Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Chapter 9B: Fort Rigwald
Ephraim begins his march south toward Grado from Castle Frelia. Upon
conquering Renais, the Grado Empire has set its sights on Frelia.
However, Innes and his troops meet the invaders at the waters?edge.
Against all odds, Innes halts the invasion, keeping Frelia's border
intact. Ephraim coordinates Frelia's troops in an effort to advance
front lines. Unbeknownst to Ephraim, Grado forces are waiting for
at Fort Rigwald. They've fortified their positions and plan to wait
Frelia's siege. Undaunted, Ephraim remains determined to root out
(Vigarde, Lyon, and the 6 generals are in the throne
The Stone of Frelia has already been taken care of... How is
it the Stone of Renais continues to elude us? Glen. Valter. Find the
children of Renais. Find them and take from them the bracelets that
they wear. Glen, take Eirika. Valter, take Ephraim. Find them.
Yes, Your Majesty...
Ha ha... Eirika, eh? She's a ripe little peach. And her
brother, Ephraim... He's better prey than I'd imagined. I can feel
blood rushing at the thought. This might be fun after all.
(Glen and Valter leave)
Caellach. Riev. Shatter the remaining Sacred Stones. Caellach,
take Jehanna. Riev, take Rausten. Go. Crush the Sacred Stones they
Heh heh heh... As you will. I'll begin making arrangements for
Rausten's downfall immediately...
Bah! Why am I stuck with Jehanna? Accursed ill luck. I became
a mercenary to escape that wretched place, and now I must go
(Caellach and Riev leave)
Duessel. Go to Frelia. Punish the Frelian army and their
Begging your pardon, Your Majesty... Now that you've conquered
Renais, what are your plans for her citizens? The country is in
Thieves and bandits swagger about as if--
Sir Duessel. The emperor has spoken. Please...
Selena. Remain here in the capital. We shall have new orders
for you shortly.
(Selena and Duessel leave)
(Vigarde and Lyon are walking away, Duessel is chasing them)
Please, Your Majesty! Grant me the privilege of a single
...... ...You vex us.
Your Majesty, you know that I will gladly lay down my life for
an honorable cause! But these orders--and all of our recent
actions--they are not just! If I saw in any way in which this
protected Grado, I would hold my tongue. But now, Renais is left
ungoverned to drown in chaos, and we gain nothing! Why do you wage
war? What is it you hope to achieve? You've sent our men to fight
die for nothing! This isn't war--it's murder!
...Duessel. This decision is ours to make. You have no voice
in these matters.
Punish me if you must, Your Majesty, but I implore you! Please
rethink this!! If this continues, Grado will--
Duessel. Go to Frelia. Crush the Frelian army and he who leads
them, Prince Ephraim.
Have you gone deaf? Duessel. Go to Frelia. Crush the Frelian
army and he who leads them, Prince Ephraim.
...... Yes, Your Majesty.
(Screen goes to Fort Rigwald. An enemy soldier is pushing Tana up to
the boss, Gheb)
Commander Gheb! We captured a pegasus knight snooping about
Let me go! Stop it! That hurts!
Ooooh... You didn't tell me she was such a treat for the eyes.
Heh heh... This is a prize worth catching.
I-I came for Ephraim. If you do anything to me, he will not be
Heh heh... I like her. Throw her in a cell. I'll spend the
evening giving her a thorough interrogation. Heh heh heh...
(Screen goes outside the fort)
That is Fort Rigwald. It has stood unconquered for generations.
Its defenses are legendary. It is the jewel of Grado's
and its walls have never been breached.
And if we don't capture it, any attack on the capital will be
pointless. Tell me what you see, Seth. Do we have the power to take
It's a daunting task. The enemy has the advantage of both terrain
But what about in morale?
Do you suspect the soldiers may be unwilling to fight?
Anything's possible. This war is a sudden thing, but Grado and
Renais had long been friendly. Before these hostilities, our nations
were allies... No, closer even than that. This is the emperor's war,
but the hearts of the people are not so swift to change. For
General Duessel, one of the Imperial Three they call Obsidian... He
the one who taught me what I know about fighting with the lance.
Duessel's sympathies are sure to remain with Renais--and with our
cause. He is loyal to Grado, but he has no love of war. I'm sure he
will speak with me.
And more than that, Prince Lyon has been my friend for years.
He can be timid at times and perhaps was unable to oppose his father
this. But I'm sure he detests this fighting and shares my opinions.
