Update 14: Fire Emblem: Two Lances

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Well, no time like the present. Let's start with Sylvain's paralogue.
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♪ Spiderweb ♪

That's not a bad idea.
Right? Sometimes you gotta forget all the things you oughta do and focus on what you'd rather do.

What are you after?
What? I can't invite my professor to dinner without it being a scam? Heh! I...ah... OK, fine. You got me.
I need to ask a favor, and I wanted a way to work up the courage to ask you.

Ask me what?
There are thieves in my family's territory. I was wondering if you'd go with me to drive 'em off.

Your brother?
Yes, Miklan. He was the oldest son of House Gautier.
What's left of his band of thieves is causing trouble in Gautier territory.
My father has asked me to come home and put down those murderous jerks.

Yes, that's crazy.
Maybe he just wants me to get some more experience in battle. Crazy way to suggest it though. Anyway, I'm not going alone, no matter what he asks. I'm going to ask some of the others in our class to help too.

Of course.
Great! I'll talk to the others and see who's in. Thanks, Professor!

♪ As Swift as Wind ♪

And just like that, it's time to prepare for battle.

Since holding a vote for every single paralogue would bog down the LP too much, I'm going to decide on which units to deploy for them myself.

With paralogues, Adan/Abby are forced deployments, as are whatever characters the paralogue is associated with—in this case, Sylvain. We have 9 open slots after those two.

I chose to leave Linhardt and Hubert behind, since time is of the essence on Sylvain's paralogue, and I had plenty of mages anyway (Dorothea, Lysithea, Annette, and Flayn). Ferdinand and Ingrid are important deployments, since they're mounted, and therefore have high Mv. Why that's important, you'll see in a bit.

Besides that, I took Bernadetta, Petra, and Caspar along because I felt like training them up a little.

Always remember to check your abilities before deploying. Make sure you aren't leaving behind any recently-learned abilities you haven't assigned yet, and that your ability sets match the map in question. Seal Magic does you no good on a map with only weapon users, for example.

I finally remembered to put Rally Speed on Annette.

The enemies on this map are also our first encounter with generic enemies, not just special ones, having steel weapons. Steel weapons have lower Hit and very high Wt compared to Iron weapons, but have more Mt in exchange.

You can see that many enemies here are severely weighed down by their weapons, particularly the Steel Axe users. The Brigands in particular lose 9 AS from it.

The Thieves don't fare much better.

You might notice this Thief drops a Speedwing. Welcome to the map's central gimmick: there's 6 Thieves in the center, each carrying a somewhat rare item. Clockwise from the top left, they are carrying:
In my opinion, the stat boosters and Magic Staff are the big prizes, the Advanced Seal is nice to have since they'll be time limited until our units start hitting level 30, and the Goddess Ring and Short Spear aren't great, but you might as well grab them anyway.

For reference, this is what Renewal, and by extension the Goddess Ring, does:

Renewal: Unit recovers up to 20% of max HP at the start of each turn.

Near the four boss units (marked with a gold icon in place of a weapon icon) are exit tiles. If we kill enough enemies or damage any of the thieves near the center, they'll get spooked and start running for the nearest exit tile. Killing the boss unit near an exit tile closes it off.

That's why I said time is of the essence—we need to kill off the boss units before the thieves start running away.

Incidentally, notice how our deployment tiles are split between different sides of the map.

Alright, that's all you need to know for this map. Let's fight.
♪ Tempest of Seasons ♪

OK, we've got the thieves covered on both sides. Some of the thieves are still carrying what they stole, so we have a chance to get it back. Gotta be careful though. They'll run off faster than a nobleman's daughter if we just rush in. Target the strongholds to cut off their escape routes.
Thank you, Sylvain, I just said all of that.

First order of business: Annette uses Rally on Petra, giving her +4 Str/Spd/Res. Since Petra's Str isn't a multiple of 5, she also gets +1 AS on top of the Spd bonus.

I did that so she could one-round this Brigand near the northeast boss.

This Brigand is bad news—it's kind of easy to get careless and send a magic user into his danger zone, since the other nearby enemies are just magic users. He can easily one-shot Flayn and Annette, and leave Caspar low enough to be finished off by the enemy mages, so I mark his danger zone for my own convenience.

Lysithea can't one-round this Mage, annoyingly, but she can set him up for a Caspar Hand Axe kill. She even got +5 damage from her Crest of Gloucester.


Flayn puts herself here, for lack of anything better to do, and also to give Caspar the effect of Lily's Poise.

Lily's Poise: Adjacent allies take 3 less damage during combat.

Here's what Lily's Poise, Flayn's personal skill, does, for those of you who didn't read her overview.

Ferdinand begins taking the south enemy formation, so we can take out the south boss.

