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This is a detailed translation of the storyline to the Gamecube exclusive Strategy RPG, known as Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is the 9th game in the Fire Emblem series. The game takes place on the continent of Tellius.

Background History

A Map of the continent from GameSpy, using Japanese country names.

Tellius has two main races: The beorc, also known as humans, who hold much of the power on the continent. Then there are the laguz, who mostly inhabit the southern regions. They are beast-like shapeshifters who retain some animal characteristics in their human forms, such as ears, a tail, or a great mane. They are called "half-breeds" or "sub-humans" in a derogatory fashion by humans. These two races have long been at odds due to their differences. Each race has been the victim of oppression by the other. The beorc see the laguz as uncivilized and barbaric, while the laguz see the beorc as weak and deceitful.

There are several laguz countries. First is the beast tribe, cat and tiger like people, who live in Gallia. Their king is the powerful Caineghis. The bird tribe live on the islands of Phoenicis (Hawks) and Kilvas (Ravens). There are also the white winged Herons, a peaceful species with no fighting ability. They were driven to near extinction when humans ravaged their homelands. The majority of the continent is still beorc territory. First, there is Crimea, where Ike and the mercenaries call their home. Their king has formed an alliance with Caineghis of Gallia, hoping to work towards peace. Then there is the northern country of Daein, ruled by Ashnard, who hates laguz. Finally, there is the theocratic kingdom of Begnion, the largest country, ruled by The Apostle, who is said to be the vessel of the Goddess Ashera. Both Crimea and Daein were once part of Begnion before becoming independent.

Main Story

Ike, a mere new recruit.

A young man named Ike, son of Greil and brother of Mist, is at last allowed to join the mercenary group his father runs. Known as Greil's mercenaries, they are honorable, refusing to sell their swords to anyone who is not good natured. They work in Crimea, the only country they can call home. That is quickly shattered when Daein, a beorc kingdom, launches a surprise attack on Crimea. The capital is quickly taken, and the mercenaries find themselves under attack.

They come across a battle, with many dead Crimean troops, and an unconscious young woman who claims to be Princess Elincia, the secret Princess of Crimea. Her existance was hidden from the public through out her life, in order to avoid a power struggle with her uncles. Only the royal families of other kingdoms and the kingdoms highest guards know her. Titania, a former paladin of Crimea and current mercenary of Greil, confirms her identity. Daein demands that the mercenaries surrender her, which some members of the band believe is the right thing to do. When they realize that Daein intends on killing them anyway, they fight to protect her. It is then decided that they go to Gallia, allies of Elincia's father, for shelter.

The mercenary group fights their way through south to Gallia, where they come across some close calls. Before they can reach the capital, Greil is killed by a fierce general of the Daein army, known only as The Black Knight. Ike watches the battle from afar and learns that his father was once a General of Daein, and teacher of The Black Knight. Greil's final command to his team is to put Ike in charge. This outrages some long time members, who choose to abandon the group. Eventually, they are saved by Laguz, and are escorted to the capital.

In their capital, they acquire new laguz allies, as well as information. King Caineghis informs them that Gallia cannot help Princess Elincia take back Crimea despite their alliance. His people would never stand for it, and would never fight for the sake of humans who look down on them. The friendship between Crimea & Gallia, it turns out, is between the royal families. The citizens of either country still harbor prejudice against each other. It is suggested that instead, they go to the beorc country of Begnion for help in rebuilding her country. They take a boat around the continent to reach it due to impassable mountains.

With the help of Nasir, a laguz living as a beorc, they are able to secure a boat out of the country despite the Daein army hunting for Princess Elincia at every corner of the country. By now, news has reached them that the capital has been taken, and the king and his uncles were lost in battle.

Along the way to Begnion, they are attacked by members of the Raven tribe, as well as Daein ships. The Ravens of Kilvas are only working with the Daein soldiers to look after the best interest of their nation. They are also being paid for their service. King Kilvas, Naesala, feels animosity towards all parties in the conflict: Daeins and Crimeans alike. After fighting them off, they reach Begnion, where Elincia is welcomed by The Apostle. Elincia's identity was confirmed by their Prime Minister, Sephiran, who was saved by Ike and company in Crimea.

The Apostle sends Ike & company on various, seemingly unrelated missions in Begnion while Elincia socializes amongst Begnion's aristocrats in order to gain support & allies to take back Crimea. Ike realizes that the missions that he & his mercenary group are being sent on are actually connected - they reveal the dark, underground laguz slave trade. Although slavery was made illegal, it is still practiced in secret in the upper houses of Begnion society. The Apostle has been sending Ike on these missions, hoping that he will figure it out, so that he can take action to expose & prove what is happening, when she cannot. One of the most prominent slave traders is a Duke & member of the Begnion senate. As Apostle, she cannot easily accuse a fellow politician without repurcussions.

This Duke ends up negotiating with Naesala, the Raven King, to obtain the rarest, most fragile and most beautiful of all laguz: The Heron. Herons were once plentiful in a forest called Serenes, until a human riot killed nearly all of them. This riot was caused by anger when an Apostle was assassinated, and a false rumor was spread that it was the doing of the Herons. Naesala tricks his own frind and last of the Heron princes, Reyson, into being captured by the Duke. Reyson distrusts all humans for what they did to his people.