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False Friends/Script (Eliwood)

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Introduction

If Chapter 13x was not played

Laus is located in the heart of Lycia, a territory ruled by the power-hungry marquess of Laus, Lord Darin. Preparations for the war of which the Pheraen magistrate spoke... The disappearance of Eliwood's father, Elbert... The death of Marquess Santaruz... Do these all revolve around Lord Darin? In Eliwood's heart, the need for truth is drowned in fear... A fear of what that truth may hold.

If Chapter 13x was played

A droll merchant named Merlinus now joins Eliwood's group. With Merlinus in tow, they set out for Laus the following day. Laus is located in the heart of Lycia, a territory ruled by the power-hungry marquess of Laus, Lord Darin. Preparations for the war of which the Pheraen magistrate spoke... The disappearance of Eliwood's father, Elbert... The death of Marquess Santaruz... Do these all revolve around Lord Darin? In Eliwood's heart, the need for truth is drowned in fear... A fear of what that truth may hold.

Opening

Darin: Are you certain? Pherae's heir is here?
Erik: Yes, Father. We've just received word from our lookouts. He's still beyond that hill, but he'll be here before long.
Darin: Lord Ephidel, what is the meaning of this?
Ephidel: Perhaps when they reached Santaruz Castle, Lord Helman was still clinging to life.
Darin: You can't be serious!
Ephidel: He couldn't have lasted too long, but...maybe he told them something.
Darin: That's terrible! Our plan! It's all for naught, isn't it?
Ephidel: No need to be so alarmed, my lord. Even if he told young Eliwood something of our schemes, Pherae no longer has any power. All Eliwood could do is perhaps inform Marquess Ostia.
Darin: Ostia?! That would be ruinous! Lord Uther may be young and new to the throne, but he's dangerous. That addlepated Helman! He was a coward to the end! To betray us now, when we're so close... We only need a little more time to complete our plans for rebellion!
Ephidel: Then before Marquess Ostia becomes aware of any of this, you would do well to stop them here.
Darin: Yes, you're right, of course. We do have a chance! They have to pass through Laus to get to Ostia. We can still silence them!
Ephidel: They must not pass. No matter the cost.
Darin: Let us make haste. Call up our finest troops.
Erik: Father! Please, let me take the command.
Darin: Erik! Tell me, Son, can you succeed?
Erik: That clod Eliwood and I studied together in Ostia. He's a trusting fool. If he sees me, he'll lower his guard. And when he does, we strike!
Darin: I see.
Ephidel: I beg your pardon... Is this not too much for him? If, by strange chance, he fell, things could turn for the worse.
Darin: No, I know I'm the lad's father, but Erik's quite clever, I tell you. Snuffing Pherae's whelp will be no trouble at all. It's settled! It's up to you now, Erik. Bring me the head of Pherae's darling son!
Erik: Yes, Father! I will not fail you!

Hector: Look around... They truly are preparing for battle. Bah! Marquess Laus! What is he scheming?
Eliwood: ......
Hector: You don't much look like you want to go to the castle.
Eliwood: If we go and learn the truth, we may have to go to war.
Hector: That's fine with me!
Eliwood: I... I've no love for war. If I concentrate on the foe before me, I'm fine. If I picture families, innocents caught up in our foolish politics? If I imagine them... All I can do is pray for a way to solve things peacefully.
Hector: Eliwood....

(Erik exits the castle)

Marcus: Lord Eliwood! A knight has ridden forth from the castle.
Eliwood: A lone knight?
Marcus: Yes, my lord. Our scouts say it's Marquess Laus's son, Erik. He is asking to see you.
Eliwood: Erik?
Hector: Gah. Why did it have to be that buffoon?
Eliwood: I will see him. Bring him here.
Hector: I'm leaving. I never could abide him. I'll go for a ride and survey our surroundings.

