The Prince’s Despair
Posted February 24, 2008on:
Alright, the fabled Lyon article I promised I would make. If some things are a little off you can thank Ephraim…I couldn’t get past the Father and Son level because he got berserked and killed Neimi -_- . so I used a game script to base everything off of that isnt in my memory. just a quick note, I ask you not to include any comments that would belittle or otherwise make fun of Lyon. since this articles aim is to tell the story about Lyon, it would kind of go against it to bash him 🙂 .
Around the beginning of sacred stones, when the war of the stones has just began, Ephraim and Erika often comment on Lyon. They say how he is kind and gentle, and that he would never start a war. On the other hand, they also say he respects his father very much, and would do as he says, even go along with a war. Many flashbacks ensue over the span of the first ten chapters, give or take a few. Most of them deal with Erika, Ephraim, and Lyon all talking together. Erika says she wants to see Ephraim become the king of Renais, and Ephraim says he wants to see Erika become the king (he really says that) and that he would be content as a soldier. When asked, Lyon says he wants to become the best king he could be, but that he doesn’t think he will be able to because it looks so hard. Lyon has a very low sense of confidence, and that is probably because of Erika and Ephraim… for many reasons. For starters, the two are always together, as they are twin brother and sisters. However, Lyon is an only child, so when he looks at Erika and Ephraim together, he is filled with envy. Aside from that fact, Lyon is a mage, and his two friends are physical fighters. That means that, when they want to spar, Lyon would always accept, but he could never provide even the slightest challenge. He says so himself, and says its even more embarrassing that he lost to a girl. Upon being beat by Erika in a sparing match, Lyon says he’ll train harder, but first he wanted to give something to Erika. what it was is never said, but one possible idea would be some sort of wedding ring, or rather an engagement ring (heck, maybe even just a ring ring, I don’t know!) . Lyon hints at the fact many times over through the corse of the story, that he is in love with Erika. So much so that seeing Ephraim always by her side, despite him just being her sister, made him jealous. His jealousy for Ephraim comes from many things though, from his always being by Erika to his strength, composure, and even his looks.
Going forward a year or so in flashback land (AKA: the past) an excited Lyon tells the twins that he and the mages of Grado have made a huge breakthrough regarding the sacred stone of Grado, or rather the fire emblem. He says that, within the stone, there is enough power to fuel many unbelievable fiats. he says that there was a terrible fire in Grado, and that a little girl was burned almost to death. but using the stone of Grado, Lyon was able to heal her one hundred percent. Lyon then says that he can only imagine the things he could do for Grado with the stones power, but Erika and Ephraim warn him that working with the sacred stone may be a bad idea. the stone of Grado was the sacred stone that sealed the demon king away, and that is where it got its incredible power from. Lyon tells the two that he knows all about the risks, and that he promises to be careful.
Later on during the war, Ephraim reaches Grado in hopes of ending the war. he also hopes that he will not have to fight any of his greatest friends, as Grado was prviously one of Renais’ closest allies. inside the castle Lyon asks his father if what he did was right. he says how after his father had died, he didn’t know what to do. And after a sudden change of appearance, Lyon then orders his father to crush Ephraim. After defeating the King of Grado, Ephraim gets a chance to talk to Lyon. however, Lyon is not altogether…quite himself. he tells Ephraim that he started this war, not his father, and that he used the twins friendship to get close to Renais…waiting for the day he could overthrow it. Ephraim does not believe him, and upon saying so, Lyon remarks on not being able to fight Ephraim yet. with that he warps away. after searching the castle, Ephraim discovers the enigmatic Knoll. Knoll tells Ephraim that he was once one of Grado’s mages, but that he was to be executed…an order coming from Lyon. Knoll says that Lyon frightens him now, and that he has been different since creating the dark stone. the dark stone is, more or less, the stone of Grado, though different in one respect. Lyon modified the stone so that only the dark energy inside remained. after creating the stone, Lyon resurrected his father, who had died of a life long illness. Knoll tells Ephraim that Lyon seeks to destroy the sacred stones that remain, but why… he does not know. Shortly after this, in Jehanna, Lyon warps in to give orders to general Caellech, the tiger eye of Grado… also one of the generals charged with the destruction of the sacred stones. Lyon tells Caellech that quote “you must put a stop to this. destroying the sacred stones is..” however, Lyons “illness” prevents him from saying any more. In time the sacred stone of Jehanna is destroyed, as well as the queen, Ishmaire. Lyon tries to save her, but cannot. When he gets a chance to speak with Erika, he tells her the war is his fault, because he was too weak to stop it.
