Update 39: That Noise Armored Xemnas Makes When You Beat Him

♪ Three Crowns ♪

♪ Anxiety ♪

We will advance when House Riegan's forces move out. We will take the Great Bridge of Myrddin with minimal casualties, and in doing so, initiate all-out war with the Empire. We must prepare for battle, Professor.

Thanks. Dunno why that needed an entire cutscene.
♪ No music ♪

Well, Lin and Abby can both use that.

Abby/Hilda A.
♪ Recollection and Regret ♪

You did protect me, so I guess I can't complain...

How could you be so reckless?! You're lying. How could you be so reckless?! Perhaps you'll say that that's what friends do. They look out for each other, and save each other.

Yes, you would.
No! Don't overestimate me.
I don't know if I've told you this, Professor. I have a very impressive big brother. I'm not just saying that. He's strong, smart, nice. He's basically perfect.
Before Claude turned up, people talked about him becoming the next leader of the Alliance. Don't mention that to Lorenz, by the way. He never shuts up about that kind of thing.
Anyway, my parents have high expectations for my brother, and he almost always meets them. No one expects anything of me. If something's even a little bit difficult, I find someone else to do it for me.

Are you scared of disappointing people?
Of course! I can't stand the idea of not meeting someone's expectations.
I know how people react when that happens. From watching my brother, I mean. People force their expectations on you, and then if you fail they look so...disappointed. Whenever that happens to my poor brother, he looks just devastated.

I won't expect anything, but I believe in you.
You're stubborn! OK, fine. Keep believing in me.
I do want to support you and support my friends... I just don't want to let you down.

♪ No music ♪

As someone who's been a perennial disappointment after overachieving in elementary school, I sympathize heavily with Hilda's logic there.
♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

New month, time to explore.
They face the Empire from across a river, similar to the Gloucesters.
Even so, I refuse to yield to the Empire a second time. The Empire did unthinkable things to my family. And to me.
The only option here is winning. Professor, you must promise we will overcome the Empire.
I promise, Lysithea.

By the time you realize what's going on, you're already under attack.

Sounds like you're learning.
Oh, that'd be awful—just terrible! OK, Professor, I get it. I know I'll have to come out.

Can I get a damn booster, please?

Another find an item quest.

Oh! I heard what happened at Ailell. I can't believe Imperial spies have been lurking in Garreg Mach! Under my watch! But I'll make sure no more of 'em get in, trust me!
Get 'em, Gatekeeper.

I don't think so.
That's good. We just gotta beat the Imperial army and get her back, right? You gotta help her, Professor. I'm begging ya.

You don't think she acts like a noble?

Plus, Judith can drink with the best of 'em! A woman after my own heart.

I guess they feel safe now that you and the Knights of Seiros have returned. Peddlers have become more common too, so there'll be food and supplies available. After being run-down for all those years, it's really becoming livable again!

There's that thing from earlier.


Back before the academy, I met this girl who I fell madly in love with...and her dad tried to kill me.
I suppose he just tried to scare me, but I was sure I was gonna die. Oh yeah, her dad? Lord Gwendal.
Crazy, right? I never thought I'd seriously be trying to kill the guy in battle. I kind of don't know how to make sense of it.

Sometimes it'll flood when there's lots of rain, but...
At least the land gets some extra water!

True, you do differ.
If only I could be even half of who she is.

For the sake of my family, I wish we could invade the Empire from there.

Someday, we'll take it back.

So many people in the monastery and nearby towns are worried...
I want to ease their minds as soon as possible, Professor. Let's work together to find her!



Did she act similar?

I...lost my mother, long ago. I miss her desperately.

Another Divine Pulse charge. Yay!

But in the middle of all that chaos, she still had operatives watching.
The Hero of Daphnel's spy network is impressive. She shouldn't be taken lightly.

The eastern lords have joined forces and are warring with the Dukedom. But I've heard nothing about that conflict as of late. It's strange. I haven't heard much from my father either. I can't help but find this silence unsettling...

I was in the Empire. Now I will be an enemy... I am having strange feelings. It is with ease that an ally turns into an enemy...

The people at large are just as concerned for Rhea's safety as we are.
The sooner we can settle all our unease, the better.

Do a quest battle. This one's actually fairly important.

I wouldn't blame you.

During the Battle of the Eagle and Lion?

Everyone was still friends then. After the fighting, we all ate together without splitting into our separate houses.
But now we're fighting the same people who were our friends back then... Even Ashe...
I often wish we could go back to those peaceful days...

