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Hoshido (白夜王国, lit. White Night Kingdom) is a nation in the eastern half of the continent in Fire Emblem Fates.

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The Kingdom of Hoshido (highlighted area also encompasses the kingdoms of Izumo, Mokushu, and Notre Sagesse to the south)

The Kingdom of Hoshido was founded by humans loyal to the Dawn Dragon, who granted them land and its blood so they could harness the Dragon's Vein. The Hoshidan capital encircles Castle Shirasagi, home of the royal family. Hoshido is located east of Nohr and the Bottomless Canyon, and north of Izumo and Mokushu. At least two tribes, the Wind Tribe and the Kitsune, make their homes within Hoshidan territory. Pegasi and Kinshi can only be found in Hoshido.

In contrast to the barren, blighted lands of Nohr, Hoshido benefits from fair, sunny weather, resulting in plentiful food supplies, to the point where there is more than enough to feed the the combined populations of both Hoshido and Nohr. This bounty means almost no one in Hoshido wants for anything, and crime is rare. The Hoshidan monarchs rule fairly and justly, and are loved by their people.

The line of succession seems to favor the men of the royal family, regardless of who is older sibling or not. In case of death or defection of the all male members, the crown goes to the oldest sister, and if either sibling is too young to rule, the queen-mother succeeds the king as the ruling monarch.

HistoryEdit

Relations between Hoshido and its rival Nohr were long fraught with tension, as Nohr envied Hoshido's bountiful lands. Mikoto arrived at Hoshido after escaping Valla with her newborn child, the Avatar. Mikoto met the king of Hoshido, Sumeragi, while she was secretly traveling to Hoshido before Valla's destruction, and soon after Ikona's death, married him. Sumeragi had four children from his first wife; Ryoma, Hinoka, Takumi, and Sakura. During a trip to Cheve with his first son and step-child, Sumeragi was killed by Nohrian soldiers and the Avatar was kidnapped. Without a king, Mikoto became the new Queen of Hoshido. Some time after, Hoshido kidnapped the adopted princess of Nohr, Azura, in order to trade her back for the Avatar. With Nohr unwilling to agree to the trade, Azura was then set to live in Hoshido, and the people were ordered to treat her like a Hoshidan princess by Mikoto, though most were still skeptical of her.

Over the following years, Nohr and Hoshido frequently skirmished, with all-out war prevented only by a magical barrier crafted by Queen Mikoto; the barrier caused any Nohrian soldiers who crossed it to lose their will to fight. To counter this, Nohr's mages created the Faceless, constructs of flesh who lacked souls and free will, allowing them to retain their aggression beyond the barrier and attack Hoshido. However, the Faceless lacked the intelligence and coordination of a human army, limiting the damage they could inflict. Unfortunately, the barrier began to wane over time, allowing them to get further and further into the capital.[1] Once Mikoto died, the barrier was finally destroyed, letting war between Hoshido and Nohr break out.

BirthrightEdit

When war breaks out between Nohr and Hoshido, Nohrian forces quickly attempt to get a firm grip on several nations, but their attempts are repelled by the Hoshidan Army. The Avatar decides to capture Garon so they can negotiate for an end to the war, though this plan quickly fails as Zola, the Nohrian mage they had spared, betrayed them to Garon.

During the war, Nohr and Mokushu make a combined attack on the border, putting pressure on their defense. With no other choice, they decide to kill Garon after all the suffering he has brought to the people. The Avatar and the Hoshidan Army manage to infiltrate into Nohr by rushing one of the border forts, and attempt to make their way to the capital of Windmire.

Inside Castle Krakenburg, the Avatar encounters Elise, who joins them, as she does not like war. They also encounter Hans and Iago along the way, and manages to slay them both. When they encounter Xander, he demands a fair one-on-one duel with the Avatar, who honors his request. In the ensuing duel, as Xander is about to kill the Avatar, Elise sacrifices herself, to everyone's shock. The Avatar later defeats Xander in their duel, though he dies of his wounds shortly afterwards.

The Avatar later confronts Garon and kills him in the ensuing battle. With Garon's death, the war is finally over.

In the aftermath, peace is made with Nohr, with Ryoma assuming the throne and a statue erected in Mikoto's honor.

ConquestEdit

The Nohrian Army goes on a long crusade through Hoshido, causing countless deaths of the Hoshidan army and civilians alike. Along the way, the Nohrian army first attack Fort Jinya, where they faces off against Yukimura and Sakura, but they are defeated and captured. Then they fight against Takumi at the Great Wall of Suzanoh but is defeated and mysteriously flings himself off the wall to his supposed death. The Nohrian Army eventually reaches Castle Shirasagi, where they fight and defeat Hinoka and she is forced into hiding per the Avatar's request, and Ryoma engages in a duel with the Avatar where he is defeated. King Garon appears and orders them to kill Ryoma. Knowing that the Avatar's good will remained and that his sisters were saved, plus knowing that falling into enemy hands is no option, Ryoma chooses to commit suicide (in a way very similar to the traditional ritual suicide known as seppuku) to prevent the Avatar from having to make a choice.

With no other defense left, King Garon arrives at the Shirasagi Throne Room, completing his goal. However, Iago attempts to kill the Avatar for letting Hinoka go, but this proves to be his biggest mistake as the Nohrian siblings turn against him and manages to kill Hans and the Nohrian army, and Leo executes Iago, ending their tyanny. The Avatar, much to the sibiling's incredulity and disbelief, reveals that the war is not yet over, as Garon has to be slain. The Avatar leads the siblings into the throne room, where the throne reveals his true form of a slime monster and the Nohrian army proceed to kill Garon.

Shortly after Garon is killed, the Nohrian siblings have barely any time to process their grief and shock before they are caught off guard by a sudden attack launched by a possessed Takumi. As the Avatar walks towards Takumi with the intent of letting him kill them, they are struck when their Shadow Yato fails to deflect an attack launched by a single arrow shot with Skadi, causing them to slip into a state of unconsciousness.

As Xander and the rest of his siblings struggle to fight against the possessed Takumi, the Avatar regains consciousness and manages to sever the connection that an unknown entity had over Takumi, bringing his body to peace and finally ending the war.

With the country in ruins and both crown princes dead, Hinoka, as the eldest surviving princess assumes the throne as the new Queen of Hoshido. With the deaths of Garon, Iago, Hans and the Nohrian army, Xander is crowned king of Nohr, and relinquishes hold of Hoshido so the two nations can rebuild in a time of peace. While Hinoka is more or less content with the deal and holds no personal animosity against the Nohrian royals, she warns them that it will take a long time to mend all the wounds left by the invasion.

RevelationEdit

During the war, both armies make a truce and enter Valla, with a treaty being made after by Ryoma and Xander. Both armies then fight Vallite forces and their leader, so they won't interfere any longer with their issues.

At the end of the game not only the Avatar is crowned as the King or Queen of Valla, but Ryoma is crowned as the King of Hoshido. If the Avatar is female, she can potentially marry him and unite their kingdoms.

Notable locationsEdit

Family TreeEdit

Known people from HoshidoEdit

RoyaltyEdit

  • Sumeragi - The late king of Hoshido.
  • Ikona - King Sumeragi's first wife, late queen of Hoshido and mother of the Hoshidan siblings.
  • Mikoto - The queen of Hoshido, the Avatar's mother and second wife of King Sumeragi.
  • Ryoma - The eldest prince of Hoshido. An honorable and talented Swordmaster who wields the legendary katana Raijinto. Becomes king after the events of Birthright and Revelation.
  • Hinoka - The eldest princess of Hoshido. A protective and reckless Sky Knight. Becomes queen after the events of Conquest.
  • Avatar - Prince/Princess of Hoshido and the third eldest child of the royal family. A sheltered royal kidnapped from Hoshido at a young age.
  • Azura - Princess of Nohr and Garon's stepdaughter, kidnapped and raised by Hoshido.
  • Takumi - The youngest prince of Hoshido. A moody Archer who seeks recognition and wields the legendary bow Fujin Yumi.
  • Sakura - The youngest princess of Hoshido. A polite and shy Shrine Maiden.

RetainersEdit

  • Saizo - Ryoma's retainer, and the fifth Ninja to bear the Saizo name. Kaze's hotheaded twin brother.
  • Kagero - Ryoma's retainer, a loyal and collected Ninja with a fondness for painting.
  • Azama - Hinoka's retainer, a sardonic and philosophical Monk.
  • Setsuna - Hinoka's retainer, an absentminded Archer who is prone to falling into traps.
  • Hinata - Takumi's retainer, a coarse and passionate yet friendly Samurai.
  • Oboro - Takumi's retainer, a fashion-loving and Nohr-hating Spear Fighter.
  • Hana - Sakura's retainer and best friend, a tomboyish Samurai devoted to training.
  • Subaki - Sakura's retainer, a perfectionistic Sky Knight.
  • Kaze - Saizo's brother and the Avatar's eventual retainer, a calm and kind Ninja.
  • Orochi - Mikoto's retainer, a mischevious and playful Diviner.
  • Reina - Mikoto's retainer, a Kinshi Knight gentle off the battlefield yet bloodthirsty in battle.

Other HoshidansEdit

  • Mozu - A Villager from the country, meek but eager to improve.
  • Yukimura - Hoshido's tactician working for Mikoto, an intellectual Mechanist.
  • Shura - Former inhabitant of Kohga, currently an Adventurer living in Nohr.
  • Rinkah - Heiress of the Flame Tribe, a proud and solitary Oni Savage.
  • Fuga - Chieftain of the Wind Tribe and friend of Sumeragi.
  • Hayato - Fuga's adopted son, a Diviner of the Wind Tribe who desires to be seen as an adult.
  • Kaden - A narcissistic leader of the Kitsune who enjoys helping others.
  • Izana - Archduke of the Kingdom of Izumo with a playful personality despite his divine-like appearance.
  • Kumagera - A soft-hearted assassin sent to kill King Garon.
  • Haitaka - Proud general who occupied Fort Dragonfall.
  • Kotaro - The ambitious and underhanded Daimyo of Mokushu.
  • Emma - An inexperienced yet cheerful Sky Knight who debuted in Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).
  • Yuzu - A shy young Samurai who debuted in Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).

EtymologyEdit

Byakuya literally means white night in Japanese.

Hoshido is possibly a combination of Hoshi meaning star or Shiro meaning white in Japanese and bushido, the samurai code of chivalry, to match the Japan theme of the country.

TriviaEdit

  • Hoshido is based on feudal Japan, most primarily the Sengoku and Edo Periods, evident in its aesthetic and cultural style. There are also trace elements of Hoshido deriving from China, as the Great Wall of Suzanoh shares its name with the real-life Great Wall of China, while the design of Fort Jinya is inspired by the Temple of Heaven in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
  • In-game, cherry blossoms represent Hoshido.
  • Hoshido is the smaller nation between itself and Nohr.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fire Emblem Fates Drama CD

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