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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. Greils final command in his team is to put Ike in charge. This outrages some long time members, who choose to abondon 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. It is suggested that instead, they go to Begnion for help in rebuilding her country. They take a boat around the continent to reach it due to impassable mountains.

At the port town in Crimea, they are astonished to find residents going about their business like they aren't at war. They are apathetic to the violence and destruction of their capital, hoping that ignoring the chaos will make for a smoother transition. When one of their allies is revealed as a laguz, the town attacks him. Ike is shocked at their hatred for a peaceful laguz, while acceptance of a foreign (yet human) army that has just murdered their royal family. Because of this, he steps to the aid of the laguz, and they are forced to fight their way to their escape.

Along the way, they are attacked by pirates from the Bird Tribe and are helped off a reef by members of the Dragon Tribe. They discuss how moral it is to simply classify all birds as evil and all dragons as good from their experience. Soren, an advisor and realist, bring up a similar question about classifying all Crimeans as good and all Daeins as evil. Eventually, 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.

will finish as I go on, maybe even shorten.