Honkai: Star Rail meets Helldivers 2 in spectacular Firefly anime short

HoYoverse went extra hard for this one

It’s difficult not to assume that HoYoverse is going to announce a self-produced anime series at some point in the future when the company keeps churning out jaw-dropping anime shorts left, right, and center. After we thought it would take a while to top the Arlecchino animated short for Genshin Impact, the studio dropped “The Embers of Glamoth” on us, which tells us more about the absolute hell that Firefly went through when she was serving in the Iron Cavalry.

Honkai: Star Rail meets Evangelion and Helldivers 2 in this grueling, spectacular anime short that shows the full horror of fighting against Tayzzyronth’s Swarm – check it out below:

Beautifully animated, this short takes to what looks like the final battle of the Iron Cavalry – a fight to take down a Swarm Mother, which looks even more massive and terrifying than the Emanator of The Propagation we had to confront in the game. Most of the bio-engineered SAM pilots fall as they approach the enemy with only Firefly and an anonymous pilot surviving (who sounds like he was voiced by none other than Zach Aguilar, who plays Aether in Genshin Impact).

Making a predictable kamikaze attack, the anonymous pilot obliterates the Swarm Mother, which takes down all the little bugs as well. Firefly looks like the sole survivor of the explosion, being left to survey a scene of carnage: Corpses that look very similar to herself are scattered around the ashen battlefield in-between debris and insect cadavers.

It looks like the Iron Cavalry made a typical, tragic last stand and prevailed against the odds – only for Firefly herself to shatter the illusion by saying that Glamoth was no more. The SAM pilots were still fighting and dying only because that’s what they were born to do, all in the name of an Empress and a nation that only existed in their minds – the Republic of Glamoth had lied to them starting from their birth to make it easier to throw them away once the threat of the Swarm was dealt with.

Honkai: Star Rail The Embers of Glamoth animated short screenshot.
Glamoth's Iron Cavalry was nothing more than a tool, always planned to be disposed of. / HoYoverse

We learned from the story in Simulated Universe: The Swarm Disaster that it took several Aeons forming an alliance to stop Tayzzyronth’s rampage, making the entire struggle of the Iron Cavalry even more meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Glamoth eventually fell anyway.

Firefly as the single survivor (that we know of) walks away from it all, blasting the entire planet to pieces in a sequence that seems to be half dream, half reality. That probably explains why her Enhanced Skill is called Deathstar Overload.

The animated short ends with another familiar face finding Firefly resting in-between the debris she created: Kafka, who might have been led there by Elio to recruit Firefly for the Stellaron Hunters – though it’s safe to assume that Firefly was in some sort of cryogenic slumber for a few thousand years before this scene takes place.

Honkai: Star Rail The Embers of Glamoth animated short screenshot.
Kafka ended up finding Firefly amidst the debris as she was awakening from her sleep. We can assume Elio lent a helping hand. / HoYoverse

Firefly enters the game as a playable character on the Honkai: Star Rail 2.3 banners on June 19, 2024.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg