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Battle in the Lea/Script

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light


After a hard-fought battle, Marth and the Altean forces finally arrive in the Kingdom of Aurelis. Marth hopes to join his forces with Aurelis's army. But first, he will have to rout the foes blocking his path. Far-off, foreboding sounds of warhorses begin to drift towards Marth's army from the direction of the lea…
— Chapter 4 Opening

Houses and Villages


  • Old man: A sword known as an armorslayer can make quick work of knights and generals. Ridersbane is effective against cavaliers, but remember that not all units can use lances. Don't forget the rapier. All knightly units fear it. Only the prince can wield one. Keep in mind that weapons wear down with use. In the end, they will break.
  • Young man: Weapons can be made of iron, steel, and silver. In that order, they are weak, stronger, and strongest. To use stronger weapons, you need a higher weapon level. Don't forget!
  • Young man: General Bentheon, who guards the castle, holds a ridersbane. Cavaliers are in grave danger from that weapon. Do not let them approach the castle!
  • Old man: Stand in front of a door or bridge and use a key. You will be able to proceed.
  • Old man: Wyvern knights make for fearsome foes. Give them an opening and your life is forfeit.

South Village

Villager: Kind Altean, Please… Find some way to save this land. It's not much, but my people have gathered 5000G to fund your war effort. Use it wisely.
(Received 5,000 G)

North Village

Merric: Prince Marth! Finally we meet again.

Marth: Merric? Is that you? What a surprise.

Merric: I was studying magic in Khadein when war came. I left the city then and have been looking for you.

Marth: I'm glad you sought me out. We could use someone with your talents in our army. Will you join us?

Merric: Of course I will. I learned a strong spell in Khadein called Excalibur. I will demonstrate it in battle!
(Merric joins)

Matthis initiates a battle

Matthis: Lena…where have you gone? Even if it could be just once more…I had hoped to see you again.

Recruiting Matthis

Lena: Matthis, is that you? It's me! Your sister, Lena!

Matthis: Lena…what are you doing here on the field of battle?

Lena: I was captured by bandits, but the Alteans saved me. What about you? Why are you part of this army?

Matthis: I know you fled Macedon because you do not love Prince Michalis. But things are even worse there now. He must have it out for me because I was pressed into the army. Now I'm stuck here… I don't want to fight, but the punishment for desertion is even worse.

Lena: Don't be a coward! You must stand up and choose the path you believe in. Macedon has joined forces with Dolhr, and the people suffer for it. It's mortifying. Brother, it is not too late. Join the Altean army. They will welcome you with open arms. They are truly wonderful people.

Matthis: …I understand. If I am to die, I should do it honorably, and with style. I suppose it won't be any less strict here though… After all, I have a sister who can say no to a prince! On that topic…have you found a man that you do like?

Lena: Er, no… No. There's no one.

Matthis: Hmm. Well, you're still young. You'll find love. Just avoid thieves and scoundrels!
(Matthis joins)


Villager: Prince Marth, I thank you for recapturing the castle to the south. Captain Hardin is guarding the king and Princess Nyna in a fortress to the north. If you meet up with Hardin, please give him this silver sword.
(Received a Silver Sword)

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon


After a hard battle, Marth's Altean Army- for it had grown to be called such- set foot at last in the kingdom of Aurelis. However, joining his might to that of the Aurelians would have to wait.
As Marth descended into the vast green lea separating his troops from theirs, he heard a terrible sound: the galloping of enemy destriers, far away...then closer...Then far too close.

— Chapter 4 intro

Before the battle

Marth: Aurelis, at last...

Malledus: The enemy will have sent their forces to meet us.

Marth: Grust, Dolhr, Gra...We're up against their standing armies, and we must brace ourselves for it.

Malledus: Sire, I believe it prudent that we start taking time to prepare our troops before each battle. We should select the warriors best suited for the situation and outfit them with the right weapons and items accordingly.

Marth: All right, that's sound advice- I believe I'll take it.

During battle

Bentheon: An unknown army to the south? That must be the Altean princeling and his band of lickspittles. If they think we'll sit by and let them join forces with the Aurelians, then they have another think coming. With this ridersbane, I'll litter the lea with their cavalry!

When recruiting Matthis

Lena: Matthis? Is that you?

Matthis: Lena?! What are you doing on a battlefield?