Abby helps by locking the units in the center row of the formation in place.

And Sylvain incinerates that poor sap on the bottom of the formation.

Ingrid drops that Archer to low HP, and gets out of the range of the off-screen Archers.

Bernadetta gets the kill.

Dorothea intentionally positions herself in Archer range, and equips Thoron so she can get a counterattack.

...Or that Archer could suddenly go for Bernadetta instead. Whatevs.

Nosferatu, her Crest of Flames, and White Magic Avo +20 make Abby deceptively hard to kill.

Edelgard gets a bad level.

I love seeing that 0 x4 damage indicator.

Hey, if you wanna make yourself an easy kill for Petra on the player phase, I won't stop you.

Abby kills that Armored Knight, and gets an alright level in return.

Bah. His streak of good levels had to end eventually, I guess.

Micro-optimizing the number of rounds of combat that Sylvain is in. Whee.

Lysithea can barely survive a round of combat against that Brigand, so I have her take out the Armored Knight.

The level is a tad disappointing for missing on Spd, but I guess I can't be too sad about a level with HP in it.

Other magic users straight-up can't hurt Flayn, but in return, she can barely hurt them.

Like I said, gauntlets are very effective anti-mage weapons.


That level is good. Do that some more, Caspar.

This isn't gonna hit.
♪ Wrath Strike ♪

Knew it. Oh well, a round of combat is a round of combat.


There was no real reason to use the Iron Bow there. I just felt like it.

Also, ugh. That level is atrocious.

Sylvain gets better at taking physical hits and dishing out magic damage.

Yowch. That'd be even worse without Lily's Poise.

I mentioned a while before that Recover is basically a full heal for a while and, well, there it is.

I'm sorry to say it, but yeah, I'm his brother. And he's led you into a bad spot. Anyway, your boss is dead. So this is your chance to disband this little thief gang of yours.

Well, it's probably on me for making such a stupid request.

With that mage gone, the only enemy left in the south formation is the boss.

Gods, Bernadetta is powerful. She'd have one-rounded that boss if she wasn't at full HP.

That's...not a great start for Ingrid.

Let's drag the last boss off his boss tile. Assembly, if it hits, drags the user and the primary target of the gambit one tile backwards.

Bleh. At least it has Str.

East side's clear now.

A reasonable desperation move. Too bad it didn't work.


Pointless Crest of Indech! Yay!

That level is eh. HP and Def isn't bad to have on Bernadetta, for when she fights other bow users.

Sylvain takes out the last boss for a great level. More of that, please.

Meanwhile, Felix gets off to a mediocre start.
♪ Tempest of Seasons ♪

Ferdinand launches the offensive against the Thieves.

The Brawlers here are just a bit too fast for Petra to double.

Try as they might, they can only hurt Petra a little.

You can't just line up like that and not expect me to use Assault Troop.

Think your positioning through more, enemy Thieves!

Ferdinand can lock down the last one.

Oh this absolutely will not work.

Knew it.

Meh. Mag and Def are Mag and Def.

...Well, okay then.

Spd is Spd on cavalry units.

So close to a kill.

Levin Sword+! I can put Thoron on anyone, basically!

High mobility coming in handy there.

Dorothea gets an okay level from healing Ingrid.

This'll do it!

I like crits that result in not having to eatcounterattacks. Well done, Caspar.

Petra is incredibly fast for this point in the game.

Wait, what? Why not attack Dorothea?

Oh, whatever.


And that's the map.
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Thieves everywhere... I can't believe this is what the world is coming to. At least we've restored the peace here, even if it's only for a little while.

You get a Talisman just for clearing the map, a Longbow for killing at least half of the thieves, and an Extra Large Bullion for killing all of the thieves.

Talismans are a +2 Res stat boosters.

Extra Large Bullions sell for 10000 gold at shops.

Longbows have inherent 2-3 range. Useless on classes with Bowrange +1 and extra useless on classes with Bowrange +2, but could maybe find some use here, where we have Bernadetta, a bow user that's in Brigand for the time being.

This paralogue is absolute hell on Maddening. Way more enemies guard each of the bosses, and killing all of them before the Thieves start running away is an exercise in frustration.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot to mention: paralogues give battalions as rewards for completing them. These battalions are usually some of the best in the game.

In this case, the Gautier Knights is a B rank battalion with 105 endurance and Stride as a gambit. At rank 5, they give +7 Phys Atk, +20 Avo, and +5 Prt. They do cause -2 Mag Atk, though. If you've got a unit that you want to be dodging a lot of attacks who isn't going to be using magic, then look no further.
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We drove off the thieves and got a reward from my father. Job well done, eh?
Although, I don't know how to feel about this particular reward.

