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Outset of a Power Struggle

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Outset of a Power Struggle

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Mural used to introduce the Lone Moon.


Imperial Army Provisional Camp



Like you, I have risen to meet my destiny. I cut this path, and I will see it through to the end. Following me is akin to pointing a sword at the goddess herself. One misstep, and we fall to our ruin.
— Edelgard

Outset of a Power Struggle (Japanese: 争覇の幕開け Beginning of a Power Struggle) is the twelfth chapter of Fire Emblem: Three Houses on the Black Eagles route if the player sided with Edelgard in the previous chapter, and it is the final chapter of Part I.


Main article: Outset of a Power Struggle/Script

Byleth, Edelgard, Hubert, and the rest of the Black Eagles arrive at an Imperial provisional camp. While Flayn deserts the group to return to Garreg Mach Monastery, the other Black Eagles swear renewed loyalty to Edelgard. Afterwards, Edelgard unloads her doubts and fears about her own actions in starting a war against the Church of Seiros on Byleth, and Byleth encourages her. Hubert and Edelgard explain that the main Imperial forces will meet up with them in two weeks' time for the invasion of Garreg Mach, that they have begun spreading Edelgard's manifesto exposing the Church's corruption, and that they have already purged some of the morally rotten Imperial nobles. Edelgard declares that the former Black Eagles will form an elite squad known as the Black Eagle Strike Force.

Hubert explains that the plan is to have the Black Eagle Strike Force hit the enemy's most elite forces while the main army surrounds the monastery and captures it. Byleth and Edelgard, accompanied by allied forces led by General Randolph, Edelgard's bodyguard Ladislava, and the Death Knight, overrun the monastery's defenses and severely wound Rhea. Enraged, she transforms into the Immaculate One and attacks Byleth. As narrated by Jeralt, Adrestia wins the Battle of Garreg Mach and forces the Knights of Seiros to surrender, and Rhea retreats to the Kingdom capital of Fhirdiad to plan her next move. The Empire then begins a full-scale war with Faerghus and Leicester.

Character data

New Units
Small portrait edelgard fe16.png
Automatically at the start of the chapter
Small portrait hubert fe16.png
Automatically at the start of the chapter











Returning Characters

Small portrait byleth f 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait ferdinand fe16.pngSmall portrait linhardt fe16.pngSmall portrait caspar fe16.pngSmall portrait bernadetta fe16.pngSmall portrait dorothea fe16.pngSmall portrait petra fe16.pngSmall portrait felix fe16.pngSmall portrait ashe fe16.pngSmall portrait sylvain fe16.pngSmall portrait mercedes fe16.pngSmall portrait annette fe16.pngSmall portrait ingrid fe16.pngSmall portrait lorenz fe16.pngSmall portrait raphael fe16.pngSmall portrait ignatz fe16.pngSmall portrait lysithea fe16.pngSmall portrait marianne fe16.pngSmall portrait leonie fe16.pngSmall portrait constance fe16.pngSmall portrait balthus fe16.pngSmall portrait hapi fe16.pngSmall portrait yuri fe16.pngSmall portrait anna fe16.pngSmall portrait shamir fe16.pngSmall portrait hanneman fe16.pngSmall portrait manuela fe16.pngSmall portrait alois fe16.png

Note: Edelgard and Hubert retain their levels, stats, classes, inventories, and skills prior to Chapter 11's main mission, save for their battalions which are swapped for Supreme Armored Co. & Vestra Sorcery Engineers respectively if possible.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is ns01 battalion armored silver.png Supreme Armored Co. Automatically assigned to Edelgard*
Is ns01 battalion infantry silver.png Vestra Sorcery Engineers Automatically assigned to Hubert*
Is ns01 bow.png Blessed Bow Dropped by enemy Archer in The Battle of Garreg Mach


Main article: Outset of a Power Struggle/The Battle of Garreg Mach

For this chapter, you take up residence in a temporary camp with limited facilities. You can only give your allies gifts and lost items and visit the marketplace while you are here, whose armory, item shop and battalion guild has received an updated stock you might want to check out. Edelgard does not get to keep the Flame Emperor class or either of her unique skills when she rejoins you (although she gets a powerful new battalion). Finally, note that at the end of the chapter, all of your inventory items will be automatically fully repaired, so feel free to cut loose during the final battle.


