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Marcus/Supports (The Blazing Blade)
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Marcus: Lord Eliwood! You are not hurt?
Eliwood: Marcus? Thanks, I'm fine.
Marcus: Perhaps it is not my place... But, Lord Eliwood, you should stay out of combat, I think. Let me deal with the enemy! You can join me, Lord Eliwood, and thus travel in safety...
Eliwood: I'm afraid that cannot be. This is my journey to make. It is my responsibility.
Marcus: Lord Eliwood! Well, I cannot say that I am not impressed by your strength. You have truly grown, and for that, I am joyful.
Eliwood: Ah, Marcus, your sentiments are always larger than life.
Marcus: But it does make me lonely, you know. When you were born, Lord Eliwood... Why, I had just received the honor of knighthood. When you were little, oh, how you would follow me everywhere!
Eliwood: Stop it, you embarrass me good friend.
Marcus: Lord Eliwood...
Marcus: I have been watching you progress on your journey...
Eliwood: What is it? There's no need for formalities with me.
Marcus: Ah, just, I was thinking how much you've grown... Even on this journey, seeing you go off to battle, brave and strong. You have much of your father's presence.
Eliwood: You think so?
Marcus: I do. Mine eyes fill with tears of joy, truly...
Eliwood: There you go with the poetry again, Marcus. ...That reminds me of something my father once spoke of. Marcus, you went into battle by my father's side when he was young?
Marcus: Indeed. I was just a page at the time. But under Lord Elbert's command I swung my spear as best I could.
Eliwood: And you fight by my side on this, my journey, as well.
Marcus: I made a promise to Lord Elbert. I swore to protect the lord Eliwood until his return. Knights of Pherae always carry out their orders, you see.
Eliwood: And Pherae owes its very existence to you, Marcus. Thank you.
Marcus: Thanks are wasted on me. I merely do my duty.
Marcus: Lord Eliwood!
Eliwood: Marcus! It is good to see you are well--
Eliwood: M-Marcus!? What is wrong!
Marcus: To concern yourself with a mere retainer in the midst of battle... Even in such a horrid conflict as this one, still you have lost none of your heart, Lord Eliwood.
Eliwood: Your sentiments could make a mourner smile, Marcus!
Marcus: Take care of your heart, Lord Eliwood. You will need it to lead your people upon your return to Pherae.
Eliwood: Yes... Let us all return to Pherae together. For that alone, we must win this battle. Should we fall on the road, my dear mother's heart would never mend.
Marcus: Do not worry, my young lord. I, Marcus, will defend you. I have sworn that Lord Eliwood will return safely to Pherae. And return you shall, to find a lovely, kind wife to lead with you. Then you will follow in Lord Elbert's footsteps. Then, when your child is grown and ready to go off to battle, I, Marcus, will be there to accompany and protect him!
Eliwood: Marcus... I know no knight of Pherae more worthy of the title than you. I thank you, as does my future son.
Marcus: It occurs to me... When Lord Elbert became engaged to the Lady Eleanora... Why he was the same age you are now, Lord Eliwood. As a faithful retainer of Pherae, I must make haste to find you a suitable wife!
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|Ending||The merchant Merlinus began working for Eliwood. He and Marcus were fast friends, and when Marcus became the head of military training, Merlinus used his business acumen to deal with all matters financial.|
Marcus: Merlinus, stay on your guard. A moment of laxity can bring death from behind...
Merlinus: Ahh...how embarrassing.. But, Sir Marcus, do you think the enemy will come this far...? I mean, we never do anything...we just sit here and wait...
Marcus: No, no, this too is a very important duty... Protect the line of supply is of vital importance... Without weapons and potions, the battle cannot go on.
Merlinus: Well... I suppose not... But, you know...what can I...do... Snoooore...
Merlinus: So, Sir Marcus... where is the front line of the battle today?
Merlinus: Sir Marcus...are you entirely satisfied with this duty...? Guarding the transporter must be rather dull...
Marcus: Not at all. This is a very important duty that has been assigned to me. As a loyal servant of our lord, I must carry out my duties faithfully.
Merlinus: Hmm... I see... Well, Sir Marcus, would you like to try one of these? They are a specialty of "Chez Merlinus," you might say...
