Wallace: It is nothing! I have sworn my body and blade to Caelin! It is my duty to aid the lady Lyndis. Ah, I was going to ask you how the knights of Caelin have been doing? Have they been following the training courses in my “Manual of Knightly Prowess”?
Lyn: Y-Yes... They’re all giving in their best. All except that one crazy course in which they’re supposed to circle the domain at top speed...
Wallace: What!? Those weak-bellied wimps! How many times did I explain: Leave out one of the drills in the manual, and the good it has done will be for naught!
Lyn: But they’re only human! Running full speed around the domain is impossible!
Wallace: With an iron will, nothing is impossible, my Lady. At my best, I circled the domain thrice, in armor!
Lyn: You can’t set one person as a standard for all, especially one as exceptional as yourself!
Wallace: Nonsense! Lord Hassar dismounted and ran the three laps with me, he did!
Lyn: Wallace! You... You knew my father?
Wallace: I knew him well. I knew Lord Hassar well, for he was my rival in all things.
Wallace: I had not thought to ever tell this to anyone... But I shall tell you, and only you.
Lyn: What is it?
Wallace: I haven’t told you how I came to Bern...
Lyn: You mean you didn’t wander here by chance?
Wallace: No, not by chance. I came to Bern for a reason. I had a purpose...
Lyn: A purpose?
Wallace: The bandits that used to live in the Taliver Mountains... They are no more. I destroyed the bandits of Taliver.
Lyn: ...Why!? Why did you do such a thing!? The bandits of Taliver were my enemies! They were mine to...
Wallace: ...Lady Lyndis. I killed them—but not for revenge. I want you to be happy... I wanted the single daughter of Lord Hassar and Lady Madelyn... ...to be happy.
Lyn: ... ...
Wallace: Lady Lyndis. If you truly wished revenge upon them, you should be happy. Hatred can be strength. On the plains, you needed that strength to survive. But left too long, hatred can twist and consume you.
Lyn: ... ...
Wallace: The blood of your parents flows in your veins. That you live must bring them no end of joy. But for you to be filled with such hate... Is this what your parents would have wished for?
Lyn: But...Bit I... ... ...
Wallace: My words now might not reach you, I know that. Still, Lady Lyndis, listen: I pray that your heart will not be clouded. For you have the clear eyes of your mother, and in clarity lies beauty.
Wallace: I was only ten years old or so at the time... I was a squire in the service of a knight of Caelin... I was so puny and slight that some teased me, called me a girl.
Renault: ...Sorry. That’s a little hard to imagine.
Wallace: The man I knew was a mercenary also in the service of Caelin. Yes, and his name was also Renault. Renault the Impervious, they called him. He had no fear of death, and his bravery was well known. Did you know him?
Wallace: I learned much about fighting from him... I owed him a great debt as my teacher... I wanted to meet him once more time in my life.
Renault: Why do you want to see him?
Wallace: I made a promise to him when I was young. I told him I would fight always for the sake of the people. I told him I would never use the skills he taught me for evil. I want to tell him that I have kept this promise... But...surely he is long dead.
Wallace: Ho! You there! You are Wil, correct? Yes, I remember you! Have you become a fine warrior?
Wil: Oh, great... If it isn’t Mr. “Manual of Knightly Prowess”! I mean...General Wallace!
Wallace: Young Wil! You were in the Caelin army, yes? So then, you must have benefited from my Manual of Knightly Prowess! You must be a strapping lad now, not like the puny boy I knew... ...But...you...aren’t.
Wil: Yeah, I, umm...
Wallace: Have you not been training like the manual suggested? What a weak little husk you are! How can you serve Lady Lyndis like that?
Wil: I, ahh... I’m sorry?
Wallace: Bah! So be it! I will train you myself!
Wil: Huh?! No, that’s OK! Really, it’s fine!
Wallace: Pfaw! Worry not, I need no special thanks! Training new recruits is my hobby, as a matter of fact! I trained Sain and Kent, and look at them now!
Wallace: If you follow my fast and effective secret training regimen for just ten short days, I promise you big beautiful muscles that will be such to turn a few heads! Wahahahahahaha!
Wil: Umm, excuse me!
Wallace: Huh? Hey! Get back here! You think I’ll let you escape?
Wil: 98... ...99... ...and... ...100! Phew... If Wallace finds me, he’s going to make me do that training... So I have to keep training just to avoid his training! ...Wahh!
Wallace: Wil! Tsk! You were...hiding! You go through so much just to avoid my training... But I won’t give up!
Wil: Ahh, it’s no good... He’s just going to catch me eventually... Normally, I would be ecstatic to train to become a knight... But that guy’s just too much! ...How long can I keep running? Hanhh...Hanhh...
Wallace: Wahahahaha! I’m glad you asked! I am Wallace, of the Caelin knights!
Vaida: Caelin? Where is that?
Wallace: Tsk! Ignorant woman. Clean out your ears, and listen closely! Caelin, home of our Lord Hausen, is a vital territory in the Lycian alliance of noble houses.
Vaida: Ah, that pathetic gaggle of weak countries... And? What does Sir Scrub Knight want with me?
Wallace: Grrrrr! What insolence! ...I don’t know how strong you knights of Bern are but... Wallace cannot keep silent in the face of such insults!
Vaida: Hehh! How interesting! Well, I am ready. Shall we fight here?
Wallace: Pfff! I am a disciplined knight of Caelin! We are not so unruly as to forget our duty for a personal vendetta, no matter how worthy!
Vaida: What? Are you chicken?
