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Ancient Letters

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Not to be confused with the ancient language of Tellius or the Ancient Texts of Fates.

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A warp with the Brand of Naga, circled by Ancient Letters.

Ancient Letters is a term to refer to a particular script appearing on Ylisse and Valentia. More specifically, it appears in Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. This script is not currently known to have appeared on Archanea, only Valentia, during Marth's time.

History

The origins of the Ancient Letters are unclear. They are not acknowledged by characters during the events of the game. They may bear some connection to the dragon tribes, almost always being featured on dragon-connected weapons or magic.

Legend

A legend that can be used to decode most instances of Ancient Letters was provided in The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening, a Fire Emblem series art book featuring concept artwork and notes. Similar to the implementation of ancient language in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and the Ancient Texts in Fire Emblem Fates it is a simple cipher based on the English alphabet. It lacks distinct uppercase and lowercase letters.

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Appearances

Falchion

The Falchion as it appears in Fire Emblem Awakening features Ancient Letters inscribed into it. The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening provides a closer look:

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sniamer llits erutuf eht tsol si esle lla nehw
— Falchion

This is an English sentence backwards, when reversed it becomes the legible:

when all else is lost the future still remains
— Falchion (translated)

Fire Emblem

The Awakening appearance of the titular Fire Emblem also features Ancient Letters.

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The inscriptions describe the respective orb that goes into each slot.

white frame orb[sic] holy light
— Top center
black frame orb[sic] dark night
— top left
blue frame orb[sic] starry heavens
— top right
red frame orb[sic] lifeblood"
— bottom left
green frame orb[sic] mother earth
— bottom right

World map (Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)


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The entirety of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia's world map is labeled in Ancient Letters.

Silver Sword (Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)

According to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia concept artwork and character artwork from Fire Emblem Heroes, Valentian Silver Swords are typically inscribed with Ancient Letters.

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Unlike other instances of Ancient Letters, this set when deciphered becomes a Greek phrase.

Doma o theos tou polemou prostatevei ton ploiarcho tou spathiou
— Silver Sword

When translated, it becomes:

Doma, God of war protects the master of this sword
— Silver Sword (translated)

Warp circles (Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)


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Geirskögul

The Brave Heroes variant of Lucina features Ancient Letters on her personal weapon Geirskögul.

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Unlike previous uses of Ancient Letters these are slightly different from the standard set, though these could just be from artist error or a previously unknown contingency involving two of the same letter being side-by-side.

animeprojectsubcess
— Geirskögul

The phrase is typically interpreted as "anime project success" though it is unclear what this implies, if anything.

