The Darksphere (Japanese: 闇のオーブ Dark Orb), later known as Sable (Japanese: 黒炎 Black Flame) in the era of Ylisse, is one of the five gemstones of the Binding Shield/Fire Emblem, situated on the complete Emblem's mid-left. Its powers are of a more sinister bent than the other gemstones, with the ability to shield is bearer from harm unless assaulted by one possessing the Lightsphere, and it has a corrupting effect on the hearts of those who bear it.
In the year -10, the Darksphere was separated from the Binding Shield by the thief Adrah and sold off to raise funds for his eventual conquest of the continent and foundation of the Kingdom of Archanea. Eventually, as part of his quest to recover the gemstones, Gotoh found the Darksphere and kept it for an unspecified period of time until, as part of his jealous quest for vengeance, Gharnef stole it from him. Gharnef used it to forge his tome Imhullu, and as a result his soul was trapped in the Darksphere.
As a result of his soul's entrapment within, when his body was slain with Starlight during the War of Shadows, Gharnef was able to be revived by his heretic bishop followers. Gharnef secretly gave the Darksphere to Emperor Hardin of Archanea at the height of his depression over his loveless marriage to Nyna, instantly corrupting Hardin and twisting him into a vicious, power-hungry despot. Hardin kept the Darksphere in his possession throughout the War of Heroes, in which under its influence he sought to crush Marth, and with it was invulnerable until he was killed by a member of Marth's army wielding the Lightsphere, with his possession by the Darksphere lifting as he died. The Darksphere was then reunited with the other four gemstones into the complete Binding Shield.
At some time after the Schism and the breakage of the Fire Emblem, the Darksphere - now called Sable - entered the possession of the Theocracy of Plegia and its state religion, the Grimleal. The Plegians came to view their possession of Sable as "protecting" it from being used to reassemble the Fire Emblem, an artifact with a treacherous reputation to Plegia owing to its role in defeating the Fell Dragon Grima.
Following his defeat of the Valmese Empire and recovery of the other four gemstones, Prince Chrom of Ylisse received word of Plegia's possession of Sable and an offer by King Validar to return it to Ylisse, which proved to be a trap resulting in Validar stealing the Emblem from Chrom (an act in turn foreseen by his tactician, who arranged for the other four gemstones to be replaced with fakes beforehand). Validar's intent was to use the completed Emblem himself to perform an Awakening to revive Grima, but he was defeated and the Emblem recovered by Chrom before he could do so, although Grima was revived anyway.
|Game||Icon||Uses||Worth||Effects and notes|
|Mystery of the Emblem||--||Cannot be sold||Seals all strikes from the holder's opponent, forcing them to do nothing at all in the round of attack. Effect is negated if the opponent has the Lightsphere.|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||--||Cannot be sold||Nullifies damage dealt by the opponent. Effect is negated if the opponent has the Lightsphere.|
Mystery of the Emblem
|Dropped by||Book 2: Chapter 20, enemy Hardin (Only if the other four Spheres are already in the player's possession; automatically fused into the Binding Shield if so)|
New Mystery of the Emblem
|Dropped by||Chapter 20, enemy Hardin (Only if the other four Spheres are already in the player's possession; automatically fused into the Binding Shield if so)|
- In the TCG, the ornament on the top of the Darksphere resembles the head of a Shadow Dragon. Its traits of sealing attacks and being countered by the Lightsphere is also similar.
Artwork of the Darksphere from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
- "Gotoh scoured the lands searchin' for the shield, hopin' to get it back. He managed to retrieve the five orbs, but in the end, he couldn't find the shield." — Xane, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "Gharnef, overcome by jealousy, stole the Darksphere from Lord Gotoh, and created the Imhullu tome. As a result... His heart was trapped within the Darksphere for all eternity. Wrath and envy led him to ruin." — Wendell, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "But sadly, Hardin soon realized that Princess Nyna did not reciprocate his love. It pained him greatly... He shut himself into his room, drinking away his sorrows, and saw no one. Spotting an opportune moment, as Hardin wallowed in heartbreak, Gharnef appeared. The despairing emperor's heart was gripped by the Darksphere in an instant. He completely changed as a person from then. I've made a terrible mistake, out of my concern for this kingdom. Please forgive me, Prince Marth..." — Boah, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "King Validar has extended an invitation. He says Plegia has been guarding Sable, and now he wishes to return it to you." — Frederick, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Do you really want it that badly? This concerns me. The Gemstones and the Fire Emblem can be...treacherous artifacts. A fact Plegia and the Grimleal sadly know all too well..." — Validar, Fire Emblem Awakening