Born in Imperial Year 1162, Edelgard is the ninth child and fourth daughter of Emperor Ionius IX, the princess and heir to the Adrestian Empire, and a student at the Officers Academy in Garreg Mach Monastery. She is also the house leader of the Black Eagles.
In Imperial Year 1171, at the age of nine, she was taken by her uncle (Lord Volkhard von Arundel) to Fhirdiad in the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus during the Insurrection of the Seven. Volkhard was one of the key conspirators against Edelgard's father, and with his help, Duke Aegir stripped the emperor of much of his power. Unbeknownst to Volkhard or Edelgard, her mother had also escaped to Faerghus under the alias Patricia and married King Lambert.
She later met and befriended Dimitri, the crown prince of Faerghus, though he did not learn that she was his step-sister until years afterward. The two spent much time together, with Edelgard teaching him how to dance. Edelgard returned to the Empire in 1174 with her uncle, never learning that her mother was Dimitri's stepmother. Before she departed, Dimitri gifted her a dagger, which she has held onto since despite forget how she obtained it.
22nd of the Garland Moon; Imperial Year 1162
Garreg Mach Monastery
Black Eagle Strike Force (Crimson Flower)
Heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire
Student at the Officers Academy
House leader of the Black Eagles
Emperor of Adrestia (From Chapter 12 onwards)
Commander of the Black Eagle Strike Force (Crimson Flower, in-name-only)