Part 78: Interview 39 - Christmas In Wars World"Interview 39 - Christmas In Wars World"
Hey, folks. Its that time of year again, where I need a day off but dont want to leave you completely without something to enjoy at Christmas, so here: a debatably canon Christmas episode! Long winded explanation: Right, canonically the LPAW2 campaign only lasted about six months and Christmas was very early on, during the Orange Star arc (I wrote a barracks scene about it), so if Id written about the Christmas parties that happened then, it would have taken place before we met all these characters and thus they wouldnt have any of their development - Vanessa would still be a bitch, everyone would hate Dimitri, nobody would know who the hell Rose is, etc. Setting it after their campaigns is less canon, but means we can see the characters we know and love as they are now. Hopefully that made sense.
Thanks as always for enjoying Lets Play Advance Wars, and I hope you all have an excellent Christmas. See you next week with a proper update, hopefully - and the poll is at the bottom of this update. Enjoy!
The soldiers of Orange Star have decided to forego the usual Christmas party in the barracks for something a bit classier - Christmas dinner at a fancy restaurant several miles away from the barracks. Nell has bought out the entire lower floor for the soldiers, and theyre all sat around on tables, waiting for their main course to come. At one such table, Dave, Alfonse, Michael, Ingo and Von Panzer are enjoying the Christmas atmosphere.
Man, that starter almost filled me up already. Michael sighs, patting his stomach. Been forever since we ate such good food, huh?
Indeed! The food here is wunderbar! Von Panzer replies.
Ingo nods. What did you guys order? Ive gone for the turkey. Gotta have a turkey at Christmas!
Im not really a turkey guy. Dave answers, shrugging. I went for the goose.
Either works. I couldnt choose until earlier today. Alfonse chuckles. I eventually decided on the turkey, though. Say, Michael, I thought you were a vegetarian?
Michael pulls a face, and swirls his wine around his glass. Everyone always assumes that. I guess it comes with being albino, and effeminate but no, Im not. I love meat just like the rest of you. Especially turkey, heavens. I hope it comes soon!
Yeah, yeah, turkeys great. Dave says. You know, I didnt know this for a while, but Fleurs on a vegetarian diet, pparently.
Fleur? Must be how she stays in such good shape. muses Ingo. His gaze slides over the various tables to alight on one on the other side of the room, where many of the armys most popular girls have got themselves a table.
Hm! Von Panzer says. Its a surprise to see you separate from the young Fräulein Lucy!
Thats true. Did you not get to choose the seats? Michael asks.
Oh, well, Ingo says, shrugging. We talked about it, and I dont want us to be joined at the hip all the time, you know? Shes got her girls, Ive got you boys, and I think its important to spend time with friends as well as loved ones.
Sounds good to me, kid. Dave replies, nodding. Besides, give it a couple hours and Im sure the party will move back to the barracks for some dancin. Then you can spend time with your gal.
You two really are the cutest couple. Michael says, grinning. But thats neither here nor there. Hey, Dave, Ive been meaning to ask about you and Rin
Aw, hell, I knew this was going to come up. Im four years older than her. Were just pals; shes like my kid sister.
Alfonse nods. Thats how Ive always seen it. You two are a rare pair, though. Of all the people I expected to pierce your grumpy exterior
I dont have a grumpy exterior! protests Dave, and the assorted lads laugh at his indignant expression. Von Panzer sips his wine, shaking his head at the antics of the table.
Dear me lets hope the food gets here soon to quieten you all down.
At the girls table, Lucy, Selena, Fleur, Fliss and Rin are relaxing as they talk about anything and everything, waiting for their main course to arrive.
Im just saying, Im really excited about all my presents! Lucy says, beaming. Are you not excited, Selena?
Well, Lucy Im a little older than you. We dont really get as many presents. My family havent been in touch in a very long time.
Lucys face falls, but Fleur leans over and puts a matronly hand on her shoulder.
Come now, mon cherie, dont look so morose! We will still enjoy all of the presents we open on Christmas Day. I hope you like my present. It took me a long time to pick it out!
Ive done all my Christmas shopping already! Rin replies, punching the air. Its nithe to be ahead for once, you know?
I wish that was me. murmurs Selena. I, um, still have a few to buy. But dont worry, girls, Ill pick some extra-nice things, dont worry.
Im excited to see what Ive got murmurs Fliss, giving the group a soft smile. Though Im also excited for you to receive your presents.
I prefer that part of Christmas. Selena replies, nodding. Giving presents is nicer than receiving them though sometimes you receive a gift so special, you cannot help but cherish it forever.
Do you have a gift like that, Selena? Rin asks.
Selena falls quiet, and eventually shakes her head.
No. But I imagine Selena says, then she stops herself. No, sorry. Not worth mentioning. More importantly, when is this food going to arrive?
Oh, come on, weve got plenty to do whilst were waiting! announces Lucy, holding out a silver-coloured Christmas cracker. Selena looks up at it, and gives Lucy a little smile, taking hold of the other end.
Alright. Lets do some crackers whilst we wait, shall we?
The fog rolls around the arena, with black walls rising high, each adorned with random displays of lights and colours, disappearing into the gloom. The sounds of footsteps and blasts can be heard up ahead, when suddenly, Dimitri and Zlata, wearing cuirasses of white and holding strange-looking guns, come bounding in and lean against a wall to peer around the corner.
Whos goddamned idea was it to invite a bunch of trained soldiers to laser tag? Dimitri says, ducking back as shafts of light pierce through the fog from enemies unknown. Zlata laughs.
Aw, cmon, were having a great time! Plus, well win if we can nail the blue team a couple more times. I think Eva and Alina went that way!
Oh, god, alright. Dimitri replies, chuckling. Lets get movin!
The pair dash off into the fog, and following the sound of their footsteps, Yakov and Inessa, the twins, come into view. Yakov glares around, but his sister points in the direction of laser fire up ahead.
That must be our opponents on the red team. Come on, lets take them out! Inessa says.
Is that Inessa I hear? says a voice behind the pair, and they turn to see Ludmilla sauntering up to them. She nods brazenly, winking at Yakov, who blushes and stares at the floor.
Ludmilla! Were going to flank the red team - Dimitri and the others just went up here, and I think theyre going into the middle sector. If we get them from behind, well win for certain. Were already ahead on score, I believe!
That sounds good! Oh, gosh, this is going to be so exciting! Ludmilla replies. I tell you, its nice to actually be part of the gunplay instead of just ferrying people around. Though I prefer it being low-stakes.
It is much more fun when its low-stakes. Inessa says, beaming. Come, then! Lets see if we cant pull off a flawless blue team victory!
An exhausted group of soldiers sit around at the islands in the centre of the mall, their laser tag experience having come to a close with a neck-and-neck race that was eventually won by the red team. As they share a selection of huge pizzas, watching the world go by, they cant help but feel exhilarated at the evenings events.
Fenya daintily nibbles at a slice of sweetcorn and pepper pizza, eyeing the soldiers sat around on the other side of the island, talking with her brother, Felix. Valeria leans over and puts a friendly hand on her shoulder.
Still worrying about him?
Oh, I always am. murmurs Fenya. She turns to Valeria and offers her another slice of the pizza, and Valeria shakes her head.
Im way past full - besides, Im more of a meat feast girl.
Thats fair. Fenya replies. But yes, I really ought to stop hovering around him. Hes making his own friends perhaps I ought to do the same.
Yeah, you should! Alina and Eva are having a little romantic thingy over there, but hey, how about we go over and annoy them?
Alright, if they wont mind Fenya starts, but before she can finish her sentence, Valeria waves at the pair and holds up a slice of pizza. The girls laugh and nod, beckoning her over, and she goes, followed by a nervous Fenya.
Hey, gals! How was the laser tag for you? says Valeria.
Alina gives a sheepish grin, but Eva confidently gestures to her girlfriend. Ill level with you, we may have lost on behalf of the blue team, because we spent a not insignificant amount of time hanging around the middle making out.
Oh, god dammit. Valeria sighs. Well, Im glad youre both enjoying yourselves in your own way.
You know how competitive the boys are, though. Dimis Mercs were so thrilled by winning that they ended up paying for all this pizza, you know. Eva says slyly.
They did? asks Fenya.
Oh yeah. See, Im playing the long game. Red wins, everyone has a good evening, you see?
Nice job, Eva. I have to admit murmurs Valeria, looking around at the Blue Moon soldiers enjoying themselves. This is a good evening. And we certainly deserve one of those.
We do. replies Alina, who jumps up. Come on, then! Lets stop hanging out over here and go chat with the others!
Alright, alright. Fenya replies, and the other girls voice their assent. Lets do it.
In the barracks of Yellow Comet, a Christmas party is being staged, and by the noise of the chatter, music occasionally breaking through the talking, it is clear that almost everyone is enjoying the chance to let loose. In some cases, the fact that the bar is half price has probably loosened a few people up.
However, some invites have been rather surreptitiously labelled the Real party, and those who received these altered invites now find themselves in a beautifully laid-out parlour, complete with doilies and soft furnishings, as well as a few dolls strewn about the place - the perfect location for a tea party. The group includes Vanessa, Andromeda, Khepri, Peregrine, Minerva and Sonja.
Thank you all for coming. says the little girl already sat at the table, watching them. She gives them a faint smile.
Rose Kuroda. says Peregrine, giving her a grin. I knew when I saw the invites for a tea party, it had to be you! Shall we, gals? Seems like theres a seat for everyone!
The girls soon take their seats and begin pouring the tea. Rose has also purchased various baked goods, including some delicious-looking tarts, mince pies and a festive Yule log.
This this is delightful. Minerva says, sipping her tea. Im so grateful for your invite, Rose.
Think nothing of it. You all deserved a treat, and, well, youre all dear friends of mine. I wanted to thank you for all the support and respect you have given me over the last few months - and none of this leaves this room, you hear?
Oh, loud and clear. Vanessa replies. Arqa would have a fit of jealous rage if she found out she hadnt been invited.
This ginseng tea is amazing. Sonja remarks, staring down at the mug as if hoping to discern its secrets visually.
Im pleased you think so. Rose replies. Its my favourite brand. Have you tried the green tea?
Oh, no, please pour me some. Id love to try more of this brand.
It its quite, rich, expensive, isnt it? Andromeda murmurs, and Rose nods.
Unfortunately so, but the compensation of an ACO is adequate, lets say. Adequate enough to treat you all on this special Christmas night. she replies, gesturing. So, please, drink as much as you like.
The conversation soon turns to various other topics, as the girls find that there is plenty to be discussed over a steaming mug of delicious tea.
Im really looking forward to getting promoted! Vanessa says, grinning at Sonja, who nods back at her.
Its been long-deserved. she replies. Khepri, I noticed that you havent expressed much interest in promotion, even though youve proven to be quite talented on the battlefield.
Khepri shrugs. I like what I do already! I get in there and make important contributions!
Same here! Peregrine replies. In the sky is where I belong - me and Khepri have already found our place. Why would we need to look for anything else?
Sonja chuckles. Well, I cant say fairer than that. Tell me, Rose, are you looking to go even higher?
All eyes on the table turn to Rose - the idea that she might desire to ascend even further up the ladder is a strange one, and yet everyone there can imagine it.
I could become a CO. However, I feel I need more experience. As such, if I were to do something like that, it would be when I am a little older. Say, fifteen, sixteen.
I see. Sonja replies.
Thats fair. Youve got plenty of time to hone your skills before then. Vanessa replies. Not that you need to, but hey
I would, um like, love, to be a part of it. Andromeda says, sipping from her mug as she talks. This army, and you all, you people, girls, have shown me much joy, kindness. I do not know, understand, how this army works, but if I could contribute more, then
Andromeda, I would love for you to contribute more. Rose says, smiling at her friend warmly. Her eyes glitter with genuine admiration. If you wish to rise up the ranks, then keep working at it. Well be with you every step of the way.
Absolutely. Every girl of Yellow Comet, from the soldiers to the COs, supports one another. Sonja replies, looking at Vanessa and nodding at her. Thats my promise to you all.
For sure! Minerva says.
Hell yeah! Khepri cheers, almost spilling her tea as she celebrates the declaration. Andromeda, its been super cool meeting you, and Im so excited to get to know you better!
I agree. Peregrine says. Andy, youre excellent, and this weekend, you and I are gonna go on our most exciting flight yet. Were all here for you!
Andromeda cant help but tear up a little bit. I am grateful, joyous my my compatriots, companions friends. My friends.
