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This article is about the event wherein the Titans within the Walls emerge to trample the world. For the 131st chapter of the Attack on Titan manga, see The Rumbling.
- The rumble
- Paradis Island
- Mid-East Allied Forces
- Eren Yeager†
- Source of all living matter†
- Zeke Yeager†
- Ymir Fritz†
- Global Alliance
- Marleyan military
- Warrior Unit
- Survey Corps
- Deaths of 80% of the global population
- Deaths of several inhabitants of Paradis Island
- Death of Hange Zoe
- Death of Zeke Yeager
- Death of Eren Yeager
- Dissolution of the Power of the Titans
From You, 2,000 Years ago
|While we saw the rise of weapons more powerful than Titans in the last war… we will never see a weapon that can stop the advance of millions of Colossus Titans. If the Walls walk even a single time… there will be nothing left we can do. All that can remain for humanity would be to flee in terror at the rumble of the footsteps that signal our end. These massive creatures would trample our cities, our societies… They would crush the flora and fauna in every ecosystem. They would literally flatten our world.|
|— Willy Tybur explains the destructive potential of the Rumbling to his audience during the Liberio festival|
The Rumbling ( 地鳴らし Jinarashi ? ) was a cataclysmal event involving Karl Fritz ‘s Wall Titans marching across the land, destroying all life upon it. For over a hundred, it was a key deterrence component for the Subjects of Ymir on Paradis Island until the year 854 when Eren Yeager unhardened the Walls, freed the Wall Titans, and began the Rumbling. Over the course of four days after first setting foot on the continental mainland, [ 8 ] the Rumbling brought about the complete destruction of the northern continent of Marley along with significant devastation in the southerly continent and neighbor nations. [ 9 ] approximately 80 % of all human life on the planet was ended by the time the Rumbling was stopped prematurely by the compound efforts of the Marley ‘s Warrior Unit and defectors from Paradis Island ‘s Survey Corps. [ 1 ]
Karl Fritz ‘s ultimatum
During the final days of the Great Titan War between Marley and the Eldian Empire, King Karl Fritz used the exponent of the Founding Titan to raise three Walls on Paradis Island : Maria, Rose, and Sheena, each named for the three daughters of Ymir Fritz. These Walls were constructed from the hardened human body of countless Colossus Titans created with the Founding Titan ‘s ability. [ 10 ] Upon gathering the remnants of the Eldian Empire into the Walls and closing the gates to the outside worldly concern, Karl Fritz issued one concluding declaration which assured the enemies of Eldia that if Paradis were to come under attack, the Founding Titan would unleash the Wall Titans to trample the earth into ruin. [ 11 ] however, Karl Fritz secretly confided with the Tybur class and the remaining Fritz syndicate on the mainland that this ultimatum was an empty threat of disincentive. In accuracy, Karl Fritz made a “ vow vacate war “ with the Founding Titan ensuring that none of his successors would use the Founding Titan to threaten the worldly concern again, allowing for Eldia to live in a brief paradise before their enemies would arrive to destroy Eldia as Karl Fritz believed they deserved to be. [ 12 ] [ 13 ] As Karl Fritz had hoped, no open declaration of war or work of aggression was made against the people of the Walls for over a century, though Marley would use the lands beyond the Walls on Paradis Island as a penal colony for criminal or undesirable Subjects of Ymir transformed into Pure Titans. [ 14 ] however, over eighty years after the end of the Great Titan War, Marley ‘s declining military industry turned the nation ‘s attention towards Paradis and the fossil fuels hidden below Eldian lands. Despite the vow renouncing war being known to Marley through the Tybur family, the terror of the Rumbling was besides great a risk to attempt a all-out invasion. alternatively, Marley began training the Warrior Unit in formulation for the Paradis Island Operation, an infiltration of the Walls with the power of the Titans that would not provoke the attention of the King of the Walls with military force. Likewise, the Eldian Restorationists led at this meter by Grisha Yeager attempted to use this warrior program to infiltrate the Walls in the like fashion in order to steal the Founding Titan to restore Eldia. [ 15 ] In the year 845, the office of the Attack Titan caused Grisha Yeager to inherit future memories from his son Eren, revealing the fall of Wall Maria former that day. Grisha fled to the chapel of the Reiss family where he was influenced by the will of Eren in the distant future to steal the power of the Founding Titan and slaughter the Reiss syndicate. The future memories of the Attack Titan revealed to Grisha the sight of the Rumbling that Eren would create. [ 16 ] While spying on the Eldians within the Walls before his introduction into 104th Training Corps, [ 17 ] Reiner Braun reminded himself and his colleague Warriors Bertolt Hoover and Annie Leonhart that the terror of the Rumbling and the destiny of all humanity depended upon the achiever of their mission. [ 18 ]
