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Leicester Alliance

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Map of Fódlan from Three Houses c. 1180. Leicester is marked in yellow.






The Leicester Alliance, alternately referred to simply as Leicester, is an alliance spanning the eastern portion of Fódlan in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.


The Leicester Alliance currently spans the eastern portion of Fódlan. To the northwest, its border with the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus lies on the Oghma Mountains. To the south, its border with the Adrestian Empire lies along the Airimid River. To the east, its border with Almyra lies along Fódlan's Throat, and is protected by House Goneril and a fortress known as Fódlan's Locket.



The Leicester Alliance was originally a territory of the Adrestian Empire. In Imperial Year 801, Leicester revolted against the Empire, and the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus occupied and annexed the region. Leicester revolted against Faerghus in 881, and the Leicester Alliance was formally founded in 901. The Alliance was governed by five noble families: House Riegan, House Gloucester, House Goneril, House Ordelia, and House Daphnel. In 961, the eastern nation of Almyra launched an invasion of Fódlan, but the Alliance repelled them with military assistance from Adrestia. In 1101, all three of Fódlan's nations cooperated to build Fódlan's Locket, a fortress on Leicester's eastern border created to protect the continent from further invasions from Almyra.

Modern history and reunification of Fódlan

In 1171, House Hrym of the Empire attempted to defect to the Alliance with the aid of House Ordelia in response to Adrestian emperor Ionius IX's attempts to centralize power, in what would come to be known as the Hrym Rebellion. The Empire suppressed the rebellion and occupied House Ordelia for some time. In the 1170s, House Daphnel gave up its place as one of the Alliance's ruling families, and was replaced with House Edmund. Duke Riegan was killed by monsters during an art deal with Count Gloucester, leaving the house's future in jeopardy. In 1179, Claude von Riegan, son of a minor Riegan noble and the king of Almyra, was legitimized as House Riegan's heir. Late in 1180, Emperor Edelgard von Hresvelg of Adrestia, blaming the Church of Seiros for the societal problems she believed were plaguing Fódlan, declared war on the Church and won the opening conflict in the Battle of Garreg Mach. After the battle, Claude returned to Leicester and took charge of the Alliance. The country was fractured between the faction who supported the Church, led by Houses Riegan and Goneril, and the faction who supported the Empire, led by Houses Gloucester and Ordelia. Claude spent the next five years deliberately stirring up conflict between the factions in an effort to maintain a pretense of neutrality. The ultimate outcome of the war would be determined by the actions of a mercenary turned professor named Byleth.

On the Silver Snow route, where Byleth chose to teach the Black Eagles and sided with the Church upon learning of Edelgard's desire to overthrow it, Claude aided Resistance forces by attacking Gloucester's army so that the Resistance could conquer the Great Bridge of Myrddin. He later led an invasion of the Empire, but vanished after the Battle at Gronder. The Alliance effectively ceased to exist after Claude's defeat, and its territories were absorbed by the nascent United Kingdom of Fódlan.

On the Azure Moon route, where Byleth chose to teach the Blue Lions, Claude aided Kingdom forces by attacking Gloucester's army so that the Resistance could conquer the Great Bridge of Myrddin. He later led an invasion of the Empire, but was defeated and forced to retreat at the Battle at Gronder. Imperial forces led by Volkhard von Arundel took advantage of the damage done to Leicester and the Kingdom army being occupied with the liberation of Fhirdiad to launch an invasion of the Alliance. Claude lured the Imperial forces to the Alliance capital of Derdriu, where Dimitri arrived in time to rescue him and crush the Empire in a pincer attack. In the aftermath, Claude disbanded the Alliance and ceded its territories back to the Kingdom.

