Update 107: Complete Global Saturation

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Count Rowe's 7 Minutes of Pain.
♪ Three Crowns ♪

♪ No music ♪

After the chilliness of Faerghus, I can't seem to adjust to this extreme heat.
Historically, there have been battles whose outcomes were determined in part by the climate. You can't argue that this heat isn't a factor.
In conditions like these, who knows what will become of our morale...
Professor, be honest. How are you holding up?
I'm at my limit.
Don't overexert yourself. Perhaps it would be best to take breaks as we proceed. Monks once used this area as an ascetic training ground because of the intense environment. They say Ailell was born of the goddess's rage...
Her rage?
If you believe the legends, this valley is evidence of the goddess's judgment...passed on humanity for its corruption. The forest that once covered the surrounding area was burnt to ash by a pillar of light that descended from the heavens. That legend fueled belief in a place of torment between our world and the next...where one's sins are purified in the cleansing flames.
Nonsense. Sins are not so easily washed away.
Indeed... And there are no accounts of such a place in scripture.
Yet those who cannot face their own sins have no choice but to cling to the idea.
Ugh, I just don't think I can take this heat anymore. I think I'm starting to see things...
Near those mountains over there... Is it just me, or is there a group of people gathered there?
No... It would seem you are not hallucinating after all.
Are those Rodrigue's soldiers? No, but their banner is that of... No! It can't be...

♪ Dark Clouds Gather ♪

We messed up. There must have been a spy among us... Will you have us meet them in battle or wait for Rodrigue to arrive?
There is only one option. How kind of them to save us the trouble of killing them later.
Aren't they your former allies?
Never call those traitors our allies again. I will not repeat myself. That banner belongs to the Gray Lion. It's a waste of breath to exchange words with one such as him.
His Highness is correct. He is not an opponent whom we can expect to negotiate with. Everyone! Prepare for the attack!

♪ As Fierce as Fire ♪

No map this time, there's no difference in initial enemy placements between Maddening and lower difficulties here.

Instead, here's our army. I'm giving Yuri another chance, I really hope he doesn't disappoint me.

Dorothea also gets to hold Not-Thyrsus, because who else is gonna do it? Marianne? Yuri?

Y'know, I haven't actually tested to see if magic staves boost magic weapon damage. No better time to try it out, I guess.

Holy shit, I finally remembered to equip Axe Prowess on Ingrid. It's gonna do a hell of a lot more than Seal Defense did.
♪ No music ♪

♪ Chasing Daybreak ♪

Gwendal is as pathetic as he is on lower difficulties. He's got more Str and 3 more Res, I guess.

Ashe might actually be more preferable to have on the map than this guy, given that Ashe lacks Poison Strike as an enemy.

The life of a boar prince truly is one filled with many, many arrows.

By some miracle, Dorothea has just enough magic damage, with the bonus from Charm on Dimitri, to wipe out one of these snipers with Meteor.

She does just that.

That is so much better than the Hit scores she had with axes before now.

The life of Sothis's chosen is about as rough as that of the boar prince.


I made a pair of aura knuckles, by the way. They're expensive, and not that useful, but boy are they fun.

I fear Yuri might just be way too far behind in levels and damage stats to be useful by this point.

Doesn't mean I won't keep trying, though. I like the man.

Pure grit!

Saved a use of that silver bow+, and got herself Str. A good start for everyone's favorite debt-ridden orange-haired mercenary.

So much damage, and she can actually reliably hit things with axes now.

No action on the enemy phase.

Again with the Mag!

Dimitri gets to act as bait, again.

It's over!

Been a while since we've seen a regular Sword of the Creator crit, huh?

That's the spirit!

Adan is barely getting any EXP from kills by this point.

Not a very exciting opener, huh?

I can do no less!

Well, that's the second 2% chance crit of the—

Again with the Mag!

Watch this!

Lotta strange shit happening.

...Yeah, no, I hate to say it, but Yuri is unsalvageable by this point.

