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The wrath of the gods is not as bad as my tactical flops - Awful strategist plays Sun God's Wrath, Ironman mode!

The beginning of the game (as well as a few different parts for certain units) is like Radiant Dawn, everyone is a game over unit. What do I do if I lose someone there?  

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  1. 1. Answer me!

    • We'll just pretend nothing happened. No measures taken as long as there's a game over.
    • Use them as long as they're still game over units. Bench / kill off afterwards.
    • They died and that's it. Pretend they no longer exist. Bench / kill off as soon as possible.


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I mean, you got Pengaius.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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35 minutes ago, Dayni said:

I mean, you got Pengaius.

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angery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Pengaius said:

angery

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I broke it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Satisfied? Good, now go and keep waiting for the actual update.

I was worried I'd be behind yet another update, lol. 

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Not an update, just gonna post the April Fools replies here because the amount of spoiler boxes is making the fucking editor lag to the point where I can't write the actual thing.

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I mean, you got Pengaius.

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True.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54 minutes ago, Pengaius said:
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angery

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Fucking Christ, enough with the multi quotes.

And yeah. Be angery. I am winner this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I broke it

I c a n see that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 minutes ago, Spara said:

I was worried I'd be behind yet another update, lol. 

Don't worry about it. For a while there I was behind on your run, too. Call it even or whatever.

 

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6 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Fucking Christ, enough with the multi quotes.

Why weren't you mad at me? Considering I started it.

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Pyron... Sun God's Wrath... is @Blademaster! a Kid Icarus Uprising fan, or am I reading too much into a coincidental naming? Then again, for all I know, Ryu being the home of the Dragons is a reference to Ryu from Street Fighter. I mean, Shoryuken does mean "Ris


 

 

It's a Capcom/Darkstalkers reference. A lot of the references are.

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6 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Be angery. I am winner this time.

Are any of us really winners here? The amount of spoiler boxes we had to click through is stupid. 

Also Ulysses uses the Game Theory axe. 

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Oh I gotta see where this is going! Not only is it Ruben playing, Blademaster did such a fantastic job with the gameplay that i always enjoy playthroughs of this game! 

Here's to hoping things take as many interesting turns as they can!

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3 hours ago, Pengaius said:

Are any of us really winners here? The amount of spoiler boxes we had to click through is stupid. 

Also Ulysses uses the Game Theory axe. 

I don't know. The fact I found the point where the spoiler text is vertical felt like a win. Also rampant stupidity on my part.
 

5 hours ago, Blademaster! said:

It's a Capcom/Darkstalkers reference. A lot of the references are.

The sad thing is, I remember the character now you mention it. Just couldn't help but think of Pyrrhon from Kid Icarus, because he's a literal self-proclaimed Sun God. Which seemed awfully coincidental with the title. Guess variations of the name just are popular amongst Solar Energy based entities.

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Part 4 - It's a trap! The real edition.

I just realized I accidentally skipped a part when posting the April Fools thing. Whoops.

Reps:

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On 4/1/2021 at 8:03 AM, Eltosian Kadath said:
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Yeah Radiant Dawn really flubbed up its implementation of it (I mean you have allies with authority stars that do nothing when they are allies...)

I hadn't even noticed that stars were a thing in Radiant Dawn. Only recently did someone in the Teehee thread tell me that they were the reason Ike's maps were so painfully boring.

Maybe I should look for a patch that removes them if I ever replay Radiant Dawn...

Uh-oh, that is some Old Yeller language if I even heard it...

Old what?

Warning scenes from Old Yeller in link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_OZJcVAiXE

Oh, fuck...

That is disturbingly appropriate.

Wait-- Why the fuck did the mom make the crying boy shoot the dog's brains out!? The hell is wrong with her!? Do it yourself, you psychopath! Kid's clearly taking it the worst out of all of you!

They just need to add...oh god, this joke is even worse when I thought about it for a second...

Let's see.

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Original: They just need to add one letter to make him the pet they want him to be....

...God?

The Worse One...: They just need to add the D to get the pet they always wanted him to be...

......

...God?

It is rather bad. What did poor Og ever do to you? He didn't ask to be born so handsome that you'd be jealous of him!

Alright time for the names, Grump-faced Bartre for the far left, and Peachfuzz for the far right. Really Peachfuzz needs to either grow himself a real beard or shave it off, as its current half-assed state is making him far less dashing than he should be.

Maybe he's on it. I mean, he's 3 years older than me and my beard runs laps around his (not that my beard is all that impressive), but... hey, c'mon, he's trying.

Really Peachfuzz, treating one of your military commanders like she is some delicate flower that can't handle some need to know information...

He's the kind of guy that thinks all women are very fragile and need to be protected.

I don't think he's met his girlfriend's mother.

How like the classic terrain of Genealogy and Gaiden/Echoes respectively.

Yep, that's it.

Really the GOLD KNIGHT isn't even a mounted or armored knight? He is a Swordfighter? sigh... Peachfuzz is nothing, if not a disappointment...

Hahahahahahah... Poor guy. Quit messing with him so much. He's really trying!

I mean I can see what looks like Wrath on that skill list, not sure exactly what the other skills on that list are, but it sounds like you might be underselling his abilities a little there...

A bit, yes, but he's a guest character in a chapter where you really only need Sol. Guy's a bit outclassed. But hey, credit where credit is due, he gets that eastern village like nobody else could.

Also Grump-faced Bartre liking facial expressions is kinda funny....

Maybe that's why his own expression is so exaggerated?

That little tidbit feels kinda Thracia....

Wouldn't surprise me, this game loves its Thracia.

I guess that would be one way to clue the player into things prior to deployment  on a map.

Not really. The things in these houses are secrets. The Anna and Jake scenes prior to deployment are gameplay hints and information about the map that the player absolutely needs.

That is a fairly cool gimmick....I think my guess about Og may have been right...

Perhaps.

...why do I have a bad feeling about this...

Because you were wrong. Hah! Everything went well!

Yeah, its just edgy armor, not scary armor, get with it Playboy Hector.

I so look forward to the conclusion to their support. Oh, please, RNGoddess, spare both of them, that I might show Eltosian what for...!

...Figures Peachfuzz would ripoff a massively overrated FF7 character for his battle sprite...

Massively overrated? Well, I wouldn't know. The only FF I've played in my life, I quit after like, half an hour.

You were complaining about her damage earlier, but with the Fire Sword, her Blutgang, and the Armorslayer it sounds like she has a lot of effective weaponry to compensate for low strength...

That is true, but other units can use those weapons and bring more utility to the table on top. Astrea, for example. Another swordsman we'll get today, too. Katherin is just lacking.

Your highest move gain on a unit so far is like 5%, which you would only expect about 1 move gain in every 20 level with that. Not seeing a movement level-up isn't that unlikely...

I know, I know, but still. I want my movement level ups! In my last run, the first one was on Astrea, and it happened in chapter 4. We'll see what happens this time.

If this is 2 RN that is a less than 1% chance of death, which is fairly safe, although if this is 1 RN I wouldn't risk it, as its just over 4% chance of death...

2 RN it is.

I still don't trust it. I've lost people to 1% chances before.

Good thing Peachfuzz's disappointment streak didn't end with you having to reset.

I'd hate him forever if it did.

Meh, for pointless fluff like this, I doubt anyone would really complain.

Yeah, of course.

...he had sex with people for money?

Eyup. That was his background. Ingame he lacked a personality because the writing in that game was extremely weak. All the women in the game wanted him, and that's about it.

Lord Nanna really trust this new girl not to steal Peachfuzz from her huh. I don't know if new-girl is one of her besties, or perhaps Lord Nanna encouraged him to grow that facial embarrassment to repel other women...

New-girl has been best friends with Astrea for very long. Not sure how long, but long. So yeah, she wouldn't try to steal her boy.

 

 

22 hours ago, The Roger The Paladin said:

 

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And you're both more consistent than me. I mean, I have my reasons. Some of which I cannot post about due to, you know, them being someone else's issue to talk about. Also because weights. I can now curl as much as Apeboy, which is saying something when he's a boxer.

It's fine. I understand.

I'll try. I've been distracted with those matters I'm still not discussing openly. Because as said, I'm only helping the wrong party in that case, so it's not my story to tell.

I make these LPs to entertain myself and others. That's all there is to it, really. You don't owe me replies. I really appreciate them, but if it can't happen, it can't happen.

I don't know. I seem to remember characters being openly scared of your tactics since the original LP. Most recent of which being a certain Archer. If that's not the LP dissing you, I don't know what is.

Hahhahahaha... Touché.

Pyron... Sun God's Wrath... is @Blademaster! a Kid Icarus Uprising fan, or am I reading too much into a coincidental naming? Then again, for all I know, Ryu being the home of the Dragons is a reference to Ryu from Street Fighter. I mean, Shoryuken does mean "Rising Dragon Fist".

If I recall correctly, Pyron's a reference, but to a different thing.

...Oh yeah, Pyron was straight up taken from an old fighting series called Darkstalkers. Cool.

I mean, at this point Blademaster himself has come and confirmed it, so... yeah.

I mean... that kind of happens. King Harold at the battle of Hastings comes to mind. Shot in the eye. An unceremonious end to a career.

True enough, but still. Interesting maneuver by Blademaster, to start the game not with generic bandits.

I mean, the literal root of the word Antagonist means "one who initiates change". Who does that describe better than Edelgard in that story? We had a status quo. Her actions shattered it. People forget an antagonist isn't necessarily evil by definition, but a opposition force to the protagonist (who isn't necessarily good).

Very true. This is why I like the main Church vs Empire conflict of Three Houses. If only Those Who Are Generic In The Dark didn't exist...

It gets him to have an argument with Felix about Dimitri.

Hah!

That feels like a pretty serious oxymoron. If it's amazing, it's not really a regular bow is it?

Well, it doesn't deal effective damage against anyone, it doesn't grant him any statboosts or growth boosts... It's just a bow, but with amazing stats. I suppose you're right, though - it is too damn good to be called "regular".

So basically he has the skill that makes any unit in Awakening broken... and a built in brave effect after he hits the levels required. How to make an archer broken. Take a bow... no the other type, Lex. You earned it.

If he lives, this is gonna be great.

Guess Duke Onkled finally got done scrubbing every floor on the island of Koridai.

Bwahahah! Thanks, Duke Onkled. I appreciate the global mercy access.

That's got to be some kind of record.

I think so, yes.

Personally, I would never have noticed if you hadn't told me. Given of the 5 characters from the original fighter pass, Joker is the one from a series I've never played. Besides, I haven't bothered with Sony's consoles since the PS2 and the PSP. Or... you know, apart from. I mean, the PS2 had backwards compatibility, so there was no need for the original.

I understand... Well, it's not like I'm too familiar with Persona, either. I just know you date girls in it and people compare it to Three Houses. Reason enough never to touch it.

Are any of them horsemen per chance?

Huh... You know, it hadn't occured to me. Unfortunately, I don't think so.

I mean, wouldn't you be offended about being killed by the enemy's scrubs as their first mission? Imagine going from significant figure in the war, to an outright footnote. Like you were King Harold or something.

Suddenly I'm remembering that one guy in the first map of Berwick Saga who suicided on Ward so he wouldn't be killed for experience by one of the other scrubs... Yes, you make a fair point.

When you've never played anime chess.

I mean, it probably exists, but you get what I'm saying.

So basically when you decapitated Merlinus even though you stopped using him, only for him to show up later because you needed to fill the slot?

Hah! More or less, yes.

When do we start calling this guy "Captain Condor"? It's even got a ring to it. Low key already my favourite unit for the name alone.

Condor is a rather badass name, yeah. We'll start calling him Captain Condor when he finally stops getting shitty levels.

We can probably go with that. I don't have a better idea.

I agree!

I do vaguely recall him getting mentioned in one of Anna's supports in Warriors. Mind, by someone who assumed the Anna in the game was engaged like the one they knew. Can't remember who it was. Was it Caeda? Was it Lyn? I can't tell you at all, but I think it was one or the other. I recall the Anna being somewhat jealous of her "sister".

Poor Jake. There's many of his wife and only one of him.

...Wait, that's not really "poor him", is it--

Maybe in appearance. I don't recall Serra trying to fake incompetence to get out of work. It'd go against her ego.

In appearance only, yes. But c'mon, it's literally the same appearance! Aaaargh I'll never stop being annoyed by it!

What if the enemy is already in range of being killed though? Situational. But better than nothing. As long as you don't miss.

True. I suppose after Berwick Vantage everything else just feels underwhelming. Funny how Berwick didn't ruin FE for me, but it did ruin Vantage.

Or how Leia being Luke's sister was... very obviously a retroactive decision without much thought for what came before? Because Star Wars suffered from being made up as it went, leading to increasing plot holes every movie?

Yeah, people talk about the OT being perfect, but... Honestly, if you look at it without the Rose-Tinted Glasses of Nostalgia, there are some rather noticeable issues.

So... Dark Fliers? And whatever it is Camilla starts off as before turning into a Wyvern Lord at first opportunity for the focused class? Yeah I know, hybrid classes. But Dark Fliers learn Gale Force... so you know, they tend to be a favourite.

There's dark fliers, but also a white mage equivalent called bellerophon. Not that it matters, they can all use every type of magic.

As for Galeforce... Unfortunately, it is a really rare skill in this game. Only Lex and another unit have it.

Plus, we really need him for those flying mages.

Yeah, the more bows, the better!

I mean, I think they both are to be honest. Though, I think Kuroth's is a longer lasting one.

Kuroth's... Kuroth's got some issues. That's about all I can say.
 

 

 

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 DAMMIT I LOST MY POST WHILE I WAS WRITING IT UP BECAUSE THE BROWSER CRASHED

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I do doubt they wanted an apocalypse, but Ashera among them would probably sound convincing to any devout.

Right, fair point.

At this point it's a running gag for me to say we go to Vestaria.

I mean, yeah, but... the banquet scene! Think about my wrists...!

What, you want me to say Corrupt Theocracy?

...No.

Funny, I initially wrote it down the other way round, then changed my mind on looking at the sprites again.

Guess I should have taken your point on the sprites more seriously.

Probably so.

I don't want to be agreeing with The Raze Craze here.

Well, that might just be what you'll find yourself doing.

Okay, so it's coming.

I'll still suspect it.

Sure, feel free to suspect away.

Also from the show I got the scream from.

Right.

The character's got some daddy issues, as might be suggested in the lyrics (altered as they are)

I can see that...

I couldn't find the line where the character says So Much Screaming, so I went with a backup.

I think I like the backup better than any line.

And yeah, I hope the VA gets more work.

It'd be well deserved.

WRATH!

Keeps on making the case for herself.

Sure she does! Even if it's the meh Wrath that's like, 20 crit when at half health--

No, never mind, it's actually 50 crit when at 50 health. So basically, TRS Wrath but static. Wow. She's actually gonna be more of a crit machine than Evan at half health.

Problem is, half health. I don't think I can trust that in an Ironman.

Regardless of my opinion, it's more appropriate that mememan is in the hackrealms.

Of course.

I feel like I can count the amount of times on one hand.

ENOUGH TIMES

Jeez Ulysses, literally able to say you bang the protagonist's mum.

I think it's more appropriate to say that the protagonist's mum bangs him.

Why are the axe squad really making the best case so far?

I dunno, I'm not too hot on Ulysses, myself. He's a fine cav, but not the finest. Believe me, the second you see the second cavalier, you'll understand why I prefer him.

That won't fix the input issues sadly.

Yeah, that is undeniably annoying.

Besides I thought you wanted me to see the animations.

I mean, yeah. My preferred way to play FE/KagaSaga is animations on, fast-forward when bored.

I'd say it's the line of his cheekbone.

His strongly defined cheekbones.

Super strongly defined... Jesus, guy's got a legit crevice there!

Geez Gustav, way to judge a guy so harshly-

...Okay I understand Gustav.

The duality of man.

There's loyalty and then there's treating people as pets.

Kuroth isn't exactly inspiring confidence here.

He's... He's got some issues, all right.

Shows what he thinks of those loyal to him.

The slaves are loyal too I guess he'd say?

They believe in his vision or some shit, he says.

So wait, huh? Pyron being what he is complicates this.

Zephyr could be his father, but that makes no sense on the origins of Kuroth.

Pyron being his father in a religious sense could also make sense, because I don't think we've seen anything about demigods so far.

Or he's adopted. That's a possibility to consider, too.

Wwggyoef oYou are my child now.

I see Og is going to be a dog passed around between different factions in this story.

That might be. We'll see.

So wait, are they a couple?

Because otherwise that's more of the weird loyalty going on.

Oh no, not Lynch. Lynch is Kuroth's boyfriend, and they very much act as peers.

>Rules of Nature blares in Merv background

So are the other two working with Pyron?

I don't recall. Guess we'll have to find out, yes?

So, we have Izuka shit going on.

Kinda, yes.

I've alreayd stated he's Rest in Noise tier, so this guy's probably there already.

Wait until we see his dad's face, though... That's gonna be amazing.

What a segue.

Guess the bandit's cant matter so little they could spent the entire chapter on Bant-its.

Hah!

I'd argue you might as well call him "Grozyni's transplanted head"

You can kinda see the line where it was sewed in place.

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Yeah, we probably should.

Might as well have it ready for Pyron.

Please do.

Please tell me he's recruitable.

He seems damm fine for it.

Well, he's a guest for now...

At least his name suits him.

Hah! True that.

....Wait, who's the guy here?

We haven't met him yet.

And cool idea, just confused how much it'll appear and the impacts it'll have I suppose.

Patience, as always.

I mean, I don't get how that's supposed to work.

Only the strong survive? I mean, Katherin's alive, so I don't see how that can...

+10% Str and Con already.

Nice, and better than Thracia when it gives you a Str boost that isn't 5% before Chapter 18.

Yeah, that really sucked for guys like Ronan.

I mean, Spd would be cool.

But getting Def and Str's nothing to turn up this early.

That is true, but I'd still rather rely on Evan for my tanking than an archer armor.

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FEMALE BRIGAND

FEMALE BRIGAND AAAAAAA

I mean, it's probably easy to tell if he's walking like this.

Hahahah... Okay, that's LP canon now.

Can't you see he's the man,

Let me hear you applaud,

He is more than a man,

He's a shiny golden Cloud

He only exists for one map

He's a shiny Jeigan

Lucky enough he's been Spd blessed for sure.

I mean, at this point he only got one point of speed. He would've lived either way. I just panicked.

It could be worse, she's getting defences.

Fair is fair.

So he's just using Fire materia right now.

I guess? I don't know what that is.

Dammit, I'm trying to bat for you!

You bang the protag's mum, I need you to not suck.

Again, she bangs him.

Most likely hard and rough.

Gimme, gimme, gimme that gold after midnight

Won't somebody help me chase the creditors away

Gimme, gimme, gimme that gold after midnight

Take me through the dustiness to the shake of the pay

More music? What's this from?

BLESSED LEX

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LEX FLEX

I've always loved that artwork. Dude's just having a grand ol' time dancing with his axe.

Pointed at his own head, to be precise. Imagine if he trips.

Blood is worth money though.

You dipshit.

Maybe he's just a really stand-up, upstanding guy. He doesn't want blood money. Eh? Eh?

So this is enemy only, right?

Oh yeah, we don't have to follow such rules.

Oh I get it. I get jokes. | Funny Homer Simpson Meme | Simpsons meme, Homer  simpson meme, Jokes

Fun fact: I didn't even mean it. As always, my best jokes are the accidental ones.

.......

You know full well you can't get that unlucky.

You made a little typo there. I'm assuming you meant to say that I can get unlucky. Which I can. Very much. Remember The Roger? I 'member.

Besides, he's SE's golden boy. He won't fall so-

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Yeah... See?

He teleports out of the way when a miss occurs.

WHY IS HE NOT RECRUITABLE?

I DON'T KNOW

ASK BLADEMASTER

He even got Omnislash.

Shiet, this guy won't ever join us will he?

I mean, we'll see, won't we?

How many not-humans are there really to outdo Mr. Garrison.

Well... There's a few.

....Evan would have 1-shot if he's crit.

I had activated Mercy, though. He would've left Fang at 1 HP.

Maybe the players could have asked.

Maybe there could have been peace.

Instead, violence reigns. Imagine if...

...If there was food and water to be had?

It's defences.

Sure.

Did this actually matter to the plot?

Nope.

At least it stands out from FE.

That's true, I guess.

Training, training, choo choo-

Oh wait, wrong thing.

Hah!

INTERESTING

So you're telling me she could have died, but this amulet's keeping her alive and kicking.

That's going to come back, no way it doesn't get damaged some time. Also his dad I presume.

You know what I'm gonna say.

Be patient. All in due time.

I feel like you're free to do that right now.

Yes, I too support the idea.

As I said at the top of the post, I lost my post and just didn't get round to it until now.

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The april fools is that there is no post? Understandable.

Well...

 

15 hours ago, Spara said:

I was worried I'd be behind yet another update, lol. 

Hey, like I told The Roger. You don't owe me anything. Follow along if you wish and you can, that's the deal here.

Besides, for a while there I was behind on your Berwick run, too. Call it even or whatever.

 

15 hours ago, Dayni said:

Why weren't you mad at me? Considering I started it.

I'll take any chance to be angry at Butterman.

 

11 hours ago, Oreoicecreamcake said:

Please use kenton and katherin if not both use kenton. Also try to use derek or nereid

Katherin's been a thorough disappointment so far, and I'm already going to stick with Condor no matter what. Don't think I'll have much use for a second scrub.

Kenton and Nereid, I already intended to give a shot. We'll see about Derek. I've used him only once, but he pleasantly surprised me.

 

8 hours ago, lightcosmo said:

Oh I gotta see where this is going!

So you do! Please, get comfortable. We're just getting started here.

Not only is it Ruben playing, Blademaster did such a fantastic job with the gameplay that i always enjoy playthroughs of this game! 

Oh yeah. This game is awesome.

Here's to hoping things take as many interesting turns as they can!

I hope it doesn't. A boring old no deaths run would suit me just fine. I deserve it at this point...

 

6 hours ago, The Roger The Paladin said:

I don't know. The fact I found the point where the spoiler text is vertical felt like a win. Also rampant stupidity on my part.

Personally, I loved it. It was hilarious.

The sad thing is, I remember the character now you mention it. Just couldn't help but think of Pyrrhon from Kid Icarus, because he's a literal self-proclaimed Sun God. Which seemed awfully coincidental with the title. Guess variations of the name just are popular amongst Solar Energy based entities.

Fun fact: Kaga did it first.

On 1/2/2019 at 2:05 PM, Saint Rubenio said:

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IfRBMws.png Pyron? Who's Pyron?! I haven't heard of any Pyrons! Is he the throwaway boss from the Mahl Palace chapter Richard just completed offscreen? I can't think of anyone else! Why does the game keep on throwing names my way without even bothering to explain who they belong to?

xQunKTk.png Perhaps his name's Pyron Lawrence... nah, can't be. Lawrence's a good, upstanding citizen, not a vile man.

Funny how things come full circle.

 

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I'm already scared of this map.

Completely random, but I just realized I made a mistake in update 1. You see, I said that Critical Force changed Evan's crit formula from skill/2 to skill/1.5. That was wrong - it changes it to skill*1.5, that's why his crit is through the roof. So yeah, sorry about that.

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Oh hey, we're starting with the two dorks today.

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Yay, our first thief! Not thief as in, the class. Heck, I'm pretty sure the class just outright doesn't exist in this game. Assassin does, but it's a... unique case.

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On 3/28/2021 at 4:06 PM, Saint Rubenio said:

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Ahhh, always a welcome sight. Originally, the preparations screen wasn't in this map. It appeared on map 4... then disappeared for map 5 before returning for good in map 6, for some reason. Pretty sure that's how it went. Now it's just here forever, but you still cannot alter the formation in these first few chapters.

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Also, apparently this is the reason Katherin can use magic swords even though her class type doesn't say "magic." It's her super duper blood, once again. If only she had stats to go with that blood.

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In any case. We're back to home base! We're having a big reunion with the entirety of propater. That's right, everyone is here, and they aren't faceless filler generics, either. We won't see them all in the cutscene, but every single one of the characters represented by those map sprites appears in the game.

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Hello, bossman of Propater. He's the promoted Hector in front of everyone. Hector lord's actually a generic class in this game. Don't ask me why.

As for the others, we know Alice, leader of the first division. She's the warrioress on the map (because of course she is a warrior). Behind her stands Iskander, leader of the second division and the halbedier on the map. The edgelord behind Garrison is called Pae, he's the fancy swordmaster and leader of the spy division. I'm pretty sure that's how this goes.

I won't introduce all the others. For know, let me just tell you that there's a Joe and a John. Yes. Separate characters. In separate divisions, too.

H7ggcm1g oOnly one person is missing today. My granddaughter, Artemis. And as you all know, there is a very important reason for that.

9qk5ifz8 o No, not all of us. I'm standing right here, and I don't know!

Txzubig9 o ......

Lgjkwhcy o ...Huh. I was expecting something to happen, for some reason. But of course not. Fictional characters can't talk back, how stupid would that be?

H7ggcm1g oToday, we're brought together for an extremely critical mission. In a few hours, we will begin our mission to kill High Priest Ozmu, the son of the pope, and to destroy the lab they operate in Merv. This lab has been used for countless human and dragon experiments.

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H7ggcm1g oThat serum is what is responsible for creating cyclopes. And that only scratches the surface of the inhumane acts they perform there. Acts that I would call unholy if not for their blessings of the Sun God, Pyron. Regrettably, this lab is not where Pyron's sun weapons are created.

9qk5ifz8 oThis game just has no middle ground. Either it rambles on and on like "hey, my friends and training partners! I love training with you, my great old friends! As you know, Donovan was the hero of the World War!", or it miniguns twenty names of different characters, concepts and factions at you over the course of five minutes. I love it.

H7ggcm1g oThis mission has three parts to it. First, Pae and I will be taking the standing forces to strike the Red Army.

3r7gcku5 oWe'll be responsible for making sure Albert and Ronald don't send reinforcements. Based on our intel, none of their other forces in Merv will assist them.

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8pkscabs oYin, Yang, and I will open the way for Astrea's team to launch a surgical strike and meet up with Artemis inside.

9qk5ifz8 o Just the three of you. Of course, why not. Also, what's up with Iskander's face? Dude's got the most evil-looking midblink ever!

N7o8sqhm oThe Second Division will be responsible for making sure we don't get surrounded. Ren, Sol, and Donovan, I trust you all know what your job is.

H7ggcm1g oThis is the first time Propater has ever launched an attack of this scale. Failure is not an option. Now, collect your things and move out!

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8pkscabs oI'm proud to work alongside you.

Txzubig9 o Eyyy, praise from Mom! But hey, it's not just Astrea. Your other daughter also did things! Relina was okay too.

8pkscabs oSo Sol, say your goodbyes so Astrea can leave with us.

5yydcaqe oI won't be gone for long, Astrea.

Lgjkwhcy o You were gone the first two chapters already. I think she'll survive.

Det8lbw5 oOf course! You and Ren together will easily stop any threats! And with Donovan in your group as well, what can stop you? We'll be celebrating a job well done by the day's end.

Det8lbw5 o...I'll see you later, Sol. Do take care of yourself.

5yydcaqe oYou too, love.

9qk5ifz8 o Aww... I've got to give you this, you two make a cute couple.

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Oh boy, a top secret mission from the leader himself!

Det8lbw5 oFor me? Why me in particular?

H7ggcm1g oBecause as one I trained personally, I trust you more than the others. Ozmu should have an amulet with him. It is of dire importance you obtain it. You, and only you, should be the one to hold on to it.

Det8lbw5 oI will live up to your expectations then, Garrison. Do you mind if I ask what exactly is so important about the amulet?

H7ggcm1g oI believe that it is the source of the dark power they've used in their experiments.

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You don't even trust your division leaders enough with this? Curious. I hope Alice doesn't find out, she'll break you in two. Probably.

Det8lbw5 oI see. Thank you for your trust, Garrison. I won't let you down.

H7ggcm1g oI don't think you will. Good luck, Astrea.

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Suddenly... oh, c'mon. Fog? Really?

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I like how the entire prologue map is just a random-ass fort tile in the new map. Neat detail.

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I'm not entirely sure what these two are still doing with us. They're not going to join us on the battlefield, and they're not even in our team. They both belong in Pae's division, according to the reunion map formation. Heck, so are Dexithea and someone else that we'll meet today.

Also, we need to hide Astrea's funny herbs better, because she's clearly found them again.

7zsrvfhd oYou're both still a bit young to be out on the battlefield. I think Katherin's sister and I are really pushing that limit.

Lgjkwhcy o You're 20, Relina. That's old enough to have failed your driving test three times over.

4qaycy84 oThat's okay, you two. So long as Ben and I can keep the fort maintained along with everyone else, I'm just glad to be able to help.

Qjqdwzfr oThat's right, Ciri! I can finally lift a sword, but fighting with one? Give me another year or two and I'll be doing laps around y'all!

7zsrvfhd oHaha, I'm sure you will! I've seen you train with Mikey and Beige before.

Uedfz3v4 o No-- Don't you start with the training again!

7zsrvfhd oThe three of you make for quite a team!

Det8lbw5 oThough to be honest, I'd hope that the war in Merv would be over by then.

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4qaycy84 oWell, such talk is beyond my abilities. I just know that Amatera is everywhere. If it weren't for Nia blowing her cover and saving us at the last minute that time... We'd both be slaves for Kuroth.

Qjqdwzfr oYeah, the two of us really owe Propater more than we can ever pay back!

4qaycy84 oI just hope that your mission today goes off without any iss-

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Oh hey, it's another person with hair covering his eye. Fancy jacket, too.

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The redhead of the jacket is Fuuma. "Fuma" in Spanish is the third person singular form of the verb "fumar", which means "to smoke." So he's basically called "Smooke." Hilarious.

Behind Astrea is Bella. She's 1.98 meters tall, which makes her taller than me by a fair bit. I am not pointing this out for any particular reason.

Cczfxsr4 oI found this girl while on patrol. She was working with a random mercenary group.

Lgjkwhcy o I don't know why, but "random mercenary group" feels to me like a really weird way to phrase that. Oh, well...

Cczfxsr4 oThey were helping her find someone when the Red Army showed up offering more money. That's when she ran for it and I found her. We're being attacked by Albert's troops.

Lgjkwhcy oShoot! Ah, but hey, so far the Red Army's proven to be more than inadequate. Surely this Albert can't be that much of a--

Cczfxsr4 oUnlike Ronald or Nibot, Albert is a tactical genius almost without peer. I'm sure at some point he learned about the lab's location from Ronald, and with help from the Assassins Guild, he used the fog to hide this force.

Det8lbw5 oTo attack us when Mother has already gone to start her attack. He struck us at our plan's only blind spot. And with such accuracy, he's truly a tactical genius...

Lgjkwhcy oWell... Shit. What now?

Det8lbw5 o...

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Det8lbw5 oI wrote it beforehand just in case, but she's the only one we can send now.

05bvmkpj oUnderstood. I have complete confidence in your tactics, Astrea.

Det8lbw5 oThanks. We should have Ulysses, Condor, and Evan take control of the bridge.

9qk5ifz8 o By this, she means Evan. Just Evan. Evan needs very little backup.

Det8lbw5 oAnd you, you look like a mage. Can you fight at all?

Iqb5fuqx oYes. My name is Jenna. I'm from Cyra. I fight atop this broom.

9qk5ifz8 oThis is the "literal witch on a broom" I described at the OP. Will talk about her in a sec.

Iqb5fuqx oIt's practice for when I can ride a pegasus proper, but it'll let me fly around.

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Iqb5fuqx oHis wyvern mercenary group is in the North West region. They'll probably attack us crossing the river. But if I talk to him, I'm sure he'll help us out!

9qk5ifz8 oUuuhhh, a wyvern rider recruit? Neat!

Cczfxsr4 o...It sounds like... more troops are definitely on their way.

Det8lbw5 oThen they're trying to trap us here... We should try and wipe out as many as we can so we don't get surrounded!

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We've got two bosses today. This game is a lot like Berwick and Vestaria Saga, in that it loves to have multiple bosses on the map. We'll be seeing absolutely ridiculous numbers of bosses going forward. The two today are but the beginning.

Fmmab19z oWith you leading us, Albert, there's no way your strategy will fail.

Oyhjry3i oI am not one of the Sub-Generals of the Red Army for nothing.

Lgjkwhcy o That's not exactly a high bar, considering your fellow Sub-General died in the prologue.

Oyhjry3i oIt was nice of Conway to lend some of you assassins to us.

9qk5ifz8 o Conway is the leader of the Assassins' Guild. It's... yet another faction that we're being introduced to completely out of the blue.

Oyhjry3i oAlong with some of your very valuable poison weapons.

Txzubig9 o Pfft! Good one, Albert, good one. Please, tell me more of these hilarious jokes.

Oyhjry3i oWith you, my cavalry, those wyvern mercenaries, and this fog, this Propater scum is as good as dead.

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Gee, I wonder which one of these two is Charles.

D8czox5t oDon't go easy on them because they fight for the people! We're the only Wyvern force this Albert guy has! We should charge from the top and show the enemy who is boss!

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All right! It's time. Our objective is to survive, once again.

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Everyone is force-deployed and we cannot modify our starting formation, but hey. We can trade stuff around. Convenient.

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I did some preps offscreen. Mostly just trading items around, putting unneeded stuff in the convoy, giving Dexithea an iron axe and Evan the elfire tome we nicked from a generic in the prologue (this will be important). Also, I bought a torch staff for Jenna at the prepscreen store.

This is another mechanic that I don't think I've mentioned yet - The prepscreen store, unlike in base FE8, changes depending on the chapter. Today it's just very basic weaponry and a torch staff that we desperately need, but we'll find more interesting stuff as we go. If I remember to check it.

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Let's talk units before we begin, starting with taller-than-me waifu. All three of these fellows start with less items than they have. The rest, I gave to them.

Bella is the closest thing to a Jeigan this game has. Her stats are above and beyond all our other units, except Evan. She can deliver a mighty blow and take a couple in return. Her growths are pretty good, but being a tier 2 unit, her experience gains will be slow. She also has a shitton of durability, which will ensure she'll be able to stay awake for ages when fatigue comes into play.

Her skills are good:

- Intimidate: -10 avoid to all enemies within 2 tiles. Simple enough.

- Smite: Can push a unit 2 tiles forward. This skill is huge, as positioning skills tend to be.

In two levels, she'll gain:

- Rally Strength: Second only to Rally Speed in usefulness.

Another notable thing about Bella is her tier 3 promotion. She will promote to war priest, gaining some magic and staves. With her low magic, she will never be great at that, but she'll be a fine backup staffer if you need her to be.

All in all, Bella is a really good unit. She's not quite as versatile as Evan, but she'll be a solid utility unit for a very long time.

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Fuuma is in a similar position. He's also a prepromote, with the ability to use swords, magic swords and anima magic. He cannot take hits like Bella can, but he's a master assassin. Unlike regular FE assassins, Fuuma's skills allow him to perform proper assassinations:

- Assassinate: When initiating combat at melee range, he'll gain 2 damage and he'll double immediately. Plenty of times we'll be using him to down foes before they can do anything.

- Cunning: Can use lock picks and see far in the fog. Mikey had this one, but now we have a permanent unit with it.

- Steal: Can steal. Self-explanatory enough.

- Poison strike: Removes 20% of the enemy's max HP after a battle that Fuuma started. If he can't finish someone with Assassinate, he can attack them at range or something and still leave a mean dent on 'em.

He'll also gain this skill at level 15:

- Infiltrator: If within 2 spaces of two or more enemies, gain +3 damage and +15% hit. Situational, but it's okay.

Alongside his really solid skillset, he has Inferno, a personal fire tome that's accurate, crit-happy and powerful. He'll be using it to great effect for a long time.

While we cannot expect Fuuma to frontline like Bella, he'll be an expert at emerging from cover and eliminating prime targets. He feels like an assassin kinda unit, and I really like it, it's way cooler than a regular-ass thief. You can expect to see him deployed often.

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Jenna is our first flier. She's a witch! She flies on a broom! How funny is that? Like Evan, she has staves and access to all magic types. Unlike Evan, however, dark magic is worthless on Jenna. She has the durability of a wet noodle, and her skill is really low, so she'll have accuracy issues. Jenna is better suited for anima and light.

Aside from Canto, she has:

- Demoiselle: Male allies within 2 tiles receive -2 damage. This doesn't really fit her, she's not flirty or anything. Funnily enough, there's a guy later on who had the inverse version of this and it fit him as a character... But it was replaced because the guy was a terrible unit and needed something else. Oh well.

Her level skills are:

- Lightweight: When holding three or less items, +3 AS. Sure, this is really powerful, but it is also really inconvenient on a unit with four weapon types, one of which is staves.

- Drive Magic: Allies within 2 spaces gain 2 magic. Not too bad.

Jenna is a flying mage. To compensate for her flight, she's rather mediocre. Apparently she's the second unit (after Lex) that tends to be considered the best unit in the game? I... honestly don't see it. She's got great flying utility, but there's no way she matches Evan's absurd amounts of versatility and utility. We'll see if I can get some use out of her, but don't hold your breath on that one.

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Okay, unit time is over. It's map time now.

Woo, foggy maps! This is the first truly challenging chapter of the game. We've got enemies coming from all sides. We'll want to spread our forces and take the fight to them before they can do the same to us. I think, but I mean, I'm really bad, so... Anyway, there's a commander standing just outside of our line of sight, to the north. Jenna's pal is to the northwest, past the river. He'll get moving soon, and we'll want to be ready to welcome him into the team and his friends to hell.

Down south, we've got the redhead assassin and her forces that will charge at us with annoying poison weapons. Albert is standing to the west, past the narrow mountain pass, and he won't move. If we kill Albert, the reinforcements will stop coming, so it'd be nice to do it soon, but there's a ton of enemies and Evan isn't fast enough to destroy everyone in EP. Not until level 10, anyway. Still, even if it's too late to stop many reinforcements, we'll want to kill Albert for the item he drops. You'll see when we get there... If we get there.

Beyond that, more than chapter 1, this really does feel like a survival map. It's going to be tough, and I'll be grateful if I can make it without any casualties. Here's hoping...!

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Let us begin. Halberd time!

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Woo!

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Everyone takes damage. Thanks, Ulysses!

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Fuuma vs cavalier. Yeah...

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Burn in the fires of hell!

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Hi there.

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He does not move, but he has ranged weaponry, which would make him a little tough to fight if we didn't have Fuuma. As it is, it's really obvious that the game wants us to torch him with inferno. I like when FEs do things like this. Indirectly allowing newcomers to show off. It's neat.

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Speaking of, let's bring about some vision.

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That's one of Charles's mercenary pals.

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With her steel axe, she couldn't double. With her shiny new iron axe, however... Hwahahahah!

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Buh-bye!

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Bella could double, but I don't want her to. So she tosses a hatchet instead.

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And now we can do two things. First, Lex supports Evan. I have no idea why I didn't do this last map, I mean, c'mon. It's the two best units in the game. Of course they should support, even if it's just to B.

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E9kjhydh oLex? It's odd to see you worry about me.

Sa72jcwx oIt's less worry and more curiosity. You have an interesting magical power.

E9kjhydh oAh, yes. Mana Overcharge. It's what makes me so skilled in critical blows. A technique I forged together with my good friend, Leo.

9qk5ifz8 o Hoho! Outta nowhere story justification for why the guy is amazing? Not bad, Sun God's Wrath!

Sa72jcwx oDoes it have any physical applications, or does it only work with magic?

E9kjhydh oMagic only. You'll have to develop similar skills through heavy practice.

Sa72jcwx oI see... I'm jealous. I wish I could strut my stuff like that.

E9kjhydh o...

Lgjkwhcy o I don't think he's interested in strutting anything. He doesn't seem to be too proud of his vast powers...

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Oki-dokie, that's a C support. Now he can shoot a guy and trigger Lexforce.

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You know, if I had any sense, I would've moved Lex down before doing this. But, alas...

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Better late than never. That's a witch... Enemy witches use fire magic. Bad news for Ulysses. But I think he can take it.

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Condor, left with nothing to do, rallies the skill of his allies.

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Well, I mean... I'm pretty sure there are no enemies there. I've played this map before. Let's hope my prior knowledge does not fail me.

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Awesome, only one crit so she didn't kill. Nice.

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Astrea can just about pull the kill off. Sigh... how I look forward to getting her that fire sword. Or at least a magic sword that isn't this garbage!

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To finish, Relina softens up her fellow soldier gal.

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Oh, hell yes! That effect is how you can tell that Relina is using Adept.

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Boom!

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Okay, let's go.

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Oyhjry3i oThey don't even know that they've been surrounded. So long as I stand in battle to command my troops, the reinforcements will keep on coming.

9qk5ifz8 o Kill you to finish map. Got it, thanks.

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Hah! Pathetic!

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Oh, he got doubled. Meh...

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The soldier girl goes after Katherin. Katherin kills her critically. She's in really bad shape, though...!

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Okay, so far only a couple of myrms have come out of the fog.

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Ah-- Oh, wait, it's just Relina.

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Yeah, she can take that.

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Hah! Now that was just a stupid choice!

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Eyyy, it's the cute witch sprite! How nice.

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...He gets doubled-- HE GETS DOUBLED.

FUCK! HE GETS DOUBLED! HOW DID I LET THIS HAPPEN!? NOOOOOOOOOOOO--

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Unbelievable...

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And you know the worst part about this? I can't even blame the fog for this. I knew there were witches there, I could see their stats. You see, the halberd weighed Ulysses down by a whopping four points of speed. I should've known to trade it off of him, have him equip the iron axe. It's not like I couldn't do that, either. Condor had nothing to do.

And just like that, we lose our first character. Sorry, Dayni. It's your boy. Alice will have to find a new hole to bone now...

At the time I was playing (and right now, too) the option that was winning at the poll was "use unit while they're still a game over unit, bench / kill afterward." Ulysses will remain with us in the foreseeable future, but he's on borrowed time.

God fucking damnit.

EDIT: Ruben from the future here! You guys somehow managed to create a tie at the poll. Good work. So now I'm not sure what to do. Tell you what: We'll wait until Ulysses loses his game over flag, and then we'll see how the poll's looking. Please, do try to break the tie before them. I don't want to have to utilize my executive powers to break the tie in my favor.

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Of course, Radiant Dawn shenanigans means I gotta reset the first turn. I do things mostly the same (including the "move Lex into Evan support range only after Evan attacks" mistake). Main difference is that Evan manages to crit the archer this time.

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You know what? Sure. It's as good a consolation price as any.

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Sigh... If only I'd done this the first time around. Bah...

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Another neat thing is that this time, Katherin crit both times, killing the cavalier. Thanks.

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Because of this, Astrea is able to move forward and assist Fuuma.

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Yeah, yeah, we know.

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This and that happens.

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Bwahahahahahah... This is Evan, folks. This is Evan in a nutshel.

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Yes! Yes! Bring in the next guy! I fear not these fools! They stand before the great Evan!

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And another one! Go, go, go! More! More! Bring me more cattle to be sacrificed! Ahah, hahaha, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH--

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Ow.

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Grrr... Goddamnit! He was guaranteed to survive like this! Fuck me...

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Oi! Das' not fair! How dare you bring light to a dark fight!

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Suffer for your sins, holy matron! You stand before the true god, and his wrath is insurmountable!

Yes, that was a crit. My screenshooting abilities remain as impressive as ever.

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5 damage from poison? That's a new one. I hope we won't be seeing 10 HP blows from it, like in Berwick...

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We'll worry about that later. For now, let's turn up the heat.

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Nice screenshot! It actually does look like an inferno!

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Short bow in this game doesn't do the funny thing where it gets 1-2 range. It's just a critty bow here. Eh, still. Lex might get some moderate use out of it.

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Bleh...

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Well, still. The bad thing about this sprite is that, cool as it is, it flies under the name box, so I can't properly screenshot it. Maybe I should record a gif.

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Astrea finishes with the rune blade. That thing raises her res, if you recall. With it in hand, she'll take no damage from the mages.

Jjv58t9j o

Hoho! Not bad! Girl's powering up!

Fp1wwzwj o

A job adequately done, Katherin runs to heal and takes cover at Nifort's bot. Or, well, you know what I'm trying to say.

Ydzyfggy o

There's a chance this will kill. If it doesn't, it is no biggie.

3m7eertq o

No dice. Oh well.

Wefz96xw o

...Ahhh, fuck! What a shitty mistake. Lex cannot reach the action. And there's two very tasty fliers just waiting to be Lex'ed, too! Pah...

Fy9gw4fg o

'Kay, then. Ulysses, run!

Rhpwuuwt o

Condor, do your thing!

Vonapxnn o

One more, and hopefully you'll start to get proper levels.

Like movement.

Hwibeboq oR7hhbhcf o

Okay, so here's the deal. Bella gives Condor a vulnerary, who then gives it to Evan in exchange for his elfire tome. Evan will be needing that, but not yet.

Dquqcelu o

And just like that, he's back to full!

Wax0z0ud oZhfp4o8w o

Looking good! You know, except for the fact that we've (maybe) lost our only cavalier. Ahh, but no matter. I'm sure the others will start getting move levels soon enough, and then we won't even need a cavalier!

0id2fzxt oOa1zwm2y o0ybup4gt o

Oof! I like how she had exactly enough damage to kill in two blows. Lancecrusher cannot come soon enough.

Hfyaatl8 o

Although, to be honest, I'm thinking she'll probably hit the bench before she has a chance to get Lancecrusher.

Y9emtj6m o

Oh boy! A boss!

C4wu1dix oYxxcaugy oNxwpzwmb o

Assassins! Help! They're so pathetic that we're dying of second-hand embarrassment!

Hkvn9m93 oShzbzbtr oH71w0r0l o

Just after I was done explaining how javelins have been severely nerfed in this game, too. You rule, Relina. More like Ruleina, am I right or am I right?

Wikxhmm1 oDmfyyqt3 o

Seriously, these guys are sad. And this was supposed to be Albert's trump card? C'mon.

L2exfzxy o

That's Charles. I can tell because of the boss shield. You can't tell because I am great at taking screenshots, five LPs in.

1myjvtbg o9exipydz o

How sad. Let me play you a sad song on the world's smallest violin.

2wpxc3e4 oPc0qlyin o

Both Condor and Evan get attacked at range. Condor is more successful because bows against magic.

L4ll3sck o

Look it's female Claude on a broom! Hahaha!

Eviscerate her.

Pydcyq7h oGejgtgeb o

Jenna politely tips her hat to her fellow light user.

9xpulokg o

There's the cavaliers I mentioned before. Just behind the survive box you can see another bishop. Been coming since last turn. They're really bad, but they've got healing staves. Hmmm...

7b16zffm o

Here, take this back, Condor. Just in time for your next level.

1hnj02wy o

Please. Stop levelling like shit.

K4g533su o

The bare minimum of what a level needs to be good. After all the shit he's been getting, I'll take it.

Slbhwb4j o

Bwahahahahahahahah... Bella at work, everyone. She one-shots witches.

Ivxyydb8 o

I love a woman that could one-shot me.

A-Anyway,

Xqnmqibd o

Evan lets this mage know why bringing a shitty wind tome was a bad idea.

Dhielfe9 o

A very bad idea.

Yhdmgknw oAeacxwra o

That's it for those folks. Overhere, Katherin rushes south to help. There's one more cavalier hidden in the fog there. I'd like to have them dealt with before the end of the turn.

Qjmikt4n o

It's (possibly) your final days of glory, my shirtless friend. Make 'em count.

Dowspqsz o

You deserved to die.

...No, you did not. I cannot be so cruel. I wanted you along for the ride, man...

Wmnpc1an o

Now what?

Pbhi8qhw oM052qpun o

I don't know why I didn't attack one of the cavs with Lex. He couldn't kill any of them, but he could've damaged them, and that always counts for something.

Lppfc6po o

That is more like it! Hahahah!

Ztlrjkz7 o

Down with you!

Ct7rmseq o

Hello, Padre. May I show you to the salida?

Qdsjhwzf oHodpmgem o

...!

FE6 bishops!?

Best game ever. Best game ever, goddamnit!

That was my first reaction to this. Sure, it's a small thing, but I love FE6 bishops to bits. Actually one of my favorite GBAFE sprites, with the funny hat and all. Love 'em.

And it gets better: There's a playable bishop that is green. I know, nobody cares but me, but I shit you not, in my first run I used that man solely because he was a green FE6 bishop. Helps that he's rather good. We won't see him for a while, though.

Rj9epdfm o

Anyway. There's Charlie and his, uh... angels.

D8czox5t o

Yeah... Let's hang back a bit and let them come to us.

Czshujk3 o

Oh, I almost forgot! Let's check out the boss before she gets wrecked by Evan.

O1sob4ag o2e2p14ez o0sjswpeb o

Kinda wish she were playable. She appeals to my basic animal instincts. That eyepatch is just badass. Unfortunately, she is but a shitty miniboss that will feed Evan a level.

Fu2ykj9w oLjfj5gcj oY7vwwm6f oNl2ced0g o

While we wait for the recruitable and his squad, let's kill some worthless mages.

Srmdzh1u oEio9deri o

Rune blade.

Oetzrovq oH9myzdgp o

Finally got a proper shot of her.

Ytzxmpzd o

'Notha turn done. Let's see what happens next!

Kohjky1j o

Hah! You should've studied the elder arts, man. You can't do shit with this!

Glanqb4x o

"Fufufufu"?

Anyway, all the members of the Assassins' Guild use the Black Fang boss theme. You know, the one that was called Softly With Grace even though none of the Fangs were particularly renowned for their grace or their softness? In fact, they were all a bunch of bumbling idiots. But I digress.

Pbl048u8 oRdh6tb0q o

Oh hey, she was spared Evan's wrath. Hmmm... Perhaps Condor can take her out, then!

Cjoufzxi o

Hello, soon-to-be new friend.

Hia1mrh5 oNbacatyv o

Down south, Dexithea takes a hit and fails to land a halberd hit. Oh well, it was to be expected.

Rkzhc4e6 o

Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?

Cefgtu70 oAh4j7ivt o

Ouch! These mercs are a step above the scrubby little mages we've been facing. Fuuma might be in trouble if he has to fight them all at once.

0jlu40uj o

Pfft.

Hmekmd5k o

Evan's an impenetrable wall, but he's not quite a reliable killing machine just yet. Serves our purpose just as well, though. We're advancing, slowly but surely.

Iw2p1h26 o

Oh, please...

Znfh28w7 o

Oh, puh-lease! Stop it!

0pymspnq o

How many bishops did Albert bring along? Goodness me!

Ruldhmhw o

Well, suit yourselves.

V5imdv6k oLo9ncajz o

He got doubled, too. Bwahah!

5tiw6vdc o

It's usually in this map that Evan shoots far ahead of everyone else in levels for me. As you can see, he's decided that he's got enough speed for now, and is instead powering up. Fine by me.

5ldgz7o0 o

All right, it's our turn at last. First step, Bella cleaves a man asunder.

Oh, by the way, you might've noticed out vision range is awfully large. You see, the fog clears up as the map goes. A relatively recent change. Neat.

Ltsc4lkr o

Anyway, like so.

Qg5xmdbi o

The road ahead now clear, Evan rushes forth to take the second chokepoint. This is actually the first time I've made it this far, this soon. Usually it takes me a lot longer.

Avtwqtqh o

And now... Hahahah, exact damage!

3zjild78 o

...But you know what? I think I'd rather make sure this lands. Might as well break out the Falcon!

4x9zozpe o

Woo!

Ewbji0of oI0u4lxba o

Not a full level, but just about.

Cc8bq0yv o

Okay, let's give this another shot.

5s6ivjep o

Perfect.

Hgc91wsn o

Katherin can't do anything other than light brand this guy to little effect.

While on the subject of light, notice the bishops. Because of course, more bishops.

V1n680hw o

Hah! She critted him!

43idhinw o

And Lex brings the curtains down on the man's sorry life.

Ziz7wari o

If only vulneraries were enough to save you.

Gdizuat5 o

Down one axe cav, up one axe wyrm. Let'sa go!

9k7rklpd o

1a13igbq oI don't want to fight you Jenna, but I am a mercenary, not a hero like Torrid. I am not a great enough man to be able to follow his example.

Iqb5fuqx oI'm sure Torrid thought the same when he betrayed his family and country.

Lgjkwhcy o Who even is Torrid?

Iqb5fuqx oHowever, anyone can follow what their heart desires for them to do. If you need someone there to help you get to that point, you know that I'll always be there to lend a hand. What do you say, Charles? Will you follow your heart like Torrid did?

Sewxugnh o

Or you'll die. Fun fact: since Charles can be missed, he's the only unit in the first arc of the game that doesn't cause a game over if he dies. I hope we won't ever get to see it, though.

1a13igbq oWhen next I see him, if you haven't already soothed my internal conflicts, I'm sure he'll give me the answer that I am looking for.

Iqb5fuqx oOf course, Charles! We may have failed my mission here, but I won't fail you in helping you choose this path.

Ywycusfi o

And now he's blue. No loyalty among mercs, his pals will have to die.

O0zsf4go o

Yay. Thanks for the info.

Busf46kz oTvchugdi oXgwftbrn oV9ewtw3m oPmevgzkd o

So. Charles.

Charles is... not my favorite unit in this game. See, he's a flier. That means he's amazing! Well, to compensate for his flyness, statwise he's a shittier Ulysses. And I already don't like Ulysses too much. I've tried to use them both in the past, and they both fell off sooner rather than later. Meh... I mean, a flier's a flier, but I don't think he'll be a mainstay of the team.

Skillwise, he has the customary Canto and:

- Lunge: Regular attack, but Ulysses swaps places with the enemy afterwards. Can come in handy a couple of times.

Later on, he'll gain:

- At level 5, Quick Burn: +15 Hit and Avoid at the start of the map. Decreases every turn. Pretty good, considering the quick pace of this game's maps.

- At level 10, Lance Breaker: +50 Hit/Avo when enemy has a lance equipped.

So yeah. Big movement shenanigans, positioning skills, bad combat. Eh. Objectively speaking he's probably good, but this game has more interesting and fun units.

Wc8cynzn oIgdiymtx oQd3vbi68 o

She can't move after talking, so she'll have to eat a counter.

And... Uh...

......

I can't beat this many guys-- Fuck! Run!

3tc3hf0f oUfzrh9bv oKexpfd5p oTwrmkmc5 o

Some damn professional plays here. If FE was an e-sport, you'd see me right at the top. Sigh...

Mevcihio o

Random support time!

7zsrvfhd oYes, Astrea. Real battles are nothing like the training we used to do together.

Det8lbw5 oIn some ways, I feel like they aren't as physically taxing. Even I would get tired from Mother's training exercises.

7zsrvfhd o...Don't remind me of those. I ache just thinking about them.

Xi7i8wam o

I like how Alice got more development out of that than either of the characters present.

Xd7iqqca o

Okay, so... I cannot release Jenna, because she'll be attacked by the wyvern. Not to worry, however - even carrying her, Relina will be able to take on a couple bishops just fine. Fuuma can handle them too, so he only has to fear the wyvern. I think we'll be fine. I think.

7nvoxnkf o

This is what things are looking like down here.

