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  1. Mozu x Donnel. A match made in bumpkin heaven. hows aboutttttttt. Oh, I don't know. Lets say, Farina.
  2. You can physically discipline a child without being abusive. And all-bets-are-off if Ike’s raising the kid to be a fighter, like Griel did with him. Literally the first thing we see in FE9 is Greil beating Ike with a stick and hitting him so hard he falls unconscious, as punishment for losing his focus during training. Combat training aside, there’s certain behaviors that Ike would find absolutely intolerable and, if present in his child, would surely earn a disciplinary smack. Like if Ike has a kid who’s old enough to know better. And Ike hears said kid calling a laguz a “subhuman.” Said kid is getting a smack to the head as part of the don’t do that again.
  3. Mangs and Ghast need to do more colabs. They've got such good chemistry. Their individual content is good in its own right. But the stuff they put out together is the lulziest FE content on youtube.
  4. …oh Ike would absolutely be the kind of parent to use corporal punishment… Remember when little boy Sothe stows away on Nasir’s ship in FE9? Ike isn’t playing fuck-around when Sothe refuses to ask questions; he squeezes his face until he starts talking. (Mist IIRC has to tell him to stop, because it’s just a little boy and he’s being too rough) Ike would not hesitate to hit a rebellious child.
  5. The politics behind the Eliwood/Hector Erik dynamic is so much more interesting, IMO. Ostia is the seat of Lycia’s League of Lords. Laus feels slighted, does not believe Ostia should hold such power, and holds Laus to be the true seat of Lycia. It went beyond personal dislike amongst the involved lords. Its a multigenerational thing that’s around in FE7—for Nergal to play off of when he’s looking for potential sources of conflict to release death and destruction, and grant him the surge of power he needs to call his dragons. And its still around 20 years later in FE6—for Bern to play off of when they’re looking for potential sources of conflict to divide and weaken Lycia. Its one of those subtle touches that makes the Elibe Saga so masterfully well-done. The writing in Echoes was good. But it wasn’t FE7 good.
  6. ...oh god... I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
  7. same guy... To the point of the last post. When asking What kind of a father would Ike be?, something you do have to consider is Who's the mother? Because as much as some of the sloppier writing in Awakening and Fates would have as believe that this is immaterial—i.e. Odin has the same relationship he has with Ophelia if he marries Elise that he would have if he marries Felicia—realistically, it matters. In a game that takes its writing seriously-as the Tellius installments do—it should matter ALOT. Yes…we can make some general statements about what Ike would be like as a father based on his character regardless of who he winds up with…but beyond that… The relationship he has with his child if the mother is Lethe. And the child is branded and base-born. And the mother has a personality-type of a kind where she is going to be watching her cub like a wrathful lioness + clawing your eyes out if you mess with her baby. That’s going to be very different then the type of relationship Ike has with his child if the mother is Elincia. And the child is a royal. And the mother has courtly duties to attend to before she can be a mother + there are political considerations as to what to do with said child. So you do have to go just a little bit down the shipping hole to try and imagine what exactly some of these relationships would look like.
  8. Ike x Elincia is…problematic... FE9 Elincia is too much a damsel-in-distress type figure to arouse any romantic interest in Ike. Then FE10 Elincia is way too heavily portrayed as having romantic feelings for Geoffery. Then after-the-fact. Its canonical that Elincia does not abdicate her role as queen after FE10 and spends the rest of her life in court, so whosoever she takes as a husband must live in her castle and spend the rest of their life as a court figure. …I just can’t see Ike ever being comfortable in or happy with that role…for anyone… I could perhaps see Ike as an illicit paramour. Who Elincia occasionally takes on-the-side after entering into some loveless political marriage with a local noble, with the unspoken understanding that the marriage is a sham and Elincia is the Queen, and the Queen gets to bed whoever she wants because she’s the Queen. …Supposing that such a union produced a child… Well now that would be quite the scandal, wouldn’t it. Elincia wouldn’t be able to keep the child in court; a blue-haired bastard with no resemblance to the King and an overwhelming resemblance to a certain renowned hero who’s known to pay the Queen—visits—would be just a bit too on-the-nose for the court nobles. The most logical course of action would be for Elincia to give the child to Ike, to be raised by the Greil Mercenaries and grow strong under his/her father’s care. And that would be a parent-child relationship worthy of a convoluted, “I’m so sorry I couldn’t tell you sooner” FE plot. -How long does Ike wait to tell the kid his/her mother is major royalty? -How does he break the news? -What set of circumstances would need to arise before Ike tells his child “…oh…by the way son…keep this on the downlow. You’re a prince. And the rightful heir to the throne of Crimea.” Which is almost more interesting then the idea of Ike and Elincia actually getting married.
  9. …there’s so many good ones… If I had to pick one and only one favorite? Naesela. He fills the Magnificent Bastard archetype better then any character in the franchise, and is what every Magnificent Bastard should aspire to be.
  10. Good Topic. Some good responses and some not so good responses. …my thoughts… So first of all; one of the really cool things they did with the new games is introduce the idea of multiverse theory to Fire Emblem, with the lore behind the Outrealms and alternate timelines in Awakening. So now we can retroactively apply that to the older sagas, like Tellius. Where we have always had these alternate paired endings and solo endings and fanshippings--the kinda-sorta-not-really psuedo-canon of FE fluff that we love to have fun with. And what we can now do is say without contradiction: -There is an Ike that settles down later in life to marry in the traditional way and start a traditional family -There is an Ike who is completely asexual, and just devotes his whole life to training and fighting and random acts of heroism -There is an Ike who is gay for Soren -There is an Ike who falls for Lethe, starts a new branded bloodline, and has to live with the consequence of forming an interracial family in what even after the events of FE10 is still a very racially divided and bigoted place to form an interracial family. (this one I find most intriguing, and is my personal headcanon) Somewhere in the Outrealms is a timeline where each such Ike lived and died and carried out the events of the Tellius Saga in his own way. As to the question of what type of father and husband Ike would be, in the timelines where he becomes a father and a husband. I feel like we can largely extrapolate that from his conduct as a mercenary commander, since he pretty much regards the Griel Mercenaries as his family and treats them as such. …from that… I don’t get the sense that Ike would be a particularly passionate husband or doting father. (as opposed to, say, Hector) But he would be: -loyal -protective -stern with his children -deferential to his wife (that is to say, he would not accept the patriarchal role of “lord-Husband” or expect his wife to listen to him because she’s the woman and he’s the man; he would see her as a partner in the truest sense of the word) On that last note, I don’t think Ike could be with a meek woman who would expect him to fill the role of lord-Husband. He would need a strong, willful woman who challenges him—i.e. a Lethe—someone who he can in fact truly regard and rely upon as a partner in the truest sense of the word. And that, I think, would be the driving dynamic behind their entire relationship.
  11. don’t have to be a country with low cost of labor and no protection of worker’s rights to benefit from free trade. That merely gives you a competitive advantage in the low-skill manufacturing sector--one sector of many. But the first rule of economics is division of labor. The idea that it is horrendously inefficient for everyone to do everything and live self-sustained by their own efforts and exertions; everyone should focus on becoming skilled at doing one job and doing it with the skill and efficiency of a person who performs only that job. Then meet the totality of their needs by engaging in commerce with other persons doing other jobs. Classically: …the farmer produces food, but does not sew or forge. …the seamstress produces clothes, but does not farm or forge. …the blacksmith produces metalworks, but does not sew or farm And by all engaging together in the stream of commerce; they collectively produce more food and clothes and metalwork at a lower cost (and to be enjoyed by more people) than if they were each on their own trying to self-sustain their own households by growing their own food AND sewing their own clothes AND making their own tools and weapons. That is the foundation and guiding principle of what we have come to call “economy.” Generally, if you are engaging in the stream of commerce—if you’re making money off a marketable good or service that you specialize in producing, and buying from entities that produce goods and services you do not specialize in—you are better off for it. The only people who are not strictly better off under such an arrangement are persons who have not developed a specialization in providing a marketable good or service. …The same principle applies to international trade… You look at countries like Germany. Japan. South Korea. Taiwan. First World democracies with strong protection of worker’s rights; they are doing phenomenally well in international trade. Japan has developed a reputation for producing home electronics of exceptional ingenuity and quality—people will go out of their way to buy their gaming systems, cameras, televisions, and computers from Japan. Germany has developed a reputation for excellence in mechanical engineering. People will go out of their way to drive German cars. …then you look at a country like America... And there isn’t really anything we specialize in doing exceptionally well anymore. (Our largest productive economic entities are military contractors and pharmaceutical companies. We make guns, tanks, and pills.) Once upon a time in another century, we enjoyed competitive advantage in coal and steel. We did very well in international trade because of it. And we have populists today running around telling everyone: “We’re going to put the miners back to work! We’re bringing back coal! We’re bringing back American steel!” As though the way forwards is backwards, and the problem is that we haven’t beat that dead horse long enough; not that we’ve failed to innovate and find a new competitive advantage for a new century of commerce. …like…I’m sorry…we deserve every pounding we’re taking in international trade and every job we lose to the Chinese, if at this moment in history we’re still electing leaders who tell us “We’re going to get this economy running again by cutting R&D for renewable energy—waste of tax payer money, what a scam—putting our miners back to work is going to be so great. America is going to be the world’s #1 producer of coal.” Imagine for a moment an early 20th century business that sells horse-drawn carriages, and develops a thriving business as the best carriage store in town. The store owner becomes very rich. Along comes this hot new thing called the automobile. The store refuses to stock and sell automobiles. Business starts failing. The store owner is presented with the opportunity to start stocking automobiles and turn his business into a car dealership. The owner says to himself: No; that’s a waste of money. I got rich selling carriages. And he not only refuses to stock and sell automobiles, he hires more carriage-makers and pays them to make more carriages, and opens five new horse-drawn carriage shops to compete with Cadillac and Buick and Ford Motors. …that’s sorta where America is at right now… An unfortunate side-effect of being the world’s premier superpower for so much of the 20th century is that we’ve romanticized the history that got us here. And we’re making some really silly, really retrograde choices because of it. While the rest of the world is moving forward.
  12. I'll throw another anecdotal account on the heap--this was my experience as a pain management patient. About a year back, I had a relatively minor surgical procedure. Nothing too bad. They applied a local area anesthetic during the surgery. Afterwards the doctor comes up to me and says: “When that anesthetic wears off you’re going to be in a lot of pain. I’ll give you something for that.” I tell him its fine. I’ll take Tylenol. He tells me: “No you don’t understand. When that anesthetic wears off you’re going to be in a LOT of pain. You’re going to need something stronger then Tylenol.” …he gives me a fifty (50) pill bottle of Vicodin... I tell him I don’t feel comfortable using opiate painkillers. I’ve seen lots of people become addicted from short term use and I’d like a pain management drug that doesn’t carry a high risk of chemical dependency. I ask him if he can write me a prescription for medical marijuana. He tells me medical marijuana