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Outset of a Power Struggle

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Outset of a Power Struggle

Ss fe16 chapter 12 mural.png
Mural used to introduce the Lone Moon.

Location

Imperial Army Provisional Camp

Boss(es)

Rhea

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.

Plot

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

Characters
New Units
Edelgard
Small portrait edelgard fe16.png
Varies*
HP
Varies
Level
Varies
Automatically at the start of the chapter
Hubert
Small portrait hubert fe16.png
Varies*
HP
Varies
Level
Varies
Automatically at the start of the chapter
Returning Characters

Small portrait byleth m 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 yuri fe16.pngSmall portrait balthus fe16.pngSmall portrait constance fe16.pngSmall portrait hapi fe16.pngSmall portrait anna fe16.pngSmall portrait shamir fe16.pngSmall portrait hanneman fe16.pngSmall portrait manuela fe16.pngSmall portrait alois fe16.png

Note: At the start of the chapter, Edelgard and Hubert will have Supreme Armored Co. and Vestra Sorcery Engineers automatically equipped to them respectively; if they have less than C authority, their authority will be set to C.

Item data

Items
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

Marketplace data

Marketplace

Armory Armory Item Shop Item Shop Battalion Guild Battalion Guild

Name Stock Price
Is ns01 sword.png Iron Sword 520
Is ns01 sword.png Steel Sword 910
Is ns01 sword.png Silver Sword 1,410
Is ns01 sword.png Brave Sword Limited: 1 2,100
Is ns01 sword.png Killing Edge 1,470
Is ns01 sword.png Training Sword 260
Is ns01 sword.png Levin Sword Limited: 1 1,600
Is ns01 sword.png Armorslayer 1,450
Is ns01 lance.png Iron Lance 560
Is ns01 lance.png Steel Lance 910
Is ns01 lance.png Silver Lance 1,560
Is ns01 lance.png Brave Lance Limited: 1 2,220
Is ns01 lance.png Killer Lance 1,680
Is ns01 lance.png Training Lance 280
Is ns01 lance.png Javelin 700
Is ns01 lance.png Short Spear Limited: 1 1,600
Is ns01 lance.png Horseslayer 1,650
Is ns01 axe.png Iron Axe 600
Is ns01 axe.png Steel Axe 980
Is ns01 axe.png Silver Axe 1,740
Is ns01 axe.png Brave Axe Limited: 1 2,400
Is ns01 axe.png Training Axe 300
Is ns01 axe.png Hand Axe 750
Is ns01 axe.png Short Axe Limited: 1 1,750
Is ns01 axe.png Hammer 1,850
Is ns01 axe.png Mace 720
Is ns01 bow.png Iron Bow 560
Is ns01 bow.png Steel Bow 910
Is ns01 bow.png Silver Bow 1,560
Is ns01 bow.png Brave Bow Limited: 1 2,220
Is ns01 bow.png Training Bow 350
Is ns01 bow.png Mini Bow 680
Is ns01 brawling.png Iron Gauntlets 480
Is ns01 brawling.png Steel Gauntlets 640
Is ns01 brawling.png Silver Gauntlets 1,290
Is ns01 brawling.png Training Gauntlets 240
  • Note: The Battalion Guild will keep sellling any imperial battalion not bought previously; those with the "Seiros" moniker will no longer remain available for purchase.

Strategy

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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Due to an oversight, if Edelgard and Hubert's authority is over C rank as of this chapter, they will lose all skill points gathered in it while retaining their current authority rank.

Etymology and other languages

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

Outset of a Power Struggle

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Japanese

争覇の幕開け

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

Spanish

Lucha de poder en ciernes

A budding power struggle

French

Les débuts de la lutte pour le pouvoir

The beginning of a power struggle

German

Beginn eines Machtkampfs

Beginning of a Power Struggle

Italian

La scintilla di una lotta di potere

The spark of a power struggle

Korean

쟁패의 개막

The start of a power struggle

Simplified Chinese

踏上称霸之路

To start the path of hegemony

Traditional Chinese

踏上稱霸之路

To start the path of hegemony

Gallery

References

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 DominicBaron Ochs*BiasBlaiddydCasparCatherineCharonChilonClaudeCorneliaDaphnelDedueDeath KnightDimitriDominicEdelgardFelixFerdinandFlame EmperorFlaynFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalHubertIngridThe Immaculate OneThe ImmovableJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLinhardtLonatoLord ArundelLorenzMercedesMetodeyMiklanMysonNaderNemesisOdessePallardóPittacusRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSetethShamirSolonSylvainThalesWandering BeastThe Wind Caller
Personal weapons and regalia Aegis ShieldAreadbharAsclepiusAthameAxe of UkonvasaraAymrBlutgangCaduceus StaffCirce StaffCrusherFailnaughtFetters of DromiFreikugelThe InexhaustibleLance of RuinLúinOchain ShieldRafail GemScythe of SarielSeiros ShieldSpear of AssalSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorTathlum BowThunderbrandThyrsusVajra-Mushti
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
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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
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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 Fódlan (AbyssAdrestiaFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicester) • AlmyraBrigidDagdaSreng
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