As per usual, reinforcements start spawning in once we get too close to Gwendal. The sniper and fortress knight are Maddening-only. This wave will repeat every other turn until we end the map/

They can also act on their spawn turn, again, as per usual.

That could've gone so much worse.

No-one is hitting their actual godsdamned damage stats today!

I'm stalling for time until Rodrigue comes in.

Missing both Str and Mag is, for the sake of my emotional stability, better than missing Str and getting Mag, Dimitri.

So much for stalling for time, Gwendal's on the move.

The Shield of Faerghus has appeared! We can expect more out of him than the young ones.

Exclusive to Maddening are these two cavaliers and one paladin that spawn next to Rodrigue and his armored knights.

This can be a problem.

Rodrigue, you see, is slow, and doesn't pack much of a punch.

Rodrigue actually has something completely unique for me, so I need to get Adan over to him ASAP.

At least Yuri isn't at the point where he can't take out armored knights.

This is not, in fact, getting Adan over to Rodrigue.

Rattling Gwendal gives me one more turn to get to Rodrigue, at least.

That's the spirit!

Crit queen Leonie.

Another wave of these spawn— Wait!

♪ The Dream is Over ♪

Act-on-spawn-turn reinforcements, everyone...
♪ Chasing Daybreak ♪

Fuck it, I messed up, and I'll pay the price.

If you get Adan over to Rodrigue and talk to him, Rodrigue has a completely unique weapon for you.

Sword of Moralta: Requires Sword rank A. 1 range. 13 Mt, 75 Hit, 25 Crit, 9 Wt, 30 durability. Restores 12%/20%/33% max HP every turn; amplified for holders of the Crest of Fraldarius. Requires Mythril x3 and 2500 gold to repair.

That Hit is quite low for a sword, but on the other hand, that Mt and Crit are very attractive. Like the Spear of Assal, the Sword of Moralta is basically designed to go on one specific unit: Felix. Give the sword to the man, and he can dish out some serious pain with it, and regen 1/3 of his HP every turn.

It really does pain me that I didn't restart to get this thing, but...so it goes.

Prepare yourself!

So ends our final trip to Ailell.

Before we go, Dimitri has dialogue for fighting Gwendal.
The man praised as a lion is degraded to a mere traitor's underling.
A traitor's underling? That's upsetting, Your Highness. I am and always have been a knight of House Rowe.
How dare you? You are nothing but a lowly beast scavenging for scraps. You have forgotten the dignity of knighthood.
I may be lowly, but this beast is devoted to his master.
Ha! Then I had better kill the pet and deliver its head to that master...
♪ No music ♪

Now he's just a corpse, nothing more. Let's go. Rodrigue is waiting for us.

Yeah, that's fair.

♪ Beyond the Crossroads ♪

To say such a thing at a time like this. You have not changed one bit.
Don't let looks deceive you. I've had a rough go of it ever since I crossed blades with those traitors in Fhirdiad. When I heard you'd been executed, I rushed there as fast as I could, blind with fury.
When I got there, I was fed some garbage about not being able to see your body. The next thing I knew, I was gripping my blade and...
Gilbert, you have done well to locate His Highness. I am truly grateful. And you... I have you to thank, as well.
As his professor, it was my duty.
Well, we are in your debt. I will repay you for this someday, I swear it. And you, Felix... You have also done well to bring His Highness here.
Tell us all you know, Rodrigue.
I'm afraid there's not much to tell. You are aware that the western region of the Kingdom was taken by the Empire, correct?
Yes, so I have heard. They are now calling it the Faerghus Dukedom or some nonsense.
If you know that much, then the rest won't take long.

♪ A Dark Sign ♪

There, she reorganized her troops and then sent soldiers to hunt me down. Because of that, we were forced to act defensively. And now we're being forced into a difficult battle. She's been controlling the situation all along.
So, that's been the witch's plan from the start. I should have killed her ages ago.
Your Highness... Fhirdiad is in a terrible state right now.
The tyranny is unbearable, and so the rebellions are endless. Refugees starve to death in the streets.
If I may speak freely, Your Highness...

