The Chaos of War
Claude's plan to call in Almyran forces succeeds, and the Alliance army captures Fort Merceus. Before they can celebrate their victory, javelins of light rain down from the sky and destroy the fort.
Forced to temporary evacuate, the Alliance army regroups at Garreg Mach until it is ready to march on Enbarr, the Imperial Capital.
Event: A Decisive Battle Edit
It's almost time to invade the Imperial capital.
We still don't know where Rhea is, but if she's alive, she's likely in Enbarr.
Hopefully we manage to find her without too much trouble.
Choice 1: We need to save her quickly.
Choice 2: I wonder if she's alive.
Response 1: I know, but if we're not careful she'll just be whisked away again.
Response 2: If the Empire has some reason to keep Rhea alive, then she's alive.
I'm sure you must be anxious to see her again.
Choice 1: I need to see her again.
Choice 2: All I care about right now is saving her.
Response 1: I understand. You need to see Rhea again so you can figure out who you really are.
Response 2: Well, if that's what you want, I'll do my best to make it happen.
But we're going up against Edelgard here... It won't be so simple.
Our next stop is the Imperial capital. We've sure come a long way.
What're you talking about? This is Garreg Mach! It's where we started.
I didn't mean literally, Raphael. I was speaking symbolically!
My earnest desire to protect the Alliance has carried me this far. It will not fail me.
I am sure the rest of you all have your own reasons to fight as well.
Of course, I understand that the fight will not end until we defeat the Empire...
And now the time has arrived at long last to march on the Imperial capital and defeat the emperor...
It really gets you thinking, doesn't it?
We all come from different places and have different goals and dreams.
But thanks to those two, we were all able to come together and overcome all sorts of challenges.
You are referring to Claude and the professor, I assume.
Even within our own odd group, those two are particularly unusual.
Oh! So, you are aware that you're odd!
Well... That's... It was simply a figure of speech. I am speaking about Claude and the professor right now!
They're like the wind and the trees...
Huh? Claude and the professor are? What does that even mean, and who is which?
Oh, um... I was just thinking that if we're the birds, then those two are like the trees and the wind.
The professor is a great tree that kindly embraces us and watches over us as we perch on its branches...
And Claude is like the wind, pushing us forward as we soar across the open sky...
Hm. The metaphor about the professor is solid, but I think Claude just blows us around on a whim. Still, we owe him a lot.
I think that's beautiful, Marianne. I can really picture it.
When the war is over, I'd love to paint a picture of those two.
Oh! And of all the people we've fought with as well!
You mean like a historical painting? I like that! Maybe our descendants will look at it a long, long time from now...
I must say, that piques my interest. I look forward to seeing how you portray my valiant efforts.
When you put it that way, we may be witnessing one of the greatest events in Fódlan's history.
It's a lot of pressure, but the sense of duty I feel is even stronger than the fear.
I'm just happy to be here with all of you! I won't get scared, no matter what we face!
We have our goal. Enbarr, the Imperial Capital. Let's get to work!
Base of Operations Edit
Looks like we're near the end.
Looks like we're nearing the end of this struggle.
I'm sure Lady Rhea is on tenterhooks waiting for me to swoop in and rescue her.
Choice 1: Probably. (Support up)
Choice 2: I doubt it.
Response 1: I was just kidding! Pay me no mind.
Response 2: Oof... You don't mince your words. Try being a bit more mindful of other people's feelings.
Lady Rhea's not waiting for me, I know, no matter how much I might wish she were. She's waiting for you.
It's going to be a tough battle...
My friend! The reinforcements the lords sent are finally gathering.
Truth be told, Fort Merceus would've made for a better base of operation.
But that weird pillar of light changes things. It's pretty scary, honestly... I wonder what it is...
Choice 1: The rage of the goddess.
Choice 2: Some kind of magic. (Support up)
Choice 3: A natural phenomenon.
Response 1: Well, that is how the legend goes in Ailell. If it really was the rage of the goddess, let's do our best not to enrage her even further.
