It isn’t fair. It isn’t. Life isn’t fair, and it’s less fair than usual today.
I can’t breathe through my nose, Andromeda is angry at me because I’m frustrated with her, and whenever I go outside, my snowboots get soaked through again because they don’t have a chance to dry out between taking the dogs out, and my feet are freezing.
At least I got through some fantastic chapters in the estrogen brigade of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, which is my current handheld game crack, since I don’t have a way to play the other one I have (Path of Radiance) on the Wii right now, and I don’t have Radiant Dawn, Blazing Sword, or a 3DS and Awakening. I know it’s first world problems, but it is frustrating all the same.
Anyway, onto the fantastic chapters- I did the prologue and Normal Mode cause I wanted Norne and she’s very specifically hard to get (you have to have less than four characters alive at the end of the prologue, including Marth, which I achieved by dumping the excess stuff into Marth and Frey’s inventory that I wanted to keep, then killing Cain, Abel and Jagen on the third level and letting Marth do all the fighting), but she’s probably the best archer out of the three that you can get, not counting Jorge the sniper, cause while she starts with lower stats (including one skill), she has better growths than either Gordin or Tomas, and becomes viable much sooner. The only sucky level up I’ve had in her eight so far is the one where she only got one skill, but the rest have all made up for it.
My Caeda (I know that the preferred spellings are Shida or Shiida, but I think that Caeda is not only the better spelling, but probably what the game makers were going for since it’s an actual name) has so far almost capped her speed at level eight (she has nineteen speed) and has had her strength and defense growths come in as well as speed, skill and luck, so while she’s not up to Palla or Catria level growths for those stats yet, she’ll be a lot better than she usually is.
Marth is one of the three characters who will be the testosterone to all of my estrogen, but that’s cause he’s the main character and very mandatory- you can’t get out of using him- and he’s making up for that fact very well by actually getting good growths. He’s a little over leveled cause I have to have him kill archer for Caeda so she doesn’t die of arrow allergies, but since he has thirty levels to grow, he’s okay. He’s gotten a lot of strength and luck, but also has ten defense and can take hits very well for this time.
Julian is the second of the three male characters, and I decided that he’s mandatory cause he’s a thief, and there are no female thieves, you can’t class change any female characters into thieves, cause it’s a non-promoting class, and there’s only two of them in the whole game, but he’s a really good character, so he’s still sticking around. So far, not only have his speed and luck gone up perfectly for what I want (although I still haven’t figured out how to steal things with him), but his strength and defense are higher than average for me too, and it’s great. He got to spend a whole chapter whacking on a boss and his sword using level went from an E to halfway past a C before he critted the boss to death and ended the practicing.
As for the last one of my group, Lena…she’s Lena. She has fantastic growths in luck and resistance, and she’s a better healer than the other one who you get early on, who has gone down to sleep with the fishes already, but she’s still prone to the levels that make me go all bug eyed cause they’re so dumb. Now to her credit, she’s actually lower levels than the rest of the team at this time, and she’s gotten a point of magic and some speed and skill to help her out, but…her growths can be so very odd. I’ve had her get eight levels or so of just nothing but luck- or less than that before! I’m hoping that she turns out more competent than usual cause we’re doing the side chapters and I’m going to need a goddess of health for it, because the next healer that shows up and somehow has a better health growth…doesn’t show up till chapter ten. At least she’s already gotten enough magic to heal up ten health at a time, or else I’d strangle her here now.
Current planned other characters to recruit and not kill off are Athena the myrmidon (always need a fast sword user), Merric the mage (the third male-so we can use the Excalibur tome), Maria the cleric, Catria the pegasus knight, Palla the pegasus knight, Est the pegasus knight, Minerva the Dracoknight (I just hope that her levels won’t screw me over again), Elice the cleric, Linde the mage, and there’s at least one more that I just can’t think of off the top of my head…maybe it’s Midia, and then Tiki and Nagi once we get that far, which means that we can’t just kill Bantu as soon as we get him or else they’re both closed to us. However, one must always want their cute little manaketes. Must have more dragons!
I’m glad that I actually cheered up a lot over the writing of this post. Apparently writing about Fire Emblem really does cheer me up. Now if only the fanfics would start writing themselves…