I guess that's why my father tasked me with this mission. He wanted me to prove myself worthy of this Relic.

Isn't that dangerous?
Not remotely. I bear the Crest of Gautier.

You're still thinking about your brother, aren't you?
I suppose I am...

♪ Recollection and Regret ♪

He was selfish and egotistical. I know it's not right to say bad things about the dead, but he earned it. Even now, I'm still cleaning up his messes. I have to wonder though... What if it was the other way around? If he had the Crest and I didn't...

Thinking like that won't get you anywhere.
You're probably right, Professor. It's not like me, is it?
I don't pray much...but I think I'm going to pray for those who lost their lives to the thieves tonight.

Why do you say that?
Faerghus has always been a cold place. Never very well-to-do. Until about 10 years ago, our region was a battlefield for the people of the Sreng Region to the north. And after the late king fell, the whole Kingdom became unstable. So it's no real surprise that more and more people are resorting to thievery just to survive.

The whole damn Kingdom is in decline because of nonsense like that.
I'm hoping once we get Dimitri on the throne everything will get better.
Anyway, I'll leave it up to you to decide how you want to use our reward. Including the Lance of Ruin. I know I can trust you with it until you think I'm ready.

There's no need.
Or do you really just hate the idea of having dinner with me? Just kidding! I know you're busy. Again though, thank you for everything, Professor. I couldn't have done it alone.

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And our primary reward for doing Sylvain's paralogue is the Lance of Ruin.
Anyway, since this thing is finally in our hands, let's go over it again. This is our first non-Sword of the Creator Hero's Relic. Unlike the Sword of the Creator, all Relics can be used by anyone without suffering severe Wt penalties—though characters without Crests will suffer a loss of 10 HP after every round of combat, as Miklan did.

As for the Lance of Ruin itself, it's incredibly powerful, especially this early on. It boasts 22 Mt, 20 Crit, and has 9 Wt—heavier than an Iron Lance, but lighter than a Steel Lance. It can be a bit inaccurate, though, since it only has 65 Hit.

In addition to all of this, it lets anyone with the Crest of Gautier—so, Sylvain—use Ruined Sky when attacking with the Lance of Ruin.

Ruined Sky: +13 Mt, +10 Hit, +10 Crit, 1 range, costs 3 durability. Avoid +10. Effective against Flying and Dragon foes.

Flying and Dragon units can say goodbye if they find themselves on the receiving end of Ruined Sky. Even if Sylvain had 0 Str, Ruined Sky would still deal 57 damage before the target's Prt is factored in.
♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Dorothea gets the Speedwing. I want her speedy.

Ingrid gets the Energy Drop.

Petra gets the Talisman.

With the stat boosters distributed, let's move onto Ingrid and Dorothea's paralogue.
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♪ Spiderweb ♪

Oh, hi, Dorothea. And hello, Professor. Nothing's the matter. Well, nothing major.
You don't look like it's nothing major. Then again, I suppose you always have a furrowed brow, don't you?

What do you worry about?
A childhood friend who's always causing trouble, my family... Things like that. You see, I received a letter from my father recently.
From Count Galatea? What a kind gentleman to have for a father.
I thank you. But the content within the letter is what I find troubling.

Have you ever met the suitor?
I've not met him, though I've heard his name here and there. He began life as a merchant but has somehow achieved rank in court. An enterprising noble from an allied territory. It's most likely that he wants the Crest of Daphnel that I bear to adorn his family name.
Hmm, yes, that sounds about right. The jerk.
You sound as though you know him. Do you?
Yes, I must admit that I know him. He tried to court me when I was a singer.

He's offered a sizable dowry, so I must at least consider it—for the sake of my family.
Dowry? Ha! Blood money. That's all it is.
Dorothea, I—
This jerk's entire fortune is soaked in blood. Do you want to rebuild your own house using that kind of money?
I mean, it's all just rumors, but I think it still might be worth investigating.

Let's go.
Great! Let's tell the others.
Uh, really? OK...

♪ As Swift as Wind ♪

Why am I not surprised that we're going to have to fight in a chapter involving a merchant whose fortune is built on blood money?

Abby, Dorothea, and Ingrid are forced to be deployed on this map, and we only have 9 deployment slots, leaving us with a mere 6 slots we can actually choose. I take Edelgard, Felix, Linhardt, and Hubert along, after they sat out of active combat last map. Petra is assigned as Dorothea's adjutant, while Sylvain is assigned as Flayn's.

Ingrid can't use Ruined Sky, but she can still put the Lance of Ruin's raw stats to good use. She also has a Crest, so she doesn't suffer the HP drain.

Hubert gets the March Ring, in the first instance of me using this thing to help infantry units keep up with our mounted fighters.