There must be some Grado soldiers within the castle who do not
want to fight. If we can rush the fort and seize the throne room, I
believe they will surrender.
...Optimism here may be deadly. Still, it's a far better plan
than challenging the main army face-to-face.
Eirika is on her way to Rausten to help end this conflict. We
cannot afford to wait here for much longer. We must take this fort
then press on to the capital itself. Let's go!
(Your troops go up to the fort)
Attack! We're under attack! ...Looks to be Frelian troops.
Their commander is... Prince Ephraim of Renais!
Renais? This whole thing stinks. My younger sister and
her husband were living in Renais... What is the emperor thinking,
starting this war? I think--
Yeah, I heard you. Talking about not fighting, are you? Losing
your nerve? The punishment for treason is harsh. You'll burn at the
B-but-- It's not just me! Even General Duessel is
opposed to this war!
Duessel? You'd side with that washed-up coward? And who is your
commanding officer? Is it Duessel? Come on, out with it!
Y-you are, Sir Gheb.
That's right. So that should make it clear whose orders you
follow, eh? You got that, dolts? If you do, then shut up and get in
formation. No one cares whether you minnows live or die anyway. Got
W-wait a moment! That's a horrible thing to say!
And who are you supposed to be? Your name! Out with it!
I-I'm Amelia... I was assigned to this fort today! I am a
soldier of Grado. I am not a slave!
What's this now? You're a girl? You've got a lot of nerve talking
like that to your commander, recruit. Looks like I'm going to have
teach you about the chain of command.
Commander Gheb! Enemy troops approaching!
Grrr! Stinking interruptions... Form up, you useless worms. Don't
let those dogs near the throne. Grado cannot afford to lose a
tactician of my stature! No one will blink if any of you worthless
toads dies. But if I die-- You should be happy to fight, kill, and
in my service!
(Soldier and Amelia walk away a bit)
I became a soldier to honor the emperor, General Duessel, and
the people of Grado. But this...this is wrong!
That's the lot of a soldier. We're pawns in the games of kings
and emperors. We fight as ordered, and we die as ordered. That's it.
C'mon, time to go.
(When you start the battle, a
soldier puts Tana in a cell)
Oh, what a fool I've been... I came all this way to help Ephraim,
and I end up getting captured again. That General Gheb had the
creepiest eyes...and that laugh! Oh! Hurry, Ephraim... Please. Hurry
and rescue me.
(Tana joins your team, but she's still in the cell, without any
(If you talk to Amelia with Ephraim)
You're a Grado soldier? But you're just a child.
I am not a child! I'm a soldier of Grado, and I will defeat
every soldier of Frelia I meet!
Is that so? Guess I'm ready then.
...Is that the stance you're going to use? You'll drop your
lance that way. I'm Prince Ephraim of Renais. Why don't you
and come with me?
Wha-what are you going to do to me?!
Calm down. As long as you don't try to stab me, I won't do a
thing to harm you.
You lie! You're a liar! Everyone knows about Prince Ephraim of
Renais. He's a beast who attacks any woman he sees...
.....Right, this has gone far enough. I am not going to hurt
you. If you're scared, throw down your weapon and run away. But...If
you're willing to listen, I'd like to ask for your help. You must
realize this whole war is madness, right? Something is wrong in
(Amelia joins your team)
(If you talk to Amelia with Franz)
You...you're a girl?!
Ah! Don't make fun of me! I'm a soldier of Grado! Prepare
yourself, Frelian dog!
W-wait a minute!
(Amelia trips and gets up)
Are, are you all right? It's not surprising you fell over from
that stance. Can you get up?
Did you hurt your knee? I know how it feels. I did it often
enough as a recruit myself. To be honest, I still do it more than I
I'm Franz. I'm a Knight of Renais. What's your name?
Amelia, do you think I could ask you to surrender? This may be
odd, but I really have no desire to fight you.
I get the feeling you don't want to fight either. Am I
I... B-but... I've heard Prince Ephraim takes female prisoners
and uses them as palace slaves. If I surrender, will I be forced to
work in the palace, too?
N-no, don't be silly! Prince Ephraim would never do such a
No, he wouldn't! Of course not. You have my word of honor.
...Well, you seem sincere. I'll trust you, Franz.
(Amelia joins your team)
(If you talk to Tana with Ephraim)
Tana?! What are you doing here?
