The Descent to Darkness (闇へと進みゆく Yami e to susumiyuku) is Chapter 6 of Fire Emblem: Fates in the Conquest Version. Rinkah and Sakura permanently leave the party at the beginning of this chapter, while Kaze leaves until the end of Chapter 11. Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise temporarily join in this chapter, but they gain no exp. Felicia/Jakob rejoins in this chapter. Azura temporarily leaves the party after the chapter is over, and returns in Chapter 9.
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The map is identical on all difficulties.
The objective is to defeat four enemies, of which there are five on the map. Ryoma is the most difficult unit to defeat, and may have to be passed on. Xander starts off separated from your other units. There are three options: Either have him face Ryoma head-on, run him past Ryoma, or have Camilla fly him over in Guard Stance. Hinoka and Takumi will head towards you immediately in Guard Stance, but they should prove no problem. Similarly, Yukimura and Sakura should not be a problem.
The Avatar decides to remain with Nohr, accepting that Nohr's army and ruler have committed terrible deeds while citing the care the royal family has shown them. Xander and the other Nohrians are happy that the Avatar has accepted them as family beyond any blood ties. Ryoma is both shocked and furious at this betrayal, and decides to test the Avatar's resolve until Xander intervenes. As much as the Avatar simply wishes to fall back and not hurt their blood family, the Nohrian royals disagree. They wish to prove that the Avatar gave their allegiance of their own will. With a heavy heart, the Avatar charges into battle against those who would have been their family.
- The japanese name of this chapter (闇へと進みゆく) is taken from the song if - Hitori Omou.
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