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Embrace the Dark

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Embrace the Dark


Location

Plains of Hoshido

New units

Felicia* or Jakob*

Boss(es)

Ryoma

It's not that simple...I know what the Nohrian kingdom has done to Hoshido is unforgivable...And I know now that these are not my brothers and sisters by birth...Yet even still, I must side with them. My heart won’t allow me to do otherwise.
— Corrin, reasoning for their decision of backing Nohr

Embrace the Dark (Japanese: 闇へと進みゆく Entering Into Darkness) is the sixth chapter of the Conquest campaign in Fire Emblem Fates. In this chapter, Corrin has made his/her fateful decision to take the Nohrian side of the family's squabble and side with the people he/she grew up knowing as his/her siblings, and thus must face off against his/her (apparent) blood siblings.

Plot

The below plot corresponds to the use of a male Corrin. If you refresh this page, it is possible to get an alternate reading using a female variation instead.

Continuing from Corrin's decision having chosen to side with Nohr, he tells Ryoma to withdraw his troops and tells him he will not fight for Hoshido; Ryoma, attempting to paint the Nohrians as vile fiends who wish to trample Hoshido, state that the Nohrians killed their mother, to which Corrin states he knows the atrocities Nohr committed are unforgivable and that the Nohrian royalty aren't his siblings by birth, but his heart wouldn't let him side with Hoshido. As Ryoma attempts to convince Corrin that he is mistaken while Xander expresses his gratitude toward Corrin, Ryoma brings up the events in the Shirasagi castle plaza and particularly Garon's role in them, to which Corrin states that he needs to hear Garon's side of the story, and thus needs to return to Krakenberg to learn the truth of the tragedy in Shirasagi. Ryoma states that he will not allow Corrin to return to Nohr and starts attacking him, with Xander jumping into the fray to protect Corrin; as Corrin attempts to stop the fight, Leo brings up that they have no choice but to fight--retreating will make it appear that Corrin was coerced into siding with Nohr. As Leo, Camilla, and Elise make their pitch toward Corrin into fighting, Ryoma calls Hinoka, Takumi, and Sakura into action, after which Xander calls Camilla, Leo, and Elise into action.

Right before the battle begins, Felicia runs onto the battlefield, stating that she's relieved to see Corrin alive, after which Corrin asks Felicia what she's doing in the area; Felicia states that she's been searching for Corrin after they got separated at the Bottomless Canyon--she got lost a little and then tripped and hit her head, so it took awhile for her to reach Corrin, then tells him that what's important is that she's now present and ready to lend a hand. The battle begins at this point.

Once the battle ends, Corrin asks Ryoma and the other Hoshidan siblings to find it in their hearts to forgive him, as her decision may appear to be the ultimate betrayal but he's trying to end the war for everyone's sakes; Corrin and Azura then talk about the decision, after which Azura bids Corrin farewell, hoping that they'll cross paths again. The intro cutscene to the Conquest campaign, "Nohr Intro", plays at this point, followed by the tutorial and formal introduction to the My Castle concept.

Summary

Nohrian and Hoshidan royals clash blades on the battlefield. Corrin is torn between both kingdoms but finally makes a fateful decision...

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat 4 enemies. Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Corrin dies. 6 0 5

This chapter's map is 20 columns by 22 rows.

Character data

Characters
New Units
Felicia
Small portrait felicia fe14.png
Maid
HP
19
Level
1
Automatically from the start
(If Corrin is male)
Jakob
Small portrait jakob fe14.png
Butler
HP
21
Level
1
Automatically from the start
(If Corrin is female)
Returning Characters

Small portrait avatar m-default fe14.png

Additionally, the player has playable access to Elise, Camilla, Leo, and Xander in this chapter, but these characters cannot gain experience, cannot trade their items with other characters, and will leave the player's control at chapter's end. These four set up as follows:

Elise Camilla Leo Xander

Small portrait elise fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Troubadour
Level 4
Movement 7
Stats
Max HP 19 Speed 9
Strength 2 Luck 13
Magic 10 Defense 4
Skill 5 Resistance 11+2
Inventory Skills
Is 3ds02 staff.png Heal
Is 3ds02 staff.png Freeze
Is 3ds02 lily's poise.png Lily's Poise
Is 3ds01 resistance +2.png Resistance +2
Weapon Levels
3DSRankSword.png -- 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png -- 3DSRankBow.png --
3DSRankTome.png -- 3DSRankStaff.png D Daggers -- 3DSRankStone.png --

Item data

No items are obtained in this chapter.

Dragon Vein data

The Dragon Vein in this chapter is stated to have the effect "Use fire to dry up the river". It are located as follows:

  • Column 6, row 6: Three squares south of the rubble tile on the northwestern bridge.

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills
Ma 3ds02 mechanist yukimura enemy.gif
Yukimura Mechanist 1 1 Is 3ds02 yumi.png Steel YumiIs 3ds02 shuriken.png Steel Shuriken
Is 3ds02 perspicacious.png Perspicacious
Ma 3ds02 shrine maiden sakura enemy.gif
Sakura Shrine Maiden 4 1 Is 3ds02 rod.png Sun Festal
Is 3ds02 quiet strength.png Quiet StrengthIs 3ds01 miracle.png Miracle
Ma 3ds02 sky knight hinoka enemy.gif
Hinoka Sky Knight 6 1 Is 3ds02 naginata.png Steel Naginata
Is 3ds02 rallying cry.png Rallying CryIs 3ds02 darting blow.png Darting Blow
Ma 3ds02 archer takumi enemy.gif
Takumi Archer 7 1 Is 3ds02 yumi.png Fujin Yumi
Is 3ds02 competitive.png CompetitiveIs 3ds01 skill +2.png Skill +2
Ma 3ds02 swordmaster ryoma enemy.gif
Ryoma Swordmaster 3 1 Is 3ds02 katana.png Raijinto
Is 3ds02 bushido.png BushidoIs 3ds02 duelist's blow.png Duelist's Blow
Reinforcements
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills


Boss data

Main article: Ryoma
Note: This boss's stats are the same across all difficulties.
Small portrait ryoma fe14.png
Swordmaster
Level 3
Movement 6
Stats
Max HP 39 Speed 16+1
Strength 14+4 Luck 15
Magic 2 Defense 14-1
Skill 15 Resistance 9-1
Inventory Skills
Is 3ds02 katana.png Raijinto Is 3ds02 bushido.png Bushido
Is 3ds02 duelist's blow.png Duelist's Blow
Weapon Levels
3DSRankSword.png C 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png -- 3DSRankBow.png --
3DSRankTome.png -- 3DSRankStaff.png -- Shuriken -- 3DSRankStone.png --

Strategy

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

Your starting lineup for the Conquest route consists solely of either Felicia or Jakob. Felicia is a basic healer - she's fairly solid as a Maid due to her good Magic, which makes her a prime candidate for the Flame Shuriken and the Bifröst. Jakob, on the other hand, leans toward being a brawler. He is very useful when reclassed to a combat-oriented class such as a Paladin. As for your Avatar, great care will need to be taken in their creation due to Conquest's higher difficulty. Far and away the best Avatar build for Conquest is a female with the Wyvern Rider class for three reasons: you can complete Chapter 8 without triggering any reinforcements if the Avatar has a mount, Jakob becomes very powerful as a Wyvern Lord, and both of you can get Swordbreaker, which really helps with the two difficult fights with Ryoma that lie ahead. You are also given control of the Nohrian siblings, but they cannot gain experience. Try not to give them too many kills.

Xander should immediately move into the nearby forest. His role for this battle will be to occupy Ryoma in a duel while you take out the other enemies, so don't bother having him initiate combat with Ryoma. Leo should move into Hinoka/Takumi's range while the others regroup with him. Takumi will then attack Leo and be severely wounded. On turn 2, have the Avatar finish Takumi. Then have Leo wound Hinoka and Felicia/Jakob finish her. On turn 3, move Felicia/Jakob into Yukimura's range and have him/her heal Leo, and move the Avatar next to him/her so s/he can Dual Strike Yukimura. On turn 4, have the Avatar finish Yukimura. At this point, the battle is won. You may not want to beat up a defenseless Shrine Maiden, but you really need the experience and the alternative is defeating Ryoma.

Trivia

  • Of the three versions of chapter 6 in Fates, this is the only version where a non-generic character who did not appear in any of the chapter cutscenes, in this case Yukimura, is fought as an enemy.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Embrace the Dark --
Japanese 闇へと進みゆく Entering Into Darkness

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References


The Path Is Yours Embrace the Dark A Dragon's Decree
Fire Emblem Fates
Playable characters Birthright AsugiAzamaAzuraCaeldoriCorrinDwyerFeliciaHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIzanaJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKiragiMidoriMitamaMozuOboroOrochiReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSilasSophieSubakiTakumiYukimura
Conquest ArthurAzuraBennyBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGunterIgnatiusIzanaJakobKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMozuNilesNinaNyxOdinOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaShigureShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieVelouriaXander
Revelation ArthurAsugiAzamaAzuraBennyBerukaCaeldoriCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestFugaGunterHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIgnatiusJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKeatonKiragiLaslowLeoMidoriMitamaMozuNilesNinaNyxOboroOdinOpheliaOrochiPercyPeriReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelenaSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieSubakiTakumiVelouriaXander
DLC Anna
Non-playable characters CadrosCassitaIkonaKaterinaLaylaLilithMoroRainbow Sage
Bosses ???AnankosAnthonyAreteCandaceDaichiDanielaFunkeGaronGazakHaitakaHansIagoKilmaKotaroKumageraLlewelynLloydMikotoNicholOmozuSennoSumeragiTakumiTarbaZharaZola
amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
Regalia and personal weapons Astral BlessingAurgelmirBifröstBölverkBrynhildrChakramExcaliburFujin YumiGanglariHagakure BladeMissiletainnPursuerRaijintoSiegfriedSkadiWaterwheelYato
Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice • 18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Endgame: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Endgame: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Endgame: Anankos
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
DLC chapters Ghostly GoldBoo CampMuseum MeleeBeach BrawlRoyal RoyaleBefore AwakeningHidden Truths 1Hidden Truths 2Vanguard DawnAnna on the RunBallistician BlitzWitches' TrialA Gift from AnnaAnother Gift from AnnaI: In Endless DreamsII: Realms CollideIII: The Changing TideIV: Light's SacrificeV: Endless DawnEnd: Lost in the WavesHoshidan Festival of BondsNohrian Festival of Bonds
Hero Battles Hero-King MarthRadiant Hero IkePrincess LucinaGrandmaster Robin
Locations Deeprealms (My Castle) • Hoshido (Flame TribeIzumoKohgaMokushuWind Tribe) • Nohr (Dragon's GateIce TribeNestra) • Valla (Bottomless Canyon)
Groups, objects, and concepts Curse of VallaDragon VeinMy Castle
Related topics Ancient TextsDownloadable contentName chartPre-release information (Unused content) • Soundtrack