Marcus: Mmmm. Baked puddings... But to partake of these in the midst of battle...
Merlinus: Oh, go ahead...just have one...
Marcus: My... Mmm... I see... Why, these are quite scrumptious!
Merlinus: Aren't they?
Marcus: Mmm. Its charm lies in the variety of textures inside and without... And the distinctive taste of these apples stewed in honey reminds me of a certain well-known pastry shop in Ostia... Although...you may be relying too much on the sweetness to carry the weight of this confection... Hmm... Yes, I think that about sums it up... Hm? What's wrong?
Merlinus: L-Lord Marcus... I had no idea you were such a knowledgeable epicure!
Merlinus: So, Sir Marcus, what do you think of how this army is being run?
Marcus: What do you mean?
Merlinus: Well, I may not know much about military organization, but... Shouldn't we be more involved in the decisions being made?
Marcus: Why do you say that?
Merlinus: Well, Lord Hector, Lord Eliwood, and Lady Lyndis are still so young... Is it really all right to leave all of the leadership decisions to Lord Eliwood in the coming battles? As an experienced knight, don't you have any anxieties about this?
Marcus: None at all.
Merlinus: Not even a little?
Marcus: I trust Lord Eliwood. So long as Lord Eliwood is in command, I have no trepidations about the course of battles to come...
Merlinus: So... You really do have such faith in your liege lord! Well, this old merchant has seen the light! I say, I have been far too cynical and mistrusting for far too long! I will try to redouble my trust in our lords! Sir Marcus! Help this humble merchant protect his wares with all of your might!
Marcus: ...Merlinus. It is never a good idea to yell like that on a battlefield unless you are inviting attack...
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Marcus: Lowen! What are you doing?!
Lowen: A-Ah! General Marcus!
Marcus: Have you forgotten everything I taught you?! Be ever vigilant in surveying the field! The enemy could always catch you unaware! Do not let your inexperience be the downfall of an army, boy!
Lowen: Y-Yes, sir. I understand!
Marcus: You've got heart, boy. But that's about it. If you don't have the steel in your mind as well as in your belly, then you don't deserve to wear it!
Lowen: Yes, sir!
Marcus: But your lance thrusts are looking better!
Lowen: Yes, sir! As per general's orders, I do 1,000 thrusts a day!
Marcus: You are still but half a knight! And half a knight must practice twice as hard as a full knight! Do you think you will make progress by doing the bare minimum, whelp?!
Lowen: N-No, sir!
Marcus: At that rate, you'd never become a true knight of Pherae! Not like Harken and Isadora!
Lowen: Y-Yes, sir! I will try harder!
Marcus: What, can't you stand up, Lowen? What kind of a knight can't take a single blow of my spear?
Lowen: Y-yes, sir...!
Marcus: And again! Grrarr!
Marcus: Ha! And how about this one?
Lowen: Hunngggh! Ahh...
Marcus: Lowen... If a mere glancing thrust like that is enough to dismount you, you need far more training! Now listen...before we meet to spar again...
Lowen: Not... yet... I can... still take more... Sir Marcus... Please continue...
Marcus: ...... All right, then! Next, take...that!!
Lowen: Y-Yes, sir!
Marcus: Well done.
Marcus: You've stood up to quite enough... And what's more, you've distinguished yourself in battle, son!
Lowen: General Marcus...!
Marcus: When we return to Pherae, I will see to it that you are properly decorated! Lowen, you have become a fine knight of Pherae. Well done, indeed! I am very proud of you.
Lowen: General Marcus... Th-Thank you! It is all your doing, general!
Marcus: Idiot! Where is your pride!? You are now a knight of Pherae! And I will no longer coddle you as I have! Learn how to conduct yourself as a knight of the first class! Understood?
Lowen: Yes, sir!
Lowen: General Marcus! Did your stomach just make that noise?
Marcus: It was your imagination... Rumble...
Lowen: There it was again!
Marcus: Hmmph... All right... Lowen, give them up.
Lowen: Yes, sir! Based on the sound of that rumbling... I'd say you need about five boar's meat dumplings, am I right?
