The following article will recap the plot for Fire Emblem: Engage, which contains 27 chapters. Not only will each chapter be recapped, but a list of recruitable characters will be noted. Please be aware that there will be spoilers after this point.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Emblems
The first chapter of Fire Emblem: Engage is the prologue chapter. This chapter takes place in the past where the protagonist faces off against Sombron with the help of Emblem Marth. From this point on, the protagonist will be known as Alear. As this is the prologue, this chapter is mostly a tutorial chapter to familiarize the player to the game. The chapter ends when Sombron is defeated and Alear falls into a deep slumber for a millennium.
Chapter 1: Awake At Last
After being asleep for a millennium, Alear eventually awakens in the Kingdom of Lythos. Their stewards, Clanne and Framme, are the first to see them awake. Vander soon joins as well. Making their way back to the castle, The group is suddenly attacked by the Corrupted, monstrous beasts with supernatural strength. Although the group is initially pushed back, and struggling due to Vander and Alear trying to keep Clanne and Framme safe, Alear eventually recalls a bit of her past, enough to call upon the aid of their Emblem Ring, which summons Emblem Marth. With his help, the group eventually defeats their foes. After the game map, a cutscene is played where more Corrupted appear, but they are defeated by Queen Lumera in her dragon form. After a quick reunion, Lumera takes the group upon her back to return to the castle.
Recruitable Characters: Vander, Clanne, Framme
Chapter 2: Queen Lumera
After returning to the castle, Lumera sets up a small trial for the group of four. In this trial, she summons some extra warriors to fight alongside Lumera herself. In the first phase of the battle, Lumera goes over the basics of “breaking” an enemy. After the first phase is over, Lumera activates her own Emblem Ring to summon Emblem Sigurd. This is another tutorial for the player to get accustomed to fighting enemy Emblems. After the mock battle is complete, Lumera gifts Alear with the Libération, a blade once Alear can wield as the Divine Dragon.
Chapter 3: Hostilities
During the night, a raid is conducted on Lythos castle. The invading Elusian force is there to steal the Emblem Rings stored in the castle. Before Alear and their group arrives in the Ring Chamber, they are stopped by Elusian forces. Before forcing their way through, Prince Alfred of Firene, and his retainers Boucheron and Etie. With more friends, the group is able to push the Elusian forces away and reach the Ring Chamber. As they arrive, they are met with a cloaked individual that attacks Alear with dark magic. Lumera, who was in the Chamber, transforms and pushes Alear aside, sacrificing herself for them. The cloaked figure then escapes with some Rings, however, the Rings of Emblem Marth and Emblem Sigurd are left behind. The cloaked individual also dropped a Draconic Time Crystal, which has the power to rewind time. Even though child and mother were recently reunited, Alear and Lumera must part ways.
Recruitable Characters: Alfred, Boucheron, Etie
Chapter 4: A Land in Bloom
After the attack on Lythos Castle, the group begin moving to Firene to meet with the Queen to retrieve the Emblem Rings that Firene was guarding. Along the way, the group help free a town swarming with Corrupted. There, the Princess Céline, and her retainers Louis and Chloé are backed into a corner. By giving Céline time to meet up with Alear, the pair stay back to hold off a wave of Currupted. In her possession, Céline reveals Emblem Celica’s Ring, which allows Alear the opportunity to borrow Emblem Celica’s strength. With everyone’s help, the town is freed. Right before the end of the battle, Alear is blindsided by a Corrupted. However, she was saved by a mysterious girl named Veyle. Before Alear can introduce their new friend to the group, Veyle disappears.
Recruitable Characters: Céline, Louis, Chloé
Paralogue: Budding Talent
In this side mission, the group helps save a small island town in Firene. After fighting off the Corrupted, a child named Jean joins Alear’s group, hoping to use the war as a way to train and become a better doctor. Though his father is hesitant, he eventually allows Jean to leave the comfort of his town to pursue Jean’s dream of becoming a great doctor.
