Woman cursed eyes (Sen IV)

Heimdallr woman under influence by the curse (Trails of Cold Steel IV)

The Erebonian Curse (呪い or 帝国の呪い) is a curse that essentially stirs up hatred and fighting instinct within citizens of Erebonia, which in turn leads to greater destruction.[1] Those with insecurities are at greater risk of succumbing to the curse, with Alan's desire to protect Bridget and Cedric's extreme inferiority complex being prime examples.


Main article: Ishmelga

The Erebonian Curse originated from Ishmelga, which spread bad faith throughout Erebonia in the form of a curse in order to become a god-like entity with absolute power as much as possible.[2]

The curse is spread throughout Erebonia and surrounding countries. The Great Twilight further amplifies its effects. In Trails of Cold Steel III, Finale: "For Whom the Bell Tolls", the Great Twilight was initiated through Giliath Osborne's ability to unify with the curse.[1]


Rufus' eyes curse (Sen III)

The curse's mark in Rufus Albarea's eyes. (Trails of Cold Steel III)

The curse not only affects people's thought, it also affects their fighting abilities. For example, the Iron Knights (Rufus Albarea, Lechter Arundel, Claire Rieveldt), the Imperial Defence and Alan have demonstrated increased fighting capabilities. Persons influenced by the curse have their eyes marked by some sort of crest.[1] People who are afflicted by the curse are able to break out of it if they directly confront their insecurities, such as when Machias is able to make Arthur face himself and finally move past his fiancee's death.

Another effect of the curse is forcing selected people into specific roles. This 'compelling force of the curse' has robbed many Erebonians of their fate throughout history. One such victim is Ash Carbide, who was forced by the curse to pursue the instigator of the Hamel Tragedy which culminated in his attempted assassination of Emperor Eugent Reise Arnor III.[1]

Victims of the curse include, but are not limited to:



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sen no Kiseki Magazine, Volume 5: "Beyond the Truth" (p. 37)
  2. Sen no Kiseki Magazine, Volume 5: "Beyond the Truth" (p. 38)
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