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Invisible Ties

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This article is about Chapter 23 of Fire Emblem Awakening. For the premonition of the same game also known as Invisible Ties, see Invisible Ties (premonition). For the History Mode map in Warriors based on this chapter, see Invisible Ties (Warriors). For the Tempest Trials map in Heroes, see here.

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Invisible Ties


Location

The Dragon's Table

New units

Basilio, Flavia

Boss(es)

Validar

Destiny is your master, one way or the other!
— Validar, if attacked by someone other than Chrom or Robin in his first phase

Invisible Ties is the twenty-third chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. A battle long prophesized is finally taking place in this chapter, as Validar is making his last stand. This time, instead of Chrom and Robin being the only combatants, they have brought the Shepherds with them—except Chrom and Robin have been separated from the Shepherds by a barrier. What happens late within and after the prophesized events just may affect the fate of the whole world.

Plot

Main article: Invisible Ties/Script

As the Shepherds approach the Dragon's Table, Robin makes a request of Chrom: if Validar should take control, he is to cut Robin down. Chrom reluctantly agrees, but asks Robin in turn to resist Validar at any cost. The Shepherds then enter the Dragon's Table and confront Validar. Validar explains that, with the Fire Emblem, he can perform the Awakening to raise Grima and only needs a suitable vessel; he explains that Robin is that vessel, bred by generations of Grimleal to house Grima's soul, but Robin's mother took the baby one night after Grima's soul was implanted—Validar interprets Robin's return as a sign of destiny, but Robin and Chrom resolve to fight that destiny, and a battle begins.

As the battle starts, Validar casts up a barrier separating himself, Robin and Chrom from the Shepherds and the Grimleal, and a battle begins in two areas. As Validar is defeated, he attacks Chrom, but Robin takes the blast. When Chrom picks Robin off the ground, Robin becomes possessed by Validar's influence and stabs Chrom in the stomach with thunder magic. Validar gets up and gloats to Lucina and Robin about the power of destiny. At that time, Basilio arrives; he explains that he took Lucina's warning and feigned death when fighting Walhart, and further reveals that Robin had planned everything out when Flavia gave Chrom Gules. Validar then notices Chrom standing up, who explains that Robin weakened the blow before striking him. The battle against Validar resumes, and both Basilio and Flavia take the field.

Once Validar is dead, the Shepherds begin to celebrate altering their destinies.They are interrupted, however, by the hierophant, who appears and reveals their true identity: Robin from the same timeline as Lucina, where they killed Chrom and became Grima. They explain that Robin's vivid dreams and headaches are memories, ones which Robin received due to them sharing Grima's heart, and states that they tried to unite with Robin immediately, but Robin was not strong enough to contain Grima's power and lost all memory up to that moment. The hierophant than receives the sacrifice and becomes Grima as the Shepherds flee the collapsing Demon's Table. Once they reach the exterior, Grima roars, confirming his revival. Seeing Grima fully arisen, Chrom laments that, without the Fire Emblem, he cannot perform the Awakening; Robin reveals that they stole the Fire Emblem back from Validar, and Chrom resolves to perform the ritual on Mount Prism, the site where the first exalt underwent the rite.

Summary

Robin and Basilio turn the tables on Validar with a brilliant deception. The "hiero-phant" reveals [himself/herself] to be Robin's future self.

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Enemy
Defeat: Chrom or Robin dies 15+2 26+12
Cm fe13 23.png

The chapter's map is 25 columns by 25 rows.

Character data

Characters
New Units
Basilio
Small portrait basilio fe13.png
Warrior
HP
56+5
Level
10
Automatically after the first defeat of Validar
Flavia
Small portrait flavia fe13.png
Hero
HP
48
Level
10
Automatically after the first defeat of Validar
Returning Characters

Small portrait chrom l fe13.pngSmall portrait avatar m-default fe13.pngSmall portrait lissa fe13.pngSmall portrait frederick fe13.pngSmall portrait sully fe13.pngSmall portrait virion fe13.pngSmall portrait stahl fe13.pngSmall portrait vaike fe13.pngSmall portrait miriel fe13.pngSmall portrait sumia fe13.pngSmall portrait kellam fe13.pngSmall portrait lon'qu fe13.pngSmall portrait ricken fe13.pngSmall portrait maribelle fe13.pngSmall portrait panne fe13.pngSmall portrait gaius fe13.pngSmall portrait cordelia fe13.pngSmall portrait gregor fe13.pngSmall portrait nowi fe13.pngSmall portrait libra fe13.pngSmall portrait tharja fe13.pngSmall portrait olivia fe13.pngSmall portrait cherche fe13.pngSmall portrait henry fe13.pngSmall portrait lucina fe13.pngSmall portrait say'ri fe13.png

Note: The returning characters list does not include any characters recruitable in paralogues, as the player may not have taken on any available paralogue chapters yet. The list also does not include any bonus units, as they are recruitable at the player's discretion.

Item data

Items
Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds01 arcfire.png Arcfire Dropped by enemy Sorcerer
Is 3ds01 wyrmslayer.png Wyrmslayer Dropped by enemy Hero
Is 3ds01 silver bow.png Silver Bow Dropped by enemy Assassin
Is 3ds01 silver sword.png Silver Sword Dropped by enemy Assassin
Is 3ds01 silver lance.png Silver Lance Dropped by enemy General
Is 3ds01 silver axe.png Silver Axe Dropped by enemy Berserker (reinforcement)
Is 3ds01 talisman.png Talisman Dropped by Validar in his second appearance

Shop data

After clearing this chapter, the shop at this location will become available.

