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I know. I know. Not many people will click on this thread because who on a Mario forum would care about FE. But to those of you who indeed ARE here I say welcome! In an attempt to reestablish something of a presence here I will be looking at some FE characters that I find interesting for you all to understand them better and maybe give y'all an image of them that's not "anime swordsmen".

Speaking of "anime swordsmen", our first character will not be one. If you know me well enough, you know who I'm talking about before anyone else, not only because of my humble appreciation of said character, but also to get them out of the way before getting into the more obscure stuff (obscure to you, that is). That being said, if you know any FE characters that you might wanna know more about, be sure to hit me up in a private message. I'll be sure to at least look into it.

I'll be working on these regularly, and each will most likely take a while to complete, so stay tuned for when I release my first analysis.

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First on our list is, to no one's surprise, Fiora.
 

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Fiora - Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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Fiora is a character who first appears in chapter 18 of The Blazing Blade on Eliwood mode (Chapter 19 on Hector mode). Right away, she speaks as though she has recently lost some friends.

"Look, everyone. Your sacrifices were not in vain. I'll fulfill our duty, even if I must do it myself. I am a true knight of Ilia!"

Fiora looks to be the last surviving member of said group. She enters the map as an NPC unit and must be talked to with her sister, Florina, in order to be recruited into the army.

Fiora is an elder sister among three, hailing from the destitute country of Ilia, a land constantly hounded by harsh weatherly conditions and long winters. The country's main source of income are its mercenaries, the majority of which are Pegasus Knights, an Cavaliers/Paladins for the males. Many are sent to battle at a young age due to such conditions, and not all have the fortune of being guided by their parents, be they dead or on the job.

Fiora has 7 support chains with seven different characters:
- Florina, her youngest sister.
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- Farina, the middle sister.
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- Eliwood, the main character in Eliwood mode.
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- Kent, Commander of the knights of Caelin.
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- Sain, Sub-Commander of the knights of Caelin.
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- Geitz, a former sea merchant.
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- Pent, Mage General of Etruria.
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Of these supports, 3 end romantically, so we'll be going through these first.

Fiora / Eliwood

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Eliwood: So, Fiora, have you gotten used to being in our ranks?
Fiora: Yes. Thank you, my lord. We mercenaries are quick to adapt to new commands.
Eliwood: Yes, you are of the Pegasus knights of Ilia, are you not? Seeing the way you fight, I can imagine their quality.
Fiora: Your praise is an honor. I will do my best not to betray your trust in my skills.
Eliwood: Please, don't worry about formalities with me. We are equals, fighting together for a common cause.
Fiora: Equals... But, my lord...
Eliwood: I like to think of everyone in this troop as a friend, regardless of standing, gender, or age. All are friends, and all are irreplaceable.
Fiora: ... ...
Eliwood: You seem surprised. "There goes another naïve lordling with his head in the clouds..." Something like that?
Fiora: No, never! But... I didn't imagine that a lordling of Lycia could think that way for long.
Eliwood: You speak the truth, of course. But what I said was no lie.
Fiora: Lord Eliwood! I... You see, I... Speaking personally, I like that way of thinking... I just do not believe it possible.
Eliwood: I’ll take that as a compliment.

The C Support essentially serves as a way for the player to get more of a feel as to what Eliwood's character is like.

While this particular conversation gives more characterization for Eliwood than Fiora, with him being the main character and all, but from this alone we have a better idea of the type of person Fiora is.

"Eliwood: Yes, you are of the Pegasus knights of Ilia, are you not? Seeing the way you fight, I can imagine their quality.
Fiora: Your praise is an honor. I will do my best not to betray your trust in my skills."


As an Ilian mercenary, she takes her duty very seriously, and is one to uphold the image of her people.

"Eliwood: I like to think of everyone in this troop as a friend, regardless of standing, gender, or age. All are friends, and all are irreplaceable.
Fiora: ... ...
Eliwood: You seem surprised. "There goes another naïve lordling with his head in the clouds..." Something like that?"


She also has a pretty good understanding of how society works, judging by how she's taken by surprise upon Eliwood's claim that he cares about his troops. However, she sees it as a good thing, which is something that'll come to light in another support.

Eliwood: Fiora, tell me... You are Florina's elder sister, are you not?
Fiora: I am. She is a shy girl, always aware of other people's eyes. When she went off for her apprenticeship I worried and worried.
Eliwood: You are a good sister.
Fiora: I wish that were so.
Eliwood: You are both knights, yes? That's rare in Lycia.
Fiora: Yes, as children we decided that we would become Pegasus knights. I did not want to send my own child sister to war... But Ilia offered few options other than the mercenary way.
Eliwood: I see. My father once told me of your homeland, long ago. The ground of Ilia is covered year-round in the whitest snow, he said, and it is a harsh life for the people who live there. Yet because many Ilians turn to being mercenaries, they are looked down upon-- without reason-- by other lands.
Fiora: Yes... But there is nothing to be done about it. No matter how many tears we shed, the snow will not melt. Better to fight for my homeland and win honor that way, as a member of the Pegasus knights of Ilia.
Eliwood: Fiora, I can tell you have a strong sense of responsibility. But do not be too hard on yourself. Should you overwork yourself and fall, you will end up with nothing.
Fiora: Yes... I would say the same to you, Lord Eliwood.

Here we have a better look at Fiora's own character.

"Eliwood: Fiora, tell me... You are Florina's elder sister, are you not?
Fiora: I am. She is a shy girl, always aware of other people's eyes. When she went off for her apprenticeship I worried and worried.
Eliwood: You are a good sister.
Fiora: I wish that were so."


This is the first time Fiora's relationship to her sisters comes up, and to me, one of her defining traits. She lacks self-confidence. Although that last line here is a somewhat subtle hint, it will be something that comes up more in her other supports. She tries to embody the pride of the Pegasus Knights of Ilia, but deep down, she hides some serious insecurities that ultimately make her human. Her sister, Florina, is a shy girl, that much she knows, but what about herself?

"Eliwood: I see. My father once told me of your homeland, long ago. The ground of Ilia is covered year-round in the whitest snow, he said, and it is a harsh life for the people who live there. Yet because many Ilians turn to being mercenaries, they are looked down upon-- without reason-- by other lands.
Fiora: Yes... But there is nothing to be done about it. No matter how many tears we shed, the snow will not melt. Better to fight for my homeland and win honor that way, as a member of the Pegasus knights of Ilia."


Much like her shy sister Florina, Fiora is also aware of other people's eyes, knowing what others think of the Ilian mercenaries, and seemingly being uncomfortable because of that fact. However, she has the strength to shrug it off and focus on what needs to be done, regardless of her reputation, seeing how much is at stake. If she must fight and be looked down upon, the best she can do is fight to the best of her ability.

Eliwood: Fiora.
Fiora: Yes, Lord Eliwood?
Eliwood: I had a thought while watching you fight. I feared you may be working too hard. Resting is as important as fighting, remember.
Fiora: Thank you, my lord. But... I am a Pegasus knight of Ilia. When I think of the people of my homeland, I cannot but fight harder.
Eliwood: Still...
Fiora: My performance here reflects on all the knights of Ilia. The more tasks I complete, the bigger the reward I bring home, and the happier my people may live.
Eliwood: What about your happiness?
Fiora: What?
Eliwood: I know your homeland of Ilia is a poor land. And I know thoughts of your sister weigh heavily in your mind. But do not forget you have a right to happiness, too. Were you to become a sacrifice for your country... that would not do. No one would be happy, then.
Fiora: Lord Eliwood...
Eliwood: Forgive me, perhaps it is not my place. Still, watching you... I felt I had to say something. For someone as talented as yourself not to find happiness... Well, that would be the greatest tragedy of all.
Fiora: ... ... I must admit... That is the first time anyone has ever said something like that to me. ... ...
Eliwood: ... ...
Fiora: But...let us not linger here overlong.
Eliwood: Yes... Yes, of course.
Fiora: I beg your leave.
Eliwood: Ah, wait a moment. Fiora!
Fiora: Yes?
Eliwood: I would like you to stay nearby, by my side. So that I can... So that I may protect you.
Fiora: Lord Eliwood... Yes, I... I understand.

This conversarion opens up with a reminder that Fiora is, at the end of the day, a hard-worked who focuses on her job more than anything else, and never lets external matters get in the way, despite everything -ranging from her sisters, people's judgemental eyes, her country's situation- being like a burden on her. With this support alone, we have established that Fiora is a strong-willed woman with inner weaknesses that never show.

When Eliwood confronts Fiora about how hard she works, she insists that it is for the greater good, but Eliwood replies with this:

"Forgive me, perhaps it is not my place. Still, watching you... I felt I had to say something. For someone as talented as yourself not to find happiness... Well, that would be the greatest tragedy of all."

Eliwood finally opens Fiora's eyes to her own well-being. All this time she's been so determined to see her task done and her homeland saved that she's forgotten to see where she fits in all this, being blind to the happiness (which she deserves very much) she's been missing out on.

For this reason alone, I consider Eliwood probably Fiora's best romance option (although the prospect of Fiora being Roy's mother doesn't quite sit well with me so I never actually go out of my way to get them together), as it allows her to finally, truly earn her reward for all the hard work she's been putting in.

Too bad Roy's mother is also fucking dead by the time Binding Blade happens so I'm still keeping Fiora away from the former's dad

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Next up on the list is Sain, a knight of Caelin (one of the lands of Lycia) who serves under Lyn.

Fiora / Sain

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Sain: Oh...! You are the Fiora I have heard so much about! You are even...three times lovelier than I had heard!
Fiora: I’m sorry? How do you know my name?
Sain: Oh, but my dear... I have memorized the names of every woman in this army!
Fiora: ...... I am Fiora, of the Ilian knights. May we fight with honor.
Sain: I am Sain, of the Caelin knights! That's S-A-I-N. Do not forget, my lovely!
Fiora: Right. Nice to meet you...
Sain: Lady Fiora! Please, be at ease... I will protect you with all the strength and courage in my heart!
Fiora: ......
Sain: Now come closer, don't be shy!
Fiora: Please forgive me if I abstain. And I am capable of defending myself, thank you. Now if you will...
Sain: Ahh...!? Fiora! Fly away from me if you must! But to shine so beautifully as you go! How cruel, my love! How cruel!

First off, it is important to note that this support is probably the least contributing to Fiora's character, as Sain is characterized as a hammy buffoon who seeks romance, so Fiora is essentially one of the girls who were picked for him on hit on, basically. Nevertheless, it does give us some rather uptight, sassy Fiora moments, the latter of which being a side we don't get to see often in Fiora, in all honesty. The C Support is just the two meeting for the first time.

Sain: Fiora!
Fiora: ...Sain.
Sain: Yes, it is I! Your knight and protector, Sain!
Fiora: How...unexpected that we should meet again...
Sain: Unexpected? Surely you mean destined! Don’t you, fair Fiora?
Fiora: Sain, I can fight on my own. So, if you don’t mind...
Sain: That will not do, fair lady! For I am bound to... ...to...to...... ......
Fiora: Hm? Are you all right? ...Are you injured?
Sain: It is nothing! I am always the very picture of health!
Fiora: Enough of that! Just let me... Oh! Your forehead is burning! Have you been fighting like this all day?
Sain: I am fine! I can overcome this with sheer willpower!
Fiora: You should rest... Look, just lay down here...
Sain: B-But I can't!! I can still stand and fight!
Fiora: Don't be a fool. Look at you...
Sain: But... I have promised you. I must protect you!
Fiora: What...?
Sain: It is the duty of all knights to protect women! In the face of that duty, this ailment is but a blush! ......
Fiora: ...Sain? Sain, wake up!
Sain: Ah, I see...fields of flowers...

