Fire Emblem story information
This event occurred in the year 625 of the Begnion calendar, twenty
years before the beginning of Path
of Radiance. It resulted in the
heron tribe being practically wiped out and the Serenes Forest ruined.
chain of events leading to the Serenes Massacre started with the
assassination of Apostle Misaha, the ruler of Begnion. Rumours emerged
that the ones who plotted her death were the herons of Serenes. Nights
later, the enraged citizens of Begnion gathered at Serenes Forest and
ravaged the forest and its inhabitants. After just three nights, the
Kingdom of Serenes was no more. The only known survivors of the
genocide were King Loraziah, who fell into a deep coma, and his son,
Afterwards, the Hawk tribe declared an oath of vengeance
and started attacking Begnion ships. The citizens of Begnion came to
deeply regret their actions. Most people knew that the heron tribe
lived a life of peace and weren't capable of exhibiting violence.
However, after losing their beloved ruler, the citizens were blinded by
grief and rage, which they took out on the herons.
In Path of Radiance
Twenty years after the massacre, the Greil's mercenaries, working for
Begnion's Empress Sanaki, attempt to expose Laguz slavery within
Begnion's upper echelon. At the Dukedom of Tanas, they manage to free
Reyson, who was sold out by his close friend. It is then that they
first discover the existence of the Serenes Massacre.
afterwards, the Greil's mercenaries enter the dark and lifeless Serenes
Forest to chase after Duke Tanas. Halfway through the forest, they
discover Leanne, a previously unknown survivor and Reyson's younger
sister. After Duke Tanas is defeated, Reyson and Leanne reunite. Leanne
explains that her sisters put her to sleep with their galldr and that
she had slept for 20 years.
Once the fighting has calmed down,
Sanaki appears to meet the heron siblings. She acts as a representative
of the citizens of Begnion and apologises for their past actions.
Leanne accepts the apology. Reyson refuses at first, but, after Leanne
states that she doesn't want him to be lost to hatred, he accepts the
apology as well. Finally, Reyson and Leanne perform a ceremony in front
of the forest altar. They sing the galldr of rebirth together and
restore life to the forest.
Later on in the campaign, it is
discovered that another heron survived the massacre- Reyson and
Leanne's elder sister, Lillia. However she, along with Lehran's
Medallion, was taken by Daein's King Ashnard on the night of the
Serenes Massacre and, afterwards, she died in captivity. From this, it
seems that Ashnard was the one who plotted the Serenes Massacre.
In Radiant Dawn
The Serenes Massacre was the main reason the Laguz declared war on the
Begnion Empire. During the liberation of Daein, Micaiah meets with
Rafiel- the eldest of the Serenes royal children. He explains that he
was abducted by hunters before the massacre, and thus survived. After
Daein is retored, Rafiel leaves for Gallia, to reunite with his
siblings. There, he explains the truth behind the Serenes Massacre-
that it was caused by the Begnion senate.
Whilst loved by her
citizens, Apostle Misaha was seen as an obstruction by the imperial
senate. Her declaration of the Laguz Emancipation Act opposed their
ideals of beorc being superior to laguz. Her fate was finally sealed
when she planned to reveal her identity as a Branded- the greatest
secret of the imperial family. Because the revelation would cause
disaster for their teachings, the senate, headed by Lekain, decided it
was necessary to remove her.
For a long time, the herons of
Serenes had denied the Apostle's position as the voice of the Goddess.
This was a result of the First Continental War, which ended more than
100 years ago, when Begnion used the Goddess's name to invade Tellius.
The senate decided to kill two birds with one stone, by using the
herons as a scapegoat for Misaha's assassination, therefore removing
two of their major obstacles.
Lehran, ally of the Three Heroes,
was also involved in the massacre. After disappearing from history, he
reappeared many hundreds of years later to speak to Apostle Misaha and
find a way to resolve the troubles between beorc and laguz. It was this
meeting that prompted Misaha's radical actions before her death. After
Misaha was assassinated, Lehran witnessed the Serenes Massacre,
helpless to prevent it. It was then that he made the decision to plot
After the war, Sanaki returns ownership of
Serenes Forest to the heron tribe. Following this, the three bird
tribes decide to live together there and a new Kingdom of Serenes is
established, ruled by Tibarn. At the forest, Rafiel, Reyson and Leanne
perform a ceremony together and successfully awaken their father, King
Loraziah. Loraziah also convinces Lehran to live together with the
other herons. With this, the Serenes Massacre is finally resolved.