Update 108: All the Giant Bats

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Getting tired of the Great Bridge of Myrddin yet? Me too.
♪ Three Crowns ♪

♪ As Fierce as Fire ♪

The Great Wall of China is in Six Flags, it's $5 by the way, $8, what a fucking value for $7 to go see the Great Wall of China.

Two new snipers on Maddening. Yipee?

Past me really would just not accept that Yuri was unfixable at this point, huh? He's still usable, sure, but I could be filling his slot with someone who could do much more—like Balthus, for instance.

Man, what the hell, why did I let him have the Fetters of Dromi?
♪ No music ♪

Oh, whatever, let's go.

♪ Chasing Daybreak ♪

Ladislava's got +9 Str and Spd behind her thanks to Maddening buffs. More worrisome is the +8 Res, making her much harder to one or two-round with magic.

Stride cures all awkward-deployment-spot-related woes.

That was a nice distraction.

I got around to putting Uncanny Blow onto Constance, giving her either 100 Hit or close to it on most enemies.

100 Hit Boltings are very nice.

You can stand there, Dimitri.

This is far from the last time that Constance will have just enough damage to one-shot an enemy with Bolting, thanks to the Charm bonus from Dimitri.

I love Constance so much.

I will destroy you!

That's the spirit!

Turns out you can compensate for low damage by just having super high Crit.

Paladins will spawn every other turn, starting on turn 1, from the western part of the map.

The fortress reinforcements also start spawning in, now that we're approaching the fortress. They'll spawn in every turn until we kill all the enemies near the fortress.

Wait, what?!

Dedue... You're alive... How?!
We can discuss it later. For now, allow me to join your forces.
So. If you finished Dedue's paralogue in Part 1, he will permanently rejoin your army at the start of the turn 2 player phase. If you didn't...well, nothing would happen here. Dedue would be gone for good.

He's been auto-leveled in whatever class he was in before the end of Part 1, much like everyone else was.

Upon confirming this battle...

This killer bow archer spawns in on the ballista. On lower difficulties, he spawns in during the enemy phase after you've started attacking the fortress. On Maddening, he spawns in as soon as you start.

It's over!

These poor guys guarding the fortress don't really stand a chance.

Especially not when I can call down the wrath of the heavens on them.


Let's just get rid of the ballista guy before he can do anything.


...Shit, right.

A cavalier also spawns in from the fortress.


Hooooooo jesus! Thank the gods for defensive adjutants.

...Oh, phew...

For whatever reason, unlike most reinforcements on Maddening, Acheron and his goons can't act on their spawn turn.

You, go away.

Okay, I'm gonna do it!

Insert comment consoling Bernadetta about getting Str on a two-stat level here.

Why did I not actively use Alois, again?

It's over!

I kind of wonder if Acheron and his supporting units don't act on their spawn turn because there's way too many of them, and not enough space to safely spawn them in without being practically guaranteed to lose someone.

Out of my way!

The Scythe of Sariel's initial outing is a rousing success.

Thank you, Mercie.

Dedue did get auto-leveled, but sadly I picked the entirely wrong class for him to be auto-leveled in. He's got less Str than Bernadetta, and only "okay" Def.

I'll make you proud, Jeralt!


Let's take this opportunity to wipe out the harder-to-reach cavalier south of the fortress. With his death, the reinforcements are stopped.

Damage stat. +1 AS too, I guess.

Jesus, Adan, where did all this strength come from this run?

Surely Dedue can at least survive one sniper.

This is gonna activate Vantage, but who cares?


Don't blame me!

Why's that fortress knight got a venin axe?

A full set of HP, Def, and Res is super rare for Hapi.


No action on the enemy phase.

Seriously, compare Dimitri and Dedue. It's not even a contest who's better, Dimitri literally does Dedue's job better than Dedue can.

Probably doesn't help that Dedue doesn't have a battalion right now.


That clears the way for Dimitri to approach the cavalry pain zone.

Dedue moves forward to block an off-screen cavalier from being able to attack Leonie.

♪ Paths That Will Never Cross ♪

...Hey, Ferdie.

Ferdinand has several changes on Maddening, besides the stat buffs. Not only does he have Lance Prowess Lv5 instead of Lv3...

Swordbreaker+: Grants Hit/Avo +30 when using a lance against sword users.
Weight -3: Reduces total equipment weight by 3.