Chapter 5: Retaking the Castle
As the group arrives to Firene Castle, they find that it is overtaken by Elusian forces led by Nelucce. With the castle under Elusian control, and Queen Ève taken hostage by Nelucce, the group has no choice but to fight through the castle and defeat Nelucce. After a long fight, the Elusians are driven from the Firenese castle and Nelucce escapes. With the battle concluded, Queen Ève reveals that the second Ring kept in the safety of Firene is kept at a shrine closer to the Brodian and Firenese border. With a destination in mind, the group heads off. In a separate cutscene, Nelucce is running away from the castle and meets with a mysterious figure with horns on her head. Revealed to be Zephia, she kills Nelucce for his incompetence.
Chapter 6: The Stolen Ring
As the group gets closer to the border, Alfred and Alear stumble into a curious person with a bright personality. Introducing herself as Yunaka, the group then find a group of bandits in a destroyed town. Using her incredible eyesight, Yunaka spots the ring thief and the group proceeds to rid the town of the bandits. After recovering the ring, Alear calls upon Emblem Micaiah for extra support. With her help, the group quickly dispatches the thieves and bandits. After the dust settles, Yunaka reveals that she was the original ring thief, however, Alear forgives her and welcomes her to the group.
Recruitable Characters: Yunaka.
Paralogue: The Mysterious Merchant
In this paralogue, a young thief named Anna is stealing from a bandit hideout. Eventually she is discovered, and the bandits try to kill her. Luckily, Alear’s group was nearby and they save Anna. After the battle, Anna decides to stay with the group and join them on their adventure.
Chapter 7: Dark Emblem
After crossing the border into Brodia, Alear and Alfred are attacked by an archer. Although the first arrow misses, the archer then warns the pair and commands them to identify themselves. After some tense introductions, the archer then proceeds to kneel in front of the pair in forgiveness for attempting to attack the Divine Dragon and the Prince of Firene. The archer then introduces himself as Alcryst, the second prince of Bordia, with his two retainers Citrine and Lapis. After the misunderstanding is cleared, the group have to cross a bridge to reach the castle. There, they are stopped by Hortensia, the second princess of Elusia and armed with an Emblem Ring, and her two retainers Goldmary and Rosado. After a tense fight, the Elusians retreat and Alear’s group is able to proceed to the castle.
Recruitable Characters: Alcryst, Citrine, Lapis
Chapter 8: The Kingdom of Might
After the group arrives at Brodia castle, Alear is introduced to Morion, the King of Brodia, and Diamant, the Crown Prince. Not long after pleasantries are exchanged, Elusian forces mount an attack on Brodia Castle, this time led by the Crown Princess, Ivy, who also wields an Emblem Ring. This battle is a defend battle, as the player has to prevent the Elusian forces from capturing a specific area on the map. To help in the defense, Brodia’s Ring, Emblem Roy, is summoned to help out. Alear’s forces are then able to repel the invasion, and in her escape, Ivy drops her Emblem Ring, which contained Emblem Leif. With this small invasion stopped, the King finds out that a large army is coming from Elusia, which means war. With that information, Morion heads to the fronts lines, with Diamant and Alear’s group pulling up the rear.
Chapter 9: A Clash of Forces
With war on the horizon, everyone heads to the border between Brodia and Elusia. After a battle cry rings through the battlefield, the two armies clash. Morion charges through the battle to duel Hyacinth, the Elusian King. Although Morion gets the upper hand, Hyacinth then equips an Emblem Ring and calls upon Emblem Lyn. With her aid, Hyacinth strikes down Morion and takes his body. With this victory, the Elusian army begins to pull back, and Hyacinth commands Ivy to stake her life in stalling Alear’s forces. She must sacrifice herself as punishment for losing an Emblem Ring. Ivy is joined by her retainers Zelkov and Kagetsu. Hotheaded and angry, Diamant pushes through the blizzard alongside Alear. During this fight, the group meets up with Jade, a Bordian knight. After defeating Ivy, the group does not kill her, and in exchange, Ivy reveals the location where Hyacinth had taken Morion. With a destination in sight, the group presses on.
