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The Black Pillar

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The Black Pillar


Location

Abandoned Town

New units

Gunter

Boss(es)

Invader Hero

Tell me... Why are you here?
— Azura

The Black Pillar (Japanese: 鈍く崩れ落ちて A Slow Collapse) is the fifteenth chapter of the Conquest campaign in Fire Emblem Fates. In this chapter, Corrin, feeling conflicted over his/her decision to side with Nohr, follows Azura into a lake and into a strange land. Corrin, Azura, and Gunter, who ended up in this area after surviving his fall into the Bottomless Canyon, must make their way through the possessed local populace in hopes of getting out of the area. Upon returning, Azura reveals to Corrin the truth about Garon, prompting Corrin to draft a plan to find a way to reveal this truth to the rest of the army.

Plot

In a lakeside forest, Corrin states that he/she can't fall asleep due to the thought of attacking innocents hurts inside his/her heart, noting the incident in Cheve and the hunt for the Cyrkensian singers; Corrin then states that he/she wonders if he/she did the right thing and asks himself/herself if siding with Nohr was a mistake. As Corrin mulls over whether he/she should have sided with Hoshido instead, then states that he/she could never betray Xander and his/her other Nohrian siblings, he/she catches sight of Azura by the shore of the lake and decides to talk to her about their decision to side with Nohr given her similar plight; as Corrin follows Azura's singing Lost in Thoughts All Alone toward her, Corrin notes the song as the one performed in Nestra that pained Garon and wonders if Azura was indeed the singer who made that performance before dismissing the idea. Corrin spots Azura walking into the lake fully clothed, then vanishing in a pillar of light; as Corrin notices Azura not coming back up, he/she decides to go after her on the presumption that she may be drowning.

(Cutscene: "Invisible Door") As Azura continues to sink into the lake surrounded by the light, Corrin steps into the light and gets sucked into a tunnel-like stream. Corrin later comes to in a field with numerous floating islands in view as well as some broken skies; upon Corrin catching sight of Azura, Azura saddeningly asks Corrin why he/she is in the area.

Corrin starts to explain that he was attempting to save Azura from drowning, only for Azura to tell Corrin that he/she shouldn't be in the area and to leave while he/she still can; Corrin then asks Azura where they are when an invader comes onto the scene and attempts to attack Azura, prompting Corrin to jump in and block the attack. Corrin asks about the invader and their motives, to which Azura states that they need to get Corrin out of the area quickly--the invader may look human, but it is now an emotionless monster that will surely destroy him/her if he/she gets too close--only for Corrin to state that there is nowhere to run; Azura notices that their path has closed and that they'll have to fight their way through, and asks Corrin not to die on her before the truth can be revealed. Gunter appears on the scene and takes out the invader that attacked Corrin and Azura, to which a bewildered Corrin asks Gunter if he's not a ghost; Gunter states that he's fine and won't tolerate being called a ghost, then states that he saw Corrin and Azura in trouble and arrived to help. Corrin, stating that he/she is glad Gunter is okay, asks Gunter why he's in this area, to which Gunter states that they can discuss matters later, that now is the time that they deal with the invaders, to which Corrin states is a valid point and that he/she is glad to have Gunter fighting by his/her side again. Battle preparations take place at this point; the battle begins once preparations are complete.

Should the end of turn 20 player phase be reached with neither the boss Hero defeated nor all player units escaped, Azura states that they have run out of time and tells Corrin that he/she did all he/she could; the Game Over screen implies that the group failed to escape the invaders.

Once the battle ends, Corrin asks Gunter where he's been, to which Gunter recalls Hans knocking him into the Bottomless Canyon, stating that he hit solid ground yet not the canyon floor, then reveals that he had to fight off invaders upon coming to; Gunter reveals that Azura came to him after multiple such skirmishes against invaders, prompting Corrin to ask him if he knows Azura, to which Azura confirms. Azura states that she often came to this area during times she felt lost and lonely during her time in Hoshido, trying to derive clues as to how to find peace for the world, and encountered Gunter on one such visit at the brink of death; Gunter states that it was Azura that taught him how to survive in this place and that he would not have survived if it weren't for her, to which Azura states that she doesn't deserve his praise--she was captured by Hoshidan soldiers after leaving Gunter's side and wasn't able to come back for him until just recently, then apologizes to Gunter for leaving him alone, to which Gunter states he's just glad to see Azura again. Corrin asks where they are currently situated, revealing both Gunter's route and the route he and Azura took; Azura states that they are in a land far away from both Hoshido and Nohr, one where time flows differently. Azura then states that Corrin and Gunter are not to talk about this area to anyone in the outside world, as a curse will cause anyone who does so to vanish and that they should all be fine if they heed the curse; Azura then beckons Corrin and Gunter into following her.

