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A Shot from the Dark


Kidnapper's Keep

New units




It's over...My life is over...Mother, I'll be by your side soon...
— Noire

A Shot from the Dark is the fifteenth paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. As a paralogue chapter, its events are not integral to the game's main storyline and can be done at the player's leisure. The chapter is unlocked after both clearing chapter 13 and have Tharja married. There are no additional requirements to reach the chapter, as the chapter connects to the area paralogue 4 took place at.

In this chapter, a group of slavers manage to kidnap a young girl, making the mistake of having their leader being within earshot of the Shepherds, who pursue a rescue. It turns out that the young girl happens to be the daughter of a creepy and vengeful Shepherd.


Near some fortifications in northeastern Ferox, a slaver named Ezra is confronting a young girl; Ezra asks the girl if she's all alone searching for her dear old mother, calling this action very sweet--yet the world's a dangerous place, full of wolves waiting to snatch her up. The girl, whose name is revealed to be Noire, thanks Ezra for the warning and is about to say more when Ezra reveals he wasn't giving her a warning--he's a wolf, and Noire's just been snatched; he then asks her to come quietly, that scars tend to lower the sale price, something Ezra wouldn't want. We cut over to Chrom and Frederick, where Frederick reveals that slavers inhabit the area and reveals them to be damnable scum; Chrom says they'll have to hurry if they hope to catch them. Tharja offers to keep the Shepherds where they are and just let her go to work on them; she offers a curse to wither them away, offering a slow death within a year--then offers to make it two; Chrom tells Tharja that Noire would likely appreciate something a bit more immediate, then tells the Shepherds that saving Noire is their top priority and to move out. Battle preparations take place at this point.

Once preparations are finished, Noire states that her life is over and that she'll be at her mother's side soon; the battle begins at this point. After one full turn of combat, Noire stats that this is how it ends for her--killed or worse, that a clean death would be a mercy compared to what awaits. Noire then manages to find an old bow with the string still taut, supposing she can use it to fight her way out of her confinement (interestingly enough, she says this even if the player used a Rescue staff to bring Noire closer to the Shepherds' starting positions and is thus no longer even in the slavers' confinement), although the bandits are strong and scary; she then notices her talisman is missing, then goes to grab it. Once Noire grabs her talisman, her personality changes completely, declaring herself to be the fire and the fury, that all who defy her will perish, asking whatever scum is around to repent even though it won't save them, breaking out into an evil laugh. In addition to Noire getting a free Steel Bow, she also becomes controllable at this point.

Once the battle ends, Noire thanks Chrom for coming to her rescue, then says she fears to think what would have happened had she not been rescued; Chrom tells Noire to take it easy, nobody's going to hurt her now. Noire asks Chrom if she could go with him, that there's someone she needs to talk to yet she's scared to be alone.

Tharja asks Noire what she wants; Noire asks Tharja to look at her ring, to which Tharja states looks just like her own and asks Noire if she's messing around with alchemy or perhaps something even darker. Noire states it's nothing of the sort; Tharja asks her to tell the truth, that she doesn't want to see what happens when someone lies to her. Noire asks for a moment, then asks where her talisman is; after some moments of silence from both Noire and Tharja, Noire shifts personalities and states herself to be blood and thunder, a righteous fury, and Tharja's future daughter. Tharja tells Noire she's trying her patience, to which Noire says she speaks the truth, that the ring she bears also hails from the future, and serves as a memento of her departed mother; Tharja then asks of Noire's talisman, to which Noire says is also Tharja's handiwork, wrought to steel the mewling heart of her cowardly daughter, and it's in the talisman's strength Noire found blessed escape from grief and solitude, also driving away the fear of death and killing until she became an avatar of retribution. Only by clinging to the talisman has Noire survived the crushing desolation of a ruinated future, then breaks into an evil laugh; Tharja asks Noire to hand over the talisman, to which Noire says she needs it and can't survive without it, to which Tharja says Noire can and will survive without it--and not by becoming some avatar of retribution. Tharja asks Noire to simply be her daughter, and leave the retribution to her; Tharja then notices the talisman being a nasty little number, the future her is good yet also very, very bad and that she can't wait, to which Noire says Tharja's scaring her again. Tharja reveals the talisman will advance her research in the dark arts nicely; Tharja says Noire has her blood and she's going to need some of it back, to which Noire is first scared and then angrily shouts that, if Tharja bleeds her dry, she shall be as thunder still, to which Tharja says Noire doesn't need the talisman to be strong. Tharja and Noire trade evil laughs, to which Chrom states is just wonderful.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy. Ally Other Enemy
Defeat: Chrom or Robin die. 13+1 1-1 27

The chapter's map is 25 columns by 30 rows.