8bpkqcnt oNctxzhiw o

Astrea, really? She cannot be damaged by the bishops, you moron!

Duempzua o

...Oh wait. He can.

Dwai1st4 o

Why is he saying his combat line in the second fight instead of the first?

1a13igbq oThat's just how my world works, it seems...

Gnlnrlfx o

...He's dead, isn't he.

Ffpuaaw7 o

Yup.

Rbmkqwyq o

Hahahahahahah... Marvelous. He lasted one turn. Ruben tactics! Impressive as ever!

Oh my God, why do I keep doing this to myself... You'd think after four Ironmans I'd know better than to try it yet again!

Oh, well. Frankly, it could've been worse.

Cgqbvemv o

Once again, Condor is left with nothing to do but rally people.

Uz4zools o

Oh hey there.

Vznqg2wk oH3ziahpv o

Evan demolishes one of the soldiers. Both he and Bella can handle the other two without taking much damage.

Xzzcqcxu o

Why, hello there!

Bqyukefq oUbwxxwwi oFearjry8 oLjqsouzu o

Albert lives up to his reputation. He's a tier 3 cavalier with superior gear and stats.

Superior stats that I somehow didn't screenshot.

...blistering motherfucking barnacles...

Anyway, his downfall is that his skills are all support-focused. Charisma, charm, you name it, he has it. He's a great leader like that, but it won't help him personally. Evan will destroy him rather handily.

Also, he's another tiny man. Or am I missing something? Do American measurements just break every rule of decimals? Is 5.11 feet more than 5.9? Because where I come from, it's barely a bit higher than 5.1! Google says so as well! I'll never understand these measurements, I swear...

Dqo1y910 o

Well, whatever. Let's get rid of these assholes.

5papgtpi oWqyboypy oZz3sb5ca o

Woohoo! Lex!

Lg6holcz oUoczqiuw oJinxowxb o

Elwind uses a slightly broken aircalibur animation. Still, it's by far the best port of the aircalibur animation I've seen. Custom magic animations is consistently one of the hardest things to pull off in hacks, so I'm always willing to forgive jankier animations.

No7zg0uu o

With the wyverns down, let's avenge the guy who barely even got the chance to exist.

Z803jc7h o

That'll be a level. Make it a good one...!

Suwjm8bq o

......

Excuse me, I think I'll be needing a cold shower.

52wkvd7b o

Eyyy, that's wind disciple, I think! Now watch as I completely forget she has it.

Gbs7othd oAv3crs8a o

We cannot afford to let these bishops live. I will not let Dexithea suffer the same fate as Charles. Perish! Or not, because this is a capture.

3co0e7lt oFfmhdmc1 o

Looking good so far...! Depending on how fast we can deal with Albert, this might be the end of the map.

T2x7jiib o

One more till she can use the fire sword. Almost there now...!

Xaacx4cr oKdzvuyny o

To wrap things up, Relina kills the final bishop, even while she's still carrying Jenna. I'll let her out next turn so she can nab some healing EXP, at least.

Ucsoec4s o

That's it, then. Man, that looks great! You'd almost believe it didn't take two people's lives to get to this point!

Wovnya6g o

Okay, that was just a terrible idea. It would've been better to try friggin' Evan! Evan at least had a chance to miss!

S0rs1gmz o

Yeah, what did you expect?

Wd6zjy31 o

Can you spell "pathetic"?

Zczfdjuq o8np2vevd o

Okay, let's go. Evan will die if we are too hasty, so he'll wait for Albert to attack instead, then we can finish him next turn.

Smpwumm1 oPxolh6rn o

As for this gal, Condor can do it.

K438gmls o

You've got to be... Ohhhh, c'mon! Condor! I know you look like Derrick, but this isn't Berwick Saga! Stop getting Berwick levels!

Rpp20aba o

Gah...!

02tsz2vr o

Okay, okay. First things first, you gotta go.

Tmqhstav o

Astrea patches herself up.

Pmcljk87 o

I could do this... he wouldn't be at risk of dying again. I think.

Yfmgr9bd o

First, though, Dexithea releases Jenna. Why is her sprite Eirika holding a bow...?

Zcl92ijn oBfzdbj8x o

Relina does the same with this bishop. Heal staves are expensive, so this is nice.

Niohkbdd o

Okay, let's go.

Umpxze4k o

Lastly, Katherin rushes up. Lex will stand beside her. Then the cavs can only attack one person at a time. Or Ulysses, but their damage against Ulysses is small.

1prfhb4x oEeo8o94n o

...Never mind, Dexithea can die. Lex, cover her.

Tuv0n4xv o

You can tell Albert is smarter than his peers because he's not dramatically announcing his name and rank. Instead, he's... panicking because he's losing and he knows it.

Still, don't be so hard on yourself, man. You're the first commander to have cost us troops. That's gotta count for something.

I hope you suffer greatly.

Moqm4ujh o

Oh by the way, Albert uses this theme from Mega Man Zero 4. This theme is most commonly found among Amateran higher ups. I guess Albert is too big a guy for the other theme, being the effective leader of the Red Army and all.

G2hgjj07 o

Not that it'll save him from Evan! Ahahahahahahahahah...!

Iy3z2esb o

Goodbye!

G5kevxfe o

Yeah, he ain't retreating from that.

7oznbr8y o

Make it a good one?

Yqsmkcvi o

Man, there's just no stopping this guy, is there? He's now as tanky as Condor without even a flux tome!

Qlqhtw0e o

Jenna will love this.

Zvs3t2im oCkiiqkin o9zuyycll oAftxb1fd o

Cavs go after Katherin and Ulysses, respectively. They are unsuccessful.

Xk7bu5fo o

Not speed/10.

1uim6t9g o

This would be so nice if his life wasn't hanging from an extremely thin thread right now.

Wa40z1so o

Oh, that one went to heal! How kind of her.

Qwrndlva o

Two can play at that game.

Urcfbruv o

Let's go after this guy.

Ys6msssi o

Oh! Female brigand shriek! Female brigand shriek! It's... majestic! Same sound bit as the male brigand, but that's okay, it didn't even sound human to begin with.

Qwgxtqgt o

Boom, there go your entrails!

Fasoacin o

You'll follow suit!

Wfwju6a9 oRefikxc9 o

Relina's combat remains mediocre, but the speedy utility begins. Hah hah hah...

O6jmkwhv oNzjw8ebo o

Astrea does a foul deed for herself. She's the lowest level of the team right now. Sure, she's got a rather late plot promotion, but still.

Gtqchj6z o

Lex finishes what Relina started. This will be a level for him.

D92hncwu o

A really bad level for him, but he's been getting such good gains that I cannot really complain.

T1ovd49c oC81xynyl o

I think if we kill that bishop, we'll have wiped out the entire map.

Dhzq3a5j o

Ahh, what a shame! Another capture is unfeasible.

0yv49qlc o

Come to think about it, I'm not sure why I didn't just wait another turn and capture her. She was alone, and more staves would be nice.

6oi4sbik o

Well, that's it. Turn 7 victory. I know it says 8 there, but trust me, it's 7. This is definitely the fastest I've ever killed Albert. Too bad it cost us all of our sturdy high-move guys.

Mjddldv3 oZsdinykf o

So let's get some healing experience while we pass the last few turns.

Vu27tzef o

Level for Jenna.

Ch0lrkwl o

You're not nearly as epic as Evan.

Sr1gkkmk o

Let's visit some houses while we're here too.

Vzydycjo o

A8s4p0uw oUnlike visiting a house like this, there's always a talk worth having! You never know what kind of goody or ally you might obtain. However, just because you see two units can talk, doesn't mean they can right away. Sometimes, special conditions must be met first.

X9zpix2p o
 
J7pjivnb o

Hah! Funny pun.

A8s4p0uw obut apparently some dragons have a hidden weakness. Fire and ice dragons, specifically.

Ln5gbfdk o

It's over!

Hfovqitg o

If Albert had survived the map, he'd show up here. I'll post that version of the scene at the end, in the bonus section. Since he got Evan'd, however...

Nqrrejnv o

Kakjeobh oThe loss of Sub-General Albert is nothing compared to this!

05bvmkpj oDo I look dead to you? How about you fight me yourself if you're so confident?!

9qk5ifz8 o Don't try it, Wire man! She'll make origami with your body! And Evan's standing right there, too! Or... No wait, he isn't. Where is he? Evan!

Cczfxsr4 oBella, we're running out of options here.

Kakjeobh oEnough chit-chat! This is the end of you all!

N6eq6z3r o

Oh boy! Who could that be?

Wyrmg5fg o

It's... just about everyone!

3bnu5kir o

Janet?

6tbsjuee o

What kind of a name is Mu...?

Bffc7dyv o2kagscna o9q3xplc2 oSl7iazto o

Ah, I know you guys! I like how Beige is the only one who doesn't kill someone. He's still shitty even in the cutscene.

Plljucb8 o

You're here too!

Tc87bmyj o

S8xsr0js o...How pathetic and slow. I didn't expect you to be so unreliable. I'm disappointed in you, Fuuma. You didn't notice the signal Astrea sent?

Cczfxsr4 oI guess I wouldn't know a code only shared between two close friends.

Kakjeobh oCode? What the hell are you talking about?!

S8xsr0js oHer sword is awfully bright, isn't it?

Hgloeosu o

Oh, wow. That actually is really clever! This firmly lands her in the Better Than Claude tier, as far as I'm concerned. Not that it takes much to get there. I'm pretty sure you can make a solid case for Merlinus if you wanted...

Zhrp5jtp oYay, we beat the baddies and just the big boss is left. Can I kill him now?

Cczfxsr4 oDonovan, eh? Let's see if he lives up to his name.

Kakjeobh oDonovan?!

Zhrp5jtp oIn the flesh.

405hirqz o

 

8qf55ntb o

Donovan is just Ike.

0djbwgre oZxvcysbu o

He failed to crit. Not impressing me so far, man.

9xyzm9h3 o

I mean, it's not like he's fighting anyone important. It's just Wire the third.

Ijuhqzt5 oUznabijd oGwqtyhya o

Uhh, pretty fire!

7y9xjj3t o

Ouch!

Pdupepid o

That woman behind the guy is Janet. Another veteran from the first game. She used the beta FE8 sprite that was kind of like, Neimi in Tethys's outfit. Her character was, uh... something. She's calmed down a lot since she married, apparently.

Cczfxsr4 oAnd that strength... that went beyond what the stories tell.

2a4n3p8h oA masterful display as always, dear.

Zhrp5jtp oThanks, Janet. Let's go finish up the stragglers.

2a4n3p8h oAs you wish.

Vafqjanz o

S8xsr0js oI'm glad we made it in time to save you all. I guess we'll be starting our safety perimeter out here.

5yydcaqe oI feel the same way, Ren. This was too close a call for comfort. We'll have to discuss how this happened later, but for now... Astrea, move on ahead. This mission is still in progress.

Det8lbw5 oRight! I'll see you both later!

 

Okay, that's it for today. We've suffered the first casualties of the run, and then we won a hollow victory. Ulysses might live still, depending on what the poll ends up looking like, but unfortunately Charles is gone forever. I'll add them both to the death count for now, and if Ulysses ends up being spared by the reader court, I'll remove him.

...Fucking hell, it's started already... Ahhh, damnit. Goodbye, and fare better than my units.

Oh, and if you haven't yet, don't forget to vote at the poll! To break the tie, if nothing else. You've got until chapter 6 to decide Ulysses's fate. I love democracy.

 

Death count: Ulysses
                        Charles

* Maybe

 

Reset count: 1 (Ulysses: 1)

 

Current perfect streak: Haha I should've known it was a bad idea to do this again

Best perfect streak: 3 maps

 

BONUS: If Albert is alive, a cooler version of the Wire scene happens.

Oyhjry3i oIs this the best you scum can offer?

05bvmkpj oDo I look dead to you? How about you fight me yourself if you're so confident?!

Oyhjry3i oWhy would I waste my energy on a no name piece of shit like you? Bring out a real Sub-Commander or two and I'll take you seriously. Fuuma, Sub-Commander of the Spy Division.
What a joke.

Cczfxsr4 oBella, we're running out of options here. Astrea got us this far from a near hopeless situation, but this Albert guy is no joke. Unlike that embarrassment Ronald, this guy knows warfare. It's almost like he's the real commander of the Red Army.

Oyhjry3i oThat's quite the compliment. Ronald has his... issues...  but I assure you, he approved this and all our other strategies in Merv. It seems to me like the only one pulling
the strings for their betters is you two with this tactician Astrea of yours leading you. The girl over there, yes? She has been quite the bother. Well, enough chat. This is the end
of you all.

2a4n3p8h oZhrp5jtp oLhic7vnz o5yydcaqe oQy9twrpa oD96tnx7c oS8xsr0js oI wouldn't count on that!

 

Oyhjry3i o! Impossible! My troops?!

S8xsr0js o...How pathetic and slow. I didn't expect you to be so unreliable. I'm disappointed in you, Fuuma. You didn't notice the signal Astrea sent?

Cczfxsr4 oI guess I wouldn't know a code only shared between two close friends.

Oyhjry3i oCode? What the hell are you talking about?!

S8xsr0js oHer sword is awfully bright, isn't it?

Oyhjry3i oShe signalled for reinforcements mid-battle with a light brand?!

Zhrp5jtp oYay, we beat the baddies and just the big boss is left. Can I kill him now?

S8xsr0js oOf course. You're in for quite the treat Albert, Sub-General of the Red Army.

Cczfxsr4 oDonovan, eh? Let's see if he lives up to his name.

Oyhjry3i oDonovan?!

Zhrp5jtp oIn the flesh.

S8xsr0js oYou did ask for a challenge, right?

And then Albert gets destroyed by Donovan and the rest of the scene happens as before. Just a small taste of future recurring bosses that will have more of an impact. A shame. This guy was a step above everyone around him, I would've liked to see him return. His death might mark the end of the Red Army's relevance.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I like how the entire prologue map is just a random-ass fort tile in the new map. Neat detail.

Sense of scale? In MY Fire Emblem?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Behind Astrea is Bella. She's 1.98 meters tall, which makes her taller than me by a fair bit. I am not pointing this out for any particular reason.

Well, taller people usually always have a massive advantage in fights. She's got gray/silver hair... 

Let's face it; after Paramythis, we all know you have a type

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Jenna is our first flier. She's a witch!

😮

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

She flies

My disappointment is immeasurable, and my day is ruined.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I'll be grateful if I can make it without any casualties. Here's hoping...!

Death flag! Who's gonna bite the dust today?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

And you know the worst part about this? I can't even blame the fog for this. I knew there were witches there, I could see their stats. You see, the halberd weighed Ulysses down by a whopping four points of speed. I should've known to trade it off of him, have him equip the iron axe. It's not like I couldn't do that, either. Condor had nothing to do.

And just like that, we lose our first character. Sorry, Dayni. It's your boy. Alice will have to find a new hole to bone now...

RIP Cav Boi. You see, the Halberd was effective... against himself.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I love a woman that could one-shot me.

A-Anyway,

CALLED IT

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Ewbji0of oI0u4lxba o

Not a full level, but just about.

HEY!

HOW ARE YOU TALKING WITH AN ARROW IN YOUR WINDPIPE!

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Rbmkqwyq o

Hahahahahahah... Marvelous. He lasted one turn. Ruben tactics! Impressive as ever!

Oh my God, why do I keep doing this to myself... You'd think after four Ironmans I'd know better than to try it yet again!

Oh, well. Frankly, it could've been worse.

Now this I should've expected, but didn't. Considering what happened to Alvina last LP, Wyverns and Mages don't mix.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

05bvmkpj oDo I look dead to you? How about you fight me yourself if you're so confident?!

Aaaand there's the filename to seal the deal. Epic.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

What kind of a name is Mu...?

Ancient Greeks rolling in their graves for having their alphabet called out like this

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Uznabijd o

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY!

I normally don't fanboy over GBA animations, but I like that. Looks funny whenever you catch a freeze-frame of it.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

...Fucking hell, it's started already... Ahhh, damnit. Goodbye, and fare better than my units.

Didn't expect two deaths this time, but FoW is basically a surefire recipe for death. Except in Berwick. 

 

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5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

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Ulysses? I think you mean Useless. 

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Rbmkqwyq o

Charredles

 

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Ruben from the future here! You guys somehow managed to create a tie at the poll. Good work. So now I'm not sure what to do. Tell you what: We'll wait until Ulysses loses his game over flag, and then we'll see how the poll's looking. Please, do try to break the tie before them. I don't want to have to utilize my executive powers to break the tie in my favor.

I suggest, that if theres a tie, you do the only fair thing and pick the option which is not part of the tie. That way everybody loses. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Sure she does! Even if it's the meh Wrath that's like, 20 crit when at half health--

No, never mind, it's actually 50 crit when at 50 health. So basically, TRS Wrath but static. Wow. She's actually gonna be more of a crit machine than Evan at half health.

Problem is, half health. I don't think I can trust that in an Ironman.

  Well that's good.

She has Wind Disciple too, which can help.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

ENOUGH TIMES

Not yet.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I think it's more appropriate to say that the protagonist's mum bangs him.

The banging's cyclical, both are true.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Oh no, not Lynch. Lynch is Kuroth's boyfriend, and they very much act as peers.

Okay, good to know.

Was uncertain that we'd be getting a gay couple, especially this quick.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Yeah, that really sucked for guys like Ronan.

See, that's why I used Ten Move Tanya.

Poor Ronan.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I guess? I don't know what that is.

He's attacking like he's casting Fire magic.

In FFVII, magic is cast by having the appropriate materia.

Thus Soloud has Fire Materia.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

More music? What's this from?

That's Abba.

The other one was from Tenacious D.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Maybe he's just a really stand-up, upstanding guy. He doesn't want blood money. Eh? Eh?

But he said he wanted money no matter how bloody-

Leave him to the moss.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Fun fact: I didn't even mean it. As always, my best jokes are the accidental ones.

A brave strategy for you to admit it.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I had activated Mercy, though. He would've left Fang at 1 HP.

D'oy, of course I forgot Mercy's for everyone.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

...If there was food and water to be had?

It's not like there's nothing around.

The trouble is that there's no interest in trying to cultivate what's left for Merv to try and recover as the groups are warring for submission of everyone else. The wasteland will form from the desolation by man in the end. So yes, people working together could help prevent things from getting worse.

The Mana Plage will probably invalidate this, but still.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Nope.

Oh well, imagine if you were playing a prostitute who'd come to lead a liberation force.

Primrose exists- shh.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

You see, I said that Critical Force changed Evan's crit formula from skill/2 to skill/1.5. That was wrong - it changes it to skill*1.5

Wait, was it 0.5*Skl?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I won't introduce all the others. For know, let me just tell you that there's a Joe and a John. Yes. Separate characters. In separate divisions, too.

Jo, Joe, Joseph, Josef, Joah, let's get real confusing.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Det8lbw5 oFor me? Why me in particular?

H7ggcm1g oBecause as one I trained personally, I trust you more than the others. Ozmu should have an amulet with him. It is of dire importance you obtain it. You, and only you, should be the one to hold on to it.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Det8lbw5 oI will live up to your expectations then, Garrison. Do you mind if I ask what exactly is so important about the amulet?

H7ggcm1g oI believe that it is the source of the dark power they've used in their experiments.

Gflqsb6j o

You don't even trust your division leaders enough with this? Curious. I hope Alice doesn't find out, she'll break you in two. Probably.

It's a dangerous amulet!

Pace is quick that's for sure.

Though why he trusts Astrea more makes me sus of Propater as a whole.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Det8lbw5 oThough to be honest, I'd hope that the war in Merv would be over by then.

Lkcsd433 o

Indeed.

Garrison doesn't really have an easy route to sealing to Pyron does he?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
E5deikh3 o

The redhead of the jacket is Fuuma. "Fuma" in Spanish is the third person singular form of the verb "fumar", which means "to smoke." So he's basically called "Smooke." Hilarious.

Smokey here is kinda androgynous honestly.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Behind Astrea is Bella. She's 1.98 meters tall, which makes her taller than me by a fair bit. I am not pointing this out for any particular reason.

Teedy Roosevelt's quote about speaking softly is tempting here.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Cczfxsr4 oUnlike Ronald or Nibot, Albert is a tactical genius almost without peer. I'm sure at some point he learned about the lab's location from Ronald, and with help from the Assassins Guild, he used the fog to hide this force.

Det8lbw5 oTo attack us when Mother has already gone to start her attack. He struck us at our plan's only blind spot. And with such accuracy, he's truly a tactical genius...

Albert actually kinda has a clever play.

Shame he couldn't get his men closer before being seen right?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Det8lbw5 oThanks. We should have Ulysses, Condor, and Evan take control of the bridge.

9qk5ifz8 o By this, she means Evan. Just Evan. Evan needs very little backup.

If Evan sucked though......

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Iqb5fuqx oYes. My name is Jenna. I'm from Cyra. I fight atop this broom.

9qk5ifz8 oThis is the "literal witch on a broom" I described at the OP. Will talk about her in a sec.

Iqb5fuqx oIt's practice for when I can ride a pegasus proper, but it'll let me fly around.

Oh look, Witches are in the hack.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Pdwv9a5n o

Gee, I wonder which one of these two is Charles.

Surprise it's the guy on the left.

No? Okay.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Tcjdhgjo oBg9tvcrq oZfw5fhqz oD3sak4ip oFfzxs8db o

Let's talk units before we begin, starting with taller-than-me waifu. All three of these fellows start with less items than they have. The rest, I gave to them.

Bella is the closest thing to a Jeigan this game has. Her stats are above and beyond all our other units, except Evan. She can deliver a mighty blow and take a couple in return. Her growths are pretty good, but being a tier 2 unit, her experience gains will be slow. She also has a shitton of durability, which will ensure she'll be able to stay awake for ages when fatigue comes into play.

Her skills are good:

- Intimidate: -10 avoid to all enemies within 2 tiles. Simple enough.

- Smite: Can push a unit 2 tiles forward. This skill is huge, as positioning skills tend to be.

In two levels, she'll gain:

- Rally Strength: Second only to Rally Speed in usefulness.

Another notable thing about Bella is her tier 3 promotion. She will promote to war priest, gaining some magic and staves. With her low magic, she will never be great at that, but she'll be a fine backup staffer if you need her to be.

All in all, Bella is a really good unit. She's not quite as versatile as Evan, but she'll be a solid utility unit for a very long time.

So she's already teir two?

Okay. Pretty alright, with bases, future healing and yeeting.

Does she not get another skill though?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Huzh03kj oVfecvszd oUhgkslyp oJs1jd4zn oV8h7yp2t o

Fuuma is in a similar position. He's also a prepromote, with the ability to use swords, magic swords and anima magic. He cannot take hits like Bella can, but he's a master assassin. Unlike regular FE assassins, Fuuma's skills allow him to perform proper assassinations:

- Assassinate: When initiating combat at melee range, he'll gain 2 damage and he'll double immediately. Plenty of times we'll be using him to down foes before they can do anything.

- Cunning: Can use lock picks and see far in the fog. Mikey had this one, but now we have a permanent unit with it.

- Steal: Can steal. Self-explanatory enough.

- Poison strike: Removes 20% of the enemy's max HP after a battle that Fuuma started. If he can't finish someone with Assassinate, he can attack them at range or something and still leave a mean dent on 'em.

He'll also gain this skill at level 15:

- Infiltrator: If within 2 spaces of two or more enemies, gain +3 damage and +15% hit. Situational, but it's okay.

Alongside his really solid skillset, he has Inferno, a personal fire tome that's accurate, crit-happy and powerful. He'll be using it to great effect for a long time.

While we cannot expect Fuuma to frontline like Bella, he'll be an expert at emerging from cover and eliminating prime targets. He feels like an assassin kinda unit, and I really like it, it's way cooler than a regular-ass thief. You can expect to see him deployed often.

So he gets stupid good combat and so long as you're careful he'll always be good.

Plus he can steal.

Some of these early units looking pretty bad now.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Oq6ukxuy oTrdk3cql oPjqna1bo o

Jenna is our first flier. She's a witch! She flies on a broom! How funny is that? Like Evan, she has staves and access to all magic types. Unlike Evan, however, dark magic is worthless on Jenna. She has the durability of a wet noodle, and her skill is really low, so she'll have accuracy issues. Jenna is better suited for anima and light.

Aside from Canto, she has:

- Demoiselle: Male allies within 2 tiles receive -2 damage. This doesn't really fit her, she's not flirty or anything. Funnily enough, there's a guy later on who had the inverse version of this and it fit him as a character... But it was replaced because the guy was a terrible unit and needed something else. Oh well.

Her level skills are:

- Lightweight: When holding three or less items, +3 AS. Sure, this is really powerful, but it is also really inconvenient on a unit with four weapon types, one of which is staves.

- Drive Magic: Allies within 2 spaces gain 2 magic. Not too bad.

Jenna is a flying mage. To compensate for her flight, she's rather mediocre. Apparently she's the second unit (after Lex) that tends to be considered the best unit in the game? I... honestly don't see it. She's got great flying utility, but there's no way she matches Evan's absurd amounts of versatility and utility. We'll see if I can get some use out of her, but don't hold your breath on that one.

So she's a mage who wants light combat, can't take hits and at least can fly.

Will she get Canto+?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
E2cfy0w7 o

Burn in the fires of hell!

HELLFIRE

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

E9kjhydh oAh, yes. Mana Overcharge. It's what makes me so skilled in critical blows. A technique I forged together with my good friend, Leo.

9qk5ifz8 o Hoho! Outta nowhere story justification for why the guy is amazing? Not bad, Sun God's Wrath!

Hey look, lore for skills.

Neat.

Wonder if Leo is similar to FE's Leo.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
68mvqstr o

Oyhjry3i oThey don't even know that they've been surrounded. So long as I stand in battle to command my troops, the reinforcements will keep on coming.

9qk5ifz8 o Kill you to finish map. Got it, thanks.

WELL

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Kimbp6hu o

And you know the worst part about this? I can't even blame the fog for this. I knew there were witches there, I could see their stats. You see, the halberd weighed Ulysses down by a whopping four points of speed. I should've known to trade it off of him, have him equip the iron axe. It's not like I couldn't do that, either. Condor had nothing to do.

And just like that, we lose our first character. Sorry, Dayni. It's your boy. Alice will have to find a new hole to bone now...

At the time I was playing (and right now, too) the option that was winning at the poll was "use unit while they're still a game over unit, bench / kill afterward." Ulysses will remain with us in the foreseeable future, but he's on borrowed time.

God fucking damnit.

EDIT: Ruben from the future here! You guys somehow managed to create a tie at the poll. Good work. So now I'm not sure what to do. Tell you what: We'll wait until Ulysses loses his game over flag, and then we'll see how the poll's looking. Please, do try to break the tie before them. I don't want to have to utilize my executive powers to break the tie in my favor.

.....Least Dexithea is still kicking.

Yeah, I did mention trading in a different instance, sadly it was fatal here. I was worried with how little speed he got and sadly we're here.

We must give a fast repose to the king of banging the protag's mum.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Y9mkpaik o

Of course, Radiant Dawn shenanigans means I gotta reset the first turn. I do things mostly the same (including the "move Lex into Evan support range only after Evan attacks" mistake). Main difference is that Evan manages to crit the archer this time.

It really is a RD thing huh?

Least you got a crit?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Jjv58t9j o

Hoho! Not bad! Girl's powering up!

There's that Spd!

Also, Str and Mag, so good for her.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
C4wu1dix oYxxcaugy oNxwpzwmb o

Assassins! Help! They're so pathetic that we're dying of second-hand embarrassment!

Ah, here's the FE theives.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Hkvn9m93 oShzbzbtr oH71w0r0l o

Just after I was done explaining how javelins have been severely nerfed in this game, too. You rule, Relina. More like Ruleina, am I right or am I right?

