In-SAIN New Year’s Extravanganza 2016-2017 Notes Part 1

I’m still working on two other Sain-centric pieces that I meant to release yesterday, but until my writer’s block clears up I might as well release notes for the first two.

First off, the cover photo:

sain-new-years

The idea originally was to just paste Sain’s face over a picture of Jesus, but when I saw a picture of Jesus and seven disciples, I realized I could include all six women Sain has support conversations with… and Kent. Because you can’t have Sain without Kent. Yes, I know Sain and Kent also have support conversations with each other.

I admit these pieces are not my finest works, but frankly they’re not meant to be. I wrote them for merely for fun as a way to ring in the new year. Is that such a problem.


“Beauty And The Sain”

The fic takes little inspiration from “Beauty And The Beast”, but I thought the title worked nonetheless.

You were all expecting Sain to get his ass kicked, weren’t you? If that’s what you were hoping for, too bad.

My 25th fic special will most likely be Karel-centric.

If you look at the official art for every female character in FE7 from Sacae, and then from Lycia, you will know where Guy is coming from.

I mostly included Guy and Matthew because they are perfect sources for fun banter. In FE:CSR, they are both going to receive plenty of attention.

If you thought this was going to end in a kiss, Cormag, sorry to disappoint. I hope you enjoyed it anyway.


“Committed”

Considering the fic COOKIECHEESEMAN wrote that this is the sequel to was called “Commitment” (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11070011/1/Commitment), I felt the title was appropriate.

You may have noticed this piece is a serious departure from my original style; this is because I was trying to imitate Cookie’s (with my own spin, of course).

Kent’s dream is based off of the single best Fire Emblem Fan Art I have ever seen. Here’s a link: https://wallpappercom.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/oyybafozq8callv3aannsktrbc0843.jpg

I don’t know what Cookie was thinking of when he wrote Lyn wearing a fancy, skin-tight, revealing dress, but I think of a teal version of what Sonia wears (http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/f/f1/Sonia.png/revision/latest?cb=20160622215548).

The part where Kent essentially breaks is a reference to a similar set of dialogue Sain shouted in “Commitment”, which was the first written line I had ever read that made me laugh.

The last sentence is a reference to the last sentence of “Commitment”.

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Author’s Notes for Ancient Scholars Chapter 2

Well, this was a long time coming…

If you haven’t unlocked 19xx in FE7, I don’t expect you to have any clue as to what the hell Nergal is talking about. Don’t worry though, everything will be explained over the rest of the piece.

The dragon flashing white was a reference to the Fire Dragon’s critical animation from FE7, and Nergal taking him out so easily with a Luna spell was a reference to how OP Luna was back in the day. Seriously, Canas or Athos using Luna and getting a critical would kill the dragon in one hit. Meanwhile the Sol Katti was completely useless even if you maxed out Lyn’s stats.

Yes, I included Bantu. I figured it would be a nice little Easter Egg for those who have played the Akaneia games. I added the brief exposition about him for those who had never heard his name before.

And now we know how Arcadia was founded… at least partly. Next chapter will expand on what we all learned in FE7.

Author’s Notes for “Another Day, Another Adventure”

Well, here we are! I’m finally doing a fic starring my favorite crew in the whole franchise! I think it turned out well enough.

I admit, I may have taken some inspiration from Lord of The Rings here, albeit very little.

Oswin secretly enjoys everything here, though he would never admit it.

“What are all of the tutorial bosses doing here?” Well, considering how comically incompetent they were, I figured it would be funny to have them leading the bandit army.

“4 soldiers defeating an army? How much more OP can you make them?!” Clearly you haven’t read any self-inserts, but I digress. This is a COMEDY. It’s not intended to be a serious adventure containing realistic battles.

And we finish off with a nod to one of my favorite FE7 pairings, MatthewxLeila.

I’m probably going to do a lot more with these five.

AS is next, then ULD and PHK.

Preliminary notes for FE:CSR revisions

The main revisions I will be making are to Yosef, who was overpowered, given too much attention and far crueler than I intended. He was supposed to be an enigmatic character, scarred by an event (or series of events) in his past, which I will reveal sparsely, gradually, and in little detail over the rest of the arcs his character exists in. I will make him a much kinder, and less (openly) powerful figure, and he will participate in the plot far less.

I’ve drastically changed my plans for his backstory over time, going from a simple man with inexplicable power, to a descendant of a deity, to a powerful druid who worked in the shadows, to the Crown Prince of a forgotten land, and many places in between. I’m not going to tell you his finalized backstory yet, but I think you’ll all like it. It’s subdued, but powerful, and hopefully it make his character more sympathetic.

I will also be modifying the plot, which previously glossed over a few potential plot points, gave too many predictable hints to plot twists later in the publication, had WAY to many Dei ex Machinis (which I used to resolve situations I screwed up), and a failed experiment in chapter 3 that I will almost completely rewrite (only the flashbacks and characters involved will remain).

