All are playthings of Fate until they bond together
The blog of an idealistic FE fan
All are playthings of Fate until they bond together
I had to take a brief leave because I've been helping with r/FE7, and I will probably be helping more often, so I will take advantage of today to make up for one of my missed days, but be aware my schedule will begin to become more erratic :\
Schall: Huh? Virgil, why aren’t you with Sylvain?
Virgil: It’s just that… I wanted to ask you why you’re so happy all the time.
Schall: Is that bad?
Virgil: It isn’t that it’s bad, it’s just confusing. You’re a trained knight, so why are you all... giggly?
Schall: Um- I dunno’-
Virgil: S-sorry, this was dumb…..
Schall: No, Virgil, it’s okay, I can- and he’s gone. Hmm...
Schall: Virgil, you ran off before I could answer your question!
Virgil: I think I might have a few ideas.
Schall: You do?
Virgil: Yes, and I’d like to run them by you to see which one is right.
Schall: I can just tell you.
Virgil: So, my first thought is you want to psych out your opponent.
Schall: Not really, my hair is enough to get the enemy to be laughing at me, to be honest. It’s funny, because-
Virgil: Two. You could be hiding something.
Schall: N-no, not at all! I pride myself on honesty, servitude, and kindness!
Virgil: Three. You don’t… enjoy killing people, do you?
Schall: Wh- what? No, I feel the exact opposite!
Virgil: So then what is it?
Schall: Because I get to do what I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. I get to protect people. I’m wearing the armor I used to draw on parchment with sloppy pen marks, riding the horse that I raised from a foal, helping those who can’t protect themselves. I’m a knight, Virgil! Isn’t that worth smiling about?
Virgil: Four. You don’t understand how important being a knight actually is.
Schall: That isn’t right either.
Virgil: Schall, are you really that oblivious?
Schall: It isn’t like that-
Virgil: I thought that you were a role model. But you act like a child.
Schall: He’s gone again! And he’s going to leave the conversation like that?
Virgil: I… wish to apologize.
Schall: It’s fine, I forgive you.
Virgil: I understand that you care deeply about being a knight. It’s just that the way you described it made it sound… immature
Schall: I want to remain confident, and the best way to do that is to constantly remind myself why I’m here. I’m here because I have always wanted to help others, so that’s what I do.
Virgil: You’re so much better than me, aren’t you?
Virgil: I became a knight because I wanted people to be proud of me. It’s selfish, but my brother was the combat prodigy. Now he’s off with Alda doing who knows what. I wanted to be good at combat too, but I’m...not really well practiced in actual field combat.
Schall: But I’m not either. I’ve lived my whole life being told I was a magical prodigy. My parents were nobility, so they bought lots of books for me to read and a wonderful tutor. I was spoiled by my parents, but…
Schall: Well, it’s just that I never really put in a whole lot of work to get where I am. I’m just good at using staves. I’m good at light magic. Sometimes that puts a damper on my dream, y’know? It makes me feel like I didn’t earn the right to be here.
Virgil: I think the fact that you motivated yourself to this point with nothing but a dream counts for something.
Virgil: Yes. And I’m glad that you’re here. You’re an excellent knight. Even if you’re a bit- immature.
Schall: You are a good knight as well, Sir Virgil.
Virgil: Not yet I’m not. But… I will become stronger. I will surpass Liam! Thank you for encouraging me, Schall! Bye!
Schall: Oh- bye! ...Wait… who’s Liam?
I have recently become involved in a FE7 hack called r/FE7v2.5! It's a rom hack with reddit users putting in their characters as replacements for the originals! And I nabbed Sain, and replaced him with... SCHALL!! Yayyyyy!
So, we started working on supports recently, and I got one with the Kent substitue, HB (who is super meta), and I thought my readers might want a peek. Here is our support:
Schall: HB, do you remember the third day of our training?
HB: Yeah, why?
Schall: Because I was wondering... why did you decide to talk to me? Over everyone else?
HB: Well, why wouldn't I? Red knights and green knights are always friends, are they not?
Schall: What... what is that supposed to mean?
HB: Uh..good question. I'll try to explain later. Anyway, how's real combat holding up for you?