♪ The King of Lions ♪

There's no time for that. We must annihilate Enbarr before all else.
Think this through. I understand wanting to destroy the Empire and the emperor. I want that so much it hurts. But which is more important, the dead or the living?
No, Dimitri. You will hear me out.
Are you asking me...asking the dead...to forgive that woman?
No, I would not ask that of you. What I am asking is that you allow us to prioritize the Kingdom capital over the Imperial capital for now. As Lambert's close and trusted friend, I am confident that he would have advised the same.
Do not dare to put words in the mouths of the dead. They are your words alone, even if you borrow their lips. Until I offer up that woman's head, Father will remain a slave to his lingering regret and hatred...
Even now, he suffers. It is ceaseless. As we waste time with idle chatter, his suffering continues!
...You are my king. Our king. Wherever you lead, we will follow. But Your Highness... There are those who take up their sword in the name of revenge, and yet along the way, lose the strength and composure to follow through... You would do well to bear that in mind.
Ah, I nearly forgot. Take this, Your Highness. The time has come for it to be wielded by its true master.

The very same. I managed to steal it back from one of Cornelia's underlings in Fhirdiad.
Understated as ever, Father. It must have been a true struggle to get it back.
I... I am grateful, my friend.
Gilbert. Professor. May I request something of you? I wish to fight at your side.
Senile already, old man? Who will protect our territory?
I expected it would come to this, so I left those matters to my younger brother. He has my complete faith. I must keep my promise to our fallen king...to my dear friend.
What promise?
A very old one. I swore it nearly 10 years ago.
Now then, Your Highness. Let's destroy the Empire together. My men and I will spare no effort. I pray that you are right...and that this will save the Kingdom.

As if Dimitri wasn't strong enough already.

Areadbhar: 1 range. 19 Mt, 75 Hit, 10 Crit, 9 Wt, 20 durability. Enables Atrocity for holders of the Crest of Blaiddyd. Requires Umbral Steel x3 and 2500 gold to repair.

This thing speaks for itself, stat-wise, really.

Atrocity: +15 Mt, +20 Hit, 1 range, costs 3 durability. Effective against all foes.

Atrocity is enough to one-shot basically any unit in the game, barring monsters and the final boss. Take care when using it, though—remember that Dimitri has a 10% chance to double the damage it deals (which is almost certainly unnecessary), and cause it to burn 8 uses of Areadbhar instead.
♪ Anxiety ♪

Very familiar.
Then you must be aware that the Kingdom and the Empire are separated by the impassable Oghma Mountains, right? Legend has it that Saint Seiros once crossed over those mountains to fight against the Fell King Nemesis... But don't fool yourself. Leading a large army over such steep mountains would be near impossible.
In order to infiltrate the Empire, we have no choice but to go around the mountains, either to the east or to the west.
Let's go east.
Yes, I agree. The Alliance is currently split in two. Those who stand with the Empire and those who are against it. Leading the Imperial faction is House Gloucester, while House Riegan leads those who oppose. We should take advantage of their internal conflict and proceed east along the mountains until we reach the Great Bridge of Myrddin in Alliance territory.
Why there?
The Airmid River divides Alliance and Empire territory. There are many large bridges that cross it. However, the Great Bridge of Myrddin is by far the largest, and it is also closest to the monastery. I believe you crossed that bridge five years ago on your journey to the Battle of the Eagle and Lion.
It's risky...
I'm afraid we have no other option. This is our only hope. Perhaps our next move should be to contact House Riegan and request their cooperation...
Do you think they'll help us?
Claude of House Riegan is the leader of the Alliance and is firmly against the Empire. They are the enemy of our enemy... In other words, hopefully, a friend.
Are you suggesting that we ask House Riegan to engage the Gloucester soldiers?
I am. If we take the bridge, then House Gloucester will no longer be able to receive support from the Empire. There's no way a man as wise as Claude would refuse our request.
And once we manage to capture the Great Bridge and gain a foothold into the Empire...
Then we cross Gronder Field and head south toward Enbarr.
But if we get attacked from both sides, we'll have to fight people from the Alliance, won't we?
Speaking of House Gloucester, I wonder how Lorenz is holding up...
If we meet him again, it will probably be as enemies. To be honest, I'd rather avoid seeing him altogether.
Of course, if we get blocked in by the Alliance, we'll have to fight our way out. That means you'll have to cross blades with your old schoolmates.
If you do not wish to kill familiar faces, do not tarry over the corpses of the dead.
Hmph. Good advice.
Prepare yourselves. It is time to steel your souls for the task at hand.

