Okay, I see a lot of hate for Tharja (Some aimed directly at me) and I feel a need to explain why I like her and shes one of my favourite characters
I’ll start off with the most glaring issue, the stalking, Im not going to defend her stalking, but as its stated in her support with Gaius, she has the power to completely make Robin fall in love with her, but she chooses not out of respect and faith that if Robin was to love her, it would have to be legit romance, she would rather be alone than to actually force him to love her. Which is why I find it really cute when Robin does realise she actually cares for him and how shes a kinder person than what she first appears to be.
In many of her supports she shows that shes worried about how people think of her, about how she thinks some people thinks she will betray them, she doesn’t think people would actually want to just be friends with her so she shuts herself out, but slowly opens up to those she cares about, she goes out of her way to perform curses and hexes in order to help others out, including letting a ghost control her body which could even kill her in order for Gregor to talk to his brother
She has a strange desire to hide that shes done something nice for other people, even to request the people who knows to not tell others, and with her support with Virion clicks on that Tharja used him but only to assist others, to cook for the army and to build a bridge for children to use to cross a river.
Now about how shes dressed, and how shes a “Slut”, this is just what Dark Mages wear, its never really explained as to why, but Tharja doesn’t seem to mind, she states she doesn’t care all to much about appearances or sexual appeal to Vaike when he states that Robin has a hot body. And during the
Summer Scramble she declares how she doesnt think anyone would like her body saying “Nobody would want to see ME in this” when putting on her swimsuit, and how shes always holding a tome to her chest to cover her boobs. I dont really see how this is her being a “slut”
And now for one of the things that bother me the most, people who say Tharja is abusive to Noire, and I want to point out people who say they Hate Tharja because shes a stalker yet they “Love Noire”, its clear that these people are just using Noire as tool to voice their hate for Tharja and that they dont know anything about Noire, since Noire herself has a stalker like crush.
Its stated, multiple times that Tharja loves Noire, and how protective she is of her, she will murder and actually did die to save her. She sees amazing potential in Noire when it comes to curses but she refuses to teach her that because they’res a chance that it could backfire and hurt Noire, as stated earlier with Gregor.
In The Future Past DLC, Tharja makes a joke to Noire that she could have been resurrected from the dead, Noire is so happy to she her mother and she begs to never lose her mother again, Tharja then feels guilty about a joke that struck the wrong cord, apologises to her and informs her that shes not her mother but from a different world, she doesnt have a lot of time but wants to make sure that anyone who attempted to cause harm to her suffers, Noire starts crying tears of joy and Tharja doesnt understand how to deal with that and announces that shes going to start fighting to defend Noire, Noire says “This is just like old times”, which is saying that shes always been protective of Noire
As for the cursing Tharja did to Noire, I believe, with all the other things taken into consideration from her other supports and conversations with Noire, I believe that Tharja was cursing her in order to make Noire stronger, so that Noire could survive, since Tharja knew she wouldn’t be able to protect her forever. Its stated that Noire never used a bow in her life, yet when she needed to she was an expert with it, Tharja has been improving her capabilities, but the one thing Tharja couldnt bring herself to change is Noires personality, her timidness would get in the way to much, but Tharja doesnt want to force her to be different, which is why she created Noires Talisman, something Noire has control over to help also improve herself when she needs it
She loves Noire but just is afraid to show it, she doesn’t understand how to raise a child and just does what she knows, Tharja herself was also cursed as a child so this is normal to her. In the end it states that Noire sticks around so she can stay with her mother and have more time together and to assist in raising the current timeline Noire, which is one of the most touching things in my opinion.
Its all this, that you have to take from multiple supports and consideration is why I love Tharja, she feels like an actual person, she has her own desires, fears, worries and her own personality starts to form with all this. And yet people just say shes a whore based on what she wears.
Tharja and Robin is my OTP, and I love them both so much
This time around I thought I would try something different for this class's encounter: a skill challenge. A skill challenge is a series of skill checks made by the PCs to complete a complex task introduced in D&D 4th edition. This one will run a tad differently than D&D 4e. The challenge progresses by players rolling initiative at the start of each new skill encounter and taking turns rolling one skill check of their choice. The team must succeed at a certain number of checks before moving on to the next encounter.
This still being a part of Monk Week (late as it may be), monks have an edge up on other players during this skill challenge when making some of the skill checks.
Skill Challenge: The Trials of the Masters (CR 4-7)
Setup: For whatever reason, the players need the help or trust of a group of insular monks of Zuoken that have perfected countless martial arts. The monks will only help the PCs if at least one of them can complete an obstacle course they use for training their initiates.
All players will attempt the course simultaneously, but only one of them needs to cross the finish line to succeed.
Unlike a regular skill challenge this one does not count your failures, but rather the elimination of players from the obstacle course. If all players are eliminated before the course is finished, the challenge ends in failure.
Each player can use a skill for each skill encounter only once to count as a success (unless otherwise noted). Further use of a skill already used in that encounter will not harm their progress, but will not count as a “success” towards the completion of the encounter. Note that multiple players can choose the same skill and each will count towards completing the encounter, but the same player cannot choose the same skill twice.
Players may use an unlisted skill as a success for an encounter if they can describe adequately how they do so. The DC for such a check is 14. Any other results of success or failure for an unlisted skill are up to the DM’s discretion.
Skill Encounter #1: Balance (6 successes required to pass)