  • The temporary base used during this chapter is a slightly tweaked version of the central room of the Conand Tower's map previously used in Chapter 5's main mission.
  • As of this chapter, the player loses the ability to buy battalions affiliated with the Church of Seiros.
  • From version 1.1.0. onwards, there exists dialogue in the game's files for a possible interaction with Jeritza during this chapter's exploration, which was cut for unknown reasons.
  • Not including DLC, this is the only chapter in the game to feature Golem enemies.

Etymology and other languages

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

Outset of a Power Struggle




Beginning of a Power Struggle; this parallels the Japanese name of To War, the corresponding chapter in the other routes.


Lucha de poder en ciernes

A budding power struggle


Les débuts de la lutte pour le pouvoir

The beginning of a power struggle


Beginn eines Machtkampfs

Beginning of a Power Struggle


La scintilla di una lotta di potere

The spark of a power struggle


쟁패의 개막

The start of a power struggle

Simplified Chinese


To start the path of hegemony

Traditional Chinese


To start the path of hegemony



Throne of Knowledge Outset of a Power Struggle Beyond Escape
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Playable characters Black Eagles BernadettaCasparDorotheaEdelgardFerdinandHubertLinhardtPetra
Blue Lions AnnetteAsheDedueDimitriFelixIngridMercedesSylvain
Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
Other AloisAnna*BylethCatherineCyrilFlaynGilbertHannemanJeritza*ManuelaSetethShamir
Ashen Wolves* BalthusConstanceHapiYuri
Non-playable characters Abysskeeper*Duke AegirDuke GerthFlecheGatekeeperGlennHolstIonius IXJeraltJudithLadislavaLambertLord ArundelMonicaNaderPatriciaRandolphRheaRodrigueRufusSeirosSitriSothisTomasTiana
Bosses AcheronAelfric*AloisBaron Ochs*BiasBlaiddydCasparCatherineCharonChilonClaudeCorneliaDaphnelDedueDeath KnightDimitriDominicEdelgardFelixFerdinandFlame EmperorFlaynFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalHubertIngridThe Immaculate OneThe ImmovableJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLinhardtLonatoLord ArundelLorenzMercedesMetodeyMiklanMysonNaderNemesisOdessePallardóPittacusRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSetethShamirSolonSylvainThalesWandering BeastThe Wind Caller
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Chapters Part I
White Clouds
Prologue: An Inevitable Encounter • 1: Three Houses • 2: Familiar Scenery • 3: Mutiny in the Mist • 4: The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth • 5: Tower of Black Winds • 6: Rumors of a Reaper • 7: Field of the Eagle and Lion • 8: The Flame in the Darkness • 9: The Cause of Sorrow • 10: Where the Goddess Dwells • 11: Throne of Knowledge • 12: To War Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden Deer / Outset of a Power Struggle Black Eagles, if Byleth sides with Edelgard
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 Paralogues Part I A Cursed Relic*An Ocean ViewBlack Market Scheme*Death TollDividing the World Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden DeerFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenLand of the Golden DeerOil and WaterRumored NuptialsThe Secret Merchant* Blue LionsGolden DeerSword and Shield of SeirosTales of the Red CanyonTrue ChivalryWar for the Weak Blue Lions Exclusive
Part II Darkness Beneath the Earth Crimson FlowerDividing the World Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindEternal Guardian Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindThe Face Beneath Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindForeign Land and SkyForgotten HeroInsurmountable Crimson FlowerLegend of the LakeRetribution Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindThe Secret Merchant* Crimson FlowerThe Silver Maiden Azure MoonThe Sleeping Sand Legend Verdant WindWeathervanes of Fódlan Azure Moon
Cindered Shadows
(DLC side story)
Cindered Shadows
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
Locations FódlanAbyssAdrestiaFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicesterAlmyraBrigidDagdaSreng
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