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Mercenary Matters
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Event Characters Ewan: Eager Student Tethys: Beloved Dancer Gerik: Desert Tiger Ephraim: Dynastic Duo
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Special conversations[edit | edit source]

Mercenary Matters[edit | edit source]

Mercenary Matters - Opening[edit | edit source]

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Ephraim
I've been thinking, Lyon.
We were summoned here to fight for
Askr's peace, but at the same time,
I wonder...am I being tested?
Lyon
As unlike you as this manner of
introspection is, Ephraim...it pleases
me to see.

Ephraim
That is why I've decided to serve
Askr not as the prince of Renais,
but rather as a humble mercenary.
Lyon
I thought you might have something
like that in mind.
You want to test your potential as a
soldier, without politics getting
in the way.
But are you not concerned about
neglecting your royal duties?

Ephraim
When I carve out my future, it will be
with my lance. Not with my title.
I hope that, when history remembers
me, my noble birth will be only a
footnote to my strength.
Askr presents the perfect opportunity
for me to become the strongest
fighter in all Magvel.
I dare say I feel as if I have been
summoned here for that very reason.
Lyon
Be mindful to whom you say such
things, Ephraim. These words could
invite misunderstanding...

Gerik
Strongest fighter in Magvel, you say?
And as a mercenary, no less? I had
no idea you were so ambitious.
Sorry. Couldn't help but overhear.
Lyon
Commander Gerik! Might I suggest
you keep what you have heard in
the strictest confidence?

Ephraim
Why should he have to do that?
I've no intentions of secrecy.
Lyon
It will not sit well with Eirika.

Ephraim
Hmm...

Gerik
If you're interested in the mercenary
life, Prince Ephraim, just say the
word. My crew will gladly have you.

Ephraim
Gerik's Mercenaries are operating
here in Askr?

Gerik
That's right. In fact, we're setting out
from the castle for a reconnaissance
mission tomorrow.
We're looking to see what Askr's up
against. With Commander Anna's
approval, of course.
Lyon
Mercenaries live or die by the quality
of their information. Wise of you to
make that a priority.

Gerik
I'll take that as a compliment. So,
how about it, Prince? Want to
come along?

Ephraim
Absolutely.
However, I insist that you think of me
as one of your own. I want no special
treatment on account of my title.
Lyon
Ephraim! Surely a weighty decision of
this kind warrants a little caution!

Gerik
Done deal. And look at that—seems
your new crewmates have arrived.
Listen up, everyone! This is Ephraim.
He'll be joining us tomorrow on a
trial basis.

Ewan
Hey, he's got the same name as the
Prince of Renais! Kind of looks a bit
like him too.

Tethys
What an interesting development!
I'm Tethys. Welcome to the crew.

Marisa
Hello.

Ephraim
Good to meet you. I intend to give
this my all, but don't hesitate to
put me in my place if I deserve it.
Lyon
I'm sorry, friend, but I can't let you
do this alone. I'm coming with you.

Ephraim
Are you sure?
Lyon
Someone has to help you figure out
how to explain this to Eirika.

Gerik
Welcome aboard, then, both of you.
And with introductions out of the
way... Let's prepare to move out.

Ephraim
Now to see just how far I can get
in this world with lance alone...
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エフラム
リオン、俺は思うんだ。
俺たちは、
この世界に平和をもたらすために
アスク王国に召喚された。
しかし同時に…自分の新しい可能性を
試すために、この世界に
呼ばれたのではないか…ともな。
リオン
珍しいね、エフラムがそんな哲学的…
いや、自分の考えを口に出して
聞かせてくれるなんて。

エフラム
だから俺は、アスク王国一の
傭兵になろうと思う。
リオン
うん…いつものエフラムだね。
自分の可能性を試したい…
そういう理由で話してるんだろうけど
その結論に至るまで
いろいろなものを
飛ばしてしまっていない?

