impressed they went that far for her to take the advice so badly she acts out and makes things harder.

Therese is probably going to be available to play with at some point, I just have a suspicion.

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6 hours ago, Hong Nhi said:

this game look good, are you ok ? long time no see,,,

Hello! It's definitely been some time... I've been fine thank you

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8 hours ago, Hong Nhi said:

this game look good, are you ok ? long time no see,,,

Hello!

4 hours ago, Dayni said:

I'm impressed they went that far for her to take the advice so badly she acts out and makes things harder.

Therese is probably going to be available to play with at some point, I just have a suspicion.

Hah, I'm almost tempted to replay the game and choose the other option to see if Therese becomes controllable if Pauline tells her that everything will be like a fairytale. 

She'll probably be the alternative sniper unit to Cosette.  Seems like we're probably getting 2 usable characters of each class.  Pauline + Lannes, Murat + Charlotte, Oscar + pseudoQuan, etc.

The challenges for each mission are very interesting.  I mean, luring an enemy bandit across the map to open a door and then killing him before he can nick the treasure?  That's a step ahead of the usual Fire Emblem challenge of just killing thieves before they can open locks. 

Anyway sorry I've been busy with life so I only have a short non-combat update. 

To recap, we just saved Therese from certain doom.  Enemies are also growing manly mustaches. 

These exp grinding missions do not provide money, so you can't grind for items.  However occasionally as you progress you might get a mission that gives you minimal gold.  I mean, 500 isn't much.  However sometimes enemies will drop bottles of wine in the exp grinding missions so technically you may be able to sell them for 200 gold each.

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Holy shit, is this Galeforce that only activates with critical hits?

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Her voice actress has a really deep voice.  She reminds me of Effie and of Fiora's FEH voice. 

So yes, hearing her say CRUSH in Mandarin Chinese is... I can't find the words

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Alright guys, it's gonna be one of those night time fog of war palace assassination missions

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The characters remark that it's ironic people are celebrating when not too long ago Lafayette essentially ordered soldiers to open fire on rioters (remember that decision tree back then when I had to make Josephine choose between Lafayette and Robespierre?)

Lannes remarks that despite initially being full of optimism when the Revolution took place, he realized the more things changed, the more things stay the same.  Corruption still exists despite there being a severe curtailing of the power of nobles.  It seems that whoever is in the higher-ups are assholes, essentially.  Desaix still maintains some optimism, saying that at least we now exist in a world where people are AWARE of ideals, whereas previously that was not the case.

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Pauline seeks our Mirabeau, who isn't here actually.  She comes across paintings of things that have happened, and it seems of things that will happen...

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Oh hey, it's Julie the NPC of Ecole Militaire

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Annnndd of course she's a maid.  She predicts the future via paintings, but she also believes that ANYTHING CAN CHANGE and that by showing her paintings to those involved, they can change their fate.  They discuss being uncertain about their maid powers and why they keep using them.  

 

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I make Pauline choose the top choice.  I mean, it seems fair to use that attack boost and morale boost to steamroll the enemy and minimize damage to yourself, no?

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Okay Chrom

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Wait who's there

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Why do I have a feeling she's gonna be the second healer

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Eugenie joined the military because her father lost everything in his line of work.  She's talented, exceptionally lazy, and kind of nutty.

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Here we go.  We've got intruders.

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This is awfully depressing.  But I feel like Julie will join our party in the endgame.  She is a part of the military and may be similar in rank to Rose.

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I wonder what skills I can buy now

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>8 turns

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Eugenie Caron is a mounted healer! 

She doesn't come with any healing music (I'll rectify that shortly), but she's a maid...!?

Voice of Aegis:  She expends morale to buff damage resistance.

Emergency Elusion:  Against melee attacks, she gains +20 dodge.  Shame it doesn't work with bullets.

Triumph Music allows a unit to act again.

Marching Music boosts MOV.  I think I'll replace the bread with some healing music. 

