sticky-runes wrote:Suikoden 4 gave us some odd couples.
Gary and Ema. Ok, it's kinda implied that they are the ancestors of Maxilimilian, but when we first met Maximilian, he was a seasoned knight who is still trying to put up a good fight. Gary and Ema were just some random couple visiting Obel. They didn't have any occupation. They had a son who was off adventuring or something. And they stayed in Obel to help Flare look after the people until Lino returned to reclaim the kingdom. But... What exactly are they doing? Just a couple of do-gooders helping out strangers by not fighting.
And Kevin and Pam. Sure, it's handy having a couple of extra cooks for the HQ, but they joined us because the chief of Nay asked them to. They didn't seem particularly bothered that their island had been obliterated by the Kooluk and everyone they knew back home was killed instantly. They're just happy to hop on board our ship and bake cakes and pies. Maybe they write some letters for the suggestion box about their feelings towards losing Illuya, i'm not sure, but it's odd that we get these characters who really aren't any more special than some of those non-star NPCs that join our ship as volunteers.
wataru14 wrote:Cedric always baffled me. Yes, from a gameplay perspective he allows you to dash and has Find Treasure as a support ability. But in-universe I have no idea why you recruit him. Louise says something about how he might be useful (at what? Running away from innkeepers?), but then he never does anything at all. But even he's better than poor Oleg. Lino basically says, "Thank for showing me this video. In lieu of getting paid for it, how about you hang around here and do menial tasks for me?" The next time you see the poor guy he's hefting around rune cannon shells when you prepare to escape Obel.
sticky-runes wrote:Cedric is no Stallion. Stallion acted as a messenger and rushed to Scarleticia to let us know about Teo's impending attack. Cedric can't really do that for us in S2. He can't run across the ocean from island to island, and we have a mobile HQ anyway, which we're never far from. And he's tiny. I can't see him picking anyone up like Stallion did when he rescued Sylvina (and Theresa in one of the Gaidens?)
Maybe they could have come up with a scenario where we need Cedric to steal keys or something from Kooluk soldiers, or to draw off some enemy rune cannon fire.
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