The B Support gives us more funny Sain lines, and more of Fiora trying to rebuke him. Sain passes out in the middle of displaying his passion however and Fiora starts showing concerns for him. Sain looks more like a reckless fool now while Fiora's caring side starts showing.

Sain: Fiora!
Fiora: Sain... You look much better now...
Sain: How could I not? Your love has brought me from the brink of death!
Fiora: You know, I think I liked you better near the brink of death... But...at least I have confirmed that you are indeed a knight.
Sain: You have? Then, darling, come closer! Let this humble knight protect you with all his passion and love!
Fiora: ...I think I shall pass. I think being at your side presents its own, unique dangers...
Sain: Ah, my dear, you cut me deeply! But lovely Fiora...you have flown into my heart! Ulp! Where do you find such embarrassing things to say?

The A support concludes the chain by giving us a few more lines indicating that Fiora has indeed warmed up to Sain after his "knightly display" the other time, but still takes the first opportunity she has to leave as soon as he's feeling better. One things is certain, though, Fiora is a gentle soul who hates seeing people in an undesirable state, something she has no doubt developed due to her growing up in a place where she's surrounded by people living under harsh conditions.

Despite how this support ends, Fiora and Sain do end up getting married in the epilogue if this supprt is viewed, and character-wise this is probably her worst pairing option, not that the conversations themselves are bad by any means. It just does the least service to Fiora's character and is only really here for comic relief, and everyone loves Sain shenanigans either way.

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Next up, is Sain's partner in crime himself, Kent, the red cavalier to Sain's green cavalier.

Fiora / Kent

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This support chain is the last of Fiora's romantic ones, and quality-wise it's the middle ground. It's a pretty simple support but it does its job quite well, I suppose.

Fiora: Are you Kent? It's nice to meet you!
Kent: Forgive my rudeness, but who are you?
Fiora: I am Fiora, the pegasus knight. You have been looking after my sister. Allow me to thank you.
Kent: Oh, yes... When we were in Caelin, Florina spoke of you often...
Fiora: Oh, what did she say?
Kent: That you...were a lot like me.
Fiora: Oh... In what regard?
Kent: Well... I'm not really sure... I just remember her saying it. Well, Fiora. It is an honor. Let us fight together and ride on to victory.
Fiora: Yes, let’s. I think that, together, we can fulfill any duty.

Already into the C Support, Kent and Fiora already seem to be demonstrating some pretty nice chemistry. There's nothing to really tear apart here so let's move on to B.

Kent: Fiora. I must speak to you...
Fiora: Kent, what a coincidence. I was just looking for you...
Kent: Actually, it's about this army... Do you ever feel that some here lack proper moral grounding?
Fiora: Yes, the same thought has occurred to me. As a hired lance, I thought it not my place to speak.
Kent: Camaraderie in the field is one thing... But the men and women in the camp are altogether too...intimate...
Fiora: Indeed. Their minds are not focused on their duties...
Kent: It is a problem.
Fiora: A problem indeed.
Kent: I have decided to seek the counsel of Lady Lyndis in this matter. Perhaps she could issue some order limiting...interactions between the sexes...
Fiora: That is a good idea. It would be the best way to ensure the proper conduct of all.
Kent: Of course, we would still need to iron out the details of such an order... I hope you would not mind lending me your assistance...
Fiora: Oh, but of course. It might be difficult to find time to discuss this on the battlefield. Perhaps later, when we can be alone...
Kent: Yes, of course. I would be truly grateful to have the company of a morally pure individual like yourself...
Fiora: Indeed. I feel exactly the same.

Kent and Fiora continue to demonstrate how well they mesh together in their B Support. Although we had established Fiora as a somewhat shy girl already, she looks absolutely confident and is perfectly able to talk to Kent with ease. What's more, they agree to every single thing they say to each other.

"Kent: Actually, it's about this army... Do you ever feel that some here lack proper moral grounding?
Fiora: Yes, the same thought has occurred to me. As a hired lance, I thought it not my place to speak.
Kent: Camaraderie in the field is one thing... But the men and women in the camp are altogether too...intimate...
Fiora: Indeed. Their minds are not focused on their duties...
Kent: It is a problem.
Fiora: A problem indeed."


Again, this support doesn't have too much to dissect, but it is interesting to know that while Fiora can be a little awkward in her social life or personal matters, when it comes to talking business, she's very much in her element. Being a Pegasus Knight of some renown, it's easy to picture Fiora having experience in the field of battle and in whatever concerns "code of conduct" and whatnot. Needless to say seeing two sticklers interact together in such a way is somewhat funny.

Fiora: Kent.
Kent: Fiora.
Fiora: I...
Kent: You...
Fiora: ...... Forgive me.
Kent: No, it is I who should apologize...
Fiora: I...
Kent: We... ......Why don't you go first.
Fiora: No, please, you first.
Kent: Well, then... Fiora, please stay with me. When you are near, I feel as if I fight more bravely, more keenly... I think we would fight well together... What do you say?
Fiora: Actually... I came to ask you the same thing...
Kent: Really?
Fiora: Yes. It's strange, isn’t it? I feel as if we have known each other from birth.
Kent: Fiora... I must ask you one more thing. When this battle ends, if we both still live...
Fiora: Please...say no more. I...already know what you will ask... Of course. I feel the same way.
Kent: Really? I am glad... But...about that policy I suggested... What should we do?
Fiora: Well... Perhaps... It can wait...

This support is the culmination of Kent and Fiora's uncannily good chemistry. Ironically, both start the conversation rather shyly, a contrast to how professional they sounded in their B Support, almost as if their true selves are now talking to each other. While it's funny that the two most stuck-up people in the army find themselves in this situation that they tried to prevent and it is kinda cute for shippers, I personally also find it really telling for both characters'... character. Although the game never provides such a thing for Kent, we know that Fiora had a horrible past/childhood in having to become a Pegasus Knight at a young age to save herself and her family, or what's left of it anyway. Once again, Fiora's upstanding image is shattered by her internal struggles confined within the darkest depths of her being. This, combined with the circumstances of how she came to end up in the army, kinda apints a clear picture of what Fiora's thinking here.

Fiora still suffers from survivor's guilt because of what happened to her unit prior to joining Eliwood's company. She feels horrible about it and carries this failure like a burden, despite her efforts to get over it. Getting close to her new comrades, while an attractive prospect, may end in the exact same way. Although she might be easily convinced by Florina to join the army, she probably was reluctant in doing so deep down. Recall how we also saw this in the Eliwood support:

"All this time she's been so determined to see her task done and her homeland saved that she's forgotten to see where she fits in all this, being blind to the happiness (which she deserves very much) she's been missing out on."

My take on this is that Fiora feels like she doesn't deserve to have people she can hold close to her heart. She just lost a squad of her friends and is afraid it might happen again once she makes new ones. The only soul who was able to steer her in the right direction was her own kid sister. Now that's she's speaking to Kent, a man she sees in high regard, about something intimate, she is reminded of all that sorrow that brought her here in the first place, causing her to quickly lose her composure. Now I'm starting to think Kent himself must've lived through some tragedy at some point too, but that's something we will never know. Only after Kent gets his feelings out does Fiora really feel confident again.

"Kent: We... ......Why don't you go first.
Fiora: No, please, you first.
Kent: Well, then... Fiora, please stay with me. When you are near, I feel as if I fight more bravely, more keenly... I think we would fight well together... What do you say?
Fiora: Actually... I came to ask you the same thing..."


And even then she doesn't sound too sure of herself anyway...

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We've dwelled on this support for quite some time now, and it is time we hop on to her non-romantic ones. Although we've been able to uncover a lot about Fiora already I can assure you, this is only the beginning. And also the basis for everything else we will be looking at.

To be continued in the next post...
 

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Fiora / Geitz

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Geitz... is not a character you're very likely to ever see, honestly. To get him, you need to access the alternate version of chapter 23 Eliwood/24 Hector, and to do that all your lords need to be at a combined level of 50, which, considering the average unit quality of said lords, is kinda a taxing requirement to pull off to say the least. That and he's only recruitable by a pretty specific unit who you wouldn't really know recruits him. Regardless, Geitz exists, and he's pretty strong too. And most importantly, he supports Fiora. Unfortunately for Fiora, this support doesn't benefit her much as a character but it does provide some nice insight into Geitz himself.

Fiora: Oh...
Geitz: Yes?
Fiora: Haven't we, err... met before?
Geitz: Hm? I don't recall...
Fiora: A long time ago...on a boat. Yes, you were a merchant in Bulgar, weren't you?
Geitz: ...How could you know that?
Fiora: Of course! We Ilians owe your guild a great debt! One bitter year, all the crops in Ilia died in the frost. And your people crossed the frozen ocean in the north to bring us food. If you hadn't come, we surely would have died! Please, let me thank you!
Geitz: Stop... I am not kidding. That guild and I... share no connection now.

Yet again, we can hear about how life in Ilia is miserable.

"Fiora: Of course! We Ilians owe your guild a great debt! One bitter year, all the crops in Ilia died in the frost. And your people crossed the frozen ocean in the north to bring us food. If you hadn't come, we surely would have died! Please, let me thank you!"

Aaaand the support ends after the next line, as Fiora is interrupted and Geitz promptly tells her he's not part of that group of "virtuous men" she held in high esteem any longer.

Fiora: Oh, wait up! Geitz, please!
Geitz: You again. If you've brought more thanks, tell it to my fath– that frozen old man. I'd not waste your breath on that abusive monster.
Fiora: You hate your father, don't you? Why? He was such a good man.
Geitz: ...... Have you ever heard of a boat called a galley?
Fiora: No, I haven't.
Geitz: Most boats use wind power to sail, right? You can move quickly with the wind, but you can't move against it. Well, a galley is a boat moved by people rowing oars. It's good for keeping a shipping schedule regardless of the wind.
Fiora: And that's...
Geitz: Yes, my father used his profits to hire many rowers. They spent their days in the stifling hold of the ship, slaving like beasts. When they collapsed with exhaustion, my father just tossed them overboard.
Fiora: ......
Geitz: As a child, I loved riding on my father's boat. I respected my father, whom everyone called master. But one day, I ventured into the hold of the ship. I saw those broken men rowing, like lost souls in hell. I saw...children...who were my age...
Fiora: ......
Geitz: I felt as if I were responsible... The boat in which I was riding... devoured children's souls. I realized this, and the thought almost killed me...
Fiora: ......
Geitz: After that...I have had no love for my father...

"Geitz: ...... Have you ever heard of a boat called a galley?
Fiora: No, I haven't."


Not sure why I find Fiora's ignorance on what a galley is to be cute, but I do.

Anyway besides that, Fiora barely has any dialogue in this conversation because of Geitz just fodding his entire life story in one sitting. Despite that, I can still have you people interpret this as Fiora just being the perfect type of person whom you'd want to confide in, her being a very understanding girl and a kind soul. This also falls in line with her being the older sister, since as an elder sibling you tend to listen to the problems of the younger ones, except in this case Geitz is neither Fiora's sibling nor is he younger than she is.