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5 hours ago, IGdood said:

Eugenie Caron is a mounted healer! 

She doesn't come with any healing music (I'll rectify that shortly), but she's a maid...!?

Voice of Aegis:  She expends morale to buff damage resistance.

Emergency Elusion:  Against melee attacks, she gains +20 dodge.  Shame it doesn't work with bullets.

Triumph Music allows a unit to act again.

Marching Music boosts MOV.  I think I'll replace the bread with some healing music. 

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So she heals, she buffs, she dances......

Bit of a skilled unit for being lazy, eh?

Meanwhile we now have bread powercreep, is there anything special about the bread aside from healing?

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20 hours ago, IGdood said:

Eugenie Caron is a mounted healer! 

She doesn't come with any healing music (I'll rectify that shortly), but she's a maid...!?

Voice of Aegis:  She expends morale to buff damage resistance.

Emergency Elusion:  Against melee attacks, she gains +20 dodge.  Shame it doesn't work with bullets.

Triumph Music allows a unit to act again.

Marching Music boosts MOV.  I think I'll replace the bread with some healing music. 

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oooh that's really cool. Mounted healers ftw!

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On 9/30/2020 at 1:16 AM, Dayni said:

So she heals, she buffs, she dances......

Bit of a skilled unit for being lazy, eh?

Meanwhile we now have bread powercreep, is there anything special about the bread aside from healing?

 

Special Bread is to Elixir as Regular Bread is to Vulnerary, I think. 

 

On 9/30/2020 at 3:24 PM, This boi uses Nino said:

oooh that's really cool. Mounted healers ftw!

She's like L'Arachel! 

 

Alright, this mission has 2 separate parts.

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Pauline has to speak with multiple NPCs to gather intel.  It seems when you speak to NPCs it will dispel the fog of war for everyone else.

As you can see, I've stopped using D'eon because his stats are trash

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Turns out earlier on it was Cosette who directed Eugenie to Pauline.

The girls note that their military academy clique is all together.  Cosette, Eugenie, Pauline, and Charlotte.

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It seems that Charlotte has some history with this place.  Her parents were among those killed by Lafayette a few years back.

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Let's talk to Nivernais first.

Nivernais found some kind of journal that has the emblem of the Maid.  It may be something to read up on and translate sometime down the story.

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Prussian shits start spilling out the darkness.  Ride 'em down!

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Greyed out?  Let's restore some movement.

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SPD ups are always welcome.

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Julie notes that the northwest may have intruders.  Pauline sends Cosette's pet skylark there, and it reveals some enemies.  One bandit retreats.  The boss is revealed!

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The boss carries a weapon that boosts hit chance against the speedier members of our army.

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Cavalry Emblem?  More like Banner of the Horses no?

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I accidentally sent my pirate into the depths of the enemy forces.  Doesn't look too good.

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General Rose is accompanied by two very well-dressed chaps. 

Their interactions remind me of Kyle and Forde.

Frank man is apparently always wrong. 

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The west must be safe, therefore it must be dangerous.

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That's kind of mean bro

Are you recruitable

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I'm reaching forces faster than I can reveal the map with the NPCs.  Is this the so-called 8 turn challenge objective at play?

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Adelaide is OP

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Pauline and Lafayette discuss the tactical uses of a hot air balloon, which is considered a pretty new invention. 

Lafayette mentions that he does screen the background of his subordinates.  He tells Pauline that he wishes for Charlotte to stay with her, as he does know that he caused the death of her parents a few years back.

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Cosette and Adelaide really are making this 8 turn challenge easy

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The queen's mindreading powers are revealed here.  She's distraught that she has to speak with smugglers.  She also tells Pauline to deal with bandits and not to ask questions about the armoire de fer.

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At this rate, Oscar will be invincible to cannon and enemy cavalry. 

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Zhiyun manages to survive the mission, and deals the final blow on the enemy.

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Cutscene time!  Looks like boss Owl made it into the compound.

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They want Pauline!