Response 2: Makes sense. But whatever it was, I've never seen destructive power quite like it. I wonder where it came from...
Response 3: You think it's natural? What, the planet just up and decided to take a shot at the fort? I dunno, Teach.
Well, I guess pondering it is a waste of energy for now. Let's just get ready to move out.
The capital is Edelgard's domain, so she has the advantage. It's going to be a tough battle.
Soon we'll be with lady Rhea again.
Whenever I think about how we'll be seeing Lady Rhea real soon, I get happy and really get cleaning!
We'll get there for sure, right? We'll see her again?
Choice 1: We'll meet her for sure. (Support up)
Choice 2: We don't know for sure.
Response 1: I got gotta believe Lady Rhea is waiting for us in the capital... We just have to find her.
Send my quarry to me!
The Death Knight is no ordinary knight.
I will prey upon him. I will quench my blade's thirst with his blood.
His focus is on fighting you, I'm sure. But mine will be the last face he sees.
I was born in Enbarr.
My mother and father met in a church there. Not too long after, I was brought into the world.
I do not understand how war can happen in such a precious place. It is most regrettable.
Back in the capital again...
Enbarr's streets are paved with unhappy memories, Professor.
I've avoided the damned place ever since I abandoned my nobility. Swore never to return.
Now here we are. To return in this manner... Well, I can't say it is something I ever imagined.
Fighting in the capital! Ugh! And we're fighting against Edelgard! Double ugh!
But with you leading us, Professor, I know we'll win.
Yeah! Wahoo! Fighting!
I'm a little scared, to be honest. I'm just shouting to relieve the tension, but I'll be fine.
Seems like we're finishing things up.
We're about to put the finishing touches on this war.
I wonder how Fódlan will look without the backdrop of death and destruction. I can't wait to see it!
On the other hand, I'm terrified of what the future might hold. Who knows if I'll survive the assault on the capital?
We fell for it...
That Nardel guy... or Nader, I suppose. It was all some trick, and we fell for it.
Hmph. I don't think the nickname "The Undefeated" applies is he flees from us.
Though... maybe he only got that name by running away. Can't be defeated if you run off, right?
Time for revenge.
We're finally going to the capital. This will be my chance to avenge Captain Jeralt.
Once we smash the Empire, I'm sure his soul will finally be able to rest in peace.
Choice 1: I think you're right. (Support up)
Choice 2: Who can say for sure?
Monica killed Captain Jeralt for the Flame Emperor, and the Flame Emperor was Edelgard.
I know that the future of all Fódlan rests on this battle. Nothing else is more important.
But for me, this is personal. For Captain Jeralt's sake, I'm going to give it all I've got and more!
(Dormitory - 1F)
Enbarr used to have a different name...
They used to call Enbarr the city of Seiros... To assault it, together with the knights, is surreal.
If Seiros were alive today, I wonder what she might make of our war...
In Enbarr, there was once a Southern Church, and apparently a bishop was dispatched to it.
A hundred years ago, the Southern Church became entangled in an insurrection.
Until five years ago, the Empire and the church maintained a certain distance from one another.
I never questioned...
I was taught from a young age to believe that the creed of Seiros was just the way of the world.
To question it never even occurred to me.
But Claude and Edelgard are different. They challenge the common wisdom. Even defy it.
It is uncomfortable to discard familiar assumptions. But that is an essential quality of the visionary.
Indeed, true greatness must lie beyond common sense. Hmm, that's good. I should write that down.
Invading the capital and smashing the Empire. I wonder if doing so could really end this war.
Care to share your thoughts, Professor?
Choice 1: I think it'll end the war.
Choice 2: I don't know. (Support up)
Response 1: You say that with such confidence. I want to believe that it's true.
Response 2: Perhaps you feel similarly to me. The whole mess puts me on edge.
Although for now, better to focus my efforts on the fight at hand.
I'm worried about the opera company...
In the opera, actors came and went all the time. But the people behind the scenes would stay forever.
I'll bet I'd know a few of them now, even after all these years.
