Throne of Knowledge
|“||The leaders of the church have misused its creed to fulfill their true desire-to rule the world. They have fooled the people of Fódlan. Long ago, they divided the Empire to create a Kingdom, and then...divided that Kingdom to create an Alliance. They did all of this to make the masses bicker amongst themselves. They caused instability in order to reinforce their own authority. They gathered gold and lived in extravagance. How? By preying on the devotion of those who wished for the goddess's salvation. Those corrupt hypocrites cannot lead Fódlan to true peace. Their foul belief system must be torn asunder so that true wisdom may finally prevail! And so, I have decided... By order of the Adrestian Emperor, Edelgard von Hresvelg... The Empire hereby declares war on the Church of Seiros!||”|
Throne of Knowledge is the eleventh chapter of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and the final chapter before the Black Eagles storyline splits off from the other routes.
- Main article: Throne of Knowledge/Script
Seteth confronts Rhea, reveals that he has read Jeralt's diary, and demands to know what she did to Byleth as a child. Their conversation is interrupted by Byleth themself, and Rhea explains that she and the students are to accompany Byleth to the Holy Tomb so they can receive a divine revelation in the footsteps of Saint Seiros. If Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles, Edelgard asks them to spend a few days with her on a trip to the Imperial capital of Enbarr. If they agree, they witness Edelgard convince her father Emperor Ionius IX to abdicate the Adrestian throne and crown her as the new emperor. Afterwards, Duke Aegir, Ferdinand's father and one of the men responsible for forcing Edelgard through torturous experiments to imbue her with the Crest of Flames, appears, and Edelgard immediately dismisses him from his position as Prime Minister. At the conclusion of the month, Rhea, Byleth, and the students venture into the Holy Tomb. Rhea bids Byleth sit on Sothis's throne, but nothing happens. Just then, Adrestian soldiers loyal to the Flame Emperor appear.
If Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles, Edelgard directly admits that she is the Flame Emperor. If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, the Flame Emperor appears in command of their troops. In any case, a battle ensues over the Crest Stones held in the tomb, and Byleth emerges victorious. If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, the Flame Emperor's mask is knocked off, revealing her to be Edelgard. Dimitri goes completely berserk, rampages through a squad of Adrestian soldiers, and accuses her of orchestrating the Tragedy of Duscur, which she denies.
If Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles, Rhea orders them to kill Edelgard. If they accompanied Edelgard to her coronation in Enbarr, they have the option of deciding to protect Edelgard. Rhea declares Byleth a traitor, vows to take back Sothis's power with her own hands, and transforms into a colossal dragon that Hubert and Edelgard identify as the "Immaculate One", the leader of a group of monsters that controls Fódlan in secret. Byleth flees with Edelgard and Hubert.
If Byleth is a Blue Lion or Golden Deer, or agrees to kill Edelgard or never accompanied her to Enbarr on the Black Eagles route, Edelgard escapes with Hubert. If Byleth is a Black Eagle, Seteth offers the Adrestian students the opportunity to return to the Empire and fight alongside her, but they all agree that she needs to be stopped. In any case, Edelgard returns to Enbarr and formally declares war on the Church of Seiros and its allies.
Black Eagles Blue Lions Golden Deer
Hubert is unavailable for battles this month. If the player sides with the Adrestian Empire at the end of the chapter, Flayn permanently deserts the party. If the player sides with the Church of Seiros at the end of the chapter, Edelgard and Hubert permanently desert the party.
- Main article: Throne of Knowledge/Conflict in the Holy Tomb
At the beginning of the chapter, Byleth automatically receives a certification in their unique personal class, the Enlightened One. Black Eagles will notice that Edelgard and Hubert cannot participate in monastery activities, and Hubert is unavailable for battles. Be warned that this is the last opportunity you will have to complete Part I paralogues. In addition, on the Black Eagles route, this is the last opportunity you will have to spend time in the monastery and recruit students from other houses before the end of Part I. WHEN YOU TALK TO EDELGARD, REFUSING TO ACCOMPANY HER TO ENBARR IMMEDIATELY LOCKS YOU INTO THE CHURCH OF SEIROS ROUTE. Accompanying her to Enbarr ends the day and skips over the next instruction period, and unlocks the option to continue on the Black Eagles route. At the end of the Black Eagles version of the monthly battle, you will be prompted to choose between protecting or killing Edelgard. Protecting her continues the Black Eagles route and sends the player to Outset of a Power Struggle. Deciding to kill her sends the player to the Church of Seiros route, starting with To War.
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