Wallace: No knight of Caelin runs from danger!! I show my bravery in battle with the enemy, not with our allies! Listen, wench! Perhaps you would like to show me your prowess in the same way? Unless you are afraid I will show you up!
Vaida: Meh. Sounds like fun, I guess. I was getting pretty bored here, anyhow. You’ll see a good show today, knight!
Vaida: There you are, you bald old fossil. Still smarting from our competition?
Wallace: Bald old fossil!? You spitting cobra! Are you trying to make me share in your bitterness at being so soundly defeated the other day?
Vaida: Spitting cobra? I rather like that! But victory was mine the other day... So now which one of us is bitter?
Wallace: You talk madness, woman! By that reckoning do you believe I lost to your pathetic display? Surely we are not talking about the same battle! I was perfection unleashed... Those lance thrusts were blindingly fast, intoxicating in their sublime form!
Vaida: Wishful thinking, teapot! You were no prize on the battlefield! I saw you poke each unit one by one with your little needle... The whole thing took ages!
Wallace: Well, all I saw was a big lump of grey flesh flitting about in the sky and belching on occasion! And your wyvern wasn’t much better!
Vaida: ...Well, obviously, we have not settled our score at all!
Wallace: Mm. Maybe not... Perhaps we need an impartial judge... Someone with an eye for battle! Perhaps...yes! My liege, Lady Lyndis!
Vaida: Don’t talk out of your rear, Wallace. She’s far from impartial when it comes to her shiny little teapot...
Wallace: Then who would you pick?
Vaida: One of the other two lords... Wait! The blue-haired, husky one is a knight like you... The armor may have rusted his brain... I guess that leaves the morose Eliwood... Is he the fairest judge we can find?
Wallace: Fine! I have no objections!
Vaida: Great! I can’t wait to run a few enemies through with my lance and show you what a fool you are! Now, let’s get Eliwood and settle this once and for all!
Vaida: Ahh, this won’t do at all! How could you and I receive the same score?!
Wallace: I wonder the same thing! How could Lord Eliwood not have noticed the quality of my fighting?
Wallace: ...Lord Eliwood did say that it was difficult to determine the victor in such a short battle... Perhaps if we both fought longer, he would have a better idea...?
Vaida: Don’t be a simpleton, platter-chest! The kid just said that to spare the feelings of the obvious loser... That’s why I didn’t want to ask him in the first place.
Wallace: Ohh! Weren’t you the one who said we should have him judge us in the first place?!
Vaida: Shut up! Don’t bother me with details! Yet, still... Like you said, seeing each other fight up close changes one’s perspective, doesn’t it? I got a good look, and you actually do have some skill with that thing... I take back those things I said about you being a hick knight from a weak country...
Wallace: Yes! As you should! ...And well, I guess your fighting doesn’t leave too much to be desired, either.
Vaida: But this is far from over! The wyvern riders of Bern sit atop the heap of all other force on the continent! You will see our power soon!
Wallace: Hah! I do believe that is my line! By the honorable name of Caelin, we will never fail! You’ll taste the power of our knights, like cold steel in your mouth!
Kent: When Lady Lyndis’s parents eloped, I heard that Lord Hausen became terribly angry...
Wallace: Yes. He was usually warm and kind, but his demeanor changed entirely when it came to Lady Madelyn’s welfare. I was ordered to bring them both back. I was told to resort to force against Hassar if he resisted.
Kent: That is quite a shock... I cannot imagine such an order from our kind lord now...
Wallace: I accepted my orders and set out to find them... Lady Madelyn was not accustomed to hard travel, and I found them soon... But I could not take them.
Kent: Why is that?
Wallace: They both said the same thing. Each said, “I am to blame. Do not harm the other.”
Wallace: In the end, I closed my eyes and let them cross the border... I told the marquess that they eluded me.
Kent: You disobeyed an order from your liege?!
Wallace: ...Yes, and I spent six months in the dungeon for it... Considering his anger at the time, he was probably being lenient with me.
Kent: But why did you do it? I can certainly understand it must have been a hard order to follow, but...to disobey your lord is unthinkable for a knight...
Wallace: So it is. But what would you have done? Would you have dragged Lady Madelyn back to the castle, ending their chance for love? She might have taken her own life if faced with such grief. And Lady Lyndis would never have been born...
Wallace: When the marquess fell ill last year, Lundgren seized power in Caelin. What would you have done then? Would you have served Lundgren because you had sworn fealty to Caelin?
Wallace: For knights in the service of a lord, an order is absolute. But a knight does not follow orders blindly. Before obeying, a knight should always consider whether the order serves the lord who gives it.
Wallace: Ahh, Kent! I have been watching you in battle. You seem to have improved greatly.
Kent: It is all thanks to your training, Lord Wallace! By the way, m’lord...
Kent: Lord Hausen thanked you after the fact, did he not? So your disobedience was in fact...prudent. I do not know how I could follow such an example... I have so long believed that a knight owed blind obedience to his lord... However... I... How do you know? How do you know what your loyalty truly requires of you?
Wallace: Kent. You must decide for yourself.
Kent: I must decide...? But...
Wallace: My disobedience was actually in setting out to do the thing I knew was wrong. I knew this before I even set out to recover Lady Madelyn. Loyalty to one’s lord is like love itself. So long as you keep the love of your lord in your heart, your loyalty never truly wavers. Wouldn’t you agree?
Kent: Yes... Certainly, it is as you say. Thank you, Lord Wallace. I still have so much to learn from you. Please, continue to instruct me always...
Wallace: Bahahahahaha!! Of course! I’m not going back into retirement now! I can’t let you young pups take all of the glory! Now, back to battle! Follow me, Kent!