Have I complained enough about paralogue characters not having supports yet?
I was just thinking about Emmeryn and pacifism again, apropos of nothing in particular. (It is something I have written about before.) How does it look in hindsight? Pacifism, war, and the morality of political violence is something very interesting to me, and I would have been interested in FE13 reflected on those things a bit more.
I can’t help but think that making Emmeryn mute after the paralogue was a major error, because Emmeryn/Gangrel or Emmeryn/Walhart conversations are the perfect opportunity for the game to pause just before its conclusion and reflect on some of the questions it had previously raised.
What does Emmeryn think of the wars Chrom has led? Does she support them? If so, does this make her a hypocrite? Is Emmeryn (as depicted in the art) capable of or willing to forgive Gangrel? Would doing so itself be hypocritical, or an insult to the countless Ylisseans and Plegians who died because of him?
From Gangrel’s perspective, isn’t there just as much to make of it? He argued that Plegia was united in belief; or rather, united in hatred for Ylisse. (“I want what every Plegian wants—a grisly end for every last Ylissean!”) Yet Emmeryn’s sacrifice appealed so strongly to the people of Plegia that the army itself put down its weapons and chanted her name. What does that prove?
What I find interesting here is the balance between pacifism and militarism. Emmeryn’s unfettered pacifism was surely flawed: it made Ylisse vulnerable to Plegian invasion, and even if Plegia had not invaded, the Ylissean continent would surely then have fallen to Valm. Some measure of martial strength is needed. But Gangrel’s pure militarism - like Walhart’s, for that matter - also proved unsuccessful, and to an extent was disarmed and weakened by Emmeryn’s pacifist conviction. Arguably what makes Chrom’s leadership effective is his ability to combine military strength with pacifism conviction; that is, to fight for peace, subordinating violence to a greater cause and transforming it through that context.
I do wonder what Emmeryn would have to say about it…