Part 43: Bonus 3 - Elphin Conversations and SupportsBonus 3 - Elphin Conversations and Supports
First, as mentioned previous, Elphin is functionally the same unit as Lalum. He does have a different set of supports than Lalum, but he has conversations with all the same units Lalum does.
Percival. It is good to see you again.
Have you forgotten my face?
No...it cannot be. The prince...is dead.
...I understand your confusion. After all, a man who was pronounced dead is now standing before your very eyes.
Prince Mildain! You were alive...?
I have troubled you for a long time now. ...It has been over a year since I was assassinated.
Assassinated!? Your Majesty, did you not fall off your horse in an accident?
No. I was shot with a poisoned arrow. First to my horse...and then to me.
Douglas noticed first and made it public that I had been killed. A different corpse was placed in the coffin, and everything was set up as if the assassination had been successful. Douglas then entrusted me to his adopted daughter and let me escape to the Western Isles.
Lord Douglas did that...
Even after I escaped to the west, I suffered from a high fever caused by the poison for many months. I was hovering between life and death so long that Douglas' daughter gave up hope countless times.
The rebel forces helped me by giving me medicine. Ironic, isn't it? The very rebels who were fighting against the Etrurian court had saved the life the prince himself!
I recovered...slowly. And then I saw the horrors being committed by the Etrurian nobles on the Isles. I was ashamed that I had not noticed when I was still residing on the throne.
While aiding the rebels, I was looking for a chance to return to the mainland. Then General Roy came along, and I saw my chance. And that is how I ended up here.
Prince... I am truly thankful that you returned alive.
I am with the Lycia Alliance Army right now, but I still must hide my true identity. And if I still have the loyalty that you pledged to me in the past...
I am at your service, Your Majesty. My master is only one, and he is you, Prince Mildain.
Prince Mildain! You've returned! You seem so well now...thank goodness.
It is all thanks to you. I am sorry I put you through this.
You returned safely... That is more than enough praise.
Douglas, I am currently working with the Lycia Alliance Army.
Ah! Then everything will go smoothly as long as we can drive off Bern's troops from the palace.
What...are you going to do?
The king is still in the enemy's hands. If I turn against Bern now, the king would be in danger...
But now that you have returned, I have no more regrets, even if I were to be defeated by the Lycia Alliance Army.
Douglas...I apologize. You are doing this all for my father...
My Prince, if my life were to be used for the true benefit of Etruria, then that would be my last wish.
I am glad that I could see you alive before my death.
You risked your life to protect me and let me escape to the Western Isles. I shall never forget that. ...Never.
...I still have false hope. I still think of trying to take you to see the king...
...Douglas, I will not give up hope. Roy...he just might be able to...
A bit more fleshed out than Lalum's versions, especially Percival's recruitment. Anyway, supports:
General Percival, if I may have a moment of your time...
Your Majesty...! Please do not address me as...
Hush! We do not know where enemies may be hiding. Here, I am a simple bard. Understood?
Yes. Then... ...What is it that you need, Elphin?
Prince Mildain of Etruria passed away last year. I would appreciate it if you could inform me of the behavior of the Etrurian Court after that. I would like to sing about them in my future travels.
...Very well. After Prince Mildain passed away...
Pr-... I mean, Elphin.
What is it, General Percival?
I hear your father is still alive. Have you seen him recently?
No, we have not seen each other for several years now.
Have you no intention of seeing him at all?
At least not until this war ends.
Why? Perhaps your father is mourning for you, thinking you are long dead.
If I let my father know of my safety, other people will find out as well. I may be able to make my father happy for a moment, but he will soon suffer the grief of losing me once again.
I must eliminate what is causing that grief. Only then will I go see my father.
Elphin. You were talking about your songs for your future travels...
About the state of Etruria after the prince passed away?
Yes. Will you be singing about it in various lands after this war ends?
That is what I intend to do. I travel not only to sing, but to learn as well.
...Will you be visiting the Etrurian palace?
Yes, of course I will be. I expect my stay at Etruria to be the longest.
Where will you go after you visit the palace?
Nowhere... I intend to stay and sing for the Kingdom of Etruria as long as I live.
...Do I have your word on that?
...I shall swear my honor on it.
Pr... Prince Mildain...?
Your Majesty! You were alive!?
...Have you mistaken me for someone? I am Elphin...a simple bard.
No... You are...! But... No, it can't be...
...Then I shall be off now. *leaves*
...He... He looks just like him. ...Too much like him...