I had hoped that Rodrigue would give us the boost we need to play things smart and take back Fhirdiad. Instead, he's pulling us right into Dimitri's suicidal assault on Enbarr...
♪ No music ♪

Eh, the battle was pretty short, we can look over the aftermath and monastery stuff.
♪ Three Crowns ♪

The Kingdom army meets with Rodrigue in Ailell, the Valley of Torment. With the strength of House Fraldarius on their side, the time to invade the Empire is finally at hand.

♪ No music ♪

I studied at the Officers Academy when I was young. Those memories come rushing back whenever I return. What are you doing here at this hour, anyway?
I couldn't sleep.
It's the same for me.
I see. Perhaps you'll allow me to join you...
Adan nods.
Much appreciated.

♪ Recollection and Regret ♪

I keep recalling my eldest son... He was quite gifted. In fact, he was appointed a knight at the age of 15. I still vividly remember the day he was granted a sword from His Majesty...
Your son... Isn't he...
Dead. He was killed nine years ago in Duscur. All that returned of him that day were his sword and his armor... After it happened, I said something horrible to Felix. He's hated me ever since...and I don't blame him. No matter how much you grieve, the dead will never return. No magic in the world can bring them back. That's why their memory clings to the living like a curse.
The more they were loved, the tighter their hold, and the more suffering they cause...
I fear I am not a strong enough man to scold His Highness for his foolishness.
Someone must.
Right you are... As adults, it is our responsibility to scold him and help him find his way again.
I come off as so self-important, but really...I'm just a failure of a man. Since this war began, we've seen countless generals, soldiers, and citizens die. It never gets easier... Professor... I entrust the young prince, and the future of Faerghus, to you.
This is unexpected...
I suppose that was a dramatic way of putting it. My apologies.
You should know that I have no intention of insisting that you take back Fhirdiad. All I ask is that you continue to rein in Dimitri's manic desire for revenge. Now then... We have received House Riegan's consent. All that's left is for us to depart. If we make it through Gloucester territory and across the Great Bridge of Myrddin, we'll be in Empire territory.
You are not afraid, are you?
A little.
Ha! No need to worry. Don't you underestimate the power of my soldiers.
I'm glad you were the one to lead the Blue Lion House, Professor. I mean that...

Something I should mention: Rodrigue only mentions saying something horrible to Felix if you completed Felix's paralogue in Part 1. If you'll remember, said thing was telling Felix that Glenn "died like a true knight."

Rodrigue infuriates me. The man is incredibly aware of the fact that he's just egging on Dimitri's untreated PTSD, but he just...can't bring himself to break the goddamned deference to the royal family that Faerghus insists on and pull Dimitri back from this ill-advised push towards Enbarr.

Additionally, I imagine it'd be really hard to patch things up with Felix after saying something that insensitive to a child whose beloved older brother was murdered because of this ass-backwards notion of chivalry, but make an attempt, man. Don't fucking stew in your own self-pity over pissing off your only son you've got left, especially not for over a decade.

I... Gahhhhhh! People who are keenly aware of their faults but make no attempt to act on that knowledge drive me up the wall, not in the least because I used to be like that, and I eventually saw just how much it was hurting my friends.
♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Oh, already?

