“Upon liberating the peninsula's northern half, the liberation army stationed themselves at Mease Castle uncertain of their next course of action. Beyond Mease Castle and the towering mountain ranges lay Thracia, home of the Dragon Knights. Aligning with Emperor Arvis, King Travant governed this remote region representing the sole ally of the Grannvale Empire. King Travant stationed both his children, Prince Arion and Princess Altena, at the capital, while the distinguished General Hannibal, dubbed 'The Shield of Thracia', was posted at Kapathogia Castle. Occupying Luthecia Castle was the king's trusted confidant General Disler, and, dispatched from the empire, the Dark Bishop Judah held Grutia Castle. King Travant was prepared for a full-scale confrontation with the liberation army. Even the citizens of Thracia feared Seliph's army to be an invading force and began taking up arms. Is there any justice to be found in this battle? And for whom are we fighting for? These very issues now confronted Seliph and his liberation army for the first time.”
For Whose Sake is Chapter 9 of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
|Leif||Altena||Altena leaves||Finn was alive at the beginning of the chapter|
|Seliph||Altena||Recruit Altena||Travant is dead|
|Coirpre/Charlot||Hannibal||Recruit Hannibal||Coirpre/Charlot recruited|
|Charlot||Hannibal||Berserk (staff)|Berserk for Charlot||Grutia seized, Charlot Waits next to Hannibal|
|Finn/Hannibal||Altena||Max HP+3||Grutia seized|
|Hawk||-||Mag+3, Res+3||Hawk enters Luthecia|
|Hermina/Jeanne||-||Def+3||Visit one of the northwest villages, where they will speak with a fake Shanan|
There are a couple things you must know at turn one. If you do not have Finn, you will not be able to recruit Altena.
Send Hermina to the village cluster and secure the +3 defense bonus immediately, then flee, as the mercenaries there are too strong for a pegasus knight.
The first attack you will experience is Altena's squadron of dragon knights. The squad is equipped with Javelins, so just have Oifey or Ced/Hawk stand on the hills south of the home base to intercept them. Allow Altena to get close enough so that Leif can speak to her. She will fly back to the castle, whereupon Hannibal's squad will move towards your base and Travant's squad of dragon knights will appear and start flying towards your base simultaneously. Intercept Travant's squad just as Altena's was (keep healers on hand). Use strong magic or Febail to take out Travant. Once he dies, Altena will start flying back to your base. Speak to her with Seliph to recruit her. Right after, send her straight to the village cluster and annihilate the mercenaries/thief with the Gáe Bolg and get tons of gold.
At the same time, do NOT kill Hannibal, as he is a great recruitable character. If you kill most of his squad, he will attempt to retreat to his castle to create another one. His squad is not to be laughed at, so use some strong characters with cutters to take them out. Once most of his squad is dead, move a paladin to his castle, kill the keeper, and stand in front of the entrance. This way he will simply stand next to your character, not attacking, but also not being able to make it to the entrance. Send Seliph and a strong unit or two and capture the next castle down the path. There are no other units, so this should not be difficult. Capturing this castle will recruit Coirpre/Charlot, who can then recruit Hannibal. It takes some effort to do this, but is definitely worth a very strong general.
Once you move some way past Luthecia, down the path, a squad of knights will arrive in the top left corner of the map led by Musar. Use a unit or two and a hill defense bonus to take them out of they come. Musar drops a Tornado spell, and as such it is recommended to kill him with someone who can wield it. Note that the two paladins are weaponless; surround them and hit them, but do not kill them if you wish to grind experience. They will heal every turn. Do so until every unit is at a good spot in terms of levels. After this, your goal will be to take Grutia. Use Ares and Oifey to charge in and take out the numerous ballistae. Do NOT try to send Altenna in, as she will easily die. Kill the castle boss first, as his Fenrir poses far more of a threat to your paladins than the ballistae. Use Coirpre's and Lana's Physic staves to keep them alive if needed. Once Grutia is captured, the real challenge begins.
Upon Grutia's capture, Prince Arion will commit all his reserve forces for a last "three-headed dragon" attack. FOUR squads of dragon knights will appear. One will fly towards your home base, another will fly towards Hannibal's castle, another will fly towards Luthecia, and the last, headed by Arion himself, will remain to defend Thracia. Using Lana's Warp staff to send a unit or two to defend each castle is recommended. Guard each castle equipped with a Javelin, as all the squads use javelins. Your strong characters should have no problem fending off and eventually killing these three squads when in guard-mode. Run your warped units back to your main force and begin your final push to Thracia.
Use caution when engaging Arion's squad, as you definitely do not want any of your units getting hit by the Gungnir. Use some strong ranged combat to take out Arion. Also, lure the main force of dragon knights with a strong unit that can weaken/kill them. This squad is only equipped with Slim Lances. After this, capture Thracia to claim victory.
- The chapter shares its name with an enemy phase theme from Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and is similar to that of Zephiel's battle theme from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
- This chapter and the final chapter are the only chapters in Genealogy of the Holy War where its possible to have all character slots in the Home Castle occupied.