Ingrid also takes two Chest Keys. There's two chests on this map, and I wanna grab both.

Alright, that's all the preparations I need. Let's roll.

Oh, by the way, where the fuck are we? How did we end up in this, like, middle of an active volcano? Where did all this lava come from?!

No kidding. There's no denying it. We'd better get back to the monastery.

♪ Dark Clouds Gather ♪

Surely you can't mean me. Wait... Did he send them?
This jerk figures he can grab Ingrid before things get too messy for him. Of course, we know the truth about him now, and he'll want to kill us and get rid of the evidence... But we'll never let him take Ingrid. Come on, let's hurry!

♪ Tempest of Seasons ♪

All the way at the southeast corner of the map are the tiles that we can put Ingrid on to end the map.

I never do this. I just treat the map as a "Rout the enemy" map. Why pass up on all that EXP? You don't get anything for having Ingrid escape, anyway.

All of the enemies on this map have Venin Axes, which cause poisoning on contact. Poison inflicts a small amount of HP drain to afflicted units at the start of their phase. It's generally pretty ignorable.


A reasonable level.

Ooh. Killer weapons have Mt somewhere between Iron and Steel weapons, are somewhat heavy, but come with high Crit.

Oh boy. Reinforcements. The Priest (labeled "Merchant" in dialogue) summons Thieves every other turn until he dies.

On Maddening, he summons two Thieves every turn. And it's Maddening, so the Thieves can move as soon as they're spawned.

This map was not fun on Maddening.

Oh yeah, the map is covered in lava tiles, which drain units of 10% of their max HP when they begin a turn standing on them.

Just moving everyone up. Taking the top of the map is the best strategy, I think.

Aaaaand nothing happened.

That distance between us and the other units is a bit uncomfortable, so let's turtle for a turn.

There, that's a more comfortable distance.

Good level.

The ideal physical Edelgard level, minus HP. HP would've made that perfect.

Ferdinand brings this guy to kill range.

Flayn gets the finish.

A reasonable start. She's close to having 2 Wt offset.

Hubert will live through one round against these guys.

He's rewarded with a mediocre level.

The Lance of Ruin is powerful, but inaccurate. It's also too heavy for Ingrid to double these guys with.

Well, with levels like that, it won't be for long.

Never hurts to keep ranged weapons on hand.

Eh. Every point of Str is one step closer to more Wt offset.

Well, that guy's a red smear on the floor now.

Ferdinand now has access to the good battalions.

Battalion Desperation: If unit initiates combat when battalion endurance is ≤ 1/3, unit's follow-up attack (if possible) occurs before foe's counterattack.

Also this. It's not great.

Felix is an absolute monster right now.

Remember: always position Adan/Abby for Professor's Guidance whenever you can. That extra 20% EXP adds up over a bunch of battles.

Dorothea gets a bad level from healing Felix.

Ferdinand gets in position to draw the ire of reinforcements.

Predictably, he comes out barely any worse for the wear.

We're close to stopping the reinforcements now.

Flayn uses Restore for EXP. And also to remove Felix's poison, I guess.

Let's get this over with.

Entirely unnecessary, but entirely cool.

Try this on for size!

I am entirely okay with unnecessary crits.

Hey, if you're only gonna get two stats, those are the best ones.

Edelgard's high Cha means she has a lot of gambit Avo.

Abby gets Authority C+ off healing Ferdinand.

Model Leader: Doubles experience earned for battalions.

Model Leader makes battalions level up incredibly fast. Using them to get paralogue battalions to max level very quickly is a powerful strategy.

Linhardt gets a level with Spd in it from healing Felix.

I leave the Javelin+ equipped on Ferdinand in case the Merchant attacks him.

I'll strike you down!

Look at that, a useful crit!

All that Spd boosting is paying off.

Ooh, a new toy for Hubert. Death Γ is basically the Killer weapon of the dark magic spells—low Mt for mid-high tier dark magic, average Hit, 8 Wt, but 20 Crit, and also 1-3 range. I don't know why it has 1-3 range, but I will not say no to more 1-3 range.

Hmm. Yes. This feels appropriate.

That's what you get for trying to kidnap and forcibly marry a teenager, you godsdamned creep.

Antitoxins remove poison. The literal most useless consumable.

This'll be fine.

Aw, come on, why do you have to spawn all the way over there?

Wow. How slow do you have to be to get doubled by Linhardt using Cutting Gale?

Were either of those two Crest of Fraldarius activations necessary? Nah. Is it neat to see Felix overkill an enemy by 15 HP without doing anything but normal attacks? Yes.

The level is mediocre.