It's likely.
I think so too. I don't know if the goddess really destroyed the valley out of anger, but...
There are still so many things we don't understand in this world.

With that done, let's do a few supports.

Linhardt/Marianne B.
♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

Oh! Y-yes, Linhardt. Umm...
I've found which vegetables are ripe and ready, but would you mind picking them for me?
Ah, see, you've mistaken me for someone who sticks his hands in the dirt.
I'm just afraid that if I touch them, well...
Oh, I see. You're afraid everyone who eats them will suffer bad luck?
Yes. It's true. I wouldn't want anyone else to suffer because of me.
Marianne, that's simply not the way the world works. You see— Uh...forget it. Tell me which ones to pick.

Happy to help...but I'm beat. You'll have to carry them yourself, so take them straight in, OK?
Um, OK.
Oh, actually, before I go, do you mind if I ask you a question? I've been thinking... Isn't it more the case your Crest brings happiness rather than bad luck?
Happiness? I don't understand.
Yes, happiness. Because your Crest is so rare. It excites my mind, and, well... If not for your Crest, we might never have met, and I feel that would be a tremendous loss. Backbreaking as it was, I enjoyed today. I'm quite happy right now, and it's due entirely to your Crest.
I-I suppose so, when you put it that way. But I—
It's a huge breakthrough to know that your Crest causes happiness instead of bad luck.
I'd love to study it thoroughly, but only if you'd agree.
Really, I just want to find a way for your Crest to bring you happiness too.
I'm sorry, but I can't. I have to decline.
I understand. May I ask one more thing though? Could you please hand me one of those vegetables?
I don't think that's a good idea, but if you insist.
Thank you, Marianne. I think this looks like a very lucky vegetable.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Well, that was touching.

Linhardt/Catherine C.
♪ Respite and Sunlight ♪

Well, that came out of the blue.
I wish for you to show me Thunderbrand so I may better understand the Relic before I attempt to use it.
You want to use Thunderbrand? Is this a joke?
By no means. My research demands this next step.
Have you paid any attention to your training? If you use a Hero's Relic that doesn't match your Crest, you'll become a Demonic Beast.
I am well aware of what became of Miklan Gautier... It is true that those lacking a Crest are easily turned into Demonic Beasts when attempting to use any Relic... However, research indicates that if you have a Crest, even if the Relic is not compatible, it's less likely that you will be transformed against your will.
"Less likely" doesn't mean "impossible." I won't let you take such a dangerous gamble.
There's no recorded example of a transformation occurring after a single use of a Relic. One attempt is barely a gamble.
So as a man of science...let me use it. Just once?
No. Never.
Let's say you're right and I do become a Demonic Beast. What of it? I'm the only one who will be inconvenienced. And I've already made preparations to be subdued should that occur. I fail to see your problem.
You're a fool. Don't talk about the Heroes' Relics like they're toys to play with!
Fine then. Forget I asked. There is no persuading you when you're angry. Let us resume this conversation another time.
If you come back "another time," you'll find my position hasn't changed!

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Bernadetta/Felix A+.
♪ Somewhere to Belong ♪

What is it? I'm listening.

Oh, I agree. I don't dislike cats.

No, thank you. Sweet or not, I don't eat candy.
That line changes based on if you've progressed far enough in Felix/Lysithea.
Perhaps I'll have a piece, if it's not sweet.

What are you doing?
Why are you so concerned with me? More importantly, didn't you used to be shy?
Oh, I'm as shy as ever.
Then why are you following me around?
That's, um... Well, you know how ghosts are only scary because you can't see or talk to them?
You're saying I'm a ghost.
What?! No! It was, uh, just a metaphor!
Heh. There you are, foolish as ever.
That's it! You're smiling again!
That's why I've been working so hard to talk to you. I wanted to see you smile again.
Heh. I'm disappointed. Such a trivial reason. You're pestering me without a hint of fear, just to see me smile.
You've really grown up.
Um... Yeah, I guess. Wait, why are you being nice? Did something terrible happen?! Did you have a falling-out with an old friend or something?!
This is the part where you get angry at me, isn't it?
Uh... Come on. You were saying something about a book I should read?
Really?! Well, um... It's, um...
This one! If you wouldn't mind...

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Another one of my favorite support scenes.

...Did Bernadetta give Felix one of her manuscripts for him to read? I never thought about that until now. That'd make it even more adorable.

