Eirika chooses to travel by sea to the theocracy of Rausten. Her search for a ship leads her to Port Kiris in Carcino. Carcino is a young nation ruled by a council of merchants, and it is an ally of Frelia. Carcino council leader Klimt, a staunch opponent of Grado's imperialistic actions, has pledged Carcino's support to Frelia in this conflict. Prince Innes also intends to pass through Carcino on his way to Jehanna. Eirika believes there is nothing to fear in Carcino, but she is wrong.
Distant Blade is Chapter 9 of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones if you choose Eirika's route. This is the first chapter you can get Amelia. This is also the first chapter you can use Tana to fight. You get your first Ocean Seal, an item used to promote Thieves and Pirates. You get your second Rapier here as well, which can only be used by Eirika.
- Turn 2: Single Pirate from the north west
- Turn 3: Mage and Mercenary from the north west, two Archers from the south east
- Turn 4: Mercenary and Soldier from the north west, two Fighters from the south east
- Turn 5: Two Mages from the south east, three Soldiers and Amelia from the south west
- Ocean Seal (Pirate to the south)
- Killing Edge (Myrmidon to the west)
- Axereaver (Soldier to the south)
- Elfire (Mage, reinforcement, to the south east)
- Angelic Robe (After saving all villages and clearing chapter)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.
This chapter is relatively annoying. Be sure to bring Franz with you to recruit Amelia, a trainee with potential. Also, be sure to bring your stronger units into the fray, since the enemies here carry stronger weapons than what you are used to. Send Tana and Ross (if he is a pirate) south to distract the pirates from the village, but be sure not to get Tana shot down by enemy archers. The rest of the group (including Eirika and Franz) should be heading west to deal with the other enemies (including the pirate reinforcement that will head south, towards a village).
When having Tana and Ross distract the pirates, be sure not to get Tana shot down or be cleaved with an axe; make sure she can survive. If you can get her to visit the village without dying, that is great. If not, be sure to stall the pirates as long as possible.
As for the western forces, after dealing with the northwest rubble, head south towards the other village, and Amelia. This village will give you a Dracoshield. As for Amelia, send Franz over to recruit her, but be sure you killed the other enemy soldiers so Amelia does not die. (If you want to use Amelia throughout the rest of game, be sure to let her have any final blows that may not backfire and kill her instead.)
When dealing with the southern enemies, be sure to be sensible about your characters, and make sure you use sword users and magic users to counter the fighters and mages that intend to deal a chunk of damage (the soldiers, on the other hand, just need an axe or two to kill them). After dealing with those three lines of enemies, be sure to kill the rest of them, and visit the village with Rapier if you have not already.
Getting to Binks (the boss), be sure you attack him at the range he is currently not covering; if he is using an axe, hit him with magic and bows; if he is using a bow, come at him with swords. After a few turns, he should go down, and the chapter should be completed.
It's a Trap!
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