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(Enemy units arrive)

Soldier: Princess Tana! Grado's forces are approaching!
Tana: What? So soon? Ah, we've had no time!
Soldier: Milady, we lack the arms to defend this place. You must return to Castle Frelia.
Tana: I can't! Not yet. We haven't found Eirika and her companions yet. Eirika is my friend, and she needs my help. I won't abandon her. Oh, I know! Go and ask Father-- I mean King Hayden for more troops.
Soldier: Yes, Your Highness!
(Soldier leaves)
Tana: Eirika, please be safe.

(NPC Cavalier leaves northwest from the gate; NPC Mercenary guards the gate)

Soldier: Commander Breguet, the enemy appears to be fortifying its position in the castle.
Breguet: Hmph. They're tenacious, but they have no hope of stopping our advance.
Soldier: What are your orders, sir?
Breguet: Ha! Orders? You just stand here and watch. I'll crush them myself!
Soldier: As you command, sir.

(Breguet moves to attack the Mercenary on the gate; critically hits kills him)

Breguet: Ha! That's what happens when you face my lance!

The relationship between swords, lances, and axes is called the weapon triangle. Lances are strong against swords. Swords are strong against axes. Axes are strong against lances. In that last battle, the enemy commander, Breguet, wielded a lance, while the Frelian soldier used a sword. Lances are strong against swords, so Breguet had an advantage. The weapon triangle can be very important in determining the outcome of a battle. For the time being, just remember that lances are strong against swords.
— Easy Mode only

(Enemies disperse across the map)

Tana: St-stop right there! Call off your forces and turn back, or you'll have me to deal with!
Breguet: Is that so? And who might you be?
Tana: Who--? I am Tana, Princess of Frelia. I will not permit you to abuse my country any longer.
Breguet: Frelia's royal brat, huh? How convenient...
Tana: Leave this castle immediately. If you harm me, my father and brother will chase you to the earth's end.
Breguet: Yes, I've heard how King Hayden dotes on his precious little daughter. Let's see how true that is. You'll make us a fine hostage, my dear. Seize the girl and lock her up!
Soldier: Right away, sir!
Tana: No! Let me go!

(Eirika and Seth arrive from the southeast)

Eirika: Seth, look...
Seth: I see it. It seems like Grado's army has already reached Frelia. Princess, this place is perilous. We should bypass Mulan altogether and head straight to the castle.
Eirika: But we can't just ignore this... You were there when Renais was invaded... You saw what I saw. You saw how the people suffered at the hands of Grado's soldiers. Homes were destroyed, possessions stolen, women kidnapped... Anyone who resisted was executed without question, without hesitation.
Seth: ...
Eirika: Please, Seth. I can't allow that to happen here. I don't want to see any more people harmed by Grado's atrocities.
Seth: All right, Princess. I understand. Perhaps we can retake Mulan. But, Princess, you must act with caution. Your people need you, too.
Eirika: Of course, Seth. Come on! Let's go!

Easy Mode tutorial

Starting with this chapter, you will control not only Eirika, but also Seth, general of the Knights of Renais. You select and move him in the same way you do Eirika: by placing the cursor on him and pressing the A Button. When all of your units have finished moving, your enemy's turn will begin automatically. If Eirika, the leader of your group, falls in battle, the game is over. You can choose to continue playing if any of your allies fall, but defeated allies will never fight at your side again. Try to move forward with the fewest number of casualties possible.

Seth: Lady Eirika, what are your orders?

In battle

Easy Mode tutorial, turn 1

Place the cursor on Seth and press the A Button.
The cursor is now on Seth. Press the A Button.

(The player selects Seth)

Seth must move near his foe. Press the A Button.

(The player moves Seth next to the closest Fighter)

The enemy has an axe, so it's best to counter with a sword. Choose Attack and press the A Button.

(The player selects the Attack command and to use the Steel Sword)

This is the combat information window. At the top of the window, next to Seth's name, is a weapon and an arrow pointing up. This is because Seth has a sword, while the soldier has an axe. The weapon triangle states that swords are strong against axes. Seth is at an advantage.

(The player uses Seth to attack and kill the fighter)

Eirika: Seth. I need to know what's happening here. I'm going to visit that home.

It's time to visit a home. First, place the cursor on Eirika and press the A Button.

(The player selects Eirika)

Move Eirika to the house. Place the cursor on the flashing space and press the A Button.

(The player moves Eirika to the nearest house)

You can get battle hints and other useful information by talking to people in homes. This can be very beneficial, so be sure to visit houses when you have the chance. Now select Visit and press the A Button.

(The player has Eirika visit the house)

Units on gates, forts, and other special areas recover Hit Points (HP) at the beginning of your turn. Currently, the enemy commander, Breguet, is standing on a gate. Even if he takes damage, he'll soon recover some of the HP he lost.

Turn 1 enemy phase

Breguet: Hm? Is that the princess of Renais? Ha ha! It really is my lucky day! Fame and fortune ride to meet me! Move on, you slugs! Bring that girl to me!

Turn 2 player phase

(Franz and Gilliam arrive from the north)

Franz: Sir Gilliam, is that Mulan? Have we reached Frelia's border already?
Gilliam: Aye, we have. Her Highness Princess Tana should be inside the castle.
Franz: But look--the countryside is crawling with Grado soldiers! Where's the castle guard? Has Mulan fallen? Are we too late?
Gilliam: Too tough to say from here. Princess Tana's in no danger if they want her as a bargaining tool. We men of the Eastern Watch will see her to safety.
Franz: Yes... Yes, of course. We mustn't give up. We must move. We must retake the castle. Then, we ride forth to Princess Eirika's aid.
Gilliam: I've stronger armor than you do. I'll take the lead. Watch my back.

Easy Mode tutorial

(Gilliam moves to combat the enemy Soldier; Gilliam hits the Soldier, the Soldier misses Gilliam, then hits him)

Allied units have joined the battle. All allied blue units can be moved in the same manner as Eirika.

(Franz moves to Gilliam)

Franz: Sir Gilliam! Are you all right?
Gilliam: It's just a scratch.
Franz: Wait! I...I have a vulnerary with me. Let me give it to you.

It's time to trade items. First, place the cursor on Gilliam and press the A Button.

(The player selects Gilliam)

The cursor is on Gilliam. Press the A Button.

(The player selects Gilliam's position)

Now select Trade.

(The player selects the Trade command and selects to trade with Franz)

Here are the items Gilliam and Franz are carrying. Move the cursor to Franz's items on the right side. Press right on the + Control Pad.

(The player moves to cursor to Franz's items)

Use the + Control Pad to select a vulnerary and press the A Button.

(The player selects one of Franz's Vulneraries)

Press the A Button now to accept the vulnerary from Franz.

(The player trades a Vulnerary from Franz to Gilliam)

The item has successfully been traded. Press the B Button to finish your transaction.

(The player exits the trade menu)

You can use the vulnerary you received right away. Select the vulnerary from your items and use it.

(The player has Gilliam use a Vulnerary)

Gilliam: Thanks, lad.
Franz: Please, sir... When I was a raw recruit, General Seth taught me something. He said every soldier can serve a role, even the most inexperienced. Wait...
Gilliam: What is it?
Franz: That knight... Is that General Seth? And his companion...must be Lady Eirika!

Move the cursor to an unoccupied space on the map, and press the A Button to open the map menu. The third item from the top is Guide. Try selecting it. The guide contains lots of useful game-play information. If you run into something that seems unclear, review the guide for a quick reference.

Player phase after Eirika passes the forts

(Enemy reinforcements arrive from the southeast)

Soldier: I've found them! Stragglers from Renais! Don't let them get away.

Easy Mode tutorial, upon killing Breguet

You defeated Breguet, commander of Grado's forces in Mulan. All that remains is to seize the castle gate. Only your commander can perform this task. The commander of this group is Eirika. Move her to the castle gate, seize it, and clear this map.


If Gilliam is alive

Gilliam: Princess Tana.
Tana: Sir Gilliam... I'm sorry. I never meant to cause you such trouble.
Gilliam: It was no trouble. I live to serve, Princess.
Eirika: Tana!
Tana: ...Eirika?!? Is that really you?
Eirika: Tana, what are you doing, so far from Castle Frelia?
Tana: I heard that Renais had fallen, and I was so worried... But I'm glad to see that you're safe... Wait! Where is Ephraim? Is he well?
Eirika: I wish I knew.
Tana: You haven't heard from him? Oh, I hope he's not been harmed... Come, we must go to Castle Frelia. My lord father may know something.
Eirika: Thank you, Tana.

If Gilliam is dead

Tana: Eirika!
Eirika: Tana!? What are you doing here?
Tana: I heard that Renais had fallen, and I was so worried... I'm so happy to see you're safe.
Seth: And it's our great pleasure to see that you are well yourself, Lady Tana.
Tana: Seth! You're all right! Wait! Where is Ephraim? Is he well?
Eirika: I wish I knew.
Seth: We still have no word of Lord Ephraim.
Tana: You haven't heard from him? Oh, I hope he's not been harmed... Come, we must go to Castle Frelia. My lord father may know something.
Eirika: Thank you, Tana.

Regardless of Gilliam's status

(At the world map, Eirika moves from Border Mulan to Castle Frelia)

Eirika and her companions have liberated the border castle. Alongside Princess Tana of Frelia, they ride to the Frelian capital.

(Inside the castle)

Hayden: Oh, Tana... I'm grateful to see that you're safe and home again! You've no idea how I worried when I heard you were under attack at Border Mulan. You are not to leave again without my permission. Do you understand?
Tana: Don't be mad, Father. Look, I come bearing good news. Eirika! Come out now!
Eirika: King Hayden, I am pleased to see you again, even in these sad times.
Hayden: Ah, Eirika! It does my heart good to see you safe.
Eirika: Thank you. I was able to escape the castle before Renais fell. But I'm not sure if my father...
Hayden: Yes. I...have received word of your father.
Eirika: Your Highness? Please tell me. Is my father well?
Hayden: ...My friend King Fado...did not survive the fall of Renais Castle.
Eirika: ...No, it cannot be...
Hayden: Rest assured, Grado will be punished for its cowardly act. This is Frelia's promise. Eirika, please stay here and rest. I cannot imagine how exhausted you must be.
Eirika: ......
Seth: King Hayden. You know of Prince Ephraim's disappearance, do you not?
Hayden: Yes, we hear the prince and his men hound Grado at every turn. It's said that he's led his forces into the empire itself. Reports suggest he's crossed the border and now fights in Renvall.
Eirika: My brother... He fights on? Even now?
Hayden: Yes. My pegasus knights bought this information at a great price. Even though Renais has fallen, he charges into the enemy's heart. He is truly Fado's son... What a valiant youth. I wish that I knew whether he remains unharmed, but I do not.
Eirika: King Hayden, I thank you for your offer, but I cannot stay. I intend to ride to my brother's side with reinforcements.
Hayden: I cannot allow it. I know how you feel, but this plan is suicide. I would be betraying Fado's memory if I allowed any harm to befall you. Stay here. Rest and mourn. Leave this war to the warriors.
Eirika: I know you mean well, Your Majesty. However, I have lost my father, and my twin brother is in peril. My brother, he is a part of me... I cannot rest here in peace while he risks his life.
Hayden: No. Renais has no more army. Grado's forces decimated it. I wish that Frelia could provide you with support, with soldiers, but... My son, Innes, is on his way to meet the empire's forces. We cannot spare a single brigade. Your own retinue of knights cannot possibly face Grado alone. Are you so determined to go?
Eirika: Yes. ...With apologies.
Hayden: ...As resolute as your father, eh? What am I to do in the face of such foolhardy determination? Vanessa.
Vanessa: Here, Your Highness!
Hayden: Moulder.
Moulder: You called, my king?

If Gilliam is allive
Hayden: Gilliam.
Gilliam: Yes, sire?

Hayden: You are to accompany Princess Eirika of Renais into Grado territory. I expect each of you to provide aid and support for her brother.
Moulder: Hmm. Quite a grave responsibility you've given us.
Venessa: No matter the obstacles, we will perform our duty.

If Gilliam is alive
Gilliam: Our lives are yours.

Hayden: These are some of my most trusted and stalwart vassals. They will, no doubt, prove themselves quite valuable on your journey. Remember, you are venturing behind enemy lines. You will need supplies. I will have a supply convoy readied to carry your weapons and provisions. It will remain at your side, no matter how far afield you venture.
Eirika: King Hayden, I... Thank you.
Hayden: No, save your thanks for your return... with your brother, Prince Ephraim.
Eirika: Yes, Your Highness!

Tana: Eirika, you don't really intend to go through with this, do you? I can't guess how you must feel, but it's just too dangerous. What would happen if you were captured by Grado's men?
Eirika: Thank you for your concern, Tana. But I have no choice. Don't you see, Tana? I have to go.
Tana: Eirika... Oh, why is this happening? What's gone wrong with the world?
Eirika: Tana...
Tana: Why would Grado invade? Emperor Vigarde is a man of peace. His people adore him. And you and Ephraim are friends with Prince Lyon, are you not? What could be behind this madness? Why is this happening...
Eirika: I have no answers for you, Tana. I don't want to believe it, but the reality is that we are at war. If I do nothing, I may lose my brother as well as my father. This is why I have to fight. It's the only answer I have.


East-most house

Man: The rumors are true, aren't they? The Grado army's taken over the castle. It looks like they've seized the castle gate, too. Smart work--the gate provides defense and heals wounds to boot. They must be fierce warriors to have taken the gate. Watch yourself.

Other house

Man: That knight encamped at the castle was wearing the finest armor I've seen. It looked like it could turn aside almost any blade you swing at it. I know my armor, though. I wager a good rapier or armorslayer could get through it.

Talk conversations

Eirika and Franz

Franz: Princess Eirika, it is good to see you're well.
Eirika: Franz, you made it through unscathed...
Franz: Y-yes, Your Highness! I met up with Sir Gilliam of Frelia and explained the situation in Renais. He told me that Princess Tana was in danger as well, here at Mulan. We rode as swiftly as we could.
Eirika: Tana is here? Franz, we must hurry!
Franz: Understood!

Seth and Franz

Seth: Is that you, Franz? I'm relieved to see you're still in one piece!
Franz: Y-yes...and you as well, General. As long as you lead us, sir, the Knights of Renais cannot lose!
Seth: Franz, you and I must work together to protect Princess Eirika. I want you to ride with us.
Franz: Sir! With honor, sir!

Battle quotes

Fighting Breguet

Breguet: Bah, what a worthless lot of curs I've been assigned!

Killing Breguet

Breguet: This...this can't be... I...