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An Inevitable Encounter

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An Inevitable Encounter

Cm fe16 prologue.png


Remire Village

New units

Byleth, Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude



Please forgive our intrusion. We wouldn't bother you were the situation not dire. We're being pursued by a group of bandits. I can only hope that you will be so kind as to lend your support.
— Dimitri

An Inevitable Encounter is the prologue of Fire Emblem: Three Houses.


Main article: An Inevitable Encounter/Script

In the Imperial Year 91, the divine Seiros engages the Liberation King Nemesis in battle and slays him, avenging an incident at the Red Canyon. Approximately one millennium later in 1180, a person named Byleth has a dream of the battle and of a mysterious girl. Afterwards, they are woken up by their father Jeralt. The nobles Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude appear and explain that bandits have attacked them while they were resting at camp. Jeralt agrees to protect them, and he and Byleth ride out. With Jeralt's guidance, the four are able to rout the bandits and injure their leader Kostas.

As the battle ends, Kostas recovers from his injuries and attempts to attack Edelgard, but Byleth sacrifices themselves to protect her. They have another vision of the girl, who scolds them for being so reckless, introduces herself as Sothis, and grants them the ability to rewind time with Divine Pulse. Byleth redoes the past several seconds and this time counters Kostas' strike and drives him off. At this point, the group is reinforced by the Knights of Seiros led by Alois. Alois recognizes Jeralt and reveals that he was once the respected captain of the Knights of Seiros who vanished approximately 20 years ago; he browbeats Jeralt into returning to Garreg Mach Monastery with him and invites Byleth to accompany them. The three lords thank Byleth for their actions, descend into a bickering match, and offer Byleth a position with their respective homelands.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Kostas Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Any player unit dies 4 1 7

Normal Hard

Cm fe16 prologue.png

Character data

New Units
Small portrait byleth f fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait edelgard fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait dimitri fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait claude fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Returning Characters


Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is ns01 axe.png Iron Axe Dropped by Kostas

Enemy data

Normal Hard

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Thief Ruffian 1 6 Iron Sword The northwestern three begin moving if any of them are provoked.
Kostas Thief 3 1 Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. He and his squad begin moving after the first four Ruffians are defeated.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Jeralt Paladin 3 1 Iron Lance
Blade Breaker Canto Keen Intuition Lance Prowess Lv 1
Immobile until the first four Ruffians are defeated, at which point he begins moving unprovoked.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Kostas

Normal Hard

Small portrait kostas fe16.png
Level 3
Movement 5
Crest --
Max HP 28 Luck 5
Strength 10 Defense 6
Magic 5 Resistance 1
Dexterity 7 Charm 6
Speed 7
Inventory Abilities
Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Combat arts Spells Battalion
-- -- --
Skill Levels
Sw La Ax Bo Br Re Fa Au Ar Ri Fl Ma
E E E E E E E E -- -- -- FE16ClassMasteryEmpty.png


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

As the tutorial mission of Three Houses, this should be a cakewalk as long as you don't do anything dumb. If you already know which house you're going to side with, you might want to try to feed your kills to Byleth and your favored lord. Byleth is perfectly capable of plastering the poor guy up front with a single use of their Combat Art, so get used to using those. You may be tempted to initiate the talk conversations between Byleth and the three lords, and Claude can do so with no consequence, but Edelgard and Dimitri would rather move as far north as possible in preparation to take the forests next turn. On turn 2, move the two lords into the forests. You can also have Byleth chat with one of them. The next group of enemies will attack, so on turn 3 you can move in with everyone else and mop them up. With them dead, it's time to make for the northeast and deal with Kostas. Move into the isolated forest with Byleth, who will injure all three enemies. Jeralt has aggroed by this point, and will steal a kill from you. At this point, you can wipe out the enemy with little trouble.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English An Inevitable Encounter --


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An Inevitable Encounter Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Playable characters Black Eagles BernadettaCasparDorotheaEdelgardFerdinandHubertLinhardtPetra
Blue Lions AnnetteAsheDedueDimitriFelixIngridMercedesSylvain
Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
Other AloisBylethCatherineCyrilFlaynGilbertHannemanManuelaSetethShamir
Non-playable characters (TBA) AnnaDuke AegirFlecheIonius IXJeraltJeritzaJudithLambertLord ArundelNaderRheaRodrigueSeirosSothisTomas
Bosses (TBA) AcheronBlaiddydCharonChilonCorneliaDaphnelDeath KnightDominicFlame EmperorFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLonatoMetodeyMiklanMysonNemesisPallardóRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSolonThalesThe ImmovableThe Wind CallerWandering Beast
Personal weapons and regalia (TBA) Aegis ShieldAreadbharAxe of UkonvasaraAymrBlutgangAreadbharCaduceus StaffCrusherFailnaughtFreikugelLance of RuinLúinRafail GemScythe of SarielSpear of AssalSword of the CreatorThunderbrandThyrsus
Chapters Part I Prologue: An Inevitable Encounter • 1: Three Houses • 2: Familiar Scenery • 3: Mutiny in the Mist • 4: The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth • 5: Tower of Black Winds • 6: Rumors of a Reaper • 7: Field of the Eagle and Lion • 8: The Flame in the Darkness • 9: The Cause of Sorrow • 10: Where the Goddess Dwells • 11: Throne of Knowledge • 12: To War Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden Deer / Outset of a Power StruggleBlack Eagles, if Byleth sides with Edelgard
Part II Silver Snow
Silver Snow
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: A King Without a Kingdom • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: The Impregnable Fortress • 18: The Chaos of War • 19: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 20: The City Without Light • 21: Following a Dream
Crimson Flower
Crimson Flower
13: Beyond Escape • 14: The Master Tactician • 15: Tempest of Swords and Shields • 16: Lady of Deceit • 17: Field of Revenge • 18: To the End of a Dream
Azure Moon
Azure Moon
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Delusional Prince • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The King's Triumphant Return • 19: The Golden Deer's Plea • 20: The Impregnable Fortress • 21: Our Chosen Paths • 22: Oath of the Dagger
Verdant Wind
Verdant Wind
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Alliance Leader's Ambitions • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The Golden Scheme • 19: The Chaos of War • 20: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 21: The City Without Light • 22: Fódlan's New Dawn
Paralogues Part I (TBA) An Ocean ViewDeath TollDividing the WorldFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenOil and WaterRumored NuptialsSword and Shield of SeirosTales of the Red CanyonTrue ChivalryWar for the Weak
Part II (TBA) Darkness Beneath the EarthEternal GuardianThe Face BeneathForeign Land and SkyForgotten HeroInsurmountableLegend of the LakeRetributionThe Silver MaidenThe Sleeping Sand LegendWeathervanes of Fódlan
Locations (TBA) FódlanAdrestia (Brigid) • AlmyraFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicester
Groups, objects and concepts (TBA) Black EaglesBlue LionsChurch of Seiros (Knights of Seiros) • CrestsDivine PulseGolden Deer
Related topics (TBA) Name chartPre-release informationUnused content