Insurrection of the Seven

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The Insurrection of the Seven was a soft coup that happened within the Adrestian Empire that led to House Hresvelg losing it's political power and make House Aegir's the de facto ruler of the Empire.



Around Imperial year 1167, Emperor Ionius IX, Adrestia's emperor of the time, decided to push policies that would reform the Empire's power structure so it would be consolided into the imperial throne, a move which the rest of Adrestia's nobility didn't appreciate.[1] Due to the Emperor's actions, House Hrym revolted against Ionius's policies by attempting to defect to the Leicester Alliance through the assistance of House Ordelia, causing an insurrection the empire quickly supressed. House Hrym's main genetic line was wiped out in the aftermath[2] and adoptee/puppet leader was placed to fill their position, while House Aegir was given the actual task of governing said region.

Witnessing this chain of events, the empire's six great noble families (House Aegir, House Vestra, House Bergliez, House Hevring, House Varley and House Gerth)[3] grew wary of Ionius actions and feared he would attempt to seize complete control of the empire. As a result and, under the leadership of Duke Aegir and Marquis Vestra, the six noble houses clashed and wrested power from Ionius in imperial year 1171.[4] Thus, the incident was coined as the Insurrection of the Seven, taking into account all the noble houses who opposed the emperor reforms.[5]


Ionius IX lost the power struggle against and was rendered politically impotent, leaving Duke Aegir as the actual ruler of the Adrestian Empire up until Imperial year 1181.

As a result of the insurrection, Volkard von Arundel fled with his niece and Ionius IX's fourth daughter Edelgard to the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus as he hid the imperial princess's whereabouts to prevent having her turned into a political pawn,[6] where she met Faerghus' Crown Prince Dimitri in the city of Fhirdiad, the Kingdom capital. Meanwhile, Volkard's sister, one of Ionius's consorts and Edelgard's mother Anselma von Arundel fled in her own accord and seeked asylum in the kingdom as well through the support of Cornelia Arnim, Faerghus's Court mage.[7] Cornelia then later introduced Anselma to King Lambert, who quickly fell in love with her and made the emperor's former consort his wife in secret due to the fickle political climate of the Empire.

Lastly, Adrestia's House Nuvelle was abandoned by the other noble houses during the Dagda and Brigid War in 1175 due to having supported Emperor Ionius IX during the insurrection. This led to most members of House Nuvelle to end up slaughtered by the combined forces of Dagda and Brigid bar their eldest daughter Constance and having their lands destroyed. The six noble families then declared the end of House Nuvelle and stripped their only remaining survivor of all of her benefits.[8]


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Insurrection of the Seven



  1. "Hanneman: In your father's defense, the emperor was attempting to take power from the Seven Houses. The emperor's reform was an attempt to concentrate power in the hands of the throne. The nobles...put a stop to that." — Hanneman in his and Hubert's C-Support, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  2. "A house of Imperial viscounts. Resisting Emperor Ionius IX's policy of power centralization, it set out to join the Alliance and secure independence from the Empire, but was unable to overcome the Imperial army's intervention. In the aftermath, the house's main genetic line was wiped out. Its current head of house is an adoptee." — House Hrym's description provided in the book Register of Empire Nobles, Part II, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Ferdinand in Chapter 2's monastery exploration
  4. "Ferdinand: The Hrym family tried to split off from the Empire and join the Alliance. Working with House Ordelia, they raised an insurrection. The Empire suppressed it. And then a puppet leader was installed in the Hrym territory. House Aegir was tasked with handling the actual governance of the region. Seeing this, the nobles feared that the Empire would assume total control." — Ferdinand in the paralogue Retribution, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  5. "Lysithea: The Insurrection of the Seven. I've always wondered why it was called seven when there were only six noble families.
    Ferdinand: It was the six great noble families, plus Hrym.
    " — Lysithea and Ferdinand in the paralogue Retribution, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  6. "As she was seeking asylum from the Empire in the Kingdom, Lord Arundel was obligated to hide the Imperial princess's whereabouts. If her location had gone public, the Empire would have demanded her return. She would undoubtedly have become a political pawn in the Kingdom as well." — Dimitri in his and Hapi's A-support, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  7. "But for now, what's truly baffling is the identity of that lady you mentioned. She welcomed my stepmother into the Kingdom as she fled home due to political strife... Hm." — Dimitri in his B-support with Hapi, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  8. "However, during the Insurrection of the Seven, we cast our lot with the emperor and were punished for it. We suffered further losses when we were used as a sacrifice to Dagda and Brigid during their attack. My family, including my parents and older brother, died then. The town of Nuvelle is now an ash heap. The six great families decreed this to be the end of my house. We have naught left now but the name. No title, no subjects, no land... Everything I was to inherit has been taken from me." — Constance in her and Byleth's B-support, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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