During the Survey Corps ‘s try to capture Annie Leonhart, a share of Wall Sheena in Stohess District was damaged by Annie ‘s Female Titan, revealing the face of a Wall Titan within it. [ 19 ] This revelation caused great confusion among the Survey Corps and panic in Minister Nick of the Church of the Walls, demanding the Corps to cover the face of the Titan before sunlight could reach it. The presence of the Titan in Wall Sheena led Squad Leader Hange Zoë to cursorily deduce that all of the Walls must contain Titans within them. [ 20 ] This created disquiet among soldiers such as Armin Arlert, who wondered at the possibility of all Titans within the Walls emerging to walk. [ 21 ] Upon discovering the journals of Grisha Yeager in the Yeager family ‘s basement in Shiganshina District, the Survey Corps learned of the nature of the Rumbling as a disincentive factor that had kept enemies of Eldia away from Paradis Island for over a hundred until five years ago. [ 11 ] During a gather to discuss the findings of Grisha ‘s journals, the leaders of the military in the Walls discussed how the power of the Founding Titan to release the Wall Titans may be achieved despite the vow renouncing war. Recalling his run into with a Titan whom he late realized was Dina Fritz, Eren Yeager realized he could even bring out the Founding Titan ‘s power despite his non-royal lineage vitamin a long as he was in contact with a royal-blooded Titan, though he kept this realization to himself for the sake of Queen Historia Reiss. [ 22 ]
Memories of the future
During a ceremony honoring the survivors of the Battle of Shiganshina District, a moment of contact between Eren and Historia opened a glance into Eren ‘s future memories where he saw himself influencing the decisiveness of his father Grisha in stealing the ability of the Founding Titan and slaughtering the Reiss class. At this fourth dimension, Eren saw the sight of the Rumbling that he would cause in the future [ 23 ] [ 24 ] and his inevitable defeat after annihilating eighty percentage of all human life. [ 1 ] One class after the decoration ceremony, Paradis Island was visited by the Anti-Marleyan Volunteers, a secret organization of Marleyan soldiers led by Yelena, all alien conscripts who wished to aid Eldia against Marley with the serve of Zeke Yeager. [ 25 ] Through the Volunteers, Zeke proposed cooperation with Paradis to bring him into reach with his stepbrother Eren Yeager to begin a minor Rumbling which would far deter enemy attacks until Paradis could reach a compass point of technological advancement sufficient enough to no longer trust on the office of the Titans for protection. [ 26 ] While the diverse military leaders of Paradis were openly against cooperation with Zeke, a former enemy, Eren revealed his discovery of a royal-blooded Titan act as a potential loophole for the Founding Titan ‘s baron, frankincense making the Rumbling a hypothesis for Paradis to use in self-defense. [ 27 ] One year subsequently, the Volunteers introduced the leadership of Paradis to Kiyomi Azumabito, ambassador from Hizuru and ally of Zeke. When discussing the requirements to make Eldia a self-sufficient nation on Paradis Island, Kiyomi proposed the use of the Rumbling as deterrence for at least a period of 50 years while Paradis caught up technologically with contemporary nations. Despite his foresight of the Rumbling, Eren refused to comply with Zeke ‘s plan to use the Rumbling and pass his Beast Titan to Queen Historia to ensure the perpetuity of the process, deciding rather to pursue diplomatic solutions for Paradis. Regardless, the Rumbling would become a key factor in the military alliance between Eldia and Hizuru. [ 28 ]
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The play along year, Hizuru ‘s trade proposals for Paradis Island failed, once again leaving them with alone the Rumbling as deterrence. As one final alternative, the Survey Corps made plans to embark on an clandestine view to Marley in order to gauge global sentiments towards Eldia for themselves. [ 29 ] At this time, Eren was approached by Yelena regarding Zeke Yeager ‘s true plan to euthanize the Subjects of Ymir and bring about a peaceful end to Eldia ‘s suffer. Anticipating the failure of the Survey Corps ‘s attempts to make peace with Marley, Eren made plans to cooperate with Zeke Yeager long adequate for him to achieve the inevitable Rumbling. Eren confided in Floch Forster regarding his true goal of wiping out all life beyond Paradis Island with the full potency of the Wall Titans. [ 30 ] Agreeing upon a small-scale rumble following the euthanasia design, Yelena recommended Port Karifa in northern Marley as a primary target to cripple the navies of Paradis Island ‘s enemies, though she expressed business over electric potential advancements in aeriform technology being researched in Fort Salta to the far south. [ 31 ] Upon arriving in Marley, Eren had begun to lament the unfathomable loss of life he would soon cause. Despite populace favor increasing for Subjects of Ymir global, Paradis Island remained a degree of high aggression at this time, causing Eren to lose all promise in changing his future. He then abandoned the Survey Corps in order to pursue his own agenda .
