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On Drifting Clouds

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On Drifting Clouds

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New units

Elincia, Marcia, Nealuchi, Leanne, Haar



If we allow hatred to rule our hearts, we become prisoners of the past. A lasting peace serves both nations.
— Elincia

On Drifting Clouds (Japanese: 流れゆく雲に On Drifting Clouds) is the prologue of part 2 of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. In this chapter, Queen Elincia struggles with her diplomacy, then wards off Begnion invaders.


Main article: On Drifting Clouds/Script

In a past meeting with several aristocrats, Elincia acknowledges Pelleas as king of Daein, and states her desire for a peace between it and Crimea. The aristocrats criticize this, as well as her choice to send Bastian as an envoy to Daein. Lucia, a close friend of Elincia, attempts to justify the latter to them, only to be silenced partway. General Geoffrey's loyalty to Elincia is also questioned as something more emotional than he lets on.

In the present, Elincia meets up with Marcia, who seeks to cheer her up. Elincia worries that she has brought hardship to Marcia by appointing her as a Royal Knight, but Marcia dismisses this. Elincia ponders her newness to the position of queen, and wonders if she is not worthy of it. Marcia reassures her that she is worthy, stating that she always puts the people of Crimea first. More sure of herself, Elincia flies off alongside Marcia to return. On their way, they find two laguz—Nealuchi and Princess Leanne—being harried by Begnion forces. Marcia flies in further and declares that their actions are violating Crimea's sovereignty. Elincia, disguising her identity, warns the Begnion forces to leave immediately, but they refuse, forcing Elincia and Marcia to defend the two laguz with force. Partway through, a dracoknight named Haar steps in to aid the four, and they continue their fight.

After dispatching the Begnion forces, Elincia greets Leanne and Nealuchi. The two explain that Leanne needs to see Ike as soon as possible, and were travelling to Crimea to do so. Elincia explains that Ike left Crimea over a year ago, and that few have been able to track him down, though she offers to aid the two in the meantime. She also explains the recent unrest in Crimea to them, and hopes that it should not disturb their visit.

Beginning log

Daein has been reborn. Word of King Pelleas's coronation reaches neighboring Crimea within days. Crimea itself has spent the past three years rebuilding from the damage it suffered during the Mad King's War. News that Ashnard's son now sits on Daein's throne sends waves of unease and worry rippling across the land. Alas, this is not the only thing disturbing the people of Crimea during this time. There is an ever-widening gap emerging between Crimea's noble class and the nation's young ruler, Queen Elincia. Crimea lost its king during the Daein invasion, and Elincia is still an inexperienced ruler. What's more, her very existence was a secret from the public, and so she came unexpectedly to her succession. Many of Crimea's noble houses raised their voices in protest against her rule. Elincia's desire for a long-lasting peace has driven her to strengthen Crimea's ties with the laguz nation of Gallia, and to renounce Crimea's claim over a defeated Daein. Her political moderation is seen as a sign of weakness among her critics. Ike, the young hero who led Crimea to victory in the Mad King's War, was granted a peerage for his heroism and bravery. The elevation of a common mercenary to the nobility, however, widened the rift between the aristocracy and the queen yet further. Perhaps to avoid becoming mired in these power struggles, Ike renounced his peerage and took his leave of court. Yet Ike's actions did little to placate the nobility. They continue to criticize the queen's every decision, and lay squarely at her feet the blame for all of Crimea's woes.

Chapter data

Easy Normal/Hard

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Survive for 8 turns Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Elincia, Leanne, or Nealuchi dies, or Leanne is captured and taken off the map 4+1 {{{partner}}} 0 9 {{{third}}}
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Bonus EXP
Requirement Easy Normal Hard
Clear the chapter 1,000 1,000 500

This map's elemental affinity is Fire. At the start of each phase, the clouds present on the map move one space to the left.

