I’m read this manga because I’m ParnDeed Trash Shipper and curious about relationship between Parn and Deedlit which explained very little and implicit in OVA. The manga presented in shoujo artstyle so I kinda predict that the story mostly will be lovey-dovey between them. Fortunately, it’s not mainly focus about that and the execution is okay in my opinion.
There’s two volume manga. In first manga, the story mainly elaborate the reason Deedlit choose human world rather than stay in Forrest of No Return, which is her homeland. In OVA, it’s explained that Parn is the biggest reason Deedlit stay in human world. But in this manga, her reason kinda challenged by her elf friend which from the same homeland, his name is Estas.
Deedlit and Estas argue about human, where Deedlit believe there’s good side of human which she always see in Parn and Estas believe that human is bad, selfish and destructive. They betting each other to each their own belief about human in Hanan Village because that village is raided by some noble mercenary and the villager somehow divided when forced to choose fight back with Parn because they feared by death. At beginning, it as Estas expected that villager is afraid to fight and chose save their own lives. But later on, Parn decide to go alone fighting and made the villager unite to help Parn later on, which made the Deedlit belief true. I like this part of story because Parn is not taking the spotlight, but Deedlit is. He even didn’t suddenly gain almighty or other convenient power to make the villager believe to fight.
In volume two, the story basically same. Parn help people who migrate because their village destroyed by mercenaries and they need pass Forest of No Return to get protection in Valis. Deedlit again need to make sure the elder in Forest of No Return that Parn and other humans is in emergency situation and need exception of rule. Deedlit helped by Leif, a half elves-human who kinda proving Deedlit argument that human and elves can live each other peacefully, even though Leif and Deedlit too aware that there’s always some human or elves that persecuted her.
There’s other part of the story in the manga that explain other things, like the very first reason Deedlit choose go to human world, Estas reason to hate human, some cameo of other character who will come in next Lodoss series, and some ‘clingy’ act of Parn towards Deedlit.
The main point in this manga is about human and elves perspective to each other in different spectrum. The main reason Deedlit interesting to human because they had limited life and will use the remaining time to live their own life in their own limitation, which oftenly seen in Parn personality. She understand Elves ‘arrogance’ because they had long lives so they mostly didn’t have any motivation or passion like human did. At the same time, Parn learn lot to respect and protect the nature like mostly elves from Deedlit because humans oftenly destructive and didn’t care of the nature due their instinct to survive in short live. In my opinion, the relationship between Parn and Deedlit is ideal spectrum because they represent the unity and love of human and elves. It also explained later that Deedlit choose to live together with Parn and sacrifice her long live as elves.
At the very beginning I watched record of Lodoss war OVA, I see Parn as typical main character who morally good, reckless, risk their own life for people in need, not talented but hardworking and oftentimes virtue signalling. As cliche as it sounds, Parn doing all of that because most people misunderstood his father as dishonoured man who become outlaw. He sad that his father passed away before restore his honor so he want proof to everyone that his father is man of honor like his heart believe. He even use his father armour and sword to fulfill his inner believe to the world. He also reject King Fahn offering to use King’s armour after succeed saving King’s daughter because he still remains consistent with his father armour to restore his father name.
Parn not born as greatest warrior. He oftentimes lose in battle and shaking to fear in his first kill. He may undergo a lot of training from many master but it didn’t guarantee his victory. Mostly, he got backlash because his thoughtless action, which made his character development interesting to invest. In my opinion, he is the true underdog in this story.
In very first untill middle part of story, Parn aligned to King Fahn and Valis, which basically the good side. But in last part, he forced himself to use both of Holy Sword and Demon Sword Soul Crusher to save Deedlit. At that point he realize that ‘Light’ and ‘Darkness’ is must stand equal for the peace of land so he escape when Valis want reward him as Hero of the Light and choose to become Free Knight with Deedlit to save people in need, no longer see it from light and dark perception. Again, his final development subvert my expectation.
I see many kind of underdog character (Naruto for example) which kinda follow the same formula but later on they become the chosen one or inherit some special power from their ‘legendary’ parent which made them got all the convenient power to gain all the victory and somewhat made them less interesting to invest. They also often times being ‘dense’ to other MC heroine who had love interest to them and later on getting together awkwardly.
Parn is different though. He remains underdog, even in his last battle when he want to save Deedlit. He also express his mutual feeling toward Deedlit after being dense in period of time in interesting manner and timing. I know I usually annoyed of how naive, reckless and being noisy he is with his corny virtue signalling, but in the end I like him as character because his development in his journey.