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09 September 2011 @ 10:43 pm
Meta Month, Day 9: Supports– when and where?  
As far as supports go I see no reason fic-wise to limit it to the five allowed in-game. Mostly I just pick and choose which ones I think happened in a given story. However, one question that I've run into on more than one occasion is where did the support take place and at what point in the game? The game has us doing supports in the middle of battles and at any point of the game that we please. However, while many supports explicitly state that they take place on the battlefield (Forde sleeping during a fight in his supports with Vanessa, Joshua blocking an arrow aimed at Natasha, etc.) others seem to take place at camp since the characters are sparring or meditating or whatnot.

But there's also the question of when they take place during the game. The support between Seth and Eirika has always seemed to me something that took place in the early chapters of the game. This mainly due to some lines in the A support. There's Seth's line that "This thought should not rest beneath the crown you soon must wear." And then Eirika comments: "But... it was improper for a queen of Renais. And with my father dead, I suppose that is my station. I am a queen, and you are a knight in my service. If I do not keep this in mind, then I will never be able to rebuild our kingdom."

I admit, the kingship/queenship of Renais seems sort of wonky sometimes and maybe I should do a post on that too. Basically, though, I see Ephraim as the older twin and thus the king, leaving Eirika as a princess... unless something has happened to him. So in my mind, if Seth and Eirika are both thinking of her as the queen then it's more likely that the conversation takes place when Ephraim is still missing behind Grado lines.

Similarly, I always had it in my head that Tana's support with Ephraim takes place earlier in the game. She seems much more childish in those supports versus her supports with Syrene which have to take place later in the game a Syrene only arrives in chapter sixteen. Some of her other supports are like that so I mentally arrange them in a certain order.
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Samuraitersamuraiter on September 10th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
(Reiterating here that I tend to go into a 'fic assuming that every character has 'A' Supports for everybody on their Support list, though that does occasionally create conflicts.)
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on September 10th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Aren't some of them mutually exclusive, though? I mean the pairings specifically.
Samuraitersamuraiter on September 11th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
They are, but I can always say, "Oh, they never followed up on it after the game." B-) Lazy, I know.
mark_asphodelmark_asphodel on September 10th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
I admit, the kingship/queenship of Renais seems sort of wonky sometimes and maybe I should do a post on that too.

Yeah, that's an interesting one, all the more so given the "Winged Queen" and "Restoration Queen" epithets for Tana. I'm inclined to believe that Magvel's nations have some kind of co-kingship/queenship thing going on... sort of like in the later days of the Roman Empire, or Capetian France. I mean, if they're going to make that point repeatedly...
wolfraven80: FE:SS Restoration Queenwolfraven80 on September 10th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I wonder if that isn't partly a translation issue, though? I wish I knew for sure. The actual text of the endings doesn't call Eirika or Tana a queen. Eirika's paired ending with Seth specifically refers to her as a princess. Contrast that with L'Arachel's endings which, in more than one, mention that she becomes queen.

If there is some sort of dual rulership going, I think I'd have to just go on ignoring it as I can't figure how two rulers can smoothly manage a single territory.

saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 10th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
I always like to think that they just have these deep, meaningful conversations in the midst of a chaotic battlefield because it's ridiculous and you know how I feel about ridiculous things ;)
wolfraven80: Yuna Rice Krispieswolfraven80 on September 10th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
You are a ridiculous thing.