As per usual, Green Earth have elected to have a small and relatively quiet Christmas party, and the Old Guard, the veterans of the Green Earth Army, are doing their yearly Secret Santa around the biggest table in the barracks main room, next to the roaring fire. Wallace, Johanna, Edgar, Lorelei, Abelard and Albert are exchanging their gifts, though there is a healthy amount of whiskey being drunk between the lot of them.
Abelard shakes his present a couple of times, and then opens it up to reveal a rather silly-looking glass with a hole in, labelled Glass To Stop Drinking. He sighs at Albert.
This has you written all over it. he says, shaking his head, and his lifelong rival Albert lets out an uproarious chuckle.
Perhaps so, but you did say you need to cut down!
For heavens sake
Next up is Johanna, who opens her present to find a rather nice-looking necklace emblazoned with the Green Earth symbol. She widens her eyes.
I expected something more gauche. she murmurs, eyeing the group. Now who bought this? And why does it look like it cost far more than the agreed limit of 5 funds?
Well, whilst you think about that, Wallace is opening his next. Abelard says, pointing across the table as he takes another swig of his whiskey. Hm! Thats got quite a kick. Just the thing for a Christmas party.
Wallace unwraps his gift with unsteady hands, already quite drunk, and laughs as his awful unwrapping is on show to the rest of his compatriots. He falls quiet as the present is opened, however - its a portrait of his late son, Roland; hand-drawn. Every eye turns to the only half-decent artist at the table, Lorelei. She winces.
I didnt want to make it awkward, I just she starts, but Wallace shakes his head.
He looks wonderful. This is thank you, Lorelei. Thank you so much
Im so glad you like it. I wanted to do him justice.
In a bid to lift the mood, Edgar turns to his present - as the highest-ranking amongst the Old Guard and de facto leader of the bunch, he knows that he almost always gets a ridiculous present, and he makes a theatrical sigh as he begins to tear at his own presents wrapping paper.
Lets see what this is, then he grumbles, and soon a box of artisan chocolates tumbles out of the packaging, much to the surprise of the room.
That had to have been Johanna. Anyone else would have bought something funnier! Albert says, and Johanna gives a guilty start, breaking her normally-cool facade for a moment.
I just- she says, fumbling for the right words. I kind of forgot until yesterday, if Im completely honest
I love praline chocolates. Edgar says, nodding at her. Thank you kindly, Johanna. Who hasnt opened their gifts yet?
Just Albert and Lorelei, I think.
Lorelei turns to her gift. The box is quite small, and a strange shape, and she opens it up to discover a small pot filled with dirt. A quick check of the label in the dirt suggests that the seeds inside will grow up to be a small coriander plant. She beams at it, ever the herbalist.
Oh, how lovely! Coriander is rich in antioxidants, and its really good for lowering your blood sugar. I dont have any coriander plants at the moment, too. How thoughtful!
Edgar nods, fully aware that he was the one who bought it, having visited Loreleis room the other week to surreptitiously see which herbs she was running low on. Thoughtful indeed.
Alright, Albert, ready?
Here we go. Albert replies, shaking his head. This is going to be something ridiculous, lets see here
He soon unwraps a custom-made t-shirt with I AM BETTER THAN ABELARD on the front, and he holds it up, grinning as the rest of the Old Guard burst out laughing. At their requests, he puts it on, and Abelard sighs as he watches the commotion, letting out a little chuckle.
Dear me. Well, is that all the presents done?
I believe so. Wallace replies. Time for more drink?
I tell you what, chaps. Edgar says, yawning. This fires so comfortably warm, I may just end up napping here for a short while.
Old man Edgars not going to be able to keep up, it seems. Albert says. Come on, gents - its Christmas, so lets go get merry!
The soldiers march off in search of more drink, leaving Edgar and Lorelei to enjoy the warmth of the hearth for a little longer. The rest of the Green Earth troops continue to enjoy the party until the early hours, as Christmas festivities come to a close.
The following Google Form contains all the polls about upcoming maps. I would appreciate some comments for those of who fill it in, a bit of reasoning as to why you've chosen certain COs may help others make a more informed vote, and help me when it comes to eventually recording these maps. But hey, for now, enjoy your Christmas, folks. See you next week!