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The future doesn't belong to you!

For those who have not completed games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, this page contains spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.


Before the Final Battle is a Heart-to-Heart in Xenoblade Chronicles. It is located in the Corridor of Silence on Prison Island, between Fiora and Shulk at pink affinity.

Introduction

Fiora: Something wrong, Shulk? You look like you're a million miles away.
Shulk: ...
Fiora: Shulk? You in there?
Shulk: Oh! Hey, Fiora! What's up?
Fiora: Hellooo. I just asked you that! You feeling OK?
Shulk: Sorry. I was just thinking...
Fiora: You've been like this since we got here.
Shulk: Haha. You don't miss a thing, do you?
Fiora: Nope. And I know exactly what's been on your mind.

Gain (+8)

Fiora: [You're worried about me.]
Shulk: Yes. How did you know?
Fiora: All I had to do was look at your face. I could feel the worry...
Shulk: Just by looking at me?! That's pretty amazing.
Fiora: I was joking, Shulk! Hehe! Thank you, though. But I've been feeling much better, so stop worrying so much!
Shulk: Well... if you're feeling better...
Fiora: Hey, Shulk... Do you think I'll ever be 100% Homs again?
Shulk: No doubt! Of course you will. I will make it happen.
Fiora: [Oh, Shulk! Thank you!] I don't know what I would do without you!
Shulk: When this is all over, we'll find a way.
Fiora: Whenever we make camp I see you with your head in a book. The other night you didn't sleep. Are you doing all this for me?
Shulk: Yeah, but it's nothing. I always get carried away when I fixate on one thing. It's a bad habit of mine...
Fiora: But you must be so exhausted from all the fighting!
Shulk: Don't worry, Fiora. I’m fine. It did some good, because now I've learnt a few things.
Fiora: Really? Like what?
Shulk: The key is combining Machina and High Entia technologies. Miqol gave me a book explaining the joint research they did. It was years and years ago, but it covered all sorts of fields. I don't know much about medicine, but Sharla and Linada do. I'll get them to help.
Fiora: Shulk...
Shulk: S-sorry, Fiora. This stuff is really boring, huh?
Fiora: No... it's not.
Shulk: ... Fiora? Are you... crying?
Fiora: Yes. But these are tears of joy. I don't know what to say... When I get my body back... Let's go have another picnic at the park in the colony!
Shulk: Sure thing, Fiora. It's a date. One day, I promise.

Net 0 (+4, -4)

Fiora: [You're worried about me.]
Shulk: Yes. How did you know?
Fiora: All I had to do was look at your face. I could feel the worry...
Shulk: Just by looking at me?! That's pretty amazing.
Fiora: I was joking, Shulk! Hehe! Thank you, though. But I've been feeling much better, so stop worrying so much!
Shulk: Well... if you're feeling better...
Fiora: Hey, Shulk... Do you think I'll ever be 100% Homs again?
Shulk: No doubt! Of course you will. I will make it happen.
Fiora: [I know you can’t promise that.] I know you think you can do it all, but even you have your limits.
Shulk: You don't believe me? Come on!
Fiora: I'm not saying you’re lying, Shulk! I wish you'd listen sometimes!
Shulk: OK! OK already! I'm really sorry, Fiora. I just don't want you to be worried. I know I have the power to see this through. That's my promise to you, Fiora.
Fiora: Really? You promise?
Shulk: Yep. And have you ever known me to go back on a promise?
Fiora: Hehe. I guess not. Thank you, Shulk. You've filled me with hope.
Shulk: I'm glad you say that. I know it's tough, but you can never give up hope. When this is all over... When there's peace at last...
Fiora: You don't have to say another word. I trust you, Shulk.

Net 0 (-4, +4)

Fiora: [It's Dickson, isn't it?]
Shulk: No, not just him. But that's partly it.
Fiora: It's not easy. We all thought of him as our friend.
Shulk: I just don’t know anymore, Fiora. One second I resent him and the next I remember who he is... What am I supposed to feel? I don’t know anymore...
Fiora: It must be hard to think about fighting him.
Shulk: Very. I just hope there's some way I can avoid it...
Fiora: [There might not be...]
Shulk: Yeah. Deep down I know we have to go through him to get to Zanza.
Fiora: That's right, Shulk. He won't stand down for anyone. Not even you.
Shulk: Don't worry. I'll give as good as I get. Even if that means he has to die...
Fiora: And I'll be right by your side, ready to fight to the end with you. But I don't think you should forget about all the good times you had. With Dickson, I mean. I still believe those are real.
Shulk: You do?
Fiora: It's complicated, I know. Sometimes you just wish you could forget all the bad memories. But you have to keep hold of them. The good ones and the bad... They're all tied together.
Shulk: Fiora... I... I know what you mean. I won't let go of those memories.
Fiora: Um, Shulk... You won't ever forget about me, will you?
Shulk: Hey, where did that come from? I could never, ever forget about you.
Fiora: Yeah, I guess not. Sorry. Now, let's go and find the others. They're probably getting worried.

Loss (-8)

Fiora: [It's Dickson, isn't it?]
Shulk: No, not just him. But that's partly it.
Fiora: It's not easy. We all thought of him as our friend.
Shulk: I just don’t know anymore, Fiora. One second I resent him and the next I remember who he is... What am I supposed to feel? I don't know anymore...
Fiora: It must be hard to think about fighting him.
Shulk: Very. I just hope there's some way I can avoid it...
Fiora: [I'm sure there will be!]
Shulk: Really? That sounds... unlikely.
Fiora: If it's gonna be too tough for you, why make it hard on yourself? He was like a father to you, right? Let us take care of him instead. You can hang back, wait for us!
Shulk: I know what you're saying, Fiora. But I can't let you do that. I've been thinking about what happened before... And I reckon maybe Dickson doesn't care about Zanza at all...
Fiora: What makes you say that?
Shulk: I think... he just wants to kill me. He's realised that I don't need the Monado to defeat him. And that scares him. That's why he wants to end this.
Fiora: There's no going back now...
Shulk: No. We move forward or perish. We got ourselves into this mess, we have to get ourselves out.
Fiora: I wish there could be another way. You were like father and son...
Shulk: Fiora...
Fiora: Sorry, Shulk. I didn't mean to upset you. Changing the subject... Why don't we go find the others? They're probably waiting for us.

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