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You are Blair d’Rusalka, adopted child of Charles d’Rusalka, a Count of the Adrestian Empire. You never knew your mother, however your father was one of the Count’s knights, who gave his life to protect him during the Dagda and Brigid War in 1175.

Ordinarily, after your father’s death, you would have been sent to the nearest orphanage to languish away in obscurity and destitution, however, the Count chose to spare you from this fate, and adopt you as a ward. You were taught to read and swing a sword under the watchful eye of the Count, who expected you to serve him and his heir once you became older.

You have just turned 17 years and as the final part of your training, your adoptive father has decided to enroll you in the Garreg Mach Monastery Officers Academy. You sit in your carriage as the imposing figure of the Monastery looms closer. The start of the school year is here, and nobles from the Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faergus, and the Leicester Alliance, all with blood far purer than yours, are headed their way.

What skills will you master? What friendships and alliances will you forge? Will this be an uneventful year of school as you imagined, or could this all be the start of something much grander?

You Are:
[A]. A boy
[B]. A girl
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>>4829643
>[A]. A boy
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>>4829643
>[B]. A girl
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>>4829649
>>4829653
Next vote tiebreaks
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>>4829687
Girl.
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>>4829643
[A]. A boy
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Girl
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Boy
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>>4829741
Samefags already?
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>You are a girl

Your carriage pulls in through the gates of Garreg Mach Monastery. The Monastery lies in the center of the continent of Fodlan, in-between the Empire, the Kingdom, and the Alliance. It serves as the headquarters of the Church of Seiros, lead by the Archbishop Rhea, as well as the Officers Academy.

Admission to the school requires a hefty fee, and as such, the student body is primarily made up of nobles and royalty from each of the three countries of Fodlan, who have sent their heirs here to learn the art of warfare.
There are a few special cases of commoners that are enrolled, those such as yourself who were lucky enough to receive the aid of a patron, or the children of wealthy merchants. Generally though, Commoners are few and far between.

This year’s crop of students have the unique distinction of containing the heirs of all three countries of Fodlan, including, from what you have gathered, the daughter of the Adrestian Empire, of which you hail.

As you enter the courtyard, you see students of both genders milling about. Some of them are standing around, fidgeting nervously and waiting for the Academy’s Headmaster to greet the crowd. Others are standing in groups, laughing, and speaking about their expectations and hopes for the upcoming semester.

Shouldering your simple bag of belongings, you scan the crowd and notice three students who are standing alone. According to the guard that checked you in, there is still some time before Headmaster Seteth addresses you. Why not kill some time?

>A) Speak to the girl wearing the hat, she seems friendly
>B) The boy with blue hair might be interesting
>C) That blonde guy is huge!
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>>4829776
>>A) Speak to the girl wearing the hat, she seems friendly
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>>4829776
>C) That blonde guy is huge!
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>>4829776
>>>A) Speak to the girl wearing the hat, she seems friendly
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>>4829776
>>A) Speak to the girl wearing the hat, she seems friendly
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>>4829776
>>A) Speak to the girl wearing the hat, she seems friendly
Mindbroken Edelgard route when?
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You decide speaking with someone your own gender might be easier and approach the attractive brunette. Walking casually up to her, you give her a wave and introduce yourself.

“Ahh a fellow commoner! And from the Empire no less! You’re a sight for sore eyes. My name is Dorothea Arnault, a pleasure to meet you!”

>“Wha- How did you know I…?”

“Honey, everyone can tell. These stuck-up rich kids are used to doing everything through seven layers of protocol and formality. They would never think to just walk up to another human and say hello.”

>”Ehh really? I mean, I’ve only been around the nobility for five years but… I guess I still have a lot to learn.”

Dorothea smiles at you and pats your arm.

“Don’t worry about it. That’s what we’re here for after all isn’t it? Besides, not everyone here is the type to sneer at you because of your status back home. Everyone at Garreg Mach, regardless of background is equal. That means even people like us can work hand-in-hand with people like Edie.”

>”Edie…?”

“Hmm? Oh you know, Edie! Edelgard von Hresvelg. She’s poised to take over the Empire soon, but for now she’s the house leader of the Black Eagles house.”

>The casual nature of which the girl in front of you speaks about the future Adrestrian Empire takes you back a bit, but you can’t help but want to know more.

“Hey, have you thought about which student house you want to join? You should consider joining the Black Eagles! It’s full of kids from the Empire, though right now I’m the only commoner. It’d be nice to have someone like you around!

>You give the matter some thought. You were aware that there are three student houses at the Officers Academy. While typically students from the Empire join the Black Eagles, there is no rule stating that you can’t join one of the other two houses, the Golden Deer or the Blue Lions.

A) Tell Dorothea you’ll join the Black Eagles
B) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, go talk with the blue-haired boy
C) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, go talk with the muscular looking blonde
D) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, wait for Headmaster Seteth to address the crowd
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>>4829929
>D) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, wait for Headmaster Seteth to address the crowd
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>>4829759
A schizo already?

>>4829929
B
Fire Emblem + blue hair = win
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>>4829929
>B) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, go talk with the blue-haired boy
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D) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, wait for Headmaster Seteth to address the crowd
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>D) Tell Dorothea you’ll think about it, wait for Headmaster Seteth to address the crowd

You tell Dorothea that you appreciate the offer, but you’ll want to think it over first. After all, choosing your student house can be an important step in your development at the Officers Academy. You’re cautious about rushing into the Black Eagles just because it’s the most familiar to you.

“Ahh, I see.” says Dorothea, with a hint of disappointment in her voice. “Well if you change your mind, you know where to find me! And keep in mind that you’re not necessarily locked into whichever Student House you pick. You can always join one of the other two later on during the year.”

A sudden commotion signals that the Headmaster of the Academy, Seteth, will be arriving to address the crowd shortly.

“Oh! Looks like we’ll be starting soon. I’m gonna go meet up with the rest of my house mates.” Dorothea cups your hands in hers and gives you a wink. “Don’t be a stranger, now!”

>You feel a bond growing with Dorothea

You watch her run off and meet up with two other students across the courtyard. One of them seems to be a noble with stark orange hair and an impeccable uniform. However, it’s the other girl that catches your eye. Her features and brown skin signals her to you as a native of Brigid. The same country that killed your father.

You meander back to the center of the courtyard and look ahead to the stage, where the Knights of Seiros are forming. Several of them are flanking a tall, green haired man in an ornate, blue uniform. You quickly put together that this must be Seteth.

The headmaster speaks in a booming voice, that carries out to the hundreds of students that are currently packed into the courtyard.
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>>4831105
“Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to Garreg Mach! It is here, under the watchful eyes of the Goddess Seiros, where you will grow to become the future leaders of Fodlan! Many of you come from different corners of the world. Some of you are the heirs to noble houses centuries old. Some of you bear the Crests of the 10 Elites who helped forge this land. And some of you have nothing but your strength, intellect and determination.”

“I ask that all of you, regardless of your nation, origin, status or religion, put aside your differences and work together this year! Learn how to dominate your foes with the brutal magic of the Empire. Learn the meaning of knightly chivalry that sets the Kingdom’s Knights apart from all others. Learn how the Alliance’s prowess with the bow helped forge a nation. Only by uniting together will you set the standard by which Fodlan will be ruled and ensure that peace and prosperity will continue to reign true!”

Many of the students in the crowd begin cheering and hollering at Seteth’s words, though there are certainly a few that aren’t particularly enthused to be sharing the same roof as commoners and foreigners.

After the headmaster’s words are concluded, many of the students begin filing away into one of three sections of the courtyard. It appears that most of the students have made up their mind about which House they will be joining. You think back to the Headmaster’s words. During your training at Rusalka’s court, you touched upon all manners of weaponry. Swords, spears, lances and axes, you even learned how to fire a bow. That’s not to mention your experience with Magic, of which the Count particularly excelled in.

You begin to ponder on which house you’ll want to join for the start of the school year, and more importantly, which aspect of your training you’ll want to focus on.

>A) Join the Black Eagles. You’re comfortable with Magic, and you are from the Empire after all. (5% increase to MAG Growth)
>B) Join the Blue Lions. You grew up on hearing stories about the Knights of Faergus from your father. (5% increase to STR Growth.)
>C) Join the Golden Deer. From what you’ve heard, they have the most commoners in their house. (5% Increase to SPD Growth)
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>>4831109
>A) Join the Black Eagles. You’re comfortable with Magic, and you are from the Empire after all. (5% increase to MAG Growth)
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>>4831109
>B) Join the Blue Lions. You grew up on hearing stories about the Knights of Faergus from your father. (5% increase to STR Growth.)
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Blair's stats and level up growth rates are currently as follows:

Blair d'Rusalka
Class: Commoner
Level: 1
HP: 18
STR: 4 (40%)
Mag: 5 (45%)
Skill: 4 (45%)
Sped:7 (55%)
Luck: 7 (30%)
Def: 6 (50%)
Res: 3 (30%)
HP (70%)

Items: Iron Sword (Equipped), Vulnerary x3
Magic: Fire
Personal Skills: Fiery Blood (+4 Damage when HP is not at Max)

At reaching Level 5 on the Commoner class, you'll have an opportunity to change classes to promote and specialize into something else.

Halfway through the year, you'll have one opportunity to switch your house if you desire.
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>>4831109
>>A) Join the Black Eagles. You’re comfortable with Magic, and you are from the Empire after all. (5% increase to MAG Growth)
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>>4831109
>>A) Join the Black Eagles. You’re comfortable with Magic, and you are from the Empire after all. (5% increase to MAG Growth)
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>>4831109
>B) Join the Blue Lions. You grew up on hearing stories about the Knights of Faergus from your father. (5% increase to STR Growth.)

This ties but I personally want us to join Dimitri.
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>>4831310
Wait shit there are +3 in support of black eagles, not +2. Never mind then, it doesn’t tie.
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>>4831109
>>C) Join the Golden Deer. From what you’ve heard, they have the most commoners in their house. (5% Increase to SPD Growth)

Gotta give the best house at least one vote
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>>4831142
>Personal Skills: Fiery Blood (+4 Damage when HP is not at Max)
Not a bad skill to have early on, looking at our stats I think something that boosts more our speed would be good so we can hit twice and deal 8 extra damage, maybe the archer or myrmidon line would be good for us, but that's for level 5 and well see how we are then.
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>>4831314
Only Fem!Byleth was hot enough with big enough boobas and sensei groomer energy to convince Dimitri not to be an murder obsessed autist.
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>>4831109
>A) Join the Black Eagles. You’re comfortable with Magic, and you are from the Empire after all.
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>>4831109
>B) Join the Blue Lions. You grew up on hearing stories about the Knights of Faergus from your father. (5% increase to STR Growth.)
Timeskip is gonna be spicy if we go lions
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You decide to join the Black Eagles House. If your adopted father, Count Rusalka found out that you had a chance to serve the future Adrestian Emperor and chose not to, you fear the potential repercussions may be dire.

You mill over to the section of the courtyard designated for the Black Eagles, signified by the large red and black banners hanging from the wall. A large crowd of students is gathered around a white-haired girl, each of them trying harder than their neighbor to gain her attention, while a stern looking boy with black hair ensures no one gets too close.

The rumors are true. Edelgard von Hresvelg herself is attending the same school as you. At first glance you can hardly believing this is the girl that will soon inherit the strongest military on the continent. Standing at about 5’2, she’s only slightly taller than you. However, on closer inspection, it is easy to notice she was positively bred for rulership. Her imposing and refined stance, coupled with her piercing violet eyes; the future Empress strikes you as a girl that always gets her way.

Eventually, the crowd around Edelgard disperses enough for you to make your way to the front and introduce yourself. Getting on one knee and placing your arm across your chest, you address her:

>”My lady, my name is Blair d’Rusalka. If it would please your grace, please allow me to join the Black Eagle house and serve you diligently.”

As you go over in your head whether that was the proper greeting for high nobility, you are surprised to feel hands grasping your shoulders and lifting you to your feet. You’re suddenly staring directly face to face with Edelgard herself.

“Please Blair, you heard the Headmaster. Here at the academy, we’re one in the same. Please don’t treat me like royalty, but as just another student, same as you.” She smiles.

>”Y-yes your grace…I mean…Edelgard” you manage to stammer, clearly taken aback by the situation.
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“Tell me about yourself Blair, I didn’t know that Count Rusalka had any children that were of schooling age still.” Edelgard says, studying you closely.

>”Ah well…I’m not actually of Rusalka blood. I was adopted as the Count’s ward. He sent me to the Academy so that I may one day serve him and his family as a knight.

“Ahh! So you’re not actually of the nobility then?” Edelgard says. You feel her studying you even closer now, but with no hostile intent. Her exclamation causes some of the Black Eagle students that are standing nearby to murmur in disapproval upon learning of your status.

>”That is correct, your Gr-…Edelgard.”

The future Empress smiles at you. “Admittance to the Officers Academy is no small feat. Count Rusalka must have great confidence in your ability to warrant sending you all the way here. I’m happy to have you in my house, Blair. I’ll be watching your progression with great interest.”

With that, she pats your shoulder and walks away. The black-haired man from before follows alongside her, sparing you a disinterested glance before following along.

You look back at the remaining Black Eagles students still milling about. Some of them are looking at you with distaste, others with open hostility. You’re used to receiving such glances from nobles back during your time at Rusalka’s court. You’re confident that you’ve received far more martial training than most of these pampered pups. You think about saying something when suddenly you feel arms wrap around your torso from behind, followed by a girlish yelp.

“Blairy! You actually did it! I’m so excited! And here I was thinking I’d have to share a dorm room all to myself!”

You recognize the voice as Dorothea, clearly eager to see she will no longer be the only commoner studying in the Black Eagles.

“Come on, let’s get out of here and take a nice walk around the Monastery!”

>A) Go with Dorothea, it might be nice to see more of where you’ll be spending the next year
>B) Say something to the students staring at you. Let them know you won’t tolerate their disrespect.
>C) Retire to your dorm room. You’re pretty tired from the trip after all.
>D) Write-In
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Looking back at Blair's stats and Three Houses characters a little more closely, I realized they were a little low comparatively. I had made them with the GBA games in mind instead of the comparatively higher TH ones. I also realized I forgot her Charm stat. Here they are updated:

Blair d'Rusalka
Class: Commoner
Level: 1
HP: 20
STR: 7 (40%)
Mag: 8 (45%)
Skill: 4 (45%)
Speed:9 (55%)
Luck: 7 (30%)
Def: 6 (50%)
Res: 3 (30%)
Charm: 6 (35%)
HP (70%)
Movement: 4

Items: Iron Sword (Equipped), Vulnerary x3
Magic: Fire
Personal Skills: Fiery Blood (+4 Damage when HP is not at Max)
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>>4831540
>>A) Go with Dorothea, it might be nice to see more of where you’ll be spending the next year
Time to make fireball friends.
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>>4831540
>>B) Say something to the students staring at you. Let them know you won’t tolerate their disrespect.
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>>A) Go with Dorothea, it might be nice to see more of where you’ll be spending the next year
Let's make frens. By the way who will be Blair's husbando. Best boy Caspar?
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>A) Go with Dorothea, it might be nice to see more of where you’ll be spending the next year

It will be good to build up strong connections earlier rather than later.
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>>4831540
>A) Go with Dorothea, it might be nice to see more of where you’ll be spending the next year
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>>4831540
>>A) Go with Dorothea, it might be nice to see more of where you’ll be spending the next year
This quest looks nice so far. Competent text, not silly enough to let us generate everything about the character.
I'm not the greatest FE3H aficionado, having only done the DLC and most of a Blue Lions run, but I hope to enjoy this. Will you mostly be rehashing the game with an additional character or do you plan to move stuff around?
>>4831555
Blair is very very high growth rate wow.
Minor thing but in 3H it's Dex instead of Skill.
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>>4831604
>>4831663
>>4831814
>>4831924
>>4831998
Writing

>>4832028
Thanks. I plan to move some stuff around. The quest won't be an exact retelling of 3H, but rather Blair's own quest and how it intercedes with the 3H cast and Fodlan at large. The academy phase will seem pretty similar, but I expect we'll divert course at some point.

Her growth rates are pretty high yeah (although still somewhat lower than certain 3H characters). I wanted her to be a bit balanced but have good offensive capabilities so we can play around with what we class her into. Eventually though I intend her to be balanced around not having a Crest. I always thought given the stark contrast in the 3H story between nobility with Crests and everyone else, it was weird that characters without them could be just as strong as those with. Once Relic Weapons come in to play here, you can expect Crest Bearers to have stat boosts akin to Holy Blood from Genealogy of the Holy War. You'll probably really want to avoid them on the battlefield.
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You smile at Dorothea, relieved to see a friendly face.

>”Sure, I’d love to.”

The brunette wraps her arm around yours and leads you out of the courtyard. You hear the raucous laughter of the nobles behind you but you pay it no mind. The year is just starting, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to really make them aware of just how different you are.

>”Thanks for bailing me out of there.”

“Oh? Was it that obvious? Well in any case, don’t let them bother you. It doesn’t matter what they think about us. Edie’s given us both her seal of approval. Now let’s work hard this year and show them what we’re made of!”

You smile and nod. You’re glad that Dorothea was the person you chose to walk up to.

>You’ve gained a C Support with Dorothea!

The two of you walk around the monastery, familiarizing yourselves with the Mess Hall, the Greenhouse, The Lake and finally, the Tournament Grounds. As you enter the Tournament Grounds, Dorothea spots two figures ahead and calls out to them. You recognize the first girl as the brown-skinned Brigidian you had seen earlier. The other boy is new, sporting a sleeveless vest and light blue hair. Upon seeing Dorothea, he runs up to her excitedly.

“Dorothea! Are you here to spar too? Me and Petra were looking to have a practice fight before the big Mock Battle this month! Huh, who’s your friend?”

“Geeze Caspar, you’re getting all worked up and it’s only Day One. No, I didn’t come here to fight and get all gross. I’m showing my friend Blair around. She’ll be joining the Black Eagles as of today.”

The boy known as Caspar sizes you up and extends his hand out for a fist bump.
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"A pleasure to meet you Blair! My name is Caspar von Bergliez! You look like you’re pretty tough, how about it? Wanna have a quick fight?!”

The name Bergliez rings a bell. It’s a territory not to far off from Rusalka. The Count Bergliez rules over the Empire’s Ministry of Military Affairs, and is one of the most powerful people in the Empire, behind only arguably the Prime Minister. And this wild-mannered boy must be his son.

The Brigidian girl walks up to you and gives a practiced, if not stiff bow. She addresses you in a thick accent.

“Yes…it is my pleasure to greet with you as well. I am Petra.” She says.

You’re a little taken aback by her words until Dorothea steps in and explains that Petra is a princess of Brigid, and as such, hasn’t quite mastered the language of Fodlan yet. Ever since losing the Dagda and Brigid War, Brigid became a vassal state of the Empire. You always knew there were foreigners enrolled at the Officers Academy…but to think the princess of the nation that killed your father would be enrolled here as well…

>”Y-yes…a pleasure to meet the two of you. You mentioned a mock battle?”

Caspar pipes up, clearly excited to explain.

“You didn’t hear? During the beginning of each year, all three houses break off into individual teams and square off in a small mock battle. It’s not as grand as the Battle of the Eagle and Lion later on during the year, but it’s the first real fight we get to have here! Me and Petra were gonna have ourselves a quick spar to get ready, but we’re happy to include you if you want!”

>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
>B) Spar with Petra. Beating down the Princess of Brigid is an appealing opportunity you can’t let pass
>C) Retire to your dorm with Dorothea
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>>4832181
>>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
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>>4832181
>>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
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>>4832181
>>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
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>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all

It’s also a good opportunity to show off our talent. Get people speaking about us.
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>>4831538
Edelgarde is taller then us? Damn we short af
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>>4832181
>>>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
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Now that I look again isn't Blair's ability the same as Bernadetta's?
>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
Blair's mentioned her training a lot so let's see her in action. I think she'd naturally want to avoid Petra unless she has a more vehement reaction, which doesn't seem to be the case (questors very rarely vote for strongly emotional reactions after all, and usually only based on their own reactions, not the character's)
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>>4832767
>Blair = Bernie.
Eh it makes sense, Bernie is a femanon pretty much.
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>>4832767
Its close but Bernie gets +5 Atk when not in full HP while Blair does +4 extra damage while not at full HP.
Also for the Husbando I vote Hubert, I dig his dracula vibes.
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>>4832782
But he simps for Ede, he's like goth Cordelia and Ede is Valyrian Chrom.
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>>4832787
and Edelgard simps for Byleth, and Byleth in turn simps for F I S H
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>>4832782
We should under no circumstances go for Hubert, he is the absolute worst little shit ever. Fuck that guy. He's also 100% devoted to licking Edelgards feet, so we'll make 0 progress with him ever.
Caspar is a good in-house choice, or alternatively we can try to snipe Ashe from Blue Lions if we're going for Justice Husbandos. We should also 100% befriend Raphael at the least, as the resident /fit/ness instructor he can give us huge gains and also because he's a genuine bro.
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>>4833200
Caspar or Raphael would be good husbandos honestly, /fit/-autist jock boys for femanon MC.
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>>4832181
>B) Spar with Petra. Beating down the Princess of Brigid is an appealing opportunity you can’t let pass
Throwing that in even though it's p much lost lmao
>>4833200
I think it'd be cool to go for someone like Dimitri, just for the drama. That, or we can always go the yuri way, there's lots of cute girls in this game.
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>>4832181
>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all

>>4832782
>Hubert
Only go for him if you want Blair play second fiddle to Edel for the rest of her life.

>>4833200
>tfw holding out for house transfer to BL so we can go after Dimitri
I will hold onto this dream until the bitter end

But if we're sniping anyone from Lions we should snipe Felix, both to get his major crest on our side and for the massive drama romancing him on CF would be. If we're not husbandoing him we gotta pair him up with Bernie or Dorothea though.
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NGl, Felix in CF feels like the ultimate path of his charcter arc. Would totally vote for it.
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>>4832181
>>A) Spar with Caspar. He did ask you first after all
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>>4833418
(Phoneposting so my ID >>4833200 might've changed)
Felix is also way up on my shitlist. The dude just reeks of someone's edgy self-insert character that has no personality outside of being a completely unlikable shitstain, yet somehow manages to have S-Rank Support with an overwhelming amount of the girls for no reason. I'm fine with recruiting him if we don't plan to jump ship, I just really don't want that prick as a love interest.
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You look at Caspar, flash him a slight smile, and agree to have a spar.

“Alright!” Caspar says excitedly. “There’s some training weapons over to the side of the dueling area. Grab whatever you like.”

The boy rushes off and you see him grab a rather large Training Axe. You’ve had training with a variety of weapons, but you decide to settle on a rather durable looking Training Sword for the time being. You and Caspar both take your respective sides of the dueling area, brandish your weapons, and wait for Petra’s signal to begin the bout.

“Go get em Blairy!” yells Dorothea from the observer section.

“Hey! How about a little love my way?!” yells back Caspar

Petra counts down from three, and with a chop of her hand, yells “Begin!”

Caspar von Bergliez
Class: Noble
Level: 1
HP: 26, STR: 9, MAG: 3, DEX: 5, SPD : 6, LCK: 8, DEF: 6, RES: 4, CHRM: 4

Without warning, Caspar immediately rushes towards you, brandishing that very large, albeit very blunt, axe. The boy certainly fights as hot-headed as he acts. You manage to backstep at the last minute as the axe swings through the air right in front of your face, pushing up your bangs. Eyes wide, you thrust your short sword slightly off balance and manage to strike Caspar in the shoulder, earning you a grunt of pain as a reward. (>Caspar Misses, You hit him for 5 damage.)

The noble is off balance, and now it’s your turn to go on the offensive. Stepping to the side, you raise your sword and smash it down on the back end of Caspar’s other shoulder, earning another cry and causing the boy to almost drop his weapon. (You hit Caspar for 5 Damage)

The boy quickly recovers and rushes you again, this time holding his axe out and attempting to throw you off balance. Your weapons clash and for a moment you’re able to struggle against him evenly. However, the boy clearly has some muscle behind him, which he uses to push you away, followed by swinging his training axe again. You catch the blow with your sword, but the impact feels like it may dislocate your arm if it was any harder. You go flying, falling on your backside hard, before quickly getting up, eyes wide. (Blair takes 9 damage.)

Caspar has a satisfied look on his face that his maneuver worked. You on the other hand, are not quite as pleased, and decide to make that evident very soon. You level your sword to your face and rush at Caspar, unleashing a flurry of blows. The boy does his best to stop each one, however it’s clear you’re much faster than him, especially with that heavier axe of his. Eventually, Caspar slips up and your wooden blade catches him on the collar. (Caspar takes 9 damage)

The boy backs off again and attempts to raise his axe up to defend himself, however he’s clearly slowed and it’s far too late. You launch forward and thrust the sword into Caspar’s stomach, knocking the wind out of him and launching him on his back. (Caspar takes 9 damage, KO’d)

>40exp gained!
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You plant your sword on the ground, breathing heavy and staring at the prone, groaning boy. Your instructors always said you had a bad habit of getting more aggressive when you got hurt. You begin to wonder if you may have overdone it when through Caspar’s groans of pain, he starts giggling.

“W-wow!” Caspar says, struggling to sit up. “You’re pretty strong Blair! Thank the goddess you’re on our side!”

You laugh a bit yourself, before extending a hand for support and lifting Caspar up.

>You feel a bond growing with Caspar!

>”You’re pretty strong yourself. I’d be happy to spar with you anytime you’d like.”

You look around and notice that your little skirmish has attracted quite the crowd of onlookers. Some of them are a little displeased to see a Commoner brutalize the son of one of the most important nobles in the Empire. Others seem a little impressed. Among them, you notice the boy with dark blue hair that you neglected to talk to back at the courtyard. He’s staring at you with a hand on the hilt of his sword. However, your view of him is then blocked by the sudden appearance of Dorothea and Petra, who rush over to congratulate you on your win.

“That was most excellent! You and I must be next some day!” says Petra

“Gotta say girl, you sure know how to make an entrance.” Says Dorothea

The four of you leave the Tournament Grounds and head over to the Mess Hall to relax and unwind with dinner. You learn a little more about your new friends, such as Dorothea’s history in the Mittelfrank Opera, and Caspar’s desire to make a name for himself. Eventually, it’s time to retire for the night, and you and Dorothea head back to the Commoner dorms on the first floor of the Monastery. You also talk about the upcoming mock battle against the other houses, and who you’ll be competing with.

While everyone at the Academy is equal, dorms are still separated by noble and common status. As Dorothea and you are the only Commoners in the Black Eagle, you become roommates by default. You settle into your room quickly, unpacking your very sparse belongings. Among them, you find a coin purse that you were given prior to leaving Castle Rusalka. It contains 500 gold. A pittance compared to the salaries that your fellow noble students receive, but you figure it may come in handy at some point.

You lay in bed thinking back to the conversation you had earlier in the Mess Hall, Dorothea slightly snoring in the bunk above yours. You’ll have one week of introductory classes starting tomorrow, up until the Mock Battle. After that, you’ll begin taking more specialized classes based on your goals at the Officers Academy. You begin to wonder, just what is it that you want to get out of your time here?

>A) I want to become the best fighter I possibly can.
>B) I want to become a Sorceress of unmatched renown.
>C) Leading men is what I was brought here for. I wish to learn how to command with authority
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> Among them, you notice the boy with dark blue hair that you neglected to talk to back at the courtyard. He’s staring at you with a hand on the hilt of his sword

Ayy, its our boi. He's a training autist, so thats a good excuse to train, social, AND subvert a student for the Eagles.

>A) I want to become the best fighter I possibly can.
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>>4833677
>A) I want to become the best fighter I possibly can.
We're going to be fighting for our lives in 5 years and don't have a crest, we need all the help we can get. Just mooch free authority lessons by watching Edel do her thing.

Levin swords are a thing if our magic stat ends up decent.
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>>4833677
>A) I want to become the best fighter I possibly can.
Should we do some brainstorming on what path we intend to take? I haven't played a lot of 3H since I marathoned it on release, but I distinctly remember that Pegasus Knights were insanely broken, and with the correct setup they would have enough evasion to be literally unkillable, plus enough speed to always strike twice on a counter attack.
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>>4833677
>>A) I want to become the best fighter I possibly can.

>>4833724
Agreed, we could take Sylvain too while we're at it. If we ask him nice enough and especially because Blair is a girl we might be able to take two Blue Lion boys with us.
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Well bows are pretty OP in game, Bow Knight and Wyvern Lords using bows being pretty overpowered in game, because of Canto and I think Pegasus Knights have that skill too. If we're leaning towards sword maybe Swordmaster or Mortal Savant?

The bigger question if we're sticking with Black Eagles is if we're doing Church Route or not? I wonder what changes QM would make to Crimson Flower and Church Route since both routes seem to have their own problems and short comings in the game compared to AM and VW.
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Screw the Church, the future Edelgard builds is the best one for a commoner girl.
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>>4833783
As long as we raid Shambala, dab on Thales and kill Nemesis in his sleep while stealing his dark version of the Sword of Creator, sure.
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So a note I should make about transferring students over. It's important to remember that you're not Byleth (nor do you have her sex appeal in the case of instantly wooing over Sylvain.)

Throughout the course of the Quest, you can probably at max convince maybe 1 to 2 students to switch sides. Remember that you're a student yourself, and it's not entirely out of the question that you may switch sides further down the line as well if you so wish.

I haven't given too much thought on how to handle Byleth convincing students to transfer over. I may have her switch over an additional 1-2 based on how things go, and I'll make it obvious who it'll be as the story progresses. Otherwise though, if the cards deem it, you may end up killing some friends SMT style.
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Well, hopefully we can get Lysithea. She's broken, and she might as well be an Honorary Black Eagel as far as I'm concerned.
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>>4833794
Alright makes sense since Byleth could get the the Emperor of Adrestria herself to simp over them. What is Byleth's gender, or is it based on rolls, will the house they are in be based on rolls too?
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>>4833776
Swordmaster seems sort of like an average safe pick, not voting against it but it kinda seems like a boring choice. Mortal Savant sounds more interesting if we manage to we get both good STR and MAG. It's really about how we roll or fail to roll the stats in the end. I'll run a refresher on the ckasses when I get home from work, see if we what alternatives we have with our stat growth.

>The bigger question if we're sticking with Black Eagles is if we're doing Church Route or not?
The more interesting question is: If Crimson Flower happens, will the QM let us ally with the Church against Byleth and Edelgard?
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>>4833816
>The more interesting question is: If Crimson Flower happens, will the QM let us ally with the Church against Byleth and Edelgard?
That WOULD be interesting. It would also fulfill the wants of Blue Lion anons since Dimitri joins with Rhea in Crimson Flower. The biggest opposition to Edelgard's new future was not only Rhea, but someone without a crest or noble lineage, it was just an ordinary girl who disagreed with what Edelgard wanted. Pretty kino ngl.
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>>4833776
Bow wryven Lord / peg Knights are broken true.

I actually wouldn't mind being a flying classes, they're good at dodging which ups our crestless ass's survival rates and if we do get hit that's a pretty good story trigger for our personal to activate. If we get petra to go peg Knight and get another flyer we can also pull off tri attack. Or if we defect to the lions we can buddy up with ingrid and wryven knight annette

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>>4833816
I'm just laughing at the thought of Byleth rocking up and picking blue lions. Do we defect or try to fight against fate?
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>>4833830
Supposing we're allowed to take this route, and Byleth goes for CF, our main goal when it comes to recruiting wouldn't be 'Who can we recruit to the Black Eagles?", it would be 'Who can we convince to leave Edelgard and join the church?'.

>>4833843
>Do we defect or try to fight against fate?
I'm not going to lie, anon. Since I've started down this line of thought I really want to try and run against Byleth if at all possible, either siding with Edelgard against the Church or vice versa in case of Crimson Flower. I want to see if we can become the Jeanne d'Arc that can stand against Byleth.
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>>4833830
I'd like to side with the Church for sure, it'll make for very interesting situations I believe.
>>4833843
Wyvern Lords are my fave FE class, so it really was fun having my Byleth become one along with Hilda and Claude. I'd definitely be down to go down that path. Otherwise, Mortal Savant wouldn't be bad either, I suppose.
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>>4833843
>Do we defect or try to fight against fate?
I wanna give Black Eagles a chance since its the most underdeveloped and unknown routes that the QM could spice up since it has so many obvious loose ends and unfinished things that a writer could easily bind up into a satisfying story. If we were to ever defect I'd like to pick a house that does not have Byleth in it, to be frank Byleth is just too overpowered to make anything in the story interesting. Byleth might make sense as a late game recruit though or even a final boss.
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>>4833886
I honestly don't see any BE defecting TO the church - they'll only go if we establish Byleth tier bonds with them and they follow us when we leave.

>>4833889
>Byleth
>Final boss
This would be kino but I don't see any way we'll come out of this alive. The best way to beat Byleth is probably hoping we use the power of social links to buff our chosen Lord up to a level where they can whoop Byleth's ass for us.
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>>4833917
>they'll only go if we establish Byleth tier bonds with them and they follow us when we leave.
>The best way to beat Byleth is probably hoping we use the power of social links to buff our chosen Lord up to a level where they can whoop Byleth's ass for us.
Then perhaps swapping our main focus from being a fighter to being a leader would be more in line with our potential future escapades? Putting some work into our Charisma if we intend to be a Social Link battery for others sounds better than being just another Swordswoman grunt who happens to be friends with the main antagonist/protaganist.
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Personally I'd like to see the perspective of someone who isn't at the kind of leading position that anons are discussing. Blair being an important part of her side of the war, but not necessarily the driving force behind it, appeals to me.

I also think Trickster/Mortal Savant would be a good fit for Blair, even if in-game it's not the greatest. In general I'd like to believe that not everything is going to cleave perfectly to the games mechanically and story-wise.

Dark Knight or Valkyrie Blair would also be interesting IMO. After all she is supposed to go back and serve her adoptive siblings as a Knight.

>B) I want to become a Sorceress of unmatched renown.
I just wanna have Blair cast Meteor desu.
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Oh, Dark Flier would also be fun.

Given the current votes indicating that at least initially Blair is going to be focusing on her weapons, though, and she's starting with a sword, the Trickster/Mortal Savant line of hybrids seems the mostly likely for her to adopt. Unless she switches to lance immediately, she probably won't be going into the flying or mounted classes.
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>>4833958
Since we haven't been given a choice of weapon, I would imagine we'd get to pick one when the vote is over if choice A or C win. My guess is we used the training sword in our duel with Caspar simply because it's one of the two El Generico starting weapons of the setting, the other being the spear.
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>>4833989
Well we did have an iron sword in our inventory
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If we get a choice for a 2nd weapon, Lance 100%
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>>4833677
>A) I want to become the best fighter I possibly can.

should probably actually vote
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>B) I want to become a Sorceress of unmatched renown.
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>>4833677
You lie in bed thinking back on your duel with Caspar. The clash of your weapons was absolutely exhilarating, at least until you were knocked flat on your ass. You decide focusing on being a better close combat fighter might be more beneficial at the moment. You drift off to sleep easily, utterly exhausted from the day’s events.

Dorothea wakes you a little earlier than you would have liked to let you know that the Black Eagles will be meeting their house professor today. This year’s professor is particularly out of the ordinary. She’s a last-minute addition to the faculty, a mercenary that saved a group of students from a bandit attack a few days earlier. Said group including Miss Edelgard von Hresvelg herself.

You find your way to the Assembly Hall, already packed with murmuring students, eager to get a first glance at the woman they’ve heard so much about. Finally, a door in the back opens, and in walks the professor.

Your first impression of Professor Byleth Eisner is that she seems quite distant. Cold. As she stands their silently scanning the crowd of students in front of her, you can’t help but feel uneasy. As if she’s judging each of you. Finally, she speaks, in a clear, though somewhat emotionless manner.

“My name is Byleth, and I will be serving as the professor of the Black Eagles this year. For background, I’ve spent the last 20 years travelling as part of a mercenary troop. I have seen battle all across Fodlan, from the snowy peaks of the Kingdom to the scorching deserts of Leicester and the dense forests of the Empire. What I lack in nobility, I make up for in experience. It is my hope that I will be able to impart my experience upon each of you and assist with your development this year.”

She bows.

“I look forward to working with you all.”

The first week of class is spent going over your goals and plans for the year. The Professor meets with each student individually, assessing their skills and offering guidance on further development. When it is your turn to sit with Byleth, you can’t help but be unnerved. You explain to the professor that you wish to become a better melee fighter. She sits there absorbing your words in earnest thought, her piercing blue eyes never leaving you. You begin to fidget in your seat before she says:

“I understand. I sense you have some magical prowess as well, though that should be no excuse to forego your physical training. Have you given consideration to a type of weapon that you would like to specialize in?”

You ponder the Professor’s question closer. While you feel comfortable enough with the sword, you know the joys of running through a target with a lance on horseback. Or the sensation that one gets when cleaving through a log of wood with an axe. Hell, you can’t even deny how satisfied you’ve been when you’ve shot a target across the field before with your bow.
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“I sense that you are plagued with indecision. Have you heard the phrase, ‘a jack of all trades is a master of none?’”

>”Y-yes Professor…it’s come up before.”

“Have you given much thought to the upcoming Mock Battle? It’s a series of 4v4v4 battles between all three houses. You have some potential Blair, but we will need to beat out the indecision. I want you to commit to one and only one weapon for the Mock Battle. It can be either your Sword, Spear, Axe or Bow. After the battle is over, we’ll know if it’s the choice for you. From there, we’ll be one step closer to determining what Proficiency you’ll take when the time comes. Any questions?”

>”Just one Professor, who will I be working with during the upcoming mock battle?”

Byleth flips open a chart and scans it briefly.

“Your team will consist of yourself, Bernadetta, Petra, and Damian.”

>”Understood, thank you professor. I will take your words to heart.”

Leaving the office, you think about how fortunate it is that you didn’t cause any bad blood with Petra. You haven’t met the other two members of your team, though you know who they are and make a plan to speak to them after class. Unfortunately, once class concludes, you find Bernadetta a bit hard to pin down. She quickly grabs her books and runs out of the classroom towards the dormitory. That leaves Damian, who is currently packing his bag and laughing at a joke told by one of his friends. You walk up to him.

“Excuse me, you’re Damian right? My name is Blair. I understand we’re to be on the same te-“

Damian looks towards you with a sneer one might have if they’d stepped in a particularly deep puddle of mud.

“Yeah I know… you’re the low-born piece of dirt the Professor assigned me to right? Listen, stay the hell out of my way during the Mock Battle. It’s bad enough already I have to team up with that savage idiot. Just do me a favor and try to catch an arrow or two that heads my way, okay?”

Damian’s quip earns some laughs from his friends, and they brush passed you and out the door.

Well that went about as well as you might have expected. Perhaps you should try something else. The Mock Battle is the day after tomorrow after all.

>A) Go talk to Petra. At least you know you’re on friendly terms with her.
>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
>C) Don’t bother talking to either of them. You’ve come this far on your own after all. (Explore the Monastery)
>D) Write-in
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The weapon question will come up before the Mock Battle actually begins. The last question was to see if we'd focus on Physical Fighting, Magic, or Authority. Since we're settling on Physical Fighting (Or Brawling), feel free to think a bit more about which direction you want to go in. Once Blair hits level 5, she'll be able to change classes and be a bit more locked in until her next designated class change.
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>>4834155
>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
You will submit to mandatory friendship bonding Bernadetta, even if it kills you. There is no escape, only support ranks.
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>>4834155

>C) Don’t bother talking to either of them. You’ve come this far on your own after all. (Explore the Monastery)
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>>4834155
>>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
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>>4834155
>>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
i like what im seeing here qm not bad
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>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?

BERNIE BERNIE BERNIE
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTTaK5eDdV8
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>>4834155
>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
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Is mortal savant going to be terrible in this?
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>>4834155
>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
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>>4834155
This will lose but I'm event fishing

>C) Don’t bother talking to either of them. You’ve come this far on your own after all. (Explore the Monastery)
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>>4834155
>C) Don’t bother talking to either of them. You’ve come this far on your own after all. (Explore the Monastery)
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>D) Write-in
Perhaps we could try and form a bond with Byleth? Either one of mentor and student, or an antagonistic one should our interests lie in different places.
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>>4834155
>>B) Find a way to talk to Bernadetta. Maybe Dorothea can help?
Make frens anons.
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Also based QM choosing Fem!Byleth. Ede is a lesbian in this iteration lol.
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>>4834802
>Implying Byleth is not for us.
Time to cuck Edie twice over by seducing Byleth into going church route.
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Dark Knight, Trickster, Mortal Savant, Dark Flyer, so many nice choies for Blair, I am more in favor of Dark Flier because in 3 Houses it's more sword focused then lance focused so we can stick with sword for now and learn flying and magic to eventually become one, which is long time away but it's good to start training early.
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>>4834929
If endgame is dark flier then we might as well go Pegasus Knight in the interim so we can get lance and flying ranks.
So we gotta pick lance for our weapon.
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Gotta go flying. Flying units are OP as hell in Three Houses. I think I had like, 5 Wyvern Lords + a Byleth Falcon Knight.
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>>4834891
We're not 'Neon-Coloured-Hair-Anime-Protagonist" enough, I'm sorry Anon. We won't be able to get Byleth-senpai to notice us.
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>>4835265
Since we're a generic we should strike up a friendship with Gatekeeper, we have being background characters in common
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>>4835326
"GREETINGS BLAIR!"
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>>4835326
I hate how I didn't think of this myself, you're a fucking champion Anon.
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>>4835326
Based Gatekeeper anon. I want a romance between Gatekeeper-kun and Blair now now now.
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>>4835326
Amazing! Best idea.
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>>4835326
I ship him with the Green unit female Swordmaster that can obliterate Edelgard, but I can dig this.
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>>4835818
we gotta train up to stop that hussy getting our keeper
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>>4835818
I mean, I'm down for making this 3h Gaiden: Rise of the Generics. Someone needs to find that one triple crit archer in case Edel goes off the rails again.
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>>4835818
This?
https://youtu.be/lhIw2-5QUOE
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>>4834155
You explain your predicament to Dorothea that night in your dorm, who sympathizes.

“Ahh yes…Bernie is a little…uhh…special. I’ll take you to meet her tomorrow.”

You appreciate the help. You know Dorothea will be on a separate team with Edelgard and some other important nobles and appreciate that she can spare some time. The next morning after class, Dorothea and you walk over to the 2nd floor dormitory where Bernadetta lives.

“Let me do the talking.” Dorothea says, knocking on the door. “Bernie, it’s me, Dorothea, can you open up please? I just want to talk.”

You hear shuffling, along with the clitter clatter of some objects being pushed around within, before finally hearing a timid voice answer.

“D-Dorothea? What’s going on?”

“I’m here to return your needle and thread! You dropped it when you rushed out of class!”

The door suddenly opens, and you see Bernadetta standing in the doorway, a puzzled look on her face.

“Huh…my spool is right he-“ She freezes upon spotting you, before rushing to close the door, only to find Dorothea’s foot blocking it, and pushing it open.

“Noooooooooo! I’m sorry! P-Please don’t kill me!!” the terrified girl exclaims. She’s fallen on her behind and scuttled over to the back end of her dorm room. As you inspect the room, you noticed it’s covered head to toe in scattered around books and stuffed animals.

“No one’s here to kill you Bernie.” Dorothea sighs. “This is my friend, Blair. You’re both on the same team for the Mock Battle tomorrow, and she was just hoping to strategize with you.”

The timid girl looks up at you with disbelief.

“R-really? You mean you’re not actually going to kill me so that I don’t show up tomorrow and the Professor has to give you a new teammate? That’s…a relief.” Bernadetta says.

At this point, you’re used to the other students treating you like a freak. Outright fear though is an entirely different matter. You explain to Bernadetta the situation with Damian, and how you’ll only be able to rely on her and Petra tomorrow. She’s certainly not enthused to hear.
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>>4836095
“Ehh…what do you want me to do? It’s not like I’m this great fighter or anything! If I have to fight I prefer to stay in the back, with my bow. All the way in the back…where I can’t get shot or stabbed or maimed or set on fire or…”

You sigh and begin to wonder what the point of coming here was as she rambles. Nevertheless, you approach Berndadetta (who backs away further), squat down in front of her, extend out your pinky finger, and smile.

>“Dorothea tells me you’re a better archer than you let on. I’ll tell you what; If you watch my back tomorrow and don’t let any pesky foes sneak up on me, I’ll make sure no one gets near you. Deal?”

Bernadetta looks at you with a healthy amount of suspicion. Her eyes move from your face, to your finger, back to your face, your finger again, and finally your face. Finally, she pinky swears with you.

“D-deal.”

>You feel a bond growing with Bernadetta!

Satisfied with that answer, you and Dorothea take your leave of the girl’s room. The rest of the day passes by uneventfully. As you lay in bed, so many thoughts race through your head. The Mock Battle is tomorrow and you still have no clue who you’ll be fighting, let alone what weapon you’ll choose to go into battle with. You think back on the Professor’s words from yesterday.

>Which weapon will I use?

>A) I’ll use a Sword. Already started working with it, might as well keep it going.
>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.
>C) I’ll use an Axe. Everyone will probably be thrown off.
>D) I’ll use the bow. Fill ‘em full of arrows!
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>>4836099
>>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.
I'm down for Pegasus Knight Blair. Most of the Black Eagles aren't immediately suited to flying so it's not at all a bad niche to aim for.
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>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.

They were the weapon of choice in ancient civilizations for a reason.
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>>4836099
>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.

Lances are needed for dark knight, cav classes and both flying classes last time I checked, going with this gives Blair a number of choices for future classes.