I though Javelins didn't double?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
K4g533su o

The bare minimum of what a level needs to be good. After all the shit he's been getting, I'll take it.

Condor making progress.

Good.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Qdsjhwzf oHodpmgem o

...!

FE6 bishops!?

Best game ever. Best game ever, goddamnit!

That was my first reaction to this. Sure, it's a small thing, but I love FE6 bishops to bits. Actually one of my favorite GBAFE sprites, with the funny hat and all. Love 'em.

And it gets better: There's a playable bishop that is green. I know, nobody cares but me, but I shit you not, in my first run I used that man solely because he was a green FE6 bishop. Helps that he's rather good. We won't see him for a while, though.

Guess I don't share the hype.

Green bishop better be good. Or else he'll hit the bench.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Oetzrovq oH9myzdgp o

Finally got a proper shot of her.

She even heals.

Witch flying around casting staff spells seems appropriate.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
5tiw6vdc o

It's usually in this map that Evan shoots far ahead of everyone else in levels for me. As you can see, he's decided that he's got enough speed for now, and is instead powering up. Fine by me.

Evan at 100% power:

Iy3z2esb o

Evan at 99% power:

Y9mkpaik o

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Iqb5fuqx oHowever, anyone can follow what their heart desires for them to do. If you need someone there to help you get to that point, you know that I'll always be there to lend a hand. What do you say, Charles? Will you follow your heart like Torrid did?

Sewxugnh o

Or you'll die. Fun fact: since Charles can be missed, he's the only unit in the first arc of the game that doesn't cause a game over if he dies. I hope we won't ever get to see it, though.

1a13igbq oWhen next I see him, if you haven't already soothed my internal conflicts, I'm sure he'll give me the answer that I am looking for.

Iqb5fuqx oOf course, Charles! We may have failed my mission here, but I won't fail you in helping you choose this path.

I wonder how this arc will go.

I suppose the flying squad will have something worth doing all this for?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Busf46kz oTvchugdi oXgwftbrn oV9ewtw3m oPmevgzkd o

So. Charles.

Charles is... not my favorite unit in this game. See, he's a flier. That means he's amazing! Well, to compensate for his flyness, statwise he's a shittier Ulysses. And I already don't like Ulysses too much. I've tried to use them both in the past, and they both fell off sooner rather than later. Meh... I mean, a flier's a flier, but I don't think he'll be a mainstay of the team.

Skillwise, he has the customary Canto and:

- Lunge: Regular attack, but Ulysses swaps places with the enemy afterwards. Can come in handy a couple of times.

Later on, he'll gain:

- At level 5, Quick Burn: +15 Hit and Avoid at the start of the map. Decreases every turn. Pretty good, considering the quick pace of this game's maps.

- At level 10, Lance Breaker: +50 Hit/Avo when enemy has a lance equipped.

So yeah. Big movement shenanigans, positioning skills, bad combat. Eh. Objectively speaking he's probably good, but this game has more interesting and fun units.

Charles is limited? He has Lunge though and can carry units in the air.

He'd probably like Axebreaker instead, alongside a bit more power.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Dwai1st4 o

Why is he saying his combat line in the second fight instead of the first?

1a13igbq oThat's just how my world works, it seems...

Questions for another time.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Rbmkqwyq o

Hahahahahahah... Marvelous. He lasted one turn. Ruben tactics! Impressive as ever!

Oh my God, why do I keep doing this to myself... You'd think after four Ironmans I'd know better than to try it yet again!

Oh, well. Frankly, it could've been worse.

Or not.

One. Turn.

The game that forces a bunch of units to live and the one who isn't dies almost immediately.

Almost like a pressure valve, this guy.

Really speedrunning the deaths eh?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Bqyukefq oUbwxxwwi oFearjry8 oLjqsouzu o

Albert lives up to his reputation. He's a tier 3 cavalier with superior gear and stats.

Superior stats that I somehow didn't screenshot.

...blistering motherfucking barnacles...

Anyway, his downfall is that his skills are all support-focused. Charisma, charm, you name it, he has it. He's a great leader like that, but it won't help him personally. Evan will destroy him rather handily.

Also, he's another tiny man. Or am I missing something? Do American measurements just break every rule of decimals? Is 5.11 feet more than 5.9? Because where I come from, it's barely a bit higher than 5.1! Google says so as well! I'll never understand these measurements, I swear...

5'11" is one inch off 6', so yes 5'11" is taller than 5'9".

So we can't see how strong he actually is. Also, he looks like hes a prick.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Jinxowxb o

Elwind uses a slightly broken aircalibur animation. Still, it's by far the best port of the aircalibur animation I've seen. Custom magic animations is consistently one of the hardest things to pull off in hacks, so I'm always willing to forgive jankier animations.

We should just call it glitchcaliber at this point.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Suwjm8bq o

......

Excuse me, I think I'll be needing a cold shower.

Dexithea: Smasher of the Romans

Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! Gif

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
K438gmls o

You've got to be... Ohhhh, c'mon! Condor! I know you look like Derrick, but this isn't Berwick Saga! Stop getting Berwick levels!

CONDOR!

YOU'RE MAKING HIM SAD, STOP THAT.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Tuv0n4xv o

You can tell Albert is smarter than his peers because he's not dramatically announcing his name and rank. Instead, he's... panicking because he's losing and he knows it.

Still, don't be so hard on yourself, man. You're the first commander to have cost us troops. That's gotta count for something.

I hope you suffer greatly.

Really, this looks to be the last surprise he'll have.

No, I'm not linking it.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
G5kevxfe o

Yeah, he ain't retreating from that.

HE HAS BEEN PLUNGED INTO THE PIT

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Yqsmkcvi o

Man, there's just no stopping this guy, is there? He's now as tanky as Condor without even a flux tome!

I mean, Spd would have just made this a steller level.

So merely great's cool. I guess.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Xk7bu5fo o

Not speed/10.

Str/10.

Also, that Res would have been nice earlier man.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Ys6msssi o

Oh! Female brigand shriek! Female brigand shriek! It's... majestic! Same sound bit as the male brigand, but that's okay, it didn't even sound human to begin with.

WRAH

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Wfwju6a9 oRefikxc9 o

Relina's combat remains mediocre, but the speedy utility begins. Hah hah hah...

At least she's getting some stats.

And of course Spd buffs.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Ch0lrkwl o

You're not nearly as epic as Evan.

I wish it were Mag too.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
6tbsjuee o

What kind of a name is Mu...?

Nothing. Literally.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Kakjeobh oDonovan?!

Zhrp5jtp oIn the flesh.

And this is the moment you know it's over.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Ijuhqzt5 oUznabijd oGwqtyhya o

Uhh, pretty fire!

GRAND AETHER!

Sorry, I've used him in Smash.

And why did they decide to go with an Ike spirte?

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

That woman behind the guy is Janet. Another veteran from the first game. She used the beta FE8 sprite that was kind of like, Neimi in Tethys's outfit. Her character was, uh... something. She's calmed down a lot since she married, apparently.

How crazy was she?

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Oyhjry3i oWhy would I waste my energy on a no name piece of shit like you? Bring out a real Sub-Commander or two and I'll take you seriously. Fuuma, Sub-Commander of the Spy Division.
What a joke.

Well that's not very nice considering he's have wrecked you.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Oyhjry3i oThat's quite the compliment. Ronald has his... issues...  but I assure you, he approved this and all our other strategies in Merv. It seems to me like the only one pulling the strings for their betters is you two with this tactician Astrea of yours leading you. The girl over there, yes? She has been quite the bother. Well, enough chat. This is the end of you all.

Bit fresh considering the chances they cleaned his men out and just didn't bother with him.

2 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

S8xsr0js o...How pathetic and slow. I didn't expect you to be so unreliable. I'm disappointed in you, Fuuma. You didn't notice the signal Astrea sent?

Cczfxsr4 oI guess I wouldn't know a code only shared between two close friends.

Oyhjry3i oCode? What the hell are you talking about?!

S8xsr0js oHer sword is awfully bright, isn't it?

.....

I'm trying to figure out this actually.

Namely how it was both bright enough to be noticed from far away and not be noticed as an obvious signal by Albert. Was it that easy for the other squad to see? Through the supposedly thick Fog? If it was, why did he not see that?

How did the genius not realise it? You'd think he'd account for someone calling for assistance and have contingencies. I'm pretty disappointed.

TLDR:

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This time: No Pope Jr. Oh.

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9 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
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In any case. We're back to home base! We're having a big reunion with the entirety of propater. That's right, everyone is here, and they aren't faceless filler generics, either. We won't see them all in the cutscene, but every single one of the characters represented by those map sprites appears in the game.

None of them being generics is such a nice little touch.

 

9 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

H7ggcm1g oBecause as one I trained personally, I trust you more than the others. Ozmu should have an amulet with him. It is of dire importance you obtain it. You, and only you, should be the one to hold on to it.

...yeah that comes across as extremely suspicious, and makes me wonder what kind of horrible thing will happen when our hero touches it...perhaps it will react oddly to the Amulet she already has that is effectively keeping her alive

 

9 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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More hints that Garrison might be the real traitor in their mix...

 

9 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
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Oh boy, three new recruits already....alright Scruffy for the far right (I mean just look at that hair...), Tanner for the far left (I was tempted to call her Token, but I shouldn't assume that she is the least white character in this), and Blood-Haired Emo for the guy in the middle left (If I were less lazy I would lookup the name of some emo boyband member to name him after).

 

9 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Cczfxsr4 oI found this girl while on patrol. She was working with a random mercenary group.

Lgjkwhcy o I don't know why, but "random mercenary group" feels to me like a really weird way to phrase that. Oh, well...

Yeah, you would think this Mercenary group would have a name with all the factions this hack has been dropping on us...

 

9 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Oyhjry3i oAlong with some of your very valuable poison weapons.

Txzubig9 o Pfft! Good one, Albert, good one. Please, tell me more of these hilarious jokes.

You never know, this is a hack, and there are some that really boost poison, and even in the main series there are a few dangerous versions, like how Echoes has it deal 10 a turn (although it can't kill), and Thracia's everlasting version could be dangerous without a mean to fix it....

 

10 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

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Oh, you are finally getting some permanent pre-promotes then...

 

10 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

- Steal: Can steal. Self-explanatory enough.

I don't know, there are a lot of different styles of steal over the series, are we talking something extreme like Thracia, where you can steal anything as long as you have the con and speed for it, or like Radiant Dawn where equipped items and key items can't be stolen, or like Blazing Blade where you can't steal weapon/staff and need more speed, or even Binding Blade where speed doesn't matter

 

10 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

- Demoiselle: Male allies within 2 tiles receive -2 damage. This doesn't really fit her, she's not flirty or anything. Funnily enough, there's a guy later on who had the inverse version of this and it fit him as a character... But it was replaced because the guy was a terrible unit and needed something else. Oh well.

A shame about the balance patch ruining a fun bit of flavor from the patch...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Down south, we've got the redhead assassin and her forces that will charge at us with annoying poison weapons. Albert is standing to the west, past the narrow mountain pass, and he won't move. If we kill Albert, the reinforcements will stop coming, so it'd be nice to do it soon, but there's a ton of enemies and Evan isn't fast enough to destroy everyone in EP. Not until level 10, anyway. Still, even if it's too late to stop many reinforcements, we'll want to kill Albert for the item he drops. You'll see when we get there... If we get there.

Ah that classic mechanic of killing the boss to stop reinforcements...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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Hi there.

At least it doesn't move...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
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...He gets doubled-- HE GETS DOUBLED.

FUCK! HE GETS DOUBLED! HOW DID I LET THIS HAPPEN!? NOOOOOOOOOOOO--

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Unbelievable...

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Seems Blonde Inigo has his blood indeed go

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

EDIT: Ruben from the future here! You guys somehow managed to create a tie at the poll. Good work. So now I'm not sure what to do. Tell you what: We'll wait until Ulysses loses his game over flag, and then we'll see how the poll's looking. Please, do try to break the tie before them. I don't want to have to utilize my executive powers to break the tie in my favor.

Interesting...I wonder which way it will sway...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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I guess its time to find out how bad poison is in this game...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
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5 damage from poison? That's a new one. I hope we won't be seeing 10 HP blows from it, like in Berwick...

Well it sounds a tinny bit worse than the embarrassment it is in the GBA titles, but still not very threatening....

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Assassins! Help! They're so pathetic that we're dying of second-hand embarrassment!

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Wow, the assassins really are embarrassingly bad in this game....

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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That is more like it! Hahahah!

 

Now that is fairly impressive...it really puts Blonde Inigo's performance with it too shame.

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

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Alright, it kinda looks like Freya has a mushroom growing from their head, like some of the sillier status effects from an RPG or something. It took me a second to realize that was the head of Young Seteth's  staff....

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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Oh, please...

 

Oh that is kinda interesting, one is a male enemy Bishop, and the other is a female enemy Bishop...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Oh, by the way, you might've noticed out vision range is awfully large. You see, the fog clears up as the map goes. A relatively recent change. Neat.

Huh, are character's vision ranges increasing over time, or is this simply that places they loss vision of by moving remain revealed?

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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Or you'll die. Fun fact: since Charles can be missed, he's the only unit in the first arc of the game that doesn't cause a game over if he dies. I hope we won't ever get to see it, though.

Well that is an interesting design, and I am always a fan of Wyverns... although again with the blondeness of the cast...

I guess I better come up with a na-

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
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...He's dead, isn't he.

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Yup.

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Hahahahahahah... Marvelous. He lasted one turn. Ruben tactics! Impressive as ever!

Oh my God, why do I keep doing this to myself... You'd think after four Ironmans I'd know better than to try it yet again!

...Wow that was fast...I guess you supper jinxed it by talking about his lack of death flag...

I guess he earned the name Wyvern Meat, and the poor guy got sun dried by those Bishops...

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

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Albert lives up to his reputation. He's a tier 3 cavalier with superior gear and stats.

How self centered of him...also it feels a little odd to see the Thani just sitting in his inventory like that, as he both can't use it, and its the signature weapon of Micaiah.

 

11 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Also, he's another tiny man. Or am I missing something? Do American measurements just break every rule of decimals? Is 5.11 feet more than 5.9? Because where I come from, it's barely a bit higher than 5.1! Google says so as well! I'll never understand these measurements, I swear...

Yeah, you have misunderstood the US height system, as it is a base 12 system instead of a base 10 system. There are 12 inches in a foot, and the period is clearly separating feet and inches in this context, so for your two examples you have 5 foot 9 inches, which is ~1.75 meters, and 5 foot 11 inches is ~1.8 meters. Base 12 system like that comes from the same mentality of the base 60 system used with minute, as a base 12 system deals easily with halves, thirds, and quarters, the base 60 version adds fifths and sixth to that list.

 

13 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Zhrp5jtp oYay, we beat the baddies and just the big boss is left. Can I kill him now?

But you already killed all the bosses on this map...

 

 

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Part 5 - A familiar stache, but not a familiar face.

Hey, uh... Hate to be a nag, but if there's someone with an account reading this that still hasn't voted at the poll, please do. I still see the tie, and I really don't want to take responsibility for picking the most lenient option. Please, don't let me decide. Take that right away from me by breaking the tie. You've got this update and the next until it's over.

Hey:

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On 4/2/2021 at 6:30 PM, Spara said:
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Sense of scale? In MY Fire Emblem?

This is the same series where people fire bows through walls. And let's not even talk about the Burroughs situation in Berwick Saga's final map...

Well, taller people usually always have a massive advantage in fights.

Yes, fights...

She's got gray/silver hair... 

That's neat too, yeah.

Let's face it; after Paramythis, we all know you have a type

I think there's one in every LP, it really doesn't take much to be able to tell.

😮

My disappointment is immeasurable, and my day is ruined.

Hahahahah... Yeah, unfortunately, this is no Sierra.

Death flag! Who's gonna bite the dust today?

Well...

RIP Cav Boi. You see, the Halberd was effective... against himself.

It's a joke that works on multiple levels!

CALLED IT

Congratulations, you solved the great mystery. Next: figure out the color of grass.

HEY!

HOW ARE YOU TALKING WITH AN ARROW IN YOUR WINDPIPE!

Because Ruben doesn't do medical logic.

Now this I should've expected, but didn't. Considering what happened to Alvina last LP, Wyverns and Mages don't mix.

Don't remind me...

Aaaand there's the filename to seal the deal. Epic.

At this point it's a running joke.

Ancient Greeks rolling in their graves for having their alphabet called out like this

Ancient Greeks be like "mu alphabet!"

...I regret nothing! Hahahahahahah...!

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY!

I normally don't fanboy over GBA animations, but I like that. Looks funny whenever you catch a freeze-frame of it.

Yeah, that's the funniest part of LPing GBA. The funky freeze-frames.

Didn't expect two deaths this time, but FoW is basically a surefire recipe for death. Except in Berwick. 

Unfortunately, even Best Hack cannot compare to Berwick Saga. Then again, what can?

 

 

On 4/2/2021 at 9:58 PM, Pengaius said:

No! Butterman...! Stay away! No! Don't--!

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Ulysses? I think you mean Useless. 

Aahhhhhh, I hate you, Butterman! BUTTERMAN! BUTTERMAN!

Charredles

You poopyhead!

I suggest, that if theres a tie, you do the only fair thing and pick the option which is not part of the tie. That way everybody loses. 

You believe I don't see through your veil of lies and deceit!? If I do this, you and you alone will win! I cannot let that happen! It is simply inconceivable!

 

On 4/2/2021 at 11:11 PM, Dayni said:
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  Well that's good.

She has Wind Disciple too, which can help.

Dexithea can be powerful. Problem is, the other axe users in this game are even better. In particular, there's a brigand that comes later on that's just a bag of stats with an OP prf, Acrobat and Despoil to print money in case you needed more reasons to take him along. Using him is only obvious.

Guess who won't be using him.

Not yet.

Hah! Okay then, maybe it's not enough after all.

The banging's cyclical, both are true.

Hahahahah... you know, somehow I doubt that, but okay.

Okay, good to know.

Was uncertain that we'd be getting a gay couple, especially this quick.

Sun God's Wrath is awesome like that.

Even if they both have, uh... issues, in other aspects of life. You know, the whole "let's enslave a whole bunch of people and treat them like literal dogs" business. That's not so cool.

See, that's why I used Ten Move Tanya.

Poor Ronan.

To be fair, if Tanya gets ten move I think you'd be justified in benching anybody for her.

He's attacking like he's casting Fire magic.

In FFVII, magic is cast by having the appropriate materia.

Thus Soloud has Fire Materia.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I see.

That's Abba.

The other one was from Tenacious D.

Okay, thanks.

But he said he wanted money no matter how bloody-

Leave him to the moss.

The moss is dead now. It no longer matters.

A brave strategy for you to admit it.

Hahahahahah! Thanks. See, I'm a master at being honest when someone axes me a question.

D'oy, of course I forgot Mercy's for everyone.

It's all right. It's understandable, you're not seeing it on the menu all the time like I am.

It's not like there's nothing around.

The trouble is that there's no interest in trying to cultivate what's left for Merv to try and recover as the groups are warring for submission of everyone else. The wasteland will form from the desolation by man in the end. So yes, people working together could help prevent things from getting worse.

Go ahead and try to work together with the dog freak, see how that works out for ya.

Still, Fang could've just asked us nicely. At worst, we would've turned them away.

The Mana Plage will probably invalidate this, but still.

Perhaps.

Oh well, imagine if you were playing a prostitute who'd come to lead a liberation force.

Primrose exists- shh.

I mean, that was kinda it, but the game's writing allowed the words "monkey sperm" to coexist, so... Yeah, it wasn't that great.

Wait, was it 0.5*Skl?

That's the basic GBA crit formula, yes. With Crit Force, it's 1.5*skill. Evan just gets like 20-something crit from his skill alone, and that's before adding the permanent 15 crit bonus he still has.

Jo, Joe, Joseph, Josef, Joah, let's get real confusing.

Some Joe's Wrath. A version of this game where everyone is named after variations of Joe. And heck, let's give everyone Joe's face. It's really funny, as we'll find out not today, but next time.

It's a dangerous amulet!

Pace is quick that's for sure.

And it's only gonna get quicker, hah!

Though why he trusts Astrea more makes me sus of Propater as a whole.

Interesting conflict of suspicious between you and Eltosian. You suspect literally everyone, he suspects Garrison. We'll see who turns out to be correct... If either does at all!

Indeed.

Garrison doesn't really have an easy route to sealing to Pyron does he?

I'm afraid it is not an easy task to pull off.

Smokey here is kinda androgynous honestly.

I sorta see it, but he's rather obviously male, I'd say.

Teedy Roosevelt's quote about speaking softly is tempting here.

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

- Dayni shortly before sending some horns to horny jail.

Albert actually kinda has a clever play.

Shame he couldn't get his men closer before being seen right?

Unfortunately for him, Fuuma can see far into the fog.

If Evan sucked though......

Pretty sure even base Evan could hold his own against these enemies. Probably couldn't push forward, but with Ulysses and Condor's help, he could defend the bridge area. Probably. I mean, I'm fairly certain that there's people out there who have beaten 0% growth SGW, so... It has to be possible somehow.

Oh look, Witches are in the hack.

Yes. It is, in fact, a witch.

Surprise it's the guy on the left.

No? Okay.

I wish. The guy on the left has proper armor. He might've survived...

So she's already teir two?

Yes, she and Fuuma.

Okay. Pretty alright, with bases, future healing and yeeting.

Does she not get another skill though?

She does get her classline skills, at 16 and 22. Why 16 and 22 instead of 15 and 20? I'm... honestly not sure. The war priest line is weird like that.

So he gets stupid good combat and so long as you're careful he'll always be good.

Plus he can steal.

Eyup.

Some of these early units looking pretty bad now.

Sun God's Wrath balance is funky. It's kinda like Berwick Saga, where pretty much everyone can be useful, but since utility is so unique and different, some units rise above the others.

So she's a mage who wants light combat, can't take hits and at least can fly.

Will she get Canto+?

I'm not entirely sure. Let me check the guide...

Turns out she doesn't. The guide says the mastery (gained upon reaching tier 3) skill of the witch classline is just regular Canto. That's weird, though, she already has that... Perhaps it's a mistake in the guide. Meh, we'll see.

HELLFIRE

DARK FIRE

Hey look, lore for skills.

Neat.

Always a nice thing to see. Remember the time Berwick Saga justified Adel and Leon's skills with a hilarious metaphor for love? I remember.

I also remember how Leon died shortly afterwards.

Wonder if Leo is similar to FE's Leo.

Well... Actually? We'll see.

WELL

Hahahahah... Well, they do stop coming. It just requires Albert to suffer a tragic accicent.

.....Least Dexithea is still kicking.

It's not too late to change your vote, you know

Yeah, I did mention trading in a different instance, sadly it was fatal here. I was worried with how little speed he got and sadly we're here.

It was inevitable. Guy had no speed.

We must give a fast repose to the king of banging the protag's mum.

Okay that's just amazing.

It really is a RD thing huh?

Least you got a crit?

Yep.

There's that Spd!

Also, Str and Mag, so good for her.

Seriously, she doesn't look like much now, but the second we get her a good magic sword, she's going to wreak havoc among the enemy.

Ah, here's the FE theives.

Hah!

I though Javelins didn't double?

She procced Adept.

Condor making progress.

Good.

It's something, at least.

Guess I don't share the hype.

Yeah, I did say I know I'm the only one who cares.

Green bishop better be good. Or else he'll hit the bench.

Come now. I've made worse things work.

She even heals.

Witch flying around casting staff spells seems appropriate.

To be fair, like half of this game's mages can heal. We'll meet one of the exceptions today.

Evan at 100% power:

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Evan at 99% power:

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If that's Evan at 100% power, the sky's the limit.

I wonder how this arc will go.

Yeah, good question.

Good question that will never be resolved, because not only is Charles dead, we also won't be getting Torrid if my plans go as intended.

I suppose the flying squad will have something worth doing all this for?

Ergh...

Charles is limited? He has Lunge though and can carry units in the air.

He'd probably like Axebreaker instead, alongside a bit more power.

Oh yeah, Charles is good, but... Not in a fun way, like Evan and Lex.

Questions for another time.

Yeah.

Another time.

Or not.

One. Turn.

...Sheesh...

The game that forces a bunch of units to live and the one who isn't dies almost immediately.

"Almost?" I don't think he could've died any faster!

Almost like a pressure valve, this guy.

In a way.

Really speedrunning the deaths eh?

Well, I do have to keep up with the pace of this game, don't I?

5'11" is one inch off 6', so yes 5'11" is taller than 5'9".

Oh. Well, guess I owe Chunji an apology, then. He wasn't tiny after all.

So we can't see how strong he actually is.

Well, take a look at Evan's latest level, and realize that he could go toe to toe with that monster.

Also, he looks like hes a prick.

I mean, his list of likes literally just says "himself."

We should just call it glitchcaliber at this point.

Hah! Good one.

Dexithea: Smasher of the Romans

Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! Gif

Looks like someone's found his favorite.

Surely you realize how much of a terrible idea that is, this being me behind the wheel. Are you sure you want to get attached?

CONDOR!

YOU'RE MAKING HIM SAD, STOP THAT.

YEAH, WHAT HE SAID

Really, this looks to be the last surprise he'll have.

No, I'm not linking it.

All right...

HE HAS BEEN PLUNGED INTO THE PIT

It has been a while since we last delved into Frollo references, hasn't it? Always nice to return to the basics.

I mean, Spd would have just made this a steller level.

So merely great's cool. I guess.

The guy's our new armor knight. Except unlike most knights, his combat is hilarious too.

Str/10.

Also, that Res would have been nice earlier man.

F

WRAH

RAAAAHH

At least she's getting some stats.

Yeah, but I like the speed buffs better.

And of course Spd buffs.

Always important.

I wish it were Mag too.

So do I, girl's damage is subpar.

Nothing. Literally.

Hah!

And this is the moment you know it's over.

Yup.

GRAND AETHER!

Sorry, I've used him in Smash.

Fun fact: When I was younger and didn't understand English so well, I thought he just screamed his own name. Like, he just went "IKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE."

Obviously now that I know Ike is pronounced "ah-eek" instead of the Spanishized "ee-keh," this no longer happens, but... yeah.

And why did they decide to go with an Ike spirte?

Blademaster scoured FEUniverse for all the coolest animations, and just plastered them all over.

How crazy was she?

She was not a believer of monogamy. Make of that what you will. I'm not going there.

Well that's not very nice considering he's have wrecked you.

Oh yeah, if Fuuma wasn't required elsewhere he'd make short work of Albert.

Bit fresh considering the chances they cleaned his men out and just didn't bother with him.

Yeah...

.....

I'm trying to figure out this actually.

Namely how it was both bright enough to be noticed from far away and not be noticed as an obvious signal by Albert. Was it that easy for the other squad to see? Through the supposedly thick Fog? If it was, why did he not see that?

To be fair, the fog gradually clears up as the map goes. Perhaps it already had cleared up entirely by the time Albert made his final rush.

Other than that, don't forget that Bella is almost 2 meters tall. She just stood between Albert and Astrea and that was enough to hide what she was doing.

How did the genius not realise it? You'd think he'd account for someone calling for assistance and have contingencies. I'm pretty disappointed

Well, hey, cut him some slack--

TLDR:

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Hahahahaha... I should've known it was leading up to this.

This time: No Pope Jr. Oh.

Perhaps Pope Jr. will be this time?

 

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None of them being generics is such a nice little touch.

I agree.

...yeah that comes across as extremely suspicious, and makes me wonder what kind of horrible thing will happen when our hero touches it...perhaps it will react oddly to the Amulet she already has that is effectively keeping her alive

More hints that Garrison might be the real traitor in their mix...

