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White Clouds
Red Wolf Moon

The Flame in the Darkness

Opening Narration FETH Golden Deer symbol.png

Ss fe16 chapter 8 mural.png
Hoarfrost now graces treetops and open fields alike, and an icy chill blown in from the north of Faerghus blankets the land. All of Fódlan's creatures begin to settle in for a long winter. The setting sun bathes the full winter coat of every wolf in a foreboding scarlet glow. Hunters can now spread the word that the red wolves are back on the prowl.
— Chapter 8 introductory narration

Event - A New Disaster

Date: 11/2

(Shamir and Manuela are discussing something.)
Shamir: That's what we're dealing with. Is there no chance it's an infectious disease?
Manuela: There are no absolutes in medicine, but the chances are extremely slim. Restless movements, fits of violence, becoming bedridden or even impossible to wake... With symptoms that varied, there are only a few possibilities.
Manuela: It's either a mixture of poisons or magic. And dark magic, at that.
(Byleth and Jeralt enter the conversation.)
Jeralt: You're talking about Remire Village, aren't you, Manuela?
Manuela: Oh my, if it isn't Jeralt. Tell me, what was the first thing you heard?
Jeralt: Everything after you mentioned that it's not likely it's an infectious disease. My child and I owe the people of Remire Village. If something's happening there, we must help them.
Shamir: We scouted the area ourselves. Speak with the knights. Hear what they have to say.
Shamir: I must go. Thank you for your help, Manuela.
(Shamir leaves.)
Manuela: You know, I'm more than willing to go with you to Remire Village... After all, I owe you my life. If you'd like, I bet we could even manage the mission all by ourselves. Just the two of us...

Choice 1 Choice 2
That's nice of you. I'm afraid not.
(Support points with Manuela go up.)
Manuela: Professor! A bit of a tease, are we? A girl could get used to this side of you.
(Support points with Manuela go down.)
Manuela: You're saying no? Well, aren't you just a great, big bore.

Jeralt: Nice try, but I'll be going to the village as well. Enough nonsense. It's time to move out.
Manuela: Ask you like. Good-bye, Jeralt. Good-bye, Professor.
(Jeralt and Byleth leave the room. They end up alone somewhere in the monastery.)
Jeralt: I'll be in my office making preparations. What about you? If you have the time, it would be helpful if you could go ahead and talk to the knights.
(Byleth feels dizzy and seems to hear a heartbeat coming from their chest...?)
Byleth: ...
(Byleth faints and the screen goes black. Once reawakened, they find Jeralt had been watching them.)
Jeralt: Hey! What's wrong?

Choice 1 Choice 2
I'm OK. I just got a little dizzy.
(Support points with Jeralt go up.)

Jeralt: If anything feels off, return to the infirmary. No need to just grin and bear it. Got it?
(Byleth slowly stands up and nods to Jeralt.)
Sothis: Ugh... What could have caused such dizziness? I felt it too.
Sothis: Actually... I've felt that way before...

Event - Another Mystery

Date: 11/4

(Claude and Byleth are reunited in the library. The former is looking around.)
Claude: Tomas doesn't seem to be here... Oh well, that's fine. I've been researching the Heroes' Relics a lot since we last spoke to him. I found out something interesting.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Why have you been researching them? Something interesting?
Claude: Why? Do you have to ask? Trust me, what really matters is what I found out. (Support points with Claude go up.)

Claude: It's about the connection between Crests and the Heroes' Relics.
Claude: The Crest Stone of each Relic is carved with a specific Crest-the one that has the ability to wield it properly. The Crests are the keys. You need the right one to safely use a Hero's Relic. The only thing I can't figure out is...why doesn't the Sword of the Creator have a Crest Stone bearing a Crest?

Choice 1 Choice 2
It's by the whim of the goddess. It had one in the past.
(Support points with Claude go down.)
Claude: Hey, now! No need to write off my findings by saying it's a mere whim of the goddess.
(Support points with Claude go up.)
Claude: Precisely. At least, that's my current guess.

