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Darkness Beneath the Earth

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Darkness Beneath the Earth

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Location

Sealed Forest

Boss(es)

None

Darkness Beneath the Earth (Japanese: 地の底に広がる闇 Darkness Spreading Beneath the Earth) is a paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It is available from Chapter 15 to Chapter 17. In order to attempt this paralogue, the player must have recruited Hubert and he must not have fallen in battle previously; by extension, this paralogue is exclusive to the Crimson Flower route. In this chapter, Hubert, Byleth, and others reluctantly rescue some of those who slither in the dark from a horde of monsters.

Plot

Main article: Darkness Beneath the Earth/Script

During one of Byleth's visits to Hubert, the latter tells them how he had been researching Those who slither in the dark. Just then, they receive a surprise visit from Lord Arundel, who requests the Imperial Army's help with saving some of his minions in the Sealed Forest from untamed Demonic Beasts.

Once the mission is successful and Lord Arundel leaves, Hubert comments how the whole situation was most likely a ploy from those who slither in the dark, trying to intimidate the Empire with their resources should they attempt to fight against them in future. Hubert then states how the mission's success most likely sent out the opposite message instead, and when both sides eventually clash in the shadows, he espects Byleth's help to be a great asset.

Beginning log

Hubert reveals some of his thoughts about the mysterious power aiding the Empire with strange technology. As fate would have it, a visitor chooses that moment to arrive...

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Byleth, Edelgard*, or Hubert falls in battle* or the player's army is routed* 10 5 6
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Character data

Characters
New Units
None
Returning Characters

Small portrait byleth f 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait edelgard 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait hubert 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait ferdinand 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait linhardt 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait caspar 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait bernadetta 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait dorothea 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait petra 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait felix 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait ashe 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait sylvain 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait mercedes 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait annette 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait ingrid 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait lorenz 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait raphael 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait ignatz 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait lysithea 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait marianne 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait leonie 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait anna fe16.pngSmall portrait shamir fe16.pngSmall portrait hanneman fe16.pngSmall portrait manuela fe16.pngSmall portrait alois fe16.pngSmall portrait jeritza 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait yuri 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait balthus 02 fe16.pngSmall portrait constance 04 fe16.pngSmall portrait hapi 02 fe16.png

Item data

Items
Name Obtainment Method
Is ns01 stat booster.png Seraph Robe Open the chest
Is ns01 lance.png Arrow of Indra Automatically at the end of the chapter if at least half of the NPC Dark Bishops survived

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma ns01 flying demonic beast enemy.gif
Winged Demonic Beast Flying Demonic Beast 29/30/36 3 Pointy Artificial Crest Stone
Renewal Barrier Vital Defense Giant Wings Desperation Latent; active starting from health bar 2 Darting Blow Latent; active starting from health bar 3
Flame Breath
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma ns01 demonic beast enemy.gif
Demonic Beast Demonic Beast 29/30/36 1 Artificial Crest Stone S
Renewal Seal Strength Barrier Vital Defense Vantage Latent; active starting from health bar 2 Strength +2 Latent; active starting from health bar 3
Flame Breath
Is ns01 weakness lance.png Weak to Lances.
• Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma ns01 demonic beast enemy.gif
Demonic Beast Demonic Beast 29/30/36 1 Artificial Crest Stone S
Renewal Seal Strength Barrier Vital Defense Vantage Latent; active starting from health bar 2 Strength +2 Latent; active starting from health bar 3
Flame Breath
Is ns01 weakness axe.png Weak to Axes.
• Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma ns01 demonic beast enemy.gif
Demonic Beast Demonic Beast 29/30/36 1 Artificial Crest Stone S
Renewal Seal Strength Barrier Vital Defense Vantage Latent; active starting from health bar 2 Strength +2 Latent; active starting from health bar 3
Flame Breath
Is ns01 weakness sword.png Weak to Swords.
• Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Reinforcements
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma ns01 dark bishop other.gif
Mysterious Mage Dark Bishop 29/30/36 5 Banshee Θ Silver Shield Fire Miasma Δ
Miasma Δ Fiendish Blow Heartseeker HP +5 Defense +2 Avo +10
Mysterious Magic Users Lv 5: Resonant Flames
--
Reinforcements
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Strategy

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

Keep your bows at the top, sword and bow users in the middle, and units that can use axes and swords at the bottom. Almost all of the Demonic Beasts seem to ignore your units until they've killed their closest slitherer. The only exceptions are for the Flying Demonic Beast in the top left and the Demonic Beast close to the chest, who will be engaged by the Dark Bishop to its right (the one on the left will just watch his friend die).

Each of the Dark Bishops have about 2 turns to live with no interference, pulling off a gambit on their first chance to attack, and with enough health to survive one round against the beasts on maddening. They aren't very smart however, and will suicide themselves against the Demonic Beasts given the chance. You can keep them alive longer by breaking all of a monster's barriers the turn they will attack them with tomes, preventing counterattacks. If you need to stall for time to collect the Seraph Robe, using Bernadetta to safely lock a Demonic Beast in place via Encloser works well.

Note that you only have to save half of those who slither in the dark to get the reward; the only punishment is that Lord Arundel whines at you after the battle. As a result, this might be the easiest paralogue in the game, with no special changes for maddening.