(Erik approaches Eliwood)

Erik: Hello! It's been a long time, Eliwood!
Eliwood: Erik... What is your business?
Erik: My business? What do you mean? I heard my old friend was here in Laus. I merely thought I'd ride out to greet you!
Eliwood: ......
Erik: So tell me, friend, what brings you to Laus? Are you...on your way to Ostia?
Eliwood: Hm? Why would you think that?
Erik: Well, you were always such good friends with Hector. He and I never...got along very well. For a noble, his behavior was crude, and his manner of speech... You would have thought him a peasant on first glance. You're still friends with Hector, aren't you? When did you see him last? How do you communicate?
Eliwood: Erik... You're after something. What is it?
Erik: Pardon?
Eliwood: Everywhere I look, Laus prepares for battle. What are you and your father planning? I will know the truth!
Erik: Hm... I'd hoped to wait until you'd told me of Ostia. Of whether you've spoken with the marquess or not.
Eliwood: What are you talking about?
Erik: Hm heh heh... Eliwood, I have always despised you. How I've longed to smash you and your pathetic morality into pieces! I've dreamed of this day, and here it is at last!
Hector: Too bad you'll not live to see the end of it.
Eliwood: Hector!
Erik: Y-You! Hector! You couldn't... Have you spoken with Ostia already?
Hector: Maybe we have, maybe we haven't. Eliwood, this mongrel has troops lying in ambush all around us. Laus regulars, every one. We're in for a rough time.
Erik: Heh heh... There's little point in fighting. You're trapped! My forces will overwhelm you, an unending torrent of soldiers! Laus's elite knights are at the ready as well. Heh heh... How long do you think you can survive?
Eliwood: Craven cur!

(Erik returns to the castle gate; enemies disperse)

Normal Mode only

(Hannah appears from a house and approaches Eliwood and Hector)

Hannah: Hee hee hee... A world of trouble you've landed yourself in, yes?
Hector: Who--!? You startled me, old woman! You should get out of here. This is going to be a bad place to stay if you plan on living.
Hannah: I want to see the one searching for his father. Marquess Pherae's son.
Hector: Listen up, old woman! You're close to death as it is! Quit your yammering and move on!
Eliwood: Hector! You should mind your manners. I am Eliwood. May I ask your name, milady?
Hannah: Ho ho ho. What a polite young man. I'm Hannah, a fortune-teller. I came here to help you.
Eliwood: Can you tell me where my father's gone?
Hannah: No...but... I can see other things...useful things. I can tell you what weapons to take into battle, as well as who should wield them. Things of that nature.
Eliwood: I see...
Hector: Don't tell me you believe any of this.
Eliwood: I have no reason to believe or disbelieve in Hannah's powers. But I'll not rule out anything if it helps me find my father.

Preparations

If Chapter 13x was played

Merlinus: Lord Eliwood! Lord Hector! I make my living as a humble merchant. If you have any items you no longer need, please let poor Merlinus take them.

Regardless of if Chapter 13x was played, Normal Mode only

Hannah: Heh heh heh. I'm here, too. Speak to me for auguries before you engage the enemy. My services are not free, but they may save you from paying a greater price!

Augury

Hannah: Heh heh heh... So, you seek insight into your next battle? Will you pay my price? 50 gold!

Hannah: Many of your foe will be carrying spears. You should take axes... Yes, many axes. Hmm... And if that shrewish cleric girl is with you, take her as well. She might well meet an old friend. The weather, though... It doesn't look very good. Be prepared for sudden changes. You know, you should take a rapier. It will serve you well against many a foe.

Hannah: That...is all I see. But maybe you want to hear it again, yes?

Before the battle begins, if Chapter 13x was played

Merlinus: Lord Eliwood! Shall I join you? If you deploy my tent, I can help with equipment. I can switch items for you and hold them if your packs are full. However, my tent cannot be moved about, so if you deploy it, it will require a guard. I beg your understanding.

Merlinus's merchant tent can be deployed on this map. If you deploy the tent, any items you cannot carry can be sent to the tent. However, the tent is vulnerable to enemy attack. If the tent loses all its HP, it will vanish from the map and remain unavailable until the next map. Merlinus's tent gains one level for every battle it survives. The tent will be harder to destroy as it increases in level.

