Goddamn is Walhart's Paralogue stage brutal. High-end mounted assholes everywhere in a map that's essentially a wide open field with only the occasional grave and forest dotting the area while an ass ton of reinforcements pour in every couple of turns. My first attempt did pretty well considering that I was down to Walhart and five of his guys with Donnel, Chrom, Olivia, and Avatar left standing before Olivia biting it and my Avatar following immediately thereafter. Can't complain about Olivia's performance during that clusterfuck given that the turn before consisted of her dodging like a motherfucker. My biggest mistakes though were separating my forces too early, not realizing how high-end the mooks were (where one of them alone can pretty much wreck a paired up guy let alone three or four), and bringing less than my A-Team (Gaius and Cherche were demoted down to Myrmidon and Troubadour for skills and ILC adjustment, and both Gerome and Noire were only recently recruited and hadn't promoted yet, let alone bringing clowns like Henry, Maribelle, Gregor (though to be fair, Gregor did a hell of a job staying alive for as long as he did thanks to his time as a Merc/Hero and Titania's Axe cutting enemy accuracy in half during the enemy phase), Virion, and Lissa along).
And speaking of, Noire is already on the fast track to success now that I have her since she inherited Gaius' Counter skill giving Archer Noire some badly needed 1-range enemy phase damage (granted this is unreliable as all hell given that she has to take damage to make it work and HP is a finite quantity until we get to the end of this conga line) and her mother's Tome Breaker skill. And now that she's a Bow Knight she'll soon learn Bow Breaker then she'll be ready to reclass into Dark Flyer for Galeforce hilarity (as well as giving almost no fucks towards any source of effective damage that's not coming from a Beast Killer) and afterwards will be able to second seal her way down to Mercenary for Armsthrift and follow up with Hero for Sol before finally finishing with Sorcerer to make herself invincible.
Gerome though is kinda screwed since he a) doesn't pick up Galeforce, b) didn't pair off with Femvatar, c) can't use dark magic, and d) doesn't really get anything special to compensate outside of the Myrmidon line of stuff (which he'll put to great use due to having a fuck ton of strength and defense) and being a good support tank (thanks to his mother's inheritance of Support Defend+). Now if my Femvatar had taken Str instead of Skill for the knack stat and if I had paired Cherche up with The Vaike, he'd make for a great father for a shitwrecker male Morgan.