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Crimson Flower
Ethereal Moon

Beyond Escape

Opening Narration FETH Adrestia banner.png

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It is Imperial Year 1185. Half a decade has passed since Emperor Edelgard ascended the Imperial throne, yet the continent of Fódlan still remains lost in a tempest of turmoil and bloodshed.
In the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, King Dimitri has welcomed Archbishop Rhea and her knights, who were driven out of Garreg Mach, to the Kingdom capital. As they work to build a unified front, the war with the Empire rages on to the west.
Meanwhile, Claude, leader of the Alliance, staves off Imperial intervention by strategically stirring up conflicts between Leicester lords in an effort to feign neutrality. As events unfold, Edelgard and her Black Eagle Strike Force begin to take action in an attempt to break the war's current state of deadlock.

— Chapter 13 opening narration

Event - Revival


???: You.... how long do you intend to sleep? Your body is awake. Your eyes must open now, and you must find the strength to stand upon those legs of yours. Like so much rain, a pool of blood has fallen to the ground... As spears and arrows pierce the earth, it weeps. And even now, it weeps. In order to survive, they kill. And so, the people of this world are lost in an abyss of suffering. They weep as well. The only one who truly knows the nature of such things is I... or rather, you.

Choice 1 Choice 2
I'm still sleepy. Who?
???: You are a complete and utter fool! Have you not changed one bit?! ???: Excuse me?! Are you saying you have forgotten who I am? How dare you!

???: Get on your feet. Right now! I'll coddle you no more! You're just like a child, always needing me to hold your hand...

Farming Village

Villager: Hey! A-are you awake?
(Byleth rises up.)

Choice 1 Choice 2
Where am I? Who are you?
Villager: We're in a village at the base of the monastery. What are you doing in a place like this? Villager: I'm just a villager here. What are you doing in a place like this?

Villager: I honestly didn't expect to find someone floating away down the river... Garreg Mach is upstream of here, but that place was abandoned.

What do you mean?

Villager: Huh? You don't know? The Church of Seiros isn't up there anymore. Though there have been folks still living there in the five years since... Well, you know. Regardless, the Imperial Army has taken over now.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Five years? What year is it?

Villager: Um, are you feeling all right? You didn't hit your head or anything, did you? It's the Ethereal Moon of the year 1185. It's been nearly five years since the monastery fell. Tomorrow was supposed to be the millennium festival, but who's got time to think about things like that?

The millennium festival...

Villager: Uh, yeah, that's what I said. But with the war and the archbishop still missing and all... I doubt there's a soul to be found who has enough blessings worth counting.
(Byleth prepares to leave into the monastery.)
Villager: Hey! Slow down, will ya? Where do you think you're going?

The monastery......

Villager: Are you crazy?! The Imperial Army is there! Come on, I promise I won't say you're a coward. Just forget about going anywhere near the monastery.
(Byleth shakes head in dissent.)
Villager: You just remember I tried to stop you, got it? It's not on my conscience if you wind up dead!

Choice 1 Choice 2
My students are waiting for me. No need to worry about me.
Villager: Students? You really are crazy, aren't you? There aren't any kids anywhere near that place anymore!

(Byleth leaves)
Villager: Unbelievable.

Event - Edelgard

Goddess Tower

(Edelgard is seen standing alone.)
Edelgard: Five years ago to the day... If things had continued on as they were, today would have been the Millennium Festival.
(Edelgard hears steps.)
Edelgard: Halt! Who's there?!
(Edelgard turns to her back. It's Byleth.)
Edelgard: It can't be! Professor? Is it really you? But I searched everywhere and never found a trace!
Edelgard: My teacher... what have you been doing all this time? Where have you been?

Choice 1 Choice 2
I was sleeping. I was dead.

Edelgard: Joking?! At a time like this?! You do realize it's been five years since you disappeared!
(Edelgard's face is red from overflowing emotions.)
Edelgard: Do you have any idea how guilty I felt? How broken my heart was? I searched high and low after you vanished! Although there was no proof, I somehow knew you were still alive. All this time, I led everyone as best I could, and fought with all my heart. It's been a difficult path to walk alone.

Just then, Edelgard and Byleth embrace each other. Tears fall from the Emperor's eyes.

The light coming from the window behind them casts a shadow, creating a contrast of both light and darkness...

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Edelgard: Welcome back, my teacher. I'm so happy that you're safe.
Edelgard: Five years... Such a short time, but it fells like an eternity ago. Do you... still feel the way you did all those years ago?
Edelgard: You said that you would fight at my side no matter how many enemies we should amass. As for me, my resolve has not faltered. I'm determined as ever to see this through to the end. I will defeat the false goddess. I will save this world from those creatures and give humanity its freedom back.