Fiora: Umm, Geitz?
Geitz: Mm?
Fiora: What will you do after this? Are you going back to the merchant guild of Bulgar?
Geitz: Never. I would strangle those men if we were in the same room. My brother, Geese, will probably take over the guild. I will likely live as a mercenary somewhere...
Fiora: Yes... That might be the best. The merchant's life would not suit you...
Geitz: ...Bah! Watch your tongue, woman!!
Fiora: I meant... You're a good man! I just meant you had too much heart to be like them!
Geitz: ...Foolishness. You don't understand the business at all...
Fiora: Maybe not. But I understand you!
Geitz: ......

One thing I don't really like about this support is how filler it feels. I mean, look how weirdly it ends.

Nevertheless, we have Fiora demonstrating that she worries still about the people she knows, and sees Geitz as a man who needs help. She's even able to cast aside her past experience to see the true nature of things.

"Fiora: I meant... You're a good man! I just meant you had too much heart to be like them!"

Keep in mind, these are the very same people who saved her life years ago and to whom she was very grateful just two convos ago. And now she's talking about them in a negative light.

"Geitz: ...Foolishness. You don't understand the business at all...
Fiora: Maybe not. But I understand you!"


Just as I conjectured in the previous conversation, she's a woman who understands your problems, a good listener.

Only noteworthy thing left about this support is that Geitz's brother, Geese, is namedropped, the very same Geese who happens to be playable in FE6, so that's a cool nod.

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Now on to our next victim, the Mage General Pent!

Fiora / Pent

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Pent is a very high-ranking noble in the Etrurian Court, even being in the position of Mage General. Etruria is a very powerful country, being the political juggernaught to Bern's military juggernaught. Despite all this, Pent is rather chill, and with his wife Louise, just takes things as they come. Their nonchalantery is somewhat concerning but no one can deny it doesn't seem to have a negative effect on either, so if it works, it works.

Fiora: Lord Pent. Please forgive me for taking so long to report... The mission you entrusted me...
Pent: Fiora...
Fiora: Forgive us, my lord. We were not strong enough... We were ambushed on the Dread Isle, and the mission ended in failure... But Lord Eliwood did lend his aid, and we were able to gain some information... Allow me to give you the details...
Pent: Fiora, please... Don't worry about that for now... It is I who should apologize...
Fiora: ...What for?
Pent: I understand you lost companions on Valor... It is my fault. I should have provided better information. I had no idea there was such danger.
Fiora: No, my lord. It was carelessness that invited danger. My own. There is no reason for you to feel responsible...
Pent: But...
Fiora: I take full responsibility for the failure of my mission... And now, if you will excuse me...

Right off the bat, we learn that Pent was Fiora's employer, the very same man who sent her to the very mission that traumatized her.

"Fiora: Forgive us, my lord. We were not strong enough... We were ambushed on the Dread Isle, and the mission ended in failure... But Lord Eliwood did lend his aid, and we were able to gain some information... Allow me to give you the details...
Pent: Fiora, please... Don't worry about that for now... It is I who should apologize..."


As always, Fiora puts on a brave face in front of the event she had to endure and directly cuts to the chase, a further example of her being in her element when focused on her duty. It's such an off-putting attitude that Pent, who's generally lax about everything, stops her from continuing to apologize for putting her in such a situation in the first place.

"Fiora: ...What for?
Pent: I understand you lost companions on Valor... It is my fault. I should have provided better information. I had no idea there was such danger.
Fiora: No, my lord. It was carelessness that invited danger. My own. There is no reason for you to feel responsible...
Pent: But...
Fiora: I take full responsibility for the failure of my mission... And now, if you will excuse me..."


Throughout the entirety of the rest of the support, Fiora goes out of her way to deny Pent's apology and decides to take the blame on herself entirely. Not only is she drowned in guilt, but she embraces and accepts it, almost as if she's entirely convinced that she's the fuck-up when in reality, it really is no one's fault.

Now I would go dig deeper into this particular point but I'll save it for the last two support chains. Either way, since Pent is already a married man, he joins the team with an instant A Support with Louise, and as such, the ingame support limit only allows a single unit two support with Pent twice. So Fiora, as well as all of Pent's other support partners, can only go up to a B with him.

Pent: Fiora...may we speak a moment?
Fiora: My lord Pent? What are you doing here? Please, do not concern yourself with me. You should be by your wife's side.
Pent: Take this.
Fiora: Hm? It's a jewel...
Pent: I know it is not much, but we travel lightly these days, and it is all I could find. It is a token of my appreciation for you and your compatriots. Please accept it.
Fiora: If it is a matter of payment, I have already been–
Pent: Sell it. Take the gold it brings you and give it to the families of your fallen friends. It is no compensation for their loss, but...
Fiora: Lord Pent... Lord Pent, you are too kind... The other nobles think of us as pawns in their game... No one concerns himself with the death of a pawn... And that is to be expected. We are, after all, mercenaries.
Pent: Fiora...
Fiora: But, Lord Pent... We are grateful for your kindness... You have always treated us as equals... Even those who fell on the Dread Isle were proud to have served you... As am I.
Pent: ......
Fiora: So please, Lord Pent... Please rely on our lances. Let us fight for you. This is the wish of the knights of Ilia.

"Pent: Fiora...may we speak a moment?
Fiora: My lord Pent? What are you doing here? Please, do not concern yourself with me. You should be by your wife's side."


Before Pent has a chance to speak, Fiora pushes him away, indicating that she's aware of what he's here to talk to her about.

"Fiora: Lord Pent... Lord Pent, you are too kind... The other nobles think of us as pawns in their game... No one concerns himself with the death of a pawn... And that is to be expected. We are, after all, mercenaries.
Pent: Fiora...
Fiora: But, Lord Pent... We are grateful for your kindness... You have always treated us as equals... Even those who fell on the Dread Isle were proud to have served you... As am I."


As we had established way earlier thanks to the Eliwood support, Fiora is well aware of how the social system works and is really shocked by Pent's kindness. It's also safe to assume that being a mercenary, she doesn't have a high opinion of nobles in general, especially with the way she describes the whole deal, and it's just a reality that she accepts, making the surprise that much more pleasant, and thus that much harder to believe for her, which justifies her reluctance in accepting any kindness from Pent up to this point.

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And with that, we finally move on to Fiora's own two sisters, Florina and Farina.

Fiora / Farina

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Farina is the middle sister among the three, and she is... quite fond of money. She's the one who's the most bothered by Ilia's financial situation which ultimately made her little bit greedy, but understandably so (She can be an ass about it tho).

At this point, Fiora is not on speaking terms with Farina. Last time they saw each other ended in a heated argument. This is only the second time they speak after Farina is recruited.

Fiora: Farina... May I speak with you?
Farina: Hey, Sis! So...I haven't seen you around in a bit...
Fiora: ...I'm sorry. The last time we met, I spoke too harshly.
Farina: It's fine... Besides, I was at fault, anyway. I always think about money first and everything else later...
Fiora: No, I should be the one to apologize... And it is only natural that you should call me naive. I mean, of course mercenaries should care about when and how much they get paid to fight...
Farina: Aw, now look, it's all behind us... I was just an idiot! You did nothing wrong...
Fiora: How can you say that? I was terrible to you, and you were right all along! Why can't you get that through your thick skull?!
Farina: I'm telling you...I was not right all along! I never should have flown off in a tizzy like that, you dope!
Fiora: Stop contradicting me! I was wrong! I should have tried harder to grasp your greedy, insensitive ways!
Farina: Now you listen here, you uptight, worn-out... I–! ...Hey.
Fiora: ...It's weird, isn't it... Why are we even fighting?
Farina: Um... I dunno.
Fiora: Say, Farina... You know I don't hate you, right?
Farina: Yeah, I've always known that. I mean, I've known you forever, right?

I love this conversation. Two siblings arguing aimlessly, each trying to prove to the other why she herself is wrong and the other is in the right only to unintentionally agree. Reminds me of my relationship with the middle sibling in my own family.

Unfortunately there's not much new here to pick apart. Well that's not true, but it's just that what we CAN pick apart is things we've already said so it'd be redundant. Again, we have Fiora being the self-guilt absorbant she usually is. This time however, Fiora is expressing herself in a way never seen before: in anger. While her sister is here trying to take blame for the difunctioning they had earlier, Fiora has just come back from watching friends get murdered, so naturally when someone is telling you to chill, you're gonna do just the opposite.

Before we move on to the B Support, I'd like to draw attention to Farina randomly mentioning Fiora in her own supports, since she usually does so before they reconcile.

"Farina: You excite pretty easily, don’t you? It hasn’t been that long since we last saw each other!
Florina: But...Fiora had said you’d gone really far away.
Farina: Yeah, I bet she wishes I had! Well, whatever! But, Florina...how have you been recently?"


-From her C Support with Florina.

"Farina: You see, my sister, she’s really serious, like you. She’ll jump all over your back for any little thing! I wish she could just be a little nicer about it, you know?
Kent: I’m sure she only does it for your own good... She is such a...generous...woman."


-From her C Support with Kent.

Interestingly enough, Kent seems to already have met Fiora by that time, and knows her enough to describe her as generous.

Anyway, time to jump to the B Support.

Fiora: I... I wonder why we always end up fighting. It must be all my fault. I bet I'm the worst sister in Ilia...
Farina: There you go again, pouting by yourself!
Fiora: Farina?
Farina: You just retreat into your own little world and start grumbling like that... You just take everything on yourself, do you know that?
Fiora: But...
Farina: You were like that before, too, remember? When I was still just a pegasus esquire... When my trainee squad was about to die in that practice maneuver... You left your own mission and swooped in to rescue us...
Fiora: ......
Farina: And as a result, the Bern Nobles charged you an outrageous termination fee for breach of contract. You still haven't finished paying off the loan you used to cover it yet, have you?
Fiora: Well, I... Don't worry about it. That was my decision, and I've lived with it.
Farina: But that's what I'm saying! You're just so naively idealistic! I mean, who would do such a thing? I was just a fledgling pegasus esquire! You should have left me out there!
Fiora: Farina...
Farina: ...But, I mean... ...I was happy, of course... So that's why–that's why I want to help... Here, take this...
Fiora: Hm?
Farina: Look, I'm the highest-paid pegasus knight around. It didn't take me long to earn that sum. Go ahead and pay off that loan that's still hanging over your head!
Fiora: Farina! You were worried about me this whole time?
Farina: Well, of course I was... And besides...it was my fault... And it went down on your permanent record and everything...
Fiora: Don't be silly! We're family, aren't we? We shouldn't have to think about things like that!
Farina: That's what I’m talking about!! Don't be so naively idealistic!! But I guess that's what makes you...the sister I love.
Fiora: Farina...

"Fiora: I... I wonder why we always end up fighting. It must be all my fault. I bet I'm the worst sister in Ilia..."

Right off the bat, Fiora is beating herself up over her shaky relationship with her sister. Farina even calls her out on how she always feels terrible about everything.

