“After speaking with the village magistrate, Eliwood and company set their sights on Laus. The road from Pherae to Laus passes through Santaruz. Eliwood suspects his missing father must have visited Santaruz en route to Ostia. Eliwood arranges a meeting with the local ruling lord to see what he can learn.”
—Opening Narration (Eliwood's Story)
“Hector leaves Ostia. He moves towards Santaruz to meet up with Eliwood as quickly as possible. He encounters a mysterious group whose dark garb hide an even darker secret. Perhaps these same powers have turned their blades on Eliwood...Hector hurries south, praying for his friend's safety.”
—Opening Narration (Hector's Story)
Birds of a Feather is Chapter 12 of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
The chapter opens at Santaruz Castle. Lord Helman and a mysterious figure discuss what to do about Eliwood's request for an audience. The man suggests that Helman tell Eliwood that he knows nothing, but Helman is unsure if he could lie to Eliwood. The man then says that they should chase him away. Helman asks if he means to harm Eliwood, but the figure states that he only plans to not harm, but frighten him so that he abandons his journey.
Meanwhile, the tactician suggests that Eliwood request Lord Helman's assistance, and Marcus and Eliwood agree. But before they can move, Zagan appears and asks for "Alms for a poor villager." Marcus tells him that he looks nothing like an honest man, and that he should move out of the way. Zagan says that someone wants Eliwood dead, and then calls his men to attack. The battle begins. If Dorcas is alive, he'll make a comment to the tactician about their fates seeming to be bound, and asks them to guide his axe before the first Player Phase
On Turn 4, Hector will appear from the northwest corner and ask the guard what's going on. The soldier says that what occurs in Santaruz is no business of a foreign lordling, to which Hector disagrees, saying that the man being attacked is his friend. Before the guard can move, Hector kills him, saying he's in a hurry. Serra, Matthew, and Oswin appear, giving a comment on Hector's random act of violence. Hector ignores them and tells Matthew to take Serra and find someplace to hide while he and Oswin help Eliwood.
After the battle, Hector asks Eliwood why he did not send word that he was searching for his father. Eliwood reminds him that Hector's brother, Uther, was just named Marquess Ostia, and he felt that he would need Hector's support. Hector says that his brother is not so weak, and actually knew what Hector was planning yet still let him go. Eliwood says it would be unwise to refuse his kindness, and thanks Hector for coming. Hector introduces Oswin, who states that Lord Uther had ordered him to keep a close eye on Hector. Hector then introduces Serra and Matthew. He also tells Eliwood that he's heard rumors about assassins from Bern moving around in Lycia, and skilled mercenaries are vanishing everywhere. Eliwood introduces Marcus, who tells Hector that Zagan had said that someone wanted Eliwood dead. Hector tells Eliwood and Marcus about the guard, who seemed to be planning to just let Eliwood die.
Eliwood asks the tactician's opinion on the matter, and agrees that something might have happened to Lord Helman, and that they should hurry to Castle Santaruz. He then introduces the tactician to Hector, who states that Ostia has many strategists, but none as young as the tactician. He expresses concern about this, but Eliwood says that he trusts the tactician. Matthew and Serra then appear to say hi to the tactician, with Matthew revealing that he's worked for Ostia as a spy for some time.
- Zagan (Boss): Fighter L9 w/ Steel Axe
- 2 Soldier L2 w/ Iron Lance
- 2 Soldier L1 w/ Iron Lance
- 2 Brigand L1 w/ Iron Axe
- 2 Mercenary L1 w/ Iron Sword
- 1 Mercenary L2 w/ Iron Sword
- 1 Brigand L3 w/ Iron Axe
- 1 Fighter L1 w/ Iron Axe
- 2 Archer L2 w/ Iron Bow
- 1 Fighter L2 w/ Iron Axe
- Zagan (Boss): Fighter Level 9 w/ Steel Axe
- 2 Brigand L1 w/Iron Axe
- 1 Brigand L3 w/Iron Axe
- 1 Brigand L2 w/Hand Axe
- 3 Pegasus Knight L3 w/Iron Lance
- 1 Pegasus Knight L5 w/Iron Lance
- 2 Archer L2 w/Iron Bow
- 1 Mercenary L1 w/Iron Sword
- Western: Secret Book
- Vulnerary: 300 G