Hey guys! After such a big entry last time, I thought I’d be a little easier on myself with a smaller entry tonight. I’ll just quickly list off my favorite scenes in Wayward Son 😀 This will be in the order that I liked them, not necessarily their order in the fic itself, so watch out for spoilers!
#12: The report given by Renault and his companions to the Royal Court of Etruria in chapter 10, “A King and His Court.”
I have a soft spot for funny scenes, and I myself laughed out loud as I was writing this one–sure, the nobles are cartoonishly incompetent and solipsistic, but hey, cartoons are good entertainment. 😄
#11: The first fight with Barbarossa:
This was the second time I departed from the Fire Emblem ‘world,’ so to speak (the first was with Yurt, from Demon’s Souls). Still, even if it was an indulgence on my part, this battle was so crazy and frenetic that I couldn’t help but love it. Granted, maybe I’m a little biased because I was playing the song from Shadow of the Colossus I recommended in the chapter as I wrote it–“A Despair Filled Farewell.” It just cemented this installment as super epic in my mind.
10: Keith’s Death:
This was undoubtedly brutal, probably the most brutal thing I’ve ever written. So hard for me to write, too ;_; Even so, I think it’s devilishly effective at what it does. Thus, it gets a shoutout as a scene I’m proud of, though it’s not a favorite in terms of what I like to read…even now its hard for me ;_;
9: Braddock’s Death:
This had to be in here somewhere, right? ;D It’s honestly not my favorite scene, though, despite how emotional it was to write, because I think it may have been a little overwritten. I tried to get too much stuff in there, and Braddock might be a little too chatty for a dying guy. Still, I thought the ending image, of the dying Braddock stroking Renault’s face, is one of the most powerful in the story.
8: A brief quiet moment with Keith:
This was something I’d wanted to write for a while, since Keith was explicitly written to set the stage for Renault’s friendship with Wallace centuries later (Renault had a soft spot for the squire because Wallace reminded him of Keith). Right down to Renault comforting Keith by stroking her hair, I thought it was cute…which made Keith’s death later so tragic ;_;
7: Braddock’s goodbye to Rosamia:
I really liked Braddock and Rosamia’s relationship, and wished they had a happy life together…but alas, it was not to be ;_; But while I’m not much of a romance writer, I really think their farewells, especially the parting kiss Braddock gives Rosamia, is a sensible, emotionally resonant culmination of their feelings for each other, and a great representation of both their characters.
6: Renault and Braddock become blood brothers:
This was another scene I’d wanted to write for a long time, supposed to recapitulate Hector from Fire Emblem 7’s character, where he does an oath thing with Eliwood (mentioned in his supports). However, I also really like Braddock’s inspiring speech to Renault, telling him not to hate religion so much, and the whole scene in general captures the theme of friendship and bonds of love (between men, between women, between people in general, platonic or not) that’s something I wanted Wayward Son as a whole to convey.
5: Bramimond’s complete PWNAGE of Renault:
I love this scene because it proves you don’t even have to lift a weapon to completely destroy somebody. Renault got #REKT, and god damn did he deserve it. Bramimond gave full voice to what I’m sure everyone was thinking over the course of the story: That for all his martial prowess, and despite his smart mind, Renault was still an angry, foolish, bull-headed, obstinate, and profoundly immature little child up to this point. All his skill with the sword proves to be utterly impotent in the face of Bramimond’s power, and Bramimond finally shows him the truly good person Braddock was–which Renault was previously too blind to realize–in order to completely demolish the foolhardy beliefs which he had based literally his entire life around for the past two centuries. Now, such a profound ass-kicking pretty much blew apart Renault’s psyche, but it was also the major kick in the ass he needed to grow up. I think I portrayed it very well.
4: Renault seeing the picture of his old friends again:
I admit this is an indulgence on my part…I’d wanted to portray something like this for ages, and thankfully the most excellent Databunny drew a picture of what Renault is thinking of! Even if she hadn’t, though, this scene (combined with the music I picked out) would still have a place in my heart, simply because it was as emotional for me as it was for Renault. His feelings when reminded of his much-beloved old friends–now gone–mirror my own…
3: The final showdown between Braddock and the antagonist, Paptimus:
I don’t like this battle scene as much as I like the Renault v. Tassar fight, since it’s not *quite* as tightly written, IMO–it’s much longer, for one, and doesn’t involve the use of space and improvisation (going up a tower, Renault saving himself with his chain knife) that the duel did. Still, it’s damn close, because what it lacks in finesse, it makes up for in pure badassery. I just *knew* I had to have a mano a mano, bare-fisted fight between these two, given how much they absolutely hated each other, and I think I conveyed the intensity of a duel fueled by two rivals’ hatred, rage, and life-or-death determination, just like some of the climactic duels of Tekkaman Blade, which was what this one was supposed to remind you of. 😀
2: Renault’s epic duel with Tassar:
Without a doubt, this is the setpiece battle I’m most proud of. EVERYTHING came together perfectly inside it, IMO. I had always thought, from the beginning of the story, that Renault would duel his mentor one-on-one in a burning cathedral. When I finally got to the scene, I found all the pieces falling together just perfectly. Tassar had killed Renault’s mother, stoking the protagonist’s hatred against him (though Renault never even liked his mother). Renault had recently promoted to a more powerful class and got a cool sword and chaindagger, meaning he would be able to stand on even ground with his former mentor. And the design of Eliminean cathedrals, incorporating a tall tower, made for a super exciting battle–a fire started on the first floor and barred the exit, meaning Renault and Tassar could only flee upwards, trying to kill each other as they did so. All of this combined to make what is, IMO, the best battle piece I’ve ever written.
And finally, #1, my favorite scene in the whole book…
You guys are gonna be surprised, but it’s this one:
The whole first part of this chapter involving Prudence.
It certainly wasn’t the most significant scene in the story, but it was hands-down the most fun to write. I was chuckling while writing the scene with the nobles in chapter 10, but I was lolin’g hard as I wrote this. The interplay between Prudence, Renault, and the rulers of Caelin just worked so well, their characters bouncing off each other so delightfully, and the dialogue so perfectly compact, building on itself (namely each character’s response), and wasting so little, that I have to give this scene the hat tip. 😀
So that’s it for me, brothers and sisters. How about you? If you’re reading Wayward Son, what have your favorite scenes been, now that the ride’s almost over? And if you’re not, but you write fiction yourself (fan or not), what are your favorite scenes of the stuff you’ve written? 😀