Actually Suikoden 1 gives me the hardest time in holding back my tears…
It starts after the final battle, when Barbarossa reveals his love for Windy, or for her resemblance to Claudia. I wish I could see Windy’s facial expression when Barbarossa explains that he wasn’t deluded by her magic but rather by love. As someone interested in true runes she should have known that beforehand. Anyway, Barbarossa realizes that his mistakes led to the destruction of the empire, so he’s doing us a last favor by killing himself and Windy. Poor Barbarossa, he’s actually a good guy, but he lost himself after losing his wife.
Then the scene with Viktor and Flik sacrificing their lives for me. Even though I like Viktor more, I found Flik’s scene stronger. I don’t know, maybe because he brought up Odessa, or because I didn’t expect so much loyalty from Flik.
When the hero reaches the exit of the castle, that’s when I still have wet eyes, but could resist shedding a tear. Then comes the final scene when Mathiu dies questioning his life’s deeds while Liukan pays his respects to him. The game is over and my resistance starts failing.
and when Shu called called Kiba into his room before the infiltrating RockAxe castle events.
Kiba : " You wanted to see me, Lord Shu? "
Shu : " General Kiba .... I have a great favor to ask of you. " " ..... I'm listening. " " The next battle will most likely determine the outcome of the war. " " If we hope to win, we're going to have to take a gamble. "
Kiba : " It will be a hard battle... "
Shu : " Highland and the (Unicorn) Army continue to glare at each other across the divide of the great lake. And although the Matilda Knightdom has surrendered, the area is still unstable and the Highland Army can't pull their forces away. "
Kiba : " You're saying that even if we take the gamble, we can't defeat Matilda... So then, what do you... "
Shu : " I want you to take a regiment to attack Victor's old fort east of Muse. Even if Highland realizes it's a decoy, they'll have to divide their army to defend the Highland Kingdom from you. They'll probably call upon Leon Silverburg to do it... "
Kiba : " ........... "
Kiba : "Lord Shu, since my defeat, I feel I've lost my place in this world. But when I see Lord Riou... See him charm these people and transcend this war... It may be inappropriate for a general, but it makes me believe in miracles. "
Kiba : " Lord Shu, I don't need your men. The soldiers who followed me from Highland would be enough. "
Shu : " Thank you... General Kiba. "
Kiba : " Lord Shu, it is not like you to bow to the likes of me. Please take care of my son. Under your tutelage, he will become a brilliant strategist. "
This conversation touched me because these are two experienced men understanding their tasks at hand and what needs to be done. None of them spoke about the impossibility of the mission, but they did it anyway. Kiba's shows what heroes are - sacrifice for the greater good.