I’ll give you more details as I update each chapter.

Author’s Notes for FE:CSR Tale 9x Final Chapter

The title, “The West Wind”, is derived from the biblical East Wind, which is said to be a divine force that sweeps away all that is evil. Likewise, the West Wind would theoretically be the demonic force that sweeps away all that is good. Considering this chapter focuses on the overarching antagonists from Tale 2 to Tale 12 (whose ultimate goal is to destroy everything The Eternal One created), I felt it to be quite appropriate.

Originally I was going to hold off on revealing Anankos, Idenn and Jahn’s names, but I figured I’d probably get bored playing the pronoun game for so long (the original plan was to reveal their names well into Tale 12). Besides, the opening pretty much confirmed it was Idenn and I was too lazy to change it.

I know FE5 takes place BEFORE the Holy War arc in FE4, but for beings as old as Mihnea, Manfroy and Veld (who are all over 4000 in Tale 9x; the Holy War arc in FE:CSR takes place around Marth’s time, 2000 years before Tale 10), a few years difference seems like no time at all.

Fun Fact: the closest given name I could find to Ninis was “Ninus”, the name of an Ancient Babylonian King. Unfortunately I didn’t check that sooner so I wrote the Ninis in FE:CSR as a woman. I’m not changing it.

The word ‘Ninis’ is obviously Greek, though, and what Google Translate told me it meant seemed very odd.

The canon Galdrar may be exclusive to the Tellius games, but in FE:CSR they were created by the Avramites (who I formerly called Archsages) in the ancient past for a variety of reasons. Remember, the Tellius arcs in FE:CSR take place nearly a millennium after Tale 9x; the herons may or may not be descendants of the Avramites.

I’ll get more into the curses Aenir mentioned at the end of the next tale.

Speaking of which, I should probably let you know I rebuilt Robin from the ground up so don’t expect him to be remotely like his canon counterpart. The other Shepherds, however, are mostly unchanged; the only significant modifications I made to them were stripping them of the cliched anime traits Nintendo game them.

Next in the queue are AS, PHK and ULD. All should be done by the end of August; best case scenario, I’ll have them out by the end of July, but considering my track record I don’t see that as a likely possibility. I will try, though!

Author’s Notes for Romance By Fire

Not sure if this really counts as fluff, but it’s the best I could come up with.

The name is a play-on-words of “Baptism By Fire”.

I know in the game Chrom got married right after he defeated Gangrel, but I needed something to work with.

Yes, yes, I know Arcfire wasn’t available until the second part of the game, but I’m pretty sure Miriel had a B rank on at least one of my playthroughs by the time I finished off Gangrel, so she could easily use one.

This fic may have seemed rushed, but please cut me some slack here, I don’t know how to write fluff! I’m used to intricate plots and at least somewhat deep stories!


Here’s my plan for the next three months:

  • Final chapter of Tale 9x in FE:CSR should be done by the end of the week,
  • The next chapters of AS, PHK and ULD should be up by mid-August,
  • I should be done reworking Tale 9B by the end of August, and then
  • I’ll be on track to start Tale 10 some time in September

That’s all for now, folks!

Author’s Notes for The Love Masters

I’ve been looking forward to writing this one.

I wanted to include more characters, but I was somewhat pressed for time and couldn’t come up with anything for them.

I realize Sully doesn’t look remotely like Kent, but I figured it would be funny if I pretended she did.

In hindsight, I realize Fire Emblem fans may think I made Olivia seem like Severa, and (I believe) Anime fans may think I made her seem like a “Tsundere”. I, however, look at it from a psychologist’s standpoint: she’s going through classic denial, which is something plenty of people go through. Ergo, Olivia is not OOC.

Oh Lord did I have fun writing that last scene. In fact, I originally wrote it months ago, before I even knew what I was writing it for!

Author’s Notes for The Legend of Anankos

Sorry for the pathetic name; I didn’t have the energy to come up with a better one.

I don’t remember if the Vallite King who reigned when Anankos went mad was named or not, and I wanted to stay close to canon, so I didn’t come up with one. If I had, I’d probably dig something up from one of the Western or Middle Eastern Classical mythologies.

Not much else to say, really. If I come up with something later I’ll add it in.

Author’s Notes for FE:CSR Tale 9x Chapters 4 and 5

These were originally going to be one chapter (I split them mainly because I promised you four updates but couldn’t finish one of the oneshots I planned on uploading today). As such, I will be combining their notes.

The beginning, if you didn’t notice, was a recap of the end of Chapter 3, except from Karel’s perspective.

In order to qualify for the leader boards, you have to have participated in three hundred rounds, but not necessarily three hundred tournaments. There can be over twenty rounds in a single tournament, each counted separately when calculating leader board positions.

