What I Thought About Berkut and Rinea (spoilers ahead)
After finished Fire Emblem Echoes, one of the thing that become my focus is the pairing, because unlike free pairing in Awakening and Fates, in Echoes they’re designated so all pairing appear are canon like Clive X Mathilda (that surprisingly in category baka couple), Gray X Claire (I screamed reading their end card), Boey X Mae (I’m kinda shocked but not really I guess), Zeke X Tatiana (sweet couple), Alm X Celica (honestly I thought they’re bro sis before), and Berkut X Rinea. I actually crack shipped Celica with Atlas because I love their support dialogue.
My most favourite pairing happened in this game is Berkut and Rinea, and the main reason is the Memory Prism we got after defeating Berkut.
At first, even their early appearance is when they’re dancing together. This is so sweet, and after saw Memory Prism it becomes much more meaningful. They met at the ball, when Rinea become wallflower, and Berkut flirting at her. Well, flirting Berkut style. And even after she told him that she’s from low level nobility, he still asked her to dance with him. Mind you, Berkut is the heir of the Rigel kingdom at that time. If he’s so haughty, he must preferred high nobility woman as his partner, but no. He chose Rinea. And every time his ambition to the throne shown, I don’t remember he ever missed saying about Rinea become his empress, even when Duma claimed his soul, he questioned her if she doesn’t want to be his empress. He didn’t hear that Rinea said it doesn’t matter for her if he’s an emperor or not. And I think that misunderstanding is the main reason why he’s completely controlled by Duma and killed Rinea. And after Alm defeated him, the scene when Rinea pick him up and said about he’s worthy of become an emperor but maybe here is not his kingdom… just remember it make me wanna cry. They deserve better…
I really love this pairing.