On the Verdant Wind route, where Byleth chose to teach the Golden Deer, they awoke from a coma late in 1185 and reunited with Claude at Garreg Mach Monastery, and the two led the Alliance in battle against the Empire. After retaking the monastery to use as a base of operations, Claude and his allies launched a campaign against Adrestia by taking the Great Bridge of Myrddin on the Imperial-Alliance border to use as a foothold. After a brutal three-way battle between Adrestia, Faerghus, and Leicester known as the Battle at Gronder, resulting in the death of exiled Prince Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd and the effective end of the Kingdom, Claude conquered Fort Merceus. He then invaded Enbarr and slew Edelgard, bringing an end to the war and the Empire. Afterwards, Claude learned of a secret cult called "those who slither in the dark" who were planning to conquer Fódlan for themselves and had a key role in triggering the war between the Empire and the Church. Claude led the invasion of the cult's stronghold, Shambhala, and defeated both their leader Thales and the Liberation King Nemesis, resurrected in a last-ditch effort to wipe out the people of Fódlan. With the conflicts plaguing Fódlan finally over, Claude disbanded the Alliance and helped found the United Kingdom of Fódlan to govern the continent under Byleth's rule.

On the Crimson Flower route, where Byleth chose to teach the Black Eagles and sided with Edelgard, their reawakening decisively tipped the war in the Empire's favor. Adrestia invaded Leicester as a precursor to their conflict with the Kingdom and Church. Claude drew Adrestian forces to Derdriu with the intent of ending the conflict as quickly and with as few casualties as possible; he was defeated and either killed or forced into exile, and the Alliance was annexed back into the Empire.

Characters from Leicester

Character Description Appears in
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Claude von Riegan
Scion of House Riegan and leader of the Alliance as of 1180. Three Houses
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Lorenz Hellman Gloucester
Scion of House Gloucester. Three Houses
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Raphael Kirsten
Son of a merchant family within the Alliance. Three Houses
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Ignatz Victor
Son of a merchant family within the Alliance. Three Houses
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Lysithea von Ordelia
Scion of House Ordelia. Three Houses
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Marianne von Edmund
Adopted scion of House Edmund. Three Houses
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Hilda Valentine Goneril
Daughter of House Goneril. Three Houses
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Leonie Pinelli
Commoner from Sauin, an Alliance village. Three Houses
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Balthus von Albrecht
A fugitive and former noble of the Alliance. Three Houses
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Judith von Daphnel
Lord of House Daphnel. Three Houses
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A librarian currently residing in Garreg Mach Monastery. Three Houses


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Leicester
French Leicester As above.



Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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Blue Lions AnnetteAsheDedueDimitriFelixIngridMercedesSylvain
Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
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Part II Silver Snow
Silver Snow
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: A King Without a Kingdom • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: The Impregnable Fortress • 18: The Chaos of War • 19: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 20: The City Without Light • 21: Following a Dream
Azure Moon
Azure Moon
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Delusional Prince • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The King's Triumphant Return • 19: The Golden Deer's Plea • 20: The Impregnable Fortress • 21: Our Chosen Paths • 22: Oath of the Dagger
Verdant Wind
Verdant Wind
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Alliance Leader's Ambitions • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The Golden Scheme • 19: The Chaos of War • 20: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 21: The City Without Light • 22: Fódlan's New Dawn
Crimson Flower
Crimson Flower
13: Beyond Escape • 14: The Master Tactician • 15: Tempest of Swords and Shields • 16: Lady of Deceit • 17: Field of Revenge • 18: To the End of a Dream
Paralogues Part I A Cursed Relic*An Ocean ViewBlack Market Scheme*Death TollDividing the WorldFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenLand of the Golden DeerOil and WaterRumored NuptialsThe Secret Merchant*Sword and Shield of SeirosTales of the Red CanyonTrue ChivalryWar for the Weak
Part II Darkness Beneath the EarthEternal GuardianThe Face BeneathForeign Land and SkyForgotten HeroInsurmountableLegend of the LakeRetributionThe Secret Merchant*The Silver MaidenThe Sleeping Sand LegendWeathervanes of Fódlan
Cindered Shadows
(DLC side story)
1: The Fourth House • 2: What Lies Beneath • 3: The Rite of Rising • 4: Danger in the Dark • 5: Betrayal • 6: Return to Me • 7: Wolf Pack
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