Interesting conflict of suspicious between you and Dayni. You suspect Garrison, he suspects literally everyone. We'll see who turns out to be correct... If either does at all!

Oh boy, three new recruits already....alright Scruffy for the far right (I mean just look at that hair...),

Don't you diss Bella!

Tanner for the far left (I was tempted to call her Token, but I shouldn't assume that she is the least white character in this),

I mean, we've already met Ren lol

and Blood-Haired Emo for the guy in the middle left (If I were less lazy I would lookup the name of some emo boyband member to name him after).

I mean, his hair is unfortunate, but the guy's not really an emo. Quite the opposite, he's rather bombastic. Quite literally, I mean, his likes say that he enjoys pyrotechnics!

Yeah, you would think this Mercenary group would have a name with all the factions this hack has been dropping on us...

They're irrelevant. They merely exist to expedite Charles's recruitment.

You never know, this is a hack, and there are some that really boost poison, and even in the main series there are a few dangerous versions, like how Echoes has it deal 10 a turn (although it can't kill), and Thracia's everlasting version could be dangerous without a mean to fix it....

Well...

Oh, you are finally getting some permanent pre-promotes then...

Thankfully so.

I don't know, there are a lot of different styles of steal over the series, are we talking something extreme like Thracia, where you can steal anything as long as you have the con and speed for it, or like Radiant Dawn where equipped items and key items can't be stolen, or like Blazing Blade where you can't steal weapon/staff and need more speed, or even Binding Blade where speed doesn't matter

...Correct. I should've explained. It's just regular FE8 stealing. You need to have higher speed than your target, and you can only steal items. Kinda boring, but eh.

A shame about the balance patch ruining a fun bit of flavor from the patch...

Yeah, I wish he'd kept that skill as well as the new one, but what can you do.

Ah that classic mechanic of killing the boss to stop reinforcements...

Better than the boss just not mattering.

At least it doesn't move...

Thank God.

Seems Blonde Inigo has his blood indeed go

Oof...

Interesting...I wonder which way it will sway...

So far? Neither.

I do find it rather hilarious how both options are tied at 6 votes, and then there's just Butterman hanging out at the "fuck you Ruben" option.

I guess its time to find out how bad poison is in this game...

Well it sounds a tinny bit worse than the embarrassment it is in the GBA titles, but still not very threatening....

It is no Berwick poison, but you might want to pack a vulnerary to counter it.

Wow, the assassins really are embarrassingly bad in this game....

These assassins, at least.

Now that is fairly impressive...it really puts Blonde Inigo's performance with it too shame.

She has far more speed and far more con than Ulysses.

Alright, it kinda looks like Freya has a mushroom growing from their head, like some of the sillier status effects from an RPG or something. It took me a second to realize that was the head of Young Seteth's  staff....

Hahahahahaha... Okay, that's just amazing.

Oh that is kinda interesting, one is a male enemy Bishop, and the other is a female enemy Bishop...

Yeah, as we've seen before, the game likes its diversity on the enemy side.

Huh, are character's vision ranges increasing over time, or is this simply that places they loss vision of by moving remain revealed?

The former. It's supposed to represent the fog clearing up, I suppose.

Well that is an interesting design, and I am always a fan of Wyverns... although again with the blondeness of the cast...

Yeah, you know, I actually hadn't realized before, but this cast really is quite blonde. I suppose I just didn't notice because half of the blondes are concentrated in the earlygame. After Jenna, it'll be a while before we get another one.

I guess I better come up with a na-

Let's call him Quick Burn. You know, like his skill... and his role in the LP.

...Wow that was fast...I guess you supper jinxed it by talking about his lack of death flag...

I super jinxed it when I had him run toward the bishops in spite of his lack of resistance.

I guess he earned the name Wyvern Meat, and the poor guy got sun dried by those Bishops...

Jikes...

How self centered of him...also it feels a little odd to see the Thani just sitting in his inventory like that, as he both can't use it, and its the signature weapon of Micaiah.

Thani is just a regular C rank tome in this game. As for why he has it... Well, there needed to be a good reward for making it that far.

Yeah, you have misunderstood the US height system, as it is a base 12 system instead of a base 10 system. There are 12 inches in a foot, and the period is clearly separating feet and inches in this context, so for your two examples you have 5 foot 9 inches, which is ~1.75 meters, and 5 foot 11 inches is ~1.8 meters. Base 12 system like that comes from the same mentality of the base 60 system used with minute, as a base 12 system deals easily with halves, thirds, and quarters, the base 60 version adds fifths and sixth to that list.

Thanks. You never go to bed without learning something new. Or get out of bed, in this case!

...Just one more question - Why does google tell me 5.11 feet equals 1.55 meters? Google, what the fuck! I trusted you!

But you already killed all the bosses on this map...

Are you underestimating the great Wire?

...you're probably correct to.

 

 

It's me:

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I like how descriptive this game's chapter titles have been so far. I mean, you read something like Cog of Destiny and what does that tell you? Nothing, that's what.

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Today, we'll be introduced to the Church of Pyron and its higher-ups. The three above, to be precise. The other five will appear later on.

But before we continue, I want you to do something for me. Try to picture what the Pope of the Church of Pyron might look like. Without context or anything. Just... paint a picture in your mind of what a pope that worships Hornguy might look like. Use your imagination. I'll give you some time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Done? Good. Now let's find out what he actually looks like.

19gazxsi oThe former theocracy of Pyronia. This land was founded by people who were still loyal to Pyron after his defeat. After the World War ended, it was absorbed into the Elemental Republic. With the merging of the two cultures under the God of Energy, Pyron,

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Yes! Yes! YES! YEEESS!

EVIL MOULDER!

EVIL MOULDER!

I still can't help but laugh every time I see this. Evil Moulder, ladies and gentlemen. That's the Pope of Amatera. In Corrupt Theocracy, Mandrake was a playable character who used the beta Moulder sprite. There was some surprising competence to his writing. He appeared to be your regular kindly priest, but in his supports he occassionally let slip hints to sinister affiliations.

Then in SGW he became Evil Moulder.

I love this. I love this far too much.

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Evil Moulder's kids aren't as epic as Evil Moulder, but they're okay. Belkina's cute.

19gazxsi oThis Cult of Pyron leads the people in prayer on the surface but engages in their divine mission given to them by Pyron in the shadows. It is there that they push the boundaries of nature, and challenge the very structure of the world, no matter the cost.

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It's these two once more.

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Uh... yeah, I think that no longer matters.

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Unlike poison, sleep and silence do not wear off. You have to cure them with a restore staff.

There isn't a restore staff yet. Ain't that great?

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We find Ozmu alongside a really generic looking dude and a girl that looks to have some interesting history. 

A really churchy theme plays during this scene, to really drive home the point that we stand before holy men and women. However, to these soothing organ notes there is a hint of darkness lurking beneath.

3t4acnv7 oWe've managed to set up a perimeter, so we should be safe.

Auphvkij oThis attack must have been planned for quite some time. Even with Albert's warning, that he would perish as well... Propater is not to be underestimated. The scouts I sent to get reinforcements had to retreat due to how heavily guarded the outside of the lab is.

Lcajjitc oSo we should be expecting no further aid? Father will be very displeased if they discover what's been going on here. I'm especially worried if that student of Bramimond or his progeny arrive!

9qk5ifz8 o Well, I don't know about "that student of Bramimond", but we do have his grandson right here. Even if he does not like being reminded of it.

Auphvkij oYour Holiness! It looks like the enemy is still following us! How did they manage to get here so fast?!

9qk5ifz8 oBecause we're awesome?

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Oh.

Lcajjitc oWhat?!

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Well, shit. Sucks to be you, Ozmu! Hah!

Lcajjitc oRoslin was a traitor?! Impossible, she's helped our work advance too much! She's even killed confirmed spies from Propater before!

3t4acnv7 oI'm Garrison's granddaughter.

9qk5ifz8 oSo you are. You may remember that Garrison said there was a good reason she wasn't present at the big reunion. Now we know it: She was working undercover.

3t4acnv7 oMy allies knew what we were doing here. They knew that if one of us had to die, my existence had more meaning.

Lgjkwhcy o That's... rather harsh. But I suppose in times of war, sacrifices needed to be made, and if they had been caught already, those spies would've died anyway...

Auphvkij oYour Holiness, with them there and our only exit blocked, we need to retreat to the altar now! I can use the barrier there to protect you! But keep in mind that with the one still in holding, we only have two cyclopes that can fight at this time!

Lcajjitc oRoslin... is that even your real name?

9qk5ifz8 oNope. It's Artemis.

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Artemis runs to Astrea's side. Ozmu and his bodyguard (his name is Dartanion) run into the darkness.

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Yes. The darkness. This is another fog map. Niiiiiiiiiiice...

3t4acnv7 oThanks, Astrea. We'll have more time for pleasantries later. For now, let's open a path, finish off Ozmu, and destroy this place!

Zbaaezxw oIt sounds like they still have some reinforcements on their way. There won't be many... but it wouldn't be good to get overwhelmed here.

Det8lbw5 oRight. The goal is right in front of us now!

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Preps time! Most important thing is that Jenna grabs the thani tome. Evan's been carrying sagittae since last map, but never had the chance to use it. It has 1-3 range, but cannot double. Sometimes we may even want to use it for its supreme might rather than its extra range. Good tome, good tome.

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Funnily enough, though Artemis is in the typical dark mage class, she can't hold a candle to Evan with that magic type. Her defenses are worse and her accuracy issues are huge.

Artemis is a bit like Dexithea, in that her offensive stats are immense. However, her PCC is only 1, she lacks staves, and her skill might be the worst in the entire game. This gives her consistent accuracy issues with every magic type but light. I feel that she works best with the more accurate anima tomes, like elwind, but some extra tankiness from dark and some extra reliability from light is never bad. While Artemis has some potential as a combat unit, she's nothing extraordinary. She does promote to flier at tier 3, though, which is why her move growth is only 1%.

You know what is extraordinary, though? Her skills:

- Cunning.

- Steal.

Indeed, this is our second thief. A friggin' shaman, of all things. Did you see that one coming?

At level 10, she learns Tomebreaker. You know the drill at this point - 50 avoid and hit against fellow tome users. This, coupled with her excellent res, makes her a fine mage killer.

I like Artemis. I'll probably give her a chance. Plus, she's a green shaman. How awesome is that?

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Surprisingly small map, but it's quite busy. We'll get a monster killing sword if we hurry, plus one of the bosses leaves. He's replaced, and we'll have more chances to kill him, but I'd like to try and kill him here if I can. There's a bunch of enemies in the fog, plus a few reinforcements that will come from behind that we don't want to neglect. This will also be our first encounter with monsters. There's a couple lurking in the darkness.

All in all, not as tough as the last map, but it can get a bit rough if one isn't careful.

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Incidentally, we still can't change our formation. I find it really sad that there's exactly one free formation slot... but it's empty, because Charles perished. R.I.P.

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'Aight, let us begin. Bella, capture this guy.

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Just like that. He happened to have a red gem that I didn't notice, so lucky me. I must say, I'm rather amazed at my ability to miss stealables in a game where the enemy's inventory can be seen from the map.

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Fuuma demolishes this guy.

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Before I forget, I'd like to point out the description on these guys. Such jolly fellows.

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Also, another red gem. Better remember to nab it.

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Let's give Artemis a shot. Hoo boy, that accuracy... See what I meant? This is not good.

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Umbra used to be called luna. It was renamed because it doesn't work like luna. It's just the steel equivalent of dark now.

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We only need so many Elthunder tomes. You die!

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Hwohwohwohwohwo... Yes, more power. Give me more power, Astrea!

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I guess this is all right, too?

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Elwind's a good tome, so let's nab another one from this person.

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Just so.

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Another capture? Another capture.

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Hmm...

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Yeah.

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That works.

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Evan hasn't much to do, so he grabs some healing experience.

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Okay, going well so far. I could've tried killing the mage with Evan, but I wanted him to advance.

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The only remaining enemy nearby attacks Lex. Unfortunately, Counter doesn't work with magic.

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Ahahahah... Oh dear, reinforcements. Well, no matter. Merely more sheep for Lex to shear!

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Lex Lexes a couple of enemies! See, one thing I failed to mention was that the short bow in this game isn't weaker than the iron bow - it's stronger. Because of this, we'll be getting some damn good use out of it.

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Evan--

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Oh! Look, it's the first flashbang of the run! It's... beautiful! Man, I've missed these things.

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Anyway, Artemis stores her flux tome and picks up this guy's red gem.

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Hoah! That was close...

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Cyclops have low stats everywhere except strength and HP. Their strength is sky-high, though, so they'll be quite the threat if you let 'em be. We'll want to kill this guy very fast, or things could get ugly.

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Condor and Dexithea once more team up to steal a tome. Umbra is nice, I want a spare.

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Lastly, Katherin kills the remaining shaman.

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Now... about these guys.

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Step one: Fuuma.

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Step two: Bella one shots a guy while carrying a hostage. Again, bow armors focus on res, but still. How amazing is this?

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Ulysses can't do much, so he grabs the inventories of his and Bella's hostages and lets his own go.

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Bwahahahah... Thani is such a nice tome.

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Interestingly enough, it uses a crusty version of the DSFE Aura animation.

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And with that, we just about manage to kill all the reinforcements.

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No! How can this be!?

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...She procced Adept. Thank fuck.

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Enemy phase time. That thing's on the move, eh... Well, no matter. Time for Evan to do some frontlining.

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Bahah! Utterly pathetic! You stand before an unstoppable force!

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Oh fuck! Okay, okay, better not forget. Evan has a weakness against fellow magicians. I guess this Mana Overcharge technique takes its power from his magical defenses...

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Good thing those guys in the formation don't move. Perhaps I should've mentioned that, shouldn't I?

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Crap! Okay, okay, that's enough. Nobody else come! Please...!

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...Ahah... haaah... Okay, but he needs res. Mages are starting to hurt him really bad now.

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Ahh, there's Ready Stance! I... actually made yet another mistake when I described Evan's skills. That's right, I got all of them wrong. All of them. See, Ready Stance doesn't just increase his speed by 4 when he's under attack - it also increases his defense by 4. Guy's gonna be literally invincible on EP... If I can keep him well away from mages.

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Dexithea is attacked by a bishop out of nowhere, and...

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Good. It's over. Phew... Bit closer call than I'd like there, Evan! Gotta be more careful. If I were to lose Evan... Well, if I were to lose Evan I think I'd just straight up create alt accounts to vote for the lenient option at the poll. And I'd rather not have to resort to such trickery.

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Okay, Katherin. Time to get some good gains for once. Please.

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Eyyy, not bad! Good effort, good effort. Even made her 5% magic growth work, somehow.

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That's the +30 avoid when starting combat skill.

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Some trade-and-release shenanigans.

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Well, I think that's enough meandering. Time to deal with this guy.

Ahahahahah... Bwahahahahah! That behind the x2 is a 9. Dexithea one-rounds this guy. I mean, sure, she's using effective weaponry, but still. Jesus, look at the damage! I'm pretty sure Ulysses couldn't pull it off!

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Mwahahahahahahahahahah! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGHH!!

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Right on the thigh!

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A bit worse than what you've been getting, but I'll take some more speed.

May I point out that Dexithea is now as fast as Katherin. You know, the one who's supposed to be speedy to compensate for her other faults? Yeah. Sucks to be her.

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The coast is clear now. Let's rob Ozmu blind.

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Beacon bow. This is, like the fiendcleaver, an effective magical bow against monsters. Both of our current archers are shit at magic, however.

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Oh, c'mon. Lex!

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Fine. Show him how it's done, Astrea!

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Before we proceed, let's light the way forward. One little thing I like about this map is that you can see the bosses from the start by positioning Fuuma correctly. More importantly, however, it lets us see the nasty surprise cyclops hiding at the border of the map.

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That looks interesting.

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As I believe I've explained before, terrors are the monster equivalent of commanders. No leadership stars, but it's definitely a step above regular zombos.

It's also a new type of monster. Molochs are sort of scientist monsters. You'll see what I mean when we fight it. It has access to lances, staves and two magic types, but this one is only equipped with a lance, which will make it easy pickings for Evan.

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Let's be patient about this. We might miss the deadline for the boss, but I don't want to die.

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Lex hands Evan an umbra tome while stealing his vulnerary for himself.

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Meanwhile up here, no more reinforcements have arrived, so Bella is free to finally let her hostage go.

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Let's hope for the best...!

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Moloch animations are funny. They search inside their robes, until they find...

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A bottle filled with some sort of compound, which they break in front of them.

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If the moloch is using a lance, this summons a skeleton to stab the enemy. The most interesting thing is that, if the attack misses (at least when using magic, not entirely sure about the skeleton, but I think it's the same), the proper attack part of the animation is skipped - the moloch only finds an empty bottle, and breaks it in anger. Quite the creative animation, this one.

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Anyway, time to die. Evan only crit once, so he couldn't pull it off, but it's fine. He has all the experience he'll need for now, anyway. Others could make more use of this.

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More enemies, huh. This could be a bit tricky...

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Artemis cannot kill the moloch with shine, and her chance to miss with the other tomes is too high for my liking.

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Therefore, Astrea does it instead.

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Get a good level...!

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Not bad. I'll take some speed. I mean, these stats are amazing for a level 6 unit.

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Rally shenanigans.

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So here's the plan. I'm going to kill these two with Lex.

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...Try to.

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No kill, but the guy managed to dodge an 81% (pre true hit calculations), so that's okay!

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Hmm...

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Dang it, she doesn't reach to fully patch up Evan!

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Well, fine. I'm sure he can handle one mage.

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Yeah, for sure.

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Pfft. Oh yeah, good idea. Wait, what? He could reach Evan! What prompted him to do this?

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How'd that worked out for ya, eh?

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You're no Artemis! Get outta here!

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Okay, that's over. First order of business for this turn: Turn on the lights.

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We can take a look at the bosses now.

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Dartanion is rather powerful for a generic soldier. He has a big bucket of HP, good defense and is standing on a tile that increases his res by 10. He's not invincible, but he can be troublesome to take down.

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Ozmu is a lot more manageable. His damage and defenses aren't so hot. Take note, however, of his silence staff. We have no way of curing that, and it'll shut down Evan, which would be... absolutely terrible. For all intents and purposes, his silence range might as well be a Kishuna range.

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Anyway, let's do some more looting. For some reason people lose their ability to see in the fog while opening a chest, then regain it immediately. Funny little glitch.

In any case, much like the bacon bow and the friendcleaver, this lance deals effective damage against monsters. It'll be useful in the near future.

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More rally shenanigans.

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More reposition shenanigans.

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You're up, Dexithea. You'll handle the cyclops.

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The female shaman overthere cannot reach her, and Ozmu and Dartanion don't move.

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As for Ozmu himself, this is his silence range. Let's stay out of it for the time being.

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Oof! What a hit...! Fighting these guys head-on is never the best of ideas, but...

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Heh... Dexithea can take it.

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Oof! That's gonna sting in the morning!

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Oh look. More reinforcements. Just in time to keep those three entertained! Judging by the camera movements, more armors have also appeared back at the upper area, where they just came from. But I think we can outrun those.

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That... could be an issue.

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Ah, what a shame. We were too late. Well, no matter. Next time.

Lcajjitc oI need you to take this amulet and escape this place. It is of the utmost importance that the enemy doesn't obtain it.

Auphvkij oAre you sure about this, High Priest Ozmu? I may be your bodyguard, but your survival is much more importa-

Lcajjitc oI am the pope's son. I can defend this place if I try. Now go!

Auphvkij oYes, your Holiness!

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Lcajjitc oI'm sure my father will recognize this as well.

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Dartanion leaves and is replaced by a commander. He's promoted and uses axes, so he's a bit tougher than Dartanion. He does have another droppable blue gem, so we don't lose out on money, thankfully.

...Oh yeah. Dartanion's the one that leaves. Those of you who recalled the hint from chapter 2's house might've seen it coming, but the boss that leaves is not the son of the Pope and lead researcher of the top secret lab where monsters are created. No no, that one dies today. It's his generic-looking, unpromoted bodyguard without much personality (for now at least) that gets plot relevance going forward. A bold decision if I ever saw one.

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Okay, have a bit of healing, Evan.

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More speed, plus the skill that raises her speed if she has only 3 items. But that magic continues to worry me...

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On this side, Bella does what Bella does.

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Followed by Fuuma in this... extremely weird frame.

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Relina might as well run. Those two can handle themselves.

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Evan moves forth and heals Dexithea.

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This is an interesting move, ain't it? I'm putting Jenna in Ozmu's range. He will silence either her or Evan. At the time I was hoping it'd be Jenna, but as it would turn out, I should've hoped it's Evan. Evan cannot use thani on the commander, and well, he has resistance against Evan's main strength.

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Anyway. Let's now get rid of some reinforcements.

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Dexithea helps Astrea equip the rune blade, and... That's it. I am not too happy, to be honest. Astrea will take a mean hit from the lance armor, and I am certain something is lurking in the fog to the left of Ozmu. I pray this goes well...

...No, wait. I shouldn't pray. God is our foe.

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Ozmu has a new theme. I'm not sure who to associate it to. Dartanion has it in all of his appearances, too.

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Hah! You suck, Ozmu! Some son of Evil Moulder you are! An utter disappointment!

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Aaack! Jesus...!

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Pffft! Good effort, Astrea. Most admirable.

...Now please don't die.

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Ech. That's more damage than I'd like... As I've said before, Fuuma can't really frontline. It's not his job, anyway.

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Okay, good... It was the right call to equip the rune blade. I'm learning from my mistakes, for once!

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Yeah, even if this could've reached Astrea, I doubt she would've been able to kill her. Heck, actually, she's promoted. She could reach the free tile next to Astrea with her 6 move. She just elected not to waste her life.

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Lex.

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Hahahah! A crit, too!

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Regular Lex level. Ah, now I see why that one shaman went after Lex instead of Evan - because for as bad as Evan is against magic, he's not "1 res" levels of bad.

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Again.

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And another crit, for good measure!

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We have an opportunity to see how we fare against the bosses. Evan cannot even damage Ozmu, but...

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If need be, he can do some damage to the commander.

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It was then that I realized I could just use thani instead.

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Bask in the radiant light, for this is the dawn of your demise!

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Condor does the foul deed. Surprisingly low experience gains, actually. I think he wasn't classified as a boss, unfortunately.

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Money!

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In her quest to nab the treasure, Artemis has been unable to see much action. Let's let her have a kill now!

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Evan mercy's a guy for Dexithea to capture.

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To finish, Ulysses repositions Artemis. I doubt she can do much against Ozmu, but predictably enough, she has a convo against him. I want to see it.

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Back at the entrance, Bella kills the remaining foe, and...

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Fuuma just runs.

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Nothing happens during the enemy phase but Jenna's belated silencing.

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Okay, let's get that quote. But first, let's make sure no ugly critical accidents happen. I mean, I could just get the quote and rewind, but I'd rather do this properly if I can help it.

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About what I expected. No, she can't dent him with any of her other tomes.

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Lcajjitc oDo you not appreciate what God gave you?!

3t4acnv7 oYour god let this happen. I think he's fine with me.

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Hahahahahahah... Even without the ability to do him harm, she has destroyed him.

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That's enough mind games. Let's give him something else to worry about.

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I'm not giving this boss kill to Evan. He's using mercy.

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You know, as much mercy as Evan is capable of.

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This is one of the smoothest magic animations in the game. Not just smooth, the arrows actually land where they're supposed to, too! Impressive!

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I gave the topic of the boss kill a lot of consideration. I should've given it to Condor because Condor really needs help, but in the end, humanly hubris got the best of me, and I decided I really wanted to hear Dexithea shrieks and see good levels instead.

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Ozmu, more like Owzmu.

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You know, I'm not entirely sure who Mandrake's wife was. Give me a second...

...Well, just asked around at the SGW discord. Blademaster says he doesn't know either. Soooo yeah.

Whoever she is, she was a lucky woman.

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I regret nothing.

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Well, nothing left but give Bella and Fuuma an extra sliver of experience and move on.

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There we go.

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Map over!

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Ekoa7oty oI will scout ahead to make sure the route is indeed safe.

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Det8lbw5 o...Something wrong, Evan?

3t4acnv7 oIt's pretty obvious from your body language that you're studying this altar. Heh, Ozmu was right to be worried.

Det8lbw5 oStudying the altar?

E9kjhydh oCorrect. As Artemis figured out, I was trying to see what Ozmu was doing here.

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E9kjhydh oMy initial fear is that they've created even newer variations of monsters.

3t4acnv7 oEven I don't know what they were doing here. It was top secret. But we'll have to find out later. We need to leave for now!

Det8lbw5 oRight! Dexithea just gave the signal for us to leave, so let us move!

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E9kjhydh oIs he trying to push the boundaries of creatures created elsewhere?

9qk5ifz8 o How mysterious. Unfortunately, all of these are questions for another time.

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For now, let's check up on Boyfriend, who's just hanging out here all by his lonesome. Not for long, though.

5yydcaqe oAstrea, I hope that you're safe.

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I am not entirely sure if this is a guy or a gal. Either way, that hair's looking fantastic.

5yydcaqe oAh, Mu. It looks like there was a Cyclops they were experimenting on here. It got loose, and the battle destroyed the lab in the process.

Lgjkwhcy o How did that even happen? You're supposed to be hot shit, and yet you have so much trouble with the asshats that Dexithea can clobber in one shot? Please.

Mcnhnxnw oDestroying the lab wasn't part of the plan, you idiot! Ah, whatever. Ozmu's dead. I just gave the order to Beige. Get Astrea quick. Any further time here is nothing but a waste.

Hklqfqqm o
 
Kpvearur o

This is where things change depending on Dartanion's fate. If we had killed him, Ozmu would've been unable to send the amulet off with him, and Astrea would've found it here. However, since Dart fled...

Det8lbw5 oHmm... that soldier who escaped before must have taken it. If by chance I see him again...

Tvj5zorl o

And well, needless to say, this scene doesn't happen if the man falls during the battle.

Auphvkij oThere's no way that the pope would ever forgive this! Just what should I do?!

Gs2syyv4 o

Oh, boy! Who could this be?

Auphvkij o! This voice is?!

4wfaa38t o

YES! IT'S EVIL MOULDER! I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN, EVIL MOULDER! PLEASE LET ME TAKE A SELFIE WITH YOU!

2ixrvyy6 o

Ah... Excellent. Okay, carry on, Evil Moulder.

Oeel1c86 oNow that my blood born son is dead, and my adopted one a traitor, I have no one to call a son of my own yet again. Would you like to fulfill that role for me, child?

Auphvkij oPope Mandrake! I... yes of course, something like that is a dream come true for me!

Ll7ienw9 o

Oeel1c86 oThat amulet you carry... yes, I can see why Ozmu gave it to you. That is no ordinary amulet, my child. Keep it with you at all times. You will come to realize its power in due time.

Auphvkij oYes! Thank you, Father!

9qk5ifz8 o Everyone just goes around adopting lonely kids in this game. It's rather wholesome.

Utblyxln oAu0ujzof o

Hurray, we got the anti-monster sword!

And with that, it's over. That went a lot better than the last map! We got everything except Dart, but that's okay. We'll get a couple extra scenes thanks to his survival, so that's neat, and we still have another chance to get the reward I want. In any case, next chapter marks the beginning of Sun God's Wrath's true story. Everything up until now has been the set up. Next time is when shit truly hits the fan. Look forward to it, and I'll see you next time, provided you all farewell and get your good 8 hours of sleep! Byeeeee!

 

Death count: Ulysses
                        Charles

* Maybe

 

Reset count: 1 (Ulysses: 1)

 

Current perfect streak: 1 map

Best perfect streak: 3 maps

 

 

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1 minute ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Dexithea can be powerful. Problem is, the other axe users in this game are even better. In particular, there's a brigand that comes later on that's just a bag of stats with an OP prf, Acrobat and Despoil to print money in case you needed more reasons to take him along. Using him is only obvious.