Felix/Sylvain A.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

What are "these," Felix? Oh, hey, is this candy?
A girl in town gave them to me, but I don't want them.
Right, you don't like sweet stuff. Thanks, I'll eat them later.
So, what do you need? Want me to help you get closer to a girl? Just point her out.
You're incorrigible. No. I wanted to thank you for your help in battle.
If you hadn't spotted that enemy ambush, I would have been killed.
Nah, I didn't do anything special.
Friends help each other out, especially on the battlefield. Just a little give and take, ya know?
You never change.
Nope. I try to stay on an even keel.
You're always...
Always what?
Come on. If you've got something on your mind, then say it.
Maybe I'll tell you later. Maybe I won't.
Fair enough. I'll be having something to eat while you're deciding...whatever it is you're deciding.
Actually, come with me. My treat. If you do want to talk, then I'm right there.
OK, just this once. Only because you saved my life.
Free food, possible conversation, and when we're done, we can find some girls.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Now that that's done...

We've got one more suport for this day: Lysithea/Marianne B.
♪ Respite and Sunlight ♪

It's about animal behavior. Among us all, you surely know the most about animals.
I've read that in outdoor battles, wild animals can sometimes cause unexpected confusion. What do you think would be the best strategy to...
Um... Are you listening, Marianne?
I was listening, I just don't think I can really—
For crying out loud! Why do you always have to admit defeat before even giving yourself a chance?!
My advice would probably just put everyone in danger. You'd be better off without me.
This is beyond ridiculous. You're impossible!

♪ Recollection and Regret ♪

Why do you have such a terrible opinion of yourself? How could you possibly be so dense?!
I just—
Just nothing! Now you listen to me for a moment. I can see that you have some deep-seated turmoil you struggle with. I'll have you know I have quite a few issues of my own. Perhaps more grave than yours, if you can imagine.
Yes. But I'm not the only one who has such troubles to contend with. Everyone does. That's why it's so important to maintain a positive outlook and do what we can. Each time we find the light in the dark, we grow, bit by bit. And without growth, what's the point in carrying on?
I envy your confidence and strength.
Don't envy me. Instead, just choose to find the positive, won't you?
Yes. Well, maybe someday...
The time is now! This is your moment!
Oh! OK!
That's more like it. Now to start, why don't you help me out by answering my questions about wild animals?
I'll certainly try my best.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

With that done...

Let's move on.

Right back into another exploration day.


Oh, hello.

Abby/Catherine A.
♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

I will not yield! Yah!

Are you hurt?
You should be asking about the mission, not about me.

I was worried about you.
Hm. So you came to protect me. I'm beginning to understand why your allies love you.
These are selfish times. One doesn't expect to encounter selflessness.

You think Lady Rhea is kind?
Of course. It's thanks to her kindness that I'm here today.

You were an outlaw?
Didn't I tell you? I was born into House Charon, in Faerghus. They used to call me Thunderstrike Cassandra.
I was implicated in a plot to kill the king. It was a totally false accusation, of course.

Why did you come to the monastery?
I used to be a student at the academy, so I knew I'd be safe here. Lady Rhea saved me once when I was a student, you know. We were tasked with battling monsters, but we were ambushed. I almost died. Lady Rhea took care of me. She didn't mind getting dirty. She took my muddied, bloodied body into her arms...
Since then, Lady Rhea has been my inspiration.

For some reason, when I think about Lady Rhea, your face comes to mind.

I'm honored.
I wasn't expecting you to have a positive response. I'm not thrilled about it, personally... I am still going to keep my eye on you. Not so I can report to Lady Rhea though.
Just because I want to.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

And another one!

Abby/Cyril A.
♪ Somewhere to Belong ♪

You've been busy.
Yup. Noticed you have been too. Seems like it's been a real rough day for just about everybody, huh?
I've been so busy I still haven't eaten. I hope there's still food left.

Here, have some meat.
How come you're carrying that around? Whatever. I'm hungry! Mmm-mm... When you're hungry enough, just about anything tastes good.
What a day...

Huh, Professor, that's funny. You push yourself harder than anybody else. Ya make me look lazy! Besides, I don't even break a sweat doing this stuff. I'm always real glad to be busy. All my work's like a gift I'm giving Lady Rhea. I've gotta make myself useful. Gotta repay my debt to her, ya see? The day Lady Rhea comes home, I want her to see the monastery the way it was five years ago. That's why I do all this stuff—for her. And the harder I work, the better. Heck, I'd do more than I do now if there were hours in the day, but I can't go without sleep. Tried once.
You must think I'm pretty weird, huh, Professor? I'm always on about Lady Rhea, and I'm not even from Fódlan.
I bet most people around here think I'm kinda weird.

