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Fódlan's New Dawn

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With the destruction of Shambhala, the ambitions of those who slither in the dark are forever shattered. However, Rhea has suffered grievous injuries in the process. Yet certain mysteries remain unsolved, so Claude and the others approach Rhea, who is now confined to her room due to her wounds.
— Chapter 22 opening narration

Event - The King of Liberation

Date: 8/1
Star Terrace

(Byleth and Claude visit Rhea, desiring to find answers at last...)
Rhea: I am happy to see you two...
Claude: Sorry to interrupt your rest. But there are some things that we absolutely must ask you.
Rhea: It seems I do not have much time left. I do not intend to hide anything any longer.
Byleth: ...
Claude: Rhea... I have to ask. You're the Immaculate One, aren't you?
Claude: If what I'm thinking is correct, that's what the children of the goddess is referring to. In other words, you––
Rhea: I am the last child of the progenitor god.
(Rhea begins explaining.)
Rhea: A long time ago, the progenitor god came from somewhere far away and descended upon this continent. She changed her form to resemble that of a human, and gave her own blood to birth her children. The progenitor god and her children shared knowledge and skills with the people of the land. Together, they built a prosperous civilization. But the humans turned their backs on the teachings of the progenitor god and engaged in senseless wars. Eventually people began to think of themselves as gods and challenged the progenitor god herself to battle. The land was scorched in the war that ensured and the majority of humans were annihilated. I believe that those who slither in the dark are the descendants of those who retreated beneath the ground during that time.
Claude: So they had been waiting all that time for their chance at revenge...
Rhea: It took the progenitor god an astonishing amount of time to revive the ravaged world. But eventually, the continent found peace again, and the progenitor god, having fulfilled her duty, fell into a long slumber in the Holy Tomb. The children who stayed behind built a settlement in Zanado to protect the Holy Tomb as they quietly lived out their lives.
Rhea: But then...Nemesis appeared, bringing tragedy along with him. Even now I cannot forget the sight...of that massive canyon, painted red with blood...
Rhea: I was never able to forgive those who proudly wielded weapons crafted from the corpses of my brethren. I was the only survivor of Zanado, and all I could do was wander across Fódlan clinging to my desperate desire for revenge. I called myself Seiros, fostered the founding of the Empire, and prepared to oppose Nemesis and his followers.
(Claude is astonished.)
Claude: Unbelievable...
Rhea: I put Zanado behind me to gather the remaining children who were scattered across Fódlan... Finally, we killed Nemesis on the Tailtean Plains, and I took back the Sword of the Creator.
Claude: Let me get this straight... Saint you?! You're kidding me, right?

(A Knight of Seiros suddenly interrupts the conversation.)
Knight of Seiros: Professor. Claude. There's something you need to hear right away...
Rhea: If you have something to report, do so at once. There is no need to let my presence worry you.
Knight of Seiros: As you wish... We're receiving a constant stream of express messengers from cities to the east. They claim that an unidentified military force is attacking and that there have already been a large number of casualties.
Claude: What?!
Knight of Seiros: The reports indicate that the cities and towns along the East Gronder Thoroughfare in the old Hrym territory have already been destroyed. Some villages were razed completely, leaving no survivors...
Claude: Damn it! Did they come from Shambhala? Could it be that there were some remnants of that wicked group hiding there?
Rhea: ...
(Another Knight of Seiros and Hilda enters the Star Gaze.)
Knight of Seiros (2): I have a report! The unidentified military force has crossed the Great Bridge of Myrddin! Alliance forces met them in battle, but it seems they have already broken through!
Claude: They've already made it so far. Is Count Gloucester unharmed?
Hilda: The count is fine, but apparently my brother joined with reinforcements and was gravely injured...
(Claude is taken aback by Hilda's claim.)
Claude: You mean to tell me they easily got past a general as skilled as Holst?
Hilda: They say the enemy general has a weapon that resembles the Sword of the Creator. Even my brother was powerless to stop him...

The Sword of the Creator?

(Byleth cannot believe what they're hearing.)
Claude: That's not possible...
Knight of Seiros (2): The enemy forces are flying a banner bearing the Crest of Flames as they continue their march west along the Airmid River.
Rhea: ...
(Rhea's eyes open wide upon realizing something...)
Knight of Seiros (1): We believe they're marching toward Garreg Mach. We are preparing to meet them in battle.
(The Knights of Seiros bow down as they leave along with Hilda.)
Rhea: A weapon that resembles the Sword of the Creator... and banner bearing the Crest of Flames...
Rhea: There is only one explanation. The one leading the enemy Nemesis himself.
Claude: Nemesis? That Nemesis? Do you really think the ancient King of Liberation has been brought back to life?
Rhea: Perhaps the seal was broken when Shambhala fell... An incredible power that we children cannot hope to match dwells within the blood of the progenitor god. Nemesis obtained that blood, so it would not surprise me if that were the case.
Claude: The blood of the progenitor god... That's right, he did take the remains from the Holy Tomb, didn't he...
Rhea: From the blood of the progenitor god, Sothis, he acquired the Crest of Flames. From her bones and heart, he crafted the Sword of the Creator.
Claude: The Sword of the Creator is made from her bones and heart?
Rhea: The heart of Sothis is the Crest Stone that was placed in the Sword of the Creator. The same is true of the Crests of the 10 Elites and the other Crest Stones... They were born of the blood and hearts of the progenitor god's children. Those who slither in the dark created them. Stole them. Sothis never gifted that power to the humans.
(Claude tries to recap all the info gathered thus far.)
Claude: The Crests of the 10 Elites, the Crest Stones, and the Heroes' Relics... I can't believe those who slither in the dark made them all. And after that, Nemesis used the Sword of the Creator to massacre all of the progenitor god's children in Zanado… In other words, the citizens of Zanado were killed by weapons made from the remains of their brethren... How atrocious.
Claude: But I don't get it... The Sword of the Creator that Teach wields doesn't have a Crest Stone. So how is Teach able to wield its full power?
Rhea: The Crest Stone of the progenitor god...dwells within your professor.
Claude: ...
(The Alliance's Leader has been rendered speechless.)
Rhea: After I battled with Nemesis as Saint Seiros, I reclaimed the heart of Sothis. I wanted to use that heart to...resurrect her. Even though I had to do some...questionable things to achieve that goal, I wished to see mother...once more.

You placed her heart in me?

Rhea: Yes. I believed that if I could resurrect my mother, I could regain all that had been lost...
Claude: So...that's the truth of it.
Rhea: I suspected that your body housed the consciousness of Sothis. Those suspicions were correct. And yet, she merely gave you her power and vanished... My dearest wish did not come true... But you did inherit the power of the progenitor god.
Rhea: Now, you must use that power to defeat Nemesis once and for all. Fódlan's blood-stained history...must end.

Exploration: Fódlan's New Dawn

Potential Dates: 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 and 8/30


Claude: Huh... What a magnificent tale! It's enough to make your head spin.
Rhea's real identity is Saint Seiros, and the one who attacked us was Nemesis, the King of Liberation!
On top of that, you've got the heart of the goddess in you! My flabber is completely gasted right now.
But now isn't the time for standing around in disbelief. Nemesis has made it this far for a reason.
If we aren't victorious, that's it for Fódlan's new dawn. The world will be forever shrouded in darkness...
This is the final, FINAL battle. Finally. My friend... Please give it your all out there!


Ferdinand: The javelins of light that destroyed Fort Merceus... They are what destroyed Shambhala.
They were trying to shroud the city in darkness.
Perhaps they were planning to swallow us up in that same darkness.
Maybe the javelins of light were a signal to Nemesis. To awaken him from his long slumber.
What do you think, Professor?

I think you're exactly right. I think you're way off the mark.

[Support points with Ferdinand go up]

Ferdinand: Yes, indeed. I have done some good pondering here.

Ferdinand: If we keep up this momentum, we will be able to take down Nemesis and restore peace in Fódlan.


Linhardt: When you think of it, as one approaches the end of a war, the sacrifices only grow larger, don't they?
The winning side musters their forces and attempts to strike a decisive blow...
While those of the losing side make desperate attempts to turn the war in their favor.
Neither side will give. I only wish we'd consider those who lose their lives in that struggle.
{{Tab |tab1=We're far from safe ourselves. |tab2=It's a necessary sacrifice. |tab3=It's better than dragging the war out. |width=925px |content1= [Support points with Linhardt go up]

Linhardt: Yes, exactly my point. Let's be careful to ensure we don't lose our own lives, Professor.
|content2= Linhardt: Perhaps, but that doesn't make it any easier to accept your own survival depends on a throw of the dice.
|content3= Linhardt: I can appreciate that, but just because a choice is better does not mean that it's good.


Caspar: Everyone in Fódlan's united, but the Whatstheirfaces in the Dark or whatever won't let up!
Let's get rid of 'em right away!

Let's do it. We can't let our guard down.