In battle

Player phase of turn 1

If Mark is present and Marcus is deployed

Marcus: Mark! Let me take the point. There may be many of them, but numbers are meaningless! We are knights of Pherae. These mice of Laus will never defeat us!

Regardless of Mark's or Marcus's statuses

(In the northern village)

Erk: Hm. We certainly could stand some assistance...
Man: I'm sorry, but it's just not possible. If we disobey Marquess Laus, who knows what might happen to us?
Erk: I understand. We'll seek our aid elsewhere.
Man: You'll find the same answer everywhere you go. Eventually, you'll have to do as the marquess orders. You would do well to tell your employer the same thing.
Erk: Hm. Good day to you.

(Erk exits the village)

Player phase of turn 2

Man: Priscilla. Has your escort returned yet?
Priscilla: No. He left yesterday in search of a way out of here... I just hope the soldiers of Laus haven't captured him.
Man: His search for help must have been fruitless. Marquess Laus has ordered that no aid be given to you. There's really nothing that any of us can do. I apologize, but...
Priscilla: No, no. You could turn me over to the marquess, and yet you continue to grant me asylum. I'm grateful for that. Of course, if I simply went to the castle, this would all be over.
Man: Don't fret over that. None of us are overly fond of the marquess. He's always threatening us. He treats us like slaves. All of these war preparations? We want nothing to do with them. We may be divided into territories, but we're Lycians one and all. We may be invaded by another country one day, but why does he want to start a war here at home? None of us understand what he is doing.

Player phase of turn 3

Pirate: Eh? What's all this? Looks like a war's broken out. Aha ha ha! Perfect! Time for a raid! Up and at 'em, mates! That village is ripe for plunder!

Player phase of turn 4

Hannah: Mmm... My bones ache... The signs point to rain, yes? Watch yourselves.

Enemy phase of turn 4, if Erik is not defeated

Erik: Blast! They're stronger than I had supposed! To the castle! I want all the reinforcements available, and I want them now!

Soldier: Lord Erik is struggling! He requests reinforcements!
Darin: What? Ready the men.
Ephidel: Unbelievable... These numbers cannot stop them.
Darin: Ephidel? W-Where are you going?
Ephidel: It seems that conquering Lycia might have been too much to ask of you after all. I must inform my master. The Black Fang will be leaving at once.
Darin: No! You... You can't abandon us! Not at this stage!
Ephidel: Who was it that said Ostia mustn't learn of our plans? Wasn't it you, Lord Darin? The marquess of Laus himself?
Darin: Y-Yes, it was. There's no turning back for me. Not now! P-P-Please! One more... Give me one more chance. I assure you, I will not disappoint Lord Nergal!
Ephidel: Very well... Assemble your men. We will regroup elsewhere.
Darin: Eh? You can't mean... My son...my home... Am I to abandon them?
Ephidel: Would you fall in disgrace along with your son? Our master, Lord Nergal, is offering you the throne of all Lycia... Surely a few sacrifices are not too much to ask?
Darin: Yes... You're right. My destiny is greater than this. I was born to be king of Lycia.
Ephidel: And as for an heir? You're still young, my lord. You will have time. You must not let a moment's sentimentality cloud your judgment.
Darin: ......

Erik: Where are my reinforcements? Why haven't they come? I've no choice, I must attack! You! To the castle! Find more men!
Soldier: Yes, my lord!

Player phase of turn 7

Hannah: Mm... Hm... This rain... It will end shortly.

Ending

If Erk was recruited and not defeated, Priscilla was not recruited, and the southern village was not destroyed

Erk: Lady Priscilla! I'm pleased to see you well.
Priscilla: You, too, Erk. Have you been injured at all?
Erk: I'm fine. My lady, if I might speak... I've found some friends who will help us.
Priscilla: Have you?
Erk: We'll be joining up with Marquess Pherae's son. Traveling with them seems to be the safest way for us to continue your search for your family.
Priscilla: Erk!
Erk: Oh, my apologies. This isn't the place to discuss such things.
Priscilla: I'm sorry, but...
Erk: Lady Priscilla, my teacher entrusted you to my care. Until you have reached your goal, I will not leave your side.
Priscilla: Thank you, Erk.