エフラム
…俺はもともと、ルネス王国の
王子としての肩書きとは関係なく
槍一本で人生を切り拓きたい…
マギ・ヴァル大陸一の傭兵に
なりたいと、そう思っていたんだ。
もしかすると、この世界で
俺の願いは叶うかもしれない。
いやむしろ、俺はそのために
アスク王国に呼ばれたのでは…?
リオン
お、落ち着いてエフラム。
いきなりそんなことを言い出したら
まわりのみんなも困ってしまうよ。

ジスト
へぇー、大陸一の傭兵ね。
エフラム王子には
そんな野望があったのか。
…おっと、すまないな。
立ち聞きするつもりはなかったんだが。
リオン
ジスト団長…!
その、先ほどの話は内密に…

エフラム
なぜ内密にする必要がある。
俺は誰にもはばかることなく
自分の夢を語りたい。
リオン
…エイリークが怒るよ。

エフラム
…………

ジスト
エフラム王子…
傭兵に興味があるのなら
ウチに来ないか?

エフラム
ジスト傭兵団に?

ジスト
実はな、俺たちは明日から
遊撃部隊として城を離れるんだ。
アスク王国を取り巻く状況を
自分たちの目で確認しておきたくてな。
アンナ隊長にも許可をもらっている。
リオン
なるほど。傭兵にとって情報は命…
アスク王国においても
独自の情報網を作るつもりですね。

ジスト
無論、なにかあったら
すぐに城に戻るという約束でな。
どうだ、エフラム王子。
俺たちにつきあわないか?

エフラム
是非頼みたい。
ルネス王国の王子ではなく
一人の傭兵として…
俺も同行させてくれ。
リオン
エ、エフラム!
そんな簡単に…!

ジスト
よし、なら決まりだな…!
おっと、団員たちも来たようだ。
みんな、紹介するぞ。
今日からジスト傭兵団に
お試し加入したエフラムだ。

ユアン
エフラム? ふーん…
ルネス王国の王子様と同じ名前だね。
あれ、なんだか顔も似てるような…?

テティス
私はテティス。よろしくね。
ふぅん、今回の旅は面白くなりそう。

マリカ
…よろしく。

エフラム
足手まといだと思ったら
いつでも解雇してもらっていい。
覚悟を持ってついていく所存だ。
リオン
…君だけじゃ心配だよ。
僕もついていこう。

エフラム
いいのか?
リオン
あとでエイリークに謝るための
言い訳も探さなくちゃいけないしね。

ジスト
ま、仲良くやろうぜ。
それじゃ準備ができ次第出発だ。

エフラム
試してみるか…
俺の槍がどこまで通用するかを。

Mercenary Matters - C[edit | edit source]

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Gerik
All right, everyone, ease up. After a
thrashing like that, they won't be
back anytime soon.

Tethys
Phew! Even mere bandits can be
a fearsome challenge in these
numbers. Excellent work, all!

Ewan
Are you hurt at all, Prince Ephraim?

Ephraim
Doing just fine, thank you.
And please, it's just Ephraim. I'm a
mercenary, right now. Not a prince.

Ewan
You got it.
You should have just told us you
were a prince of Renais in the first
place, though.

Tethys
You're not the only one who noticed,
Ewan. It was obvious to most of us.
He wasn't exactly hiding it.

Ewan
Yeah, but it's not every day a prince
decides to fight as a mercenary,
is my point.

Gerik
True. You're young, Ephraim, but
your strength and skill with a lance
are very impressive.
Most nobles are more worried about
their looks than their effectiveness,
but you fight like you mean it.

Marisa
Of the lancers I've seen, you may be
in the top five.

Ephraim
Glad to hear I'm not holding you
back, at least.

Gerik
You were a great help, too, Lyon.
Your ability to see the enemy's
strategy at a glance was invaluable.
It's a shame you're bound for the
throne. You'd make a fine tactician.
Lyon
Thank you, Commander Gerik. Now,
these bandits... Their intention was to
take advantage of harvest season?

Gerik
Seems like that's the idea. Let the
farmers do the work, then swoop in
and take the yield.
This is why isolated farm villages love
to hire mercenaries this time of year.

Tethys
That's true. Jobs like this keep us
busy more reliably than fighting for
any flag.

Ephraim
Good to know...
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Mercenary Matters - B[edit | edit source]

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Tethys
This was quite the workout.
Good work, everyone.

Ewan
Hah! Did you see me out there, Sis?

Tethys
I certainly did. Your magic is
becoming fearsome, Ewan.

Ephraim
...

Marisa
What is it, Ephraim?

Ephraim
I'm wondering why no country's
soldiers came to these people's aid.

Tethys
Ah...
It's probably because this village has
been politically abandoned.
Lyon
What do you mean?

Tethys
This is just tavern talk, but...
The land here used to be fertile,
providing many bountiful harvests.
But since it stands on the border of
two countries, it was constantly
fought over.