Sure, that's fine. Great Lord gives Dimitri an extra point of Mv, in addition to slightly buffing up his class's growth rate adjustments (HP: +20% → +30%, Str: +5% → +10%, Dex: +5% → 10%).

Dimitri's personal classes really kinda suck, honestly. About the only reason I continue to use them is because Charm is incredibly powerful, especially for siege tome users who I have a lot of leeway in positioning.

I kind of wonder if, given Dimitri's aptitude in Riding, and series precedent with regards to lords' promoted classes (Seliph, Eliwood, Eirika, Ephraim), Great Lord was originally a mounted class, but got nerfed down to infantry for whatever balance reasons.


I burn 500 renown to get Dorothea back to Reason S.

Let's see if I can't get Balthus to Brawling S+, get him equippable Fistfaire.

Ingrid's gonna need Sword C to class into Falcon Knight, so.

Today is a skill-boosting extravaganza.

If I hadn't come to Garreg Mach, I might have ended up as your enemy at Ailell. That thought makes me really happy to be here now.
I don't think I would have been able to handle facing all of you in battle.

Lord Rodrigue is revered by all as the Shield of Faerghus. I was imagining a more stern-faced fellow, but he's actually quite friendly. Shocking! I heard that he recently spent the night drinking in the dining hall with soldiers from the church...
New Gatekeeper dialogue!!

I always knew my father was mad, but this time he's gone too far.
I agree.
My uncle is a reliable man. But still. Only a fool would abandon his own territory.

I've got so much energy! Let me at that Great Bridge of Myrddin! I'll bust it down myself!
Oh, but then how do we cross?

I'm impressed Lord Rodrigue was willing to provide us all these reinforcements and supplies. The knights' morale is really boosted, seeing as they have had their first good meal in a while. Let's hope we can keep this up, and take down the Great Bridge of Myrddin!

We have more soldiers to feed now, so we'll still need to ration... But I think we have enough extra to make some tasty treats! I'll go scout the pantry.
That would be wonderful.
We can enjoy it together over some tea!

I remember it well, even now. I used to sneak out of lectures with Lambert almost every day... I suppose this is not the time for an old man's nostalgia. We have received approval from House Riegan. We should set out as soon as you're ready.

The days I spent studying here with you and everyone else—those days were so special to me. They truly were some of the warmest days of my life. I hold them dear in my heart.
And now, to be forced to fight with those I was once so close to, my friends... It is most saddening.

My family is not as wealthy as most others, so we are incapable of sparing resources or reinforcements.
I'm sorry. It's just so frustrating, not being able to do anything to help.

He says it's the perfect opportunity to get both the Alliance and the Kingdom on his side. He even insisted that I promote the good name of House Edmund to the people of the Kingdom.
Do you really need to promote them?
He'll see right through me if I lie, so I can't ignore the request...
But I suppose I did just tell you, so that must count for something.

The current family head, Lord Rodrigue, was raised like a brother to the former king. He harbors a loyalty that goes beyond mere duty. Perhaps this is why he was willing to lend us his aid.

Try me.

Not only will he provide valuable support in battle, but he has also brought us much-needed supplies. We cannot grow complacent, however. We must take the Imperial capital as soon as possible.

We can probably make it to the Great Bridge of Myrddin. But beyond that, I don't know. Don't let Dimitri push you too much, Professor. It'll shorten your life for sure.

I found a much-needed energy drop in the Holy Tomb. Leonie gets to use it.
♪ The Forgotten ♪

Some Kingdom noble called Rodrigue has been footing the bill to feed the people of Garreg Mach. Feeding the hungry with his own gold... Just, wow! Even the folks down here have been getting a share of the provisions. Needless to say, this Rodrigue guy is popular these days. We're all very grateful.

Something about him is untrustworthy, but from what I hear, he's a man who keeps his promises.
Are you two on friendly terms?
Eh, sort of? We're both Alliance nobility, and we've crossed paths a handful of times these past five years.
I honestly have no clue what will happen after we cross the bridge...

The woman who kidnapped me was called that too. But it's probably just a coincidence. Super common name. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Cornelia. Right?

Ingrid changes classes for the last time.

Ashe/Mercedes A.
♪ Somewhere to Belong ♪

I've finally managed to finish cooking a dish and I would love for you to have a taste!
Sounds good! I'd be happy to.

I used that herb you suggested. Boiling it gave off such a lovely aroma. I think I used the right amount of spice too. Even I could eat it without burning my tongue! I'm a much better cook now, thanks to you. I hope you can continue teaching me...
Definitely! I should thank you too.
Thank me? Even after all the trouble I've caused you?
Seeing you persevere has made me really happy. In fact, you've reminded me of someone I cared about a lot.
Oh! Someone you cared about? Romantically? This is all so sudden, Ashe. I-I don't—
Ah, I didn't mean it that way. I was actually thinking about my brother.
What a relief! I didn't even know you had a brother!
He was the son of Lonato, my adoptive father. I always called him my brother though.
Failure never got to him. All he'd ever do is laugh and try again. Whenever I was feeling down about a setback, he would cheer me up.
He'd say something like, "Don't worry. We'll tackle it together next time." I was always happy to have him around.
He sounds like a wonderful person.
He was. And I get the same feeling from you.
I've done nothing but bother you with frivolous little things. I'm sure I could never be like your brother... But I'd like to stay by your side... If you'll have me...
What do you mean?
I want to be there to help you in times of need, or to cheer you up when you're feeling down.
I should be able to manage that without doing too much damage!
I'm glad to hear you say that. Thank you, Mercedes. I know I can rely on you!

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Gods, I love those two. Not, like, as a couple, but just as individual characters.

Oh, hell yeah, Leonie hits Bow S+, giving her equippable Bowfaire. Gimme that free +5 damage.

She also gets to eat the rocky burdock I got from last week's gardening.

Her Str is looking much better.

After a lot of feeding fish to various animals around the monastery, I can repair Gradivus.

This didn't require talking to animals, I just did it while I was here.

This certainly couldn't hurt.

Ingrid's about to get an even bigger power spike.

Mercedes/Alois C.
♪ Spiderweb ♪

Oh, Alois! What could you possibly need at this hour?
A little birdie told me you're good at telling ghost stories.
I suppose I am.
So it's true! Excellent. I'd like to hear one of your finest ghost stories. Would you be amenable?
Goodness, you want me to share one? Well, certainly! I'm rarely asked to tell ghost stories.
Which should I tell? Perhaps the one I heard in the monastery the other day?
W-wait a moment!
Is something the matter?
I was only asking whether you'd tell me. The telling itself will have to be another time.
Are you sure? It's no trouble right now.
No. I have to steel myself... Er, I mean, I have something important to do!
I see. That's a shame, but I suppose it can't be helped.
If you don't mind my asking, why the sudden interest in hearing a ghost story?
Well, you see, ah, ghosts...terrify me. But I'm a knight. Someday, somewhere, I may have to deal with one!
Hmm... A knight who's afraid of ghosts.
Yes. It's quite embarrassing.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to laugh. Even knights can't be stoic toward everything. I'm impressed that you're working so hard to face your fear.
Oh, it's nothing, really...
I will tell you my scariest ghost story the next chance I get!
It needn't be your very scariest! A moderately scary story will suffice. Thank you for taking the time.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Oh man, I love a good ghost story.

Annette/Gilbert A.
♪ Recollection and Regret ♪

Yes. Praying is all I can do.
For I am at fault for each death upon the cursed plain of Duscur.
You keep saying it's your fault, Father, but you're wrong. His Highness doesn't blame you. Neither does King Lambert, I'm sure of it. But...I guess that's not the issue for you, is it?
It was my duty to protect the royal family. I should have given my life to protect the king. Even if His Highness has forgiven me, my knightly vows are still broken. My knighthood is lost.
That's obvious from looking at you, Father. I think Mother understood it as well.
But before fleeing the country, I wish you had thought about your family, if only for a moment. Even if the whole world had condemned you, we would always have been your allies...
I am sorry, Annette.
No... I told you before. I don't particularly want you to apologize.
Yes, Father?
Take this.
A bundle of letters... There are so many...
Look inside and you will understand. Should the contents make you sad, please burn them.