Lena: I was attacked by bandits in the Teeth while tending to the sick there, and these people saved me. The real question is, what are YOU doing on a battlefield- least of all this one!

Matthis: I'm not here by choice, sister of mine. Since you left, Macedon has only gotten worse and worse. They forced me to enlist- you know I hate warfare, but it was into the army or onto the chopping block.

Lena: Shame on you, Matthis. If you're going to fight, then at least fight for something you believe in. Macedon has done terrible things: marrying their might to Dolhr, helping them torment people...Brother, it's not too late. You could join Altea's forces. They're good people you know. Prince Marth would welcome you. They all would.

Matthis: ...All right, then. If I'm gonna to die, I'd rather die as one of the dashing than one of the dastardly. You know, Lena, you always were the reliable one and now you're all grown up...I thought for sure you'd have already settled down with your one true love.

Lena: T-true love? I've...I've met no such man, Matthis.

Matthis: Hmm, is that so? I'll bet you haven't... Well, you just be careful. There are plenty of thieves out there who would steal a girl's heart.

Conversation: Marth and Matthis

Marth: You must be Matthis, Sister Lena's-

Matthis: ACK! Y-you're Prince Marth! Aieee! S-s-stay your rapier, I beg you!

Marth: ...What has gotten into you?

Matthis: You haven't come to stick me like a pig for fighting under the Macedonian standard?

Marth: Er, no...

Matthis: Really?

Marth: Really and truly.

Matthis: Oh! Uh, right then... Sorry about that little display. I guess Lena was right. Just goes to show not all princes are cut from the same cloth!

Marth: What do you mean?

Matthis: Oh, well, our prince- Prince Michalis of Macedon, that is- he's strong, and proud...and an utter tyrant. They say he put the soldiers who look the most scared in the front lines on purpose.

Marth: Hmm... Prince Michalis of Macedon...

Matthis: Don't worry, sire, I won't mistake you for him again! Altean princes I can trust!

If Matthis is engaged in battle before recruitment

  • (Battle with Matthis)

Matthis: Lena... Where are you? What I would give to hear your voice just once before I die...

  • (Defeating Matthis)

Matthis: Lena... Forgive your...fool of a brother...

Houses and villages

  • Young Man: Weapons can be crafted of iron, steel, or silver, each metal more powerful than the last. Youl need to raise your weapon level accordingly, though, before you can use them.
  • Middle-aged Man: When facing armored knights or generals, you'll want to arm yourself with a sword they call an armorslayer. Then there's the ridersbane, which makes short work of cavaliers and paladins- but only knights and cavalry can wield it. The rapier is effective against armored units AND cavalry. But you need to be a prince to wield that one! Also, keep in mind that weapons wear down with use and eventually break.
  • Young Man: General Bentheon who guards the castle was carrying a ridersbane last I saw. Keep your cavaliers away, or that weapon could spell the end of ‘em.
  • Old Man: Did you know you can use keys to unlock doors and lower bridges? ...You did? Ahem! Right, of course you did.
  • Middle-aged Man: There's no terror like the dracoknight. One false move when they're flyin' about, and you can kiss your life goodbye.
  • Village on the south:

Merric: Aha! Prince Marth. We meet again.

Marth: ...Huh? Merric?! Merric, is that you?

Merric: Well, yes, sire, last I looked. Whilst studying magic in Khadein, I caught wind of a war brewing and decided to seek you out.

Marth: I see... Thank you, then. I need friends like you on the battlefield. You will fight with us, of course?

Merric: Of course! ‘Twould be a passing shame if you didn't get to see me flex a little magic muscle. Wait till I show you my latest :Excalibur!
(Merric joins)

  • Village on the north:

Old Woman: Kind Altean, this kingdom is in dire need of a savior. We've saved up 5,000 gold and poured our prayers into every coin. Please, use this money to answer them.
(Obtained 5,000 gold)

Against Bentheon

Bentheon: You can defy us, yes... But you will never defeat us.

Defeating Bentheon

Bentheon: W...what...?


Elder: Prince Marth, you have our thanks for liberating the south castle. You'll find Captain Hardin protecting the king and the lady Nyna at the Northern Fortress, located in Aurelis. When you find him, please be sure to give him this silver sword.
(Obtained Silver Sword)