Fire Emblem: Three Houses (formerly Persona Hogwarts edition)

I’m still in the early going. There’s dozens of us (I think)!

I went with Edlegard and think the second half of the game does a better job explaining some motives. For how long I spent on part one, the choice felt very abrupt as did the reasons behind why sides were what they were.

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Hey so what’s the deal with most A rank supports being romantic or implying two characters are pairing off for the future? Do characters have actual canon endings or does the last A rank they unlock dictate things? I ask because I really liked Bernadetta and Linhardt’s support chain but since then she has hit A rank with a bunch of other characters and I am gonna be bummed if that means she and Linhardt won’t be “alone together” post-game.

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From my experience it seems random. I have heard in some play through Dorothea was paired with Manuela while in mine she was with Petra

There’s a “closest ally” menu for each character, your endings will be determined by those

DLC Speculation

So is the DLC going to be about the war against Those Who Slither in the Dark or whatever they’re named? I was expecting one more chapter then it abruptly ends without resolving that. I kept laughing in the epilogue whenever they mentioned the long and hard war against them. And what the hell is the deal with the Death Knight? I know there will be new characters for dlc so I’m assuming he’ll be one.

Did you just find this fan art like I just found it? Cause it’s my favorite. The fan art for this game is incredible

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I’ve not played through all of the routes yet but at least one of them definitely deals with that, the church route specifically.

No because thats dealt with in every other route of the game, in the church route its even Hubert that gives Byleth the intel to locate them. The way I see it not being included on Edelgards route is because in my mind, the developers think the Church is good and Edelgard is bad, and they didn’t want that route to conclude with Edelgard and Byleth doing something good by getting rid of those who slither

I think there will be a path where you can recruit all the houses/not cause them to fight (Kinda like FE Fates: Revelations) and then you do battle against Those who slither in the dark

Spoilers on several routes below

Summary

It is DEFINITELY not my impression that the writers think the Church is good and Edelgard is bad. Rhea is the classic Evil Pope for all of act 1 and even goes crazy (and turns the whole church crazy along with her) in the Church route, which makes no sense if the writers are trying to present her as the wronged party here. Rhea and Edelgard are both extremely gray characters. With the issue of Edelgard’s route being short and unsatisfying re: Those who Slither, I imagine it’s a mix of things: it is traditional for an FE the final fight to be against The Dragon (and from Edelgard’s perspective, it’s foolish to antagonize Those Who Slither before defeating Rhea, as she would be fighting on both fronts), and also possibly straight running out of time. There are a lot of reused maps, cutscenes, etc., that speak to a lack of time, and the BE route is already actually two routes. Also, each route is (probably intentionally) incomplete in terms of the Big Picture, and since the Church and GD routes focus on Those Who Slither, they probably just cut it from BE for scope.

I think it’s a shame, because Edelgard’s route definitely could have been tinkered with to provide better closure than a “she killed the bad guys later!” ending narration, but I really doubt that it’s because of the game’s preference for Rhea over Edelgard. If anything, the game seems to heavily champion Edelgard compared to what she objectively does (start a bloody conquest war) by giving her somewhat unrealistically noble motives/ending. (Like, most revolutionary dictators don’t overthrow the corrupt system via bloody war and then say My Work Is Done and peace out, you know?).

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Something that a lot of y’all have referenced with your posts and something that I think is so wonderful about this game is the fact that no one playthrough/route is the “objective” story to this world. Every house’s story is set in the same exact world and given the same starting conditions, but they branch out in so many different & meaningful ways. I’m on a second playthrough after my first, and even in the first couple months there are some fairly different characterizations of events that each house experiences. Of COURSE people closely allied with the Empire are going to have a different understanding of events/social network than people allied with the Holy Kingdom, and that’s reflected so well in the way storytelling works in Three Houses. From what I understand there’s no route that has a dump of “okay here’s everything that’s happening and why”, an understanding of the world can only come together with experiencing every possible route. Every player will walk away from a different stance on every major character based on what houses they’ve played, but none of those views are invalid because of how everything is structured. Maybe it’s a tactic to inflate how much people have to play this game, but it’s something I really appreciate from a storytelling perspective.

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just got to the ending of Black Eagles and i’m howling laughing at Edel “The Ends Justify The Means” Gard suddenly yelling about how we fight for our friends just like a real Naruto.
i was very surprised by the pairings in my ending (Hubart/Bernadetta, Dorothea/Petra and Lindhart/Annette were the only ones i got) but Hubernie was surprisingly sweet and the others were good too.

well time to go see how claude’s doing and murder all my good friends

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I am fairly certain I read that the developers have stated the DLC will not be anything like Revelations and will focus on side stories, new (?) characters, and parts of the lore already established or mentioned in the game. It is possible that we will encounter what you mention in the spoiler tag but my understanding at this time is that Three Houses is committed to denying players an ending in which everyone is happy.

Edit: here is the interview I was thinking of:

Yokota : These will be spin-offs that won’t affect the main story or the post-game either. We’re also thinking about introducing some new characters. We’re talking something fairly big here, so I think fans might have to wait a while. Also, aside from the expansion pass there will be a free update post-launch to add a new ‘Lunatic’ difficulty. Again, there might be a bit of a wait for this, but I think skilled players can definitely look forward to it.

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End spoilers and stuff Rhea is obviously bad, but the way I see it is that by allowing the player character to become the head of the church, the developers basically think the church itself is good because it “maintains peace” (regardless of the fact that obviously lots of people have suffered under that peace). You’re probably right about it being a running out of time thing though, there’s so much stuff in the game lol

Spoilers for some Golden Deer stuff:

Claude flat out tells you that he thinks the reason that Fodlan is so discriminatory and closed minded is because the church discourages free thought and wants Fodlan to be closed off from the rest of the world. He also says that this is the churches influence has led to the continuation of the Noble class. He pretty much says he wants Byleth to take over the church because then they can work on opening Fodlan up from both sides.

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I’m still pretty early in the game as well. I’m really taking my time with the exploration portions.

I was hesitant to get this game because I am terrible at tactics but the story, characters, and adjustable difficulty have really drawn me in. I’m having so much fun playing this! I adore my kids (Golden Deer for life). I’m also happy to hear that there will be DLC. I wanna keep the magic going.

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Regarding the ending romantic pairings (I completed the Black Eagles Church route): I had Ferdinand pair off with Bernedetta which was a shrug for me, Linhardt and Dorothea which I was extremely into and I had Byleth marry themselves. God I love this game.

Who all was in your roster by the end? I’m curious how it generates the endings.

I also did the Church route and ended with everyone alive + Mercedes and Ingrid. My endings had Caspar and Linhardt going around helping people then “settling down” some years later, and Dorothea going to Brigid with Petra and being “the one she loved most.” I have a feeling Ferdinand and Bernadetta were the same for me.

Yeah, I’m in the same boat. I bought a physical copy because I wanted to be able to sell it if it wasn’t my sort of thing, but it turns out it is 100% my thing.

Do you know what the DLC is going to include?

Edit: whoops, just saw that @Alveric covered it