Father! Oh, for the love of... He's done it again! But what have we here...
Hm, just as I thought. Letters for me and Mother. And so many... But why, and how? I suppose I'll have to read them if I hope to find my answers...

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Ingrid/Raphael A.
♪ Somewhere to Belong ♪

Whaddaya mean? The dining hall's where I do most of my eating.
If only the old version of you could hear you say that.
It seems to me you've taken more care with your appearance of late too. For once, you aren't covered in gravy and oil from head to toe. I'm impressed!
Of course not, Ingrid. A proper knight has to be neat and tidy.
All right, what have you done with Raphael?
It's all thanks to you. You said I had to clean up if I wanted to be a knight, so I started being more careful. Do you think I have what it takes now?
You've certainly become more knightly than before. But there's plenty yet to do to become a proper knight. It's not as simple as eating where you're meant to and not being covered in gravy.

Uh... What does that have to do with anything?
You're real cultured, that's all. You already taught me to be neat and tidy. I figure you could teach me a lot more about being a proper knight if I always had you around!
That would be quite the undertaking for me. Listen, Raphael...that's sweet of you.
However, as I've said before, I've no intention to marry. Let's cast aside this talk of marriage and instead embolden one another to be the best knights we can be!
You're right. Probably a better idea to just embolden each other instead.
As long as I still get your help with becoming a proper knight!
While you're working to be more proper, I'll be working to strengthen myself, that I might become a greater knight than you!
Huh? I don't know about that. I'm pretty tough.
But I guess if anyone can beat me, it'd probably be you, Ingrid! Guaranteed!
Thank you, Raphael. That means a lot to me.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Y'know, Raphael's A ranks are probably the least open to romantic interpretations out of any character in Three Houses.
♪ No music ♪

And then it was the end of the month.

I'm sorry for skipping over Eternal Guardian, it's just... My god, that map is such a slog, it's not fun. I'm skipping it for similar reasons as why I skipped Alois and Shamir's paralogue.

I see. So, the enemy has prepared for our arrival... It matters not. I will kill them all, whether they are one or one hundred.
That's not necessary.

♪ A Lonely Figure ♪

If you saw them right before your eyes, living carefree lives and feeling no guilt. Would you feel nothing? Do nothing?

I hate to interrupt cutscenes for stuff like this, but: here's one of the few (maybe the only?) typo(es) left in Three Houses after all of the DLC updates.

The voice acting does not reflect the typo, Dimitri says "five years ago" like you'd expect.
I am most certain that you did. You couldn't let her get away with her crime, so you took up your sword in pursuit.
You're wrong.
I think not. We're the same, you and I.
You're wasting your time. There's nothing to be gained from exchanging words with a boar that has lost its mind.
This is war. Every last one of us has lost someone we care for.
But we all choose to suppress our anger and grief and go right on living. Do you know why?
Because it's pointless.
That's right. All the boar is accomplishing is stacking up more corpses.
Tell me, Felix... If the dead are beyond reach, is it not also pointless to mourn or even bury those who are lost?
Ha. That mind of yours. I'm done here.
Remember, Professor. It's not compassion for this fool that has brought our army so far. There are those of us who despise the Empire, and those who side with the church. If we keep running down this path, it's only a matter of time before the ground beneath us collapses.
That's enough, Felix.
Hmph. You're a damned fool, old man.
I'm afraid it's time to wrap this up. The soldiers are ready to march on your command.
Then let's move out at once. Every moment counts.
Understood. Let's show those Empire dastards the power of the Knights of Faerghus!

You'll hear no disagreements from me on anything Felix said there.
♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Wow, past me really wanted to make Yuri work...

Next time: Myrdddin, Maddening Edition.

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