|“||I’ve seen many countries with my own eyes, but Phoenicis is the best!||”|
Phoenicis is situated in the South Sea of Tellius and occupies the westernmost of three islands off the coasts of Goldoa and Begnion; Kilvas occupies a smaller island to its east. Its terrain is highly mountainous, and many of its inhabitants appear to build their dwellings into the faces of the mountains themselves. Since all of its inhabitants are bird laguz and are thus all able to fly, Phoenicis has no port infrastructure at all and, likely because of its mountainous nature, this leaves no way to access Phoenicis by ship and greatly limits ways into the country for those who cannot fly. Phoenician cuisine specializes in seafood and in the use of berries whose trees grow in its highest peaks, which are used to make delicious juices and desserts.
Phoenicis as a nation has its origins in the Great Laguz Movement of 320, when the pressures of oppression and bigotry against laguz in Begnion grew too great. Members of the hawk and raven clans fled to the then-unexplored southern islands, and after Gallia was founded in 355, the birds who had fled called on their brethren who remained in Begnion to join them. While Begnion engaged Gallia in yet another war, the bird tribes took advantage of this confusion to assert themselves as a nation, leading to the foundation of the Kingdom of Phoenicis under King Horus. However, in the year 420, disagreements between the two clans of Phoenicis caused the ravens to leave Phoenicis and form their own country, Kilvas, on another of the southern islands.
Phoenicis had long favored an isolationist standpoint and did not regularly engage in diplomatic relations with other nations, beorc or laguz. According to Janaff, many Phoenicians were entirely content to live by themselves without contact with the outside world. For a time, the only country to be allied with Phoenicis was Serenes, until it was destroyed by beorc mobs in the Serenes Massacre. After the massacre, both Phoenicis and its king, Tibarn, declared all beorc to be their enemy. They took to piracy and joined the ravens of Kilvas in mercilessly raiding ships passing through their territory, although unlike Kilvas, the Phoenicians exclusively targeted Begnion ships as an act of revenge for the loss of the heron clan to Begnion citizens. These acts were all supported by the heron survivor Reyson. Although Naesala of Kilvas readily pointed out that these tactics were so relied upon because the Phoenicians could not do anything more to express their grievances toward Begnion, Phoenician pirates soon became greatly feared by Begnion for their surprise attacks on their vessels, earning them the nickname "Shipless Pirates".
This stalemate persisted for twenty years after the Serenes Massacre, until the middle of the Mad King's War. The actions of Ike, Elincia, and Sanaki in defending Reyson and Leanne from Oliver earned the trust of the two surviving herons and Tibarn, opening the way for reconciliation between Phoenicis and the beorc. Tibarn and the Phoenician army assisted Ike, Elincia, and their Crimean army in opposing the armies of Daein in the later stages of the Mad King's War.
Three years later, Phoenicis joined forces with Gallia, Kilvas, and Ike to form the Laguz Alliance, and declared war on the Begnion senate for its role in causing the Serenes Massacre. However, Kilvas had long been bound to Begnion in a blood pact, and they betrayed the Alliance and concocted a trap with the Begnion forces: while Tibarn and the Phoenician army were tricked into fighting Zelgius and the Begnion Central Army, the Kilvas army launched a savage attack on Phoenicis itself, slaughtering its male citizens of fighting age. There were already relatively few Phoenicians before this, but the attack had a devastating effect on the population and left few survivors. Despite this setback, the Pheonician army continued to fight in the conflict and eventually joined forces with Sanaki to retake control of Begnion from its corrupt senate. After the conflict ended, the Phoenicians put aside their differences with Kilvas and the three bird clans chose to abandon their former homes, become one unified nation and move into the Serenes Forest together, all under the rule of Tibarn.