Marcus: Mm. Lowen, these are delicious... I am reminded of an old saying... "Fill your heart, but first, fill your belly..." Now, don't you forget that, eh, son?
Lowen: No, sir! I won't!
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Isadora: General Marcus!
Isadora: Your forgiveness, General. I must apologize for leaving Lady Eleanor to come here!
Marcus: Do not worry yourself. It was Lady Eleanor's wish, wasn't it? She is a willful woman...
Marcus: But what are you doing? Certainly you were not ordered to hold this position. A knight of Pherae never abandons their post!
Isadora: Yes, sir! Duly noted!
Isadora: Ho! General Marcus!
Marcus: Mm... Isadora. Nice of you to check in. If you have that much leisure, then you should spar with me.
Isadora: Ah... Excuse me... General Marcus, have you seen Lord Eliwood of late?
Marcus: Mm... He has been fighting fiercely...
Isadora: Yes, but he looks so distraught. He lost his father so recently. And with no time to grieve, he was cast into this harsh fray... His heart must be deeply troubled...
Marcus: Yes, but we are powerless to wage that battle for him. Our aid would be but a curtain against his inner storm... Yet still...
Isadora: Yes. That is exactly why we should do all we can. We must return Lord Eliwood safely to Lady Eleanor...
Marcus: I must go. You can handle yourself here alone, can't you?
Isadora: Ha! Worry not, General Marcus! I am a knight of Pherae. I will carry out my duty and return safely.
Marcus: Good, Isadora... Pherae needs you more than ever now...
Isadora: Yes, Lord Marcus. I will discharge my duty loyally in this time of need as I would at any other time. Fare thee well.
Isadora: Ah, General Marcus.
Marcus: ...Like me, you are a loyal subject of Pherae. The future of that great country rests on our shoulders. And it weighs the same upon both of us, though you be a woman and I be a man.
Isadora: Yes, General. I know this all too well.
Marcus: However... Please, do not overextend yourself. You may rely on my help at any time. There is no shame in seeking assistance.
Isadora: I see...
Marcus: That is all I wished to say. Now I will go.
Isadora: Of course... But first, may I say one thing?
Marcus: Yes, what is it?
Isadora: Thank you, General Marcus. You have never treated me any differently for being a woman... You have thought of me always as a knight of the first rank of Pherae... If you had been too lenient or protective of me, I would not be alive to fight here today.
Isadora: We will both return safely to Pherae, Sir Marcus.
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Harken: ...Lord Marcus!
Marcus: Harken. It is good to see you are well.
Harken: I must apologize. I have not been myself...
Marcus: Say no more. There is nothing anyone can do about Lord Elbert. Now, we must look to the future. We will need your sword in the battles to come. You understand, Harken?
Harken: Yes... I understand, sir. I shall defend Lord Eliwood with my life. And...I shall not make the same mistake again.
Marcus: good. Now, let's be off, Harken!
Harken: I was wondering if Lord Eliwood knew... If he knew where I was, and what I did before I came to serve Pherae...
Marcus: He surely does not know the details. Yet, why would your past have anything to do with you now? You rode alone into the enemy camp and killed their general. Your skills in battle have done Pherae great aid.
Marcus: The house you once served is no more. The marquess that betrayed your loyalty and threw you out...is dead. You are a knight of Pherae.
Harken: Lord Eliwood is a pure man. If he knew my past... Would he still welcome me?
Marcus: It is unlike you to say such foolish things, Harken. Why do you think you stand here now? For whom do you swing your sword, if not for Lord Eliwood?
Harken: I suppose...
Marcus: Lord Eliwood trusts you. And, you must return that trust in kind. Understand, Harken?
Harken: Lord Marcus!
Marcus: You seem better at ease, Harken. In fact, you seem in downright good spirits.
Harken: It is thanks to you, Lord Marcus. I am here, I am fighting for my lord. That is all I do, and it is good.
Harken: I have seen much blood in my days... Yet Lord Elbert welcomed me as an honored knight. When I lost him, I lost myself... Yet Lord Eliwood accepted me without question. Lord Marcus, I owe Pherae a great debt. Once again, I have a lord who welcomes me to his side.
Marcus: Yes. Now, let us be off, Harken! Let's show them what two knights of Pherae can do!