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Vortex of Strategy

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Vortex of Strategy

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Lord Lundgren is getting serious. Deploying siege engines is no mean feat.
— Sain

Vortex of Strategy (Japanese: 謀略の渦 Vortex of Strategy) is a chapter in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade; it is the eighth chapter in Lyn's tale. In this chapter, Lyndis continues her march towards Caelin, but she is ambushed by a squad of Lundgren's troops commanded by Yogi. This chapter introduces the concepts of reaver weapons and ballistae.


Main article: Vortex of Strategy/Script

Lyn and her troop continue towards Caelin, and Kent reveals that they are about two days away if they hurry. However, Nils senses danger and instructs Lyn to stay put—she barely avoids an attack from a ballista. Sain explains what ballistae are and warns Florina to stay aground lest she get shot down. Lyn asks Wil if he can use a ballista, and he responds that he should be able to figure it out. The group confronts and defeats Yogi, the commander of the enemy forces. After they are routed, Matthew returns from his investigation of a nearby village and shares his findings with Lyn. According to a rumor in the village, Marquess Hausen is being poisoned by Lundgren. With Hausen too ill to protest, Lundgren has claimed Caelin for his owm and has declared Lyn to be an imposter and Sain and Kent traitors to Caelin. Lyn realizes she needs a plan and decides to visit Eliwood for help.

Beginning log

“Passing through Araphen and Khathelet, Lyn and her friends arrive in Caelin. However, Caelin is now under the rule of Lord Lundgren. Lundgren's henchmen lay in wait to assassinate Lyn. They wait for her approach and ready a special weapon.”

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Rout enemy Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Lyn dies 9 0 14+4
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Character data

New Units
Returning Characters

Small portrait lyn fe07.pngSmall portrait kent fe07.pngSmall portrait sain fe07.pngSmall portrait florina fe07.pngSmall portrait wil fe07.pngSmall portrait dorcas fe07.pngSmall portrait erk fe07.pngSmall portrait serra fe07.pngSmall portrait rath fe07.pngSmall portrait matthew fe07.pngSmall portrait nils fe07.pngSmall portrait lucius fe07.png

Note: Although Matthew's inventory can be managed during this chapter, he cannot be deployed due to the plot.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is gba lancereaver.png Lancereaver Visit village

Armory data

Name Cost
Is gba iron sword.png
Iron Sword 460
Is gba iron lance.png
Iron Lance 360
Is gba iron axe.png
Iron Axe 270
Is gba iron bow.png
Iron Bow 540

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif
Caelin Brigand 2 1 Iron Axe --
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif
Caelin Brigand 1 1 Swordreaver --
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif
Caelin Soldier 2 2 Iron Lance --
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif
Caelin Soldier 1 1 Axereaver --
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif
Caelin Mercenary 1 1 Iron Sword --
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif
Caelin Mercenary 1 1 Lancereaver --
Ma gba cavalier enemy.gif
Caelin Cavalier 2 2 Iron Lance --
Ma gba archer enemy.gif
Caelin Archer 1 1 Iron Bow --
Ma gba archer enemy.gif
Caelin Archer 2 1 Iron Bow --
Ma gba mage enemy.gif
Caelin Mage 1 1 Fire --
Ma gba shaman enemy.gif
Caelin Shaman 1 1 Flux --
Ma gba knight enemy.gif
Yogi Knight 6 1 Axereaver --
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif
Caelin Soldier 2 4 Iron Lance --


  • Turns 3 & 4

Boss data

Main article: Yogi
Portrait yogi fe07.png
Ma gba knight enemy.gif Knight
Level 6
Affinity --
Max HP 25 Luck 2
Strength 9 Defense 11
Skill 7 Resistance 1
Speed 3 Constitution 12
Movement 4 Aid 11
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --


Despite the warnings Sain gives in the opening dialogue, the Ballista on this map is not that big of a threat as it will likely fail to one shot Florina. The Weapon Effectiveness bonus in the Western localization of this game is ×2 as opposed ×3, so as long as Florina can survive one 16 might attack—which she can do with her base stats—and is out of range of all other enemies, she will survive, causing the ballista to target Nils or Serra instead. Since the ballista is not all that dangerous, you can safely use Florina to rescue drop units on the other side of the forest and have them clear out some of the enemies to clear the chapter objective quicker. If Nils plays for Florina after she rescues a unit, she can drop that unit on the same turn and use canto to return to safety. While you move your units through the forest to the south, have either Erk or Lucius take out the mages and visit the village. You will get a Lancereaver which will be useful against a later boss that only has lances and it is valuable, meaning it will contribute to your funds ranking.

The opening dialogue of this chapter suggests that the player use Wil to man the ballista, however, this is of little use since Wil will need no enemies in range of him to use the ballista without taking attacks he cannot counterattack, and the ballista has a Weight of twenty, reducing Wil's AS to zero and putting him in mortal danger against several enemies. Furthermore, the ballista does not do damage to the enemies surrounding Yogi, or Yogi himself, that other units cannot deal.

Yogi is quite easy to kill. Since he is carrying an Axereaver he is incredibly weak to swords, so much so that you will likely be able to take him out in one round with Lyn's Mani Katti or the Armorslayer.

There is no forced tutorial in this chapter, meaning that the strategy for clearing hard mode is the same as the strategy for clearing normal mode


Etymology and other languages

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Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Vortex of Strategy
Japanese 謀略の渦 Vortex of Strategy
Spanish Vorágine estratégica Strategic Vortex
French Vortex stratégique Strategic Vortex
German Im Wirbel der Strategie In the Vortex of Strategy


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Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelleneHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockNatalieReissmannRoySophiaUtherZephiel
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Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
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