Marley ‘s preparations
After the decision of the Marley Mid-East War, Willy Tybur was recruited by Zeke Yeager to announce to the populace the threat that Paradis Island posed in order to remove global hostility towards the Subjects of Ymir as a hale. [ 32 ] During his actor’s line before the international ambassadors and journalists, Willy reminded the audience of the many Wall Titans present on the island and the possibility of Eren Yeager unleashing these Titans upon the world. [ 33 ] In rate to prevent this revelation from occurring, Willy Tybur urged the leaders of the worldly concern to unite against Paradis in open war. [ 34 ]
- Main article: Revenge for Liberio
shortly after Eren escaped captivity on Paradis Island for his desertion, Marley launched an assault upon Shiganshina District in revenge for Liberio in order to take the Founding Titan from Eren. [ 35 ] When Zeke arrived upon the battlefield, Marleyan forces urgently tried to prevent Zeke and Eren from coming into touch and unleashing the Wall Titans. [ 36 ] After learning of Zeke ‘s genuine plan to use the Founding Titan to sterilize the Subjects of Ymir, Armin speculated on Eren ‘s true motivation for conspiring with Zeke. Deducing that Eren would alternatively use the Founding Titan to unleash the Titans in Shiganshina ‘s Walls, Armin trusted that Eren was on their side. [ 37 ]
The Walls drop
When Eren and Zeke came into contact, an instantaneous moment in prison term occured where Eren came to understand that Zeke ‘s will as a descendant of the royal family superseded his own will as the Founder ‘s carrier. Eren learned that the Founding Titan ‘s world power was subject on the will of Ymir Fritz, everlastingly enslaved to obey the will of the royal kin who enslaved her in life 2,000 years ago. When ymir prepared to carry out Zeke ‘s will to sterilize the Subjects of Ymir, Eren urged her to reject her duties and act in her own will. [ 38 ] In this consequence of contact with his founder, Eren saw into the mind of Ymir and recognized despite the horrors the ancient King of Eldia subjected her to, she loved him in such a means as to bind her actions to the will of his line everlastingly. Despite this, Eren foresaw that Mikasa Ackerman ‘s actions would have a fundamental effect on the will of Ymir and would bring about the end of the Power of the Titans .
Choosing to act in Eren ‘s will, Ymir lent the world power of the Founding Titan unto Eren who then unhardened all the Walls on Paradis Island. With the full baron of the Founding Titan, Eren telepathically declared his will to all Subjects of ymir that he had unleashed the Wall Titans upon the world to crush all life beyond Paradis Island. Eren then led the Colossus Titans on a southerly march, unhampered by the Marleyan and Eldian soldiers preoccupied with Zeke ‘s Titans throughout the city .
After several days, the last of the Wall Titans began to leave Eldian territory on Paradis Island. [ 39 ] By this time, the remaining Marleyan Warriors on the island joined forces with Eren ‘s former friends in an attack to pursue him and stop the Rumbling. [ 40 ] While the allied soldiers were left to confront Floch Forster and the Yeagerists guarding Paradis Island ‘s port, Eren and the Colossus Titans approached the Marleyan mainland, [ 41 ] crossing the ocean by swimming. [ 42 ] Commander Hange Zoë estimated that in the half a day it would take to prepare the Azumabito kin ‘s flying boat to pursue Eren, the Rumbling would have already destroyed up to 600 kilometers inland, the entire continent to follow in angstrom few as four days. [ 8 ]
arrival on the mainland
While the ally soldiers were en route to Odiha, Eren made practice of the Founding Titan to speak privately with those he knew were coming to stop his advance. While conversing with Armin, Eren revealed his precognition of the Rumbling and its premature end, equally well as the nameless function that Mikasa would play in ending the Power of the Titans. Likewise, Eren provided Mikasa with a imagination of a populace where he would have happily lived with her had she chosen to confess her truthful feelings for him. At the end of each conversation, Eren erased the memories of their person meetings, though this memory erasure would prove unsuccessful and entirely irregular on Mikasa Ackerman. At this time, the Rumbling arrived on the northeastern Marleyan coast, completely bypassing the fleet of the Global Alliance and shrugging off all weapon fire during their progress. [ 43 ] many civilians were left behind in the slaughter as the Marleyan military fled ahead of them without providing warning to the masses of the incoming Rumbling. The Titans advanced southerly, trampling cities into ruin and climbing over mountain ranges to outpace the flee populations on the roads. During his genocide, Eren remained unfazed by the deaths of millions, seeing rather the sprawling sight of a free universe ahead of him, the sight he had forever long for. [ 44 ] Although the allied soldiers arrived in Odiha with adequate time to adequately prepare the flying boat for trajectory, the Rumbling arrived at the city shortly before they were able to fuel the craft. To provide the engineers adequate time to get the flying boat afoot, Commander Hange stayed behind to kill the Titans closest to the airdock alcove, appointing Armin Arlert to be the next commander of the Survey Corps curtly earlier dying to the Titans ‘ inflame. As the soldiers flew from Odiha, the city was annihilated under the Titans ‘ feet. [ 45 ]
The Battle of Heaven and Earth
- Main article: Battle of Heaven and Earth
Any survivors of the Rumbling on the continental mainland of Marley regrouped at Fort Salta in the southern cragged regions of the state. When the Founding Titan and the effect of the Rumbling approached the fort, the Marleyan military sent out a fleet of airships to drop an armory of explosives on the Titans to halt their advance. [ 46 ] While Marley made their final bandstand, the Titans began to advance into neighbor countries, pursuing fleeing civilians into the countryside and leaving none alive in their path. [ 9 ] Despite their best efforts, Fort Salta ‘s barrage was largely ineffective, and the Founding Titan formed a chaff of Zeke Yeager ‘s Beast Titan to assault the airships, quickly destroying Marley ‘s last nauseating. not long afterwards, the flying gravy boat arrived and deploys the Survey Corps soldiers alongside the Cart Titan and Armored Titan to halt Eren ‘s advance. [ 47 ]
In an overwhelm counterattack, Ymir summoned dozens of forms resembling the Nine Titans of ages past all along the massive body of Eren ‘s Founding Titan. The past Titans rushed the Warriors and the Survey Corps, promptly overpowering them while Commander Armin was caught and taken away towards the rear of Eren ‘s Titan by one of the summon forms resembling an okapi. Forced to retreat, the soldiers urgently evaded the constant first-come-first-serve of attacks from the Titans, and Captain Levi Ackerman was wounded in the battle. Before the Titans could kill the ally soldiers, Falco Grice ‘s Jaw Titan arrived, utilizing bird-like traits gained through Zeke Yeager ‘s spinal fluent to carry away the allied soldiers. [ 48 ] The soldiers concluded that, in order to halt the Rumbling, they must kill Eren Yeager by any means necessary. Returning to Eren ‘s Titan, the allies launched their own counterattack on the Titans. While being consumed by the okapi Titan, Commander Armin met with Zeke Yeager, who had alike been consumed some time earlier after his contact with Eren, within the paths. Desiring to end the enormous loss of life brought on by the Rumbling, Zeke and Armin urged the souls of dead Titan inheritors they knew of in life to come to their aid. The Titan husks of Bertolt Hoover, Ymir, Porco Galliard, Marcel Galliard, Grisha Yeager, Eren Kruger, and Tom Ksaver are immediately taken control of by the past inheritors. At this time, Zeke Yeager emerged from the spine of the Founding Titan, alerting Captain Levi to kill him. After Zeke is decapitated, the Wall Titans halted their advance across the world .
Jean Kirstein used explosives taken from the Yeagerists to decapitate the Founding Titan, unleashing the ancient anomaly responsible for the Power of the Titans. Freed from being consumed, Armin transformed into the Colossus Titan, utilizing its explosive transformation to destroy the torso of the Founding Titan and the Titan husks. [ 4 ]
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Despite their efforts, the Titan anomaly put up a despairing defense, emitting a cloud of gas upon the refugees at Fort Salta, creating a horde of Titans to come to its help as it grappled with the Armored, Female, and Cart Titans who struggled to prevent it from reuniting with Eren and resuming the Rumbling. interim, Eren Yeager transformed into a Colossus Titan to struggle with Armin Arlert. Recalling her imagination of another life with Eren, Mikasa rejected Eren ‘s wish for her to forget about him after his death. Choosing to forego a life with Eren over the necessity of ending his atrocities, Mikasa located Eren ‘s point on the end of a long spinal column within the mouth of his Titan. Upon killing Eren by severing his drumhead from the spine, Mikasa kissed him farewell. [ 5 ] Seeing Mikasa ‘s choice, Ymir abandoned her hold over the Founding Titan, ending both the Rumbling and the Power of the Titans. [ 6 ]
Three years after the Battle of Heaven and Earth, the survivors of the struggle embark to Paradis as ambassadors for Marley to begin peace negotiations with Paradis. As they sail for the island, they read a letter from Historia Reiss which explains that the remaining Yeagerists have formed an united states army to defend Paradis from the threat of the outside universe .