Characters from Phoenicis
|The king of Phoenicis. A hawk laguz of tremendous size, whose power and skills are respected far and wide. He bears a deep and abiding enmity toward Begnion for its role in the Serenes Massacre.||Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn|
|The king of Serenes, and father of Rafiel, Reyson and Leanne. He and Reyson were rescued by Tibarn after the Serenes Massacre, but he has been bed-redden for over twenty years.||--|
|A heron prince whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. He is known as the White Prince. After the massacre of his people, he spent twenty years living in Phoenicis.||Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn|
|A heron princess whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. She survived the massacre, but slept for long years hidden in the forest. She speaks the modern tongue poorly.||Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn|
|A member of the hawk clan of the bird tribe laguz. He is one of King Tibarn’s most trusted soldiers. He possesses tremendous hearing and employs the skill Vigilance.||Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn|
|A bird tribe laguz and member of the hawk clan. He is one of King Tibarn’s most trusted soldiers. He possesses the skill Insight and has amazing vision. He looks young but is over 100 years old.||Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn|
|A Phoenician soldier.||Path of Radiance|
Phoenicis Hall and its surrounds in Path of Radiance.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Phoenicis||Possibly named for Phoenicia, an ancient sea-faring civilization in the eastern Mediterranean whose territories are now part of Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. May also be an allusion to the pheonix, a Greco-Roman mythical bird which is reborn from its own ashes after it dies.|
|Japanese||フェニキス||Officially romanized as Phoenicis.|
- "Janaff: My homeland of Phoenicis is bordered by the South Sea. It’s a wonderful place to live. There aren’t that many of us, and everyone gets along... I’ve seen many countries with my own eyes, but Phoenicis is the best!
Lucia: Did Phoenicis have diplomatic relations with other countries?
Janaff: No, we don’t associate with the others. We used to be allied with Serenes... until those cursed humans destroyed it. And Kilvas is ruled by a cunning and heartless king. We have no trust for him.
Lucia: Did you ever associate with beorc countries?
Janaff: Ha! That’ll never happen! After the slaughter of Serenes, the beorc became our enemy.
Lucia: I do not blame you for your anger... But as I have said, Crimea wishes to establish diplomatic relations with you. Our late king advocated friendship with the laguz, and enjoyed a good rapport with King Caineghis of Gallia.
Janaff: So I hear. Look, most Phoenicians would be perfectly happy living their entire lives without outside contact... But I suppose a friendship with Crimea is possible. If our king so decides.
Lucia: And what do you think?
Janaff: What do I think? Huh... I used to loathe huma...beorc. Even hearing the word made me angry. But... Now I think friendship is possible. That’s all because I met you.
Lucia: Oh... Well... Thank you. I am glad to be of assistance." - Janaff and Lucia, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Mordecai: What kind of place is your home? Do you have to fly there?
Ulki: Well... Even if you were to arrive by ship, Phoenicis has no ports and no docks. We have no need for them. Without our help, it would be hard for you to visit Phoenicis." - Mordecai and Ulki, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Tibarn: The next time you’re visiting the southern coast, come to Phoenicis. The entire country will celebrate your arrival.
Ike: The country of the hawk tribe, eh? That would be fun. I’m interested in what kinds of food you eat.
Tibarn: We collect berries from trees on peaks that no beorc could climb. The juices and desserts made from it are beyond compare. We have ocean delicacies, mountain treats... We have everything." - Tibarn and Ike, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- Timeline of Tellius
- "Deghinsea: And you, too, King Phoenicis. What good will your piracy do you if it earns the wrath of Begnion? Continue at this pace, and there's no telling when the hostilities will end.
Tibarn: Until the people of Begnion apologize for the slaughter of our brother herons, I will do no such thing.
Deghinsea: Prince Reyson of Serenes? Are you of the same mind?
Reyson: Those humans burned Serenes Forest and killed my people. No amount of human blood can slake my thirst for vengeance. For my siblings, for my countrymen, I demand justice. I cannot even return mybedridden father to our forest home! I am no soldier. I know nothing of war, so King Phoenicis acts in my stead. I am most grateful to him, and I would not see him stop until Begnion has paid.
