The following post is part of my series “The Worst Fire Emblem Awakening Playthrough Ever”. Spoilers ahead for a six year old game.
Welcome back to the worst Fire Emblem Awakening play through ever. When we last left the Shepherds, our heroes adopted a teenage dragon who is totally of age, a bunch of pegasus knights got slaughtered, and Chrom still sucked at diplomacy. I’ve decided to do some swapping around of some of my pairings in my child unit plan, though we won’t see too much of that in this post. That’s because this post is going to be a beast to write despite being a single chapter.
That’s right. We’re playing through that chapter of Awakening. We’ve arrived to chapter 9. Hold on to your butts. Even without taking into account the reeking box grinding prior to this chapter, we’ve got a ton to talk about.
Chapter 9: Emmeryn
We begin by looking in on a meeting between Aversa, Gangrel, and a random Plegian soldier. Said soldier fucked up his scouting report, so Aversa offs him with a sword. This is disconcerting because we know from all her official art that Aversa’s a Dark Flier class, which means she doesn’t even know how to wield a sword. Gangrel admonishes her for killing so many of their own soldiers which — yeah, I kind of get if you’re trying to win a war. Gangrel has planted a trap of some kind, but that’s all we know as the scene ends.
We cut to an Ylissean spy arriving back to Chrom, Basilio, Flavia, and Christopher Robin to tell them that Chrom’s sister, Emmeryn, is scheduled to be executed tomorrow. Apparently Christopher can tell the future, and he’s got a plan to change it that he’s not terribly confident in. Flavia’s busy being the best role model in the early game when we cut away and go to Validar. He’s also talking about Emmeryn’s pending execution, which is clearly not a well-kept secret. Validar is apparently talking to someone named Grima, but Grima isn’t talking back. Pretty sure this is how we got introduced to Emperor Palpatine too. And no, I don’t care enough to look up if that’s right.
Suddenly, we get a terrifying shaky jumpcut to Christopher screaming as he wakes up from a dream. Lissa calms him down and tells him that it was time to wake up anyway, as Frederick says it’s time to begin their march.
We get yet another cut, this time to a Plegian executioner standing with Emmeryn atop a cliff with a very long fall. Beneath the cliff, Gangrel is giving a rousing speech about how an eye for an eye is a great way to make things even. Christopher shouts for Flavia WHO HURLS A HAND AXE UP THE FACE OF A GODDAMN CLIFF AND KILLS THE EXECUTIONER IN ONE SHOT. If Flavia was in The Avengers, Thanos would have never snapped. It’s now time to pick our units, which is great, because all of those cut scenes put the game over its animation budget.
After selecting our units, Chrom shouts how we should focus on taking out all of the soldiers first and worry about Gangrel later. This seems like a reasonable plan, as all of the soldiers are between us and Gangrel. Gangrel shouts about how his soldiers are going to do the killing then scurries off to his royal hopscotching duties so we can finally start the level for real.
Turn one is all about pairing up then getting in range to actually attack the Plegian army. We get a brief cutaway between turns showing us a Plegian girl named Tharja who is clearly a mage who is disgruntled with the reasons behind the army’s fight. Much like Gaius earlier, I’m betting we can convert her to our side1And considering GaiusxTharja is my headcanon relationship for both of them, there’s added amusement to me.. Much of the opposing army’s attacks are focusing on a random ally unit we have. We meet him at the end of turn one. His name is Libra and despite all of the confusion Chrom is about to have when they meet, this is clearly a bishounen dude. Libra is a war monk and he’s throwing around critical hits like it’s his job.
We advance the majority of our units on turn two, choosing to leave Vaike/Maribelle and Nowi/Kellam back for the inevitable reinforcements that will try to outflank us. Sure enough, following turn two for Libra, a Plegian general named Campari begins complaining about the lateness of a wyvern brigade, so they’re definitely coming. We get Libra to join our ranks on turn three, which is annoying as he decided to jaunt off in the opposite direction of Tharja, meaning the aforementioned wyverns might actually get here before I clear the map. As turn four starts, we’re in an awkward phase where I can’t really advance far enough to do significant damage to the enemy, but I’m close enough that I’d bait out more units than I want if I’m not careful. So we let Libra and Ricken do the baiting out of single units while we prep to have Sumia get Chrom in to convert Tharja to our side on turn five.
