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Throne of Knowledge

Opening Narration FETH Blue Lions symbol.png

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The northern lands are enveloped in a bitter cold, and frigid winds are carried across the sea to the south of Adrestia. When feather-white snow falls on Fódlan's Locket, the fort looks as delicate as a pearl. However....beneath that snowy blanket, her Throat is more treacherous than ever.
— Chapter 11 opening narration

Event - True Identity

Date: 2/1
Audience Chamber

(Seteth is trying to get information out of Rhea...?)
Seteth: Rhea, please talk to me. What are you hiding? What is the meaning of how that one looks? It is almost as though...
Rhea: As I said, there is nothing of which to speak. For now. At the end of this month...
Seteth: I read Jeralt's diary. I happened upon it in his room.
(Rhea's in shock.)
Rhea: What?
Seteth: In it, he stated the reason for his departure. The baby thought to have died in the fire...has returned to us. Jeralt realized that you had done something to the child and decided to flee.
Seteth: What did you do to that baby, Rhea? Nothing...questionable, I should hope?
Rhea: Seteth, enough. They will be here shortly. No more, I beg of you.
Rhea: I will take our dear professor to the Holy Tomb. There...I should be able to see our dearest wishes to fruition. When I was young, I hear her voice there... I'm sure of it.
(Knocks can be heard coming from behind the door. Someone seeks to get in.)
Rhea: You may enter.
(Byleth enters the room to report.)
Rhea: I have been awaiting your arrival, Professor. Now that you have received sacred power from the goddess, there is somewhere you must pay a visit to at once.
Rhea: You must go to the Holy Tomb so that you may receive a divine revelation from the goddess.

Choice 1 Choice 2
The Holy Tomb? A revelation?

Seteth: The Holy Tomb is where the goddess sleeps. This monastery was originally built for the purpose of protecting that hallowed temple.
Rhea: Only a select few know of it, but there is a legend about Seiros and the Holy Tomb. Saint Seiros, the first soul to be gifted power from the goddess, received her revelation there. She was told it was her sacred duty to save the people of Fódlan, and that she must use her power wisely in order to lead them. The words that were handed down to Seiros from the goddess will likely fall upon your ears as well.
Seteth: Prepare yourself to go at once. There, may you find out why you were blessed with such power.
Rhea: There will be a ceremony at the Holy Tomb. It is then that you will receive the goddess's revelation. You may share this mission with your students.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Do you think it wise to bring them into this? A mission? Now?

Rhea: It is said that when Seiros received the revelation, she had holy warriors by her side, protecting her. Your students, who have followed you and fought alongside you through the darkest of times, are well suited to stand by you for the ceremony. Of course, as the leader of the Church of Seiros, I will be by your side as well.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Strange... Isn't that too dangerous?
Rhea: The occasion is too significant to be missed. (Support points with Rhea go up.)
Rhea: The Holy Tomb is a sacred temple that is sealed off from the rest of the world. There is nothing to fear.

Rhea: Even if something were to happen, I am more than capable of protecting myself.
Seteth: Much has changed, but your duty has not wavered. Steel your mind for the ceremony, and prepare your students well.
(Byleth nods in agreement.)

Exploration: Throne of Knowledge

Potential Dates: 2/8, 2/15 and 2/22

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Event - Deep Underground

Date: 2/29

(In the Cathedral, Byleth, the Blue Lions and Flayn await for the upcoming ceremony...)
Dimitri: A revelation from the goddess... To think we'll have the honor of attending such a historical event.
Dedue: I hear the archbishop will accompany us to the Holy Tomb.
Ingrid: If something happens to her, all of Fódlan will suffer. We must protect her at all costs!
Dimitri: This may sound mad, but perhaps we don't have to worry so much about that. Lady Rhea has said before that she is capable of protecting herself. I have a feeling that is true. I thought it was a strange thing for her to say. And beyond that, her movements bring to mind a great warrior with an extensive military background.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Who is Rhea, really? If so, we have nothing to fear.
Dimitri: I wonder...

Dimitri: Mind, it's also possible that I'm way off track. Regardless, perhaps we should brace ourselves for anything.
Ashe: I never imagined attending a ceremony for a real revelation...
Mercedes: I wonder what the ceremony will be like. I'm so nervous! I'm not ready for this!
Felix: There's no chance for battle unless something goes terribly wrong, right? How boring.
Sylvain: If you keep saying things like that, something bad is bound to happen.
(Annette then notices how Flayn seems to be lost in thought...)
Annette: What's wrong, Flayn? You look like you have something on your mind.
Flayn: Who, me? No... It is nothing. May we all see this through to the end.
Dedue: Your Highness, I will protect you no matter what. Your Highness?
(Something seems to be bothering Dimitri as well.)
Dimitri: ...

Choice 1 Choice 2
Lost in thought? You haven't seemed like yourself lately...
Dimitri: Hm? Ah. I suppose you could say that. Nothing to worry about. Dimitri: I haven't been sleeping well recently. And my head aches...but no need to worry. Let's focus on the task at hand.