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Desaix does his little rescue.

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There's something awfully cheesy about this but I like it

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!!

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Pauline brings up the conversation she had with Desaix's sister.  Desaix admits that he doesn't regret participating in the Revolution, but it has taught him a few things about the mindset of the commoners.

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Pauline, of all people, also mentions that she remembers Desaix asking her out for a dance.  She laments that there's no chance, but Desaix says that although the small the balloon has enough space for a dance.  She gets awkward.

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Our protagonists deduce that this whole assassination attempt is just a distraction and that the Louvre is under attack as that is where the Armoire de Fer is located.

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Are we shipping Leclerc with Pauline or Desaix with Pauline?

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As a recap from last time, we foiled an assassination attempt but turns out that was most likely a distraction.  The real deal is happening at the Louvre.

Let's teach some new fish new tricks.

Eugenie gets stabilization so she can heal even more

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Charlotte gets sneak attack because I always attack from the flank anyways

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Every sidequest is valuable since I need the money

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The Jeanne d'Arc sidequests are puzzles.  You need to figure out how to capitalize on the Reorganization skill where you heal a set amount for each kill.  Enemies here can kill in 2 hits so you have to kill off the high HP ones first and then use the low HP enemies to heal up before taking on the next high HP foe.

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Mirabeau tells Pauline that yes she does have Jeanne's banner.  And yes everyone knows she died horribly, but how it came to be is unknown

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Eugenie needs moar HP

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This little skit is Disgaea levels of hilarious

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Napoleon wishes to court Josephine the widow.  Thing is, he's trash at romance so he consults someone who is just as socially awkward: Pauline. 

He takes a vacation just to go on a date with her, which is pretty sweet of him. 

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Of course, they drag Murat into this since he's the one who kinda hits on women quite a bit

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Note that they treat this like a battle, and Josephine isn't dumb so she catches on quite quickly that Nappy is trying his best

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No Pauline!  I'm sure Josephine is NOT into military tactics

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I honestly did not expect this to happen next.

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4th Wall: Broken

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Awesome, free guns for everyone

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Upgrade Eugenie some more with my new money

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Some level ups because I had to bring Eugenie and Charlotte up to speed.  Charlotte will surpass Murat soon with her stats

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Next battle!

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No challenge?  Whew.

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Basically we don't know where the boss (probably Nivernais?) is.  We have to reach the lights across the map and turn them on.

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Nivernais supposedly should not know this much about France.  So is the Nivernais we know an impostor?  AMONG US

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Masked Marth wyd

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I just realized how ridiculous it is that we have full cavalry units running amok in the Louvre

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RNG likes Lannes

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More enemies are revealed

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Lannes takes quite a bit of damage compared to the other units, but his personal skill lets him gain health as he attacks.  Thankfully, he's hitting his targets.

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Well that's a shit trophy

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I'm probably going to lose the treasure chest in the top left

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Oooh yeaaah

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C'mon Desaix, roll 'em over

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Oh fuck that's a lot of light infantry

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Too bad Murat is downstairs

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But that's okay Cosette and Desaix can OHKO

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Try harder fools

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Oof

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1 turn away from the treasure chest.  Better not be something that locks me out of future sidequests

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Imagine if this triggers on Triumph Music.  Unlimited dancing.

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Give me my 1.5x EXP gain

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Light up 4 out of 5 candles and this happens

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Can Cosette stop having godly growths? No.

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I remember Murat being so fragile in the beginning.  Now he dodges like it's nothing

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The boss is revealed and she must not go to the red tiles.

>True Lies

Also, >maid

Holy shit that means Pauline and Lannes will never hit her.  Only cavalry and light infantry would be able to score shots.

The other skill is just Speed + 1.

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Cosette utilizes her Heroic attack

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Because she has Heroic Reload, she gets a 2nd turn to act and attack

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I could've killed Nivernais right away but since there's treasure chests to open...