eventually the groups merge and they come across the now elusive prince Lyon. he tells them that he is not the person he used to be, and that in truth he is the demon king. Evil Lyon says how he is all that remains of the former Lyon…and that there is no undoing what he has done. he begins telling Lyon that he is about to make all of his darkest dreams come true. He would kill Ephraim and take Erika as his own. after defeating Lyon however, he says how human flesh is too weak…and that he isn’t ready to fight yet. With that he flees.thanks to the frelian spies, the group is able to track Lyons movements…however the prince has anticipated this, and leads them into a den of gorgons. after defeating the monsters, and depending on whose mode you are on, one of two things happens. in Ephraim mode, Lyon casts a spell on Ephraim that halts his movement, and proceeds to crush the sacred stone of Renais. Ephraim, in pure rage, demands that the demon king fight him…but Lyon does not move. After a while Lyon admits that he is not being controlled by the demon king, but rather that after touching the the stone of Grado, he became one with the demon king. He tells Ephraim that in ten days, when the moon is engulfed by shadow, he would hold a ceremony in darkling woods that will give him limitless power. Lyon asks that Ephraim promises him he will stop him. On Erika’s mode, Lyon tells Erika that he can heal himself with the sacred stone, but if nothing is done soon he will be hopeless. however just as soon as he gets it he destroys it. the demon king says that he is the only thing left…aside from Lyons body. this is much different from Ephraim’s path, where Lyon says he gained control of himself. I believe that his control changes depending on who he’s talking to. when he’s talking to Ephraim, he says how he once had a vision of the future…and how he saw two paths. down one he gets controlled by the demon king, and down another he gains control of the demon king. upon touching the stone of Grado, he says he nearly lost all control. but when he remembered ephraim, he took back his control and gained the power he desired.
past this point in the story Lyon begins to lose all control. he is now more of a prisoner in his own body. Lyon enters darkling woods, and again one of two things happens depending on whose mode you are on. in Ephraim’s mode Lyon tells Morva, The guardian of darkling woods, that he has the power to save his people…despite the fact that he told Ephraim he had the power to destroy the world. In Erika’s mode, Lyon scoffs at Morva for threatening him…and tells him it is useless to try and stop him. either way Morva is defeated by Lyon and transformed into a draco zombie by Lyons necromancing powers. After defeating Morva, the group enters the black temple, where Lyon is about to perform his ritual. Lyon thanks Ephraim for coming, and Ephraim asks if everything was his fault. Lyon tells him though, that despite all he’s done, he still counts Ephraim as a friend he tells Ephraim that he will save his people…and that not even he can stop him (this again, despite the fact that he previously said he knew Ephraim could stop him) . when the battle with Lyon begins he says:
“I’ve sacrificed the lives
of many good people.
I’ve committed many
The caring heart I once
possessed died long ago…
And I’ve grown stronger
because of it.
I’ve grown strong enough to
defeat even you, Ephraim.”
Ephraim tells him that he still cant defeat him, because he has never been a fighter…and that he never should have chosen the path he did. If Erika fights him, he is dark Lyon…so all he says is that Erika is too weak to defeat him, and Erika says she hopes Lyon is watching because she is going to defeat the demon king.
After being defeated, Lyon tells Ephraim:
“You know, Ephraim…
I always wanted to be you.
I wanted to be strong and handsome…
With Eirika always at my side…
That’s what I wanted to be.
I had nothing…”
He then tells Erika that he never had the courage to say so, but that he had always loved her. After this he dies, and the resurrection of the demon king is complete. the group battles and defeats it, once and for all destroying it. later on, about a year later…Ephraim tells Erika that he has to go and help Grado. a large earthquake had nearly wiped out Grado, and Ephraim says that he will be the king that the three had always talked about…strong and kind. in this Lyons one true wish is granted, in that Grado is spared from complete destruction Ephraim tells Lyon to watch and see, and with that the story ends.
there is a brief flashback at the end where Lyon (3 years ago) asks Erika and Ephraim to be his friends.
Oh, are you…
I’m… My name is Lyon.
Uh-huh. That’s me…
The son of the emperor.
You’re Prince Ephraim and Princess
Eirika from Renais, aren’t you?
I heard you were coming, and I’ve
been waiting here all day.
I’ve always wanted… I don’t have
any friends my own age…
So, Prince Ephraim… Princess
Eirika… What do you say?
From now on, let’s be friends…
by Saint of Swords
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