Update 36: Linear Bounded Something-something

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Welcome back. Today, we'll be going through these two prologues you can see in the image above.
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♪ Respite and Sunlight ♪

Please don't sneak up on me like that!
Oh... You're here too, Professor? What's going on?
I was asking my question first. What are you enjoying about air that is still?
Um. Still air makes me feel better, that's all. It means you're in a nice, closed-off space where you can hide.
But spaces that are wide and open are wonderful. Places like forests and oceans.
Guess we'll have to agree to disagree about that.
I am not understanding your answer, but I am appreciating your explanation. I am reminded. I was wanting to ask if you wish to be going to the forest or ocean with me?
Um. What?
What part of anything I said would make you think I wanted that?

He's trying to lend us soldiers from Brigid, but... Edelgard is sending messengers there to convince Brigid she's not their enemy.
You are saying messengers, but the truth is they are a threat. Brigid is having no power to refuse.
I get it, but what does this have to do with me?
Professor was asking this of me. I was told...if I am going to a far away place, to be taking Bernie with me, since she is hiding away.
What?! Professor! What did I do to deserve this?!

Lend me your strength.

You say that, but I don't think I'm ready for this.
Bernie, I am wanting this as well. Please join me.
Since you put it that way, Petra...I'll think about it.

I do.
All right. I'll lend a hand...for everyone's sake!
What is the point of lending a hand? Are you not needing both of them to battle?
What?! No, it's a figure of speech! Oh, don't make me imagine that!

♪ As Fierce as Fire ♪

Good on you for being willing to join us, Bernadetta.

Here's everyone that'll be deploying to Brigid's shores today. Shamir is Cyril's adjutant, Seteth is Catherine's adjutant, and Ingrid is Felix's adjutant.

This map is heavily forested, and the open areas are choked with dangerous heroes that make marching down them extremely dangerous. You kind of have to play both the western, central, and eastern flanks, or else you will get put in an uncomfortable position down the road. No bosses or otherwise notable enemies, though.

Agents are GO!
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♪ Tempest of Seasons ♪

Ooh boy, we're in a rough spot at the outset of the map already. A hero and and an assassin right at our doorstep, and other heroes just out of range.

Right, this calls for Stride.

Bad idea.

This is...still a bad idea, but if I want to clear the central area of immediate threats, I don't have much choice.

lysithea what

One dance later, and two swordmasters are dead.

I don't like these odds, but...

Hey, it worked out.

Damn assassins and their high Avo.

Later, loser.

Dorothea, please.

Thanks to Stride, Flayn is able to Rescue Hilda into a much safer place.

The attack connects, but does not crit. The fact that Bernie has 24 Crit with a ballista is wild.

Ah, hell.

That...could've been very bad.

Great. Productive round of combat.

How the hell are you managing 0 Crit with Abraxas?

You're in my way!

Cyril, that was unnecessary, but props on scoring a crit on a 4% chance.

That level is mediocre, but better than what you've been getting lately. 23 Str/20 Spd at level 28 is really abysmal, though, and bear in mind his actual Str is lower, since Warrior is boosting it.

No crit.

Jesus, Petra, doubling heroes with Short Axes is no mean feat.

And she just got better at it, too!

Meanwhile, Hilda erases a man from existence—mind, body, and soul.

I should maybe look into training Hilda in Pegasus Knight before endgame so she can get Darting Blow. It'd make her doubling a lot more reliable, and she has the second-highest Str of anyone in our army. She'd get good use out of it.

Hilda uses a dance to get out of the clearing and back into the thicket.

You'd think with all of the close calls last map, I would've begun checking for Vantage.


My inattentiveness is appropriately punished by this practically-empty level for Catherine.

The attack connected, but did not crit.

Oh no, Bernie missed Str this level, whatever will she do?

Don't mess with Felix.

No, seriously, please don't, he gets bad levels from that.

Stand aside.

Enemy armored units are so easy to kill.

And with a dance, Flayn is able to get another easy pick.

That level is baffling.

Dammit, Catherine.

Time for your last dance.

I LOVE Meteor crits.

Lysithea warps Hilda near this poor dark bishop and gets a reasonable level for it.

Guess I have no choice.

Style points.

I don't know why I'm feeding Cyril these kills. He's not exactly in a position to fix his bad stats.

I skipped over a turn, since it was just advancing forward.

An exact kill.

Well, the western and central parts of the map are safe now.

Skipping over an advancing turn, again.

I hate fighting in thickets.

God damn, Hilda.

With some help from Sylvain, Hilda makes an aggressive push.

You asked for it!

To survive, I will win!

If you're forced to fight an enemy you have low Hit against, you might as well bust out a high Crit weapon, so if you do manage to hit them, you'll at least kill them.

Try as they might, the enemies just cannot hit Hilda.

Flayn gets a mediocre level.

As soon as I send Petra near the goal tile...

It seems we have some special guests. Capture the road ahead before they reach it.
If they are blocking the road, I will not have the ability to be seeing my grandfather! I must be moving quickly!

Ugh, it couldn't be simple, could it?

With all of my might!

And now Petra has Seal Defense access too.

Right, let's look at the bosses we're up against. They're generic units, but they don't replace unrecruited Black Eagles students.

Canto: Allows unit to move again after completing certain actions, if there is movement remaining.
Lancefaire: Grants Atk +5 when using a lance.
Swordbreaker+: Grants Hit/Avo +30 when using a lance against sword users.
Weight -3: Reduces total equipment weight by 3.
Death Blow: If unit initiates combat, grants Str +6 during combat.

The paladin will ruin sword users' days, is very accurate, has a respectable 33 Avo, and comes with fucking Death Blow. Do not let him engage you if you can help it at all.

Hubert is his own special kind of hell.

Fiendish Blow: If unit initiates combat, grants Mag +6 during combat.
Heartseeker: Adjacent foes suffer Avo -20 during combat.
General: Nullifies instant death effects and halves damage from enemy gambits.
Paragon: Doubles experience earned.
Dark Magic Uses x2: Doubles the number of uses for dark magic.

He's garbage in a one-on-one fight, what with that low AS, but who cares when he's got Meteor? Meteor with 59 fucking Atk behind it, because he will have Fiendish Blow applied to it. Even my units that are most resistant to magic damage run a decent risk of dying to that thing, to say nothing of what'd happen if he crits. Oh, and once he's in normal combat range of you, get any high-Res units out of his range, or he will almost certainly kill them with Luna Λ. Thank god he only has Dark Magic Uses x2, since that only amplifies Miasma Δ and Luna Λ's uses.

Also, Hubert, my man, why are you still using Paragon? Why have you had that in all of your appearances as an enemy unit? And where the hell was it when you were on my side?

The falcon knight boss is trouble, too.

Canto: Allows unit to move again after completing certain actions, if there is movement remaining.
Lancefaire: Grants Atk +5 when using a lance.
Swordbreaker+: Grants Hit/Avo +30 when using a lance against sword users.
Weight -3: Reduces total equipment weight by 3.
Defiant Spd: Grants Spd +8 when HP is ≤ 25%.

Her abilities aren't much home to write home about, but who cares when she's got 46 Atk backed up by 30 AS?

Ugh. This map just got a lot harder.

Guess I've got you!

This makes me nervous, but I have to do it.


Godsdamned Vantage.

♪ Paths That Will Never Cross ♪

Paths That Will Never Cross is the battle music for fighting former students/faculty. It's one of my favorite pieces of music in the game.

Jesus fucking christ, Lysithea would've been left at 1 HP were it not for the forest tile. At least Hubert burned his one and only use of Meteor on damage I can easily heal up.

With the help of a Rally Charm from Dorothea, Petra is able to stall the eastern units with a gambit.

...Puts her in a bad spot, though. At least Canto makes it less bad.

Okay, no, I need to get her out of the assassin's attack range.

Sylvain to the rescue.

You're making me work.


Flayn pulls Hilda out of the assassin danger zone.

Aaaaagh, everything is closing in...

By the way, I forgot to talk about the assassin. He's as terrifying as the falcon knight, but with way more Avo.

That's one flier down, at least.

To survive, I will win!

With a bit of luck, Petra one-shots the falcon knight boss.

Felix makes use of a Rally Charm to hold the damn assassin in place.

Catherine finishes the job and is punished for it.

Dammit, that miss caused Abby to fail this kill.

Thank god for Curved Shot, really.

Okay, I'm gonna do it!

♪ The Dream is Over ♪

That's a simple failure to check Abby's Rsl against Hubert's Atk on my part. Or, well, to be more precise, a failure to account for Fiendish Blow.

When you fail an objective, when an important unit dies on Classic, or when all of your units are defeated on Casual, you are given the chance to use Divine Pulse to return to a previous point in the battle. You can choose to cancel this, at which point you're asked if you really want to give up. If you say yes to that, you are given a Game Over, and returned to the title screen. If you are out of Divine Pulse charges and trip one of the failure conditions, you go straight to a Game Over, and then to the title screen.
♪ Paths That Will Never Cross ♪

Rewinding back, I put Abby on a forest tile instead.

No damage is to be expected, really.

Hey, Doro, good job!


Man, Felix, you just can't get a crit today. Or Str.

Meanwhile, Ingrid gets the exact opposite of a setback. Hitting level 30 also gives her access to Master classes.

Whiffed on a 92 Hit chance. Dammit.

I call Flayn in for backup, which apparently meant she had to give up a good level for a bad one.

Before he ditches this popsicle stand, here's Hubert's special battle dialogue.
So, Princess of Brigid. Now we see where your loyalties truly lie.
This, after we spared your life in return for naught but your fealty. How ungrateful.
Ten years have been passed. The Empire has been changed, just as Brigid has!
Ah! They're here! Help me!
Heheheh. Go on and scream, if it makes you feel better.
But if you could die swiftly and without a struggle, I would greatly appreciate it.
♪ Tempest of Seasons ♪


Two left.

Guess I've got you!

Still absurdly powerful for someone with a 35% base Str growth.

Sorry, but this is war!

And that is that.

If Petra had died during the battle, her normal death dialogue would be replaced with a special one.
Professor... Please, convey to my grandfather...that I am without regret...
Petra?! Petra, no! Don't leave us!
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This isn't exactly, um, the ideal environment for a recluse, you know.
I will be speaking with my grandfather. Once he is convinced, I will be returning. Professor, everyone, please be waiting here. Enemies may still be nearby.
Got it. We'll wait right here. And if anyone comes, um, the professor will handle it! Right, Professor?

If we'd gotten Petra to the southeast-most tile, we would've gotten some allied reinforcements. Oh well.

The Varley Archers are...odd. They have no Phys Atk or Mag Atk boost, but give +30 Hit at max rank.

The Brigid Mercenaries are a pretty standard E rank battalion. They give +10 Hit and +10 Crit at max rank, I guess, which is nice.

♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

You like plants?

Carnivorous plants...
Yes! They just sit there, nice and still, and wait for their dinner to come to them! How great is that? And they all look so unique too!
What? Don't you think so? Oh, look! Petra's back!

It's been a long time since you've seen your grandfather, huh? How'd it go?
As is usual, my grandfather was well and strong. He was saying that he will be supporting us and giving us troops.
That's great! So we did it?
We did. You have my thanks.
Ever since we were losing the war to the Empire, Brigid has been viewed as a vassal state.
But with Fódlan at war...it is a chance for Brigid to be changing our situation. Our cooperation today is part of that chance. Brigid is wanting equality with Fódlan. We will be working hard to make this happen.
Bernie? What is it you are feeling?
You're amazing, Petra. You went all by yourself to a foreign country... You worked hard for your homeland, and you achieved your goal.
I'm always focused on my own problems, and I barely ever get anywhere...
That is not the truth. You were fighting hard for me. You came here to be helping everyone. You were not thinking only of yourself. I am never doubting that you are working hard.
We will be working together to keep moving forward to the future.
You...really mean it? That's so nice!
And you were telling me about your interest in foreign vegetation.
That is one reason why I wanted to be bringing you here. Did it make you happy?
It did! It was really exciting! I've got so many drawings I need to do before we head back! I might even have enough to make into a book. Yeah, I should do that! Want to help, Professor?
Abby nods.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Next time: Marianne's paralogue.

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