Deghinsea: Blood leads only to blood, and violence begets violence. Nothing more. Revenge is simply another name for murder." - Deghinsea, Tibarn, and Reyson, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Ike, the bird tribes of Phoenicis target only Begnion ships with their piracy. The ravens of Kilvas are after cargo, and so they attack everyone with equal vigor. The hawk clans, however, hold the heron clan as brethren...and still remember the false accusations. And their brutal murder." - Nasir, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Naesala: Well, there is one trick to information gathering that I know. Shall I share it with you?
Tibarn: If it involves dealing with human scum, I'll pass. Forgoing my laguz pride is not something I'm willing to do.
Naesala: Ha! Is that not always the way of Phoenicis, to cling to those last tattered remnants of pride? Instead of proclaiming that you will attack none but Begnion ships, just admit that you don't have the power to do more!" - Naesala and Tibarn, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Exactly. The empire fears the bird tribes. The Shipless Pirates, they're called. They specialize in surprise attacks and have been raiding Begnion merchant ships for years." - Ranulf, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Your actions have created a bond of trust between yourselves and the hawk and heron clans. If you find yourself in a dire position, you can call on me. No matter what, I will fly to your aid." - Tibarn, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Ranulf: Naesala and the ravens of Kilvas betrayed us? Again?
Janaff: I'm so mad I can barely see straight! The ravens were informants. They told Begnion our battle strategy.
Ulki: It was a trap. The supply unit we raided turned out to be the Central Army itself. The troops were under the command of Begnion's most famous general, Zelgius.
Ike: General Zelgius? This just got a lot worse...
Ranulf: You've heard of him?
Ike: I met him during the Mad King's War. He's powerful, experienced, and clever. One of the best generals of our time.
Janaff: Yeah. For a beorc, he was quite powerful all right. Tibarn, while shifted, mind you, attacked this Zelgius guy. Zelgius didn't even budge an inch. But all of a sudden he stopped fighting and said, We've delayed you long enough. If you cherish the lives of your people, return home at once.
Ranulf: He said that?
Ulki: So the king made a decision. We flew night and day and reached Phoenicis, but...it was too late. Save for the elderly, women, and children, they were all...
Reyson: I also heard what happened, and... I just couldn't believe it. Naesala has betrayed us once again. I cannot believe he'd play a role in wiping out Phoenicis...
Tibarn: Hey, we're not wiped out yet.
Reyson: Huh? Tibarn!
Tibarn: I'm alive and well. My people are few, but they still live. Phoenicis is still a country. Janaff. Ulki. You know what we must do.
Janaff: Of course!
Ulki: Yes. Begnion and Kilvas will burn for this.
Tibarn: ...So, that's the whole story. Sorry we were late, but now we're here to stay and see this war out. Don't tell me you kittens are going to run off with your tails between your legs. I won't accept that.
Ranulf: Of course not, King Tibarn! I'll get Skrimir right now. A slight delay, but now that we've merged with the hawk tribe, we have the strength to fight." - Ranulf, Janaff, Ulki, Ike, Reyson, and Tibarn, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Ike: Will you be heading back to Gallia first?
Tibarn: We’ll stop by Gallia, then wing straight on to Serenes.
Ike: Serenes? Why there?
Reyson: The Empress Sanaki has kept her promise. Serenes will be formally ceded back to us. She said we may return immediately.
Ike: Ah, I see. That’s good to hear.
Tibarn: Sometimes birds change their feathers. The hawks, the herons, even the ravens. We’re thinking we’ll all settle down together.
Reyson: All this time, we’ve sorted ourselves by our ways of thinking and seeing and living. If we can respect each other’s opinions and we learn to compromise, we can learn to live together without strife.
Ike: I don’t think it will be that easy, but it still ought to be simpler than getting beorc and laguz to treat each other decently. You set a good example, Reyson.
Tibarn: All the major issues look like they’ll be handled soon. The only thing we can’t agree on is hunting and eating meat.
Reyson: The forest creatures are off-limits! Needless displays of violence as well. You know we will not budge on that.
Tibarn: Tell me... Have you ever heard of a vegetarian hawk? Or a raptor that doesn’t scream victoriously at the skies after a kill?
Ike: Meat, huh? That’s a thorny problem..." - Ike, Tibarn, and Reyson, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
|Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn|