from left to right : Ashelia B’nargin Dalmasca, Balthier (Ffamran mied Bunansa), Fran, Basch fon Ronsenburg, Judge Gabranth (Noah fon Ronsenburg), Vaan, Larsa Ferrinas Solidor, Penelo, Vayne Carudas Solidor.
edit : fixed Balthier & Vaan Lockscreen, typo mistake.
As emotional as this moment is on its own, I feel like I never really understood it until after I played Tactics.
We don’t know for sure what Vayne’s shield was intended to do. It could be that it was simply a generic defense against anyone who moved to attack Vayne while he was prone. However, considering Vayne’s words shortly hereafter about keeping Larsa safe from “the hell to follow”, it’s highly likely that this was a conscious effort on Vayne’s part to take his little brother out of harm’s way.
But what makes this so tragic is that Vayne’s only means of “protecting” Larsa is through violence. Vayne had to electrocute the one person he cares for in order to remove him from the fight.
This rings so strongly of Delita and Ovelia. Delita promised to build Ovelia a new kingdom (“a kingdom worthy of you!”), yet the only way he strove to create that kingdom was through conflict and violence and manipulation. In the end, no matter how loving Delita’s intentions may have been, the steps he took only caused him to become the very thing he sought to destroy.
Vayne, the man who was ordered to kill his two older brothers at age seventeen, is incapable of demonstrating love in a healthy way. He went so far as to kill his father and imprison the Senate to protect Larsa’s innocence. Now, however, Vayne can no longer defend Larsa without directly harming him, and this happens as a result of his lust for power.