Ephraim
Go on...

Tethys
Embla eventually claimed it, but...
The fighting left the land barren.
Without crops, the village lost
its perceived value.

Ewan
I can relate to this place.
Lyon
When a kingdom claims a territory,
they assume responsibility to defend
it in exchange for taxes.
If the territory provides no resources,
the ruling kingdom stands only to
lose by protecting it...

Tethys
And other kingdoms are powerless
to help. If Askr were to intervene,
it would start another war.
As horrific as it may be, a monarch
has to look at the bigger picture.

Gerik
This is why mercenaries shouldn't
thoughtlessly sell their services
to the highest bidder.
When no one else will step in to help
these people, it becomes our job.
We're their swords and shields.

Ephraim
Their swords and shields...

Gerik
The people here deserve a chance at
life, like anyone else. Even if no one
else will give it to them... We can.

Ewan
This is why you're the chief, Chief!
You'd never stand by and ignore
someone in need. That's why I'm
proud to follow you.

Marisa
Well said.

Tethys
While I understand that we need
money to get by...
I appreciate that being a part of
Gerik's Mercenaries means fighting
for more than just that.

Ephraim
There is so much more to mercenary
life than I first thought.
Faith... Resolve... Compassion...
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Mercenary Matters - A[edit | edit source]

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Lyon
Another successful job, and no losses
to report. We should arrive at the
castle shortly, Ephraim.
Those villagers were grateful for our
help. It was a heartwarming sight.

Ephraim
Lyon...
I'm not sure I'm ready to call myself
a full-fledged mercenary yet.
Lyon
No? Why is that?

Ephraim
The mercenart life is about so much
more than skill with a lance...
I don't feel I've developed the quality
of character necessary to do the
profession justice yet.
Lyon
I don't understand. Your strength is
practically without equal.
Employers would no doubt be falling
over themselves for the privilege
to hire you.

Ephraim
Thoughtlessly selling my services
to the highest bidder is not the path
to the future I want.
To become the greatest mercenary
on the continent, I will need to be
a sword and shield for the people.
Someone who protects those who
cannot protect themselves.
It's not enough to train my body.
I must train my heart, as well.
Lyon
You may be onto something...

Gerik
Ephraim. Lyon—thanks for the assist
back there.
If every mercenary were as quick and
efficient as you two, we'd all have
a lot more time off.
Lyon
We were happy to help.

Gerik
Happy to get paid, too, I expect.
Here—catch.
Lyon
Ah! To be honest, I'd forgotten
all about the coin.

Gerik
Not the most lucrative job in the
world, this one, but that's your cut.
You earned it.

Ephraim
The value is more sentimental to me
than practical. I'll treasure this as my
first ever mercenary pay. Thank you.
Lyon
This job has taught me lessons more
valuable than gold.
It's got me thinking about the issues a
king must face, trying to protect the
people and minimize bloodshed.
The issue is more complex than any
book portrays it, and there are no
easy answers.
When I am a statesman, grappling
with difficult decisions, I will call
upon the experiences I had here.

Ephraim
Commander Gerik, if I may... What
moved you to invite me to join your
company in the first place?
There must be more to it than merely
hiring another lance.

Gerik
Truth is, you remind me of a friend.
Wanting to be the greatest mercenary
the world has ever seen... That was
the kind of thing he used to say.
Lyon
Interesting. What sorts of things does
this friend of yours say now?

Gerik
None. He's dead. Taken from this
world before he could live his dream.
I guess when I saw that same spark in
you, I couldn't let it lie.

Ephraim
...

Gerik
Anyway... If you're ever looking to
join a company for real, just know
you're always welcome.

Ewan
Did I hear that right? Is Ephraim
gonna sign on with us full time?!

Tethys
I, for one, would welcome that.
My rhythm and his lance make a
powerful combination.

Marisa
I could use a sparring partner.

Ephraim
Thank you all. When I feel ready to
be a sword and shield for the people,
we will meet again.
Until that day comes, I'll continue to
train my heart and body.

Gerik
Looking forward to it, Ephraim!
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Ewan: Eager Student[edit | edit source]

Ewan: Eager Student - C[edit | edit source]

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Sharena
Hey, Ewan! How are you? Settling in
well to life in Askr, I hope?

