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White Clouds
Blue Sea Moon

The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth

Opening Narration FETH Golden Deer symbol.png

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As the sun grows stronger and the nights grow ever shorter, the Blue Sea Star returns to the sky once more. Believed to be the goddess's home, her followers look to the star and commence celebrations of her rebirth. On the grounds of Garreg Mach Monastery, a grand ceremony is held in honor of this much anticipated event. Every true follower of the Church of Seiros is sure to be in attendance.
— Chapter 4 opening narration

Event - The Enemy's Aim

Date: 7/5
Reception Hall

(Byleth and the Golden Deers discuss their mission for the month.)
Claude: OK... So our task this moon is to patrol and guard the monastery in support of the knights, who are busy trying to stop an assassination plot.
Claude: Here's the thing. I don't think the bad guys are really trying to assassinate the archbishop.

Choice 1 Choice 2
What do you mean? It's a distraction.
Claude: Come on, Teach. Don't you think that "secret" note Lord Lonato was carrying around was just a little too obvious? (Support points with Claude go up.)
Claude: Precisely. That "secret note" with the assassination plot on it... There's just no way that was real.

Claude: People don't just carry around secret notes. Someone wanted us to find it.
Ignatz: Do you really think the assassination plot is just a distraction?
Hilda: Oh, yeah. That makes complete sense. But then...what are they really after?
Claude: If I knew that, I wouldn't be so worried. Let's see... It probably involves somewhere that will be empty during the Rite of Rebirth, yeah?
Lysithea: Since the ceremony is at the Goddess Tower, it follows that everywhere else at the academy will be severely understaffed.
Leonie: Do you think they're after the church's donation money? I hear noble families tend to donate quite generously.
Raphael: My bet's on the dining hall. It's a treasure trove of delicious food. Makes me angry just thinking about them getting their grubby hands on it!
Hilda: Let's split up and look around! I'll keep an eye on the reception hall.
Claude: You should get in some training if you have the time, Hilda. There's a good chance we'll have to fight.
Hilda: Uh! Well, I'm not the only one who needs to train here! It's not right to single me out like that.

(Shamir and Cyril approach Byleth and their class.)

Shamir: A secret meeting, Professor? Oh, we haven't been introduced. I am Shamir.
Claude: Shamir is one of the Knights of Seiros. And that little go-getter there is—
Cyril: I work for Lady Rhea! And I'm Shamir's apprentice! Oh, the name's Cyril.

Choice 1 Choice 2
You work for Rhea? Shamir's apprentice?
Cyril: Yep. I help Lady Rhea with all kinds of stuff. Cyril: Yep. She's teaching me about the bow and the sword and all kinds of stuff.

Cyril: I've gotta protect Lady Rhea, so that's why I've gotta learn all I can from Shamir.
Shamir: Cyril adores Rhea. That aside, if you need anything, ask.
(Byleth nods in agreement.)

Exploration: The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth

Potential Dates: 7/6, 7/13 and 7/20

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Event - The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth

Date: 7/26

If the quest Know Your Enemy was completed If the quest Know Your Enemy wasn't completed

Claude: The Rite of Rebirth is finally underway. Time to see if our hunch was right.
Hilda: Ugh, I hope it's not. Then we wouldn't have to fight anyone.

Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
Our hunch is right. We are mistaken. Only the goddess knows.
(Ignatz shows up.)
Ignatz: We've all come to this conclusion together. I'm sure we got it right.
(Lorenz shows up.)
Lorenz: Do you really believe that, Professor? Claude certainly looks confident.
(Marianne shows up.)
Marianne: Dear Goddess... Please protect us...

Claude: Right or wrong, the clock is ticking. All we can do now is stick to the plan.

(Seteth & Flayn pop up to visit Byleth.)
Seteth: You seem a mite too relaxed for my liking. The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth is about to begin. While we are in the Goddess Tower, we are relying on you to secure the locations that are lacking in defense.
Flayn: May I let you in on something, Professor? My brother can be a bit...callous.
(Seteth silently stares at Flayn.)
Flayn: He told me that he was concerned about you, and hinted that perhaps you would be better off patrolling a coffin!
(Seteth gets visibly nervious.)
Seteth: That was said in jest, Flayn. And in confidence. Please just remain by my side and do not cause any more trouble.
Seteth: As a professor, you would do well to remember that it is your duty to guide your students down the path of righteousness.
Flayn: Please excuse us, everyone. We shall see you again after the ceremony has concluded!
(Seteth & Flayn leave.)

Hilda: Seteth is way too overprotective. He reminds me of my brother.

If the quest Know Your Enemy was completed If the quest Know Your Enemy wasn't completed

Claude: Come on, Teach. I know a hidden spot where we can monitor the stairs that lead to the Holy Mausoleum. If there's anyone down there, they'll be trapped like the rats they are. We'll just have to take them down without getting bitten.

Battle - Assault at the Rite of Rebirth

Holy Mausoleum

Before Battle

If the quest Know Your Enemy was completed If the quest Know Your Enemy wasn't completed

Claude: Our guess was spot on. Looks like we have company.

Mysterious Mage: Those Central Church dastards have spotted us... Buy me some time while I open the seal on the casket!
Western Church Soldier: I'm on it.

Player Phase 1

Claude: Looks like the enemy is going after the casket in the back. Maybe they're going after the saint's bones? Weird. I'd like to defeat them before they can finish the job.
Claude: But did you notice? Look closely at the ground. There's some kind of contraption on certain parts of the floor. The smart move is to advance while finding the best fighting positions we can based on the enemy's weaponry.

Enemy Phase 1

Mysterious Mage: Death Knight! Prove your strength and scatter these fools!
Death Knight: I don't take commands. Or waste my time on weaklings.

Claude: I'm getting a really disturbing vibe from that guy... No one go near the evil-looking knight, OK?

Enemy Phase 4

Mysterious Mage: The reinforcements haven't arrived?! If they approach from behind, we can attack them from both sides...

25 Turns Have Passed

Mysterious Mage: It's no use! The seal is broken. You can't— Huh? A sword?
(The Mysterious Mage teleports away. It was too late to stop him.)

Sub Boss - Death Knight

Vs Anyone:

Like moths to a flame...
— Death Knight Vs Anyone

Vs Mercedes:

Mercedes: Oh my, how frightening! Won't you please go easy on me?
Death Knight: You... Was this meeting...preordained?
Mercedes: Hmm? What do you mean?

— Death Knight Vs Mercedes

After being fought once:

I told you that if you fled, I would not chase you. But it seems you wish to die...
— Death Knight after being fought once

Retreat Quote:

I didn't expect to encounter someone like you... How fortunate.
— Death Knight's retreat quote

Boss - Mysterious Mage

Vs Anyone:

You're too late! The seal will be broken any minute now...
— Mysterious Mage Vs Anyone

Defeat Quote:

It's no use! The seal is broken. You can't— Huh? A sword?
— Mysterious Mage's defeat quote

Movie - Sword of the Creator

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The mysterious mage pushes back the lid of the tomb, then proceeds to slowly pulls out a strange sword.
As the mage inspections it, Byleth quickly charges and attacks.
The sword flies out of the mage's hands, with Byleth managing to catch it, as if it were following their trail.
The mage prepares a magical attack and blasts it. As Byleth uses the sword to reflect the attack, the sword begins to glow in a red light, similar to Catherine's sword...

Mysterious Mage: Huh... What?

Byleth throws aside their previous sword and faces the dark mage head on.
Startled, the dark mage creates a magic shield in an attempt to block Byleth's sword, only for the weapon to slowly crack the shield as it penetrates it, much to the mage's dismay.
The shield is ultimately broken. Then, Byleth seizes the opportunity and slays the mage in one fell swoop. The dark mage collapses on the ground.
Once it's done, Byleth inspects their newest sword, with the camera focusing on an empty circular space it has, almost as if is missing something...

After Battle

If the Death Knight has not retreated...

Death Knight: That sword is... I see. What a pleasant surprise.
(The Death Knight teleports away.)

Claude The jerk got away. Was that magic? We can't even chase after him.
Claude: Hey, Professor. The way that sword is shining... Do you think it could be...


(Catherine and a few Knights of Seiros arrive at the scene.)
Catherine: Is the intruder here?! Oh... Looks like you have this under control. You! Round up any stragglers.
Knight of Seiros: Will do!

Event - Judgement


(In the Cathedral, the captured soldiers are judged...)
Seteth: As all of you have committed a breach of faith, the archbishop will now pass judgement.
Shamir: Inciting a Kingdom noble to rebel. Unlawful entry. The attempted assassination of the archbishop. An attack on the Holy Mausoleum.
Shamir: It is unnecessary to go on, followers of the Western Church.
Priest: What?! We have nothing to do with the Western Church!
Seteth: You have already been identified. Please spare us your second-rate theater.
Rhea: Dishonoring a holy ceremony is worthy of death for a member of the church. You are well past the hope of redemption. If you have any grace remaining, you will willingly offer your life as atonement for this crime.
Priest: No! This isn't what we were told would happen! We've been deceived!
Shamir: It's no use arguing. Whatever your excuse, the punishment stands.
Rhea: May your souls find peace as they return to the goddess...
Priest: Wait! Please! The goddess would never forgive you for our execution!
Priest: Monster! We know you've already slaughtered many of our fellow brethren like this!
Rhea: This concludes the investigation. Please remove these poor, lost souls from my sight.
(As the Western Church members are removed from Rhea's sight, the camera pans back and reveals Claude was watching the scene.)

Claude: ...

Golden Deer Classroom

(Claude comments with her teacher and classmates what just happened.)
Claude: I suppose that's that. The assassination attempt, the attack on the Holy Mausoleum... Looks like it was all a plot by the Western Church. It's just too bad that that masked knight who was leading the attack got away. Vanished without a trace.
Hilda: But why would the Western Church want to attack Lady Rhea?
Claude: Why? Take your pick of reasons. Relations with the Western Church aren't exactly friendly.

Choice 1 Choice 2
The Western Church... What reasons?

Claude: Oh, that's right. Jeralt mentioned that you grew up completely isolated from the church.
(Claude begins explaining.)
Claude: The Church of Seiros is split into a few different branches across Fódlan. The Central Church is headquartered right here at Garreg Mach.
(A map displaying the location of the Western Church's location is showed to the viewer.)

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Claude: Then there's the Western Church. Far west from Castle Gaspard, where Lord Lonato had his little rebellion, is the Fortress City of Arianrhod. It's the strongest fortress in the Kingdom. On the other side of it is the headquarters of the Western Church.
Hilda: Not too smart to bicker with people who worship the same goddess as you.
Claude: The bishop of the Western Church must be pretty ambitious. Probably hopes to split off completely. In which case, he'd need to weaken the Central Church's influence. Killing Rhea is certainly one way to do that.
Claude: To the shock of no one, I hear the knights have been sent to subdue the leaders of the Western Church. We'll probably get a chance to assist.
Hilda: You're an odd one, aren't you, Professor? How'd you make it this far in life without ever interacting with the church? I can't believe someone like you exists in Fódlan. It's too strange!
Claude: If you think that's weird, consider the fact that Rhea hired Teach despite all that.
Raphael: So, those guys they caught... They all got the axe, right? That's brutal.
Lysithea: Lady Rhea can be rather intimidating at times. In fact...she can be downright terrifying.
Marianne: Professor. Those who cannot be saved must be delivered to the goddess for judgement. Is that not so?
(Seteth interrupts out of a sudden.)
Seteth: There you are, Professor. It seems Lady Rhea would like a word with you. Come with me.

Event - Slithering in the Dark


( a fog-filled forest...a man in white robes and the masked person in red discuss something...)
???: The archbishop lives. Not that I had ever placed much faith in those swine from the Western Church.
???: I have news, both good and bad. The remains of Seiros were not in the tomb. However, something else was. The Sword of the Creator.
???: Ah, the weapon wielded by that thief, the King of Liberation.
???: Thief? Hm. At any rate, it is now in the hands of the academy's new professor. I doubt you will be surprised to hear that the Crest Stone had already been removed from the sword when it was found.
???: Hmph. As expected. It would be foolish to keep both in the same location.
???: There's more. The professor was able to awaken the sword's true power. Even without the Crest Stone, the sword glowed red.
???: The professor's Crest is compatible. There is no mistaking it.
(The man in white robes is perplexed.)
???: Absurd. Using a Relic without its Crest Stone should be impossible... The King of Liberation's bloodline should not even... Hmm.
(The man in white robes seems to have figured out the phenomenon...)
???: They must be allowed to keep it, for now. I do not have enough information about the professor to act.
???: As for your request, I assent. The Death Knight is at your command. Use him well.
???: Good. I believe I will enjoy this a great deal...

Event - Report: Blue Sea Moon

Audience Chamber

(Byleth is reporting to Rhea.)
Rhea: I cannot thank you enough for defeating those invaders in the Holy Mausoleum, and especially for protecting the Sword of the Creator. That sword is one of the Heroes' Relics, and the most precious artifact in the church's possession. It is also a weapon of terrifying power.
Rhea: For now...I will entrust the sword to you. Please, use it wisely.
(Seteth, standing nearby, is immediately shocked upon hearing this.)
Seteth: Lady Rhea, wait!
Seteth: Do you truly mean to give the Sword of the Creator to this stranger?! Surely it is not the sort of thing that one hands over so readily, even to someone who has the ability to wield it! If someone like Nemesis were to appear again, all of Fódlan would be consumed by war!


Seteth: Nemesis, the King of Liberation. He is an ancient king of mankind who was defeated by Seiros over a thousand years ago. When Fódlan was attacked by wicked gods, it is said that the goddess gifted Nemesis with the Sword of the Creator. Nemesis used that sword to defeat the wicked gods, saving all of Fódlan. Henceforth he was dubbed the King of Liberation. However, his power began to corrupt him until he, himself, turned to the darkness. Saint Seiros was forced to destroy him.
Seteth: Lady Rhea, I beg you to reconsider. Given a little more time, we could more accurately assess this stranger's abilities.
Rhea: No. I have faith, Seteth. Faith that our friend here will not be corrupted by wickedness.
Rhea: Since the death of Nemesis, none have been able to wield the Sword of the Creator. Now, after all those long years of being sealed away, it has returned and found a new master.
Seteth: I...understand. As you wish, Lady Rhea.
Seteth: There you have it, Professor. See that you do not betray the trust the archbishop has seen fit to bestow upon you.

(As Byleth leaves the Audience Chamber...)

Sothis: The Sword of the Creator. The King of Liberation. Each tale is more confusing than the last! And I really can't read that Rhea at all... That sword is clearly precious... So why is she so keen to gift the thing to you?

Choice 1 Choice 2
It certainly is strange. The sword chose me.
Sothis: Is that a fact?

Sothis: I feel as though we have become entangled in a mystery... And there is one more thing that has been plaguing me.
Sothis: The Sword of the Creator... It somehow feels distinct from other Relics we have seen. Such as the one that... Oh goodness, what was her name? Ca... Cat...

Choice 1 Choice 2
Catherine? Cat?
Sothis: Yes! Her! Sothis: What is wrong with that head of yours? Of course it's not a cat! Her name is Catherine.

Sothis: The Sword of the Creator differs from her Thunderbrand in one key way. It bears a hole...where something should have been, but is no more.
Sothis: I despise not knowing what is going on! frightens me. And yet... I place my trust in you. I must. Whatever comes to pass...please swear to cut a path that is your own.

(Byleth nods in agreement, then leaves.)

(Just then, Claude reveals himself on the now empty area...)

Claude: The Sword of the Creator... Pulled right from the legends.
Claude: I finally found it, and yet it ended up in Teach's hands.
Claude: Could I even use it anyway? Damn it. There's no telling what's to come...