Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
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Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (ファイアーエムブレム聖戦の系譜 Faiā Emuburemu: Seisen no Keifu?, literally Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War) is a classic retro tactical role-playing game.

Hundreds of years prior to the game’s present, the Gran Kingdom was founded, and decades later, it became Gran Republic. The Dark Lord Loptyr conquered the continent. Hundreds of thousands were massacred and sacrificed to the Dark God. However, the gods descended and blessed the Twelve Crusaders, who defeated the Lopt Empire. The Twelve Crusaders subsequently established seven dukedoms in Grannvale and five regional kingdoms.

At the beginning of the game, the Grannvale Empire is at war with the kingdom of Isaach in response to Rivough barbarians besieging Darna Castle. When bandits from the country of Verdane attack the relatively defenseless Empire, Sigurd of Chalphy rides to battle in order to rescue his long-time friend, Adean of Jungby, who the Verdanish abducted. In the course of fighting, he gathers many allies, several of whom are descendants of the Twelve Crusaders. While invading Verdane and after running into Isaachians Ayra and Shanan, he meets a mysterious girl named Deirdre. She is revealed to be of Naga blood, a long-lost member of the Grannvalian royal family and the descendant of the Crusader with the power to defeat Loptyr. Sigurd and Deirdre fall in love and marry, and Seliph is born in Agustria. However, scheming Grannvalian dukes, in a bid for the throne, murder the Grannvalian prince and frame Sigurd for their deaths. The Archbishop Manfroy of the Loptyr Sect, meanwhile, also kidnaps Deirdre and erases her memories in order to revive the dark dragon lord Loptyr by having her and Duke Arvis of Velthomer marry – the two are, unbeknownst to them, siblings, and their union will produce a human vessel capable of hosting the consciousness of Loptyr. (While Arvis conspires with Manfroy on other matters, Manfloy keeps him completely unaware of his designs concerning Arvis and Dierdre.) Sigurd, forced to flee into exile to Silesse, returns to Grannvale some time later and defeats the treasonous dukes; however, he is betrayed by Arvis, who has married Deirdre and is now the Emperor of Grannvale. After Travant ambushes Quan and Ethlyn, Sigurd’s longtime friend and sister respectively, as they lead a relief column of knights from Quan’s home of Leonster, Arvis lures Sigurd’s army into a trap and decimates them.

The second half of the game resumes seventeen years later in Isaach, where Sigurd and Deirdre’s son Seliph has formed a liberation army against the harsh rule of the Grannvalian Empire. Seliph joins up with surviving family members of Sigurd’s army, which includes Ayra’s children Larcei and Ulster, Adean’s Lester and Lana, as well as Raquesis’ Delmud. Emperor Arvis’s daughter, Julia the heir to Naga, also joins Seliph. Seliph and his allies travel around the continent, freeing countries from Grannvalian rule. His first act is to free Isaach from Danan’s regime while Shanan is away. He alongside Leif fought battles leading up to the merger between Manster and Thracia. His final destination is Grannvale, where he must confront the forces of Emperor Arvis, his son Julius, the twelve Deadlords, and the Loptyr Sect.

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