(Unknown trigger to which statement occurs next)
Statement 1: I wonder if they've left the capital. I certainly hope so...
Statement 2: They've probably left the capital by now. Although... I'm still worried about them.
(Dormitory - 1F)
If we can win this war...
If we can win this war, then Claude will be the king of Fódlan, and...
Maybe he'll tear down the wall that separates Fódlan from the outside world.
Choice 1: Perhaps he will. (Support up)
Choice 2: Perhaps he won't.
I know it's hard to imagine...
But I really hope he does. It would be so much better if people could live together instead of apart.
I might even be able to live an ordinary life in the world Claude envisions...
Wonder if I'll get to see the opera house...
We're heading up to Enbarr next. I hope I make it back safe so I can tell my little sis about it!
I hear they got a neat opera house there where Manuela used to perform. What was it called again?
Choice 1: Mitreflanc Opera Company.
Choice 2: Mittlefrank Opera Company. (Support up)
Choice 3: Mildewplank Opera Company.
Response 1: Nah, that doesn't sound right!
Response 2: Ah, that's the one!
Response 3: Nah, that doesn't sound right!
My little sis always goes on about how much she'd like to see 'em perform.
I know we can't see a show, but do you think we could at least see the building?
Are you prepared?
Rhea will be somewhere in the city. I wonder if she can sense us coming.
If we are able to save her, then I expect you will learn many secrets that have hitherto been kept from you.
Are you prepared for that?
Choice 1: I am. (Support up)
Choice 2: I don't think I'm ready yet.
Response 1: Excellent.
Response 2: That is unfortunate. Well, you must become ready.
The battle will soon be upon us. Let us both be at our best for what is to come.
Compared to back then...
Ten years ago, Dagda and Brigid attacked the Empire from the west.
The final target was the capital.
But they were countered at a port town, long before they reached their destination.
I guess our attempt has been more successful than theirs, all things considered.
The pressure's on!
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
Momentum's really picking up for this final battle, huh? Even I'm starting to feel tense! Me!
Enbarr's history goes back 1,400 years. That even predates the founding of the Empire.
It's one of the sacred sites of the Seiros faith, so it's a pretty big deal.
But hey, no need to worry about the monastery while you're fighting the final battle. I've got it covered! I'll defend it to my last!
Knight of Seiros Edit
Looks like it'll be one battle after the other.
Knight of Seiros:
It's very likely that Lady Rhea is confined in the Imperial palace.
If so, then our strategy will be to gain control of the streets, and then assault the castle.
A street battle followed by a castle invasion... It's just one battle after another. It'll be tough, but we have to win. For Lady Rhea.
Alliance Knight Edit
We have to live up to their expectations!
Reinforcements from the Alliance are still incoming. Perhaps we can wait... at least until we have an even balance of power.
Plenty of supplies have made it through from the Eastern Church and the Merchant's Association in the Alliance.
All the people of the Alliance believe we can win, so they're doing everything they can to support us.
That means we have to do our best to live up to their expectations!
Ironic, isn't it?
The Empire's army should be divided now, with significant troops still in the west.
If they don't assert their authority over the old Kingdom's lords, they'll never know when an uprising might start.
Ironically, as soon as we capture the Imperial capital, the old Kingdom's lords are likely to rise up immediately.
It's not so surprising...
Cornelia took control of the Kingdom capital, and then founded the Faerghus Dukedom in the old Kingdom territory.
Still, Faerghus has remained a mere spectator with regards to our actions so far.
It's not so surprising when you consider that they can't even get a handle on the Fraldarius territories.
I doubt they've worked together before...
Of course, the Alliance is making sure that the Five Great Lords help with the effort, but we'll be getting support from the smaller territories too.
I'll bet this is the first time those territories have worked so closely together, at least since the founding of the Alliance.
I wonder if the rumors are true!
There are all kinds of rumors about you spreading through the Alliance. Some say you're the new embodiment of Saint Seiros herself!
Claude's popularity has certainly risen too. Somewhat...
What was that light in the sky?
Just recently, the fish in the pond suddenly started thrashing around like mad.