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Hopefully she doesn't kill Lannes since he's in the way

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Oh no

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Inspiring Tune can heal certain status effects

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It's only fair Pauline deals the finishing blow with a boosted accuracy Heroic Attack

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Oh come on

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We'd like to question you further, Nivernais

But damn she uses ZA WARUDO to freeze time and skeet out of the Louvre with the Armoire de Fer.

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I'm on a roll!

2nd post of the day

 

 

Hubert, being the dipshit that he is, scolds Pauline for letting enemies run rampant in Paris.  He quickly changes his tone when he realizes there's glory to be had in catching Nivernais.  No I don't think he's competent enough.

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It appears Lannes has a bit of a reputation with the higher ups.

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[Sinister snickering intensifies]

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I've unlocked some pretty powerful skills from Ecole Militaire, but Advanced Reports are only dropped by these level 20+ enemies that show up in entrustment missions but are optional enemies.

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Always check your Achievements once in awhile.  You can unlock things to sell.

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Optimizing some loadouts..

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I like these little sidequests that act as "Base Conversations" but do involve easy battles that yield some exp.

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Eugenie has a fan.  A fan who commissioned a play and is willing to pay big money.  However she doesn't realize that the fan is...

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I like how this is essentially a double take in text.

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The Queen can read your minds, you know?

She's probably amused.

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After seeing Pauline's dating advice, I'm sure her script will be equally full of lulz

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Fighting suitors?

We Homer's Odyssey now

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The challenge objective is actually pretty simple.  Click the blue tile to hear a melody, and then try to replay it with the green tiles.  Takes a decent ear and good memory.  If you succeed, your troops will get buffs.

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This is like some weird RP shit between two writers who want to take things in drastically different directions

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Even with such mindreading abilities I would assume you couldn't even predict this

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Whoa, blue weapons.  Time to buy mwahaha

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Fuck my units can't use them; they probably need a promotion first...

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>ominous title

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Looks like I need to cut a path in the bottom left corner by destroying that mound of gravel.

NPC stats are so comically low even generic light infantry can make short work of them

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A familiar boss shows his face.  He reiterates to Nivernais that he's not going to shoot civilians

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I skimped out a bit on level grinding.  It's showing.  Lannes has lower stats than the enemies.  The game does expect you to level grind, especially if you are to complete some of the challenge objectives like this one.

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Arty to arty.

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Adelaide actually got hit?  Holy shit

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Crossing the bridge will be an ordeal, as the light infantry are on terrain that boosts range. 

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It's only 3 turns in and Nivernais is going to start making her way to the corner.  Oh shit.

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Dragoons are the first to cross

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Can't double me if I get you first

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Paulette gets doubled by the entrenched riflemen, but she's the only one who can fire back.  Good thing I got Eugenie and Ami to heal and dance.

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Enemy reinforcements show up as I cross the bridge

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My forces are getting bogged down.  I need to cut through that mound of gravel quick!

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>0 damage

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Hubert's forces get creamed

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Utilizing Fortify, Oscar baits Philipp and takes minimal damage.  She also deals minimal damage in return.

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It starts raining.  Nobody's gonna dodge, which mostly works out in my favor when dealing with speedy folks like Philipp.

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Philipp retreats.  Again.

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Oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck

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>Hubert

>amounting to anything

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I rush Charlotte ahead, but she failed to dodge the enemy dragoons...

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It's up to you now, Adelaide.  Nivernais has literally no chance of hitting you.

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CANNONBALL, I CHOOSE YOU

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I failed the challenge objective.  Didn't have enough time to wipe out the enemy. 

Hubert (who was defeated earlier) lays claim to the arrest of Nivernais.

Nivernais questions Pauline on why so many units with maid abilities are so quickly gathered.  She hints to Pauline to question the royal family, her employers, about this.

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By the way, this would mean Hubert can get his hands on the armoire de fer!