(Edelgard and Byleth take distance once more.)

Edelgard: So, my teacher, are you prepared to stand with me?

I am.

(Support points with Edelgard have gone up. Her heart is at ease.)

Edelgard: I— I thank you. Truly. Now then, I assume you understand the situation at hand, yes?

I really was asleep all this time...

Edelgard: Another joke. Or...are you telling the truth? I suppose you must be. In that case, I'll tell you all that has transpired as you slumbered these past five years.
(After some few explanations...)

Edelgard: ...And that is where we are now. The war is at a stalemate.
Edelgard: Dimitri is the new King of Faerghus. It's clear that his territory will continue to support the church. Meanwhile, Claude's leadership has thrown the Alliance into chaos. He maintains neutrality in their internal conflict.
Edelgard: The situation has created a deadlock. We've been awaiting an opportunity for our squadron to return to the monastery.
Edelgard: With you in the fray, I believe the state of the war will shift immediately. The Church, as well as the Kingdom and the Alliance... The time has come to eliminate them all.

Choice 1 Choice 2
The Kingdom and the Alliance... The Church of Seiros......
Edelgard: Although we were of different houses, we were companions who lived and learned together. Some of our ranks are hesitant to battle against them, and against the people of their homelands...
Edelgard: However, knowing that you're alive is sure to raise their spirits.
Edelgard: Rhea, Seteth, the knights, and the others are in prime condition. They've set up their base within the Kingdom capital. The Immaculate One and her family have yet to fight on the front lines.
Edelgard: However, we must eventually face and defeat them. It would mean a great deal to have you with us when the time comes.

Edelgard: Good. Well then, I believe it's time for a little reunion.
Edelgard: The Black Eagle Strike Force never lost faith. They knew you were alive and have been awaiting your return. Let's not keep them waiting any longer.

Event - A Path of Crimson Flowers

Date: 12/25
Advisory Room

(Byleth and Edelgard are reunited with the rest of the Black Eagle Strike Force.)
Hubert: Well now. That face is certainly familiar. I am glad to see you alive and well, Professor.
Bernadetta: Professor, it's me, Bernie! Do you remember me? I can't believe you're here!
Caspar: I can't believe it! Is this a dream? Can we really be this lucky?!
Petra: This is not dreaming. Our professor is with us again! Welcome to the back! I mean, welcome back!
Ferdinand: Our group isn't the same without you. I am overjoyed to see you again!
Dorothea: It's been so long! Seeing you again fills my heart with hope!
Linhardt: Great, now everything will be easy. Um, that's great you're safe, Professor. I'm deeply, deeply moved.
(Edelgard then look at Byleth.)
Edelgard: Quite the reunion, isn't it, Professor? Everyone's happy to see you.
Caspar: Come on, Edelgard. You must be happier than all of us combined!

(Edelgard's blushes as she looks elsewhere.)
(Caspar then looks at Byleth.)
Caspar: She took it really hard when you disappeared, Professor.
(Edelgard starts sweating bullets.)

Ferdinand: Of course, we did our very best in your absence. And there was never a day that we doubted you would return to us.
Dorothea: Edelgard has been leading us as emperor. But...after you disappeared, it became apparent that you were her anchor.
Petra: It gives me regret to be admitting this, but...our power is not enough. The only one who can be meeting Edelgard's you, Professor.
Linhardt: Most impressive of all is your uncanny ability to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Hubert: In the years since you vanished, we have not lost anyone from our ranks.
(Edelgard returns to the conversation.)
Edelgard: We all longed for your presence and your leadership. Myself included.
Hubert: It seems fitting to view this as a new beginning for the Black Eagle Strike Force. We already have our target.

(The aura surrounding the area gets serious.)
Edelgard: Yes. We must eliminate the Alliance before moving on to fight the Kingdom and the church. However, that doesn't necessarily mean we must occupy the entirety of the Alliance.
Edelgard: House Riegan stands against the Empire... Therefore, our target is Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital.
Hubert: We must cross the Airmid River, which separates the Empire and the Alliance. To do that, we must take the largest bridge across it. The Great Bridge of Myrddin. Myrddin connects the monastery and the Imperial capital to the east. It is the shortest route there.
Edelgard: An Alliance stronghold has been built at the Great Bridge. We'll take that and then head north. At the same time, we must defeat the one who defends it, Judith von Daphnel. If we can also take control of Daphnel territory, it would be greatly beneficial to us.
(Edelgard then begins talking to everyone.)
Edelgard: Prepare yourselves. The next battle will be a momentous one. Join me, my friends, as we begin our journey to bring peace and solace to this war-ravaged world.