I didn't know what was going on, and then I saw something gleaming in the southeastern sky.
It happened right when you were out on campaign. I wonder what it could have been...
I'm quite excited!
With the Empire destroyed, the borders within Fódlan will likely become a thing of the past.
With that, the rules of trade will change. Personally, I'm excited to see what these changes will bring!
It seems a miracle is taking place...
Just a few months ago, I thought it was impossible to secure a victory against the Imperial army.
But you've shown me miracles can happen after all. I believe that victory is within your grasp!
Did you know? A magnificent canal flows through downtown Enbarr.
It's said to have been constructed under the guidance of Saint Seiros before the Empire was even formed.
Ever since, that canal has been a major lifeline for the capital's development.
And this is how the Empire repays it... Truly, no good deed goes unpunished.
Hilda: We need more resources around here. Please help!
The Enbarr Infiltration
Vastly outnumbered by Imperial forces, it becomes clear that a surprise attack, followed by a short and decisive battle, is the only path to victory. With this in mind, you stealthily approach Enbarr, the Imperial Capital.
Suggested Level: 37
Victory Condition: Defeat all enemy commanders.
(Casual Mode) All of your units fall in battle.
(Classic Mode) Byleth or Claude fall in battle.
Before Battle Edit
On the World Map Edit
After making preparations at Garreg Mach, the Alliance army marches to Enbarr, the Imperial Capital.
In response to the Alliance's movements, Emperor Edelgard orders her trusted retainer, Hubert, as well as the Death Knight, to the front lines to meet the Alliance army head-on. The two forces clash in the city streets.
Event: The Streets of Enbarr Edit
Outside the Palace Walls (Enbarr, the Imperial Capital)
There it is... Enbarr. The Imperial capital and the largest city in all of Fódlan.
It's not just big. This city was designed to protect the castle where the emperor lives.
It's as though the city itself is a massive stronghold.
Choice 1: And the citizens?
Choice 2: What is the state of affairs in the town?
They surely noticed us approaching some time ago, and yet...
Our scouts confirmed the citizens haven't been evacuated. They're being kept in town.
I've got to hand it to Her Imperial Majesty. Using her citizens as a shield to protect the castle takes some resolve.
I suspect those mages will be lurking within as well...
Troops deployed to other areas are also returning.
If we don't conquer the city quickly, things will get complicated fast.
I hope we find Rhea...
We can't search until we conquer the city. Let's focus on the fight for now.
Lady Rhea, please be safe.
We've kept the Empire waiting long enough. Onward!
During Battle Edit
We were told Hubert would be leading the enemy forces, but the Death Knight's also with them.
We'll have to take care of both of them, but we won't have time to mop up all the enemy units.
We'll have to split up and take them on at the same time, or risk being overrun by their reinforcements.
Phase One Edit
It's here! The Crest of Flames banner! There! On the other side of the canal!
Uninvited guests, I see. Heh. Let's ensure they receive a warm welcome.
Ready the artillery. Prepare to attack.
Rocks, arrows, magic - rain death upon the enemy until they are silent as the grave.
Reinforcements will fly in shortly. Defend the heavy weapons until they arrive.
(Ballista, Onager, and Fire Orb are shown on the map, occupied by enemy units)
Phase Two Edit
Start of fourth enemy turn
(Winged Demonic Beast arrives on map from North)
(On hard mode, 3 Falcon Knights units also arrive from North)
Our first wave of reinforcements is here. It will not be long until the next.
Reinforcements?! That was quick... We can't hang around or they'll just keep coming.
We'll have to capture the artillery. We can turn them against their reinforcements...
Phase Three Edit
Start of fifth enemy turn
We have reinforcements coming in from another direction. Deploy them as soon as they arrive.
Death Knight Defeated Edit
OK! Just Hubert left to deal with...
We are taking heavy losses. We need more troops...
Hubert Defeated Edit
Well done, everyone! Now we can break through into Enbarr!
We need to hurry up and attack the palace to block Edelgard's movements!