He's got the standard Maddening enemy paladin skills. His equipment also underwent a big change: instead of having a silver lance and a javelin, plus a master seal one could steal, Ferdinand's inventory consists solely of a killer lance.

Thanks for making your way here. Annihilate the enemy with the rest of them!
Is that...the professor? Why would someone like that join such a senseless fight?
Lorenz! Here you are. I am heading south, so I will leave this area to you.
Lorenz and his group also spawn in after engaging in combat with Ferdinand. Like Acheron's forces, they cannot act on their spawn turn.

Lorenz's inventory is unchanged from lower difficulties, but like Ferdinand, he has Swordbreaker+ and Weight -3 on Maddening, as well as an upgraded Lance Prowess.

Rattle them all.

That's the spirit!

Str, please.

Grinding my teeth at this minor incon— Holy shit, Lorenz has 73 HP.


Yuri fares even worse against Lorenz, due to Lorenz having a whopping 31 Res.

I've no choice but to follow the Empire, if I wish to live. I hope you will not think ill of me.

Does killing you count as thinking ill of you?

♪ No music ♪

♪ The Dream is Over ♪

Maybe things will go better for you in the final run, Hellman. Until then, goodbye.
♪ Paths That Will Never Cross ♪

Oh, this one is gonna sting.
♪ No music ♪

♪ The Dream is Over ♪

We've already sent a messenger! I can't let you die while I flee!
In that case, please... Even if I die, you must protect this area.
While we're all sad, let's look at Ferdinand's battle dialogue. The first one is for Adan/Abby, if you couldn't guess.
Edelgard has always been obsessed with you. I am a little envious, to be frank.
I will just have to impress her with my skills on the battlefield!
Oh, Ferdie. You opposed Edie for so long... I had real hopes for you, you know?
Now you're following her. Is that your duty as a noble? Follow your master when they say to heel?
I will not try to explain my duty or hers. You would not understand.
I wish you could. Anyway, no time for idle chitchat!
Here we are, after all these years, forced to fight one another. What a tragic conclusion to our story.
It seems inevitable, but I am sorry that this is where our chosen paths have led us. We all do what we must...
Indeed...and I must put an end to your journey. I am sorry, Constance.
♪ Chasing Daybreak ♪

♪ Wrath Strike ♪

Oh shit, Ladislava's on the move.


Oh, for fuckin'— Ugggggh, I'm pretty sure I know exactly why Atrocity isn't working against Ladislava. Instead of "effective against all units" being programmed like "unit, regardless of classification, takes effective damage," it's programmed like "check every possible form of effective damage." Since Ladislava's only classified as a flying unit, and she has a Lampos shield, which nullifies effective damage against fliers, she doesn't take bonus damage from Atrocity.

Three Houses jank is biting me in the ass.

Can't stop me from frying you, lady.

...I guess you can stop me from frying you.

An atrocious level for Hapi, but at least she hit level 30.

If I'm gonna bring Yuri along, might as well let him do something cool.

Lady Edelgard... I'm sorry...

21 Mag at level 27, especially when it's inflated by class stat boosts, is still not acceptable.
♪ No music ♪

♪ Unfulfilled ♪

I was saved by my brothers. Men of Duscur.
Those people you were with... They were of Duscur? And they saved you?
Your Highness. I asked that you fulfill your long-held desire, did I not? Allow me to once again act as your sword and shield. Please, let me witness your triumph. I want to behold the moment your wish is finally granted.
Dedue... Of course. And in exchange, I ask that you swear something to me, here and now.

Your Highness... Understood.

♪ No music ♪

Truly foolish...
What troubles you?
I... I don't know.
Do you regret killing them?
They were just beasts with human faces.
I had no choice but to kill them, and so I did. That...that is all there is to it.

♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

By the goddess! What's with all the commotion?

What is this girl doing here? This is an army, not an orphanage.

And you thought we could use a child on the front lines? Hurry up and take her back to her parents.
My family is gone. I don't have anywhere else to go.
Please! I can use magic and I can fight! I can cook, do laundry, anything!
I'm sure there are plenty of more suitable places to find work. Why are you so fixated on this army, young lady?
I need...to get revenge. I must strike down the one who murdered my big brother!
Your Highness... What should we do?
Let her do as she pleases.
Thank you...very much.


Anyways, do my eyes and ears deceive me, or is Dimitri...starting to crack? Is he beginning to regret all this blind murder?

...In any case, next time: Gronder Redux.

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