Oh, hey. Look who we got here. The biggest Mary Sue in the franchise who was turned into the leader of an army and who despite having no experience for it whatsoever, somehow managed to liberate the country and earned the respect of the Beorc rulers and Laguz kings and ended a century long era of hate and mistrust between the races along the way and just to top it of then lead them united in a war against nobody less but God herself and actually won and earned himself the title "Hero of the blue...
Wait, "him"? Sorry, my bad. That's the page for Ike... Wait a second...
Okay, here we have Micaiah. The figurehead and mascot of the liberation of Daein who is lifted into a position of power by a king who is stupid enough to subscribe a contact with his blood without finding anything suspicious about it.
With a couple like that, things turned out as well as one might expect.
It's not the fault of the unit though. The Greil-Mercs, who got Ike, Haar, Mia, Shinon, Gatrie and Titania, would laugh at her. Heck, they do laugh anyway. "Rivals
collide???" Dream on sister!
But she is in the Wet-Tissue-Brigade and they appreciate someone who can at least dish out some decent ranged damage and make it easy for the other glass cannons to finish enemies of without eating a counter. Her healing ability also comes in handy sometimes. It allows her to get easily below 30% hp for some nice Wraith ownage, though you better have a plan if her opponent doesn't die. Also, the only other healer is Laura. Because of her heron heritage Micaiah gets one-shotted by everything anyway, so it's not like it makes much of a difference.
After a few chapters she gets Thani, and a bit later Knights and Generals make their entrance. They are a pain in the butt this time around since they actually have a lot of Res and Spd while Daein has little access for effective tools against them, and the ones they have might not find a worthy wielder. Micaiah's pref-weapon is really a relief here.
After promotion she can use staffs, and starts with a decent C-Rank to both. That's the Physic rank, so that's pretty neat. Sadly, she still doesn't have any leadership stars despite her followers being a bunch of fanatics. Just another reason why the Mercs laugh at these guys. Anyway, in Part 3 Laura still is the only other healer and the chapters are designed to force you in the defense. Healing is highly appreciated here, so your unit's don't need to waste their turn on eating potion-thingies. Sadly in chapter 13-3 she can only influence the action via long-range magic.
In Part 4 she does okay. Nothing fancy and she doesn't even get her own pref-weapon but she is forced anyway and she can make herself decently useful. Also, she might dish out some decent hurt with Nosferatu (
NoA changed Shaman but kept Nosferatu. That makes a lot of sense. Keep your crappy, unfitting translation and change the one you got right from the get-go. Awesome.
) against does dragons with her high magic. Overall though, nothing fancy. A hero of Telius she ain't.7.5
Bias. There are several factors here.
For starters, outside of stats and levels she does actually make a good antagonist for the heroes. I really like how she contrasts with Ike and Elincia.
However, I don't like her looks. She wears freaking high heels. I'm glad we got rid of most of them between the two Telius games but Micaiah stills wears them. No wonder she is the only one who got caught in the intro.
She also is a bit overloaded with powers. Empathy and Healing are heron abilities but the future seeing ability simply is not needed for anything. Sure, it's stated that the Apostle all got spoken to by the goddess and it's used to give weight to the claim that Sanaki is not the true heir of the title but it raises so many questions that I would rather pretend they didn't have that trait.
Edited by BrightBow, 03 April 2012 - 04:11 PM.