We arrive at Glaive prison after... whatever the hell Chapter 1-2 was supposed to be. Regardless, Laura and Micaiah, the two most fragile characters we have are now isolated from the rest of the Dawn Brigade. Will this lead to a repeat of Fire Emblem 5, teaming up with other prisoners to escape? Yes and No. Radiant Dawn doesn't hate you NEARLY as much as Thracia 776 does.
Laura, You were the one who grabbed the medicine, you were captured during the escape. I think your hope of the abbot being fine is deluded hope. He's most likely dead. Which made all of last chapter completely fucking pointless. Thanks again Radiant Dawn, if last chapters plot point was going to wind up being worthless anyway, why didn't you just have Micaiah captured when she went back to heal Nico and skip 1-2 all together? Laura could still be in prison here to keep Aran in line or something. I hate 1-2.
It's time to reintroduce some old characters though, Aimee, the character who's sole defining trait is hitting on a 17 year old who never got the 'Talk'. Illyana, Who's sole defining trait is being hungry. And Kurth, who's sole defining trait is showing up in 1 cutscene in Path of Radiance and BEING A DRAGON! So yeah guess which of these characters I hate the most.
The point of this scene however is to establish that 'Begnion is Evil™' and are just going around throwing random people into jail for "The general's pleasure." I'm confused, haven't we established this within the... first 3 chapters? Yes, they're evil, we get it! Regardless Micaiah trusts Kurth's medicine to help her, got no problems with this, but before we can actually start worrying about our predicament, Sothe shows up.
See with no Ike around Aimee's reduced to hitting on Sothe, who's around the same age (Extensive checking reveals Sothe doesn't have an official age, but he's Tormods age, and both of them were kids in Path of Radiance, and it's only been 3 years. Given he's younger than Ike, who's 20 in this game, I'll put it at 15-17) so I guess it's alright? she's still a frigging one note character who's probably cougar age, but hey this is the same series with incest incest everywhere... also it's Aimee, so who cares?
Regardless Sothe mentions that he met Aimee during the war, and opens the door telling the occupants to frigging vamoose before the guards show up. Kurth reveals his name and we cut to outside.
Regardless, the rest of the
In the increasing list of coincidences, while raiding the armory Sothe managed to nick all of our old equipment and some thunder tomes for Ilyana, apparently despite being a close friend of Tormods, Sothe doesn't actually know what the various tomes are because he can't read the ancient language... because ya know they aren't colour-coded or anything. Anyway, I would be pretty pissed off if I lost out on my Thani tome, but was it too much to ask for a FE5 system where we retrieved our equipment? I'm not mad or angry, just... I dunno, curious? left wanting more?
Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. KILL YOURSELF. Anyway it's time for the good part of Radiant Dawn, the Gameplay,
We start by moving Leonardo towards the Myrmidon and chipping him for a level, I had a better level on a different run, but I wasn't going to sit there for 5 hours reloading the battle save until everyone escaped. Also we got a much better level later on.
Edward moves between the tree's in preparation for both the Sword Armor and the Fighter incoming, Micaiah stands behind him with Thani ready to bomb on Turn 2, Nolan comes up and finishes off the Myrmidon while Ilyana makes herself useful and nukes the Fighter. Sothe unequips his knife and throws himself into the fray, ready to laugh at literally anything coming his way. On turn 2, Nolan moves forward and weakens another Soldier while Laura keeps out of range but ready to talk to Aran on the next turn. Micaiah Thani's the Sword Armor and Edward goes to cut off the Fighter after a lucky dodge. By turn 3 our Formation looks like this when Aran is recruited by Laura
She heals up Nolan for a level and-
What the FUCK? It was at this point I Battle Save and decide "I'm not losing this level" not after all the other thrown out good levels. Thankfully my luck would continue.
Leo chip kills the fighter which leaves Edward open for Operation: Keep Laura the fuck alive! After Ilyana heavily reduces an enemies HP Edward comes in for the level and-
Edward, you're in my good books, if only everyone got level-ups like this, I wouldn't have a desire to slaughter you all. Nolans up next for killing a Javelin Armor, possibly with help from Aran, The short of it?
Well it's not very 'Fightery' but turning down Skill, Speed and Res on a fighter? not likely.
There's a bit more murder undocumented by screen shots, but the plan during play was to get Micaiah to kill the boss (after Sothe looted the Discipline scroll), eventually we set it up just right.
No it wont, and the Dawn Brigade has one of my favorite chapters in the game, a favorite of many I think. So I'm glad this wont be our last fight.
