Update 117: The Extreme

♪ The Spirit Dais ♪

Hey, Abby. Seems like it's been forever since we last saw you.

Probably because it has been forever, the last time we saw Abby was over a year ago, at time of writing.
♪ Fódlan Winds ♪

Did you miss the fast-forwarding through battles from Verdant Wind? Don't worry, it's just for Part 1 this time.

...Let's move on.
♪ Guardian of Starlight ♪

It's been almost two years since I first chose the Black Eagles to start the Silver Snow run. It's time to finish this.
♪ As Swift as Wind ♪

I have plans for Ferdinand.
♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Here's all of the units I've got in the month after the mock battle. Yep, we're bringing Mercedes along, on the route most opposed to her starting house's route. You'll see why later.
♪ Corridor of the Tempest ♪

As much as I like seeing damage stat + Spd, I sadly get the feeling that Edelgard won't really end up using her Spd that much.


About what I'd expect from Lin.


Def is good. I'd prefer damage early on, though.
♪ Dwellings of the Ancient Gods ♪


How did you get Mag twice in a row?

Phew, someone's finally doing something right.

Petra, please.

Yay, Bernie!

Well now. Aiming to make up for the last run, Yuri?

That's a real rough level.

Fair enough.

...How are you and Dorothea both getting Str over Mag?

There we go.

I've got my eye on you, Hubert.

Spd, please.

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Our first new support.

Hubert/Hanneman C.
♪ Spiderweb ♪

Yes, I believe it is.
I was good friends with your father, you know. Perhaps this is fate, eh?
Of course, when I left the Empire, I broke off my friendship with him...and, well, everyone else.
You were right to sever ties with such a miserable piece of filth.
Sharp words, Hubert. Contemptible though your father may be, he is still your father.
Don't overcomplicate it. I will not forgive him. Ever.
Contemptible is just the right word for the wretch.
Do you truly know what kind of man my father is? Do you truly know what kind of man my father was?
I assume you're talking about the Insurrection of the Seven. At the time, I was already at Garreg Mach. I know nothing more than hearsay. That said, I found it hard to believe that Lord Vestra would challenge the emperor like that.
Yet that's exactly what he did. Since the dawn of the Adrestian Empire, House Vestra has served House Hresvelg as the emperor's right hand. My father spat on a legacy of loyalty and devotion that had lasted 1,100 years.
He conspired with the ministers to usurp power from the emperor. And Lady Edelgard...
In your father's defense, the emperor was attempting to take power from the Seven Houses. The emperor's reform was an attempt to concentrate power in the hands of the throne. The nobles...put a stop to that. Emperor Ionius lost the ensuing power struggle.
Now it is the nobles' turn to suffer defeat. Lady Edelgard will be emperor.
You hope she can cease this never-ending conflict? That's quite a goal, Hubert...

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Worth noting that when Hanneman talks about the Insurrection of the Seven in Japanese, he mentions consorts alongsisde the seven noble houses, when talking about who Ionius was attempting to take power from.
♪ Corridor of the Tempest ♪

And then it was time for auxiliary battles again.

Constance's first level is pretty alright.

Lysithea got the important stat.

Same with Mercedes.

This is a real rough start for Caspar.

Ferdinand, on the other hand, is shaping up pretty okay.


A surprising lack of Spd so far, but even without the stat boosters I gave her, Bernadetta's already hitting Str enough.

Lots of mediocre levels with important stats, huh?

Oh, that smarts.

What is with the rough levels all around?



Everyone's getting, like, one important stat, and then one or two dump stats.


That's better.

At least Dex and Lck together at once equal +1 Crit.

Defensive stats, please, Balthus.

I will take damage stat-only levels on Yuri, after how he turned out in AM.

Eh, she'll never be that fast, so...yeah, that's acceptable.

I appreciate more magic bulk on Marianne.

