Update 43: Dick "Dastardly" Richard

♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Welcome back. Today, we're doing a paralogue.
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♪ Dark Clouds Gather ♪



Agh! Argh! Aaaaaaaargh!

♪ A Gentle Breeze ♪

Sweet treats are less common, yes, but perhaps that makes sense. War is not sugar-coated.
If you've got time to be cheeky, you've got time to find me some sweets.
But Lysithea, your smile is so sweet—

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They know where my father is?!

♪ Anxiety ♪

Tell me, now.

Alone, you say. Was he safe?

I do not understand. Why are they rioting?
It's obvious, isn't it? Ferdinand, do you really know nothing about Hrym? Your own father was ruling it—you don't know what became of the area once he fell from power?
If it was truly a House Aegir territory, I would have been trained in governing the area.
But my father insisted that I have nothing to do with Hrym.
But now is not the time to talk about this. We have to help him before he gets caught up in the violence.

I'll go with you.
We'd better depart as soon as possible.
I know a bit about the situation. I'll fill you in later.

♪ As Fierce as Fire ♪

Here's who we'll be diving into the fray with.

Outfitting units lategame is fun. Does Felix need the Aegis Shield? Probably not. But it's fun to have it anyway.

Yowza bo-bowza. That's a lot of opposition. Defeating the bosses causes some of the enemy units to retreat, but still...
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Well, nothing for it but to jump into the fray.
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Over there! Quick—we need to help them!

There seem to be some people inciting the violence. If we take them out, perhaps the violence will subside.
It might be best to spread out...
See those blue tiles? If any enemy steps into them, we won't get rewards at the end of the map. It's in our best interests to not let that happen.

♪ Tempest of Seasons ♪

It seems better to simply hold the line against the enemies in the north, and focus our efforts on saving the citizens in the east and south.
I would consider that a sound basic strategy, if the enemies to the north didn't move.

Right off the bat, a lot of the map is a danger area. I'm especially not a fan of Lysithea being a few tiles away from that warrior's range.

You will regret this!


Going for the kill.

I think Shamir will be okay. I'm pretty sure.

I'm not going down!


You made me have to bring in Dorothea to clean up, Abby.

...You could easily get a hefty physical attack in on Dorothea, and yet you...choose to use a gambit with 30 Hit. Sure, whatever, your funeral.

Okay, I'm gonna do it!

Bernie's got a few enemies targeting her, but she should be fine.

Freikugel is powerful.

Hilda is, too, I guess.

...Why didn't that swordmaster to the south attack Dorothea...?

I've already made the joke I wanted to make here.


How slow are you that you can't double Lysithea?

Great, reinforcements, love those.

I will not back down one step!


And Ferdinand has just enough Mv left to block that chokepoint.

Which leaves Lysithea enough space to create an opening to hell, sending this guy to his certain doom.

Does this count as hell on earth? Is there enough heat in that purple vortex to create a human barbeque? This demands further investigation. You, yes, you, the one reading this: go to it.

I am not sorry.

Dammit, Felix.

The cost is worth it.

Hey, that's one blue tile safe.

Hope you're ready!

Another one.

Sorry, but this is war!

It's just non-stop crits today.

How bad is your Cha that you can only manage 8 Mt and 30 Hit against Felix?

I think our army is pretty good on the enemy phase.

Hey! I was all prepared to do the joke, but then you actually got Str.

I don't have time for this!

Guess I've got you!

Time for your last dance.

Bada bing.

We already killed everyone this guy commands, so no-one retreats.

Now, how do I handle this impending storm on the north...

You will regret this!

Swift Strikes is so good. And Ferdie got Aegis, too.

Aegis: Chance to reduce bow/magic damage by half. Trigger % = Dex stat.

Ferdinand's Dex is...oddly low here, so this isn't as good as it could be.

You might be wondering, "Rea, why the fuck did you use a combat art with a brave weapon?"

I wish I knew.

"But you're the one who did it."

I still wish I knew.

Only one tile left.

Great. Thanks, Hilda.

Aw, cripes, that guy is way too close for comfort.

Shamir. Please. I need you to crit. I'm begging you.

Going for the kill.


I think that's all of them. I'm so glad we were able to help everyone.

You're in my way!

...Wow. Great.

Okay, I'm gonna do it!

That was a boss, by the way.

One guy ran away.

Two 36 Hit...hits, and you still get hit by them. Poor showing, Ferdinand.


Right, you? Out.

That's as good as level as I could've asked for. +2 AS and +1 Mag.

That's really good, too.

A fine prize.

Skipping over a movement turn, an...adequate prize.

Going for the kill.

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Man, enemy fliers do not stack up well once you've got bow knights.

On Normal and Hard. On Maddening, they're an entirely different story.

Hey, guy, how about you shut up?

Consequence-free, just the way I like it.