Schall: It's kind of overwhelming, even though I'm not really the one- wait...why can't you explain now?
HB: It's a very, very long story and we're kinda on a battlefield.
Schall: Well, I guess that makes sense, but then why are we having a conversation at all?
HB: I dunno, but you have been following me really closely for a while. Like, right next to me.
Schall: I- I did? It must have just been because you needed medical attention.
HB: I was fine, man. Most of the enemies are dead, anyway, and reinforcements aren't same tur-... ignore that last bit. Most of our enemies aren't very strong or quick, anyway.
Schall: Um... okay. So then I should probably just- go. Right? I'm not needed anymore.
HB: Wait, Schall- aaaand, he's gone. I suppose I should've explained myself better, but there's no real easy way to say ‘We're inside a video game’ without looking insane.
HB: Oh hey, Schall. I... have that explanation you asked for.
Schall: Alright. About the red and green knights, right?
HB: Yes. In many worlds and timelines, there exists a knight wearing red and a knight wearing green. Cain and Abel, Stahl and Sully, Oscar and Kieran, you get the picture.
Schall: I... I don't understand. Do we know them? Their names don't sound familiar.
HB: Well, yes and no. In a way, we are based off of them.
Schall: What do you mean, 'based off of them'? I'm not- I don't know who they are.
HB: ...Yeah, let's take this from a different angle. Do you ever notice how none of our soldiers ever stay dead? Like, they can be badly hurt, but even after getting caked in fire, they will always survive and be in fighting shape? That's because the world gets reset every time one of us dies. Or normally, at any rate.
Schall: Reset? What do you mean reset? What are you trying to tell me? Why are you being so weird?
HB: The world has been reset millions of times. A smaller reset when someone dies, and, when the players- to us, the gods, get bored- a larger reset, sending us back to the time we started to search for a girl on the plains.
Schall: The- the gods? Players? I still don't understand this reset thing. I don't know what you're saying, and I don't think I like it either. I don't want to talk about this anymore. Tell me when you're done with your conspiracies.
HB: I'm trying to explain, okay? It's just... I've never successfully explained this before. To anyone. Normally, I never bother.
Schall: I said I don't want to talk about it, HB!
HB: Please, Schall, c’mon, listen, I’m trying to make things easier for the both of us! We don’t exist for any reason but to serve a being we’ll never see! These battles are all we have, and what we do outside of them, it- it isn’t nearly as important as you think it is-
Schall: Stop! Just stop!
HB: Schall! Don't...shoot, he's gone again.
Schall: HB, I wanted to tell you that I didn't mean to get all flustered earlier.
It's just that I... I didn't know what you meant when you said those things. It's like you were telling me that what I was here for... like it was pointless. You know?
HB: Schall, I never meant you weren't important. Honestly man, I was mostly just joking around.
Schall: But all the talk of new worlds... and the- the people I didn't know. There are other people like us scattered who knows where, people above us that you described as all mighty, that they controlled our lives- that everything I did- it was all- that it was all... just... I don't know. I didn't want to be... useless.
HB: Look, Schall. Do you know how much any of that stuff is gonna be relevant to our struggles here?
HB: None. It won't
Schall: Tell me honestly. Don't pull the wool over my eyes here...am I really a pawn to these gods you talk about? Am I... just... a tool?
HB: Well... No. We are far more than tools, and anyone who says we are... isn't playing right.
HB: ...Just ignore it. What I mean is, we aren't paper cutouts or pawns. We're people.
Schall: ...Right. Right, of course. And this... what you were saying... it was just messing with me. Yeah. Right. Okay. I'm okay.
HB: Relax, Schall. Don't get so worked up over this, it’s nothing, really.
Schall: I'll... just stop asking then. Because you made it up. I'll just be seeing you, then, HB. Please don't scare me like that anymore.
HB: Alright. No more pranks. I promise.
Schall: Thank you. Now, to do my job. To help people. I'm helping. I'm real, and I'm helping.
HB: You guys know why I had to lie. Not everyone will understand this meta stuff. But, Schall'l bounce back. He always has.
Fun stuff, writing meta :P
I am a recent high school grad who really should have better things to do. I have a passion for world building, video games (especially FE), and writing. I also enjoy music, doodling, and avoiding socializing :\