Wow. Where'd that come from?
♪ Fódlan Winds ♪

Spd and defensive stats are what I'm most interested in for Ferdinand, honestly, so... Hell yeah, excellent.

Oh no.

What is with you and Mag right now?

Aiming to impress me, eh, Leclerc?


Mag and Cha, I like it.

Okay, this isn't funny any more.


Going through all of these all at once really makes them seem just...awful.

...Dorothea, please...


He does need Spd for what I'm going to do.

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Hell yeah, time for a new Edelgard support.

Edelgard/Constance C.
♪ Funny Footsteps ♪

"Is it still potable?" she asks.
Then I suppose you wouldn't mind taking the first sip.

It's a small thing regarding my house.
I thought Your Highness might bend some slight effort toward seeing it restored from nothing.
I had a feeling that was it. I wish I could help, but you must understand my present circumstances...
Yes, yes, I'm aware. All the more reason for you to get in on the ground floor, as it were. My magical might is unrivaled, as I proved to you only moments ago. Surely you can see the obvious benefit in having the sorcerous prodigy Constance at your beck and call.
I agree that you are remarkable. That is beyond question. But how do you imagine rainbow tea will help me to achieve my aim?
Uh, well... Uh... Just imagine the acclaim it will bring you at tea parties!
It's a most worthy party trick, yes. But I have no use for such a thing.
W-well, it's not as if that's the only trick up my sleeve. That was merely a sample of my repertoire.
I never cease my work in developing new magic. Your Highness is sure to find some of it useful.
Constance... There's something important that I would like to talk with you about.
Oh? Have we not been discussing weighty matters all this time?

♪ Spiderweb ♪

Ah... That.
If you ever feel like revealing all to me, I'd be happy to talk further.
Until then... My apologies, but as the Imperial princess, there's nothing I can do to help your cause.
Please don't misunderstand. As your ally and friend, I'm happy to keep you company.
However, you mustn't expect more from me than friendship or battle support.
Of course. And now, I shall make myself scarce. Good day!

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Well now. I wonder what that could be about.
♪ Fódlan Winds ♪

Good to see Hubert's off to a good start.

Exactly what I want from Caspar.

I'm fucking cursed.

Please, Petra, Str.

Much better.

Is today fucking opposite day or something? What is with everyone getting the wrong damage stat?


Seriously, this isn't funny any more.

Oh, thank you thank you thank you, Lysithea, things feel right again.

At least she got the right stat.

Not very big on Spd, are you, Hubert? That's okay.

Hapi. Your Str is almost equal to your Mag.



Str and defensive stats, please.



...I really should look into getting Bernadetta some Spd. Her Str is more than fine for now.

Not bad.

Hey, at least you got your important stat.

You, of all people, should not be getting the incorrect damage stat.

♪ Corridor of the Tempest ♪

That's rough, pal.

Sure, you got Mag.

Fair enough.

Mag and Cha, I'll take it.

How does this keep happening.

That's better.

A very un-Lorenz level.


Not nice!

I will do everything I can to make Bernadetta my strongest unit.

That's...pretty bad.

Spd? Who are you and what have you done with Linhardt?

I mean, I can think of worse combinations of two stats.

You have my attention, Yuri.


♪ Fódlan Winds ♪

I'm, like, half-considering just typing out random lines from whatever I'm listening to while I'm speeding through these early parts of Part 1.

Ahhhh, that's much better.

...Screw it, I'm doing it for bad lines, I'm running out of things I can say about those.

I'll bet the wife put the vase in the teddy bear to steal it from the husband!

How have we not been caught at this point?

Is damage stat plus Cha a good level? I'm not actually sure.


Charlie doesn't know what a diversion is, apparently.

Ooh, I'll do a Swedish accent!

Do a Philadelphia accent, if you insist on doing an accent!

I mean, yeah, that's a bad level, but it's such a unique one that I'm not gonna just spit out whatever's hitting my ears right now.

I'm beginning to think we should, just...walk right out the front door, then.