Guess who won't be using him.

 Dexithea, mediocre.

Sure.

2 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Go ahead and try to work together with the dog freak, see how that works out for ya.

Still, Fang could've just asked us nicely. At worst, we would've turned them away.

See, you start small with people like Fang.

Kuroth with his involvement with Pyron's invasion complicate matters by having a foreign nation involved in invading Merv.

Geopolitics tends to make negotiation trickier. See: the irl vaccine rollout.

3 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

That's the basic GBA crit formula, yes. With Crit Force, it's 1.5*skill. Evan just gets like 20-something crit from his skill alone, and that's before adding the permanent 15 crit bonus he still has.

So it kept the basic formula.

He essentially tripled his crit rate.

4 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Interesting conflict of suspicious between you and Eltosian. You suspect literally everyone, he suspects Garrison. We'll see who turns out to be correct... If either does at all!

Well, Propater might have their own motivations too.

But Garrison's part of Propater and his current actions also make him a target of suspicion.

5 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Pretty sure even base Evan could hold his own against these enemies. Probably couldn't push forward, but with Ulysses and Condor's help, he could defend the bridge area. Probably. I mean, I'm fairly certain that there's people out there who have beaten 0% growth SGW, so... It has to be possible somehow.

I mean, maybe so, but this Evan probably could have soloed.

6 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

She does get her classline skills, at 16 and 22. Why 16 and 22 instead of 15 and 20? I'm... honestly not sure. The war priest line is weird like that.

It's just that line?

That is weird.

6 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Turns out she doesn't. The guide says the mastery (gained upon reaching tier 3) skill of the witch classline is just regular Canto. That's weird, though, she already has that... Perhaps it's a mistake in the guide. Meh, we'll see.

Hmm, weird.

7 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Seriously, she doesn't look like much now, but the second we get her a good magic sword, she's going to wreak havoc among the enemy.

Astrea's whole thing will be magic won't it?

8 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

She procced Adept.

And with how often she is I feel like it's a default for her to do so.

8 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

"Almost?" I don't think he could've died any faster!

He could have been crit in his first fight.

9 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Well, take a look at Evan's latest level, and realize that he could go toe to toe with that monster.

More like kick Albert's head in with his toe.

10 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Looks like someone's found his favorite.

Surely you realize how much of a terrible idea that is, this being me behind the wheel. Are you sure you want to get attached?

Hey, my luck has to turn around at some point.

Berwick and TearRing were KagaSaga, which might have explained my luck there (though I didn't have the same level of attachment). However, this is your third FE LP even if it's a fanhack and third time's the charm right?

(If she goes the way of Treck, Echidna Dieck or Frey then we can start worrying)

17 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

She was not a believer of monogamy. Make of that what you will. I'm not going there.

So she was like this to everyone.

17 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

To be fair, the fog gradually clears up as the map goes. Perhaps it already had cleared up entirely by the time Albert made his final rush.

Really, it actually changes over the course of the map?

Okay, that's actually neat.

51 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Oxfu5ndq oKpqg9ifc o

Unlike poison, sleep and silence do not wear off. You have to cure them with a restore staff.

Is Berserk in this game?

Does it act differently?

54 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

A really churchy theme plays during this scene, to really drive home the point that we stand before holy men and women. However, to these soothing organ notes there is a hint of darkness lurking beneath.

I would not call this soothing, let me tell you.

Nor is the group involved a hint of darkness.

55 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Auphvkij oYour Holiness! It looks like the enemy is still following us! How did they manage to get here so fast?!

9qk5ifz8 oBecause we're awesome?

Wbhjlypy o

Oh.

Auphvkij oSo wait, you're saying you're-

3t4acnv7 oIt's me Ozmu!

Auphvkij oAw son of a bitch!

Lcajjitc oWhat!?

3t4acnv7 oIt's me Ozmu! It was me all along Ozmu!

Alternatively:

3t4acnv7 oI was there under your nose the whole time! I had to stomach the whole disgusting thing!

Lcajjitc oWas what we had meaningless?

3t4acnv7 oActively detrimental to my health.

56 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Lcajjitc oRoslin was a traitor?! Impossible, she's helped our work advance too much! She's even killed confirmed spies from Propater before!

3t4acnv7 oI'm Garrison's granddaughter.

9qk5ifz8 oSo you are. You may remember that Garrison said there was a good reason she wasn't present at the big reunion. Now we know it: She was working undercover.

3t4acnv7 oMy allies knew what we were doing here. They knew that if one of us had to die, my existence had more meaning.

Lgjkwhcy o That's... rather harsh. But I suppose in times of war, sacrifices needed to be made, and if they had been caught already, those spies would've died anyway...

Above all the mission is what she sounds like.

The reunion would have blown her cover I suppoe.

58 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Gmsfsrmg oEelgsoqv o7h44okwp oWo6zpuiq oFasz7lln o

Funnily enough, though Artemis is in the typical dark mage class, she can't hold a candle to Evan with that magic type. Her defenses are worse and her accuracy issues are huge.

Artemis is a bit like Dexithea, in that her offensive stats are immense. However, her PCC is only 1, she lacks staves, and her skill might be the worst in the entire game. This gives her consistent accuracy issues with every magic type but light. I feel that she works best with the more accurate anima tomes, like elwind, but some extra tankiness from dark and some extra reliability from light is never bad. While Artemis has some potential as a combat unit, she's nothing extraordinary. She does promote to flier at tier 3, though, which is why her move growth is only 1%.

You know what is extraordinary, though? Her skills:

- Cunning.

- Steal.

Indeed, this is our second thief. A friggin' shaman, of all things. Did you see that one coming?

At level 10, she learns Tomebreaker. You know the drill at this point - 50 avoid and hit against fellow tome users. This, coupled with her excellent res, makes her a fine mage killer.

I like Artemis. I'll probably give her a chance. Plus, she's a green shaman. How awesome is that?

A mage with no staves, troublesome accuracy and a single PCC point. That's not the best look, but she cah take magical damage better, can steal and can eventually fly.

Flying theif definitely has utility.

59 minutes ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Fpsav2bd o

Before I forget, I'd like to point out the description on these guys. Such jolly fellows.

Joyous Pyron I guess.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
7hu1s0tk o

Hwohwohwohwohwo... Yes, more power. Give me more power, Astrea!

Fqj7glje o

I guess this is all right, too?

Something else to take advantage of eh?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
3gkilqvl o

Cyclops have low stats everywhere except strength and HP. Their strength is sky-high, though, so they'll be quite the threat if you let 'em be. We'll want to kill this guy very fast, or things could get ugly.

Whichever hacker first decided Cyclops should have frenzy was clever.

Also a prick.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Caex1hpr o

...Ahah... haaah... Okay, but he needs res. Mages are starting to hurt him really bad now.

Jws78fdl o

Ahh, there's Ready Stance! I... actually made yet another mistake when I described Evan's skills. That's right, I got all of them wrong. All of them. See, Ready Stance doesn't just increase his speed by 4 when he's under attack - it also increases his defense by 4. Guy's gonna be literally invincible on EP... If I can keep him well away from mages.

Oh jeez it adds Def as well?

Quick get him every single Talisman!

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Sauqz52x o

Eyyy, not bad! Good effort, good effort. Even made her 5% magic growth work, somehow.

6qnyhy1n o

That's the +30 avoid when starting combat skill.

Good gains.

She got Str! And she's not as good at Astrea, but I would have expected worse.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Ahahahahah... Bwahahahahah! That behind the x2 is a 9. Dexithea one-rounds this guy. I mean, sure, she's using effective weaponry, but still. Jesus, look at the damage! I'm pretty sure Ulysses couldn't pull it off!

Xxpwjv5q o

Mwahahahahahahahahahah! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGHH!!

Ilkcpfpz o

Right on the thigh!

Monsterbreaker should be a bonus skill for her.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Xhwpzmdr o

A bit worse than what you've been getting, but I'll take some more speed.

May I point out that Dexithea is now as fast as Katherin. You know, the one who's supposed to be speedy to compensate for her other faults? Yeah. Sucks to be her.

Not the best level, but less crit against her and being faster isn't too bad.

Also, Wind Disciple. 😛

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Fryjdkut oZe4pfqhv o333aohvl o

As I believe I've explained before, terrors are the monster equivalent of commanders. No leadership stars, but it's definitely a step above regular zombos.

It's also a new type of monster. Molochs are sort of scientist monsters. You'll see what I mean when we fight it. It has access to lances, staves and two magic types, but this one is only equipped with a lance, which will make it easy pickings for Evan.

That is a fascinating combination.

Like a lich, but with concoctions instead of just pulling them out of the ground with malefic will.

I like it. Give me a Moloch instead of a Lich big bad, just for variety.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Nl860obt oAjp87pag o

A bottle filled with some sort of compound, which they break in front of them.

Plo8iha3 oXwwybouc o

If the moloch is using a lance, this summons a skeleton to stab the enemy. The most interesting thing is that, if the attack misses (at least when using magic, not entirely sure about the skeleton, but I think it's the same), the proper attack part of the animation is skipped - the moloch only finds an empty bottle, and breaks it in anger. Quite the creative animation, this one.

Cute.

I assume it uses magic itself instead?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
O75rgneo o

Not bad. I'll take some speed. I mean, these stats are amazing for a level 6 unit.

SPEED

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Zk9agta4 o5ucx3ffn oO4oyiwyt o

Dartanion is rather powerful for a generic soldier. He has a big bucket of HP, good defense and is standing on a tile that increases his res by 10. He's not invincible, but he can be troublesome to take down.

D'Artagnan this is not.

Poweful enough in fairness.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
26ruwnxt o0capljmk oWtbrnwau o

Ozmu is a lot more manageable. His damage and defenses aren't so hot. Take note, however, of his silence staff. We have no way of curing that, and it'll shut down Evan, which would be... absolutely terrible. For all intents and purposes, his silence range might as well be a Kishuna range.

He does have a pretty high magic damage in fairness.

Also, "those who halt progress"? Hmm, have to wonder what he considers halting progress. Due process probably out the window.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
B2hlaq79 o

Oof! What a hit...! Fighting these guys head-on is never the best of ideas, but...

Jaiw52zr o

Heh... Dexithea can take it.

Srbvfmzo o

Oof! That's gonna sting in the morning!

GIANTS DONT DO SHIT

DEXITHEA GON WRECK IT

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Vgqx8x4m o

Ah, what a shame. We were too late. Well, no matter. Next time.

Lcajjitc oI need you to take this amulet and escape this place. It is of the utmost importance that the enemy doesn't obtain it.

Auphvkij oAre you sure about this, High Priest Ozmu? I may be your bodyguard, but your survival is much more importa-

The objective was missed?

Oh no!

And he's being asked to run, not the master scientist? What is this?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Lcajjitc oI am the pope's son. I can defend this place if I try. Now go!

Auphvkij oYes, your Holiness!

Xraegk89 o

Lcajjitc oI'm sure my father will recognize this as well.

What a reference eh? Fragment of Mila? That he things the lance guy can use. Ozmu seeing something we're not.

I'm kinda imaiging him saying as his last words:

Lcajjitc oGive up on yourself and you give up on the world Dartanion

(Considering what damage he gets done to him it seems appropriate)

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Gi7ub7ex oVmeduunu o

Dartanion leaves and is replaced by a commander. He's promoted and uses axes, so he's a bit tougher than Dartanion. He does have another droppable blue gem, so we don't lose out on money, thankfully.

...Oh yeah. Dartanion's the one that leaves. Those of you who recalled the hint from chapter 2's house might've seen it coming, but the boss that leaves is not the son of the Pope and lead researcher of the top secret lab where monsters are created. No no, that one dies today. It's his generic-looking, unpromoted bodyguard without much personality (for now at least) that gets plot relevance going forward. A bold decision if I ever saw one.

Well, at least you have some money haha.

Even if he's a bit tougher than expected.

So, this decision. Indeed.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Uamlxi0i o

Lcajjitc oDo you not appreciate what God gave you?!

3t4acnv7 oYour god let this happen. I think he's fine with me.

Lcajjitc oMY MY everything I hold dear is ice in those eyes

God gave her some friggin sassaphone that's for sure.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Plgolcfr o265aqgtb o

This is one of the smoothest magic animations in the game. Not just smooth, the arrows actually land where they're supposed to, too! Impressive!

I know you're throwing shade at FE here, but it's still not Pokemon tier.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
I8eyp10p o

I regret nothing.

And neither do I.

This girl be going into demon slaying and religion bashing, I feel this will be her by the end:

DSD.png

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Owj8bdwl o

Ekoa7oty oI will scout ahead to make sure the route is indeed safe.

Ekoa7oty oAnd if it isn't I might as well clear it.

Det8lbw5 oYou'll be fine doing that solo? No need to ask-

Ekoa7oty oYes.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

E9kjhydh oCorrect. As Artemis figured out, I was trying to see what Ozmu was doing here.

Ftthx673 o

E9kjhydh oMy initial fear is that they've created even newer variations of monsters.

Oh boy, any chance all the dragons were involved here?

As in as research material?

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Dmzjaz2n o

I am not entirely sure if this is a guy or a gal. Either way, that hair's looking fantastic.

5yydcaqe oAh, Mu. It looks like there was a Cyclops they were experimenting on here. It got loose, and the battle destroyed the lab in the process.

Lgjkwhcy o How did that even happen? You're supposed to be hot shit, and yet you have so much trouble with the asshats that Dexithea can clobber in one shot? Please.

 

It seems more like the lab's scientists had a bad time with the breakout.

He's just found the aftermath.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Mcnhnxnw oDestroying the lab wasn't part of the plan, you idiot! Ah, whatever. Ozmu's dead. I just gave the order to Beige. Get Astrea quick. Any further time here is nothing but a waste.

...Or not?

Actually a bit confused now.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
2ixrvyy6 o

Ah... Excellent. Okay, carry on, Evil Moulder.

Sure, because he looks like Mustache Rock he's fun and relatable.

But no, if they're old looking they're too disgusting to tolerate and shouldn't exist.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Oeel1c86 oNow that my blood born son is dead, and my adopted one a traitor, I have no one to call a son of my own yet again. Would you like to fulfill that role for me, child?

Auphvkij oPope Mandrake! I... yes of course, something like that is a dream come true for me!

Wait he's adopting the guy who left his son to die.

Oeel1c86 o*sigh, I guess you are my child now.

1 hour ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Ll7ienw9 o

Oeel1c86 oThat amulet you carry... yes, I can see why Ozmu gave it to you. That is no ordinary amulet, my child. Keep it with you at all times. You will come to realize its power in due time.

Power?

Power!

I am chuffed with the edit today.

It was too big to upload on the site as an attachment.

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4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Rifvrhat o

Yes! Yes! YES! YEEESS!

EVIL MOULDER!

EVIL MOULDER!

ugh...they forced Riev's creepy eyes into poor Moulder's face

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Oxfu5ndq oKpqg9ifc o

Unlike poison, sleep and silence do not wear off. You have to cure them with a restore staff.

There isn't a restore staff yet. Ain't that great?

Ah more gameplay feature taken directly from Thracia, even down to the lack of restore staff when you first see them...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Lcajjitc oRoslin was a traitor?! Impossible, she's helped our work advance too much! She's even killed confirmed spies from Propater before!

3t4acnv7 oI'm Garrison's granddaughter.

Garrison really put his granddaughter into a dangerous position in his organization didn't he...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

9qk5ifz8 oSo you are. You may remember that Garrison said there was a good reason she wasn't present at the big reunion. Now we know it: She was working undercover.

3t4acnv7 oMy allies knew what we were doing here. They knew that if one of us had to die, my existence had more meaning.

Lgjkwhcy o That's... rather harsh. But I suppose in times of war, sacrifices needed to be made, and if they had been caught already, those spies would've died anyway...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Fasz7lln o

 

I guess I better comeup with a name for her...looks like a combination of Sue and Marissa, with some wild tattoos, so Tattooed Surissa

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

7lq8nbgp o

...What happens if you don't have the money to pay for the slow penalty?

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

8inqzuil oF6zrs1mo o

 

Not only is it strange to see enemy Hectors, but the really prominent green cloak seems to clash heavily with the red of the armor, making them look kinda ugly (or at least lacking in fashion sense...)

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Fpsav2bd o

Before I forget, I'd like to point out the description on these guys. Such jolly fellows.

I bet that is a reference to the Happy Happyism cult from Earthbound....

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

 Plus, she's a green shaman. How awesome is that?

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Tzrkmczx o5uj2h72k o

 

...is she green? Purple is a lot more prominent on that outfit, and if any of it is green its so dark that it is hard to tell.

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

3gkilqvl o

Cyclops have low stats everywhere except strength and HP. Their strength is sky-high, though, so they'll be quite the threat if you let 'em be. We'll want to kill this guy very fast, or things could get ugly.

That skill is annoyingly appropriate for Cyclops. Also I kinda hope all the monsters have the no capture skill like this one does...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

1odxukae o

Okay, Katherin. Time to get some good gains for once. Please.

Sauqz52x o

Eyyy, not bad! Good effort, good effort. Even made her 5% magic growth work, somehow.

 

Just give her some time, and she will turn around.

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Yckraih0 o

Well, I think that's enough meandering. Time to deal with this guy.

...This makes me a little curious, when does the Frenzy skill check the damage taken, at the start of combat, or when his attack occurs. In other words, if she didn't crit would the Ogre deal 18 in return, or 25 ?

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Iem8ugz7 o

Moloch animations are funny. They search inside their robes, until they find...

Nl860obt oAjp87pag o

A bottle filled with some sort of compound, which they break in front of them.

Plo8iha3 oXwwybouc o

If the moloch is using a lance, this summons a skeleton to stab the enemy. The most interesting thing is that, if the attack misses (at least when using magic, not entirely sure about the skeleton, but I think it's the same), the proper attack part of the animation is skipped - the moloch only finds an empty bottle, and breaks it in anger. Quite the creative animation, this one.

That is a fascinating animations, its like the monster itself is a goofy summoner...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Dartanion is rather powerful for a generic soldier. He has a big bucket of HP, good defense and is standing on a tile that increases his res by 10. He's not invincible, but he can be troublesome to take down.

Yikes, this hack took the +10 res floors from Radiant Dawn...hopefully they didn't steal the +10 def floors as well (and at least they look more noticeably different from the normal floor, so you don't have to scroll over the floor to find these tiles...)

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Ozmu is a lot more manageable. His damage and defenses aren't so hot. Take note, however, of his silence staff. We have no way of curing that, and it'll shut down Evan, which would be... absolutely terrible. For all intents and purposes, his silence range might as well be a Kishuna range.

Not really, you can sorta overwhelm the silence him by putting multiple magic users in range.

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Vgqx8x4m o

Ah, what a shame. We were too late. Well, no matter. Next time.

Lcajjitc oI need you to take this amulet and escape this place. It is of the utmost importance that the enemy doesn't obtain it.

Auphvkij oAre you sure about this, High Priest Ozmu? I may be your bodyguard, but your survival is much more importa-

Lcajjitc oI am the pope's son. I can defend this place if I try. Now go!

Auphvkij oYes, your Holiness!

Xraegk89 o

Lcajjitc oI'm sure my father will recognize this as well.

Curious that this random bodyguard can use the "fragment of Mila" better than the this Pope son...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Kz2tqrby oHqnjlrnh o

Hah! You suck, Ozmu! Some son of Evil Moulder you are! An utter disappointment!

Well that was extra lucky, I guess that Kishuna field failed to materialize this turn...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

3t4acnv7 oIt's pretty obvious from your body language that you're studying this altar. Heh, Ozmu was right to be worried.

Det8lbw5 oStudying the altar?

E9kjhydh oCorrect. As Artemis figured out, I was trying to see what Ozmu was doing here.

Ftthx673 o

E9kjhydh oMy initial fear is that they've created even newer variations of monsters.

3t4acnv7 oEven I don't know what they were doing here. It was top secret. But we'll have to find out later. We need to leave for now!

Det8lbw5 oRight! Dexithea just gave the signal for us to leave, so let us move!

Tfbvpglj o

E9kjhydh oIs he trying to push the boundaries of creatures created elsewhere?

Creatures created elsewhere? What a curious thing to say...has young Seteth just missed something, or will the meaning of this strange phrase become clearer...

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
 
Kpvearur o

This is where things change depending on Dartanion's fate. If we had killed him, Ozmu would've been unable to send the amulet off with him, and Astrea would've found it here. However, since Dart fled...

Det8lbw5 oHmm... that soldier who escaped before must have taken it. If by chance I see him again...

 

That is a nice touch, that this gameplay change has such an impact on the game.

 

4 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

 

Oeel1c86 oNow that my blood born son is dead, and my adopted one a traitor, I have no one to call a son of my own yet again. Would you like to fulfill that role for me, child?

Adopted son a traitor...How mysterious (although it might simply be a reference to the last game...)

 

 

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Part 6 - YOU'RE NOT GONNA BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS UPDATE (OMG) (100% REAL) (NOT CLICKBAIT) (GONE WRONG) (GONE SEXUAL) (YES I'M MAKING THIS JOKE AGAIN) (I KNOW IT WASN'T FUNNY THE FIRST TIME)

You know, I just realized six parts in that I forgot to add the rule that, if someone dies before a game over, they'll remain dead after the chapter. Of course, those of you who know how I roll probably assumed I'd do this, but for the new guys... Yeah. That's a thing I do. Soft ironmans are too easy to cheese, but I want to show off the entire game and see if someone feels inspired to play it, so hard ironman is out of the question... So I guess you could call it, uh... Fragile ironman?

Also, I've had some issues with this update. Images had trouble loading. I hope it does not continue.

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On 4/4/2021 at 6:48 PM, Dayni said:
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 Dexithea, mediocre.

Sure.

Hey, it's what the pros say, not me! I love that girl!

See, you start small with people like Fang.

Kuroth with his involvement with Pyron's invasion complicate matters by having a foreign nation involved in invading Merv.

Geopolitics tends to make negotiation trickier. See: the irl vaccine rollout.

I like how you're arguing Kuroth being involved with Pyron as a negative. As if the fact that he enslaves people and treats them as literal dogs isn't enough.

So it kept the basic formula.

Yes, SGW uses standard GBA crits... except for Evan. Evan breaks the rules because he's Evan.

He essentially tripled his crit rate.

Yes.

Well, Propater might have their own motivations too.

But Garrison's part of Propater and his current actions also make him a target of suspicion.

So in other words, everyone is sus. Oki-dokie.

I mean, maybe so, but this Evan probably could have soloed.

This Evan is looking too good.

It's just that line?

That is weird.

I did say so myself.

Hmm, weird.

Perhaps I should use her to see if it's true... But then, I'm already using more objectively good units than I feel comfortable with...

Astrea's whole thing will be magic won't it?

Yes.

And with how often she is I feel like it's a default for her to do so.

Speed + 20%. Definitely a bit of a busted formula, but I'm getting quite lucky, too.

He could have been crit in his first fight.

True.

More like kick Albert's head in with his toe.

I mean, look, without taking crits into consideration, their damage outputs were similar.

Hey, my luck has to turn around at some point.

I've been saying this since day one. Then shit like Alvina's death happens.

Berwick and TearRing were KagaSaga, which might have explained my luck there (though I didn't have the same level of attachment). However, this is your third FE LP even if it's a fanhack and third time's the charm right?

Solid arguments, yes.

(If she goes the way of Treck, Echidna Dieck or Frey then we can start worrying)

May the goddess protec Dexithea.

So she was like this to everyone.

Yes, that's basically it. But, again, it does appear that she's calmed down since...

Really, it actually changes over the course of the map?

Okay, that's actually neat.

It's no Berwick fog, but it's fine, it was a good attempt.

Is Berserk in this game?

...Kinda.

Does it act differently?

You'll see.

I would not call this soothing, let me tell you.

Nor is the group involved a hint of darkness.

Okay, maybe I played it up too much, but hey. You know what I was trying to say.

Auphvkij oSo wait, you're saying you're-

3t4acnv7 oIt's me Ozmu!

Auphvkij oAw son of a bitch!

Lcajjitc oWhat!?

3t4acnv7 oIt's me Ozmu! It was me all along Ozmu!

3t4acnv7 oRemember when you were making out with your first girlfriend and you came right as she touched your leg? It was me, Ozmu. I zapped your nuts with Elthunder so it would seem like you nutted at just a woman's touch!

Alternatively:

3t4acnv7 oI was there under your nose the whole time! I had to stomach the whole disgusting thing!

Lcajjitc oWas what we had meaningless?

3t4acnv7 oActively detrimental to my health.

...Well, you accidentally hit it square in the mark. As revealed in her supports, she was experimented on during her time at the cult. That's why she dislikes experimentation. So... yeah. This is canon. Congratulations, you're a genius.

Above all the mission is what she sounds like.

The reunion would have blown her cover I suppoe.

"Yo Oz, lemme take the day off, I gotta go hang out with the bois."

"...Dartanion, have someone follow her."

And that's how Propater loses.

A mage with no staves, troublesome accuracy and a single PCC point. That's not the best look, but she cah take magical damage better, can steal and can eventually fly.

Flying theif definitely has utility.

Certainly. She's not the best unit, but she's interesting, and that counts for a lot with me.

Joyous Pyron I guess.

All of his followers are happy.

So very happy.

Something else to take advantage of eh?

Hah!

Whichever hacker first decided Cyclops should have frenzy was clever.

Also a prick.

I mean, it's not like they had the chance to use it against Dexi.

Oh jeez it adds Def as well?

Quick get him every single Talisman!

The one game where talismans aren't vendor trash. Because there's a shitton of enemy mages, and they're Evan's one and only weakness.

Good gains.

She got Str! And she's not as good at Astrea, but I would have expected worse.

She's still kind of horrible, but hey. She's trying.

Monsterbreaker should be a bonus skill for her.

Everythingbreaker is more like it.

Not the best level, but less crit against her and being faster isn't too bad.

Yes.

Also, Wind Disciple. 😛

The rest of the game's going to be a breeze so long as we have Dexi.

That is a fascinating combination.

Like a lich, but with concoctions instead of just pulling them out of the ground with malefic will.

I like it. Give me a Moloch instead of a Lich big bad, just for variety.

Yes, I agree with this.

Cute.

I assume it uses magic itself instead?

Actually, if I recall correctly, they still use funny bottles. The spell comes out after the moloch breaks the bottle.

SPEED

G O T T A   G O   F A S T

D'Artagnan this is not.

Not quite. He doesn't use swords, for one.

Poweful enough in fairness.

Enough to stall for enough time to get away.

He does have a pretty high magic damage in fairness.

Shine kinda hampers that.

Also, "those who halt progress"? Hmm, have to wonder what he considers halting progress. Due process probably out the window.

More on that later.

GIANTS DONT DO SHIT

DEXITHEA GON WRECK IT

Breaking news: Local female brigand wrecks it.

The objective was missed?

Oh no!

That's the super duper top secret mission from Daddy Garry down the drain...

And he's being asked to run, not the master scientist? What is this?

The master scientist did say that he thinks Dart can use the fragment better than himself. I suppose he knows what he's talking about.

What a reference eh? Fragment of Mila?

Oh it gets better. Just you wait.

That he things the lance guy can use. Ozmu seeing something we're not.

Yes, we're not to the point of seeing yet.

I'm kinda imaiging him saying as his last words:

Lcajjitc oGive up on yourself and you give up on the world Dartanion

(Considering what damage he gets done to him it seems appropriate)

Ahh, it's a reference to that game whose acronym looks so much like Tweety.

Well, at least you have some money haha.

Even if he's a bit tougher than expected.

Funnily enough, Dartanion couldn't have gotten Thani'd. Due to that, you could argue his replacement was weaker.

