Here's hoping it's a new beginning for the gameplay
Flashback is a good excuse to see that Daddy Olva portrait again!
"can fight. Your skills as a leader in making tough decisions will saves [sic] more lives than your blade ever can. That's your forte,
Lyn's theme is playing right now btw
"attack us here, I'm not just going to watch as my family and friends die under my orders."
Looks like he noticed us LPing this game
Florence gets her boobs back for the flashback
"to take my mind off Ash, but like I said... I know he's coming back."
"Did something go wrong during your mage training?"
Day turns into night and Ash appears only when everyone's eyes are closed! Spoooooky!
There's a really long pause before Val says "Huh?", which is fine, but Ash's speech bubble lingers there the entire time so it feels like the game is hanging
"Cylix" sounds more like a medication than a castle...
"Instead, I tried to forget about it all... I wonder, Val... What will you do now?"
Athos music playing. Hey, it's better than Lyn music
"And I'm not the type to give in so easily. If you want control of my body, you'll have to do better than that."
"his promise, or that your family won't still try to fight? If you had just let me kill him back there, you wouldn't have to worry about this at all."
GOOD point from my wife demonvoice
"If he didn't, he would have tried to kill me by now, through poison or other means. Secondly, he's afraid of me. As powerful as he and his army are, the one thing he wouldn't want is to be killed by me, even if it's unlikely."
Don't you see, Ash? You're the only one who can see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
"Just kidding. My brother's going to ruin everything, obviously."
(He doesn't actually say that)
"But I've left them in capable hands. Someone who knows even more than myself."
"So tell me, what are you?"
flashbacks to Japanese classes where half the words in all conversations were あ、そう(です)か
"how to get rid of you, which must mean that there is a way."
"Is that how she gained control of this magic?"
"She came around because of your negligence. She's useless to me."
"to do with all of this. Which means that someone from Egardia is working for the owner of that voice. But all this, just to get to me? It just seems unnecessary. I must be missing something."
"I've left you here with minimum guard for quite a while now, and yet you haven't even attempted to escape or damage me in any way. Aren't you curious as to how your family are holding up?"
Black Fang music playing now
"You're watching my sister, in some way or another. And perhaps I'm not being watched, but there's a powerful magic barrier around this room keeping me in. If you want anything from me, you'd do well not to bother with this pathetic attempt at generosity. There's nothing you can do to gain my trust."
"I hope Lady Laraya doesn't turn hostile after seeing me with you."
"I only promised that I wouldn't harm them. Either way, your sister and everyone else are still alive, so it's time to hold up to your end of the deal."'
shaman mode activate
"ever since we took this place off your hands. They've been quite the slippery group[text skip], and it's been difficult to track them down. Now, however, we've received information about a meeting about to take place in one of the border villages. It's assumed that at least one of the leaders will show up there."
It's our guy!
Here's the map, and boy is it a doozy. Poor tan woman's got a case of the skin-eyes
paint.net tried to force me to tap out of the LP at this point. My response was forcible resuscitation
All these people seem to have to go on is rumours, but they know that Ash is with Egardia now
Quintessence? Don't... understand...
"She convinced Bran and the others to allow me to avoid execution. But now, I serve Egardia until my last breath."
"My brother acted on the heat of the moment. I hope you can find it in you to forgive him."
(I hope he can't)
"How does your mother fare?"
"Why don't you wait here and let us handle this?"
"I have to. Bran wants word of my apparent treachery against Olva to spread. It will make everyone lose faith in my sister as well, and cause confusion amongst the people of this rebel group."
Everyone from Olva is related! Everyone!
"Surrendering is your best option. I'm here to convince you and the other rebels of that."
Taking this angle, even if Ash has a 4D-chess plan as his real reason for joining Egardia, is actually really cool because of how realistic it is. The good guys joining their enemies to save lives by ending the war as quickly as possible isn't something that you see a lot
"I've heard enough... Prepare yourself, Ash, because that's not going to happen."
... Everyone of importance being related in some way is actually pretty realistic as well, considering medieval dynastic stuff
CONTROL! We start with only two units, but Ash's got everything but the kitchen—
(Also, yes, Ash is the middle child. Andrei is the youngest despite looking way older)
Emilia's a level 18 soldier and doesn't have the "boss" icon on her map sprite. We're just going to be fighting Bryan in this chapter.
Big map. Roundabout path. No Josie. I mourn
As "usual", the map is so bloated that we can't actually reach any enemies on the first turn
My fault for letting the fighter/bruiser/whatever move onto the forest, but isn't it great making us go up against axes when all we have is a lance armour knight and a shaman?
oh wow they're actually still called fighters
... What's causing that graphical glitch on the "6"?
