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Insurrection of the Seven

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The Insurrection of the Seven (Japanese: 七貴族の変 Incident of the Seven Noble Families) 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 by consolidating it into the imperial throne while also abolishing the consort kin, a move which the rest of Adrestia's nobility didn't appreciate.[1][2] 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[3] and adoptee/puppet leader was placed to fill their position, with House Aegir being given the actual task of governing said region.[4] During this period, Adrestians and members of those who slither in the dark were sent to replace House Ordelia's staff, in which, during a collaborative effort, seized the opportunity to experiment on the House's scions in an attempt to infuse them with a Crest.[5]

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)[6] 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.[7] Thus, the incident was coined as the Insurrection of the Seven, taking into account all the noble houses who opposed the emperor reforms.[8]


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

As a result of the insurrection, Volkhard 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,[9] where she unknowingly met Faerghus's Crown Prince Dimitri in the city of Fhirdiad, the Kingdom capital.

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 being 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.[10]


  • In the international script, the removal of the mention that Ionius tried to strip away power from the consort kin is likely an oversight, as the concept is still alluded to by Edelgard in all versions of the game during the Black Eagles route.[11]

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

Insurrection of the Seven




Incident/changes of the seven noble families


Insurrección de las Siete

Insurrection of the Seven


Insurrection des Sept

Insurrection of the Seven


Aufstand der Sieben Häuser

Uprising of the Seven Houses


Rivolta dei sette casati

Revolt of the seven houses


7귀족의 변

Incident/changes of the seven noble families

Simplified Chinese


Incident/changes of the seven noble families

Traditional Chinese


Incident/changes of the seven noble families



  1. "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. "当時の陛下は、“七貴族”と呼ばれる 大貴族や外戚の特権を徐々に廃止し……" — Hanneman in his and Hubert's C-Support (Japanese script), Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. "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
  4. "The rebellion started when Emperor Ionius IX tried to consolidate power. 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." — Ferdinand in the paralogue Retribution, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  5. "As a result, some key officials within the family were killed, and people from the Empire were sent to replace them. Among those people were some mysterious mages. They were...unsettling, in a word. Skin pale as death. One after another, they captured and imprisoned the children of our household. They began performing terrible rituals on the children... Though it's probably more accurate to call them experiments. With the Empire monitoring our every move, my parents could do nothing but watch in horror as all of this unfolded." — Lysithea in her A-Support with Byleth in non-Verdant Wind routes, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  6. Ferdinand in Chapter 2's monastery exploration
  7. "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
  8. "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
  9. "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
  10. "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
  11. "Of course, as emperor, my father had already married for political reasons. As the Empire demands many heirs, he also had numerous other lovers. In the end, my mother settled for becoming one of his many consorts." — Edelgard in her Goddess Tower scene, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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