Note: Lysithea has no reaction when fighting against the Agarthan Soldier, the masked mages, as she calls them.
Death Knight Edit
(Vs Byleth) Edit
I've been waiting for you...
(Vs anyone else) Edit
I have no need of you...
(When defeated) Edit
To kill, to die... To know one without the other would be maddening...
(After first engagement) Edit
(Two Imperial Soldier Warlocks arrive beside Hubert)
(Vs Byleth) Edit
I should have disposed of you a long time ago.
I will rectify that failure here!
(Vs Claude) Edit
It's over, lapdog. Your military rule is at its end.
For every step you take along that path, our thorns will cut into your heels.
Ooh, that sounds painful. I'll have to wear thicker soles for the march.
If your boots are too heavy, you won't be able to lift your feet. But enough prattle.
(Vs anyone else) Edit
It's almost a shame to kill you. Not even death will make you consequential.
(When defeated) Edit
We must place our faith... in Her Majesty... Her victory is everything...
After Battle Edit
We've made it this far... Somehow.
Edelgard is probably looking down on us from somewhere in that castle.
I wonder if she's panicking or just smiling smugly...
From this point on, she'll be giving it her all too. Except her to be tougher than the last time we fought.
This battle will settle things once and for all. We'll attack as soon as everyone is ready.
Huh? Is that you, Dedue?!
I heard the Alliance's army has entered the city. I've been searching for you ever since.
Choice 1: How long have you been in Enbarr?
Choice 2: What are you doing in Enbarr?
Response 1: I arrived not long after the battle at Gronder Field. I am here to kill Edelgard.
Response 2: I'm waiting for a chance to kill Edelgard. I have not yet been blessed with the opportunity.
Well, if you want to fight alongside us, we'd be more than happy to have you.
(Dedue shakes his head)
We fight for different objectives. I swore to offer Edelgard's head to His Highness.
But... Should I fail, I will have no choice but to entrust that mission to you.
This is the information I have gathered during my time in hiding here. It includes details about the inside of the castle.
(Letter is shown)
I appreciate this, but... What do you plan to do? Don't tell me you plan to do alone?
I've done what I came here to do. Farewell.
He's gone. He's just as hard to understand as his liege was.
The time has finally come, my friend. Once w win this fight, the Empire will fall...
Choice 1: What will become of Fódlan?
Choice 2: What will we do about Fódlan? (Support with Claude up)
Response 1: What will become of it? Well, that's for us to decide, isn't it?
Response 2: The subject is heavy on my mind.
Odd as it sounds, I believe the forces responsible for destroying Fódlan are also responsible for protecting the livelihood of its citizens.
Everything, even the land itself, has been harmed by the chaos of war. Restoring it will be no easy feat.
To do that, the first thing we need to think about is a new ruling system for all of Fódlan.
Choice 1: The Alliance lords could divide the territory.
Choice 2: We could unify Fódlan as one nation.
No, I don't think that would work. The western half of the continent has little connection to the Alliance.
Any attempt to force dominion on them would breed rebellion. The world would slide back into war once again.
Response 2: As usual, we're on the same page. I was thinking the same thing.
Even if the Alliance lords and any remaining influential nobles were to divide up dominion of all of Fódlan...
They would simply pursue their own interests. Another war would be inevitable.
That's why there needs to be a powerful ruler who stands above them all and unifies Fódlan as one nation.
Choice 1: You should be that ruler, Claude.
Choice 2: We must search for a new ruler.
Choice 3: I should be that ruler.
Response 1: If it means I can lead Fódlan to a better future, I wouldn't mind that at all.
Response 2: A new ruler, huh? I think I've got someone in mind.
Response 3: (Disappointed) My friend... Do you really mean that?
My dreams await in a future where Fódlan is no longer ravaged by war.
There are things I want to see with you some day. I'll keep thinking about the best way to achieve that goal.
Whatever we decide to do, we can't do it until we defeat the Empire.
Fódlan can't welcome a new dawn until we win the war. Let's prepare as best we can.
Event: The Archbishop's Whereabouts Edit