Most heroes just get a haircut. Celica gets a crown.

The Princess of Zofia

Today: Fire Emblem Gaiden, Ch. 3: Celica from the Desert Stronghold to Grieth’s Citadel and back to the Temple of Mila.

The third act of Gaiden; important names; the struggles of deities.

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"You're a fuel-efficient sedan too, right?"

The Reunion

Today: Fire Emblem Gaiden, Ch. 2: Zofia Harbor to Zofia Castle.

The second act of Gaiden draws to a close. We’re due for the obligatory arrows on a map, and then we turn to the overarching theme of the game as a whole. This is an important one, so pay close attention!

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"I shall die for my motherland, and be reborn a French philosopher."

The Sable Knight

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ch. 20.

And now, the most memorable and beloved character from SD&BoL. He’s a prominent figure in the resolution of the fourth act of the game and the fleshing out of the narrative purpose of the Fire Emblem. And this chapter is such a strong example of both good and bad map design that I’ve got to break up the tragedy to mention that, too.

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"OK, sir, we vote you go both ways."

The Starlord Reigns Again

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 16–17.

This is it: the part where I tell you the message I think SD&BoL is trying to communicate. I think it requires a little grounding in the structure of the five-act RPG and the course of the third act so far to get there, but then I hope you see what I mean. Because this same message is going to recur in every single Fire Emblem yet to come, and if you miss it you’re missing what I consider the key motif of the series.

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