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First Contact
Good morning Traveler, I trust your flight from Ghea was comfortable, welcome aboard the Ark Royal. I think we saw each other down on the surface of Ghea, when my Officers and I met with Arjun and Alexander, but I don’t believe we’ve been introduced. I am Admiral Sophia Chamberlain, Commanding Officer of this ship and her fleet. Is there something wrong Traveler? ‘I look young for my rank?’ No need to apologize, I hear that all the time. There’s something of a story behind that, but we’ll come to that later.
I suppose the best place to start would be with where we come from and why we’re here. My fleet and I are part of the Earth Republic Navy, or the E.R.N for short, the military of the Earth Unified Republic. The Earth Unified Republic is a vast alliance of colonies governed by a democracy centered on the planet Earth. I’ve been told that the Ghean peoples regard Earth as a myth. Well, what I’ve seen on Ghea seems pretty mythical too, so I
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Interlude-Ships of the Line
Fighters (all fighters operate in squadrons of twelve ships):
Dragoon Class Interceptor: The fastest fighter presently in use by the Earth Republic Navy, the Dragoon can literally fly circles around any known ship design. While its medium armaments and light armor and shielding make it too flimsy to attack starships, it is a superb dogfighter and perfect for charging Bombers and chasing down their Torpedoes. Origin of name: The historical Dragoons were a foot soldiers trained to fight on foot and to transport themselves on horseback. Typically riflemen, they saw considerable use in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly by Britain.
Desert Eagle Class Heavy Assault Fighter: The Desert Eagle Class is the staple of the E.R.N’s Fighter Corp. More heavily armored and equipped with six laser cannons, the Desert Eagle is a pure and simple fighting machine. Though lacking the speed and agility of the Dragoon, the Desert Eagle is useful for escorting Bombers and can be reli
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Interlude-The Age of Miracles
Arjun wiped at his brow, the fierce summer sun overhead had been sending trickles of sweat down his face and back, threatening to paste his robes to his torso. Ordinarily, he’d have conjured a soft breeze or maybe a summer shower by now but he decided against it. He’d already spotted his destination. It was a pastoral, sunlit little spot in the expansive grasslands of the Western Continent, dotted with patches wild flowers that swayed gently in the wind while Dragonflies and Bees took to the air on gossamer wings. There was nothing outwardly extraordinary about the spot, save for its simple beauty, but there was something extraordinary about it. This little garden was the burial site of the Sage Tal Belenthrond.
Somewhat unsteadily, Arjun lowered himself to a sitting position on the grassy turf and meditated on his deceased friend. The Elf Tal Belenthrond was one of the very first Sages to serve the Order of Guardians and, beyond that, was beloved by all who knew him. He was
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Changing of the Guard
Hey there Traveler, I've seen you around but I haven't had a chance to meet you. Please, sit down. That battle really tired me out. My name is Gatspy, I've heard a lot about you from my Master, Arjun. He told me about how you fought at Veles Vasad, and how you fought here on Detulia. What else can I say Traveler? I'm glad you're on our side.
Oh, you heard about me? Yeah, I'm one of Master Arjun's Students. I lived in Hyksos, on Ghea's Southern Continent, before Master Arjun discovered me. I was really little, so I don't remember much about my time there. Most future Guardians are brought into the Order when they're that young, if their families agree to it. My folks lived in Hyksos when the Dominion controlled the Continent and half the City was starving to death. When Master Arjun asked to take me, they didn't need much convincing that I'd be better off with him. I…can't help but wonder if they're still alive. And, I sometimes wonder why I wonder. Master Arjun is a great and kind man,
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Garden of Ashes
Good morning, traveler, I've heard a great deal about you from Macmael, Shotglass and Arjun. I've also heard that you drank Shotglass' entire selection without passing out. I know, from experience, that he serves potent brew in his establishment so I'm impressed. As for myself, my name is Alexander and I am the leader of the Nine Warriors. I'd heard from Arjun that you were eager to meet me. And, you can imagine my surprise when he told me that you'd fought alongside us during our battle at Veles Vasad.
Where are we, you ask? Well, that's an interesting question and, to be honest, I don't have the whole answer. We have traveled through the Portal at Blackwater Spire to Ava, the home world of the Avatars. During the journey, my mind exploded with a universe of possibilities when I thought of what this world would be like. Images of cities with spires touching the sun and of beautiful mountains and beaches and forests filled my mind. Our imaginations ran wild when our travels guided us t
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Order dies, Hope survives
Hello young traveler, I've heard much about you from Governor Macmael and Shotglass. I am Arjun, leader of the Order of Guardians. Well, what's left of the Order anyway. I would imagine that, by now, you're only too aware of the Order's destruction. Even now, it seems unreal, impossible. And yet, it happened anyway.
I suppose the best place to begin would be with the founding of the Order. The Order was established by the Avatars, a race of incredible beings who travel the stars as easily as you or I would walk upon a road. Back then the Five Races, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Beastmen and Imps, were little more than desperate tribes of scavengers. After a great catastrophe, the exact nature of which has yet to be discovered, the knowledge of the Old Era was lost and, seemingly, all hope of survival was lost with it. The Avatars, however, saw our plight and decided to aid us as they had, apparently, done for countless others across the vastness of creation.
To the Humans, they gave swordsm
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Sharp swords and strong ales
Welcome good master, you must be the traveler that has been our Governor Macmael's guest. I trust you're enjoying your stay? As for myself, I am Shotglass and I run 'Old Shotglass' Tavern.' What's that good master? "Why call it 'Old Shotglass' Tavern' when the building is practically new and I'm younger than most of my customers?" Come now good master, use some common sense. Do you think the paying public would trust a sign that says 'Young Shotglass' Tavern?' I didn't think so.
But, you're not here to listen to my bad jokes. You're here for information. And, you came to the right place. People tell their bartenders everything, especially if they drink a little much, and I've traveled to some places and heard stories about others. I was with the Nubalian Partisans during the Dominion occupation, I'd keep my drinks pouring and my ears open for anything those bastards shouldn't be saying in public.
This town, in the heart of the western continent, is the Trade City of Nubal. Let me start
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A World in Peril, Heroes rise
I am old. I've lived a long, long time. I've seen many things and known many people. I've known joy and pain, I've seen the face of peace and war alike. I did not expect anything to surprise me again, and yet a few days ago, I had the biggest surprise of my life.
Where shall I begin? I guess the beginning would be a good place. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Macmael. I've been Governor of the City of Nubal, the Trade City of Ghea's Western Continent, for nearly thirty years. I cannot say my tenure has been a happy one. I often think back on that time, long ago, when the troubles began. Even now, twenty dark years after the fact, it all seems so unreal. And yet, it happened anyway.
I had been in my sixth year of my tenure when the whispers first started to drift to my ears. "Perilous forces are set in motion" they said, "it is a force made for but one purpose: to destroy the Free Peoples of Ghea" they said. The whispers first came from the Northern Continent, from the Warrio
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Game Plan for my Side Stories.