Two enemies remain.

God I love the Chalice of Beginnings.

...Wow. Thanks, I guess.

Alright, let's just get out of here. That treasure sucked.

Too slow.

Way to end on a low note, Felix.
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Father, no! So, we were too late after all...

Ferdinand starts crying.

Ooh, yes, come to mama. You only get the following two things if you saved every blue tile.

Lance of Zoltan: Requires Lance rank A. 1 range. 15 Mt, 80 Hit, 10 Wt, 20 durability. Requires Wootz Steel x4 and 2500 gold to repair.

The Lance of Zoltan, unforged, is a slightly better silver lance.

Lance of Zoltan+: Requires Lance rank A. 1 range. 18 Mt, 80 Hit, 5 Crit, 10 Wt, 25 durability. Requires Wootz Steel x6 and 3750 gold to repair.

The Lance of Zoltan, forged, has the most Mt of any non-Hero's Relic lance. It beats Lúin by 1 Mt, and only loses to Areadbahr and the Lance of Ruin by 1 and 3 Mt, respcetively.

We also get this.

Ochain Shield: +6 Prt, 4 Wt. Nullifies critical hits against the user. Restores 12%/20%/33% of the user's maximum HP every turn; amplified for holders of the Crest of Cichol.

This thing is really nifty, as you might guess. +6 Prt for only 4 Wt is not a bad proposition for ol' Ferdie, and the 20% max HP regen he gets every turn goes a long way towards keeping Confidence active. You can also toss this on Seteth if you feel like it, since he gets a whopping 33% of his max HP restored by the regen effect.

The Aegir Astral Knights are one of my favorite battalions. They've got Assault Troop for a gambit, they give +7 Phys Atk at max rank, and a whopping +15 Avo base, +20 Avo at max rank. Slap that on ol' Ferdie and he'll get +35 Avo on top of his natural Avo score, making him an even better dodgetank.

The Ordelia Sorcery Co. aren't as spectacular, but they're good. +8 Mag Atk, +20 Hit, and +6 Rsl at max rank. They've got Resonant Lightning for a gambit, meaning they can shut down a lot of enemies at once.
♪ A Lonely Figure ♪

I... I don't know what to say. About your father, I mean.
No, it is all right. Some part of me was expecting this. I do not know what happened in Hrym territory, but I am sure he got what he deserved. You knew more about it, you said? Maybe you can tell me everything later.

♪ Calm Winds Over Gentle Waters ♪

Please do.
You know about the Hrym rebellion, right?
Of course. The rebellion started when Emperor Ionius IX tried to consolidate power. The Hrym family tried to split off from the Empire and join the Alliance. Working with House Ordelia, they raised an insurrection. The Empire suppressed it. And then a puppet leader was installed in the Hrym territory. House Aegir was tasked with handling the actual governance of the region.
Seeing this, the nobles feared that the Empire would assume total control. That's when the six great noble families chose to wrest power from Ionius IX.
That's right. The Insurrection of the Seven. I've always wondered why it was called seven when there were only six noble families.
It was the six great noble families, plus Hrym.
How vexing. Either way, events unfolded shortly thereafter.
Are you aware of how Duke Aegir was ruling the Hrym territory? He imposed harsh taxes upon the people—much harsher than on his own—making their lives very challenging. People fled their homes in droves to the neighboring Ordelia territory. But they were sent back from where they came. The Empire was occupying Ordelia territory as well, as it turned out. Issues were further complicated when Duke Aegir fell from power. Aegir was dismissed from his position, only to be replaced by Lord Arundel.
Edelgard's uncle, the regent of the Empire...
Correct. And he imposed even heavier taxes on the people, squeezing them painfully dry. The people were conscripted for duty. Any who opposed were killed on the spot.

Your father was by no means a great ruler.
But it was Lord Arundel who stoked the fury of the people and directed that fury at your father. Duke Aegir is not perfect, but he's not the villain in this.
Lysithea, thank you for telling me all this. I am embarrassed to say, I had no idea.
I see now that it was not his fault. But he did go along the wrong path, and place a burden on his people.
He can no longer atone for what he did, so I will have to.
I need to go think about what I will do after the war. How I will make up for my father's mistakes.
Nothing helps deep thought like sweets.
Sweets. They help you think. Perhaps you should find some for us.
I see. If I find some, I will be sure to let you know.

Poor Ferdinand. You don't need to put your father's mistakes on your shoulders, man...

Anyway, that's the last of the major content for this update, but I did quest battles after that paralogue, as well as instruction. Let's go over the gains.

I remember when I had high hopes for you as a magic dancer, Sylvain.

Decent enough.
♪ Learning Lesson ♪

Getting Hilda out of the Authority E hellzone is painful.
♪ Scales of the Goddess ♪

Look forward to these supports, next time on Pompous Title for this Let's Play.

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