Part 120: KarlaThis will have to do while I continue to bash my head against the mountain of asshole reinforcements in Victory or Death.
Support Conversations: Karla
C - Attack + .5, Defense + .5, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 2.5, Critical + 5, Crit Avoid + 2.5
B - Attack + 1, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 10, Avoid + 5, Critical + 10, Crit Avoid + 5
A - Attack + 1.5, Defense + 1.5, Accuracy + 15, Avoid + 7.5, Critical + 15, Crit Avoid + 7.5
: It really is you! Ive finally found you.
: I have been looking for you as well. Of the six of us, four are gone. You and I are all that remain.
: No... It cant be! Brother...our parents...
: Slain by my blade.
: You are of the same blood; you must understand. Only one can wield the sword. Our clan lived for this sword, as they died by it. Our father knew this and tried to protect the sword.
: You were not worth fighting at the time. But...time changes everything. Beautiful, Karla.
: Your swordsmanship. It truly is a thing to behold. So much that I can barely resist the urge to strike you down.
: You would kill...me, too?
: Eventually, yes. It is you or I, Karla. One and only one can carry this sword.
: Karla. Perfect... Shall we begin?
: Draw your blade, Karla.
: What? Why do you wait?
: Do you remember, Brother? It was so long ago... We were still little...
: What are you talking about?
: The plains shone scarlet in the twilight... I was crying because I had lost my way. You picked me up and carried me home.
: The memory is...lost to me. I cannot recall it.
: I remember it so clearly. The warmth of your back. If I could, I would have stayed that way forever.
: Brother... I hated the sword. I never wanted to learn a skill that could only be used to kill. But it was the only way I could get close to you, Brother.
: ...You seem unable to concentrate, Brother. Forgive me. Perhaps we should duel another day.
: Karla.... Are you ready?
: Yes. Do as you wish, Brother. When I fall to you, I will leave no regrets.
: We are less than human now. We are no different from our swords themselves. Our hearts are cold, and we count the days we live solely by the flesh we cleave. What meaning can there be in such an existence?
: Cut me down, Brother. I simply wanted to hear your voice before I died. Now I have. I am satisfied.
: Karla... You havent changed. But I have. I must have. When I am with you, I remember the past.
: Go where you will. I will not fight you.
: Brother... Brother, what will you do?
: I wont stop you... I doubt you can resist the destiny of our blood for long... So I will wait for you. On the scarlet plain. I will wait for my brother to come home...
C - Defense + .5, Accuracy + 2.5, Avoid + 5, Critical + 5, Crit Evade + 5
B - Defense + 1, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 10, Critical + 10, Crit Evade + 15
A - Defense + 1.5, Accuracy + 7.5, Avoid + 15, Critical + 15, Crit Evade + 15
: So we finally meet again! Now its time to finish what we started earlier! Now, come at me! And dont try anything funny!
: Hm. Tempting... But is now really the right time?
: Do you think I care?! Youre going down! Now, raise your sword!
: Dont be hasty. Lord Eliwood has forbidden us from fighting amongst ourselves. Are you prepared to return your retainer?
: Grr... No.
: We dont need interruptions right now. Why dont we discuss this when the battle has ended?
: Fine, well do it your way! But when this ends, be ready! Got it!?
: Why, certainly.
: Grarr! Come here, you!
: Ahh, dear Bartre... So you still live. What joy.
: You thought me dead, demon?
: I admit I did at first. But I did reconsider. You are too stubborn to die.
: Ive lived through far worse! We will finish this next time! Remember that!
: You still wish to fight? You poor fool...
: And you! Where is your will to fight?
: Youre holding back! And that is the greatest shame on the battlefield! I want to fight you untamed! Show me what youve got!
: I would be happy to... But, dear Bartre, you will die.
: Im ready to die! All to hone my skill! The warriors path is not an easy one!
: Hmm... I like you... Youre...interesting. Very well. Then I shall bring all of my sword arts to bear...
: Oho! Its you!
: So you have improved your skills. I thought your words at our last meeting might have been empty...
: Never! I will always strive to be the best!
: Well... That is an admirable goal. With that attitude, perhaps someday you could best me.
: What are you saying! You must become stronger as well! We must both raise our skill!
: Hm... So we shall. But there is no need for haste. And perhaps I could help you improve?
: Enough, braggart! Youre no better than me! We are the same, you and I!
: ...Except that I am a woman.
: ...What? Are you so surprised? Surely you must have realized this before now!
: Err... No! Im sorry! I mean, I forgot!
: You forgot? Whatever do you mean?
: ...From the first time I met you on the battlefield, I saw a beautiful girl... But...after I fought you and realized your strength, I only saw the greatest warrior I had ever met.
: Did I anger you?
: No. Its just...
: Just what?
: Bartre, you are a good man.
: I will train harder, so that I do not betray your expectations of me. Farewell.
: K-Karla. What was I thinking! That was the absolute stupidest thing I could have said! Whats wrong with me! Am I...in love? Wauuuugghhhhhh!
C - Attack + .5, Defense + .5, Accuracy + 2.5, Avoid + 5, Critical + 2.5, Crit Evade + 5
B - Attack + 1, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 10, Critical + 5, Crit Evade + 10
A - Attack + 1.5, Defense + 1.5, Accuracy + 7.5, Avoid + 15, Critical + 7.5, Crit Evade + 15
: Hey, you! Wait up!
: Im Farina! I am a pegasus knight of Ilia!
: ...Im Karla.
: Nice to meet you, Karla! So...Ill get right to the point. How much are they paying you? Just so you know, Im getting 20,000 gold!
: ...I have not received any money.
: No way!
: Why do you look so surprised? Theres nothing I could use the money for, anyway.
: So, Karla...let me see if Ive got this right...You dont need the money? But, darling, dont you know? A woman needs an income! Maybe...you just dont know much about how the world works, right?
: Hmm... Perhaps it is as you say... I am not...connected to this world very strongly. So...most people fight for money, do they? ...Perhaps I will ask Lord Hector about it someday.
: Yeah... Yeah, you do that... Maybe you can get back pay! We should go in there and both renegotiate our contracts... Maybe our combined efforts will inspire him to give us a special bonus!
: Say, Karla, youre from Sacae, right?
: Yes, you could say that... Ive heard that my ancestors sailed here from across the seas, however...
: So the tribes in Sacae, they all, like, dance around a fire and chant "Ooga Booga," dont they?
: ...They do?
: Dont they? You did say Sacae, didnt you? Karla, you really dont know much about the world, do you?
: ...I guess I dont. Talking with you has been very...illuminating. ...I grew up in a place that had no contact with Sacae. Where I grew up, I was not even allowed to touch a sword like this.
: Why not?
: Because I am a woman. Women were not allowed to bear swords. Women in my house were told to do what men say.
: What a tired bunch of hogwash! Men arent all that great, let me tell you! Unless, you know...theyre rich...
: But it was not only my country that had such rules... I have traveled to many lands... And most are all the same. Farina, are things different where you are from?
: Of course! Well theyre the opposite, anyway! Women are the ones who put bread on the table.
: Is that so?
: Yes! Pegasi will only allow women to ride them! So only women can be Pegasus knights. The men just work the terraced vegetable fields in the mountains.
: I see...
: I guess there is a mens knight brigade, but its pretty terrible. Theyre only really good for digging the stables out of snowdrifts after a storm, to be honest... So, its kind of like men are not even our equals, really. Theyre kind of like luggage, to tell you the truth.
: ...Thats too bad. Dont you find that to be a little severe...? Is there no sane land in this world?
: So, Karla. What are you going to do after this all ends? I plan on returning home...
: Well, I...
: You havent even thought about it? I dont know what to do with you! Youre just not very organized, are you? So, how did you end up traveling like this, anyway?
: I was looking for someone.
: Let me guess. A man, right?
: Yes...a man... I want to see him...very badly, so I set out traveling. I felt...attached to him. I still cant seem to let go... I still hope that someday, we can be as we once were...
: Karla, weve got some talking to do. You just cant spend your life chasing some guy! Capable women live on their own, pay their own bills! Do you see what Im getting at? Does that make sense?
: Um, yes.
: Thats why you need to be able to make some money! Oh, yeah! Hey, Karla, do you want to be a mercenary with me? Wed be strong and beautiful! Who could resist hiring us? And we could split the payment...mmm...60/40?
: ...Hmm. That might be a good idea. Thanks, Farina. If you really want to, Id be happy to try that.
: So we have a deal?
C - Attack + .5, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 5, Critical + 5, Crit Evade + 2.5
B - Attack + 1, Accuracy + 10, Avoid + 10, Critical + 10, Crit Evade + 5
A - Attack + 1.5, Accuracy + 15, Avoid + 15, Critical + 15, Crit Evade + 7.5
: So, you are the famed Sword Princess, are you not?
: Ive heard rumors about you... That you go to fighting coliseums and claim countless victories. They say that no one can even touch you. So you must be terribly strong.
: ...And you are?
: Rrrr... Me?! Surely youve heard of the Wyvern Generals of Bern? I am Vaida.
: ...No, Ive never heard of you.
: Was that all you wanted? If so, I have to go. Im in a bit of a hurry.
: W-Wait! This is no joke! How dare you! I said wait!
: Hey, you! Wait up! Wait, I said!
: ...What is it?
: I was calling you! Why did you ignore me? Do you think you can take that attitude with me and walk away with both legs?!
: Well, you were yelling from the skies... It is a little hard to hear... Now that youve landed, I can hear you better.
: Dont toy with me, girl! Why should I have to descend to you?
: Dont get excited. Its bad for your health.
: Infuriating! I am Vaida, a Wyvern General of Bern!
: So I heard. Now what do you want?
: Shut up! I dont have to explain myself to you! I knew who you were, and you had never heard of me! Its infuriating!
: Dont take it too hard. I started this journey to find someone... I havent bothered to remember anyone else I met along the way.
: H-How dare you treat me like this!
: And the only reason I went to those coliseums, was to look for him... Ah... Brother...
: Hey, snap it out! Come on! This really burns my bridle! Remember this moment, girl! I will show you my true power!
: Karla! Wait up!
: What is it?
: What do you think?! Im fighting by your side just so you can see how strong I am! So, did you get an eyeful?
: So, you understand now. You understand the true power of the Wyvern Generals?!
: Yes, I understand.
: G-Good. And...? You understand why I am feared and reviled by my enemies? I dont know what this "Sword Princess" has got, but compared to me...
: Look, is that all? I have to go. Im in a hurry.
: ...Arrggghhhh! Umbriel, we will eat her eyes! You are mocking me! Fine! Draw your sword! We will settle this now!
: What do you mean, why?! I...
: ...Theres no real need to fight, is there? We are not enemies.
: It is our fate to have met as allies. Why should we not cooperate on the battlefield?
: Because! As things are, if we do nothing... Then well never know who is stronger!
: Oh, is that what youre on about... ...Well, how about I be the weaker? Would that help? I dont care much for fighting anyway.
: Arrrggggh! You dont even want to fight me?! Ohhh, my lance aches to rest in your heart!
: ...Alright then. Just give me some time. Once all of this is over with, we can fight.
: Good. And fight we shall.
: ...I think we could be good friends...
: ...What is with you? You are perhaps the most infuriating person I have ever met!
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