Wed Jul 4, 2007, 8:17 PM
Hello, my fellow deviants. Though I have only recently joined deviantART, I am astonished and overwhelmed at how warmly I have been recieved and how supportive those of you that have read my work have been. That is, however, NOT to say that you should stop of course. Anyhow, I would like to take this oppurtunity to outline my agenda, present and future, for my Side Stories. Keep in mind that the titles are tentative, I'm putting them out there to see if they sound good. If any of you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know and, once again, thank you for reading my fiction. Please, oh please, keep it up.

Okay, here we go. The following outlines my plan for Side Stories corresponding to Legends of Ghea Book 1: The Great War. (S) means Submitted, (P) means Pending.

Side Story 1 ‘A World in Peril, Heroes rise’ (S): A monologue by Macmael, Governor of Nubal and surrogate father to the main character Alexander, which describes Ghea's recent history. It tells of the downfall of Ghea's cities to the Dominion and of the Liberation of the Western Continent which takes place about one fifth of the way through the book.

Side Story 2 ‘A sword in one hand, ale in the other’ (S): A bit of banter with Shotglass, a bartender and veteran of the Nubalian Partisans, where he describes the world of Ghea. Shotglass relays many tales about the various cities, the five races, their rulers and, of course, their liquors.

Side Story 3 ‘Order dies, Wisdom fails, Hope survives’ (S): A flashback/reflection from Arjun, leader of the Order of Guardians, as he describes the origin of the terrible Dark Mage and the decimation of the Order. The perspective will alternate between the first person, when Arjun is explaining or reflecting, and the third person in which the reader sees the events play out.

Side Story 4 ‘Garden of Ashes’ (S): A falling action piece where Alexander, the leader of the nine heroes, reflects on his journey and how he and his companions have changed over that time. He will tell a few anecdotes of their adventures, tell about what he discovered about the Dark Mage and how these discoveries (and their implications) have led him and his companions to the realm of a near mythical race: the Avatars. He will also tell what little he knows about the Avatars and what he can see of their world, and how it is NOT what he expected.

Side Story 5 ‘Changing of the Guard’ (S): A reflection/foreshadowing piece in which Gatspy, a survivor of the Order of Guardians, reflects on the involvement of the nine heroes and the remnants of the Order in the Avatar Civil War. Gatspy will describe the battle, as he knows it, as well as the events immediately before and after, leading up to a confrontation on the planet Detulia against a Black Rose Super Weapon known as the Soul Crusher. Finally, he will both surprise the reader and offer a hint of things to come when he makes a surprising decision: that he and the other young Guardians will stay with the White Rose Clan, the Avatar faction that our heroes side with, and help them to find a new home world.

Interlude 1 ‘The Age of Miracles’ (S): A short story intended to cap off the Book 1 Side Stories. In this interlude, Arjun will be visiting the burial site of Tal Belenthrond, the Sage and Oracle who foresaw the beginning of the Great War and the appearance of the Nine Heroes. Arjun will reflect on the events of the Great War and of how, in the regained peace, the Five Races have followed the Nine Heroes’ example and have banded together for mutual defense and the shared task of reconstruction. And, more remarkable still, new Kingdoms have been discovered. As Arjun dubs it, this is The Age of Miracles.

Now, we move on to the Side Stories pertaining to The Legends of Ghea Book 2: Where Barriers Vanish. Again, (S) means Submitted, (P) means Pending.

Interlude 2 ‘Ships of the Line’ (S): This isn’t actually a story but an exhibition of the various ships used by the Earth Unified Republic (E.U.R). This prose will contain brief descriptions of the various fighters, warships and support craft used by the E.U.R as well as the origins of their names, and some are quite interesting.

Side Story 6 ‘First Contact’ (S): In this piece, the traveler (the reader) will meet with Admiral Sophia Chamberlain, Commanding Officer of the E.R.S Ark Royal and head of the Earth Unified Republic’s Expeditionary Force. Sophia will relay to the reader the origins and recent history of the Earth Unified Republic (E.U.R), its hostilities with the Andromeda Star League (A.S.L) and the events leading up to First Contact between Earth and Ghea. She will also admit that she shares the utter astonishment of the recent First Contact, the Gheans had long assumed Earth to be a myth and Ghea, to the E.U.R, is like a myth come to life.

Side Story 7 ‘Apocalypse and Her Horsemen’ (P): A narrative consisting of three monologues, one by Laura, one by Gatspy and one by Count Vulture, now provisionally made a Liaison between Ghea and the Ark Royal. In this piece, each will describe the events that have led them all to one, inescapable conclusion: war is once again upon us. The Black Rose Clan, the Avatar faction that gave the Dark Mage Lucifer his powers and with whom our heroes battled with near the end of Book 1, is back. Their new leader, Czarthra Mang, had dispatched the Five Horsemen. Their mission is to set the Black Rose Clan’s enemies at one another’s throats through a heinous campaign of espionage, deception and mass murder. Each will, at the end of their segments, talk about what little they know of the Horsemen’s identities and how this threat will be confronted. Vulture will also talk about his growing bond with Sophia who, to everyone’s surprise, pledges her support to the hunt for the Horsemen.

