Macedon: Like a volcano, but with water.

Terror on the Wing

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 21–22.

Marth’s attack on Macedon makes me confront my biggest personal roadblock in the War of Shadows, my greatest opportunity to improve characters, and someone who will be an interesting character sometime down the road. Stay tuned for the point I make about enemies, though; it’s a keeper.

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In Archanea, your eyes glow when you're cripplingly dehydrated.

Spells Across the Sands

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ch. 15.

Following the conquest of Gra, Marth takes his first and more readily explicable detour into the Khadein territory. Here’s a word on speed mechanics, and a few more words on the most important villain in the story.

Reminder: you can’t win against Gharnef.

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So OK, nice bonding moment. Can you take this fireball in the face for me now?

Restoring the Crown

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ch. 12.

As the game dumps yet another deluge of mediocre units on me in the space of a single chapter, I’d like to consider why it thinks I’m at all interested in them. (It’s for a good reason, really.) A couple brief stops to consider experience point gain and treasure chests, and we’re done with the game’s second act!

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In future editions, they changed the dark side of their careers and just became "ruffians."

Against the Occupation

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 10–11.

I’m knocking on the doors of the Archanean capital! A quick discussion of some plot points in SD&BoL‘s second act is in order, followed by another required mechanical discussion, this time on random levels. And I can’t leave Chapter 11 without mention of a certain someone in it, because if I omit that she’ll be angry with me because she’s watching me.

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Harmein. So cheerful, as always.

The Grustian Menace

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 7–9.

This is a sort of interlude phase of SD&BoL, between the end of the first act and the more high-strung moments of the second. Continuing down the list of essential Fire Emblem basics, I’ll write about enemy reinforcements. But then let’s talk about storytelling-related stuff, OK? Like characters. Female characters. And dragons. (Just male dragons.)

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