Gallery

References


Fire Emblem Awakening
Playable characters AnnaAversaBasilioBradyChercheChromCordeliaCynthiaDonnelEmmerynFlaviaFrederickGaiusGangrelGeromeGregorHenryInigoKellamKjelleLaurentLibraLissaLon'quLucinaMaribelleMirielMorganNahNoireNowiOliviaOwainPannePriamRickenRobinSay'riSeveraStahlSullySumiaTharjaTikiVaikeVirionWalhartYarneYen'fay
Non-playable characters HierarchHollandKe'riNagaOld HubbaPhila
Bosses AlgolAnguillaArdriAversaBovisCampariCanisCassiusCervantesChalardDalenDaltonDracoEquusExcellusEzraFarberGallusGangrelGarrickGeckoGrimaGyralIgnatiusJamilLepusMarthMorristanMusMustafaNelsonNombryOrtonOvisPherosPorcusPriamRaimiRisen ChiefRoddickRugerSimiaTigrisValidarVastoVictorVincentWalhartXalbadorYen'fayZanth
DLC characters AlmCatriaCelicaEirikaEldiganElinciaEphraimEstIkeKatarinaLeifLynPrince MarthMicaiahPallaRoySeliph
SpotPass characters Shadow Dragon CaedaGharnefLindeMerricMinervaNavarreNynaOgmaPrince MarthTiki
Gaiden AlmBoeyCelicaClairCliveDeenLuthierMycenNomahValbar
Mystery of the Emblem AthenaCatriaEtzelHardinHoraceKatarinaKing MarthLegionMaliceNorne
Genealogy of the Holy War G1 ArdenArvisAyraDeirdreEthlynJamkeLewynQuanRaquesisSigurd
Genealogy of the Holy War G2 AltenaAresArthurCedFeeJuliaJuliusLarceiSeliphUlster
Thracia 776 DagdarEyvelFinnLeifMareetaNannaOlwenRaydrikSaiasSalem
Binding Blade CeciliaLilinaLughPercevalRaighRoyShannaSophiaWoltZephiel
Fire Emblem EliwoodFlorinaHectorJaffarKarelLynMatthewNergalNinoSerra
Sacred Stones AmeliaEirikaEphraimInnesL'ArachelLuteLyonMarisaMoulderSeth
Path of Radiance AshnardElinciaGeoffreyIkeLuciaMiaMistSorenTitaniaZihark
Radiant Dawn Black KnightBromEdwardLeonardoMicaiahNepheneeSanakiSephiranSigrunSothe
Others CamusIshtarLinusLloydNarcianOliverPetrineSelenaTravantUrsula
Regalia and personal weapons AmatsuArmadsBalmungBook of NagaDouble BowExcaliburFalchion (Exalted FalchionParallel Falchion) • ForsetiGáe BolgGoddess StaffGoetiaGradivusGrima's TruthGungnirHauteclereHelswathMercuriusMissiletainnMjölnirMystletainnNidhoggNoble RapierParthiaRagnellRapierSol KattiTyrfingValflameWolf BergYewfelle
Chapters Main story path Pm: Invisible Ties • P: The Verge of History • 1: Unwelcome Change • 2: Shepherds • 3: Warrior Realm • 4: Two Falchions • 5: The Exalt and the King • 6: Foreseer • 7: Incursion • 8: The Grimleal • 9: Emmeryn • 10: Renewal • 11: Mad King Gangrel • 12: The Seacomers • 13: Of Sacred Blood • 14: Flames on the Blue • 15: Smoldering Resistance • 16: Naga's Voice • 17: Inexorable Death • 18: Sibling Blades • 19: The Conqueror • 20: The Sword or the Knee • 21: Five Gemstones • 22: An Ill Presage • 23: Invisible Ties • 24: Awakening • 25: To Slay a God • Endgame: Grima
Paralogues Pr1: Sickle to Sword • Pr2: The Secret Seller • Pr3: A Strangled Peace • Pr4: Anna the Merchant • Pr5: Scion of Legend • Pr6: A Man for Flowers • Pr7: Noble Lineage • Pr8: A Duel Disgraced • Pr9: Wings of Justice • Pr10: Ambivalence • Pr11: Twin Wyverns • Pr12: Disowned by Time • Pr13: Rival Bands • Pr14: Shadow in the Sands • Pr15: A Shot from the Dark • Pr16: Daughter to Dragons • Pr17: The Threat of Silence • Pr18: The Dead King's Lament • Pr19: Irreconcilable Paths • Pr20: A Hard Miracle • Pr21: Ghost of a Blade • Pr22: The Wellspring of Truth • Pr23: The Radiant Hero
Xenologues Champions of Yore 1Champions of Yore 2Champions of Yore 3The Golden GaffeEXPonential GrowthInfinite RegaliaLost Bloodlines 1Lost Bloodlines 2Lost Bloodlines 3Smash Brethren 1Smash Brethren 2Smash Brethren 3Rogues & Redeemers 1Rogues & Redeemers 2Rogues & Redeemers 3Death's EmbraceFive-Anna FirefightRoster RescueHarvest ScrambleSummer ScrambleHot-Spring ScrambleThe Future Past 1The Future Past 2The Future Past 3Apotheosis
Locations YlisseFerox (Arena Ferox) • Outrealm Gate (Outrealms) • Plegia (Dragon's Table) • YlisseValmChon'sinRosanneValm
Groups, objects, and concepts AwakeningEinherjarFire EmblemGrimleal (Deadlords) • RisenShepherds
Related topics Ancient LettersDouble DuelDownloadable contentName chart Nintendo Dream comics • Other games (GaidenGenealogy of the Holy WarShadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Unit Gallery (Soundtrack) • SpotPassStreetPassTimelineWorld map
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Playable characters Alm's
Party
AlmClairCliveDeltheaFayeForsythGrayKliffLukasLuthierMathildaMycenPythonSilqueTatianaTobinZeke
Celica's
Party
AtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaConradDeenEstFayeGennyJesseKamuiKliffLeonMaeNomahPallaSaberSonyaValbar
DLC EmmaRandalShadeYuzu
Non-playable characters ForneusHalcyonIrmaLipricaMassenaMilaLima IV
Bosses ArgentumAurumBarthBerkutBlakeBrigand BossCerberusThe CreationDeenDeltheaDesaixDolthDumaFernandGarthGarciaGazelleGharnGriethHadesHestiaJamilJarth*JedahJeromeLawsonMagnusMarlaMikhailMuellerNaberiusNuibabaRineaRudolfSlaydeSonyaTatarrahWolffXaizorZaksonZeke
