|“||The kingdom Adrah forged was pronounced holy; its kings were esteemed. With Archanea's aid, six more independent kingdoms sprang up in their own time. But Archanea was always the greatest [...].||”|
— Shadow Dragon narration, on Archanea
The Holy Kingdom of Archanea (pronounced /ɑɹkəˈneɪə/[key]; Japanese: アカネイア聖王国 Holy Kingdom of Akaneia), briefly the Holy Empire of Archanea (Japanese: アカネイア神聖帝国 Holy Empire of Akaneia), was the grandest and most powerful of the Seven Kingdoms of the continent of the same name. It occupied much of the southeastern peninsula of the continent, bordering Aurelis to the north, and neighbouring Talys to the east. Through a succession of twenty-four kings, the kingdom held a powerful influence over the affairs of the rest of the land throughout the centuries of its existence.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable locations in Archanea
- 3 Characters from Archanea
- 4 Other appearances
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Etymology and other languages
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Foundation and the War of Liberation
Millennia after the collapse of the dragonkin civilization which once dominated the continent, the territory which would become the Kingdom of Archanea was little more than assortment of isolated city-states set among the dragon's ruins. This changed when the thief Adrah stole the Binding Shield from the Fane of Raman and used the funds from selling the five spheres to raise an army of his own. Wielding three stolen weapons which would later become the regalia of his kingdom, within ten years he had conquered the entire region and unified the city-states under his rule, declaring himself king. This was the birth of the holy kingdom of Archanea. The orbless remains of the Binding Shield became the crest of the kingdom, now known as the Fire Emblem. Such was the new nation's power that its foundation became the central point of the calendar of Archanea, with the years counted relative to the kingdom's foundation in year 0.
The rise of Archanea finalized the continent's shift into the hands of humanity, many of whom persecuted and abused the manakete survivors of the dragonkin. Five hundred years after its foundation, it was followed by the rise of Medeus and his Dolhr Empire, who engaged Archanea in a war of vengeance which would later be known as the War of Liberation. The Archanea royal family was exterminated save for Princess Artemis, who took refuge in the Altea region. One of the kingdom's dukes, Cartas, had come into possession of the Fire Emblem and rallied a liberation army at the capital along with General Ordwin; their army successfully challenged the forces of Dolhr while Anri, wielder of Falchion, eventually slew Medeus and brought an end to the war. Afterward, Artemis reluctantly married Cartas at the request of the Archanean people, and he became the king. Cartas's younger brother, Marlon, forged the plains north of the country to form the kingdom of Aurelis, a close ally of Archanea.
Resurrection, empire and unification
A century of peace followed the end of the War of Liberation, during which numerous new kingdoms were forged primarily by heroes of the War of Liberation, resulting in the modern Seven Kingdoms of which Archanea was a part. Archanea resumed its role as the most powerful kingdom of all. The era of peace was soon broken ninety-nine years later, when Medeus was revived by the Dark Pontifex Gharnef, igniting the War of Shadows. Having coerced Macedon, Gra and Grust into alliance with it, Archanea was again struck by a devastating invasion, and despite its best efforts the kingdom fell. The entire royal family was wiped out save for Princess Nyna, who attempted to flee the palace according to her father's wishes, but was captured as Grust's knights seized it. Dolhr and its allies seized control of almost every corner of the former kingdom, with Grust's Sable Order occupying the palace and guarding the imprisoned Nyna, until its leader Camus spirited her to refuge in Aurelis.
Archanea spent three years languishing under Dolhr misrule, finally seeing freedom with the emergence of Altea's Prince Marth. Working with Nyna and Hardin, Marth united his Altean knights with Hardin's to form the Archanean League, and the liberation of Archanea was their second action after victory in Aurelis. In the war's conclusion, the kingdom was returned to Nyna's custody, and on the advice of her attendant Boah she married Hardin to give the kingdom a new king. Although Archanea had been wounded deeply, like almost every other of the Seven Kingdoms, Hardin directed an aggressive restoration effort which succeeded in rebuilding the entire kingdom swiftly, and reconstituted a new army for the land. His era of progress and redevelopment culminated in Hardin restyling Archanea as the "Holy Empire of Archanea", with himself and Nyna as emperor and empress.
Despite his actions seemingly setting the world on the path to a lasting peace, within three years Hardin had spiralled into a depression as a result of his loveless marriage to Nyna, and with a final push from Gharnef, he descended into a brutal, conquest-hungry madness and sought to force all of Archanea under his control. He re-hired the disgraced noble Lang to execute a brutal occupation of Grust and tricked Marth into assisting Lang. When Marth caught onto the true nature of the Grust situation and defeated Lang, Hardin declared war on Altea and had it invaded, beginning the War of Heroes between the two former friends. Symbolizing her wish for Hardin's madness to be ended, Nyna secretly had the Fire Emblem delivered to Marth before she was abducted by Gharnef, who sought to use her to resurrect Medeus.