I came here in hopes of helping you in some way. But while I was
looking for you, I got captured by Grado troops.
that so? Well, I'm glad to see you're unharmed. Tana, you should
back to Castle Frelia immediately. King Hayden must be worried about
No! Ephraim, I came all this way so I could help you!
And yet, here I am, helping you.
Ah, well... Yes, that may be true, but-- But I've been so worried
about you, Ephraim!
I see. Oh, please don't look at me with those teary eyes. If
you're really determined to help, then you're welcome to come with
But you must promise me not to try anything reckless.
Ephraim... Thank you. I knew that you would understand how I
(When you fight Gheb)
Wh-what was that? You piece of trash, what do you think you're
(When you defeat Gheb)
Th-that's not poss--
(When you seize the throne)
Prince Ephraim, the rest of the enemy troops have been routed.
Bring me one of the prisoners. I have a question I need
(Seth goes away and comes back with an enemy soldier)
I'm going to ask you a question. If you've no wish to answer,
remain silent. If you wish this conflict to end quickly, however,
...... ...What do you want?
Why has Grado invaded Renais?
...I can't say. This war began on the emperor's orders.
Soldiers like me havenít the foggiest idea what he's after.
Then tell me this: where is General Duessel?
In the capital. The general's been opposed to this war from
the start. He's been pleading with the emperor for days now, but the
emperor ignores him. They say some are questioning the general's
loyalty. He's putting his standing--and his life-- in danger by
Is that so... Well, it appears that General Duessel remains
the same true man I knew before. What about Prince Lyon? Where's he
been through all of this? Why didn't he do anything to temper his
...... According to rumors... Emperor Vigarde was convinced to
start this war by none other than the prince himself.
What did you say? That's ridiculous! I know Prince Lyon well.
No one hates fighting more than he does. He would never do anything
trigger all this bloodshed!
Prince Ephraim, please calm down.
(They go outside the fort)
We leave the prisoners and the fort to the Frelian troops.
Seth, I intend for us to press on toward the capital. At some point,
expect we'll find either Duessel or Lyon. I'm sure we can convince
to join us in stopping Emperor Vigarde.
Understood. But I have misgivings, my prince. General Duessel and
Prince Lyon are both men of Grado. If we are forced into conflict
It won't happen. Duessel was my teacher, and I know he is a
man of character. And I've known Lyon since we were children. He,
Eirika, and I are old friends.
I understand your concerns. If worse comes to worst and steel
is drawn, I will not hesitate. I'll fight and kill anyone who thinks
oppose me. Are you satisfied, Seth?
Yes... I apologize for my rudeness. Your father is gone, and that
means you are king of Renais. There is no other. I just ask that you
not throw yourself into needless danger.
I hear you. The decisions I make affect more than my own life.
Once this war is finished, I will rebuild Renais with Eirika. That
(Screen goes to a forest)
What is it?
You must return to Frelia. I cannot take you any farther on
What? No. I want to stay with you...
No, Myrrh. I'm continuing on to the Grado capital. It's going
to be very dangerous. I can't protect you--not as well as I'd like
Everything comes from that direction. I can feel my lost
dragonstone... And that's not all. The dark energy still flows
unchecked... I cannot go home while it stains the air...
...Very well. Ah, I simply cannot refuse you anything. Your
eyes remind me too much of Eirika. You must not stray from my side,
Yes, I will not stray...
(Screen goes to the capital. Selena, Lyon, and King Vigarde are in
Selena. Your orders.
I am ready, Your Majesty. In your service, I am prepared to
Duessel has left for Bethroen. Take a battalion and follow
Understood. When I arrive, I will place my troops at his
No... You will not. You will strike Duessel down.
Duessel is a traitor. He has abandoned his country and sided
with Renais. The punishment for treason is death.
B-but... General Duessel a traitor? That's just not possible!
There must be a mistake...
No... I did not mean that you are mistaken, Your Majesty.
Selena. You have your orders. You will execute Duessel.
...... ...Your Majesty. Will you allow me to ask you a
When Your Majesty saw fit to make me a general, you shared with
me some words of wisdom. I remember the moment quite clearly. You
me the role of an imperial general is that of the shield, not the
blade. We are here to protect our citizens, you said--not the
our neighbors. I have never forgotten your words, Your Majesty. I
held them to my breast. They govern my every action as general. Your
Majesty, that sentiment is still alive, and--
...... I humbly acknowledge your orders. Your Majesty... I am
the empire's servant. I am Your Majesty's vassal. I am General
the Fluorspar of the Grado Empire.