Trivia

  • The various spaces of "rock" terrain that can be seen on the map are actually the destroyed bodies of Golems.
  • If zoom view is used to observe the northern cliff, one can find a rock bearing the Crest of Flames.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Darkness Beneath the Earth --
Japanese 地の底に広がる闇 Darkness Spreading Beneath the Earth
Spanish La bestia desbocada The runaway beast
French Dans les entrailles de la terre In the depths of the earth
German Dunkelheit unter der Erde Darkness under the Earth
Italian Il buio sotto terra The dark underground
Korean 땅속에 퍼지는 어둠 Darkness spreading underground
Simplified Chinese 于地底扩散的黑暗 Darkness spreading underground
Traditional Chinese 於地底擴散的黑暗 Darkness spreading underground

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References

Darkness Beneath the Earth


Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Playable characters Black Eagles BernadettaCasparDorotheaEdelgardFerdinandHubertLinhardtPetra
Blue Lions AnnetteAsheDedueDimitriFelixIngridMercedesSylvain
Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
Other AloisAnna*BylethCatherineCyrilFlaynGilbertHannemanJeritza*ManuelaSetethShamir
Ashen Wolves* BalthusConstanceHapiYuri
Non-playable characters Abysskeeper*Duke AegirDuke GerthFlecheGatekeeperGlennHolstIonius IXJeraltJudithLadislavaLambertLord ArundelMonicaNaderPatriciaRandolphRheaRodrigueRufusSeirosSitriSothisTomasTiana
Bosses AcheronAelfric*AloisBaron Ochs*BiasBlaiddydCasparCatherineCharonChilonClaudeCorneliaDaphnelDedueDeath KnightDimitriDominicEdelgardFelixFerdinandFlame EmperorFlaynFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalHubertIngridThe Immaculate OneThe ImmovableJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLinhardtLonatoLord ArundelLorenzMercedesMetodeyMiklanMysonNaderNemesisOdessePallardóPittacusRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSetethShamirSolonSylvainThalesWandering BeastThe Wind Caller
Personal weapons and regalia Aegis ShieldAreadbharAsclepiusAthameAxe of UkonvasaraAymrBlutgangCaduceus StaffCirce StaffCrusherFailnaughtFetters of DromiFreikugelThe InexhaustibleLance of RuinLúinOchain ShieldRafail GemScythe of SarielSeiros ShieldSpear of AssalSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorTathlum BowThunderbrandThyrsusVajra-Mushti
Chapters Part I
White Clouds
Prologue: An Inevitable Encounter • 1: Three Houses • 2: Familiar Scenery • 3: Mutiny in the Mist • 4: The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth • 5: Tower of Black Winds • 6: Rumors of a Reaper • 7: Field of the Eagle and Lion • 8: The Flame in the Darkness • 9: The Cause of Sorrow • 10: Where the Goddess Dwells • 11: Throne of Knowledge • 12: To War Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden Deer / Outset of a Power Struggle Black Eagles, if Byleth sides with Edelgard
Part II Silver Snow
FETH Crest of Flames banner.png
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: A King Without a Kingdom • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: The Impregnable Fortress • 18: The Chaos of War • 19: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 20: The City Without Light • 21: Following a Dream
Azure Moon
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13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Delusional Prince • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The King's Triumphant Return • 19: The Golden Deer's Plea • 20: The Impregnable Fortress • 21: Our Chosen Paths • 22: Oath of the Dagger
Verdant Wind
FETH Leicester banner.png
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Alliance Leader's Ambitions • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The Golden Scheme • 19: The Chaos of War • 20: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 21: The City Without Light • 22: Fódlan's New Dawn
Crimson Flower
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13: Beyond Escape • 14: The Master Tactician • 15: Tempest of Swords and Shields • 16: Lady of Deceit • 17: Field of Revenge • 18: To the End of a Dream
Paralogues Part I A Cursed Relic*An Ocean ViewBlack Market Scheme*Death TollDividing the World Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden DeerFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenLand of the Golden DeerOil and WaterRumored NuptialsThe Secret Merchant* Blue LionsGolden DeerSword and Shield of SeirosTales of the Red CanyonTrue ChivalryWar for the Weak Blue Lions Exclusive
Part II Darkness Beneath the Earth Crimson FlowerDividing the World Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindEternal Guardian Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindThe Face Beneath Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindForeign Land and SkyForgotten HeroInsurmountable Crimson FlowerLegend of the LakeRetribution Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindThe Secret Merchant* Crimson FlowerThe Silver Maiden Azure MoonThe Sleeping Sand Legend Verdant WindWeathervanes of Fódlan Azure Moon
Cindered Shadows
(DLC side story)
Cindered Shadows
1: The Fourth House • 2: What Lies Beneath • 3: The Rite of Rising • 4: Danger in the Dark • 5: Betrayal • 6: Return to Me • 7: Wolf Pack
Locations FódlanAbyssAdrestiaFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicesterAlmyraBrigidDagdaSreng
Groups, objects and concepts 10 ElitesAshen WolvesBlack EaglesBlue LionsChildren of the GoddessChurch of Seiros (Knights of Seiros) • Crests (Crest Stone) • Divine PulseGolden DeerHeroes' RelicsInsurrection of the SevenMonstersThose who slither in the darkTragedy of DuscurWar of Heroes
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