WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS HUGE UNMARKED SPOILERS FOR THE END OF FC AND DISCUSSES SPOILER STUFF FOR SC. HERE BE DRAGONS, BE YE WARNED.
So with FC out, SC hopefully on the way, and the games coming out in English, I'm curious about something. At the end of FC, when Weissman and Joshua talk, Weissman titles Joshua as "Enforcer - Legion XIII".
Which, exactly, is being used as the proper term for 執行者? This isn't too clear.
To explain for folks only familiar with the English version: the agents of Ouroboros at Joshua's level are referred to in Japanese as 執行者, "shikkousha", or roughly "one who enforces, executes or performs business"; it's usually used in the business world for a Person Who Does Things. It also carries certain Buddhist connotations about seeking enlightenment. The trick is, this term, like many in the Japanese script for Trails, has furigana above it. Instead of "normal" furigana like most scripts, though, these are in katakana - they're meant to indicate what the characters are "actually" saying in place of a Japanese term (so "orbment" is actually "vector energy controller", for example).
Shikkousha has a term attached to it, as well. That term is Legion. As in, the big unit of a thousand soldiers. Not "Legionnaire". "Legion".
Unlike most of the Falcom-given terms for the Trails setting, this one has always been a bit of a hot chestnut among English-speaking fans because it is extremely "Engrishy" and, unlike a lot of the other terms, doesn't really manage to carry forward the meaning of the intended kanji at all. A few alternatives have been proposed over the years - "Enforcer" among them. (As a sidenote, had Carpe Fulgur gotten the games from the start I'd been kicking around the idea of calling them Paladins, just to get the sort-of-religious connotations across and because calling some of these people "Paladins" would be the most delicious irony.)
I'd been curious to see which term would end up getting used at the end of FC, and it seems like this sort of splits the buck by using both at the same time. So I'm curious, which is going to be the standard term for "shikkousha", Enforcer or Legion? Or is everyone at XSEED still not quite sure on that one?