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Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

by midnight_lasagna

Part 54: My Castle (Paralogue 6)

Selena is really not doing well in the Arena. I know her losses so have been partly down to bad luck, but there must be something about her base stats that generate more unfavourable opponents for her compared to what other units face. Maybe her bulk's too good compared to her attack power?

Dwyer can have some new staves and weapons now he's in the squad. I feel as if 3 staff users at one time is ideal for Conquest's lategame chapters, so until I pick up Forrest I might end up running Jakob, Felicia, and Dwyer all at the same time. I might even reclass Shigure back from Wyvern Lord.

A support for Ophelia and Seigbert, C for the other two. Nina is the only way FCorrin can become an Outlaw if she doesn't pick it as her talent or marry Niles... It's not a terrible class for her to pick up, Movement + 1 is very helpful.

Also Dwyer meets his family. It seems pointlessly cruel to have raised the two brothers apart, but I guess Azura wanted to make sure they were separated to make it more likely they'd survive an attack from Vallites? That's just me rationalising it, I don't think that's actually a stated reason. Although "pointlessly cruel" describes the entire Deeprealms shtick anyway.

I am not doing this but it is oddly appealing to see a unit with stats this balanced. Nina wouldn't make a bad Sorcerer... if I dumped all my Spirit Dusts into her and spent forever grinding her tome rank.

This is what I actually want to do. RIP some of her bulk, but now she's fast enough to double a lot more consistently. It's a shame she can't inherit Archer from Mozu to become a Kinshi Knight and retain her lance rank. I guess I could try to marry her to Shigure?

Sophie is managing the Forge today, which means a discount on swords. Time to cash in all my emeralds for sword materials and forge the large amount of swords I appear to have stockpiled for some reason.

Seems like I don't have a lot of sword users. Corrin doesn't need a forge because she's got the Yato, Silas is more of a knife guy, and Nina's only got an E rank. They'll still appreciate these forges though.

Oh yeah and I guess I should do this since I did just say there's no sword users in Chapter 24. I will be doing Midori's paralogue first but I'm not actually sure there's any in hers either, and if they are then they should be easily enough to beat regardless.

Troubadour (HS: Sky Knight (Azura), Cavalier (Jakob))
A+ Support Partners: Percy (Wyvern Rider)
Personal Skill: Born Steward (+20 Hit and Avoid, +2 damage dealt and -2 damage taken when fighting in My Castle)
Growths (With Default Class) [Base]:
HP: 35% (35) [45]
STR: 47.5% (47.5) [45]
MAG: 27.5% (37.5) [30]
SKL: 40% (60) [20]
SPD: 45% (55) [30]
LCK: 35% (50) [30]
DEF: 22.5% (22.5) [30]
RES: 35% (50) [35]

It's Dwyer! I'd call him Jakob's loser son but not turning out like Jakob makes him a big winner in my book. His over the top lethargic teenager voice acting is both very endearing and extremely grating.

In terms of pure stats Dwyer is superior to his dad in almost every single way, at least at base. He's got significantly less skill and luck, and slightly less speed and HP, but otherwise he's much stronger and more magical with a little extra bulk too. Having Azura as his mum has made mine stronger and faster at the cost of his physical defenses.

Unfortunately in practice Dwyer's lacking a lot of Jakob's strong points, such as his weird half-prepromote status and his amazing availability (if you're playing as a girl). As a staffbot he's likely to outstat his dad and more staffbots are always nice to have, but he's not exactly a gamechanging unit even with a good mum. His stats are better than his father's but are fairly bad as far as second gen units go. I always thought Brady from Awakening was one of the worst kids (postgame minmaxing aside), and Dwyer's kind of got the same problem, especially since you could easily slap Flora or Izana on your team if you've got DVP to spend and you want additional staff users. But even if he doesn't have Jakob's weird early promotion, he can still inherit level 15 promoted skills from his father to get them earlier than other units would.

Dwyer's meant to go Butler but he'll work fairly well as a Strategist, especially if his mum has halfway decent magic. I feel like Strategist is a more useful class in general thanks to its higher mobility, but the Flame Shuriken does hit harder than most tomes. He might work okay in some combat classes but his staff rank and the weapons of his promoted classes will make it difficult to find a class he can become that he won't be stuck with E rank weapons in.

If for some reason you want to do Fates PvP then Dwyer's personal skill is great, otherwise it's pretty awful. Invasions do exist and having better stats for them is handy, but it's unlikely that the combat stats of your staffbot will make much a difference in their difficulty. I guess it would combo very well with Foreign Princess? Assuming it is possible to inherit that skill.

I'd be very welcome to hear alternate Dwyer opinions because I've mostly been very negative, even if he is one of the few child units I'll actually be using this run!

My Rating: This isn't my job...