Character data

New Units
Small portrait elincia 01 fe10.png
Automatically from the start
Small portrait marcia fe10.png
Automatically from the start
Small portrait nealuchi fe10.png
Automatically from the start
Small portrait leanne fe10.png
Automatically from the start
Small portrait haar fe10.png
NPC, talk to with Marcia
Returning Characters


Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is wii short axe.png Short Axe Dropped by Zeffren

Enemy data

Easy Normal/Hard

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Begnion Dracoknight 16 1 Hand Axe
Authority: Zeffren
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 5.
Begnion Dracoknight 16 1 Iron Poleax
Authority: Zeffren
Begnion Dracoknight 15 1 Iron Axe
Authority: Zeffren
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Begnion Dracoknight 14 1 Iron Poleax
Authority: Zeffren
Begnion Dracoknight 15 1 Hand Axe
Authority: Zeffren
Begins moving unprovoked on turn 3.
Begnion Dracoknight 13 1 Iron Axe
Authority: Zeffren
Begnion Dracoknight 15 1 Iron Poleax
Authority: Zeffren
Begnion Dracoknight 14 1 Iron Axe
Authority: Zeffren
Zeffren Dragonmaster 9 1 Short AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.This item or skill is locked to this unit.
Authority: ★★
He and all remaining enemies begin moving unprovoked on turn 6, or if he is provoked.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Cha Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Cha Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Haar Dragonmaster 11 1 46 23 2 24 20 13 23 7 9 Steel Axe Javelin
Cancel Canto


  • Turn 2 (Easy)/5 (Normal/Hard)
    • Haar from the northwest corner of the map

Boss data

Main article: Zeffren
Small portrait zeffren fe10.png
Level 9
Affinity Is wii fireaffin.png
Constitution 14
Authority ★★
Max HP 43 Speed 16
Strength 25 Luck 12
Magic 3 Defense 21
Skill 23 Resistance 10
Movement 9 Weight 44
Inventory Skills
Short AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.This item or skill is locked to this unit. Canto
Weapon Levels
WiiRankSword.png -- WiiRankLance.png B WiiRankAxe.png A WiiRankBow.png -- WiiRankKnife.png -- WiiRankStrike.png --
WiiRankFire.png -- WiiRankThunder.png -- WiiRankWind.png -- WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png --


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This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

If given the opportunity, the enemy Dracoknights will attempt to capture Leanne, then escape the map along with her. As they all have Canto, this means they can make progress on this as soon as they capture her. Make sure to keep Leanne out of their range as much as possible, either by smart positioning or use of rescue-dropping her out of it if she refreshed someone else within enemy range. At some point late in the chapter, you might want to trade Elincia's Slim Sword over to Marcia since Elincia gets Amiti in her next playable chapter and Marcia might be able to get a little use out of it in Chapter 3.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes

On Drifting Clouds




On Drifting Clouds


Nubes errantes

Wandering clouds


Discorde céleste

Celestial dissension


Den Wolken folgend

Following the clouds


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Daein, Arise! On Drifting Clouds Winds of Rebellion
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarnVolke
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMisahaMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
Bosses Part I AgonyBurtonDjurIsaiyaJarodLavertonPainPugoRadminWystanZaitan
Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffBalberithBaselardCaladbolgCreiddyladCymbelineDouble BowEttardFloreteLughnasadhMatronaRagnellRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameTarvosThaniUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters Part I P: Under Gray Skies • 1: Maiden of Miracles • 2: The Dispossessed • 3: A Faint Light • 4: A Distant Voice • 5: The Lost Heir • 6: Raise the Standard (part 1part 2) • 7: A Gathering Hope • 8: Glory Unwanted • 9: One Survives • E: Daein, Arise!
Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
Part III P: The Great Advance • 1: Laguz and Beorc • 2: Stormclouds • 3: River Crossing • 4: The General's Hand • 5: Retreat! • 6: A Reason to Fight • 7: Rivals Collide • 8: Incandescent Glow • 9: Marauders • 10: The Heart of Crimea • 11: Just Cause • 12: The Price • 13: Blood Contract • E: From Pain, Awakening
Part IV P: Chaos Named • 1: Road to the Empire • 2: Silent World • 3: Distortions • 4: Revelations • 5: Unforgivable Sin • E: Rebirth (part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5)
Locations TelliusBegnion (SienneTower of Guidance) • CrimeaDaeinDesert of DeathGalliaGoldoaGrann DesertHatariKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageBlood pactDawn BrigadeDisciples of OrderGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLaguz AllianceLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguzZunanma) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline