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11 September 2011 @ 09:59 pm
Meta Month, Day 11: The magic number ten  
I'm back to work tomorrow so probably won't be able to keep up with LJ so well. I do have a couple more meta posts written, though, so if I only get to twelve, that's still not too bad, I suppose. Anyway, on with more meta about the randomness of the FE8 script.

So... Has anyone noticed how much was going on in Magvel ten years ago?

I've been doing key word searches through the support and game scripts to look for info for some of my posts. In doing so I kept come across the phrase "ten years ago." Here's what was going on for our cast then:

-Kyle met Syrene when he went to Frelia to deliver a message to King Hayden. He was subsequently attack by bandits.
-Franz's father hunted down and killed an infamous assassin and died in the process
-Innes, who was only a child, outmatched a trick archer who was visiting Frelia (Moulder/Vanessa B support)
-Garcia retired from his position of troop commander for Renais
-Joshua left Jehanna to roam the continent

Busy time for them all, eh? In fact it sounds like things were a bit unsettled at the time. It would make for an interesting fic, I think to try to link some of these events. After all, one of the great mysteries of FE8 is where these people got all their battle experience when there's supposed to have been 800 years of peace.
 
 
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saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 12th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
It'd be fun to do like a pre-fic about all of this turmoil. I wonder if the game developers actually thought about this or if they just thought that 10 was a nice number ;)
wolfraven80: Vortexwolfraven80 on September 12th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Probably the latter.
Samuraitersamuraiter on September 12th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I never believe the sources when they say there has been peace for centuries. It absolutely does not compute, no matter which continent it is.

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And now I am wondering how old Joshua and Ismaire truly are.
wolfraven80: FE:TSS Eirika battlewolfraven80 on September 12th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I never believe the sources when they say there has been peace for centuries. It absolutely does not compute, no matter which continent it is.

I think this is another example of a central problem namely that *drumroll please* Fire Emblem does not make sense. :/

It's hugely problematic to think that people like Seth, Innes, and Ephraim can have all this tactical experience when there hasn't been a war. I try to interpret the 800 years of peace as being peace between the Stone-holding nations. That doesn't mean there can't have been a great deal of internal conflict-- rebellions, civil wars, etc. There's also the matter of unifying the countries in the first place. Surely the founds of the existing nations had to conquer territory to create their kingdoms and empires.

Actually this should be another post all on its own.
mark_asphodelmark_asphodel on September 12th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Actually this should be another post all on its own.

Yes, please. Like, where did Carcino come from? Did Renais ever try to get a seaport? Is the Grado "empire" composed of smaller conquered realms?
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on September 16th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
The latter question almost certainly has to be yes otherwise it's not really an empire, is it? I shall have to try to write something about this on the weekend.
crimsonmorgan: Hayden&Fadocrimsonmorgan on September 12th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Am I the only one who interprets "800 years of peace" as "absence of a world war" (since the first big war certainly was a world war)? And that there were little conflicts between the countries that were solved quickly? And boy, were there conflicts between lords of the same country and of different countries. It just... never became so big that it was noteworthy in contrast to the war with the DK.
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on September 16th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
It depends, though. From the impression we're given for the game script, the existing nations all seem very friendly with each other yet paradoxically they have all this military experience. So on the one hand, it does seem like it's been oddly peaceful between the nations, but they have to have been fighting someone, right?
korsriddarekorsriddare on September 12th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
That is a reason why I find the fact that Seth and Marisa comes with nicknames (known to others) so fascinating.
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on September 16th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah. It suggests a lot of history which is simply never explained in the game. It's not even touched on or hinted at.