Despite no speed, Micaiah gets a pretty nice level here, 3+ Stat level ups are all I ask for really, any less and I consider it a waste (unless it boosts a MUCH needed stat) regardless it's time to bring our 'Partner' units up, Just a turn before reinforcements are about to pour in, and I'm sure you've all spotted the mistake that will cost me in this battle.
Regardless Edward charges forward and kills off an Axe user for a decent level.
More strength isn't bad on a sword user, neither is more HP and Luck.
Well it's time for Aran's debut in the levelling club as he hurls a Javelin through that guy head
Welcome to the team you characterless son of a bitch.
Now lets skip ahead in time to Turn 9. We've killed the enemies on the opposite side of the courtyard and Kurth and Aimee have been fleeing for their lives, unfortunatly we have a problem you would have caught earlier. Kurth wont make it to the gate in 10 turns and he's worth 100BEXP. That means I have to wait around to Turn 11 and not get the max BEXP from Turn Count. I'm not playing for speed but I don't like to take too long on chapters. eventually I decided it's more profitable to let the characters act as they will, rather than gimp my BEXP. Unfortunately if I had thought about it, killing the spawning enemies was worth more EXP than the Paltry 80 BEXP gotten from the 10 turn time limit. So it would have been more profitable to hang around murdering dudes and getting some EXP into Laura and Aran, rather than leave with enemies on the map, but hey Hindsights a bitch.
All that EXP... Regardless we've cleared the map, so now I'm subjected to one of the scenes I hate the most in this game, This is the one time I will truly lose my cool, as in not just for a joke. I'm letting you know ahead of time so you can tell it's serious.
Aimee starts of the cutscene just fine, she thanks Micaiah for helping her get back to the Merchant caravan and says she's sorry to see Daein in the state it's in, and hey I actually don't mind this stuff, as much as I harp on "Yes we get it Begnion is evil" Daein really has been shitsville, even disregarding the cartoony nature of the bad guys, it still makes sense to feel this way. So the scene starts of fine, next we-
What. What. WHAT! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? DID YOU SERIOUSLY JUST CROSS THAT LINE RADIANT DAWN? DID YOU SERIOUSLY JUST TRY TO SAY THAT ASHNARD IS ALMOST PREFERABLE TO BEGNION? DID YOU FOR A SECOND SUGGEST THAT ASHNARD DIDN'T TRY TO DESTROY CRIMEA AS A COUNTRY? SERIOUSLY? THAT JUST FUCKING HAPPENED? BULLSHIT! BULLSHIT! BULLSHIT! A GIANT CROCK OF FUCKING BULLSHIT! WE NOT ONLY SAW CIVILIANS DRAGGED OFF TO WORK CAMPS TO BE BROKEN DOWN AND WORKED TO DEATH, BUT DAEIN SOLDIERS SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED THAT THEY WENT AROUND TO TOWNS, UNDER ORDERS, TO BREAK THE PEOPLE, EVEN THOUGH ASHNARD HAS CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY. ASHNARD WAS A MURDEROUS INSANE BASTARD WHO DIDN'T JUST TRY TO BREAK CRIMEA, BUT ALL NATIONS, WHO WANTED TO EXTERMINATE ANYONE WHO WAS WEAKER THAN HE WAS, OBSESSED SO MUCH WITH HIS DARWIN BELIEFS THAT IT DIDN'T ACCOUNT FOR THE PEOPLE! FUCK YOU JORGE YOU FUCKING WORTHLESS WASTE OF SPACE! HOW FUCKING DARE YOU THINK YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH THAT BULLSHIT?! BEGNION IS TREATING DAEIN AS A BUNCH OF SLAVES, I DO NOT DENY THIS, BUT TO TRY AND SAY THEY ARE WORSE THAN ASHNARD OR THAT HE NEVER TRIED TO DESTROY CRIMEA, OR INDEED ALL OF TELLIUS PEOPLE AND WHOLE, IS JUST SO FUCKING WRONG. NO GAME! NO YOU DO NOT GET TO PULL THAT SHIT!
okay yeah i'm done.
there's a rumor that ashnard has an heir and they could use him like crimea used elincia to win back the nation.
micaiah activates farsight and pinpoints his general location, mentions that meeting him will change the shape of their future. all in all i have no problems with this plot point, drawing comparisons between the greil mercenaries and the dawn brigade are fine especially for when the game inevitably pits them against one another. the problem like almost everything is in the execution, but we can't properly go over that till like the near-end of part 1.
I have no problem with this MVP selection, Sword & Bow inc. have been kicking ass throughout the game. Anyway, see you next time for 1-4, hopefully with more details of the battle.