Recruitable Characters: Jade
Chapter 10: The Fell Dragon Sombron
Getting lost in a blizzard, the group stumbles into Veyle. Asking for directions, Veyle reveals the location of Destinea Cathedral, the place where Morion was taken. Eventually they reach their destination, but before entering Emblem Marth appears and warns Alear of the danger. He senses that something is not right, but Alear, confident in their abilities enters Destinea Cathedral anyways to confront Hyacinth. Once inside, it is revealed that Morion had already died, and his royal blood was used to revive Sombron, the Fell Dragon. Once his purpose was completed, Morion was brought back as a Corrupted. Although Marth warns Alear to flee, Alcryst and Diamant refuse to leave their father, even though it was too late for him. Ignoring the warning, the group fights Hyacinth, Hortensia, and Corrupted Morion. After a long fight, Corrupted Morion is put down to rest, and the others are defeated. Sombron then reveals himself and devours Hyacinth. With his powers restored, Sombron calls upon his daughter, Veyle, and they also reveal the Four Hounds, Zephia, Griss, Marni, and Mauvier, who are loyal to Veyle and Sombron. During all the distractions, the Draconic Time Crystal is stolen, which allows Veyle to then steal the Emblem Rings from Alear. With the Emblems all filled with Fell energy, the group is then forced to flee after terrible losses.
Chapter 11: Retreat
This chapter happens right after the end of the previous chapter, without giving the player a break. Chased into the forest, the group must escape from Veyle, the Four Hounds, and hordes of Corrupted. As Alear approaches the exit, Ivy appears with her retainers Zelkov and Kagetsu, who stole two Emblem Rings and the Draconic Time Crystal. Alear then calls upon the help of Emblem Lyn and Emblem Lucina. With the faintest glimmer of hope, the group escapes to fight another day.
Recruitable Characters: Ivy, Zelkov, Kagetsu
Chapter 12: The Sentinels
After narrowly escaping Veyle and her allies, the group arrives in a barren desert in the Queendom of Solm. After being stranded in the heat, the group eventually stumbles into Fogado, a Sentinel, who patrols the desert for lost souls. After meeting him, Fogado, along with some other Sentinels, Bunet and Pandreo encounter some Corrupted on the way to the castle. After clearing away the enemies, the group eventually meets with Seforia, the queen of Solm. It is then revealed that Fogado is the prince of Solm. After the shocking revelation, Queen Seforia mentions that Solm’s Ring has been entrusted to her daughter, Princess Timerra, who is out patrolling. With that information, the group heads out to find Timerra.
Recruitable Characters: Fogado, Bunet, Pandreo
Chapter 13: Heroes of the Oasis
During the night, Alear meets Timerra and her two retainers, Merrin and Panette, as they are singing into the night around a fire. During this time, some bandits attack, and its up to the group to defeat them and protect a town. Since Alear has met up with Timerra, Alear is able to call upon Timerra’s Emblem Ring, summoning Emblem Ike for assistance. With their strength combined, the bandits, led by brothers Tetchie and Totchie, were driven from the town.
Recruitable Characters: Timerra, Merrin, Panette
Chapter 14: The Battle for Solm
With the Emblem Ring secured, the group returns to the Solm Palace. However, upon reaching the entrance, Hortensia appears and takes Seforia hostage. At the sight of her sister, Ivy, Hortensia’s resolve shakes, and she’s unable to act upon her threat of killing the queen. After her hesitation, Zephia, along with Marni and Mauvier arrive. With some gentle, psychological nudging, Hortensia falls under Zephia’s spell, and attacks the group. After a long fight on a slippery surface, three of the Four Hounds retreat, and Hortensia is freed from Zephia’s mind control. Hortensia then joins Alear, and relinquishes her Emblem Ring, which contained the power of Emblem Byleth.
Recruitable Characters: Hortensia
Chapter 15: Dancer in the Ruins
In this chapter, the group travels to a fortress that houses the second Ring under Solm’s protection. The locals avoid this place due to the creepy atmosphere and the sounds that come from the area. Inside, a dancer by the name of Seadall dances in the middle of the fortress, drawn by a voice coming from a ring. After finding this ring, Seadall is attacked by Corrupted. Alear and the group then enter the fortress and save Seadall. When Alear reaches the ring, Emblem Corrin’s power is called. With the dancer and the Emblem’s help, Alear and the group are able to help Seadall escape. After fending off the Corrupted, Seadall joins the group.