Regardless of Erk's and Priscilla's statuses

Hector: Come on, Erik! Get up!
Erk: You... You peasants... You can't treat a proper noble like this!
Hector: It's too late for niceties! Be thankful you're still breathing!
Eliwood: Erik, you must tell me. Where is your father? We've searched the entire castle, and there's no one here.
Erik: D-Don't be ridiculous! My father would not abandon... No! He'd never... Ephidel...
Eliwood: Ephidel? Who's that?
Erik: ......
Hector: Speak, cur!! Do you want to die here?
Erik: Ah!
Eliwood: Hector! Erik...please. You must tell us everything you know. I... I just want to know where my father is.
Erik: ...... ...Ephidel... He appeared at the castle one year ago. He came...and my father changed. Ostia's position had always bothered my father... He felt Laus deserved to rule all of Lycia. But he'd never gone so far as to speak of rebellion.
Hector: Did you say...rebellion?
Erik: Ephidel had something... With it, he convinced my father to set this plan in motion. My father then sent envoys to several other marquesses. Marquess Pherae, he had approved of the idea.
Hector: What?
Eliwood: Never! My father would never agree to such a thing!
Erik: Believe or disbelieve. That is your choice. First was Marquess Santaruz. Then Marquess Pherae's reply arrived. Marquess Pherae visited here six months ago to seal his approval.
Eliwood: That's not...possible...
Erik: My father and yours argued vehemently that day. Marquess Pherae always distrusted Ephidel. He tried to convince my father to send Ephidel and the Black Fang assassins out of Lycia. My father would not be pursuaded[sic], and Marquess Pherae left the castle. As you know, he then disappeared. I doubt he's still alive.
Eliwood: No!
Hector: Shut your mouth!
Erik: Eliwood said he wanted to hear everything. My father... He is but Ephidel's puppet. He'll listen to anything that villain says. Even watch his own son...die...... Those are the sort of people you're dealing with. Marquess Pherae betrayed them. They would not let him live! Ha ha...ha ha ha ha ha ha...
Eliwood: Ah...
(Eliwood leaves)
Hector: Wait! Eliwood!

Hector: Eliwood...
Eliwood: My father is alive... And... I cannot believe he supports...rebellion. There must be... There has to be a reason...
Hector: I know. I don't believe any of this for an instant. My brother trusted Marquess Pherae more than anyone. First, we'll find your father and discover the truth. We'll talk to my brother after that.
Eliwood: Hector, I'm sorry...
Hector: Don't look like that. Your father is surely alive. Right?
Eliwood: Yes, of course... Marquess Laus... Black Fang assassins... Now this mysterious Ephidel... I'll find them all and prove my father's innocence!

Villages and houses

Southern village

Visit with any unit but Erk

Priscilla: Again? Are you another messenger from the marquess? Please, do not waste your time. I will not change my decision. Pardon? Marquess Laus did not send you? I... I beg your forgiveness. It was my mistake. Say... If it's not too much trouble, might I leave with you? I'm on a journey. Marquess Laus is barring my way, and...I'm trapped. I am trained in the use of staves. Please, help me.

Visit with Erk

Erk: Lady Priscilla! Are you well?
Priscilla: I should be asking you that, Erk. Have you been wounded?
Erk: I'm fine. Listen, my lady, I've found some friends who will help us.
Priscilla: Truly?
Erk: We'll be joining up with Marquess Pherae's son. Traveling with them seems to be the safest way for us to continue your search for your family.
Priscilla: Erk!
Erk: Oh, my apologies. This isn't the place to discuss such things.
Priscilla: I'm sorry, but...
Erk: Lady Priscilla, my teacher entrusted you to my care. Until you have reached your goal, I will not leave your side.
Priscilla: Thank you, Erk.

