Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Author: Square Enix
Status: It’s a game, so obviously it’s complete :)
The game takes place in the fictional land of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozarria are waging an endless war. Dalmasca, a small kingdom, is caught between the warring nations. When Dalmasca is annexed by Archadia, its princess, Ashe, creates a resistance movement. During the struggle, she meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of commanding an airship. They are quickly joined by a band of allies; together, they rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
Must have read original: No, but knowing the characters helps
Balthier employs a rather unorthodox method to cure Penelo of her airsickness. Penelo, in turn, suspects ulterior motives - after all, what self-respecting pirate does something purely out of the goodness of his heart?
This story takes place in the early part of the game. The characters are all reunited and heading off into adventure... in Balthier’s airship. Penelo is a very capable woman, but the contents of her stomach refuse to stay where they should when the Strhal takes off, and Vaan is being a pain with his constant questions about flight and pirating.
So, what does Balthier do? What any leading man worth is salt would: escape the inquisition and save the damsel in distress. But is escape his only motivation?
Personally, I love Balthier. His voice acting is amazing, too, so I’m a goner for stories featuring him. He offers a great contrast to Penelo, too: the aristocratic dandy turned pirate and the down-to-earth, caring and humble orphan. I think that the scene in this fic could very well play out between those two, and it’d be so sweet!
Six chapters, under 7000 words—a quick, satisfying read all around. Just one warning: there’s mention of vomiting, which isn’t the most romantic thing ever, but it works.
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