Ewan
Hi, Princess Sharena! It's going pretty
well, I'd say. The Order of Heroes is
making me feel right at home.
There are some differences to get
used to, of course, but that's part
of the fun.

Sharena
Good to hear. If you have any
questions or concerns, you know
where to find me.

Ewan
I do! In the meantime, I'll wander
the halls of this amazing castle and
see which great Heroes I run into.
The magical power here is so strong
you can feel it crackling in the air!
Reminds me of my mentor, Saleh.

Sharena
Right! That would be all thanks to
our ability to summon Heroes! Er...
[Summoner]'s ability!
And now you're one of those
Heroes! We're expecting great
things, Ewan. But no pressure!

Ewan
Ha! Putting it like that just lights a fire
under me, you know.
Say, one thing I did notice... A lot of
Heroes here are related to each other
by blood, aren't they?

Sharena
True. We have groups of siblings
among our ranks, as you know, but
parents and children as well.

Ewan
Going into battle with your parents
at your back... That must be...
Must be great...
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Ewan: Eager Student - B[edit | edit source]

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Sharena
Hello, Ewan. Do you have a minute?

Ewan
Sure, but if this is about a job,
you should probably talk to Gerik.

Sharena
No, nothing like that. I've been
thinking about something you said
when we last spoke.
More the way you said it, actually.
When you talked about having your
parents at your back in a fight...

Ewan
I guess I sounded lonely, didn't I?
Truth is, my parents abandoned me
when I was young. It was so long ago
now, I can't remember their faces.
I don't remember much about my life
with me in it, either.
Sharena
Ewan, I'm so sorry.

Ewan
It's OK. Even after all they put me
through, I don't hate them.
I've always had my big sis to look
after me. She basically took over
as my mom.
It's thanks to what happened to us
then that our bond is so strong today.

Sharena
That's wonderful. I admire your
positive outlook in the face of all
that hardship.

Ewan
Don't get me wrong, I'll still be
jealous to see a father and son
fighting side by side.
A sight like that will make me wonder
what could have been. At least until
I think of Gerik's Mercenaries.
They're my real family.

Sharena
I see...
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Ewan: Eager Student - A[edit | edit source]

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Sharena
There you are, Ewan!

Ewan
Yup, just finishing my training for
the day. What's got you in such
a good mood?
Sharena
You said that Gerik's Mercenaries
are like family to you, right?

Ewan
Yeah. What about it?
Sharena
I was hoping you might come to feel
the same about the Order of Heroes!

Ewan
Sounds like my family's about to get
a whole lot bigger, then...

Sharena
Since you said your sister Tethys
took over for your mother...
I wonder how you'd feel about having
a big brother step in as your father.
What do you think? Take your pick!

Bartre
Hello, young man! The name's Bartre,
but call me Dad! Don't be shy—it's
manly to share your feelings! Hiyah!

Dorcas
I've lived that mercenary life, kid.
Been there, seen it all. There's a lot
we can talk about, you and me.

Arthur
Stand aside, gentleman, for I shall be
the one to introduce this dear young
man to the warmth of a loving father!
Come to me, dear Ewan! Step into
the embrace of a man who swears
to think of you as his very own son!

Sharena
As you can see, we have some very
enthusiastic candidates.

Ewan
Er, yeah, I can see that. This is all...
kind of sudden...
I appreciate the concern, everyone.
It's flattering. But really, I'm OK.

Bartre
If you say so, boy, I'll take your word.
But you don't have to put on a tough
face for anyone. Real men cry too.

Dorcas
If you ever want to talk, we'll be here.

Arthur
Whether as your father or as a role
model, rest assured that you may
always rely on me to be your hero!

Ewan
Thanks, everyone! This really...
It really means a lot to me...
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Ewan: Eager Student - S[edit | edit source]

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Ewan
Hey, Princess Sharena. Thanks again
for what you did the other day.

Sharena
Ewan! Your timing is perfect.
I'm nearly finished vetting the
second round of candidates.

Ewan
Um, that won't be necessary!

Sharena
No? Are you sure? Since all my last
picks were muscleheads, I'd hoped
to show you some more refined men.

Ewan
I'm sure, I'me sure! I know you mean
well, but... Really, you don't have to
do this. Trust me.
I've been thinking a lot about what
drove me to become a Mage.
At first, I did it to repay my sis for all
she went through to raise me.
Now, though, I have a whole family
to think about. And that family keeps
getting bigger.

