“Rumors say that Ephraim has been defeated and taken prisoner. Now Eirika must find a way to rescue her brother from beneath enemy eyes. Eirika's company rushes towards Castle Renvall, where Ephraim is being held. Surrounded by lakes, Renvall is a natural fortress, all but unassailable. A lone bridge, held by the enemy, is its only entrance. Eirika has only one choice. Eirika decides to confront Grado's soldiers head on...”
Waterside Renvall is Chapter 7 of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
- Knight Crest (dropped by Murray)
- Energy Ring (steal from Mage to the centre)
- Pure Water (Mage to the west)
By this point, the player should be forming a small group of elite units who receive much of the experience in each chapter (Ross, Joshua, and Natasha are all good candidates for these positions). Eirika probably won't be in this group, but she should level up about every chapter to prevent her from falling behind (giving her the Boss to kill may help, her Rapier can take down some bosses rather easily, but it is not worth it unless you plan to go with her when you finish chapter 8)
Since Ballistae have an incredible range and do triple damage to flying units, it may be a good idea to keep Vanessa out of this chapter. Neimi can take control of the Ballista just North of where the group starts, unless she is part of your "elite" group, in which case she should travel with them towards the castle.
The Elite group might change in every chapter, as some units may be tossed in because they have some sort of advantage on this level. In this case, Eirika should be in the group, and so should a high defense character who can sit in range of the Ballistae and force them to run out of ammo.
Gilliam or Franz would be worth training here because Murray drops a Knight Crest, which is needed to promote a level 10 Cavalier or Knight to their respective classes.
If using mounted units (Which Seth and Franz should be the only mounted units at this time), you can use a target unit of high defense, like Gilliam, or quick units that can dodge the attacks, like Colm and Joshua, to draw the Ballista attacks towards that unit, then send your mounted units to take out the Archers using the Ballista or forcing them to run out of uses for the Ballista.
Victims of War
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