Over at the edge of one of the floating islands, Azura states that they're in an area that leads to the Bottomless Canyon back on the other side, and that if they jump from there they can return to the Bottomless Canyon; Corrin deduces that this is how Azura travels back and forth between the realms, to which Azura states that she always travels through the water. Corrin then asks why they don't travel back the way they came, to which Azura states that she and Corrin are the only ones that can travel between the realms through the water, and that the Bottomless Canyon route is the only way they can bring Gunter back with them--something she learned the hard way, having attempted to take Gunter back through the water the previous time but was unable to; Corrin asks why he/she and Azura are the only ones that can travel through the water, to which Azura states that the current time is not right to do so and that they should leave before more invaders arrive. We witness Azura jump first, followed by Corrin after deliberating with Gunter.

Corrin comes to again at the Bottomless Canyon and sees Azura, to which Corrin asks where Gunter is; Azura states that the differing flow of time means there's a lag between when one jumps and when one arrives, and that Gunter will arrive eventually. Azura then states that there's something she needs to tell Corrin--and that obtaining peace will involve dethroning Garon; Corrin questions this motive, to which Azura reveals his traits to which Corrin doesn't deny before asking if there's another way. Azura states that she hoped to shield Corrin from the information she's about to reveal, but states that it's time he/she knew--the figure Corrin knew as his/her father growing up isn't Garon anymore, but instead a man masquerading as him that's not of this world possessed by some sort of demon and that she can prove it to him/her with a crystal that she's holding. Azura states that the crystal ball came from the realm they were just in, and that it has the power to reveal the truth--but it can only be operated by either an incredibly gifted mage such as Leo or someone with highly potent dragon blood in their veins such as Corrin to access its power at will; Azura asks Corrin to touch the crystal, to which he/she does so, causing the crystal ball to reveal an image of Garon transforming into a disfigured creature, to which Azura states that Corrin now knows the truth about Garon. Corrin asks Azura if there's still a way they can save Garon, to which Azura states there is not--his soul is corrupted beyond salvaging, the best they can do for him is to release his soul into the afterlife, and that she did all she could to help when she sang the song on stage at the Cyrkensia opera house.

Azura states that she thought she could use Lost in Thoughts All Alone to turn Garon back to normal, and realized that he was beyond salvation when the song didn't work; Azura then states that it's her fault the innocent Cyrkensian singers were targeted and that she'll never forgive herself for that turn of events, to which Corrin states that he/she also suffered failures on the path to peace, wanting to end the war without sacrificing innocent lives yet couldn't stop the events in Cheve. Corrin states that Garon needs to be stopped and that Xander and the others need to know, then asks how the others can be made to know in a way that he/she will be believed yet without mentioning the other realm; Azura states that the method involved will be risky, and that it will involve conquering Hoshido, winning the war in Garon's name, then getting Garon to sit on the Hoshidan throne, to which Corrin states that Mikoto stated that whomever sits on the Hoshidan throne regains their true form and mind. Azura states that the crystal revealed the truth about Garon to them, then states that the throne can be used to do the same to Xander and the others, but for the plan to work, they'll have to continue following Garon's orders--and that means fighting Ryoma and their other Hoshidan siblings; Corrin states that he/she is willing to pay the price of his/her happiness for the good of the world, with Corrin and Azura vowing to obtain victory for Nohr on their path to peace. Gunter finally arrives on the scene, to which Azura states she's glad he made it back safely; Azura states that they should go and rejoin the rest of the army, stating that Garon will grow suspicious if they're gone too long.