Ah, dammit. Felix has low Cha to accompany his Authority weakness, making him susceptible to being hit by gambits.

Thankfully, this little thing called Restore can removed the rattled status.

Just a few enemies left now.

Hm. Those guys'll be within range of us quicker than I thought.

Ferdinand can bait them.

Ingrid opens the other chest, revealing the Healing Staff, an equipment item that adds 10 HP restoration to whatever healing spells the user uses while holding it. Anything that makes Physic more powerful is fine by me.

Thanks to the power of 1-3 range, Hubert can bait attacks from the off-screen archers, and still get counterattacks in.

Like so.

...Should've taken the Javelin+ off Ferdinand. Whoops.

Noise erased.

Getting Def is good, I suppose.

Victory is assured!

Decent level.

Oh, fuck off.

Just doing some positioning and moving south.

Hey, neat, Edelgard's first Crest of Flames activation.

Hey, look, Spd.

Feeding Flayn kill EXP. I will make her useful, I swear.

A bad level.

The same bad level.

An okay level.

We're close to finishing this.

...Oh no.

Devil weapons, in previous Fire Emblem games, were very powerful, but had a (31 - Luck)% chance of causing the user to damage themselves instead of their enemy. They were supremely useless.

In Three Houses, they don't have quite as much raw power, but don't have that random chance of causing the user to die. Instead, they drain 10 HP from the user after combat, much like what happens if a character without a Crest uses a Hero's Relic. They're...situationally useful. The Devil Axe is inaccurate at 60 Hit and very heavy at 14 Wt, but also packs 18 Mt.

I'm sure this will be fine.

Godsdammit. Reinforcements spawn when Ingrid gets too close to the escape tiles.

Yeah, no, let's rewind and put Ingrid in a less precarious position.


Double bah.

This is mostly to debuff this guy's Spd.

I'd hoped for a crit.

Eh, I'll take it, but she needs to get a decent amount of levels with Str to keep up.

Flayn hits Faith B, and gets Rescue. It's pretty useless right now, but give it time.

Upon reflection, that was a gamble I probably shouldn't have taken.

Good job, Ingrid.

Dorothea becomes our next unit to enter the Good Battalion Zone.

One remains.

And now, none remain.

For our troubles, we get the Galatea Pegasus Co., one of the few battalions that fliers can equip, and an incredibly good one, at that. It has Lure for a gambit, which only hits two spaces, so it loses some value on Maddening, where gambits are important because controlling enemy movement is the difference between a doable map and a hellish one.

However, the stats more than makeup for the lackluster gambit. The Galatea Pegasus Co. has 105 endurance, and at level 5, +7 Phys Atk, +5 Hit, +10 Avo, +5 Prt, and +6 Rsl. It turns any flier into an incredibly strong and durable death machine. I can't wait until either Ingrid or Petra hit Authority B.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

What happened with the proposal?
As soon as I informed him of the suitor's unsavory tendencies, he rejected the proposal outright. Were we to form ties with such an individual, it would bode poorly for our family, regardless of the weighty dowry offered.
Oh, thank goodness! I'm so glad it all worked out.
You and me both. My father also insisted I take this.

A Hero's Relic?
Indeed. This is the magic lance, Lúin, which has been passed down for generations within my family. My father and siblings have no way of using it, since they bear no Crest. Father told me I should take it and use it to protect myself with. He said it's far better used protecting his daughter than gathering dust.
Aw, that's so sweet! Your father really does mean well, Ingrid.
He's unendingly stubborn, but I am proud of who he is.

Of course.
We couldn't just do nothing while you were facing a life of being married to a monster.

Oh? Do I belong to you now, rather than to myself?
Hey... Dorothea. This is probably more than a little awkward, considering where it came from, but...here.

A proposal?

We'll be together forever!
Stop teasing me, Dorothea! I'm trying to be sincere.
I wanted to find a way to emphasize how grateful I am to you. So I looked for something from among my things that I thought you would like. I mean...you may already have one like it, but I thought on the off chance you didn't...

But perhaps we should lend this ring to our teacher for now. Our dear teacher can best decide how to use it.
You fought hard enough. You've earned the right to have a little fun.
As you wish, Dorothea. I gave the ring to you, so you can do whatever you please with it.

I am not at all convinced that Dorothea was teasing when she accepted the hypothetical proposal.
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Two Hero's Relic lances in one day! How nice.

Lúin only has 17 Mt and 10 Crit, in contrast to the Lance of Ruin's 22 Mt and 20 Crit, but on the other hand, it has 90 Hit instead of 65. It is way easier to actually hit with. It weighs the same as the Lance of Ruin, 9 Wt.

For those with the Crest of Daphnel—so, Ingrid—it also lets them use Burning Quake Σ while holding Lúin.