Sure enough, the start of turn five brings the wyvern brigade, which Nowi and company are well equipped to deal with2Though Maribelle is still low enough of a level as a pegasus knight where she’d be a liability fighting a wyvern rider, so she’s just here to be Vaike’s pair up support.. In recruiting Tharja, I’ve realized she’s just the millennial stereotype of “we’re all marching to death anyway” come to life in her recruitment scene. This is kind of weird, as in the rest of the story she’s manipulative and abusive, so this is oddly out of character for her. Meanwhile, Ricken and Libra continue to critical hit everything under the sun. I get this for Libra, as he comes equipped with a Killer Axe and its inherent 30% crit rate. But Ricken currently has a 8% crit chance and gets no bonus from his weapon. I’ve decided I’m going to reclass Ricken to become a Great Knight, as Luna is going to be a great skill to pair with Ricken’s need to overkill everything. Yes, this will require grinding, but it’s for the lulz.
Turn six is short and sweet. Tharja kills a random mage that showed up. Vaike cleans up the rest of the wyvern brigade. Then Ricken hits Campari, only for Panne to crit him to death on the follow up blow. Good lord, their kid is going to be hilariously broken. Chapter over. We’ve saved the day! Here comes a pegasus knight troop led by Phila to save Emmeryn.
Except that Aversa planned ahead and brought some Risen archers with her. Gangrel the Mad King cackles madly as the archers slaughter the pegasus knights, killing all of them including Phila. Gangrel demands that Chrom surrender and beg for his life, which he clearly isn’t going to do. So instead Gangrel has the archers train their bows on Emmeryn and threatens to kill her unless Chrom gives up the Fire Emblem3Roll credits. *ding*. Christopher and Chrom then debate what to do before the player has to choose whether or not Chrom should choose to sacrifice Emmeryn.
As a quick aside, there is ZERO chance Chrom would ever sacrifice Emmeryn. It’s just not in his character to do so. Likewise, there would be very little chance Christopher would choose not to sacrifice Emmeryn, as her death would mean retainin the Fire Emblem, preventing apolcalyptic outcomes. Fortunately for the player, Intelligent Systems made it easy for you, as no matter what you choose, the exact same fucking thing happens.
After making our choice, we get a ton of bickering between Gangrel and Chrom before Emmeryn tells everyone to please shut the hell up. Regardless of the choice you make, Chrom will offer up the Fire Emblem to Gangrel, only for Emmeryn to say she knows what she must do. She gives a rousing speech about the importance of peace, then commits suicide by walking off the edge of the cliff she’s standing on. We see Chrom go through a blue screen of death moment, as well as a brief shot of Lissa’s significantly more tear-inducing breakdown.
Christopher is stunned. Chrom is furious. Gangrel is — well, he’s here too. Chrom attempts to attack Gangrel, but is stopped by Basilio, who has managed to get the Shepherds an escape route from this battle. The chapter itself ends here, with Chrom devastated he can’t take his sister’s body away to bury it.
Endof Level Recap
Well. That’s draining. Here’s where we are at this point.
- Vaike – Level 14 Fighter
- Ricken – Level 13 Mage
- Miriel – Level 11 Mage
- Sumia – Level 11 Pegasus Knight
- Panne – Level 11 Taguel
- Chrom – Level 10 Lord
- Gregor – Level 10 Mercenary
- Tharja – Level 10 Dark Mage
- Sully – Level 9 Cavalier
- Nowi – Level 9 Manakete
- Kellam – Level 9 Knight
- Christopher – Level 8 Tactician
- Cordelia – Level 7 Pegasus Knight
- Gaius – Level 6 Thief
- Lon’qu – Level 6 Myrmidon
- Stahl – Level 5 Cavalier
- Frederick – Level 4 Great Knight
- Maribelle – Level 3 Pegasus Knight
- Lissa – Level 2 Pegasus Knight
- Libra – Level 1 War Monk
- Virion – Level 2 Guy Who Should Have Taken the Fall Instead of Emmeryn
- Nowi & Kellam: C to B
- Ricken & Panne: A to S
- Kellam & Christopher: C to B
- Cordelia & Libra: None to C
- None this chapter.
That’s it for this installment of the series. I think I’m going to do a couple paralogue chapter and what not for the next post. We’ll see though.