"Farina: You were like that before, too, remember? When I was still just a pegasus esquire... When my trainee squad was about to die in that practice maneuver... You left your own mission and swooped in to rescue us...
Fiora: ......
Farina: And as a result, the Bern Nobles charged you an outrageous termination fee for breach of contract. You still haven't finished paying off the loan you used to cover it yet, have you?
Fiora: Well, I... Don't worry about it. That was my decision, and I've lived with it."


Despite being supposedly a stickler to the rules, Fiora has willingly broken the code before, although understandably so. This is also a detail I'll bring up a little later, so do make a mental note of that.

Fiora also continues to shoulder some more burdens like she shoulders all her guilt with the loan that she has yet to pay, and is oddly accepting of that fact. She's gotten to a point where this is normal for her to live on such an edge, which is concerning to say the least. Hell, first time you see her in the game she's already on a suicide mission. For someone to be this ok with things, they must really harbor some messed up shit deep inside... and I really can't say I blame her at all. All the responsibilities that she's trying her very best to uphold, her homeland that she needs to save, and to top it all off, the death of her companions. All the pressure has made her so numb she doesn't even mind having some debt looming over her. Which is a really weird thing considering she takes care of her image as a Pegasus Knight frivolously otherwise.

Farina keeps calling her sister "Naively Idealistic" and I honestly feel like it goes in more than one way. Fiora wants to be seen as a good Pegasus Knight and earn her homeland some food and honor, but she's also willing to sacrifice her happiness to get there, said happiness being something that's brought up in the Eliwood support.

"Forgive me, perhaps it is not my place. Still, watching you... I felt I had to say something. For someone as talented as yourself not to find happiness... Well, that would be the greatest tragedy of all."
And with that, we finally reach the A Support.

Farina: Hey, Sis!
Fiora: What is it, Farina?
Farina: Have you seen me out there lately? I am earning every penny of what I'm being paid! And more!
Fiora: Haha. I suppose so. You've become a dazzling pegasus knight.
Farina: So, after this, you'll be heading back to Ilia, right?
Fiora: Yes, I plan to.
Farina: Well, don't forget to grab me before you leave!
Fiora: ...? So, Farina... You're coming home, too?
Farina: I think you need me, Sis! You're not very good with finances, are you? You'd go broke without me around! I don't think I really have a choice!
Fiora: Farina... Thank you... That makes me so happy. I never knew you were so...generous...
Farina: Hey, don't get all mushy on me! Come on! It’s not like I’m doing this for free. I get a ten percent cut!
Fiora: You're kidding!?

"Farina: Hey, Sis!
Fiora: What is it, Farina?
Farina: Have you seen me out there lately? I am earning every penny of what I'm being paid! And more!
Fiora: Haha. I suppose so. You've become a dazzling pegasus knight."


This bunch of lines right there. They radiate some very positive energy. With how much Fiora keeps beating herself up and being self-deprecative, for once... she seems proud of something. She's proud of how her sister's turned out. Although she probably doesn't consider herself the reason, it's still a weigh off her shoulders to know that Farina is doing fine.

"Farina: I think you need me, Sis! You're not very good with finances, are you? You'd go broke without me around! I don't think I really have a choice!
Fiora: Farina... Thank you... That makes me so happy. I never knew you were so...generous..."


And then this happens. Farina offers to accompany Fiora home so she can help her with her monetary situation, which touches Fiora. All this time she's been insistent on how she deserves everything that's coming to her and whatnot but hearing that her own sister is offering this big a help makes her so overjoyed. It's really nice to see Fiora being happy. This simple act of Farina's just happens to be able to hit all the wounds that had to be mended: I tmakes Fiora feel like a better sister, it lifts some of the responsability off of her, and while it doesn't compensate for the loss of her unit, it still gives her reason to believe that no matter how much she fucked up, she must've done something right somewhere.

And the support ends with another money joke because Farina.

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And now we move on to the final support chain.

Fiora / Florina

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Florina is Fiora's youngest sister, still a pegasus knight in training. Florina first appears quite a while before any of her sisters do, as a close friend of Lyn's. Florina is also the very character who's able to recruit Fiora into your army in the first place (her best contribution), and the reason we're able to sit here today and talk about how great a character Fiora is.

Fiora: Florina?
Florina: Yes, Fiora, what is it?
Fiora: Try not to get too far ahead of the front line... You can always ride behind and back me up, you know...
Florina: Thanks, Fiora. But...I... I have to do it my way. You can handle it out there alone, right? Well I need to make sure that I can, too.
Fiora: Oh... But I worry about you. When we were in training, you used to get so scared...
Florina: Yeah, but I'm fine now.
Fiora: Really? But the Caelin knights are all men, aren't they? I just think of you, all timid and scared among them... So, Florina... You really don't mind it? Didn't they give you a hard time for being a woman? Now if they did, I want you to let me know. Because I will tell them a thing or two...
Florina: I-I'm fine. Lady Lyndis took good care of me... And everyone was really nice...
Fiora: Oh? Well, I still worry.

This support most likely occurs not long after Fiora's recruitment, and thus, not long after the famous mission failure incident. Fiora at this point is still heavily weighed down by the guilt, and thus, naturally, her first priority is ensuring a fellow Pegasus Knight's safety, one who happens to be her sister.

"Fiora: Florina?
Florina: Yes, Fiora, what is it?
Fiora: Try not to get too far ahead of the front line... You can always ride behind and back me up, you know..."


She doesn't outright order Florina to comply tho, instead gently encouraging her. Fiora respects her sister's own space and tries to make it so that Florina doesn't feel intimidated, just like a big sister would (Almost as if that's what she is).

Anyway, the support goes on and keeps showing the concern Fiora has for her sister. I can imagine I'd want the protect the shit out of her too if I got my own men killed or something. It also happens that Florina is still in training, following in the footsteps of all other Pegasus Knights, some of whom, surprise, die in a mission.

Fiora: Hey, Florina. When this is all over, we should go back to Ilia together once, you and I.
Florina: Huh? B-But I'm still only...
Fiora: Having seen you fly, I’m sure they would promote you to pegasus knight first rank if we went back to Ilia. And I really want you to join me in the first division. Then I'll be able to help you anytime you need it. I would feel much better that way.
Florina: Fiora... Look...I...
Fiora: Don't you want to fly by my side?
Florina: Well, of course I do... It's what I had always wanted... I would have been delighted to... But...
Fiora: You've got some reasons to decline, then?
Florina: ...Ulp.
Fiora: If you are worried about Lady Lyndis giving you leave, I'll talk to her...
Florina: No, that's not it. Well, I mean, I guess that's part of it, but... It's me... I just need time to...
Fiora: Fine. You can tell me whenever you're ready. Go ahead, take your time deciding. It's fine.

Alright, alright. I know we've already established that Fiora is trying to own up to her mistakes, maybe to the extreme, even. It's true that she sees herself undeserving of anything. Yet she's still allowing herself to hope that maybe her sister can go back to her and provide her comfort. To Fiora, her sisters are all she has left, and their well-being is her utmost priority. Of course, she knows Farina is doing fine of her own, but she also knows that Florina is a very shy girl who depends on others. Letting her wander off on her own knowing that would cause Fiora immense amounts of worry on top of all the pain that's already there.

"Florina: No, that's not it. Well, I mean, I guess that's part of it, but... It's me... I just need time to...
Fiora: Fine. You can tell me whenever you're ready. Go ahead, take your time deciding. It's fine."


Even with a seemingly very strong desire to take care of her, however, Fiora still understands that she cannot do anything to force Florina into Ilia again. In fact, she probably thinks it would be better for Florina if she didn't have to deal with living in Ilia at all.

Of course, This little exchange ties well with another support, specifically the one Fiora has with her other sister, Farina. Recall this:

"Farina: I think you need me, Sis! You're not very good with finances, are you? You'd go broke without me around! I don't think I really have a choice!
Fiora: Farina... Thank you... That makes me so happy. I never knew you were so...generous..."
All Fiora wants is help. She is desperate for someone she can rely on at all times, someone who can help do the heavy lifting alongside herself. By offering to go back home with her, Farina has completely filled that blank that bothered Fiora this much, and it also fully reconciles the two from the argument they had earlier. This is why Fiora gleams with happiness upon hearing the news.

And now, we get to the A Support...

Florina: Hey, Sis...
Fiora: Florina, what is it?
Florina: Well, you see. I really love you, Fiora. And it would be great to be with you, to have you to protect me always...
Fiora: Florina...
Florina: But... But... That wouldn't be good for me... You're so kind, you would probably protect me for the rest of my life... That's the problem... If I rely on you forever, I'll never become my own person. So...I've decided not to return to Ilia yet. It's because I do love you... You see, I don't want to always be the crybaby Florina who needs you to protect her... I want to be more like my sister, a fine pegasus knight.
Fiora: Florina... I...understand. That's the first time I have ever heard you express yourself so clearly.
Florina: I-I'm sorry...
Fiora: No, it’s a good thing! It means you're all grown up now! At first I thought I would rather have you in my division so I could protect you, but... But now I know you'll be fine on your own...
Florina: ...Fiora.
Fiora: Then I just have one last thing to leave you with, as a senior pegasus knight... Listen closely... No matter what happens... ...even if you have to take a mission that you are sure you won't return from... Never quit a mission that you have already accepted... We don't just fight for ourselves... We fight for the pride of the entire Ilian pegasus knight brigade. This is something that you will learn quite well someday.
Florina: Um, sure... I mean... Yes!
Fiora: Good response! ...And good luck, Florina!

This support has a similar vibe to the Farina A, where it's generally happy in tone. This is also a support where the character development of one character also affects the other. Florina sounds as confident as ever (as confident as she can get at least) trying to explain to Fiora the reason why she can't go home quite yet. This confidence is a result of Fiora taking the right steps to make her sister less afraid to share her own opinions and open up. The Florina we see here is nothing but the fruit of Fiora's care and excellent work to get her up to this point, and to Fiora, nothing can make her happier than knowing Florina will be safe.

And the best part is... Fiora admires her for all of it. We already know from the Kent support that Florina has kept talking about her sister nonstop. Not only that, but she's mentioned her a few times in her own supports.

"Ninian: I’m sorry, I don’t... I’ve been traveling for a long time with my brother, and...
Florina: Oh...I see... Well, a long time ago, there was an ice dragon in Ilia. And this kind dragon helped the people of Ilia, who had trouble living in snow year round. But a war broke out between dragons and people... And the kind dragons, not wanting to hurt the humans, went off to a faraway place.
Ninian: ......
Florina: My sister first told me that story as a child to make me go to bed..."

"When I was little, I so wanted to meet the ice dragon that I braved the cold and waited all night next to the place of offering... But I saw dawn the next morning, and the dragon never came... Then I caught a cold and my sister got very upset with me..."
-From Florina's A Support with Ninian.

"Nino: ...Florina, you’re always so good to me... You’re like...a sister to me...
Florina: Me? Your sister? Really? That makes me... so happy! ...Nino? If something is bothering you, you can tell me, all right? I’ll try really hard to listen like a sister..."
-From Florina's A Support with Nino.

I find this second one really cute because that's Florina trying to be to Nino what Fiora is to her, and it really shows how she appreciates her sister so much.

Finally, this is the last line I'm gonna be taking a look at.

"Fiora: Then I just have one last thing to leave you with, as a senior pegasus knight... Listen closely... No matter what happens... ...even if you have to take a mission that you are sure you won't return from... Never quit a mission that you have already accepted... We don't just fight for ourselves... We fight for the pride of the entire Ilian pegasus knight brigade. This is something that you will learn quite well someday."

Finally, this is a line I find interesting, because Fiora here is describing the exact same code that she broke to save Farina's squadron. This is Fiora's ultimate way of just atoning for the mistakes she's made along the way, by turning them into something that may help someone else, and I honestly find it cathartic in a way. This is an instance of Fiora, taking her flaws and confronting them head on, embracing them, and using them to do something good.

All this time, Fiora has done nothing but criticize herself and her decisions, and has focused too much on what she's done wrong, when in reality, she really is all of a kind friend, a dedicated worker, a responsible woman, and most of all, a caring sister. And for all those reasons, Fiora is without a single doubt, my absolute favorite character from this series (and possibly from any piece of media tbh).

She deserves all the happiness she gets, and more.

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With that, thanks for reading all this. I'd like to be given some feedback so I can try to improve on how to format these character analysis. I actually don't have a character to go over next in mind (YET), but that will be my concern soon enough. Until then everyone, take care, and if you got any character you want me to take a look at, contact me and if I know enough about them, I'll get to it.

And remember to stan Fiora.
 
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Fire Emblem! Oh to be a Fire Emblem protagonist... people respect you, and they're generally good people fighting for your cause, just being there waiting for you to command them!

But what if I told you, not everyone is like that. In life, you will meet some bad people who resent you for no apparent reason... people who are downright assholes who take joy upon making your life miserable. What if I told you... Shinon, is such a man. And damn do we love him for it.

Shinon - Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn



Before we get into this, I just wanna say that this analysis contains some major spoilers for the aforementioned games. Simply put, if you do not want to be spoiled on any of the two games, then do not read the analysis... or better yet, play both games and read the analysis. Ok? Ok!

Shinon is a mercenary working under Greil Mercenaries company leader... Greil. Alongside Deputy commander Titania and his best friend Gatrie, they were a decently respected group who were paid mostly with bandit attacks threatening villages and towns and whatnot. The group is based in Crimea, neighbor to Daein and Gallia, as well as being a vassal state to the Begnion Empire.

Shinon's very first appearance is in Chapter 2 of Path of Radiance. As a bandit is just about to kill a particular hostage, an arrow stops him and sends him straight to the shadow realm, as the following line is heard:

Shinon: A single arrow, right between the eyes? Who else could make a shot like that? No one, that’s who!

Right from this moment, you can tell Shinon is a pretty arrogant fucker.

Ike: So, that’s where you went, Titania?
Titania: Of course. I knew we’d need reinforcements. I’m glad it wasn’t a waste of time.
Well done, both of you.
Shinon: In the end, I got to feather someone. So it was worth the rush.
Gatrie: All I… did… was sweat… That… was h-hard… work…


Shinon and Gatrie arrive just in the nick of time to save the day (even if Shinon himself was the one who did the saving). From this appearance alone, Shinon just appears to be a bit of a snob but who means well. That's usually the first impression that's given to the player, but do not be fooled, this man hides a character.

Come next chapter, Ike, Titania, Shinon and Gatrie are all assigned by Greil to quell another bandit attack in a port town. At the end of the map, the old man who was to handle the payment goes on about how the company, notably commander Greil, are just about good enough to become Crimean Royal guards, obviously a pretty high honor. Titania turns him down saying the mercenaries are happy serving the common folk and dreams of fame and glory are out of the question, to which Shinon responds as following:

Shinon: Pah! Jobs like this barely make a dent in my incurable boredom! It’s like that old buzzard said, there’s better work out there Something with a bit of challenge.

Titania takes it as an offensive comment on the company's honest work and frowns upon him, and Shinon quickly retracts his statement sneakily. He respects Titania as a deputy commander of the company, that however doesn't stop him from muttering when he's alone.

Shinon: Pah. I’m surrounded by idealistic fools. What’s so wrong with fame? What’s wrong with having money to live well?

And honestly? He's right in a way. Chivalry? Humility? He just wants to live for god's sake! While the rest of the company is content in what they're doing, Shinon thinks it's pointless to never aim higher. Although his way of expressing it is not exactly what one would call being nice about it.

His next significant moment is next chapter, when news of an invasion of the capital reach the mercenaries. Thinking it wise to assert the situation as best as they can, Greil appoints his son, Ike, to lead a scouting operation to Melior, Crimea's capital. Ike. Who's only seen three battles. Three battles against bandits. Running the risk of running into actual trained soldiers... what could go wrong?

Shinon: Commander, you must be joking! He’s just a boy, and he’s had barely more than a taste of battle. What do you expect a whelp like him to accomplish?

Right off the bat Shinon makes it clear he does not like where this is going. While everyone places their utmost faith in Ike and trust in Greil's judgement, Shinon is absolutely revolted and refuses to let this happen without saying a word.

Sure enough, once on the scene, they do run into the enemy. Once the battle starts, Shinon will taunt Ike about this being his first fight against professionals and will remark that he's unable to strategize on a whim.

Needless to say, Shinon seems to have a particular dislike for Ike.



At the end of the chapter, Ike finds and rescues a woman who seemed injured near the field. In chapter 5, Ike and friends are back at the base and are discussing their next move. The woman also claims to be the princess of the kingdom having escaped the invasion.

Daein soldiers arrive at the company's doorstep and are requesting the woman in question be handed to them in exchange of their leave. This is where the mercenaries have to make a choice, and each and everyone of the people inside give their own insight. While most are in favor of helping the princess, Shinon obviously isn't:

Shinon: Soren’s a pompous, superior whelp, but he’s got the right idea. Besides, the destination’s Gallia, so it’s a moot question. I don’t care how much we get paid; there’s no way under the sun I’m going to stinking beast country.

For reference, the "right idea" that Soren had:

Soren: We are mercenaries. Our actions are dictated only by self-interest. If we want to ensure our future, we need Daein in our debt. They will win this war, after all, and nothing else serves us better.

This reveals two facets of Shinon's character. First, he's solely guided by self-interest. Second... he's racist. For context, in this scenario, not handing over Elincia (the princess) to the enemy will mean the mercenaries will have to comply with her request of taking her to shelter in Gallia, a neighboring country inhabited by... furries. And apparently Shinon hates them with a burning passion.

In fact, Shinon shows more of his racist side right away next chapter.

Shinon: Dense forests such as these are not made for us delicate humans. The sub-humans love ’em, though.
Ike: These…sub-humans…Are they really so different from us?
Shinon: What, you mean to tell me you’ve never seen a beast-man before?
Ike: No, never.
Shinon: Well, I have. They’re a hairy bunch, I’ll tell you. And ugly as sin, too. Their faces are all fangs and whisker. Their claws are like daggers, razor sharp and deadly. And even though they can speak our language, they’re beasts through and through. Savages, every one.
Ike: Are there more than one type?
Soren: The ones Shinon calls “sub-humans” can be divided into three groups, each one named for its physical characteristics. First, the beast tribe, next, the bird tribe, and finally, the dragon tribe. They are traditionally called “laguz.” The laguz tribe residing here in Gallia is the beast tribe, who possess those feline qualities of which Shinon spoke.
Shinon: To the south are the islands where the bird-men live. The dragons are in Goldoa. It’s something every mercenary should know. Looks like you know even less than I gave you credit for, Ike, my boy.
Ike: Hm… Perhaps.

I like this exchange for two reasons. 1- It sounds a lot like a big brother feeding his little bro lies to keep him confused about life. 2- There's a big contrast between Ike and Shinon displayed here. Ike is young, ignorant and seemingly unaffected by the description of the laguz, meanwhile Shinon is older, experienced and also a huge prick about the whole thing. As I said before, Shinon is nothing like a typical Fire Emblem character, especially for someone this closely tied to a main character.

Now up ahead are huge spoilers, even bigger than the ones I've already shown.

After Greil is killed, leadership of the company automatically went to his son, Ike. With these news, Shinon decides to just up and leave, likely because he is NOT putting up with this bullshit.



After this, Shinon never makes any meaningful appearances in the main story ever again... until chapter 18, where he's now fighting under the enemy. The Daein army has paid him well and is known for only judging a soldier by their strength, with the strongest earning the highest positions. This sounded like a good deal to him. You can get him back on your side though, but it requires some complications for a unit who's honestly not worth it this late into the game. Whatever! That's not what we're here to take a look at! Once back on your side, Shinon hasn't changed.

Shinon: Crud, I lost... This was a plum chance for me to get a leg up in this world, too.
Ike: Shinon.
Shinon: Ha! And I can't believe that the one who defeats me is little lord Ikie. Looks like I've lost my edge. I'm ready, boy. Go on. Finish what you started.
Ike:Come back to the company.
Shinon: I don't think so.
Ike: You've never liked me. As far back as I can remember, you have never liked me.
Shinon: That's right. Still don't.
Ike: You... You called me a weakling. Said I was nothing without the help of my father. That's what you said, right? That's why you hated me.
Shinon: ...Sounds like me.
Ike: Don't you get it? I just beat you. So your reasons don't hold water anymore, do they?
Shinon: Pah! It's enough you beat me, now you gotta talk me to death?
Ike: I'll say it once more. Come back to the company. I acknowledge your abilities. As commander, I want you with us.
Shinon: ...Let's have another go around. I win, and I'm commander. Agreed?
Ike: I win, and you fall in line. Agreed?
Shinon: Don't worry, boy. I'll make it quick.
Ike: Let's go.


This conversation takes place after the chapter ends if the correct requirements were met. And here we actually get a glipmse as to why Shinon despises Ike the way he does.

Ike: You... You called me a weakling. Said I was nothing without the help of my father. That's what you said, right? That's why you hated me.
In Shinon's perspective, Ike's had it easy. He had a dad who loved him and raised him well, to become a man worthy of respect. Then you look at Shinon who's an asshole the entire time he's on the screen, Shinon who only thinks about what's in his best interest, Shinon who joined the army opposing his friends when they offered him better opportunities. In a world where mercenaries have to do whatever to scrape by, Ike has had an easy upbringing, and that's why Shinon resents him. Ike has never made it to where he is because of his own work and effort, but rather because he was raised to do this. It's ironic in a way, since Ike himself dislikes the classist system about as much as Shinon hates furries, and yet in Shinon's eyes, Ike is exactly what Ike himself resents in the nobility.



Now with all of this out of the way, we can finally dive into Shinon's own supports for this game. Shinon has three support chains, with the following characters:

- Gatrie, his best friend and fellow Greil Mercenary.

- Rolf, a young boy taken in by Greil who later becomes a mercenary as well.

- Janaff, a member of the hawk clan, and the righthand man to Phoenicis's king Tibarn.


