This is my favourite episode so far. It’s in a slightly different format than usual; instead of one very tall and 2-wide image, it’s a series focussing on each character, with each part on its own line. If this is too difficult to read please tell me and I should be able to sort out a more normal version.
Click the image to see it at a resolution you can actually read!
While I was editing this episode, another alternate format occurred to me; it could’ve been a bit like a timeline, where you’d have multiple things going on on different lines which would all be taking place at the same time, and then they’d all slowly merge into one. I didn’t want to do it for this one because I’d have to modify the script and then redo the conversation images, but I think I might use it in a future episode if it seems appropriate.
This is also actually the longest episode to date, with 68 (conversation) panels, compared to #4’s 54.
Anyway, this is the first in a new multi-parter which, as the name implies, will introduce a new character. And the script is currently a horrible mess that I need to rewrite for Tuesday, but oh well…
Oh, and after a couple of brief mentions, Chrom makes his proper debut in this episode with the unexpected opening line of “IF I KILL YOU DO I CEASE TO EXIST?”. He’ll be a semi-regular from now on, a bit like Shulk (although I can’t really say that because he’s been in every episode so far since his introduction). I’ve also updated the Characters page with him and Cloud.
Update 2016-02-28: I’ve rewritten the next episodes for the third time and I’m finally happy with it, but as a result of this, the Challenger story is now 4 parts instead of 6. I’ve updated #6 and all references to the number of parts to reflect this. It’ll now end at #10 rather than #12.
Original Shulk portrait by jisonshin.
Blue Robin portrait adapted by xgracigloo. I do actually have a bookmark folder full of this stuff just in case I find a use for it here.
The Path of Radiance poster in Ike’s room was made by Audralg a very long time ago.
Official Fero portrait and male Robin’s hair (it’s complicated) extracted by deko.
I haven’t before but I probably should credit the excellent FEITS by SciresM, considering it’s essential to making these. Thank you, SciresM!
Also thank you to all the wonderful people who datamine stuff and put it on the Spriters’ Resource, of which there are far too many to list here!
All other non-text assets belong to Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, Monolith Soft, Square Enix, Sora, and/or Platinum Games or are just public domain (Robin’s scales). It’s impressive how many random things can be adapted and put to good use.