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Old 02-17-2018, 06:34 PM
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Default Wild Arms 2 23-3



Give it about five minutes, and we’ll learn this isn’t your typical threat.



There really needs to be an ellipse somewhere in there.



“We’re going to give this whole ‘killing you dead’ thing a shot!”



We get it!



“You heard her! Her heart is the weak point, guys!”



Antenora is the same as ever. Look out for physical (laserish) attacks, and the occasional status ailment.



Due to reckless cheating, I haven’t talked about unique Wild Arms 2 status ailments much. WA2 has your typical poison, sleep, and confuse statuses, but here Brad is affected by… Ugh, what is that symbol supposed to mean? It’s either “forgetfulness”, which means the character won’t earn EXP, or “downhearted”, which means the character gains FP very slowly, effectively crippling the use of abilities. I really should know what that icon means! But it’s not in the manual, and I’m not even done with one Diablo Pillar yet. Let’s assume it’s downhearted.



Working on finishing up here, though.



Antenora is done. Each of the Odessa members drops a War Respite upon their death. It’s a flower consumable that will heal any and all status effects. I also bet it’s another bit of crazy localization. Peace lilies?



The form of a bayonet?



With Antenora’s defeat, the spinning thing at the center of the pillar collapses. Load-bearing general technology.



Antenora lies defeated. Lilka wants to talk about boys.



Antenora laughs at your puny Bechdel test.



… Buh?



Turns out Antenora was low level Slayheim royalty (Duchess Antenora?), and Vinsfeld is directly responsible for the death of her family.



Right!



To… help him?



… What?



What?



So your grand plan for revenge was… suicide? The hell!?



Aaaand magical death laser or something signifying her end.



Oh, she had strong feelings alright.



Thanks for the relationship advice, living weapon!



Going to go ahead and guess it isn’t the one that leads you to the most elaborate suicide ever!



And we’re done here. Time to teleport out.

Let’s examine the trajectory of Antenora’s life during our trip. Antenora…

• Was born into Slayheim royalty
• Which was summarily killed by Vinsfeld, so Antenora
• Plotted her revenge, which involved
• Joining Vinsfeld
• Sleeping with Vinsfeld
• Creating a global network (a world wide web, if you will) for gathering information for Vinsfeld
• Assisting Vinsfeld in such fun activities as burning villages and releasing monsters
• All with the absolute goal of making Vinsfeld absolute king of the world
• But! The plan was to commit suicide by hero
• This, thus, would make Vinsfeld sad

So Antenora is completely crazy.

That… sucks.

Antenora is a unique JRPG character up to this point. She’s a female villain (villainess?) in a JRPG, but she’s not the typical Claremontian sadist queen you usually see in that position. She seems pretty… normal (and, side note, she’s not wearing a battle bikini or S&M fetish wear). She’s also the de facto leader of Cocytus, and the entirely male (basically) organization looks to her for guidance. She’s not Odessa’s secretary, she’s not their token female here to say lady stuff and occasionally flirt with the hero; she’s a kick-ass general that appears to be the absolute most stable person on Team Bad Guy.

And it turns out it was all a feint so she could better upset a male character.

Antenora, you were this close to being the rare feminist JRPG villain, and you blew it right at the finish line.

Or should I say the Wild Arms 2 writers blew it?

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