Side Story 8 ‘Across the Stars, Across Time, and Home Again’ (P): Alexander speaks once more with the traveler as the most critical time in the war arrives, and the moments leading up to it. As the hunt for the Horsemen draws to a close, Gatspy makes a terrible discovery: the Black Rose Clan intends to launch an all out invasion of Ghea. With some timely aid from the President of the E.U.R, Ghea’s population is evacuated, but the Black Rose Clan is relentless and merciless, as are their newfound friends: the Dark Elves. With Ghea in Black Rose hands, the Allies are splintered. The E.U.R and its newfound ally the A.S.L are cut off from one another by the Black Rose forces occupying Ghea and, worse still, the Gatspy and the young Guardians, along with the White Rose Clan and their Detulian allies, are trapped on the far side of the portal at Blackwater Spire. The Black Rose Clan wields the tactical initiative, the strategic advantage and superior firepower. But, the forces of good are not beaten yet. Alexander will describe, as well as these events, the plan for a daring assault to reclaim Ghea and drive out the Black Rose invaders.

Side Story 9 ‘Homecomings, The Razorthorn Address and New Threats’ (P): A four part narrative depicting the events following the counterattack on Ghea, codenamed Operation: Ghean Freedom. The first part will be a letter that a young Ghean soldier writes to his family, talking about the victory and the now strong friendship not only between the Five Races but between Ghea and Earth. The second will be a speech made the E.U.R President before the gates of Razorthorn, an ancient fortress which the Allied ground forces seized and defended against a massive Dark Elf assault. In terms of length and wording, it will be similar to the Pointe Du Hoc Address made by President Ronal Reagan on the fortieth anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. The third part will be a conversation between Arjun and Githyan, a captured Dark Elf. During the clash between Arjun and the Dark Elf Lord Astaral, Astaral voiced that Czarthra Mang’s true designs yet remain hidden and Arjun intends to learn more. Finally, the last part will focus on Czarthra Mang himself as we learn that some of the finer points of his thinking and that his ‘war’ against the Allies was never meant to succeed. He, indeed, has a new and horrific design and one he will, gladly, sacrifice his entire race to fulfill.

In addition to these stories, I have also uploaded a four part fanfic for Fire Emblem Path of Radiance. It was an idea for an experiment that simply refused to go away. The tale is called Fire Emblem Path of Radiance: Divergence and is currently in my scraps section. It will be rotated into my main gallery once all the Side Stories are up. And, of course, all reviews are appreciated. Thanks for all you support.

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Elly3981 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
Happy Easter, friend! Have a good one! :D
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Falchion1984 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
Thanks, and a Happy Easter to you too. :hug:
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Elly3981 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
:)
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TheFreelancerSeal Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Thank you for adding my little piece to your favorites. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Falchion1984 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Sure thing, I actually read that one on FF.net and really liked it.
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bluefelt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Hi Falchion, I received the chapter and I sent you a short review on it in your email. I've just read some part of it and so far I'm enjoying it.
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Falchion1984 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Glad to hear it. Thanks again, and please feel free to mark up your copy if you have good ideas to improve it. Thanks again.
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bluefelt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Sure will :) And you're welcome.
Please feel free to talk anything FFT to me since its hard to find fans of the same fandom :D
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Falchion1984 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
It'll be my pleasure. And, yeah, I do wish FFT had a bigger fanbase. Another great but underappreciated game, which is also a must-have for PSP owners, is Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Have you heard of it?
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Great-Aether Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Falchion, I posted a Bryan x Faline pregnancy meme! It was finally the DoD royal couple's turn here. lol
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