Summary

Corrin follows Azura, hoping to discuss King Garon's cruel methods. Mysterious enemies ruin the plan when they launch an unexpected attack.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat the boss Hero, or have all units escape within 20 turns. Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Corrin dies* or the player's army is routed. 3 0 25

This chapter's map is 30 columns by 30 rows.

Character data

Characters
New Units
Gunter
Small portrait gunter fe14.png
Great Knight
HP
34
Level
10
Automatically from the start
Jakob
Small portrait jakob fe14.png
Butler
HP
27
Level
13
Automatically at the end of the chapter
(If Corrin is male)
Felicia
Small portrait felicia fe14.png
Maid
HP
24
Level
13
Automatically at the end of the chapter
(If Corrin is female)
Returning Characters

Small portrait avatar m-default fe14.pngSmall portrait felicia fe14.pngSmall portrait silas fe14.pngSmall portrait elise fe14.pngSmall portrait effie fe14.pngSmall portrait arthur fe14.pngSmall portrait odin fe14.pngSmall portrait niles fe14.pngSmall portrait azura fe14.pngSmall portrait nyx fe14.pngSmall portrait camilla fe14.pngSmall portrait selena fe14.pngSmall portrait beruka fe14.pngSmall portrait kaze fe14.pngSmall portrait laslow fe14.pngSmall portrait peri fe14.pngSmall portrait benny fe14.pngSmall portrait charlotte fe14.pngSmall portrait leo fe14.pngSmall portrait keaton fe14.png

Note 1: Although you can manage all characters' inventories during this level, the player can deploy only Corrin and Azura due to the plot. If Azura was defeated prior to the events of this chapter, then only Corrin may be deployed.
Note 2: Felicia is only a returning character if Corrin is male, while Jakob is only a returning character if Corrin is female; whichever of the two is not a returning character is recruited at the end of this chapter. The returning characters list does not include any characters recruitable in paralogues or xenologues, as the player may not have taken on any available paralogue chapters yet. The list also does not include any bonus units, as they are recruitable at the player's discretion.

Item data

Items
Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds02 healing.png Vulnerary Dropped by enemy Ninja
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png Goddess Icon Dropped by enemy Ninja
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png Spirit Dust Dropped by enemy Lancer
Is 3ds02 healing.png Vulnerary Dropped by enemy Fighter
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png Speedwing Dropped by boss Hero

Dragon Vein data

The Dragon Vein in this chapter is stated to have the effect "Split each allied unit into two bodies". Note that, if either Corrin or Azura already have a Replica on the field created via Replicate, they will not have a Replica created over at the destination effect area of the Dragon Vein. It is located as follows:

  • Column 8, row 7: One square south, one square west of Gunter's initial position

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Invader Ninja 15 2 Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Steel Shuriken
Is 3ds02 poison strike.png Poison Strike
--
Invader Ninja 15 1 Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Steel ShurikenIs 3ds02 stat booster.png Goddess IconThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Is 3ds02 poison strike.png Poison Strike
--
Invader Ninja 15 1 Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Steel ShurikenIs 3ds02 healing.png VulneraryThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Invader Ninja 15 4 Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Steel Shuriken --
Invader Fighter 15 4 Is 3ds02 axe.png Steel Axe --
Invader Fighter 15 1 Is 3ds02 axe.png Hand Axe --
Invader Fighter 15 1 Is 3ds02 axe.png Steel AxeIs 3ds02 healing.png VulneraryThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Invader Lancer 15 2 Is 3ds02 lance.png Steel Lance --
Invader Lancer 15 1 Is 3ds02 lance.png Javelin --
Invader Lancer 15 1 Is 3ds02 lance.png Steel LanceIs 3ds02 stat booster.png Spirit DustThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Invader Villager 14 3 Is 3ds02 naginata.png Steel Naginata --
Invader Villager 14 1 Is 3ds02 naginata.png Bolt Naginata --
Invader Villager 14 1 Is 3ds02 naginata.png Steel Naginata --
Invader Villager 14 1 Is 3ds02 naginata.png Dual Naginata --
Invader Hero 1 1 Is 3ds02 sword.png Steel KukriIs 3ds02 axe.png Steel Star AxeIs 3ds02 stat booster.png SpeedwingThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Reinforcements
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes


Boss data

Normal Hard/Lunatic

Generic small portrait hero vallite fe14.png
Hero
Level 1
Movement --
Stats
Max HP 37 Speed 18
Strength 17 Luck 8
Magic 0 Defense 14
Skill 20 Resistance 7
Inventory Skills
Is 3ds02 sword.png Steel Kukri
Is 3ds02 axe.png Steel Star Axe
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png SpeedwingThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
--
Weapon Levels
FE14RankSword.png C FE14RankLance.png -- FE14RankAxe.png C FE14RankBow.png --
FE14RankTome.png -- FE14RankStaff.png -- FE14RankDagger.png -- FE14RankStone.png --

Strategy

This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.


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Trivia

  • This chapter is the only one that takes place in Valla that is not playable in the Revelation campaign.
  • This chapter is one of a few in the Fire Emblem series, and one of even fewer on a Normal difficulty, to include a battle preparations phase that allows the player to deploy only two units initially (not including Gunter, who is on the field during the phase but does not appear in the deployment list); the battle preparations phase is included despite all chosen character deployments (Corrin and Azura) being mandatory, likely to allow the player to manage their inventory beforehand.
    • Should Azura have been killed prior to this chapter's events, then this chapter becomes a rare instance in the series where a battle preparations phase is included yet the player may deploy only one character, with Corrin being the only deployable character in this instance.
    • This chapter is also the first one in the series that is not a scenario DLC chapter to disallow deployment of bonus units in a situation where a player may have already earned access to them.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English The Black Pillar
Japanese 鈍く崩れ落ちて A Slow Collapse

Gallery


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References


Voice of Paradise The Black Pillar Invasion
Fire Emblem Fates
Playable characters Birthright AsugiAzamaAzuraCaeldoriCorrinDwyerFeliciaHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIzanaJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKiragiMidoriMitamaMozuOboroOrochiReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSilasSophieSubakiTakumiYukimura
Conquest ArthurAzuraBennyBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGunterIgnatiusIzanaJakobKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMozuNilesNinaNyxOdinOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaShigureShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieVelouriaXander
Revelation ArthurAsugiAzamaAzuraBennyBerukaCaeldoriCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestFugaGunterHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIgnatiusJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKeatonKiragiLaslowLeoMidoriMitamaMozuNilesNinaNyxOboroOdinOpheliaOrochiPercyPeriReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelenaSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieSubakiTakumiVelouriaXander
DLC Anna
Non-playable characters CadrosCassitaIkonaKaterinaLaylaLilithMoroRainbow Sage
Bosses ???AnankosAnthonyAreteCandaceDaichiDanielaFunkeGaronGazakHaitakaHansIagoKilmaKotaroKumageraLlewelynLloydMikotoNicholOmozuSennoSumeragiTakumiTarbaZharaZola
amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
Regalia and personal weapons Astral BlessingAurgelmirBifröstBölverkBrynhildrChakramExcaliburFujin YumiGanglariHagakure BladeMissiletainnPursuerRaijintoSiegfriedSkadiWaterwheelYato
Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice • 18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Endgame: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Endgame: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Endgame: Anankos
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
DLC chapters Ghostly GoldBoo CampMuseum MeleeBeach BrawlRoyal RoyaleBefore AwakeningHidden Truths 1Hidden Truths 2Vanguard DawnAnna on the RunBallistician BlitzWitches' TrialA Gift from AnnaAnother Gift from AnnaI: In Endless DreamsII: Realms CollideIII: The Changing TideIV: Light's SacrificeV: Endless DawnEnd: Lost in the WavesHoshidan Festival of BondsNohrian Festival of Bonds
Hero Battles Hero-King MarthRadiant Hero IkePrincess LucinaGrandmaster Robin
Locations Deeprealms (My Castle) • Hoshido (Flame TribeIzumoKohgaMokushuWind Tribe) • Nohr (Dragon's GateIce TribeNestra) • Valla (Bottomless Canyon)
Groups, objects, and concepts Curse of VallaDragon VeinMy Castle
Related topics Ancient TextsDownloadable contentName chartPre-release information (Unused content) • Soundtrack