Recruitable Characters: Seadall
Chapter 16: Seashore Travels
After Hortensia’s betrayal, her retainers, Rosado and Goldmary were held under close watch. Eventually, the pair escape on Rosado’s wyvern, stealing away an Emblem Ring with them. As the Elusian forces were sailing from Elusia to invade Firene, Marni and Mauvier broke off from the formation in order to take the Ring back. The pair escape to a seaside village near the border of Solm and Firene, and meet up with Alear. There, Alear summons Emblem Eirika to help them repel the pursuing Elusian forces. After defeating Marni and Mauvier, the pair retreat to the main group, and Goldmary and Rosado join Alear.
Recruitable Characters: Goldmary, Rosado
Chapter 17: Serenity in Ruin
Setting a trap for Alear and their group, Veyle sets a port town in Firene ablaze, killing all the residents and turning them into Corrupted. This battle becomes one of the biggest that Alear has to face. Besides the hordes of Corrupted, all Four Hounds are present, along with Veyle. Another surprise that Veyle brings is a reanimated Corrupted Hyacinth, who seems closer to the alive Hyacinth compared to the monster that Corrupted Morion was. After a long battle, the Four Hounds and Veyle retreat, and Hyacinth is put to rest. During this time, it was revealed that Veyle carries two personalities within herself. The kind one, who first saved Alear, and the evil one, who is loyal to the Fell Dragon. As the Hounds retreat, the good Veyle takes back control and gives two Emblem Rings back to Alear. Emblem Sigurd and Emblem Leif have returned.
Chapter 18: The Cold Voyage
After the attack on the port, the group begins moving towards Elusia by boat. Along the way, the group is attacked by more Elusian forces, as their boat is surrounded. This attack is led by Abyme, with Lindon being another prominent character. Lindon is the first character that gets recruited in battle that starts as an enemy unit. After Abyme is defeated, the group reach Elusia.
Recruitable Characters: Lindon
(Author notes: During my first playthrough of this game, I didn’t realize that Lindon was recruitable. I killed him and didn’t know that I could’ve recruited him until much later watching other videos on Engage. Don’t be me. Remember to recruit Lindon.)
Chapter 19: The Dead Town
Once the group arrives on the coast of Elusia, the group disembarks and are instantly attacked by Marni and Mauvier. With Corrupted in front of the group, Alear presses onwards. As they press through the town, Alear recruits Saphir to the group, who was one of the Brodian knights who served under Morion. After defeating Marni and Mauvier again, the pair flees and the path to the castle is clear. Also, following the battle, the rings for Emblem Micaiah and Emblem Roy have been recovered.
Recruitable Characters: Saphir
Chapter 20: The Kingless Castle
Upon reaching the castle, the group are confronted by Griss, of the Four Hounds. Here, he fights the group using Emblem Celica’s power under the cover of darkness. Lighting their way through the battle, Alear’s group is eventually able to push through the darkness and defeat Griss. Although Griss escapes, Alear manages to retrieve Emblem Celica’s ring. Before turning away, Griss reveals that Alear is actually Sombron’s child, proven through the way they summon Emblems and the red hair. After the battle, it was found that the Four Hounds had split due to differing opinions. Mauvier and Marni meet up with Alear and the group after to pursue Veyle and Sombron.
Chapter 21: The Return
After the battle in Elusia, the group move to Lythos, the place where Sombron and Veyle are located. However, after revealing that Veyle is now mind controlled using a special crown infused with magic, something breaks in Marni. She tries to break the helmet off Veyle’s head. However, she is unsuccessful, only cracking the helmet slightly. With this betrayal out in the open, Zephia approaches Marni, and stabs her, killing Marni. Enraged, Mauvier joins Alear and the group try to free Veyle from Zephia. Eventually, the group is able to defeat Zephia, Griss, and Veyle, but then Sombron appears. Noticing that Veyle is defective and weak, he launches an attack at her. A parallel to the beginning of the game, Alear sacrifices themselves for Veyle, after recently discovering that they are siblings. Alear dies, but Veyle is saved. Sombron then takes all the Emblem Rings and unleashes their full power to attain his goals. After the Rings are spent, he leaves them, along with Griss and Zephia.
Recruitable Characters: Mauvier
Chapter 22: The Fell and The Divine
This chapter happens immediately after the events of the previous chapter, similar to chapter 10 and 11. With Alear dead, the group is now disheartened. However, as more Corrupted appear, they resolve to fight through and live. During this time, it is revealed that Veyle can create Corrupted, and through willpower, Alear, from limbo, requests that Veyle brings them back as a Corrupted, and using Emblem Marth, who was recently recovered, Alear is ready to complete their next goal. Alear then notices that the Emblem rings are discarded and that they can use them. When reaching groups of these Rings, Alear summons the Emblems from within, but instead of Divine Dragon power, the Rings are filled with Fell energy. Regardless, the group manages to fend off the Corrupted and retrieve all 12 Emblem Rings. However, at this moment, Veyle’s power to revive Alear as a Corrupted began to disappear, which means Alear can no longer move and was succumbing to death. Since all Emblem Rings are now reunited, they reveal one final power that they can bestow. With this gift, the Emblems imbue Alear with the power to now become an Emblem, the thirteenth Emblem.
Recruitable Characters: Veyle
Chapter 23: The Four Hounds
With Sombron’s power restored and at its maximum, Gradlon, the hidden country rises in the center of the sea. There, Alear and the group must destroy three crystals in order to reach Sombron, who is attempting to invade other worlds. Reaching a volcanic area, the group confronts Griss and Zephia for one last showdown. Eventually, the group wins and breaks the first crystal. After their defeat, Zephia gives a hint for the second crystal and gives Alear a magical crystal in order to access the second one. After the group leaves, Griss and Zephia have one final heart-to-heart before they pass into the afterlife.
Chapter 24: Recollections
With Zephia’s hint, the group travels to a lake, where the crystal is found at the very bottom. At first, the group is unsure of how to reach the crystal, but soon, the crystal that Zephia gave activates, and the group travels back in time. Instead of being at the bottom of the lake, the crystal is now sitting on an edge on the mountainside. In order to access this crystal, Alear must fight against their past self, and after defeating them, are able to destroy the second crystal. Once their task was complete, the group returns to the present.
Chapter 25: The Final Guardian
With the protection crystals destroyed, Alear and company reach Gradlon’s castle, ready to storm it and destroy the last crystal. Its final guardian, however, blindsides Alear. With Sombron’s immense strength, Lumera is brought back from the dead as a Corrupted, and Alear is forced to defeat their own mother in order to destroy the last crystal. At first, Alear is hesitant, which gives Veyle the chance to puch them away and lock the door, so that she and Lumera can have a duel. Soon, Veyle realizes that she is not strong enough to defeat Lumera. Alear then enters the room after the locking magic fades, and together, they defeat Lumera. With the corrupted power leaving her body, Lumera is able to share some finals words with Alear before passing on. With all crystals destroyed, Alear can now fight Sombron, and end things once and for all.
Chapter 26: The Last Engage
In a dimension between worlds, Alear confronts Sombron. And with the power of friendship, Alear is able to take down the first phase of the battle. After that, Sombron unleashes his full power and turns into a dragon. He also summons Corrupted with Emblems of the villains from the previous titles in the Fire Emblem franchise. After another long battle, Alear and the group defeat Sombron, and peace is brought back to Elyos. Since the Emblems used most of their power during the last few chapters of the game, their power is now spent, and following the final battle, all of them disappear back to their respective universes. Upon returning from the dimension between worlds, Alear is crowned the ruler of Lythos, and an age of peace begins.
Now, there is a special bad ending that happens if you get a game over during the final battle. After getting a game over, a cutscene plays where Alear is awoken as Veyle’s new Emblem. Some time has passed since the battle, and Alear no longer has control over themselves, since Emblems summoned by Fell Dragon powers do not possess free will. Alear is now subjugated to servitude for all of existence, and everyone they knew was brutally murdered by Sombron.
During the final credits of the game, special name cards appear for each character in the group that displays some stats, as well as reveal what happened after the war. Some of these will change depending on the support level between Alear and a chosen character. Regardless, after the credits roll, peace has now been achieved.