If we stick with swords then we're just limited to assassin/swordsmaster//mortal savant (and dark knight trumps mortal savant because of canto)
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>>4836099
> Lance

Looking at even the likely combo for the mock battle it fills a niche.
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>>4836099
>>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.
Glad everyone's on the same page
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>>4836099
>>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.
Good for Wyvern Lord or Pegasus Knight. Wouldn't make sense to have double Archers if Bernie is covering us from the back.
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>>4836099
>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.
I want Dark Flier so we gotta get the lance so we can be a pegasus knight first
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>>4836099
>B) I’ll use a lance. No one will get near Bernadetta without getting a nice jab.
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>Chapter 1: White Clouds, Great Tree Moon, Three Houses

You wake up the morning of the Mock Battle with a renewed sense of vigor. You’ve slept it over, and you’re confident that you’ll go with the lance during today’s bout. It’s a weapon you’ve practiced quite a bit back at Rusalka, and you’re feeling confident it will compliment Petra and Bernadetta’s style of combat. You and Dorothea get dressed and head towards the training area designated as Battlefield Alpha, where the Mock Battle will take place.

You arrive and see hordes of students from each house. Many of them are already broken off into their teams of four. You bid good luck to Dorothea, who will have the distinction of fighting in the first mock battle that day, alongside the Professor and Edelgard. After she leaves, you meet up with Bernadetta and Petra, who have already found each other.

“Ahhhh….I couldn’t eat a single bite of breakfast this morning…I kept thinking about how if I got hit I’d just puke all over the place and everyone would laugh at me and call me pukeface for the rest of the year and-“ Bernadetta’s rambling is interrupted by Petra slapping her on the back.

“Do not do the worrying Bernadetta. Blair and I shall keep your insides from coming out.”

>”That’s right, just focus on doing your best out their today Bernie. With me and Petra backing you up, we’re unstoppable!” you say.

You spot Damian in the vicinity, laughing with some friends and getting ready to watch the first fight. You notice he doesn’t carry a weapon on him. You weren’t sure what his specialty was before, but now you’re certain he plans on using magic during the bout. He notices you staring at him and your eyes briefly meet, before he sports a look of disgust and stares towards the battlefield. Asshole. Let’s hope his magic is as good as his attitude.

The first battle kicks off. You shout as loud as you can in support of Dorothea and Edelgard. After a grueling battle against the heads of the other two houses, Claude and Crown Prince Dimitri, the Black Eagles are able to pull of a great victory. You now feel more motivated than ever to go out there and kick some ass, and when it’s your team’s turn to take the field, you grasp your Training Lance and head out.

You and Petra form up together, with Bernadetta behind you, at the southern most area of the Battlefield. Damian passed the three of you and settles in the front of the formation.

“What the hell was the Professor thinking giving me a bunch of girls to team up with? If I’m gonna lead you to victory, then stay the hell out of my way and follow my lead. I’ll charge through and blow a hole through those Kingdom and Alliance dirtbags with my magic!”

>A) Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time
>B) Maybe he’s right? Follow his lead
>C) Let him do what he wants. You’ll be fine with the three of you
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>>4836249
>C) Let him do what he wants. You’ll be fine with the three of you
There's no use trying to convince his pompous ass, if he gets in to trouble we'll save him, but he needs to learn a thing or two about equality of status on the battlefield.
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>>4836249
>A) Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time

He may be a generic noble asshole without a character picture, but we aught to at least try. Generic characters gotta stick together.
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>>4836249
>B) Maybe he’s right? Follow his lead

Since there's three teams, and the Golden Deer have the most defensible position, a mage charging forward into the middle of both groups of opposition is not the way to follow her grace's example...
That being said, it's better to do the stupid play together than to do the smart play apart. As much as Damian is a jerk, we likely need him as a ranged attacker and mage to break open the GD's position and Raphael. I'm not exactly happy needing to rush in with this guy but playing down a member is even worse.
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>>4836249
>>C) Let him do what he wants. You’ll be fine with the three of you
We're not going to let him lead us to failure
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>C) Let him do what he wants. You’ll be fine with the three of you

Let his bluster get his ass into trouble. He’ll be begging us for help, something we can use for leverage later.
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>>4836249
>C) Let him do what he wants. You’ll be fine with the three of you

More xp for us
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>>4836249
>A) Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time
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>>4836249
>A) Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time
We gotta try. If he still doesn't Come round the we're done.

If he does charge in we could tell bern to snipe anyone distracted by him.
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>>4836249
>A) Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time
He's a dick for sure, but this is a team effort in the end, and will be graded as such. We should at least try and be the diplomatic party and attempt to work out something with him lest it reflect badly on us. If he's just going to be antagonistic towards us and refuse to work with us, then let him eat humble pie as a result. We'll work something out with Petra and Bernadetta in that case.
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>>4836249
Aw fuck the enemy has Raf and Felix. We need this assholes magic or we're gonna be bodied.
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>>4836249
>A) Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time

I think the strat to do would be to stay in the woods for cover and wait for the enemy to come closer or we strike when the two others have dealt enough damage to them-selfs
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>>4836883
Yeah, taking the forest to the North East and baiting the Blue Lions is probably the play here. Felix is absolutely coming to kick our ass, so we need to use the defensive terrain to our advantage.
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>>4836883
>>4836939
Agreed.

Taking lions out first will leave us unimpeded to rout the deer from where they're holed up in, or they might actually leave their bolthole to try to take advantage of the chaos which is good for us - they're gonna be a right pain to take down if they put Lystheia and her spells on that choke point.

If Felix does charge us we need Bern to take the kills hot while he's busy with us.
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hopefully we can direct him towards the Blue Lions, or like reverse psychology him into it by asking him to go fight the Golden Deer or something. I really doubt it'll succeed though.
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>>4836249
> Try and talk some sense into this asshole one last time

Finally caught up
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As much as you’d like to see Damian take a few blows to the head, you figure you’d be doing a disservice to the team if you didn’t try at least one more time to talk to him.

>”Why don’t you stay in the back and let Petra and I soften them up for you? Wouldn’t it be better to save your magic for when we need it?”

Damian snaps his head towards you with a snarl. He wants to argue, but a look of clarity comes across his face.

“Hmm…perhaps you wenches WOULD be far more useful serving as a buffer for me. I’ve got to get whatever use out of you I can after all.” He smirks as he takes up position behind you.

You let out a sigh of relief and contemplate finding a way to kick his ass when this is all over. Now fully in position, you wait for the signal from Headmaster Seteth to announce the commencement of battle. A horn bellows from the stands, and you hear a loud, commanding voice:

“Black Eagles, ready! Blue Lions, ready! Golden Deer, ready! Begin!”

The horn bellows again and you grip your spear. Scanning the battlefield, you spot the Golden Deer encamped ahead in a knoll. That means the Blue Lions must be further up ahead, past the woods to your right.

>”Let’s move up slowly.” You say to Petra, who nods back, determined.

As your team begins moving up, you spot the Blue Lions team, who also had the same idea. Among them, you spot that same black-haired swordsman that you remember seeing after your duel with Caspar. Next to him is a larger boy. A noble, going by his clothing, with a dumb look on his face.

“What the hell?” He laughs. “It’s just a bunch of little girls, Felix! Let’s kick their ass!” He brandishes a Training Axe and charges your position, laughing!

“Wait, you idiot!” His comrade, whom you’ve now identified as Felix, yells.

The noble with the Axe is running at a full sprint towards you, eager to smash your face in, when you hear a yelp from behind you, followed by arrow launching passed your head, and into the boy’s shoulder. The boy yelps in pain but keeps charging you. He’s only a few meters away when a small fireball from Damian plows into his midsection, sending him into a tumble.
“Agh! W-what?” The boy lands on his knees directly in front of you, and stares up, trembling.

“I y-yie” You pretend you didn’t hear the words as you smash the butt of your training lance into his temple, rendering him unconscious.

>(40xp gained!)

Damian let’s out a loud guffaw. “Hahaha, what an idiot! What did he hope to accomplish by just charging in like that? Is this really the best the Kingdom has to offer?!

You think to yourself how Damian would have most likely suffered that same fate had you not tried reasoning with him.
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By now, Felix and his companions have caught up. One of them is another noble, with short red hair, wielding a lance. The other is a rather plain looking girl. She has no weapon in her hand, signifying to you that she is a magic caster. From the corner of your eye, you see a boy from the Golden Deer has left the safety of the knoll. He is wielding a short sword and staring at both your team, as well as the Blue Lions, with keen interest.

“Sylvain, care to do something useful for a change?” Felix asks, inching closer to you.

The boy, Sylvain, looks like he’d rather be anywhere else right now.

“But Felix, I can’t just possibly leave Kelly’s side? I couldn’t live with myself if one of these dastards laid a hand on he-“ he is interrupted by a fireball hitting his midsection and knocking him back a bit, though he manages to stand his ground.

You hear Damian laughing again and before you know it, Felix has charged directly towards you. The two of you begin exchanging blows, his sword against your spear. The boy is fast, almost unbelievably fast, but you match him blow for blow with your spear.

You spot Petra dashing towards Sylvain to attempt and finish him off, however the boy gets up far quicker than you anticipated, and with seemingly no damage. Kelly is clearly a practitioner of healing magic.

You focus back on Felix, jabbing your spear and keeping him at bay. You think you spot an opening and jab towards his mid-section. Felix manages to block it at the last second, though he is caught on his back foot. You push forward on your spear, attempting to put an end to him, when you notice “it.” The boy’s weapon glows a bright blue, and with a grunt, he manages to parry your spear into the ground, utilizing an otherworldly strength. He’s about to deliver a savage blow to your chest when instead, he cuts down an arrow that was sent his way. You’re able to back up quickly, and find yourself next to Petra, who also backed off.

>”What the fuck was that?!” you exclaim out loud.

“S-shit…they’ve got Crests?!” you hear Damian say.

You assess the situation. Perhaps a change of course is needed.

>A) Continue fighting Felix. If that bastard wants to brawl so bad, you’ll happily oblige.
>B) Switch to fighting Sylvain. Petra is at a disadvantage against his spear, and her speed will be a boon against Felix
>C)Try and rush by both boys and attack Kelly. We can’t let her keep healing them
>D)Back off. You can’t spot that scout from the Golden Deer anymore. Is he trying to flank you?
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>>4838044
>C)Try and rush by both boys and attack Kelly. We can’t let her keep healing them

FUCK MEDICS

This is BE route Warcrimes Begin Now
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>>4838044
>C)Try and rush by both boys and attack Kelly. We can’t let her keep healing them

We have fire in our blood and steam in our head
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>>4838044
Hmm, we're in a though spot. We can't really drop everything and rush the healer, Felix will 100% crush our backline with zero effort if we don't check him. Sylvain being a womanizer probably won't be overly aggressive as long as Kelly is still on the field, so he'll basically act as her bodyguard. The Scout too from the Deers have me worried they're about to make their move, which means we can't get locked down in a fight with the Lions if we wish to avoid being overwhelmed. If we're allowed some creative freedom with our actions I'd say:

>Write-in: Attempt to maneuver the team north east, towards column AM/AN, while protecting the backline. Engage only as a defensive measure to keep Felix/Sylvain at bay, do not get tied down in melee.
We do this to place the Lions in between us and the Deers, hopefully negating any attempted sneak attack on us and causing the Lions to take the brunt of the Deers assault. Damian most likely won't take us giving orders lightly, so lets phrase it as a suggestion, like "We should withdraw as the enemy is stronger than we anticipated". The dude is scared shitless of Felix's Crest, so hopefully he'll just go along with it instead of having a hissy fit.

If we're not allowed to make our own write-ins, then I vote for:
>D)Back off. You can’t spot that scout from the Golden Deer anymore. Is he trying to flank you?
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>>4838099
I'll support the write in if its allowed
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>>4838100
Yep, I'll allow it.
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>>4838109
Sweet, changing my vote entirely then.

Also, just wanna say, great quest so far. Love blair's character from what we've seen of it so far
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>>4838099
I
This plan gets my vote
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>>4838044
>>4838099
Supporting
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>>4838099
Smart plan, supporting
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Man it's a good thing we have a spear this time around, at least for now.
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>>4838099
supporting
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>>4838099
>>4838044
Yeah support this. We're gonna need all the help we can get to take down two created heirs backed up by a healer, and this play may also draw the deers out from their Fort so win win.

Also damn look at Blair keeping up with Felix like that, I'm impressed.
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>>4838757
Damn right

Blair will be the generic messiah

Fuck crests

Hell kind of fitting we picked BE
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>>4838903
Calling it now, Blair will destroy crestfags. MANMADE strength will win! Fuck dragons!
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>>4838926
Let's get a surgically implanted crest and turn our hair cool and white like Edel
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>>4838099
Supporting this, seems like a good plan.
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>>4838757
They’ve got the same base speed after all. Not to mention Blair has weapon triangle advantage.
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>>4838044
>>4838099
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A flicker of doubt crosses your mind at the revelation that you’re fighting opponents with Crests. While you do outnumber them, and you’re aware Bernadetta has one of her own, you know you won’t get out of this unscathed, and the Golden Deer are still completely fresh.

>"Let’s pull back, the enemy is stronger than anticipated!" You say to your team. Petra and Bernadetta seem inclined to agree. Even Damian gives you no pushback on the idea. They follow your lead and attempt to loop around the nearby patch of forest, heading northeast. The Blue Lions pursue after you, seemingly unaware of the scout from the Deer you saw earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until you hear Felix shout towards you.

“Did you forget this is a battle? Or would you rather run away with your tail between your legs?” He says.

That kid’s got quite the sharp tongue, but he’s a fool if he thinks that will get you to-

“How dare you! I won’t allow some Faergus swine to speak to me that way!” Damian yells. He ceases pulling back and begins casting a spell.

>”What are you doing?!” you shout at him.

“Shut up! I won’t take orders from some halfwit commoner, and I will not allow my honor to be tarnished, Crest or not!” Damian says. It seems he’s completely gotten over his fear and intends to fight head on.

His fireball is launched towards Felix, who rolls under it. As he rolls, he lands in front of Damian, and swings his training sword upward, colliding fully with the boy’s chest. Damian is launched upwards, only to meet Sylvain’s spear head on in the abdomen. He lands and rolls some feet away on the ground, curled up, puking and sobbing. (Damian, KO’d)

You can’t believe that idiot was baited so easily! You continue pulling back around the forest as the Blue Lions pursue. As you inch closer to the knoll, you hear a yelp and turn around. Sylvain is engaged in combat with that scout from the Golden Deer you saw earlier! The scout is wielding two short swords, and is ferociously hammering away at the noble, who is blocking each one. To the side, you notice the prone form of Kelly. That scout hid behind the tree-line and waited until everyone had passed by to make his move. If you had stood your ground, that likely would have been Bernadetta. (Kelly, KO’d.)
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The three of you turn around and get ready to team up on Felix, when you hear a jovial voice from your side.

“All right! I was getting worried I’d be stuck blocking that chokepoint all day. Now, who wants some first?!”

You turn to the source of the voice and spot a familiar face. It’s that blonde boy with the muscles! How old is this kid?! He has no weapon, but he doesn’t strike you as a spellcaster. In fact, with the way he’s pounding his fists together, you get the impression he’s keen on using his bare hands. Behind him in the distance, you can see two more students racing to catch up with him. You’ll have to finish off either Felix or this newcomer before they get here and complicate things further.

>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
>B) Attack Raphael, leave Felix to Petra and Bernadetta
>C) Let Petra deal with Muscles over there. You and Bernie can handle Felix
>D) Write-In
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>>4839842
>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance

We're gonna give Damian a swirly for this shit
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>>4839842
>>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
Aaaa seeing that idiot put in his place was nice.

If Felix's crests procs he's no match for us, we need to take him out of the fight before the deer reach us and before Sylvain can end his fight and give him backup. Blair and Petra can probably keep out of Raf's reach between Blair's lance and Petra's speed.
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>>4839842
D) Shout to the Blue Lions that as the now-smallest team their best play is to ally with you. If they accept then turn on Raphael while he's farther from his ranged support. If they refuse then B).

Lysithea and Ernst are both fresh and the Golden Deer are looking to clean up our two weakened teams.
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>>4839842
>B) Attack Raphael, leave Felix to Petra and Bernadetta
The Golden Deer all seem in good health, we shouldn't eliminate all of the Blue Lions yet, in case they could be used to weaken the GD further
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>>4839842
>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
Felix is a threat and once he's gone Sylvain won't be a big problem as well, after that we got to worry about Raphael and Lysithea.
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>>4839842
>>C) Let Petra deal with Muscles over there. You and Bernie can handle Felix
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>>4839842
>If you had stood your ground, that likely would have been Bernadetta
We promised you Bernie, we promised you your inside would not be coming out today.

>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
With Sylvain engaged with Bradley, and Kelly taken out we will not have a better shot at Eliminating Felix. If at all possible we should sweep south in a blitz and make sure our flank is completely clear by eliminating all combatants before we turn and face the main force of the Deers. Lysithea is the biggest threat right now after Felix, so we ought to keep our distance from her while we're engaged. With the flank clear and all enemy positions revealed, I am confident we can tank Raphael long enough for Petra and Bernie to finish Lysithea and Ernst afterwards
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To lay out my reasoning on trying to get the Blue Lions to ally with us, there are two cases:
The Blue Lions allow the three-way melee to continue. In this case they are kingmaking for the Golden Deer, because although Sylvain is likely to win his current skirmish, that leaves a weakened pair to defeat 7 other enemies. More importantly for Felix, Blair will probably end up fighting and being beaten down by GD ranged attacks, instead of fighting him.
But if the Blue Lions accept and ally with us then our combined teams will (probably) beat out the Golden Deer and our ragged remains can then duel for victory.

In the three-way melee case, Blair-Raphael goes to Raph since his ranged allies can focus on Blair while Petra and Bernadetta are dealing with the Blue Lions. Felix has to be dealt with by two or more since he has a crest, and then those two probably have to deal with a (weakened) Sylvain. If Blair instead goes for Felix then she's basically accepting that Raph will beat on her or on Bernadetta (which breaks her promise!).
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>>4839880
It all hinges if Felix is willing to accept the promise of a duel with us in exchange to taking out the deer - he is battle hungry but a one on one duel sounds...a bit too knightly for him to accept?

I would accept trying to ally him and if he turns us down then all three of us gang up on him to take him down, instead of splitting our forces between Felix and Raf - Felix has shown that if his crest goes off then a single crestless fighter is not match for him, and if he takes down Petra then he's free to close in and blitz Bern before Blair can disengage from Raf. Plus with Sylvain tied up with the deer grunt it's the best time to dogpile Felix without interference from him.
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>>4839842
>>4839859
Supporting. Would be annoying to see the other guys win because they just waited around.
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>>4839880
I find the notion of allying with the Lions at this point in time as too risky. They currently are on the way to losing pretty damn badly, thus they stand to gain the most from this alliance, I.E using us as cannon fodder to tank Lysithea and Raphael while they stab us in the back. If we ally with them now, we'll basically be putting ourselves in a potential pince between the Lions and the Deers for basically zero gain, unless we can convince Felix and Sylvain to charge first, and I doubt we can convince them to do so.
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>>4839842
>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
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You know, I want to be friends with Flayin, she's not gonna do school stuff for a couple of months so if we befriend her early we could maybe convince her to go Black Eagles... but once the Edelgarde reveal happens it would be kinda bad so maybe not.
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>>4840125
No way Flayn will go BE if we do CF. All firepower on Gatekeeper, we can win him over.
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>>4839917
we're already in a pincer, is the thing, despite attempting to manuever so that we wouldn't be. I can't see us winning with things going in their current trajectory, so we have to change something drastic
>>4840125
I don't see any particular reason for Flayn and Blair to have a special friendship, and personally am not very fond of Flayn
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>>4840223
>we're already in a pincer
Not really, no. With the Lions down two members and Sylvain occupied, Felix isn't in a real position to threaten us. He's arrogant and proud of his own skill, sure, but he's not lacking in critical thinking. Attacking us right now would be tantamount to throwing the game. He'll most likely play defensively until Sylvain beats the GenericusMcGee Deer before he does anything else. This part of the pince is for now, a dud.
>we have to change something drastic
If we wait to let Sylvain recover and rejoin Felix, we'll have lost the opportunity to roll up the southern flank by defeating Felix and knocking out both Sylvain and Genericus while they are busy with eachother. We can then turn to face the rest of the Deer without worrying about our flanks. This is a drastic change in power, especially if we're lucky and Raphael continue to hunt us while his backline struggles to keep up. We'll have cleared our flank and (hopefully) isolated the enemies last frontline fighter.

On the other side of the Pincer we have only Raphael to worry about at the moment, and I'm hoping moving towards Felix will keep Lysithea and the other Backline Generic out of combat range for now. If Rapheal catches up to us, we'll be the closest one to him so he'll engage on us. If we assume he has the same base stats at level 1 as in the game, plus the might bonus his weapon, the iron gauntlet, which is 1, that puts him on 12 might, reduced to 6 damage per strike due to our Defense. He'll strike twice for 12 damage total in one turn (gauntlets strike twice as a base, four if it's a double attack, and his base speed is lower than ours so no double attacks), enough that we can tank him for one turn if he catches up. The worst thing we could do is attempt to slow the pace here or stop to fight Raphael which will give the Deer Backline time to get into combat range.
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If we're talking about people we would want to move to the BE, then I would want to try and get Lysithea over.
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>>4839842
>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
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>>4839842
>B) Attack Raphael, leave Felix to Petra and Bernadetta
Mostly as distraction while our friends deal with the south.
Also randomly voicing my support for how cool the earlier discussed route of silver snow while byleth sides with Edelgard sounds now that I've caught up.
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>>4839842
>>A) Take out Felix altogether while you have a chance
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>>4840425
>>4840425
A Crimson Flower/Silver Snow Mashup where we're against Byleth with the Church would be maddening run difficulty for our girl but you're damn right it would be super cool
>Teaming up with non-feral king Dimitri
>Vs Byleth (potential side switch?)
>Vs Edelgard (hedgemon???)
>Routing the slithers with BL along for the ride
>Maybe Deer alliance if we're going after slithers
>Vs Nemesis maybe
>Bittersweet vs Rhea to end it all

But considering we can switch house midway through the year are we even locked into a route yet? Because if we're already locked into eagles, unless Byleth chooses Church then changing houses probably means death by Imperial army 5 years down the line.
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>>4840971
Yeah, we're not locked to BE according to QM so a lot of people are getting pretty ahead of themselves (myself included perhaps). For all we know, things might go a very different direction this quest. That said, I'm ready to challenge fate if we end up in the resistance route.
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Felix Hugo Fraldarius
Class: Noble
Level: 1
HP: 26, STR: 10, MAG:5, DEX: 6, SPD : 9, LCK: 5, DEF: 5, RES: 3, CHRM: 5

Muscles over there can wait, you have a long overdue date with Felix. You nod towards Petra and the two of you charge him. If the boy has any opinions about being unfairly outnumbered, he certainly does not get time to voice them. Felix is fast, but you’ve proven you can keep up with him, and Petra is even faster than the two of you. With your spear and her sword jabbing and hacking at him, all he can do is try and guard. Eventually though, he does falter, and you manage to catch him by spinning your spear and smacking him across his face, while Petra follows up with an outstretched kick to his side, sending the boy in a tumble. (Felix -12 HP)

“Now!” yells Petra. She bears on Felix, ready to deliver the finishing strike, when you spot that familiar blue flash. Felix is up on his feet with a grunt and manages to swing his wooden sword just in time to catch Petra. The blow is brutal and the girl is sent flying back right into you, where you both collapse in a heap. You manage to soften her landing at the least, though the damage was certainly done. (Petra -13 HP, Blair -2 HP)

Fucking crests! You had no idea they could be this much of a nuisance. If that’s the way it’s gonna be though…
You’re able to push Petra off of you and get back to standing position, albeit with your lance lowered. Felix, sensing blood in the water, and having just swatted aside an arrow from Bernadetta, charges right towards you with a roar. He doesn’t notice you muttering under your breath and as he gets close enough to swing, you raise your hand outward and catch him point blank with your Fire spell. (Fiery Blood Activates, Felix -12 HP)

The blue haired youth catches the full brunt of the attack and begins rolling on the ground, trying to douse the magical fire. As the last flame flickers, he looks up to see you standing in front of him, spear outstretched.

“Hmm…nice trick. Let’s you and I pick this up again some other time.” He says.

>“Count on it. Now please yield.”

Felix scoffs and holds out his hands, signifying his surrender.

>(40xp gained! Level up!)

HP: 20 (70%)+1 = 21
STR: 7 (40%) +1 = 8
MAG: 8 (50%)
DEX: 4 (45%)
SPD:9 (55%) +1 = 10
LCK: 7 (30%)
DEF: 6 (50%) +1 = 7
RES: 3 (30%)
CHARM: 6 (35%) + 1 = 7

You look up from Felix and spot Sylvain. He had defeated his opponent, who was laying on the ground, prone, however, it looks like he did not come out of the bout unscathed. Upon spotting the three girls sporting weapons in his direction, he drops his lance and also raises his hands.

“Ladies, please, I could never raise arms against women of your caliber.”. (Sylvain Surrenders)

“Idiot…” you hear Felix mutter from under you.
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Well that takes care of the Blue Lions. You turn around as you hear jovial cheering and clapping from the direction of the Golden Eagles team.

“Wow! Great job ladies! Wish I could have joined in the fun, but I’m taking orders from the little one and she says I’ve gotta stand here!”

“Raphael! Quit talking to the enemy!!” You hear a childish voice behind him shout. You can see two spellcasters standing behind the man. One of them seems like an ordinary boy, but you have a bad feeling about the white-haired girl who’s giving Raphael his orders.

“Sorry Lysithea!”

It looks like they intend to use Raphael as a buffer while they pelt you with magic. You hear Petra breathing hard next to you. She had taken some bad damage from her bout with Felix earlier. Meanwhile, all three Golden Deer fighters are completely fresh.

>A) We’ve got to take out Raphael if we want to get to those mages
>B) He doesn’t look that fast. Maybe we can run by him?
>C) One of us can distract him while the others go for the mages (Pick who distracts Raphael)
>D) Write-in
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Thread didn't bump for some weird reason.
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>>4841417
>>A) We’ve got to take out Raphael if we want to get to those mages
I think us and Bernie should use fire and bow to attack him from a distance with Petra staying back as well, this way we aren't close to the mages and could maybe dodge some of their attacks.
Also got some nice stats ups, Str, Spd and Def will definitely help.
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>>4841417
>C) One of us can distract him while the others go for the mages (Pick who distracts Raphael)
>Blair distracts Raf

Us on Raf, Petra and Bernie on the mages, with priority to taking down Lysithea. WIth burning blood up + our magic Blair might be able to do some real damage, plus her lance means she can keep him at range. Meanwhile hopefully Petra is still fast enough to Blitz one of them.

If possible Make it look like we're charging Raf to take him down like we did Felix before Petra splits off to the mages and Bern switches target to them.

We absolutely can't be tied up taking down Raf because that will leave us wide open for the mages, but at the same time with Petra hurt we can't exactly leave him unchecked because if he takes down Bern then it's all over.

I actually really want to make a run for that patch of trees to give us extra dodge near AM/AN 22 but with Petra injuried we're probably not gonna make it before the mages get us.
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>>4841417
First of all, does Petra have any Vulneraries on her? If not can we hand her one of ours so she can recover some HP, that's a nasty strike she took from Felix. With that settled, we should do this:
>C) One of us can distract him while the others go for the mages (Blair distracts Raphael)
Now you see, this level up is actually a game changer. Assuming Raphaels base stats are the same as the game, we now outspeed him by 4 giving us dual strikes on him every attack. With a +1 to strength and a +1 to defense aswell, we actually have a good shot at taking out Raphael solo, as long as Bernie and Petra can lock down the backline I think we're looking at a GG no re here.
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>>4841471
Yeah 100% support giving Petra a vulnerary.

It's been far too long since I've played 3H because I totally forgot you can use spells without tomes and Blair setting Felix's world alight made me ?????

Damn Crests are bullshit, major crests even more so. If Petra ate that blow from Felix while fighting alone that would have been it for Bern with how long Petra took to get back on her feet. (Also yay for having an open invitation to spar!)

I'm loling at Sylvain but at least he's smart enough to know when to fold them.
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>>4841471
don't think Raphael will stand a chance
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>>4841417
>C) One of us can distract him while the others go for the mages (Blair distracts Raphael)
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>>4841471
Supporting this
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Also, who are we aiming to get in the pants of? it is very important
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>>4842143
We should probably hold on with starting the Husbando wars until we know just how many boys FemByleth will be bringing over from the other houses.
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>>4842345
Yeah, I'm partial to Caspar RN
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>>4841417
>C) One of us can distract him while the others go for the mages (Blair distracts Raphael)
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Raphael Kirsten
Class: Commoner
Level: 1
HP: 30, STR: 11, MAG:3, DEX: 5, SPD : 6, LCK: 6, DEF: 7, RES: 1, CHRM: 4

Raphael, already aware that you can use magic, doesn’t intend to sit idly by while you pick him off from a distance.

“Here we go!”

The hulking blonde rushes towards you, arms outstretched, ready to rip you in two. With no time to cast your incantation, you begin jabbing at him with your spear to try and keep a safe distance, as Petra and Bernie rush forward and around to try and cut off Lysithea and Ernst.

“You’re pretty good!” Yells Raphael, who is doing his best to duck and weave past your spear thrusts. You manage to poke the boy twice in your attempts to keep him away. Once in the shoulder and once in the collar. The blows connect hard and he staggers a bit (Raphael -10 HP). As you follow up with a third stab though, Raphael dodges to the side and grabs the length of your spear, pulling you in closer. You can’t compete with that strength and you suddenly feel a fist connect directly with your stomach. (-10 HP, 8/21)

You feel like your own insides are about to come out as you reel hard from Raphael’s blow. Your spear is ripped out of your hands as you are sent flying back. As you’re clutching your stomach, you hear the sounds of spells being cast further off, along with two sudden glowing flashes that you now recognize as a Crest activation. Could both of those have been Bernie’s? Or does the enemy have one as well? You don’t have much time to think about it as you sense a shadow looming over you, and you roll out of the way of a fist swinging downward to the ground.

“Woah! Still standing? You may look like a cute little girl, but you’re pretty strong!”

>”T-thanks…I don’t suppose I can get you to yield?”

“I was just about to ask you that actually…hitting a short stack like you just don’t feel right. My sister would be chewing my ear off right about now!”

>”F-fair enough…”

You decide to end your impromptu discussion and begin chanting the words necessary for your flame spell. Raphael launches forward, ready to end you. For as large as the boy is, he moves with a speed that betrays his appearance. However, you’re still much faster than he is, and this time you’re prepared for his attack. You extend your hands just as he’s directly in front of you and blast him with a Fire Spell.

Raphael reels back hard. If your magic was effective against Felix, you can consider it a critical hit against Raphael. The boy was utterly unprepared to take a blow like that full brunt. As he staggers and attempts to brush it off, you’ve already casted your second spell and launched it directly at him. The second spell does the trick, and you manage to take the giant down. (Raphael, KO)

>40exp gained!
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>>4844125
“Oww!! Alright I yield! I yield! Come on, magic’s no fair!”

>”Hey! I said you can yield!” you say as you sprint off, looking ahead towards where the rest of your team remains.

Your heart sinks when you see Petra, down on one knee, giving a sign that she’s down. Next to her is the prone figure of Ernst, who is also done for. All that remains now is Lysithea, who has retreated behind the choke point and is trying to blast Bernie with what you can make out to be Dark Magic. Bernie’s holding her own, but she’s clearly overwhelmed.

You pick up your spear and rush forward. You can taste victory, but you need to be careful how you approach Lysithea, as you have the sneaking suspicion you’re dealing with another Crest user.

>A) You can use Fire two more times. Maybe you can stay behind with Bernie and pick her off
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out
>C) Maybe I can flank her from the other side. Getting there may take a while though…
>D) Write-in
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This thread is auto-saged for some reason and I'm not sure why. This is my first /qst/ thread so I'm not too familiar with protocol, but I guess I'll leave a bit more time in-between updates so enough people see them and then make a new thread as this one eventually gets bumped further down to hell.
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>>4844141
Oh you're fine. You have weeks until the thread falls off. People don't sort by bump order, they sort by recent replies if they're smart.

Wait until this thread is at page 8 or 9 or 10, that's when most STs archive and make a new thread
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>>4844146
Got it, good to know.

Also I forgot to mention but Vulneraries weren't available for the Mock Battle. Wouldn't feel right to give them to Blair's team but not any of the others, and I didn't want to turn Chapter 1 into a chugging contest.
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>>4844125
>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out
One good hit and both of us are done for - flanking runs the risk of her taking out bern (especially if her crests proc) and fire risks her retreating further into the choke if we miss (plus she has pretty good res so it might not do much damage)

>>4842345
>>4842364
>Only sticking with recruitable boys
Why have our girl settle for them when Dimitri is right there. Common as dirt Adestrian girl getting with the crown prince of Faerghus with the backdrop of both of their nations being at war is too good to pass up.
Even though our girl's a generic let's give her a romance fo the ages.

...But if Dimitri's off the table then I'm rooting for Felix or Yuri or Ferdinand before Caspar.
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>>4844167
Clever. I'll agree then

>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out

>>4844156
Entirely fair
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>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out
This is the home stretch bois, we just have to see it through. Lysithea has 0 fucking defense and both us and Bernie are physical damage dealers, she can't blow both of us up. If we die this day, we die in glory. We die Heroes deaths, but we shall not die. No, it is the Enemy who shall face death and defeat. We are the Black Eagles, we are the Emperor's Fury!

>>4844156
>Also I forgot to mention but Vulneraries weren't available for the Mock Battle. Wouldn't feel right to give them to Blair's team but not any of the others, and I didn't want to turn Chapter 1 into a chugging contest.
'Aight, fair enough.
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>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out
Charge! Don't let the artificial albino win the war!
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As a side note, what is a bump exactly? I have only been a casual on goer on this board.
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>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out
Only decent option, else we run the risk of letting lys pick us off one by one. She's a heavy fucking hitter, but a glass canon. Let's force her to focus on one of us while the other takes her out.

Also supporting the hopes and dreams of >>4844167 even if I think we should wait and see where the story takes us

>>4844211
Posting to make sure the thread isn't closed and archived due to inactivity.
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>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out

She’s about to regret being a glass cannon
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Also holy shit, I just realized looking at Blairs sheet, her growth rates are higher than all of the canon characters. (Blair's total is 400%, the highest in the game being Cyril with 395% with his skill). I suppose she pays for it by havnig the absolute lowest base HP stat, even if she doesn't have *the* lowest stat total
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>>4844311
They’re pretty high yeah. I mentioned earlier I intend on having Crest users be pretty broken comparative. My idea with Creat users is once they obtain their Hero Relics, they’ll be getting +10-20 on multiple certain stats ala the Crusader Weapons from Genealogy of the Holy War. So sooner or later the higher growth rates won’t seem so crazy.
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>>4844311
The Aptitude Skill is coded to our very being, the spirit of Donnel and Mozu shall guide us to stronk stats!
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>>4844311
We sacrificed anime hair and being memorable for insane growths.

I am eyeing that mid-year house transfer opportunity very intently indeed
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>>4844319
Oh yeah, forgot you mentioned something like that. As long as you're prepared. I'd rather lose/get knocked out/have to flee every now and again than stomp everything in sight by the end game.
Poor Dedue's gonna get shafted...
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>>4844332
Ride with the eagle, die with the eagle
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>>4844332
>Spoiler
Speaking of, unless I remember incorrectly, that'd be around the time of the Field of the Eagle and Lion right?
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>>4844347
If midyear = Horsebow Moon then it would be during Flayn's kidnapping chapter, right before Eagle and Lion. Jumping ship during this time would be pretty fun considering who gets introduced during that time.

Off topic but is cindered shadows going to happen in this quest?
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>>4844355
If I get around to playing the DLC before we get there
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>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out

Yeah, one good hit takes us out, so we might as well go full frontal to either hit her, or be bait so Bernie can pepper her with arrows
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>>4844128
>B) Charge through that chokepoint. She can’t focus on you and Bernie at the same time. One of you can hopefully take her out
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>>4844128
You’re breathing heavily as you stare down the chokepoint Lysithea is holding. The Dark Mage is all that stands between you and victory, and she certainly doesn’t intend to make it easy.

>”Bernie, I’m going to rush in and attack. Once she’s open, you’ll need to finish her off.”

“What?! You can’t leave me alone! And you’re hurt!

>”Hey, I made a promise to keep you safe didn’t I? Don’t let me down!”

“Wait!!”

With that you rush in towards the chokepoint, lance outstretched, briefly wondering if you sounded cool just now. Lysithea spots you, and you can see her magic churning around her and in her hands as she gets ready to swat you down.

“Charging head on? Don’t underestimate me!” She shouts.

Lysithea von Ordelia
Class: Noble
Level: 1
HP: 22, STR: 4, MAG:11, DEX: 7, SPD : 7, LCK: 4, DEF: 3, RES: 4, CHRM: 5

You won’t be able to get to Lysithea in time before she fires at you. In a last-ditch effort, you cease running, plant your feet firmly in the ground, and launch your spear at her as a makeshift javelin. The spear sails towards the girl, who raises one hand up in an attempt to block it. She’s able to raise up one arm and have it bounce somewhat painfully off her left forearm. (Lysithea, -5 HP). Using her right hand though, she launches a ball of dark matter that strikes you head on.

You’ve never been hit by Dark Magic before. You’ve been struck by magic before back during your training days, however this feels different. As if all the warmth in your body has suddenly rushed out. As your fall back and slip into unconsciousness, the last thing you hear is the tell-tale sign of a Crest activating somewhat behind you.

>Blair is KO’d!

You wake up sometime later still on the field. As you’re looking up, you spot three faces starting back down at you. The first you recognize as the Professor of the Blue Lions, Manuela. Her hands glow a bright white, the tell-tale sign of Healing Magic. The other two faces belong to Petra and Bernadetta, who is looking particularly concerned.

“Rise and shine, kid. You took quite a nasty fall there, but you’ll be alright.” Manuela says.

>”Did we win?” You manage to mutter, still lying on the ground.

Petra nods excitedly. “You did the incredible Blair! Bernadetta was able to take her shot because of you!”

“Why would you rush in like that?!” Sobs Bernadetta. “You could have been blown up and exploded into a million pieces! And it would have been my fault! Oh, I’d never be able to live with myself!”

Though your ribs feel like they are on fire, you manage to let out a chuckle as you turn to the unscathed Bernadetta.

>“I’m just glad I was able to keep my promise.”

>You’ve gained a C Support with Bernadetta!
>You’ve gained a C Support with Petra!
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>>4845782
You wrap your arm around Petra for support and together, the three of you leave the Training Battlefield. As you walk back to the area where the Black Eagles are sitting, you’re greeted by a thunderous roar of applause.

“Way to go!”

“You guys nailed them good!”

“Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”

Black Eagle students surround the three of you, offering words of praise and encouragement after witnessing your battle. The crowd parts somewhat as both Edelgard and Professor Byleth walk towards your group.

“That was fine work you three. If I hadn’t known any better, I’d have thought you’d been fighting together all your lives.” Says Edelgard.

“Indeed. Despite the circumstances, you managed to work as a team and pull through.” Says Byleth.

At the Professor’s words, you notice the absence of Damian. Looking around, you spot him sitting on the benches, head buried in his hands.

>A) Admonish him. His hot-headedness almost cost you.
>B) Extend your hand out. He technically won as well. And maybe getting beat up changed his outlook a bit.
>C) Ignore him, you’re riding high on newly found popularity. Go celebrate with everyone.
>D) Write-in
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>>4845788

You won the Mock Battle!

>100 bonus xp gained!
>Level up!

Blair d'Rusalka
Class: Commoner
Level: 3
HP: 21 (70%)
STR: 8 (40%)
MAG: 8 (50%)
DEX: 4 (45%)+1 = 5
SPD:10 (55%)+1 = 11
LCK: 7 (30%)
DEF: 7 (50%) +1 = 8
RES: 3 (30%)+1 = 4
CHARM: 7 (35%)+1 = 8

Excellent job. I didn't expect to actually win the Mock Battle. If you didn't talk to Damian at the beginning or if you allowed the Golden Deer scout to ambush you, it probably would have wound up in a loss.
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>>4845788
>>B) Extend your hand out. He technically won as well. And maybe getting beat up changed his outlook a bit.
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>>4845788
>B) Extend your hand out. He technically won as well. And maybe getting beat up changed his outlook a bit.
Gotta be the bigger person here. If he's still a dick after this then we're giving him a swirly 1000%
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>>4845839
Looks like Blair is a woman of her word, keeping her promise to Bernie no matter what. We gotta thank her for having our backs like that when Bernie gets into one of her moods - she was a big help vs Felix as well.

Blair's also a woman of multiple charm stat ups, if we keep going TACTICS each fight we could honestly make a case of her having a budding talent in authority.

And that makes it 3 crest users she's dunked on, people are 100% gonna be talking about her now.
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>>4845788
Damian is eating truckloads of humble pie right now, and I don't feel that any choices here are actually good. He did just get humiliated before his peers and worst of all, the peasant girl he lashed out on lasted until the end. That has to be a major blow to his ego.

If we admonish him for his actions, it's a straight shot to turning him antagonistic against us. If we attempt to console him, he'll think we, a mere peasant, is patronizing him, a superior Nobel, and we're back on the antagonist train. Just ignoring him is also just bad, he did contribute in the beginning and not recognizing that is also bound to leave some bad mojo between us. We need to say something, but I don't know what.

Ultimately what Damian needs is time to process this, hopefully he'll work out his feelings and will come out better for it. What we ought to do is visit him tomorrow or the day after that and speak with him privately, try to smooth out any hard feelings and see if he wants to start over as classmates, instead of Nobel and Peasant.
Yeah, you know that's what I'll go with.
>D) Write-in: Attempt to direct some of the Spotlight towards Damian with some choice words. Try speak with Damian privately in a few days to ensure he's doing alright.
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>>4845889
The issue about directing spotlight specifically to him that only thing he even remotely contributed to was vs Kristoffer, but the bad thing about bringing up Kristoffer in conversation is that the very next thing Damian did was get KO'd pulling the exact same stupid stunt that Kristoffer did.

And with everyone buzzing about cohesive the girls turned out to be after he got taken out of the game, I feel he might take us (the one who's command hard carried the team to victory) bringing up his moves early battle as us sneakily patronising/insulting him? Especially because nobles probably use fancy word games and double speak to put people down all the time in the circles he runs in.

I do agree about checking up on him in a few days if he's still down in the dumps because we're proving to make up for out small height with our big heart.
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>>4845788
>B) Extend your hand out. He technically won as well. And maybe getting beat up changed his outlook a bit.
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C) Ignore him, you’re riding high on newly found popularity. Go celebrate with everyone.

Dawwww, we made Bernie sad. But at the same time, showed her we cared about keeping her safe.
Bernie friend getto
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>>4845788
Tactical genius, huuur
>B
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>>4846306
Also, I am glad bernie was the one to win the match.
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I wonder how Edelgard feels about Blairs tactic just now.
In a real world scenario, she essentially just wilingly killed herself to not only complete the mission, but also to save a friend.
Might resonate just a bit.
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>>4845788
>>B) Extend your hand out. He technically won as well. And maybe getting beat up changed his outlook a bit.
>>4845795
Nice another point to Speed, we are gonna double so many bandits in the future, and even though Charm only has a 35% we got another point in that too, nice.
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>>4845788
>>B) Extend your hand out. He technically won as well. And maybe getting beat up changed his outlook a bit.
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>>4845788
Through the cheers and applause, you notice Damian sitting by himself away from everyone. The boy looks like he’s seen better days, and while part of you would love nothing more than to put the brat in a headlock, you decide it’s worth trying one last time to be the bigger person. You find enough strength to stand without Petra’s support and walk over to the crestfallen lad.

>”Will you be coming to the celebration? We did win after all.”

The boy looks up at you with a healthy dose of suspicion.

“Are you trying to pick a fight or something?” He says.

>”No, I’m done fighting for the day. But you did help us out. If it wasn’t for your sacrificing yourself against the Blue Lions, they’d have gotten us all. Isn’t that right?”

Damian squints at you, trying to fully grasp what you’re saying, before breaking into a chuckle.

“Why…that’s right! You girls would have been doomed had it not been for my selflessness. I’m glad you were able to piece together my plan. You’re pretty savvy…for a commoner that is.”

You figure that’s the best you’ll get from him. You extend your hand out and he grabs it.

You spend the rest of the night celebrating with your fellow Black Eagles. Many of them come up to you and give you well-meaning congratulations. For the first time since coming to Garreg Mach, you feel welcome. Even the soon to be Emperor has taken notice of you.

“I hear they’ll be having us go on a dangerous mission soon as a reward for winning the Mock Battle.” Says Caspar.

“Gee, that’s some reward.” Says Dorothea.

“Hah! Maybe we’ll see some real combat? Wouldn’t that be something, Blair?”

>“As long as I don’t have to fight anyone with a Crest.” You wince. Despite Professor Manuela’s healing, you’re still feeling quite a bit sore from the day’s events.

“Crest or not, you did fine work out there today Blair. If we do face off against a dangerous foe, I’ll be glad to count you on our side.” Says Edelgard.

A few days pass since the Mock Battle, and it’s time for you to begin attending classes full-time. As part of your curriculum at the Officers Academy, you’re allowed to pick certain areas of expertise that you can specialize in. While you’re still unsure of where your academic journey will leave you, you’ve become keenly aware of your strengths and weaknesses since coming here.

Sword: E+ (Strength)
Lance: D (Strength)
Axe: E
Bow: E
Brawl: E- (Weakness)
Reason: E+ (Strength)
Faith: E- (Weakness)
Authority: E
Heavy Armor: E- (Weakness)
Cavalry: E
Flying: E

>A) Pick two Proficiencies to raise by one grade this month.
>B) Pick one Proficiency to raise by two grades this month.

https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_classes_in_Fire_Emblem:_Three_Houses
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>>4846870
Alright, since the discussion earlier made it seem we're going towards a flying class, we should probably raise Flying every possible chance we get. Other skills we need raising for the more advanced Flying classes are Reason (Dark Flier)/Sword (Falcon Knight/Dark Flier)/Lance(Pegasus Knight/Falcon Knight), so those four are our main focus unless someone else has another plan.

The question is what we'd pick for our lowbie class. We already qualify for Soldier, and if we raise our Proficency by two in either Reason or Sword, we can qualify for either Myrmidon or Monk. If we want to go Dark Flier, the +2 Mag from mastering Monk and then Fiendish Blow from Mage give us some serious punch in the late game. Hell, we can even throw a curveball if we go down this path and become a Valkyrie if we wanted.
However if we want a more traditional approach we can go Myrmidon into Pegasus Knight to guarantee that we always outspeed our enemies. It's a tough call, I'd like to hear some input from other Anons before any choice is made.
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>>4846945
Myrmidion into Pegasus sound cool
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>>4846945
Let's go with the more magical path, if only for gameplay variety.
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>>4846945
Honestly I'd prefer using going the pure peg/falcon knight route - I like the idea of Blair whacking everyone with a lance, and if her magic does get usable we can give he r a levin sword.

Plus when the war phase comes I think speed will be king - ideally she doesn't want to be fighting crest users at all once they get their relic weapons, and with enough speed she'll be able to double grunts easily. With falcon Knight she'll be a mage killer, give her weapons which are effective against cavalry (horses layer) and armors (armorslayer / rapier) and if she doubles them she can do serious damage too. If she gets her hands on a brave lance she might even be able to x4 some enemies.

But the issue with her going pure peg Knight is we need to keep an eye on her str growths (was an issue with ingrid in my playthroughs where she could double everything but had noodle strength).

Which is why for our lowbie class I propose putting the two rank level up into axes so we get it to D which means we can select brawler for its +5 strength growth rate and str 2+.
Blair already has a 55% speed growth so she's very likely to get speed level ups anyway, and with the 10% speed growth peg Knight gives her missing out on the 2+ speed from myrmidon won't hurt her too much in the long run.

For class progression I'm thinking
>Fighter (using lances to grind weapon ranks up for peg Knight)
>Peg Knight (need to get this ASAP so we don't waste tutoring sessions having to grind up flying)
>????? (pushing for Wyvern Rider due to its +str growths but we could easily go dark flier here if we throw some levels to her reason after she gets on a flying horse)
>Falcon knight
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>>4846870
>A) Lance, Flying
>B) Axe
The 2 ranks on axe should take us up to D to get class into Fighter, flying because we need train this every month until we get on a Pegasus, and lances to work towards that C grade needed for Pegasus Knight.
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>>4846945
If Blair's gonna be a flier anyway, I'd rather see her be a dark flier. Not only because it plays better into her strengths stat wise, but also as the other anon put it it gives us some variety to play with. Honestly I'd be alright with being more ground based too, like say a Mortal Savant. As for now, I'd say Monk would be nice for that mag+2 and upping our poor res growth.Blair might justify it as magic being what came in clutch during the mock battle

>>4846870
>A) Pick two Proficiencies to raise by one grade this month.
Sword & Reason
>B) Pick one Proficiency to raise by two grades this month.
Flying

Sounds to be the way to go though.
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Forgot to mention this but for the purposes of this quests, there are no battalions. Authority is more of a story based Proficiency that will effect how well NPCs respond to commands from you.
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>>4846870
>A) Sword, Reason
>B) Flying
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>>4847130
Huh, wonder what kind of skill Ingrid's got then
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>>4846870
>>A) Pick two Proficiencies to raise by one grade this month.
>Sword and Flying
I'm in favor if Dark flyer so i'm voting these two to qualify for Pegasus Knight, Reason, Sword, Lance and Flying should be our focus.
And as for out first class up i'd choose Myrmidon purely for that +2, I want us to become the fast as fuck.
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>>4847395
Wait so could we do both A and B? In that case for B I choose
>B) Reason
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>>4846870
>A) Pick two Proficiencies to raise by one grade this month.
Sword & Reason
>B) Pick one Proficiency to raise by two grades this month.
Flying

We need to go monk for lowbie class, because everything else tanks Blair's already shitty res growths even more.

>>4846945
Darting blow > Fiendish blow

Darting increases our chance to double with the heavier weapons and tomes.
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>>4847395
>>4847108
The problem I see with us going Dark Flier is that there are no direct Master Classes that are both a flier and a mage, so we'd be dumping points into stats which we'll not need, either Flying if we fully commit to a caster role or Reason if we pick a class that have no access to spells. If we actually want to be a mobile mage we'd be better served to go for Dark Knight instead, which would see us drop Flying in favour of Riding. In the end I'm leaning more towards Falcon Knight becuase it's a perfectly balanced class with no exploits.

>>4847013
That's not a terrible plan, actually. Again I wouldn't argue for going Dark Flier if we're aiming for a Falcon Knight cause I don't think they can use magic (It's been some time since I played, so I might be wrong here) so we're better served going Wyvern Rider instead.

>A) Lance, Flying
>B) Axe
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>>4847450
I suspect the qm is not going to get us into the master classes for a long while, and I'd rather be a dark flier at some point than not.
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>>4846870
>A) Lance, Flying
>B) Axe
The most important thing about these classes is what stat we get 2+ in and both pegasus and dark flier lines will struggle for str. Will also make that sword proficiency in dark flier not a dead weight + help with doubling for heavier spells.
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>>4846870
I've changed my mind. Let's go fighter.

Lance, flying
Axe
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>>4846870
>>4847412
Fuck forgot that pegasus Knight also gives a res boost, changing to
>A) Lance, Flying
>B) Axe
because Blair's only gonna be in this class for 5 secs until she gets enough flying and str good

phoneposting so sorry about any ID changes
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>>4847450
+1
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>>4847450
supporting this
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>>4847450
Supporting
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>>4846870
>A) Pick two Proficiencies to raise by one grade this month.
Sword & Reason
>B) Pick one Proficiency to raise by two grades this month.
Flying
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>A) Pick two Proficiencies to raise by one grade this month.
Sword & Reason
>B) Pick one Proficiency to raise by two grades this month.
Flying
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You decide that this month, you’ll want to focus on your skills with the Lance and your ability to ride a flying mount. You’ll also plan to give to spend a considerable amount of time working with using the Axe as well. You hope that with this curriculum, you will become a well-rounded fighter who will soon be able to take flight and descend upon your foes.

Before you turn in for the night, you write a letter to your benefactor, Count Rusalka. You detail the events of your time at Garreg Mach so far, including your victory in the Mock Battle and the praise from the future Emperor, Edelgard.

>Chapter 2: White Clouds, Harpstring Moon, Zanado, The Red Canyon

Your classes begin in earnest and you find that Professor Byleth is a superb teacher. Her experience across many different areas of war serve you well, and you can already feel your skills beginning to improve. You’re also allowed to work with the Pegasi in their stables after class. You’ve never seen the beasts up close before and you’re captivated by their beauty.

Preliminary flying lessons begin by attempting to mount the beasts. Typically, Pegasi are known as being particularly picky mounts. Legend has it that they favor only virtuous maidens as riders. While you’re not quite sure that’s the case, the Pegasus that you’re allowed to train with does not protest when you get on his back. You don’t dare attempt to fly just yet, but you’re satisfied with the initial baby steps.

As the first week of classes nears its end, you and the rest of the Black Eagles are summoned to assemble in the Meeting Hall. The classroom is abuzz with excitement as word spreads that you will be briefed on your first mission as students of the Officers Academy.

“What do you think our first mission is gonna be? Maybe we’ll be fighting a Warband from Almyra! Or maybe even some Monsters!” Says Caspar, barely able to contain himself.

“I’m sure whatever it is will be absolutely dreadful. Maybe I can stay behind…” Says a noble whom you’ve learned to recognize as Linhardt von Hevring, another heir to a powerful Empire house.

“Settle down, please.” Says Byleth, fresh from her briefing with the Archbishop. The class breaks into a silence as the Professor enters the room.
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“I’ve just received word from Archbishop Rhea and Headmaster Seteth. You’re right to assume that we’ll be heading out to combat, Caspar. We’ve received word that bandit activity in the area has been on a dramatic rise as of late. Reports of plundered villages, ambushed caravans and abandoned campsites have been frequent. The church’s scouts have managed to track the source of these attacks to Zanado, the Red Canyon.”

You’ve heard the name Zanado before, albeit only in passing. It is a site of great significance to the Church of Seiros. Supposedly, even members of the Church are forbidden from entering there. If it’s truly as deserted as the stories claim, it makes sense that it would be the perfect place for bandits to hide.

“So, we’ll be heading to Zanado to capture these bandits and bring them back in chains?” Asks Dorothea.

“Not quite. These bandits have committed a cardinal sin by trespassing upon sacred ground. In connection with the rest of their crimes and according to the Church’s doctrine of warfare, each and every single one of them is to be put to death on the spot.”

The silence in the classroom is deafening as the Black Eagles absorb the meaning behind the Professor’s words.

“Y-you mean…w-w-we’re going to k-kill people?” Asks Bernadetta.

“Correct.” Says Byleth. There isn’t a trace of emotion in her voice. “These bandits forfeited their right to rehabilitation or mercy long ago. It is up to you students to bring them to justice. That is what it means to be a pupil of the Officers Academy. Protecting the common folk from all manners of harm.”

Even you are taken aback by the Professor’s words. You knew that, given the life you were selected to lead, killing would certainly come sooner rather than later. You just weren’t expecting it to be this soon.

“The excursion to Zanado will commence at the end of the month. I will be selecting certain students from among you to serve as junior officers during the operation. That is all, dismissed.”

The Black Eagles shuffle out of the assembly hall, many of them murmuring amongst each other about the upcoming operation. As you exit the hall, you realize that today will mark your first day of free time. How do you plan on spending it?

>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
>B) Head to the Knights Grounds. Maybe seeing the Knights of Seiros will make for some inspiration.
>C) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
>D) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
>E) Head to the Chapel. Maybe praying to the Goddess will keep you safe.
>F) Head to the Fishing Grounds. You need some relaxation.
>G) Go find one of your supports and see what they think. (Select either Dorothea, Caspar, Bernadetta, or Petra.)
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
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>>4848347
>>D) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
New supports sound cool to me.
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>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
Blair's been a woman of her word so far, and I'm down for continuing that trend. Let's get that proper 1v1 duel with little edge boy.
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
Gotta see how we fare in a 1 on 1 battle against him.
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>>4848347
>D) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.

It's never too early to start the real kind of fishing.
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>>4848347
>D) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
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>>4848347
>D) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
Haha, time for existential dread with our classmates before we commit first degree murder. That's how you truly bond with people.
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Will Byleth recruit people into the BE, or is stuff like that entirely dependent on us?
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>>4848797
Sylvain should be an auto recruit honestly lol.

Huh, would probably make Felix easier to get too.

And once you got both of them, Ingrid becomes less implausable then if you go for her first.
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>>4848797
>>4848821

QM said that we ourselves can bring at most 2 people to our house if we put the effort in, and we're not sexy enough to give Sylvain a boner big enough to ditch Blue Lions. FemByleth will probably bring some students in, but that's up to the discretion of the QM.
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>>4848849
>Sylvain
>not aiming for Felix
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I just want Lysithea to join BE, she and Edelgard are able to figure out the crest stuff in some endings.
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.

Also have to say, Damian is growing on me
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>>4849053
Same. Lysithea is an honorary BE to me.
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>>4848634
Bandits aren't people, not anymore
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
Yo Felix is that a sword or are you just happy to see me?

>>4849008
>Not aiming for Dimitri

....but if we're one of the handful of people who can A rank Sylvain then the choice of husband got a lot harder for me

>>4847450
Yeah honestly I'd prefer Blair ending up as a falcon knight rather than dark flier going pegasus Knight - > wyvern rider - > falcon knight.

If we end up as dark flier then that's going to be our class for the rest of the game, you're right there's not point wasting tutoring on skills that are going to be useless on either dark flier or falcon knight when we could be doing more useful things like buffing Blair's faith or authority.

>Again I wouldn't argue for going Dark Flier if we're aiming for a Falcon Knight cause I don't think they can use magic
Falcon Knights can't cast but they can deal out magical damage if they're given either a levin sword or Blair finds that one magical spear, as these weapons both use magic stat to calculate damage.

levin swords can be bought (though Blair may need to save up her peasant salary to be able to afford it) and its upgraded form gives it a range of 3 which is better than most spells iirc. Dunno how Blair will get her hands on the spear since it only turns up in a chest on the very last map of Claude's route.
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>>4848347
>A) Head to the Training Ground. You want to be prepared for the upcoming battle, and Felix did say to seek him out.
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>>4849008
Felix a shit. I'd rather move to stinky-savageland with Petra than husbando Felix.
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>>4849008
>not aiming for both
The best duo for for a threesome they're 1000% screwing in their paired ending
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>>4849618
Supporting, Felix a homo
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>>4848347
You decide to go to the Training Ground and pay Felix a visit. While the last time you saw him you were both trying to knock each other’s heads off, you can’t help but admit that the boy was one of the strongest foes you’ve faced in your short career as an aspiring warrior. Perhaps getting another chance to spar with him will be a good learning experience.

When you arrive there, you find that your hunch pays off. Felix is taking practice swings with his sword, all by his lonesome. He spots you approaching him.

“Well, if it isn’t the aspiring young sorceress herself.” He says. “Did you come to have a spar? Or do you plan on setting me on fire when things don’t go your way?”

>“Maybe. Whatever works, right?”

He lets out a chuckle. “You know one of my classmates, Ingrid, was very annoyed with that stunt you pulled. She thought it lacked the type of chivalry a student at the academy should conduct themselves with.”

>“Is that so? And what do you think?” You ask, taking up a position next to him and practicing spear thrusts.

“Frankly, I think it was refreshing. Too many fools here have their heads in the clouds. They grow up on lofty tales of knightly honor and duels. If you hadn’t relied on your magic, you’d have lost right there. And if that was a real battle, you’d be dead.” He takes another practice swing at the word.

>”Well, I’m glad you’re not upset.”

“I certainly wasn’t happy with my loss, but I’ll take it as a learning experience. Besides, you’ll never get me to fall for that twice.” He boasts.

You spend the rest of the day sparring and training with Felix. He’s extremely skilled with a sword despite his young age, and you get the impression that even without his crest, you would have a hard time taking him down. At the end of your session, you tell him that you’d be happy to train with him again sometime.

>You feel a bond growing with Felix!

>20xp gained from training with Felix. Level up!

Blair d’Rusalka
Level 4 Commoner (0/100)
HP: 21 (70%) +1 = 22
STR: 8 (40%) +1 = 9
MAG: 8 (50%) +1 = 9
DEX: 4 (45%)
SPD:10 (55%)
LCK: 7 (30%)
DEF: 7 (50%)
RES: 3 (30%)
CHARM: 7 (35%)
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It’s the start of a new week and you commit more time to training with the Axe. You’ve toyed with the weapon before, and while it was never your favorite, you’re quickly coming around to it. You find swinging with the larger weapon to be greatly satisfying. Soon you’re able to control your balance with far greater than when you first picked it up.

The rest of the week passes by uneventfully until one day after class, Professor Byleth asks certain students to stay behind. You later find out from Dorothea that the Professor had chosen the junior officers that will be leading units of students during the upcoming operation in Zanado. You yourself were not selected to lead one of these units, but instead will be serving as a soldier instead.

You don’t take the news too harshly. You’ve neglected any additional Authority classes this month in favor of pursuing your eventual goal of becoming a Pegasus Knight. They’ll be plenty of time for that later, you think. The next morning, you find out that the unit you’ll be serving under will be commanded by Hubert von Vestra, Heir to the Vestra family of the Empire.

The operation to Zanado will take place in two weeks, but for now, you have some more time off.

>A) Introduce yourself to Hubert. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
>B) Head to the Knights Grounds. Maybe seeing the Knights of Seiros will make for some inspiration.
>C) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
>D) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
>E) Head to the Chapel. Maybe praying to the Goddess will keep you safe.
>F) Head to the Fishing Grounds. You need some relaxation.
>G) Spend time with one of your supports. (Select either Dorothea, Caspar, Bernadetta, or Petra.)
>H) Spar with Felix again
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Nice to see Felix likes us kek. Our pragmatisism must have really impressed.

>A) Introduce yourself to Hubert. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
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>4850707
What pedestrian level up gains
>4850710
>A) Introduce yourself to Hubert. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
Gotta pick best/worst boy to social with
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>>4850710
Ouch, that was stingy level up. At least we got a point in Strength, which is good.

>A) Introduce yourself to another contender for Worst Boy. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
We were adopted into nobility, and Hubert is the heir to one of the six great nobles. Surprise him with proper etiquette here, I'm not sure he'd be expecting it and it might make a favorable impression on him.

Man we're just on a roll with meeting with worst boy from every house, aren't we?
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>>4850865
Man, Lorenz is an ass, lets not meet him.
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>>4850710
>G) Spend time with one of your supports. (Petra)
We never got around to fighting her like she asked earlier.
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>>4850710
>>G) Spend time with one of your supports. (Petra.)
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>>4850710
G) Spend time with one of your supports. (petra)

I'd say bernie, but I want the vote to win
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>>4850710
>>G) Spend time with one of your supports. (Petra.)
Ewwww now I fully agree Hubert is worst fucking boy. Time to spar with Petra instead.

Also looks like next month we gotta sink that 2 stage level up into authority.
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>>4850710
>A) Introduce yourself to THE Worst Boy. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.

As much as I hate having to waste a free time slot on Hubert it would be prudent to check in with the man commanding us into the field armed with live weapons. You know, to work out strategy, beg him not to use us as a mere disposable meat shield for the glory of Lady Edelgard, important things like that.
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>>4850710
>A) Introduce yourself to Hubert. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
Guess I'll make the tie breaker then. There are people I'd rather hangout with, but I don't think Blair's gotten a strong impression of the lad yet.

Disclosure: I also don't like Petra. She's just so... bland. Still got hope/faith that QM can make some of the less interesting charaters more interesting.
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>>4850710
>>4850710
As long as we get points towards spd/str/res in a level up I'm happy. Also what does our charm stat do if authority is mainly a narrative skill?
>A) Introduce yourself to Hubert. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
He's lurking in officers academy this month alongside the house leaders, maybe after we suffer through a conversation with him we`ll have a chance to introduce ourselves to better boys (and Edelgard)
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so what do other anons think are Blair's hobbies? she evidently likes training, but other than that she hasn't really established herself in my head. maybe she's part of the hard-work-club with Lysithea and Annette.
>>4850707
that's a pretty boy, I would a Felix
>>4850710
>>A) Introduce yourself to Hubert. It will be good to know who you’ll be working with.
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>>4851933
>Hard work club
Even with the reason boon I can't see Blair being super bookish, but I do agree she'd have hard work club ethic when it comes to physical activities? Kek her bonding with Annette and Lys could be funny - they drag her through schoolwork and she drags them through flying a pegasus so they can get dark flier. (Or they'd get pissed off because she has a natural knack for magic without working for it while they need to put in the hours)

I was gonna say tending to animals for hobbies since she gravitated straight to a pegasus, but she doesn't have strengths in riding and hunting like the other animal lovers. Maybe spear hunting game? She probably had to earn her keep on the Count's estate and it ties in with her lance boom.
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on the dark flier front, I personally don't see anything wrong with ending there for a final class. except trickster, all the DLC classes are respectable ending classes. and even trickster I can see being fine, if you're making good use of Foul Play. it's just that swords are the weakest weapon type, so if you're gonna be in the sword/reason camp then you don't want to have half-uses like trickster gives.
>>4852010
well she's a knight's kid so that's where she gets the interest in physical training. though she so far seems to fall into the practicality side of the ingrid-ashe vs felix divide on chivalry. one way to take it would be that this is because she lost her parent to service, but she's here at the Officer's Academy in order to fulfill her own service, so maybe she still believes in those kinds of ideals to some degree, especially since she put a lot of emphasis on her promise to bernadetta.
though since she's got a faith weakness she's probably not inclined to go in for ideals?
>Maybe spear hunting game?
if she kills dimitri the boar prince with a lance someday I'm blaming you. right this moment.
but yeah, no bow strength suggests that hunting isn't her thing.
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>>4852068
>Faith weakness
Probably due to the mindset of 'if the goddess exists why does she let shitty things happen like my dad dying'

>Hunting isn't her thing
Yeah I was reaching, (unless she's shit at all parts of hunting but nailing game with a spear I could see it) - looks like it's all training all the time.

(Also we haven't even met Dimitri yet and we're taking about offing him pls - but if she does put the wild boar down with a lance I will laugh and laugh)
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Not super sure on what Blair's interests or special values might be yet, but I can at least see two certain keywords/traits shaping up for her. Pragmatic and Integrety. I wouldn't necesarily call her humble, but she seems to be (mostly) realistic about her position.

Would love to explore stuff like her views on crests and how she'll handle *actually* killing people but also just what kind of food she prefers and how she'll react when Dorothea eventually decides it'll be fun to doll her up.
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>>4852010
I doubt there'd be any resentment from the hard workers, since they'll shoot ahead of us on that front unless we actually study it. Besides, that's Sylvain's thing isn't it? Actually, I forget if anyone ever actually mentioned a particular disliking of waste of talent.
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>>4852247
Nvm, just remembered Edelgard chewing out Linhardt for that
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>>4852251
kek a lot of people chew out Linhardt for that, Ferdinand does as well.
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>>4852198
>also just what kind of food she prefers

As if Byleth would ever give fish to a generic character :(
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>>4852311
And that suddenly reminds me that there's a fishing tournament at some point. Think Blair will participate?
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You decide to use your free time to better acquaint yourself with your unit commander, Hubert von Vestra. From what you know of him, he is the eldest son and heir of the Marquess Vestra, who serves as the Minister of the Imperial Household. At Garreg Mach, he’s developed quite the reputation as Edelgard’s shadow. He is never seen too far from the future emperor, scaring away would-be sycophants. When you ask Dorothea for advice on speaking with Hubert, she simply chuckles nervously and says he’s not as bad as he looks.

You look around and eventually find Hubert sitting in the Black Eagles assembly hall. In front of him are various papers and documents he is looking over. As you step forward to approach him, he turns around, instantly noticing you.

“Blair d’Rusalka. A pleasure to finally have a chance to speak.”

You stop dead in your tracks. Surprised.

>”Ahh, likewise. A pleasure to meet.” You bow. “I’m surprised you know my name.”

“But of course. You made quite a name for yourself during your gallant victory in the Mock Battle after all.” He curls his lips into what you think passably resembles a smile. “And besides, it’s my duty to know everything about my fellow Black Eagles.”

>Is that so? What else do you know about me?” You inquire.

“For starters, you’re the adopted child of Charles d’Rusalka, who rules over said county. While he isn’t a noble of particularly high rank in the Empire, he presides over a rather substantial quantity of mines in his region. Those mines produce a large amount of raw material that is crucial to the Empire, particularly in its military.”

>You blink. “That’s…spot on.”

“The count has only one child.” He continues. “Rex d’Rusalka. A decorated veteran from the Dagda and Brigid War. His valiant efforts during the war lead him to earn the moniker, ‘Lion of the Empire.’ Although from what I understand, these days he seems to be better at fighting than ruling.”

