Monday, 1 October 2018

Video Game Character of the Month - October 2018 - Lucina - Fire Emblem

Video Game Character of the Month
October 2018
Fire Emblem
It is said that Lucina appeared from [REDACTED] in order to save the world. I know this to be false. She actually appeared to receive the prestigious Video Game Character of the Month award. Well, that and to go shopping for some more, truly awful, fashion choices.
And now for a little bit of info on Lucina:
Warning: spoilers ahead:

She is one of three protagonists in Fire Emblem Awakening - the others being Chrom and Robin/The Avatar
She is human
She has blue hair
Her birthday is April 20th 
Her birthday is the same day that Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance were first released in Japan
Her nationality is Ylissean
She is a princess of Ylisse
Her starting class is Lord in Awakening...
... but Great Lord in Fates
She has the Mark of Naga, also known as the Brand of the Exalt
She went to the past in order to prevent the resurrection of Grima, an event that caused the destruction of her timeline's world
She disguised herself as the legendary hero Marth while in the 'past' timeline
In order to do this she wore a butterfly mask given to her by Gerome
There are two Lucinas in the 'past' timeline, the playable one that came from the future and the unplayable infant born to Chrom and one of the female characters
Lucina is the only child in Awakening with a fixed hair colour and cannot inherit the hair colour of her non-determinant parent
Lucina can wield a total of 116 unique weapons providing the Female Avatar is her mother, and including the Parallel Falchion and both Rapiers
If Lucina and Owain achieve an S-support, they will gain the title of 'Companion' instead of 'Husband/Wife' so as to prevent implications of incest (as Owain is her first cousin)...
,.. this will also occur if she achieves an S-support with Morgan if Inigo or Brady is his father and providing that Chrom is Inigo or Brady's father
If Lucina is the daughter of the Female Avatar, she will have the most class options out of all characters (35)
She is also tied with Female Morgan for the most amount of skills learned in a single playthrough with 74 skills possible
Her confession image is unique because the background does not change to the bubbly pattern variant seen in most other confessions
If her mother is the Female Avatar, Lucina will have both the Fell Dragon Blood and Exalted Blood traits - she is one of four children who can have these traits, the others being both Morgans and Owain
Lucina is the first Lord in the series to be fought as an enemy Lord
Lucina will have the same hairstyle as her 'Masked-Marth' variant (tied back hair) when reclassed into a Dark Knight
Although Lucina can use Counter in Super Smash Bros., it is impossible for her to learn it in Fire Emblem Awakening because it is a male-exclusive skill, Chrom can't reclass into the fighter class and Lucina would inherit Aether instead even if he could
Lucina's status screen portrait changes after Chapter 6 when her mask is broken, which is a rarity in Fire Emblem
Lucina's mask symbolizes hope, joy and new beginnings as well as time
She was originally intended to wear a pair of massive glasses instead of the butterfly mask
In Fates, the player can receive the Bear Hat from Lucina which is a reference to her terrible fashion sense (the player can also receive her Butterfly Mask)
Her tiara was a gift from her mother, which is similar to how Marth obtained his circlet
Her 'Masked Marth' variant is the only character in Awakening with no innate passive skills 
She is strong-willed and values her comrades and justice deeply
She dislikes any form of death, even so-called 'noble' ones - a result of her experiences in the dark future
Her main goal is to keep her parents, and especially Chrom, alive
She shares a strong bond with her father
She is very similar to Marth, even speaking in a very formal and polite manner reminiscent of him, unlike her father
However, she also breaks things accidentally in training, much like her father
She doesn't give herself any credit and is in constant doubt as to whether she lives up to Marth and her father
She wants to spend as much time with her parents before the world is saved to make up for the times she lost in her future and so that they can spend their time looking after the infant Lucina after the world is saved
She values her Falchion because it was the last possession left behind to her by her father in her future
She has childish moments around her parents and siblings, despite her stoic persona
She demands that the Female Avatar fall in love with Chrom if she is not her mother