[Support points with Caspar go up]

Caspar: We gotta get some training in so we can crush 'em!

Caspar: There's not a lot of time, but I'm afraid we won't win if we don't train!


Bernadetta: The King of Liberation? The Fell King? His name is Nemesis, right?
And he was hidden away for over a thousand years. Wow, that's a really long time all to himself...
But that doesn't make him worth admiring, no matter how much I envy him!

You really envy him? You'd like to be shut away for a thousand years?

[Support points with Bernadetta go up]

Bernadetta: Um. Maybe. Is that a trick question?


Narration - For the Freedom of Fódlan

A military force bearing the Crest of Flames on its banner marches west to Garreg Mach from Shambhala, attacking nearby cities along the way. Rhea informs the Alliance that the enemy's general is none other than the ancient Fell King Nemesis. And so the Alliance army prepares for their final battle, hoping to put an end to Fódlan's blood-stained history.
— Introduction to For the Freedom of Fódlan

Event - For Fódlan

Date: 8/31
Meeting Room

(The Alliance army is holds their last meeting.)
Claude: What's the plan, my friend?

We will defeat Nemesis.

Claude: I thought you'd say that. And of course, I'll be joining you.
(Claude then turns to the rest of his ex-classmates.)
Claude: What about the rest of you? Our enemy is a monster of legend. As always, there's not a shred of proof that we can win.
Lorenz: A foolish inquiry, Claude. I must finish what my father started...
Hilda: Started? Your father ran away before the battle even began.
Lorenz: I...well. All the more reason why I, as his heir, cannot flee now!
Hilda: I'm in. I need to get back at him for hurting my brother. I'm not going to let him get away with it!
Ignatz: Wow... Hilda's serious about this!
Lysithea: I too will fight until the end. I wish to protect Fódlan's future.
Leonie: I feel the same as Lysithea. It would hardly be fitting for Captain Jeralt's apprentice to bow out now. I'll show them everything he taught me.
Marianne: I...I will give it my all as well! For the professor, for Claude, and for all of you who helped make me as strong as I am now!
Raphael: I'm in too! And when we're done, I'm gonna eat tons of steak to celebrate!
Ignatz: This truly is the final battle... At this point, you shouldn't have to ask, Claude. You know we're with you.
Claude: I do know that, Ignatz. But I had to ask just to make sure.
(Judith enters the room.)
Judith: Heh. Look at how reliable you kids have become. You've trained them well, Professor. This Nemesis guy should be arriving soon. Is everyone ready?
Claude: It's finally time.

Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
I won't let us lose. I won't let any of you die. Let's win this... Together!
Claude: We're counting on you. Our lives are in your hands. Claude: I'm on board with that. Let's all make it through this alive. Claude: That's right. I'm confident we have what it takes to win.

Claude: Let's defeat this dusty old King of Liberation and put an end to this history of lies. Once we've done that, there'll be nothing holding us back. A new and brighter age will begin.
Claude: Let's go, my friend! Fódlan's new dawn awaits!

Battle: The Freedom of Fódlan

Caledonian Plateau

Before Battle

Claude: Nemesis is here...and with more soldiers than expected.
Hilda: A swamp, huh? But there's something about it... It looks odd somehow.

Agarthan Soldier: Agh! Can't...breathe...
(The Agarthan Soldier falls.)
Odesse: He should not have done that... Be careful. The water is poisonous to the living.

Claude: It looks like we'd better not get near that swamp... Try to avoid it during the fight!

Enemy Phase 1

Nemesis: Seiros! I will kill you! Do not get in my way!
Claude: So, that's Nemesis... You're a crusty old bastard, you know that?
Nemesis: All those who stand in my way...will be destroyed!

If Raphael is deployed

Raphael: Wah! Watch out, Claude! They're coming for us!

Enemy Reinforcements Arrive

Claude: Agh! Demonic Beasts flying in from the south... Someone here must be able to summon them!

If Lysithea is deployed Otherwise

Lysithea: I sense an unusual presence. Someone may be hiding there.

If Nemesis is Attacked with ≥ 1 Ten Elite Alive

Claude: No effect?! So invincible...

After one of the 10 Elites is Fought

If Marianne is deployed

Claude: Huh?! I think they’ve got some sort of magical link with Nemesis...
Marianne: Could the magic be protecting him?
Claude: Not sure, but we'd better take out his 10 commanders before taking him on.

The First 10 Elite Falls

Claude: Nine more commanders remaining... We just killed number 10. These can't be the 10 Elites, can they? Nah, not likely.

