Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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Name: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Abbreviation(s): FE9
Creator: Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
Date(s): 2005
Medium: video games
Country of Origin: Japan, United States
External Links: Official Site, Official Japanese Site
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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is the 9th installment overall in the Fire Emblem series.

Story overview

The story takes place in the continent Tellius, inhabited by the humanoid Beorc and the shapeshifting Laguz. The game begins when the Beorc nation of Daein invades fellow Beorc nation Crimea. The mercenary Ike journeys to restore Crimea's heir Princess Elincia to the throne. Ike and his group travel across Tellius, allying with other countries to free Crimea from Daein's control and confronting racial tensions and long-standing resentment between the Beorc and the Laguz along the way.[1]

Fan reception

The game was somewhat well-received upon its release, with fans of the older games even enjoying how anima magic was split into the wind-thunder-fire triangle. The ability to forge weapons was welcome, especially for units with a low weapon rank upon recruitment, and the use of bonus experience as well as automatic promotions at level 21 were helpful in leveling up the player's chosen units without having to worry about whether or not they gained enough experience in battles, or a lack of available promotion items. The game was the first in the series not to feature an arena, instead the player earned money via the main characters' status as mercenaries; they were paid for each mission by the royals of Beignon. Furthermore, the support system no longer relied on standing around wasting turns; characters built up their levels simply by taking part in the same chapters.

Path of Radiance wasn't without its detractors, though, mainly resentful fans of the GBA games who felt that the surge in Tellius fanfiction was threatening the Elibe and Magvel fandoms. The Ike/Soren pairing especially caught a lot of heat, due to its immense popularity; fans of other ships felt Ike/Soren was "taking over" the whole fandom. Ironically, both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn would become much more beloved by the time the 3DS games came out; fans who were disappointed by Awakening in particular often compared it unfavorably to Tellius.



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