some upsetting, scattered emmeryn meta, mostly regarding her spotpass self
that i wrote at like 3-4 in the morning on plurk a few days ago and am transcribing with minimal edits, with a healthy dose of not liking post-spotpass m!robin/emmeryn
When the NPC villager who’s taken her in after she gets the fuck out of dodge/the Grimleal sacrificial pyre introduces her to Chrom and crew, he says, “She doesn’t comprehend as you or I,” says she speaks with the words of a child when she does–
and okay first of all how the fuck has no one up until this point seen the goddamn fucking brand RIGHT THERE ON HER DAMN FOREHEAD AND GONE, SHIT. LIKE NOT NECESSARILY RECOGNIZING EMMERYN AS THE EXALT MAKES SENSE BUT I FIGURE THE BRAND HAS BEEN A THING LONG ENOUGH THAT IT SHOULD BE GOTTEN
–anyway SO THE THING IS this dude totally devalues her capabilities right off the bat. Throughout the paralogue, she is very clearly having a lot of trouble with this whole speaking thing, but in literally every conversation she has after that—look at any of her supports, any of her other paralogue quotes—she’s so much more articulate, comparatively. And the difference is at that point, she is actively with people who are talking to her instead of about and around her all the time. She is having conversations on a regular basis and even though she struggles to speak still, she gets better, in small doses, just because she has people around. It’s especially apparent in her supports with m!Robin, she makes leaps and bounds in progress (but not with f!robin which UPSETS ME DEEPLY like god fuck this notion that romance has ~fixed~ her, anyway) just by having him constantly stopping by and talking with her.
So the thing is that two years at an absolute minimum have passed since Emmeryn’s misadventures in skydiving and this paralogue, probably a few years longer given that a war has passed an an apocalypse is in the middle of transpiring, and who knows what the fuck she was doing traipsing about Plegia all that time–but no one in all that time spent long enough just talking to her and treating her like a damn person for her to practice her speech enough to consistently use multisyllablic words. So she has spent 2+ years being infantilized and being treated like this broken thing instead of a person who has some issues! And it doesn’t even stop.