*There are miner spoilers to Fire Emblem Fates in this article*
In Fire Emblem Fates (Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation), you play as main protagonist Corrin in an unknown time period. Both ruling kingdoms in the country, Nohr and Hoshido, have been locked in a deadly war for many years, and are fighting for peace in the region. More importantly, they are battling for possession over one particular royal family member that they both claim as their own: you.
Waking up on a bed with amnesia in the royal castle of Nohr, you are quickly informed by high prince Xander that you have had a sudden experience of memory loss due to a recent battle, and are actually a member of the royal family. You are told that you have always grown up in the Nohr kingdom since birth, and are the son of King Garon, the tyrant leader of the country. Being reaquainted with your other high class siblings, Leo, Camilla, and Elise, you are trained up by your brother Xander to develop combat skills for the war against Hoshido, and are soon sent by your father on your first scouting mission across enemy territory. Once you arrive at the destination directly over the border, your peaceful mission immediately turns into a blood bath, and through events conspired you are sent flying down the Bottomless Canyon by your own sword given from your father. At the precise moment, a dragon named Lilith saves you from your presumed death, and sends you back to the top of the cliff. Shortly after, you are captured by the woman chief of the Fire Tribe, and are brought against your will across the border to the Hoshido kingdom.
Being taken in chains to the royal castle, you learn from Queen Mikoto the truth about your complicated past: you are actually direct kin to the royalty of Hoshido. While your avatar was a young baby, the two dominate kingdoms had a peace conference at the Bottomless Canyon to discuss treaty terms for the future when suddenly the Hoshido were ambushed by King Garon’s forces. As a result of this conflict, you were kidnapped by the Nohr, and were raised in their country as though you were one of their own. You were lied to by your siblings for your entire life, and were robbed of a relationship with your true father, whom was killed by King Garon during the attack. As the story progresses, you also discover that your tumble down the canyon during your scouting mission was no mere accident: your Nohrian father had every intention to murder you by your own sword Ganglari. Even your own mother, Queen Mikoto, was murdered right in front of your own eyes by trying to protect you from a deadly mage from Nohr.
Taking all of this information in, which family would you choose? The family that had raised you from birth or your actual birth family? The corrupted Nohr kingdom with your siblings since childhood or the justice-seeking Hoshido with your true siblings since a few days prior? In Fire Emblem Fates, you are given this difficult decision, and even have the option to not choose a side, being neutral in the whole ordeal. Morals are tested, and everything that you know about good and evil is flipped upside down, making the task extremely challenging even to the most hardcore veteran.
While I was playing this game for the first time, I had the sudden revelation that I had already made a similar decision in my own life, but in a spiritual way rather than physical. I mean, if you really think about it, isn’t the entire Fire Emblem Fates plot just a reflection of the life change that a non-believer has when they become a Christian? This whole theory may sound a bit drawn out, but let me explain it with some insight directly from the Bible.
At the very beginning of time, God created mankind in His own image, and by definition we are a part of His family. Death and pain were nonexistent, and God had intended for people to live in serenity and perfection with Him forever in the Garden of Eden. This is similar to how Corrin was brought up in the peaceful Hoshido family for the first few years of his childhood, living a happy life with his mother, father, and siblings. However, once death and destruction entered the world, mankind was deeply stained by sin, and, being separated from God, we were adopted as children of Satan. Again, this is similar to how Corrin was kidnapped by King Garon of the Nohr during the peace conference, and how he was sent to live his childhood with Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:1-3, ESV)
At first, we are all oblivious to this around us; we had no clue that we were a part of a greater family than what we were from. Everything seems so familiar to us, sin feels so good, and once we learn the truth, we are apprehensive about choosing the right choice, that is God. Corrin had spent his entire life living with his family in the Nohr kingdom, and had learned to love the life that he was living. However, once he discovered the true origins of his lineage to the Hoshido and was faced with the choice, he was not sure about what to do. This is why the player is given the reigns to make the decision for Corrin.
In our world, the leader of our “Hoshido” kingdom is Jesus Christ, the son of the living God and king over all the earth. And He has done something that nobody in Fire Emblem Fates could ever offer: He bore the weight of the cross. Only through the payment that Jesus gave by shedding His blood could wipe our sins away and allow us to be accepted as sons in God’s family. Because we are sons and daughters of God’s family, we are no longer bound to our old life when we were enslaved to sin, and have the opportunity to fully experience all that God has for our lives on earth and in heaven. This is in fact the Gospel, and Paul explains this perfectly in Galatians.
“In the same way we also, when we were children, we were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:3-7, ESV)
Fire Emblem Fates truly is a beautiful picture of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and shows the path in which all Christians have been saved by God. All of mankind has been stolen by the King Garon of our world, being Satan, and have been ultimately adopted by the God that made us at the beginning.