|Dragon Knights of Thracia|
“The Thracia Peninsula has two very distinct faces. The northern half is an enormous fertile savannah home to several small kingdoms. The south however is a barren wasteland lined with towering mountains, and home to the Thracia Kingdom and their infamous Dragon Knights. With reckless valour Thracia made repeated attempts to conquer the northern fertile land. However, each attempt met with opposition by Leonster's Royal House and ended in defeat. After the massacre of Leonster's army in the Yied Desert, Thracia's perseverance finally seemed to have paid off. However, a military force headed by Bloom of Freege quickly moved in and subdued the area. Thereafter the empire appointed the region as the Northern Kingdom of Thracia under King Bloom. During the ten-odd years that followed, not even the brazen King Travant dared challenge the empire's military power. And thus a precarious balance persisted. But the fall of the capitol in Alster to the liberation army presented a new twist to the delicate balance of power in the region. Seliph's liberation army now controlled both Alster and Leonster Castle. After safely escaping to Conote Castle, King Bloom began to amass a military force. Meanwhile Princess Ishtar, better known as the goddess of thunder, fortified Manster Castle's defense in case of a Thracian attack. And just over the border at Mease, King Travant and his commanding officer General Maikov maintained an ominous silence. The people had only one wish, and that was for Leonster's Royal House to return to power. And thus another battle commenced.”
Dragon Knights of Thracia is Chapter 8 of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
|Julia||Seliph||Luck+1||Before Ishtar appears (Turn 5)|
|Arthur/Amid||Fee/Femina||Max HP+3, 100 love points||-|
|Patty/Daisy||Faval/Asaello||Recruit Faval/Asaello||Faval/Asaello appears|
|Seliph||Teeny/Linda||Max HP+3, 100 love points||Conote seized|
|Nanna||Ares||Str+2, Def+2 for Nanna||Conote seized|
|Seliph||Ced/Hawk||Recruit Ced/Hawk||Conote seized|
|Ced||Seliph||Luck+3 for Ced||Ced recruited, Lewyn is Ced's father|
|Fee||-||-||Wait on a certain spot on the peaks southeast from Alster|
|Linda||-||Res+3||Wait on a certain spot along the river in the center of the map|
|Amid||-||Res+3||Wait on a certain (different) spot along the same river|
|Asaello||-||Str+3||Visit village next to Conote|
|Seliph||Mana||Luck+5||Neither has a lover, no characters have died in the Second Generation, Seliph Waits next to Mana|
This chapter is one of the easier ones in the game, especially compared to the next one.
For the first few turns, the worst thing to do is hunker down and wait for the enemy to attack. You should press north toward the trees as quickly as possible so you have defensible ground. You should also follow Lewyn's advice from the cutscene and send a mobile unit such as Oifey, Fee /Femina, or someone with a Leg Ring north to help Leonster Castle out, as the Vampa/Fetra/Eliu trio will attack there quickly and even if Finn is a good level, he should probably not fight them alone as Leif and Nanna are too underleveled to help him out. Keep in mind that Vampa, Fetra and Eliu can perform a Triangle Attack; you want to take at least one of them out as quickly as possible (preferably Vampa, due to her Leadership Stars) so they cannot do that. The other two will fall fairly quickly after this.
While Ovo's and Muhammad's armies might seem large and intimidating, that is all they are: the units are easily picked apart due to their relatively low stats. There are plenty of Forest tiles around Muhammad that you should utilize, and sticking to the correct side of the weapon triangle will end Ovo quickly.
The reason waiting is a bad idea is because Faval appears as an enemy on Turn 3, and Ishtar appears with the Mjölnir on Turn 5, and they waste no time rushing over to attack you. Once Ovo and Muhammad are taken care of (which shouldn't take long), hurry Patty over to recruit Faval (you can't bait him, since probably none of your units can take a hit from the Yewfelle, but Patty has more Move than Faval so she should be able to close the gap without taking any damage). Once Faval has joined your ranks, turn him around to face Ishtar. He is able to take her out in one hit with the Yewfelle, and his accuracy is great, so he is by far the best choice to take her on. (Note that Asaello can do no such thing.) Julius will then teleport her away, leaving you free to continue.
From here on out, the chapter is a cakewalk. Attacking Conote is your next hurdle, but since Bloom doesn't have the Mjölnir anymore, he is a much easier boss than he was in the last chapter. However, beware of his Bolting tome, and Thoron is nothing to scoff at either; still, a holy weapon-user will take him out quickly, or if you want to level-grind your units he is useful for hit-and-heal strategies, as he doesn't hit very hard but he can take a lot of punishment.
Next up are the titular Dragon Knights of Thracia. They prefer to hit-and-run, but the dragons are not very durable, especially once you recruit Ced from Manster Castle; whether he just has a Lightning tome or Forseti itself, Ced tears right through the resistance-lacking dragons. Rescue the children around here for some free level-ups for any underleveled units. Ignore Altena, since she will not move and neither can you come close enough to talk to her, and seize Mease, ending the chapter.