Character data

New Units
Small portrait noire fe13.png
NPC, automatically becomes playable on turn 2
Returning Characters

Small portrait chrom fe13.pngSmall portrait avatar m-default fe13.pngSmall portrait lissa fe13.pngSmall portrait frederick fe13.pngSmall portrait sully fe13.pngSmall portrait virion fe13.pngSmall portrait stahl fe13.pngSmall portrait vaike fe13.pngSmall portrait miriel fe13.pngSmall portrait sumia fe13.pngSmall portrait kellam fe13.pngSmall portrait lon'qu fe13.pngSmall portrait ricken fe13.pngSmall portrait maribelle fe13.pngSmall portrait panne fe13.pngSmall portrait gaius fe13.pngSmall portrait cordelia fe13.pngSmall portrait gregor fe13.pngSmall portrait nowi fe13.pngSmall portrait libra fe13.pngSmall portrait tharja fe13.pngSmall portrait olivia fe13.pngSmall portrait cherche fe13.pngSmall portrait henry fe13.pngSmall portrait lucina fe13.png

Note: The returning characters list only those recruited by the time this chapter is unlocked. As a paralogue chapter, there is no set timeframe in which the chapter must be taken on; thus, it is possible to have recruited more characters than the above by the point the chapter is started. The returning characters list also does not include any characters recruitable in other paralogues, as the player may not have taken on any other available paralogue chapters yet. The list also does not include any bonus units, as they are recruitable at the player's discretion.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds steel bow.png Steel Bow Added to Noire's inventory when she joins
Is 3ds bullion medium.png Bullion (M) Dropped by an enemy Falcon Knight
Is 3ds master seal.png Master Seal Dropped by an enemy Bow Knight
Is 3ds energy drop.png Energy Drop Dropped by Ezra

Shop data

After clearing this chapter, the shop at this location will become available.

Armory contents

Normal stock Possible merchant items

Item Price
Is 3ds iron bow.png Iron Bow 560
Is 3ds steel bow.png Steel Bow 910
Is 3ds silver bow.png Silver Bow 1,560
Is 3ds killer bow.png Killer Bow 1,680

Event tiles

  • Column 22, row 8: Two squares east, one square south of Noire's initial position
  • Column 5, row 17: Southeast of Ezra's initial position

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory
Ma 3ds griffon rider enemy.gif
Ruffian Griffon Rider 7 2 Is 3ds tomahawk.png Tomahawk
Ma 3ds griffon rider enemy.gif
Ruffian Griffon Rider 7 6 Is 3ds silver axe.png Silver Axe
Ma 3ds griffon rider enemy.gif
Ruffian Griffon Rider 7 1 Is 3ds silver axe.png Silver Axe
Is 3ds strength +2.png Strength +2
Ma 3ds falcon knight enemy.gif
Ruffian Falcon Knight 7 2 Is 3ds silver lance.png Silver Lance
Is 3ds relief.png Relief
Ma 3ds falcon knight enemy.gif
Ruffian Falcon Knight 7 1 Is 3ds spear.png Spear
Is 3ds rally speed.png Rally Speed
Ma 3ds falcon knight enemy.gif
Ruffian Falcon Knight 7 2 Is 3ds silver lance.png Silver Lance
Ma 3ds falcon knight enemy.gif
Ruffian Falcon Knight 7 1 Is 3ds silver lance.png Silver LanceIs 3ds bullion medium.png Bullion (M)This item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Ma 3ds paladin enemy.gif
Ruffian Paladin 7 2 Is 3ds silver lance.png Silver Lance
Is 3ds outdoor fighter.png Outdoor Fighter
Ma 3ds paladin enemy.gif
Ruffian Paladin 7 2 Is 3ds silver sword.png Silver Sword
Ma 3ds paladin enemy.gif
Ruffian Paladin 7 1 Is 3ds spear.png Spear
Ma 3ds paladin enemy.gif
Ruffian Paladin 7 1 Is 3ds spear.png Spear
Is 3ds outdoor fighter.png Outdoor Fighter
Ma 3ds paladin enemy.gif
Ruffian Paladin 7 1 Is 3ds silver lance.png Silver Lance
Ma 3ds paladin enemy.gif
Ruffian Paladin 7 1 Is 3ds silver sword.png Silver Sword
Is 3ds outdoor fighter.png Outdoor Fighter
Ma 3ds bow knight enemy.gif
Ruffian Bow Knight 7 2 Is 3ds silver bow.png Silver BowIs 3ds silver sword.png Silver Sword
Ma 3ds bow knight enemy.gif
Ruffian Bow Knight 7 1 Is 3ds silver bow.png Silver BowIs 3ds silver sword.png Silver SwordIs 3ds master seal.png Master SealThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Ma 3ds bow knight enemy.gif
Ezra Bow Knight 14 1 Is 3ds silver bow.png Silver BowIs 3ds silver sword.png Silver SwordIs 3ds energy drop.png Energy DropThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Is 3ds prescience.png Prescience
Name Class Lv # Inventory

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory
Ma 3ds archer female other.gif
Noire Archer 10 1 Empty inventory
Is 3ds skill +2.png Skill +2Is 3ds prescience.png PrescienceIs 3ds outrealm skill.png VariesIs 3ds outrealm skill.png Varies
Name Class Lv # Inventory

Boss data

Main article: Ezra

Normal Hard Lunatic


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

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  • This chapter is one of four paralogue chapters in Awakening that connect only to other paralogue chapters on the world map. The others are paralogues 4, 9, and 20.

In other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English A Shot from the Dark
Hidden Single-shot Referred to as this in the fandom prior to USA release.
Japanese 秘められた一矢


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