Dimitri: It's about time for Lady Rhea to arrive. Let's all steel ourselves for whatever may occur at this ceremony.

Event - The Holy Tomb

Holy Tomb

(Rhea introduces Byleth, the Blue Lions and Flayn to the Holy Tomb.)
Rhea: Are you surprised, Professor? This is the Holy Tomb.
Dimitri: Incredible... To think such a vast space has been hiding beneath the monastery all this time... I wonder what powers that giant mechanism that descends beneath the ground...
(Rhea guides the crew somewhere in the tomb as she keeps explaining.)
Rhea: This is where the goddess who created this world was laid to rest, along with her children.
(Rhea then shows everyone a throne. It's Sothis's throne...)

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Rhea: It is said that our creator—the goddess Sothis—sat upon this very throne.
Rhea: Professor, do you recognize this throne?

Choice 1 Choice 2
I do. I do not.
(Support points with Rhea go up.)
Rhea: So long... I have waited so very long for this day.
(Support points with Rhea go down.)
Rhea: There is no need to hide anything from me. You have seen it, haven't you? In a dream...

Rhea: Sit upon the throne. I have no doubt you will be gifted a revelation from the goddess.
(Byleth walks towards the throne and sits on it.)

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Rhea: Well?

(Nothing happens...?)

Rhea: It was supposed to be but a step away. What could possibly be missing?

(Just then, the camera returns to Dimitri, who turns around as he interrupts Rhea...?)
Dimitri: Halt! Reveal yourself!

(Just then, multiple soldiers arrive at the scene. Among them, is the Flame Emperor...)
Metodey: Don't move, any of you. If you move, your lives will be forfeit.
Metodey: Thank you ever so much for guiding us this far. The Imperial army will now take possession of everything in the Holy Tomb.
(Metodey silently laughs. Everyone's confused as the camera returns to the Blue Lions.)

Dedue: Why is the Imperial army here?
Ingrid: This can't be... How did they get into Garreg Mach?
Sylvain: Even the Flame Emperor is here. That can only mean...
Felix: The Flame Emperor is connected to the Empire. What do you know.
(The camera returns once more to the Flame Emperor.)

Dimitri: I never imagined you'd have the nerve to return here. What are you after, Flame Emperor?
Flame Emperor: Is it not obvious? The Holy Tomb contains great power. The power to rule all of Fódlan.
Dimitri: And to attain that power, you'll trample anything that stands in your way. Just like you did in Duscur!
Flame Emperor: I had nothing to do with that.
Flame Emperor: Quickly, retrieve the Crest Stones! Kill for them if you must.
(As the screen returns to Byleth & co., the Flame Emperor's goons begin moving to ransack the place.)

Rhea: Insolence! You will atone for the sin of tramping on this holy resting place.
Rhea: Professor, destroy these villainous traitors who dare dishonor our creator!

Battle: Conflict in the Holy Tomb

Before Battle

Rhea: I will not allow such violence from the Empire! Strike down the rebels and protect the Holy Tomb!

Player Phase 1

Metodey: The Crest Stones are in the caskets! Open every last one of them!
Rhea: The Holy Tomb must not be desecrated! Protect as many of the Crest Stones as you can!

Protect the Crest Stones! If they're stolen, you can get them back by defeating the foes that have them. You can earn rewards based on the number of Crest Stones you've protected.

Dimitri: Heretics! What could be gained from desecrating these tombs and disgracing the dead?!

Enemy Units Begin Looting Tombs

Flame Emperor: Take away the Crest Stones. All of them!
Rhea: That is enough! Do you even know what those stones are?!

Sub Boss - Metodey

Vs Anyone:

I'm told it's fine to kill those who resist. Now then, how shall I cook you?
— Metodey Vs Anyone

Death Quote:

Wait... No! I was just following orders! I just... Graaargh!
— Metodey's Death Quote

Main Boss - Flame Emperor

Vs Anyone:

You wish to interfere? Then your life is forfeit.
— Flame Emperor Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

You are the one person I did not wish to make an enemy of...
— Flame Emperor Vs Byleth

Vs Dimitri:

Dimitri: Do not try to say you have forgotten... Do you know just how many people died in Duscur?
Flame Emperor: Why bother with this? Stay silent and fight.
Dimitri: So, you want to turn your eyes away from the lives you have trampled? Dastard! You are a monster. The lowliest beast I have ever known.

— Flame Emperor Vs Dimitri

Flame Emperor has been Defeated

Flame Emperor: Ugh...
Dimitri: ...
(Dimitri's eyes lose themselves on the Flame Emperor's true face...)

Movie - Loathing

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The camera cuts to the Flame Emperor's mask on the ground near Dimitri's feet. As the camera pans up, Dimitri begins laughing maniacally. Byleth gives him a concerned look.

Dimitri: Is this some kind of twisted joke?

As Dimitri softly chuckles to himself, the camera cuts to the unmasked Flame Emperor.

It is Edelgard.

Dimitri readies his lance, crushes her mask under his greave, and begins to approach her with clear violent intent. Byleth attempts to put a hand on his shoulder, but he curtly brushes them off. Edelgard narrows her eyes.

Dimitri: I've been looking for you... I will take that head from your shoulders and hang it from the gates of Enbarr!

Dimitri and the Imperial soldiers charge each other. Dimitri knocks aside four soldiers with a single kick and hurls his lance at Edelgard. The lance grazes her helmet, causing her to gasp in shock. Dimitri engages and subdues two Imperial soldiers with his bare hands. A third soldier charges him.

Imperial Soldier: Stop right there!

Dimitri grabs the man's head and twists it, breaking his neck. He looks up, his face splattered with blood, and he emits a deranged and sinister chuckle.

Event - Fateful Farewell

(Edelgard lies defeated as Dimitri stands in front of her...)
Edelgard: ...
Dimitri: Before I break your neck, there is one thing I must ask you.
Edelgard: Stay out of my way.
Dimitri: I don't recall giving you permission to speak. Answer my question. That is all you have left to do.
Dimitri: Flame Edelgard. Tell me now. Why did you cause such a tragedy?
Edelgard: ...
Dimitri: You killed your own mother, and yet you haven't even had the decency to stop and consider the reasons behind your actions. Have you?!
Edelgard: I already told you. I had nothing to do with that.
Dimitri: Ha! It was foolish to think I could reason with a lowly beast.

(Two Imperial Soldiers then quickly intercept Dimitri in order to shield Edelgard.)
Imperial Soldier: Your Majesty! Now!
Dimitri: You are a monster...
(As Dimitri proceeds to slaughter the soldiers, Hubert teleports right behind his liege, waiting for orders.)
Edelgard: Come, Hubert!
(Edelgard teleports. Just then, Hubert looks at Dimitri as he teleports as well.)

(The screen goes black. Rhea begins ranting, consumed by pure unadultered wrath.)
Rhea: To flee is futile, wicked girl. The Church of Seiros will raise its entire army against you, until you have been captured and punished! You have defiled the Holy Tomb, dishonored the goddess, and humiliated your brethren. That crime will never be erased, even if you burn in the eternal flames, and spill all of your blood into the goddess's soil!

(The screen fades back. Rhea is now in front of Byleth.)
Rhea: Come, Professor. Let us return and decide upon our next course of action.
(Byleth nods in agreement as Rhea leaves. Just then, Dimitri...)

Dimitri: Ngah...

Choice 1 Choice 2
Are you OK? I can't believe it. Edelgard...

Dimitri: We weren't able to defeat her.
Dedue: Your Highness...
Dimitri: I will kill Edelgard. With my own hands. I swear it!
(Just after uttering these words, Dimitri looks at Byleth.)
Dimitri: Let's return to the monastery, Professor. It is clear what must be done.

Event - Whispers of War

Blue Lions Classroom

(In the Blue Lions's Classroom, the rest of the Blue Lions process what has just taken place.)
Felix: So... He's finally shown his true face. The same Dimitri I've seen once before—a beast who loves spilling blood.
Ingrid: You're wrong! I'm sure of it. There has to be an explanation...
Sylvain: I knew he'd been carrying the burden of that tragedy. I understand his thirst for revenge. His family and closest friends...all massacred right in front of him. still doesn't add up. There must be more that we don't know.
Mercedes: That's true. Dimitri didn't come unhinged until after the Flame Emperor was unmasked...
Ashe: You don't think...there's some connection between those you?

Imperial Palace (Enbarr, the Imperial Capital)

(Meanwhile in Enbarr, Edelgard makes a speech in front of many Imperial soldiers...)

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Edelgard: 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 order of the Adrestian Emperor, Edelgard von Hresvelg... The Empire hereby declares war on the Church of Seiros!
(The soldiers cheer for Edelgard as the scene fades out.)

Audience Chamber

Seteth: I cannot believe it... Let us recount the situation as it stands, Professor. After you returned from the Holy Tomb... The Adrestian Empire declared war upon the Church of Seiros, as well as our allies.

Declared war?

Seteth: Edelgard demanded her own father relinquish the throne, and then assumed the position of emperor. She has deemed the Church of Seiros to be an evil of this world, and is calling upon the people of Fódlan to help her tear it down. I must discuss our response to this declaration with the archbishop after the knights return from their investigation. Until then, watch over the students. See that they remain calm.
(Byleth nods in agreement.)

Blue Lions Classroom

(Back in the Blue Lions's Classroom, Byleth, Dimitri and Dedue have reunited with the rest.)
Dedue: Professor. The Empire has declared war on the Church of Seiros.
Sylvain: We knew this day would come, sooner or later.
Annette: What's going to happen?!

Choice 1 Choice 2
Don't worry. We need more information.

Ingrid: We can't afford to be optimistic. It's entirely possible the Kingdom will be invaded.
Sylvain: Settle yourself, Ingrid. We need to carefully consider our options.
Ashe: We can't just act rashly. That will only make things worse.
Dedue: Once we've ascertained the situation, we must return to Fhirdiad.
(Dedue then looks at Dimitri who has remained silent during the whole conversation. He's clearly worried about him.)
Dedue: Your Highness...
Dimitri: ...