I'm beginning to think this family has zero awareness of their surroundings.

We are assholes. No-one's planning to murder Jay Leno.

Are we going to California? Without Daddy?!

Thank you, Abby, these lines are starting to sound really weird deprived of context.

Mercy, Bernie.


Things are finally looking up.

The vase!

Was not expecting that.

What the shit is a Thunder Gun?

Clock's ticking.

Thunder Gun!


Yeah, fair.

Lysithea could get nothing but levels like this and she'd be fine for the rest of the game.

HP and Def are okay for what I intend to do with this man.

Even given her base growths, Edelgard is...amazingly low on defensive stats.
♪ No music ♪

Phew. That was a lot of levels all at once. Let's look at a new support!

Abby/Hanneman C.
♪ Spiderweb ♪

Come now. You have no need to be on guard. I'd never cause you harm. You're far too valuable a specim— Well, that is to say, too valuable a member of the academy staff. Indeed, the further my Crest research progresses, the closer you come to learning the truth of your heritage. Is it not so? When I learned you bore the lost Crest—the very Crest of Flames itself!—I set about learning everything I could about your past. What was the origin of your bloodline? How have the events of your life been shaped by your lineage? I became somewhat obsessed, I must admit.
You investigated me?
Nothing so crass as an investigation, no. I researched. I spoke to mercenaries whom you've worked with in the past to learn about your life before the academy.
Of course, I also contacted Jeralt and his mercenary friends. Your father does keep rather interesting company. I'm excited to share with you what I learned, but I do ask that you correct me if I am mistaken on any account. The story begins with Jeralt serving as captain of the Knights of Seiros... There was a woman at the monastery with whom Jeralt was quite close. At first, it seemed obvious this mystery woman was your mother. Alas, that cannot be the case. The timing is all wrong.

Yet your birth occurred sometime later, while Jeralt was taking work as a mercenary. This, of course, presumes your age is accurately reported. If you were born sooner, well, the story would be quite different, would it not?
My father was always one for secrets.
Oh, I am aware. You two were certainly enigmatic as far as mercenaries go. For example, Jeralt never once spoke of his time serving as captain of the knights. That's quite a secret to keep for all those years. In the end, your old acquaintances had little definitive to say about either of you. However, they all agreed on one thing—your father, and yourself, were a strong pair. Warriors to be respected and feared. You, in particular. In fact, many came to know you as the Ashen Demon. They say you would destroy your enemies without a hint of emotion on your face. The mercenaries I spoke to revered you as a living legend of sorts.
So, that is what I learned. And, I admit, it is barely more than I knew before. The next step in my research is to ask your blood for answers, and hope that it is more forthcoming than your past acquaintances.

♪ No music ♪

Nothing we didn't already know by this point, but could be interesting if you saw this way early on in your first playthrough.
♪ The Forgotten ♪

A completely new support chain for units we met well before this run! Holy hell!

Dorothea/Lorenz C.
♪ Respite and Sunlight ♪

Ah, Lorenz. As silver-tongued as ever.
Oh, not at all. I must bid you good day.
I see the rumors are true. What a shame.
Rumors? About me? Whatever do you mean?
Why, that you're always ready to flirt... Unless she's a commoner. Then you'll bid her good day as quickly as possible.
Like you did with me just now. Are we so unpleasant to speak to, us commoners?
That is a rather, ah, pointed question. But I do happen to have an answer for you. As the heir to House Gloucester, I am in search of a bride of suitable social status.
I'd think you could find plenty of suitable women even among the masses.
Do not be so certain. A lady who marries me must be prepared to enter noble society, whether she wishes to or not.
It is a complex web of etiquette and expectation. Not a world one could easily step into without the proper upbringing.
What's more, House Gloucester would hardly see much benefit were I to join myself to the household of a commoner.
Oh, I can imagine. Well, I suppose that means any friendship between you and I is doomed as well.
Isn't that a rather excessive conclusion?
You want someone to birth your house's next generation. I want someone to share my life with.
I'm not even an option in your eyes, and you're hardly viable in mine.
However, we're all friends here, aren't we, so I suppose politeness, at the very least, is in order.

