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  1. There's also that people like Luthier simply assume that Alm is to be their King long before the Delivarance invades Rigel. Luthier outright states that he thought Alm was to be their king so this is a sentiment likely echoed by most people in Zofia.
  2. The Most Complex/Convoluted Plan in the Series

    People don't seem to get that if Rudolf's plan fails, then he's the sort of person to just go "Well, I guess we deserve to die by rampaging mad dragon." Rudolf's plan is fuckin great. It's a last ditch attempt to save Valentia.
  3. Delthea says a couple of times that she never really asked to be a prodigy and just wants to be normal. Her failed rule is the explanation. She tried to rule Macedon but the people rebelled against her. Yes, Hardin influenced the rebellion but remember that the people of Macedon hailed Michalis as the second coming of Iote, their country's founder. Minerva 'betrayed' her country so they probably didn't think highly of her.
  4. Making him a completely different character that misses the point of the original is not 'making a deeper character'. Never mind that making Alm a brutal character that supposedly represents Duma'a philosophy is not adding to his character, but rather subtracting Ann's making him a lesser character. Alm is supposed to represent the best of Mila and Duma as he is Rigelian raised in Zofia by a person who has the perspective of both as well as the knowledge of the coming events. It makes no fucking sense why Alm would be a power hungry reckless idiot that some apparently want him to be. If he was, then that would mean Mycen completely fucked up in raising Alm. That's why Awakening Alm is awful. Not because they're 'making a deeper character' but because they're making him lesser. They're reducing him to a stereotype of Duma's philosophy completely forgetting that he had no reason to act that way considering his upbringing, i.e., they completely missed the point. I'm glad that SoV's writers weren't so amateurish to make that same awful mistake. FE11 Marth is not missing point of Marth's character. That's why what it added was good.
  5. Alm is only the second protagonist in the series so him being too similar to every other protagonist that followed is not a valid point. And a remake completely reinventing the personalities from the original and missing the point entirely is something I do appreciate not at all. Awakening Alm was a travesty. Good riddance, I say.
  6. No, Alm represents the best of Mila and Duma's philosophies. He's a Reglian who has been raised in Zofia by a former Rigelian AND Zofian knight. To portray him as purely a representation of Duma's philosophy completely misses the point, that how you were raised matters more than your heritage. Alm never sought power. Him killing his father is not a result of Alm following Duma's principles. It's the result of Rudolf following Duma's principles. And in the original Gaiden, Duma is part of the plan anyway. He and Rudolf recognize where Duma and Mila went wrong and Duma gives Rudolf the Falchion to set things right.
  7. That incorrect personality also completely misses the point of Alm's character.
  8. Someone's HP dropping to zero has always meant that they are completely defeated. At most, the character still has strength enough to retreat. Pursuing would incur further losses because their troops are injured and would require medical care. Retreating also would allow Berkut's forces to recover and get a bearing again. Berkut is defeated and Alm is ready to kill him. The intent is very clear.
  9. I think the intention is clear that Berkut has been defeated and has no choice but to resort to Nuibaba's charm: Berkut: Nrgh… No… Am I to lose again? AGAIN?! (After the battle) Berkut: Nnngh… Damn you. Alm: You’re plenty strong, Berkut. No one would deny that. But that’s why I must end this here. Berkut: I can’t believe it’s come to this… After the spell is broken: Fernand: Lord Berkut! The spell is broken, but they haven’t the strength to give chase. You must use this time to escape. Berkut: You would have me retreat in the face of these dogs?! Even after the spell is broken, Berkut still has to retreat. Lukas makes it clear that pursuing would mean further losses, meaning several soldiers lost their lives due to the spell. So even with that, Alm's forces still had enough of an upper hand and forced Berkut to retreat. So the intent is clear. Berkut was completely defeated. He may have been kneeling on the ground with Alm placing a sword to his neck but the intent is the same: Berkut was completely defeated and Alm was fully ready to execute him.
  10. The Sacred Stones through the 3DS Ambassador Programme.
  11. I would say that Alm does have distinguishing characteristics. Being raised in a tiny village and being forbidden from leaving has given him an intense desire to see the world which we see immediately. He also has a deep longing for a proper family which is why he's upset over losng family he didn't even know. Yeah, he's compassionate but he's not blind to reality. We see him ready to execute Berkut shortly before Berkut uses Nuibaba's trinket. Executing an unarmed and defeated enemy is not something any protagonist has done or attempted. Killing when the opponent refuses to back down, sure but never an attempted execution of a completely beaten and defenceless enemy. And this is born entirely out of pragmatism, not vengeance or bloodlust. He's also very emotional, as I already discussed with how upset he is over Rudolf and Berkut's deaths. Balancing these aspects of being emotional, headstrong and rash, pragmatic but compassionate is difficult but Alm manages that wonderfully.
  12. I find questions such as "what would x character do" in this situation to be completely pointless. Characters are shaped by their experiences. Transplanting a character from setting to another means nothing and doesn't provide for meaningful discussion. Ephraim's victories all come from the fact that the Valter is specifically toying with him. Ephraim has to confront his recklessness when Seth outright tells him that the people of Renais are not cheering because of his return but for the hope that the future is better and that Ephraim will have to change for that future to happen. Marth has to confront the notion that he must set aside his personal grief for the sake of his people, that he is a prince before he is a son or a brother. I could go on. My point is not that these characters have super serious flaws (in fact, I actually stated earlier that most people don't really even want flawed characters but think they do). My point is that Alm has no flaws and that's fine. That's not a failure of writing nor is it a missed oppurtunity because Alm feels extremely refreshing after several protagonists that have minor flaws they eventually overcome (or not, in the case of Chrom and Corrin).
  13. But Alm is refreshing. He's not Corrin, a flawed character that everyone praises regardless. He's not Chrom, a flawed character who almost learns and improves but completely throws away all of his character development at the last moment. He's not Micaiah, a flawed character who will go to extreme lengths to save her people that is actually written well unlike the the previous two losers I mentioned. He's almost like Ike but unlike Ike, his personality isn't separated into two different characters (Soren and Titania) leaving the actual protonist extremely boring. He's not like Ephraim, a brash idiot who has to learn that his recklessness won't work after the war is over and he has to learn to become a better king. He's like Eirika, I guess. We finally got a character that Alm is similar too and it took going back 6 games to get there. But even then, Eirika has flaws that negatively affect the protagonists' goals. I like that Alm isn't a flawed character who has to learn from his flaws. That's well and good but sometimes, I just want a character who's just so likable and enthusiastic who doesn't really have any flaws he has to learn from. The idea that every character needs a flaw to overcome is just silly.
  14. Canonical Character Ages?

    Seliph is 19, bordering on 20 at the start of Gen 2.
  15. I don't think Alm needs a character arc. Sometimes, you want a nice guy character who does nice guy things. Not every protagonist needs a flaw that they need to overcome. I especially think this because I don't think most people actually want characters in fictions to have flaws. Not really. They want characters with superficial flaws that are easy to overcome, not actual flaws, like Celica. The moment we see something like Celica, people dogpile on that character because of their serious flaws. I also completely disagree with OP's suggestion about Berkut. That sounds terrible. Berkut works just wonderfully as a character who has it all but loses it all, sometimes through circumstances out of his control but sometimes due to his own actions. I like his fall from grace. I think Rudolf's plan is great. It doesn't need to be changed at all.