Shinon/Gatrie:



Gatrie: ...Huff... ...Puff... Maybe I should... Oh! Or then again, I could... Hmm... No, I won’t do that...
Shinon: Hey.
Gatrie: Hm? Oh, hey, Shinon!
Shinon: What in the heck are you doing? It’s really annoying.
Gatrie: Shhh! It’s a secret!
Shinon: Whatever. See you around.
Gatrie: W-wait! I’m just joking! Stop being so mean and listen for a second!
Shinon: I will if you buy dinner tonight.
Gatrie: Mmmm... Oh, all right. But you better give me good advice!
Shinon: Of course, of course. So, what’s on your mind?
Gatrie: I’m thinking about the reward that we’re going to get. I’m not sure what to do with it.
Shinon: Up to you. Spend it however you please.
Gatrie: But every time I spend money, you give me a hard time!
Shinon: I do? How?
Gatrie: What about the other day, when I bought the Ultimate Shield?!
Shinon: Gatrie, that was a castle gate. Hey, did you ever give that back? That guard thought you were a thief.
Gatrie: And remember the SpeedBring 4000? That secret elixir that boosts speed just by sprinkling it over your body–
Shinon: You mean that putrid snake oil? You dumped the whole bottle on your head without smelling it first.
Gatrie: But that wonderful little potion worked! I DID move faster!
Shinon: You moved faster because thirty stray dogs were chasing you.
Gatrie: See! You’re giving me a hard time again!
Shinon: Oh, did I hurt your feelings? Wow, it sure is fun to tell you the truth and have you grumble at me in return.
Gatrie: No, no! I didn’t mean to... Er... Sorry...
Shinon: Hmm... You’re too honest sometimes...
Gatrie: Hee hee! You’re embarrassing me!
Shinon: All right, let’s go eat! Now that’s spending wisely!
Gatrie: Yeah, let’s... Wait a minute, Shinon! You didn’t help me at all! This isn’t part of the deal!

This support is funny.

We can also deduce from it that Shinon acts as sort of a voice of reason for Gatrie's easily swayed mind. Shinon is also, as expected, a man of no patience, and he especially hates it when people beat around the bush.

Shinon: Whatever. See you around.
Gatrie: W-wait! I’m just joking! Stop being so mean and listen for a second!
Shinon: I will if you buy dinner tonight.
Gatrie: Mmmm... Oh, all right. But you better give me good advice!
Shinon: Of course, of course. So, what’s on your mind?


Later in the support:

Shinon: All right, let’s go eat! Now that’s spending wisely!
Gatrie: Yeah, let’s... Wait a minute, Shinon! You didn’t help me at all! This isn’t part of the deal!


Shinon is not even above tricking his best friend for money. Of course in this case, it's all in good fun, Shinon isn't limited to being a jerk and can instead be a jerk with benefits. He's also pretty shrewd, something you'd expect him to pick up at some point.

Gatrie: Say, Shinon!
Shinon: I’m busy. Come back later.
Gatrie: I really want to ask you something. Right now!
Shinon: No, Gatrie.
Gatrie: I’ll pay for dinner again.
Shinon: Get lost.
Gatrie: We’ll eat somewhere more expensive tonight.
Shinon: Appetizers?
Gatrie: Sure! You can order anything you want!
Shinon: All right, then. I think I can spare some time for my brother-in-arms.
Gatrie: Aw, thanks Shinon! I owe you one!
Shinon: ...Well? What do you want?
Gatrie: Well, actually... What I need to ask you is...
Shinon: Spit it out!
Gatrie: Well, it’s... Oh, I don’t know. Do you really want to hear it?
Shinon: Do that one more time, and I’ll put an arrow through your eye!
Gatrie: W-wait! Just a minute! I’ll tell you now... Are you ready?
Shinon: Aaaaaarrrgh!
Gatrie: Ihaveanewgirlfriend!!!!
Shinon: A new girlfriend? Is she blind or something?
Gatrie: I met her in town yesterday! She’s soooo cute! I’m telling you, she’s the one for me!
Shinon: Well, I’m happy for you. Oh, I see. You want to ask me what kind of gift to give her, right?
Gatrie: Tee hee hee! Yeah, that’s right! What should I give her?
Shinon: I know everything there is to know about gift giving, my friend. I’ll tell you all about it over a fine meal.
Gatrie: Please do, romance master!

I find it hilarious how Shinon makes it sound like he's a love expert all of a sudden, and despite his character, it's honestly not even that hard to believe. Either way though this support is just another one where Gatrie is asking Shinon for help in some matter in exchange for dinner. It's just one of those conversations that are fun to read and only rely on previously established character traits, nothing to see here.

Gatrie: ...
Shinon: What the...?
Gatrie: ...
Shinon: Why are you standing out here like a scarecrow?
Gatrie: Hey, Shinon. I’m just waiting for my girlfriend.
Shinon: Oh. Her. Right. You’re still dating?
Gatrie: Yep! And when I gave her the gift that you picked out for me... boy, was she happy! In fact, I’ll tell you a secret... we’re getting married!
Shinon: Aren’t you rushing it a little?
Gatrie: Oh, no! You see, she’s terminally ill. She has Brain Stones. It’s really bad. She only had a few days left to live. And since she didn’t have enough money to pay for the treatment... I thought it was time to spend my gold!
Shinon: You paid for it?
Gatrie: Yep! Every last gold piece! And guess what? The treatment cost exactly as much as I had! It’s fate, isn’t it? Oh, with a coincidence like this, I know that we’re meant for each other!
Shinon: ...You’ve got to be kidding me.
Gatrie: Between the war and her illness, times are pretty rough, so we decided to have the wedding right away. I was supposed to meet her here and then introduce her to the company. I wanted to do it in style, you know? But she’s not here yet... Oh, wait is that... No, that’s a horse. Hmm... I’m a little worried. I went to her house this morning, but I think I got the address wrong. All I found was an abandoned shack. But it’ll be all right! She knows I’m with this army, and... And...
Shinon: Gatrie? She’s not coming. You’ve been conned.
Gatrie: Whaaat!? No, I don’t believe it! She’s such a fine girl! So pure and kind! She’d never hornswoggle ol’ Gatrie!
Shinon: How can someone with only days left to live manage to walk the streets looking for a knight with lots of money?
Gatrie: Because... Because she needed to meet me! It’s fate! Remember?
Shinon: Then why isn’t she here?
Gatrie: B-because... Um... Wolves?
Shinon: No, Gatrie. It’s not wolves.
Gatrie: Oh... Hee hee! Hee hee hee! I guess ol’ Gatrie... Whaa ha ha! I guess I got taken again! Whaa ha ha ha... Whooo! Oh man, I’ll never learn.
Shinon: Tell me what she looks like.
Gatrie: Huh? Why?
Shinon: All your money? That’s going too far. I’ll find her and...get it back.
Gatrie: Well... Nah, that’s all right. I mean, it’s my fault anyway.
Shinon: Are you sure? She must be laughing her head off by now.
Gatrie: Well, at least it was a cute little head.
Shinon: Sigh... You’re hopeless, Gatrie. You know that?
Gatrie: Yeah, I know. But I don’t mind so much. It makes me kinda charming, right?
Shinon: Well, I guess you don’t have to worry about what to do with your money anymore.
Gatrie: Yeah, that’s right. Hey, if you look at it that way, it’s a blessing in disguise!
Shinon: Let’s go find a watering hole with some cute waitresses. What do you say?
Gatrie: Hey, that’s a great idea! Oh, but... I don’t have any money. Sorry, Shinon. Maybe some other time.
Shinon: Forget it. It’s my treat.
Gatrie: Are...are you sure?
Shinon: Yep.
Gatrie: Hee hee hee!
Shinon: What’s so funny?
Gatrie: Supper on your gold piece? This is my lucky day!
Shinon: Hopeless.

This right here is the peak of Gatrie's naiveté, as his "girlfriend" manages to squeeze him out of all his money. Naturally, though, it's Shinon who brings this to his attention. Through this, we can see that Shinon does in fact actually care, as he hastily tells Gatrie about what he's picked up on the situation. He even offers to help him out of the pickle he's gotten himself into (even though Gatrie himself doesn't seem to mind it much). The end of the support is also pretty nice, seeing Shinon himself offer Gatrie a treat himself, just because. Shinon may be an ass, but he's also a normal human being, one who still values his close ones.

Shinon/Janaff:



Next support we'll look at will be his chain with Janaff. Janaff is, as I introduced him as earlier, King Tibarn of Phoenicis's righthand man, alongisde his compatriot Ulki. Phoenicis is a country where the Hawk laguz lives. And we already Shinon's opinion on laguz is... less than adequate. Either way, let's go.

Janaff: Ho! You there! Halt!
Shinon: ...
Janaff: Hey, did you hear me? I said halt!
Shinon: Who are you?
Janaff: I’ll ask the questions, thanks. Hmmm... I haven’t seen your face around here before. Are you a new recruit? State your name and unit.
Shinon: I don’t have time to answer questions from ignorant half-breeds.
Janaff: W-what? What did you call me!? Hey! I’m talking to you, jerk!
Shinon: Say that again... Go ahead. It’ll be the last thing you ever say.
Janaff: I’m not afraid of you, human! Crossing me is the worst decision you’ll ever make.
Shinon: ...
Janaff: ...
Shinon: You’re lucky, half-breed. I’ll let you go this time.
Janaff: Pah! It’s me who’s letting you go. And don’t forget it, human!

I'd say Janaff is one of many, many laguz Shinon has been able to aggressively piss off in this way. As a big Phoenicis representative in the war, Janaff has taken up some of the army's duties. Janaff also has an unnaturally good eye, able to see far into the horizon, even if the target is a day's walk away, so it's natural that he'd just be able to spot and discern who's who in the army. Also Shinon rejoins literally the same chapter as Janaff. Kinda neat how it works out so I can condition you into interpreting it this way.

Anyway, both Shinon and Janaff already seem to mutually hate each other. Expected. Shinon being the racist guy he is insults the race he deplores, and Janaff, the guy at the receiving end, snaps back.

Also I just wanna point out that the laguz use the word "human" as a slur much like Shinon uses "sub-humans".

Shinon: Oh, look, it’s the half-breed birdbrain. What a pleasant surprise. Peck anyone lately?
Janaff: Don’t start with me, you human jerk.
Shinon: I hear you’re a bodyguard for the king of Phoenicis. Not a bad gig... considering how scrawny you are.
Janaff: I hear you knew Greil for ages. They say he betrayed his men and aided Daein before fleeing to Crimea.
Shinon: Are you calling him a traitor?! Dastard! You’ll die for that! No... I’m not going to do this. I’m a true mercenary. I’m won’t give you the satisfaction of a free fight.
Janaff: ...I don’t get you, human. You have no clan and no master... What are you fighting for?
Shinon: I fight to live. That’s all. Doesn’t everyone? It’s not like people kill each other for fun.
Janaff: You don’t?
Shinon: What?
Janaff: You don’t kill for fun? You don’t enjoy it?
Shinon: No. Why, do you?
Janaff: I thought you humans...liked to kill. That’s why you make weapons. Why you hunt animals for sport.
Shinon: Ha! We make weapons to protect ourselves from you half-breeds! Only wealthy bluestockings with too much time on their hands hunt for sport!
Janaff: ...
Shinon: Man, what an idiot...
Janaff: Wait! I have more questions! Rrrr! Human jerk!

This one is pretty interesting. We get more of a perspective into Shinon's own mentality this time. When he feels like Greil's been insulted by Janaff, he takes it very seriously. Normally all he does in the face of an insult is laugh it off and come up with a comeback to annoy you, but here, he's genuinely enraged at the remark.

Janaff: I hear you knew Greil for ages. They say he betrayed his men and aided Daein before fleeing to Crimea.
Shinon: Are you calling him a traitor?! Dastard! You’ll die for that! No... I’m not going to do this. I’m a true mercenary. I’m won’t give you the satisfaction of a free fight.


Even then, Shinon still has his own set of morals that he abides by almost religiously. To him, the mercernary way is all he's ever known and to betray its code would be to betray his own identity as one. For this reason he knows not to pick a fight that's pointless and doesn't benefit him in any way that's material. In fact, the very next line Shinon says affirms his stance on the matter: his one and only motive is to survive.

Janaff: You don’t kill for fun? You don’t enjoy it?
Shinon: No. Why, do you?
Janaff: I thought you humans...liked to kill. That’s why you make weapons. Why you hunt animals for sport.
Shinon: Ha! We make weapons to protect ourselves from you half-breeds! Only wealthy bluestockings with too much time on their hands hunt for sport!


Shinon not only shows his disdain for nobles (which also lead to his disliking for Ike), but he also indirectly managed to prove that both races have the wrong idea about each other. Shinon may be a racist, but he's not the only one with a warped vision of things. Shinon only ever claims he hates laguz because that's just how it is, both races hate each other, so he's just here to retaliate.

Janaff: Oh. There you are.
Shinon: ...
Janaff: Shinon, right? Do you have a moment?
Shinon: Huh? Oh, it’s the half-breed birdbrain! Life is full of surprises, and not all of them are the good kind.
Janaff: Don’t lash out at me, you huma... Er... I’m sorry about the other day.
Shinon: Y-you’re what?
Janaff: I misunderstood the beorc. I thought all beorcs liked killing, and that we could never learn to live with one another.
Shinon: Why did you join Ike’s army if you feel that way? Did the king order it?
Janaff: No. The relationship with our king is not one-sided like that. If we do not deem the king’s orders to be right and just, we will not obey them.
Shinon: Then why did you join?
Janaff: Commander Ike saved one of my friends in Serenes. Though my first duty is always as Prince Reyson’s bodyguard, I also hope to return the favor. I trust the commander. I...like him.
Shinon: Ha! At least someone does.
Janaff: Hm?
Shinon: I’ve always hated Ike. He gets everything handed to him and takes it all for granted.
Janaff: But that’s not his fault, is it? One can’t decide their parentage.
Shinon: ...Nah, I suppose it’s not his fault. But you know what? It’s my choice to feel this way, so I’ll keep doing it.
Janaff: Heh. You’ve got that right.
Shinon: Wait, wait. Why am I talking about this stuff with you?
Janaff: You know what, Shinon? You kind of... You remind me of me when I was young.
Shinon: Huh?
Janaff: I used to be quite the daredevil before I grew into adulthood. Nothing ever seemed to please me.
Shinon: How old are you, anyway?
Janaff: I’m a bit over 110 years old.
Shinon: Wha–?! You half-br...you guys must have a different way of counting than us humans.
Janaff: Don’t spring, summer, fall, and winter make a year in your calendar, too?
Shinon: So if I’m twenty-seven, you must be at least...eighty-five years older than me!
Janaff: Indeed. So give me some respect, you young pup. If you run into trouble in the future, come see me. I’ll give you the kind of advice that only an elder can give.
Shinon: Oh, hey! Hold on! Um...tell me more about your life. You’ve seen a lot, you know?

To think Shinon's come a long way. It's interesting to see him almost being friendly with a laguz, even though he himself denies it.

Shinon: Why did you join Ike’s army if you feel that way? Did the king order it?
Janaff: No. The relationship with our king is not one-sided like that. If we do not deem the king’s orders to be right and just, we will not obey them.
Shinon: Then why did you join?
Janaff: Commander Ike saved one of my friends in Serenes. Though my first duty is always as Prince Reyson’s bodyguard, I also hope to return the favor. I trust the commander. I...like him.


Shinon seems to be curious about what prompted Janaff to join the army despite his clear dislike of beorc (oh yeah beorc is what "humans" are called btw), which leads them to talk about the upper class. Janaff states that not only does he have the highest trust in the king, but that he also has a somewhat personal stake in all this. In that moment, Shinon gains some respect for Janaff without showing it, but it does however get him to speak about himself a little.

Shinon: I’ve always hated Ike. He gets everything handed to him and takes it all for granted.
Janaff: But that’s not his fault, is it? One can’t decide their parentage.
Shinon: ...Nah, I suppose it’s not his fault. But you know what? It’s my choice to feel this way, so I’ll keep doing it.
Janaff: Heh. You’ve got that right.
Shinon: Wait, wait. Why am I talking about this stuff with you?


Even he himself realizes this and is baffled by why would he speak to a laguz this way. This support doesn't clear Shinon from all the negative ideas he has of the race but it does make him a little more open-minded on things, especially when he realizes Janaff is a lot more like him than he thought. I also like how he acknowledges that his reasons for hating Ike might be misplaced, yet he's done so for a long time that just doesn't feel like reevaluating his opinion. Makes it more fun to tease him in the future that's for sure. Dude just kinda doesn't care at this point.

Shinon: So if I’m twenty-seven, you must be at least...eighty-five years older than me!
Janaff: Indeed. So give me some respect, you young pup. If you run into trouble in the future, come see me. I’ll give you the kind of advice that only an elder can give.
Shinon: Oh, hey! Hold on! Um...tell me more about your life. You’ve seen a lot, you know?


Bringing attention back to this:

Ike is young, ignorant and seemingly unaffected by the description of the laguz, meanwhile Shinon is older, experienced and also a huge prick about the whole thing.
Even Shinon, who knows it all and has the quote on quote "experience" can still learn from others, and for him of all people to be willing to learn from a laguz is definitely not what you'd expect, but even then, the progression of this support is so natural and well-paced that it just feels right and in-character. This is truly a great support (and really if he didn't have a great support to begin with I wouldn't be talking about him at all).

Shinon/Rolf:



Now time to move to his final support chain, with Rolf. Rolf is the younger half-brother of both Boyd and Oscar, the latter of which used to be a Crimean Royal Knight. After their father died and Rolf's mother abandoned him, Oscar and Boyd worked twice as hard to be able to survive, until they and Rolf were all taken in by the Greil mercenaries. Ever grateful, the three brothers are all eager to help the company however they can. Rolf joins Ike's group formally somewhere down the line so that he could prove his worth as a fighter to his brothers and to everyone. He says he picked up how to use a bow by himself, but that's a big fat lie. His instructor was none other than, you guessed it, Shinon.

Rolf: Uncle Shinon! Wait, Uncle Shinon!
Shinon: What do you want, Rolf?
Rolf: Tee hee hee! Look at this!
Shinon: Why are you showing me this? It’s just a piece of bent wood.
Rolf: No, Shinon. It’s a bow! You gave me my first bow, and I wanted to return the favor! I’m making it one whittle at a time. I know it’s not exactly the best-looking weapon out there, but... I hope you’ll use it!
Shinon: Meh. Maybe if I overhauled it... I may be able to...call it a...bow. This thing is going to break the first time I fire it! You want me to be unarmed on the battlefield? Is that it?
Rolf: I... I don’t–
Shinon: Look, to begin with, you used the wrong kind of wood. This is much too hard and inflexible. Remember the bow I made for you? It didn’t look like this, did it?
Rolf: B-but... I worked so hard! It should be just like yours!
Shinon: Not even close.
Rolf: N-not...not even... Wh... Whaaaaaaa! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Shinon: Ah, crud. Don’t start bawling! Look, let me give you a quick lesson.
Rolf: Whaaaaa... Really!? Promise? Oh, I’m so happy! Yay! Yay! I love you, Unkie Shinon!
Shinon: Yeah, yeah, it’s a promise. Now quit clinging to me like a lost dog. Hey, seriously! Rolf...!

It's unknown how Rolf got this close to Shinon, but one thing's for sure, he idolizes him. He tries to imitate whatever Shinon does, at least what he sees him as. Shinon may be harsh on Rolf but he seems like he actually is eager to get Rolf to improve himself. This support is only merely an introduction to the two's dynamic, so there's nothing I can dig up now, but let's just keep going.

Rolf: Look, look, Uncle Shinon! Doesn’t it look like a bow now?
Shinon: I guess you could...categorize it as a bow. Maybe. If you closed your eyes.
Rolf: So will you use–
Shinon: No way! I don’t want to die just yet.
Rolf: Wha... Whaaa... Oh, fine! I’ll just use it myself.
Shinon: Oh, for the love of... Rolf! Wait!
Rolf: What?
Shinon: Give me the bow.
Rolf: Did you change your mind?
Shinon: Yeah. I suddenly got this...uh... weird urge to take it.
Rolf: Really? All right! Whooooo! Here you go, Uncle Shinon!!
Shinon: Thanks. Um...see you later.
Rolf: Wow, I bet Uncle Shinon will just love my bow! It’ll be his favorite bow ever! But I wanna see him fire it… I know! I’ll follow him. Tee hee hee! Here I come, Uncle Shinon!

Shinon is still keeping track of Rolf's progress. This is less of a conversation and more a transition to the A support, since there's only one thing of interest happening here: Rolf, hell-bent on proving to Shinon how good his new bow is, decides to use it himself, but Shinon stops him and offers to take it instead. This act is clearly done on a whim and it shows, Shinon knows the dangers of the war, and wants to prevent anything happening to Rolf if he can help it. The problem though is that this creates a misunderstanding and Rolf thinks Shinon actually intended on using the bow.

Shinon: Get over it, Rolf.
Rolf: ...
Shinon: Oh, come on! It was in your best interest.
Rolf: ...
Shinon: Psh! What a stubborn brat. If you’re going to be like that, I’ll just leave.
Rolf: YOU THREW MY BOW AWAY!!
Shinon: Listen, Rolf. If I had let you onto a battlefield with that bow, you would have been killed. I prevented your death in advance... Heck, I saved your life! You should be thanking me.
Rolf: I know that, Uncle Shinon, but... I put my whole heart into that bow! I just wanted you to be happy. The first time I went into battle, my feet were shaking because I was so scared. But then I held the bow that you made for me, and it gave me strength. And I said, “Rolf! You can do this!” I learned absolutely everything from you! That’s how I’ve stayed alive this whole time.
Shinon: ...But why on earth... Why would you depend on me like that? I mean, I just I taught you how to fire the bow on a whim.
Rolf: But it still made me happy! My brothers never let me do anything. They still treat me like a baby. If you hadn’t taught me archery, I’d be sitting at home right now! I hate waiting around while everyone is fighting for their lives. I mean, we all made it back yesterday but... What about today? Or tomorrow? At home, all you do is wait and wait and feel terrible. I hate it!
Shinon: Rolf, I know how you feel, but... adults don’t want to send kids to a battlefield if they can help it. Only a complete madman wants to be involved in the death of someone else. Especially if it’s a kid. But the sad thing is, it’s more about making ourselves feel better than saving the life of another. The fear of being responsible for a death is always in the back of our minds, so we try to lessen the guilt as much as possible. Humans...most humans...feel the pain of others. Holding that back is a lot harder than you think.
Rolf: Wow. I never thought about that.
Shinon: It’s a rough lesson to learn. Bah! I hate adults like nothing else. All ego and pride... Kids live a more honorable existence. But you’re growing up fast. So the sooner you learn to survive, the better.
Rolf: So that’s why you taught me archery, isn’t it? It wasn’t just a whim!
Shinon: ...Well... Maybe... But if that’s what you want to think, and it puts you in a good mood, it’s fine by me.