North village

Old man: You're battling Erik and his men, right? Let me tell you, I'm on your side! My granddaughter... Marquess Laus took her away. He found her pretty, and forced her to the castle. It's not much, but please take this. It's a large sword, so you have to be strong to use it. It's a bit unwieldy, but it is a mighty weapon nonetheless. I hope you can defeat the marquess's son, Erik. It would make our lives more pleasant. Good luck to you.

Western house

Man: Is it true we're battling Castle Ostia? What could that fool of a marquess be thinking? Laus has no chance of defeating Lycia's most powerful territory! The marquess's son, Erik, is nothing but a power-hungry dullard! And the marquess himself is a lecher, plain and simple! What a pair! Do they believe they're a match for an Ostian general? Oh... Forget everything I said. We never talked, OK?

Left eastern house

Woman: Listen to this! Have you heard tell of the marquess's infatuation? There's a young woman staying in a village on the harbor. Her speech, her looks, everything about her has the seeming of a princess. The marquess's attentions border on obsession. He's sent countless envoys to invite her to the castle, but she rejects him at every turn. Now, the marquess has guards around the village keeping her trapped. She has no way to escape. It's so sad.

Right eastern house

Woman: The pirates from that citadel in the south keep raiding a nearby village. The marquess ignores our pleas for help. We'll all be overrun someday. Someone should go to that village and warn them...

Talk conversations

Serra and Erk

Serra: Ohmigosh! It's Erk! It's been SO long! What are you doing here?
Erk: Oh... Serra. You're the last person I wanted to see...
Serra: Oh, that's so sweet! You wanted to see me again!
Erk: ......
Serra: Hey, I know! This is perfect. Come with us and lend a hand, Erk.
Erk: I beg your pardon?
Serra: Come on! I'll even introduce you to Lords Hector and Eliwood! I know you. You're probably just wandering about without work.
Erk: No, Serra. I'm afraid I am gainfully employed. However... If you're fighting Laus... This might work out after all.
Serra: What are you babbling about? Make up your mind, will you?
Erk: My employer is hiding in a village south of here. If you'll help me protect her, I'll join up with you.

Erk and Priscilla

Erk is not recruited

Priscilla: Erk!
Erk: Lady Priscilla! Why did you leave the village? It's dangerous out here!
Priscilla: The marquess of Pherae's son came to my aid. Listen, Erk... I want to join Lord Eliwood's company and help them.
Erk: My lady?
Priscilla: Lord Eliwood... He's searching for his missing father. If we travel together, perhaps my own goal...
Erk: I see what you mean. It's a sound idea.
Priscilla: Erk... Would it be selfish of me to ask you to come along?
Erk: Never. Of course I will go with you. Lady Priscilla, my teacher entrusted you to my care. Until you have reached your goal, I will not leave your side.
Priscilla: Thank you, Erk.

Erk is recruited

Erk: Lady Priscilla! I'm glad to see you well.
Priscilla: Erk! Have you joined Lord Eliwood's company as well?
Erk: Yes. Traveling with them seems to be the safest way for us to continue your search for your family.
Priscilla: Erk!
Erk: Oh, my apologies. This isn't the place to discuss such things.
Priscilla: I'm sorry, but...
Erk: Lady Priscilla, my teacher entrusted you to my care. Until you have reached your goal, I will not leave your side.
Priscilla: Thank you, Erk.

Battle quotes

Fighting Erik

Erik: Laus is the true throne of Lycia! Taste my lance!

With Eliwood

Eliwood: Erik! Stop this nonsense. I've no wish to strike down a fellow classmate.
Erik: You sentimental fool! You think we're still in school? Well, let me give you an education! First, you will fall, and then Hector. Pherae and Ostia will be crushed beneath my boot! Soon, all of Lycia will be under our control!!!

With Hector

Erik: You've always been...an eyesore to me. No matter how hard I tried... You two garnered all the attention...all the praise. In the classroom...on the training grounds... Everywhere and everything!
Hector: Erik. You always did care more about appearances than ability. If you'd had even a hint of skill, perhaps you'd--
Erik: Hold your tongue! I will hear no more! No more!

Defeating Erik

Erik: Unhand me! I am no one's prisoner! Gwaaa!