>You’re at a loss for words at Hubert’s accurate assessment, “Lord Rex is…truly a gallant warrior indeed.”

“Ahh yes, quite the hero I’m sure.” The boy says, smirk never leaving his face. “And as for you, you were adopted by the Count after your father sacrificed his life to save his lord. A noble act that the Count chose to honor by educating and instructing you at the academy. A fine deed, with no ulterior motives, surely.”

The two of you stare at each silently until Hubert breaks the silence.
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“As I said, it is my duty to know all about my fellow Black Eagles…and how they may best serve Lady Edelgard and the Empire.”

>”You seem to be very good at your job, m’lord. While I appreciate your interest in my background, I simply wanted to introduce myself as I found out I’ll be serving under your unit in the upcoming operation in Zanado.”

>”Ahh yes, that.” Hubert smiles. “Do you know that not only did I handpick the five students that will be working under me, but that you were my very first choice?”

>You raise your eyebrows. “No, I did not. I’m flattered. I suppose you will now elaborate further on your decision?”

Hubert’s smile fades. “You’re finally getting the hang of this. I chose you due to your combat ability and your personality. You have the exact temperament I will require for our mission.”

>”Oh, and what would that be?”

Hubert walks up to you and looks down, eyes scanning you knowingly. “Unlike many of my fellow students, I don’t care one bit whether you’re a noble or a commoner. I care that you can follow orders, and kill what I tell you to kill without hesitation. And kill we shall, Blair. That much, you can count on. “

He walks back to his desk. “You won’t be ‘heroically’ sacrificing yourself like that stunt you pulled with Bernadetta. You’ll be using every trick and skill in your repertoire to kill the enemies of our Lady. Like you did with the Fraldarius boy. I’ll be expecting great things of you, Blair. You don’t want to let me down.”

You stare at the back of the boy’s head for a few seconds, before turning on a dime and walking out of the assembly hall. You’re unsure of how you feel about the upcoming mission, and you’re especially unsure how you feel about Hubert.

The operation to Zanado will take place next week. You make a note to yourself to head to the shopping center of Garreg Mach to stock up on potential extra supplies for the mission. In the meantime though, how will you spend your last day of free time?

>A) Head to the Knights Grounds. Maybe seeing the Knights of Seiros will make for some inspiration.
>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
>C) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
>D) Head to the Chapel. Maybe praying to the Goddess will keep you safe.
>E Head to the Fishing Grounds. You need some relaxation.
>F) Spend time with one of your supports. (Select either Dorothea, Caspar, Bernadetta, or Petra.)
>G) Spar with Felix again
>H) Write-in
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CURRENT STATUS:
Blair d’Rusalka
Level 4 Commoner (0/100)
HP: 21 (70%) +1 = 22
STR: 8 (40%) +1 = 9
MAG: 8 (50%) +1 = 9
DEX: 4 (45%)
SPD:10 (55%)
LCK: 7 (30%)
DEF: 7 (50%)
RES: 3 (30%)
CHARM: 7 (35%)
Items: Iron Sword, Vulnerary (x3)
Spells Known: Fire (x5)
Gold: 500g

Sword: E+
Lance: D+
Axe: D
Bow: E
Brawl: E-
Reason: E+
Faith: E-
Authority: E
Heavy Armor: E-
Cavalry: E
Flying: E+

Shopping time!

Items Available for Purchase:
Iron Sword: 300g
Iron Lance: 300g
Iron Axe: 300g
Vulnerary(x3): 100g

Items Available To Sell: Iron Sword (200g), Vulnerary(x3) (50g)

>Do we buy or sell anything?
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CURRENT STATUS:
Blair d’Rusalka
Level 4 Commoner (0/100)
HP: 22 (70%)
STR: 9 (40%)
MAG: 9 (50%)
DEX: 4 (45%)
SPD:10 (55%)
LCK: 7 (30%)
DEF: 7 (50%)
RES: 3 (30%)
CHARM: 7 (35%)
Items: Iron Sword, Vulnerary (x3)
Spells Known: Fire (x5)
Gold: 500g

Sword: E+
Lance: D+
Axe: D
Bow: E
Brawl: E-
Reason: E+
Faith: E-
Authority: E
Heavy Armor: E-
Cavalry: E
Flying: E+

Shopping time!

Items Available for Purchase:
Iron Sword: 300g
Iron Lance: 300g
Iron Axe: 300g
Vulnerary(x3): 100g

Items Available To Sell: Iron Sword (200g), Vulnerary(x3) (50g)

>Do we buy or sell anything? If so, what do we purchase/sell?
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>>4852568
Yup, that's Hubert alright. I think Blair has earned some relaxation after that encounter.
>E) Head to the Fishing Grounds. You need some relaxation.

Not sure what I would buy or sell though. Maybe an extra vulnerary just in case an ally might need one in a pinch or something?
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>>4852568
>>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
Damn Hubert, looks like we will be killing bandits all right, maybe checking on the area will give us a small advantage.
>>4852578
>Buy Iron Lance:300g
Don't think we need to buy anything else, mostly because we don't have much money.
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>>4852568
Well, Hubert was Hubert. No breaks on that guy. It would seem we've actually made quite an impression though, enough to be considered first choice for combat teams. Unfortunately we didn't ask who else we'd be working with, but I suppose there's time for strategy meetings before we actually deploy in the field.

>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
I'm feeling preassured now, Hubert clearly believes we'll perform above and beyond expectations. We should at least have rudimentary knowledge about the operating theater.

>>4852578
>Buy Iron Lance: 300g
Can't grind Lance proficency without a Lance.
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>>4852568
>D) Head to the Chapel. Maybe praying to the Goddess will keep you safe.
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>>4852701
I'll also toss a vote toward buying the Iron Lance
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>>4852578
>F) Spend time with one of your supports. (Petra)
>Buy Iron Lance: 300g

Gotta get that fight that was asked for, also gotta buy weapons
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>>4852568
>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.

>>4852578
>Buy Iron Lance
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>>4852568
>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
Yeah I'm down for this, both because the knowing the terrain is good and also because doing research on the Red Canyon of all places has the chance to proc some...interesting encounters.

Okay so this wasn't a completely wasted time slot because those are some very interesting facts about Rusalka. It makes sense that Hubert is very interested in Blair - with how battle hungry Rex is its probably going to be very easy to have him 'heroically' fall in battle leaving the County very conviently heiress...and if the empress herself suggests a suitable successor....

>>4852578
>Buy iron lance
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>>4852578
>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.

>Buy an Iron lance
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>>4852568
>>E Head to the Fishing Grounds. You need some relaxation.
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>>4852568
>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.
Yeah he's totally gonna make us take that side path to try to flank the enemy, let's see if we can find a map.
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>>4852578
>B) Head to the Library. Do some research on where you’re headed.

>Buy an Iron lance
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>>4852955
So if we impress the empress and her shadow then we could end up as the ruler of said county, hmm... suddenly I feel like doing extra well in the battle.
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>>4853479
The issue is for Blair to technically inherit ASAP and be useful to Edelgard the Count's gotta be assassinated - depending on how much she likes the Count and her own morals that might be an issue for her.

Also we have no clue how loyal the Count is to Edel's plans - if the County is that significant then I'd imagine she would have been trying to get him on her side way before Blair joined and if he comes to heel there's really no need for Blair to inherit at all.
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>>4853570
I mean, Blairs father died in service of Count Rusalka. She was adopted and raised in a nobel household as reward for his service, and sent here to this school by the Count to achive her potential. I am fairly convinced that she wouldn't be having thoughts about murdering her adovptive father. She's not Hubert.
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>>4853619
>She's not Hubert.
Agreed, as evident by the thing with Bernadetta. She seems to have a level of integrity, even if she's not opposed to underhanded tactics against foes
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>F) Spend time with one of your supports. (Bernadetta)
>Buy Iron Lance: 300g

Nice to see Blairs character is already building. We've certainly made an impression during that Mock Battle. Shows her leaning more towards the Hubert/Felix side of Pragmatic vs Idealistic.

Not quite so blunt or unfeeling however, pushing past Bernadetta to take that fireball certainly showed that.
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>>4852568
>>C) Head to the Mess Hall. The other students are congregating there and you can see what they think on the upcoming mission.
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>>4853625
That actually reminds me about Felix's last support with Sylvain. Even if I'm sure he would disapprove of what we did, that's more because he's (at least compared to Hubert) a total softie who doesn't want people he cares about to die, even for a 'good'/'noble' cause.

We're not there in the [Cares about] camp yet though.
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>>4854133
>Blair "This world is cruel and unkind, it cares not for how many lives it takes, those who think they can be noble paragons are fools"

>Felix "Yes. Finally someone who talks sense!"

>Blair "Which is why I'll sacrifice myself to keep my comrades safe, so that those kinder souls can build a better future. To let the innocent stay innocent"

>Felix "No no no!"
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>>4854231
>I can't believe that guy stepped in front of me and took that blow, the damn fool! He could've been killed!

>(Exactly. Finally someone is speaking some sense-)

>That's my job!
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>>4854804
>I think Blair might be a little suicidal
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>>4852568
You continue through your last week of classes, practicing with the lance you’ve become so familiar with. Your thrusts and jabs are getting faster, and you feel much more confident with the weapon than you previously had. You feel so confident in fact, that you head to the shopping square of Garreg Mach one morning and purchase yourself an Iron Lance from one of the local Blacksmiths.

>-300 gold

Your funds are limited as is, but you consider this an investment. You recall that before leaving Rusalka, the Count’s chamberlain told you that you would be sent a stipend of 500 gold each month that you were at the Officers Academy. It’s a pittance compared to what noble students typically receive, but you weren’t one to complain about free money. It was still vastly more than most peasant families saw in a year. Still, you hope that there are some money-making opportunities you can get involved in simply so that you can be outfitted properly for the battles to come.

You decide to use your last day of free time before the Zanado operation to head to the Library and do some research on where you’re going. Perusing through book after book was never your favorite activity but given that this is your first life or death situation, you think it prudent to do so. Unfortunately, you find scrounging up information on Zanado to be quite difficult. Perhaps fittingly so, given that the area is forbidden by the Church. You sigh and put your head down in your latest tome.

“I recognize that look. Did you also find trying to learn more about our upcoming school trip to be a waste of time?”

You look up and recognize the familiar face of Linhardt, sitting across from you.

>”Given the significance of Zanado to the Church, I was hoping there’d at least be a map or some more detail about the terrain. But there’s nothing here.”

“That’s not so surprising. The Church of Seiros is tight-lipped when it comes to information on their sacred ground. Don’t let the enormity of this library fool you. While it may be one of the most expansive areas of knowledge on Fodlan’s history, all of the information contained in these tomes is pre-approved by the Church.”

>You twitch slightly, annoyed at the perceived waste of time. “Well, I suppose I’m done here then. What will you be doing during the operation?” You ask.

Linhardt sighs. “Despite my protests, The Professor and Edelgard have deemed me fit to lead as a Junior Officer. I’ll be directing our group of healers during the battle. What about yourself?”

>“I’ll be serving under Hubert’s command.”

Linhardt studies you closely for the first time since sitting down, taking you all in.

“Is that so? Strange, I didn’t take you for the bloodthirsty or remorseless type. Well, appearances can certainly be deceiving.”

>You blink. “I didn’t either.”
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>>4855202
Linhardt yawns. “Well… if you’ll be in Hubert’s unit, you can expect to see a lot of combat.” He reaches into his bag and pulls out a concoction. “Here, take this. Think of it as a consolation for wasting your time here today.”

>You received Vulnerary x3!

>”I appreciate your generosity, but wouldn’t this serve you better?” You ask.

He shakes his head. “If you get hurt, that means I’ll have to heal you, which means more work for me. You’re honestly doing me a favor by taking it.”

>You smile. “Thank you, Linhardt.”

>You feel a bond growing with Linhardt!

The day of the mission arrives, and you wake up feeling ready for anything. You double check your gear, make sure your sword and spear are polished, and that you have both sets of your Vulneraries strapped. You wish Dorothea luck, as she’ll be serving as a Junior Officer, and head off to meet with Hubert. You find the boy giving instructions to four other students that you do not recognize. Three of them are boys, while one is a girl. Upon approaching, they turn to look at you.

“Ahh, our final soldier has arrived.” Says Hubert.

“That’s her? She’s a bit small…” Says one of the male students.

“Really? I think she’s a cutie.” The sole female student adds.

The other two students regard you silently, until one of them walks up to you. He towers over you in comparison, and has a mean look on his face. He reminds you somewhat of Raphael, in that he seems way too old to be here.

“You sure about this one, Hubert? If you’re gonna have me killing scum out there, I don’t think I’ll have time to babysit this girl.” He says.

>A) Introduce yourself to the group
>B) Insult the student in front of you back
>C) Push the student in front of you away
>D) Say Nothing
>E) Write-in
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>>4855211
>A) Introduce yourself to the group
Let's not even give him time of day. Perhaps he didn't see our display of skill during the mock battle, but we'll be quick to prove him wrong in the field. I get the feeling that this squad is going to be full of meatheads or psychos.
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>>4855211
>A) Introduce yourself to the group
Nice we got the start of a bond with Linhardt and don't have to waste any more of our meager peasant stipend buying vulnaries. Also this means that the only Black Eagle we haven't introduced ourselves too is Ferdinand.

>>4855220
>I get the feeling that this squad is going to be full of meatheads or psychos.
It's a squad handpicked by Hubert, we're probably the only sane one here.
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I'm enjoying reading the discussion around Blair's personality. I've been trying to base it a bit around the actions that she's been taking. So far we haven't voted on anything retarded, so she is certainly developing to be a bit more pragmatic.
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>>4855211
>A) Introduce yourself to the group
We didn't rise to the bait with Damian, this schmuck is low tier in insults compared to him. Lets just keep being the polite little student who works hard and earns recognition that way.
Slightly disappointed by the lack of info in the library, but in retrospect I am not surprised. Going to the Knights and trying to maybe speak to Catherine about it might've been a better option instead. Or it might've put us on a church watchlist. Oh well, free Vulnaries though, can't complain about that.

>>4855226
>Also this means that the only Black Eagle we haven't introduced ourselves too is Ferdinand
I AM FERDINAND VON AEGIR
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>>4855253
Also QM are we going to be able to tag along on any of the school phase paralogues if we have enough bond with the people involved?
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>>4855211
>A) Introduce yourself to the group

Jokes on them, they don't even have character pictures. They're even more generic than us!
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>A) Introduce yourself to the group

Blair is in this school on the recomendation of the man who's given her such a high ranked life.

She was personally praised and pick for this by Hubert, the commander of this group.

Blair aint got no time to waste playing with this dude lol.
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>>4855211
>E) Ask Hubert who this secondary pick is
I know it's not gonna win, but I just think it'd be fun
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>>4854838
>Blair is forced to attend therapy because Bernie and Felix worry about her
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>>4855953
>therapy
Trust me anon, if that was a thing then there's a lot of people ahead in line
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>>4855211
>>A) Introduce yourself to the group
>E) There is no need for 'babysitting' as you said, I am prepared for the mission at hand.
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>>4855211
You let the man’s words sink in. You’re certain he’s doing his best to insult you, but after your recent run-in with Damian, the attempt is laughable at best. You walk around the green haired man and introduce yourself to the rest of the group.

>”My name is Blair d’Rusalka. I am looking forward to working with you all.”

The boy who spotted you first lets out a harsh laugh. “Looks like she thinks you’re not worth it, Derrek.”

“Shut it, Byron.” The green-haired student says.

The female student laughs. “Good girl, don’t let this jerk get to you.” She hops along towards you and grabs your arm. “I’m Corinne. I’m looking forward to working with you as well…” She gives your arm a tug.

The final student who had not spoken pipes up. “Ronald von Vyers. Charmed.”

“Well, now that introductions are out of the way. Shall we get a move-on?” Says Hubert. “And please keep the fighting amongst yourselves to a minimum. We’ll have plenty of that coming up as is.

The trip to Zanado is expected to take around three days. The Black Eagles are accompanied by troops from the Knights of Seiros, who will oversee the mission and ensure that too much harm does not come to the students. It’s your first time marching to battle, and the pit inside your stomach seems to be growing the closer you get to your destination. At the same time, you are unsure of how well you fit in with your new unit.

“So Blair, tell me, have you ever killed anyone before?” Asks Derrek.

>”No, I have not.”

“Heh, I knew it. You’ve got that look about you, same as most of these pampered pups. I fought some poachers that were plaguing my father’s estate last year. Me and his knights killed every single one to a man. They didn’t even know what hit them.” Says Derrek.

“You killed some starving peasants, very impressive.” Laughed Byron. “I’ve fought actual soldiers during a recent border dispute my family was involved in. Killed my first man there, some fool who thought he could get the jump on me with his axe. Stuck my sword right through him. Father was so impressed he purchased me this suit of armor the very next week.”

You begin to find Hubert’s decision to lump you in with these freaks to be rather nasty.

“I’ve never killed anyone, not in battle at least.” Says Ronald. “My father has had me personally execute some convicted criminals though. Murder is nasty business not to be celebrated, but often it is a duty that we nobles must not shirk.”

“How about you, Corinne?” Asks Byron.

The girl simply laughs. “Now now boys, it’s uncouth for a lady to speak on such things.”

You wonder how Bernadetta and Petra are doing. Hell, even Damian might be better company.
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After three days of seemingly endless marching, the army finally arrives at Zanado. For a supposedly sacred, forbidden land, it does not strike you as anything special. The place is a glorified ruin. An arid, dry wasteland that despite having the moniker, “The Red Canyon”, is very much so the usual brown you’d expect to see. Though you imagine things will be getting red very soon. Upon the armies arrival, you can hear screaming from further ahead, and you spot the tell-tale signs of smoke from campfires.

The Knights of Seiros mount up and take their leave from the Black Eagles. From your understanding, they plan to survey the battle and ensure that none of the bandits are able to escape, only intervening in battle if things are looking bad for the students involved. With the overwhelming force brought here though, you imagine that today may resemble an outright slaughter more than battle.

“Listen up!” Shouts Hubert to your unit. “Our only path into Zanado lies through a narrow corridor. We’ll have the distinction of being the first to follow Lady Edelgard and the Professor’s units into battle. Once the Professor and her mercenaries smash into the enemy, we’ll be doing the clean-up. Follow my orders and hold nothing back!”

You ready your spear forward as every unit begins to take their place. There is sweat dripping down your face, but whether it’s from the heat or nerves you are unsure. You see Byron unsheathe his sword and Derrek spinning his lance, laughing as if someone just told the world’s funniest joke. Ronald remains in the back of the unit, hands glowing with some unseen magic. It’s Corinne though that surprises you the most. The girl who you assumed was the picture-perfect frame of nobility is wielding what appears to be a large Battle Axe.

“Anyone care to wager who slays the most foes today?” Asks Derrek.

“Hah! 500 gold pieces says that prize goes to me!” Replies Byron.

“Ugh, these barbarians…to set up camp in such a place.” Ronald pinches his nose in disgust. “Let’s get this over with quickly.

Corinne looks ahead. She’s humming a tune and slowly twirling her axe. She looks at you and smiles.

“Hey Blair, how about we join in on that wager? I bet we can get more kills than the boys.” She says.

The thought of making a wager over who can take the most human life doesn’t exactly sit well you’re your morals. 500 gold would certainly go a long way for you though. And besides, you are here to kill anyway…

>A) Agree to take part in the contest (You’ll receive 500g if you win)
>B) Don’t take place in the contest (You’ll lose 125g if you do not win)
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>>4856224
After three days of seemingly endless marching, the army finally arrives at Zanado. For a supposedly sacred, forbidden land, it does not strike you as anything special. The place is a glorified ruin. An arid, dry wasteland that despite having the moniker, “The Red Canyon”, is very much so the usual brown you’d expect to see. Though you imagine things will be getting red very soon. Upon the armies arrival, you can hear screaming from further ahead, and you spot the tell-tale signs of smoke from campfires.

The Knights of Seiros mount up and take their leave from the Black Eagles. From your understanding, they plan to survey the battle and ensure that none of the bandits are able to escape, only intervening in battle if things are looking bad for the students involved. With the overwhelming force brought here though, you imagine that today may resemble an outright slaughter more than battle.

“Listen up!” Shouts Hubert to your unit. “Our only path into Zanado lies through a narrow corridor. We’ll have the distinction of being the first to follow Lady Edelgard and the Professor’s units into battle. Once the Professor and her mercenaries smash into the enemy, we’ll be doing the clean-up. Follow my orders and hold nothing back!”

You ready your spear forward as every unit begins to take their place. There is sweat dripping down your face, but whether it’s from the heat or nerves you are unsure. You see Byron unsheathe his sword and Derrek spinning his lance, laughing as if someone just told the world’s funniest joke. Ronald remains in the back of the unit, hands glowing with some unseen magic. It’s Corinne though that surprises you the most. The girl who you assumed was the picture-perfect frame of nobility is wielding what appears to be a large Battle Axe.

“Anyone care to wager who slays the most foes today?” Asks Derrek.

“Hah! 500 gold pieces says that prize goes to me!” Replies Byron.

“Ugh, these barbarians…to set up camp in such a place.” Ronald pinches his nose in disgust. “Let’s get this over with quickly.

Corinne looks ahead. She’s humming a tune and slowly twirling her axe. She looks at you and smiles.

“Hey Blair, how about we join in on that wager? I bet we can get more kills than the boys.” She says.

The thought of making a wager over who can take the most human life does not exactly sit well with your morals. 500 gold would certainly go a long way for you though. And besides, you are here to kill anyway…

>A) Agree to take part in the contest (You’ll receive 500g if you win)
>B) Don’t take place in the contest (You’ll lose 125g if you do not win)
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>>4856233
>>A) Agree to take part in the contest (You’ll receive 500g if you win)
Might as well take part, 125 isn't that much money to loose.
Also yeah this group is a little more kill hungry then pretty much everyone else on the 3H cast, Hubert must have seen something in us to pick us to this group.
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>>4856233
>B) Don’t take part in the contest
Making sport out of killing others is a dangerous thing to do. Down that path lies foul things. I'm not as thrilled about Hubert's attention towards us as I was previosly if he thinks we're similar to the others of our squad.

I assume we only lose the money if we actually partake in the contest, yes?
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>>4856293
Correct
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>B) Don’t take part in the contest
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>>4856233
>B) Don’t take place in the contest

Don’t like the idea of that type of motivation
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>>4856233
>B) Don’t take place in the contest (You’ll lose 125g if you do not win)

We have our father's legacy to live up to. Lets not sully his memory with wanton slaughter and gleeful massacre.

Also Bernie would be terrified of us if we partook,
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>>4856233
>A) Agree to take part in the contest (You’ll receive 500g if you win)

We'll have to fight and kill either way, might as well.
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Also, I really hope Corinne survives. As I adore bloodthirsty lesbian characters, and she seems the type judging from her cutie comment. The huge fucking axe only increases my opinion towards her
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>>4856233
>B) Don’t take place in the contest
Nah these are still human lives these dastards are taking about so casually, Blair's far too good to fall into that mindset. Also I don't like the fact that Hubert apparently thinks we're the same as these guys.

Plus we literally just told Linhardt we didn't think we were a bloodthirsty psychopath, so let's not fall to the same level as these actual bloodthirsty psychopaths.
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>>4856233
>B) Don’t take place in the contest (You’ll lose 125g if you do not win)

This boils down to: do we through away our morals and scruples for money? The answer should be no.
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>>4856233
>B) Don’t take place in the contest
I don't doubt we'll show much in the way of mercy beyond a quick death, but let's not make death into a sport.

>>4856541
Don't stick your- smash scissors with crazy
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>>4856660
I don't intend to. As far as we've seen, blair is straight and meant for Caspar, Damian and maaaaybe bernie if she does indeed swing that way. And you know, potentially felix, gonna need to see how they interact a bit more to determine if he is husbando material
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>>4856663
Felix is probably going to be the easiest for her to court, sparring is the quickest way to his heart (going by the Dorothea and Bernie's support chains). If Blair can sing on top of that she practically has him locked down already.

>Caspar
I honestly want him to be a big bro to us rather than a husbando but if Blair can't snag a blue lion then I supposed he's an okay candidate

>Damien
...if were seriously considering him we might as well aim for Lorenz, he's literally a Lorenz knockoff with shitter status and personality.

but what do we need to do to proc a Dimitri encounter around here - hopefully he'll be easier to find once we hit the blue lion centric missions
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>>4856740
>Spoiler
I do wonder how that'll be handeled. It'd be such a shame if Sylvain and Ashe weren't present for their respective important missions.
Also, to add on to Felix, we've also got the short stature going for us :^)
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Blair not taking part in the bet and then still pushing to perform the best strikes me as amusing. She's leveled up more than you'd expect for chapter 2, and has the benefits of range unlike two of her teammates and not being complete paper like the other (assuming their stats follow their appearance)
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>>4856774
The lions not going on the Lonato mission kind makes sense because it's technically a conflict of interest? But not sending Sylvain to retrieve his family relic is the church just flexing their superiority.

Hopefully Byleth will bring Ashe/Sylvain along as a temp recruit when the time comes. Or we can ask her to but considering we're generic mcgee that might be pushing it.

> Also, to add on to Felix, we've also got the short stature going for us :^)
I still can't get over us being shorter than Edelgard. Hopefully we get a Bernie level growth spurt after timeskip.
Well we're good at weapons and tiny we're got 2 out of 3 already.


>>4856781
>not being complete paper like the other (assuming their stats follow their appearance)

Honestly I have the sneaking suspicion that some of these generics are on Hubert/the flame emperor's payroll.
>Very casual with Hubert
>Handpicked by Hubert
>Older than most students
Them being older might be due to their parents wanting them to attend at the same year as the Imperial Princess and it makes sense they know Hubert because they're both nobles but put all those facts together....
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Think I should mention that Blair is Bisexual. Don't want to limit our options so if the crowd dictates that she's going to smash scissors with another girl, that's on the table. The only limiter here would be the character has to actually be lesbian in-game as well.

Also someone mentioned if we're going to do paralogues. I think it depends. I think getting involved in every single paralogue would be cumbersome, but if she has a B support with someone and their paralogue takes place prior to the timeskip, then it's possible she can tag along.

Those characters would also be able to tag along for Blair's paralogue.
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>>4856807
>We have our own Paralouge
I fear this can only end badly.
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>>4856807
>Blair's Paralogue
Oh shit dudes
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>>4856807
>Blair's paralogue
Oh boy
Also thanks for answering!

So none of the Eagles apart from Dorothea have a pre time skip paralogues.

Paralogues we're on track for are
>Felix - Red Wolf Moon (~6 months from now)
>Dorothea/Ingrid - wyvren moon (~5 months)
Doro/Ingrid assumes a B rank with Dorothea is enough to get on it, since our actions during the mock battle have tanked our ingrid relationship.

Others who have pre-time skip paralogues
>Ashe/Catherine (month after Felix's)
>Sylvain (wyvern moon)
>Lorenz
>Raf/Ignatz
>All instructors

Ashe and Sylvain might be doable depending on our actions during their story chapters. Others seem like we'll have to give them a miss (unless Byleth gets us on a few teacher ones like Manuela's)

I personally want to tag along for as many as we can both for that sweet, sweet EXP and because I want Blair to make friends.
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oh no the gates are open for yurifags
and hetfags
and shipping
this is terrible
this is fine
I like boys though
>>4856817
>>4856844
I'm excited. I love when QMs have well-defined main characters, especially in insertion-type quests like this.
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So time to rush Dorothea in order to get her paralogue?
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>>4857275
We're already got her at C and are gonna be bonding with her in class and missions so we can take our time - if we're rushing anything it's using our free time slots to getting Felix up to B and maybe making a pass at Ashe and Sylvain if we want to nab theirs.

>>4856993
I like boys too
And yeah it's nice that Blair has a background and planned arc ahead of her even though her being Adrestian had my Blue Lion dreams dead on arrival
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What's the best way to get to Lysethia? That's one of the people I really want to get into BE.
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>>4856233
>>A) Agree to take part in the contest (You’ll receive 500g if you win)
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>>4857305
Baking her sweets, magic studies and resisitng the urge to tease her for being short. Honestly though, I don't really feel like we have an in-game reason to actually go meet and get acquainted with Lysithea since we're prioritizing physical training and flying over magic, and Lysithea takes herself too seriously to indluge us outside of magic studies. We'd have to get something like a lucky meeting in the Cafeteria to start our Support of with her.

However we do have one really strong potential target we have a natural reason to interact with on a regular basis: Ingrid. We're basically a Black Eagles version of Ingrid already, a Lady Knight from an impoverished nobel family (we're not technically nobility per se, but I feel our situation is close enough to hers) sent to Garrech Mach with goals of becoming respected and noble knights. I feel like Blair and Ingrid would click almost instantly if we gave it a chance, and there ought to be a few of them. With us going to the stables to level flying, I have no doubt we'll run into Ingrid sooner rather than later. We might even meet her at the training grounds when we practice with Lances or Axes.

>>4856851
>since our actions during the mock battle have tanked our ingrid relationship.
This is true, though I feel this hurdle could be overcome with the right actions. If we're lucky, simply showing her that we're not about being underhanded to win at any cost, but about a certain level of logical pragmatism will be enough to settle the issue. After all, if you wish to live as a hero you first and foremost need to survive. And while I don't expect Ingrid to ever embrace pragmatism, hopefully she can understand that you're not an honorless, backstabbing scumbag just because you utilize all the tools at your disposal.
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While the idea of earning your monthly allotted gold in a single day is vaguely tempting, you find gambling over slaughter to be an utterly repulsive game you want no part in.

>”No, thank you.” You politely decline.

Corinne looks at you, surprised. She then breaks into that trademark honeyed giggle of hers. “You’re positively adorable, Blair. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you safe out there.”

Up ahead, you see the Professor and Lady Edelgard taking position at the front of the army. The future emperor turns to her assembled soldiers and raises her weapon to the skies. “Black Eagles! Let us show these foes the full might of Adrestia! For Victory!” She cries.

A loud roar erupts from all around you and just like that, you find yourself marching forward alongside your unit, into your very first battle. Just as Hubert said, The Professor leads the army forward, along with a group of experienced mercenaries from Jeralt’s Company and Edelgard, while you follow behind. A large group of bandits have taken up position at the mouth of the passageway in an attempt to block the Black Eagles from entering.

“Bernadetta! Dorothea! Now!” You hear the Professor scream.

From above your head, a barrage of lightning and arrows are launched towards the huddled group of bandits. It collides with them in an explosion of blood, dust, and screams. From up ahead, you see the Professor and her unit charge right through the group of staggered bandits. She is an utter sight to behold as she dodges, parries and slashes through any and all foes that attempt to bar her path. The way she effortlessly cuts through her opponents almost make it seem as if she’s dancing, though the trail of severed limbs suggests otherwise.

The blockade of bandits that were in front of you are now reeling, and it’s time to perform the “clean-up” that Hubert was talking about.

“Coming through!” You hear Derrek yell. The boy rushes ahead of you, spear outstretched, and impales an arrow-filled bandit that was struggling to get up. “That’s one!”

You follow him through the breach and spot a bandit in your path. He’s a young boy, perhaps around your age, with tanned skin and dark hair. The look on his face denotes that he is utterly terrified. He spots you charging towards him and raises a shaky sword towards you. If he’s attempting to raise a defense against you, you’ll never know as your spear collides straight through his chest. The boy drops his sword and lets loose a horrible gurgle as you twist and pull your spear out, avoiding his falling body.

>30xp gained!
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You’ve taken your first life, though you don’t have much time to reflect on that as another bandit immediately attacks you head-on. The woman charges you and attempts an overhead strike, which you’re able to block cleanly with the shaft of your spear. You grit your teeth and push back against her, sending the thief back a few steps. You follow up with a spear thrust to the woman’s shoulder.

She screams in utter agony as she clutches her ruined shoulder, dropping her sword. You ready yourself to put her out of her misery when a fireball collides with her, engulfing the woman in flames. Your nostrils smell burning flesh for the first time and it takes all your effort to not gag right there.

“Repulsive swine.” You hear Ronald say. “These cretins should learn their place.” He moves forward, hands glowing.

By now, most of the bandits that were attempting to block your path have been dealt with in the initial assault. Ahead, you spot Corinne in a duel with two swordsmen, both of whom are trying to keep distance from the mad woman. She swings her battle axe and connects with both her foes, who attempt to block her attack. You’re unsure whether the steel of her axe is of far greater quality or if she’s much stronger than her appearance suggests, but her weapon manages to cut through both bandit’s weapons as if they were simple twigs. On her backswing, she cuts straight through the midsection of one bandit while disemboweling the other.

The passageway into Zanado has been fully taken by the Black Eagles, who are now converging and getting ready to head further into the valley. As you’re catching your breath and waiting for further instruction, you spot Petra approaching Hubert.

“Hubert, my scouts speak of a hidden narrow passageway to the west. The Professor wishes you to cure it.” She says.

“The word you mean is ‘Secure’, Petra, and I intend to do just that. With any luck, it should allow us to flank the enemy from behind.”

Break time is over. You spot the Professor, along with units led by Caspar and Ferdinand von Aegir, getting ready to push through the inner canyon.

You hoist your spear and follow Hubert towards the western passageway that Petra mentioned. Narrow was an understatement. There definitely isn’t much room to maneuver. As you make your way down the passage, you encounter a group of enemy bandits heading towards your direction. Whether they were intending to flank you or use the passage for escape does not matter, you’ll have to deal with them here.

>A) Charge through, the bandits are disorganized, and were not expecting to meet resistance here.
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.
>C) Attempt to maneuver to their backline. The passageway is narrow, but there’s some room on the sides you may be able to work with.
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>>4857514
our first kill was a terrified young boy, hella
>>4857521
>A) Charge through, the bandits are disorganized, and were not expecting to meet resistance here.
I'd say we use magic to attack them, no way to evade magic in a narrow passage way, Ronald can help.
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>>4857532
Oh and Hubert as well, and we should probably tell the people in front what we are doing so we don't hit them in the back
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>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.

Never give up the highground. This is a narrow corrodor, we have a choke point.
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.

Spear user, so this seems a good choice
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.
Blast them as they approach, then form a defensive line.
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.
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>>4856807
Question, would Petra be a possible waifu?
Sure, Fem Byleth can't S rank her, but that Ending she has with Dorothea has some subtext kek.

> It is said that she became the person whom Petra loved the most."
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>>4857969
>your country got my dad killed!
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.

>>4857429
Yeah I agree that her hangup is something she'll get over by the war phase certainly, she's only pissed right now because she still idolises those knightly tales.
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>>4857521
>A) Charge through, the bandits are disorganized, and were not expecting to meet resistance here.

Let's go for Bandit 8 and try to kill him fast. He's got a healing item.
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.
Seperating from the herd in such a narrow space is just asking to get ganged up on
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>>4857521
>B) Hold your ground, let them crash against the unit.
We're fighting with some bloodcrazy maniacs here, we have to hold back and be ready to check anyone going for our Backline or plug holes in the line, cause they aren't going to do it.
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>>4856807
>Blair is bi
Nnnnneeeeeat
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War crimes
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>>4857521
>>A) Charge through, the bandits are disorganized,
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>>4859923
Ah ah, the Geneva Convention only applies in our world. Let me hear 3 "Ave Sothis" and let spill the blood of bandit men!
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>>4860558
>Ave Sothis
>Ave Sothis
>Ave Sothis
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The bandits are a disorganized mess, and hardly slow down upon seeing Hubert’s Unit. You decide it best to stand your ground and let them crash upon you. With no real space to maneuver, their numerical advantage means little.

The bandit directly in your path wields an Axe and charges right towards you, eyes wide with what looks to be rage. Before he can get within range of your spear, he’s assailed by a Mire spell from Hubert. A glob of slime appears around him and collides head on. The bandit screams as his armor and skin seem to melt off, and you put him out of his misery with a thrust of your spear through his head. (15 Damage, Kill)

>40xp gained!

To your side, another axe wielding bandit is engulfed in flames, before his head is lopped clean off by Byron. The third bandit gets several new holes poked through him by Derrek’s spear. He tries to backpedal away but his allies behind him make it so that escape is impossible. Derrek plunges his Iron Lance through the man’s chest and ends his life.

By now the second rank of bandits have ceased rushing forward when they see you kill their friends.

“Move forward! Drive them back!” Yells Hubert.

You, Byron and Derrek move as a unit towards the stationary group of bandits who are unsure of how best to act. You thrust your spear towards a wily thief who’s doing his best to avoid you. He does your firs two thrusts before being struck directly in the clavicle. (12 Damage). Screaming in pain, he begins swinging his dagger wildly attempting to hit you, While you try and bat him away with your spear, he manages to land a nasty cut on your arm. (-4 HP. 18/22)

You seethe, your familiar disdain for being hurt kicking in. You push back against the boy, launching his knife out of his hand, and impale your spear into his gut. You pick the boy up through your spear, and launch him towards his friends in the back.

>40xp gained, Level Up! Obtained Vulnerary x3!

Level 5 Commoner (10/100)
HP: 22 (70%) +1 = 23
STR: 9 (40%) +1 = 10
MAG: 9 (50%)
DEX: 4 (45%)
SPD:10 (55%)
LCK: 7 (30%) + 1 = 8
DEF: 7 (50%)
RES: 3 (30%)
CHARM: 7 (35%) + 1 = 8
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>>4861046
You hear Corinne laugh as she charges through the opening you’ve made to the enemy’s backline. “You’re a lot nastier than you let on!”

A mage in the back who was targeting Byron with magic lets loose a terrified shriek as Corrine’s axe comes down and splits her head in two. She follows up by using her backswing to smash an archer in the chest and plant him directly in the ground, blood splattering.

Two sword wielding bandits square off with Derrek and Byron, but thanks to the combined magics of Hubert and Ronald, they quickly fall.

The final two archers in the back, a man and a woman, drop their bows and retreat back to where they came from into the canyon while you and Corrine give chase. As the archers split up, Corrine chases the male while you chase the female.

As you emerge from the other side of the canyon, you see that the Professor and her forces have already made it all the way through. The Black Eagles now vastly outnumber the remaining bandits and are doing the grim work of finishing them off. A trail of bodies carpet the area, and in your quick glance, you notice that none of them seem to be students.

You finally corner the archer, who was attempting to hide within a nearby tent. As you approach her with your spear, she calls out to you.

“Please! I beg of you for mercy my lady! I was forced into this to feed my family. I don’t want to die!”

You pause. The woman is completely unarmed, shaking and bawling. Corrine’s quarry has taken her in an opposite direction, and Hubert and the others are still catching up with the rest of the Black Eagles. It’s possible if you leave her to hide, she may survive unnoticed. However, it goes against the orders given to you by the Church of Seiros, and there is a risk of being caught having let a bandit escape the Church’s justice. Something that may cause you some issues.

>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
>B) Show mercy. Your escapades in Hubert’s unit have you eager to prove to yourself you aren’t bloodthirsty.
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>>4861047
>B) Show mercy. Your escapades in Hubert’s unit have you eager to prove to yourself you aren’t bloodthirsty.

Perhaps lead her to the others to see if taking prisoners is allowed?

>You pick the boy up through your spear, and launch him towards his friends in the back.

Holy shit not so generic anymore
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.

Pretend to talk to her, then put the spear through her face. This way it's quick, painless, and unexpected. Even if we spare her life, we're not feasibly going to escort her past any knights who may be in the area, or any fliers who will see her running away.
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>>4861047
>>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.

On sacred ground, we let her go shes dead anyway if the Church gets to her. This is likely a kindness overall.
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>>4861046
>You seethe, your familiar disdain for being hurt kicking in. You push back against the boy, launching his knife out of his hand, and impale your spear into his gut. You pick the boy up through your spear, and launch him towards his friends in the back.
You know, i now fully understand why Huber chose us, our personal skill must make us look like we are blood hungry, a small scratch and boom we are destroying enemies.
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
And I am not making us look any better, FINISH THE JOB!
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
Also there's absolutely no way I want to give Hubert any ammunition to hold against us (who knows how many eyes he has on us), we gotta do this even though it sucks.
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>>4861188
This paints an interesting picture now that I think about it, we are nice and friendly but rational and a little pragmatic, but once we get hurt something rises up from deep within and our lust for victory comes to the surface.
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>>4861047
>B) Show mercy. Your escapades in Hubert’s unit have you eager to prove to yourself you aren’t bloodthirsty.
But make it clear she's on her own, and we're one of her few chances at a quick and relatively painless death.
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>B) Show mercy. Your escapades in Hubert’s unit have you eager to prove to yourself you aren’t bloodthirsty.

A surrender is a surrender.
Plus, mabye Hubert will get some info out of her, who knows.

Obviously dont let your guard down around her. But it should be safe enough to take her prisoner.
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Oh wait, I missed that part.

>However, it goes against the orders given to you by the Church of Seiros, and there is a risk of being caught having let a bandit escape the Church’s justice. Something that may cause you some issues.

Then yeah, orders are orders. Literally our job. Dont feel guilty about taking her out.

>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
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War Crimes!
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>Generic in the Chapel, Sadistic in the battle
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
Come here sweet chunk of EXP
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Shame it looks like B isn't gonna win, would've presented an interesting path to Blair's paralogue and/or what she might be up to during the time skip (which might not be a time skip for us?)

Oh well. Does anyone think Blair should say anything? Something like asking how many have groveled like that before the bandit(s)?
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>>4861291
Don't say anything and just give her a quick kill will fit in with Blair's pragmatic but also good personality. Doing some garbage like >>4861109 is crueler because it gives her a false sense of hope before we finish her off.
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>>4861047
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
Yeah we're not in a position to grant mercy. If we don't kill her, the Knights of Seiros will absolutely destroy her, her surivial is impossible and atleast we can make it quick and painless, which is more than I can say for anyone else in our squad. If we give mercy it will 100% go on our permanent record, both with Church and Hubert/Edelgard and we'll see less field time due to it.

>>4861291
>Does anyone think Blair should say anything?
Something along the lines of "I'm sorry it had to come to this, but you chose this life of banditry. If you don't struggle I can make it quick and painless" would probably be best if we are to say anything at all. Looking at Anon discussions it seems we're mostly agreeing this is something we have to do out of situational necessity, rather than actual bloodlust, and I feel this properly represents this. Maybe we even ask her where her family lives so we can return her belongings to them?]/spoiler]
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>>4861047
an okay level up. as long as str and mag keep going up, and blair's speed keeps pace, can't complain at all.
blair's getting a little dex-screwed lol wonder if she'll end up clumsy.
>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
lots of people have no choice. but only a few of them end up in the red canyon.

QM I'm a little uncertain on the importance of the decision to hold ground versus charging through versus manuevering. how did it affect the flow of things?
>>4861420
she says she doesn't feel like she had a choice in it at all, so I don't think such a quip makes sense. better to just get done with it.
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Standing your ground was the safe and smart bet for someone who's looking to stay alive and clear the Chapter. The bandits crash into your chokepoint and you're able to pick them off.

Charging through would have opened you up to taking a lot more damage. Rushing into a group of already charging bandits while you're outnumbered isn't the healthiest idea, though for someone who may be looking to get the most experience/kills (even if you're not taking place in the contest, the idea of still "winning" it holds some appeal) it would have been an ideal choice. It also probably would have made Hubert picking you on his team make a lot more sense if your first reaction upon meeting the enemy was to rush in and kill, no questions or further tactics needed. In fact, given Blair's E Rank in Authority, which in this quest functions as a pseudo tactics rank, this option probably wouldn't seem all that off. And you'd have some Vulneraries to chug if things got sour.

Trying to maneuver around them would have gotten you completely fucked up without any of the benefits of the other two options. It's a narrow passageway. It was just generally a bad idea. Something only someone with an E Rank in Authority might think of.

All in all these bandits aren't particularly threatening. They're young, poorly equipped thieves, who if somehow had even managed to grievously wound you, would probably still have died. It was more so to provide a few different ways of clearing the challenge and seeing how the other characters might react to it and whether or not Blair develops a reputation as a psychopath or a generally good soldier.

This current decision is a lot more important
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>>4861047
>B) Show mercy. Your escapades in Hubert’s unit have you eager to prove to yourself you aren’t bloodthirsty.

Let's try and take her as a prisoner, at least. It doesn't feel right just ending the life of someone who's surrendering... It may not be the best decision rationally, but... It'd just be too cruel to end her life here and there.
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>>4861696
I can't imagine squatters on holy ground would get an easy death from the church that owns the place. Especially when they're bandits.
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>>4861047
>>4861696
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>>4861757
Surely we can explain what would happen before killing her, right? At least give her a choice. She could always pretend to be a prisoner or a slave to the bandits if it would save her, couldn't she?
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>>4861889
The issue is the church has specifically stated to leave no survivors, and they have absolutely no qualms about killing the unfaithful and the blasphemous (or anyone, really).

The reason I said to kill her is because if we don't then someone else will (there are church Knights babysitting the students) and if we're caught we'll be noted for disobeying Church orders, which may either leave a black mark on our record or be prime blackmail fodder for someone to use.
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>>4861895
Yeah, it'll be quicker than the alternative, less painful to.
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>>4861696
Considering coming events it's cute your having trepidations about killing a literal brigand under direct orders.

It's going to get worse, I'd save that mercy. We still need to make a good impression and being insubordinate, to both our House commanders and the Church, is not the way.
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>>4861895
Yeah, if we don't kill her and we're found out we're lucky if we get off with a stern warning. While I don't think we'll get executed on the spot, since this is the first outting of the class, we'll absolutely get marked down as either a potential heretic or weak fighter. Maybe if the situation was different, we could've played this off like she was a bandit captive, but our squad clearly saw us hunt down a single female archer. It'd be a pretty dead giveaway if we show up with a conveniently 'released captive that's totally not the archer I was fighting', and she's bound to get ultra-murdererd by the Knights patrolling the area if we let her run for it. We can give her a cleaner, painless death than being run down by Hardcore Fanatics.
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>>4861912
Well, I figured it'd be worth a try, but you guys are right. Let's do what we have to do then. I just hope Blair won't end up too heartless by the end of this...
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>>4861920
Yeah, with the QM stepping in and saying that this choice is impactful I went back and reconsiderd, but I really can't see us coming away from that in a good way if we step in and try to save this girl. Hopefully QM will take into account the reasoning of anons to make it more of a pragmatic choice as opposed to some bloodthirsty reason.
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>>4861920
I'll let a thousand bandits die before even thinking of endangering Bernie's smile
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>>4861932
If we 'get away' with it, being willing to go against the church will either us Edel/Hubert points or get us on the slitherer radar - but I have a feeling Hubert wants them 100% gone because they're the ones Edel hired to off Claude and Dimitri during the training exercise and he doesn't want any of them to squeal.

If we spare her and she gets away alive we get to pat ourselves on the back for being a good person and...maybe us her testimony in the future? Assuming she knows anything at all which I highly doubt.

And yeah I hope QM goes for a "I'm killing her because there's no other way" vibe rather than us being a bloodthirsty psycho.
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So we have to raise Authority so we don't make dumb moves in the battlefield, yeah that's a good reason to raise it.
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>>4861047
>>A) Kill the woman. Sob story or not, she’s a bandit.
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Come on qm....
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You examine the woman closer. She appears to be of Duscur origin. You aren’t sure what events lead her to this god-forsaken place, but you have your orders. If anyone saw you spare this woman’s life, it could cause further issues for you at the Academy. And like it or not, this woman may not be the last person you’ll have reservations on killing in this bloody path you’ve embarked on.

“P-please…I’m sorry!”

The bandit’s begging snaps you back to reality. The least that you can do is make this quick. You thrust your spear forward into the girl’s heart and twist. She grabs the shaft of your spear and locks eyes with you, coughing up globs of blood. You do your best not to shy away from her gaze until she finals rasps and expires.

>5 XP Gained!

As you pull your spear out and the girl’s limp body falls to the side, you hear cheering going on from the direction of the Professor. It seems that the last of the bandits has fallen. You begin moving to meet your allies when you hear a voice call out from behind.

“Yoo-hoo! Blair! Did you already chase down your prey?” You turn around to spot Corinne walking towards you, axe over her shoulder. The delicate and flirty looking girl you had met only a few days earlier looks like a scene from a nightmare. She’s covered head to toe in blood and gore, while still maintaining her trademark smile. As she approaches you, she stares down and examines the girl you just killed.

“Right through the heart? A masterful kill, Blair. You really are a natural at this.”

>…Perhaps you should clean yourself up…”

“Huh?” Corinne beings inspecting herself, as if just noticing the mess she was covered in for the first time. “Oh no…and I just bought these boots too…” The noble plants her booted foot on the deceased bandit’s face and begins wiping the blood off on it.

>”What are you doing?!”

“Oh lighten up, you’re so uptight! Our orders were to kill to our heart’s content. If the Academy is going to turn us into monsters, might as well have some fun along the way, right?”

>”Speak for yourself! I don’t take the same sadistic pleasure in manslaughter that you and your friends seem to revel in so much.”

“Oh? That poor bandit you speared through the gut and threw like a bad sack of grain tells a different story. You get quite a nasty streak when you take a bruising don’t you?” She giggles. “Remind me not to get on your bad side!”

You instinctively grab your arm where you had been slashed previously. The damn cut still stung badly.

“>It was the heat of battle… And it’s not as if I was having a giggle over the damn thing like you and those other maniacs!”
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You examine the woman closer. She appears to be of Duscur origin. You aren’t sure what events lead her to this god-forsaken place, but you have your orders. If anyone saw you spare this woman’s life, it could cause further issues for you at the Academy. And like it or not, this woman may not be the last person you’ll have reservations on killing in this bloody path you’ve embarked on.

“P-please…I’m sorry!”

The bandit’s begging snaps you back to reality. The least that you can do is make this quick. You thrust your spear forward into the girl’s heart and twist. She grabs the shaft of your spear and locks eyes with you, coughing up globs of blood. You do your best not to shy away from her gaze until she finals rasps and expires.

>5 XP Gained!

As you pull your spear out and the girl’s limp body falls to the side, you hear cheering going on from the direction of the Professor. It seems that the last of the bandits has fallen. You begin moving to meet your allies when you hear a voice call out from behind.

“Yoo-hoo! Blair! Did you already chase down your prey?” You turn around to spot Corinne walking towards you, axe over her shoulder. The delicate and flirty looking girl you had met only a few days earlier looks like a scene from a nightmare. She’s covered head to toe in blood and gore, while still maintaining her trademark smile. As she approaches you, she stares down and examines the girl you just killed.

“Right through the heart? A masterful kill, Blair. You really are a natural at this.”

>…Perhaps you should clean yourself up…”

“Huh?” Corinne beings inspecting herself, as if just noticing the mess she was covered in for the first time. “Oh no…and I just bought these boots too…” The noble plants her booted foot on the deceased bandit’s face and begins wiping the blood off on it.

>”What are you doing?!”

“Oh lighten up, you’re so uptight! Our orders were to kill to our heart’s content. If the Academy is going to turn us into monsters, might as well have some fun along the way, right?”

>”Speak for yourself! I don’t take the same sadistic pleasure in manslaughter that you and your friends seem to revel in so much.”

“Oh? That poor bandit you speared through the gut and threw like a bad sack of grain tells a different story. You get quite a nasty streak when you take a bruising don’t you?” She giggles. “Remind me not to get on your bad side!”

You instinctively grab your arm where you had been slashed previously. The damn cut still stung badly.

>“It was the heat of battle… And it’s not as if I was having a giggle over the damn thing like you and those other maniacs!”
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Corinne takes her boot off the dead girl and walks up to you, axe still in hand. Your body instinctively clenches, and you put your guard up as if you’re about to fight for your life, but she stops directly in front of you and bends down so that you’re at eye-level. A serious look plastered on her face for the first time.

“Don’t worry. I was like that the first time I killed someone too. But it gets easier, and soon, it’ll be as natural to you as brushing those pretty little bangs of yours.” She pats you on the head, tousling your hair, and walks off towards the direction of the rest of the army.

You stand there, red in the face. You’ve been belittled and talked down to non-stop since coming to the academy, but for the first time you feel genuine rage building inside you. Who does she think she is?! You take a minute to compose yourself, seething at your cut, before sheathing your spear and heading back towards the army.

When you arrive, you find that the Black Eagles are no longer cheering and applauding their victory in the Red Canyon as the reality of the aftermath of battle sets in. You grew up hearing stories and poems of knightly valor and the epic wars that took place throughout Fodlan’s history, but none of them ever seemed to mention the stench. The amalgamation of blood, burnt flesh, loosened bowels and entrails seemed to all combine into one repugnant, foul odor that now has many of the students retching as they realize the gravity of the situation.

The Knights of Seiros descend on to the battlefield, and the process of cleaning and looting the area now begins. Another aspect of war that was conveniently left out of the epics. As you glance around, you notice that Linhardt looks as if he’s seen a ghost. Others are currently sobbing, one of whom appears to be Bernadetta. Some, like Petra, are stone-faced, and there are even others that are laughing and bragging about their exploits today, like Caspar.

>A) Talk to Linhardt
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
>C) Talk to Petra
>D) Talk to Caspar
>E) Find Hubert and report in
>F) Confide in Dorothea
>G) You’d rather be alone right now. Go assist with the clean-up and looting. Maybe you’ll find something useful
>H) Write-In
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>>4864297
>C) Talk to Petra
Man, I think I now know what Blair's story will be about, trying to come to terms with killing and determining if she is something darker underneath.
And I think speaking to Petra seems good, share some thoughts with a calm person seems best right now.
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>>4864297
>>A) Talk to Linhardt
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>>4864297
>A) Talk to Linhardt
I think Blair could use the interaction with someone less bloodthirsty than our company the last few days.
Boy oh boy, Punished Blair is starting to sound like a real possibility. Funny, sounds similar to Punished Boar
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>>4864297
>C) Talk to Petra
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I'm really liking the in story use of our fiery blood ability so far.
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>>4864297
>C) Talk to Petra
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>>4864297
>>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
That smile must be protected. And maybe when we're busy comforting Bernie we might forget about how that injury turned us battlecrazy.
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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>B) Comfort Bernadetta

Because every pragmatic Killer needs a morality pet! Also, we've been pretty good at talking to her before, and I'm all for being Bernies friend.

Anyway, nice to see more bits of Blair's character emerging. She's willing to kill, willing to follow orders and do her job. But she doesn't revel in it, she's not bloodthristy. And unlike Felix, her response to other people being squeamish is less "Should have known what you signed up for" and more "I wish they didn't have to see this."

Pragmatic with a Heart basically.
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
Unlike everyone else she's the only one who didn't want to attend the academy and was pretty much forced to kill against her will, the poor thing.
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>>4864297
>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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>>4864297
>>B) Comfort Bernadetta
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Hilda hasn't shown up yet, yeah? If we friend her would it be possible to put the shmooves on Holst "gigachad" Goneril?
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>>4865125
Such a giga chad that he lost a 1v1 vs a mushroom after he ate it.
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>>4865137
We've all bet on a fart and lost before
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Among the many students gathered after the battle, Bernadetta is the one that catches your eye. The recluse is sitting by herself in a far-off corner, attracting little attention. Her head is buried in her knees and you’re able to spot the slight shuddering of her body, as the girl is trying to stifle her crying. It seems like she’s had a hard day, and given your prior history, you decide to try and cheer up a former teammate.

As you get closer to the girl you’re able to confirm your theory. The girl Is doing her best to muffle her sobbing but to no avail, and she doesn’t even notice you approach. You sit down next to her and rub your hand on her back in what you hope is seen as a comforting gesture.

>“How are you doing, Bernie?”

The girl jumps up, surprised at the sudden contact. She has a look of pure terror on her face but eases up slightly when she notices who it is.

“Oh…B-Blair…H-h-hello…”

>”Are you okay, Bernie? Did you get hurt?”

“N-nothing like that…it’s just…t-this was my f-first time-“

>”Mine too.” You cut her off. You think it best to try and get her to not dwell on the situation.

“Y-yeah but…I…I never wanted to be here! I didn’t care if they were stealing! Let someone else deal with it!”

>”I know…but unfortunately, it’s our duty as students of the Officer’s Academy to do…unsavory things like this sometimes.”

“You don’t understand!” Bernie says, voice suddenly rising. “I-I blacked out…One of those bandits…he struck me hard across my cheek…”

>”Are you hurt?” You ask, concern rising in your voice.

“N-not anymore…but at the time…when he hit me…I don’t know…I just…completely zoned out. I didn’t want to kill anyone. I thought maybe if I stayed in the back…let my archers do most of the work for me…you know…maybe I’d shoot a few arrows or two at the enemy to look like I was keeping busy…I’d be okay. But after I got hit…I completely zoned out. And I killed that man. And then…so many more! And I didn’t care! I just wanted to get out of here! And I didn’t care how many people I killed to do it! As long as I got to stay alive I’d have killed as many as I needed to!”

You stare at Bernie, mouth agape. What you thought was just her nerves getting the best of her after battle turned out to be so much more. And it seems that you and her had more in common than you initially thought.

>”Bernie…it’s okay…”

“No! It’s not! You don’t understand! I’m a monster! A freak! A stone-cold killer! I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but the second I was in danger, I flipped! What’s wrong with me?!”

You nod your head. You take your hand off Bernie’s back, pull up your sleeve, and show her the cut that the bandit left on you.
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>>4864297
Among the many students gathered after the battle, Bernadetta is the one that catches your eye. The recluse is sitting by herself in a far-off corner, attracting little attention. Her head is buried in her knees and you’re able to spot the slight shuddering of her body, as the girl is trying to stifle her crying. It seems like she’s had a hard day, and given your prior history, you decide to try and cheer up a former teammate.

As you get closer to the girl you’re able to confirm your theory. The girl Is doing her best to muffle her sobbing but to no avail, and she doesn’t even notice you approach. You sit down next to her and rub your hand on her back in what you hope is seen as a comforting gesture.

>“How are you doing, Bernie?”

The girl jumps up, surprised at the sudden contact. She has a look of pure terror on her face but eases up slightly when she notices who it is.

“Oh…B-Blair…H-h-hello…”

>”Are you okay, Bernie? Did you get hurt?”

“N-nothing like that…it’s just…t-this was my f-first time-“

>”Mine too.” You cut her off. You think it best to try and get her to not dwell on the situation.

“Y-yeah but…I…I never wanted to be here! I didn’t care if they were stealing! Let someone else deal with it!”

>”I know…but unfortunately, it’s our duty as students of the Officer’s Academy to do…unsavory things like this sometimes.”

“You don’t understand!” Bernie says, voice suddenly rising. “I-I blacked out…One of those bandits…he struck me hard across my cheek…”

>”Are you hurt?” You ask, concern rising in your voice.

“N-not anymore…but at the time…when he hit me…I don’t know…I just…completely zoned out. I didn’t want to kill anyone. I thought maybe if I stayed in the back…let my archers do most of the work for me…you know…maybe I’d shoot a few arrows or two at the enemy to look like I was keeping busy…I’d be okay. But after I got hit…I completely zoned out. And I killed that man. And then…so many more! And I didn’t care! I just wanted to get out of here! And I didn’t care how many people I killed to do it! As long as I got to stay alive I’d have killed as many as I needed to!”

You stare at Bernie, mouth agape. What you thought was just her nerves getting the best of her after battle turned out to be so much more. And it seems that you and her had more in common than you initially thought.

>”Bernie…it’s okay…”

“No! It’s not! You don’t understand! I’m a monster! A freak! A stone-cold killer! I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but the second I was in danger, I flipped! What’s wrong with me?!”

You nod your head. You take your hand off Bernie’s back, pull up your sleeve, and show her the cut that the bandit left on you.
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“Blair! You’re hurt! We need to find Lindhardt! O-Or the Professor! Someone!”

You nod your head.

>”It’s okay. Right now, I don’t want to forget this feeling. I’m the same as you Bernie. I thought I’d go in there and keep a cool head. Get in, get out, and then back to the Academy. But the very second I got cut…the very second that I felt my life was in danger for the first time…something flipped inside of me and I lost myself. And this is something that’s been happening for a long time. You’re not a monster, Bernie. You’re a sweet girl that’s been forced into a situation that you wanted no part in. It’s natural to do everything you can to try and survive. And I’m glad that you did.”

“B-Blair…You get like this too?”

>You nod. “For as long as I can remember.”

Bernadetta sniffs. “And you’re…not a monster. You’re definitely not a monster! So…maybe there’s hope for me.” The girl rubs her eyes, and sniffles, trying her best to cease her sobbing. “Thanks for chatting with me, Blair.”

>”No., thank you. I think we both needed that.”

You help Bernadetta up to her feet and the two of you walk back towards the main army.

>You feel a stronger bond growing with Bernadetta!

The trip back to the Officers Academy is uneventful for the most part. Since you’re not marching to another battle, you’re able to avoid Corinne and her ilk and travel back with Bernadetta, Dorothea and Petra. You’re relieved that you’ve survived your first battle and that there will be a somewhat return to normalcy. One thing that weights on your mind as you get closer back to the Monastery, is that you’ll soon be undergoing your first Certification Exam. Based on your skillset so far, there are three certifications that you’re confident you’d be able to pass. The question is, which one will you choose to take? The answer would highly impact your development here at the Academy,

>Commoner Mastery Skill Gained! +5 HP

A) Take the Myrmidon Certification Exam. Speed is everything.
B) Take the Soldier Certification Exam. You excel with a lance. Nothing will pass your defense.
C) Take the Monk Certification Exam. You’re confident in your magical ability.
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“Blair! You’re hurt! We need to find Lindhardt! O-Or the Professor! Someone!”

You nod your head.

>”It’s okay. Right now, I don’t want to forget this feeling. I’m the same as you Bernie. I thought I’d go in there and keep a cool head. Get in, get out, and then back to the Academy. But the very second I got cut…the very second that I felt my life was in danger for the first time…something flipped inside of me and I lost myself. And this is something that’s been happening for a long time. You’re not a monster, Bernie. You’re a sweet girl that’s been forced into a situation that you wanted no part in. It’s natural to do everything you can to try and survive. And I’m glad that you did.”

“B-Blair…You get like this too?”

>You nod. “For as long as I can remember.”

Bernadetta sniffs. “And you’re…not a monster. You’re definitely not a monster! So…maybe there’s hope for me.” The girl rubs her eyes, and sniffles, trying her best to cease her sobbing. “Thanks for chatting with me, Blair.”

>”No., thank you. I think we both needed that.”

You help Bernadetta up to her feet and the two of you walk back towards the main army.

>You feel a stronger bond growing with Bernadetta!

The trip back to the Officers Academy is uneventful for the most part. Since you’re not marching to another battle, you’re able to avoid Corinne and her ilk and travel back with Bernadetta, Dorothea and Petra. You’re relieved that you’ve survived your first battle and that there will be a somewhat return to normalcy. One thing that weights on your mind as you get closer back to the Monastery, is that you’ll soon be undergoing your first Certification Exam. Based on your skillset so far, there are three certifications that you’re confident you’d be able to pass. The question is, which one will you choose to take? The answer would highly impact your development here at the Academy,

>Commoner Mastery Skill Gained! +5 HP

>A) Take the Myrmidon Certification Exam. Speed is everything.
>B) Take the Soldier Certification Exam. You excel with a lance. Nothing will pass your defense.
>C) Take the Monk Certification Exam. You’re confident in your magical ability.
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“Blair! You’re hurt! We need to find Lindhardt! O-Or the Professor! Someone!”

You nod your head.

>”It’s okay. Right now, I don’t want to forget this feeling. I’m the same as you Bernie. I thought I’d go in there and keep a cool head. Get in, get out, and then back to the Academy. But the very second I got cut…the very second that I felt my life was in danger for the first time…something flipped inside of me and I lost myself. And this is something that’s been happening for a long time. You’re not a monster, Bernie. You’re a sweet girl that’s been forced into a situation that you wanted no part in. It’s natural to do everything you can to try and survive. And I’m glad that you did.”

“B-Blair…You get like this too?”

>You nod. “For as long as I can remember.”

Bernadetta sniffs. “And you’re…not a monster. You’re definitely not a monster! So…maybe there’s hope for me.” The girl rubs her eyes, and sniffles, trying her best to cease her sobbing. “Thanks for chatting with me, Blair.”

>”No., thank you. I think we both needed that.”

You help Bernadetta up to her feet and the two of you walk back towards the main army.

>You feel a stronger bond growing with Bernadetta!

The trip back to the Officers Academy is uneventful for the most part. Since you’re not marching to another battle, you’re able to avoid Corinne and her ilk and travel back with Bernadetta, Dorothea and Petra. You’re relieved that you’ve survived your first battle and that there will be a somewhat return to normalcy. One thing that weights on your mind as you get closer back to the Monastery, is that you’ll soon be undergoing your first Certification Exam. Based on your skillset so far, there are four certifications that you’re confident you’d be able to pass. The question is, which one will you choose to take? The answer would highly impact your development here at the Academy,

>Commoner Mastery Skill Gained! +5 HP

A) Take the Myrmidon Certification Exam. Speed is everything.
B) Take the Soldier Certification Exam. You excel with a lance. Nothing will pass your defense.
C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
D) Take the Monk Certification Exam. You’re confident in your magical ability.
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>>4865846
C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.

This is the whole reason we decided to train up axes earlier, so we can get this class and its 5% strength growth rate (and str 2+ at mastery).
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>>4865846
C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.

GOTTA GET HUGGEEEE
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>>4865855
Reeeee forgot my greentext
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.

Also that is a nice nod to Blair and Bernie having very similar personal skills (and Bernie immediately relaxing when she realised it was Blair was too good - we really made an impression during the mock battle)
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>>4865846
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
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>>4865860
Shit, me too.
> C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
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>>4865846
>>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.

We should invest in some Authority later if we can too, if it's also our tactics rank. I really like Blair's interactions with Bernie too so if we can get the chance to further that bond, I'm all for it.
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>>4865926
>We should invest in some Authority later if we can too
Yeah I agree, if we get the same training opportunities as last month then we should put the two rank increase in authority for sure

I'm think the one rank increases can go into whatever Blair's missing to get peg Knight and then sword if we have slots left over (falcon knight needs...rank C? and she needs sword C to run a levin sword which I want her to get sooner rather than later)
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>>4865846
>A) Take the Myrmidon Certification Exam. Speed is everything.
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>>4865846
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
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>>4865846

That was very cute with Bernie there

>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
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>>4865846
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
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>>4865846
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
Might as well, it was pretty much the one reason to justify training axes. Even if I wanted to open up with Lin, I'm glad it's looking like Bernie's getting comfortable around Blair. Who knows, might even be allowed into the woman cave sooner or later?
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>>4865846
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force
That interaction with Bernie was sweet, and I completely forgot they had very similar skills even though we talked about them way earlier.
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>>4865846
>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
Time to get swole as fuck and bond with Raphael over training. I agree that we should invest in Authority so we don't end up being fucking stupid, next month's focus should probably look like this:

>Major: Authority: E > D-
>Minor: Lance/Flying: D+ > C- / E+ > D-

I don't expect us to hit Level 10 until after maybe two more missions, so there's no reason to rush either of the two pre-requisites. If we're lucky, our lance usage in battle will be enough to raise it that one extra level so we have that ground covered for the Pegasus Exam. After that we'll need to devote quite some time to Axe as we need it at B rank to transition to Wyvern Rider.

3/4 level ups have given us a point in Charm. Inb4 we become Dancer Blair
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>>4865846
Bernie continues to be adorable, we're two sweethearts with a battlefrenzy built into our brains! Yay.

>C) Take the Fighter Certification Exam. You’re confident in your brute force.
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>>4866224
>Spoiler
Funny, consider it's one of the stats with the lowest growth rates. Actually, I just noticed

>>4845795
>>4850707
Looks like the stat increases from level 3 didn't carry over, THouse
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>>4866224
>Spoiler
If that class didn't have such terrible growths (-def and res and str!) I'd 100% be down for Blair going for it purely so we can have sword avoid 20+ on falcon knight Blair shenanigans. Maybe an option to think about after we max peg Knight instead of trying to grind axes for wyvren?
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>>4866349
So our stats should be

HP:23
STR:10
MAG:9
DEX:5
SPD:11
LUCK: 8
DEF: 8
RES: 4
CHARM: 9
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Holy shit, thank you. Good eye!

>Current Stats

Blair d'Rusalka
Level 5 Commoner (15/100)
HP: 23 (70%)
STR: 10 (40%)
MAG: 9 (50%)
DEX: 5 (45%)
SPD:11 (55%)
LCK: 8 (30%)
DEF: 8 (50%)
RES: 4 (30%)
CHARM: 9 (35%)
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Nice
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Hrm, Corinne and her group seem like they'd run in the same circles as Metodey et al. We should keep an eye out for that slimeball
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>>4866380
>sword avoid 20+ on falcon knight
Man, if Falcon Knight had Swordfaire I would be so down for this. Unfortunately we'll be locked to Lance when we reach that point.
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