Alright, so we all know how strong Edelgard is, right ? Like, “Dimitri is the only character in game whose strength stat can get higher than hers” levels of strong. Byleth isn’t as strong. Balthus and Caspar are far from being as strong as her. That’s the level. And of course, the Black Eagles being, well... the Black Eagles, shenanigans ensue. (Black Eagles found family + a few others with slight Edelthea and Mercigard edition)
- Caspar likes jumping on people, but he knows better than to do it to just anyone : he doubts Dorothea would appreciate it (girls), he doesn’t dare try it with Petra, he doesn’t DARE try it with Hubert (he likes being alive, thank you very much), he’s afraid Bernadetta would have a cardiac arrest if he tried with her and Linhardt keeps falling over and faceplanting on the ground when he does it to him, so he gives up. Only ones left are Ferdinand and Edelgard and the only time he jumped on Ferdinand for a prank, he was in for a lecture that he would very much prefer not to go through again, so he gave up and prayed Hubert wouldn’t kill him for touching Edelgard. The first time he jumps on her back after completing a mission, she’s so surprised she freezes for a second and almost loses her footing, but she regains it quickly and even grabs Caspar’s legs to secure him and make sure he doesn’t fall over. She doesn’t scold him and he takes that as meaning she doesn’t mind, so he does it again a couple days later, then again, then again. By the third time, Edelgard’s almost expecting the surprise jump and doesn’t so much as flinch when he lands on her back, to the point Caspar wonders if he’s lost weight. Then he sees her throw a grown man three meters away with one hand and realises she’s just strong. He loves it.
- of course, he challenges Edelgard to an arm-wrestling battle that he promptly loses (Edelgard indulged him because he’s just doing it for fun, not to prove he’s stronger than her). That prompts Petra and Ferdinand to challenge her as well, impressed by the way she effortlessly dealt with Caspar ; of course, they lose too, to Ferdinand’s chagrin.
- Petra’s interest is piqued though and she wonders just how strong Edelgard is, so the next time they are training together, she asks Edelgard to try and cut a training dummy in half in as few moves as possible (the training dummies in this case are wooden ones, about as thick as a person, and Petra herself has tried to cut one in half with her sword and it took her 5 swings). Edelgard cuts it in one swing (though “cut” is generous, it’s more she atomises the dummy’s waist, leaving only the torso and legs). Petra is both impressed and a little freaked out, but mostly impressed and decides to train even harder.
- Ferdinand goes the other way : he works out with Caspar and Raphael for some time to build up his strength, then when Byleth takes them out for a strength training (basically an obstacle course they have to go through using only their muscles, to Dorothea and Hubert’s dismay), he challenges her to a race to see which one’s muscles would hold on the longest and take them to the finish line the fastest (which Byleth isn’t too pleased with since the training’s goal is also to teach them to pace themselves and not get stuck in an obstacle they’re too tired to get out of). Edelgard, of course, refuses the challenge since it’s not the goal of the exercise, but Caspar is supremely excited to see them compete and keeps pestering her and Dorothea promises a kiss for the winner, so she relents... and wipes the floor with Ferdinand. He struggles to get past the last obstacle while she’s only out of breath and a bit sore. She doesn’t rub it in his face and even commands him for finishing the course so fast (which Byleth also considers to be an impressive feat), but he still beats himself up... for a total of 30 seconds before deciding he’ll keep training and beat her someday. When that’s settled, Dorothea gives Edelgard her reward kiss (on the cheek, which still makes her blush) and Byleth sends them all on the course for the actual training.
- after her B support with Caspar, Dorothea commiserates the fact she can’t ask him for help in moving her furniture and cleaning her room anymore, which is a bother since the only other boys she’s comfortable with asking for this are Hubert, Linhardt and Ferdinand, the first two being useless (Hubert’s pride is piqued but he keeps quiet) and the third one being a pain to deal with. Edelgard overhears her complaints and offers to help, to Dorothea’s equal embarrassment and delight, and after a bit of negotiating where Edelgard has to remind Dorothea that, Princess or not, she’s her classmate and her friend first of all, they end up in Dorothea’s room to clean. Edelgard, once again, impresses with her strength, moving and lifting furniture more easily than Caspar did and with less complaints (though she does ask Dorothea what she puts in her cabinet for it to be so heavy, which Dorothea tells her is a secret). Dorothea jokingly asks if she weighed anything to Edelgard, who decides to tease her friend a bit for once and picks her up, bridal style, to Dorothea’s surprised embarrassment. After a moment of consideration, Edelgard tells her “no, you really don’t weigh much” and gently sets her back down. Dorothea can’t look her in the eyes for the rest of the afternoon.
- after her B support with Edelgard, Bernadetta grows more comfortable around the Princess, enough to hide behind her whenever something frightens her (to Hubert’s annoyance because he’s often the one scaring her when she’s close enough to Edelgard to hide behind her and Edelgard always either glares at him when he actually did something wrong or smirks and teases him when it’s just Bernie’s anxiety acting out). One day, that habit escalates when they are walking side by side by the stables and Marianne, quiet as ever, steps out of them without a sound, then greets the girls who hadn’t noticed her yet (she’s trying to be more friendly). It scares Bernadetta out of her skin and she scrambles up Edelgard, wrapping her arms and legs around the Princess in her fright. Edelgard isn’t sure if she should be pleased that Bernadetta’s gotten so relaxed around her, annoyed to be used like a pillar of some kind, or amused by her friend’s reaction (or feel sorry for poor Marianne, already apologising faster than should be humanly possible). It takes Bernie almost ten minutes to get down (she kind of faints at some point), arms and legs so stiff Edelgard can’t get her off without hurting her, so she just stands there and waits for Bernadetta to regain her spirits. Marianne is impressed by her stamina and Edelgard just says “I’m used to it” (Caspar has taken to jumping on her back as they leave the dining hall after breakfast and not letting go until they’ve arrived at their classroom). Marianne starts to think the Golden Deer are not the most chaotic class at the Monastery.
- Hubert had always known his lady was strong, both physically and mentally, much more than him in the former department at least, so he was never surprised to see her pick up her classmates by the back of their uniforms and lift them up like kittens when they were mibehaving (Caspar especially, but Linhardt too when he was bothering Flayn or Lysithea too much) , or to see her send an enemy flying with a well-angled swing of her axe or fist. However, he was surprised when, for the first time, during a battle, Edelgard noticed enemy archers aiming at him while he was focused on something else, grabbed him by the back of his robe, and threw him over her head and almost ten meters away to keep him safe. Wearing an armour, she wasn’t bothered by the enemy’s arrows and made quick work of dispatching them, but Hubert needed a full minute for his heart to stop hammering at his chest like a hummingbird trying to flee its cage. After the battle, he begged Edelgard “Please, my lady, don’t do that. Ever. Again.”. Edelgard refused to promise that because what if he was in danger again ? After that, Hubert made sure to always pay attention to his surroundings in battle, especially if Edelgard was around.
- after the Battle of the Eagle and Lion, Caspar and Ferdinand manage to coax Edelgard into another arm-wrestling championship by talking about the first one while Dimitri could hear, prompting him to support their demand to Edelgard to have another one. Claude, of course, also insists on seeing that, which piques Raphael and Balthus’s interests and Edelgard can’t really say no, so they organise it. Unsurprisingly, Raphael, Balthus, Dimitri and Edelgard beat their respective opponents, then Edelgard beats Raphael, Dimitri beats Balthus and the two House Leaders face off against each other in the finale. Everyone is invested in the competition now, from every house, and both Dimitri and Edelgard do their best to win. It takes a while and ends in a draw because those idiots applied so much force that they broke the goddamn table. Seteth was not amused.