Sharena
Ewan...

Ewan
I'm going to do whatever it takes
to support my family. That's what
motivates me every day.

Sharena
You're absolutely right. Family is not
decided by blood. It is decided by the
people you care about most.
Your new family will always be there
for you, Ewan. I promise you that.

Ewan
Thank you, Princess Sharena...
That means the world to me.

Sharena
Of course!

Ewan
Look at us, Tethys! Can you believe
how far we've come?
Such a great big group of friends...
A family to call our own...
Chief, Marisa, the Order of Heroes,
all of them...
Who knew the world could be
so full of kindness?
Thank you for bringing me this far,
sis. Now it's time to do my part.
I'm going to become a great Hero
and protect this family of ours!
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ユアン

Tethys: Beloved Dancer[edit | edit source]

Tethys: Beloved Dancer - C[edit | edit source]

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Tethys
One, two, three... Two, two, three...
Palms, two, three... Up, two, three!
Phew! Yes, that's much smoother
than before. Arms were far too busy.
...
You there—behind that tree. Why not
come closer, and watch in the open?
Fjorm
Ah! Pardon me!
I'm very sorry. It was not my intention
to interrupt.

Tethys
You're Princess Fjorm, aren't you?
To what do I owe the pleasure? Is it
a message from Commander Anna?
Fjorm
Oh, no—nothing like that. I just...
Well, um...

Tethys
What is it?

Fjorm
Please forgive the intrusion! I will
see myself out!

Tethys
Princess?! I—nope, gone already.
What could she have wanted?
Maybe just looking for some womanly
advice. I guess she's at that age.
Ah, well. I'll get to the bottom of it
next time...
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Fjorm
Tethys? Might I speak with you for
a moment?

Tethys
Of course, Princess Fjorm.
I've just finished with my rehearsals
for the day. But you already knew
that, didn't you?

Fjorm
My deepest apologies for intruding
on you previously.

Tethys
I took no offense. But you looked
as if you had something to say
to me then, just as you do now.

Fjorm
About that...
I wished to say only that I found your
performance utterly captivating.

Tethys
For a dancer, there can be no higher
praise. And from royalty, no less!
I am beyond flattered.

Fjorm
To capture such dynamic energy in
your steps, without losing elegance
or fluidity in your movements...
Your craft has clearly been refined
through both natural talent and
persistent effort.

Tethys
Well, I suppose that's half right.

Fjorm
I see... And what of the other half?

Tethys
While true that I spent much of my
younger days working hard, ending
days sore and covered in blisters...
I must confess I have no innate
talent for dancing at all—as much
as I love it.

Fjorm
Given your popularity as a performer,
I find that difficult to believe!

Tethys
Whatever brought me to this career,
I can assure you it had nothing to do
with a desire to be popular.
The truth is, I had a far stronger and
more urgent motivation that that:
the survival of my brother and me.

Fjorm
Ah...
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Tethys
My brother, Ewan, and I were
abandoned by our parents
when we were young.

Fjorm
...

Tethys
I hated them for it, at least at first.
But I quickly realized that hatred
alone would not feed us.
As I wandered the streets, desperate
to find a way for my brother and me
to live on our own...
I came upon a dancer performing
on a corner.
I had never danced before, but in that
moment... I knew what I had to do.

Fjorm
So that was how you began...

Tethys
My first years of dancing were pure
misery. I wasn't a coordinated child.
I didn't even have real shoes.
I danced in rags until my feet bled.
I fell so many times I was covered
in cuts and bruises.
I worried constantly that I would not
be good enough. That Ewan and I
would starve.
That fear was my first and cruelest
dance partner.

Fjorm
But you never let it steal the show.
You never gave up.

Tethys
Certainly not. My partner danced me
half into my grave, and the dance was
the only way to get back out again.
I didn't do it for me. I did it for Ewan.
To fill his plate. To see him smile.

Fjorm
I finally understand why your dance
captivates me so.
Its power comes straight from your
heart, from your need, rather than
from blindly following tradition.
Your fear, your hope... When you
dance, it's as if they are laid bare
before me...
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Fjorm
Tethys... I wonder if I might ask you
a favor.

Tethys
What do you have in mind? I'm happy
to help however I can.

Fjorm
I'm glad to hear that, because you are
the only person capable of fulfilling
my request.
When this war is over, if you are
willing... I would like you to teach
me to dance.