"He's even letting them kill our soldiers... How could he betray our country like that? This isn't like him at all. ... What am I supposed to do in a situation like this?"
This would've been hilarious if I'd just waited for the first several turns without killing any units. If Ash has Lord movement, he can walk across rivers, but taking the time to wade over straight to the boss wouldn't do anything because the objective is Defeat Enemy, not Defeat Boss.
"The Egardians know we're here. They could be bringing more soldiers this way."
"Your survival is more important than our lives."
D E A T H S E N T E N C E
The boss finally takes his perch in the ol' boss's-nest
I mean, the only part of the chapter I'd played was a whole lot of nothing...
Cue Serra/Cath theme
"about the outskirts of Olva like this, Gemma. We should head further into the country."
"This is the perfect chance for us to get the jobs that others wouldn't be able to."
get it they're twins they have literally the exact same face Ha Ha Ha
"There's not much need for two mercenaries like us right now."
Because even Requiem knows that this chapter would be way too boring with only Ash and Drake. Also, they're over here in the southeast corner just in case you had any funny ideas about taking this gigantic map with two units slowly
A mercenary looking for work with her twin sister. Abrasive.
She's no Josie or Keiran, but she's getting Ash's secret book
A mercenary looking for work with her twin sister. Gentle.
I truly, honestly think that Troubadour would've been a way more fitting class name for a traveling goofy twin than Ｓａｖｉｏｕｒ
All these name changes, yet no differentiation between sword and lance Knights?
I am going to be heal abusing, but I'm not waiting for the healer to get here to keep playing the vidgame
This is the short spear, but without the drawback of weight. Wing spear!
Turns out Ash can't walk across rivers. Either he has mage movement or the lord movement was changed
I wonder if I should add a "name of the lord's country is also the lord's surname" space to the FE fangame bingo sheet
"You shouldn't be here right now, anyway.[text skip] It's dangerous out here."
This manner of having text skips for line breaks and only putting [A]s at the end of bubbles used to be the norm for Requiem. Expect to see remnants of it laying around if we haven't already
ACCEPT THE LADY'S HELP, ASH
"Listen... Help if you want, but I'm not paying you for anything. I didn't hire you, so I don't "owe" you at all."
"You're even more handsome in person."
These sisters feel like they were an FE7 pegasus sister analogue, but they decided to cut out the middleman and just have Florina and Farina.
"My sister and I are gonna help you beat those guys."
ACCEPT THE LADIES' HELP, ASH
"That's the rule. We expect payment, but we'll talk about it later, okay?"
In case you were curious about their palettes
at least she got speed
Drake doubles the fighters and armours here, which is nice
As a rule, I'm going to leave supports alone unless it seems like we're going to be needing them in a pinch. This is in case we end up benching one of the supporting units later. This rule will gradually disappear as time goes on/we get more units/the other LPers are probably going to be grabbing supports gung-ho anyway
... Hey, it's less infuriating than watching video LPs where the person never uses stat-boosters because they always forget and then complains about the stats of units that could be mitigated by those stat-boosters.
time for boss abüse
I have to move Gemma away for Clare to heal her if she gets hurt because the boss has a hand axe and will be able to kill Clare if she moves in range
AT LEAST SHE GOT DEFENSE?
the game's trying to tell me something with all these misses, but I've got Magvel-imported bananas stuck in my ears!!!
You can thank me later
I'm going to stop heal abusing now because Clare's heal Prayer Staff™ is running non-high and we can't yet buy replacements. Once we can, though... No mercy
this is so sad Anna play Into the Shadow of Victory
(I mean the level-up not the guy dying)
"I guess we arrived too early to catch anything big."
Ash explains that the rebels will go back into hiding for now, which is good because we don't have to slaughter any more and it fits Bran's narrative of the rebels being slippery.
Unfortunately, M'lady's son doesn't get to be a M'lord
"Even though I should expect it, being called a traitor hurts more than it should."
Drake offers Ash a chance to escape while Drake holds off the Egardians, but Ash refuses, citing the probability that Bran and Alicia have contingencies to prevent that
"The longer you keep us waiting, the more we'll charge."
MASTERS OF TIMING ARE PULLING YOUR STRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGS
"what is going on here?"
"But we're definitely not going home!"
"the mainland during wartime! Especially not two rookies like yourselves!"
(wouldn't wartime be the most profitable time for common mercenaries?)
"The Egardian army is the safest place to be right now. If they end up working under someone else, they might be killed. And as long as they follow orders[text skip]around here, they'll be fine."
"You'll get your money sooner or later, I promise. But I don't know when that's going to be."
Guess how long it takes for them to get their money?
Drake just doesn't want us to get two high-movement units so soon
I forgot to record Alicia's brief conversation with Ash; I'll edit it in when I have the time
edit: In next post. This one passed the character limit.