Embrace the Dark (闇へと進みゆく Yami e to susumiyuku, The Descent to Darkness in the Japanese version) is Chapter 6 of Fire Emblem Fates in the Conquest Version. The Birthright-equivalent chapter is In the White Light with the Revelation-equivalent chapter being Into The Ground. This chapter takes place in the Plains of Hoshido.
The script for this chapter can be found here.
Although knowing their true nature about their birth family and not wanting to betray their adoptive family, the Avatar decides to fight with the Nohrian army. Ryoma is shocked in the Avatar's decision. Despite Ryoma's pleas to have them reevaluate the situation based on the tragedy that had just occurred to their mother and the innocent Hoshidan people, the Avatar remains steadfast in their decision as they have unanswered questions that they need to confront King Garon directly.
Ryoma, furious that the Avatar has been "brainwashed" into siding with Nohr, attacks the Avatar, accusing them for betraying their family and using the Yato against them and forces them to fight. However, Xander steps in the way to protect them. The Hoshidan army is eventually defeated by the Avatar and their siblings, and they are thereafter forced to make their retreat. Azura leaves to join Hoshido. With the war now unavoidable, the Avatar begins their journey to defend their homeland they grew up in.
|The following part of this article contains strategy; therefore, it is subjective, and may not work for everyone.|
The objective is to defeat four enemies, even though there are 5 on the map. Jakob/Felicia (each one depending on the Avatar's gender) will rejoin at the start of the battle. There is a slight change depending on difficulty, but it is typically negligible.
The five enemies on the map are simply Ryoma, Hinoka, Takumi, Sakura and Yukimura. Ryoma is the hardest of the five, due his high speed ensuring most attacks will miss him. Xander is closest to Ryoma. You can either fight him, or move Xander away.
Hinoka and Takumi are in Guard Stance, though they are still relatively easy to defeat. While you fight those two, you can have Xander move for Yukimura and Sakura, as Ryoma is typically not worth fighting regardless of the difficulty you play in.
Ensure that only your Avatar and Jakob/Felicia finish off the enemies, as the Nohrian siblings will not get any experience upon defeating the enemy.
Should Camilla, Leo, Xander, or Elise be defeated in this chapter, they are not permanently defeated, and can still be recruited in later chapters. However, if either the Avatar or Jakob/Felicia fall, then it's a game over for the former and permanent removal from the game for the latter.
Rinkah and Sakura permanently leave the party at the beginning of this chapter, while Kaze leaves until the end of Chapter 11. Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise temporarily join in this chapter, but they gain no exp. Felicia/Jakob rejoins in this chapter. Azura temporarily leaves the party after the chapter is over, and returns in Chapter 9.
- The name of this chapter, like many in Fates, is a reference to Lost in Thoughts All Alone. Both "闇へと進みゆく" and "Embrace the Dark" are taken from beginning of the Conquest version of the song, specifically from the line "Embrace the dark you call a home" in the English Conquest version of the song.