|Gender category:||yuri / het (player determinate)|
|Fandom:||Fire Emblem: Three Houses|
|Canonical?:||Yes (player determinate)|
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Edelgard is the leader of the Black Eagle house, one of three which the player character Byleth can choose to teach in the beginning of the game. Though Edelgard initially seems to be evaluating Byleth's performance, she quickly comes to like and trust them.
If the player chooses the Black Eagles, however, they must build up their support level with her to at least a C+ rank in order to unlock a certain event near the end of Part 1. They can choose whether or not to attend Edelgard's coronation as Emperor of Adrestia; after this, they can choose to side with her against the Church of Seiros and embark on the Crimson Flower path. If this option is chosen, Edelgard will be extremely grateful to Byleth, though she will also express her unfounded fears that Byleth might have sided with the Church instead.
Should the player side with the Church or pick a different class, Edelgard will become their enemy and lament how she wished she could have walked the same path as Byleth. In turn, Byleth will show regret for her ultimate fate.
While Edelgard can have a romantic S-support with either a male or female Byleth, the ship is far more popular when paired with female Byleth. When paired with female Byleth, Edeleth is the most popular femslash ship in the Three Houses fandom, and Fire Emblem as a whole, however this is also due to femslash pairings having never been quite as popular as het or slash within the FE fandom until more recent game releases.
As Edelgard is one of the main Lords and has an S-support with Byleth they have a lot of dialogue together. After the final battle with The Immaculate One, Byleth regains their heartbeat and their hair returns to its original blue. Fans of the pair often interoperate this as Byleth regaining their humanity and draw parallels to Edelgard needing Byleth with her in Crimson Flower to prevent her from taking more desperate measures, as seen in other routes.
Due to her dying wish to have walked alongside Byleth in the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes and her reluctance to attack Byleth as the final boss in Azure Moon, players surmise that Edelgard may have had feelings for Byleth all along.
Tropes and Fanon
- Adopting cats
Fannish Links and Archives
- Edelgard/Byleth tag on AO3
- Edelgard/Byleth stories on fanfiction.net
- Edeleth Tumblr tag
- Edelgard x Byleth Tumblr tag