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Mirabeau is questioned.  He says that it seems we have failed to prevent the course of events predicted by one of Julie's paintings.   He himself was supposed to have died from illness years back but the power of the blue gem (presumably now in the Armoire) saved him.  Pauline believes that her army is a tool for the royalists to use (eventually) to fight the revolutionaries, but Mirabeau states that for the time being the royals are needed and can be controlled due to some clever signatures and documents that can be used to blackmail the King as needed.

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Unfortunately, all such documents are in the armoire de fere.  Robespierre will definitely act on this information if it comes to light, but Mirabeau will keep him from taking action for now...

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Oh dear, he's sick again.  I bet it's tuberculosis, lung cancer, or heart failure

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An unknown amount of time passes.  Pauline wonders what his her purpose.

I have more practical concerns.  I need medals as now I need to consider units for promotion to advanced classes.

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We're back to the front again with the Austrians.  Everyone's getting redeployed.

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So, Frank Man is Lafite.  I presume he's based on Jacques Lafitte, governor of the Bank of France.

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Not sure who Dutheil is based on, but a quick google revealed a Nicolas François Dutheil who organized royalist agents from London.

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Damn, you're savage.

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Got a quick update

Previously we caught Nivernais but were forced to hand her over to the Jacobins for interrogation. 

We're also falling behind our enemies in terms of stats and combat efficiency, so.....some grinding was done.

 

I'm not going to post every level up screen but it seems the cap is at level 15, after which a unit can be promoted.

They also learn their final class skill at level 15.  Some units who don't have promotions continue to level up. 

 

Defense Line seems like a useful skill for Lannes to have.  Will be useful to essentially keep cavalry away from other more important units.

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Some level ups!

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Line Infantry, the ultimate bait

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I rarely use the wine item for Paulette, so I'm replacing that skill with Artillery Suppression

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The female heavy cavalry tend to have better combat stats but the men have better accuracy and leadership stats

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After so long, Zhiyun gets a better weapon for once out of coincidence

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There are branching promotions in this game.  One tends to confer more offense/gimmicks, the other one defense.  The alternative promotions are locked behind side battles like this one.

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There really wasn't much to this battle other than just having to keep everyone together on the bridge to limit exposure to enemies and utilize adjacent bonuses.

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RIP fifer

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With Lannes' skill of HP recovery with each successful attack landed when his health is low, I think he'll be the ultimate tank.  Grenadier for him.

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Can you hear the Fire Emblem music

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Pauline gets the Grenadier Old Guards.

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Next up, the heavy cavalry challenge.

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Not much to say about this map...  Our units have defensive stats so high the enemies can't touch them.

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Achievements yeet

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How much more OP can Cosette get

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Oscar's armor would go well with the Cuirassiers.  She'll be more unkillable than she already is. 

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Nivernais is Nevinel?  Is Devdan most certainly not Danved?

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We find Nivernais' journal and Adelaide gets excited which is apparently not the norm for her. 

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Anne Wellesley shows up again!  From back in Chapter 1.  Or was it 2?

Either way, seems like everyone barring Philipp is a magical witch. 

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Ohohoho, who's this Green Jacket rifleman?

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Nivernais thinks everyone's a pawn.  I'm sure she's a pawn herself to the British.  We're all just using each other right?

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This sidequest was interesting.  I failed the challenge however.   Most of the enemies will miss Nivernais (whom you play as!) because of her True Lies ability.  However 3 of them have heroic attacks ready to be unleashed and you're supposed to talk to the named Bandits to be persuade them to join you, after which they may be able to be lured to eat some heroic attacks. 

 

However as you can see i failed pretty hard because as soon as I convinced one of the bandits the other 2 generic bandits killed Raven in one round.  Holy shit

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Oof.  Weaksauce Raven.

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The persuaded bandits also will not wander around, which means you have to lure enemies over.  But the dragoons have higher MOV than Nivernais does...

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Yeah!  Eat a generic heroic attack.

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All the named bandits are dead and the enemies have started to move on their own.  Time to fail the challenge objective.  Oh yeah, you have very limited ammo especially since it's raining.