So, this decision. Indeed.

Blademaster's called Cotton in real life confirmed.

Lcajjitc oMY MY everything I hold dear is ice in those eyes

God gave her some friggin sassaphone that's for sure.

Let's hope that sassaphone keeps her alive from here on...

I know you're throwing shade at FE here, but it's still not Pokemon tier.

...N-- No! I wasn't throwing shade at FE! Honest to God I wasn't! I literally meant what I said - magic in hacks tends to be wonky, but that spell isn't, so I was just praising the animation for it! Nothing more! I don't try to find ways to diss Three Houses all the time!

And neither do I.

This girl be going into demon slaying and religion bashing, I feel this will be her by the end:

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Okay, now that there's awesome memes of her I just have to keep her alive.

...Hey, I just noticed there's another human in the background of this Doom poster. Who is that?

Ekoa7oty oAnd if it isn't I might as well clear it.

Det8lbw5 oYou'll be fine doing that solo? No need to ask-

Ekoa7oty oYes.

Pffffft... Yep, it's official - someone's a fan. Well, can't say it surprises me. You've always been a brigand fan. Even when the brigand wasn't using axes, you were still a fan. Even when the brigand was called pirate you were still a fan!

Oh boy, any chance all the dragons were involved here?

As in as research material?

Well, who knows... Ozmu might've known, but he's too dead to be questioned.

It seems more like the lab's scientists had a bad time with the breakout.

He's just found the aftermath.

Could be.

...Or not?

Actually a bit confused now.

Hah... Oh, just you wait.

Sure, because he looks like Mustache Rock he's fun and relatable.

But no, if they're old looking they're too disgusting to tolerate and shouldn't exist.

I don't know, I just find him to be the most amazing thing ever. Evil Moulder, man!

Wait he's adopting the guy who left his son to die.

Well, to be fair, Ozmu left himself to die after forcing Dart to escape. Plus, he did say his father would agree with his decision.

Oeel1c86 o*sigh, I guess you are my child now.

Give the man credit, he took his son's death really well.

Power?

Power!

Unlimited ditto!

I am chuffed with the edit today.

I love it too.

It was too big to upload on the site as an attachment.

O O F

Yeah, I haven't uploaded any attachments in like, forever. I think the Yubello image in my sig is an attachment, but beyond that, everything goes into imgbox. I didn't know how things worked when I started LPing, and ever since then the first three updates of FE12 have been eating up all of my attachment space.

 

On 4/5/2021 at 4:54 AM, Eltosian Kadath said:
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ugh...they forced Riev's creepy eyes into poor Moulder's face

What do you mean, "ugh"? It is the most epic portrait I've seen in my life!

Ah more gameplay feature taken directly from Thracia, even down to the lack of restore staff when you first see them...

Except this isn't bullshit that pretty much requires warp like Salem.

I love Thracia too, but it needed to be said. Fuck you, Salem. Even if you're my second favorite character in Thracia behind Hicks. Fuck you.

Garrison really put his granddaughter into a dangerous position in his organization didn't he...

Ol' Garry knows what has to be done, has to be done.

I guess I better comeup with a name for her...looks like a combination of Sue and Marissa, with some wild tattoos, so Tattooed Surissa

Surissa? Sure.

...What happens if you don't have the money to pay for the slow penalty?

Pretty sure you're just left with 0.

Not only is it strange to see enemy Hectors, but the really prominent green cloak seems to clash heavily with the red of the armor, making them look kinda ugly (or at least lacking in fashion sense...)

They're cultists. Cultists aren't allowed to have good fashion sense.

I bet that is a reference to the Happy Happyism cult from Earthbound....

It is quite likely.

...is she green? Purple is a lot more prominent on that outfit, and if any of it is green its so dark that it is hard to tell.

Yes, the green is there. Quite noticeable too, in my opinion. It's just darker than the purple, so it sticks out less, but it's definitely there. You might have to turn up the brightness on your device if you can't see it.

That skill is annoyingly appropriate for Cyclops. Also I kinda hope all the monsters have the no capture skill like this one does...

They used to. Eventually Blademaster easied up on the restrictions and let some monsters be capturable. But not all of them still.

Just give her some time, and she will turn around.

How much more time do I have to give her?

...This makes me a little curious, when does the Frenzy skill check the damage taken, at the start of combat, or when his attack occurs. In other words, if she didn't crit would the Ogre deal 18 in return, or 25 ?

Fairly certain it updates after combat, so she would've been okay.

That is a fascinating animations, its like the monster itself is a goofy summoner...

Yeah, it's great.

Yikes, this hack took the +10 res floors from Radiant Dawn...hopefully they didn't steal the +10 def floors as well (and at least they look more noticeably different from the normal floor, so you don't have to scroll over the floor to find these tiles...)

I don't recall ever seeing such things.

Also, Radiant Dawn? They were originally in Thracia, weren't they?

Not really, you can sorta overwhelm the silence him by putting multiple magic users in range.

I mean, yeah, but no matter what he silences someone. Unless he misses like an idiot.

Curious that this random bodyguard can use the "fragment of Mila" better than the this Pope son...

Isn't it now? It's like being a noble doesn't mean zip when it comes to genetics.

Well that was extra lucky, I guess that Kishuna field failed to materialize this turn...

Kishuna.exe stopped working.

Creatures created elsewhere? What a curious thing to say...has young Seteth just missed something, or will the meaning of this strange phrase become clearer...

Patience is a virtue!

That is a nice touch, that this gameplay change has such an impact on the game.

Yeah, I love it, personally.

Adopted son a traitor...How mysterious (although it might simply be a reference to the last game...)

Kinda. His adoptive son was Ross in the first game, his name was Ricky. But they were on good terms back then, so whatever happened was between games. We may meet him here in SGW, or we may not. Who knows.

 

 

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By the end of this chapter, this title will seem like quite the funny joke.

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I haven't been posting player phase themes, but you'll recognize the name of today's: It is Doorway to Destiny.

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Have I made it clear yet that shit's gonna go down today?

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Yeah, what he said.

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Today's story beats begin with Nereid and Iskander beating up monsters. Who is Nereid, you ask?

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There she is.

2r3s1rge oWhere did all these monsters come from?! Nia's so injured that she can barely fight anymore.

N7o8sqhm oAnd where are Ren and everyone else? She took Donovan and Janet, then Sol and Mu also disappeared. Even I can't handle that many more of these abominations.

Lgjkwhcy o That's a filthy lie. Iskander can fight skeletons all year long if he has to.

D96tnx7c oThere's no way Father's troops will lose to some monsters, but we need to find and get them out of here for now. If the mission is over, we should leave. Now! C'mom, Beige! Let's show these monsters the skills we've practiced with Ben!

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High Astrea is unbeatable, but I think Beige takes the cake for the second dumbest mid-blink face. I mean, his normal face is already dumb, but...

...Wait, what's he saying?

Qy9twrpa oRegardless, I was already given my orders for this situation.

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Whoa whoa whoa! Stop!

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Wha-- Oh, c'mon, that's a cruel joke. 31% chance to hit!

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So, uh...

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No, Mikey is not injured. He hasn't retreated. He has not fallen unconscious. He's just fucking dead. Just like that.

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Qy9twrpa oMy attempts to train him didn't even bear any fruit.

2r3s1rge o! Mikey! Beige, how could you?! I thought he was your friend?

Qy9twrpa oFriend? That thing?

Qy9twrpa o...Yes. Yes, this is what I live for.

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...Sooo that's why this asshole likes "facial expressions"... Goddamnit.

Qy9twrpa oWhether it be in the various regiments, bandit troops, or mercenary guilds I've been in before, this feeling never gets old. Working for the Hell Hounds does have its perks. Kuroth enjoys that I revel in such activities. He more than anyone knows the importance of loyalty. And a faked one is something that amuses him to no end.

N7o8sqhm oIf you're giving away who you really work for, you must think you can defeat us.

Qy9twrpa oOf course. And even should I fall, Kuroth is already here. Then there are also all the monsters that are on their way here.

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N7o8sqhm o! You can't mean...

2r3s1rge oEnough chatter, traitor! I'll crush that confident attitude of yours!

Lgjkwhcy oFinally, someone's reacting! Iskander could whoop him a hundred times over and he's just letting him talk!

Qy9twrpa oIs that so? Then come and die like that piece of shit just did! I do look forward to the face you'll make then!

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Oh, come now, there's no way she's gonna win. I mean, c'mon! He's just been established as a villain! It would be so embarrassing if he just died--

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...If he just...

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...Welp.

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This is what I've been waiting for. This is where SGW's story gets fun. Maybe not "good", maybe not "deep", but fun. You see, if you're not a blue unit, Blademaster hates you. Blademaster wants you fucking dead, your fucking guts spilled all over the fucking floor staining it fucking red.

Which is why, starting this update, I'm going to make myself feel better about my own death count by implementing a Blademaster Kill Count. Yeah. I'm gonna keep count of all the NPCs Blademaster kills. Guest characters count - you just need to be not a player unit and not an enemy when you die, because in both those cases it's my fault.

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Anyway, here's Mu.

Mcnhnxnw oAnd why is Mikey dead?!

N7o8sqhm oBeige betrayed us. And that's going to end up being the least of our problems.

9qk5ifz8 o No kidding, Nereid just curbstomped the moron in one round!

Lhic7vnz o...I think I'm going to be ill.

Mcnhnxnw oEnough distractions! Nereid, you traitor, prepare to die!

Uedfz3v4 o Another one!? She was just introduced!

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...Oh, so she's just gonna gloss over the fact that her life was threatened. Okay.

N7o8sqhm oThey must have set it up while we were busy here. Guess we're supposed to be next.

Mcnhnxnw oWhere are you going, Iskander?! This traitor must be dealt with!

2r3s1rge oThis isn't the time for that, you impatient moron!

Lgjkwhcy oEr... Why exactly aren't you telling them that Beige was a traitor and you had to get rid of him? It would take you like five words to explain!

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Okay, we're on the move...

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...That's... heads on spikes. Bloody spikes, to be precise. No, I did not add the blood. SGW is funny like that.

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"Mall"? "Shirts"?

Jz82dnj8 oI'm not sure. Lord Rody would know. He's the best at fitting these spears.

N7o8sqhm oManaketes...

3cxgiix8 oSoon, today, it happens now!

Jz82dnj8 oLord Rody will return, that he will! And he'll make you wish you were dead.

Uedfz3v4 o Rody? Rody!? No way! He's been dead for over four LPs at this point!

N7o8sqhm oThere's no good way to deal with these damn things.

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2r3s1rge oSir!

Mcnhnxnw oAre you really letting that traitor wa-

N7o8sqhm oBeige was the traitor, you idiot! Now's not the time for that!

Lgjkwhcy oYou know, you all could've just started with that instead of calling them an idiot over and over.

N7o8sqhm oDefeating these things is going to take quite the effort! Now help me, or shut up. Joe!

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Hahahahah! That guy's face is funny!

N7o8sqhm oI'll open a path. Take Nia to safety!

Zyyrvgvh oSir!

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Ah, finally! We're here! We'll save the day for sure!

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3t4acnv7 oAnd she's surrounded by monsters... there are so many all of a sudden.

Cczfxsr4 oSkeletons aren't a threat. Let's finish them off, save her, and retreat.

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Oh dear.

Det8lbw5 oWhat the hell was that?!

E9kjhydh o....A dragon? Here?

Lgjkwhcy o No, actually. Many.

E9kjhydh o...This is getting very bad.

Cczfxsr4 oIf Rody is here, then it's over. That man is a monstrosity.

Det8lbw5 oRody is the brother of Ryu's queen, yes? Why does he fight with Pyron?

E9kjhydh oRody is abnormally powerful, much like his father was. As you know, his father, Gill, was the final mastermind behind the previous war.

Lgjkwhcy oOh yeah, Evan. This totally is the right time for a history lesson. I mean, to be entirely fair, the guy could probably stand there yapping away for hours and the enemy couldn't kill him... But c'mon, man, think about the others! They aren't a brick wall like you are!

E9kjhydh oHe locked Rody up, fearing his power, but Queen Iris released him.

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Astrea is falling asleep. Let it go, Evan. It's murder time.

E9kjhydh oHis power rivaled his own, and he was terribly sadistic. He doesn't recognize humans as living creatures, just annoyances.

3t4acnv7 oFrom what I learned as a spy, Pyron likes how powerful he is and made him a general.

Lgjkwhcy oPyron made a sadistic madman into a general? What kind of an idiot is God?!

3t4acnv7 oHe leads all the manaketes that Mandrake created or found, along with the monsters. He calls himself the "King of Monsters" for that reason.

Cczfxsr4 oWe need to leave, and fast. If we can kill these dragons, that'll be great, but we shouldn't get our hopes up.

Lgjkwhcy oActually, that's kinda the goal of the map, Fuuma. We have to do it, whether we like it or not.

Cczfxsr4 oThe longer we stay here, the greater the chance Rody shows up.

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So, this map. It's a rout map with a time limit. This... should suck and be awful, but for some reason, it just works? I know, I'm quoting Todd Howard here and that's not a good sign. In any case, despite being a rout with a time limit, the map never devolves into a mad dash chasing after a couple random stragglers sitting on the other side of the world. This is because all the enemies except for the dragons charge you. So the main goal becomes to fend off the assault while making your way to the pack of dragons. Plus, the map is filled with allies (some of which turn into blue units as soon as the map starts), who will help to clean up the opposite side of the map.

So yeah. An actually decent rout map. Leave it to SGW to beat FE at its own game.

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I like this map's story summary. That does not even begin to describe the insanity that's been happening.

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Anyway, I did some preps offscreen. Just a bit of trading around, mainly distributing our monster killing weapons, because we'll need them.

As soon as the map begins, Nereid turns blue. I suppose it's because she's far away from us, so it'd be weird to toss equipment at her from across the plains? Either way, I'd rather have this than dumb green units, that's for sure.

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Aaaand more text. Mu's speaking to John. Yeah, remember a couple updates ago? Joe and John? Now we know what they look like.

Mcnhnxnw oAll that time getting close to Sol and Kuroth just to ultimately not find out where their fragments are.

Lgjkwhcy o Uhhh... Fragments? Getting close to Kuroth? What in the world are you babbling about? Are you a traitor too? Why is everyone a traitor!? Not Mu, Mu's hair is too fabulous to be traitorous!

Mcnhnxnw oArgh, Ren is going to kill me over this nonsense.

Yt1d4uw4 oAnd Beige is dead now too. Regardless, I'll keep looking for their fragments in his place.

Mcnhnxnw oWell, hopefully something will end up going well today. You won't believe what Sol did to the lab...

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Don't worry, this is the last scene before the gameplay.

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Awtj7q68 oand then right when it ends, Beige kills Mikey for some godforsaken reason.

81wswibl oRight. And now with all these dragons out here, our formation's blown up. We need Sol and Ren to come back. Iskander is strong, but he can't handle that many of them.

Lgjkwhcy oAgain with this shit! He could solo the entire map and barely take any damage! The dragons could be a bit more trouble, but hand him a vulnerary and he'll be fine!

Zyyrvgvh oIt's a shame you don't have the Dragonbane, right Nia?

Lhic7vnz oLike the Wo Dao my sister and I use, only those descended from Alester can use it. I wish I knew where Uncle Karlo had left it before he died.

Awtj7q68 oWell, you're the one who's injured among us right now, Nia. Don't worry, we'll protect you.

81wswibl oYes, Brother. We won't let a hair on your head so much as fall.

9qk5ifz8 o Maybe you should let some hairs fall, actually. She somehow manages to make the "hair in front of eye" anime hairstyle look absolutely horrible. Seriously, it looks like she put glue on her hair to get it to stick to her face like that!

Zyyrvgvh oTake it from the expert on all matters women, my lads.

Lgjkwhcy oPffft... "The expert on all matters women"? You? I mean, it's not like I'm an Adonis myself, but... You?

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Lhic7vnz oHehe... I know I'll meet the man of my dreams one day, but I don't think it'll be any of you!

Lgjkwhcy oI would hope it's not Joe! That guy looks like a serial rapist!

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Anyway, Nia remains a green unit, but Joe and the lads (they're called Geralt and Gerome) turn blue like Nereid.

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And with that, it's finally time to talk units! We've got a good bunch to go through.

Nereid is a female mercenary, which isn't as amazing as female brigand because it's second only to playable soldier in terms of obligatoriness in hacks. Still, Nereid is interesting in other ways. For starters, she's level 11 but also tier 1. Her stats are... Well, to be brutally honest, they're reason enough to bench Katherin already, because she just doesn't compare. In my experience, her damage is nothing too impressive either, but she has other types of utility.

- Cunning and Steal. That's right, our third thief is a mercenary. I mean, she does use swords, so she's closer to the archetypical thief than Artemis was.

- Strong Riposte: +3 strength, magic, defense, resistance and +10 avoid during enemy phase. Yeah...

Due to her high level and abundant base skills, she learns no level skills, but she still has her classline skills to look forward to. We'll see 'em later on, with any luck.

In summary, Nereid is a pretty cool unit. Her damage isn't exceptional, but she has plenty of utility in other respects. She also has only 1% move growth, which might be an oversight, because 1% move growths are usually reserved for units that promote into mounts, and she doesn't. Well, it doesn't matter.

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We'll talk about the others later. For now, I've been itching for some action!

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Condor kill.

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Eyyy that accuracy's actually not bad!

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Oaaaagh! Bright!

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Elthunder is basically just thunder but brighter.

Mbfinowk o

Eyyy, B support time! First was in chapter 2, second is in chapter 5... Can we expect an A by chapter 8? I hope so!

Ordpfusn o

D75mhegu oIt's alright, Lex. I know you didn't really mean it.

Sa72jcwx oNonsense! You are my closest ally! We are together all the time! Why, only Relina comes close to the amount of time I spend with you!

Lgjkwhcy o You're supporting Evan on the side, though!

Sa72jcwx oRival as you are, I can't afford to see you not at 100%.

D75mhegu oIs that so?

Sa72jcwx oCorrect! In fact, I have an idea. Come join me at the portable hot spring.

9qk5ifz8 oWe have a portable hot spring? Well, I suppose it's a lot less of a superfluous expense than Reese's quality furnishings...

Sa72jcwx oThe magic water can do wonders for your body and mind.

D75mhegu oYou mean take off my armor... around you?

Sa72jcwx oOf course! What do you have to lose?

D75mhegu oWell... since it is you... yeah, that'll be fun.

Sa72jcwx oGreat! I'll see you then.

W26or5uu o

 

Xwceugq5 o

Neat. Now they have more stats.

I1wezoku o

Anyway, here's Lex's second best friend apparently. Can I ask an Adept proc of you?

Qcwjaip6 oSeo8lhmu o

Yes! Thank you, Relina! You're the best!

Zohjpfha o

Astrea softens up a doggie.

E5ybk8gd o

On her way to finish the job, Nereid can speak to Astrea.

5mdmqb8g o

2r3s1rge oAstrea, Ben... you're certainly a sight for sore eyes. Listen, Beige betrayed us. He killed Mikey. We've been attacked from the inside. And I lost track of Mu, but she was acting suspicious as well.

Qjqdwzfr oMikey's dead?! And he was killed by... by Beige?! That's not possible, the three of us were such good friends!

Qjqdwzfr o...

W1cylnii o

At this point, the sky's the limit.

2r3s1rge oSomething tells me we weren't supposed to kill Ozmu either. I'm impressed you still pulled the mission off under these circumstances.

Det8lbw5 oYou may be right. Let's rejoin the fight.

2r3s1rge oAh, Astrea. Before we do, take this sword. Are you familiar with animated swords? They're a type of monster. There aren't any here now, but when you kill one, they always become a weapon that humans can use again.

9qk5ifz8 o We'll see one of these in a few chapters. They're a pretty cool type of enemy. I mean, sure, the swords could've just been droppable on random enemies, but this is a cooler way to go about it.

6p5ifsxb o

This is Astrea's prf.

Ojlvj1qa o

It's a magical sword with super accuracy, 10 crit and might, and a 10 luck bonus. Love it.

1laibcrt o

And with that, Nereid cuts off a dog's butt.

Ca4omrgh o

Okay.

Qww6g8e0 o

About this side.

Z3nfytll o7ktitnii oJsxhuwvw o8mjyf8aw oZpnc9xpj o

When I first played this game, I didn't know what a "gigolo" was. It sounded kinda italian-ish or something, and for some reason I assumed it was a kind of singer. Then I learned he's just a gold digger. Nice. This is the guy that formerly had the alternate version of Demoiselle. Yeah. This asshole.

Anyway, Joe. Joe is the second armor. He uses lances and his growths are even more knightly than Condor's, but he has the same movement growth. He also has the worst movement skills, but a better personal to compensate:

- Quick Riposte: During enemy phase, if HP is above 50%, he will always double and never get doubled. This skill is amazing, and Joe's main claim of fame. This was also the one he didn't have before. Honestly, Gentilhomme was a fair sacrifice. Besides, this guy's face screams of anything other than "gentil."

- Pivot: Can be used on a friendly unit. Joe will move to the other side of the unit. This is his main means of mobility until he gains his level skill:

- At level 14, Re-Move: After his turn is over, Luck% chance to be able to act again. Like Galeforce, except it's luck-based in exchange for not needing a kill to trigger. This is hilarious if it triggers, but of course, that's a big if. At least he has great luck to go with it.

So that's Joe. Joe is an armor, and as such, he's funny. Maybe I'll use him. I mean, I'd love to just use all the knights. That'd be the funniest.

Kbbspgjw oAsrt3frv oOa0iszfj oL97sj6rf oKbbzewuc o

Gerald is another prepromote. He's basically Bella with better defenses, bows and a mount on tier 3 promotion, but worse utility, axe rank and growths to compensate. He has a C support with his twin brother from the beginning, which is rad. Skills:

- Charge: Gain 1 damage for every 2 squares moved. Berwick Saga lances this ain't, but hey, 3 free damage for full movement.

- Shove: Push units 1 tile forward. This is generally worse than Bella's Smite, but hey.

He'll gain Savior at level 14. Savior allows him to rescue stuff without penalties. It can be pretty awesome, depending on the situation.

All in all, Gerald is pretty nice. A second Bella is never a bad thing. He and his brother do both have a rather substantial flaw, but we won't see that today.

Uzhqmlaw oOgceuek1 oTwp657ob oSj63yn9i o5lbs1wqw o

Speaking of the brother, Gerome is rather underwhelming at first glance. I mean, c'mon. When you give us Evan as our first mage, this dude who doesn't even have all three magic types just seems sad. His stats are also nothing amazing. Gerome's main claim to fame is his tier 3 promotion to mage knight. That's where his surprisingly high strength comes into play... Or, well, where it's supposed to come into play.

Skillwise, he's actually pretty good:

- Poise: +1 move. Okay, that is already awesome, but it also negates enemy hit boost from weapon triangle advantage, which is just a nice bonus.

- Pragmatic: When enemy is not at full HP, +3 attack and +1 to both defenses. Quite nice.

He'll also learn Tri-Adept+ at level 14. This doubles the effects of the weapon triangle for him, which is... both good and bad, depending on which way the triangle's facing, but it synergizes well with Poise's WTD protection.

And that's it for him! I've used Gerome in the past, and while he's not the best unit ever, he is better than he seems at first. Plus, he has 35 durability. This is really good for a mage - Evan only has 25, and that's going to bite him in the ass more than once.

A2wgtaep o

She's not playable, not yet anyway, but let's check out Nia.

Te0tasnn oAvu0d9ib oPiizqxbm o

She's better than Katherin. I wish we had her instead of Katherin.

Urxu623e o

...And you know what? While we're here, let's talk about these three too.

Wae1fozc oLbe8yqko oWhxavmmk o

Whoa! Mu's amazing! Please join my team. I'll give up Jenna for you!

Jetzzugc oEpakpzh3 oAzpuhjqi o

John, on the other hand, is just a worse Gerald with shittier skills. Meh.

Un6bt9w7 o

As for He Who Can't Handle This Many Abominations.

Yzkgvzjm oXyhrtwbr oV3qzaaho oSe8iwm80 o

Yeah.

He absolutely can.

Idu6qdgm o

In fact, the only thing that's saving the boss from him is that he doesn't move. Anything that charges him will die.

Mnktgkbo o

Okay, so. The twins will move to this side. They won't confront the boss on their own, but they'll want to be on this side still.

Umbpe3cp o

As for Joe, he'll cover this side. It's enemy phase time.

Bndd3kv0 o

Okay, Mr. I'm Hot Shit. Show us what you're made of.

Z8ixms9u oSrpeje1j o

Pfffft!

Latdbm51 o2qmwmc2z o

Pfffffffffffffffffffffffftt!

Okay this guy is awesome.

Oc5xnux3 oT2fh8the o

Mu is attacked by a generic Myrrh.

Te2tklr5 oBruv2wib o

Bellerophons use the sage rune thingy when casting spells. I missed it.

Kc6w5vwn o

Anyway, that's one monster gone. And that looks like another one will follow suit.

Gqj9lury oIdaqu3am oCemrhprr o

Not quite yet, but that guy's fucked.

Ojuayovn o75wxrqsn o

Wha-- A tree!? We're being attacked by trees now!?

Dmc84lxq oS0uausyb o6j4dyzfg o

Anyway, Iskander procs a skill and finishes the big guy on his turn.

Qno7oryg o

Hah! This is what I was waiting for.

7z5jdgjm oDb5ytcdx oJgzl4ch0 oOmnejuxi o

Treants are mage monsters. They have access to all types as well as staves. Oftentimes they're used as healers in monster armies.

5e28i36m o

Of course, being made of dry wood means treants burn really easy.

Fyxh8zwq o

Critically, too! Oof!

Q08alsdq o

Hwahahahah...

Vq750tus oW1ttr66g o

Wahahahahahah! I love this woman.

Mvdmoayg o

I'd like to point out that skeletons can be captured. I think they and phantoms are the only ones? But don't take my word for it.

Gnsbzym7 o

In this case, however, I think I'd rather just steal from it.

7remlgh1 oMsi0b0iw o

Bella smites Evan forward.

Njgnhlbo o

And now he can reach to do this! Perfect!

Fm0gaag3 oJk9l0ssn o

Whoop!

Wndbf6c5 o

Hrk-- Evan! Okay, okay, you've been getting too many amazing levels for me to get too mad, but... Damn, man, that sucks big time!

Nr1eonoa oQotuwlhq oHbixcwhk o

Condor softens up a guy for his best friend and rival.

Nvmotmel o

Hmmm...

Dhpycuny o

Ah, unfortunately, that leaves Lex in range of literally all of the monsters nearby. 'Fraid he'll have to settle for just moving forward a bit.

Awyw2nfs o

So let's instead heal Astrea...

Dhqbr9wy o

Reposition her...

S6rfz3yd o

And there we go!

Yg9lwieu o

Goodbye, you bastard!

Ffx0vek8 o

Excellent, we're just out of range, which means we can ambush them as they come.

C861viqu o

There's another new type of monster on this side.

Gvqpmaij oJsbksm8z o

Phantoms! Unfortunately, there are no proper summoners in this game (couldn't be perfect), but we'll face standalone phantoms as foes on the battlefield. Unlike FE8 phantoms, which had 1 HP and no defenses, SGW phatnoms are... rather underwhelming. Honestly, I'd call them the weakest monster class in this game.

Ioqhid0i o

Whatever the case, let's destroy some skeletons.

Gcnjfkc0 o8ujtedz8 o

Hahahahahah!

Gwihdt4y o

His experience gains aren't as funny, but hey, what can you do.

Xbrnpy7e o9iateyql o

Gerome is Lugh.

7ykdxjti oMfccvvtf o

A-Another crit!? Joe, please! Quit showing off, or I'll just have to put you in the team! And you don't want that, being put under my leadership is a death sentence!