Kinesis Magic is essentially the Force.

Copper coins are worth .01 gold. Here’s a conversion list:

  • Copper: .01G
  • Nickel: .1G
  • Silver: .5G
  • Gold: 1G
  • Platinum: 10G
  • Ruby: 1000G
  • Sapphire: 5000G
  • Diamond: 10000G

Most of Miriel’s dialogue this chapter may have seemed OOC. I have two separate excu– err, justifications for this:

  • Plot Reason: Miriel was under intense strain.
  • Real Reason: I didn’t have the energy to improve her dialogue. Hopefully that will not happen again.

The Hypogeums in Feroxi arenas are based on the ones in the Roman Colosseum, though they serve very different purposes: The Colosseum’s hypogeum was a complex network of tunnels beneath the field that stored slaves, convicts, combat animals, and a variety of other things; Feroxi hypogeums are basically prep rooms.

I know I said before that Robin had more than one restraint. The thing is, because of his amnesia, he can only control his outermost level (for now).

‘Elding’ is the Icelandic word for Thunderbolt. The spell is basically Sith Lightning.

Miriel will not normally be able to do what she did this chapter. Rage boosts are not tricks I like to pull often.

Nimchas are the knives assassin-class characters in the Elibe games duel-wield.

Yes, yes, I know I jumped the gun on unsealing Falchion, but trust me, I’ll make up for it.

I didn’t really want to introduce the Shepherds here, but a promise is a promise. Sorry if it felt wrong.

“Dragon God” Forms look like Naga and Loptyr’s incarnations in the FE4 times. They are four times the size of the Fire Dragon boss from FE7.

Had the Ice Dragon taken its opponents seriously, only Chrom would have stood a chance because of the boost Falchion gives him.

The Astra Invocations are roughly based on those in Hindu mythology.

Chrom’s plans are not exactly what they were in FE13.

If you’re wondering who the old Manakete was, I’ll say this: God can appear in a variety of forms.

Mihnea will be important next chapter… and he’s the Gharnef archetype of the overarching plot that takes places between Tales 2 and 12. The next overarching plot will also have a single Gharnef and will take place between Tales 12 and 20. Both have the same Medeus.

Cramer basically looks like the comic book version of DC’s Deathstroke (sans the eyepatch) with Geese (from FE6)’s outfit.

MacMillian, Excellus, Torden, Tain and Elim are the five important OC’s on Walhart’s side in the Valm arc (which will be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like it was in the actual game). Needless to say, they will be getting a lot of screen time.

MacMillian was originally supposed to be Cramer’s son, but a subplot I later thought of dashed that idea.

The rationale behind Juidice: I wanted another female Valmese General for a subplot I intend on introducing, and I needed someone to be the antithesis of Cramer.

I’ve been planning the fight between Cramer and Juidice since before I actually started writing this fic.

Some time in the near future, I may upload a post with photos demonstrating the different stances I mentioned.

Shadow Manipulation, like Kinesis Magic, resembles the Force from Star Wars, but is less potent.

If you couldn’t already tell, Elim and Juidice are in a relationship of a sort.

I added Lyn’s scene to explain what she was doing between now and Eliwood’s tale. She won’t be coming back to Elibe until AFTER Darin’s attack. This change won’t have as great an effect as you think on the plot, but it will change Lyn’s motivations later in the story. How? I’m not going to spoil it for you.

Next chapter: the antagonists become the protagonists, and the plot darkens dramatically…

Author’s Notes for Up The Ladder of Darkness: Prologue II

I apologize again for the short ending. Writer’s Block is a real pain.

The real reason Seth never uses acronyms is because I’m using him to reveal the full names of companies, jobs, etc.

‘Private Military Contractor’ is another name for ‘Mercenary’.

I’m still debating whether Ephraim started as a police officer or if he was always a politician, which is the case for many real-life Police Commissioners in the US.

Sleep Deprivation was a common interrogation tactic in the Soviet Union. In the United States, it is considered torture and therefore outlawed by the Eighth Amendment. Personally I find that ridiculous. Sleep Deprivation leaves no lasting damage, and when people are tired they tend to be more forthright. If a police interrogation team in this country finds sufficient evidence to indict a suspect through this method, the testimony becomes unusable in court. Same goes for people who were subjected to narcosynthesis, as it violates fifth amendment protections. Frankly, I believe any and all means should be used to determine someone’s guilt. Declaring any hard evidence unusable is tantamount to impeding an investigation.

Ephraim will not know that Lyon works for Henry Gould, and Lyon will have no idea that Ephraim is after Gould. The only common enemy all the parties I revealed so far have is Remming Industries, though they have different reasons for their biases.

Next up is FE:CSR Tale 9x Chapter 4, then some oneshots.