...Can I help you, General Cecilia?
Have you ever visited Etruria?
Not yet... I have been traveling through the Western Isles.
Then do you know about the three Etrurian Generals?
...Yes, I do. There is you, the Sorcery General, in addition to the Great General and the Knight General.
You are very knowledgeable.
As a bard, it is only natural that I would hear about such things.
...You insist on playing dumb, do you? Then I have an idea as well.
Let me see your right shoulder that you are conveniently hiding with your long hair. If you are but a simple bard as you say, then there wouldn't be a scar from taking a powerful magic hit, now, would there? May I have a look...?
...Persistent, aren't you, Cecilia?
It is you, Prince Mildain! What happened? Why did you not tell me that you were alive?
...I did not want to get you caught up in this...but it seems I have no choice now.
Cecilia... How much longer are you going to stay upset?
I understand why you were hiding your identity from me, prince.
Thank you, Cecilia.
But, your Majesty, you told Lord Douglas. Did you not have enough trust in me to let me know as well?
That's not what I intended...
I shall let it go for now, your Majesty. I will be looking forward to your explanation after the war.
...Scary, as always.
Of course. You have saddened not only me, but your people as well. Please show our people that you are safe, your Majesty. Please...
Yes... I know, Cecilia.
Prince Mildain...! What is wrong!? Your eyes...?
That voice... Is it Douglas?
Can you not see, your Majesty? I thought your eyes had recovered...
I still temporarily go blind sometimes... I will be fine once I rest for a while.
...I heard that the side effects of the poison had blinded you for several months... Forgive me, my prince... If only I had been on my guard, you would never have suffered this horrible fate...
...I wonder how...my father is doing. ...Is he still in the same state?
I regret to say that he is, your Majesty. He does not know of your safety yet.
But I am sure the life will return to him once you return to the palace in one piece, Prince Mildain. He will recover...and so will our nation.
My prince, the balance of power on this continent has been changing drastically due to General Roy's tactics.
Yes...so it seems.
It will not be long before this army conquers the entire continent. I believe that that would be the perfect time to announce your succession to the throne...
Douglas... About that.
Yes, Prince Mildain?
I have hesitations about returning to Etruria...
What are you saying!? Our people are all anxious about your safety...
Douglas. After I went to the Western Isles and joined the rebels, I learned much. Too much, in fact. I witnessed innocent civilians being treated like animals under corrupt Etrurian landlords. If I hadn't been caught up in the assassination, I probably never would have known.
Then that is all the more reason to use that experience to fix those problems...
I promise I will return to the palace. But... Right now, I want to be with the people and watch over them.
Don't call me that... I am a simple bard here. I am not your prince, and you are not my general. You don't mind that just for now, do you?
...Yes. Then I shall pledge my loyalty to you as another human being, not as a general.
...It is ever so hard to bend your ways.
My unbending will is my strength.
...This war will soon. General Roy is still young, but he understands the people. He will lead not only Etruria, but the whole continent to a Golden Age of peace.
I should do something as well, don't you think?
I shall accompany you wherever you go.
That was a rough battle, master. Would you care for a song to soothe your tired heart?
Oh, you're... You're the bard that is always with General Roy.
Yes. My name is Elphin.
...Elphin, might you be... No...that's impossible. Forgive me, please forget it.
...I look very much like someone you know... Am I right?
...! It...can't be.
Here I am standing right in front you, telling you myself, yet you do not believe me. Did my servants only have so much trust in me, Klein?
Prince Mildain! It is you! Oh...! I'm so glad you're in one piece, Your Majesty!
You seem to have grown while I was gone.
Etruria has changed greatly during the year that you were gone, Your Majesty.
Yes, I know. I am sorry I put you through it.
Well, I was stationed in the Western Isles, so it didn't affect me that much... But...you're really alive... I'm sure our people will welcome your return!
Pr-... I mean, Master Elphin! There you are.
...General Klein, might you spare a moment?
Yes? What is it?
Master? What do you mean?
...You don't understand?
...Have I...done something wrong?
...Someone is coming. We shall talk some other day.
...We can have some privacy here.
Pr-... Master Elphin, you wanted to speak with me? Is it about Etruria?
No. It is about the other day.
Oh... Are you talking about the 'Master' thing?
Don't you think it strange for an Etrurian noble to call a simple bard a 'Master?'
Oh...! Yes, you're right! Forgive me. I shall call you Sir Elphin instead...
No. Just 'Elphin' will do.
That will not do! Even if you are in disguise, I cannot address my prince simply by name.