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Well...finished the sidequest.

This was probably in reference to the chapter where we gut a shark and find a bunch of bandits at port.

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To be honest, is there really a Nivernais who was impersonated?  The characters do wonder who is real and who isn't.

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I lack the funds to promote everyone, so I can only do it as I complete missions.

Desaix shall be an offensive powerhouse with the Grenadiers a Cheval.  He has better accuracy than Oscar does so I think the offense boost will be put to good use with him.

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Back to the frontlines, Pauline!

 

Our job is to scout out this area and face off against Coalition forces.

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British Riflemen pop up.  I really like the design of these generics.

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Gee, you look a bit familiar.  I'm betting she's Philipp's sister.

Ernestine, like most Tirailleur classes, has high dodge and speed, low melee defense.  She's item-reliant though, which will make using her costly.  I might just stick with Adelaide + Cosette.

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The mission starts off with rain, and the boss has 2 skills of note.

She gains massive dodge when it's sunny, so this is probably an implicitly timed mission.  She will also flee if her HP goes below 40%.

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Ernestine apparently talks like Leanne from Fire Emblem.  Okay, she's gaining some approval from me.

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Oh hey Laure, you gonna join my army too?

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What are the odds that Laure is also a maid?  Alas, she does not show up in my army.

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>Polita

Okay that's cute

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Achtung!  Oh man.  This is good.

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Difficult to deal with?  I've got advanced classes now and ultra mustaches.  No problem, Desaix.

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Sometimes I wonder if these enemy bosses will end up in our army at one point.  Highly unlikely.

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Light infantry, regardless of their nation of origin, will fall like bowling clubs to well placed artillery and cavalry charges.

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Meanwhile on the left flank Zhiyun is powering her way through enemy redcoats thanks to the healing factor in poor weather.

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>1 damage
hahahaha ultimate tank

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Gonna have to deal with enemy healers

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Okay Oscar is still kinda weak against bullets.  So much for that armor.

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Charlotte gets sent ahead to bait enemy riflemen. 

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Meanwhile we clear out that little land bridge

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Ernestine putting in good work.

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>82% chance to get hit

Adelaide dodges it anyways.  In rain or sunshine

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I'm digging these new hats.

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Charlotte's high bullet defense renders Prussian snipers useless

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>Knock on door expecting NPC conversation

>It summons enemy reinforcements

Fuck you, Banner of the Maid.

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Oscar's in a bit of trouble.  Time to send her in the bushes and hope she survives the next turn.

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Pauline is sent to plug up that little alley

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Desaix can't reach enemy riflemen, so I send him to the bushes also

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Murat is able to block off, thankfully.

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One thing I didn't expect is that when the terrain is so poor that it decreases MOV all the way down, it can actually make it go down to zero.  So Paulette is unfortunately stuck there for the rest of the mission.

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Aimee can't move forward without potentially getting sniped.

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Ah well, we'll just have to rely on Eugenie.

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Nobody dies the next turn, thankfully.

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More enemy reinforcements?  Yeah that's fine. 

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OOF.

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Eat Croissant, gain HP

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Heavy cavalry can beat light infantry if they get first strike.

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The weather changes to heavy fog.  Good, I was afraid I was going to run out of ammunition. 

Now the Prussian riflemen can't snipe and can be easily counterattacked.

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Cosette can't snipe either, but she has reasonable dodge and defense.

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Dodge rates go through the roof now that rain is over.

But we really have to push ahead to the boss because who knows how long the fog will last.

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>Double miss

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British Maids?  Pah, it's all about French maids

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Come one come all, I'll make haggis out of you

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She's not that strong, it seems.

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Finally, some houses that don't spawn enemy reinforcements.

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Get a load of this.

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PLUNDERED

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Alright Ernestine I'll let you do the finishing moves.  You need more EXP

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Uh oh

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Niiiice

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Looks like all this was just a delaying action.  Surely it felt like a full battle though.

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