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Outset of a Power Struggle

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Outset of a Power Struggle

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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. You have now witnessed the archbishop's true self. She is a cruel beast. Those who rule this world use that beast's power to fabricate miracles, all to control those who blindly believe in the goddess. They conceal the truth and force their lies on the nobility. They mercilessly annihilate anyone who defies them. I know this because I have lived it. After what you have seen, is there any room for doubt? The Church of Seiros has great influence and power. Their control over the lords of the Kingdom and the Alliance is nearly absolute. We are the only ones who can stop this indomitable enemy that has plagues our world for ages. We fight for humanity! For all of Fódlan! If you dare walk this path with me, take your first step. It's now or never!
— Edelgard

Outset 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
Returning Characters

Small portrait byleth f 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait edelgard fe16.pngSmall portrait hubert 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 shamir fe16.pngSmall portrait hanneman fe16.pngSmall portrait manuela fe16.pngSmall portrait alois fe16.png

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. Unfortunately, Edelgard does not get to keep the Flame Emperor class or either of her unique skills when she rejoins you (although she gets a swanky and 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.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
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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 Duke AegirFlecheIonius IXJeraltJudithLadislavaLambertLord ArundelMonicaNaderRandolphRheaRodrigueSeirosSothisTomas
Bosses AcheronBiasBlaiddydCatherineCharonChilonClaudeCorneliaDaphnelDeath KnightDimitriDominicEdelgardFlame EmperorFerdinandFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalHubertThe Immaculate OneThe ImmovableJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLonatoLord ArundelLorenzMetodeyMiklanMysonNaderNemesisPallardóPittacusRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSolonThalesWandering BeastThe Wind Caller
Personal weapons and regalia Aegis ShieldAreadbharAsclepiusAthameAxe of UkonvasaraAymrBlutgangCaduceus StaffCirce StaffCrusherFailnaughtFreikugelThe InexhaustibleLance of RuinLúinOchain ShieldRafail GemScythe of SarielSeiros ShieldSpear of AssalSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorTathlum BowThunderbrandThyrsus
Chapters Part I 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 StruggleBlack 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 Part I An Ocean ViewDeath TollDividing the WorldFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenLand of the Golden DeerOil and WaterRumored NuptialsSword 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
Locations FódlanAbyssAdrestiaFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicesterAlmyraBrigidDagdaSreng
Groups, objects and concepts 10 ElitesAshen WolvesBlack EaglesBlue LionsChurch of Seiros (Knights of Seiros) • Crests (Crest Stone) • Divine PulseGolden DeerHeroes' RelicsMonstersThose who slither in the darkTragedy of DuscurWar of Heroes
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