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The Verge of History

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The Verge of History

Cm fe13 p full.png



New units

Lissa, Frederick



Previous chapter(s)

Invisible Ties

Next chapter(s)

Unwelcome Change

There are better places to take a nap than on the ground, you know. Give me your hand.
— Chrom

The Verge of History (Japanese: 新たなる歴史 New History) is the prologue chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. This chapter is where the actual story of the game begins, and continues to introduce more of the game's mechanics. Completing this chapter unlocks the world map and, in the full version of the game, the ability to save while on it.

This chapter is the first of two chapters that appeared in the international demo version of Awakening.


Main article: The Verge of History/Script

A vagrant named Robin awakens in a field in Ylisse with near-complete retrograde amnesia. They are greeted by a man named Chrom, his sister Lissa, and their lieutenant Frederick, who together comprise a group known as the Shepherds. Upon learning that Robin can only recall Chrom's name and their own, Chrom offers to take them to a nearby town to get them sorted out. However, a pack of bandits raid the town. The three immediately head to the town to drive the bandits off, and Robin decides to follow and aid them. During the fight, Robin discovers an innate talent for tactics.

Afterwards, Robin's actions in protecting the town convince Chrom of their good character. Chrom offers to let Robin join the Shepherds, despite Frederick's lingering concerns about their trustworthiness. Chrom and Lissa explain that the bandits were sent by Ylisse's western neighbor, Plegia, in the hopes of inciting a war. The villagers offer to celebrate the group's valor with a toast, but Frederick insists the group return to the capital as quickly as possible.


Robin is found lying in a field with no memory. After [he/she] helps Chrom fend off a band of brigands, [he/she] is welcomed into the Shepherds as a tactician.

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Chrom or Robin dies 4 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 5
Cm fe13 p.png
Map dimensions:
15 columns by 14 rows

Character data

New units
Small portrait chrom l fe13.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait robin f fe13.png
Bronze Sword
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait lissa fe13.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait frederick fe13.png
Great Knight
Silver Lance
Automatically from turn 1
Available characters

Note: Chrom and Robin are technically returning characters; however, they do not make use of their default setups until this chapter.

Item data

There are no items obtained in this chapter.

Shop data

After clearing chapter 3, the shop at this location will become available.

Armory contents

Normal stock Possible merchant items

Item Price
Is 3ds01 bronze sword.png Bronze Sword 350
Is 3ds01 bronze lance.png Bronze Lance 400
Is 3ds01 bronze axe.png Bronze Axe 350
Is 3ds01 bronze bow.png Bronze Bow 350
Is 3ds01 fire.png Fire 540

Event tiles

  • Column 5, row 9: Southeast of an uncovered partition of red fruit
  • Column 9, row 3: Two squares south, one square east of Garrick's position

Enemy data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.

Normal Hard Lunatic(+)

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Wlv Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Garrick Barbarian 3 1 20 8 0 5 7 2 3 0 - Hand Axe
Ma 3ds01 myrmidon enemy.gif Ruffian Myrmidon 1 2 15 4 0 5 6 4 1 0 5 Bronze Sword
The southern one immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 mage enemy.gif Ruffian Mage 1 1 14 0 4 3 4 3 0 1 5 Wind
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Ruffian Barbarian 1 1 16 5 0 2 4 2 1 0 5 Bronze Axe

Boss data

Main article: Garrick

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait garrick fe13.png
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Barbarian
Level 3
Movement -
Max HP 20 Speed 7
Strength 8 Luck 2
Magic 0 Defense 3
Skill 5 Resistance 0
Inventory Skills
Hand Axe --
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes D
Bows -- Tomes -- Staves --


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

Note: these strategies were created with a female Avatar with +Spd/-Def.

At the beginning of the chapter, you are given four units. Chrom is the main character. He has above-average growths in most of his stats, so he should be rather reliable. He also possesses useful supports with Vaike, Gaius, and Frederick to patch up any of his stats if they get too low. Your custom Avatar, herein referred to by their default name Robin, is the most versatile character in the game and one of your strongest units. Lissa is a rather basic healer. She will eventually be outshined by the other healers in the game, but for the time being she's useful. Frederick is the game's Oifey archetype and is critical to surviving Lunatic and Lunatic+'s early chapters with his powerful Silver Lance.


This is a very straightforward tutorial level with no nasty surprises. Give Robin's Bronze Sword to Frederick; on Hard, he can use it to weaken the enemies and train his sword rank while still feeding kills to Chrom and Robin. Robin is far more effective as a caster anyway. Always keep Robin paired up in order to exploit their powerful Veteran skill. Don't do anything reckless, and this should be an easy win.


The usual strategy disclaimer doesn't quite do Lunatic+ Awakening justice; no plan will ever survive contact with the enemy, and your ability to make things up as you go along will be tested.

This chapter is a rarity in that you will only buckle to a very specific combination of skills with the given strategy. The Barbarian that attacks Frederick on turn 1 absolutely needs Luna+ and the Elwind Mage absolutely needs Vantage+ for you to fear for your safety; if the Elwind Mage also has Luna+ and Magic +2 or the southeastern Myrmidon has Vantage+ and Luna+, Frederick dies. For the first wave of enemies, pair Lissa with Robin and have Robin go as far east as possible and take a free cheap shot at the Myrmidon. Then pair Frederick with Chrom and have Frederick finish him off from the south. On enemy phase, Frederick will be attacked by a Barbarian; he must land his counterattack. On turn 2, have Robin move to Frederick's right, take Chrom, and finish off the Barbarian. Then have Frederick kill the Mage from the south. On turn 3, Robin can back up into the canal while Frederick takes Lissa around to the canal's east side. With smart positioning, Robin can engage the remaining Myrmidon and Barbarian from in the canal without fearing a counterattack, Chrom can also take cover in the canal, and Frederick and Lissa can hide behind them as their pair-up partners. Once the first wave is dead, you can heal up and step on the event tile if you wish; this strategy won't bother much with them since they're too unpredictable.

When everyone has full health, move Robin into the northeastern canal to engage the Mage. She and Chrom can exploit the water to keep out of enemy range until you're ready to fight and have Lissa heal as necessary on the east and northeast parts of the map. Once the Mage is dead, continue moving around the canal so that Robin can chip the melee enemies to death from safety. After killing them, have Lissa heal everyone again. Once that's taken care of, all that's left is Garrick. He has no healing, so just have Robin pick him apart from two range. If all three of your characters are either adjacent to or paired up with Robin, she will receive a +10 bonus to her crit avoid; this in combination with her base Luck is enough to completely negate Garrick's 14 crit chance unless she has taken Luck as a flaw, grown Luck less than twice (unlikely, considering her 45-50% Luck growth and the judicious amount of combat she's seen), and is not paired with either Chrom or Lissa.


  • In the English version of the game, a minor plot hole exists when Frederick expresses suspicion over Robin immediately knowing Chrom's name despite Lissa speaking it as Robin awakens. This plot hole does not exist in the Japanese version, where Lissa instead refers to Chrom as "big brother".

Etymology and other languages

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

The Verge of History




New History


El origen de la historia

The origin of history





Ein neuer Anfang

A new Beginning


Uno strano risveglio

A strange awakening


A origem da história

The origin of history; from "The Verge of History" Lost Lore event in Fire Emblem Heroes.

Traditional Chinese


New history; from "The Verge of History" Lost Lore event in Heroes.


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