Claude: There's more. I believe the Crest Stones might be the source of the Relics' inhuman power.
Claude: When Miklan transformed into a Black Beast, he was taken over by something that originated from the Crest Stone. And the Crest Stone was on his body. It all seems to add up.
Claude: Now, look at this picture I found in the library.
(Claude shows Byleth a picture of what seems to be a dragon...?)

FETH dragon drawing.png

Claude: That creature is called the Immaculate One, who was supposedly sent by the goddess to save the followers of Seiros. See the pattern on its brow, and the faint circular boundary? Isn't it possible that's a Crest Stone?
Claude: If all this is true, then Crest Stones are what power the ability to assume massive forms like that of the Immaculate One. And maybe the Heroes' Relics can harness that transformative power...

(Seteth suddenly pops up in the library and reaches Byleth and Claude.)
Seteth: Oh. It is you. Have you seen Tomas recently?
Claude: No such luck. I was hoping to speak with him myself, but he seems to be out on the town.
Seteth: I see. Well...
(Seteth notices Claude's drawing.)
Seteth: Hm?! Where did you find that picture?
Claude: It was in the library. Why do you ask? Is it something my youthful eyes shouldn't be seeing?
Seteth: No, of course not. However, that is not part of this library's collection. It must belong to Tomas.
Seteth: It would be problematic if it got mixed in with the other books. I will take possession of it for now.
(As Seteth grabs the image, Claude then mutters to himself.)
Claude: Take it away where no one can see it, you mean...
Seteth: What was that?
Claude: That's what Tomas said. He said records that the monastery doesn't approve of tend to disappear.
Seteth: Tomas said that? Preposterous. I have far too much to accomplish to waste time with this foolishness.
(Seteth quickly leaves.)

Claude: He was certainly in a hurry. I wonder if he's off to confront Tomas.
Claude: Well, he took the picture, so I guess that's that for now. I'll see you later, Teach.
(Byleth nods in agreement and leaves, leaving Claude alone.)

Claude: So, the church is hiding something after all. Some massive secret about Relics and Crests.
Claude: A secret that must have something to do with the professor's true identity...

Exploration: The Flame in the Darkness

Potential Dates: 11/9, 11/16 and 11/23

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Event - Village Tragedy

Date: 11/25
Entrance Hall

(Jeralt rushes towards Byleth. He's in a hurry.)
Jeralt: We've got to go. Now.

Choice 1 Choice 2
What's going on? OK.

Jeralt: The situation in Remire Village has changed drastically. We don't know much more than that. We're hearing reports that the villagers are killing each other. Some say houses are burning.
Jeralt: Regardless, we need to move.

Remire Village (Empire Territory)

(Jeralt, Byleth and the Golden Deers witness the chaos in Remire.)
(The village is burning and some villagers are in a frenzy, burning and killing whoever they can find, all while sporting white eyes and pulsating veins on their faces.)
Rampaging Villager (1): Kill! Kill! Ahhhh!
Rampaging Villager (2): Haha... Hahaha... Hrngyarhh!
Village Child: Help! Somebody, please help!
Jeralt: What's going on here...
Claude: This is unbelievable... There's no way to tell who's lost their mind from who's mad with fear...
Hilda: If we don't act quickly, things are just going to keep getting worse!

Choice 1 Choice 2
It's horrifying. What can we do?
(Support points with Hilda go up.)
Hilda: I really don't want to get involved here...but we can't leave these people on their own, right?

Raphael: How about we hit them hard enough to knock them out, but not hard enough to kill them?
Ignatz: That's too reckless! But... I'll admit, I can't think of a better option.
Marianne: If some must die, just know it was by the will of the goddess...
Leonie: Stop that, Marianne! We have to save all of them. There's no way this madness is by the will of the goddess!
Lorenz: Nobles are responsible for the safety of commoners. By the honor of House Gloucester, I swear that I will save them all.
(Lysithea notices something in the distance, then looks at Claude.)
Lysithea: Claude. There are some strange-looking people here.
Claude: So you noticed too.
(Claude then talks to everyone.)
Claude: Look. There's a suspicious group hiding amongst the villagers. Could they be the culprits? If so...

Choice 1 Choice 2
They will not be forgiven. I won't let them escape.

Claude: There you have it. Our objective is clear. Take down that suspicious group and rescue the villagers.
(Everyone nods in agreement. They're ready to take action.)

Battle: The Remire Calamity

Before Battle

Jeralt: There are some suspicious-looking ruffians out there, but our top priority is to rescue the villagers! Got it? I'll rein in the villagers who've turned violent. You focus on rescuing the others.

Player Phase 2

Claude: It can't be... The one giving orders to those weird ruffians... Isn't that Tomas?

(The camera then focuses on Tomas, who lies far away and surrounded by enemies...)

A Rampaging Villager Attacks

Rampaging Villager: Kill! Kill!

A Healthy Villager is Saved

Villager(1): Th-thank you!

A Healthy Villager is Killed

Villager(1): Ahhhh!
Villager(2): Argh... No help came...
Villager(3): Urgh. I can't hold on any longer.
Villager(4): Goddess... Have you abandoned us?
Villager(5): No... Why?!
Villager(6): Aaagh! No...

Enemy Phase 2

Claude: Tomas! What in the world are you doing here?

Tomas: I'm not Tomas. My name is Solon, the savior of all!

(Dark magic engulfs the librarian then briefly bursts out, drastically changing Tomas's appearance.)
(Even though he still shows an advanced age, his forehead is covered by veins and has grown considerably, one of his eyes appears to be fake, and his skin has turned pale as a ghost.)

Solon: What's the matter? So shocked you can't even speak? You were so easily fooled by my disguise...
Solon: I was hiding away in Garreg Mach to get the blood of that little girl called Flayn. With her blood, we'll be one step closer to realizing our goal.

(Suddenly, the Death Knight appears at the lower left side of the map with some backup.)
Death Knight: I'll have a bit of fun here too...

Jeralt: That's the Death Knight! He must be an ally of Tomas...or Solon, or whoever he is.

If no villagers have been saved so far...

Solon: They charge in without any plan whatsoever. Beasts, all of them...
Solon: The experiment is over. Kill them!

(Every healthy villager begins to collapse on the ground until none is left standing.)

Claude: You monster! We could have saved them!

Once There's No Healthy Villager Remaining

Jeralt: We've rescued as many as we can. Now it's time to capture Solon.

Sub Boss - Death Knight

Vs Anyone:

You are not the one I crave...
— Death Knight Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

My pleasure... Do your best to kill me with that blade...
— Death Knight Vs Byleth

Retreat Quote:

My blade craves their flesh... The weak will eventually die...
— Death Knight's retreat quote

If the Death Knight was Forced to Retreat

Claude: What does he want, anyway? In any case, we need to take care of Solon!

Boss - Solon

Vs Anyone:

You are but a savage, insignificant beast... Yet you think you can kill me?
— Solon Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

Ah, the cursed Fell Star... This will be a fine opportunity to measure your power.
— Solon Vs Byleth

Solon Has Been Defeated

Jeralt: Why have you gone after this village? What are you planning?
Solon: Heh, I could have conducted this experiment on any test subjects. Now that I have what I came for, I must bid you farewell.
(Solon teleports away.)

Death Knight I must go...
(The Death Knight teleports away as well.)

Jeralt: Wait! Damn it, he's gone...

Claude: It's over... All we can do is focus on our next move. I'll have a look around the village. There may still be people who need our help.

Event - The Flame Emperor Appears

Jeralt: It looks like we somehow managed to sort things out. And casualties were...kept to a minimum. They said they weren't picky about who they used as their "test subjects."
Jeralt: Because of them, the people of Remire Village...
(Byleth looks down in sadness.)
(Suddenly, a familiar voice is heard...)

Flame Emperor: There you are.

(Jeralt and Byleth look to the direction the voice came. The Flame Emperor is now standing in front of them.)
Jeralt: That armor. So, you're the Flame Emperor.
Flame Emperor: Yes. I believe you have met my subordinate, the Death Knight.
Jeralt: Oh, we've met him all right. But back to you. You're the one responsible for the destruction of this village.
Flame Emperor: Do not get the wrong idea.
Jeralt: What in blazes does that mean?
Flame Emperor: It is true that I am working with Solon. But that does not mean our objectives are the same.
Flame Emperor: Had I known they planned to do this, I would have stopped it. You have my word.
Jeralt: Your words are meaningless. Now, I'll have to insist you accompany us back to the monastery.
Flame Emperor: I cannot abide that. However, if you wish to join forces, I will hear your plea.

(Jeralt is flabbergasted.)
Jeralt: What?!
Flame Emperor: If left to their own devices, they will commit countless more violent acts like this one. Do you not wish to prevent that?
Flame Emperor: With the Sword of the Creator on our side, Solon would not be a threat...

Choice 1 Choice 2
I will join your cause. I must refuse.
(Byleth seems to accept the proposal with confidence...?)
Flame Emperor: You are lying. I can see that you cannot contain your fury toward me. Pity.
(Byleth rejects the proposal. They're angry.)
Flame Emperor: Pity. Though not unexpected.

Flame Emperor: Pray that you do not live to regret your choice.

(Hilda interrupts the conversation. She's in panic.)
Hilda: Jeralt! Professor! Have you seen Claude?
Jeralt: What's wrong, kid? Huh? Damn it!
(Teleporting sounds are heard. Byleth and Jeralt look again where the Flame Emperor once stood. The figure's gone.)
Jeralt: He's gone...

(As they return to the monastery, Jeralt and Byleth begin to talk alone.)
Jeralt: Hey. I've been meaning to talk to you.
Jeralt: Since coming to the've changed.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Changed? How so?

Jeralt: You've been angry since we first arrived in Remire Village. And you look so happy when you're instructing the brats. Before the monastery, I'd never seen you bear your emotions like that. Not once.

Choice 1 Choice 2
You might be right. It's thanks to the students.

Jeralt: Then perhaps it's a good thing we came to the monastery, if only so I could see your face lit up like that.
Jeralt: Or maybe there was never any reason for us to leave the monastery in the first place...

Choice 1 Choice 2
A reason to leave? Wasn't I born after you left the monastery?

(Jeralt realizes his mistake.)
Jeralt: Ah... I've put my foot in my mouth, haven't I? Though I suppose it may be nearly that time...
Jeralt: Come to my office when you next have a moment to spare. There's something I need to tell you.
(Byleth nods in agreement.)
Sothis: Just what was that about? I can't recall a time of old when you were at the monastery... I wonder what is hiding in the mist that is your past...

Event - The Mystery Deepens

Reception Hall

(After arriving at the Monastery, Byleth meets Claude once more.)
Claude: Hey, Teach. That assignment wasn't my favorite, I've got to admit. I suppose pretending to be unaffected doesn't do anyone any good. That was terrible to behold. It's always hard to see innocents die.

Choice 1 Choice 2
It is. I wasn't strong enough.

Claude: Hey, all you can do is keep smiling. Keep marching. That's part of a leader's job. You can't give in to despair.
Claude: Not just for me or for you, but for all of us in the Golden Deer House. We have to keep smiling so the others can move forward too. As long as we don't show that we're disheartened, they'll know they can make it too. That's what matters.
(Byleth nods in agreement.)
Claude: Sorry for getting ahead of myself, Teach. That's how I feel, but how you handle it is really up to you.
Claude: By the way... I hear that guy who calls himself the Flame Emperor showed up in Remire Village. I couldn't believe it when Hilda told me the news. What could he be after?

Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
The Heroes' Relics. World domination. I don't know.
Claude: Maybe. After all, he was after the Sword of the Creator in the Holy Mausoleum... But then they kidnapped Flayn and used her blood for their recent attack.
Claude: Based on that, we should probably assume that their true objective is something other than the Relics. Don't you think?
Choice 1 Choice 2
You have a point. What do they want with Flayn's blood?

Claude: They called this incident "an experiment." And they said they got what they came for. That means they might take this success and attempt something even bigger next time.
Claude: Sadly, that's all we can assume. There are far too many things we still don't know.

(Support points with Claude go up.)
Claude: Ha! I know I just laughed, but that really isn't funny, Teach. World domination... Hm.
(Something sparks on Claude's mind.)
Claude: OK, actually... I wonder.
Claude: They called this incident "an experiment." And they said they got what they came for. That means they might take this success and attempt something even bigger next time.
Claude: I hate to even consider it, but if they can replicate the incident at Remire Village on an even larger scale... If we're not careful, we'll have a full-scale war on our hands. Then world domination wouldn't be a joke anymore.
Claude: I was afraid you'd say that. Frankly, there's way too much that we still don't know.
Claude: They called this incident "an experiment." And they said they got what they came for. That means they might take this success and attempt something even bigger next time. Sadly, that's all we can assume.

(As Byleth and Claude talk, Flayn happens to pass by.)
Claude: Flayn! Your timing is impeccable. Would you care to join us for a while, fair lady?
(Flayn seems to be nervious...)
Flayn: Wha—? Why?! Oh my!
(Flayn quickly runs away as the screen fades to black for a few seconds.)
Claude: Damn. She gave us the slip.
Claude: In any case, I doubt she knows the full story. It seems more like she has something on her mind that she can't divulge.

Choice 1 Choice 2
You're pushing too hard. We can't go easy on her.
(Support points with Claude go down.)
Claude: Whoa, there. Settle yourself, Teach.

Claude: Seems like it would be better to push Seteth for an explanation. Or, best of all, to go above his head and ask Rhea...
Claude: Now that we know Tomas was an enemy, we can't be sure that exposing the church's secrets would be to our benefit.
Claude: Where are the answers I seek? Where are they...

Event - Report: Red Wolf Moon

Audience Chamber

(Byleth reports to Rhea.)
Rhea: You did well handling that awful business in Remire Village. I am certain the goddess shares in our grief at the senselessness of that calamity.
Rhea: More importantly, I was shocked to hear that our own Tomas was actually a dark mage. I must reflect on our blindness.
Sothis: You surely must! You failed to notice that a rat was hiding in your home. Pathetic! Who are these wicked foes? How did Tomas escape your gaze?

Choice 1 Choice 2
Who are these villains? Why did Tomas come to the monastery?

(Seteth begins explaining.)
Seteth: Tomas came to the monastery 40 years ago, by recommendation of House Ordelia of the Alliance. Around eight years ago he went back to House Ordelia before returning to the monastery once again just last year. After having worked at Garreg Mach for decades, why would he betray us now? Just what did he hope to accomplish?
Seteth: Jeritza became a professor at the Officers Academy because of a recommendation from the Imperial nobility. Supposing that he is the Death Knight, that means that our enemy is an organization that has taken root in at least two territories.
Rhea: In the long history of the Church of Seiros... No, long before even that... There have been an endless number of threats to the peace of Fódlan. Yet, those who oppose us still operate in the shadows, their identities a mystery.
Rhea: I believe that Solon and the Death Knight are merely one part of a much larger whole.
Sothis: A threat to Fódlan's peace? That means we have no choice. We have to stop them all!

Choice 1 Choice 2
What now? They must be stopped.
Seteth: Without knowing what their objective is, we cannot afford to act recklessly. The knights will investigate. For now, you and your class should focus on your training. (Support points with Rhea go up.)'
Rhea: I have truly come to rely on you. I believe that the monastery will remain safe so long as we have you.

Rhea: We do not yet know the enemy's objective or whereabouts. For now, please devote yourself to preparing for whatever comes next.

Seteth: That is all for today.
(Seteth leaves. As Byleth prepares to leave as well however...)
Rhea: Professor. Please wait. I know there is much that you still do not understand. However, one thing is clear. You possess great power. I believe that you are destined to be a source of great hope for all. In any case, I expect great things from you. Walk this world proudly, dear Professor.
Rhea: May the goddess Sothis protect you.
(Rhea's response shocks both Byleth and Sothis.)
Sothis: The goddess Sothis?! Is that what she just said?
Rhea: Is something the matter?

Choice 1 Choice 2
It's nothing. I had never heard the name of the goddess.
Rhea: I see. In that case, farewell. (Support points with Rhea go down.)
Rhea: I see. Sothis is the goddess's true name. Please do not use it carelessly. Farewell.

Sothis: Do not say something that we may regret! She... I... What exactly am I?
Sothis: For now, let's leave this place. Please... Go!
(Byleth leaves.)