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Pelna Khara: A Writer's Cheat Sheet

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  1. (while running and fighting his way to help Nyx at the East Wall)  "Lucis isn’t paying us refugees enough...for this!”
  2. he looks after his mates-- doesn’t waste time covering a team mate right after taking down a demon, and still covers him even as Protect dissipates
  3. (when a behemoth charges at them) “How is this fair??”  
  4. (to Nyx) “Nyx I owe you one.” 
  5. (to Nyx) “Go easy on the magic, hero. You got people waiting for you back home.”
  6. Pelna is the one Nyx says his iconic “I’m Worth the Wait” line to. You know, the one we love to abuse in every single ficcy iteration lmao. 
  7. Pelna jokes around and is also the only one Nyx grins and doesn’t have a negative reaction to when the “hero quip” comes up. 
  8. (while dragging Crowe away from battle) “Crowe. We gotta move.”
  9. That Look TM Pelna gives Crowe when she kicks Libertus’ leg that is basically “seriously??” 
  10. Quietly gets up and grabs a drink for Nyx while everyone makes fun of him for gate duty. 
  11. Stares off into the distance like he’s on The Office when Lib has a go at Yama for not making AuthenticTM Galahd food/profiting off their heritage
  12. Not making this up this is comedic GOLD look:

 

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13. While everyone's ribbing Nyx for gate duty he  changes the subject, by announcing “For Hearth.” Nyx replies “And Home.” Nyxonly looks at Pelna when he says it, because everyone’s giving him shit. Wonder why

14. Pelna knows how to joke around: “So, Nyx the Gatekeeper. How’s the new post treating you?”

Nyx replies:  “Oh, it’s amazing. You guys would love it. The Gatewatch are real sweethearts.”

Pelna laughs, and says,  “Yeah, right.  We all know they hate us outsiders more than anything.  So bored they got nothing better to do. ”  The second part comes out a lot more bitter and sarcastic jsyk. 

16. When Nyx says “I’d fight a hundred more wars for Galahdans to know boredom. ”

and this is Pelna's face like literally this face says: bitch i don't believe you

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(yeah i watch with subtitles because competing noises in the background)

15. “Fight all you want. Just don’t go dying yet. I still owe you. A lot.

Here, visual aid with subtitles:

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Also note Crowe, about to interrupt him, but immediately looks down when he says A lot. and the way he says it in the film, as if that’s the final verdict on the matter like. WHAT THE HELL HAS NYX PULLED YOU OUT OF THAT EVEN CROWE DOESNT ARGUE. 

16. When Luche tells them he’s cynical of Niflheim surrendering, and more wary of Niflheim having the power to make demands, Pelna is openly annoyed, and aggressively pushes his food away

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17. When Luche turns out to be right, and Lib gets angry immediately after Drauto’s announcement about Lucis giving up its territories. Near the end of the frame as it’s happening Pelna has an internal conflict of his own, like he’s cycling through the 5 stages

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18. Then when Lib gets angrier after Luche starts mouthing off like he couldn't give less of a crap like Luche literally says "You heard the captain; this wasn’t our decision to make".
Pelna’s the first to get between him and Lib, even though he’s going through his own hell, because he just lost his home too! Even so, he doesn’t tell Luche to shut up. He’s just there to stop the fists from flying. 

19. LMFAO double standard! When Tredd starts mouthing off, Pelna doesn’t intervene when Nyx shoves him. It’s very telling and it makes sense to me, because while Luche’s words were harsh, they were the truth -- they all really didn’t have a say in giving up their homes, so that wasn’t any reason to attack each other.  The difference is what Tredd says is straight up cruel:

You missing home so much, Libertus, why don’t you and Nyx head on back?  I’m sure Niflheim will welcome you with open arms.”

which is beyond messed up and that definitely deserves a punch in the face. My boy Pelna knows how to prioritize. Talk shit, get hit.