Exploration: Beyond Escape

Potential Date: 12/28

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Narration - The Great Bridge Coup

The newly crowned king of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, Dimitri, has declared fealty to the Church of Seiros and is raising an army in preparation for all-out war with the Empire.

As the leader of the Alliance, Claude maintains a facade of neutrality amidst infighting between those who support and those who oppose the Empire.

Meanwhile, the Black Eagle Strike Force plans to capture Alliance territory before Edelgard takes the war to the Kingdom and Church of Seiros. With sights set on capturing Derdriu at the center of House Riegan's territory, she leads a march across the Great Bridge of Myrddin to establish a bridgehead.

— Introduction to The Great Bridge Coup

Event - Disquiet

Date: 12/31
Great Bridge of Myrddin (Outskirts)

(Before the battle, Hubert reunites with Byleth in private...)
Hubert: We are about to commence the attack on the Great Bridge of Myrddin. But first, allow me a moment of your time.

What do you need?

Hubert: It is something I can only ask of you. Listen well...
Hubert: It concerns Lady Edelgard's uncle. The regent of the Empire, Lord Arundel. Although he is currently cooperating with Her Majesty, he maintains his own sizable military troops. It seems to me that his plans differ from our own. I assume you recall a certain group's scheming from five years ago.
Hubert: Solon and Kronya... They both served Lord Arundel.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Why must we cooperate? He must be dealt with.

(Byleth is adamant to do something about them.)
Hubert: Professor, I understand how you must be feeling, considering what they did to your father. I know it must be foul to even consider cooperating with their kind.
Hubert: However, their power is essential for us at present. Edelgard also strongly opposed the idea at first. Our enemy is the Church of Seiros itself. It cannot be toppled with the Empire's might alone. Those working under Lord Arundel are extremely hostile toward the church. And the enemy of our enemy is... Well, I think you sufficiently understand by now.

Are you sure that's a good idea?

Hubert: Until all of Fódlan is united, it is a necessary evil. As for how we deal with them afterward...time will tell.
Hubert: Regardless, Her Majesty and I wish to join our power with yours.
Hubert: You should know that in her heart, Her Majesty regards that group as enemies of herself and her family. They used her father, the former emperor, as a puppet and murdered her siblings with their vile experimentation. I believe Her Majesty may have told you some of this herself. That is why this was a...very painful decision for her to make.
Hubert: I will do all I can to ensure her suffering is not in vain, and I hope I can count on you to do the same. As for all I have told you, please keep it in mind as we march forward.
Hubert: More importantly, I implore you to fight as best you can for Edelgard... From the bottom of my heart, I beg this of you.

Battle: The Great Bridge Coup

Great Bridge of Myrddin

Before Battle

Edelgard: We'll be capturing the Great Bridge of Myrddin, a key strategic location of the Leicester. Claude will surely be sending reinforcements, so we must prevail before they arrive.
Hubert: Our opponent is Judith, the so-called Hero of Daphnel. We can handle her. So long as we don't get careless.

Judith: The boy said to run if I was in danger, but... I could never do that. I'll hold out until reinforcements arrive!

Enemy Phase 3

If Leonie wasn't recruited Otherwise

(Reinforcements appear on the top left & right of the map, being led by Leonie and Acheron.)
Leonie: Judith! I'm so glad you're safe! Claude sent me here with reinforcements!
Acheron: Why do I have to put up with orders from that false leader...
Leonie: Because you're from the smallest noble house in all the Alliance, you whiner!

Edelgard: Enemy reinforcements... We didn't finish in time. Don't let them secure the ballista!

If Acheron is Alive and Leonie/Paladin General Falls

Acheron: There's no reason I should die in this place. It's time for me to return home.
(Acheron and his reinforcements escape the map.)

If Leonie/Paladin General and Ignatz/Sniper General Fall

Judith: This is it... Claude, I'm sorry. I couldn't defend the bridge. All who are able, retreat!

Edelgard: Don't let her escape! If we can take her out now, the Daphnel territory will be ours! That will allow us to march safely through the Alliance.

If Judith Reaches the Marked Tiles

Judith: Avoided death yet again, huh? I'll join Claude and prepare for a counterattack!

Hubert: Judith's escape will widen the battlefront. Our strategy's failed...

Sub Boss - Ignatz

Ignatz does not appear if he was recruited and is replaced by an Alliance General Sniper instead.