Tethys
Me? Teach you?
My style of dance is meant for inns
and taverns, Princess. I'm afraid it's
not well suited to royalty.
Surely there is an instructor out there
who would be better able to prepare
you for the ballroom.

Fjorm
No, Tethys. I'm certain that I want my
instructor to be you.
Your form of dance is the only one
I care to learn.

Tethys
...

Fjorm
You stared your death in the face...
You danced with fear itself, and
came out smiling.
I know this may seem selfish of me.
My life has been privileged compared
to yours...
But I do understand all too well how
it feels to want your family to be
happy more than anything.

Tethys
If that's truly your motivation,
how can I refuse?
I'll do it.
When peace comes to this world,
and my dance is no longer needed
on the field of battle...
You and I will dance together, to
bring smiles to the faces of the
people we love.

Fjorm
Ah! Thank you! I look forward
to that day with all my heart!
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Gerik
So, Gerik's Mercenaries get to form
up a world away from home. Sounds
almost too good to be true.

Ewan
Wouldn't have it any other way! This
world will take some getting used to,
but if we stick together, we'll be fine.

Tethys
You've been in Askr longer than any
of the rest of us, haven't you, Marisa?

Marisa
I know my way around, yes.

Gerik
Good to know. Information's what we
need right now, so anything you can
tell us would be useful.

Marisa
Understood, Chief.
Within this castle, you'll find many
Heroes summoned to Askr from
different worlds.
Of those, many are mercenaries.

Gerik
Competition, huh? Well, at least it's
something we'll have in common.

Tethys
We mercenaries have a certain air
about us, don't we? Yes, I think
I can actually smell it!

Ewan
Pretty sure that's your perfume, sis.

Gerik
Aromas aside, we should get to know
our new colleagues.
Physical ability, quality of character...
We'll want to get a sense of them
with our own eyes.

Marisa
In that case, Commander Anna would
be the one to speak to. You should
ask her to show you around.

Gerik
And I suppose she expects to be
compensated for her time. Think this
much'll be enough to entice her?

Marisa
Probably. Hopefully.

Gerik
Good enough. I'll start putting out
feelers. The rest of you... Be ready
to deploy.

Tethys
Try not to get into any fights on your
first day, OK, Chief?

Gerik
Relax. I've got this.
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Anna
Yup! The Order of Heroes does
employ quite a few mercenaries.
In fact, I think they're outnumbered
only by the nobles.
This here's a pretty popular spot for
training, so we might even...yep!
There's one now!

Ogma
Hello, Commander Anna. Is there
something you need?

Anna
Just an introduction. Ogma, I'd like
you to meet Gerik, the commander
of Gerik's Mercenaries.

Gerik
That's me. Seems we'll be working
with Askr for the foreseeable future.
Hope that's all right by you.

Ogma
I'd heard that some new Heroes
had recently arrived.
Honor to meet you.

Gerik
Likewise.
You must be strong. Not many
gladiators make it out of the fighting
pits to become mercenaries.

Ogma
Who told you I was a gladiator?

Gerik
The scars did. They're not the kind
you see on anyone who fights with
even modest equipment.
Scars like that only come from being
forced to fight for your life, tooth and
nail, like a caged animal.
The wounds weren't even properly
dressed. You have my sympathy.

Ogma
Very perceptive, Gerik. I am beginning
to see how you earned the name
Desert Tiger.
But you have your share of scars.
The one on your face, for instance...
How did you come by it?

Gerik
This beauty? A reminder of my young
and stupid days.
I was arrogant enough to believe
no one could best me. I was wrong.
The knight who inflicted this lovely
scar crushed me effortlessly.
Then he spared my life.

Ogma
...

Gerik
Every time I look in the mirror, I'm
reminded that I owe my success
as a mercenary to that knight.
Now I've got my own command, and
I'll never fail them by letting my pride
get the better of me.

Ogma
The words of a trustworthy man.
It seems Askr has found itself another
valuable ally, Commander Anna.

Anna
Agreed! Anyone who thinks so much
of those who follow him is bound
to be a good leader.
You should give battlefield command
a try sometime, Gerik.

Gerik
Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Maybe we should just move along
with the tour...
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Anna
So, who should we meet next? Oh,
I know! The Greil Mercenaries!
Their group is one of the strongest
we have.

Gerik
I've heard their leader's quite young.
Ike, isn't it? He must be something
else be in command at his age.

Titania
Ah, Commander Anna, did I hear you
require our assistance? The Greil
Mercenaries are at your disposal.

Anna
Perfect timing, Titania! We were just
about to pay you and yours a visit.

Titania
Who is this you've brought with you,
if I may?

Gerik
The name's Gerik. I'm the leader of
my own mercenary company.
Heard there were lots of us here in
Askr, so I thought I'd take some time
to do a little networking.

Titania
I see.
As Commander Anna said, my name
is Titania. I'm the Greil Mercenaries'
deputy commander. Right this way.

Gerik
That about sums it up. This world is
foreign to us, so any common ground
we can find is a plus right now.

Ike
Good.
...

Gerik
...

Ike
...

Titania
Ah... Commander Ike is a man of few
words. Please don't misunderstand.

Gerik
It's appreciated, actually. I like when
people let their actions do the talking.

Soren
Gerik, was it? Let's be certain we
understand each other. We may
share common cause right now...
But that's mostly coincidence. If our
employers were to become enemies,
then by necessity so would we.

Gerik
...

Soren
Should that occur, be aware that any
information you give us will be used
against you on the battlefield.
I am sure you will not hesitate to do
the same with whatever you happen
to learn during your time here.

Titania
Come now, Soren. We're all
professionals here.

Gerik
It's fine. He's not wrong.

Ike
Commander Gerik...
Would you be willing to tell us about
how you became a mercenary?

Gerik
I can do that.
Now, where do I start...
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Gerik
My reason for becoming a mercenary
is pretty stupid. I didn't particularly
like fighting. Wasn't in it for the fame.
When I wa s kid, a friend from my
village got it in his head to be the
greatest warrior in all the land.
It lit a fire under me. I just couldn't
let my friend go off and get killed.

Ike
Your friend still a mercenary now?

Gerik
He went off and got killed.
Considering I joined up purely
to protect him...
There was no reason for me to
continue on after that.

Soren
Yet you clearly did.

Gerik
I failed to protect him, and he got
killed. If your're in this business long
enough, that's bound to happen.
But I made other friends along the
way, and the thing about me is
I can't stand to let friends die.
So here I am, after all these years,
refusing to abandon them.

Ike
Loyalty's what drives you, then.
I respect that.

Gerik
As a sword for hire, I know my clients
could ask me to do anything.
But I also know that the choice to
accept or reject a contract is mine.
If a job demands I prey on the weak,
or sacrifice my friends, I walk away.
That's how I run my crew.

Ike
...

Gerik
...

Ike
...
Doesn't look like your concerns are
founded, Soren. I don't think we'll
ever have to face this guy in battle.

Titania
It seems unlikely, given we share
the same values.

Soren
I began to suspect about halfway
through this story that it would
sway you.
I am Commander Ike's subordinate,
so I will defer to his judgment.
Commander Gerik, please overlook
my cynical view of the relationship
between our companies.

Gerik
No harm done.
The Greil Mercenaries likely owe their
strength in part to shrewd insights
like yours.

Anna
Glad that's settled! Two mercenary
groups at each other's throats would
have been a messy inconvenience.

Ike
Looking forward to working with you,
Commander Gerik. Let's keep our
employer safe and happy.

Gerik
Same. Let's get the job done with
minimal losses.
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Lyon
It occurs to me, Ephraim, that your
difficulty retaining what we study is
not the fault of your intellect.
Rather, I think it is because books
fail to engage your interests. Is that
not so?

Ephraim
You're probably right. But what's
to be done about it?

Alfonse
Greetings, Prince Ephraim and Lyon.
What brings you to the library today?
Lyon
Ah, Prince Alfonse. We were reading
up on the history of your realm, as a
matter of fact.

Ephraim
One of us was, at any rate.
Lyon
It is only a matter of effort, and of
keeping the right mindset, Ephraim.

Alfonse
I adore books, but I do relate to the
struggle of rote learning. Desks and
lectures sometimes try my patience.
All the same, I understand that I must
one day lead my people. It would be
irresponsible not to prepare.
Lyon
Listen well, Ephraim. These are the
words of a man suited to govern.
Wr should learn from his example.

Ephraim
Indeed. Prince Alfonse, might I ask
a favor of you?
It would be helpful to me to learn the
history of Askr from someone with
direct personal experience of it.
Lyon
Let's be mindful not to take up too
much of the man's time.