After travelling north through Anri's Way on a mission to restore the Fire Emblem, Marth finally returned to recapture Altea before leading an invasion of Archanea. Marth emerged victorious in a duel with Hardin at Millennium Court, taking the Darksphere from him and restoring the Binding Shield. Hardin was released from Gharnef's control in his final moments, regretting being twisted into his misrule. After defeating Medeus for the second and final time, Marth's army rescued Nyna, who in the war's aftermath ceded rule of Archanea to Marth before vanishing. Other rulers followed suit, bringing all of the Seven Kingdoms under Marth's control. Marth united the continent into the United Kingdom of Archanea (Japanese: アカネイア連合王国 United Kingdom of Akaneia) and ruled from Millennium Court as its "Hero-King".
Long after Marth's era, the United Kingdom fell apart again into several minor kingdoms under unknown circumstances. The direct successor to the former holy kingdom was the Halidom of Ylisse, which was ruled by Marth's descendants and continued to bear Falchion and the Binding Shield as its sacred relics.
Notable locations in Archanea
Millennium Court (Japanese: 王都パレス Royal Capital Palace) is Archanea's capital palace, seat of government and home of its monarchy; its name derives from how legend tells it has stood for a millennium. It also houses a castle town.
The term パレス is used to refer to a city in Japanese, but the English localization interpreted as referring to the building specifically. When necessary to refer to the building, the terms パレス城 Palace Castle, or sometimes パレスの王宮 Palace's Royal Palace, are used.
Other than 王都パレス Royal Capital Palace, terms used to refer to the city are 聖都パレス Palace, the holy city and 黄金の都パレス Palace, the city of gold.
Knorda (Japanese: ノルダ Norda) is a major market town situated close to Millennium Court, located to its south-east. Its stores stock rare goods, and after Archanea's fall in the War of Shadows, slave traders moved in.
In Shadow Dragon, the slave market was changed to a man holding hostages.
The state of Lefcandith (Japanese: レフカンディ Lefcandy) is primarily comprised of of Lefcandith Valley, the primary road between Aurelis and the Archanean capital region. The route is guarded by countless fortresses. Its last known governor prior to the War of Shadows was Marquess Cartas, who was caught in the confusion of the Dolhr invasion and unable to properly contribute to defending Archanea.
The state of Deil (Japanese: ディール Deal) is situated in the south-eastern region of the Archanean coast. Maria of Macedon was held hostage by the forces of Dolhr in Castle Deil during much of the War of Shadows, until Marth freed her at Minerva's request. Its last known governor prior to the War of Shadows was Marquess Charon, Midia's father, who died fighting his traitorous peers.
The state of Samsooth (Japanese: サムスーフ Samsooth) is a northern territory which contains the Samsooth Mountains, a feared mountain range also known as the "Ghoul's Teeth" and which is infested by the Soothsire brigand clan. Its last known governor prior to the War of Shadows was Marquess Bent, who betrayed the kingdom to Grust's invasion force.
Galder (Japanese: ガルダ Garda) is a small north-eastern port near the Samsooth Mountains, and is the closest port to the Talys islands. Until a pirate crew led by Gomer moved in and claimed it as its own, it was an unremarkable settlement, neither wealthy nor subject to trouble from others.
The state of Menedy (Japanese: メニディ Menedy) is a north-western territory which borders Gra by a series of bridges, on the western side of which lies Fort Menedy. It also houses the Menedy River, which was the site of Gra's betrayal of Altea and the death of King Cornelius. Its last known governor prior to the War of Shadows was Marquess Noah, Jeorge's father, who died fighting his traitorous peers. According to Jeorge, the Menedy family was not a particularly powerful one, but won its significant influence in the kingdom through its nobles being talented at scheming, manipulating others, and possessing a knack for foresight for the outcomes of conflicts.
Port Warren (Japanese: 港町ワーレン Port Town Warren) is a harbor town on the eastern coast of Archanea, to the north-east of Castle Deil. Under Dolhr occupation during the War of Shadows, its citizens paid high taxes to Dolhr in order to keep their freedom.
The state of Adria (Japanese: アドリア Adria) is a central territory known mainly for Adria Pass, a major path to the capital through the territory's central mountain range. Prior to the War of Shadows, it was governed by Marquess Lang, who betrayed Archanea but nonetheless survived to enter Emperor Hardin's service prior to the War of Heroes.