♪ The Forgotten ♪

Yeah, there was no way that was going to end well.
♪ Corridor of the Tempest ♪

What are you d— Mac, can we help you?

Go ahead and leave the keys in here.

Why do I still have this tape, that's ridiculous.

Very nice.

I've gotta say, Charlie, this sewer is pretty gross, but it's not as gross as I thought it'd be.

It's— It's sewage.

It's a lot better than having the sewage on your clothes.

This is a preposterous conversation we're having!

If I could pull it out, would I be stuck?

Phew, I can break out of the quotes.

Fun fact, we're already over 20% of the way through all of the footage I recorded for CF.

Charlie, I hear the wall of water, come back for me!

It's so cool that you own a chain of auto body repair shops...

Hot damn!

...I should just have Yuri go pure physical at this point, he's already shaping up well on that front.

Fair enough, Str and Def is fine for a cavalier.

The important stat.

Already at 20 Mag, wow. That's got Circadian Beat behind it, but still.

Resisting the quotes to say how do you keep doing this, Caspar?

I was saying "soul," he thought I was saying "hole."

Spd, Cha, and all of the defensive stats is not bad at all.

Some physical bulk.

There's a nice way to do that.


You bet your ass I made it.

More acceptability.

Phew, I was worried about you for a second.

Much better.
♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

A continuation of a support we last saw forever ago. We saw the C+ scene...with Update 25, which I uploaded on November 30th, 2019.

Hubert/Bernadetta B.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

The w-weather is nice today. So, um... It's, ah, really nice weather we're having. Isn't it?
Indeed. Did you want something?
I just, ah... I'm really sorry!
I can't accept your apology until I know what it's for.
Oh... Good point. I'm sorry I said you were terrifying.
Is that all? I'm used to that. No apology necessary.
B-but you've been avoiding me since then, right? You even stopped doing your deathly grin.
I am merely trying not to frighten you. Is there something wrong with that?
Um, it's not working. And, yes, there is.
You can't quit talking and laughing just to try to make me feel better.
That's not really fair. I need to master my own fear!
Is that right?
Yes. R-right.

Ah! Why?!
You told me not to forgo laughing. So I laughed as hard as I could.
Is it helping to conquer your fear?
Yes. I mean, someday it might...maybe. Ah! I'm not ready!

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Wow, Hubert...is actually just straight-up attempting to help Bernadetta conquer her fear of him.
♪ Dwellings of the Ancient Gods ♪


He's just gonna keep doing that, isn't he?

I'm done with that bad levels bit I was doing earlier.

...Eh, fine, I'll accept it.

Way more than I expected.

Man, what do I even say when bad levels hit now? I already did the "ramble about some shit from Final Fantasy XIV" thing back with Alois and Shamir's paralogue. I can't just repeat the "explaining why Temporal Prison unnerves me" thing again, but this time it's "some shit about Oracle of Darkness" or whatever.

Hopefully there won't be enough bad levels that it'll be a problem.

Every good level stalls me having to figure out a new bit.

Caspar's not shaping up too badly, even with that...string of bizarre levels earlier.

You are so lucky that I do not expect magic users to be fast.


Man, they could've made a lot more evil use of Return— No, stop!


She needs Spd! I don't have to do a bit!
♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Okay, the good news is that I escaped having to do a bit.

The bad news is that I have hiccups now.

No, seriously, I actually have the hiccups in real life as I'm typing this. I just hiccuped as I hit the period key and I did it again.

Oh my god someone help me these hiccups will not stop.

Edelgard/Constance B.
♪ No music ♪

Quite so. I never waver for long, you know. I can read the signs as well as anyone. Things are in flux. I mustn't remain shackled by the past.