Hm... ...You haven't changed at all.
Do you remember how you used to often come to the palace with your father?
Yes... I've been going to the palace for as long as I can remember.
Since I had no siblings, I couldn't help but think how cute you were as a toddler. And I was still young and foolish, so I told your father, 'Your son shall now be my younger brother. He must live in the palace from now on.'
You said that?
Yes, I was a fool. Of course, your father didn't know what to say. And then, you spoke up.
Yes. And you said the same words. 'That will not do.'
...I don't remember.
'I'm going to be your knight, so that will not do.' Those were your exact words. You also told me, 'Choose someone else for your brother!'
...I-I was so rude... I, uh... Forgive me, Your Majesty...
Don't worry about it. I'm glad that you haven't changed. ...When I came back from the brink of death, the world looked so different. I'm glad to see that some things are still the same.
...? ...Do you need something?
Um... What's that thing there? It's making pretty sounds.
This is a harp. Do you like how it sounds?
Yeah! Fa really likes it! And ... What's your name?
My name is Elphin, my cute little lady.
Fa likes you, too, Elphin! Your hair blows in the wind, and it's like gold when the sun's all shining on it! Fa likes pretty things like that!
Well, it is an honor. Thank you.
Can Fa come and see you again?
Of course. Any time.
Ah, the cute little lady from the other day. Hello.
...Fa's name's not 'cute little lady!'
Oh, pardon me. Then...shall I call you Miss Fa?
Fa's name's not 'Missfa!' It's Fa!
As you wish, Fa. Fa...the name has a unique feel to it. Is it your real name?
No, Fa's real name is verrry long. But they say that it's a sound that humans can't hear. Fa's the only part that you can.
But maybe you could hear it, Elphin! You make so many pretty sounds, maybe you could hear Fa's real name!
Shall we try some time?
Yes, what is it, Fa?
Fa always wanted to ask you something.
What is it? I hope I can give you an answer.
Um... are you a girl or a boy?
...Which do you think?
Fa thought you were a girl at first cause you're so pretty and you smell real nice! But then Roy said the other day that you were a man... So that makes you a boy?
Yes, I am a boy. ...Were you disappointed?
Nope! ...Sooo, you're a boy... Heehee...
Hm? What's the matter?
Hey, Fa's gonna get as pretty as you when she grows up. So wait till then, okay? Promise! *leaves*
Fa! Wait! ...I seriously doubt that I will still be alive by the time she grows up... Well, I suppose I should let it go for now.
Elphin/Percival - Light/Dark
C - Attack + 0.5, Defense + 0.5, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 2.5, Crit + 5, Crit Evade + 2.5
B - Attack + 1, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 10, Avoid + 5, Crit + 10, Crit Evade + 5
A - Attack + 1.5, Defense + 1.5, Accuracy + 15, Avoid + 7.5, Crit + 15, Crit Evade + 7.5
Elphin/Cecilia - Light/Anima
C - Attack + 1, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 2.5, Avoid + 2.5, Crit + 2.5, Crit Evade + 2.5
B - Attack + 2, Defense + 2, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 5, Crit + 5, Crit Evade + 5
A - Attack + 3, Defense + 3, Accuracy + 7.5, Avoid + 7.5, Crit + 7.5, Crit Evade + 7.5
Elphin/Douglas - Light/Thunder
C - Attack + 0.5, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 2.5, Avoid + 2.5, Crit + 5, Crit Evade + 2.5
B - Attack + 1, Defense + 2, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 7.5, Crit + 10, Crit Evade + 5
A - Attack + 1.5, Defense + 3, Accuracy + 7.5, Avoid + 7.5, Crit + 15, Crit Evade + 7.5
Elphin/Klein - Light/Ice
C - Attack + 0.5, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 2.5, Crit + 2.5, Crit Evade + 2.5
B - Attack + 1, Defense + 2, Accuracy + 10, Avoid + 5, Crit + 5, Crit Evade + 5
A - Attack + 1.5, Defense + 3, Accuracy + 15, Avoid + 7.5, Crit + 7.5, Crit Evade + 7.5
Elphin/Fa - Light/Light
C - Attack + 1, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 5, Crit + 5
B - Attack + 2, Defense + 2, Accuracy + 10, Crit + 10
A - Attack + 3, Defense + 3, Accuracy + 15, Crit + 15
Anyway, with that, we are officially done with the B route. From here, we pick up the main file and head onward to Sacae (and uncharted territory on my part, I've only seen Ilia).