Characters from Archanea
|Founder of the Holy Kingdom of Archanea.||N/A|
|Princess of Archanea and sole survivor of the royal family as of the first rise of Medeus.||N/A|
|A former Archanean duke who became the king through marriage to Artemis after Medeus's defeat.||N/A|
|Younger brother of Cartas, who later founded Aurelis and became its first king.||N/A|
|Princess of Archanea, saved from execution by Camus the Sable. Aided Marth in the last war.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|The 24th king of the Kingdom of Archanea. In recent years he has become a ruthless ruler.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Archanea's court bishop, Nyna's political aide. Fought for Archanea in the War of Shadows.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Captain of the Archanean knights. Unafraid and strong-willed, her loyalty to Nyna is absolute.|
|Former general of Archanea. An honest man who left the army after the War of Shadows.|
|Leader of Archanea's watchmen. An aggressive man who once served in the army.|
|Former Archanean archer. Fought for Archanea in the last war, but left the army afterwards.|
|Knight of Archanea; the greatest bowman in the continent. His loyalty to Nyna is absolute.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Captain of Archanea's free company; the most skilled hero in the land. Loyal to Nyna.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|General of Archanea. In the last war, he was forced to serve Dolhr to protect his people.||Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Knight of Grust. A man who lives for love. Recruited by Caeda in the War of Shadows.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Archanean general; Hardin's direct subordinate. The Grustians suffer under his command.||Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|A subordinate of Lang.||Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|An Archanean commander tasked with subjugating Altea. He held Est hostage to force Abel to fight.||Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|An Archanean commander tasked with the occupation of Altea Castle.||Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|An Archanean commander tasked with the defence of Millennium Court in the closing days of the War of Heroes.||Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem|
According to Masahiro Sakurai, a stage called the Kingdom of Archanea was planned for Super Smash Bros. Melee; he states that it was intended to feature onagers bombarding the castle, with dragons and Mages also appearing in unstated roles. Although he didn't specify why, Sakurai said that the stage had to be cut during development, and in the finished game its sole surviving remnant is the non-functional unused stage AKANEIA.
- In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Archanean coat of arms as seen in the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game is displayed on the back of Marth's cape. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U replaced it with a new coat of arms with no known origin.
- The term "Halidom of Ylisse" (Japanese: イーリス聖王国 Holy Kingdom of Iris) is intended to be a reference to "Holy Kingdom of Archanea" (Japanese: アカネイア聖王国 Holy Kingdom of Akaneia), though a change in localization muddled this.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Archanea||As of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. An alteration of the Japanese name possibly invoking the prefix arch-, "highest".|
|Akaneia||Unlike the NTSC release, all PAL releases (including English) prior to Fire Emblem Heroes keep the Japanese name with no alterations.|
|Japanese||アカネイア||Officially romanized as Akaneia.|
|Korean||아카네이아||Transliteration of "Akaneia", as above.|
A map with Archanea marked from New Mystery of the Emblem.
The Archanean coat of arms from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
Millennium Court in Shadow Dragon.
Millennium Court in New Mystery of the Emblem.
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Fire Emblem Warriors dialogue
- "The holy kingdom of Archanea had come into being six centuries earlier, when the region’s numerous city-states were unified under one monarch. The first king, Adrah, had fought valiantly to accomplish this, wielding the three weapons he came to call his regalia- gifts from the gods, some said." — Opening narration of Chapter 12, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
- "Among the nations that made up the "Seven Kingdoms of Archanea", Gra and Grust were devastated. Altea, Aurelis, Macedon and Talys were left deeply scarred, and even the mighty Kingdom of Archanea was undergoing restoration. However, in the palace still shaken by war, one important event took place. Hardin, the younger brother of King Aurelis, was married to Princess Nyna, becoming the twenty-fourth king of House Archanea. After ascending the throne, Hardin aggressively restored the country in the twinkling of an eye, and formed a powerful army by gathering many soldiers. He then proclaimed the restoration of the Holy Archanean Empire, and himself Emperor. One year has passed since the war with Dolhr. The world seemed to be moving towards an era of peace. However, unbeknownst to man, the cogs of destiny had started spiralling out of order." — Opening synopsis, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "Wooow! So this is the fabled palace. They say it's been standin' for a millenium. It's huuuuge!" — Rickard, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "This here is Knorda, Archanea’s closest market town. Drop by the armories and vendors if you’ve an interest in rare goods" — A villager, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
- Kaga, S. (translation by Serenes Forest), Ｄｅｓｉｇｎｅｒ’ｓ Ｎｏｔｅ ＃１, Intelligent Systems (archived by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine), Published: 1997, Retrieved: 2015-04-22
- "One thing could always be said about Galder Harbor, the mainland port nearest Talys: it never had much in the way of riches, but neither did it have much trouble. All that changed when a pirate crew fell upon the town and made it their hideout." — Opening narration of Chapter 2, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
- "Altea’s army, which was heading for the palace to its rescue, and Grust’s army lead by General Camus, confront at Menedy River. Despite having the upper hand in battle, Altea’s army is defeated due to the betrayal of its sworn ally, the Kingdom of Gra." — Perfect ending timeline, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
- "...I'm from House Menedy, which is a rather well-known family in Archanea. It wasn't particularly famous for martial prowess or anything. However, it excelled at foresight and trickery. Which side to bet on to win or how to get ahold of somebody's heart... That's how House Menedy managed to retain their political influence.... Thus, cementing it as one of the Five Houses of Archanea." — Jeorge, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- Sakurai, M. (translation by Source Gaming), アンケート集計拳!!, 速報スマブラ拳!!, Published: 2002, Retrieved: 2015-04-22
|Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem|
|BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles|
|Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon|
|Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow|