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01 September 2011 @ 11:03 pm
Meta Month, Day 1: Time Period  
Okay, I'll bite. Meta isn't usually my thing – basically I make up background information when I need it for a specific fic – but Meta Month sounds fun so I'm going to have a go at it. Obviously Magvel will be my focus and I make no promise that I will actually manage thirty posts or that any of them will be very interesting. ;P On the up side, I can actually use ten of them for mission_insane since they have a non-fiction genre box for just this sort of discussion. *shameless opportunist* ;D

Day 1
Magvel – Time period

It's pretty obvious that many of the FE games are pretty slapdash about consistency and historical detail. Trying to reconcile the conflicting info in the games is the path to madness. That said, when I started writing fic for FE8 I had to decide on a time frame if only for my own sanity. What I settled on was fifteenth to sixteenth century and I can recall three reasons for this.

1) Eirika's rapier

Rapiers are a type of sword that was developed in the late sixteenth century and came into common use in the seventeenth. It was used mainly for duelling. It's been a while since I read up on rapiers but I believe the change was due to the development of firearms which reduced the usefulness of swords in warfare. In any case, it's definitely a more modern blade than what the FE knights use (it's also sort of preposterous for her to be using it against knights in full plate armour, but we'll just go with the willing suspension of disbelief here.)

2) Castle Renais

Okay so the design of Castle Renais is not at all consistent. Please observe the following screenshots from the "Ruled by Madness" chapter:



The first one from world map depicts Castle Renais as more of a French Chateau, what with all the rounded turrets. The version we see on the battle map looks more like a Medieval castle. I work around this discrepancy in my fics by saying that the castle has newer wings, added to the original battlements. A lot of castles underwent those sorts of renovations as they became less necessary for military purposes. Anyway, the fact that one of the images of the castle is more modern is another point I considered for giving it that fifteenth to sixteenth century date.

3) Carcino

Carcino is described as being ruled by an oligarchy of merchants. This to me suggests the city-states of Renaissance Italy and is a huge factor for my placing the game in the fifteenth to sixteenth century.

So how's that for meta post number one? (It even had pictures! ;D )
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mark_asphodelmark_asphodel on September 2nd, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
I place FE8 in the same time frame on account of Carcino, too. The rapier is a little more problematic; FE1 was clearly modeled on ancient Greece, yet Marth was still toting a rapier! That said, FE11/12 seem to be more Renaissance-era, IMO-- I can see a range from the 1480s to the 1640s as possible for those games.
wolfraven80: Citywolfraven80 on September 3rd, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Carcino was the kicker, definitely. The other details are just icing, stuff that can be made to fit it.
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 2nd, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
You know, I kind of feel bad as a fanfict writer for not really ever thinking about any of this XD
wolfraven80: FE:TSS - S/E blushwolfraven80 on September 3rd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
To be fair, you never wrote anything long enough to require figuring out this sort of thing.
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 3rd, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
This is true. Still, maybe if you come up with something fascinating, it'll inspire me ;)
Samuraitersamuraiter on September 2nd, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
FE is a mishmash of different time periods, as opposed to FFT, which is analogous to the Wars of the Roses, and Tactics Ogre, which is analogous to France-Germany after the death of Charlemagne.
wolfraven80: FE:TSS Seth goldwolfraven80 on September 3rd, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Yet somehow FE managed to get a better translation. ;)

I do agree though that FE isn't consistent at all and seems to just throw stuff together. But I guess that's why it's important to me when I'm writing a fic to just decide on something. That I can keep it straight it when I'm writing and make sure it's as consistent and plausible as possible, you know?