Vs Anyone:

I am helping Claude build the future of Fódlan!
— Ignatz Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

We can't place the future of Fódlan in Edelgard's hands. If you're allied with the Empire, I have no choice but to fight you.
— Ignatz Vs Byleth

Vs Raphael:

Raphael: Outta my way, Ignatz! I don't wanna have to fight you!
Ignatz: Stop deluding yourself. You joined the Empire. Didn't you consider the consequences? I don't want to fight you either, Raphael! But this is war.
Raphael: Ignatz...

— Ignatz Vs Raphael

Death Quote:

Ungh... I should have known this would happen...
— Ignatz's Death Quote

Sub Boss - Leonie

Leonie does not appear if she was recruited and is replaced by an Alliance General Paladin instead.

Vs Anyone:

Doesn't matter who you are. I won't hold back, and I won't fall to the Empire.
— Leonie Vs Anyone

Vs Black Eagles:

You're all Captain Jeralt's enemies! And I will avenge him here!
— Leonie Vs Black Eagles

Vs Byleth:

Professor! You know Captain Jeralt's killer was connected to the Empire! Why did you side with them?! Answer me, traitor!
— Leonie Vs Byleth

Death Quote:

Judith, I'm sorry... I leave the rest to you...
— Leonie's Death Quote

Sub Boss - Acheron

Vs Anyone:

The lands on the other side of this bridge are mine. I can't just let you cross!
— Acheron Vs Anyone

Vs Lorenz:

Lorenz: Acheron! What a pleasant surprise! I was concerned I might have to kill someone decent.
Acheron: Ha! House Gloucester is already finished. I've already taken control of your land!
Lorenz: That's quite enough of your spinning, Weathervane. Time for you to die.

— Acheron Vs Lorenz

Death Quote:

Guh... If only I had joined the Empire...sooner...
— Acheron's Death Quote

Boss - Judith

If Ignatz falls:

Ignatz! Damn it... Such a good kid. He died too young...
— If Ignatz falls

If Leonie falls:

Leonie! You had such a full life ahead of you... I wish I could take your place...
— If Leonie falls

Vs Balthus:

Balthus: You may not remember me, but trust me, I don't feel great about fighting you. I love a good brawl, but fighting a pretty gal to the death is madness. War is so senseless...
— Judith Vs Balthus

Death Quote:

Guh, it looks like I'm done for. Claude...I'm sorry...
— Judith's Death Quote

After Judith Falls

If Leonie wasn't recruited and hasn't fallen...

Leonie: Judith! No!


Edelgard: Alliance soldiers! Judith has fallen! Further conflict is futile! If you surrender, your lives will be spared. Lay down your weapons immediately.

Event - War Council: Ethereal Moon

Advisory Room

(The Black Eagle Strike Force is reunited.)
Edelgard: You have all fought well. With this victory, we now have a foothold in the Alliance. The Imperial army will cross the Airmid River and push the front lines forward.
Edelgard: The fight will continue, but do not allow that to stop you from taking pride in our hard-won victory.
Ferdinand: Ah, this should put a stop to one of Edelgard's choice phrases. Well done, Professor.
Ferdinand: I believe it was "if only the professor were here, we could forge ahead and change the tides of this war."
Edelgard: Ferdinand. It is not necessary to tell the professor such things.
(A sweat runs through Ferdinand's face.)
Caspar: We're not the only ones benefiting! The whole Imperial army is stronger now!
Linhardt: Yes, it seems the Empire finally has both of its legs to stand on. Don't you agree?
Edelgard: You make it sound as though I can't run the Empire on my own.
(Linhardt is slighly annoyed over Edelgard's response.)
Edelgard: Perhaps it's more apt to say that the pegasus has recovered its horn.
Dorothea: Judith of Daphnel... What a magnificent warrior.
Dorothea: I'm happy to have the professor back just like old times, but I don't think I'll ever get used to this cruel exchange of lives...
Petra: When there is something you must not be conceding, you must keep fighting! The fighting has been continuing for five years, but now I am again witnessing the professor's power.
Bernadetta: I hate fighting! But...with the professor here...maybe it's slightly less terrible? Oh, but everyone is working so hard! Stop it, Bernie, you can't be the only one complaining!
Hubert: I'm glad to see everyone so inspired. It seems the reappearance of the professor has done much to raise your morale.
Edelgard: Do you not feel the same, Hubert? Come now, be honest with yourself.
Edelgard: Now, we must take advantage of the situation and blaze ahead. Our path is still a long one.