is not approved for therapeutic use in acute pain management after surgery; that he’s giving me the standard treatment and everyone uses opiates after surgery, and its perfectly safe as long as I use as instructed. “Just don’t take anymore than 3 a day” he tells me. “One every 8 hours.” …so I go home with a fifty (50) pill bottle of Vicodin... The anesthetic wears off. It hurts like hell. I take a Vicodin. It feels…amazing. Just great. An overwhelming sense of calm and relaxation and blissful tingly I-want-to-feel-this-way-all-the-time in every corner of the body. I take another pill 8 hours later, as instructed. I take another pill 8 hours later, as instructed. And I didn’t even realize what I was doing…but by the 3rd Vicodin…I wasn’t taking the pill because I was in pain and needed pain relief. I felt GREAT. I was taking the pill because it felt so good that I reflexively wanted to keep having that feeling of calm and relaxation and blissful tingly I-want-to-feel-this-way-all-the-time. On day two of my recovery from the surgical procedure, I had a moment of clarity where I realized what was happening and what I was doing. These pills weren’t just making my pain go away. They were making me never want to stop taking them. …I was five (5) pills into a fifty (50) pill bottle… And I have no doubt that very nasty things would have happened if I had finished that bottle. I didn’t finish the bottle. I drove into Philadelphia, where marijuana has basically been decrimininalized by city ordinance and carries all the penalties at law of a minor traffic ticket. I contacted an old college buddy. Procured a one week’s supply. Went home. Flushed my remaining forty-five (45) pills of Vicodin down the toilet, because I wasn’t going down that road. Spent the remainder of my recovery period self-treating with cannabis. Had some minor itching and stinging and general discomfort around the surgical site—I wasn’t all happy-tingly to the point that I couldn’t feel ANYTHING like I was on Vicodin—but nothing worse than an old scab or a mosquito bite. My pain was well-managed. And I never had that sense I had on the Vicodin of So Great. Need More. Now. At the end of the week I had no more pain, no nasty drug habit, and I was back-to-work the following Monday without complication. …that was my experience with opiate painkillers. And in my practice representing persons who get on these pills after a car accident or a slip-and-fall and defending criminal defendants who eventually wind up turning to heroin I see the same story playing out time after time after time. These people go to their doctor. They’re told opiates are the standard treatment for routine pain management and loaded with opiates. They get hooked. And when the pills run out, they turn to doctor-shopping and hard drugs. The doctors—fine—I can buy that the doctors are just following the industry standard, and doing what they do because they know that if they DON’T follow the industry standard and they get sued, failure to follow industry standard is grounds for liability. I get it. You do the best you can in a bad system. I can’t believe that the Drug Companies didn’t know this, when they applied for FDA approval and certified that their drugs carry low risk of dependency. And marketed these drugs as the gold standard for treatment excellence. Something there doesn't smell right.
  13. Free trade is only a "bad" thing if your economy is uncompetitive. For all the flag-waving bluster from conservatives--when you say "We need to restrict deals like NAFTA and TPP, because they are hurting our economy." What you are tacitly stating is "We do not have the innovation, productivity, or skilled workforce to thrive in free-market competition on a global scale." ...and this is perhaps the greatest self-contradiction in conservative thinking... On the national level, its all laissez-faire and unbridled competition and individual responsibility for success or failure. You compete in the free market. If you work hard and make good life choices and develop a marketable set of skills, you do very well for yourself. If you fail--well it must be because you did something wrong, since people who do the right things succeed. Don't go blaming "the system" or acting like a victim or expecting a handout or special assistance. Its your fault--work harder, make better choices, and lift yourself up by your bootstraps. On the international level, globalism is bad. Free trade sends jobs overseas and screws the American worker. And its not because America has made any poor policy choices on healthcare or education or the like of a kind that would make our economy uncompetative--no--we did it right. The "American Way" is great. We're failing even though we've done everything we're supposed to do to succeed because we're victims. The whole system of international trade is stacked against us. Everyone is treating us so unfairly. The problem is trade deals; we need to get out of these terrible trade deals. It is self-justifying, misconduct-excusing, shallow-minded, on-the-nose hypocrisy and deflection of the highest order.
  14. Ginger Noire. Ew.
  15. Then all the poorly written characters around Corrin would look even more cartoonish. What if Caeldori time travels to the World of Awakening + takes the name "Cordelia" before banging Severa's father, and Severa time travels to the world of Fates + takes the name "Selena" before banging Subaki? thereby setting in motion an endless loop of I'm my own grandma.