A Peek Into Fire Emblem: Awakening’s Story

By Laura . January 31, 2013 . 1:00pm


Fire Emblem: Awakening opens with an impressive, although completely incomprehensible scene. Your avatar the Tactician (whose default name is Robin) and Chrom face off against an evil mage.


The battle is simple, but at the end of it, Chrom appears to die, and the next thing you know you’re opening your eyes to a great blue sky and Chrom looking down at you like he’s never seen you before. This is a scene you’ll be familiar with if you played the demo.


Unlike in some previous games, the Tactician in Fire Emblem: Awakening isn’t mute, and he is rather confused about his forgotten past. Despite some of his companion’s misgivings, Chrom has the Tactician come aboard his party after having proven himself in battle, beginning a beautiful camaraderie.


Chrom is the Ylissean prince, but instead of staying cooped in the castle, he leads a small band of warriors called the Shepherds who roam and keep peace within the nation. However, not long after the Tactician joins the party, a magic portal appears in the sky and zombie-like Risen rain down. Chrom’s sister Lissa almost loses her life but is rescued by a mysterious warrior who flies out from the portal as well. 


This warrior claims to be Marth—a name shared by the hero of the war against the dragon Grima from some millennia past. Heroes had, with the help of the Divine Dragon Naga, and locked Grima in a slumber, but the Risen are most likely Grima’s doing, so something is obviously wrong with the seal. Chrom’s family line is said to be descended from Marth, and certain members of the family can wield the sword Falchion (which comes equipped with Chrom from the very start and can never break).


However, before anything more can be found out, Marth disappears, and Chrom has to face more pressing matters of the non-magical sort. As with previous Fire Emblem games, politics and war plays a large part, and gaining the alliance of one and fending off another are high on the agenda for the characters in Awakening.  Particularly of concern is the kingdom of Plegia to the west, whose king is not only demanding the Fire Emblem, but also threatening the life of the ruler of Ylisse, Chrom’s sister, Emmeryn, in doing so.


Marth appears and disappears, always at crucial times, sometimes bearing warnings, and at other times fighting you as an enemy. In a tournament in Ferox, for example, Marth challenges Chrom to put the respective king-to-be they’re championing on the throne. Later, Marth appears to prevent an assassination on the compassionate but strong-willed Emmeryn.


Other kingdoms mentioned in Awakening are Regna Ferox to the North and the Valmese Empire across the sea. Ferox appears to be a unique nation whose leaders are determined through tournaments. Oftentimes, their people are called barbarians because they value strength above all else. 


Meanwhile, Valm is a continent comprised of several smaller nations but have since been united under one emperor, Walhart. The people of Valm worship the Divine Dragons, but that doesn’t change the fact that Walhart is intent on conquering other continents.


Here’s more of our Fire Emblem: Awakening coverage in case you missed it:

Fire Emblem: Awakening’s Funny Romantic Pairings And Support System

Fire Emblem: Awakening Has A First-Person Mode For Battles

Fire Emblem: Awakening Has Dual Audio Voice Tracks

The Things You Can Do On Fire Emblem: Awakening’s World Map

The Benefits Of Getting Married In Fire Emblem: Awakening


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  • Aveyn Knight

    Does the game really say Marth is the legendary hero who vanquished Grima? If so, he must be a really busy dragon-slayer!

    • Rarutos

      That’s what I’d like to know. I was like, wait… When did he do that?

    • Trotmeister

      Since he’s called Naga’s archenemy, it’s probably Medeus they’re talking about. Would be kind of silly to have TWO dragon gods who want to eradicate humanity.

    • Ty Arnold

      Pretty sure Grima is Medeus.

  • MT1210

    The story of most Fire emblem games in a nutshell.

    Good guy from the start turns into a villain
    Start- Fight bandits
    End- Fight dragons

    • Arrei

      Hasn’t held true for most of the games we actually got localized, though.’

      Besides the bandits, anyway. One of these days they’ll see the Lord’s army approaching and go “Oh crap, a ragtag band of misfit warriors led by a fledgling noble! LET’S GET OUTTA HERE!”

      • Exkaiser

        Fledgling noble? Easy pickings, let’s get ’em, boys!


      • Suicunesol

        It’s kinda true if you generalize it a little.

        Idoun, Nergal, Lyon were all upstanding citizens of society until they turned evil. I don’t know about the Black Knight’s motivations (didn’t play that game), but I do know that the Black Knight’s true identity was someone on the hero’s side.

        • Arrei

          Good guy from the start suggests an early ally is a turncoat, though. Nergal isn’t an ally, being evil from the outset of the story, having lost his mind well before the events of the game. Sacred Stones is actually the game where it’s played straight, since Orson betrays you early on. And the Burger King doesn’t appear in his true identity until late in the games and never actually aids the hero in battle as him – though he’ll aid Micaiah in battle in Black Knight form.

          • Suicunesol

            Nergal isn’t technically an ally, but he was Athos’s trusted friend before the game began. In that regard, he was a turncoat.

            Orson? Wow, I completely forgot about him. He wasn’t a major character though, so I don’t think he counts. Evil Lyon was the main villain, and also a turncoat (kind of, even though he was possessed).

          • Arrei

            Yeah, but the difference is you don’t see guys like Nergal and Lyon as a good guy before they become villains, so it doesn’t make much sense to describe them as a “good guy from the start” when there’s a trend of characters like FE4’s Alvis, Orson, or FE12’s resident turncoat who assist the player at the start for a short time before revealing their true alignment.

            After all, any villain with a half interesting origin story usually starts off either good or benign before becoming twisted, so that’s hardly something that distinguishes Fire Emblem.

    • ShootThatWay

      It only proves that a bandit’s life is short-lived when meeting a fledgling noble and his group.
      No love for bandits ever.
      *gives them the mighty Swanchika*

  • Miralizmis

    4… More… Days…

    What’s… there to… do to… pass the… time… ? :T

    • ShawnOtakuSomething


      • Miralizmis

        Well, according to the Serenes Forest Forums, people have been calling Gamestop, and they said that people who pre-ordered the game might be able to get it (all depends if your local Gamestop has it in)tomorrow.
        So, maybe I’ll get it tomorrow (pretty sure Temecula won’t have many people getting Fire Emblem. XD)?

        EDIT: So, I called my local Gamestop, and they said they’ll have it there tomorrow. :D

  • Suicunesol

    Article is a little too spoilerish to me. I guess I had better ignore all incoming articles about the game until my copy arrives, lest I ruin my experience.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Why can’t you release faster here.T_T I also wanted to awakaned my RNG power here.T_T

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