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|“||It's no wonder people now refer to the Aed Desert as the desert of death.||”|
The Aed Desert (Japanese: イード砂漠 Yied Desert) is a desert covering the center-east of Jugdral. It is bordered by Grannvale to the east, Isaach and Silesse to the north, and the Munster District and Miletos to the south. Largely inhospitable and harboring only a small few settlements, for centuries it was the primary haunt of the exiled Loptr Church, making it exceptionally dangerous to travel through.
Following the Loptrian Empire's downfall, the Loptr Church and other prominent former members of the Empire retreated into hiding within the Aed Shrine, living there for centuries to avoid persecution; Lewyn theorized that this trapped experience came to corrupt their descendants who would otherwise have been normal people.. For most of their existince in hiding in the Shrine, the Loptrians kept their presence a secret.
In Grann 760, the Aed Desert experienced two prominent skirmishes. The armies of Grannvale marched on the western region of the desert and occupied the city of Phinora in their efforts to close in on Silesse to arrest the fugitive Sigurd; while the armies of Langobalt and Andorey set up in Silesse's Lubeck Castle, a Velthomer army led by Vaha occupied Phinora as a base of operations, with Meteor wielding Velthomer mages posted atop the desert's cliffs to bombard Sigurd's army as they passed. Sigurd's army successfully defeated Vaha's forces, liberated Phinora and continued on to Grannvale itself. Meanwhile, in the desert's south, Prince Quan of Leonster, his wife Ethlyn, daughter Altena and a group of Leonster's Lanceritter knights marched toward the north, seeking to reinforce Sigurd; however on their way through the desert, they were ambushed by a detachment of Thracia's army led by Travant and assaulted, an event known as the Aed Massacre. Hindered by the desert sands, Quan's group was quickly slaughtered, leaving behind only Altena, who was adopted and taken away by Travant.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Belhalla and the ascension of Arvis to the Grannvale throne, the Loptrian inhabitants of the Aed Shrine began to emerge and unofficially had full rein of the entire desert itself. Loptrian mages took to wandering the desert, preying on innocent travellers, leading to numerous disappearances; One of their presumed victims was Lachesis of Nordion, who disappeared after departing the Munster District to find her son Delmud in Isaach; her route would have taken her through the Aed Desert, making this her most likely fate according to Delmud.
In Grann 777, the Isaach liberation army led by Seliph crossed the eastern region of the Aed Desert en route to the Munster District to provide reinforcements for Seliph's cousin Leif; at the same time, Isaach's Prince Shannan and the thief Patty/Daisy were fighting at the Aed Shrine after stealing the Balmung, Shannan's birthright, back from it. Seliph's group joined up with Shannan and cleared out the Loptrian occupation of the Aed Shrine, then moved on to fighting at Darna and Fort Melgen.
Notable locations in the Aed Desert
- Main article: Darna
The Aed Shrine is a temple in the desert's north-east which has long housed the Loptr Church in hiding from the downfall of the Loptrian Empire; every known Loptrian active in Jugdral presumably grew up in the Shrine. In the aftermath of the Grannvale-Isaach war, the divine blade of Isaach, Balmung, was hidden in the treasury of the Aed Shrine as a trophy. It is theorized by August that the Aed Shrine is also used to house the petrified victims of Veld and other Loptrians wielding the Stone spell, and that these captives may include survivors from the Battle of Belhalla.
Characters from the Aed Desert
|A Loptrian bishop administrating the Aed Desert from the Aed Shrine.||Genealogy of the Holy War|
The Aed Desert is present in two chapters of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War: its western half is part of Chapter 5 as Sigurd's army crosses it to return to Grannvale, and the eastern half comprises the bulk of Chapter 7, depicting Seliph's army's liberation of the Aed Shrine and quest to reach Leonster.
Genealogy of the Holy War castle data (Chapter 7)
|Darna||Neutral||6||--||Initially neutral; becomes enemy after Melgen has been seized.|
|Melgen||Enemy||0||--||The Melgen army emerges after the Aed Shrine has been seized.|
|Leonster||Partner||0||--||Occupied by Leif, Finn and Nanna/Janne, all of whom are automatically playable.|
|Alster||Enemy||16||Bloom||Groups of eight reinforcements (6x Armored Sword, 1x Thunder Mage, 1x General) are periodically dispatched from Alster. The turn after Melgen has been seized, a group of nine reinforcement mages (including Teeny/Linda, Banba, Fotla and Eriu) will be dispatched.|
Vendor Arena enemies
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Aed Desert||As of Fire Emblem Heroes.|
|Yied Desert||Used in the Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 fan translations.|
|Japanese||イード砂漠||Officially romanized as Yied Desert. From Aed, the Irish god of the underworld.|
Artwork of the Aed Desert from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
- "For ages, descendants of the Loptrian Empire lived in hiding underneath the shrine. They had no choice. They would've been persecuted and burned at the stake otherwise. I doubt they differed much from you or I at first, but over time the ways of evil took root." — Lewyn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "That's right. And with the Aed Shrine falling under Loptrian jurisdiction, the desert is crawling with dark mages who'll attack without any provocation. It's no wonder people now refer to the Aed Desert as the desert of death." — Lewyn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Nanna: She left me when I was around 3 to meet up with you in Isaach, but she never came back. I've waited for her to come home ever since...
Delmud: Mother came for me? But... but I never saw her!
Nanna: Oh, no! What could've happened to her...
Delmud: Well, first of all the Aed Desert is no place for anyone to be traveling alone.
Nanna:Oh, no... Poor mother!" — Nanna and Delmud, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "I have heard rumors of a secret Loptrian temple underground in the Aed Desert. They say that the statues of various warriors are kept there. I have even heard that the statues include the captives of the fight in Belhalla from a decade ago." — August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776