Regalia and personal weapons Beloved ZofiaFalchionGradivusMercuriusParthiaRoyal Sword
Acts P: Alm and Celica • 1: Zofia's Call • 2: The Pilgrimage • 3: War of Deliverance • 4: Land of Sorrow • 5: Together to the EndAct 6
Locations ValentiaDuma's OrdealsMila's OrdealsRigel (Fear Mountain ShrineSecret ShrineLost TreescapeDuma TowerDuma Temple) • Zofia (Deliverance HideoutDragon ShrineNovisRamSylvan ShrineTemple of MilaSeabound ShrineThieves' Shrine) • ArchaneaThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Death MasksBook of Valentian RevelationsDeliveranceMila's TurnwheelTerrors
Related topics Ancient LettersName chartDownloadable content • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • SidequestsSound TestTimelineWorld map
Fire Emblem Heroes
Characters Heroes AlfonseAnnaBrunoEirFehFjormGunnthráGustavHelHelbindiHenrietteHrídLaegjarnLaevateinLífLokiSharenaSummonerSurtrThrasirVeronicaYlgr
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Wrys
Mystery of the Emblem AbelBarstCaedaCainCamusCatriaDraugEstGharnefGordinHardinJagenJeorgeLindeMarthMariaMerricMichalisMinervaNavarreOgmaPallaSheenaTiki
Genealogy of the Holy War ArdenAresArvisAyraDeirdreEldiganEthlynIshtarJamkeJuliaJuliusLachesisLeneLewynQuanSeliphSigurdSilviaTailtiu
Thracia 776 FinnLeifNannaOlwenReinhardtSaias
The Binding Blade BartreCeciliaClarineFaeFirGwendolynKleinLilinaNarcianRaighRoyShannaSophiaZephiel
The Blazing Blade CanasDorcasEliwoodFlorinaHawkeyeHectorJaffarKarelKarlaLegaultLinusLloydLuciusLynMatthewNinianNinoPriscillaRavenRebeccaSerraUrsula
The Sacred Stones AmeliaEirikaEphraimInnesJoshuaL'ArachelLuteLyonMarisaMyrrhSethTanaValter
Path of Radiance Black KnightElinciaIkeMiaMistNepheneeOscarSanakiSorenTitania
Radiant Dawn IkeMicaiahOliverSanakiSotheZelgius
New Mystery of the Emblem AthenaClarisseKatarinaLegionLukeRoderick
Awakening AversaChercheChromCordeliaDonnelFrederickGaiusHenryInigoLibraLissaLon'quLucinaMaribelle"Marth"MorganNoireNowiOliviaOwainRobinStahlSullySumiaTharjaTikiVirionWalhart
Fates ArthurAzamaAzuraBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinEffieEliseFeliciaFloraGaronGunterHanaHinataHinokaJakobKageroKanaKazeLaslowLeoMikotoNilesNinaOboroOdinOpheliaPeriRhajatRyomaSakuraSaizoSetsunaSelenaShigureShiroSiegbertSilasSoleilSubakiTakumiXander
Shadows of Valentia AlmBerkutBoeyCelicaClairCliveDeltheaFayeGennyGrayKliffLeonLukasMaeMathildaSaberSonyaTobin
Story Maps Book I PrefaceP: World of Zenith • 1: World of Mystery • 2: World of Conquest • 3: World of Binding • 4: World of Awakening • 5: Back to Mystery • 6: World of Birthright • 7: World of Blazing • 8: Back to Awakening • 9: Heroes Invade • 10: World of Radiance • 11: Rite of Shadows • 12: Bitter Enemies • 13: Diabolical BloodlineI: A Power AwakensI: The Rite of Blades
Book II 1: The Flame • 2: Princess of Ice • 3: Guided by a Dream • 4: Fiery Resolve • 5: Blood and Snow • 6: The True Quarry • 7: Snow and Ash • 8: Rite of Frost • 9: Hellfire • 10: The King's Demise • 11: Prince of Ice • 12: Seeping Poison • 13: A Way Home
Book III 1: Death • 2: The Dread Gate
Paralogues 1: Family Bonds • 2: Sibling Bonds • 3: Blazing Shadows • 4: Spring Festival • 5: World of Shadows • 6: Bridal Blessings • 7: Echoes of Mystery • 8: Ylissean Summer • 9: Nohrian Summer • 10: The Sacred World • 11: Brave Heroes • 12: Performing Arts • 13: World of Holy War • 14: Trick or Defeat! • 15: Farfetched Heroes • 16: Winter's Envoy • 17: Happy New Year! • 18: Love Abounds • 19: Hares at the Fair • 20: Bridal Bloom • 21: Summer's Arrival • 22: A Sketchy Summer • 23: Festival in Hoshido • 24: Arrival of the Brave • 25: The Land's Bounty • 26: Brave Redux • 27: Adrift
Xenologues 1: Detached Princess • 2: The Brink of Chaos • 3: The People's Hero • 4: Whispers of Death
Locations The Sacred WorldWorld of AwakeningWorld of BindingWorld of BirthrightWorld of BlazingWorld of ConquestWorld of DawnWorld of Holy WarWorld of MysteryWorld of RadianceWorld of ShadowsWorld of ThraciaWorld of Zenith (Askran KingdomEmblian EmpireMúspellNifl)
Groups, objects, and concepts Arena DuelsAether RaidsBlessed GardensBreidablikChain ChallengeForging BondsGrand ConquestsOrbOrder of HeroesRaritySummoning (summoning events) • Special Maps (Bound Hero BattlesEvent MapsGrand Hero BattlesHero BattlesLegendary Hero BattlesRelay DefenseRival DomainsSpecial Training MapsTrial Maps) • Squad AssaultTactics DrillsTap BattleTempest TrialsVoting Gauntlet
Related topics A Hero RisesAncient LettersArtistsCalendarsChoose Your LegendsEvent calendarsFire Emblem Heroes: Heroes' Everyday LivesFire Emblem Heroes: Mini Acrylic Figure CollectionList of regional version differences (Name chart) • Pre-release information (Unused content)