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Valkyria Chronicles

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Original Thread: Let's get violent for vegetables! [LP Valkyria Chronicles]

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Let's Play Valkyria Chronicles


Welcome. Valkyria Chronicles is strategy RPG released by Sega last year for the PS3. It received critical acclaim and as many sales as you'd expect of a niche PS3 exclusive.

Valkyria Chronicles is notable both for its beautiful visual style and its unique gameplay. The actual battles are something of a combination of top down turn based strategy and third person action. It's awkward to describe, but is quite natural once you've tried it. The game feels quite similar to Skies of Arcadia in spirit so it doesn't seem out of place that some of the Arcadia crew are also playable characters.

The story of Valkyria Chronicles takes place in 1935 on a fictional Europe dominated by two power blocks the Federation and Empire. The superpowers are at war and in order to fuel its effort the Empire invades Gallia, a small neutral nation rich in resources, which is situated between the greater countries. This is where the game begins.

Format
This is a hybrid LP. The story portion and short battles will be done in videos, however, the majority of battles in the game are long enough that screenshots are warranted. In those cases they will be accompanied by a video battle summary. Scratch that, all video battles all the time.

Let's get violent for vegetables?
All I can say is you'll see. (Chapter 7 Ellet if you missed it)

Are there any special conditions involved in this LP?
The absolute condition I've imposed is no deaths during missions for squad 7. This isn't to say that no unit will ever be reduced to zero hp, but I'll save them with a medic or complete the mission before they would die. It's all or none!

I'm also going to try to A rank as many missions as possible. I won't garuntee 100%, but I can A rank many already.

(Final Result: All A ranks except for "An End to Darcsen Hunting" due to special mission condition.)

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Characters thus far:


Welkin Gunther:
The son of a great war hero from the First Europan War (E.W.I). He was a university student who was immediately drafted after the Imperial invasion to serve his nation as lieutenant of Squad 7. As a commander, he rides the "Edelweiss", a highly mobile tank created by his late father.

He majored in Animal Sociology while attending university and loves observing animal and plant life and discovering different insects. From his unique interests, he often finds the most unconventional tactics (such as using trails left by animals) to stop the Imperial forces.

He is peaceful and carefree by nature. Other than his love for nature, he can be somewhat oblivious to his surroundings.


Alicia Melchiott:
A young lady who is one day hoping to become a baker. She served as a team captain of the Bruhl Town Watch and was called for duty after the invasion, being posted to Squad 7 like Welkin. From her previous experience, she will serve as one of the scouts.

She is extremely reliable, full of righteousness and loves taking care of others. At first, she is perplexed by Welkin's personality, but soon learns what is special about his gentle ways.


Isara Gunther:
She was adopted by her late father's friend, General Gunther, making her the younger sister of Welkin. Due to her Darcsen decent, a group of people who are openly discriminated in Europa, dealing with prejudice is part of her life.

Taking to engineering in her father's footsteps, she earned several credentials before enlisting in the Army. She plays a dual role as the squad's tank pilot and mechanic.


Largo Potter:
A veteran Anti-Tank specialist who fought bravely in the First Europan War (E.W.I). Overpowering and roughneck as he may be, he is extremely loyal to those he can establish a solid working relationship with. He values experience over talent, and therefore is unwilling to support Welkin who has almost no combat experience.


Brigitte Stark (Rosie):
One of the finest assault troopers of Squad 7. Formerly a songstress at a bar where she took her nickname "Rosie". She holds prejudice against the Darcsen race and treats Isara quite harshly.


Faldio Landzaat:
He is the tank commander and lieutenant of Squad 1. Studied archeology at the same university Welken attended, where they first met and built their friendship over the years. He takes pleasure in the studying of history, and his knowledge of ruins and ancient sites is exceptional.

His pretty-boy looks can make him seem like a shallow character, but he is serious and genuine by heart. He has a great sense to act accordingly by reading the mood of a given situation.


Eleanor Varrot:
A Regiment Captain who oversees Welkin's Squad 7. She holds high standards when it comes to duty and will sternly dispatch her subordinates to difficult missions, yet she is perfectly capable of throwing in a casual joke or two while off duty. Being a mature and intelligent woman, she will rarely voice a word about any personal issues.


Ellet:
A hungry and determined news correspondent of GBS radio station. She is capable of accurately reporting events without any bias or prejudice. In a time when most nations are implementing press restraints, she will be following closely by Welkin and the men and woman of Squad 7 to deliver what is actually happening in the battlefront.


Zaka:
Zaka experienced much of the same discrimination that most Darcsens faced throughout the continent and has grown to be resilient to such racial attacks.

Since he worked in a factory from an early age, his knowledge of machinery is considerable. He also has combat experience as a tank operator, and is now appointed as the Tank Commander of Squad 7 riding on the tank known as "Shamrock".


Cordelia Gi Randgriz
Current heiress to the Randgriz line of Archdukes who rule Gallia. She stands as a figurehead of the nation and scion of the legendary Valkyrur. The death of her parents, the former Archduke and Duchess of Gallia, left her heiress to the throne, though her young age has so far precluded her coronation. Since Maurits von Borg was appointed as her regent, she has concealed most of her feelings and thoughts to herself.


Maximilian:
An Imperial prince and the Commander-in-Chief who leads the Empire's troops to Gallia. He is an ambitious and charismatic character who has a high level of trust from all of his subordinates. He is a gifted and sound commander with excellent strategic insight, worthy of his rank.


Berthold Gregor:
A radical Imperialist who vows to support the emperor and his sovereignty, unwilling to accept any of the values or heritage outside of the Empire reign.


Radi Yaeger:
He is originally from a kingdom that was taken over by the Empire in the First Europan War (E.W.I). He ascribes to a knightly code of honor and even shows respect towards his enemies.


Selvaria Bles:
A young commander identified by her long silver hair and red eyes. She fervently supports Maximilian, and will fight proud and bravely for any of his causes.

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Content
(Note if you're playing videos directly from Viddler subs may be a bit mangled due to auto-resizing)

Prologue: Gallia, to Arms!

Title Montage
Story - Europan War II, A Meeting, The Imperial Attack
Battle: Encounter at Bruhl
Story - A Hilltop Promise

Chapter 1: In Defense of Bruhl

Story - Home, Family Resemblance, The Windmill Tower
Battle: Defense of Bruhl

Chapter 2: Escape from Bruhl

Story - Rescue, The Legacy of Our Fathers
Battle: Retreat from Bruhl
Story - With Home at Our Backs

Chapter 3: Vassel Urban Warfare

Part 1
Part 2

Chapter 4: Operation Cloudburst

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Part 2

Chapter 5: The Kloden Wildwood

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Chapter 6: A Desert Encounter

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Chapter 7: The Battle at Barious

Part 1
Part 2

Chapter 8: The Woodland Snare

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Chapter 9: A Midsummer Incident

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Chapter 10: Liberation of Fouzen

Part 1
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Chapter 11: The Marberry Shore

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Chapter 12: The Fight for Bruhl

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Chapter 13: The Clash at Naggiar

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Chapter 14: Loss Within Victory

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Odds and Ends:

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Chapter 15: Citadel Ghirlandaio

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Chapter 16: The Maiden's Shield

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Chapter 17: The Bridge to Hope

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Finale: Shadow of the Valkyrur

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Imps Must Die Runs:
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

DLC:

EX Reports: Behind Her Blue Flame (Part 1)

EX Reports: Enter the Edy Detachment!

Electric Six?

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Encyclopedia Valkyria, Statistics:

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