Chapter 7 Opening in Shadow Dragon
Minerva: General Harmein , I cannot abide by these tactics of yours. Let me attack the rebels head-on, and keep my pride as a knight of Macedon .
Harmein: Ah, you mean the same pride that cost us all those soldiers back in Aurelis ? I think not, Princess. If we're to regroup, we need to buy time. My tactics are necessary. The emperor himself has named me commander of this post. Either obey, or accept the consequences. Your little sister Maria is still under our ward, is she not? What a shame it would be, if we decided we could no longer care for her...
Minerva: Enough! ...I will obey. But the Altean knights are smarter than you give them credit for. They will prevail here, and you will regret having acting so rashly, General.
“Fie, enough! I’ve no stomach for these cat-and-mouse tactics. Come, Whitewings, we fly! Hyah!”
—Minerva and the Whitewings withdraw in Chapter 7 of Shadow Dragon
“Rrgh..I cannot keep up the fight with these wounds..I must withdraw.”
—Minerva's retreat quote if she is defeated in Shadow Dragon.
Chapter 10 Opening in Shadow Dragon
Zharov : Princess Minerva, what brings you here? You've left your post: not very wise. Might I remind you, poor conduct on your part could have repercussions on how...comfortable...your sister remains.
Minerva: I am aware of my sister, thank you. ...I did not come to make trouble. Just let me see Maria , for a little while. She's only a child, General. Think of what she must be going through.
Zharov: Impossible, I'm afraid. She is a hostage. If your sister's well-being concerns you, then start following orders.
Soldier: General! Grave news! The rebel army has been sighted east of Castle Deil!
Zharov: What?! Why in creation would the rebels come here? Blast...Order the Dragoons to sortie! And don't forget to send word to the main army. We need reinforcements!
Minerva: Rebels...? Then Marth has arrived...
“Greetings, Prince Marth. I am Minerva of Macedon. Thank you for saving my sister. Maria's plight forced me to treat you as an enemy when I knew you were not; suffice to say, I am deeply sorry for that. ...The whole world has gone mad. Most of Macedon fights for Dolhr now. My own brother Michalis leads them. And on their hands is the blood of their king, my father. They must be stopped; I must stop them. Still, I fear for my soldiers whom I can no longer protect, especially the three Whitewing sisters: Palla, Catria, and Est. Dolhr worried we would rebel, and forced us to separate. If they knew I was safe, they would join your ranks in a heartbeat. We are yours to command, sire. Let us help you defeat Dolhr, and repay them for sullying Macedon's honor.”
—Minerva's Recruitment Quote in Shadow Dragon
Maria Steps UpEdit
Talk with Maria in Shadow Dragon
Minerva: Maria… Are you all right?
Maria: Fine. Have you heard? Marth made me one of his soldiers! Well...I made him make me one.
Minerva: …What am I going to do with you? Listen to me, Maria… You cannot stay here. It’s too dangerous. Real war is nothing like your stories of princes and damsels.
Maria: I’m not going anywhere! I want to stay with you!
Minerva: Maria, you’re being selfish-
Maria: I am not! I’m just…sick of being helpless. I’ve burdened you long enough. How can I ever help you if you don’t give me a chance to be strong? I’m staying here and fighting! No protesting!
Minerva: …Ha ha. Somehow I knew you would say that. All right, Maria. If you feel that strongly about it, who am I to stop you? All I ask is that you be careful. If you need help, you come find me. Understood?
Maria: Of course! Thank you, Sister!
By My HandsEdit
Chapter 21 Opening, Minerva deployed in Shadow Dragon
Marth: Princess Minerva, we will soon reach the Macedonian border. Are you certain you wish to join the battle? If you've any reservations about fighting your own countrymen-
Minerva: If I did, Prince Marth, I would not have offered you my axe.
Marth: But surely-
Minerva: You have the wrong idea. Perhaps you think I wish to spare my brother and former vassals, forgive them for seeing things differently?
Marth: ...Don't you?
Minerva: I would be lying if I said I did not wish it were that simple. But history needs to remember that when Macedon went astray, it was a Macedonian who set things right.
Marth: Even if it means your own brother may die?
Minerva: Since I was little, I followed in Michalis's footsteps. Whatever books he read, I read; whenever he practiced the sword, I was close by, watching, learning...He was always a step ahead: my hero, something to aspire to. Even now, some part of me loves him. ...I love him enough to spare him death on some stranger's sword, you see? Let him be punished by my hands.
If Minerva faces Michalis before any other playable character does in Shadow Dragon
Michalis: Minerva, I have missed you, Sister. Let us embrace one last time.
Michalis: Well? Strike! A moment’s hesitation spells death on the battlefield. I know I taught you better.
Minerva: ...You will not lay down your lance and walk the right path?
Michalis: Don’t be a child. There are no right paths; just mine and yours, two that will never cross.
Minerva: Very well. Then you leave me no choice. Embrace you I shall, Brother!
“That Macedonian princess, Minerva… She doesn’t seem like a bad sort. I have a sister, too, and if somebody threatened to hurt her… Well, I’m just sayin’, you can’t always judge people based on their actions.”
—A Villager in Chapter 10 of Shadow Dragon
“Marth... My kingdom... Save...Macedon...”
—Minerva’s death quote in Shadow Dragon