By following Shinon around, Rolf witnesses him throwing away the special bow he made just for him, which understandably upsets him. Rolf is a 12 year old child, and things like that mean a lot more to him than one would come to think. Shinon tries to calm him down by telling him that he could've died if he had taken the bow himself. Obviously though, that wasn't the reason Rolf was mad. He put his heart and soul into the bow, so seeing all of that get torn apart is soul-crushing.

Rolf: I know that, Uncle Shinon, but... I put my whole heart into that bow! I just wanted you to be happy. The first time I went into battle, my feet were shaking because I was so scared. But then I held the bow that you made for me, and it gave me strength. And I said, “Rolf! You can do this!” I learned absolutely everything from you! That’s how I’ve stayed alive this whole time.
Shinon: ...But why on earth... Why would you depend on me like that? I mean, I just I taught you how to fire the bow on a whim.


Shinon is struck by this. He knows himself a jerk. He treats most people like shit (and enjoys it), so he never expects anyone to have so much faith in him. That may also be part of why he had no problem at all fighting his former companions in the first place. Not even seeing Rolf on the battlefield could convince him from leaving the enemy. Shinon really only came back to the army because he had nothing else to do, but now that he's here, he's willing to make a man out of Rolf.

Shinon: Rolf, I know how you feel, but... adults don’t want to send kids to a battlefield if they can help it. Only a complete madman wants to be involved in the death of someone else. Especially if it’s a kid. But the sad thing is, it’s more about making ourselves feel better than saving the life of another. The fear of being responsible for a death is always in the back of our minds, so we try to lessen the guilt as much as possible. Humans...most humans...feel the pain of others. Holding that back is a lot harder than you think.

This is quite possibly the most humane thing Shinon ever says. And it is the sad reality for most people. Being a good person comes with feeling good about ourselves, and it's this feeling that really drives people to be people. And because of this human nature, people will do whatever to see others safe. Shinon knows how the world works. He's seen the world work. He knows that it's only a matter of time till Rolf has to take the battlefield, and as such he offered him his tutelage so that he could feel better about himself, and in doing so has been able to develop a genuine friendship with this child who prides himself a mercenary. Shinon is aware of what the mercenary life entails, and before he'd eventually turn his coat, He thought he'd help a fellow mercenary who was still pure to learn how to fend for himself and make his path.

 

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With all of that, we're done with Path of Radiance Shinon. Now to move on to Radiant Dawn Shinon.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn takes place roughly three years after the end of Path of Radiance, and the Greil Mercenaries are back in all their glory when Part 3 of the game rolls around. And among them is, you guessed it, Shinon. Still working under Ike, and he has not changed a little bit. He has a conversation with Gatrie that's available in Chapter 3-1 and it showcases just about everything Shinon's about on the surface.

Gatrie: ...Oh, and this girl! You're going to think you're dreaming! She's as lovely as the dawn, I'm telling you!
Shinon: All right, just show me already. Where is this sunrise with legs, anyway?
Gatrie: Wait, are you saying you're actually curious? I never thought I'd see the day.
Shinon: Well, we're gonna have to hang around these sub-humans for quite a while. A pretty face will help keep me sane.

(Lyre arrives)

Lyre: Hey! You! You want to say that again?!
Gatrie: Ahh...!
Shinon: Hey, pussycat. You should've dropped by after dinner. I'm a generous man. I would've given you some table scraps.
Lyre: T-table scraps?! How dare you! You're scum! Who do you think you are? I'm not going to forget that!
Shinon: Aww, kitty wants to play? Sure, I've got some time to kill. Let's dance, hairball!
Lyre: HISSSSSS!!!

(Kyza arrives)

Kyza: Stop! Don't make another move.
Lyre: Kyza! You should hear the garbage he's saying! He's the worst man I've ever met!
Kyza: He's a beorc, Lyre. Please accept my apology on behalf of my associate. Please, forgive her. Now you, Lyre. Apologize to him.
Lyre: What?! Why do I have to be the one to apologize?! That guy was the one who started it!
Kyza: Do you want me to report to Captain Ranulf that you couldn't control your temper and started a fight with a beorc?
Lyre: N-no...
Shinon: I'm waiting... I'd forgive you if you apologized. I am a nice guy, you know.
Lyre: What?! Never! You're lucky I don't claw that smile off your face!

(Lyre leaves)

Kyza: Lyre! I'm sorry... Maybe some other time. Excuse me.

(Kyza leaves)

Shinon: Hmmph, I hate it when sub-humans like him act all high-and-mighty, pretending to be just like us beorc. He's even worse than the other hairball.
Gatrie: ...Sigh.
Shinon: What, did all that stun you into silence? You look like you've been hit in the head.
Gatrie: So, her name is Lyre. What a pretty name! Lyyyyyre...
Shinon: What? Oh, come on! Don't tell me the girl you were talking about is that pussycat!
Gatrie: Don't mock me, Shinon! This is serious. I feel it. It's destiny! That girl and I are fated to be together!
Shinon: You're chasing after a laguz now? Gatrie, I swear you'd hit on a tree if I dressed it in a skirt. Tell me I'm wrong!

Just as racist and cocky as ever. This conversation also features two new characters exclusive to this game but they're really here to give Shinon more time in the limelight, honestly. They do have a separate conversation later that gives more insight into them (not enough for me to full-on analyze them), but enough about that, let's keep sucking up to Shinon. I also actually like this statement he makes:

Shinon: Hmmph, I hate it when sub-humans like him act all high-and-mighty, pretending to be just like us beorc. He's even worse than the other hairball.

It's funny because he also hates laguz for being the exact opposite of this. Simply put, there is no winning with him. He's so dead-set on hating the laguz that he's subconsciously (maybe even consciously, I wouldn't put it past him) set up this double-standard. And it's a very real feeling that actually exists. Sometimes you end up hating something you already hated even more because that thing is trying to redeem itself in your eyes. That's just how it works.



Radiant Dawn sadly dropped support conversation due to the size of the cast this time around as well as the fact that some units are able to appear in the chapters of multiple armies (it's a story thing). As such, Shinon has no new support conversations to draw from. However, he still has one last piece of dialogue that will cap off this analysis. And it's another base conversation that is unlocked in the Endgame of Part 3, right before a big bloody battle that will consume too many lives. This is the conversation in question.

Rolf: Ah, I see...
Shinon: Then you secure it right here, and... There, it's finished!
Rolf: Yeah! Shinon, you're the greatest! I'm so proud that you're my teacher!
Shinon: Oh, come on, Rolf. Don't make puppy eyes at me.
Rolf: What? But it's true! You're really amazing!
Shinon: Cut it out, kid. You exaggerate too much.
Rolf: Are you going to sell this one to Aimee again? Can I come along? Please?
Shinon: I'm not selling this one.
Rolf: What? But... Oh, I get it. You're going to use it yourself. Then can I fight alongside you? I want you to teach me that trick where you shoot them in the neck and then--
Shinon: We can talk about that later. Here, this is for you. Go on, take it.
Rolf: But this is--
Shinon: You've been running around camp with that silly grin plastered on your face, but I can tell all the fighting's wearing you down. I can't help you get a good night's sleep, or make you eat your vegetables, but I can see that you're using a decent bow.
Rolf: Shinon...
Shinon: I don't know why we're fighting this stinkin' war, but I ain't about to die like a dog. And I know you're too young to be pushing up daisies.
Rolf: But I...
Shinon: What's your problem, kid?
Rolf: I can't possibly pay you back for it! A great bow like this... What can I do? You taught me how to shoot a bow. How to make a bow. And that's not all! You've given me so much, and yet there's nothing I can do to pay you back for it.
Shinon: Of all the stupid...
Rolf: Ouch!
Shinon: Quit whining at me!
Rolf: Oww! You didn't have to hit me with that bow!
Shinon: Did I ever ask you to pay me back? Did I ever tell you my help had any strings attached? No! Kids should be kids and just learn from their elders!
Rolf: But--
Shinon: If you want to pay me back, then be better than me! Doesn't matter if it's using a bow or making one. Just do it better. Then I can point at you and tell people "That's the best student I ever had."
Rolf: Shinon...
Shinon: I look after you because you have talent. I like watching you, kid! I like watching you shoot better every single day, you know? But if someone sticks an arrow in your eye, I ain't gonna have any way to pass the time. So stay sharp! You hear?
Rolf: ...Fine. Thanks, master. I'll do my best to surpass you. I swear!
Shinon: "Master"? I think I like the sound of that. Keep listening to me and you'll be all right.

Shinon is still teaching Rolf and watching him improve throughout time, and it's been this way for at least three years now.

Shinon: You've been running around camp with that silly grin plastered on your face, but I can tell all the fighting's wearing you down. I can't help you get a good night's sleep, or make you eat your vegetables, but I can see that you're using a decent bow.
Rolf: Shinon...
Shinon: I don't know why we're fighting this stinkin' war, but I ain't about to die like a dog. And I know you're too young to be pushing up daisies.


Shinon's motive is still clear: in a harsh world, all he wants to do is help Rolf survive and preserve his purity of heart. When Rolf considers paying Shinon back for all his troubles later in the conversation, Shinon aggressively turns it down firmly shouting that he doesn't want to be paid back. At least not conventionally.

Shinon: If you want to pay me back, then be better than me! Doesn't matter if it's using a bow or making one. Just do it better. Then I can point at you and tell people "That's the best student I ever had."
Rolf: Shinon...
Shinon: I look after you because you have talent. I like watching you, kid! I like watching you shoot better every single day, you know? But if someone sticks an arrow in your eye, I ain't gonna have any way to pass the time. So stay sharp! You hear?
Rolf: ...Fine. Thanks, master. I'll do my best to surpass you. I swear!
Shinon: "Master"? I think I like the sound of that. Keep listening to me and you'll be all right.


Shinon's motive may be selfish. He may be doing it just to feel like he's amounted to something in the end, but as we've previously established, Shinon respects people with experience, and the best way to boost his own morale is to become a source of experiences to someone else. Someone he can call his pupil. Someone he can look at and be proud of. And through this motive, he's learned a truly great thing: to be there for others. Shinon has genuinely become someone who makes time to listen to people and help them in their time of need, even if he's still almost always an ass about it. He listens to Gatrie's problems, he helps Rolf with his training, all of it for no personal gain.

Shinon is an asshole, yes. He is incredibly racist, yes. But you know what's the best part about all this? They never try to redeem him. Instead, the writers kept us stuck with a stubborn and insufferable jerk, but one with nuance, one with aspirations, one with an actual self-imposed purpose in life, one who has his own set of morals that he respects. By the end of his character arc, Shinon has made absolutely no progress where his flaws lie, and instead has focused on sharpening his own personal values, the ones that make him feel better about himself. A mercenary fights for his or her own self-interest and survival. That, ladies and gentlemen... is Shinon.






Hope you enjoyed this relatively brief analysis on Shinon's character. I had a lot of fun making this one and I am sincerely curious about what y 'all's opinion on him is based on this post (or based on your own experiences if you played either game). Either way, be sure to hit me up with a suggestion if you have a character in mind and I might look into it, better late than never. I have a character lined up for next analysis but I'm not sure whether he or someone else will be our next topic, but until then, have a good one.
 
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