Uvbclo3a o

A zombie charges Gerome. I should note that unpromoted zombies don't exist in this game. Every zombie has the stats of an entombed from FE8. This still doesn't make them all that threatening, but at least the kinds of zombies that even Ross could double don't exist any longer.

Yltbo3xk oUkm4to5x o

They also have a faster animation. They just... sort of melt into the ground, pop back up next to the unit and whack them.

Exeiyqjb o

Burn.

Gwukpgng o55abbisg o1vwhe4oh oPy5pso9d o

This custom phantom animation has existed for ages. Or at least that's what I recall.

Usqd4s28 oGx0lzqbq o

Joe doesn't care.

Di0dpeys o

Yes... Come... Peer ever closer... Little do you know, you're only running towards your doom!

E8crx6ao o

Okay, you two are just dumb.

Guucpxrq o

Okay, it's our move! Let's begin.

Gqgdw365 o

More! More strength! More speed! All of the strength and speed!

Lzgthb1n oU4dzb5ev o

As for you... Please, just don't get a horrible level. At this point, that's all I can really ask for.

Nfbe5kat o

Nice! That's great. I'll take that.

Fbgqwcwy o

Bella can't reach this dog properly, and she can't one-shot with the hatchet. Just barely can't.

Gm6uf73l o

Oh, well. Might as well.

Mhxwlznj o

Katherin deals 3 damage to this enemy.

X81a3com o

Unlike human bow armors, skull archers focus on defense over res. Katherin's 3 damage is still far too pathetic.

Lliib5oo o

You do it, Artemis.

Zf8rmzdb o

Hohohohohoho! Awesome! She even scored her shitty-ass skill growth! Way to go!

J3bvssjx o6t8fmjpl o

All right, Katherin. Here's something for you to do. Because fuck it.

K6pk17zd oVluca470 o

And with that, nothing left but to move everyone forward. Except Jenna. Jenna will rescue Katherin so we can get her to Nia faster.

45dcnxl2 o

On this side... I was tempted to just leave Gerome there as is and let him go to town on that fire dragon with his blizzard tome during EP, which is effective against fire dragons but no more because this game is logical like that.

Loscnfzg o

Thankfully, just in time I realized that this tree was here, waiting to murder him.

T3bjtz7a o

So I had him patch himself up first. Not this time, game! Not this time!

Uw4ux5to o

Okay.

Qwsjdkje oDoockcto o

You're so stupid-- B-But at least you don't have four arms like Iskander overthere! Jesus, man! It's just a skeleton, you don't need more than one arm for that, let alone that many!

Bag39iws o

Oh, would you look at that. When I actually plan my moves, the game decides to invalidate all of my worries with good RNG. Thanks for nothing. I bet you wouldn't have done that if he had been near death.

Awp6onuq o

Blizzard is a really simple spell animation.

Muprmh3s o

Almost dead. He can finish the job later.

Podwuseo o

Oi! Stay away from Astrea!

Oudevdy7 oG2v3qtiu o

Oh. How nice. That absolute buffoon wasted his turn and his physic by trying to save one of Iskander's foes.

Ahumurfr o

Yeah, how'd that work out for you, pal?

Speaking of physic, as I wrote this lines, I just remembered that there was a capturable bishop reinforcement with physic in the last map. And I completely forgot. Oh well.

Je5x1kie o

Oh, dear. Tons'o reinforcements. Well, it's fine.

0yi1mnwi oKo50woy0 o

Jenna gives Katherin to Relina, who drops her further down the line. She's covered half the map in one turn! Good ol' rescue chains.

Q2l1rrup o

Time to confront the boss... Or not.

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Peter is a hell dragon. That sounds super crazy, but Peter himself is not that amazing. 2 speed? Still, his defenses are high and his attack is through the roof. We'll want to use effective weaponry. That's why I gave Evan that elthunder tome.

Ua5thvwk oJqvfcnfe o

However, we won't be fighting Peter just yet. Instead, let's go after the people around him.

Jjgmpvu6 oWeclhacm o

Evan tends to Astrea's wounds, and then lets her go stab a skeleton.

J2ovel3p o

Not her best level, but I love how she's powering up. I think she's halfway through D rank now? In a couple chapters she'll get to use her beloved's fire sword. And boy oh boy, that's gonna be the real deal...

Dassnht9 o7xyv65df o

That's most of the army moved. Let's employ the remaining forces to deal with the bridge reinforcements.

5uqa1abn o

Right now, the poll's looking like Ulysses might just live on. That means I get to bench him. Isn't that great? Or maybe I should make an effort to keep him around, as a show of respect for the man who dodged death really, really narrowly.

Lq8x2gpc oQv5lydoe o

Anyway, he does a thing.

Vewtjirx o

He won't die again, I don't think.

Rd1sdhri o

On this side, Dexithea moves to intercept the other bridge's skeletons. On her own. I mean, do we really need anybody else?

U7ufvdcs o

Artemis, you can handle these fools, can you not?

4ypmn896 o

Yes, at least one of them. For sure.

A8ppvy9y oKojtwixh oIpsopyrt o

Bella and Condor team up on the other one.

Xvtkw0z2 o

It is time.

J4y2xvza o

Gerome has become a dragonslayer!

Zn7rjkf6 o

Only two more dragons remain to assist Peter in his quest for quality garments. As for me, I'm afraid I'm more of a quality furnishings connoisseur. I'll rip Peter's ribcage from his bloody corpse and make myself a fine tower rack with it!

Asgcxnr6 oVrzxmqra o

As expected, the skeleton gives Ulysses a hard time, but he retaliates with a healthy dose of death.

Fnwnitc8 o9i8zpvk1 o

Oh-- Goddamnit, really!? Not one dodge!?

Dhncnjkj o

Well, I mean... no matter. Both of them got erased from existence for their insolence.

Lbkh9bhl o

Not again... And now he has the funny number! You tryin' to say something here, punk? She's not interested! She has a boyfriend already!

Ojyrpqr6 o

The tree moves next to Astrea and... does nothing at all.

I'm not going to question it.

Ly8jjm2d o

So long, funny number skeleton. You will not be remembered.

Alngfgsg o

These four are the last enemies left on the map. If we can kill them quickly, we can finish this now! Let's go! Do not disappoint me, Gerald!

P8d5dvbi oXhnkxsaq o6px47hzz o6fdesdvp o

Consider yourself a disappointment.

W7khdccf o

...Well. There's a chance.

Zjuveurd oJbsvrtzp o

Of course. I should've known better than to doubt Joe, master of crits!

Hxczr7ad oSxgihnh7 o

The slayer of dragons cannot slay this particular dragon. It's, you guessed it, a mage dragon. Just as its Archanean counterparts, it cannot be scratched by magicians. We'll have to rely on others to do the foul deed.

9p1td7kg o

Bella and Dexithea? Sure, that sounds good.

3ihbfkbi o

This is the second time I've been unable to find a bit of text in FEBuilder's text editor. What's up with that? How can there be text in the game that doesn't exist in its files? Oh, well... A bit of transcribing won't kill me.

Ekoa7oty oVictory is definitely assured for us this battle.

05bvmkpj oI almost forget that you're a nomad sometimes.

Ekoa7oty oFormer nomad. And if people like the pope didn't exist, some would be shocked to know that you were once a woman of the cloth.

9qk5ifz8 o If you're wondering, she's comparing the two of them because the pope is also buff. Or at least I think it's that.

05bvmkpj oYeah. But when someone as well known as Alice says it's time to go, you know you gotta ditch the army you're fighting with.

Ekoa7oty oYou didn't fight with Alice back in the old Pyronian army, right?

05bvmkpj oYeah. But she commanded a lot of respect after the World War. When she left, I was one of the people who joined her old mercenary troop. Of course, even there we weren't all that close.

Ekoa7oty oI've never heard many stories about that old group.

05bvmkpj oWell, I'd be happy to tell you more of them another time. For now, the fight awaits!

Uzbjnvbd o

That was a nice bit of characterization. And once again, Alice gets development in supports where she isn't even present! How does she keep doing that?

Basme3tu o

To celebrate our new support, Bella shoves Dexithea into oblivion.

Gqbvujit o

And now she can get healed by Jenna.

Kmknnmbq o

Okay, I think it's time to do this.

Nkfecepx o

Okay, Peter, time to diOH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT

J0mam4tc oYdaroytu o

You've got to be kidding me. No, stop it!

Qlozygga o

This looks like a final boss! What is it doing in chapter 6? In fact, it does use final boss music! Yeah, Peter uses Medeus's theme from Book 2! How about it!? Fuckin' Peter, man...!

A6c0gadf o

Then Evan blasted almost three quarters of his health bar off with a crit. But still, sheesh man.

Yi4qmvlu o

Well, that's okay. Relina can still do it.

Nlenirmp o

No! What?!

Wwu9cfsh oR5a6sqgo o

Panic

Ig4uxyvg o

If any more attacks miss, someone will irremediably die. What the fuck, man...!? This is giving me FE6 flashbacks!

3epmqnqw oL4s0zyhj o

Okay, good job, Nereid. Now...

Ui5j7ofb o

It has to be Lex. There's literally nobody else who can do it, and this is the best accuracy he can muster. I mean, there are worse units to give boss kills to than Lex, but if Lex misses, we're done.

Lh0cqaga oC0kpw8xc o

YES! YES! Yes... Ohhh, that was too close. Too fucking close, goddamnit!

Id3esy6u o

I am running out of ideas for death portraits. And we're six maps into the game.

Zs0vkorp o

Wh... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat...!?

LEX GOT MOVEMENT!

I need to see that again.

Zs0vkorp o

Oh my God. The best unit in the game got movement. Yeah, you thought the update title was referring to all the betrayals? Nope. It was this.

Zs0vkorp o

Nooo! Lex, you can't do this! I already feel bad about using you, you're too good! If you get movement on top of that...! Jesus fuckin' Christ on a bike, dude! Your growth is 1%!

Krxyx0ht oBmccqe3y o

Okay, now we cannot reset. I don't care that the poll says units can't die right now - If we lose that level, I will cry until I am dehydrated.

Enty5kjw oN5fwvrvo o

Ulysses rushes back to the army and repositions Katherin. With all of this help, she should be able to make it to Nia next turn. Fine by me - it's not like we can kill that mage dragon under these circumstances.

7ilifqdr o

Is it too much to ask that no reinforcements appear?

Vj4nnke5 o

Clearly so. Meh... We've still got a couple turns before the limit.

Lwqikhw1 oZlilpfwr oKm52qtef o

Okay, then. Let's start from the beginning.

5lujvyxu oK7pzrdun o

Gerome's guaranteed movement bonus is so useful.

Byq1kjn0 o

Let's have a chat.

Fcoyctl4 o

Nice, Ciri's just randomly hanging out with Katherin so she can hear the bad news about Mikey...

4qaycy84 oAlright? That injury she has looks fairly serious.

Lhic7vnz oCiri, Sister! I'm glad to see you both well! But I wish the circumstances we face were better. I can't believe we didn't notice that Beige was a traitor. He killed Mikey right when we finished killing the remaining monsters.

4qaycy84 oMikey is dead?! No... No, no, Mikey!

Yz2vgtwm o

Zbaaezxw oBeige was always so loyal to Propater. He's been with Garrison since almost the start.

Lgjkwhcy o We should've known such a pouty man was not to be trusted.

Zbaaezxw o...Nia. We can't die here. Until we avenge our father and kill Conway, no matter what it takes, we must do anything we can to achieve that goal.

Lhic7vnz oNo matter what, and no matter the cost. Conway will die. But before that, we need to live through this battle. Katherin, I want to give this to you. It'll help you survive to that day.

Zbaaezxw oThis is an Angelic Robe... Thank you, Nia. I'll take good care of it.

Shuwnmal o

Excellent! Thank you so much, Nia.

Rvzsjuot oYqonme0c o

Evan and Relina team up on this skeleton.

Ijnwz8sx o

Hoho! Not bad at all! Very nice!

Iikm38zl oKyo2nwcf o

Then, Fuuma crits this one. I forgot to activate Mercy. Nice.

W2uuntke o

Fuuma! What way to begin your levelling career is this?

Ze7vrlnj o

Take some healing, Lex. You might need it soon.

Hgmtpdec o

Unfortunately, the fiendcleaver is a magical weapon, and as such, it cannot deal too much damage to the mage dragon.

Wuti1p7y o

Nothing to do about it. We cannot finish it this turn. Please, no more reinforcements...!

Aoekvvtq o

Excellent.

6d23bdg5 o

Bella pushes Condor, armor and all, closer to our one remaining foe. Is there anything she cannot push?

Yw66pxhd oBralwrl6 o

Round o' healing.

V7zf0wc0 oJq9lfpd7 oRjodbnrz o

Let's begin work on this guy.

Yq1eahys o

Yes, Ulysses. This is exactly what you should be doing to maintain your second lease on life. Sigh... Well, fair is fair, more con makes it easier to avoid the horrible situation that killed him in the first place.

09bygsje oDwg4zthj o

Okay, and with that, I think...

Mj4q0zc9 oHqakun0t oSptroanq oJsalybkb o

Yep, it's over. The animation is a bit glitched up close, but from a distance, the proper spell animation plays. It's just one of those FE8 monster dark magic animations that every hack puts into tomes because they're too good to be wasted on mere monsters.

Azbo3nii o

Boom, down with you. No level, though. A shame.

1sq4a0dn o

Look, it's Boyfriend! He has arrived to the rescue with an army of... uh, brigands?

Sdnzrybr o

...Ergh...

54rpiakx o

......

Ohhh, blistering barnacles on a fiddlestick... Everyone's a traitor! Everyone!

5yydcaqe oIf that monster showed up first, then even we wouldn't be able to calm him. With so many of the Hell Hounds here, capturing everyone will be no challenge at all. Just remember one thing, Brother. Do not hurt Astrea. The rest can be roughed up as much as you want.

Lgjkwhcy o At least it seems he does care about Astrea, but... Damn, he's Kuroth's brother? How did nobody know about this?! How long has he even been a part of Propater?! Some spy division we have!

Xccwmdlb o

Wha-- How dare you! Okay, now that's going too far! Bad words are a no-no! When do I get to kill you?

Wwggyoef obut I shall keep my promise, my foolish little brother. Move out, men!

Tw159zsv o

2r3s1rge o! That's Kuroth! Dammit, so it wasn't just Beige, but Sol too?

Det8lbw5 oKuroth? Sol, what's the meaning of this!

5yydcaqe oCalm down, love. The time is upon us. Leave Propater and join us.

Det8lbw5 o...If this is meant to be a joke, I'm not laughing.

5yydcaqe oTell me, love. What is it that you and I both desire? Peace, yes? The world is at war now because people fight back against Pyron's vision. If they just saw his superiority, his awesome power, they would recognize him as the god he truly is and fall in line.

Xg3ftfoc o

I know this isn't the best time for this, but I somehow managed to catch a frame where everyone looks high. Pffft...

5yydcaqe oas some sort of symbol of perfect leadership and freedom, continue to kill each other in unorganized tribal combat like here in Merv, or live isolated from the rest of the world like in Ryu.

Txzubig9 o Cool speech! My regards, really! Blow him to bits, Evan.

5yydcaqe oPyron offers unity. Power. Peace. A future for us as a species.

Det8lbw5 oAnd you'll kill as many as you have to in order to achieve that peace?

Wwggyoef oIt would be no different than what you just did here. How are we able to have this calm chat at this moment? Ah, right because you killed all the monsters and dragons here. Right after you just killed Ozmu. How many will you kill to achieve peace?

Zobxfzjv o

Hoho! You tell 'em, girl! Okay, but no seriously, can you please stop looking high already? You're ruining the scene...

Tqtlzxhq oMaster, Iskander managed to take some of his troops and escape.

Wwggyoef oThey must have recognized that they need to cut their losses. Come, Brother, my men are almost done capturing everyone. Unlike this girl, we are not here to slaughter our targets. Merely capture and pawn off.

Rmemh69c o

Kuroth and his pet walk away, leaving Sol alone to try and salvage his relationship with Astrea.

5yydcaqe oI am only doing what I believe is best for us. If you join the Hell Hounds, no pain will befall any of you.

Det8lbw5 o If you think this is best for us, then you've learned nothing from all our time together. Goodbye, Sol.

Txzubig9 oOof! Stone cold! I love how Astrea handles herself here. No tears, no melodramatic bullshit... She's an absolute badass.

50v58ct7 o

With their break up made official, Astrea leaves Sol alone. He begins monologuing to himself like a cartoon villain.

5yydcaqe oYou have not seen Pyron's wonders. I will show you a utopia that will make you see the light.

Iuyyxjvr oLwps00oe o

Everyone is gone. The battlefield becomes silent as the tomb it has become... Two men teleport in and gaze upon the mindless destruction.

Amjaijgv o

I can't. His face is too funny. I love him. Please tell me he's recruitable.

Oeel1c86 oMy master is too focused on Cyra and is collecting power now. Ah, Lord Pyron, master of this humble Mandrake, and God of Energy... Please grant the souls here safe passage to the cycle of mana.

Oeel1c86 o...

Uptb1ska o

Oeel1c86 oHe did his best to salvage what he could of this situation, but I doubt they will have figured out my plans here. Heh, that fool Ren thinks we didn't know who she is. Bramimond, we are two steps ahead of you and your master.

9qk5ifz8 o Ah, good. It seems at least SOMEONE isn't a traitor. I think.

Oeel1c86 oAh, but I am also displeased I did not get to see my old friend Donovan.

Auphvkij oOzmu didn't speak much about what he was studying here.

Oeel1c86 oWorry not, my new son. I shall make all here clear for you very soon.

Zap2ivsn o

 

Iy3m04u1 o

Thanks a ton, Jake! This will be useful. I won't post a screenshot of the "item get" notification, though. The truth is, there's one more scene between the Mandrake one and Jake. However, it has nothing to do with the chapter itself, and I think the update is long enough as it is, so I'll leave that for next time. The notification's background would spoil things, so... yeah. Not sure why I feel like I need to explain myself, but hey. There you go, an explanation.

So yeah! That's been the update. Told you things would start kicking into gear today. Half of Propater are traitors, the other half are MIA, Boyfriend turns out to be Kuroth's brother, and we've been captured by them. Knowing Blademaster's love for Thracia, I'd say we're well on our way to a prison break chapter. I can only hope we don't lose too many units on the way out... Either due to the game taking them away, or me being bad, because next chapter is when most people will lose their game over flags! So yeah. Look forward to what happens next, and I'll see you guys right here, in this very thread! Adiós, que tengáis un buen día!

 

Death count: Ulysses
                        Charles

* Maybe

 

Reset count: 1 (Ulysses: 1)

 

Current perfect streak: 1 map

Best perfect streak: 3 maps

 

Blademaster's kill count: Mikey
                                             Beige

 

 

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5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I like how you're arguing Kuroth being involved with Pyron as a negative. As if the fact that he enslaves people and treats them as literal dogs isn't enough.

 Hey, that doesn't preclude one from the other.

Working with an antivirus as an external support to your conquering ways does not make his mass slavery okay.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

So in other words, everyone is sus. Oki-dokie.

The whole game will now be described as build an army trust nobody.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

...Well, you accidentally hit it square in the mark. As revealed in her supports, she was experimented on during her time at the cult. That's why she dislikes experimentation. So... yeah. This is canon. Congratulations, you're a genius.

>Makes a joke about the character finding everything fucked up where she's been working.

>Somehow stumbles on the correct answer of her being a subject of said experiments.

https://i.imgflip.com/4bexz2.jpg

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

The one game where talismans aren't vendor trash. Because there's a shitton of enemy mages, and they're Evan's one and only weakness.

Do stat boosters sell for less in this game?

And are the formations going to shift to magic that fast?

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Actually, if I recall correctly, they still use funny bottles. The spell comes out after the moloch breaks the bottle.

That must be very confusing, trying to find the right spell in the heat of battle.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

That's the super duper top secret mission from Daddy Garry down the drain...

Garrison will not be too pleased.

That is, if he doesn't want you dead already.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Ahh, it's a reference to that game whose acronym looks so much like Tweety.

I'm surprised you got that one, partly because it's a scene at the end of a certain point and I don't tend to see people reference it unless it's among people who already know.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Funnily enough, Dartanion couldn't have gotten Thani'd. Due to that, you could argue his replacement was weaker.

Hence tougher than expected because less effectiveness.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

...N-- No! I wasn't throwing shade at FE! Honest to God I wasn't! I literally meant what I said - magic in hacks tends to be wonky, but that spell isn't, so I was just praising the animation for it! Nothing more! I don't try to find ways to diss Three Houses all the time!

Who said I assumed it was just 3H?

Back to Sagittae, 3H goes for something different with Sagittae come to think of it, certainly less aggressive.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

...Hey, I just noticed there's another human in the background of this Doom poster. Who is that?

Maybe we'll know by the end.

Probably won't be Ulysses.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Pffffft... Yep, it's official - someone's a fan. Well, can't say it surprises me. You've always been a brigand fan. Even when the brigand wasn't using axes, you were still a fan. Even when the brigand was called pirate you were still a fan!

Maerchen was the one character I cheered for ironically.

But then again there was Gonzales, Alex, Barst is probably the closest for Archanea not named Darros

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I don't know, I just find him to be the most amazing thing ever. Evil Moulder, man!

Moustache Rock is now his name for me.

Thus Mandrake is Evil Moustache Rock.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

I haven't been posting player phase themes, but you'll recognize the name of today's: It is Doorway to Destiny.

Words I can hear right there.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Qy9twrpa oRegardless, I was already given my orders for this situation.

Zdxizoxp oVdv9ft0q o

Whoa whoa whoa! Stop!

Beige what the fuck?

You're supposed to be bland af!

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Xkxw4zug oHxbzkato o

No, Mikey is not injured. He hasn't retreated. He has not fallen unconscious. He's just fucking dead. Just like that.

D96tnx7c oBut I can't fall here- Wait, no, yes I can- *bleh

I guess he was really capable of dying.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Qy9twrpa oFriend? That thing?

Qy9twrpa o...Yes. Yes, this is what I live for.

Puhrnbcu o

...Sooo that's why this asshole likes "facial expressions"... Goddamnit.

Qy9twrpa oWhether it be in the various regiments, bandit troops, or mercenary guilds I've been in before, this feeling never gets old. Working for the Hell Hounds does have its perks. Kuroth enjoys that I revel in such activities. He more than anyone knows the importance of loyalty. And a faked one is something that amuses him to no end.

Beige, what the actual fuck is wrong with you.

I mean, Kuroth is obviously fucked up still, but so is Beige.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Oh, come now, there's no way she's gonna win. I mean, c'mon! He's just been established as a villain! It would be so embarrassing if he just died--

Zakfdh6d oG1cvkswy o

...If he just...

Nqayi6f0 oNglzjpto o

...Welp.

Ee0ae30x o
 
91hnebzw o

Female Mercenary is going to win this fight, that's just science Rubenio, come in.

Also, Beige proceeds to die as he lived: almost blended to the background.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

This is what I've been waiting for. This is where SGW's story gets fun. Maybe not "good", maybe not "deep", but fun. You see, if you're not a blue unit, Blademaster hates you. Blademaster wants you fucking dead, your fucking guts spilled all over the fucking floor staining it fucking red.

Which is why, starting this update, I'm going to make myself feel better about my own death count by implementing a Blademaster Kill Count. Yeah. I'm gonna keep count of all the NPCs Blademaster kills. Guest characters count - you just need to be not a player unit and not an enemy when you die, because in both those cases it's my fault.

He wanted to outpace ironman runs in terms of deaths?

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
2kbaqd0e o

...Oh, so she's just gonna gloss over the fact that her life was threatened. Okay.

N7o8sqhm oThey must have set it up while we were busy here. Guess we're supposed to be next.

Mcnhnxnw oWhere are you going, Iskander?! This traitor must be dealt with!

2r3s1rge oThis isn't the time for that, you impatient moron!

N7o8sqhm oAin't nobody got time for that Mu!

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Lgjkwhcy oEr... Why exactly aren't you telling them that Beige was a traitor and you had to get rid of him? It would take you like five words to explain!

Iskander already did that.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
J6lsytbt o

"Mall"? "Shirts"?

Jz82dnj8 oI'm not sure. Lord Rody would know. He's the best at fitting these spears.

Okay I am completely lost at that sentence.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Det8lbw5 oWhat the hell was that?!

E9kjhydh o....A dragon? Here?

Lgjkwhcy o No, actually. Many.

Actually that's good, the more dragons there are the less threatening each one is. BB vs BS proves it. It's Conservation of Ninjustu, but dragons.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Cczfxsr4 oIf Rody is here, then it's over. That man is a monstrosity.

Det8lbw5 oRody is the brother of Ryu's queen, yes? Why does he fight with Pyron?

E9kjhydh oRody is abnormally powerful, much like his father was. As you know, his father, Gill, was the final mastermind behind the previous war.

Lgjkwhcy oOh yeah, Evan. This totally is the right time for a history lesson. I mean, to be entirely fair, the guy could probably stand there yapping away for hours and the enemy couldn't kill him... But c'mon, man, think about the others! They aren't a brick wall like you are!

E9kjhydh oHe locked Rody up, fearing his power, but Queen Iris released him.

E9bwodzm o

I'll sit, I haven't played CT.

And I thought you'd listen to Evan as much as you'd wish.

And of course Rody here has a bunch of parental issues, wonder how that might play out.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

3t4acnv7 oFrom what I learned as a spy, Pyron likes how powerful he is and made him a general.

Lgjkwhcy oPyron made a sadistic madman into a general? What kind of an idiot is God?!

Considering the standards set in the previous LPs, infinitely.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

3t4acnv7 oHe leads all the manaketes that Mandrake created or found, along with the monsters. He calls himself the "King of Monsters" for that reason.

Cczfxsr4 oWe need to leave, and fast. If we can kill these dragons, that'll be great, but we shouldn't get our hopes up.

Lgjkwhcy oActually, that's kinda the goal of the map, Fuuma. We have to do it, whether we like it or not.

Godzilla would like to give him a breather.

It would be radioactive by coincidence, but still.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:
Eyklyl9b oWuptggfi o

So, this map. It's a rout map with a time limit. This... should suck and be awful, but for some reason, it just works? I know, I'm quoting Todd Howard here and that's not a good sign. In any case, despite being a rout with a time limit, the map never devolves into a mad dash chasing after a couple random stragglers sitting on the other side of the world. This is because all the enemies except for the dragons charge you. So the main goal becomes to fend off the assault while making your way to the pack of dragons. Plus, the map is filled with allies (some of which turn into blue units as soon as the map starts), who will help to clean up the opposite side of the map.

Does every rout map describe it like that?

And also, time limits, oh boy!

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Mcnhnxnw oAll that time getting close to Sol and Kuroth just to ultimately not find out where their fragments are.

Lgjkwhcy o Uhhh... Fragments? Getting close to Kuroth? What in the world are you babbling about? Are you a traitor too? Why is everyone a traitor!? Not Mu, Mu's hair is too fabulous to be traitorous!

Sol as well? More fragments?

This is definitely a big one. Mu no matter their stance is onto something for sure. Astrea missing the Mila fragment is going to come back up I assume.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Mcnhnxnw oArgh, Ren is going to kill me over this nonsense.

Yt1d4uw4 oAnd Beige is dead now too. Regardless, I'll keep looking for their fragments in his place.

Mcnhnxnw oWell, hopefully something will end up going well today. You won't believe what Sol did to the lab...

So Sol did wreck it?

And Ren's in on it.

Definitely Propater is looking for something powerful and I cannot believe this Corrupt Katerocracy is cleaner than it appears.

5 hours ago, Saint Rubenio said:

Zyyrvgvh oTake it from the expert on all matters women, my lads. <