Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Square Enix, 2011.
Still think he should’ve joined on N Route as a White Knight. Would’ve made up for the one lost, and it totally makes sense.
I still think he’s too bloodstained for White Knight.
So is Ozma! Yet it’s available to her too—as one of her most obscure class options, admittedly, but there nonetheless! His end is so unceremonious in Neutral, like they forgot that he couldn’t make it into Chapter 4… he deserves better.
That I agree on! He was rather unceremoniously shuttled out there. The scene didn’t shine brilliantly on Catiua either.
Plus Leonar is stained not just with blood but with guilt. Ozma not so much. Self-forgiveness might be unwarranted in her case but it is powerful.
Catiua is a top three character for me, but she’s absolutely terrible there.* Like, she casually sticks a knife between his ribs, mocks him, and even he’s like "What? Why?!" And nobody ever dwells on it afterwards. He deserved better.
I mean, I see why he simply can’t be an architect of a unified Valeria. Leonar represents the values of the old order—even if does not identify with or count himself among the existing landed nobility, he does seek to create a social system similar to the one he’s seeking to abolish, and that will just lead to another class/blood war in the future: “If a man wants power, he must claim it for himself. No noble will do that for him, true. Yet most commons wait for such a man, a savior to put things to rights. Whence this savior, then? Why not people like you - like me - the few who take up the sword to better their lot in life. They can be the next nobility, shepherds to the rest. And where the wrong in that?” Given that, I can understand that he needs to die before Denam is able to fully mature as a leader in his own right, but his death in the Neutral Route is poorly done and I kinda want him as a playable character.
*It’s almost as bad as the part where she exclaims "What ill fortune is this!" when she and Denam find Lanselot at the seaside church. This is despite having known and witnessed what put him into that state. I won’t condemn her for not stopping his torture in Heim, but her reaction here is the worst of them all.