♪ Arcana Code ♪

You have my gratitude. You will be rewarded for taking such a drastic measure.
To be clear, this is about your Crest, correct?
Your instincts are sharp. According to the Empire's records, I bear the Major Crest of Macuil.
But those records are mistaken. In point of fact, the Crest that I bear is—
The Major Crest of Noa, one of the lost saints. That bloodline was believed to have died out. No one, not even the Imperial nobility, bears that Crest. How, then, did you come by that bloodline? And how did you manage to thwart the Empire's investigations into the matter?
All of the answers you seek are tied to House Nuvelle's origins. Close to a thousand years ago, Saint Noa parted ways with Saint Seiros. She lived out her days in seclusion on what would become Nuvelle territory. Her children obscured their origins before serving the Empire. It wasn't long before they were ennobled. I suspect Saint Noa feared that revealing her Crest would only lead to tragedy.
So she passed it off as the Crest of Macuil, which already existed within the Empire...
Yes. Much like Saint Macuil, Saint Noa was known to be a masterful mage. Her magic ensured that any test would not reveal the true nature of her Crest. Otherwise, someone may have exploited our bloodline long ago.
Hmm... House Nuvelle was known for producing as few heirs as possible.

All of that effort was in order to conceal Noa's bloodline, wasn't it?
Yes, but it was a factor in our house's ultimate downfall.
Our priorities were, perhaps, not what they ought to have been. In sidestepping the internal strife within the Empire, we left ourselves open to the external threat posed by Dagda. With stronger blood ties to other houses, we might have had allies in our time of greatest need.
Interesting... I always had the inkling that the six noble houses were eager to see House Nuvelle fall.
Thank you for trusting me with this, Constance.
I swear that once I ascend the throne, I will do all I can to help you revive your fallen house.

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Do I...want to know what Edelgard meant by "pure" offspring?

Anyway, besides that, I find that scene interesting for stating that the Crest of Macuil exists within the Adrestian Empire. I suppose it shouldn't be that surprising, given that there are people with the crests of Cichol and Cethleann. I doubt Seteth had other children besides Flayn, and it's explicitly stated that Flayn never had children before falling into her deep slumber.

Still, it makes me wonder how the crests of the Four Saints managed to find their way into the general populace. Maybe it's like what happened with Wilhelm, the founder of the Adrestian Empire, where Rhea gave him her blood, hence why the Adrestian royal line bears the Crest of Seiros.

Man, I really have to do that update covering all of the stuff in both the monastery's library and the Shadow Library soon.

Dorothea/Hanneman C.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

Of course, of course, Miss Dorothea. Whatever is on your mind?
I heard you were once a member of the nobility, and you surrendered your title to come here.
Indeed, I was a noble once. Why are you so curious about that?
Ah, I knew there was something noble about your speech and your perfect manners. You're always impeccably dressed, too, and you have a certain pride about you. What interests me is that you threw it all away. Why?
I threw nothing away, child. In fact, by stepping away from its trappings, in my heart, I feel closer than ever to the true meaning of nobility.
How so?
Consider this. At its inception, the concept of nobility assumed that the greatest among the populace would rise to power. In my mind, I believe that means those who value knowledge, those who strive for more, and wish to protect and guide their fellow man. However, in practice, nobility often serves to keep those deemed commoners down, segregated from those who, by chance, were born to a noble family. That is one of the reasons I decided to leave that nonsense behind, and dedicate myself to the study of Crests. Though I have abandoned my position, in my mind, it was to pursue what I consider to be a truly noble pursuit... That of knowledge.
I see. Well, you're definitely a noble in that sense of the word.
To pursue such admirable ideas without regard for your social position... How wonderful.
Oh, it's nothing! I was just very moved by your words.
Ah! Well, I'm quite pleased to hear you say so.

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Well now. Color me interested in your past, Hanneman von Essar.

Anyway, that's it for now. Why? Because we have a Part 1 paralogue's Maddening version to do! You missed those, right?


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