20. (when Luna gets kidnapped, Pelna’s who Nyx calls -- because Lib is out on the manpain express. and Pelna’s cynical, but he still helps Nyx. and he doesn’t miss the opportunity to tease. that’s friendship, bitch! ) 
P: “A homing beacon?”
N: “Yeah, I’ll send the coordinates now.  Can you pinpoint a location for me?”  
P: “Sure, but it sounds like a wild-goose chase.  Guess you got some free time on your hands, huh?” again, he says it in a teasing way, because he’s still gonna help out no matter what Nyx asks like HOW MUCH DO YOU OWE NYX
N: “Guess I do, for better or worse.” 

21.

P: “Those coordinates are about 20 miles south of Insomnia.”

N: “Outside the wall.”

P: “What the hell was Crowe doing all the way out there?”

N: “No, no. They sent her to--"

(Nyx stops walking, goes quiet as he realizes)

"I need another favour, Pelna.  Pull those coordinates up on the radar and let me know what you find.”

P: “On it. You’re thinking this is all a big deal now, huh?”

N: “Yeah, too big to ignore.”

22.

P“Jackpot, Nyx. There’s a whole fleet of airships sitting at that spot.”
N: “Niflheim.”
P: “Yup, and from the looks of it...I’d say they’re headed to war.”
N: “Where’s the captain?”
P: “Should be at the citadel.”
N: “There’s no answer on his frequency.”
P: “I don’t know, must have his hands full with the escort detail.”
N: “Pelna, one last favour.  I need you to prep the Glaive for action.”
P: “W-what are you talking about?  You wanna deploy without the captain’s order?”
N: “Trust me. Just get it done.”
P: “Wait, what am I supposed to tell--?”
Nyx hangs up.
And Pelna gets it done, even though he doesn’t really think he can initially. Fucking superb! 

23. (glaives suiting up to rescue Luna, and look at my man, off to the side, wrestling with his conscience here LOOK AT THAT INNER TURMOIL )

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24. Operation: Infiltrate and Extract Luna. Pelna is on the first wave -- and he’s better at Warping than Nyx. I’m not just saying that.
He times his dagger throw closer to the ship--which is super risky, but smart, because it is fucking WINDY--the other two glaives with him throw theirs a lot earlier. Is Pelna a stickler for being precise? Or is he a daredevil. I don’t know, but that shit he pulled looked fucking advanced to me. He's extremely capable and competent.  Or else he wouldn't be a glaive.

Also Nyx barely makes it aboard --but  it’s not his fault, all throughout the film you see instances of his PTSD and it flares up at a very crucial moment when he makes the jump (poor dude). 

25. “Oh, man. Hurry up, Nyx!” -- Pelna telling Nyx to haul fucking ass and jump already. I thought it was Luche initially, but I've concluded that it actually is Pelna just because it sounds a lot closer to his VA, and the fact that Pelna would have been on the ship before Nyx, since he was on the first wave. He also waves to Nyx saying, “Over here!” when Nyx arrives.

26. (while infiltrating and scanning the hallways of the Niff ship) “Nyx, this doesn’t feel like a war fleet.” (implications for his backstory here, like how can he tell the difference has he been on many warships to know the 'tells'/what is standard?)

27. “I think I might’ve found her. I got a guarded door here.  Two Niff MTs. What’s the plan?”

28. Nyx: “Pelna, you’re clear to engage. But keep it quiet.”
“I’m on my way.”

29. (badass dishonored/assassins creed style take out followed by Pelna coughing/sneezing crystal dust) “Not now, damn it." (side-effects of using the king's power--safe to say it's killing them slowly)

30. (pelna taking the MT’s key card) “For me? Aww you shouldn’t have.” He's a sarcastic little shit I won't settle for any other characterization now you hear! lol

31. (when he gets to Luna) “Target confirmed. She’s unharmed.”

32. (Nyx, literally running to Pelna and Luna) “Pelna get out of there, it’s a trap!”
Pelna turns so casually with his hands out (OH MY GOD YOU COCKY LITTLE SHIT) and says still oh, so fucking casual : “One Tenebrae Princess, safe and---”

and the rest is history.

and i'm still bitter AF!