QUOTE (heartwing713 @ Dec 15 2009, 10:31 PM)
Neither Roy nor Riza are in fighting condition right now. At. All.
Indeed; I'd say that neither of them is actually in any position to survive
any final battle. I think they both will scrape through, though; they've certainly suffered enough.
However, it seems that the "final battle", if you will, is approaching. I can't exactly see Roy and Riza just sitting on the sidelines watching everybody else fight. (well not Roy...he can't watch anything.... )
So what do you think they'll do? I can see Riza maybe directing Roy in the fight somehow. Though I'm not sure Roy could adjust to blindness
quite that quickly...
I don't think the "directed attacks" strategy would work very well. Sure, Riza can point Roy's arm in the right direction and tell him what he is aiming at
(though this wouldn't work well to begin with), but she wouldn't be able to give him other critical information, like how big his blast radius should be
(can't hit allies!). Roy's attacks just rely too much upon visuals
for that to work; can't transfer the thousand words of a picture all at once, while the picture is moving at high speed and trying to kill you.
curious thought for the upcoming fights: Pride's a holy terror when there are shadows,
but is powerless in total darkness.
He also seems to be nearing his end; I think a good nuking or three could finish him off. In order to create total darkness to enclose Pride in, he'd have to be sealed off from everyone else, thus making aim irrelevant.
...Of course, following that train of thought is kind of invalid, because we don't really know if a) Roy can make sparks now (consider the condition of his hands!) 2) the sealing-off strategy would even work for more than a split second with Father around III) Roy doesn't have anything ELSE wrong with him (oh gosh...) and... yeah, etcetera... just something that randomly came to me is all.
If we were to re-arm Riza and put her somewhere sufficiently guarded (also, where she didn't have to stand up) she might be able to contribute to some degree.
Also, I want to see Royai turn irrefutably canon as much as anyone else in this thread, I don't see any real possibilities for a good moment in the next chapter. The chimeras will probably stay well away from the sacrifices (at least at first), and Riza can't exactly run in her condition; she'll kind of be stuck away from Roy. Anguished yelling of names, I could see, but not much else. And while the probable first move when the determining fight breaks out is to get the wounded somewhere safe, I'm guessing that once that happens, they'll both be too busy being angry about not being able to help (at least at first.)
I dunno though. I'm being a pessimist, perhaps.