Origin of Lucina:
In-universe: Lucina is the daughter of Chrom and either: The Female Avatar, Sumia, Sully, Maribelle, Olivier or the Nameless Village Maiden. Who Chrom marries is determined by who he has an S-support with by Chapter 11 or, if he has the same support ranking with all possible wives, other Nameless Village Maiden, he will marry Sumia, then Sully, then Maribelle, then The Female Avatar, then Olivia, going down the list if the woman was married or incapacitated. However, if Chrom has gained at least 18 support points with Olivia and has not achieved a C-support with any of the other candidates, he will marry Olivia. If Chrom has not gained 9 support points with any of the five women and/or all are married/incapacitated, Chrom will marry the Nameless Village Maiden. In her original timeline, Lucina inherits the Falchion from her father, after he is killed by someone close to him, and attempts to fight Grima. Her mother is also killed in battle at some point. In Awakening Drama CD: recollections of a Future Requiem, it is revealed that Lucina attempted to complete the Awakening Ceremony to defeat Grima with only four of the five Fire Emblem gemstones, as the fifth had been lost. However, this is impossible so the divine dragon Naga suggests that Lucina go back in time to prevent Grima from being resurrected in the first place. Before she travels back, she manages to injure Grima by impaling him with the Falchion, but not before Yllisstol has been completely destroyed by the Risen, leaving just the twelve children of the Shepherds. Lucina silently apologises to Chrom for failing to protect her nation and the children flee. Lucina informs the children that they may not be able to return to their own time if they go backwards and their uncertainty leads to her saying that she will go herself. However, she later realizes that she needs her friends to provide her strength and they all decide to travel to the past together. Gerome offers to give Lucina a mask to conceal her identity when they go to the past. She initially chooses a giant pair of glasses (as she has terrible fashion sense) but instead, Severa gives her a butterfly mask. The children go back in time first, with Lucina covering them as the Risen attack the temple. She then enters the present-day timeline of Fire Emblem Awakening, just after Chrom recruits The Avatar, and dons the name and legacy of Marth.

Out-of-universe: Lucina may be named after the Roman Goddess of childbirth of the same name, who was an epithet for Juno. The name is generally regarded to mean 'she who brings children into the light' which refers to how she lead the children characters into the past to save the world. Her name is pronounced with a 'hard-c' in the Japanese versions of Awakening and Super Smash Bros. 4 and a 'soft-c' in the international releases off the game. In addition, many butterflies and moths have the word 'lucina' in their name, which, combined with the 'Butterfly Effect' and her butterfly mask symbolizes her connection with time travel. Besides her naming, I am unsure as to what design choices went into the creation of Lucina, besides a certain resemblance to Marth, from the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. Please let me know in the comments if there are any specifics!

Evolution of Lucina:
Over the course of Fire Emblem Awakening, Lucina saves Chrom and the Shepherds a number of times, both as Marth and herself. During a tournament at Arena Ferox, Lucina defeats Basilio's original champion, Lon'qu and replaces him, only to be defeated by Chrom. She later vouches for Panne to join the Shepherds. After Validar's apparent death, Lucina leaves, believing Emmeryn, Chrom's sister, to be safe and the future altered, but, after Emmeryn's death, she is horrified that her future still appears fixed. The present-day Lucina is born two years after The Mad King Gangrel's defeat. Lucina reveals her true self to Chrom after saving him from a Risen Assassin, and also reveals the terrible future she is from. Lucina later steps in to stop Basilio from attempting stall Walhart the conqueror's army, as, in her timeline, he was killed in this situation. However, Basilio ignores her and goes anyway, although Flavia goes with him. After a series of different events to what Lucina experienced in her timeline, Basilio is apparently slain anyway. At Validar's castle, The Avatar is forced to seize the Fire Emblem against this will and Lucina realizes that it was/is The Avatar that killed/kills (timelines are fun) Chrom in her timeline and resolves to kill them first. The Avatar can choose to accept her judgement or not, but, regardless, she attempts to kill them. However, Chrom steps in and places his trust in The Avatar, besides Lucina's insistence that The Avatar's death is for the greater good. Lucina eventually puts her faith in Chrom and The Avatar's bond and believes that they will be able to overcome her future. In addition, if Lucina is married to The Male Avatar or The Female Avatar is her mother, she will not go through with her attack. At The Dragon's Table, Lucina witnesses The Avatar killing Chrom again, only to find out that it was a ruse, made with the help of the, still alive, Basilio to allow for the Gemstones in the Fire Emblem to be switched out with fakes and Validar to be finally defeated. However, Grima appears and revives his dragon body, causing Lucina to re-witness what happened in her future. Luckily, The Avatar managed to steal the Fire Emblem before it was dropped onto the Dragon's Table and Lucina joins with Chrom and The Avatar to take down Grima once and for all. 

In The Future Past alternate timeline, where Grima has successfully taken over the land, Lucina is seen waiting for her friends to recover the five Gemstones and the Fire Emblem. Tiki (a priestess of Naga, the divine dragon) sacrifices herself to save Lucina. Lucina, with the help of the Present Day timeline Shepherds who have crossed timelines. defeats Grima and, after the other children of The Future Past timeline return with the Gemstones, performs the Awakening ritual and manages to kill Grima once and for all. She then becomes Ylisse's new Exalt half a year later and occasionally meets with the rest of 'Chrom's New Shepherds'. 
However, if Lucina was the only child character left, The Avatar, after taking control of their body from Grima, tells Lucina that she must complete the Awakening before Grima awakens from their slumber. Lucina notes that Grima's voice is familiar, as it is the same as The Avatar's, and that she wants to save them. However, The Avatar refuses, as Grima had already been weakened by Chrom and the Present Day Shepherds, and so they can already speak their mind freely, and so don't need saving further. Grima then leaves, awaiting the day they will die to Lucina.  

At the end of Awakening, Lucina either: tells her infant self that her future will be happy and then disappears (if single); is loved by The Avatar above all else (if married to The Male Avatar); sets off on a lengthy quest either to another land or their own time (if a Companion of Owain); journeys with Inigo, their home brimming with laughter (if married to/a Companion of Inigo)/becomes a critic to Brady (if married to/a Companion of Brady)/settles down near Wybern Valley and understands Gerome's few words (if married to Gerome)/lives happily with Morgan (if married to Morgan)/attempts to rescue every stranger (if married to Yarne)/goes on an expedition around the world and is reunited with Tiki and Naga, thanking them for their help in ushering in peace (if married to Laurent).

In Fire Emblem Fates, Lucina claims that she is a lost child. She then offers The Fates Avatar either a Bear Hat or her own Butterfly Mask and promises to meet them again should they ever need her. In her second appearance, she notes her experiences in Super Smash Bros. and challenges The Avatar to test themselves. If Odin, Laslow or Selena face her, she calls them by their real names (from Awakening), namely Owain, Inigo and Severa respectively. However, the three realize that this Lucina is not the real one but rather a facsimile from the world of Super Smash Bros. After the battle, Lucina requests to join The Avatar's party and reassures The Avatar that they are pursuing the same justice. She then becomes a playable character.

In Fire Emblem Heroes, under her Masked Marth persona, Lucina serves as a guide for all Heroes who fall into the chaotic storm called the Tempest.

In Super Smash Bros. 4, Lucina was revealed alongside Robin and Captain Falcon (on July 14th, 2014). She is almost a complete clone of Marth, the main difference being that Lucina's sword power is more equally distributed along the blade rather than being concentrated on the tip. Her moves are Shield Breaker, Dancing Blade, Dolphin Slash, and Counter and her final smash is Critical Hit. Masahiro Sakuri has commented that Lucina was originally planned as simply a  costume change for Marth but this was changed in development. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, she is an echo character of Marth. 

She also makes cameo appearances in Monster Hunter: Frontier G, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (where she was playable if you had her amiibo), Project X Zone and Miitomo. 

Fire Emblem Awakening: released (Japan) on April 19, 2012/(North America) on February 4, 2013/(Europe) on April 19, 2013/(Australia) on April 20, 2013 on Nintendo 3DS
Monster Hunter: Frontier G: released (Japan) on April 17, 2013 on PC/Xbox 360/(Japan) on November 20, 2013 on PlayStation 3/(Japan) on December 11, 2013 on Wii U/(Japan) on August 13, 2014 on PlayStation Vita
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.: released (North America) on March 13, 2015/(Japan) on May 14, 2015/(Europe) on May 15, 2015/(Australia) on May 16, 2015 on Nintendo 3DS
Project X Zone 2: released on November 12, 2015/(Europe/Australia) on February 12, 2016/(North America) on February 16, 2016 on Nintendo 3DS
Miitomo: released (World Wide) on March 17, 2016 on mobile devices
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest: released (Japan) on June 25, 2015/(North America) on February 19, 2016/(Europe) on May 20, 2016/(Australia) on May 21, 2016 on Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation: released (Japan) on July 9, 2015/(North America) on March 10, 2016/(Europe) on June 9, 2016/(Australia) on June 10, 2016 on Nintendo 3DS eShop
Fire Emblem Heroes: released (World Wide) on February 2, 2017 on iOS and Android 
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia: released (Japan) on April 20, 2017/(North America/Europe) on May 19, 2017/(Australia) on May 20, 2017 on Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem Warriors: released (Japan) on September 28, 2017/(World Wide other than Japan) on October 20, 2017 on New Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo Switch 
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS:  released (Japan) on September 13, 2014/ (North America/Europe) on October 3, 2014/ (Australia) on October 4, 2014 
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: released (North America) on November 21, 2014/(Europe) on November 28, 2014/(Australia) on November 29, 2014/(Japan) on December 6, 2014
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: released (World Wide) on December 7, 2018 on Nintendo Switch

That's all on Lucina, but, as always, if I've made a mistake or missed something out, or if you have a suggestion on who should win the next Video Game Character of the Month Award, then please don't hesitate to comment!

Goodbye for now, Harry


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