Alfonse
If learning my country's history is
you aim, I would be happy to teach
you what I know.

Ephraim
Excellent. I find I retain a great deal
more from personal stories than from
dry historical records.

Alfonse
I understand completely. I'll begin
then with my country's founder, Líf,
and the Divine Dragon Askr...
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Ephraim
Good. Now, remember to let the
weight of the lance work for you
as you lunge!
Lyon
Right. Hiya—aaah!
Argh... No, that's no good. I feel as if
the blasted thing is controlling me,
not the other way around.
Face it, Ephraim. I am simply not well
suited to fighting on the front lines.
You and I are just not cut from
the same cloth. I will never wield a
lance with anything like your skill.

Ephraim
What was it said about effort
and the right mindset?
Lyon
If reading required me to train my eye
muscles to lift the weight of a man,
I would have held my tongue.
Compared to you and Eirika, I have
always been the fragile one.
But even if I did possess a great
physical strength, I would be loath
to use it. I despise conflict.

Ephraim
You're too gentle for your own good.
I can't always be there to protect
you. Battle is chaotic. Sooner or later,
circumstances will pull us apart.
When that time comes, I want you to
be able to defend yourself.

Alfonse
Prince Ephraim, Prince Lyon.
Lance training today, is it?
Lyon
Yes, Prince Alfonse. As you can see,
Ephraim is getting his revenge.

Ephraim
You've got the better end of the deal.
A lance is heavier than a book, but at
least you won't fall asleep wielding it.

Alfonse
Hah! That is you in a nutshell, isn't it?

Ephraim
While we're on the subject of lances,
Prince Alfonse... I hear your sister is
quite formidable in the art.
Do you think Princess Sharena would
consent to teaching Lyon here a thing
or two?
Lyon
No, no—please don't drag the
princess into this, Ephraim!

Alfonse
I think she would be delighted. I will
ask her, next I see her.
Lyon
Wonderful...
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Alfonse
You two have quite a rare friendship.
It's not every day you see two people
who so deeply believe in and support
one another.

Ephraim
We each visit the other's country
often, to get a sense to life there.
I think if we could combine the best
of Renais and Grado, we could form
something truly special.
Lyon
Agreed.
A mutually beneficial relationship
between Renais and Grado is the key
to prosperity for both.
Not everyone necessarily sees it that
way, however. Trust is an issue.
The scars of the past have a way of
hindering future alliances.

Alfonse
That is a hard truth.
Lyon
It is all the more reason I am grateful
for my friendship with Ephraim.

Ephraim
Lyon...
As long as you and I remain friends,
we will continue to work for the
well-being of both our countries.
Consider that a promise.
Lyon
I share that sentiment, and am happy
to take you at your word.
For the moment, however, Askr's
need take priority. Prince Alfonse,
consider us at your service.

Alfonse
I will. Thank you.
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Alfonse
...

Ephraim
Something troubling you, Alfonse?

Alfonse
Not exactly.
I was just thinking of a dear friend
I once had in the Order of Heroes.
There was a time when I saw the two
of us as totally inseparable, but...
Differences of opinion ultimately
drove us to walk separate paths.
Lyon
It sounds as if the natural course
of life caused you to grow apart.
Ephraim... It pains me to consider the
possibility, but our relationship may
someday follow a similr trajectory.
Some person, event, or change we
cannot foresee may drive a wedge
between us.

Ephraim
Maybe so. But whatever the future
holds, all we can hope to do is focus
on the here and now.
Lyon
This is a fair point. No other way
to see it, really.
No matter what happens, I hope you
know that as your friend I will
respect the choices you make.

Ephraim
I will hold you to it—and do the same.
Lyon
Prince Alfonse... This friend of yours,
if he is anything like either of us, does
not begrudge you for your choices.
You may have your differences now,
but that does not devalue the time
you spent together as friends.
The bond you describe is not the sort
that fades easily with time.

Alfonse
Thank you. I sincerely hope that
is the case.
For now, I will bide my time, think of
how one day return to me as a friend.
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In other languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
Japanese 傭兵たちの背中
German Unter Söldnern
Spanish (Europe) La vida mercenaria
Spanish (Latin America) La vida mercenaria
French Vie de mercenaire
Italian Vita da mercenario
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) 傭兵們的背影
Portuguese Vida mercenária