Armory contents

Normal stock Possible merchant items

Item Price
Is 3ds01 physic.png Physic 1,800
Is 3ds01 recover.png Recover 1,950
Is 3ds01 dragonstone+.png Dragonstone+ 3,780
Is 3ds01 beaststone+.png Beaststone+ 3,220
Is 3ds01 elixir.png Elixir 900

Event tiles

Enemy data

Normal Hard Lunatic(+)

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 3 Ruin
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
• The western two immediately begin moving unprovoked.
• The eastern one begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 2 Silver Lance
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 assassin enemy.gif
Grimleal Assassin 12 1 Silver Sword Silver Bow
Avoid +10 Vantage Movement +1
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 hero enemy.gif
Grimleal Hero 12 2 Silver Sword
HP +5 Zeal Patience
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
• The western one immediately begins moving unprovoked.
• The eastern one begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Grimleal Berserker 12 4 Silver Axe
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
• The western two immediately begin moving unprovoked.
• The center one begins moving unprovoked on turn 2.
• The eastern one begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 1 ArcfireThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 1 Silver Axe
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 hero enemy.gif
Grimleal Hero 12 1 WyrmslayerThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
HP +5 Zeal Patience
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Grimleal Berserker 12 1 Tomahawk
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 hero enemy.gif
Grimleal Hero 12 2 Silver Axe
HP +5 Zeal Patience
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
• The western one immediately begins moving unprovoked.
• The eastern one begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Ma 3ds01 assassin enemy.gif
Grimleal Assassin 12 1 Silver BowThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. Silver Sword
Avoid +10 Vantage Movement +1
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 2.
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 1 Arcthunder
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 2.
Ma 3ds01 assassin enemy.gif
Grimleal Assassin 12 1 Killing Edge Killer Bow
Avoid +10 Vantage Movement +1
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 2.
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 1 Spear
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 2.
Ma 3ds01 assassin enemy.gif
Grimleal Assassin 12 1 Silver SwordThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. Silver Bow
Avoid +10 Vantage Movement +1
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 2.
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 1 Arcwind
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 1 Silver LanceThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer validar enemy.gif
Validar
(First phase)
Sorcerer 5 1 Grima's Truth • Immobile.
• Defeat destroys the barrier.
Reinforcements
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 1 Silver Lance
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 1 Arcfire
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 hero enemy.gif
Grimleal Hero 12 1 Silver Axe
HP +5 Zeal Patience
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 2 Ruin
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Grimleal Berserker 12 1 Silver AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 hero enemy.gif
Grimleal Hero 12 1 Silver Sword
HP +5 Zeal Patience
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Grimleal Berserker 12 1 Tomahawk
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 1 Spear
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 assassin enemy.gif
Grimleal Assassin 12 1 Silver Sword Silver Bow
Avoid +10 Vantage Movement +1
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer enemy.gif
Grimleal Sorcerer 12 1 Arcthunder
Hex Anathema
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 general enemy.gif
Grimleal General 12 1 Tomahawk
Defense +2 Indoor Fighter Rally Defense
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
--
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer validar enemy.gif
Validar
(Second phase)
Sorcerer 18 1 Grima's Truth TalismanThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Anathema
• Immobile.
• Appears in the southeast after he is first defeated.

Reinforcements

Boss data

Main article: Validar

First battle Second battle (Normal) Second battle (Hard) Second battle (Lunatic)

Small portrait validar fe13.png
Ma 3ds01 sorcerer validar enemy.gif Sorcerer
Level 5
Movement -
Stats
Max HP 39 Speed 13
Strength 5 Luck 12
Magic 21 Defense 15
Skill 15 Resistance 12
Inventory Skills
Grima's Truth --
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes --
Bows -- Tomes B/A Staves --

Strategy

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

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Trivia

  • This chapter's Japanese and prerelease fan titles are the same as those of the Premonition. Interestingly, that chapter is the one that foreshadows this chapter's events.
  • This is the only chapter in Awakening that includes the preparations phase with more than one forced deployment, forcing Robin to be deployed in addition to Chrom.
    • It is also the only non-skirmish situation in the vanilla Awakening game that includes the battle preparations phase that does not have exactly one fixed deployment, and one of only four maps overall with that quality (the other three being the maps that comprise the Golden Pack DLC package).
  • This chapter is one of few chapters in the game where the preparations theme doesn't play during that phase of setup. In this case, the music from the preceding cutscene continues onto the battle preparations screen.
  • This chapter is the only one in Awakening that repeats an earlier cutscene without alteration; in this case, "Fated Clash II" from the Premonition, which originally played after Validar was defeated in that chapter, plays again upon Validar's first defeat in this chapter. (The final chapter also repeats an earlier cutscene, but applies a few alterations.)
  • Lucina somehow reaches where Validar is situated in his first battle after his first defeat despite the barrier still being in place at the time and Lucina, if deployed, was on the other side of the barrier at the time Validar was first defeated. (Basilio also arrives in this area, but is shown to arrive from the direction opposite where Lucina did and may have been behind the barrier the whole time.)
  • Mire is capable of attacking through the barrier in the first phase. Doing so from the south side of the barrier is the only way to get Validar to state his neutral boss quote in his first phase.
  • This chapter's map was featured in Dark Clouds over Awakening, a Tempest Trials event in Fire Emblem Heroes.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Invisible Ties
Japanese 運命か、絆か Fate, or Bonds
French Liens et destinée Bonds and fate
Italian Legami invisibili Invisible ties

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