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“Passing through Araphen and Khathelet, Lyn and her friends arrive in Caelin. However, Caelin is now under the rule of Lord Lundgren. Lundgren's henchmen lay in wait to assassinate Lyn. They wait for her approach and ready a special weapon.”
—Opening Narration

Vortex of Strategy is Chapter 8 of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Getting closer to Caelin, Lyn is relieved when Kent states that they should be about two days away. Before they can move any further, Nils says that he senses danger, and Ninian asks that Lyn stay put. A bolt then sticks in the ground, right next to Lyn's foot. Kent and Sain say that Lundgren has deployed a Ballista and is getting serious. After quickly explaining what a ballista is to Lyn, Sain recommends that Florina stay grounded for this battle, and Lyn tells Wil that, if they should take control of the ballista, he should try to use it against the enemy. On the Preparations Screen, Matthew informs Lyn and the player that he has some business to take care of, and won't be able to take part in this chapter.

This is the first chapter to have a ballista, and is also the chapter that teaches the player about the reaver-type weapons that reverse the Weapon Triangle.

Initial Enemies

Total: 14


Total: 4

Note: These reinforcements appear at the start of the Enemy Phase, rather than at the start of the Player Phase