I don't think it's wrong to live for another.
That's nice of you to say. Real nice. Thanks, Professor. It's good to know you like me. Helps me feel even more at home. I've heard people say that good folks have a heart of gold. Not real gold, I mean. Just, they always care about everybody else. Even guys like me. Lady Rhea's incredible, but I figure you're just the same, Professor. OK. I guess I gotta give in and get some sleep. I'll get up extra early to make up for it. Good night, Professor...

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

But wait, there's more!

Ferdinand/Petra B.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

Yes. Taking care of the weapons has great importance.
I cannot argue with that. That weapon there... is it from Brigid?
No, it is a weapon of Dagda. But the people of Brigid use...I mean, used them often.
Fascinating! I have read about the weapons of Dagda, but this is my first time seeing one in person.
Lots of weapons and fighting techniques came from Dagda to Brigid.
Ah, so Dagda to the west had a big influence on the Brigid archipelago... I am fascinated by foreign fighting techniques. Would you consider teaching me sometime?
I will. But it is difficult to explain fighting with words. We can try sparring, maybe?
Yes, a practical demonstration! I would be quite grateful.
Let's have our beginning, then!

Oh? Do you think you have understanding of the fighting techniques from Dagda?
Yes, now that I have experienced it firsthand. I used to look down on foreign fighting styles, but I was clearly remiss.
The footwork, the nimble way you shift your weight, is extraordinary. I will have to remember those moves for the next time I am in battle.
Clearly, you have honed your skills through practice. Your fist felt as sharp as a spear.
Brigid is stuck in between Dagda and Fódlan. It is of much importance to hone our fighting techniques.
I am of the royal family, but I am a warrior before that. I must fight to live and to protect my home.
When the alliances of Brigid and Dagda encroached on the Empire, they were always driven back. But perhaps the Empire's victory was due to geographic advantage or divine intervention rather than military superiority.
Having met you, that is what I think.
I cannot help but feel a little disgraced. I held foreign fighting styles in such low regard without ever seeing them for myself.
When I came to Fódlan...I felt disgraced from many things that I learned.
But there is no disgrace in losing ignorance. We need to be learning and growing with each other, always.
Yes, by working together we can make progress. And both sides need to look ahead, to the future.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Bernadetta/Seteth B.
♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

It was so interesting to learn all about Saint Indech that I read it cover to cover in one sitting!
Impressive. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Hm, what's this sticking out between the pages? Is this an illustration?
No, nothing like that! I must have stuck it in there and forgotten... Just, um—give it back, please!
Are you certain this was accidental? It quite fits the descriptions in this chapter. Ah, I see. You included an illustration where you thought the visual would be helpful.
No-no-no-no, not at all! I was just fooling around...
I have an overactive imagination, and I forgot to take it out before I gave you the book back.
It really is a lovely drawing, you know. Now that I've seen it, the book would feel incomplete without it.
But who is this man next to Saint Indech? I can't help but notice he bears a resemblance to me.
Oh, um, that's Saint Cichol. The book describes him as one of Saint Indech's closest friends. I got the feeling he was a very serious man but also really kind. You know, like you. So that probably explains the, um, resemblance.
I have to say, I never would have expected to be a reference model for Saint Cichol.
What a curious ambivalence...
Wh-what about furious violence?!
No, what I meant to say is that I am both flattered and a little embarrassed to be portrayed in this way.
Perhaps it is because, in my study of him, I feel like I've also become a friend to Saint Indech. Records show that Saint Indech and Saint Cichol worked together to achieve great things.
If possible, I would like it if the two of us could similarly combine our efforts.
Wh-what? How do we figure into this?
We each bear their respective Crests, do we not?
One might also say that, just as I am this book's author, you are now its illustrator. So, why don't you do some more illustrations? And color them as well. We'll add them to the book.
You really want me to? I don't know if I'm good enough for something like that!

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

♪ Learning Lesson ♪

Moving on, Ingrid gets a new combat art for Lance A.

Frozen Lance: +3 Mt, +5 Hit, 1 range, costs 4 durability. Deals magic damage. Might increases based on user's Dexterity.

Okay, I don't actually think this is new, but this is the first time we've seen Frozen Lance on someone who can maybe make good use of it.

Caspar hits Axe A and also gets a new combat art.