Burning Quake Σ: +8 Mt, +20 Crit, 1 range, costs 3 durability. Avoid +10. Might increases based on user's Speed. Effective against Dragon foes.

Not as good as Ruined Sky, but still decent.

We also get another Goddess Ring. Woo.
♪ Learning Lesson ♪

Returning to the rest of the month, Petra gets Authority C, and gets closer to being able to use the Galatea Pegasus Co.

♪ Teatime Joy ♪

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Ferdinand gets Swordbreaker at Lance B.

Swordbreaker: Grants Hit/Avo +20 when using a lance against sword users.

He's getting more and more durable, especially now against sword users.
♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Ah, jeez, that's a lot of supports from the paralogues.

Edelgard/Petra C.
♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

Lady Edelgard. Everything is well with me. Thank you for your question.
Everyone shows great kindness, even while I am still learning about the language.
I'm glad to hear it. After all, a Brigid royal like yourself is of vital importance to the future of the Empire. If you ever need anything, please let me know. It's my job to watch out for you, after all.
If that is your want. I will rely on you if I have the need. However, I will not have that need. I can resolve any problems that occur by myself.
I don't doubt it.
Perhaps I'm worrying too much. I just don't know what I would say to your family if something were to happen to you.
Do not spend your worry on me. In Brigid, there is a phrase we say. You cannot shoot two birds with one arrow. Brigid and I are that second bird. Your first target is...your ambition. Can you disagree?

I do have ambitions that transcend all else for me. When I ascend the throne, there are certain things I must do. Tell me, Petra... Who do you think I am?
I will tell you. I am Edelgard von Hresvelg. And yes, I'm attempting to do what no one else can. I'm prepared to shoot two birds, or even three, with a single arrow. That is the least of the impossible things I will accomplish. If you don't need my patronage, then prove it. Show me your power. Never settle for being the bird. Be the arrow instead.
I will take your words to my heart. And you will be seeing my power. I give you my promise.

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Hmm. We've heard about Edelgard's ambition before. I just hope she's not pushing herself too far.

Caspar/Annette C.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

The women laughed and forgave me, but... How am I supposed to face them now?

I don't think I've ever seen you look so miserable!
Don't tease me like that, Caspar! Can't you see I'm down?
Sorry, sorry. You know I didn't mean it. Did something happen? You don't have to share if you don't want to, but I think talking it out might help.
You might be right about that... Are you sure you don't mind?
Not at all.
Well... Today they were short on staff in the dining hall, so I offered to help out...
But I sort of...messed up—big.
Oh no. What happened?

Wow, sounds more like art than cooking to me.
The people in the dining hall saw the chaos and started panicking, and then soldiers came running... Finally, Catherine appeared and shut everyone up with a slash of Thunderbrand.
All I was trying to do was help out.
But in the end, I just ended up making more work for everyone. I'm awful like that.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Accidents happen. It's not like you were trying to make a mess.
I know. The women at the dining hall laughed and forgave me. But...
Was anyone hurt?
Well, no. But...

You know what? You're right! I guess all I can do is try harder next time.
Thanks, Caspar. That really did help me feel better.
I can't keep moping around! I've got to work on my cooking skills!
And I can count on you to be my taste tester, right? Right!
Uhh...sure. Just as long as you're not making any new art projects...

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Caspar's advice is correct, not just for Annette, but generally. You can't let isolated bad days get you down.

Felix/Sylvain C.
♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

Chat with them by yourself. You're interrupting my training.
Hey, come on. Don't talk like that. How long have we known each other?
Long enough, if you ask me.
We only know each other because of our parents' friendship. I didn't have a say in it.
Is that how it went? Huh. I remember it more like you always following me around. Whenever there was something wrong—like you lost to your brother or you fought with Dimitri— you'd come crying to me.
You were so meek and pure back then, cute even...like a baby brother.
That's enough.
I said, "That's enough."
Hey! Sorry. I just came to see if you wanted to pick up some girls. I didn't mean to get on your nerves.

I've tried to be patient with you, but I'm tired of holding my tongue. You're reckless in your personal affairs and in battle. And you're always prattling on about women!
Well, if a man sees a pretty girl, he can't just let her pass by without commenting. That's just rude.
You're insatiable. Do you ever stop? Certainly not to practice your sword technique. You always skip training. And you never consider how your actions hurt others...or how you hold them back.
That's never my intention. Come on, you know me better than that. I'm not really— Look, if that's the impression I've given you, then I'm sorry.

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

I find it hard to disagree with any of Felix's problems with Sylvain. I don't doubt that they're actually friends, though. It just sounds like things are exceptionally strained right now...