If Lamine Falls

If Ignatz is deployed Otherwise

Ignatz: Whoa. The swampland vanished.

All of the 10 Elites Fall

If Lorenz is deployed

Lorenz: Professor! Claude! All the subordinates to Nemesis have been eliminated!

Claude: It took some doing, but now's our chance to face off against Nemesis!

Sub Boss - Odesse

Death Quote:

Argh... Thales!
— Odesse's Death Quote

(Every human soldier remaining aligned with "Those who slither in the dark" flees the map.)

If Odesse was the last Agarthan standing Otherwise

Claude: Now he can't call any more Demonic Beasts. And the remaining forces of Shambhala have been defeated too.

Sub Boss - Riegan

Vs Claude:

Claude: Hey... Can you speak?
Riegan: ...
Claude: Just puppets controlled by Nemesis... Well, they're the strongest puppets I've ever known.

— Riegan Vs Claude

Boss - Nemesis

Vs Anyone:

Feeble creature... Prepare to die!
— Nemesis Vs Anyone

Vs Seteth:

That sword... You bear the Crest of Flames, just as I do.
— Nemesis Vs Byleth

After Battle

Claude: That one seemed to work... We're almost done! Let's go, my friend!

Movie - A New Dawn

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The camera shows the Alliance and Liberation army in opposition of each other, then it zooms into the Dark Creator Sword as Nemesis smirks.

Byleth rushes at Nemesis to attack and the two begin clashing swords. Nemesis then swings his foot at Byleth, failing to connect, just as a glowing arrow flies at Nemesis right after, which he dodges.

Nemesis: You are a foolish child.

Claude, holding Failnaught, is revealed to be the one responsible for the attack.

Claude: Tough talk from a guy who's lived too long. Allow me to fix that!

Nemesis silently stares at the two. Suddenly, he unleashes his sword's Combar Art, turning it into a devastating whip which the uses against Byleth and Claude. As both jump to dodge Nemesis's attack, Byleth rushes at the King of Liberation and they clash swords once again. The battle is quickly interrupted by another of Claude's arrows aimed at Nemesis, which he quickly avoids after pushing Byleth away.

Nemesis: You are all pathetic weaklings! You lack the courage to challenge me in lone combat.

The camera then focuses on Claude. He's charging Failnaught for another attack.

Claude: Yet we have the strength to scale the walls between us, to reach our hands in friendship, so we can open our true hearts to one another!

Claude then fires the fully charged arrow into the air.

Claude: That's how we win!

The Alliance Leader runs straight to Nemesis as he lets out a war cry. The Fell King effortlessly knocks him down far away. As Nemesis moves to finish Claude off, Byleth intercepts him and proceeds to attack him with their glowing Sword of the Creator. Nemesis in turn, prepares to retaliate with his own sword. The camera then focuses on Claude, still laying on the ground, watching the situation with a sinister smirk on his face.

As the sword relics are about to clash at last, a glowing object falls from the sky and pierces Nemesis's shoulder, causing him a lot of pain. It was Claude's last arrow.

Byleth seizes the opportunity to slash Nemesis across the chest as his Creator Sword replica gets broken into pieces. The King of Liberation has collapsed into the ground, laying immobile.

The Alliance Army rises arms and begin to cheer in victory over the Fell King's defeat. Meanwhile, the reanimated Liberation begin to silently disintegrate into dust. The camera then shows Byleth looking at their sword as they stop glowing.

Claude gets up from the ground with a smile on his face while Byleth sheaths their sword. The sun shines brightly and basks them both with their warmth.

Claude: Future historians will refer to this day as the new dawn of Fódlan. Of that, I have no doubt.

Byleth turns around and smile as they walk towards Claude. Then, they reach their hand out to him.

Claude: It's up to you now Teach. As for my path...

Claude and Byleth shake hands.


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A rising flame was alight as the flow of time carved a new history for Fódlan.

The ambitions of the Fell King Nemesis were crushed, averting what could have been the greatest crisis in the history of Fódlan. After five and a half years of war, a new age was set to begin.

Country, faith, history... All that had once formed the order of the world was wiped clean. The heroes whose very hands saved Fódlan from a dark fate commenced with the building of a new society.

The leaders of this new, unified Fódlan began their walk down a seemingly endless path—one towards a world that would cherish differences in race and belief, one where all life would be valued equally.

Those leaders clung to the hope that their path would not end with Fódlan, that it would someday span the seas to Dagda, and beyond the Throat to Almyra...

— Epilogue