Exhaustive Strike: +3 Mt, +10 Hit, 1 range, costs 1 durability. Depletes all of the weapon's remaining durability and adds 30% of that value to Might.

I guess this could be useful for one-shotting an important enemy.
♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Another week, another "no stat booster."

How does Abby keep all that food down, anyway?

There's no end to them!!

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

Oh. Hm.
Sorry, but we're all out of cakes. Should I bake some more?
Please don't.
Oh, your clothes are so dirty! Let me wash them for you.
Mercedes, what's wrong with you?
There's nothing wrong with me. I'm just making tea. Is there something wrong with that?
You're not my mother. You don't have to bother with all this. I can do without it.
I...I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to be rude. You just remind me so much of my little brother...
Your brother is Jeritza, the Death Knight.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying you remind me of the Death Knight or Jeritza. Just...Emile.
But they're the same person. Sorry to state the obvious, but I'm not your brother. I'm not Emile.
Can't you find someone else to bother?
Oh! I'm so sorry. I'll leave you alone.
Please, help yourself to more tea if you'd like. I can leave the pot.

I am me—Felix Hugo Fraldarius. There is no one else.

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Hilda/Seteth C.
♪ A Dark Sign ♪

Just a moment, Hilda. How are you feeling?
Sorry? Oh, ah, fine. I'm doing just fine.
I am glad to hear it. I had heard that you requested a substitute for your cleaning duty, due to an illness.
You really do know everything, Seteth.
Just prior to that, you also asked for someone to take your place with table-setting. I believe that was due to a wrist injury. It was not too serious, I hope?
Ah, you heard about that. The wrist is all healed up, thank you.
I seem to recall also that you declined to participate in a mock battle. That was due to a headache, yes?
I have a very fragile body, you see. It's so kind of everyone to make accommodations.
Indeed. It is a great friend who offers to help without complaint. See that you treasure such friends. And that you return the favor.
Of course! Well then, I should really be...
By the way...
Was there something else you wanted?
It so happens I am on my way to the chapel to offer my prayers. Would you care to join me?
Oh, no...I wouldn't want to intrude! I've already offered up all my prayers for the day.
Marvelous. We must always remember to give our thanks to the goddess. It is essential that we offer our prayers to her each day. That we reflect on our deeds, and strive to live as she would want us to live. For the goddess sees all that we say and do.
Oh! I...
Now, if you will excuse me.
Of course! Good-bye, now...

I guess that's his way of saying, "Stop being lazy." I wish he'd just scold me outright. This is precisely why I try to avoid him...

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

...That scene gave me some bad anxiety.
♪ Learning Lesson ♪

Moving swiftly on...

Agnea's Arrow: 1-2 range. 16 Mt, 70 Hit, 5 Crit, 13 Wt, 2 durability.

The ultimate non-siege black magic. Heavy beyond belief, but packs one hell of a punch and has a tiny bit of Crit to go along with it.

Oh, okay then.

Abby/Ferdinand A.
♪ Somewhere to Belong ♪

You're working late.
Oh, is it nighttime already? I must have gotten carried away.
There is something I wanted to discuss.
Something about you... I am starting to believe that you are a true hero. You hold the lost Crest, you wield the Sword of the Creator, and you lead everyone in battle against great enemies. Not only that, but you are a strategist. You give everyone direction, so they know what needs to be done. You stand alongside rulers, supporting them, advising them.

That's high praise.
I am not exaggerating. Everything I said is true.
I have been reading about the history of Faerghus, you know. The Kingdom's founder, Loog, the "King of Lions," had two advisors. One of them was Pan, the "undesiring strategist." According to historical records, Pan wanted nothing for himself. He devoted himself entirely to Loog. He had tremendous power, but he never seemed concerned about his legacy.
So, in the old chronicles, there is hardly any mention of Pan's deeds.

To think, someone could be so virtuous.
It is not surprising that you have never heard of him. I did not even know his name until recently.
But when I watch how you conduct yourself, I feel that I am seeing the unknown deeds of Pan. It is only a thought, of course, but it makes me feel rather happy. Even if it is not in the pages of a history book, a life can be full of achievement!
I know that I will never prevail over Edelgard. Even if I defeat her on the battlefield...
I am what I am. Like you and this "undesiring strategist." I will do what I'm called to do, even if no mark of me remains in the history books.

♪ No music ♪

I'm going to be cutting out tea parties from here on out. They get severely repetitive and eat up a bunch of images each.
♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Only one paralogue? Screw it, I'll do it anyway.

Next time.

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