Felix/Lysithea C.
♪ Respite and Sunlight ♪

Ahh, so delicious! I'm so content in this moment.

Lysithea. You look mortified.
How long have you been there? Were you watching me? You were, weren't you?
I was, yes.
Ugh, for once I thought I had some privacy.
Did you say something?
Huh? Nope. Didn't say anything at all. Here.
What's this for?

I'm not sure what to be silent about.
If people knew I was shoveling cake into my face by the fistful, they'd think me nothing more than a child!
Adults eat cake.
You'll never understand. Just take this, will you?!
No. I don't like sweets.
Does your refusal mean you'll be telling everyone about my cake-shoveling ways?
I just don't like sweets, that's all.
Nonsense! Nobody can resist something so delicious.
Look, I'm giving you this cake whether you like it or not. Eat it, toss it, throw it at an unsuspecting victim—the choice is yours. Just please don't mention this to anyone.

What was her problem?

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Poor Lysithea. So terrified of being talked down to.

I get Linhardt certified in Dark Mage, so he can get Dark Bishop later.
♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Yes! Perfect.

More Spd!


Abby gets Bow E+.


Please join my class.

I-I should be more comfortable speaking after I get to know you better...

We've recruited Marianne! Hooray!

On it. I'm available anytime I'm not on a mission with the knights.

Now that Abby got to level 15, we can recruit Shamir!

I did a bunch of fishing, since today is a Golden Fish day, doubling the chance of finding a gold icon from 5% to 10%.

It turns a decent profit.

And then, a bunch of meals.

More! Supports! More! Supports!

Ferdinand/Linhardt B.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

Observant as ever, Ferdinand. What can I help you with?
You have been utilizing clever tricks to give me the slip.
But not today. Prepare yourself!
"A noble cannot escape from his duty." Hold these words in your heart.
It seems you really mean it this time. I suppose I have no choice but to outmatch you.
Finally, a little enthusiasm. You are bravely stepping upon the path of nobility.
Let us begin!
Come now, Ferdinand. Don't be foolish. I can't possibly train with you...

Just admit defeat...
Can't we... Just a minute... Ferdinand... Let me...let me catch my breath.
Well, maybe just for a moment... I could use a rest myself. I am surprised you could run so far. I had assumed that all that lounging around would have dulled your constitution. But I had a difficult time keeping up.
The fear...of having to exert myself really helped. You're none too slow yourself.
It's been a while since I ran like that. It actually feels pretty good.
It does, does it not?
Well, how about we say that thrilling chase was your training for the day?
If you will excuse me, I am going to run even more, so I can catch you next time!
After all the running you already did? That's our Ferdinand. You always give everything your all, don't you?
Haha, and what is wrong with that?

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Aww. That was kinda cute.

Bernadetta/Sylvain B.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

I guess Sylvain must still have it... Huh? When did this book get here?
Wait. This is mine! And there's...something sticking out of it... A letter?

"However, I also write today to inform you that I enjoyed your story tremendously. I laughed and cried as the heroine overcame her many obstacles, growing stronger with each step. Your literary style presents a unique perspective. I could sense you watching over the protagonist."

"The girl's failures are as compelling as her triumphs. Since authors are told to write what they know... I believe your tale would not have been so convincing were it not for your own experiences."
Um, what? My own experiences? That's a weird way to give praise... Who wrote this, anyway?
Who would read my story so carefully and then write this long letter to tell me about it?
Whoever it is, they must be wonderful. Someone like my dear old uncle...
"I do hope my letter inspires you to keep writing. Looking forward to the next chapter. Your devoted fan, Sylvain."

Ah! How long have you been standing there?!
I'm sorry, but I fell head over heels for your story. It's so good, and I just had to tell you about it. So what do you say? Will you write more? Why don't we talk literature over some tea?

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Poor Bernadetta. Good on Sylvain for being genuine for once, though.

Annette/Lysithea C.
♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

Why do I have to?
Why? Because you're way better at it than me, silly!
Is that so. I thought you were something of an honors student at the school of sorcery?
Well, sure... But I wouldn't say I've got any kind of natural talent for it. I'm going to have to try very hard to become as good of a mage as you are!
What is that supposed to mean? Are you implying that I don't work hard too? If you think my skills are inherent, you are sorely mistaken.
No! I wasn't saying that at all! Everyone knows how hard you work.
I just meant that if I want to be as good as you, I'll have to work really, incredibly hard!
Hm. And what is it you want to learn about?
Oh! So you'll teach me?! Thank you so much! Um, actually...

Look at how quickly you're picking this up. You're clearly very skilled already.
Don't be silly. You're just that good of a teacher!
Your way of looking at the world is so fundamentally different from mine.
Do you insist on taking the conversation in that direction?
Oh no, I'm sorry! I wasn't doing that! There I go, saying the wrong thing again.
It's fine. Let's just drop it. A bit more self-confidence would go a long way for you, Annette.
That's all I've got for you today. I need to get going now. Lots to do.
Oh, I'm so sorry to take up your time! Thanks again for teaching me!

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Hard-working people need the help of other hard-working people every now and then. It's not a sign of weakness.

Abby/Annette B.
♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

I didn't mean to cause you and the others so much trouble.

You need to rest more.
It's just...when I'm studying tactics, I lose track of time, and... Oh, who am I kidding? I've always been like this.
Before I came to the Officers Academy, I was a student at the school of sorcery in Fhirdiad. Even back then, I was pulling all-nighters well before the exams. And I never even noticed I was harming myself. I'm just too focused on my goal. I know I've already told you this, but I really love to learn new things. It's a passion of sorts. I first realized I had the learning bug when I was about four or five years old.
My father was so happy to see me using magic...
Seeing him happy made me happy too, and that made me want to work even harder.

What do you mean?
When I was about 13, my father left home.
He was a devout man, so I figured he'd gone to the monastery. That's why I went to the school of sorcery, so that I could eventually get accepted at the Officers Academy. I studied harder than ever, and sure enough, I finally earned a referral. Unfortunately, my passion for learning became more of an obsession. I got so focused, I kind of forgot how to relax.

Rest is just as important as work.
That's true. Just look at today. If my hard work stops me from working hard, what good is it?

You have my support.
Yay! With you on my side, I'm sure I'll succeed!
From now on, if you see me going overboard, just let me know. I'm a new woman, after all!

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

You can't always be firing on all cylinders. You're gonna run out of energy eventually, and it's gonna harm what you do more than resting would.

More Speed Carrots more Speed Carrots more Speed Carrots.

And that ends this exploratino day.
♪ Learning Lesson ♪

Dorothea hits Reason B, and gets Sagittae as a result. Sagittae is a pretty good mid-tier black magic spell—7 Mt, 90 Hit, 5 Crit, 6 Wt, 10 uses per battle. It's pretty light, has okay Mt, and is very accurate.

More units in Authority C!

♪ Teatime Joy ♪

Ah, hell. That was a misclick.

♪ No music ♪

Felix gets Sword B, and gets Axebreaker.

Axebreaker: Grants Hit/Avo +20 when using a sword against axe users.

As if enemy axe users weren't already inaccurate enough.

Annette gets Sagittae at Reason B, too.

Marianne gets Soulblade at Sword C+.

Soulblade: +2 Mt, +10 Hit, 1 range, costs 4 durability. Deals magic damage. Might increases based on user's Resistance.


Flayn gets Rally Luck at Authority D. I can't think of a use for it.
♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪



Bernadetta's going to get the Speed Carrots for now.

Belongs to Ingrid.

Oh, hey, Linhardt's room has a new book for us!

Professor level B+! Now we have 8 activity points for exploration.

Abby also gets Bow B. I wonder...

I'd love it if you would add me to your class.

Wow! Really? Thank you so much! I'm so happy! I hope to learn a lot from you.

Yes! We've now got almost every student I intend to recruit, minus Hilda. After that, all we need is her, Catherine, and Cyril, who we can't recruit until a few chapters from now.

To close out the update Abby/Petra B.
♪ Recollection and Regret ♪

It's very late...
Please take my apologies. I lost time while I was training.
There are not many chances for real fighting here. My body is more weak than it was. Weaker, I mean.

You should get some rest.
I need to have more training. There are things that I have not done yet. Things that have to be done. For the future, I have to try with hardness.
Training, studying, socializing... I will not always be having time to do those things.

Why do you try so hard?
Why? Because...the position of Brigid is weak. Fódlan and Dagda are big. Brigid is a small island in the middle of them.

We will not have...will not survive, unless we get more strength.

It doesn't have to be that way.
Having more strength than anyone might be un...impossible. But I have to give it my best try.
I am an ally of everyone, and I have belonging at the Officers Academy. That is also why I try with hardness. You can always be counting me. I mean...counting on me.
But you should know that one of these days will be when I return to Brigid. Before that day, do not try stopping me from trying. And please, keep watch...watching over me.
With you, I can try with more hardness than I could alone.

♪ Life at Garreg Mach Monastery ♪

Poor Petra. Shouldering the international woes of her country all by herself...

Alright, let's wrap this up.
♪ No music ♪

♪ Words to Believe In ♪

♪ A Guide for the Future ♪

Last thing I do before ending the recording is putting Linhardt in Mage.

Whew. That went...way longer than I initially expected.

Next time: the Battle of the Eagle and Lion.

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