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Church of Seiros
|“||Long ago, the divine Seiros received a revelation from the goddess. A gift, to help guide the lost. The goddess is always watching over Fódlan from her kingdom above. However, in ancient times, the goddess graced this world with her presence and offered salvation to the people here. She is the mother of all life, the arbiter of every soul.||”|
The Church of Seiros (Japanese: セイロス聖教会 Seiros Holy Church) is a religious organization that holds power over the continent of Fódlan in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It is served by the Knights of Seiros.
The Church was founded in year 85 of the Imperial calendar in the aftermath of the war between Saint Seiros and the Liberation King Nemesis. To help manage the affairs of the Church, it was split into four branches: the main Central Church, based in Garreg Mach Monastery, the Southern Church in Adrestia, the Western Church in Faerghus, and the Eastern Church in Leicester. The Church of Seiros served as Fódlan's primary religious institution throughout the next millennium, and also acted as peacekeepers in times of conflict; the Church is notably credited with negotiating the end of the War of the Eagle and Lion that resulted in the legitimization of Faerghus as an independent nation in exchange for the Church being declared the state religion. In approximately 1065, the Southern Church participated in a major insurrection against the Empire. The bishop of the Southern Church was exiled by the emperor, the Southern Church was disbanded, management of religious affairs in the Empire was transferred to House Varley, and relations between the Empire and the Church were permanently and fatally damaged.
By the year 1180, Seiros had become archbishop of the Church under the pseudonym Rhea. Throughout 1180, the Central Church came under attack by a conspiracy involving the Western Church, a cult known as "those who slither in the dark", and a masked individual calling themselves the Flame Emperor. The Knights of Seiros crushed the Western Church, purged the heretic apostates, and replaced them with new clergy loyal to the Central branch. At the end of 1180, the Flame Emperor was unmasked as newly crowned Adrestian emperor Edelgard von Hresvelg, who blamed the Church for propagating the Crest-based society that led to her siblings being killed in experiments that imbued her with the Crest of Flames. She formally declared war on the Church and won the opening battle at Garreg Mach. The outcome of the war would be determined by the actions of a mercenary named Byleth.
On non-Crimson Flower routes, where Byleth either taught the Blue Lions or Golden Deer, or taught the Black Eagles and sided with the Church, Rhea was captured by the Empire after the Battle of Garreg Mach, and the Knights of Seiros scattered to the four winds to find her and the missing Byleth. In 1185, Byleth awoke from a five year coma and returned to Garreg Mach Monastery. Once word of their return reached the remnants of the Church, Rhea's former second-in-command Seteth rallied them, returned to the monastery, and joined Byleth to help form a Resistance (Silver Snow)/Kingdom (Azure Moon)/Alliance (Verdant Wind) Army. The Church lent military support to Byleth throughout the conflict with the Empire, and ultimately helped them emerge victorious. Afterwards, the Church helped to restore order to Fódlan and reformed the policies that led to Edelgard declaring war in the first place. On the Silver Snow route, if Byleth married Rhea, she returned to her role as archbishop after recovering from her imprisonment and personally spearheaded reform efforts. On the Azure Moon route, Rhea named Byleth her successor as archbishop before retiring to Zanado.
On the Crimson Flower route, where Byleth taught the Black Eagles and sided with Edelgard, Rhea and the Church escaped to Faerghus after the Battle of Garreg Mach, and Prince Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd ascended the throne, granted them asylum, and forged a military alliance against the Empire. The Church spent the next five years locked in a bitter stalemate with the Empire, until Byleth's return decisively tipped the war in the Empire's favor. After the Empire conquered Leicester, the Knights of Seiros launched a counterattack in an attempt to retake Garreg Mach Monastery, but were repelled. The Empire invaded the Kingdom, slew Dimitri, and cornered Rhea in the capital city, Fhirdiad. Rhea set Fhirdiad on fire in a last attempt to wipe out Imperial forces, but Byleth led the Empire in battle and slew her, bringing an end to Church dominance over Fódlan. The Church was then reformed under the Empire.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Church of Seiros||Seiros may be derived from the ancient Greek σείριος, which means scorching or destructive, and is the origin of the name of the star Sirius (which is a latinization of the Ancient Greek Σείριος). In-universe, Seiros is the name of a prominent figure in the faith's doctrine.|
|Japanese||セイロス聖教会||Seiros Holy Church|
|Spanish||Iglesia de Seiros||Church of Seiros|
|French||Église de Seiros||Church of Seiros|
|German||Kirche der Seiros||Church of Seiros|
|Italian||Chiesa di Seiros||Church of Seiros|
|Korean||세이로스 성교회||Seiros Church|
|Simplified Chinese||赛罗司圣教会||Seiros Holy Church|
|Traditional Chinese||賽羅司聖教會||Seiros Holy Church|
- "The game takes place on Fódlan, where the Church of Seiros exercises great power over the land and its people." — Fire Emblem: Three Houses revealed for Nintendo Switch, rpgsite.net, Published: June 12 2018, Retrieved: June 12 2018
- wiktionary:Σείριος#Ancient Greek