- one day, Mercedes is carrying a crate of books from the Blue Lions classroom to the library. She and Annette had borrowed a bit too many over the week and had to bring them back, but no one in her class was available to help, not even Annette, so Mercedes was soldiering on... and taking a break every ten meters because they had really borrowed too many books. Edelgard sees her struggling and offers to carry the crate for her, which Mercedes gratefully accepts and is impressed to see Edelgard carrying it as easily as she would a single book. While they ascend the stairs leading to the library, Mercedes loses her footing and would have fallen down the staircase if Edelgard hadn’t quickly shifted the crate to one arm and caught her with the other. Mercedes is already a bit flushed from the chivalric display and it only gets worse when Edelgard takes her hand and keeps it in hers until they reach the top of the staircase, to avoid such incident repeating itself, which means she also keeps the crate in only one arm for that same amount of time. Mercedes accuses her of showing off and Edelgard, after a second of confusion, realises she’s still holding the crate with only one arm, showing how it really weighs nothing to her. Mercedes flushes even more (she’s always had a weakness for muscles). Once at the library, she takes her revenge on Edelgard by kissing her cheek as thanks for her help, making the Princess blush and forget her words for a moment, to Mercedes’ delight.
- like I said, Edelgard often picks up her classmates by the back of their uniforms if need be. She was hesitant to do so at first, not wanting to look like she was condescending to them or treating them like children, but then Linhardt was asking Flayn questions about her Crest that obviously made her uncomfortable, so Edelgard picked him up by the neck of his jacket and walked him outside of the room, scolding his behaviour all the way. Some time later, Caspar was stuffind himself so full and fast Edelgard was sure he’d choke and, since he wouldn’t listen to reason, she picked him up and off his bench, away from his plate, until he had emptied his mouth. She had to hold him the same way when he tried to start a fight with another student. After all this, she stopped questioning it and just picked up her classmates like they were feral kittens whenever it was necessary. Though, depending on the circumstances, she can be a lot more gentle (or even harsher) : sometimes, when Linhardt sleeps through the end of the lessons and their departure for the training grounds, Edelgard throws him on her shoulder like a sack of potatoes and walks him to the training ground, where she just drops him on the ground to wake him up. Other times, when one of her classmates is injured and should be carried to the infirmary instead of walking there, especially if it’s a girl (since it would be improper for one of the boys to carry her), Edelgard will do the carrying (most often a piggy back ride, though she likes to tease Dorothea by carrying her bridal style as payback for her own teasing, to her friend’s dismay). She develops a bit of a reputation for it, so much that when Hilda is hurt (or says she’s hurt) during a joint training session, she’ll ask for Edelgard to carry her to the infirmary ; on the other hand, whenever Sylvain is flirting with yet another girl and Ingrid is growing too tired of his behaviour, she asks Edelgard if she can pick him up by the scruff of his neck to embarrass him in front of said girl and make him calm down a little, which Edelgard is always happy to do. That last one earns her a fanclub.
- Lysithea is, quite frankly, fuming at Edelgard whenever she helps her with cleaning the library, annoyed that despite their similar circumstances, Edelgard is incredibly strong and has an impressive stamina while Lysithea is frail and sickly. She decides to get stronger and prove she can be just as good as Edelgard by lifting the library’s books, being quite pleased to see she can lift six of them at once... then gives up when she sees Edelgard picking up a pile of twenty books with one hand to retrieve something beneath them. She begrudgingly learns to accept Edelgard’s help when she overexerts herself and can’t even walk back to her room, and after a while even enjoys getting a piggyback ride out of it. She hates it again the day Claude spots them and teases them about how they look like a mother and daughter.
(Bonus Edelthea NSFW under the cut)
- Dorothea absolutely adores Edelgard picking her up when they’re being intimate, be it to carry her to a bed or to rail her against a wall. Of course, Edelgard picks up on that and likes to play with it. But since Dorothea wouldn’t be Dorothea if she didn’t tease, and Edelgard wouldn’t be Edelgard if she didn’t rise up to the challenge, the day Dorothea decides to rile up her girlfriend by telling her she seems to struggle a bit to keep her off the ground, Edelgard responds by lifting Dorothea even higher, until she can eat her out while standing (Dorothea’s back pressed to the wall though otherwise they would have toppled like a tower of cards). Dorothea really liked the experience, but never questioned Edelgard’s strength again.